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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To counter the injustice of Israeli impunity, remember the Samouni family
Nima Shirazi | May 1, 2012 | Uruknet



Photo: The bodies of Ahmed, Mohamed and and
Issa Samouni who were killed in an israeli strike,
are seen during their funeral in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.


'Amira Hass reports in Ha'aretz:

Israel's military prosecution announced Tuesday that no legal steps will be taken against those responsible for the killing of 21 members of the Samouni family during the 2009 Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.

In response to the ruling, B'Tselem attorney Yael Stein said, "It cannot be that in a well-managed system no person will be found guilty of the army operation that led to the killing of 21 people who were not involved in combat, and resided in a structure on the instructions of the army – even if the attack was not done purposefully."

"The manner in which the army rids itself of responsibility in this case… again illustrates the need for an investigatory body outside of the army," she added.

With such impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity a benchmark of the Israeli state, any hope for real justice is futile. Below is the story of the Israeli military's willful murder of the Samouni family's men, women, and children, as reported in relevant sections of the Goldstone Report (PDF, pages 159-168).

Read it. Then remember and honor them.'

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Video: settlers firing live ammunition at Palestinians in the presence of soldiers
20 May 2012 | B'Tselem


'The video footage raises grave suspicions that the soldiers present did not act to prevent the settlers from throwing stones and firing live ammunition at the Palestinians. The soldiers did not try to remove the settlers and in fact are seen standing by settlers while they are shooting and stone throwing.'

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Related: Two hunger strikers near death

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ariel settlement fact sheet. Published: 30 Aug 2010
Updated: 17 Jul 2012 | B'Tselem



Photo: The settlement of Ariel
Credit: Keren Manor, activestills.org, 27 March 2012


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The Israeli government’s “price tag” operation
25 Jun 2012 | B'Tselem



Photo: Houses in Dura al-Qara with Beit El in the background
Credit: Silan Dallal, B'Tselem, 29 June 2010


'On Wednesday, 20 June 2012, the Israeli government’s Ministerial Committee on Settlement Affairs approved an agreement to evacuate five buildings in Ulpana Hill, a neighborhood of the Beit El settlement. Following the approval, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the significance of the agreement is in “safeguarding the law.” The precise law to which the Prime Minister is referring, however, is unclear, and the agreement that was signed is not legal -- neither in light of High Court rulings nor under international law.'

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To the Israeli government's credit:

Israeli army decides to stop using dogs to disperse West Bank demonstrations
18 Jun 2012 | B'Tselem


'On 15 June 2012, the Haaretz newspaper reported that, following a demonstrator’s injury in Kafr Qadum after an Israeli soldier set a dog on him, the army had decided to stop using dogs to disperse demonstrations in the West Bank. The Kafr Qadum incident was documented by a B’Tselem volunteer, and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel contacted the Judea and Samaria Division Command demanding that soldiers be reminded that they are forbidden to use dogs to attack civilians in general and demonstrators in particular.'

Warning: May be disturbing for some viewers


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am done with this thread. Repeating themes and daily injustice are the norm for Palestinians. Got to the top and scroll to the end - same theme over and over....

If anyone does not see a major problem with this situation, they need their head examined

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UN report documents Israeli regime’s abuse and torture of Palestinian children
Jean Shaoul | 25 June 2013 | WSW


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The committee said soldiers arrested Palestinian youth regularly during night-time raids, tying the children’s hands painfully and blindfolding them, and often transferring them to detention centres without informing their parents. Israeli soldiers testified to the often arbitrary nature of the arrests. It also said that arrested Palestinian children were systematically subjected to physical and verbal abuse and threatened with death, physical violence and sexual assault against themselves or members of their family, as well as having limited access to toilets, food and water.

The UN expressed its “deepest concern about the reported practice of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested, prosecuted and detained by the military and the police.”

The committee said, “These crimes are perpetrated from the time of arrest, during transfer and interrogation, to obtain a confession but also on an arbitrary basis as testified by several Israeli soldiers as well as during pre-trial detention.” It added, “Palestinian children arrested by [Israeli] military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they do not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released.”

The report made the point that “In no other country are children systematically tried by juvenile military courts that, by definition, fall short of providing the necessary guarantees to ensure respect for their rights. All children prosecuted for offences they allegedly committed should be treated in accordance with international juvenile justice standards, which provide them with special protection” [emphasis added].
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The report highlighted the large number of Palestinian children who have been held in Israeli jails—an estimated 7,000 aged from 12 to 17 years, but sometimes as young as 9, have been arrested, interrogated and detained since 2002—an average of two per day. Most of them were detained after being accused of throwing stones at Israeli security forces and settlers, an offence that can carry a 20-year penalty.

To give this some perspective: with a Palestinian population of 3.5 million in the occupied territories, it means that 1 in 50 Palestinian families have had their youngsters imprisoned in the last 10 years. There can be few people on earth for whom child detention been such a central issue in their lives and the lives of their families.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reporter Sandy Tolan first told the poignant story in a 1998 radio documentary heard on NPR's Fresh Air. His new book, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew and the Heart of the Middle East, connects the tale of one house and two families to the complex history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Tolan weaves together dramatically different perceptions of the conflict and its context and explains how the lemon tree grew to become a powerful symbol of home.

Source: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5449840

PBS Frontline: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/blog/2006/06/the_lemon_tree_1.html

Listen: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5405369

Quotes: http://tomhull.com/blog/archives/702-Sandy-Tolan-The-Lemon-Tree.html

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is kind of simplistic to say. Anyway, we may all arrive on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. To me this is like cheating while playing poker with your buddies. Not unlike the NSA info grab scam.

Tony Blair hired ex Israeli army intelligence officer despite envoy role
Edward Malnick, and Robert Mendick | 07 Jul 2013 | The Telegraph


Tony Blair has hired a former Israeli army intelligence officer to work in his private office, despite his role as Middle East peace envoy.

'Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is an official Middle East envoy for the Quartet, the group that represents the US, Russia, the United Nations and Europe. In his role as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, he is supposed to be politically neutral. But it turns out that one of his principal advisors, Lianne Polak, is an Israeli former army intelligence officer who has led intelligence teams in the Israel Defense Forces.'

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See: Video footage - Soldiers detain Palestinian five-year-old in Hebron

See: Arrested Development - The Long Term Impact of the Separation Barrier
In World War Z, which I saw recently and was not bad, this occurs about half way through. "...right in the middle of the narrative, Brad Pitt’s character, Gerry Lane, travels to Israel and spends more than 10 minutes in a full-on pro-Israel propaganda piece that was as corny as it was crazy. Not only is Israel’s fanatical Wall Building proven to be justified, against the hordes of undead invaders, and not only are Jewish victimizations paraded to justify the aggrandizement of Israeli military prowess, but it’s Israel’s supposed humanism, and multicultural inclusiveness, which in the end weakens the fragile post-apocalyptic state and allows the zombies to overrun everything."


Credit: JoBlo

See: Acting the Landlord - Israel's Policy in Area C, the West Bank

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US condemnation of chemical weapons use not applied to Israel
Jean Shaoul | 14 September 2013 | WSW


'The Obama administration plans military action against Syria under the pretext--totally unsubstantiated--that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime ordered the use of chemical weapons in an attack on a Damascus suburb on August 21. It has described the use of chemical weapons as a “moral obscenity,” such that the United States has a “moral obligation” to punish the country that uses them.

No such moral obligation is invoked against Israel, however, which has the largest stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the Middle East, and is the only state not to have signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. As Foreign Policy web site pointed out on Monday, not only has the US known for decades about Israel’s chemical weapons, it has also kept quiet about them.

But it is not just that Israel possesses a large arsenal of chemical weapons. It has also used them against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, against Lebanon and Gaza during military assaults in 2006, and during Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in 2008-2009. Such was the evidence against Israel that Tel Aviv was forced, after initially denying accusations by the Lebanese government that it had done so, to admit that it had used phosphorous shells, which cause chemical burns, in its war against Lebanon in 2006.

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Israel has a centre for chemical and biological medical research, its top secret Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), at a secure site in Ness Ziona, 20 kilometres south of Tel Aviv, with another at Dimona in the Negev. Employing hundreds of scientists and technicians, the IIBR is widely believed to have developed chemical and biological weapons, but official censorship prevents any discussion of its activities.

Following the crash in 1992 of an El Al plane carrying nerve gas ingredients from Israel to the US into an Amsterdam residential area, the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad found “strong links” between IIBR and similar research centres in the US, “close cooperation between IIBR and the British-American biological warfare program,” and “extensive collaboration on BW research with Germany and Holland.”

Since 2001, following the outbreak of the second intifada, there were several documented incidents of Israeli soldiers using an “unknown gas” against Palestinians, particularly during a six-week-long campaign by Israeli military forces in Gaza.

The well-known US film director James Longley happened to be filming in Gaza, Khan Yunis and Rafah during the first major Israeli incursion in the spring of 2001. He immediately filmed the victims. Gaza Strip, his award-winning film, shows very graphically the reality of chemical warfare--the canisters, the doctors, the eyewitnesses, and the awful suffering of the victims, many of whom were hospitalised for days or weeks.

Video: Gaza Strip


These attacks were to continue for several years. In June 2004, Gush Shalom, an Israeli peace group, reported an incident in the West Bank village of al-Zawiya where 130 patients were being treated for gas inhalation after the Israeli army broke up nonviolent protests against Israel’s security wall. The group said it was not the usual tear gas. It asked, “Now, is this a way of dispersing a demonstration, or is it chemical warfare?”

As the news of these new gases trickled out, international journalists investigated, with BBC Television carrying out a special report in 2003 into Israel’s use of “new, unidentified weapons”. It reported that Israel refused “to say what the new gas was.”

During Israel’s military assault on Gaza in the summer of 2006, doctors reported that dozens of victims had completely burned bodies and shrapnel-type injuries that X-ray machines had been unable to detect.

Lengthy research and analysis of the samples of metals found in the victims’ bodies and examination of the unusual wounds led to the conclusion that the most likely cause was missiles very similar to the US-made Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME). Other victims were found to have traces of tungsten, a highly carcinogenic substance.

Israel again used phosphorous shells, whose effects are extremely harmful, in the weeks-long aerial bombardment of the largely unarmed and defenceless civilian population during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09--the murderous assault on Gaza that resulted in between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian deaths, with just 13 Israeli deaths, 4 of them from friendly fire.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

War Crimes

Remembering Jenin

Excellent piece on the war crime committed in the shadow of 9/11
Link: http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/jenin.html

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On April 3, 2002, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a major military operation in the Jenin refugee camp, home to some fourteen thousand Palestinians, the overwhelming majority of them civilians. The Israelis' expressed aim was to capture or kill Palestinian militants responsible for suicide bombings and other attacks that have killed more than seventy Israeli and other civilians since March 2002. The IDF military incursion into the Jenin refugee camp was carried out on an unprecedented scale compared to other military operations mounted by the IDF since the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in September 2000.

The IDF's obligation under international humanitarian law was to take all feasible precautions to avoid harm to civilians. Israel also has a legal duty to ensure that its attacks on legitimate military targets did not cause disproportionate harm to civilians. Unfortunately, these obligations were not met. During their incursion into the Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, some amounting prima facie to war crimes.

This was very dense urban setting. Civilians were never at great distances from the IDF ops. Civilian residents of the camp described days of sustained missile fire from helicopters hitting their houses. Some residents were forced to flee from house to house seeking shelter, while others were trapped by the fighting, unable to escape to safety, and were threatened by a curfew that the IDF enforced with lethal force, using sniper fire. Documented instances in which soldiers converted civilian houses into military positions, and confined the inhabitants to a single room. In other instances, civilians who attempted to flee were expressly told by IDF soldiers that they should return to their homes.

Despite these close quarters, the IDF had a legal duty to distinguish civilians from military targets. IDF military attacks were indiscriminate, failing to make this distinction. Firing was particularly indiscriminate on the morning of April 6, when missiles were launched from helicopters, catching many sleeping civilians unaware. One woman was killed by helicopter fire during that attack; a four-year-old child in another part of the town was injured when a missile hit the house where she was sleeping. Both were buildings housing only civilians, with no fighters in the immediate vicinity.

The IDF used armored bulldozers to demolish residents' homes.

Model: Caterpillar D11
Capacity of blade: 35.5 cubic metres
Weight: 102.5 tonnes (205,000 pounds)
Horsepower: 850
Cost: $1,900,000
Diesel Consumption: 100 litres/hr

They unleashed more than 80 of these on Jenin.

The apparent purpose was to clear paths through Jenin's narrow and winding alleys to enable their tanks and other heavy weaponry to penetrate the camp interior. However, particularly in the Hawashin district, the destruction extended well beyond any conceivable purpose of gaining access to fighters, and was vastly disproportionate to the military objectives pursued. The damage to Jenin camp by missile and tank fire and bulldozer destruction has shocked many observers. At least 140 buildings-most of them multi-family dwellings-were completely destroyed in the camp, and severe damage caused to more than 200 others has rendered them uninhabitable or unsafe. An estimated 4,000 people, more than a quarter of the population of the camp, were rendered homeless because of this destruction. Serious damage was also done to the water, sewage and electrical infrastructure of the camp. More than one hundred of the 140 completely destroyed buildings were in Hawashin district. In contrast to other parts of the camp where bulldozers were used to widen streets, the IDF razed the entire Hawashin district. Establishing whether this extensive destruction so exceeded military necessity as to constitute wanton destruction-or a war crime-should have been one of the highest priorities for the United Nations fact-finding mission.

The harm from this destruction was aggravated by the inadequate warning given to civilian residents. Although warnings were issued on multiple occasions by the IDF, many civilians only learned of the risk as bulldozers began to crush their houses. Jamal Fayid, a thirty-seven-year-old paralyzed man, was killed when the IDF bulldozed his home on top of him, refusing to allow his relatives the time to remove him from the home. Sixty-five-year-old Muhammad Abu Saba`a had to plead with an IDF bulldozer operator to stop demolishing his home while his family remained inside; when he returned to his half-demolished home, he was shot dead by an Israeli soldier.


Related: Israel will have to run Palestine if peace talks fail, Mahmoud Abbas warns
Stark warning follows reports Palestinian president may disband Palestinian Authority if talks end by 29 April without extension. This would be an unfair situation to leave the populace of Palestine in; with Israel's track record for atrocities, war crimes, on and on, etc...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprise, surprise. Militaristic reaction to a self made situation. How convenient. More war crimes on the horizon? These people have been beaten into submission and are surrounded by insane 'settlers' - fundamentalists. Concerning the murdered Palestinian youth Muhammad Abu Khudair, (whose mention in the MSM is non-existent); Israeli police officials claimed that despite an intensive investigation, “the motive for the murder cannot be determined at present.” Eyewitnesses described the attackers as Jewish, however, and Palestinian officials have charged that the attackers were Israeli extremists. While witnesses supplied police with the license plate number of the vehicle used by the kidnappers, the police have not publicly identified the killers. The murdered youth’s family criticized police inaction. Hussein Abu Khudair, Muhammad’s father, declared: “If things were different, and an Arab kidnapped an Israeli, it would have been uncovered in moments.”
Related: Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth



Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border
Patrick Martin | 4 July 2014 | WSW


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Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip again on Thursday, hitting at least 15 targets in the blockaded Palestinian territory, causing extensive damage and wounding at least 10 people, including a pregnant woman and a 65-year-old man.

The Israel Defense Forces moved tanks and artillery units towards Gaza, positioning them in advance of any order from the cabinet to invade the densely populated enclave, with nearly two million people crammed into an area of less than 200 square miles. The IDF also called up an undisclosed number of reservists for duty.

The military mobilization was the largest on the border of Gaza since Israel’s last major attack on the Palestinian territory, eight days of bloody bomb and missile strikes in November 2012.

An Israeli military spokesman claimed the sites targeted by bombs and missiles were linked to Hamas, the Islamic party that has ruled Gaza since it won elections in 2006. The Israeli government has declared Hamas responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, although that territory is controlled by the secular Palestinian party Fatah, with Israeli support.

The killing of the three teenagers, whose bodies were found on June 30 outside Hebron, is being used as a pretext by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to escalate tensions with Hamas and threaten an invasion or re-occupation of the Gaza Strip. Israeli military forces and settlers were withdrawn from Gaza in 2005.

Thursday’s bombing was the latest in a series of tit-for-tat exchanges, with Israeli jets dropping bombs or firing missiles at targets in Gaza, while Palestinian militants launch primitive unguided rockets from Gaza at nearby Israeli towns, particularly the border town of Sderot.

The Israeli attacks, using high-tech weaponry, much of it supplied by the United States, are far more destructive and lethal. On Tuesday, Israeli air strikes hit 34 targets in Gaza, after attacks over the weekend.

Bombs and missiles in Gaza have been combined with brutal military-police operations on the West Bank, where 500 Palestinians were arrested, dozens injured, and six killed in the four weeks since the kidnappings on the West Bank.

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Air strikes kill civilians as Israel prepares new Gaza bloodbath
Bill Van Auken | 9 July 2014 | WSW


The Israeli war crime against the densely populated neighborhoods of Gaza has been politically prepared by weeks of anti-Palestinian incitement. View Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

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War Crime:
Israeli bombings and rocket attacks against the densely populated and impoverished neighborhoods of Gaza claimed the lives of at least 27 Palestinians by late Tuesday night and left well over 130 others wounded, many of them seriously.

War Crime:
The Israelis military boasted that it had launched over 273 airstrikes on Tuesday. The attacks, carried out by F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters and drones, turned homes into rubble and sent towering plumes of fire and smoke into the skies over Gaza, where nearly two million Palestinians are confined in what amounts to the world’s largest open-air prison.

War Crime:
The worst of the attacks was carried out against a house in the southern Gazan city of Khan Yunis, where a missile fired by an F-16 warplane struck the building as its residents were trying to escape. Among the seven killed in the attack were two young boys, ages 13 and 14. An eight-year-old child who was severely wounded by shrapnel died later in a hospital. At least 25 more people were wounded in the air strike.

War Crime:
Other strikes took the form of “targeted assassinations.” Individual members of the ruling Hamas party were murdered by missile strikes on their homes or cars, or were annihilated while walking in the street.

Gaza medical officials are warning that the continued attacks will quickly spell a humanitarian catastrophe under conditions where the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory has left hospitals without many basic drugs or supplies and woefully short on others. Fuel shortages have frequently caused Gaza to be without power, threatening the lives of patients on medical devices such as incubators and dialysis machines.

“In the past, we used to have a crisis in one field, not crises on all levels like today,” Dr. Ayman al-Sahbani, the head of emergency services at Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest medical facility, told Al Jazeera news.

War Crimes:
The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorized the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to call up as many as 40,000 reservists in preparation for a possible ground assault. Troops, battle tanks and armored personnel carriers have already been mobilized along Israel’s border with Gaza. While the IDF command called up only 1,500 reservists on Monday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz indicated that a much wider call-up would begin in order to replace troops occupying the West Bank that are being redeployed to the Gaza border.

War Crime:
Israeli officials made it clear that the bloodletting on Monday night and Tuesday was only the beginning. A source close to Netanyahu told Israeli army radio Tuesday that the prime minister was meeting with top military commanders that afternoon to organize a “significant broadening” of the Israeli offensive, in which the IDF would be ordered to “take off the gloves.”


This is just the beginning. We can assume the real slaughter will take off this weekend during the world cup finals. How much longer are so called leaders going to sit back and do nothing! There are laws against this - enforce them!

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Death toll mounts in Israeli attacks on Gaza
Patrick Martin | 10 July 2014 | WSW


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The death toll from Israeli bomb and missile attacks on the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip has reached at least 63 since Sunday, when virtually non-stop air strikes on the blockaded territory began. More than 300 people have been reported wounded. Of the 47 dead who have been identified, 41 were described as civilians. Of these, 12 were children.

The latest atrocity overnight Wednesday was the killing of at least eight people at a café in Khan Younis, a Gaza neighborhood, where spectators were watching the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. That bomb injured at least another ten Palestinians.


How do you fight against these scheming schemers?

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The problem with Israel is not necessarily that it was founded on stolen land and has imprisoned and regularly bombs the dispossessed Palestinian population into submission, the problem is that Israel engages in such brutality while simultaneously attempting to manipulate the world into believing that it is a little piece of victimized 'Western democracy' and 'civilization' in an atavistic Middle East dominated by neanderthal Arabs from whom it is merely 'defending itself' and that all Western peoples should support Israeli genocide of Palestinians because, if you don't, we'll shove the Jewish holocaust card down your throats at every turn.

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With that in mind, let's look at the details of events over the past month in Palestine.


Kidnapped and Murdered Teenagers - Political Capital
The official narrative around the kidnapping of the Israeli boys has them being 'missing' for 18 days before their bodies were discovered on July 1st. During this time, in a supposed desperate attempt to find them alive and "bring them home", the Israeli government had the (very willing) Israeli military rampage through the West Bank destroying homes and arresting and interrogating hundreds of Palestinians. The truth of what the Israeli government really knew about the fate of the boys appears, however, to be rather different.

A few days ago the Israeli National News reported that the details of the phone call made by one of the boys on the night of the kidnapping would have led the Israeli government to suspect that the boys had been shot. The call, which took place at 10:25 p.m. on June 12, lasted for 2:09 minutes - most of which is comprised the police trying to resume contact after the caller was abruptly cut off.



An image you won't see in Israel: A father carries his severely
wounded son after an Israeli missile hit the densely populated Gaza strip


In the audio recording, after one of the boys whispers "they've kidnapped me!" to the operator, the kidnappers can be heard shouting at the boys to get their heads down. Immediately thereafter shots are heard amid an apparent struggle and the boys can be heard crying out in pain. This was the moment when the teens were most likely shot dead in the back seat of the kidnappers' car. The fact that blood, the boys' DNA and spent bullet casings were discovered in the burned-out car found shortly after the kidnapping tends to confirm this hypothesis. But rather than inform the boys' families and general public of these details, the Israeli government embarked on a propaganda campaign that was almost certainly planned many weeks in advance. A gag order on the press was quickly issued preventing them from revealing the truth about the fate of the boys and the IDF proceeded on a two week-long 'search for the missing boys' as Israeli politicians and religious leaders whipped Israeli public opinion into a racist frenzy with calls for revenge and some individuals on FB responding to the murder of a Palestinian teenager by the IDF suggesting that all 4 million Palestinians should be "herded into gas chambers and their bodies burned".

The mother of one of the teens who had listened to the call the day after the kidnapping was told by police that the shots were 'blanks' and that the boys were probably still alive and the Israeli government initiated a '#BringBackOurBoys' campaign on twitter in an attempted comparison to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign for the 276 Nigerian girls abducted in Nigeria by Islamic militant group Boko Haram (which appears to be a creation of Western powers btw).

The motivation for the lock down on the truth about the fate of the boys was clear enough even to Israeli journalists. One week after the kidnapping, leading Israeli journalist Noam Sheizaf stated in a Facebook post that the gag order was to "preserve the local and international legitimacy" for a military policy aimed at Hamas - and, as such, the gag order was a form of "media manipulation". Sheizaf also cited a Haaretz article of June 20th by Amos Harel that hinted that the military knew the teens were dead because the IDF operation in the West Bank clearly had nothing to do with finding the boys and was even harming the search for them.

What this means is that Netanyahu and his psycho cohorts callously used the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers to emotionally manipulate the Israeli population into calling for Palestinian blood (which they most assuredly did) and to justify the Israeli military bombardment of Gaza. Note that I don't state that 'preventing Hamas from firing rockets' was part of the motivation. It clearly wasn't. The only broad political agenda being served here was to demonize Fatah as a 'partner for peace' (because of its unity govt. attempts with Hamas) and gain local Israeli and international sympathy for Israel so that it can continue to occupy and steal more Palestinian land with impunity and murder any Palestinians who try to get in the way of the pathological 'Zionist dream'. It's interesting to note that, for years, Netanyahu claimed that there was no point in partnering with Fatah's Abbas because Abbas had no control over Hamas. But when Fatah and Hamas recently announced a unity government, Abbas was condemned by Netanyahu as getting into bed with a terrorist organisation. Indeed, it was the threat of that unity government and recent criticism of Netanyahu from the US government that appears to have produced the kidnapping of the teens and all that has resulted.

Callously using the death of children for political purposes is one thing (and par for the course in our psychopath-ruled society) but is it possible, as I have suggested previously, that the Israeli government was involved in some way in the kidnapping and murder itself?



Self-Destructive Palestinian 'Resistance'
Within a few days of the kidnapping, the Israeli government already had two likely suspects. Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha are two members of the so-called 'Qawasmeh clan' of Hebron, a group that is said to pay little heed to what Hamas has to say and that often acts in ways that are counter to Hamas' goals. According to Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, the group has a tendency to attack (or try to attack) Israeli targets specifically during ceasefires. Eldar states:

"Each time Hamas had reached an understanding with Israel about a cease-fire or period of calm, at least one member of the family has been responsible for planning or initiating a suicide attack, and any understandings with Israel, achieved after considerable effort, were suddenly laid waste. If there is a single family throughout the PA territories whose actions can be blamed for Israel's assassination of the political leadership of Hamas, it is the Qawasmeh family of Hebron."

Eldar also points out that these alleged 'Qawasmeh clan' operations often resulted in Israeli assassinations of Hamas leaders and the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza. For example, in August 2003 two alleged 'suicide bombers' blew themselves up on a bus in Jerusalem killing 23 Israelis. While the 'Qawasmeh clan' were held responsible, the Israelis blamed Hamas and killed one of its most prominent political leaders in Gaza, Ismail Abu Shanab. Shanab was widely seen as a moderate who posed the best chance of a securing a peaceful settlement to the 60+ year conflict.

Haaretz military correspondent Amos Harel wrote that: "there is no evidence that Hamas' leadership either in Gaza or abroad was involved in the kidnapping" and that there are many Palestinians who oppose killing unarmed boys" and that "the kidnapping undermined Hamas' relations with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and effectively froze the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation." It seems pretty clear that Hamas had no knowledge of the kidnap plan and that it was carried out by individuals acting on their own initiative, and that the Israeli government knew this from the beginning, which makes the decision to indiscriminately bomb Gaza highly cynical on the part of the Israeli government, unless, of course, that was the plan.

Political pundits in Israel and elsewhere all appear to agree on the idea that, while Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping, it is very reluctant to condemn such attacks for fear of angering the Palestinian people who have precious little means to defend themselves against Israel's continued ethnic cleansing operation. But, as Haaretz military correspondent Amos Harel noted, there are many Palestinians who oppose the murder of innocent children, and it is clear that, far from a victory, the kidnapping and murder of the three teens was a crushing blow, both politically and physically, to Palestinian aspirations. As Max Blumenthal asked in a recent essay:

Why would Hamas leadership have authorized an operation that so clearly threatened to unravel the movement's political achievements, wrecking the vaunted unity deal and leaving Abbas without rival in the West Bank? So who were the kidnappers? It doesn't seem reasonable to think that the 'Qawasmeh clan', who are well versed in the dynamics of Israeli occupation, would so nonchalantly invite such destruction from the Israelis with no tangible benefit to the Palestinians. Unless, of course, that was the kidnappers plan.



Fifth Column
The idea of there being a 'rogue element' among the Palestinian resistance is nothing new, and on several occasions in the past, Palestinian leaders have not only denounced the firing of rockets at Israel, but pointed to Israel itself as being behind the attack:

Hamas blames 'Israeli collaborators' for launching rockets
Albawaba.com
Sun, 12 Oct 2008


The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday lashed out at gunners who fire rockets at Israel from the Palestinian territory in violation of a seven-week-old calm, calling them Israeli collaborators. "About the rocket-firing, I think those who are responsible are those who collaborate with Israel because there is a consensus by all Palestinian groups to respect the truce," said Dr. Mahmud Zahar, a senior leader of the Hamas movement.

On Monday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in an empty field outside the southern Israeli city of Sderot, causing no casualty or damage.

According to AFP, Zahar told a Gaza radio station that the party which fired the rocket was "linked to Israel as they provide a pretext to exercise pressure on the Palestinian people."


Israeli false flag operations are not limited to rocket teams however:

Palestinians arrest al-Qaeda 'poseurs'
December 8 2002
Smh.com.au


Palestinian security forces have arrested a group of Palestinians for collaborating with Israel and posing as operatives of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network, a senior official said yesterday.

The arrests come two days after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon charged al-Qaeda militants were operating in Gaza and in Lebanon.

"The Palestinian Authority arrested a group of collaborators who confessed they were working for Israel, posing as al-Qaeda operatives in the Palestinian territories," said the official, on condition of anonymity.

He said the alleged collaborators sought to "discredit the Palestinian people, justify every Israeli crime and provide [Israel with] reasons to carry out a new [military] aggression in the Gaza Strip."

Ibrahim, the Shin Bet wants you to join Qaida
Danny Rubinstein
HarretzDaily
Jan 7th 2006


Early last week, Rashi Abu Sba, head of the preventive security apparatus in Gaza, the equivalent of the Shin Bet, accused the Israeli security service of tricking young Palestinians into conducting missions in the name of Al-Qaida. Last Tuesday, a young man named Ibrahim was presented to reporters in Gaza. Ibrahim hid his face behind a mask, and told what happened to him.

He said that a year ago he sent in a personal, with his photo and phone number, to East Jerusalem's Post, a cultural-entertainment weekly with a personals section. Three months later, the Gazan received a phone call from an older man, who introduced himself as a merchant named Ahmed, who told Ibrahim that his photo reminded him of his son. They spoke on the phone a number of times, with Ahmed asking Ibrahim about the situation - and if he was a devout Muslim.

[...] In one of the conversations, Ahmed said he was working for Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaida organization, and Ibrahim was meant to be one of its organizers in northern Gaza since the group already had an infrastructure in the south. Ahmed gave Ibrahim a list of people, mostly Hamas activists, and was told to collect information about them and follow them so they could also be drafted for the Al-Qaida cause.

The two never met, but at a certain point during their telephone contact, Ibrahim became suspicious. He contacted a preventive security officer in Gaza and told him the whole story. The officer looked into the matter and told Ibrahim that Ahmed was an Israeli Shin Bet agent, and Ibrahim should immediately cut off any contacts with him.

Palestinian sources said last week that the case was not unusual, and they reported it, as well as similar cases, during a security meeting with top-level U.S. security officials The point of including these articles is to show that the dwindling Palestinian territories are most likely infested with Israeli intelligence operatives, either the 'real' kind or, more likely, 'turned' Palestinians who are working under some form of duress for Israel. History shows that any resistance organisation confronting the power of a state cannot maintain its integrity for very long. Infiltrators are a certainty, particularly in relation to such a small geographic area like the West Bank and Gaza. Given that the kidnapping and murder of the Israeli teens was always going to further the Israeli agenda while presenting a serious setback to the Palestinian, and rejecting the idea that the Palestinian political and military leadership is stupid enough to take action that would result in a very predictable 'own goal', and accepting the fact that Israeli politicians are psychopaths... I submit that Israel was directly or indirectly responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the Israeli teens. 'Cui bono', basically.



A Birds Eye View
If the situation in Gaza (for example) were transplanted to the USA, it would be akin to there being a 25x5 mile Native American Indian reservation outside Washington DC where 1.8 million Indians have been effectively imprisoned by armed guard towers for 60 years. Subjected to an economic embargo to the extent that basic resources and food were scarce and periodically fired on or bombed by the US military, now and again, some of the Indians respond by fashioning rudimentary rockets that rarely reach their target in the suburbs of Washington or do any damage. Nevertheless, in response to these primitive attempts to defend themselves, the US government repeatedly orders the US military to drop massive ordnance on the Indian civilian population, killing entire families at a time. Who would support it?


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