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  1. Criticize Israel? You're An Anti-semite!

    Interesting how anti-Muslims and anti-Islamites will insist that anti-Semites MUST mean only and exclusively anti-Jewish. Why this insistence bordering on insanity in the face of all logic - even to the extent that they will accuse those employing logic as having the mentality of 10 year olds? As I have recommended in a previous thread, perhaps they should see a pedantrician. An anti-Arab is not strictly speaking anti-Muslim although he could be, since not all Arabs are Muslims. An anti-Semite is also anti-Arab, since the Arabs are also a Semitic race. Personally I am against all forms of racism. I only recognize one race - the human race. There are psychopaths and sociopaths who are anti-human, regardless of "race" - they will recognize themselves - Muslims and non-Muslims, Jews and non-Jews, Semites and anti-Semites. Evil resides in individuals - some times they gang up and where they are the majority the whole community or state is tainted with their evil. Is there hope? Yes, but only in Islam and not in what some perverts - purportedly Muslim and also non-Muslim - call Islam. yusufar
  2. A Card Game Called Illuminati

    Some of you guys may laugh, :D but there are many evil people out there - no matter who they are - who take their conspiracies seriously, and they include those who are in power in the US and other Western governments. There will always be conspirators as there have always been throughout history. The accumulation of power, wealth and domination over other nations and peoples has not always been just coincidence but in many cases the end or continuing result of successive "successful" conspiracies, pr so it would seem to these conspirators. Common interests almost always lead to conspiracy, even if the majority of those concerned (who are being used and manipulated) do not realise it. As is clear from the Qur'an, Al-Mujadilah (The Disputation), this is not the Islamic way: "58:7 ARE YOU NOT aware that God knows all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth? Never can there be a secret conference between three persons without His being the fourth of them, nor between five without His being the sixth of them; and neither between less than that, or more, without His being with them wherever they may be. But in the end, on Resurrection Day, He will make them truly understand what they did: for, verily, God has full knowledge of everything. 58:8 Are you not aware of such as have been for­bidden [to intrigue through] secret conferences, and yet [always] revert to that which they have been forbidden, and conspire with one another with a view to sinful doings, and aggressive conduct, and dis­obedience to the Apostle? Now whenever such [people] approach thee, [O Muhammad,] they salute thee with a greeting which God has never countenanced; and they say to themselves, “Why does not God chastise us for what we are saying?” Hell shall be their allotted portion: they shall [in­deed] enter it - and how vile a journey’s end! 58:9 [Hence,] O you who have attained to faith, when you do hold secret conferences, do not conspire with one another with a view to sinful doings, and aggressive conduct, and disobedience to the Apostle, but [rather] hold counsel in the cause of virtue and God-consciousness: and [always] remain conscious of God, unto whom you all shall be gathered. 58:10 [All other kinds of] secret conferencess are but of Satan’s doing, so that he might cause grief to those who have attained to faith; yet he cannot harm them in the least, unless it be by God’s leave: in God, then, let the believers place their trust!" yusufar
  3. Another Terrorist Attack In Uk

    There is no such thing as blindly following Islam, and any such opinion is completely ignorant and misguided. Blindly following what one believes to be "Islam" is a different matter, as also making assumptions as to what Islam is and isn't. There is no such thing as terrorism in Islam. Islam does not allow indiscriminate mass killing or destruction even in war and that makes any deliberate act which harms non-combatants even worse. Enemies and detractors of Islam will say otherwise, as expected, but that does not change the truth. The truth also is that Islam is the world's fastest growing and living religion and that all this is taking place without any compulsion or force, much to the dismay and dislike of its enemies and detractors - who see the only way to deal with this phenomenon is by force and military might. Muslims must also realise that Islam can defend itself without any resort to terrorism, no matter how grave the provocation - that is the strength of Islam, not indiscriminate acts of violence which only cause greater hatred for Islam and Muslims. Even the defeat of Muslims can ultimately lead to the triumph of Islam - witness the conversion of the Mongols to Islam after they had conquered the Muslims. There is no shame in defeat or strategic retreat. Muslims must, as they always have, learn to adapt to changing circumstances without losing sight of Islam. Follow the example of the Prophet (pbbuh). Why fight to lose? Proper Islamic strategies must be put in place to respond to threat and provocation from the non-Muslims, without resort to violence. Muslims must be self-disciplined and act properly in self-defence and not with outright aggression against wrong targets. Easier said than done of course, but still worth the effort in terms of Islam, personal salvation and human redemption. Nobody said Islam was easy. yusufar
  4. Israel And The Kingdom Of Jerusalem

    Very good article. Indeed, those who forget the lessons of history will be condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past - this applies to Muslims as well as Non-Muslims, but especially so the israelis. yusufar
  5. Explaining Israeli Defensive In Lebanon

    I am now beginning to understand why israel can't live in peace with its neigbours and why Moses (pbuh) had such a hard time with his own people, as indeed many of the prophets sent to them. No wonder they were kicked out of Palestine at least twice before and sent into exile. These israelis don't want to and will never realise that they are or will be the cause of their own destruction. Their own racism, pride, arrogance, bloodlust, senseless violence, etc. will bring them down and even the wall or the strongest military might in the world won't be able to help them. Personally I am for a solution which allows israel to exist, but I can see that this is something the israelis themselves don't seem to want. They would rather destroy all their neighbours around them so that they can have everything to themselves by conquest. How long do they seriously expect to hold on? yusufar
  6. Explaining Israeli Defensive In Lebanon

    With the kind of logic that israel employs, perhaps we need a new dictionary when discussing anything with israelis. While Hizbullah only threatens to destroy israel, israel has already destroyed much of Lebanon. Of course we cannot expect israel to wait to be destroyed. Why wait when they can destroy everything and everyone else first? After all it is only in self-defence. Of course no one else in the Middle East has the right of self-defence except the israelis. After all only what israel wants is what matters and they are a democracy. Everyone else is nuts. Of course the israelis are not insane. They simply want to exist on other people's land at the expense of everyone else. Of course we should just let them since they have such powerful army and air force and many weapons of mass destruction, which no one else can have. Of course we have to understand that the Jews didn't demonstrate against Germany and Europe after the holocaust, nor did they blow up German restaurants or teach their kids to hate Germans because of what they did to the Jews - they stood up proud and started their lives again by taking over someone else's land and country and behaving almost as bad as the Nazis! Now of course they have every right to ask "Why can't the Arab world start its life too?" It is indeed unbelievable that people in Iran get up every day in the morning with the call to destroy "the zionist enemy"! They must have nothing better to do. Of course it is also unbelievable that the Lebanese, who had one of the most advanced Arab countries in the Middle East, engaged themselves again with the destruction of israel! It is so unbelievable that israel was not destroyed but Lebanon was instead. Yes, of course what the hell is wrong with these people? israel INDEED doesn't want to destroy anyone - it simply wants to exist. Any destruction of neighbouring countries is caused only because israel simply wants to exist. Nothing wrong with that obviously. Of course we must believe that the israelis want peace with the Arabs! After all they stuff themselves in Lebanese restaurants in Jerusalem flying the Lebanese flags while their country rains death and destruction on Lebanon and the Lebanese starve and suffer. Of course this is appropriate behaviour of people who do not want to destroy the Arab world. The Arab world calls "death to israel" and burn its flags, but the israelis wave Arab flags proudly and bring death to them - isn't it time for us to stop being nuts and accept israeli logic? Let's all start waving israeli flags and .... I'm sure they will accept the logic of it - it's their logic after all. yusufar
  7. Explaining Israeli Defensive In Lebanon

    Of course israel is on the defensive here! After all, it is the Hizbullah which can destroy israel, while israel does not have the capacity to destroy anything else, let alone the Hizbullah. All the destruction we see in Lebanon is the result of Hizbullah's destructive capabilities, not israel's. When will we wake up and see that israel is the victim here? israel is completely defenceless against it's neighbours. Lebanon is destroying itself. Of course. Why can't we all see the truth? The israelis are not responsible for any violence or deaths of iinocent civilians in the Middle East, even if it caused by them. In fact as far as the israelis are concerned there are no innocent civilians in the Middle East. It's all the fault of the Palestinians and other Arabs who refuse to leave israel in peace. In fact, life would be wonderful in the entire Middle East if only the Palestinians would cease to want their land back and just left Palestine to the israelis. Such offensive behaviour cannot be tolerated. After all israel is the only true democracy in the whole of the Middle East. Why don't all Arabs migrate to israel then and become israelis? That would solve the problem. yusufar
  8. History

    History repeats itself. The sad irony is that israel is "defending" itself in the same way that the white settlers in America "defended" themselves against the "savage" native tribes, never mind that they were the invading aggressors who established themseves by violence against the unwilling natives. And like the American natives had to accept the fact that they and their lands were conquered by the white American settlers from Europe, the Palestinians will have to learn to deal with the fact of israel's establishment, illegal though it undoubtedly is. But unlike the American natives, israel will not find it so easy to exterminate or conquer the local Palestinian population, push them into reservations or refugee camps or force them out of their lands (ethnic cleansing) by illegal settlement and continue to fight its neighbours at the same time for any real extended period, without having to come to a realistic accommodation with the Palestinians which will guarantee some measure of peace (at least for as long as israel ceases to have hegemonistic ambitions over the whole of Palestine). As long as israeli "defensive" aggression and illegal settlement and territorial ambition continues, it will never have peace. Peace will entail sacrifice on the part of the Palestinians to forego much of the land already conquered by israel and "sacrifice" on the part of the israelis to give up illegal settlement and territorial ambition and sufficient land for the Palestinians to have their own independent homeland/state and proper compensation for land confiscated from its original Palestinian owners. Much like the separation and creation of two separate states of Pakistan and India because the Hindus and Muslims could not get along with each other, a similar formula will have to be imposed so that Palestine and israel will exist as two separate states as well. Any other formula would mean a never-ending war and instability in the Middle East. If the israelis cannot agree on this and continue to carry out their aggressive wars of "defence" against mainly innocent civilians, what peace do they really want and what peace can they expect? yusufar
  9. Terrorism Is Not A Muslim Monopoly

    Terrorism is not even a Muslim option let alone a monopoly. Just because there are Muslims who indulge in killing innocent civilians does not make it "Muslim" or "Islamic". What can one say of people who continually twist facts and insist on repeating the mantra of purported "Muslim" and "Islamic" terrorism while denying the even far more destructive state terrorism perpetrated by the US, the UK and israel? yusufar
  10. Milking The Tragedy

    That was a good answer to avoid dealing with my arguments.
  11. Why They Love To Hate Us

    Who hates whom? (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.geocities(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/alabasters_archive/childrens_hate_lit.html?20064#bottom"]israeli Hate Literature for Children by Tamar Meroz[/url] (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.palsolidarity(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/main/"]israeli illegal settler vandalism, theft, harassment and violence against Palestinian landowners[/url] yusufar
  12. Milking The Tragedy

    Looks like the guy who started this thread is out of it. Anyway, it is a fact that the "Jews" have been milking the "Holocaust" for much more than it is worth, as if there have not been any other worse genocides. They were themselves guilty of killing off at least 65-100 million Christian Russians during the Russian Revolution and between 1920-1940, and don't tell me that the Jews didn't start the Russian Revolution or that Karl Marx wasn't a Jew. "These Christians are but a few of the 100,000,000 Christian innocents who were exterminated by All Anti-Christian Jewish Red Commissars in Russia under the orders of Trotsky, the Jewish Commissar of Commissars. Yet Spielberg will never Direct a "Schindler's List" Movie for them or their genocide. Why is that? Because Jews did it. My relatives and my fellow Christians were murdered in the USSR under Jewish Marxism between 1917-1945, and many of the Marxists came to Russia from New York to do this to Christians in 1917 after Jacob Schiff, the Jewish anti-Christian maniac banker who owned The Guaranty National Trust, the largest bank in the United States, financed Lenin and Trotsky $35 million for the Red Revolution and the mass killing of these Christian souls. We must never forget this." Frank Weltner, (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.jewwatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jew-occupiedgovernments-USSR.html"]Jew Watch[/url] If they want to know why people dislike them, they have only to look at their own arrogance: (I would not want to use such a strong word as "hate", although many people can obviously be provoked by the Jews themselves to hate them) "When the Roman historian Tacitus pointed out 19 centuries ago that the Jews are unique among the races of man in their intense hatred and contempt for all races but their own, he was only repeating what many other scholars had discovered before him. For the next 1,900 years other investigators came to similar conclusions, either from a study of the Jews' religious writings or from a study of the Jews' behavior toward non-Jews." (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.jewwatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jew-genocide-gentilehate.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.jewwatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jew-genocide-gentilehate.html[/url] It would also appear that the majority of those who have adopted Judaism and call themselves "Jews" have actually no links to the bloodline of the israelites of the past, thereby rendering any purported claim they may have to a "homeland" in Palestine not only extremely tenous but even impossible. For the majority of those who claim to be Jews are actually of Khazar (Hun or Turkish stock) descent. These are the so-called European or Ashkenazi "Jews". How can anything said against them be "anti-semitic"? (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.jewwatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jew-history-khazaria-shorthistory.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.jewwatch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/jew-history-khazar...orthistory.html[/url] And they dare to talk about "milking" any tragedy! Mel Gibson, in spite of being drunk, actually got it right - the "Jews" are behind all the great tragedies that have befallen the world. yusufar
  13. NEWS YOU WON'T FIND ON CNN (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.informationclearinghouse.ifo/article13989.htm"]Pour out your fury upon the people of Lebanon and Gaza[/url] By Gilad Atzmon 07/14/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- Two weeks ago it was Palestinian militants who abducted a legitimate military target, an israeli soldier. Yesterday it was a similar overwhelmingly orchestrated heroic attack by Hezbollah guerrilla fighters. Both attacks are there to send a message of resistance: israel will never succeed in imposing its sickening unilateral notion of ‘peace’. Indeed, the unilateral disengagement may have had a magical effect on the israeli voters as well as some Zionised western leaders such as Bush, Blair and Merkel. Yet, the inhabitants of Gaza and the villagers of Southern Lebanon are slightly less impressed with the israeli inclination towards peace. In Gaza and in Southern Lebanon it is rather clear that Arab resistance forces will oppose the israeli unilateral agenda ‘til the end of time. They all know that as much as it takes two to tango, peace will never prevail unless the Palestinian cause is properly addressed. In short, the different forms of israeli unilateral disengagements from Lebanon, Gaza or even the West Bank (to come) are not going to provide israel with peace. Quite the opposite; Arabs are no fools, they know very well that israel escaped Lebanon after being militarily humiliated for two decades. They know as well that Sharon ran away from Gaza not exactly because he was searching for peace. Palestinians also know that it is just a question of time before that happens in the West Bank. If to be precise, since 1973 israel’s power of deterrence is shrinking. Since 1973 israel hasn’t managed to defeat any of its enemies. On the contrary, time after time it is the enemies of israel who are able to dictate israeli political and tactical manoeuvres. In the last two weeks it has been two relatively small paramilitary organisations who use guerrilla techniques who managed to bring israel to unleash its full military might against innocent civilians both in Gaza and Lebanon. Yet, the israeli reaction to attacks by Palestinian militants and Hezbollah is rather bizarre. Although, both Palestinian militants and Hezbollah were originally targeting legitimate military targets, israeli retaliation was clearly aiming against civilian targets, civil infrastructures and mass killing directed against an innocent population. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that this is not really the way to win a war or confront that particular sort of combat known as guerrilla warfare. I would argue that once again the israeli government serves us with a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of the israeli collective psyche. I will try to elaborate on this issue. Due to some clear historical circumstances, the israeli army was originally formed to combat Arab armies. It was designed to win conventional war in the battlefield. It was set up as well to exhaust israel’s neighbours’ will to fight while exercising some overwhelming air superiority and nuclear threatening policies. Since the end of the cold war, things changed. israel isn’t threatened anymore by its neighbouring states. Moreover, in the most recent years it has become clear that it is actually the Palestinian people who will eventually shatter the dream of a Jewish national state. Strangely enough, israel has never adopted or revised its military doctrine to fit into the new emerging conditions. Indeed it retrained large parts of its fighting units as policing forces, it transformed some of its tanks into policing vehicles. Yet, it has never gone through a vast military doctrine shift. Very much like the Wehrmacht at the time of WWII, the IDF is still a classic follower of the offensive military doctrine. Hitherto, rather than winning in the battlefield, the IDF is now hopelessly exhausting itself in two fronts fighting relatively small paramilitary organisations. But the situation can get worse, it is rather possible that Palestinian heroic enthusiasm will spread to the West Bank. When this happens, the IDF will find itself engaged in a total war just a few kilometres from israel’s most densely populated centres. Seemingly the so-called ‘strongest army in the Middle East’ is fighting a desperate war it can never win, neither tactically nor morally. Tactically, we have enough historic references to conclude that no colonial army has ever won against guerrilla warfare. The reason is simple, the more destruction a colonial army spreads, the more popular the guerrilla fighters become amongst their surrounding supportive population. This is absolutely the case in Gaza and in Beirut today. The more carnage there is in Gaza, the stronger the Hamas becomes. The more bombs dropped over Beirut’s Airport, the more will young men be willing to join the Hezbollah. But it goes further, both the Palestinian militants and the Hezbollah were very clever in picking pure military targets. While in the past, the Palestinian paramilitary groups were typically associated with suicidal attacks against israeli civilians, this time it was israeli soldiers and pure military posts that were targeted. In other words, it is rather impossible to dismiss the fact that Palestinian militants and the Hezbollah were actually operating as legitimate resistance paramilitary groups fighting a colonial army and occupation forces. However, reading the news from the Middle East, it is rather obvious that the israeli government has no clear agenda to counter the current daring military operations against its army and if this isn’t enough, the IDF has no means to counter such guerrilla assaults. Today’s merciless collateral damage in Beirut as well as in Gaza proves that at least militarily, israel is in total despair. It has neither the political nor the military answer to counter Arab resistance. But here comes the catch; israel doesn’t need an answer as such, it doesn’t even look for one. israel is a racially orientated democracy. Its leaders are engaged in one thing only, i.e. maintenance of the their political power. As far as the israeli political game is concerned, the rule is very simple, the more Arab blood you have on your hands the more you are suited to get on with your governing job. This rule obviously was in favour of Rabin, Sharon, Barak and Netanyahu. Olmert and Peretz are still quite far behind. Both the prime minister and his defence minister lack some real experience in military and security matters. Hence they have a lot of catching up to do. In other words, Peretz and Olmert have to provide the israeli people with a glorious spectacle of merciless retaliation. They have to prove to their keen voters that they have internalised the real biblical meaning of ‘an eye for an eye’. Looking at the carnage in Beirut today it somehow seems as if they even try to give the old Hebraic say a new meaning. As devastating as it may sound, this is exactly what the israelis want them to do. Within democratic israel the biblical call "pour out your fury upon the goyim” is translated into a Jewish secular pragmatic political practice. This isn’t sad. This is a real tragedy. And I wonder whether there is anyone out there who is still overwhelmed with the israeli unilateral peace agenda?
  14. You'd Better Shut Up

    June 9, 2006 You'd Better Shut Up War Criminal Nation (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/roberts06092006.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/roberts06092006.html[/url] By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Faced with mounting civilian carnage, both from war crimes committed by demoralized and broken US troops and from the raging civil war unleashed by Bush's ill-fated illegal invasion of Iraq, the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has decided to waste another $50 billion to continue the lost war for five more months. Our elected "representatives" are so in thrall to the powerful military-industrial complex that no amount of American shame, pariah status and military defeat can shut off the flow of taxpayers' funds to the merchants of death. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing hard-pressed US taxpayers $300,000,000 per day! These wars are lost. Yet, imbecilic members of Congress are in the process of funding the war for another year. Multiply $300 million by 365 days and you get $109,500,000,000. These are not the full costs. The huge figure does not include the destroyed equipment, destroyed lives, and long-term care of the maimed and disabled. Gentle reader, are you getting enough vicarious pleasure from the slaughter of Iraqi women and children to justify this price tag? Is murdering "ragheads" that important to you? If so, you are one sick person, just like every member of the Bush administration. US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed far more civilians than they have resistance fighters. Bush administration spokespersons are crowing that they have killed Musab al-Zarqawi in an air strike. But al-Zarqawi was an al Qaeda leader, not a member of the Iraqi resistance. Al-Zarqawi's death will have no affect on the outcome in Iraq. Far more important is the news that civil war in Baghdad alone claimed 1,400 deaths last month. Perhaps even more important is the news that the Taliban's resurgence has forced the Bush administration to launch more than 750 air strikes in Afghanistan in May. That is 25 air strikes per day! It is a foregone conclusion that most of the casualties are women and children. America is drowning in the shame of war crimes. One monstrous slaughter of civilians after another, each denied and covered up until brought to light by photos and eye witnesses. The once proud US Marines, unable to defeat the resistance that is picking them off one by one, is now a frustrated, demoralized force that is getting even by murdering 3-month old babies and old women. The Council of Europe has issued its report on the Bush administration's policy of kidnapping "suspected terrorists" and spiriting them off to tyrannical regimes to be tortured. US State Dept spokesperson, Sean McCormick, whose job it is to justify the criminal conduct of the Bush administration, said that he was "disappointed" in the report. Sean seemed genuinely puzzled that Europe's oldest political organization would second guess the sound judgment of the virtuous Bush administration or protest US violations of international law and human rights. The only reason Americans can look themselves in the mirror is that they are clueless and have little idea of what is being done in their name. One-third of the US population actually believes that Iraq was behind 9/11 and that Bush found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Apparently, a large percentage of the US population believes that Iran has nuclear weapons and that America is in danger of being attacked by Iran. No democracy can work when people take their responsibility as citizen so lightly as to be totally ignorant. Formerly conservative, now proto-nazi, publications such as National Review and the Wall Street Journal editorial page, keep pounding the war drums, as does right-wing talk radio and neocon propaganda organs such as the Weekly Standard and Fox "News." The few facts that emerge in the interstices of the war propaganda are quickly spun away. Slaughter of civilians? Just a few bad apples. We will fix that with seminars for the troops on military ethics and core values. Troop withdrawals? As soon as the undefined mission is completed. No weapons of mass destruction? Don't worry about it. We had to have some excuse to invade Iraq and to "build democracy" so that America would be safe. World opinion? No opinion counts but ours. Red ink? No sweat. We can borrow more from China. Our growing indebtedness is proof that our power makes us a preferred debtor. Bush supporters dismiss anyone who tells them the truth as a traitor. Bush supporters are as dependent on propaganda as substance abusers are on drugs and alcohol. Try weaning Bush supporters from the obvious lies that are the basis of this administration, and they will call you every name in the book. They are proud to be Americans. Lies and war crimes are an American right. And you had better shut up or those Haliburton-built concentration camps will be your new home.
  15. The 'Roadmap' to Palestinian Ghettos 11 July 2006 (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_kavkaz.com.uk/eng/content/2006/07/11/4950.shtml"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_kavkaz.com.uk/eng/content/2006/07/11/4950.shtml[/url] Ghali Hassan Plans to isolate the Palestinian population in ghettos have been under way since the establishment of israel on Palestinian land in 1948. Since then, israel and its Western allies have embarked on a policy separating the Palestinian people into designated ghettoes and subjected them to daily terror. The complete isolation of Gaza and the construction of the illegal Apartheid Wall in the West Bank and Jerusalem are the foundations of permanent Palestinian ghettos. How long will the civilised world remain silent in the face of israel's crimes and violations of international humanitarian law? Immediately after the defeat of German Fascism, Zionism - a clone of Fascism - began its project of colonising Palestine and establishing a purely "Jewish State" with a European Christian culture. Jewish terrorist organisations such as Irgun, Stern Gang, and Haganah (today's israeli Army) were formed - armed and financed by Western powers and wealthy Jews - to perpetuate a terror campaign of systematic ethnic cleansing and murdering of the native Palestinian population. By the end of 1948, some 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed, thousands of Palestinians were murdered and more than 750,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes to neighbouring countries. This well-orchestrated "ethnic cleansing" often refers to by Jewish Zionists and their Western supporters as the "war for independence". In reality, it was not a war, but one defenceless nation was wiped off the map, and a Zionist entity of European Jews was established on its foundation. According to the israeli historian, the Zionist Benny Morris, genocide was planned against the Palestinians, because "Palestinians are Barbarians", consistent with Theodor Herzl's - the ‘founder' of Zionism - depiction of Palestinians as "dirty brigands". The idea of Palestinians and all Arabs as "barbarians" is not restricted to few Zionist Jews, but it is part of israel's racist ideology. The recent racist comment by Olmert that, "the lives and well-being of Sderot's residents [a small Jewish colony outside Gaza] are more important than those of Gaza residents" is a case in point. The Nazis used the same racist rhetoric - ‘Deutschland über alles' or ‘Germany above all' - to justify their heinous crimes against ethnic minorities. The life of one Jew is worth more than all Palestinians has been Zionism's racist trade mark. Morris regrets that Ben Gurion (former israeli PM) didn't expel all Palestinians. Morris said: "If Ben-Gurion had carried out a large expulsion and cleansed the whole country - the whole Land of israel, as far as the Jordan River ... If he had carried out a full expulsion - rather than a partial one - he would have stabilised the State of israel for generations ... If the end of the story turns out to be a gloomy one for the Jews, it will be because Ben-Gurion did not complete the transfer in 1948, [and] because he left a large and volatile demographic reserve in the West Bank and Gaza and within israel itself". This is like saying: ‘If Adolf Hitler had exterminated all Jews, the world would be a peaceful place today'. A recent opinion poll carried out by the Jaffe Institute for Strategic Studies in March 2002 revealed that between 46 % and 60 % of israeli Jews support mass deportation (expulsion) of the Palestinians for the ‘Final Solution'. "Even in 1938, these ideas have not had such wholehearted support in Nazi Germany, as they have now in the Jewish state", wrote the israeli writer, israel Shamir. Western media - led by the deceptive BBC - have gone long way to support this racist ideology and continue to depict Palestinian as "violent militants", without names and identity. In an interview by Ari Shavit (Ha'aretz, 09 January 2004) Morris said; "In the months of April-May 1948, units of Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them and destroy the villages themselves". Morris said that; "Haganah committed 24 massacres, in some cases four or five people were executed, in others the numbers were 70, 80, and 100. There was also a great deal of arbitrary killing. Two old men are spotted walking in a field - they are shot. A woman is found in an abandoned village - she is shot. There are cases such as the village of Dawayima [in the Hebron region], in which a column entered the village with all guns blazing and killed anything that moved. "The worst cases were Saliha (70-80 killed), Deir Yassin (100-110), Lod (250), Dawayima (hundreds) and perhaps Abu Shusha (70). There is no unequivocal proof of a large-scale massacre at Tantura, but war crimes were perpetrated there. At Jaffa there was a massacre about which nothing had been known until now. The same [happened] at Arab al Muwassi, in the north. About half of the acts of massacre were part of Operation Hiram [in the north, in October 1948]: at Safsaf, Saliha, Jish, Eilaboun, Arab al Muwasi, Deir al Asad, Majdal Krum, Sasa. In Operation Hiram there was a[n] unusually high concentration of executions of people against a wall or next to a well in an orderly fashion". Morris did compared Palestinian massacres with those condemned by the West as crime against humanity and affirmed that; "in comparison to the massacres that were perpetrated in Bosnia, that's peanuts. In comparison to the massacres the Russians perpetrated against the Germans at Stalingrad, that's chicken feed". The genocide of the Palestinians continues today with tacit support and complicity of Western governments and their mass media, was a well-planned campaign of to exterminate the Palestinians. After the 1967 israeli war against the Palestinians and neighbouring Arab countries, israel forces occupied territories in Syria, Egypt and Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem in Palestine. The israeli Occupation was condemned by the UN and special resolution (Resolution 242) passed demanding the immediate withdrawal of israeli forces from all occupied Arab territories. In flagrant violations of UN Resolution and international law, israel continues to occupy Arab lands. In addition, since 1967, israel has violated countless UN resolutions and embarked on a Zionist ideology of expansion and annexation of Arab lands. israel continues to demolish Palestinian homes and build illegal Jewish settlements (colonies) on Palestinian land. israel continues its policy of confiscating Palestinian land and expelling Palestinians into designated ghettos. Consistent with israel's "annexation plan" or "convergence plan" - as is called today - to isolate the Palestinian into Nazi's-like ghettos, the rest of the occupied West Bank will be divided into three big ghettos. The three big ghettos then divided into nine smaller ghettos separated from each other by walls, and Jewish-only highways. In addition to total restrictions on freedom of movement, the ghettos are manned by countless military checkpoints and razor wires making life unbearable for the Palestinian population. The aim is to prevent any possibility of establishing a viable Palestinian state and subject the Palestinians to servitude, thus the final dispossession of the Palestinian people from their land. Jews who lived in and experienced the Nazi's ghettos have often made the comparison between israel's brutal treatments of the Palestinian people and the Nazis' brutal treatments of Jews. In a letter to the israeli press more than twenty years ago, Jewish holocaust survivor Shlomo Shmelzman wrote: "In my childhood I have suffered fear, hunger and humiliation when I passed from the Warsaw Ghetto, through labour camps, to Buchenwald. I hear too many familiar sounds today, sounds which are being amplified by the war. I hear about ‘closed areas' and I remember ghettos and camps. I hear ‘two-legged beasts' and I remember ‘Untermenschen' [subhumans]. I hear about tightening the siege, clearing the area, pounding the city into submission, and I remember suffering, destruction, death, blood and murder...Too many things in israel remind me of too many things from my childhood". (Ha'aretz, 11 August 1982). israel's terror and crimes have since increased by many folds. Unlike the German ghettos, which were provisional, israel regards the Palestinian ghettos as permanent measure to control Palestinian lives. Further, israel uses the ghettos as investment for the benefit of the israeli economy. israel is moving highly polluting industry and sweatshops to industrial zones around the ghettos where Palestinians will be used (forced) as slaves to provide cheap and abundant labour. In addition, Palestinian ghettos are open-air prisons completely controlled by israel. The building of a long, snake-like wall, known as the ‘Apartheid Wall', - condemned as illegal by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague - on stolen Palestinian land annexes 58 per cent of the West Bank. The ICJ' ruling was that the Wall and all settlements (israeli colonies) in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem are illegal and must be removed. The ICJ ruling, like all other world court rulings, requires all other (nations) signatories to the ICJ Charter to compel israel's compliance with the ruling. A health review by Dr. Derek Summerfield, of the Institute of Psychiatry in London found that; "The coherence of the Palestinian health system is being destroyed. The wall will isolate 97 primary health clinics and 11 hospitals from the populations they serve. Qalqilya hospital, which primarily serves refugees, has seen a 40% fall in follow up appointments because patients cannot enter the city. There have been at least 87 documented cases (including 30 children) in which denial of access to medical treatment has led directly to deaths, including those of babies born while women were held up at checkpoints". (British Medical Journal, 2004, 329:924). The Wall is part of israel's ongoing war to fractionate Palestinian communities and isolate them from each other into disconnected ghettos, each will be a prison, while virtually all Palestinian agricultural and water resources land are annexed to israel. As israel did in Gaza, the Wes Bank's towns of Hebron and Nablus, and the suburbs around Jerusalem will be transformed into several mini Gaza-like prisons. After the evacuation of the illegal Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2004, israel has literally completed the first Palestinian ghetto. The Gaza ghetto is the most isolated and densely populated prison on the planet. Gaza is completely fences-off by electronic and electric fences, and controlled by israel's occupation forces (IOF) from all sides. The population of 1.5 million Palestinians are lockdown for good part of the year. No Palestinian can leave or come into Gaza unless they have an israeli-issued Palestinian ID card, which is impossible to obtain. The aim is to completely cut Gaza off from the West Bank and the rest of the world, and the second is to encourage starvation and epidemics among the population. israel continues to destroy Palestinian infrastructure and kill innocent Palestinians, with impunity. In the first four months of this year 90 Palestinians, including more than 20 children, were killed by israeli forces meanwhile 17 israelis, including one child, were killed by Palestinian armed groups (AI Wire, Vol. 36, No. 5, June 2006). Murdering Palestinian children in cold blood has always been the israeli soldiers' way of training. In many cases israeli soldiers were known to provoke children to throw stones and then murdering them. The last two months (May-June) israel has fired more than 6,000 shells into the Gaza killing more than 30 innocent Palestinians. According to Dr. Summerfield, the IOF has "killed more Palestinian civilians than the number of people who died on September 11, 2001. In conducting 238 extrajudicial executions the army has also killed 186 bystanders (including 26 women and 39 children). Two thirds of the 621 children (two thirds under 15 years) killed at checkpoints, in the street, on the way to school, in their homes, died from small arms fire, directed in over half of cases to the head, neck and chest - the sniper's wound. Clearly, soldiers are routinely authorised to shoot to kill children in situations of minimal or no threat". As a result of israel daily terror, most Palestinian children suffer trauma and psychological sickness. The month of June was the deadliest so far. Using the (football) World Cup event as a cover, on Friday 09 June 2005, israeli gunboats deliberately and indiscriminately shelled northern Gaza beach and murdered eight Palestinians (the entire Ghalia's family) - including three children while they were picnicking. As usual, the israeli Government and its crimes complicit, the BBC, tried to cover up the massacre. However, evidence provided by eyewitness on the ground, member of the US-based Human Rights watch (HRW) and hospital records refuted the israel's propaganda campaign as distortion of facts. "The army's case could be dismissed outright were it not for the racist assumptions that now prevail as Western ‘thought' about Arabs and Muslims", wrote author and journalist Jonathan Cook. Two days later Jewish soldiers murdered another nine Palestinians including children in cold blood in northern Gaza. On 21 June israeli war planes attacked a group of civilians murdering a pregnant woman, Fatima Ahmed and her brother Zachariah, and seriously injuring seven more people, including another pregnant women and three small children two pf them a 5-years-old boy and his 4-years-old cousins. There were no harmless (Qassam) rockets strikes before the crimes. Murdering Palestinian children in cold blood has become the israeli soldiers' way of training. Nearly one-quarter of the victims are children aged 16 years and younger. As always, "ome of the children were playing football in the street in full sight of the soldier who pulled the trigger, others were sitting at their desks in school when a stray bullet from an army post crashed into the classroom" reported Chris McGreal of the London Guardian. "About half of those children were shot in the Gaza strip, the bulk in two refugee camps in the south - Rafah and Khan Yunis. The killings were only part of it. israel bulldozed the homes of thousands of Palestinians along the Egyptian border and around the settlements. It drove out many others with the daily, and more often nightly, barrage of fire into Rafah and Khan Yunis. Nowhere suffered more at the hands of occupation" added McGreal. The "moral" West (led by the U.S.) not only remains silent but also condoning israel's crimes as "self-defence", not terrorism. Billions of U.S. taxpayers' money is spent annually to arm israel and to implement gross abuses of human rights against the Palestinian people. Gaza (and other towns in the West Bank) is often invaded by israeli tanks backed by troops, helicopter gunships and F-16s aircraft leaving behind trails of civilian massacres and wanton destruction. Again, the crimes depicted in the West and the mass media as "incursion" and israel depicted as a "civilised" society, not one that addicted to violence and terrorism. As I am writing these lines, israeli tanks backed by troops and helicopter gunships are invading and reoccupying Gaza, destroying civilian infrastructures, including bridges and electricity grids, in violations of the Geneva Conventions and international law. Much of Gaza has been left without electricity, making life unbearable and rending the health care system unusable. israeli actions are war crimes and crimes against humanity, with the Bush Administration blessing. The advertised pretext for this deliberate wanton destruction and collective punishment on defenceless population is to free one israeli soldier, which is completely fraudulent. The soldier was taken prisoner during a legitimate resistant operation by Palestinian fighters and in retaliation to israel's ongoing acts of terrorism and crimes against Palestinian children. Hence, the real aim of the "Jewish State" is to topple a democratically elected government and install a subservient one ready to accept israeli rules. While the world is focussing on the one israeli soldier, there are more than 9,400 Palestinian prisoners languishing in israeli prisons. These include hundreds of women, children and infants as young as 3 months old separated from their mothers and under brutal conditions. Many of the prisoners are imprisoned without charge as "Administrative Detainees". They were kidnapped from their homes at midnight, imprisoned and subjected to torture, sexual abuses and denied their rights to fair trial. A permanent state of violence has served the "Jewish State" very well, allowing it to avoid any peaceful settlement and to continue its Zionist policy of expansion. As Professor Ur Shlonsky of Geneva University in Switzerland wrote; israel's aim is to "terrorise the civilian population, assuring maximal destruction of property and cultural resources". At the same time, "the daily life of the Palestinians must be rendered unbearable: They should be locked up in ghettos and refugee camps, prevented from exercising normal economic life, cut off from workplaces, schools and hospitals, This will encourage emigration and weaken the resistance to future expulsions". After the success of HAMAS movement in the Palestinian Legislative Council, the U.S. and the European Union (EU) imposed economic sanctions, as a collective punishment against the Palestinians for practicing their democratic rights and for electing the "wrong" people. In order to increase the suffering of Palestinians, on 23 May 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve by 361-37 to impose sanction against the Palestinian people and starve their children. Encouraged by Western powers, israel followed with its own brutality by illegally withholding millions of dollars ( million per month) in tax revenues from the Palestinians. As a result, more than 170,000 government employees have not been paid their salaries for three months affecting the lives of more than a million Palestinians. Furthermore, unemployment and poverty among Palestinians are as high as 60 % in Gaza and 50 % in the West Bank (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]). This deliberate economic siege "is like an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but they won't starve to death", said Dov Weissglas, the israeli Government's senior political advisor. The same crimes were known to have been perpetuated by the Nazis on defenceless population. By refusing to return Palestinian tax revenues and deliberately imposing harsh living conditions, israel is forcing the Palestinians to pay for their own (and their children) malnutrition and starvation. Yet, despite nearly sixty years of Zionism, including forty-years of brutal military occupation and barbarism enforced by the "Jewish State" - the world's fourth largest army - and its Western allies, the Palestinian ghettos and refugee camps continue to be vibrant grounds for Palestinian resistance and civil societies. Zionism and israeli oppression have failed to break the desire and national struggle of the Palestinians for freedom and self-determination. Palestinians have built and organised various institutions and organizations not only to resist the israeli Occupation but also to care for their society. In addition to the armed struggle, Palestinian institutions and organizations are providing daily health care services, education and aid to the Palestinian population. israel's terror is dependent on the supports provided by Western governments, and U.S. taxpayers' money. Like Fascist Germany and Apartheid South Africa, israel can be forced - even under moderate economic sanctions - to change its brutal policies and seek a peaceful resolution. An independent Palestine and the rights of return for all Palestinian refugees to their land is the only just and peaceful resolution. Just as the civilised world stood together against Fascism and Apartheid, so it today must join to condemn israel and call on it to stop committing crimes against the Palestinian people.
  16. Talking Requires A Partner

    Talking Requires a Partner A Way Out of the Gaza Crisis? (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/neslen07052006.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/neslen07052006.html[/url] By ARTHUR NESLEN Out of sight of the international press pack, a bid to resolve the Gaza crisis, involving a dialogue between a Jewish religious leader and Hamas representatives, is ongoing and well advanced. "I'm talking to Hamas representatives every day," a weary sounding Menachem Froman told me by telephone from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, where he lives and works as a rabbi. "We have had a lot of meetings and I have just spoken to an aide of my prime minister about this." But Tel Aviv's interest in a negotiated end to the standoff is far from assured. The day before the tanks rolled into Gaza, Froman had been due to launch an extraordinary peace initiative at a news conference in Jerusalem with Muhamed Abu Tir, the Hamas MP, Khaled Abu Arafa, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem, and three israeli rabbis. The panel was to have made a collective call for the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, the beginning of a process to release all Palestinian prisoners and the immediate start of negotiations with Hamas on the framework for a peace deal based on 1967 borders. They would also have announced that Jewish and Muslim religious leaders could achieve peace where israel's politicians had failed. But the response from israel's security establishment was crushing. Hours before the meeting was due to start, the Shin Bet detained Abu Tir and Abu Arafa and warned them not to attend the meeting. The news conference,s organisers were forced to contact the other rabbis - who were already on the road to Jerusalem - and tell them not to come. Instead of a triumphant statement of mutual respect and dialogue, a subdued and gently defiant three-man panel fended off aggressive questioning from an unruly israeli press pack. As Yitzhak Frankenthal, whose son was killed by Hamas in 1994, said that the Palestinians had been pushed into the kidnapping by an inhuman occupation, one journalist jumped up and down shouting: "Should someone who murdered your son be freed?" Frankenthal responded with dignity. "It would be the easiest thing in the world for me to say that they are terrorists and we must fight them. "But in the eyes of the Palestinians, they are liberators. We need to understand that it is the obligation of the Palestinians, as it is the obligation of every other nation, to fight for their liberation. The time has come for reconciliation, and the only way to achieve that is to talk." Talking, however, requires a partner. Two days after the news conference, Abu Tir and Abu Arafa were kidnapped by israeli forces, along with a third of the Hamas cabinet. Four days later, israel revoked both men's citizenship and residency rights in Jerusalem. As the Jerusalem Post headline put it: 'Shin Bet foils Hamas-Jewish meeting'. An even more accurate headline might have been the one israel National Radio's Arutz Sheva website ran a few days later, pertaining to another story: 'The peace process is a bigger danger than Hamas'. In this opinion piece, Ted Belman argued that "the threat of rockets raining down on israel from Gaza isn't nearly the threat that the peace process was and is" because peace talks would require israeli concessions. "To avoid this fate, the violence in the territories would have to continue at tolerable levels, but that doesn't solve the problem" Belman wrote. His conclusion was that the Palestinians needed to be provoked. Some believe that israel's re-invasion of Gaza was a similar provocation aimed at bringing down the Hamas government and preventing a unified Palestinian negotiating stance based on the prisoners' document. Having ruled out the only possible solutions that could have bought a temporary peace, Olmert and Peretz are now the proud owners of a Sharonist policy which, almost by definition, strengthens Hamas in the occupied territories and far-right forces at home. American and British support for it traps them further within a dynamic that heats the pot of bloodshed, even as they dishonestly promise their people disengagement, convergence and peace. The daring raid on Kerem Shalom by Palestinian guerillas has shone a spotlight on the israeli government's Scylla and Charybdis. But could Froman's efforts offer them a way out? Precedent suggests it would be foolish to hold out hopes. But try telling that to Froman. The rabbi is currently "neither eating nor sleeping" as he engages in round-the-clock talks with Hamas representatives, building on his meetings with Mahmoud al-Zahar earlier this year. Froman may be an eccentric, but he has a formidable track record. A co-founder of the messianic Gush Khatif settlers movement, Froman split from the group after Baruch Goldstein's Hebron massacre. He became a religious adviser to the Knesset and brokered the release from prison of Hamas's spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. He also brokered Yassin's subsequent announcement of a ceasefire, which israel refused to accept and Yassin subsequently withdrew. Yasser Arafat considered him a brother. A peace plan the two men were working on was reaching a culmination point in Arafat's final days. It involved Arafat signing off on an independent Palestinian state and permanent religious ceasefire, the latter with the support of key israeli civic and religious leaders. It was scuppered by an inconvenient phone call from the then-interior minister, Gideon Ezra, and a deterioration in Arafat's health which, by the following day, had rendered him unable to take visitors. Ironies abound in the history of Froman's peace efforts. His uncle was killed in the 1930s by Ezzedine al-Qassam, the militant Palestinian cleric whose name was later adopted by Hamas's armed wing. Yet Froman is on record as saying he has more in common with "my brothers and sisters in Hamas" than with secular israelis. His motivations stem from a deep commitment to the once-integral universal tradition in Jewish thought, best summarised by Rabbi Hillel's "do unto others" maxim. He believes that while the land of israel is holy, sovereignty over it is not and so aspires to live as a Palestinian Jew in a Palestinian state. For the past two years, however, he has been living under police protection because of death threats from other settlers. Should his peace efforts bear fruit, perhaps his national-religious neighbours will be reminded that in the messianic age, according to Isaiah, the wolf is supposed to lie down with the lamb. Arthur Neslen is a journalist working in Tel Aviv. His first book, Occupied Minds: A journey through the israeli psyche, was recently published by Pluto Press.
  17. Bush's Army: a Few Good Degenerates Rape, Lies and Murder (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/roberts07042006.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.counterpunch(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/roberts07042006.html[/url] By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS Americans who get their propaganda from Fox "News" or are told what to think by right-wing talk radio hosts are outraged at news reports that U.S. troops planned and carried out the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman. They are not outraged that the troops committed the deed; they are outraged that the media reported it. These "conservatives," who proudly wear their patriotism on their sleeves, dismiss the reports of the incident as a Big Lie floated by "the anti-American liberal media" in order to demoralize Americans and reduce public support for the war. Playing to this audience, Col. Jeffrey Snow, a U.S. brigade commander in Baghdad, told AFP News that news coverage could cause the U.S. to lose the war. In other words, what we are doing in Iraq cannot stand the light of day, so reporters must not report or the word will get out. Many Bush supporters believe that truth is not on our side and must be suppressed. Yet, they support a war that is too shameful to report. I have made it clear in my columns that Bush supporters are not true conservatives. They are brownshirts with the same low intelligence and morals as Hitler's enthusiastic supporters. And they are just as resistant to facts. It was not the "liberal media" but the investigating U.S. military officials who told the Associated Press that the rape and murder of the young woman and her family appeared "totally premeditated," that the soldiers noticed the woman on their patrols and studied her and her family for a week before separating the woman from her family and raping her. After having their way with her, the soldiers murdered her and tried to burn her body with a flammable liquid in order to cover up their foul deed. The soldiers' cover-up attempt also involved the murder of other members of the murdered rape victim's family, including a child. The criminals were turned in by other U.S. soldiers who knew of the monstrous crime. According to the Associated Press (USA Today, June 30, 2006), one of the soldiers has admitted his role in the rape and murder. The soldiers cannot be said to be guilty until they are tried and found guilty. However, the U.S. military usually attempts a cover-up of such incidents and only admits to the facts after the press gets hold of them. This time, however, the investigating officials themselves gave the story to the Associated Press. Many Americans are so unsophisticated that they refuse to believe anything bad about their country. They regard acceptance of unpalatable truths as disloyalty. This failure of American character is why Bush has been able to get away with transgressions that scream out for his impeachment and trial as a war criminal. The premeditated rape and murders are just the latest in the long line of horrific war crimes from Abu Ghraib to Haditha. Bush supporters are still in denial about each incident. It is amazing that Bush supporters think we have a John Wayne military when, according to news reports, recruitment problems have resulted in the military accepting felons, drug users, thugs, low-IQ high school dropouts, and illegal Mexicans promised green cards for signing up. Apparently, the same people who make America's streets unsafe for Americans make Iraqi streets unsafe for Iraqis. In response to the declining caliber of new recruits, some of our best troops are refusing to reenlist. Several have written to me that "the Army has left them." Whoever put out that propagandistic slogan, "support the troops," and the ribbon decals was a master propagandist. "Support the troops" means to deny the reality of the war and the behavior of the troops. To this day, the Bush regime and the neocon Nazis have not told us the reason for their invasion of Iraq, the destruction of its towns and infrastructure, and the slaughter of its citizens. Every reason Bush has given has proved to be a lie. There is no more reason for U.S. troops to be shooting up Iraq than to be shooting up Canada, Scotland, Holland, Spain, Taiwan, Florida, Virginia, or California. We are killing Iraqis for no other reason than that they resist our invasion and occupation of their country. It is proof of the collapse of American morals and the fallen character of the American people that the American public and its elected representatives in Congress refuse to rein in the Bush regime and hold it responsible for its monstrous crimes. America has become a land of evil. The rest of the world hates and despises us. And we are going to pay a terrible price for it. Bush's belief that our superpower status makes us immune to the opinion of others goes beyond hubris into insanity. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_paulcraigroberts[at]yahoo(contact admin if its a beneficial link)"]paulcraigroberts[at]yahoo(contact admin if its a beneficial link)[/url]
  18. The Real Reasons for israel`s Invasion of Gaza: An Experiment in Human Despair By Jonathan Cooke Jul 9, 2006, 02:26 One needed only to watch the interview on British television this week with israel`s ambassador to the UK to realise that the israeli army`s tightening of the siege on Gaza, its invasion of the northern parts of the Strip today, and the looming humanitarian crisis across the territory, have nothing to do with the recent capture of an israeli soldier -- or even the feeble home-made Qassam rockets fired, usually ineffectually, into israel by Palestinian militants. Under questioning from presenter Jon Snow of Channel Four news on the reasons behind israel`s bombing of Gaza`s only power station -- thereby cutting off electricity to more than half of the Strip`s 1.3 million inhabitants for many months ahead, as well as threatening the water supply -- Zvi Ravner denied this action amounted to collective punishment of the civilian population. Rather, he claimed, the electricity station had to be disabled to prevent the soldier`s captors from having the light needed to smuggle him out of Gaza at night. It was left to a bemused Jon Snow to point out that smugglers usually prefer to do their work in the dark and that israel`s actions were more likely to assist his captors than disadvantage them. The Alice Through the Looking Glass quality of israeli disinformation over the combined siege and invasion of Gaza -- and its widespread and credulous repetition by the Western media -- is successfully distracting attention from israel`s real goals in this one-sided war of attrition. The current destruction of Gaza`s civilian and administrative infrastructure is reminiscent of the israeli army`s cruel rampages through the streets of West Bank cities in the repeated invasions of 2002 and 2003, and the Jewish settlers` malicious attacks on Palestinian farmers trying to collect their olive harvests. The relative absence of these horror stories today is simply a reflection of the terrible success of the wall israel has built across Palestinian farmland and around Palestinian population centres in the West Bank. Settlers no longer need to plunder the olive harvest when the fruit is being left to rot on the trees because farmers can no longer reach their groves. In the case of the West Bank invasions, israeli tanks rolled easily into Palestinian cities that had already been isolated and crippled by the stranglehold of checkpoints and roadblocks all over the territority. israeli heavy armour knocked down electricity pylons as though they were playing a game of ten-pin bowling, snipers shot up the water tanks on people`s roofs, soldiers defecated into office photocopiers and the army sought out Palestinian ministries so that their confidential records and documents could be destroyed or stolen. Notably, only in the warren of alleys in the overcrowded refugee camps of Jenin and Nablus did the army find the going far tougher and suffer relatively high casualties. Which may explain the military caution that has been exercised by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in regard to the ground invasion of Gaza. The tiny Strip, besieged on its land borders by the israeli army behind an electronic fence and on the seafront by the israeli navy, is one giant, overcrowded refugee camp. The past week has seen Gaza `softened up` with airstrikes on its infrastructure and government ministries. Today, land forces began wreaking more death and destruction -- fourteen killed at the time of writing -- in `mopping up` exercises in the pattern established earlier in the West Bank. Three long-standing motives are discernible in israel`s current menacing of Gaza. First, israel is determined to continue its campaign of impairing the Palestinian Authority`s ability to govern. This has nothing to do with the recent election of Hamas to run the Palestinian Authority. israel`s official policy of unilateralism -- ignoring the wishes of the Palestinian people -- began long before, when Yasser Arafat was in charge. It has continued through the presidency of Mahmoud Abbas, a leader who is about as close to a quisling as israel is likely to find. Hamas`s electoral success has merely supplied israel with the pretext it needs for launching its invasion and the grounds for demanding inter-national support as it chokes the life out of Gaza. israel doubtless hopes that at the end of this process it will be left with Abbas, a figurehead president backed into a corner and ready to put his name to whatever agreement israel imposes. Second, the attack on Gaza -- as ever -- is partly a distraction from the real battle. It was widely recognised that Ariel Sharon`s dogged pursuit of his Gaza disengagement policy last year was designed to free his hand for the annexation of large chunks of a greater prize, the West Bank, and for securing the biggest prize of all, East Jerusalem. Nothing has changed on this front. As israel keeps all eyes directed towards the suffering in Gaza, it is starting to make significant moves in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It is preparing for the much-delayed evacuation of a handful of illegal West Bank hilltop settlements -- known in israel as `outposts` -- demanded as the first stage of the implementation of the almost-forgotten US-sponsored peace process called the Road Map. These outposts are tiny, often just a few caravans. It will be much to israel`s advantage if the world fails to examine too closely the miserly act of evacuating these places, which doubtless will later be presented both as israel having made a huge sacrifice for peace and as having satisfied its side of the Road Map`s conditions. The loss of these outposts and a few larger settlements will pave the way for international acceptance of Olmert`s convergence plan, his unilaterally imposed expansion of israel`s borders at the expense of a viable Palestinian state. Equally significant are the overlooked manoeuvres israel is undertaking in East Jerusalem as it beats a warpath towards Gaza. Last week israel stripped four Hamas MPs of their right to live in East Jerusalem, effectively expelling them to the West Bank. It also showed that it could lock up them and dozens of other democratically elected Palestinian representatives with barely a peep from the international community. In yet another dose of Alice in Wonderland, israel`s policy of making hostages of these MPs was referred to as `arrests` by the Western media. Few bothered to report that the MPs are being deprived of even their most basic rights, such as meeting with their lawyers. As the four Jerusalem MPs` lawyers have argued, it is a nonsense that israel allowed these Hamas politicians to stand in the recent elections and now, after their victory, it calls their membership of the party `support for terrorism`. It is also a disturbing sign of how easily israel will be able to begin ethnically cleansing East Jerusalem of its Palestinian inhabitants using the flimsiest of excuses. And third, and perhaps most significantly of all, israel is using the siege and invasion of Gaza as a laboratory for testing policies it also intends to apply to the West Bank after convergence. Gazans are the guinea pigs on which Olmert can try out the `extreme action` he has been boasting of. The destruction of Gaza`s power plant and loss of electricity to some 700,000 people; the consequent scarcity of water, build-up of sewage that cannot be disposed of, and inevitable spread of disease; the shortages of fuel and threats to the running of vital services such as hospitals; the sonic booms of israeli aircraft that terrify Gaza`s children and unpredictable air strikes that terrify everyone; the inability of Palestinian officials to run bombed ministries and provide services; the constant threat of invasion by massed israeli troops on the `border`; and the breakdown of law and order as Fatah and Hamas gunmen are encouraged to turn on each other. All these factors are designed to one end: the slow demand by Palestinians, civilians and militants alike, to clear out of the hell-hole of Gaza. The traffic through the tunnels that once served Gaza`s smugglers will change directions: where once cigarettes and arms came into Gaza, the likelihood is that soon it will be people passing through those underground passages to leave Gaza and seek a life outside. If this experiment in human despair works in the small Gaza Strip, its lessons can be applied to much bigger effect in the West Bank ghettoes left behind after convergence. This is how ethnic cleansing looks when it is designed not by butchers in uniforms but by technocrats in suits. Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, israel. He is the author of the forthcoming `Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State` published by Pluto Press, and available in the United States from the University of Michigan Press. 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  19. NEWS YOU WON'T FIND ON CNN (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.informationclearinghouse.ifo/article13866.htm"]It's Time to End the "Last Taboo"[/url] By Stephen Lendman 07/05/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- The "Last Taboo" was the title of eminent Palestinian-born writer, scholar and activist Edward Said's essay written shortly before his death in September, 2003. It was also the title of distinguished author and documentary filmmaker John Pilger's chapter about Palestine in his important new book Freedom Next Time that's reviewed and can be read at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com. Said explained his title in what he wrote: "The extermination of the Native Americans can be admitted, the morality of Hiroshima attacked, the national flag (of the US) publicly committed to flames. But the systematic continuity of israel's 52-year oppression and maltreatment of the Palestinians is virtually unmentionable, a narrative that has no permission to appear." It appeared boldly and courageously in Pilger's book, and it's long past time for it be prominent in the mainstream as well to finally expose israeli crimes and demand they end. It's especially important now as israel just began an intensive military assault against the defenseless people of Gaza, which, before it ends, may result in many deaths, great destruction of property and an overwhelming humanitarian disaster even beyond the one already existing in The Occupied Territories. Few people anywhere have suffered more or longer than the beleaguered Palestinians. For nearly four decades they've lived under a harsh and unending israeli occupation of their land. They've endured a continued assault to seize it, a loss of their personal and economic rights and a denial of any chance for justice or their very humanity. These courageous people remain isolated in their own land with little support from the outside. Yet it's never broken their spirit as they continue their heroic efforts to survive and struggle to gain their freedom. The israeli Assault on Gaza This article documents events in besieged and now reoccupied Gaza since the Palestinians responded to continued israeli Defense Forces' (IDF) attacks against them by striking at an israeli military post near Kerem Shalom crossing, southeast of Rafah, on June 25 killing two IDF soldiers, injuring several others and capturing a third. The israeli response was swift and deadly but has not yet been unleashed fully as the IDF decides when to enter Gaza full force to launch an assault against the defenseless people there already under seige. The Palestinian strike followed a series of bloody June israeli attacks on Gaza including the widely reported beach shelling that killed 8 Palestinians and injured 32 others including 13 children. The israelis admitted shelling the beach but denied responsibility for the deaths. They falsely claimed a Palestinian planted mine killed the civilians there despite the forensic evidence clearly proving otherwise. The corporate media reported the israeli version of events but ignored the evidence refuting it preventing the public from knowing the truth. It also never reported that the so-called israeli Gaza withdrawal of its 8,500 settlers in 21 settlements last August wasn't that at all. That staged media event was little more than the resettlement of Gaza's Jewish residents to new homes in israel proper and the West Bank on other seized Palestinian land. Furthermore, the IDF didn't withdraw. It merely redeployed away from the settlements it was guarding to new positions on the border. Gaza continued to be under de facto occupation and sealed off whenever the IDF wished, as it's now done, and along with the West Bank remains one of the world's two largest open air prisons. The Palestinian June 25 raid was its response to continued IDF daily attacks against Gaza throughout June that killed about 30 people, injured many more and caused much destruction of property. Following the incident, the IDF launched "Operation Summer Rain" that included closing all border crossings, sealing off the territory to restrict movement in and out including humanitarian supplies such as food and medicine, and surrounding the territory awaiting orders to launch a major assault which it's now begun. The IDF has also stepped up its artillery shelling that has gone on continually for months. It's been firing 200 - 300 or more shells per day into northern Gaza, many close to civilian homes. It's also launched round the clock air attacks with F16 fighter jets and helicopter gunships firing air-to-surface missiles and dropping one-ton bombs on civilian facilities; it's conducting mock air raids; and it's aircraft are breaking the sound barrier over Gaza at low altitudes deliberately inflicting eardrum shattering and terrifying sonic booms against the helpless people. In addition, air strikes destroyed the three main bridges in the Gaza Valley cutting off the northern part of the Strip from its center and southern parts, preventing vital transportation from moving normally to provide essential needs to the people. The bombardment also destroyed the main pipe providing water for the Nusairat and al-Boreij refugee camps and knocked out the Strip's only electricity generation plant cutting off power for 80% of the population and preventing water pumps and sanitation facilities from operating. These actions increase the likelihood of a growing humanitarian crisis becoming worse with food shipments, medical supplies and other essentials cut off which may lead to starvation and a major health disaster. They're also a form of collective punishment against Gaza's civilian population which is a violation of international law according to the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. israel now and in the past has routinely ignored this Convention, including article 33 under it that prohibits reprisals against protected persons and their property. The world community so far has yet to take notice or speak out against what's ongoing other than weak-kneed and disingenuous calls by world leaders and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for both sides to show restraint. It's hard finding the right words to respond properly to such an outrageous statement, what little else has been said, and most importantly to what hasn't been but should be. israeli warships also went further committing a hostile act by entering Syrian airspace and buzzing President Bashar al-Assad's home in Latakia in a deliberately provocative act before being intercepted and forced to turn back. This illegal incursion reflects israel's continued hostility toward Syria's leadership which it accuses of harboring and supporting Hamas leaders the IDF has targeted for assassination. It may signal further israeli action to come, with the Bush administration's full support, against a government both countries see as an enemy. An ominous sign of such potential action came in a veiled threat israel just made against Syria vowing to strike against "those who sponsor" the Palestinian resistance. The West Bank hasn't been spared either as the IDF conducted nearly 50 incursions into Palestinian communities, razing farmland, raiding homes, seizing five of them for military sites and arresting dozens of civilians including children. In addition, on June 29 the IDF arrested most of the Hamas leadership including eight cabinet ministers, 25 PLC members from the Change and Reform Party affiliated with Hamas, and other Hamas officials claiming they were responsible for the assault against its military post. All these actions are further illegal collective punishment reprisals against Palestinian civilians as are israeli threats to extra-judicially assassinate Hamas leaders. Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov of The Australian, in fact, reported on July 1 that in a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas israel threatened to kill democratically elected Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if the captured israeli soldier isn't released. The Prime Minister now fears for his life and has gone into hiding. What will it take to finally get world leaders to take note, show a semblance of courage and rectitude, speak out forcefully against this outrageous threat, and condemn israel for what it's now inflicting on nearly four million defenseless civilians living under its oppressive heel. This is a particularly desperate time in the lives of the 1.45 million Gazans who live in 140 square miles of the most densely populated place on earth. Daily life for them has been almost unbearable as they've had to endure continued israeli oppression without letup. With only their spirit to enable them to resist and armed with little more than rocks, small arms and crude homemade rockets, they're pitted against the world's fourth most powerful military assaulting them at will. The toll has been devastating. The IDF Assault on Gaza Was Planned Well in Advance What's now unfolding in Gaza was planned months ago by the israelis. They've just been waiting for a plausible excuse to unleash it. The capturing, not kidnapping, of one of their soldiers as a POW provided it. So far the US, world community and UN Secretary General support the israeli action by their near silence. And nothing is said in the major media to condemn a clear crime or report anything about the 9,000 or more Palestinian civilians forcibly arrested, now held in indefinite detention and grievously abused or tortured by the only country in the world to effectively legalize torture according to Amnesty International (the US, of course, now also has). Many of those in custody are political prisoners held administratively without charge, and israeli human rights monitoring group B'Tselem reports israel's use of torture is widespread and routine against them. It must be asked why world leaders aren't speaking out to condemn this practice. International law on it is explicit and long-standing. It forbids the use of any form of torture or degrading treatment under any circumstances. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlawed it in 1948. The Fourth Geneva Convention then did it in 1949 banning any form of "physical or mental coercion" and affirming detainees must at all times be treated humanely. The European Convention followed in 1950. Then in 1984 the UN Convention Against Torture became the first binding international instrument dealing exclusively with the issue of banning torture in any form for any reason. israel ignores international law (as does its US ally), treats all Palestinians it holds in detention with contempt, and feels free to abuse them at will. The dominant media in the West pay no attention and have no interest. These are the ones John Pilger calls "unworthy victims" in his new book Freedom Next Time. The israeli soldier, on the other hand, is a "worthy" one, and reports or just hints of his mistreatment would be headline news. He also deserves lengthy front page coverage in our newspaper of record The New York Times which names him so we all know and displays his picture. No Palestinian warrants any attention at all in the Times or the rest of the corporate media. They all remain nameless and faceless. What's now unfolding in Gaza and the West Bank has been in the works for months. Since the staged summer, 2005 Gaza withdrawal, the IDF has been training for a large-scale incursion and reoccupation of the territory. This was reported earlier this year in israel's Maariv daily in an interview the paper did with IDF Southern Command General Yoav Galant whose unit is responsible for Gaza. He clearly stated the IDF would employ "more aggressive military activity.......including (re)occupying the Gaza Strip......as a result of increased (Palestinian) attacks." The general may have forgotten to explain those "attacks" with crude weapons were Palestinian responses to daily israeli attacks on them with the most sophisticated weapons the IDF has short of nuclear ones. He also forgot to explain how Gazans have suffered as a result of these attacks and near daily killings as well as from the effects of a near forty-year brutal occupation of their territory. The general, however, was very clear that "we (the IDF) have a plan to (re)occupy the Strip" (and) "We are in advanced states of preparing forces for readiness." Another IDF official added that "The only way israel can stop the rockets is by occupying Gaza. It is elementary. The leadership knows it." The official explained further that in recent weeks the IDF completed its training to reenter Gaza and informed its soldiers to prepare and be ready for orders to move in. It's quite true that the Palestinian resistance has fired about 250 crude homemade rockets from Gaza into israel in recent months. It's also true these have been in response to the many thousands of unprovoked IDF artillery shells fired at them as well as frequent air attacks and other assaults against them. Little of this is ever reported by the western corporate media, especially in the US, and never with any context to explain the true situation on the ground. It's also not reported that the IDF trained to be ready to react once it got an excuse to do it which the June 25 incident gave it. And it would never be reported or even considered that if the israeli leadership and IDF seriously wanted to end retaliatory attacks against them including suicide bombings, an easy way to do it would be to stop attacking defenseless Palestinians. The fact that it hasn't shows it won't and doesn't want to. Those "elementary" considerations are never reported or suggested in the mainstream. Apparently the dominant media never thought of it, but their mission isn't to think. It's only to report what government officials say. The Gaza Assault Bears Similarity to Lebanon in 1982 The ongoing israeli assault against Gaza may be following the same pattern as the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to destroy the PLO leadership that resulted in the deaths of about 18,000 mostly Lebanese and Palestinian civilians. Back then israel needed a pretext to invade to counter the growing respectability the PLO was gaining by observing a cease-fire and preferring to pursue negotiations instead of terror attacks. This was a catastrophe for the israeli government as it threatened to undermine its hardened position to oppose any political settlement which it could only prevent by portraying the PLO as terrorists. To do it israel had to find a way to get the Palestinians to reengage in terrorism or at least to defend itself to make it look like terrorism. Why would the israeli government then or any other one want to do this? It would seem logical to assume they all would prefer peace and security to continued conflict. Sadly, it didn't then, never did earlier, hasn't since, and clearly doesn't now. The reason why goes to the root of Zionists' aims, especially the most extreme ones. Many Zionists want all the land of "Eretz israel," the biblical Jewish homeland many Jews believe God gave to the 12 tribes of israel. It includes much more than present day israel and the Occupied Territories - Lebanon, most of Syria, part of Egypt and a large portion of Jordan. Unlike other countries, israel has no fixed borders - deliberately. It's been that way so israeli governments have lots of wiggle room to establish them one day as they choose or are able to do. Most important is the plan to include as part of israel the ancient lands of "Judea" and "Summaria," the West Bank biblical parts of israel the Palestinians call the Occupied Territories and claim as their homeland. israel has maintained the pretense of being willing to allow the Palestinians an independent state. But by refusing to negotiate seriously and continuing to encroach on Palestinian land with new and expanded settlements as well as erecting its "separation" wall, it's clear israel's real intent is to seize all the land it wants for its own use leaving the Palestinians only some isolated bantustan-like less valuable parts. To achieve its aims, israel has always sought to avoid a political solution with the Palestinians. That position was explained by its Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the 1980s when he admitted his nation went to war with Lebanon because there was "a terrible danger....not so much a military one as a political one." But israel couldn't attack without good reason to do it. It found none so it manufactured one after the terrorist Abu Nidal organization attempted to assassinate the israeli Ambassador to the UK in London. The israelis blamed it on the PLO that had nothing to do with it. It also went unnoticed or reported that the PLO had been at war with the Nidal group for years. It didn't matter, and the western media, particularly in the US, reported that the "Operation Peace for Galilee" Lebanon invasion was undertaken to protect israeli civilians from PLO attacks even though there were none. Who would know the difference except the people living there, and the western media don't speak to them unless it's to affirm israeli positions. The situation today in Gaza bears similarity to 1982. israel was horrified when Hamas won a clear majority of the seats in the January, 2006 elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Without the larger than life figure of Yasser Arafat to lead it, the Palestinian people finally rejected his Fatah party and its long record of corruption and subservience to israeli dominance. Since the election, the Olmert led government has clamped down hard on Hamas, calling it a terrorist organization. It's refused to negotiate with it, withheld Palestinian tax revenues, and succeeded in getting an international political boycott of the democratically elected Hamas government as well as most outside aid to it cut off. All this has created an unbearable hardship on the already desperate Palestinian population. It didn't matter that Hamas declared a unilateral cease-fire, wanted negotiations and was willing to recognize israel as a legitimate state provided israel gave the Palestinians equal recognition, was willing to return to the pre-1967 borders, released Palestinian prisoners and stopped killing and abusing Palestinians without provocation. israel refused and, in fact, was as concerned about the Hamas cease-fire as it was about the one the PLO observed in 1982 which Prime Minister Shamir explained was the reason israel invaded Lebanon. Back then, the provocation was the incident in London against the israeli Ambassador and today it's the capturing of an israeli soldier. These are hardly reasons for going to war unless the israelis planned to wage one anyway and only needed a reason to do it. The reasons for israeli actions today are much the same as in 1982 - to avoid a political solution and destroy the Hamas-led government as it did the PLO then and to reinstitute one again subservient to its wishes. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) is that kind of leader, has always been in his past dealings with israel, and is the one Olmert wants to lead a future Palestinian government or someone just like him. The current situation in Gaza also has echos of the IDF's Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank in 2002. It included israel's infamous assault against the people of Jenin, a city of 35,000, retaliating against suicide bombings that occurred during the Second Intifada that began after Knesset member Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to the holy Al Aqsa Masjid in September, 2000. The suicide bombings, in turn, began in response to extreme israeli violence against the Palestinians which by March, 2002 Amnesty International reported had killed over 1,000 of them including more than 200 children. During that Operation, israeli forces invaded and attacked all West Bank cities causing an unknown number of civilian casualties and deaths. But the harshest assault occurred in April, 2002 against Jenin, including its refugee camp. The IDF cut the city off from any outside help, destroyed hundreds of buildings (many with people inside buried under the rubble), cut off power and water plus food and other essential needs from the outside, refused to allow any help to enter the city (including medical aid), and killed an unknown number of mostly civilian Palestinian men, women and children. No israeli was ever held to account for these crimes. Conditions in Jenin today remain grave as they do throughout the Occupied Territories as Palestinians now await the full impact of what an IDF reoccupation may inflict on them. As mentioned above, the Lebanon invasion killed many thousands of innocent Lebanese and Palestinians. It also resulted in what noted British journalist and Middle East expert Robert Fisk called "one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century." He referred to what happened at the Sabra and Shatila camps when israeli Defense Minister at the time Ariel Sharon in command of the IDF sent a proxy Lebanese Phalange militia force into the camps and allowed them to massacre as many as 3,000 or more innocent mostly civilian men, women and children. Beyond a brief and unconvincing censure for his actions, Sharon never was held to account for his crime and, of course, later became israeli Prime Minister serving until Ehud Olmert succeeded him after his disabling stroke. It now remains to be seen what the final result of the current israeli assault against Gaza, the West Bank and the Palestinian leadership will be. It may be some time before we know as it's just beginning. But if the Lebanon and Jenin experiences are examples to go by, many innocent Palestinian lives will be lost, and the state of the Palestinian people will only get worse before it ever has any chance to become better. Will the world community finally take note and act to stop a likely impending slaughter. The past record indicates it won't. It's the purpose of this writing to demand it does so and quickly and to hold a criminal israeli leadership accountable for its war crimes and crimes against humanity against the long-suffering Palestinian people who deserve the same freedoms as all israelis and everyone else. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen[at]sbcglobal.com. Also visit his blog site at sj.lendman.blogspot.com. 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  20. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.gregpalast(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/was-the-invasion-of-iraq-a-jewish-conspiracy"]Was the Invasion of Iraq A Jewish Conspiracy?[/url] by Greg Palast Did the Jews do it? The US Congress will open hearings this week on the War in Iraq — a wee bit late one might think. But one question at the forefront of the minds of many on both the Left and the Right is sure not to be asked: Did the Jews do it? I mean, after killing Jesus, did the Elders of Zion manipulate the government of the United States into invading Babylon as part of a scheme to abet the expansion of Greater israel? The question was first posed to me in 2004 when I was speaking at a meeting of Mobilization for Peace in San Jose. A member of the audience asked, “Put it together — Who’s behind this war? Paul Wolfowitz and Elliott Abrams and the Project for a “Jew” American Century and, and, why don’t you talk about that, huh? And…” But the questioner never had the full opportunity to complete his query because, flushed and red, he began to charge the stage. The peace activists attempted to detain the gentleman — whose confederates then grabbed some chairs to swing. As the Peace Center was taking on a somewhat warlike character, I chose to call in the authorities and slip out the back. Still, his question intrigued me. As an investigative reporter, “Who’s behind this war?” seemed like a reasonable challenge — and if it were a plot of Christ-killers and Illuminati, so be it. I just report the facts, ma’am. And frankly, at first, it seemed like the gent had a point, twisted though his spin might be. There was Paul Wolfowitz, before Congress in March 2003, offering Americans the bargain of the century: a free Iraq — not “free” as in “freedom and democracy” but free in the sense of this won’t cost us a penny. Wolfowitz testified: “There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money.” A “Free” Iraq And where would these billions come from? Wolfowitz told us: “It starts with the assets of the Iraqi people… The oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the next two or three years.” This was no small matter. The vulpine Deputy Defense Secretary knew that the number one question on the minds of Americans was not, “Does Saddam really have the bomb?” but “What’s this little war going to cost us?” However, Wolfowitz left something out of his testimony: the truth. I hunted for weeks for the source of the Pentagon’s oil revenue projections — and found them. They were wildly different from the Wolfowitz testimony. But this was not perjury. Ever since the conviction of Elliott Abrams for perjury before Congress during the Iran-Contra hearings, neither Wolfowitz nor the other Bush factotums swear an oath before testifying. If you don’t raise your hand and promise to tell the truth, “so help me, God,” you’re off the hook with federal prosecutors. How the Lord will judge that little ploy, we cannot say. But Wolfowitz’s little numbers game can hardly count as a Great Zionist conspiracy. That seemed to come, at first glance, in the form of a confidential 101-page document slipped to our team at BBC’s Newsnight. It detailed the economic “recovery” of Iraq’s post-conquest economy. This blueprint for occupation, we learned, was first devised in secret in late 2001. Notably, this program for Iraq’s recovery wasn’t written by Iraqis; rather, it was promoted by the neo-conservatives of the Defense Department, home of Abrams, Wolfowitz, Harold Rhode and other desktop Napoleons unafraid of moving toy tanks around the Pentagon war room. Nose-Twist’s Hidden Hand The neo-cons’ 101-page confidential document, which came to me in a brown envelope in February 2003, just before the tanks rolled, goes boldly where no U.S. invasion plan had gone before: the complete rewrite of the conquered state’s “policies, law and regulations.” A cap on the income taxes of Iraq’s wealthiest was included as a matter of course. And this was undoubtedly history’s first military assault plan appended to a program for toughening the target nation’s copyright laws. Once the 82nd Airborne liberated Iraq, never again would the Ba’athist dictatorship threaten America with bootleg dubs of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.” It was more like a corporate takeover, except with Abrams tanks instead of junk bonds. It didn’t strike me as the work of a Kosher Cabal for an Imperial israel. In fact, it smelled of pork — Pig Heaven for corporate America looking for a slice of Iraq, and I suspected its porcine source. I gave it a big sniff and, sure enough, I smelled Grover Norquist. Norquist is the capo di capi of right-wing, big-money influence peddlers in Washington. Those jealous of his inside track to the White House call him “Gopher Nose-Twist.” A devout Christian, Norquist channeled a million dollars to the Christian Coalition to fight the devil’s tool, legalized gambling. He didn’t tell the Coalition that the loot came from an Indian tribe represented by Norquist’s associate, Jack Abramoff. (The tribe didn’t want competition for its own casino operations.) I took a chance and dropped in on Norquist’s L Street office, and under a poster of his idol [’NIXON — NOW MORE THAN EVER”], Norquist took a look at the “recovery” plan for Iraq and practically jumped over my desk to sign it, filled with pride at seeing his baby. Yes, he promoted the privatizations, the tax limit for the rich, and the change in copyright law, all concerns close to the hearts and wallets of his clients. “The Oil” on Page 73 The very un-Jewish Norquist may have framed much of the U.S. occupation grabfest, but there was, without doubt, one notable item in the 101-page plan for Iraq which clearly had the mark of Zion on it. On page seventy-three the plan called for the “privatization… [of] the oil and supporting industries,” the sell-off of every ounce of Iraq’s oil fields and reserves. Its mastermind, I learned, was Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation. For the neo-cons, this was The Big One. Behind it, no less a goal than to bring down the lynchpin of Arab power, Saudi Arabia. It would work like this: the Saudi’s power rests on control of OPEC, the oil cartel which, as any good monopoly, withholds oil from the market, kicking up prices. Sell-off Iraq’s oil fields and private companies will pump oil in their little Iraqi patches to the max. Iraq, the neo-cons hoped, would crank out six million barrels of oil a day, bust its OPEC quota, flood the world market, demolish OPEC and, as the price of oil fell off a cliff, Saudi Arabia would fall to its knees. “It’s a no-brainer,” Cohen told me, at his office at Heritage. It was a dim little cubby, in which, in our hour or two together, the phone rang only once. For a guy who was supposed to be The Godfather of a globe-spanning Zionist scheme to destroy the Arab oil monopoly, he seemed kind of, well… pathetic. And he failed. While the Norquist-promoted sell-offs, flat taxes and copyright laws were dictated into Iraqi law by occupation chief Paul Bremer, the Cohen neo-con oil privatization died an unhappy death. What happened, Ari? “Arab economists,” he hissed, “hired by the State Department… the witches brew of the Saudi Royal family and Soviet Ostblock.” Well, the Soviet Ostblock does not exist, but the Arab economists do. I spoke with them in Riyadh, in London, in California, in wry accents mixing desert and Oxford drawls. They speak with confidence, knowing Saudi Arabia’s political authority is protected by the royal families — of Houston petroleum. “Enhance OPEC” After two mad years of hunting, I discovered the real plan for Iraq’s oil, the one that keeps our troops in Fallujah. Some 323 pages long and deeply confidential, it was drafted at the James A. Baker III Institute in Houston, Texas, under the strict guidance of Big Oil’s minions. It was the culmination of a series of planning groups that began in December 2000 with key players from the Baker Institute and Council on Foreign Relations (including one Ken Lay of Enron). This was followed by a State Department invasion-planning session in Walnut Creek, California, in February 2001, only weeks after Bush and Cheney took office. Its concepts received official blessing after a March 2001 gathering of oil chiefs (and Lay) with Cheney where the group reviewed with the Vice-President the map of Iraq’s oil fields. Once I discovered the Big Oil plan, several of the players agreed to speak with me (not, to the chagrin of some, realizing that I rarely hold such conversions without secretly recording them). Most forthright was Philip Carroll, former CEO of Shell Oil USA, who was flown into Baghdad on a C-17 to make sure there would be no neo-con monkey business in America’s newest oil fields. It had been a very good war for Big Oil, with tripled oil prices meaning tripled profits. In Houston, I asked Carroll, a commanding, steel-straight chief executive, about Ari Cohen’s oil privatization plan, the anti-Saudi “no-brainer.” “I would agree with that statement” Caroll told me, “privatization is a no-brainer. It would only be thought about by someone with no brain.” Bush world is divided in two: neo-cons on one side, and the Establishment (which includes the oil companies and the Saudis) on the other. The plan the Establishment created, crafted by Houston oil men, called for locking up Iraq’s oil with agreements between a new state oil company under “profit-sharing agreements” with “IOCs” (International Oil Companies). The combine could “enhance the [iraq’s] government’s relationship with OPEC,” it read, by holding the line on quotas and thereby upholding high prices. Wolfowitz Dammerung: Twilight Of The Neo-Con Gods So there you have it. Wolfowitz and his neo-con clique — bookish, foolish, vainglorious — had their kicked utterly, finally, and convincingly by the powers of petroleum, the Houston-Riyadh Big Oil axis. Between the neo-cons and Big Oil, it wasn’t much of a contest. The end-game was crushing, final. The israelites had lost again in the land of Babylon. And to make certain the arriviste neo-cons got the point, public punishment was exacted, from exile to demotion to banishment. In January 2005, neo-con pointman Douglas Feith resigned from the Defense Department; his assistant Larry Franklin later was busted for passing documents to pro-israel lobbyists. The State Department’s knuckle-dragging enforcer of neo-con orthodoxies, John Bolton, was booted from Washington to New York to the powerless post of U.N. Ambassador. Finally, on March 16, 2005, second anniversary of the invasion, neo-con leader of the pack Wolfowitz was cast out of the Pentagon war room and tossed into the World Bank, moving from the testosterone-powered, war-making decision center to the lending office for Bangladeshi chicken farmers. “The realists,” crowed the triumphant editor of the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, “have defeated the fantasists!” So much for the Big Zionist Conspiracy that supposedly directed this war. A half- dozen confused Jews, wandering in the policy desert a long distance from mainstream Jewish views, armed only with Leo Strauss’ silly aphorisms, were no match for Texas oil majors and OPEC potentates with a combined throw weight of half a trillion barrels of oil. ********** Investigative Reporter Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal ‘08, No Child’s Behind Left and other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War to be released next week in United Kingdom and Ireland by Penguin UK, from which this essay is adapted.
  21. Peace! israel and its supporters don't believe in giving any excuses for anything they do, no matter how outrageous. At least the US will try to cook up some excuses, mostly fabricated and completely unsupportable of course. One thing israel has in common with Big Bro USA is that they believe that they have the right to do anything anywhere on anyone else's land with impunity and great impudence. War is also one thing they appear to want more than anything else, so that they can show off their power. Anyone who fights back is a terrorist and anyone who objects is a subversive/insurgent. The rest of the world hates their freedom all right, especially their freedom to wage warlike terror and rain death, destruction and devastation on other people and their lands. They complain when other people exercise the same freedom too, even if on a much lesser scale. yusufar
  22. GIs may have planned Iraq rape, slayings By RYAN LENZ, Associated Press Writer BEIJI, Iraq - Investigators believe a group of U.S. soldiers suspected of raping an Iraqi woman, then killing her and three members of her family plotted the attack for nearly a week, a U.S. military official said Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT Up to five soldiers are being investigated in the March killings, the fifth pending case involving alleged slayings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops. The Americans entered the Sunni Arab's family home, separated three males from the woman, raped her and burned her body using a flammable liquid in a cover-up attempt, a military official close to the investigation said. The three males were also slain. The soldiers had studied their victims for about a week and the attack was "totally premeditated," the official said on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The family had just moved into the home in the insurgent-riddled area around Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad. The U.S. military issued a terse statement about the killings Friday, saying only that Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, ordered a criminal investigation into the alleged slaying of a family of four in Mahmoudiya. U.S. officials said they knew of the deaths but thought the victims were killed in sectarian violence. But Mahmoudiya police Capt. Ihsan Abdul-Rahman said Iraqi officials received a report on March 13 alleging that American soldiers had killed the family in the Khasir Abyad area, about 6 miles north of Mahmoudiya. There were some discrepancies over how many soldiers were being investigated. The U.S. military official said it was at least four. Two other U.S. officials said Friday that five were under investigation but one already had been discharged for unspecified charges unrelated to the killings and was believed to be in the United States. The four still in the Army have had their weapons taken away and were confined to a U.S. base near Mahmoudiya, officials said. If convicted of premeditated murder, the soldiers could receive a death sentence under U.S. military law. The suspects were from the 502nd Infantry Regiment and belonged to the same platoon as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official close to the investigation said Friday. The soldiers' mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah southwest of Baghdad. The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22. One soldier was arrested after admitting his role in the alleged attack on the family, the official said on condition of anonymity because the case was under way. The official said the rape and killings appeared to have been a "crime of opportunity," noting that the soldiers had not been attacked by insurgents but had noticed the woman on previous patrols. One of the family members they allegedly killed was a child, said a senior Army official who also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. The senior official said the alleged incident was first revealed by a soldier during a routine counseling-type session. The official said that soldier did not witness the incident but heard about it. A second soldier, who also was not involved, said he overhead soldiers conspiring to commit the crimes and then later saw bloodstains on their clothes, the official said. The allegations of rape could generate a particularly strong backlash in Iraq, a conservative, strongly religious society in which many women will not even shake hands with men who are not close relatives. The case is among the most serious against U.S. soldiers allegedly involved in the deaths of Iraqi civilians. At least 14 U.S. troops have been convicted. Last week, seven Marines and one Navy medic were charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Iraqi man near Fallujah west of Baghdad. U.S. officials are also investigating allegations that U.S. Marines killed two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians Nov. 19 in the western town of Haditha in a revenge attack after a fellow Marine died in a roadside bombing. Other cases involve the deaths of three male detainees in Salahuddin province in May, the shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi man near Ramadi in February and the death of an Iraqi soldier after an interrogation at a detention camp in Qaim in 2003. ___ AP correspondent Ryan Lenz is embedded with the 101st Airborne Division in Beiji, Iraq. He was previously embedded with the 502nd Infantry Regiment in Mahmoudiya. AP correspondent Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report
  23. MEDIA ALERT: BLAMING THE VICTIM IN GAZA Traditionally, British media reporting of the israeli-Palestinian conflict has been heavily biased in favour of the United States' major ally in the region, israel. A 2002 Glasgow University Media Group report found that television broadcasters were six times as likely to present israeli attacks as "retaliating" or in some way hitting back as Palestinian attacks. This caused many viewers to believe that the Palestinians were to blame for the conflict. (Greg Philo and Mike Berry, 'Bad News from israel'; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.gla.ac.uk/departments/sociology/units/media/israel.htm)"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.gla.ac.uk/departments/sociology...dia/israel.htm)[/url] Reporting of the June 25 capture of an israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, by Palestinian militants at an army post at Kerem Shalom near Gaza demonstrated the same bias. The BBC, ITV News, the Guardian, Independent and most other media described the incident as a "kidnapping". We emailed Guardian journalist David Fickling: "In today's article, 'israel detains Hamas ministers,' you write: "'israeli troops arrested dozens of Hamas ministers and parliamentarians today as they stepped up their campaign to free a soldier kidnapped by militants in Gaza at the weekend.' ((www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1808570,00.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/ israel/Story/0,,1808570,00.html[/url]) "Why do israeli militants 'detain' and 'arrest', whereas Palestinian militants 'kidnap'?" (Email, June 29, 2006) Fickling replied: "There is a well-attested distinction between arrest - an action carried out by a state as the first step of a well-defined legal process - and kidnap, which is an action carried out by private individuals with no defined outcome, enforceable purpose, or rights of review or release." (Email, June 29, 2006) In reality there is no "well-defined legal process" protecting the Hamas politicians "arrested" by the israelis. Of what crimes have they been accused? Are we to believe that they have any rights of review or release whatever? Quite the reverse; the press reports that the subsequent bombings of empty Hamas political offices were intended as a clear signal that Hamas's leaders can be assassinated if israel so desires. The media have emphasised the capture of the israeli soldier as key in escalating tensions. On June 29, Stephen Farrell reported in The Times "a dramatic escalation of the conflict sparked by the abduction". (Farrell, 'Tanks go into Gaza as Jewish settler is murdered,' The Times, June 29, 2006) On June 30, the Financial Times reported "the rapid escalation of the crisis sparked by last Sunday's kidnap" (Ferry Biedermann and Roula Khalaf, 'Abbas appeals to UN over arrests,' Financial Times, June 30, 2006). The BBC described the Palestinian attack as "a major escalation in cross-border tensions". (BBC World News, June 25, 2006) Few readers will be aware that on June 24, the day before the "kidnapping", israeli commandos had entered the Gaza Strip and captured two Palestinians claimed by israel to be members of Hamas. (See our Guest Media Alert by Jonathan Cook, 'Kidnapped by israel'; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.medialens(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/alerts/06/060630_kidnapped_by_israel.php"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.medialens(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/alerts/06/060630_...d_by_israel.php[/url]) Nor have the press suggested that the one-sided nature of the killing in the weeks leading up to the capture of the israeli soldier might have "sparked" Palestinian actions. On June 8, the israeli army assassinated the recently appointed Palestinian head of the security forces of the Interior Ministry, Jamal Abu Samhadana, and three others. On June 9, israeli shells killed seven members of the same family picnicking on Beit Lahiya beach. Some 32 others were wounded, including 13 children. On June 13, an israeli plane fired a missile into a busy Gaza City street, killing 11 people, including two children and two medics. On June 20, the israeli army killed three Palestinian children and injured 15 others in Gaza with a missile attack. On June 21, the israelis killed a 35-year old pregnant woman, her brother, and injured 11 others, including 6 children. Then came the israeli capture of two Palestinians, followed by the Palestinian capture of the israeli soldier and the killing of the two other soldiers. After the beach deaths, Hamas, the ruling party in the Palestinian Authority, broke an 18-month ceasefire and joined other militant groups in firing Kassam rockets into israel. The Financial Times reported on June 23 that the missiles, principally targeted towards the israel town of Sderot, have caused damage and some casualties but no fatalities in the recent barrages. A June 29 Guardian leader noted that the home-made Kassam rockets are "not in the same league as israel's hi-tech (though not always accurate) weaponry". (Leader, 'Storm over Gaza,' The Guardian, June 29, 2006) In an interview for Democracy Now, Norman Finkelstein, Professor of Political Science at DePaul University in Chicago, compared the lethality of israeli and Palestinian weapons: "Since israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005 'til today, the estimates run between 7,000 and 9,000 heavy artillery shells have been shot and fired into Gaza. On the Palestinian side, the estimates are approximately 1,000 Kassam missiles, crude missiles, have been fired into israel. So we have a ratio of between seven and nine to one. "Let's look at casualties. In the last six months, approximately 80 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza due to israel artillery firing... There have been exactly eight israelis killed in the last five years from the Kassam missiles. Again, we have a huge disproportion, a huge discrepancy." ('AIPAC v. Norman Finkelstein: A Debate on israel's Assault on Gaza,' June 29, 2006; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.democracynow(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/article.pl?sid=06/06/29/1420258"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.democracynow(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/article.pl? sid=06/06/29/1420258[/url]) Finkelstein also compared the situation with regard to hostages: "let's talk about those 9,000 Palestinians who are effectively hostages being held by israel. 1,000 of them are administrative detainees... Administrative detainees who are being held without any charges or trial. And the other 8,000 are being held after military courts have convicted them, almost always on the basis of confessions which were extracted by torture. So if we're going to look simply at the numbers, we have one hostage on the Palestinian side, and effectively we have about 9,000 on the israeli side." Earlier this month, the israeli human rights organisation, B'Tselem, published fatality figures for June 2006 in the Occupied Territories and israel. Forty-two Palestinians, six of them minors, were killed by israeli armed forces. Twenty-four of the fatalities were bystanders not involved in the conflict. ((www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EKOI-6RC53K?OpenDocument&rc=3&cc=isr"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EKOI-6RC53K? OpenDocument&rc=3&cc=isr://you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF...rc=3&cc=isr[/url]) B'Tselem's figures do not include the seven members of the Ghaliya family killed on Beit Lahiya beach. However, a June 17 report by Donald Macintyre in the Independent "cast doubt on crucial elements of the conclusion of the military investigation which absolved israel of any responsibility". (Macintyre, 'Hospital casts doubt on israel's version of attack that killed seven Palestinians,' The Independent, June 17, 2006) According to B'Tselem, in May 2006, 36 Palestinians were killed by israeli security forces, one israeli civilian died from injuries he sustained the previous month. At time of writing, israeli soldiers have killed a total of six Palestinians since the re-invasion. Collective Punishment - Frailer Palestinians Are Dying Having killed many more people in recent weeks, israel's response to the soldier's capture has been to heap yet more suffering on the Palestinian people. israel re-invaded Gaza with 5,000 troops on June 27 and then bombed Gaza's only electrical generating station, so depriving half a million people of electricity. Human Rights Watch commented: "The destruction of the power station could quickly cause a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as electricity is essential to power the water system, sewage treatment, and medical services". ('Gaza: israeli Offensive Must Limit Harm to Civilians,' June 29, 2006; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hrw(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/english/docs/2006/06/29/isrlpa13662.htm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_hrw(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/english/docs/2006/06/29/isrlpa13662.htm[/url]) In the same attack, israel destroyed three bridges, and the main water pipes for two refugee camps. Will Hutton noted in the Observer: "Sealing off access to water and food can only inflict acute discomfort on the people there; already, frailer Palestinians are dying." (Hutton, 'israel's act of war is inexcusable,' The Observer, July 2, 2006) The Guardian wrote: "The electricity supply to half of Gaza has been cut, and all supplies of fuel and food have been halted." Amazingly, the same article added: "israeli aircraft and forces operated without harming anyone." (Conal Urquhart, 'israel rounds up Hamas politicians,' The Guardian, June 29, 2006) Prior to these attacks, Save the Children's UK Programme Manager Jan Coffey reported that 78% of the population in Gaza were living below the poverty line with 10% of children under five suffering from chronic malnutrition. In June, the World Food Programme reported that 51% of Palestinians - 2 million people - were unable to meet their food needs without aid, and that in Gaza, "the situation is becoming critical". (Justin Podur, 'Summer rains,' ZNet; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.zmag(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10500"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.zmag(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/content/ showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10500[/url]) The extent of media bias is exemplified by the New York Times which reported July 3: "for all the pyrotechnics, the [israeli] operation has been relatively restrained". (Ian Fisher and Steven Erlanger, 'israel steps up Gaza raids in bid to free soldier,' New York Times, July 3, 2006) This represents the view of Western journalists numbed to the suffering the West and its allies consistently heap on impoverished Third World people. To merely inflict intense suffering on hundreds of thousands of people, rather than to kill them, is "relatively restrained" for elite media executives. On July 2, the israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported that "israel's 'public diplomacy' efforts", aimed at getting the Western media to support israeli army operations had borne fruit: "The American newspapers The New York Times and The Washington Post have published editorials that placed responsibility for the crisis on Hamas." (Aluf Benn, 'US warns israel not to harm Abbas or civilians,' Ha'aretz, July 2, 2006) Quite an achievement. On the BBC's July 3 Newsnight programme, anchor Jeremy Paxman reported breaking news that a Palestinian had been killed and two wounded in an israeli airstrike in Northern Gaza. Paxman then went on to interview an israeli government spokesman, Mark Regev. Regev said: "Our preference, our chosen policy preference, is that he [shalit] is released and this can end peacefully." Paxman said not a word in response about the death he had just reported, about the five other deaths, or about people dying because of the attack on the power station. In a rare departure from Western silence, the Swiss Foreign Ministry declared this week: "A number of actions by the israeli defense forces in their offensive against the Gaza Strip have violated the principle of proportionality and are to be seen as forms of collective punishment, which is forbidden." (Bradley S. Klapper, 'Switzerland: israel violating law in Gaza,' Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 3, 2006; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_seattlepi.nwsource(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/national/1103AP_Switzerland_israel.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_seattlepi.nwsource(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/national/110...and_israel.html[/url]) The Swiss statement referred to provisions of the 1949 treaty of the Geneva Conventions, regarded as the cornerstone of international law on the obligations of warring and occupying powers. A key section reads: "It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population." (Cited, 'PCHR Warns of a Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip,' July 2, 2006; (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.pchrgaza(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/files/PressR/English/2006/66-2006.htm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.pchrgaza(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/files/PressR/Engli...006/66-2006.htm[/url]) At time of writing, the word 'Gaza' has been mentioned in 314 UK newspaper articles over the previous two weeks. The words 'Geneva conventions' have been mentioned in just 12 of these. SUGGESTED ACTION The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others. In writing letters to journalists, we strongly urge readers to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone. 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  24. I'm Back ! (and There Was W.m.d.'s In Iraq)

    OF COURSE the US NEVER gave ANYONE WMDs - the US sold THEM WMDs. What else is new? Any other fantasies?
  25. ~ Israels Nazi Tactics ~

    When have the Jews called israelis ever responded to anything? israel's response restrained??? One day perhaps they may also be subject to such "restrained" response. They haven't murdered anyone??? Are you living on the same planet as the rest of us? This doesn't really deserve any response and I don't think I will respond to any of your purportedly "sincere" questions anymore. You and Makko have been entered into my book of persons not worth talking to. yusufar