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samedi 14 février 2009

Gaza & Israël: Tous les articles importants - Série no.7

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Gaza & Israël: Tous les articles importants - Série no.7


Septième série d'articles sur la situation à Gaza, en Palestine, suite à l'agression israélienne de 22 jours le mois dernier. Loin d'être terminé, Israël continue d'attaquer sporadiquement la bande de Gaza malgré le cessez-le-feu. Environ 50% des récoltes et terres d'agriculture ont été détruites et des milliers de Palestiniens sont maintenant sans-abris. Le siège médiéval se poursuit toujours, empêchant nourriture, médicaments et le reste d'entrer. Des médecins de l'Université de médecine Hopkins, aux États-Unis, sont allés porter leur aide dans des hôpitaux de la Palestine et ont été abasourdis par le manque total de médecine, d'anesthésiants même pour faire des points de suture et d'électricité. Plusieurs pays ont fermé leur ambassade en Israël et ont demandé à Israël de quitter leur pays en signe de condamnation des attaques sauvages qui ont tué autour de 1300 palestiniens dont la majorité des civils.


Israel vows 'disproportionate' response to rocket attack

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JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel vowed to strike back at Hamas on Sunday in the wake of renewed rocket fire from the Islamists' Gaza stronghold two weeks after the end of a bloody war in the battered Palestinian territory.

"We've said that if there is rocket fire against the south of the country, there will be a severe and disproportionate Israeli response to the fire on the citizens of Israel and its security forces," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said at the weekly cabinet meeting.


Neither The US Nor Israel Is A "Genuine Party To Peace."

The Arab League peace proposal does indeed call for normalization of relations with Israel - in the context - repeat, in the context of a two-state settlement in terms of the longstanding international consensus, which the US and Israel have blocked for over 30 years, in international isolation, and still do.

Obama had not one word to say about the settlement and infrastructure developments in the West Bank, and the complex measures to control Palestinian existence, designed to undermine the prospects for a peaceful two-state settlement. His silence is a grim refutation of his oratorical flourishes about how "I will sustain an active commitment to seek two states living side by side in peace and security."

Also unmentioned is Israel's use of US arms in Gaza, in violation not only of international but also US law. Or Washington's shipment of new arms to Israel right at the peak of the US-Israeli attack, surely not unknown to Obama's Middle East advisers.

Obama was firm, however, that smuggling of arms to Gaza must be stopped.
(que des dire du financement et armement d’Israël par les É-U?) He endorses the agreement of Condoleeza Rice and Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni that the Egyptian-Gaza border must be closed - a remarkable exercise of imperial arrogance, as the Financial Times observed: "as they stood in Washington congratulating each other, both officials seemed oblivious to the fact that they were making a deal about an illegal trade on someone else's border - Egypt in this case. The next day, an Egyptian official described the memorandum as `fictional'." Egypt's objections were ignored.

Obama's insistence that only Abbas and Fayyad exist conforms to the consistent Western contempt for democracy unless it is under control.

Obama provided the usual reasons for ignoring the elected government led by Hamas. "To be a genuine party to peace," Obama declared, "the quartet [US, EU, Russia, UN] has made it clear that Hamas must meet clear conditions: recognize Israel's right to exist; renounce violence; and abide by past agreements." Unmentioned, also as usual, is the inconvenient fact that the US and Israel firmly reject all three conditions. (Comment reconnaitre un état qui n’a pas de frontières permanentes?)In international isolation, they bar a two-state settlement including a Palestinian state; they of course do not renounce violence; and they reject the quartet's central proposal, the "road map." Israel formally accepted it, but with 14 reservations that effectively eliminate its contents (tacitly backed by the US). It is the great merit of Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, to have brought these facts to public attention for the first time - and in the mainstream, the only time.

Also near universal are the standard references to Hamas: a terrorist organization, dedicated to the destruction of Israel (or maybe all Jews). Omitted are the inconvenient facts that the US-Israel are not only dedicated to the destruction of any viable Palestinian state, but are steadily implementing those policies. Or that unlike the two rejectionist states, Hamas has called for a two-state settlement in terms of the international consensus: publicly, repeatedly, explicitly.

Obama began his remarks by saying: "Let me be clear: America is committed to Israel's security. And we will always support Israel's right to defend itself against legitimate threats."

There was nothing about the right of Palestinians to defend themselves against far more extreme threats, such as those occurring daily, with US support, in the occupied territories. But that again is the norm.

Obama made one further substantive comment: "As part of a lasting cease-fire, Gaza's border crossings should be open to allow the flow of aid and commerce, with an appropriate monitoring regime..." He did not, of course, mention that the US-Israel had rejected much the same agreement after the January 2006 election, and that Israel had never observed similar subsequent agreements on borders.

Also missing is any reaction to Israel's announcement that it rejected the cease-fire agreement, so that the prospects for it to be "lasting" are not auspicious. As reported at once in the press, "Israeli Cabinet Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who takes part in security deliberations, told Army Radio on Thursday that Israel wouldn't let border crossings with Gaza reopen without a deal to free [Gilad] Schalit" (AP, Jan 22); Israel to keep Gaza crossings closed...An official said the government planned to use the issue to bargain for the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held by the Islamist group since 2006 (Financial Times, Jan. 23); "Earlier this week, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that progress on Corporal Shalit's release would be a precondition to opening up the border crossings that have been mostly closed since Hamas wrested control of Gaza from the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in 2007" (Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 23); "an Israeli official said there would be tough conditions for any lifting of the blockade, which he linked with the release of Gilad Shalit" (FT, Jan. 23); among many others.

Shalit's capture is a prominent issue in the West, another indication of Hamas's criminality. Whatever one thinks about it, it is uncontroversial that capture of a soldier of an attacking army is far less of a crime than kidnapping of civilians, exactly what Israeli forces did the day before the capture of Shalit, invading Gaza city and kidnapping two brothers, then spiriting them across the border where they disappeared into Israel's prison complex. Unlike the much lesser case of Shalit, that crime was virtually unreported and has been forgotten, along with Israel's regular practice for decades of kidnapping civilians in Lebanon and on the high seas and dispatching them to Israeli prisons, often held for many years as hostages. But the capture of Shalit bars a cease-fire.

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Peace will come when Israel gives to Palestine only that which Israel demands for itself; a right to exist and a state of their own.

But Israel in incapable of this. Their attitude continues to be that everyone should recognize Israel's right to exist, but that nobody should dare to think Palestine has an equal right.

"The Palestinians are like crocodiles, the more you give them meat, they want more".... Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel at the time - August 28, 2000. Reported in the Jerusalem Post August 30, 2000

" [The Palestinians are] beasts walking on two legs." Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the Beasts". New Statesman, 25 June 1982.

"The Palestinians" would be crushed like grasshoppers ... heads smashed against the boulders and walls." " Isreali Prime Minister (at the time) in a speech to Jewish settlers New York Times April 1, 1988

"When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle." Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.

"How can we return the occupied territories? There is nobody to return them to." Golda Maier, March 8, 1969.

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969

"The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war." Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972.

David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister): "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault ? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.

Ben Gurion also warned in 1948 : "We must do everything to insure they ( the Palestinians) never do return." Assuring his fellow Zionists that Palestinians will never come back to their homes. "The old will die and the young will forget."

"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don't worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it." - Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001, to Shimon Peres, as reported on Kol Yisrael radio. (Certainly the FBI's cover-up of the Israeli spy ring/phone tap scandal suggests that Mr. Sharon may not have been joking.)

"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours." Rafael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces - Gad Becker, Yediot Ahronot 13 April 1983, New York Times 14 April 1983.

"We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return" David Ben-Gurion, in his diary, 18 July 1948, quoted in Michael Bar Zohar's Ben-Gurion: the Armed Prophet, Prentice-Hall, 1967, p. 157.

" ... we should prepare to go over to the offensive with the aim of smashing Lebanon, Trans-jordan and Syria... The weak point in the Arab coalition is Lebanon [for] the Moslem regime is artificial and easy to undermine. A Christian state should be established... When we smash the [Arab] Legions strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate Transjordan, too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria, and Cairo." " David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population." Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum"

"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population." Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969.

"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'" Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet. "We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters" Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion's special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From "The Arabs in Israel" by Sabri Jiryas.

"There are some who believe that the non-Jewish population, even in a high percentage, within our borders will be more effectively under our surveillance; and there are some who believe the contrary, i.e., that it is easier to carry out surveillance over the activities of a neighbor than over those of a tenant. [I] tend to support the latter view and have an additional argument:...the need to sustain the character of the state which will henceforth be Jewish...with a non-Jewish minority limited to 15 percent. I had already reached this fundamental position as early as 1940 [and] it is entered in my diary." Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department. From Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5.

"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them." Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism,colonialization or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands." Yoram Bar Porath, Yediot Aahronot, of 14 July 1972.

"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly." Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine,Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

"One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." -- Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]


Israel denies Gaza access to clean water

Israel has refused to allow a French-made water purification system into Gaza amid a drinking water crisis in the Palestinian strip.

The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Tel Aviv had blocked the entry of a much-needed water purification station into Gaza and had forced its repatriation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Eric Chevallier said the move has sparked an outcry in the Elysée, prompting it to summon the Israeli ambassador to Paris to explain why the system was denied access.

"There were a very great number of steps taken at all levels to try to get the water purification station into Gaza," he said, adding that Israel's explanation was not satisfactory.


U.S. Gaza Coverage Echoed Government Support of Israel

U.S. television coverage of the recent three-week conflict in the Gaza Strip failed to tell both sides of the story, according to a number of media analysts.

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No!!! You think?????


Gaza desperately short of food after Israel destroys farmland

Gaza's 1.5 million people are facing a food crisis as a result of the destruction of great areas of farmland during the Israeli invasion.

According to the World Food Programme, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and Palestinian officials, between 35% and 60% of the agriculture industry has been wrecked by the three-week Israeli attack, which followed two years of economic siege.


'Myth of Exile': Justifying Slaughter in Gaza

Many have been appalled by the seemingly mindless orgy of destruction of families, children, homes, streets, shops and orchards in Gaza carried out by the Israeli armed forces. It left me wanting to know what has happened to make ordinary well-educated Israelis think that it is morally right to do this to their comparatively unarmed neighbors?

I perhaps stumbled on part of the answer in the bookstore at Tel Aviv airport on a recent visit to Israel. A map on display marked all the land from the Mediterranean to the Dead Sea as Israel: there was no West Bank, no Gaza Strip. A travel book I admired for its photos of a beautiful land also described it all as Israel. Jericho was in Israel it stated, although deep inside the West Bank.


Israel Navy eyes advanced US warship

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Say, didn't those bozos "mistakenly" try and sink one of our US Navy ships?

Maybe Israel needs to start sending money and weapons to the US instead of the the way around.


Ceasefires, Israeli-Style

Waging war while talking peace is customary Israeli practice. On January 19, Haaretz headlined: "Israel declares unilateral cease-fire. The security cabinet last night authorized a unilateral cease-fire (to take effect) at 2AM (Sunday morning), ending three weeks of intense fighting."

Declaration notwithstanding, nothing changed. Gaza remains occupied, under siege, and totally isolated. Borders are still closed. On January 28, The New York Times said "truckloads of humanitarian aid" are stuck in Egypt because of Israeli and Cairo restrictions. Little can get in, and attacks merely downshifted to a lower gear.


Latuff Palestine Cartoons


Hamas 'would recognise' pre-1967 Israel

Hamas would recognise Israel if it withdraws to its pre-1967 borders, a French Jewish writer said this week after meeting the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Khaled Meshaal.

"He told me that Hamas was prepared to recognise Israel on the lines of June 4, 1967. He told me so several times," Marek Halter told AFP on Monday.

The date refers to Palestinian demands for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 war.

Halter's meeting with Meshaal took place in Damascus last month, on the eve of Israel's 22-day offensive, which left more than 1,330 Palestinians dead, according to Gaza medics, and vast swathes of the territory in ruins.


The Israel/US War in Gaza

What does Israel’s war against the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have in common with America’s serial wars all over the globe, now centered on Afghanistan? The common denominator is that American money and weapons are used in every such war. Israel enjoys the approval and unconditional support of the American government. That means that no act that Israel does or has done will arouse serious objection from America’s leaders. In this Part V, we will examine why the War for Palestine is no closer to ending now than it was when it began, 54 years ago, and why the American government is financing the Israeli side in its brutal path.


Israel Is Nobody's Friend

If civilization can survive the cynical path it's on, future historians will identify three great cons that were played out upon the world during this time; the fractional-reserve central-banking system, the war on terrorism and Israel. All three are equally dangerous to the future of mankind, are presented with equal deception, and emanate from the same source.

Much of the intentional confusion surrounding Israel is due to Israel presenting itself as a Jewish state - it's not ­ Israel is a Zionist state. When people mention the word Jewish, they are usually mixing together three very distinct, different elements.


Israel bombs Gaza tunnels in series of air raids

Israel launched a series of air strikes in the Gaza Strip yesterday, targeting a Hamas security complex and tunnels used to smuggle weapons after vowing a "disproportionate" response to cross-border fire.

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... which may be false flags by Israeli collaborators given that the rockets seldom hit anything.


Those People in Gaza: Where Do They Come From, And Why Are They So Mad?

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Look at the photos on this page, then consider the following quote.

"There was no such thing as Palestinians, they never existed." Golda Maier Israeli Prime Minister June 15, 1969


Sudan: Israel arming Darfur rebels

Israel has supplied a rebel group involved in the Darfur conflict in Sudan with a considerable amount of weaponry, a new report says.


Prosecutor looks at ways to put Israeli officers on trial for Gaza 'war crimes'

The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to prosecute Israeli commanders over alleged war crimes in Gaza.

The alleged crimes include the use of deadly white phosphorus in densely populated civilian areas, as revealed in an investigation by The Times last month. Israel initially denied using the controversial weapon, which causes horrific burns, but was forced later, in the face of mounting evidence, to admit to having deployed it.


Gaza New Siege Mechanism

The rebuilding of Gaza has become the latest siege weapon. The Israeli occupation, the US that had backed its offensive, and the EU which did nothing to stop it are conspiring to turn the reconstruction process into a means to produce a suitable "peace partner" while the Arab summit in Kuwait hopes to use it to bring about Palestinian reconciliation. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA) government is urging all parties and others to look to it as the sole channel for administering the construction process on the grounds that it is the government formed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation that is recognised as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.


THE NOT SO NORMAL LIFE IN GAZA TODAY

“Only aerial photographs of the Gaza Strip will make it possible to show and to comprehend the extent of the destruction,” a number of Western civilians said this week. They added: “But there isn’t a chance that Israel will allow anyone to come with a light plane and do aerial photography.”


PEACE WITHOUT JUSTICE

Since the inception of the Zionists movement, its founders and the Western Powers proclaimed that if Arabs accepted the Zionist vision (which aims to turn Palestine to a “Jewish majority state”), then “peace”, prosperity, and democracy shall follow soon after. Paradoxically, what happened on the ground has been the complete the opposite.


U.S. partner, not Hamas, firing rockets into Israel

With Hamas signaling it is willing to enter a cease-fire with Israel, it was the U.S.-backed Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas whose so-called military wing took responsibility for a barrage of rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip today.


Palestinians move for Gaza war-crimes probe

The court can only investigate if asked by the U.N. Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.

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Israel has never recognized the International Court. Israel never signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has defied dozens of UN Resolutions.

Israel is the rogue state.


Gaza hospital bears heavy strain

"They dropped a bomb on the mosque and I was thrown in the air, but I don't remember what happened after that.

"My family told me 15 people were killed and 20 people injured, including me."


Israel restrictions on al-Jazeera

Israeli officials say they are taking measures to restrict the work of the Arabic television network, al-Jazeera, inside Israel.


Gilad Atzmon - It is Time to Say "Enough"

At the end of the day, it was PM Erdogan who opened his mouth and told the world leaders present that which they should have grasped on their own a long time ago. While Western leaders kept silent about Israeli war crimes, it was PM Erdogan who stood up for the truth, telling President Peres that his hands were soaking with children’s blood. ‘You are raising your voice Mr Peres because you are submerged with guilt.’ I may as well note that unlike PM Erdogan, I myself wouldn’t count on President Peres’ conscience. The old man has spent the best part of his adult life amongst the leading policy makers of a racist state. His name is intrinsically linked with numerous massacres. As if this is not enough, Peres was also a leading figure behind the notorious Israeli WMD project.


The Defamation League

To delve deeply almost anywhere into the arguments over the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is to invite an overload of irony, but let us focus for one moment on a fracas caused by Abe Foxman, national director of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League. Irony No. 1 is that a "league," as such, does not exist. Foxman is it. (When asked, for a New York Times profile, whom in the organization besides himself a reporter might interview, Foxman "couldn't think of anyone.") Irony No. 2? Under Foxman, "antidefamation" is not really the ADL's line; defamation is.


Workers to boycott Israeli ship

Durban dock workers are expected to refuse to off-load an Israeli ship as part of a week of action against "apartheid" Israel, Cosatu and the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) said on Tuesday.


AP reports today what WRH told you two weeks ago

The United States sold phosphorus artillery shells made at the Pine Bluff Arsenal to Israel — the same kind of rounds allegedly used against civilians during the recent fighting in Gaza.


Innocence, Morality Ravaged in Gaza

Israel has dropped tens of thousands of pounds of U.S.-made and/or U.S.-paid-for munitions on one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. Israel has been firing on known United Nations schools, killing dozens of civilians.

There are credible U.N. reports that Israel has bombed shelters to which Israel evacuated civilians 24 hours earlier. Israel is using artillery shells, widely banned cluster munitions and white phosphorus munitions, all of which guarantee an increasing proportion of civilian casualties (more than 50 percent of the more than 1,000 Palestinians killed). How can one justify the dropping of a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of a Hamas leader killing 18 others, including four children?


War crimes accusations rattle Israel

In the wake of the Gaza war, Israel is preparing to defend itself and its soldiers against possible criminal charges in European courts that claim 'universal jurisdiction.'


Israel and the De-Christianizing of Palestine

The first thing that should come to mind when considering Netanyahu’s remarks is that this is the same creature who–immediately after the events of 9/11 and the accompanying deaths of over 3,000 Americans–was quoted saying the terror attacks were “very good” in that they would generate “immediate sympathy for Israel”. Obviously not shy about gloating over America’s devastating losses on that day (since nothing untoward came of it the first time) he again reiterated these same feelings in 2008 while speaking at Bar Ilan University in Israel where he was quoted saying the Jewish state “benefited” from the 9/11 attacks as well as the war in Iraq, adding that these events “swung American public opinion in our favor.”


Gaza Invasion: Powered By The U.S.

It's well known that the U.S. supplies the Israelis with much of their military hardware. Over the past few decades, the U.S. has provided about $53 billion in military aid to Israel. What's not well known is that since 2004, U.S. taxpayers have paid to supply over 500 million gallons of refined oil products -- worth about $1.1 billion –- to the Israeli military. While a handful of countries get motor fuel from the U.S., they receive only a fraction of the fuel that Israel does -- fuel now being used by Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks to battle Hamas.

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The US supplies Israel with fuel, even when it causes shortages for American citizens.


Does the BBC still have a reason to exist?

The BBC's decision to boycott the DEC Gaza appeal is a new low in the corporation's history. Many Muslims believe the BBC has a history of being pro-Israeli. Now, as a result of this cowardly decision, we know it is. It is a rare occurrence indeed when the BBC takes a position that unites not only all the main political parties but most of the country against it.


Abbas: 90,000 Gazans left homeless

"We should no longer deal with Israel as a state above the law, above all accountability, above international law," Abbas said.

"We should put an end to this policy. Israeli leaders should be held accountable for their violations of international and humanitarian law," he added, to applause from European parliament members.


Clinton Demands Hamas End Attacks on Israel

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Hamas must end attacks on Israel and meet conditions that “have not and will not change” on recognizing Israel’s right to exist and accepting current peace agreements.

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Israel admits: "No Hamas rockets were fired during ceasefire"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfFMZ7Y-s_c

CNN Confirms Israel Broke Ceasefire First

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KntmpoRXFX4

Israel broke the cease-fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jOFXL62zw0&feature=related

Erdogan: Israel broke 6-month truce

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Egypt prevents Al Jazeera journalists from entering Gaza

Egypt on Tuesday prevented two senior Al Jazeera journalists from entering the Gaza Strip through Rafah border, the London-based Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi reported on Wednesday.

The two, Ahmad Mansour and Ghassan Bin Jido, said that the Egyptian authorities did not provide an explanation for their decision, and that employees of other media outlets were allowed to cross into the besieged territory without delay.


Israel-Hamas war deals blow to schools in Gaza

The jewel of Gaza's bare-bones education system — a U.S.-style school on lush grounds overlooking the Mediterranean — is now a mound of broken concrete. The territory's only laboratory for genetic testing, at a Gaza university, lies in ruins.

With 37 primary and secondary schools destroyed or damaged by air strikes, and 18 others still serving as refugee shelters, learning in Gaza has become even more of a struggle.


Photographs from the Islamic University of Gaza:

Before and after ...


Irish civil society calls for boycott of Israel

Israel has never declared its borders. Instead, it has continuously expanded at the expense of the Palestinians. In 1948, it took over 78 percent of Palestine, an area much larger than that suggested for a Jewish state by the UN General Assembly in 1947. Contrary to international law, Israel expelled over 750,000 Palestinians from their homes. These refugees and their descendants, who now number millions, are still dispersed throughout the region. They have the right, under international law, to return to their homes. This right has been underlined by the UN General Assembly many times, starting with Resolution 194 in 1948.


Did Israel use "cancer bombs" in recent Gaza attack?

Doctors treating survivors of Israel's recent attack on Gaza say they have never seen certain kinds of injuries before: a Norwegian doctor described wounds that appear to have been caused by a mine detonating – yet there is no shrapnel. A German doctor treating survivors in southern Gaza says that tiny particles can be found eating away at organs, rendering treatment ineffective. So what kind of weapon caused these injuries?


shooting at farmers, what gives Israel the right?

This morning, farmers from Abassan Jadiida (New Abassan), to the east of Khan Younis , the southern region, returned to land they’d been forced off of during and following the war on Gaza. The continual shooting at them by Israeli soldiers while they work the land intensified post-war on Gaza. The Israeli soldiers’ shooting was not a new thing, but a resumption of the policy of harassment that Palestinians in the border areas have been enduring for years, a harassment extending to invasions in which agricultural land, chicken farms, and the houses in the region have been targeted, destroyed in many cases.


Israel says troops 'reasonable' to kill Gaza girls

Israel has admitted that one of its tanks killed three girls whose father's cries on live television shocked viewers in the final days of the Gaza offensive, but said the action was "reasonable".


Israel expels Gaza aid ship crew

Israel has expelled 10 activists and journalists after detaining them for hours and seizing their cargo ship that was trying to deliver aid to Gaza.


International court investigating war crimes in Gaza

The International Criminal Court has taken under advisement requests to try Israeli leaders for the commission of war crimes during several attacks on Gaza.


IDF colonel leaves speaking tour of UK for fear of arrest

An Israeli colonel involved in Operation Cast Lead returned to Israel in haste on Friday, fearing arrest on charges of war crimes during a visit to the UK.


Charge: Israel's Phosphorus Bomb Use Violated "Rules of War"


Israel still dealing with international fallout

More than two weeks after halting its Gaza offensive, Israel is still dealing with the international fallout, including a very public spat with the leader of Turkey, a slew of war crimes allegations and broken ties with Venezuela, Bolivia and Qatar.

It's not quite a major diplomatic crisis, but it is a serious public relations problem for the Jewish state, which once again finds itself on the defensive against an avalanche of accusations.


Irish Civil Society Calls For Boycott of Israel

We, the signatories, call for the following:

  • The Irish Government to cease its purchase of Israeli military products and services and call publicly for an arms embargo against Israel.
  • The Irish Government to demand publicly that Israel reverse its settlement construction, illegal occupation and annexation of land in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and to use its influence in international fora to bring this about.
  • The Irish Government to demand publicly that the Euro-Med Agreement under which Israel has privileged access to the EU market be suspended until Israel complies with international law.
  • The Irish Government to veto any proposed upgrade in EU relations with Israel.


Gaza Television Ad



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DirectTV, after first agreeing to air the shorter version of this ad, suddenly pulled out of the deal without explanation.


Take Action: DIRECTV Censors Our Gaza Strip TV Ad!

After detailed discussions with DIRECTV, including agreement on rates, times, and network placements of the ad, when we gave them the final product, they abruptly decided not to do business with us.


Fearing court action, IDF begins purging officer details from documents

The Israel Defense Forces has begun removing the names and details of army officers involved in Operation Cast Lead from legal documents, Haaretz has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary:

By their actions, IDF just admitted that war crimes were indeed committed on Gaza.


International Criminal Court to consider Gaza investigation

In a move that could inject a new international actor into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the International Criminal Court will examine requests to investigate alleged war crimes during the recent combat in the Gaza Strip, its chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the Netherlands-based court, said he had decided to consider an investigation after the Palestinian Authority accepted the jurisdiction of the court last week.


Shoe thrown at Israel's ambassador in Stockholm

Webmaster's Commentary:

AND IT HIT HIM!!!!!!!


HAMAS’ POPULARITY SOARING FOLLOWING ISRAEL’S GAZA BLITZ

The latest public opinion survey in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has shown a dramatic rise in Hamas’ popularity among Palestinians, with a significant decline in Fatah’s public standing.


Former US justice secretary: Israeli war on Gaza genocide

Former US secretary of justice Ramsey Clark has accused Israel of waging a war of genocide against the Gaza Strip and of killing women, children and old people without any differentiation.


Endless war

Do you know that Israel has 200 U.S.-financed nuclear weapons, that it broke the prior successful cease-fire (not Palestine) and has long held a medieval siege vs. Gaza? Do you know how much money AIPAC donates to Congress, and that suicide is the No. 1 killer in the Israeli army and that 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide daily?

We cannot afford endless war financially or morally.


Columnist banned for approaching the truth: Is the truth anti-semitic?

Michael Backman, an Australian writer now living in London, was effectively booted from the pages of The Age, a Melbourne paper, for supposedly penning an “anti-semitic” column.

Below is the column in question. Is the truth anti-semitic?


US Jewish leader sees "pandemic of anti-Semitism"

Israel's recent war in Gaza has unleashed the worst outbreaks of anti-Semitism in decades, the U.S. head of the Anti-Defamation League said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Israel's recent war in Gaza has unleashed the worst outbreaks of CRITICISM AGAINST ISRAEL in decades.

Trying to deflect just criticism of Israel's actions by claiming the critics hate Jews is like trying to deflect just criticism of Hitler's actions by claiming the critics hate Germans!


WORLD NEEDS A CREDIBLE BODY TO PURSUE ISRAELI WAR CIMINALS


RACIST PARTIES DIVIDED IN ISRAELI ELECTION

This coming Tuesday is Election Day in Israel. One hundred and twenty people will be elected to serve in the Knesset (Parliament). Israel fancies itself as a country with a Parliamentary System as is found in England and Canada. Nothing is further from the truth.


Boycott Israel - Stop Funding Israel - IFCJ Call Part One

Israel commercial asking for support for Israel caught using CGI explosions.


The nightmare of Netanyahu returns

Israel is about to make a misjudgement as disastrous – and deadly – as the attack on Gaza. In a few days, it looks as if it could elect Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister once again.


More Nazis.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is a continuation of the "Dr. Death" story started by BBC a few days ago. Here we have a guy given a catchy name, whose crimes (whatever they were) occurred in the first half of the last century, and who died 17 years ago Yet right now, with the economy melting down (and at a time when Israel openly admits a campaign to improve their post-Gaza public image) the AP decides that WAG THE NAZI is an important story to shove at you.

We get it, already. The Nazis were jerks. It's time to move on! We have monsters today we should be dealing with.


IOF soldiers bulldoze agriculture lands in southern Gaza

Israeli occupation forces advanced into Fakhari area east of Khan Younis district, to the south of Gaza Strip, at an early hour on Saturday amidst indiscriminate shooting.

PIC reporter said that a number of IOF tanks and bulldozers advanced hundreds of meters in the area and bulldozed Palestinian cultivated lands.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Proving that the real goal of Israel is to starve the Gazans into abandoning what remains of their lands.

Because there is no point to bulldozing farms if the objective is to stop rocket attacks.

A reminder: collective punishment, including forced starvation, is a war crime.


Without censure, a growing current in Israeli politics is calling for the outright killing of Palestinians

Many Israeli intellectuals dub Lieberman as the secular equivalent of Meir Kahana, the slain founder of the Kach terrorist group who advocated genocidal ethnic cleansing of non-Jews in Israel-Palestine. Kahana was assassinated in Manhattan, New York, in 1990 shortly after giving a speech in which he called for the annihilation and expulsion of Palestinians from "the Land of Israel".

Webmaster's Commentary:

So, what the world agreed was wrong for Germany to do to Poland and France, is suddenly okay for Israel to do to Palestine?

See THE MAPS TELL THE TRUE STORY


The starving of Gaza

"According to the World Food Program, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and Palestinian officials, between 35 percent and 60 percent of the agriculture industry has been wrecked by the three-week Israeli attack," reported Britain's Guardian newspaper.


HOW ISRAELI SOLDIERS BEHAVE IN FOREIGN LANDS

Photos of (non combatant) Palestinian home in Gaza after a “visit” by the Israeli army.


Gaza rockets land in southern Israel, no casualties

Two rockets fired from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Sunday, causing no casualties, the Israeli military and police said.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Recently, Al Aqsa Brigades, which is aligned with Fatah, admitted firing these rockets in order to give Israel justification to destroy Fatah's rival in Gaza, HAMAS (you know, the people who won the election).


Israeli settlers open fire on Bethlehem village

With the Israeli elections being largely campaigned on support for the militant settler movement Jewish extremists continue to act with impunity.

The occupied West Bank was the scene last night of the type of shooting that has become routine from the south's Hebron to Nablus in the north.

Israeli settlers from the Beitar Illit Settlement built on the land of several western Bethlehem towns opened fire on Husan Village Monday.


Mauritania says it has closed its embassy in Israel

The head of Mauritania's military junta says the West African country has closed its embassy in Israel.

Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz made the announcement late Tuesday.


UN moves to charge Israel with war crimes

The United Nations moves to set up a commission to look into Israeli war crimes and respond to its human rights violations in Gaza.


Organized Jewry Opposes Free Speech

The reader is led to believe that the allegations of Israeli atrocities are overblown propaganda - when the real question is just how Palestinians manage to survive at all in the occupied territories. The recent horrifying incursion into Gaza is only the most recent example. Not only did Israel carry out a starvation-inducing blockade during a ceasefire and an assault that finally provoked Palestinian retaliation, there seems little doubt that Israel committed war crimes - particularly the use of white phosphorus bombs in densely populated civilian areas.


Protesters' accounts show Israel ‘breaking the bones’ of peaceful demonstrators

Israeli forces are carrying out a policy of shooting at the legs of peaceful demonstrators who protest the Israeli separation wall each Friday in towns across the West Bank, demonstrators are reporting.


The New Nazis

Knowing the documented truth about the creation of Israel by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing, and watching - mainly thanks to Al Jazeera and Press TV live feeds - the war on Gaza, Israel's latest display of state terrorism, I have come to a conclusion. It is time to give Israel's hardcore Zionists their real name. They are the New Nazis.


UN says Israel must open Gaza ghetto

The United Nations has warned that Israel must allow more trucks to enter the Gaza Strip to allow the flow of relief supplies to continue.


Spirit of Sixties revived as student protests at links with Israel spread

The occupation of Edinburgh University's George Square lecture theatre at noon yesterday is the fourth such protest to be held at a Scottish university in two weeks, as students voice opposition to links with Israel following its bombing of Gaza.

Already, the protests have led to university authorities at Strathclyde agreeing to end a contract with Eden Springs, an Israeli water company.


Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them

A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the passerby spat in his face.

The clergyman prefered not to lodge a complaint with the police and told an acquaintance that he was used to being spat at by Jews. Many Jerusalem clergy have been subjected to abuse of this kind. For the most part, they ignore it but sometimes they cannot.


Video: US Army Col Ann Wright (ret) describes Gaza damage

Retired US army colonel Ann Wright talks about her recent trip to Gaza. Throughout Israel's intensive war in Gaza, reporters and international observers have been barred from entering the region. Wright says that the damage is extensive and Israel's disproportionate response "criminal." During her visit to Egypt and Gaza, Philip Rizk, a 26 year old student of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo was detained after participating in a rally in support of Gazans. Rizk has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli invasion and of the Egyptian government's feeble response to the suffering of Palestinian civilians. His whereabouts remain unknown and no formal charges have been issued. A demonstration in support of his release will take place on Wednesday, February 11 at 11:30 in front of the Egyptian Consulate in New York.


Israeli helicopter strike on besieged Gaza

The helicopter fired two missiles on the Khan Yunis headquarters of the security services of the democratically elected Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.


BBC should not keep Israeli bias report secret according to Lords

A four-year battle by lawyer Steven Sugar to make the 20,000-word report about alleged anti-Israeli bias at the BBC, is now expected to become public when a final decision is made by the High Court.

Webmaster's Commentary:

This is a joke, right? I mean after the BBC ban on the Gaza fundraiser any report claiming an anti-Israel bias is just lipstick on a pig.


Shut down Israel!

Enough is enough. Now Gaza, on top of everything else. The Palestinians symbolise the ongoing struggle worldwide against USrael’s neo-colonial wars. Zionist goals cannot be met without genocide. To uphold a Jewish state it is necessary to commit crimes that are defined as genocide in The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide signed by the General Assembly on December 9th, 1948.


Hampshire College becomes first college in U.S. to divest from Israeli Occupation

Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, has become the first of any college or university in the U.S. to divest from companies on the grounds of their involvement in the Israeli occupation of Palestine.


Hopkins Doctors volunteered in Gaza hospitals

Hopkins Doctors Return From War-Torn Gaza Strip Sunni Khalid
BALTIMORE, MD (2009-02-13)

"The lack of medical supplies, said his brother, Labib, who worked in the operating room, made treating patients for trauma that much more difficult.
"All the suturing that we had to do in the emergency room of all the children was done without any local anesthestic agent at all; they just didn't have it. So, every case required a parent holding a child down, as well as a nurse holding the child down. It was very difficult for us, in conventional medicine, here in the West, who have access to so many things, it was a little bit different for us to certainly do procedures, where the electricity is going out on you halfway through your case.""


Izzadine Jamal, 14 ans shot west bank by israeli soldier


Gaza rockets hit Israel despite Hamas truce deal

Gaza militants fired two rockets into Israel on Friday, only hours after a senior Hamas member said the Islamists had accepted an Egyptian-brokered truce for the war-ravaged Palestinian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary:

Qui bono? Who does NOT want a peace deal? THAT is who fired the rockets.


Israel Treated Gaza Like Its Own Private Death Laboratory

Dr. Fosse was describing the effects of a U.S. "focused lethality" weapon that minimizes explosive damage to structures while inflicting catastrophic wounds on its victims. But where did the Israelis get this weapon? And was their widespread use in the attack on Gaza a field test for a new generation of explosives?


PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORK JEWS TAKE TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF GAZA


‘Opposing Israeli violence is not anti-Semitism’

Swedes who demonstrate over Israeli attacks are not anti-Semites. Calling them names is an attempt to silence criticism of Israeli policies, argues Stockholm-based Palestinian Alaa Kullab.


IN GAZA A WHITE FLAG MEANS ‘SHOOT TO KILL!’

“We walked for about 150 or 180 meters,” she continued. “There were many of us, and we all had our hands up in the air. And then a shot was fired in front of the wheelbarrow. It was a sharpshooter from Abu Zur’s house. And then another shot - at Ibrahim. He cried out and everyone ran.”

Mohammed carried his wounded brother back to the garage. Somebody called the Red Crescent to send in an ambulance, and then the teenager began to complain of pains in every apart of his body, the mother related. The IDF did not permit an ambulance to enter the area under its control. That night Ibrahim began to spit up blood. At about 2 A.M., some 13 hours after he had been shot, he died.

Hopkins Doctors Return From War-Torn Gaza Strip Sunni Khalid


RACIST PARTIES DIVIDED IN ISRAELI ELECTION


This coming Tuesday is Election Day in Israel. One hundred and twenty people will be elected to serve in the Knesset (Parliament). Israel fancies itself as a country with a Parliamentary System as is found in England and Canada. Nothing is further from the truth.

In countries such as England and Canada, the people vote according to the electoral district that they live in. Each district has an elected official that is answerable to the voters in that area. The government is formed by the Party that received the most votes, and the leader of that Party becomes the Prime Minister. It’s about as democratic a system as one can find anywhere.

In Israel, the so-called ‘only Democracy in the Middle East’, this is not the case. On a countrywide basis the people vote by Party, regardless of where they live. None of the candidates are answerable to anyone as is the case above. The government is formed by the Party which receives the most votes. Again, the leader of that Party becomes the Prime Minister.

For decades now, none of the major Parties received enough support to form a government. The result has been coalition government after coalition government. In other words, sell out after sell out.

In all honesty, there is nothing more boring than the election adverts presented on Israeli T.V. All the Parties promise you the moon, but none ever deliver. The right has moved further to the right over the past few years, the so-called ‘left’ has become what the right used to be….. there is hardly a difference.

BUT….. a division has developed between the racist Parties that are in the running. Arch racist and former Chief Rabbi, Ovadia Yosef, head of the Shas Party has come out against the Party headed by our resident nazi Lieberman. Over what??? Issues facing the people??? Read the following from today’s Jerusalem Post to get the answer.

May this division lead to neither of the Parties involved receiving even a single mandate! May the racists in Israel, and throughout the world, destroy each other.


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