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Palestinian Prisoner Diaries

 

Palestinian Prisoner Diaries

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's gulag is one of the world's worst. Palestinian political prisoners fill it. Their crime is wanting to live free from occupation. It's longstanding. It's ruthless. It's illegal.

 

Hagel in Israel

 

Hagel in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 20, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began a weeklong Middle East trip.

 

Planned stops include Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Republic (UAE).

 

Palestinian Prisoners Day

 

Palestinian Prisoners Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 17, Palestinians commemorate Prisoners Day. They do so annually. They've done it since 1979. It marks Mahmoud Hijazi's release. Israel freed him in its first ever prisoner swap.

 

Anti-Zionism Not Anti-Semitism

 

Anti-Zionism Not Anti-Semitism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Ronnie Fraser heads The Academic Friends of Israel (AFI). According to its mission statement, it was established to "fight the academic boycott of Israel and all other forms of anti-Semitism in the UK and the International academic and scientific arenas."

 

Hunger Striking for Liberation, Justice and Dignity

 

Hunger Striking for Liberation, Justice and Dignity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Samer Issawi's a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine activist. In April 2004, he was wrongfully arrested. He committed no crime.

 

He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. In October 2011, he was released. He and over 1,000 other Palestinian political prisoners were freed. Israel did so in exchange for Gilad Shalit.

New York Times Anti-Palestinian Bias

 

New York Times Anti-Palestinian Bias

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 4, The New York Times headlined "Palestinian Defiance on Display at West Bank Funerals." 

 

Mistreating Palestinian Children

 

Mistreating Palestinian Children

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

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

 

On March 20, Israeli soldiers mass arrested about 30 children. Obama arrived the same day. Every child passing Tareq Bin Zeyad street was seized. They were heading for school in Hebron. 

 

Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

Exploiting Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually. It runs from sundown April 7 to sunset April 8. This year's theme is "Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 years Since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising."

 

Sunday night Warsaw and Jerusalem ceremonies included government officials, dignitaries and holocaust survivors.

More Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

More Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On April 6, John Kerry began a multi-nation tour. He'll travel to Europe and East Asia. His first stop is Turkey. He'll meet with Netanyahu and Abbas. He wants peace talks restarted. More on that below.

 

Peace process deception is policy. It's always been a charade. It is now. Israel wants it that way. So does Washington.

An Israeli Apology Means Little to the Families of the Nine Passengers Murdered on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

They Demand That the Israeli Blockade of Gaza Be Lifted

By Ann Wright

Representatives of IHH, the international humanitarian organization that organized the passengers on the Mavi Marmara in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, have told the author that families of the nine murdered by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commandos on May 31, 2010, consider the “apology” of the Israeli government to the Turkish government as meaning very little until the Israeli government lifts the blockade on Gaza.

Institutionalized Barbarism

 

Institutionalized Barbarism: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Arafat Jaradat. Shin Bet interrogators killed him. They tortured him to death. Independent autopsy results proved it. 

 

Israeli Murder by Neglect

 

Israeli Murder by Neglect

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel operates one of the world's most unconscionable gulags. Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners fill it.  

 

Fundamental human rights are denied. Torture, ill-treatment and medical neglect are commonplace. 

 

Discriminatory Israeli Land Policies

 

Discriminatory Israeli Land Policies

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 28, Haaretz headlined "Just 0.7% of state land in the West Bank has been allocated to Palestinians, Israel admits."

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

Obama Spurns Palestinian Rights

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He frankly doesn't give a damn. He spent three days in Israel. He showed one-sided support. He gave Palestinians short shrift. He spent token time in Ramallah. 

 

He told Israelis "so long as there is a United States of America, Ah-tem lo lah-vahd (You are not alone)." He left no doubt what he means. 

What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation

 

What Follows Turkish/Israeli Reconciliation 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A separate article called it grand betrayal. Aggrieved families were denied justice. What's ahead matters most. Be concerned. Be very concerned.

 

Grand Betrayal

 

Grand Betrayal

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Turkey and Israel reconciled. Headlines announced it. They reflect grand betrayal. It's duplicitous. It's too little, too late. More on that below.

 

Israel bears full responsibility. Officials ordering nine cold-blooded murders remain unaccountable. Corpses won't be reborn. Family survivors aren't assuaged. They deserve better. They were promised justice. They're denied it.

Just a US Citizen, No Big Deal: Obama Doesn’t Demand Israeli Apology for Killing of an American Youth

 

By Dave Lindorff


The American media is full of praise for President Obama for “brokering” a detente between Israel and Turkey, two former allies who have been at loggerheads since May 31, 2010 when heavily armed Israeli Defense Force fighters boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-flagged vessel seeking to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza with non-military supplies, and killed nine unarmed peace flotilla activists.


Obama in Jerusalem

 

Obama in Jerusalem 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Rhetoric doesn't reflect policy. What matters most is what Obama means, not what he says. His agenda affirms one-sided Israeli support. He spurns Palestinian rights. He's done so throughout his tenure. 

 

He's not about to change now. Palestinians have no friends in Washington. For sure they have none in high places. 

Unbreakable US/Israeli Ties

 

Unbreakable US/Israeli Ties

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Longstanding US/Israeli ties remain firm. Obama's visit reinforces them. It does more. 

 

It assures continued support. It endorses hardline extremism. It affirms occupation harshness. It lets Israel do what it pleases.

 

Obama in Israel

 

Obama in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

His visit bodes ill, not good. He left late Tuesday night. On March 20, he arrived around noon Israeli time.

 

Secretary of State John Kerry came earlier. Scores of officials, aides and security personnel accompanied him and Obama.

 

Remembering Rachel Corrie

 

Remembering Rachel Corrie

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Rachel represented the best of courageous activism. She put her body on the line for justice. She did so because it matters. She's gone but not forgotten.

 

Ten years ago on March 16, an Israeli bulldozer driver murdered her in cold blood. She tried stopping a Rafah refugee camp home demolition.

Israel's Fascist Government: Part II

 

Israel's Fascist Government: Part II

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 18, Israel's new government was sworn in. Doing so hardened fascist rule. A previous article explained.

 

Israelis elected their most extremist government ever. It's hugely over-the-top. It's militantly hardline, racist and unscrupulous. It menaces the region. 

 

Obama Heads to Israel

 

Obama Heads to Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

As now scheduled, he'll arrive March 20. He'll remain until March 23. It's his first presidential visit. He made several trips before. He's only the fifth US president to go. Others included Nixon, Carter, Clinton, and GW Bush.

 

He waited until Israel's new government was formed. It took weeks to do so. On March 15, coalition partners agreed.

Israel's Fascist Government

 

Israel's Fascist Government

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 22, Israelis voted. Results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats. 

 

Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected their most extremist government in history. Belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, militarized occupation, racist persecution, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy.

Challenging Israel's Right to Exist Responsibly

 

Challenging Israel's Right to Exist Responsibly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's a rogue terror state. It's been so from inception. Its leaders' hands are blood-drenched. They're responsible for decades of high crimes.

 

True, He’s the First Black President But Obama’s the Worst President Ever

 

By Ron Ridenour


Yes, I mean it: the worst ever!


We’ve had James Monroe and his doctrine of supremacy over Latin America. We’ve had Theodore Roosevelt and his invasion of Cuba; Nixon, Reagan, Bush-Bush and their mass murder, and all the war crimes and genocide committed by most presidents. Yes, but we never had a black man sit on the white throne of imperialism committing war crimes.


Israeli Violence on International Women's Day

 

Israeli Violence on International Women's Day

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Police state harshness reflects official Israeli policy. Palestinians are ruthlessly targeted. On March 8, Israeli security forces stormed the Al Aqsa mosque. 

 

It wasn't the first time. It won't be last. They did so on International Women's Day. They commemorated it violently. More on that below.

Persecuting Hanin Zoabi

 

Persecuting Hanin Zoabi

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's Supreme Court ruled twice on her. Most recently it did so in mid-February. It went both ways. More on that below.

 

In July 2010, Knesset members stripped her of key parliamentary rights and privileges. They did so lawlessly and maliciously. They targeted her for doing the right thing.

 

AIPAC Conference Day Two

 

AIPAC Conference Day Two

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

AIPAC operates lawlessly. It's an unregistered foreign agent. It prioritizes militancy, war, occupation harshness, apartheid, racist hate, and Israel uber alles. 

 

It's a dagger in the heart of rule of law principles and democratic value. It menaces world peace. Its annual conferences display the worst of its agenda. 

What Chuck Hagel Might Say to Israeli Counterpart

‘Talking Points’ for Hagel on Iran

[Editor Note:  Some neocons hope they softened up new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during his bruising confirmation fight. But ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern suggests in these proposed “talking points” that Hagel stick to his principled reputation as someone who tells it like it is, regardless of political pressures.]

March 5, 2013

MEMORANDUM

FROM: Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern

TO: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Subject: Proposed Talking Points on Iran for Your Meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Informed Activist

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