The ‘NY Times’ is whitewashing Israel’s efforts to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal

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Even veteran observers of the New York Times’s zeal to protect Israel’s reputation will be astonished at the paper’s latest whitewash.

The paper just published a long, sensible editorial endorsing the U.S. return to the Iran nuclear deal — without once mentioning Benjamin Netanyahu’s violent efforts to sabotage the agreement.

Yesterday’s lead editorial in the print edition covered the entire left-hand column of the page.

It included detailed and persuasive arguments that the Trump administration pullout from the deal in 2018 has failed, and that increased sanctions have instead hurt ordinary Iranians.

The word “Israel” did not appear even once in the editorial.

That very day, there was another violent sabotage effort inside Iran, an explosion that cut the power to a uranium enrichment site reactor in Natanz. Israel coyly claimed credit anonymously.

Possibly the Times editorial was finished before this particular explosion, but the editorial said nothing about the months, actually years, of violent Israeli attacks, including assassinations, that led up to this latest assault.

The editorial page’s censorship of Israel’s actions is shameful.

Israel’s most recent political murder, of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a 59-year-old leading nuclear scientist, was carried out in November on the outskirts of Tehran.

If a team of suspected Iranian assassins had killed an Israeli scientist in Tel Aviv you can bet that Times editorial writers would have mentioned him by name.

The Times editorial did mildly criticize Bob Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for signing a letter along with 42 other Senators rejecting a return to the deal — a letter spearheaded by AIPAC— but nowhere mentioned, even briefly, that powerful battalions of the Israel lobby are campaigning vigorously to pressure Congress to block the agreement. 

The straight news reporting in the Times was not much better.

The Times article on yesterday’s attack could hardly ignore Israel, given that its lead reporter, Ronen Bergman, is known for his close ties to Israeli spy agencies, but the paper only obliquely hinted that the Israel’s main aim was to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement.

The latest report in today’s Times continues the bias.

The paper reported that Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, “vowed revenge” against Israel for the attack, but then dishonestly described the tension as a “yearslong shadow war between Iran and Israel,” implicitly blaming both sides.

The Times reports fell considerably short of truly informing its readers what is happening in an area of the world in which one wrong move could trigger serious fighting. 

You have to turn to the British Independent  to learn more of the truth.

Borzou Daragahi did his job as a conventional reporter — which isn’t to insert his own views into the report, but to find experts who can inform readers what’s really happening.

Daragahi quoted Brian Fitzpatrick, who has worked for the U.S. State Department and for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, who said clearly that “Israel is taking matters into its own hands” to block the Iran Deal.

While the BBC quoted scholar Mohammed Merandi saying that the U.S. is complicit with Israel and the Iran deal is at risk.

Or U.S. reporters could have contacted John Ghazvinian, who directs the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania and who has just published a superb study of U.S.-Iran relations entitled America and Iran: A History 1720 to the Present. Ghazvinian tweeted out yesterday:

Let’s be clear about the purpose of these latest Israeli attacks on Iranian facilities.

It is not to ‘set back Iran’s nuclear program’ as will be widely claimed. It is to set back diplomacy. And it’s not a new tactic.

And what about the Times correspondents stationed in Israel itself? Haaretz, the Israeli daily, had no difficulty tracing Israel’s sabotage campaign to Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate effort to form a new government; success could reduce (for now) his risks in his (first) trial for corruption, which has already started.

Amos Harel, the Israeli paper’s military correspondent, speculated that Netanyahu could use the “security escalation” to bludgeon opposition figures (Naftali Bennett and Bezalel Smotrich) into dropping their refusal to form a government with him.

The Times Israel reporters don’t even need inside sources to report on the domestic political reasons that are motivating Netanyahu’s Machiavellian schemes to sabotage Iran. All they would have to do is read Haaretz. In English.

The ‘NY Times’ is whitewashing Israel’s efforts to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal

“Israel” seeks ban on film documenting its crimes in Jenin

Do not let the destroyer come into your houses! Do not read their words, do not take their shekels, do not join them; for all who go to them will not achieve life in the World to Come. Prevent your sons and daughters from entering their tents and reading their newspapers, which are full of heresy. They have called themselves “Zionists” in order to catch Jewish souls in their nets. ~(Divrei Simcha, letter 2) 

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October 28, 2020

The Lod District Court in Israel on Monday banned the screening of a documentary about Israel’s brutal 2002 campaign in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

‘Jenin, Jenin’ can no longer be aired in Israel after an Israeli soldier who was depicted in the footage stealing from an elderly Palestinian filed a lawsuit against the film.

The judge said Israeli soldier Nissim Magnaji had been “sent to defend his country and found himself accused of a crime he did not commit”.

The court ordered director Mohammed Bakri to pay damages to Magnaji of 175,000 shekels ($55,000) as well as 50,000 shekels ($15,936) of court expenses.

In her ruling, judge Halit Silash went on to say some of the representation in the video was untrue.

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The then US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, moved quickly. Speaking from — ironically — the King David Hotel in Jerusalem where Zionist terrorists had planted a bomb and killed 91 people in 1946, he said that he saw “no evidence” of a massacre

Bakri, a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, told the AFP news agency the decision was “unfair” and that the judge had acted on instructions “from above”.

“I intend to appeal the verdict because it is unfair, it is neutering my truth,” Bakri told the Walla News website.

Objecting to the court’s ruling, the chairman of the Balad faction in the Joint List party, Member of the Israeli Knesset Mtanes Shehadeh, was quoted by the Times of Israel saying: “It’s not the film that should be shelved, but the occupation and its crimes.”

The documentary shows footage and eyewitness accounts of the massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin in 2002.

 Hundreds of Palestinians, including women, children, and the elderly, were killed in the rampage that unfolded over a two-week period in a refugee camp, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation.

Some 23 Israeli soldiers were killed at the time.

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The massacre Israel denies
Slaughter in Jenin

By Alan Maass | April 19, 2002 | Page 16

“IT IS the end of life.” That’s how one dazed man described the carnage and destruction as he fled from the Jenin refugee camp that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers turned into a slaughterhouse.

Hundreds of Palestinians are dead. Some were executed by the IDF in groups of a half dozen or so, according to several accounts from refugees. Whole families died in the rubble of collapsed buildings, flattened without warning by Israeli bulldozers. Still others were wounded by Israeli gunfire and might have survived if an ambulance could have reached them.

But the IDF barred ambulances from Jenin. So people like 17-year-old Munir Washai suffered in agony for hours–until they bled to death.

Estimates of the deaths range as high as 500–but no one will ever know for sure. That’s because Israeli forces began burying some of the victims in mass graves and transporting other corpses into Israel to disposed of them.

After first issuing an injunction to stop this blatant cover-up, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled over the weekend that the IDF could do whatever it wanted with the bodies of its victims–in order to guarantee sanitary conditions in the wrecked refugee camp.

Meanwhile, for those who survived, any meaningful life that they had in Jenin has been ended, too. Much of the refugee camp–a half-square-mile area that was home to 15,000 people–has been reduced to heaps of twisted metal and broken concrete.

The assault on Jenin began with missile strikes–fired from U.S.-supplied Apache helicopter gunships. Then the tanks and bulldozers moved in, crashing down narrow streets and alleyways and crushing anything in their paths.

Israeli forces destroyed basic services, like sewage and electricity. As a result, doctors reported last weekend a new and ghastly surge of cases of intestinal diseases in newborns–because mothers were forced to feed their babies with powdered milk mixed with sewage from the streets, after the water was cut off.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces rounded up hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians for “questioning.” The standard procedure was to force the detained to strip to their underwear at gunpoint, handcuff and blindfold them and savagely beat them.

Israeli forces kept Jenin sealed off for close to two weeks as they carried out their slaughter, then tried to hide the evidence. And no wonder. As one Israeli officer told Israel’s mainstream Ha’aretz newspaper, “When the world sees the pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage.”

But not when it comes to Israel’s best friend–the U.S. government. On the first day of his “peace” mission, Secretary of State Colin Powell traveled by helicopter to view the destruction caused by a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem–but didn’t ask his hosts to show him the far greater destruction 50 miles to the north in Jenin.

And even as reports of the Jenin slaughter were emerging, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer declared: “The president believes that Ariel Sharon is a man of peace.” Tens of thousands of Palestinians from Jenin and many more throughout the Occupied Territories know the truth–that Sharon is a war criminal.

But they won’t surrender. They have shown that they will keep resisting Israel’s terror, no matter what the cost. As Reuven Pedatzur, a defense analyst for Ha’aretz, warned: “For [Palestinians], what happened in Jenin will be a historic turning point–and this was our doing, not theirs.”

We can’t leave Palestinians to fight alone. We have to build the struggle in this country to cut off the economic, military and political support that the U.S. government gives to Israel.

We want justice for Palestine!

Israeli child sex trafficking ring busted in Colombia

Israel was founded by debased and filthy people. It is maintained by debased and filthy people. These debased and filthy people run the lives of the Palestinian people who are normal folks, but the Western pubic is deceived into thinking it’s the other way around.

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July 31, 2018

The ring is known to locals as “little Israel”.

The bust over the weekend followed months of surveillance. Authorities said that it was one of the biggest operations to combat child sex trafficking and forced prostitution in Cartagena. In a statement, the attorney general’s office described the victims as “real slaves of the 21st century”.

Colombia will ask the United States, Germany and Argentina to extradite alleged sex offenders, the South American country’s prosecution said Monday.

The two Americans, one German and one Argentine allegedly paid for sex with girls under 14 in Cartagena, a popular tourist destination where authorities claimed to have dismantled a child prostitution ring run by Israelis.

The four foreigners are accused of having sought sex with minors and were already put on Interpol’s Blue Notice list that seeks to establish the exact location of the suspected child molesters.

The extradition request, however, is a novelty; never before did Colombian authorities seek the extradition of alleged sex offenders. Alleged sex offenders have previously been expelled from the country.

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Israelis Busted Running Massive Child Prostitution Ring In Colombia

Whether the US, Germany and Argentina will effectively extradite their citizens depends on local authorities that will examine each case individually.

The foreigners could face prison sentences of up to 37.5 years, the prosecution said.

The extradition requests followed a major operation in Cartagena, which has been plagued by sex predators from both Colombia and abroad that seek to exploit children from the Caribbean city’s impoverished neighborhoods.

The US State Department said in 2012 that Cartagena and Medellin had become popular destinations for sex predators.

Both cities have traditionally had lively sex industries that catered locals and have become popular among foreign “mongers” and pedophiles.

Local NGOs and church organizations have been calling for actions against the growing phenomenon of child prostitution for years.

Trump was served legal notice warning of Israeli false flag operation

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This notice, it is pointed out, will be “EXHIBIT 1 in any war crimes investigation and prosecution (past, present, future) relating to this matter.” There are, it is claimed, “national and international legal violations” involved.

In the lead-up to the May 10 skirmish—just after the Trump administration exited the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear agreement—Israeli officials began warning of an impending Iranian attack from inside Syria. Then, within hours of the ensuing firefight, an Israeli army spokesman announced that the elite “Quds Force” of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) had fired 20 missiles into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, after which Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman boasted that “we hit nearly all Iranian infrastructures in Syria.”

May 15 2018

The US President is reminded that he is expected to advise the US Congress, the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court in The Hague  about this legal matter. He is warned “that ‘false flag’ attacks may be used by Israeli agents in order to assign blame to Palestinian factions and escalate the ongoing protests in Gaza and the West Bank into a larger conflict in order to falsely draw the United States and American military personnel into this artificially created conflict.”

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2018

Such an attack, claim those behind the legal notice, “represents a clear and present danger to the citizens of the United States of America, because it may be designed to trigger and escalate American military actions against Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and Russia, since these nations are opposed to the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem; and rising tensions already exacerbated by the US withdrawal from the [nuclear deal with Iran].”

The initiation of this impending attack, Trump has been told, will involve a new and higher level massacre of Palestinian civilians protesting against the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Furthermore, the letter serves as “Legal Notice [that] the United States can have no military alliance due to the fact that Israel has no internationally recognized fixed territorial borders which are required to be defined in such an agreement.”

This notice, it is pointed out, will be “EXHIBIT 1 in any war crimes investigation and prosecution (past, present, future) relating to this matter.” There are, it is claimed, “national and international legal violations” involved.

The signatories cite a number of publications as evidence of the seriousness of their claims and warning to the President, and seek legal protection for themselves against “any retaliation, detainment, investigation, sequestration, interrogation, discrimination, imprisonment, torture, financial consequences, or any other negative or prejudicial consequences or actions taken against them.” Indeed, the former government and military officers and officials seek “whistle-blower protection” because they are “fulfilling [their] oaths to the US Constitution.”

Slovenia to recognize Palestine as a state next month, others may follow

Luxembourg, Ireland and Belgium considering taking the same step.

According to the report, Slovenian Parliament Speaker Milan Brglez told Palestinian Ambassador Salah Abdel-Shafi last month that Slovenia’s recognition of a Palestinian state was purely a question of timing.

The Channel 10 report said that the Slovenian government decided to move ahead on plans to recognize a Palestinian state a week ago.

A vote on recognition is expected “to be held by the Slovenian parliament’s foreign affairs committee on January 31, followed by a vote of the full parliament in February”.

The Slovenian ambassador in Tel Aviv, Barbara Sušnik, “told The Times of Israel that the issue of recognizing Palestinian statehood has been pending in the country’s parliament since 2014, and is only now coming to a vote”.

Slovenia’s legislative branch, not its executive, “has the last word on foreign policy matters such as recognizing states”.

Read: ‘The world is creating another Palestine’

“Sušnik said it was difficult to predict how the parliamentarians would vote, but hinted that there was a good chance they would seek to assert the Palestinians’ right to self-determination”.

“For the people of Slovenia, the principle of self-determination of nations is very important”, she told The Times of Israel, “because that is how Slovenia became independent 26 years ago, when we exercised the right to self-determination. All nations have the right to self-determination”.

The Channel 10 report “said that Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been trying to recruit Slovenian lawmakers to oppose the move, although expectations are low that the process can be stopped”.

Meanwhile, Luxembourg, Ireland, and Belgium are all, according to the report, considering recognising Palestinian statehood soon.

The Times of Israel also noted a report in French paper Le Monde on Sunday, which said “France is trying to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status at the European Union, stopping short of full recognition of a Palestinian state. The French are reportedly pushing for an EU free trade agreement with the Palestinians, similar to the one signed with Israel”.