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Dying for Justice

  Dying for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 20, Hana's 34th hunger strike day began. The previous day, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of dying.

 

Israeli-Iranian solidarity exchange sweeps Facebook

From 972mag

On Saturday night, an Israeli couple – two graphic designers named Ronnie Edri and Michal Tamir –  decided to cut across the growing anxiety and fear over the possibility of an Israel-Iran war, and address Iranian citizens directly. They created a slogan you can impose over your profile picture or any picture of your choice:

They Will Never Beg

By Johnny Barber

I have been in Gaza for a week. I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people were injured, one seriously. Most were suffering from “shock”. Two were injured when they tripped on the way to secure areas.

Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon on Thursday said, "Anyone threatening us is risking his life. We will retaliate until they beg us to stop.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel makes its "best effort to target terrorists and not the civilian population," but added: "We will not accept the constant disruption of life in the south of Israel, and I advise all heads of terror to think well about their actions."

Condemning Israel's Racist Occupation

  Condemning Israel's Racist Occupation

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ongoing nearly 45 years and counting. Crimes of war, against humanity, and unspeakable atrocities define it. Growing condemnation hastens ending it.

 

Ongoing Israeli State Terror

  Ongoing Israeli State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Throughout the Territories, Palestinians suffer horrifically. West Bank and East Jerusalem residents live in terror of pre-dawn raids, arrests, false charges, torture, rigged trials, and imprisonment. 

 

Israeli-Style Ceasefires

  Israeli-Style Ceasefires

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

International laws are clear and unequivocal. Fourth Geneva's Article 146 requires "the High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances." 

 

Israeli Settlers Eyeing Remainder of Hebron on their “Real Estate Tour”

By JoAnne Lingle

I am in Hebron, Occupied Territories of Palestine, as a member of the Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT).  Every Saturday there is an "Israeli Settler Tour" of Hebron.  100+ Israeli settlers and their  guests come through the Old City where our Palestinian friends live.  The Israelis are escorted by an equal number of IDF soldiers. This is a "Real Estate Tour" because the settlers stop and “ooh and ahh” at the beautiful rehabilitation work that has been done by the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC), no doubt anticipating that the Israeli settlers will eventually take ALL of Hebron's Old City. 

During this "tour" by Israeli settlers, Palestinian residents of Hebron are not permitted to walk to or from their homes.  We followed the soldiers on the tour to observe that Palestinians are not mistreated.  At one point, we yelled at a soldier to stop pointing his gun at us and others who were waiting to pass.  A small Palestinian girl walked by me and suddenly became aware of the soldiers - she almost walked right up to a soldier's gun.  She looked up at him and wailed, crying for her Mama.   I took her hand and began to walk with her to look for her mother or someone who might know her.  We waited until finally a young girl (maybe her sister) picked her up.  Later, I thought about the soldier and wondered if his heart was moved when he saw the beautiful little Palestinian girl terrified of him and his gun.

Israel's Latest Ritual Slaughter

  Israel's Latest Ritual Slaughter

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Four days of Israeli terror bombing left at least 25 Palestinians dead and dozens injured, some seriously. Human rights groups expressed outrage. So did Arab League states, Iran, Turkey, and Malaysia.

 

Israel's Rogue Killing Machine

  Israel's Rogue Killing Machine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's entire history reflects depraved, out-of-control targeted and mass killings. Days of unrelenting bombing, murdering and injuring Gazans shows its contempt for law and human life.

 

Israel Terror Bombs Gaza

  Israel Terror Bombs Gaza

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Imagine living years under deplorable isolated siege conditions. Imagine also enduring regular Israeli land, sea and air attacks.

 

Israeli Buffer Zone State Terror

  Israeli Buffer Zone State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

State terror is official Israeli policy. It's imposed numerous ways to enforce harshness too extreme to bear. The strategy hopes many Palestinians will give up and leave. 

 

Israel's Ruthless Golani Brigade

  Israel's Ruthless Golani Brigade

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 28, 1948, David Ben-Gurion formed Golani to help ethnically cleanse Palestine during Israel's War of Independence. 

 

Obama Offered Israel Weapons to Postpone Attack on Iran

The administration may have bribed Israel to hold off on Iran war until after the 2012 presidential elections

by John Glaser, Antiwar.com

The Obama administration offered Israel advanced weaponry in return for putting off a possible attack on Iran until after the 2012 presidential elections.

The Israeli daily Maariv reported on Thursday citing anonymous diplomats and intelligence sources that the Obama administration meeting with Israeli leaders earlier this week offered them advanced bunker-busting bombs and long-range refueling planes if he promised to postpone a preventive war on Iran until at least 2013.

The Obama administration had for months been pressing Israel to calm its calls for war on Iran, primarily because the consensus in the U.S. military and intelligence community is that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons and has demonstrated no intention to do so. An attack is therefore wholly unnecessary, but fears ran high that Israel might attack anyway.

The White House has denied the validity of the reports. “In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. ”We have obviously high-level cooperation between the Israeli military and the U.S. military, and at other levels and with other agencies within their government and our government”, Carney said, adding: “That was not a subject of discussion in the president’s meetings.”

But Ha’aretz also quoted an Obama official saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had specifically asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the GBU-28 bunker busting bombs as well as for the advanced refueling aircraft.

Netanyahu told Israeli news media on Thursday that a strike of Iran’s nuclear facilities is not a “matter of days, weeks, but not a matter of years,” adding: “If I don’t make the right call [on Iran] maybe there won’t be anyone to explain to.” This of course completely ignores U.S. intelligence which says Iran is very far off from even deciding to begin development of nuclear weapons.

Whether or not the Obama administration’s deal-cutting was sincere in its attempts to deter reckless Israeli aggression against Iran, it seems clear that giving Israel better capability to unilaterally attack increases the likelihood of it happening.

Resisting Israeli Oppression Courageously

  Resisting Israeli Oppression Courageously

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 8, women worldwide commemorate International Women's Day. It celebrates over a century of economic, political, and social achievements.

 

Unlike Bush, Obama Is Selling Israel the Planes and Bombs to Attack Iran

Netanyahu asked Panetta to approve sale of bunker-busting bombs, U.S. official says

Top administration source says Obama instructed Defense Secretary to work with Defense Minister Barak, to give all due consideration to the request for purchasing GBU-28 bombs, advanced refueling aircraft.

By Barak Ravid

Haaretz

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the United States approve the sale of advanced refueling aircraft as well as GBU-28 bunker-piercing bombs to Israel during a recent meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The American official said that U.S. President Barack Obama instructed Panetta to work directly with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the matter, indicating that the U.S. administration was inclined to look favorably upon the request as soon as possible.

During the administration of former U.S. President George Bush, the U.S. refused to sell bunker-penetrating bombs and refueling aircrafts to Israel, as a result of American estimates that Israel would then use them to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

Following Obama's entrance into the White House, however, the United States approves a string of Israeli requests to purchase advance armament.

Diplomatic cables exposed by the WikiLeaks website exposed discussion concerning advanced weapons shipments. In one cable which surveyed defense discussions between Israel and the United states that took place on November 2009 it was written that "both sides then discussed the upcoming delivery of GBU-28 bunker busting bombs to Israel, noting that the transfer should be handled quietly to avoid any allegations that the USG is helping Israel prepare for a strike against Iran."

Another issue raised during Obama's Monday meeting with Netanyahu was the Syrian crisis. Netanyahu pointed out that Israel feared that chemical and biological weapons from Syrian army stockpiles could end up in the hands of Hezbollah or other terror groups.

A top U.S. official indicated that the United States recently discussed the issue with Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, in an attempt to prepare for the possibility that a collapse of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad would endanger the country's WMD stockpiles.

At this point the American administration does not possess information that indicates that chemical or biological weapons were passed from Syria to Hezbollah.

Netanyahu and Obama also discussed the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey. The United States feels that, amid ongoing unrest, that there existent a supreme interest to rehabilitate Jerusalem-Ankara ties. Obama told Netanyahu at the meeting that an effort should be exerted to reconcile between the two states.

Read this article in Hebrew

Goebbels Would Stand in Awe: The US Corporate News Media are Rank Propagandists on Iran

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The sorry state of American journalism is on full display in the coverage by the corporate media of the ongoing crisis surrounding Iran’s nuclear fuel program.

 

The leaders of both Israel and the U.S. have publicly threatened to attack Iran -- Israel saying it could do so within weeks, President Obama warning that he would consider attacking Iran militarily if he were convinced that that nation was building an atomic bomb. 

 

Carl Levin Occupied

Hana Shalabi: Day 19 and Counting

  Hana Shalabi: Day 19 and Counting

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Anyone who's fasted several days knows doing it isn't easy. Persisting for extended periods risks health, even death. 

 

Without food for 66 days, Khader Adnan nearly died. Again ingesting food, he's still very much at risk. Hana Shalabi reached day 19. It's taken a toll. Daily she grows weaker. 

Occupy AIPAC Video



AIPAC Occupied

Obama, the “Denier” of Israel’s Crimes

By Ann Wright

I listened to President Obama’s speech to AIPAC Sunday, March 4, 2012, while sitting outside the Washington Convention Center where AIPAC was holding its annual conference.  We at OCCUPY AIPAC hooked up a PA system to a computer and listened to the live stream while watching tens of thousands of Israel’s American supporters arrive for their yearly intimidation of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. President to fund and protect Israel.

Much of the focus for others writing about the President’s pandering speech to AIPAC will be about the Iran nuclear program and, if weaponized, the threat to Israeli and U.S. security, in that order. I will leave the Iran nuclear program to them while I will write about a part of his speech that pertains to a part of the world that I know personally.

But one last comment about Iran-- Obama said the Iranian government denies the Holocaust.

I would say that Iranian government is not the only “denier.” 

President Obama and his advisors are the “deniers” of incredible Israeli violence and horrific violations of international law.

Palestinian Oppression: Official Israeli Policy

  Palestinian Oppression: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Born in blood, Israel's been drenched in it since. Its agenda reflects racist state terror ruthlessness. 

 

Who was behind the Delhi bombing?

By Gareth Porter, Al Jazeera

Washington, DC - The magnet bomb that exploded on an Israeli Embassy diplomat's car in Delhi on February 13 seemed on the surface to be consistent with an Iranian-sponsored action. 

It was carried out with same method by which Israel's Iranian proxy, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, had assassinated an Iranian scientist in mid-January. It occurred on the anniversary of the 2008 assassination of Hezbollah operations chief Imad Mugniyeh, which Hezbollah had vowed to avenge. And it happened at the same time as what appeared to be attempted bombings in Bangkok and Tbilisi.

Israel Lobby Beats the Drums For War

 

By John Grant

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC) is having its three-day annual meeting in Washington DC beginning Sunday March 4th. AIPAC is arriving in an atmosphere of beating war drums and rattling sabers against Iran.

Israel preemptively starting a war with Iran would be bad enough, but the assumption that the United States will be part of that war should be very disturbing to Americans -- who are just getting over one misguided, costly war in Iraq and are still involved in another in Afghanistan.

Hana Shalabi: Hunger Striking for Justice

  Hana Shalabi: Hunger Striking for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel administratively detains hundreds of Palestinians indefinitely without charge lawlessly. 

 

Like thousands of others incarcerated, their "crime" is wanting to live free on their own land in their own country. Israel calls it terrorism.

Daily Israeli State Terror

  Daily Israeli State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Major media scoundrels suppress reports about daily Israeli state terror. Most Americans, and many others, can't imagine what Palestinians endure.

 

Fadi Quran Victimized by Israeli State Terror

  Fadi Quran Victimized by Israeli State Terror

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 25, international and supportive Israelis joined 500 Palestinians protesting in Hebron's Old City. 

 

President Barack Obama and His Key Advisors are a Gang of War Criminals

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

If a bunch of street toughs decided to gang up and beat the crap out of some guy in the neighborhood because they feared he might be planning to buy a gun to protect his family, I think we’d all agree that the police would be right to bust that crew and charge them with conspiracy to commit the crime of assault and battery. If they went forward with their plan and actually did attack the guy, injuring or killing him in the process, we’d also all agree they should all be charged with assault and battery, attempted murder, or even first-degree murder if he died.

 

Pressure Israel, Not Iran

By Marjorie Cohn

Neocons in Israel and the United States are escalating their rhetoric to prepare us for war with Iran. Even the infamous John Yoo, architect of George W. Bush’s illegal torture and spying programs, is calling on the Republican presidential candidates to “begin preparing the case for a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.”

Under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has the legal right to produce nuclear power for peaceful purposes. The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found no evidence that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons program. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said on CBS that Iran is not currently trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Nevertheless, the United States and Israel are mounting a campaign of aggression against Iran. The United States has imposed punishing sanctions against Iran that are crippling Iran’s economy, and pressuring other countries and strong-arming financial institutions to stop buying oil from Iran, the world’s third largest exporter. The Obama administration is also preparing new punitive measures that target the Central Bank of Iran. And the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 which would outlaw any contact between U.S. government employees and some Iranian officials.

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