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Palestinian Prisoners: Petitioning to Block Their Release

 

Palestinian Prisoners: Petitioning to Block Their Release

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israel's gulag. Netanyahu got cabinet approval to release 104. They've been held longterm. They've been denied justice.

 

Release is meaningless. It's shameless. It's contemptuous of Palestinian rights. It falls short of freedom. They'll be ruthlessly harassed. They're denied a moment's peace.

 

Decades of Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Failure: 50 Reasons Why

 

Decades of Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Failure: 50 Reasons Why

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Paul Simon's 1975 "Still Crazy After All These Years" album featured the hit song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." 

 

Subverting peace perhaps is simpler. Four decades of futile Israeli/Palestinian talks prove it. There never was a peace process. There's none now. 

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Rebooting Failure

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Rebooting Failure

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The so-called peace process is fake. It was stillborn at birth. Fools and liars pretend otherwise. Honest observers understand reality. 

 

According to the Molad Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy:

Israeli Referendum Measure Blocks Land for Peace

 

Israeli Referendum Measure Blocks Land for Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Netanyahu heads Israel's worst government in history. It's hardline. It's extremist. It's fascist. It spurns Palestinian rights. It deplores peace. It enforces occupation harshness.

 

On August 1, Haaretz headlined "Bill requiring referendum on ceding land passes first Knesset reading."

Profile of a Rigged Peace Process

 

Profile of a Rigged Peace Process

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Count the ways. Tzipi Livni is Israel's chief negotiator. She's hardline. She supports occupation harshness. She deplores Palestinian sovereignty. 

 

She's a wolf in sheep's clothing. She's an unindicted war criminal. She favors Pax Israeliana. She does so in the worst sense. She doesn't negotiate. She demands.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Terms: Unconditional Surrender

 

Israeli/Washington Peace Terms: Unconditional Surrender

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The charade began Monday night. It did so over a traditional Iftar dinner. It's the Ramadan period evening meal. It breaks the daily fast.

 

It was more like the last supper. According to Christian scripture, Christ shared his last meal with his Apostles. He did so before crucifixion. 

 

The Illusion of Israeli/Palestinian Peace for Our Time

 

The Illusion of Israeli/Palestinian Peace for Our Time

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Talks take place in Washington. Doing so alone assures betrayal and failure. It's certain. America one-sidedly favors Israel. It's duplicitous. It's no honest broker. It never was. It's not now. 

 

No legitimate Palestinian leader would permit Washington's involvement. Collaborators betray their people by doing so.

 

Palestinians Oppose Fake Peace Talks

 

Palestinians Oppose Fake Peace Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They begin Tuesday in Washington. They're orchestrated to fail. Israel and America don't negotiate. They demand unconditional surrender.

 

PA coup d'etat president Abbas is a longtime collaborator. Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat's a convenient stooge. 

 

Israel Spurns Peace and Justice

 

Israel Spurns Peace and Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They're verboten. They're off the table. They always were. They are now. Upcoming peace process pretense masks reality. 

 

Initiatives were stillborn from inception. They remain so. Palestinians genuinely want peace. Israel categorically denies them.

 

Israel: Talking Peace, Waging War

 

Israel: Talking Peace, Waging War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

No peace/peace talks convene next week in Washington. They're fake. They're subterfuge. They're meaningless. They never worked  before. They're rigged to fail now. 

 

Israeli and US orchestrators assure it. So do longtime Palestinian collaborators. They're Israeli enforcers. They're assigned that role. They're well compensated for doing so.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Let the Charade Begin

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Let the Charade Begin

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom, talks will begin next week in Washington. They'll start Tuesday.

 

Imagine one side going into the enemy camp's heartland. Imagine its legitimate government denied participation. 

 

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions

 

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's gulag is one of the world's worst. On July 9, 16 human rights organizations headlined "RE: European Parliament Fact-Finding Mission on Palestinian Political Prisoners." They include:

 

Israel Terrorizes 5-Year-Old Palestinian Boy

 

Israel Terrorizes 5-Year-Old Palestinian Boy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Societies are perhaps best judged by how they treat prisoners, the elderly, their most disadvantaged and children.

 

Israel fails on all counts. On July 9, perhaps it reached a new low. Seven IDF soldiers and an officer terrorized a 5-year old boy. They threatened him and his parents.

 

More Evidence of Fake Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks

 

More Evidence of Fake Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

There's plenty already. More builds a stronger case. Previous articles explained. Israeli/Palestinian peace talks were stillborn from inception. They began decades ago. This time's no different.

 

Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Facts trump propaganda. Palestinians are on their own. Their legitimate government's excluded from talks. 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Illusion Substitutes for Reality

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Illusion Substitutes for Reality

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Haaretz editors, correspondents, and contributors know better. Maybe not. Maybe they don't history. 

 

Maybe they don't know it well enough. Maybe they forgot. Maybe they didn't check. Maybe they have other priorities. It shows in commentaries about announced Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. More on that below.

 

EU Shamelessly Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

 

EU Shamelessly Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hezbollah's no terrorist organization. It never was one. It's not one now. It's a legitimate political party. It maintains a military wing. It's for defense, not offense.

 

EU nations know it. They bowed to pressure. They claimed otherwise. They disgraced themselves in the process. It didn't surprise. It's not the first time. It won't be the last. Rogue states operate that way.

Israel's Duplicitous Prisoner Release Offer

 

Israel's Duplicitous Prisoner Release Offer

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli agreements, offers, and other concessions aren't worth the paper they're written on. Pledges made are systematically broken. 

 

It happens virtually every time. Rogue states operate that way. Israel's one of the worst. It's a democracy in name only. It never was one. It's not now.

 

EU Guidelines on Israel: Part II

 

EU Guidelines on Israel: Part II

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed them in detail. They're largely old wine in new bottles. They're more bark than bite. They'll do virtually nothing to help long-suffering Palestinians.

 

New EU Guidelines on Israel

 

New EU Guidelines on Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed them. They pertain to illegal Israeli West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan settlements. They leave besieged Gaza unaddressed. 

 

Targeting Free Expression in Israel

 

Targeting Free Expression in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

During previous Knesset session proceedings, MKs Ofir Akunis and Faina Kirshenbaum legislation to limit NGO funding was defeated.

 

Last week, MKs Ayelet Shaked and Robert Ilatov proposed their version. They call it a "softer version of the NGO bill."

 

Israel Governs Lawlessly

 

Israel Governs Lawlessly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel reflects the worst of rogue state lawlessness. Netanyahu's a world class thug. Knesset members reflect fascist rule. Ethnic cleansing is official policy. So is slow-motion genocide.

 

Israelis are increasingly marginalized and denied. Neoliberal harshness harms millions. Israeli Arabs have virtually no rights. Praying to the wrong god is dangerous.

 

Vilifying Alice Walker Irresponsibly

 

Vilifying Alice Walker Irresponsibly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Walker's a Georgia sharecropper family daughter. She's the youngest of eight children. At Atlanta's Spellman College, she was one of Howard Zinn's students.

 

He taught her and others:

 

"You can't be neutral on a moving train." 

 

The Fourth of July

On this, the anniversary of the  U.S.’s independence from Great Britain, some observations:

Richard Falk: Speaking Truth to Power

 

Richard Falk: Speaking Truth to Power

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Falk is Princeton University Professor Emeritus. For 40 years, he taught international law and relations. In 2008, he was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

 

He's outspoken about longstanding Israeli human rights abuses. They're too horrendous to ignore. On June 6, he addressed them. More on that below.

 

Another Israeli War Criminal of the Year Award

 

Another Israeli War Criminal of the Year Award

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

America represents the worst of rogue governance. So does Israel. They menace humanity. They persecute their best. They honor their worst. 

 

Peacemakers are scorned. Waging war on humanity's rewarded. On March 21, Obama received Israel's Medal of Distinction. It's also called the President's Medal. 

 

Netanyahu Falsely Says Iran Plans Another Holocaust

 

Netanyahu Falsely Says Iran Plans Another Holocaust

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He said it before Iran's June 14 election. He hasn't changed his mind. More on that below.

 

Netanyahu reflects Israeli fascism. He's hardline, unstable, unscrupulous and dangerous. He prioritizes conflict and instability. 

 

The United States and Palestine: Business as Usual

                A report on June 11, 2013 from Reuters calls Richard Falk, the United Nations human rights investigator for Palestine, ‘embattled’, apparently because he has once again refused to dance to the U.S.-Israel tune.  At a forum of the U.N. Human Rights Council, he called for an inquiry into what he sees as the torture of Palestinians in Israeli custody. The U.S., of course, with its own shocking record of torturing its political prisoners in Guantanamo, Iraq, and who knows where else, boycotted the debate. Israel did the same, accusing the forum of anti-Israel bias.

Netanyahu and ‘Acts of Hooliganism’

                One knows things are bad in Palestine when even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, known for his brutal heavy-handiness against the Palestinians, has to decry what he calls ‘acts of hooliganism’ against them. These behaviors, known as price-tag attacks, are committed against Palestinians and Israeli security forces by Jewish youth living in violation of international law in Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. The point, apparently, is to extract a ‘price’ for actions taken against their illegal settlements. What actions Israeli security forces are taking, or have taken, were not mentioned.

Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered

 

Evidence of Israeli Mass Murder Discovered

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On June 1, Press TV headlined "Mass graves from 1948 war discovered in Jaffa."

 

Palestinian Jaffa is now Tel Aviv's Jaffa municipality. Six mass graves were discovered. They contain remains of at least hundreds of Palestinian victims.

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