All governments lie, as I.F. Stone pointed out, including Israel and Hamas.
But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes.
It does not deform the truth; it inverts it.
It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality.
And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel’s Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories — required under the rules of American journalism — although we know they are untrue.
I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis.
The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep.
The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others.
I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way.
Such incidents, in the Israeli lexicon, become children caught in crossfire.
I was in Gaza when F-16 attack jets dropped 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs on overcrowded hovels in Gaza City.
I saw the corpses of the victims, including children.
This became a surgical strike on a bomb-making factory.
I have watched Israel demolish homes and entire apartment blocks to create wide buffer zones between the Palestinians and the Israeli troops that ring Gaza.
I have interviewed the destitute and homeless families, some camped out in crude shelters erected in the rubble.
A Palestinian searches for salvageable items from the rubble of his house that was destroyed in Israeli strikes.
The destruction becomes the demolition of the homes of terrorists.
I have stood in the remains of schools — Israel struck two United Nations schools in the last six days, causing at least 10 fatalities at one in Rafah on Sunday and at least 19 at one in the Jebaliya refugee camp Wednesday — as well as medical clinics and mosques.
I have heard Israel claim that errant rockets or mortar fire from the Palestinians caused these and other deaths, or that the attacked spots were being used as arms depots or launching sites.
I, along with every other reporter I know who has worked in Gaza, have never seen any evidence that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.”
There is a perverted logic to Israel’s repeated use of the Big Lie — Große Lüge — the lie favored by tyrants from Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to Saddam Hussein.
The Big Lie feeds the two reactions Israel seeks to elicit — racism among its supporters and terror among its victims.
By painting a picture of an army that never attacks civilians, that indeed goes out of its way to protect them, the Big Lie says Israelis are civilized and humane, and their Palestinian opponents are inhuman monsters.
The Big Lie serves the idea that the slaughter in Gaza is a clash of civilizations, a war between democracy, decency and honor on one side and Islamic barbarism on the other.
And in the uncommon cases when news of atrocities penetrates to the wider public, Israel blames the destruction and casualties on Hamas.
George Orwell in his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” called this form of propaganda doublethink. Doublethink uses “logic against logic” and “repudiate[s] morality while laying claim to it.”
The Big Lie does not allow for the nuances and contradictions that can plague conscience.
It is a state-orchestrated response to the dilemma of cognitive dissonance.
The Big Lie permits no gray zones.
The world is black and white, good and evil, righteous and unrighteous.
The Big Lie allows believers to take comfort — a comfort they are desperately seeking — in their own moral superiority at the very moment they have abrogated all morality.
The Big Lie, as the father of American public relations, Edward Bernays, wrote, is limited only by the propagandist’s capacity to fathom and harness the undercurrents of individual and mass psychology.
And since most supporters of Israel do not have a desire to know the truth, a truth that would force them to examine their own racism and self-delusions about Zionist and Western moral superiority, like packs of famished dogs they lap up the lies fed to them by the Israeli government.
The Big Lie always finds fertile soil in what Bernays called the “logic-proof compartment of dogmatic adherence.” All effective propaganda, Bernays wrote, targets and builds upon these irrational “psychological habits.”
Fake image – “Israel” wants us to believe that Gaza (or any part of Palestine where Palestinians inhabit ) is just a normal place…Palestinians are just “complainers”. If you do a Google Image search using the image from the “IDF” blog post, the same image turns up associated with the Metro Plaza shopping mall in Kolkata, India as well as several other places. Another BIG LIE.
This is the world Franz Kafka envisioned, a world where the irrational becomes rational.
It is one where, as Gustave Le Bon noted in “The Crowd: A Study of the Public Mind,” those who supply the masses with the illusions they crave become their master, and “whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.”
This irrationality explains why the reaction of Israeli supporters to those who have the courage to speak the truth — Uri Avnery, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Jonathan Cook, Norman Finkelstein, Amira Hass, Gideon Levy, Ilan Pappé, Henry Siegman and Philip Weiss — is so rabid.
That so many of these voices are Jewish, and therefore have more credibility than non-Jews who are among Israel’s cheerleaders, only ratchets up the level of hate.
But the Big Lie is also consciously designed to send a chilling message to Gaza’s Palestinians, who have lost large numbers of their dwellings, clinics, mosques, and power, water and sewage facilities, along with schools and hospitals, who have suffered some 1,650 deaths since this assault began — most of the victims women and children — and who have seen 400,000 people displaced from their homes.
The Big Lie makes it clear to the Palestinians that Israel will continue to wage a campaign of state terror and will never admit its atrocities or its intentions.
The vast disparity between what Israel says and what Israel does tells the Palestinians that there is no hope.
Israel will do and say whatever it wants. International law, like the truth, will always be irrelevant.
There will never, the Palestinians understand from the Big Lie, be an acknowledgement of reality by the Israeli leadership.
“Hamas exploits the IDF’s sensitivity towards protecting civilian structures, particularly holy sites, by hiding command centers, weapons caches and tunnel entrances in mosques,” the IDF site reads.
“In Hamas’ world, hospitals are command centers, ambulances are transport vehicles, and medics are human shields,” the site insists.
“… [Israeli] officers are tasked with an enormous responsibility: to protect Palestinian civilians on the ground, no matter how difficult that may be,” the site assures its viewers.
And the IDF site provides this quote from a drone operator identified as Lt. Or.
“I have personally seen rockets fired at Israel from hospitals and schools, but we couldn’t strike back because of civilians nearby.
In one instance, we acquired a target but we saw that there were children in the area.
We waited around, and when they didn’t leave we were forced to abort a strike on an important target.”
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, in a Big Lie of his own, said last month at a conference of Christians United for Israel that the Israeli army should be given the “Nobel Peace Prize … a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint.”
The Big Lie destroys any possibility of history and therefore any hope for a dialogue between antagonistic parties that can be grounded in truth and reality.
While, as Hannah Arendt pointed out, the ancient and modern sophists sought to win an argument at the expense of the truth, those who wield the Big Lie “want a more lasting victory at the expense of reality.”
The old sophists, she said, “destroyed the dignity of human thought.”
Those who resort to the Big Lie “destroy the dignity of human action.”
The result, Arendt warned, is that “history itself is destroyed, and its comprehensibility.”
And when facts no longer matter, when there is no shared history grounded in the truth, when people foolishly believe their own lies, there can be no useful exchange of information.
The Big Lie, used like a bludgeon by Israel, as perhaps it is designed to be, ultimately reduces all problems in the world to the brutish language of violence.
And when oppressed people are addressed only through violence they will answer only through violence.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel “will settle the score with those who harm our troops and citizens,” following riots on the Gaza border fence that resulted in a soldier being critically wounded.
Twenty-one-year-old Border Police Staff Sergent Barel Hadaria Shmueli was wounded on Saturday when a man shot him in the head with a pistol from point-blank range using a gap in the border wall.
He was evacuated to Be’er Sheva’s Soroka Medical Center intensive care unit where he underwent several surgeries and continues to be in critical condition.
In retaliation for the incident, the IDF attacked overnight several Palestinians and homes.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Bennett said security forces were prepared for any development in the Gaza Strip.
“I want to send my wishes and prayers for Hadaria’s speedy recovery,” Bennet said.
“The IDF conducted extensive strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to the shooting,” he said.
“Last week, I conducted a situation assessment in the Gaza Division, together with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.
I can inform you that the IDF, the Southern Command and the Gaza Division are prepared and ready for any scenario,” he said.
Bennett said he and a small delegation will be travel to Washington to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden.
The duration of the visit and the size of the delegation will be dictated by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The timing of the meeting with Biden is very important and comes at a critical point regarding Iran,” he said.
“Tehran is increasing its uranium enrichment and has substantially shortened the time needed to accumulate material for a nuclear bomb.
We’ve inherited a complex situation,” he said.
“Iran is behaving aggressively in the region and my message to Biden is that it must be stopped.
It must not be given a lifeline by the U.S. rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal,” he added.
“We will present a plan that we have spent months constructing to block Iran’s nuclear ambitions and their belligerence in the region,” the prime minister said.
Bennett told ministers that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a guest in the cabinet meeting upon his return.
“I will also travel to Egypt to meet President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi who extended his invitation with the aim of solidifying and bolstering relations with nations in the Middle East,” he said.
“We are on a very positive path with Jordan as well, after years of crisis in bilateral relations, a crisis that was unjustified.
All for the purpose of building a coalition to counter Islamic extremism and Iran,” Bennett said.
“Hamas is clear in its statements: it targets Israeli cities, that is, civilians. That’s a war crime. Moreover, its weapons are inherently indiscriminate: they can’t effectively be directed at military targets.” They “killed civilians almost exclusively.”https://t.co/RBtiyYXtQ4pic.twitter.com/MxJiAYsgkq
As Israel continues to pummel the Palestinian people with bombs and artillery shot into Gaza from troops amassed along its borders in preparation for a ground invasion, the Biden administration has reaffirmed its unwavering support for Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians.
Israel could not commit its crimes without the overwhelming support of the U.S. government. U.S. officials are aiding and abetting Israel’s crimes with massive military aid and scotching any criticism of Israel in the UN Security Council.
President Joe Biden said he didn’t think Israel’s attack on Gaza has been a “significant overreaction.” He expressed his “unwavering support” for Israel’s “right to defend itself” from rocket attacks from Gaza, but he did not condemn Israel’s airstrikes that are killing Palestinian civilians and destroying residential buildings, or the Israeli attacks on worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
“Blanket statements like these with little context or acknowledgement of what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa — dehumanize Palestinians & imply the U.S. will look the other way at human rights violations,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) tweeted, and said Biden was giving Israel a “green light” to continue its onslaught.
“By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions — which are condemnable — and refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is not neutral language. It takes a side — the side of occupation.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizing the Biden administration’s defense of Israeli attacks on Gaza, May 13. (C-Span)
Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that there is a “fundamental difference between a terrorist organization in Hamas that is indiscriminately targeting civilians and Israel, which is defending itself.”
But as Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, wrote in an email to this writer, claims like Blinken’s obscure the fact that nearly all of Israel’s targets have been civilians.
And the vast majority of those killed have been Palestinians.
Moreover, as an occupying power, Israel cannot use military force against the occupied Palestinian people because under international law, the occupier has a duty to protect the territory it occupies.
On May 13, Israeli troops bombed the Gaza Strip with artillery, tanks and war planes, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) prepared at least three brigades of troops for action.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who served as chief of general staff for the IDF during Israel’s 2014 massacre of 2,251 Palestinians in Gaza, threatened to commit additional war crimes. Gantz warned that “Gaza will burn” if Israelis have to sleep in shelters.
Hamas has fired rockets into Israel in response to the Israeli attack on worshipers at the holy Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.
“This is the worst I witnessed in my life,” Sourani wrote in his email. “No safe haven in Gaza, so bloody and brutal; all the targets, almost are civilians, the most intention to exert pressure on resistance.” Sourani added:
“They are terrorizing the two million in Gaza day and night, the peak this morning. We did not believe we will see the sunshine again. Everything is shaking in the house including our bodies.
They destroyed the civilian police stations and headquarters, internal security, infrastructure, big building towers, etc. None of these, to the best of our knowledge, has any security significance.”
Israeli War Crimes in 2014
On March 3, 2021, Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced that her office was launching a formal investigation into war crimes committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip since Israel’s 2014 “Operation Protective Edge,” in which Israeli forces killed 2,251 Palestinians.
Bensouda found a reasonable basis to believe that Israeli forces committed the war crimes of willful killing, willfully causing serious injury, disproportionate use of force, and the transfer of Israelis into Palestinian territory.
She also found a reasonable basis to investigate possible war crimes by Palestinians, including intentional attacks against civilians, using civilians as human shields, and torture and willful killing.
Seven years after Operation Protective Edge, Israeli officials are once again committing war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. In its current “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Israeli leaders are perpetrating the same war crimes as those they committed in 2014.
August 2014: Palestinian residents walk beside a damaged UN school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli shelling. (UN Photo)
Israeli Apartheid Is a Crime Against Humanity
Under the ICC’s Rome Statute, “inhumane acts committed in the context of an institutional regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another racial group, with the intent to maintain that regime” constitutes the crime against humanity of apartheid.
In 2001, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) sent a delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and subsequently published a report documenting a system of apartheid.
Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories and professor emeritus at Princeton University, and Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, co-authored a report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in 2017. It found “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians constitutes “the crime of Apartheid.”
Like B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch had long resisted charging that Israeli leaders were committing the crime of apartheid.
But on April 27, Human Rights Watch issued a detailed report describing Israel’s “intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” including East Jerusalem.
The report added that this Israeli government intent “has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them.
When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid.”
Palestinians’ Right to Resist Israeli Occupation
Under international law, the Palestinians have a lawful right to resist Israel’s occupation of their lands, including through armed struggle.
In 1982, the UN General Assembly “reaffirmed the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.”
The Biden administration is claiming that Israel is acting in self-defense against the Hamas rockets, but under international law, Israel, as an occupying force, does not have the right to use military force in self-defense against its occupied territory.
Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and associate professor at Rutgers University, wrote in Jadaliyya, “A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is ‘foreign’ and poses an exogenous national security threat.
In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.”
As Falk said in an interview with Truthout, “It is always deceptive to treat the oppressor and the oppressed as if equal.”
In the current situation, he added, “the oppressor acts contrary to applicable international law and elementary morality while the oppressed is countering by exercising rights of resistance and suffering the deprivation of basic rights.
Of course,” Falk added, “the tactics of resistance should be scrutinized by reference to legal and moral constraints, but without losing sight of overwhelming structures of dominance and the far greater harm done by state violence than by the violence of resistance.”
Yet the Biden administration maintains a false equivalency between Palestinian rockets and Israeli bombs.
Biden Administration Abetting Israeli Crimes
An individual can be convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute if he or she “aids, abets or otherwise assists” in the commission or attempted commission of the crime, “including providing the means for its commission.”
The U.S. government gives Israel $3.8 billion in military aid annually. Israel could not maintain its occupation of Palestinian lands and persecution of the Palestinian people without U.S. assistance.
Moreover, the United States regularly prevents the UN Security Council from issuing resolutions or statements that criticize Israel.
The U.S. was the only country on the Security Council to oppose a statement urging Israel to prevent the evictions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
The proposed statement, endorsed by 14 of the 15 Council members, called on Israel “to cease settlement activities, demolitions and evictions, including in east Jerusalem in line with its obligations under international humanitarian law” and refrain from taking unilateral actions “that exacerbate tensions and undermine the viability of the two-state solution.”
Between 1967 and 2017, the United States used its veto in the Security Council 43 times to protect Israel from international accountability.
Israeli warplanes bomb a civilian residential building in Gaza, May 14. (Osps7, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)
End U.S. Military Aid to Israel
Countries that receive U.S. military aid can only use weapons for legitimate self-defense and internal security, according to the Arms Export Control Act.
In addition, the Leahy Law forbids military units that commit human rights abuses from receiving U.S. weapons or training.
Moreover, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 prohibits U.S. assistance to any country “which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” U.S. military aid to Israel violates all three of these laws.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) tweeted, “We cannot just condemn rockets fired by Hamas and ignore Israel’s state-sanctioned police violence against Palestinians — including unlawful evictions, violent attacks on protestors, and the murder of Palestinian children.” Pocan added, “U.S. aid should not be funding this violence.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), the first Palestinian American woman to serve in Congress, tweeted, “American taxpayer money is being used to commit human rights violations,” adding, “Congress must condition the aid we send to Israel, and end it altogether if those conditions are not followed. Statements aren’t working, Blinken. Enough is enough.”
Twenty-three members of Congress joined Representatives Marie Newman (D-Illinois) and Pocan in signing a letter urging the Biden administration to pressure Israeli leaders to “desist from its plans to demolish Palestinian homes in Al-Bustan and evict Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah,” two neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
On April 13, Rep. Betty McCollum introduced H.R. 2590, “To promote and protect the human rights of Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and to ensure that United States taxpayer funds are not used by the Government of Israel to support the military detention of Palestinian children, the unlawful seizure, appropriation, and destruction of Palestinian property and forcible transfer of civilians in the West Bank, or further annexation of Palestinian land in violation of international law.”
The National Lawyers Guild issued a statement in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
It notes that May 15 is the 73–year anniversary of the Nakba, the Arabic word for catastrophe.
“In 1948, the Zionist settler colonial movement with the support of imperialist powers established the state of Israel through the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, waged through massacres and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages,” the statement reads.
“This colonial project continues today as we are witnessing the forced expulsion of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem by armed settlers, indiscriminate violence against Palestinian protestors, attacks on Palestinian holy sites, and the ongoing devastating closure and indiscriminate bombing of Gaza.”
As Israel continues its assault on Gaza, congressional disapproval and international opposition will increase. Those who oppose Israeli war crimes should pressure their congressmembers and the White House to halt U.S. military assistance to Israel and stop blocking UN Security Council action to end Israel’s human rights violations.
From Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria and from Libya to Yemen, millions of innocent Muslim women and children have been murder, millions have been displaced and abused by invading U.S.-dominated Western armies on behalf of Israel.
The Zionists are exterminating the world’s Muslims. Even Hitler did not do that to the Jews. Hitler allowed the Zionist minions to terrorize the Jews into fleeing out of Europe to Palestine so the imperialists could fleece it. Hitler knew that.
“It seems that nothing the Israeli Government ever does to the Palestinians will meet with meaningful condemnation from Western governments.
So long as the theft of Palestinian land is done quietly and in small slices, and so long as summary killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers are done just a few at a time, the USA, Britain, France, Germany etc. will turn blind eye [and allow Israel to get away with mass murder of the Palestinian people]”.Martin Odoni.
For nearly two weeks in May 2021, and again for several days in June and July, U.S.-supplied Israeli warplanes (F-35s) attacked and levelled high-rise residential buildings, dwellings, and vital civilian infrastructures in Gaza.
Unindicted war criminal Benyamin Netanyahu said: I’m “determined” to keep terrorizing and massacring Palestinians throughout Palestine until our diabolical Jewish aim of final solution – the extermination of the Palestinian people – is achieved. Palestinians reserve the legal right to respond to these attacks and hold the Israelis accountable.
The Israeli attacks on Gaza began after the Israeli Police (the Israeli Gestapo) and the heavily armed Zionist militias – Jewish supremacist colonist gangs, or “Israeli settlers” in Western parlance (also known as the Brownshirts in reference to the Nazis Storm troopers) – invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque teargassing and wounding more than 3000 Muslim worshipers with stun grenades and bullets during the month of Ramadhan.
They are armed and have the full support of the Jewish Gestapo Police. In addition, the PA (Palestinian Authority” – by name only) attack dogs play a criminal role as an auxiliary force for Israel.
In coordination with Israeli Gestapo police, the PA attack dogs violently attacking Palestinians and suppressing Palestinian resistance to help Israel enforce its brutal occupation of Palestine.
Funded and trained by the United States and EU, the PA exists to protect Israel and colonist Jews, and to police Palestinians on behalf of Israel.
Most of the Jewish colonist gangs are recent arrivals from the U.S. and Eastern Europe, including the most extremist Russian and Polish neo-Fascist elements.
Furthermore, the ruling by the Israeli magistrate court that 19 Palestinian families from Batan al-Hawa, be expelled from their homes to make way for “Israeli settlers”.
Among their leaders is Bentzi (or Ben-Zion) Gopstein who was indicted by an Israeli court in 2019 on charges of incitement to terrorism, violence and racism against the Palestinians.
His close allay is Itamar Ben-Gvir, another indicted Jewish extremist, terrorist and racist.
They are financed and armed by American and British taxpayer’s money.
Palestinians see these “expulsions”, including the expulsion of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and the raids into Al-Aqsa Mosque,” as part of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and “Judaization” of East Jerusalem.
It is a crime against humanity under international law, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch – a leading player in Western “human rights” propaganda industry.
The Palestinians are defending their right to exist, their homes and their homeland, and had it not been for their resistance, Jewish colonist gangs supported by the deafening silence of the global media would have taken control of many places in Jerusalem.
As Tariq Baconi observes in the May 2021 London Review of Books: “The only way to explain events on the ground, they say, is as settler-colonialism: Israel is dispossessing indigenous Palestinians of lands they have lived on for generations.
Palestinians dispute the ownership claims of the settler groups, arguing that Israeli courts have no jurisdiction over occupied Palestinian territory according to international law – a plausible claim, as the seizure of property and transfer of populations by an occupying power is a war crime under the Rome Statute.”
Furthermore, Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem and in other parts of Palestine has been an ongoing Israel’s terror over the decades followed by periods of “quiet” and delays as international criticism grew and pressure on Israel increased.
The media paly their utmost criminal role by deflecting public attention away from Israel’s war crimes.
In the U.S., Zionists exercise a complete control over much of the media – including, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Telegram, etc.
It is also the case in Canada, much of Europe, Australia and in Russia, led by the extreme racist and anti-Muslims RT (Russian Tabloid or the Russian CNN) global propaganda.
For decades, the Zionist media have been distorting facts on the ground and fabricating excuses for continuing Israel’s terror and war crimes against the defenseless Palestinians.
The U.S.-dominated Western establishments big lie of “Israel has a right to defend itself” – repeated by Western political and media establishments – has become a disease that infects the brains of so many well-meaning people around the world.
As American thinker Malcom X observed: the media, as “the most powerful entity on earth has the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power.
Because they control the minds of [the] masses”. In addition to controlling the media, U.S. and Israeli Zionist supporters have turned the United Nations (UN) into Zionism’s most reliable tool.
The UN primary role is to legitimize and normalize Israel’s terror and war crimes.
From Iran to Afghanistan to Iraq and from Venezuela to Libya to Yemen, nearly all U.S.-sponsored tragedies have UN blessing.
In the last two decades, the UN – with its corrupt administration – has backed Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land and used by the media as a “legal” authority.
The media have depicted Israel’s terror against the Palestinians in simple terms: the Palestinian “terrorist group Hamas” has attacked the “Jewish state” which is “defending itself”; Israel is “responding” or “reacting” to Palestinian “provocation” and “escalation”; Palestinian “rockets” “killed” Israelis, but Palestinians “have died” from unnamed causes; Israel has “defense forces” and “security forces”, but Hamas has “militants”.
(‘The Savage Punishment of Gaza’, MediaLens, 25 May 2021. This is a must read).
“Hamas” is deliberately misused to demonise and strip Palestinians of their human identity.
It is a classic Zionist propaganda for Israeli to deflect attention away from their own provocation and violence by accusing its victims of “starting” it.
They are emulating Nazi propaganda to manipulate public opinion and sell Israel’s terror.
HAMAS, (Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyah, Islamic Resistance Movements) is not a “terrorist group”.
HAMAS are composed of a united front of various factions, including Palestinians Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
They are legitimate resistance movements of oppressed indigenous Palestinians – Muslims and Christians.
HAMAS are also the administrative authority of Gaza that manage a highly efficient system of social networks and charities serves the 2.2 million Palestinians of Gaza.
The rest of the Palestinians live in Nazis’-like Ghettos throughout Jewish-occupied Palestine.
“There’s been a whole attempt to make HAMAS the centre of the reporting.
And that’s nonsense. As if HAMAS is a peculiar demon.
In fact, HAMAS and its military wing are part of [The Palestinian Resistance]; a resistance that was provoked by the Israelis.
The real demon in this is Israel.
But it’s not simply Israel. I mean, this is as much a British and American war against Palestine, as it is an Israeli one.
It is a war against the people of Palestine who are doing one thing – and that is exercising their moral and legal right to resist a brutal occupation [by a terrorist entity]”, said John Pilger. HAMAS is almost always covered in a negative light.
The Palestinians are largely defenceless people who are abused, dispossessed, and murdered by Israeli supremacist Jews and their Western financiers.
They are legally resisting against Israel’s colonialism, ethnic cleansing and the dispossession of their land.
It is a right enshrined in international law – and an inalienable right that any nation would defend.
Israel warning to the media is that any sympathy towards the Palestinians will invite Israel’s terror.
A case in point is the deliberate destruction of Al-Shorouk building housing the Associate Press, Al-Jazeera and other media offices (to eliminate any independent media observers on the ground in Gaza) show Israel’s fear of the extent of its crimes reaching the outside world.
Gaza is the largest open-air Concentration Camp (Konzentrationslager) in the world.
It is completely controlled by Israel military from land, sea and air. 75% of the 2.2 million (50% children under the age of 18) Palestinian population of Gaza are refugees who in 1948 fled Israel’s terror or were forcefully expelled from Palestine in what is now called “Israel” – in some cases months after the formal cease-fire.
Just after the Belford declaration in 1917, Zionist Jews went into Palestine and shot over 11,000 innocent Palestinian men, women, and children in cold blood JUST as a sign of force (For more see. Behind The Hatred –
The Discovery Channel, 3-hour version). Since 1920, supremacist Zionist Jews have displaced over 800,000 innocent Palestinian men, women, and children.
According to The New York Times, they have murdered tens of thousands more and tortured more than 300,000 since 1948.
Every time the Palestinians fight back, they are accused of being “terrorists”.
I think we are aware of who the “terrorists” are.
The Red Cross in Jerusalem gave a shocking account of the massacre in Deir Yassin, one of several hundreds of villages raped and destroyed by Jewish terrorists and immigrants.
In his official report, Jacque De Reynier, the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jerusalem described as he arrived at one village (Deir Yassin) on the second day and saw “the mopping up,” as one of the Jewish terrorists put it to him.
It had been done with machine guns, then grenades, and was finished off with knives.
The Jews decapitated some of the victims and fatally maimed 52 children in sight of their mothers.
They cut open 25 pregnant women’s wombs and butchered the babies in front of them. . The Palestinian Nakba continues at a slower pace in broad daylight.
Since 2006, Israel has been subjecting Gaza to a military siege and blockade for, which has left the Concentration Camp effectively unliveable (Jacobin).
“Israel has intentionally made Gaza unlivable .
Zionist thieves left the Palestinians without resources.
The only way Gaza can exert pressure on Israel is by firing home-made projectiles (“rockets”).
If they peacefully protest their conditions, they’re massacred just the same.
If they do nothing, Israel continues to blockade them, erode their living conditions while ethnically cleansing the rest of their land”, said journalist Abby Martin.
The recent Israeli attacks caused the death of more than 280 Palestinians, including at least 70 children and 40 women massacred in cold blood, and drove 52,000 people from their homes.
The mass murder of Palestinian children was described in the Israeli media as a “price of war”, echoing Bill Clinton’s former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright – an ardent pro-Israel Zionist Jew – who famously cackled that “it was worth it” when she was asked about the deaths of 600,000 Iraqi children by U.S.-enforced sanctions on food, water and medicines.
Many thousands of Palestinians have been wounded.
More than 20,000 Palestinians are now homeless.
On the Israeli side, there are 12 dead and very limited damage to Israeli buildings caused by home-made Palestinian projectiles.
Most projectiles were intercepted by Israeli air defenses and Israelis are well protected in fortified bomb shelters under their homes.
The disproportionate deaths among Palestinian civilians indicate a one-sided mass murder.
The comparative death toll tells of the one-sided nature of the Israeli violence.
It is preposterous to equate the criminal violence of a highly armed, destructive and murderous terrorism entity like Israel with that of a nearly defenseless and non-destructive resistant movement, HAMAS.
The misleading equivalence that this designation relies upon is an Amnesty International’s report which essentially states that using homemade missiles against heavily armed forces is a war crime.
In other words, “[HAMAS] are criminalised for their technological inferiority”.
The use of U.S.-supplied warplanesby the Israeli regime serves to test F-35s warplanes and their pilots in real war action using Gaza homes and entire Palestinian families as targets on a firing range.
According to the UN, more than 94 buildings in Gaza, comprising of 461 housing and commercial units. Six hospitals, 53 schools and fifteen medical centres were deliberately targeted and destroyed with U.S.-supplied bombs and missiles.
Electricity lines were brought down, and nearly half of Gaza’s 2.2 million inhabitants lack potable water because desalination plants cannot function without power.
Gaza’s aquifers have long been polluted by sea water, chemically engineered sewage known as “skunk” and agricultural run-off.
This round of indiscriminate attacks is far worse than previous attacks in 2014 and 2009.
Despite all this and more, the UN refrained from condemning Israel and holding Israel accountable for wanton destruction and premediate war crimes.
The French NGO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned, that Israel is pushing Gaza into a catastrophe: “The Israeli bombing is incredibly heavy and stronger than previous bombing campaigns.
Relentless bombing has destroyed many homes and buildings all around us.
It’s not safe to go outside, and no one is safe inside, people are trapped.
Emergency health workers are taking incredible but necessary risks to move around”.
As Tama Nasser observed: “The goal is to deliberately inflict such pain and suffering on the civilian population and society at large as to deter anyone from resisting against Israel’s occupation. This can be prosecuted as a war crime.”
It was recently reported, that Israel’s Defence minister Benny Gantz threatened more destruction and killings than he ordered in Gaza in 2014.
“No person, area or neighbourhood in Gaza is immune [from Israel’s terror]”, warned war criminal Gantz.
In 2014, Gantz was Israel’s chief of staff commanding the51-day terror that killed more than 2,251 Palestinians were killed.
This figure includes 1,462 Palestinian civilians, including 299 women and 551 children.
The ongoing Israel’s terror and slaughter of Palestinian civilians who were being (as always) deliberately targeted has been perceived by most of the world population, including many Americans, as a slow-paced genocide, even when Western regimes do not apply genocide to non-Jews.
“The numerous incidents of killing entire families in Israeli bombings in Gaza – Parents and children, babies, grandparents, siblings – attest that these were not mistakes.
The bombings follow a decision from higher up, backed by the approval of military jurists”, as Amira Hass observes in Ha’aretz.
“Never in modern history [not even by the Nazis standard] has there been such a merciless, sustained campaign of collective punishment like the one that Israel has meted out against the Palestinian people of Gaza.
And that punishment is horrifying enough, just when you consider the humanitarian consequences of the blockade and the poisoning of the environment and the water supply”, writes reporter Jeremy Scahill.
The ritual of Israeli massacres of Palestinians are just one part of carefully planned Palestinian genocide. Gaza is used as a laboratory for Israel’s scientific racism where the Palestinians are the guinea pigs in a variety of Nazis-like experiments and a testing laboratory for Israel’s terror.
Even when not committing full-scale massacre in broad daylight, Israel cuts power supply and restricts the delivery of fuel, medical supplies and building materials available to Palestinians to build their homes.
In other words, the Palestinians population were put on strict diet of death and survival.
According to Dr Sara Roy, a senior researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University: “Innocent human beings, most of them children, are slowly being poisoned by the water they drink and likely by the soil in which they plant.”
The result of this criminal act is that “about 10 percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under age 5 have had their growth stunted by malnutrition. In addition, anaemia is widespread, affecting over two-thirds of infants, 58.6 per cent of schoolchildren, and over a third of pregnant mothers.”
The Gaza blockade is an act of war, hence Israel enforcing it cannot claim to be acting defensively in response to anything that happened after the start of the blockade.
How can Israel claim self-defense against malnourished and thirsty captive people?
The U.S. regime blocked three recent attempts by the United Nations Security Council to demand a ceasefire.
This is while the Zionist U.S. President Joe Biden signed off on supplying $735 million dollars-worth gift of JDAM-equipped bombs and missiles to fuel Israel’s terror, the very kind of munitions that are killing Palestinians and causing wanton destruction to their homes and vital infrastructures.
By encouraging Israel to commit war crimes and supplying it with weapons, the U.S., Britain and the EU are giving cover to an outlaw terrorist entity and evincing deep-seated racism against the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims in general.
It is worth noting that, without U.S. subsidy there is no Israel.
President Biden knew Israel was not running out of weapons, but he wanted to facilitate the Israeli intention to exterminate the Palestinians and shows his loyalty to his Jewish financiers.
“These Israeli atrocities are being funded by billions of our own American tax dollars while communities like mine in St. Louis are hurting and are in need of life-affirming investment here at home”, said the U.S. Representative Cori Anika Bush (D. Missouri).
With its massive arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, Israel poses the greatest threat to world’s peace and Humanity.
Israel, as a terrorist entity that espouses a Nazi-like ideology is a serial violator of international law and guilty of countless war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Israel is an occupying terrorist entity that has been terrorizing and dispossession the Palestinian people for hundred years.
Israel, and its Jewish terrorist gangs have been carrying out a war against the Palestinians for over 100 years, so Israeli self-defense against Palestinians is a logical impossibility (Electronic Intifada).
In fact as an occupying power, Israel does not have a legal right to claim self-defense against the people it is illegally occupying their land and terrorising them on daily basis (Truthout).
The Israeli (endorsed by the U.S. and the EU regimes) blockade has severely and deliberately restricted the flow of food, fuel, medicine, water and all essential goods to civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law.
These illegal unilateral coercive measures have caused human rights violations by obstructing access to the updated health systems, technology and humanitarian aid needed to sustain global infrastructure, according to the UN Human Rights Council.
As Avraham Burg, former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset and former Chairman of the World Zionist Organization told the New York Times: “… it was the outgrowth of years of blockades and restrictions in Gaza, decades of occupation in the West Bank, and decades more of discrimination [and racism] against Arabs within the [entity of Fascist] Israel.
All the enriched uranium was already in place. But you needed a trigger.
And the trigger was the [Jewish attacks on] al-Aqsa Mosque.” Burg was referring to the provocations mentioned above by the Jewish Gestapo Police and the Zionist militias or Jewish colonists.
Last night, Israeli Occupation Forces brutalized Palestinians, teargassed worshippers, shot bullets inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, beat women, and violated every moral and international rule there is, while armed Zionist settlers roamed free. Here is an infuriating thread… pic.twitter.com/oRwEjx8e0c
According to a newUN Report: “In 2020, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented 771 incidents of settler violence causing injury to 133 Palestinians and damaging 9,646 trees and 184 vehicles mostly in the areas of Hebron, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah.
Already, during the first three months of 2021, more than 210 settler violent incidents were recorded, with one Palestinian fatality.” The UN Report also noted: “Settlers’ violence was predominantly ideologically motivated and primarily designed to illegally take Palestinian land but also to intimidate and terrorize the Palestinians.
The violence and intimidation often prevent Palestinians from accessing and cultivating their land and creates a coercive environment pressuring Palestinians to stay away from certain areas or even move.”
According to the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in Palestine (B’Tselem): “Thousands of testimonies, videos and reports, as well as many years of close monitoring by B’Tselem and other organizations, reveal that Israeli security forces [the Jewish Gestapo] not only allow settlers to harm Palestinians and their property as a matter of course – they often provide the perpetrators escort and back-up.
In some cases, they even join in on the attack.
After more than 25 years of this work, there is no escaping the conclusion that the authorities merely make a show of law enforcement in this context and that, with few exceptions, they have no interest in seriously investigating settler violence against Palestinians.”
B’Tselem further added: “Violent actions of settlers against Palestinians are not exceptions to a rule.
Rather, they form part of a broader strategy in which the state colludes, as it stands to benefit from the result.
Over time, this unchecked violence is gradually driving Palestinians from more and more locations in the West Bank, making it easier for the state to take over land and resources.”
People should open their eyes to the Israelis and stop comparing Israel with Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa.
The comparison is very misleading.
It is designed to lessen Israel’s terror and violence against defenseless and captive Palestinians.
Israel ticks all the boxes of Fascism and Apartheid. It espouses a Nazi-like ideology coupled with an extreme Apartheid.
In an interview in 1990, the well-known Israeli intellectual Yeshayahu Leibowitz warned that Israel was becoming “a Judeo-Nazi state.”
The Jews ran the camps there, and now in Palestine.
Adding that “the Israeli Defense Force, armed to the teeth by American weapons, has assassinated 150 [Palestinian] children in the past two years alone,” Leibowitz insisted that the word “Nazi” was the only appropriate word to describe its conduct:
“The minister of Defense [Yitzhak Rabin] who gave the order to break the arms and legs of Palestinian prisoners is a Nazi…And the president of the High Court [Moshe Landau], who judged that torturing prisoners was allowed, is a Nazi.”
In fact, Israel is worse than Nazi Germany.
As mentioned earlier, Israel is unconditionally supported militarily, financially and diplomatically by the world’s most militarized regime, the U.S. regime.
Unlike Israel, Nazi Germany was at war with large military powers (e.g., USSR, Britain) on many fronts.
Israel is and has been at war with largely unarmed and defenseless captive people that are legally resisting Israel’s daily terror and war crimes.
Furthermore, Nazi Germany crimes have been highly exaggerated, and the Nazis are demonized to give impetus and sympathy to Jews and justify Israel’s century-long terror and war of extermination (slow-paced genocide) against the Palestinians.
The so-called “Jewish Holocaust” gives special status to Jewish victims of the Nazis above their inferior Slavic and Romani fellow-sufferers so as to give grounds for genocidal Zionism in Palestine. It is this “Holocaust” narrative that has been central to Zionism’s endeavor.
Critics have labelled the tendency of Jews to see themselves as having suffered more than the Palestinians as “competitive victimhood”.
Indeed, Jewish organizations world-wide are motivated to engage in competitive victimhood not only to exert power and provide cover for Israeli war crimes but also to excuse their own ethnocentric manipulations.
In supporting and appeasing Israel, U.S. and European political and media establishments are complicit today in Israel’s crimes against humanity akin to those of Nazi Germany.
The entire Western narrative of the creation of Israel as a “homeland” for the “Jewish people” outside Europe at the expense of the Palestinian people is a fabrication and a distortion of truth .
Why Jews need a homeland?
Why can’t they just live wherever they were born, just like, Christians, Buddhists and Muslims?
It is an insult to compare Germans with racist and violent Israelis.
Germany of 1930s and 1940s was a descent and educated society and remains so today.
You will never find a Nazi who was more violent and racist than Israeli supremacist Jews (Abby Martin, YouTube).
Martin’s interview exposes the dark underbelly of Jews’ anti-Arabs and anti-Muslims hate-filled propaganda machine.
Israeli supremacist Jews are calling for Palestinians’ deaths, shouting “Death to Arabs” with a Jewish rabbi saying: “I call on you to kill all Arabs!” and others using Facebook and Telegram to organize attack mobs.
A survey conducted by direct polls in Israel, found that 72% of Israeli Jews didn’t want Israel to negotiate a cease fire – they wanted Israel’s terror against the Palestinians to continue.
Israel’s apologists have the gall to warn us that it is racist and “anti-Semitic” to “hold Jews individually or collectively accountable for Israel’s terror and crimes” against the Palestinians.
It is preposterous accusation.
While there are outstanding decent Jews around the world who want nothing to do with Israel and its Fascistic policies, supremacist Jews individually and collectively make great efforts to support, finance and cover-up Israel’s crimes because Jews identify with Israel no matter how heinous and brutal Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.
For example, Jewish leaders in Britain, including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis are pressing the British government of Boris Johnson to classify all Palestinians in Gaza as terrorists and make them legitimate targets for Israel’s terror.
Anyone who advocating for Palestinian rights, including demonstrating against Israeli attacks on Gaza, the media consider it as a collective attack on Jews and “anti-Semitic”.
The myth of “anti-Semitism” is a fiction cynically recycled by the media every few years as a cover for Israel’s terror and brutality against the Palestinians.
A case in point is the former British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who was destroyed by British Jews (pro-Israel Jewish Lobby) and Zionist supporters of Israel.
It is an “organized campaign to turn reality upside down – to convert supporters of Israeli violence into victims and to blame the real victims – the defenceless Palestinians – for their own suffering.
The truth, there is no “anti-Semitism” against Jews, none exists.
There is widespread anti-Semitism against Muslims and Arabs promoted and paid for by the Zionist media.
Jews around the world should be ashamed of their support for a criminal terrorist entity masquerading as a “Jewish State” for all Jews.
They should publicly distant themselves from Israel and condemn Israel’s terror and crimes against the Palestinians.
The current Israeli leader, the extreme Fascist Naftali Bennett has routinely described Palestinian resisting Jewish occupation as terrorists and demanded that they should be shot on sight.
He has also boasted of killing Palestinians during his military service.
In 1980s, Bennett was heavily involved in “Operation Grapes of Wrath” in Lebanon, where his commando unit killed numerous civilians, and takes pleasure in recounting his participation in Israel’s war crimes.
In short, the new Israeli regime is more Fascist regime than its predecessors.
Bennett was described by Western and the Russian racist media as a “creative, dedicated and goal-oriented”, but when Iranian Judiciary Chief Sayed Ebrahem Raeisi won Iran’s presidential election by a big majority, he was labelled as a “hardliner” and accused of an allegedly “grave human rights abuses”.
Bennett as the new head of the Israeli gang of terrorists will soon be welcomed by Western leaders eager to show him their support against the Palestinian people.
In most civilized societies, Naftali Bennett would be arrested and charged with murder and war crimes.
The U.S. and U.S.-dominated regimes have the audacity to criticize China for allegedly committing “human rights” abuses against its Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
There is no evidence to support the allegations against China.
But overwhelming evidence shows the same U.S.-dominated regimes (including, Israel, Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, among others) are guilty of egregious human rights abuses.
Arrests and torture of dissidents are widespread in the U.S. and in Europe.
The incarceration and torture of Julian Assange is a case in point.
China is not stealing Syria’s oil and selling it off, like pirates.
China is not setting Syria’s grain fields on fire and depriving the Syrian people of their own food.
The U.S. and U.S.-dominated regimes are.
Of course, these regimes do not practice what they preach.
If these regimes are really concern about “human rights” abuses of Muslims, they should start dealing with Israel, the world’s biggest abuser of human rights.
For decades, hard evidence shows these same regimes have colluded with successive Israeli Fascist regimes in terrorizing and killing Muslims daily.
From Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria and from Libya to Yemen, millions of innocent Muslim women and children have been murder, millions have been displaced and abused by invading U.S.-dominated Western armies on behalf of Israel.
The 2003 criminal U.S.-British invasion of Iraq on behalf of Israel was the most barbaric act of terrorism in human history.
It was premediated aggression against defenceless people suffering from barbaric and genocidal sanctions that targeted women and children.
The ongoing 10-year U.S.-sponsored terrorism war against Syria is another Western barbaric aggression on behalf of Israel.
The world must not remain silent on the unconscionable crimes that Israel has wantonly engaged in against the defenseless Palestinians or accept the status of Israel as a victim.
Israel is neither a democracy nor the victim.
Israel is a terrorist entity built on racism, ethnic cleansing, dispossession and genocide.
Only Israel’s defeat will restore world’s peace. It exists as a terrorism entity masquerading as a “Jewish State” that is carrying out a slow-paced genocide of the Palestinians.
The U.S., Europe and Russia must end their support for Israel’s terror and force it to stop the slow-paced genocide of the Palestinian people.
It is imperative that the international community redouble its efforts to support the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle against this violent and oppressive terrorism entity, and in the process, help deliver freedom and justice.
On this day seven years ago, Israel launched one of its deadliest military offensives against the Gaza Strip in recent history.
The offensive left 2,251 people dead, with more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian and UN sources.
Seven years on, Gaza is still subject to intense attacks by Israel as well as the ongoing blockade which has been enforced for more than 11 years.
One of the deadliest attacks was the one launched between 11 and 12 May 2021 when 266 people killed including 67 children, 41 women, 16 elderly.
What: 2014 Israelis offensive against Gaza
When: 8 July – 26 August 2014
Where: The occupied Gaza Strip
Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip took place against the backdrop of a second Palestinian unity government being formed in early June by the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
Threatened by the reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the PA had to choose between peace with Hamas and peace with Israel.
Ten days later, on 12 June, three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank, an incident for which Israel blamed Hamas, despite providing no evidence to back the allegation.
Netanyahu also stated that the kidnapping proved that the unity pact between the Palestinian factions could not be endorsed.
High ranking Hamas officials denied involvement and the PA attributed the abductions to the Qawasameh clan, a group within Hamas that has frequently acted against the party’s policies.
Israeli historian Ilan Pappé has said that the motivation for the kidnapping was the murder of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli forces in May 2014; the autopsy report which showed that the teens were killed by Israeli soldiers’ live fire had been made public the day before the kidnapping.
In the aftermath of the abduction, Israel launched a crackdown on alleged Hamas associates in the West Bank.
Some 11 Palestinians were killed and dozens were wounded in the run up to 2 July, with hundreds arrested, many of whom had been freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal.
The murder of a Palestinian teen by Israeli settlers then sparked widespread protests in the occupied territories.
Israel also bombarded the Gaza Strip, prompting some minor rocket fire from various factions in the besieged enclave.
After attempts to agree to a ceasefire failed, with Tel Aviv refusing to meet Hamas conditions that the siege be ended and prisoners released, on 7 July the Israeli military announced the start of Operative Protective Edge to “hit Hamas hard“.
Within the first 48 hours of the operation, Israel dropped 400 tonnes of bombs on Gaza. Over the next two months, some 6,000 air strikes were launched on the besieged 365 km2 of the coastal territory.
The subsequent bombardment displaced some 500,000 people; 300,000 civilians were forced to shelter in UNRWA schools. Electricity to hospitals was cut off, rendering thousands without basic medical care.
Hamas fired rockets towards Israel in response, but did little damage.
Lacking in precision guidance systems, the attacks were indiscriminate by default, but Hamas has said on many occasions that its rockets are always intended to hit military targets.
Conversely, Israel used its high-powered US-financed precision-guided arsenal to target civilian areas deliberately, claiming that militants were hiding in homes, schools and hospitals.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) also began a limited ground invasion, focusing on destroying tunnels used to transfer much-needed humanitarian supplies to the besieged population. The tunnels have been described as “Gaza’s lifeline”.
The offensive prompted outrage from the international community, with protests organized around the world in support of the Palestinians.
What happened next?
On 3 August, the IDF pulled most of its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip after completing the destruction of 32 tunnels.
A week later, a three-day truce negotiated by Egypt came into effect, which led to a series of brief ceasefires, before Israel and Hamas agreed to an end to hostilities on 26 August.
The “Gaza War” has had enduring consequences for the Strip’s two million inhabitants.
Over 2,250 Palestinians were killed, 500 of whom were children, and 11,000 were wounded, placing a huge strain on the already severely stretched medical sector.
Moreover, at least 20,000 buildings were destroyed in the Israeli bombardment, either reduced to rubble or rendered uninhabitable, including mosques, churches, hospitals and schools.
Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, appealed for £178 million ($295 million) in international aid towards its recovery operations, but little of the planned reconstruction has been completed.
The Israeli death toll was 67 soldiers and six civilians by the time of the ceasefire.
The UN affirmed in 2015 that Israel committed war crimes during the offensive due to its targeting of civilians areas.
Israel had refused to co-operate with the UN investigation, which it claimed had drawn its conclusions in advance.
The report supported the Palestinians in the filing of a petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has yet to open a full investigation into the allegations, despite dossiers of evidence reportedly having been provided by the PA.
A two-year investigation by Israel’s official watchdog into the operation also revealed last year that the government failed to explore diplomatic solutions to prevent the seven-week conflict.
The 200-page report also criticized the Netanyahu government for ignoring several warnings by security services that the ongoing blockade in Gaza was escalating tensions and could lead to violence if not relaxed.
Four years down the line, the Palestinians in Gaza continue to be subject to Israeli brutality, as demonstrated most recently during the Great March of Return protests since the end of March.
G-d forbid, a person must not allow himself or his children to join the defiled Zionists, for their feet run to do evil and their place is a place of defilement. (Tzavaas Abba 10:20) Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam,Rebbe of Shinova, Galicia (1811-1899)
The US will not get involved in the current government turbulence in Israel, but remains committed to the security of the settler-colonial state, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has declared.
Her words are a far cry from the impositions which Palestinians faced from the US and the international community when Hamas was elected in 2006 in the “free and fair” Palestinian legislative election.
Palestinian democracy was subjected to unacceptable conditions and the US disregarded the whole electoral process, and the will of the people, to create a false narrative of democracy out of international impositions.
When it comes to Israel, the US won’t interfere in political affairs, even when the government displays open contempt for US policy in the region.
And Washington’s chequebook is always open.
During the course of Israel’s recent military offensive against Gaza, for example, President Joe Biden went ahead and allocated $735 million worth of arms to be “sold” to the rogue state, illustrating how political allegiances have little to do with democracy and everything to do with human and political rights violations.
A week after Israel unleashed its military might against Palestinians, Defence Minister Benny Gantz was in Washington securing assurances from the Biden administration and funding for the Iron Dome missile defence system.
Such funding, of course, was unquestionable.
According to the Acting Secretary of State Joey Hood, Biden is “clear about this administration’s support for replenishing this system to support Israel’s ability to defend itself in the future.”
Since the 1967 Six-Day War, the US has offered unequivocal support for Israel, while embarking upon a pretence of securing the minimum of Palestinian rights; in other words, ensuring that the Palestinian people remain shackled to a humanitarian aid programme and not a path to freedom and justice.
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s name has become synonymous with state and settler violations against the Palestinian people, this is merely a question of timeframes.
The incoming coalition led by Naftali Bennett is likely to be just as ruthless and in contempt of international law.
Annexation, for example, was one of Bennett’s aims in previous years, even though many people associate this with Donald Trump and Netanyahu.
Trump/US the puppet of Israel – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Bennett has also been outspoken in terms of refuting the two-state compromise.
His position makes it even more obvious that the “solution” is dead and buried, in large part due to international inaction over Israel’s colonial expansion.
However, in typical fashion, the international community has not mustered any political opposition to settlement expansion, meaning that Bennett’s annexation aims will be fulfilled at an opportune time, as former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman often reiterated in his interviews.
Besides the US military aid which guarantees Israel’s hegemony in the region, the Biden administration’s insistence on the two-state compromise — despite the evidence that it is a farce —is likely to remain the game changer, to the detriment of the Palestinians.
An inconspicuous tactic because it is driven by international consensus, yet influential when it comes to colonial expansion, two-state politics are driving Israel’s annexation plans in the absence of the so-called “deal of the century”.
Bennett or Netanyahu, or anyone else for that matter, will not influence the unconditional US backing for Israel, because it is driven by support for colonialism and regional interests, for which the Zionist state was created to protect.
Fifteen Palestinian nuclear and extended families lost at least three, and in general more, of their members, in the Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip during the week from May 10 through to Monday afternoon.
Parents and children, babies, grandparents, siblings and nephews and nieces died together when Israel bombed their homes, which collapsed over them.
Insofar as is known, no advance warning was given so that they could evacuate the targeted houses.
On Saturday, a representative of the Palestinian Health Ministry brought listed the names of 12 families who were killed, each one at its home, each one in a single bombing.
Since then, in one air raid before dawn on Sunday, which lasted 70 minutes and was directed at three houses on Al Wehda Street in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza, three families numbering 38 people in total were killed.
Some of the bodies were found on Sunday morning. Palestinian rescue forces only managed to find the rest of the bodies and pull them out from the rubble only on Sunday evening.
Wiping out entire families in Israeli bombings was one of the characteristics of the war in 2014.
In the roughly 50 days of the war then, UN figures say that 142 Palestinian families were erased (742 people in total).
The numerous incidents then and today attest that these were not mistakes: and that the bombing of a house while all its residents are in it follows a decision from higher up, backed by the examination and approval of military jurists.
Relatives of 11-year-old Hussain Hamad, who was killed by an explosion during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, a week ago.Credit: Khalil Hamra,AP
An investigation by the human rights group B’Tselem that focused on some 70 of the families who were eradicated in 2014, provided three explanations for the numerous nuclear and extended families that were killed, all at once, in one Israeli bombing on the home of each such family.
One explanation was that the Israeli army didn’t provide advance warning to the homeowners or to their tenants; or that the warning didn’t reach the correct address, at all or on time.
In any case, what stands out is the difference between the fate of the buildings that were bombed with their residents inside, and the “towers” – the high-rise buildings that were shelled as of the second day of this latest conflict, during the daytime or early evening.
Reportedly, the owners or the concierge in the towers got prior warning of an hour at most that they must evacuate, usually via phone call from the army or Shin Bet security service, then “warning missiles” fired by drones.
These owners/concierges were supposed to warn the other residents in the short time remaining.
Palestinians attend the funeral of two women and eight children of the Abu Hatab family in Gaza City, who were killed after an Israeli air strike, Saturday.Credit: Khalil Hamra,AP
Not only highrises were involved.
On Thursday evening Omar Shurabji’s home west of Khan Yunis was shelled.
A crater formed in the road and one room in the two־story building was destroyed. Two families, with seven people altogether, live in that building.
About 20 minutes before the explosion, the army called Khaled Shurabji and told him to tell his uncle Omar to leave the house, per a report by the Palestinian center for human rights.
It is not known whether Omar was there, but the residents of the house all hastened to get out, so there were no casualties.
This very fact that the Israeli army and Shin Bet trouble to call and order the evacuation of the homes shows that the Israeli authorities have current phone numbers for people in each structure slated for destruction.
They have the phone numbers for relatives of the people suspected or known to be activists for Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
Palestinians attend the funeral of two women and eight children of the Abu Hatab family in Gaza City, who were killed after an Israeli air strike, Saturday.Credit: Khalil Hamra,AP
The Palestinian population registry, including that of Gaza, is in the hands of the Israeli Interior Ministry. It includes details such as names, ages, relatives and addresses.
As the Oslo Accords require, the Palestinian interior ministry, through the civil affairs ministry, transfers current information regularly to the Israeli side, especially concerning births and newborns: The registry data must receive Israeli approval, because without that, Palestinians cannot receive an identity card when the time comes, or in the case of minors – they can’t travel alone or with their parents through border crossings controlled by Israel.
It is clear, then, that the army knows the number and names of children, women and elderly who live in every residential building it bombs for any reason.
Mourners pray over the bodies of Amira Soboh, and her son Abdelrahman, who were killed in Israeli airstrikes at their apartment building, in Gaza City, Tuesday.Credit: Adel Hana,AP
B’Tselem’s second explanation for why whole families were erased in 2014 is that the army’s definition of an attackable “military target” was very broad, and it included the homes of Hamas and Islamic Jihad people.
These houses were described as operational infrastructure, or command and control infrastructure of the organization or terror infrastructure – even if all it had was a telephone, or just hosted a meeting.
The third explanation in the B’Tselem analysis from 2014 was that the army’s interpretation of “collateral damage” is very flexible and broad.
The army claimed and claims that it acts according to the principle of “proportionality” between harm to uninvolved civilians and achieving the legitimate military goal, in other words, that in every case the “collateral damage” caused to Palestinians is measured and considered.
But once the “importance” of a Hamas member is considered high and its residence is defined as a legitimate target for bombing – the “allowable” collateral damage, in other words the number of uninvolved people killed, including children and babies – is very broad.
آريل شارون قصاب صبرا و شتيلا
People inspect the rubble of the Yazegi residential building that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Sunday.Credit: Adel Hana/AP
In the intensive bombing of three residential buildings on Al Wehda Street in Gaza, before dawn on Sunday, the Abu al Ouf, Al- Qolaq and Ashkontana families were killed.
In real time, when the number of dead from one family is so great – it is hard to find and encourage a survivor to tell about each family member, and their last days.
So one must make do with their names and ages, as listed in the daily reports of the human rights organizations that collect the information and even note, when they know, if any family member belonged to any military organization.
So far, it is not know whether and who among the residents of the Al Wehda buildings was considered such an important target, that “permitted” the obliteration of entire families.
The members of the abu al Ouf family who were killed are:
The father Ayman, an internal medicine doctor in Shifa Hospital, and his two children: Tawfiq, 17, and Tala, 13. Another two female relatives were also killed – Reem, 41, and Rawan, 19. These five bodies were found shortly after the bombing. The bodies of another eight members of the Abu al Ouf family were removed from the ruins only in the evening, and they are: Subhiya, 73, Amin, 90, Tawfiq, 80, and his wife Majdiya, 82, and their relative Raja (married to a man from the Afranji family) and her three children: Mira, 12, Yazen, 13, and Mir, 9.
A woman reacts while standing near the rubble of a building that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday that housed The Associated Press, broadcaster Al-Jazeera and other media outlets.Credit: Adel Hana/AP
During the air raid on those buildings, Abir Ashkontana was also killed, 30, and her three children: Yahya, 5, Dana, 9, and Zin, 2. In the evening, the bodies of two more girls were found: Rula, 6, and Lana, 10. The Palestinian center’s report does not mention whether these two children are Abir’s daughters.
In the two neighboring buildings 19 members of the Al-Qolaq family were killed: Fuaz, 63 and his four children; Abd al Hamid, 23, Riham, 33, Bahaa, 49 and Sameh, 28, and his wife Iyat, 19. Their baby Qusay, six months old, was also killed.
Another female member of the extended family, Amal Al-Qolaq, 42, was also killed and three of her children were killed: Taher, 23, Ahmad, 16, and Hana’a – 15. The brothers Mohammed Al-Qolaq, 42, and Izzat, 44, were also killed, and Izzat’s children: Ziad, 8, and three-year-old Adam. The women Doa’a Al-Qolaq, 39, and Sa’adia Al-Qolaq, 83, were also killed. In the evening, the bodies of Hala Al-Qolaq, 13, and her sister Yara, 10, were rescued from under the rubble. Palestinian center’s report does not mention who their parents were and whether they were also killed in the bombing.
Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Thursday.Credit: Adel Hana/AP
Mourners carry the body of Zaid Telbani, who was killed in Israeli airstrikes on his family apartment building, at Dar Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday.Credit: Adel Hana/AP
The Nazis had a policy of killing 10 locals for every soldier killed by local people in occupied lands. Israel’s kill ratio of Palestinians to Jews is many times more than the Nazis ever did.
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The Palestinian Health Ministry announced on Monday that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks targeting Gaza and the West Bank in the past 10 days has reached 220 dead and 6039 Injured.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli air, sea, and ground bombardment has left 198 dead, including 58 children, 35 women and has left at least 1300 injured.
Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israeli forces killed 21 Palestinians, including one child, and injured 3728 people. Among those injured were 220 children and 22 women, the Health Ministry added.
In Jerusalem, Israeli troops killed one Palestinian man, and injured 1011. 487 were moved to medical centers for treatment, 60 of them in critical conditions and 204 moderate.
The ministry report showed that in the West Bank, 441 people were injured by live gunfire, 172 by rubber-coated steel bullets, and 93 suffered effects of tear gas inhalation.
More Details provided in The Palestinian Health Ministry report:
Ramallah: 113 were injured 14 of them are in serious condition, 41 in moderate condition, and 52 in minor conditions Hebron: 199 were injured, including 19 in a serious condition, 124 in a moderate condition, and 55 in a minor condition. Bethlehem: 25 were injured, including two serious injuries, 13 in a moderate condition, and 10 lightly Nablus: 135 injuries, including 20 in a serious condition, 57 in a moderate condition, and 58 in a minor condition. Jenin: 70 injuries, including 6 in a serious condition, 13 in a moderate condition, and 51 in a minor condition Tulkarm: 75 injuries, including 6 serious, 22 moderate and 47 minor Salfit: 20 injuries, including 4 in a serious condition, 10 in a moderate condition, and 6 in a minor one Tubas: 12 injuries, including 2 serious, 4 moderate and 6 minor injuries Qalqilya: 59 injuries, including 3 in serious condition, 7 in moderate condition, and 41 minor in light Jericho: 22 injuries, including 2 serious, 5 moderate and 15 minor injuries
They are as opposite as day and night. The Jewish people have existed for thousands of years.
In their two thousand years of Divinely decreed exile no Jew ever sought to end this exile and establish independent political sovereignty anywhere.
The people’s sole purpose was the study and fulfillment of the Divine commandments of the Torah.
The Zionist movement created the Israeli state.
The latter is a persuasion less than one hundred years old.
Its essential goal was and is to change the nature of the Jewish people from that of a religious entity to a political movement.
From Zionism’s inception the spiritual leaders of the Jewish people stood in staunch opposition to it.
To this day Torah Jewry remains forever loyal to its faith. Zionists want the world to believe that they are the representatives of the entire Jewish people. This is false!
The Jewish people never chose them as their leaders.
Semites are generally swarthy people. The European Ashkenazim Jews are not from the Hebrew stock!
The Zionists have deceived many well meaning Jewish people via terror, trickery and false propaganda.
They have at their disposal the use of a nearly universally subservient media.
Whoever attempts to criticize them puts his livelihood and, at times, his very life in danger.
However, despite the media blackout and easy resort to terror the simple truth remains unrefuted and irrefutable: ACCORDING TO THE JEWISH FAITH AND TORAH LAW THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE FORBIDDEN TO HAVE THEIR OWN STATE WHILE AWAITING THE MESSIANIC ERA!
The Creator gave us the Holy Land thousands of years ago. Yet, when we sinned, He took it away and sent us into exile.
Foreign Zionist occupation and Palestinian refugee issue is at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
Gantz said on Saturday that if the quiet will not be kept on the Gaza border, the Strip will be “severely hit – in its economy, security, and from the civilian perspective.”
On Saturday afternoon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi held a security assessment meeting with senior officers, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, National Security Council Chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai, among others, at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Gantz said on Saturday that if the quiet will not be kept on the Gaza border, the Strip will be “severely hit – in its economy, security, and from the civilian perspective.”
GazaWar may refer to: GazaWar (2008-09) or Operation Cast Lead; GazaWar (2012) or Operation Pillar of Defense; GazaWar (2014) or Operation Protective Edge
War on Gaza
Gaza Genocide Victims in pictures Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza (Dec 27, 2008- Jan 18, 2009): Children, Women, Civilian People, Buildings/Houses, Gaza Under Fire, White Phosphorus, Medical Services, Mosques/Religious, Schools/Education, Animals/Birds, Trees/Farms
Day 23 – Jan 18, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 1310 Palestinians killed and 5600 wounded.Family members die in Israeli house demolition.
Day 22 – Jan 17, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 1100 Palestinians killed and 5100 wounded.Gaza doctor’s (Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish) tragedy caught on Israeli TV.
Day 21 – Jan 16, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 1100 Palestinians killed and 5100 wounded.Aftermath of attacks on Tal El Hawa district.
Day 20 – Jan 15, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 1100 Palestinians killed and 5100 wounded.Hamas leader Said Siyam was killed today in an Israeli air raid along with one of his sons and a brother.
Day 19 – Jan 14, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 1015 Palestinians killed and 4800 wounded.UN issues warning on Gaza children.
Day 18 – Jan 13, 2009 Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza: At least 980 Palestinians killed and 4400 wounded.The humanitarian crisis continues in Gaza.
These refugees did originate from this area. It’s an act of historical antisemitism to deny it.
While you want to explore whether or not these people were residents of Palestine, At the same time, keep in mind – Who denies it and what is the benefit?
There are many historical documents that detail their history, but maybe you will believe your own eyes with pictures.
Viewing these pictures, it’s striking to me all of the history and culture that has been lost, and it’s such a shame because it was exotically beautiful.
The Zionist narrative:
In 1948, when five Arab militaries invaded the newly independent Jewish state, hundreds of thousands of Arabs found themselves displaced.
Rather than following standard protocol to resettle the refugees among neighboring populations who shared their culture, the U.N. created a class of multi-generation “Palestine refugees” to include the descendants of any non-Jews with ancestors living between 1947 and 1949 in the territory of Mandatory Palestine.
The U.N. then created a new bureaucratic agency—UNRWA—whose entire existence and budget was contingent upon ensuring that they remain refugees.
The 20-plus Arab states, who should have welcomed their Arab brethren, chose to weaponize them instead.***
People who’s ancestors never stepped foot on Palestine land. EVER. the Arab armies were no match for the Rothschild backed Jewish army.
The Jews had trained for years already and accumulated and smuggled weapons through the Jewish mob.
When they chased off the British, the British left an established government, convenient for these foreign Jews* and they left weapons behind as well.
An established government and an army. Then the Jewish refugees poured in from boats and lived in the Palestinian’s fully furnished homes after the Palestinians were massacred and pushed out into West Bank villages like Gaza.
Rabbi Israel Zolli coordinated the exodus of hundreds of thousands of British Empire “Jews” from Germany, Poland, and Hungary to Palestine.