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Medical Neglect in Israeli Prisons

 

Medical Negligence in Israeli Prisons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians in Israeli prisons are grievously abused. Conditions resemble gulag hell. Treatment is deplorable. Fundamental human rights are violated. 

 

Geneva's Common Article 3 requires "humane treatment for all persons in enemy hands, specifically prohibit(ing) murder, mutilation, torture, cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment (and) unfair trial(s)."

Hey, Hey, Barack! What Do You Say? How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?

 

By Dave Lindorff


I personally found the president’s inaugural speech not just insipid, but disgusting. It reached its gut-churning nadir near the end where he said:


Intifada Activism Needed

 

Intifada Activism Needed

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Six-five years of mass slaughter, destruction, dispossession, occupation, persecution, apartheid, and slow-motion genocide is enough.

 

Freedom requires committed activism. Liberation depends on working for what Israel denies. The alternative is more of what's too intolerable to bear.

 

Israel's Likely Coalition Partner Government Threatens Humanity

 

Israel's Likely Coalition Partner Government Threatens Humanity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Extremist Israel officials favor wealth, power, privilege and dominance. Tuesday's elections hardened fascism. 

 

Palestinians have the greatest cross to bear. Jews have their own. Humanity very much is threatened. More on that below.

 

Fascism Wins Big in Israel

 

Fascism Wins Big in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli election results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats. 

 

Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected Israel's most extremist government in history. Militarism, belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, occupation ruthlessness, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy.

Israeli Election Results

 

Israeli Election Results

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel has no constitution. Basic Laws substitute. One defines the "Powers and Functions of the Knesset." It's elected by "general, national, direct, equal, secret and proportional elections in accordance with Knesset Elections Law."

 

Dominant Israeli Parties Spurn Democracy

 

Dominant Israeli Parties Spurn Democracy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel never was democratic and isn't now. One-fifth of its citizens are enfranchised in name only. They have no say. Nor do most Jews. More on Israel's election below.

 

On January 22, Israelis voted. Over 5.6 million were eligible. About 1,000 polling stations accommodated them. In most places, they stayed open until 10PM. Rural areas, small towns, and hospitals closed theirs at 8PM.

Netanyahu Rejects Palestinian Sovereignty and Democratic Freedoms

 

Netanyahu Rejects Palestinian Sovereignty and Democratic Freedoms

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 20, Netanyahu said no to independent Palestine, yes to settlement expansions. More on that below.

 

Freedom House calls itself "an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world." 

Obama's Second Inauguration: Big Money but No Big Lines

 

By Dave Lindorff


There were no memorable lines in President Obama’s second inaugural address. Certainly nothing like Franklin Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” which was in his first inaugural, or like John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.”


But there was plenty he said that was troubling. 


The problem mostly wasn’t what he said. It was how he said it, and what he left unsaid.

Israelis Vote

 

Israelis Vote

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Twenty-four hours and counting. On Tuesday, January 22, Israelis vote. They're as mindless and out of touch as Americans.

 

Odds favor hardline extremism. Netanyahu will remain prime minister. Knesset members and cabinet officials will reflect the worst of right-wing government.

 

Israel Criminalizes Throwing Snowballs

 

Israel Criminalizes Throwing Snowballs

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Police states operate that way. Israel is one of the worst. It spurns rule of law principles. It turns democratic values on their head. It targets Palestinians for praying to the wrong God.

 

Israel Complicit in Global State Terrorism

 

Israel Complicit in Global State Terrorism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel threatens world peace and security. It's a global menace. The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAZN) is unequivocal.

 

Israeli Apologist Benny Morris

 

Israeli Apologist Benny Morris

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 8, Morris headlined his Haaretz op-ed "The day after Iran's tomorrow," saying:

 

Obama v. Netanyahu Round Two

 

Obama v. Netanyahu Round Two

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They've gone at each other before. Neither one likes the other. 

 

A previous article said Netanyahu repeatedly puts both feet in his mouth and risks swallowing them. 

 

Israelis Want Out

 

Israelis Want Out

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 15, Haaretz said "almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating." Recent poling said they'd leave if financially able.

 

Who are they? Why do they want out? What can be done to keep them?

Israeli Elections

 

Israeli Elections

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They fast approach. They're sham elections. Except for more contesting parties, they replicate America's illegitimate process. 

 

Voters get little choice. Ideological extremists run Israel. Rhetoric alone separates candidates. Policies are hardline. Hypocrisy substitutes for democracy.

 

Netanyahu: The Face of Israeli Fascism

 

Netanyahu: The Face of Israeli Fascism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel under Netanyahu reflects Arundhadi Roy's view. Her book titled "Field Notes on Democracy" explained. 

 

Washington Post Supports Israeli Settlements

 

Washington Post Supports Israeli Settlements

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Post editors are contemptuous of fundamental human rights. They spurn democratic values. They consider rule of law principles quaint and out-of-date. Wealth, power, privilege, and dominance alone matter. 

 

When America goes to war or plans one, they march supportively in lockstep. They ignore the worst of imperial crimes. They endorse Israeli occupation harshness. 

Netanyahu: Unfit to Serve

 

Netanyahu: Unfit to Serve

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. He's a world class thug. He deplores democratic principles. He spurns peace. He menaces the region. He prioritizes racist persecution. He stresses neoliberal harshness.

 

He's an embarrassment to legitimate governance. Polls suggest he'll remain prime minister after January 22 elections. Israelis have themselves to blame. 

Hardening Israeli Fascism

 

Hardening Israeli Fascism

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's war on Palestine and Israeli Arab citizens reflects it. So does extreme hardline governance. Pre-election polls show Netanyahu's Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu coalition favored to win.

 

They'll partner with likeminded extremists. Most Israelis remain shockingly indifferent. Many are ideologically supportive. Haaretz sounded the alarm.

Netanyahu's Warning

 

Netanyahu's Warning

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Netanyahu represents lawless rogue leadership. He belongs in prison, not high office. Pre-election polls suggest he'll retain power. 

 

Israelis aren't smart enough to spurn him. Palestinian suffering will continue. The new year began like 2012 ended. More on that below.

 

The Gatekeepers: Exposing Israel's Dark Side

 

The Gatekeepers: Exposing Israel's Dark Side

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Dror Moreh is one of Israel's leading cinematographers. Last October, his documentary featuring candid dialogues with former Shin Bet heads debuted in New York. 

 

In early 2013, other Western venues will show it. Over the weekend, it premiered at Tel Aviv's Cinematheque.

 

Rare Israeli Justice

 

Rare Israeli Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Instances indeed are rare. An important one deserves mention. In mid-July 2010, Knesset members stripped MK Hanin Zuabi of key parliamentary rights and privileges. 

 

They did so for participating in the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla. She joined others trying to bring vital humanitarian aid to Gaza. Lunatic fringe MK's targeted her. They oppose doing the right thing.  

Israel's Long Arm

 

Israel's Long Arm

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Right wing extremism defines it. So does institutionalized  persecution. More on both below.

 

On December 27, Netanyahu addressed an air force pilot graduation ceremony. He threatened Iran and Syria. 

 

Avigdor Lieberman Faces New Charges

 

Avigdor Lieberman Faces New Charges

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's Netanyahu's main coalition partner. He represents the lunatic fringe of Israeli governance. He's a serial felon. He's ideologically anti-democratic and hardcore racist.

 

Weeks ahead of general elections, he resigned. In January, he plans running for reelection anyway. At least so far. Information discussed below may preclude him.

Conscientious objector Natan Blanc sentenced to prison for the third time for his refusal to join the Israeli Army

Natan Blanc, 19 years old from Haifa, arrived, Sunday, 22.12.12 , to the Induction Base in Tal-hashomer, where he again declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. he was sentenced to 14 days of imprisonment for his refusal, in the military prison No. 6 near Atlit.

In his refusal declaration Natan Blanc wrote:

Netanyahu/Lieberman Coalition

 

Netanyahu/Lieberman Coalition

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 22, Israeli parliamentary elections will be held. Netanyahu/Lieberman's Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) looks likely to win.

 

Both men are world class thugs. They represent the worst of ideological extremism. They're hardcore racists. They want unchallenged regional dominance. They believe Israel has a divine right to terrorize Palestinians with impunity.

Human Rights Get Short Shrift in Israel

 

Human Rights Get Short Shrift in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assesses human rights in Israel annually. It's 2012 report is "bleak." 

 

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