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Israel's Racist of the Year Award

 

Israel's Racist of the Year Award

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli racism is longstanding. It's institutionalized. Imagine honoring it. Israel did so. It finds new ways of reaching new lows. It disgraces itself in the process.

 

It shouldn't surprise. It's common practice. Jews alone matter. Arabs are considered subhuman.

 

Bulgarian Revelations Explode Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis”

By Gareth Porter, IPS

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 2013 (IPS) - When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government’s case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus to Hezbollah.

Lieberman's Trial Begins

 

Lieberman's Trial Begins

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

He's an ultranationalist extremist. He represents the worst of Israel's lunatic right-wing fringe. He matches Netanyahu's zealotry.  He out-Sharon's Sharon. 

 

He's a latter day Kahanist. In 1988, Israel outlawed his Kach party. It was the first Jewish organization in decades to be called a "threat to national security." 

Israeli Lawlessness in Issawiya

 

Israeli Lawlessness in Issawiya

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Issawiya is a Jerusalem area Arab village. It's located on Mount Scopus. It's 2.5 km east of the Green Line. It's three km northeast of Jerusalem's Old City.

 

It's close to Hebrew University. It straddles Jerusalem's border. It's surrounded by Israeli settlements and military outposts.

 

Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

 

Israeli Gaza Airstrikes Violated Laws of War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said so. Rarely does HRW do the right thing. Exceptions prove the rule. Most often it's a reliable imperial partner. 

 

Disappearing Prisoners: Official Israeli Policy

 

Disappearing Prisoners: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a rogue terror state. It's a serial abuser. It spurns rule of law principles. It mocks democratic values. 

 

It tolerates no criticism. It targets anyone challenging its authority. It does so against anyone considered threatening. Jews are as vulnerable as Muslims. 

 

Resistance in Israel

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

Natan Blanc, 19 years old from Haifa, arrived, sunday, 10.2.2013, to the Induction Base in Tal-hashomer, where he again declared his refusal to serve in the Israeli Army. he was sentenced to 18 days of imprisonment for his refusal, in the military prison No. 6 near Atlit.

In his refusal declaration Natan Blanc wrote:

"I began thinking about refusing to conscripted into the Israeli Army during the “Cast Lead” operation in 2008. The wave of aggressive militarism that swept the country then, the expressions of mutual hatred, and the vacuous talk about stamping out terror and creating a deterrent effect were the primary trigger for my refusal. Today, after four years full of terror, without a political process [towards peace negotiations], and without quiet in Gaza and Sderot, it is clear that the Netanyahu Government, like that of his predecessor Olmert, is not interested in finding a solution to the existing situation, but rather in preserving it.  From their point of view, there is nothing wrong with our initiating a “Cast Lead 2″ operation every three or four years (and then 3, 4,5 and 6): we will talk of deterrence, we will kill some terrorist, we will lose some civilians on both sides, and we will prepare the ground for a new generation full of hatred on both sides. As representatives of the people, members of the cabinet have no duty to present their vision for the futures of the country, and they can continue with this bloody cycle, with no end in sight.   But we, as citizens and human beings, have a moral duty to refuse to participate in this cynical game."

Obstructing Hamas/Fatah Unity

 

Obstructing Hamas/Fatah Unity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Previous unity talks failed. On February 6, more talks were held. Fatah and Hamas officials met in Cairo. At issue are long-delayed reconciliation and new elections.

 

Reports suggested cause for optimism. It's hard imagining why. Israel and Washington ruptured relations earlier. Efforts followed to isolate and vilify Hamas.

Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

 

Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In May 2010, Israeli commandos committed premeditated murder. They killed nine humanitarian activists in cold blood. They did so in international waters. They were trying to bring vitally needed aid to besieged Gazans.

 

Israel wants them isolated. It wants them suffocated. Slow-motion genocide is longstanding policy.

Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

 

Israel Commits Crimes Without Punishment

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel is a rogue state. It's a serial abuser. It commits crimes without punishment. It tolerates no criticism.

 

Last May, it suspended contact with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

Israeli State Terror Crowd Control Weapons

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

State terror is official Israeli policy. Community incursions, assaults, and other violent incidents occur daily. Palestinian suffering follows.

 

They have no rights. Peaceful demonstrators are attacked. In August 1967, Israel issued Military Order No. 101 ("Order Regarding Prohibition of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda Actions," as later amended). 

Israeli Drone Strikes in Gaza in November 2012 Attack: Two-Thirds Killed Were Civilians

By Ann Wright, OpEdNews

Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. This statistic means that for the residents of Gaza, the ground-breaking investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights into the civilian impact and human rights implications of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing is very important.

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More Palestinians Killed by Drones Alone in eight DAYS than Israelis Killed by rockets in eight YEARS

  

Heron Drone

Two-thirds of Palestinians killed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) drones in the November, 2012 attack on Gaza were civilians. 

This statistic means that for the residents of Gaza, the ground-breaking investigation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights into the civilian impact and human rights implications of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing is very important.

Israel's One of the World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

Israel's One of World's Biggest Land-Grabbers

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

It shouldn't surprise. Israel stole Palestinian land for decades. In 1948, it stole 78% of historic Palestine. In 1967 it took the rest.

 

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

Israel's 19th Knesset

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 22, Israelis elected 120 19th Knesset members. Over 80% of its members are extremist hardliners. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) assessed prospects ahead.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process Hypocrisy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On February 1, Hillary Clinton ended her tenure as Secretary of State. John Kerry was sworn in to replace her.

 

Two recent articles discussed him. One called him a reliable imperial warrior. The other said he's Israel's man at State.

 

Does Netanyahu Want Regional War?

 

Does Netanyahu Want Regional War?

 

Israel and America are longstanding imperial partners. Washington OK's naked aggression on Syria. Doing so declared war. Admitting it may or may not follow later.

 

Events require close watching. Disturbing ones occur regularly. Late Sunday, Tyre, Lebanon was rocked. A suspicious explosion occurred.

 

Ban Ki-moon Fails to Condemn Israeli Aggression

 

Ban Ki-moon Fails to Condemn Israeli Aggression

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Since last weekend, Israel attacked Syria multiple times. Doing so was premeditated, unprovoked aggression. 

 

Fundamental UN Charter provisions were violated. Israeli officials refused comment. For days, America was silent.

 

UN Mission Condemns Israeli Settlements

 

UN Mission Condemns Israeli Settlements

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 31, the UN International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory published damning findings.

 

Premeditated Aggression: Official Israeli Policy

 

Premeditated Aggression: Official Israeli Policy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed Israel's Wednesday attack on Lebanon. Reports suggested Syrian weapons and munitions heading cross border were struck.

 

It asked why would Assad send vitally needed weapons and munitions to Lebanon? He needs all he can get. 

 

Israel Attacks Lebanon

 

Israel Attacks Lebanon

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel regularly violates Lebanese air space. Doing so is longstanding. It's also illegal. Incursions sometimes happen multiple times daily. Conflicting reports discussed an overnight border attack.

 

Lebanon's state-run Al-Watania confirmed nothing. It's state-run NNA news agency denied it.

 

Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

 

Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Amos Oz is a noted Israeli academic, author, journalist, and novelist. He's also a vocal Netanyahu critic. More on his recent comments below.

 

It's well known that Israel's government reflects militarized occupation, colonialism and apartheid. It's done to enforce harshness. It continues because it's profitable. Doing so breaches international law. 

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.

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