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Posted on Jun 16, 2009
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Palestinians at the Gaza-Rafah border.

Former President Jimmy Carter visited the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and denounced the inhumane living conditions of the Palestinians there. People in the enclave are “treated more like animals than human beings,” Carter declared.


Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are being “treated more like animals than human beings,” former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday.

On a visit to the enclave, he condemned Israel’s January bombardment of Gaza and its continuing trade blockade, which he said forbids even children’s toys.

“I understand that even paper and crayons are treated as a security hazard,” he told Gazans at a local United Nations office. “I sought an explanation of this when I met with Israeli officials and I received none, because there is no explanation.”

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By Robert, June 18, 2009 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

June 18, 2009

What Does He Mean When He Says “Yes”?

The Case of Netanyahu and the Curious Incident


“You must be celebrating,” the interviewer from a popular radio station told me after Netanyahu’s speech. “After all, he is accepting the plan which you proposed 42 years ago!” (Actually it was 60 years ago, but who is counting?)

The front page of Haaretz carried an article by Gideon Levy, in which he wrote that “the courageous call of Uri Avnery and his friends four decades ago is now being echoed, though feebly, from end to end (of the Israeli political spectrum).”

I would be lying if I denied feeling a brief glow of satisfaction, but it faded quickly. This was no “historic” speech, not even a “great” speech. It was a clever speech.

It contained some sanctimonious verbiage to appease Barack Obama, followed right away by the opposite, to pacify the Israeli extreme right. Not much more.

NETANYAHU DECLARED that “our hand is extended for peace.”

In my ears, that rang a bell: in the 1956 Sinai war, a member of my editorial staff was attached to the brigade that conquered Sharm-al-Sheikh. Since he had grown up in Egypt, he interviewed the senior captured Egyptian officer, a colonel. “Every time David Ben-Gurion announced that his hand was stretched out for peace,” the Egyptian told him, “we were put on high alert.”

And indeed, that was Ben-Gurion’s method. Before every provocation he would declare that “our hands are extended for peace”, adding conditions that he knew were totally unacceptable to the other side. Thus an ideal situation (for him) was created: The world saw Israel as a peace-loving country, while the Arabs looked like serial peace-killers. Our secret weapon is the Arab refusal, it used to be joked in Jerusalem at the time.

This week, Netanyahu wheeled out the same old trick.

* * *

I DO NOT underrate, of course, the significance of the chief of the Likud uttering the two words: “Palestinian state”.

Words carry political weight.  Once released into the world, they have a life of their own. Unlike dogs, they cannot be called back.

In a popular Israeli love song, the boy asks the girl: “When you say no, what do you mean?” One could well ask: When Netanyahu says yes, what does he mean?

But even if the words “Palestinian state” passed his lips only under duress, and when Netanyahu has no intention at all of turning them into reality, it is still important that the head of the government and the chief of the Likud was compelled to utter them. The idea of the Palestinian state has now become a part of the national consensus, and only a handful of ultra-rightists reject it directly. But this is only the beginning. The main struggle will be about turning the idea into reality.”

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By Robert, June 18, 2009 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

By Shingo, June 17 at 5:14 pm #


You are predictably ignorant.



Chaiya Eitan & Chaya are the same zionist unregisterd posters and most likely posting on TD as a result of “Israel’s Internet Megaphone”.

See details below.

Israel’s newest PR weapon: The Internet Megaphone

“The Foreign Ministry itself is now pushing the idea, urging supporters of Israel everywhere to become cyberspace soldiers “in the new battleground for Israel’s image.”

The Megaphone, which was first reported on in The Jerusalem Post when it made its debut in July during the Lebanon war, alerts activists about polls and articles about Israel on the Internet and enables them to express their support or opposition by e-mail.

After just four months, it has been downloaded by more than 25,000 people from the Web site called GIYUS (Mobilization) which stands for Give Israel Your Support.

Amir Gissin, who heads the Public Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, has been working behind the scenes to promote the idea.”

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By Fadel Abdallah, June 18, 2009 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

Hardly two weeks after Obama’s hypocritical talk to the Muslim world from Cairo, appealing for common understanding, America- political, military and media- is escalating its different wars on several fronts of that Muslim world. From Iran, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ending in Palestine, political-military-media America and its surrogate-child Israel continue to practice acts or words of wars and hostility against large populations of the Muslim world. And there are still those who keep stupidly wondering, “Why they hate us?”

Below are few links to articles, which, as usual, will never be published in the main-manipulated and controlled MSM! That’s the no-change you can always count on!
Beating And Torturing Palestinian Children
By Jonathan Cook

“The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits…”

Afghanistan’s Operation Phoenix
By Stephen Lendman

“The recently appointed chief of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a hired gun, an assassin, a man known for committing war crime atrocities as head of the Pentagon’s infamous Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) - established in 1980 and comprised of the Army’s Delta Force and Navy Seals, de facto death squads writer Seymour Hersh described post-9/11 as an “executive assassination wing” operating out of Dick Cheney’s office…”

A Civil War : Obama’s Gift to Pakistan
By Liaquat Ali Khan

“A civil war is brewing in Pakistan. Thanks to President Barack Obama, who is shifting the American war from Iraq to “the real enemies” operating from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Cash-strapped Pakistan could not defy Obama persuasion and decided to wage a war against its own people, the Pashtuns inhabiting the Northern Province and the tribal areas of Waziristan…”

Are You Ready For War With Demonized Iran?
By Paul Craig Roberts

“Consumed by its passion for hegemony, America is driven to prevail over others, morality and justice be damned. This world-threatening script will play until America bankrupts itself and has so alienated the rest of the world that it is isolated and universally despised…”

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By Shingo, June 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment


You are predictably ignorant.

Hamas were already in control of Gaza, thanks to their win in the 2006 election.  Israel punished the Palestinians in Gaza with their invasion, ramped up by the pretext of Sahlait’s capture (the day after Israel kidanpped 2 Palestiniasn from Gaza city). They captured tens or Hamas political leaders and imprisoned them.  So much for respecting democracy.

Fatah and Hamas were scheduled to hold unity talks, which is the last thing Israel and Washington wanted.  A unity Fatah/Hamas government would be a Isreal’s greatest fear becasue it would mean not gettgin their way.  Fatah then took their orders and mounted a coup that was supported and financed by Washingtion and Tel Aviv, which was failed miserably.  Throwing enemies ff of roofs and shooting them in front of family members is obviously not ideal, but those Fatah memebers were ou tto kill them.

As soon as YOU left Gaza, YOU fired 7,700 shells into Gaza over the 12 months that followed.  Hear that Chaya?  You launched more shells (each far deadlier than any Hamas rocket) over 12 months than Hamas launched in 8.

Now listen to what 2 Israeli scholars have to said about your peaceful withdawl from Gaza in the one and only comprehensive scholarly history of Israeli settlements n the occupied territories. It’s been translated into English, called “Lords of the Land”, by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar .

“After Israel withdrew it’s forces from Gaza, in August 2005, the ruined territory was not released for even a single day from Israel’s military grip, or from the price of the occupation that the inhabitants pay every day. Israel left behind scotched earth, devastated services, and people with nearly a present or a future. The Jewish settlements were destroyed in an ungenerous move by an unenlightened occupier, which in fact continues to control the territory and kill and harass it’s inhabitants, by means of it’s formidable military might.”

So before you cry crodcoldile tears about Jews being atatcked, askyourself what the courageous Jews did in teh Warsaw ghetto?  Would they have fired rockets at the Nazis if they’d had them?  Funny you shoudl also mention Sderot, one of the countless Arab villages that was enthnically cleansed by the Isreli terrorst gangs in 1948. 

Have you forgotten what Isrlae did when they were last blochaded.  Did they not declare it an act of war? Israel has been blockading Gaza for 2 years - according to Israel that is an act of war.

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By Chaya, June 17, 2009 at 11:34 am Link to this comment
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Most of you have no idea of the reality here.  In order to take over the Gaza Strip, Hamas murdered Fatah people by throwing them off of roofs and shooting them in front of family members in the street.  As soon as we left Gaza, the rockets started coming down on us even more, hitting people’s homes and schools and kindergartens.  But I suppose that’s okay in your worldview which says that it is okay to attack Jews like that.  I bet you don’t even know that there are former Arab residents of Gaza who are living in Sderot because they helped the IDF.

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By Robert, June 17, 2009 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

Headlines for June 17, 2009

“Carter: Gaza Residents Are Treated “More Like Animals than Like Human Beings”

Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that Palestinians in Gaza were being treated “more like animals than human beings.” Carter made the comment after touring the Gaza Strip for the first time since the Israeli attack.

  Jimmy Carter: “Tragically, the international community largely ignores the cries for help, while the citizens of Gaza are treated more like animals than like human beings.”

Jimmy Carter also called for an investigation into war crimes committed by Israel.

  Jimmy Carter: “There is no explanation. The responsibility for this terrible human rights crime lies in Jerusalem, in Cairo, in Washington, and in the capitals of Europe, throughout the international community. This abuse must cease. The crimes committed against you must be investigated. The walls must be brought down, and the basic right of freedom must come to you.””

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By Robert, June 17, 2009 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

June 17, 2009

All in a Day’s Work for the IDF

Beating and Torturing Children



“The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits.

The findings by Defence for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is “normal procedure” in the West Bank to terrorise Palestinian civilians, including children.

Col Itai Virob, commander of the Kfir Brigade, disclosed last month that to accomplish a mission, “aggressiveness towards every one of the residents in the village is common”. Questioning included slaps, beatings and kickings, he said.

As a result, Gabi Ashkenazi, the head of the armed services, was forced to appear before the Israeli parliament to disavow the behaviour of his soldiers. Beatings were “absolutely prohibited”, he told legislators.

Col Virob made his remarks during court testimony in defence of two soldiers, including his deputy commander, who are accused of beating Palestinians in the village of Qaddum, close to Nablus. One told the court that “soldiers are educated towards aggression in the IDF [army]”.

Col Virob appeared to confirm his observation, saying it was policy to “disturb the balance” of village life during missions and that the vast majority of assaults were “against uninvolved people”.

Last week, further disclosures of ill-treatment of Palestinians, some as young as 14, were aired on Israeli TV, using material collected by dissident soldiers as part of the Breaking the Silence project, which highlights army brutality.

Two soldiers serving in the Harub battalion said they had witnessed beatings at a school in the West Bank village of Hares, south-west of Nablus, in an operation in March to stop stone-throwing. Many of those held were not involved, the soldiers said.

During a 12-hour operation that began at 3am, 150 detainees were blindfolded and handcuffed from behind, with the nylon restraints so tight their hands turned blue. The worst beatings, the soldiers said, occurred in the school toilets.

According to one soldier’s testimony, a boy of about 15 was given “a slap that brought him to the ground”. He added that many of his comrades “just knee [Palestinians] because it’s boring, because you stand there 10 hours, you’re not doing anything, so they beat people up”.

The picture from serving soldiers confirms the findings of DCI, which noted that many children were picked up in general sweeps after disturbances or during late-night raids of their homes.”

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By Chaiya Eitan, June 17, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to this comment
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He saw and heard what Hamas wanted him to see and hear.  He didn’t hear about the human shields that Hamas used during Operation Lead.  G-d bless the brave - and humane - soldiers of the IDF!

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By thebeerdoctor, June 17, 2009 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

Carter as President was clumsy, awkward, and downright bad, often. Nevertheless, the former President has shone great courage by speaking the proverbial “truth to power”, when it comes to the US sponsored mess in the Middle East. Make no mistake, the United States IS responsible. Our official policies have enabled Israel to act as a tyranical bully and thief for decades.

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By johannes, June 17, 2009 at 3:45 am Link to this comment

The problem of the people in the Gaza strip everybody knows.

How this situation is created nobody knows for shure.

Is it created bij the Palestyns or by the Jews, we know what they tell us.

The money is flowing in on both sides, I think if we stop this stream of money, they have to stop this stupid war, about some rocks and sand.

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By hippie4ever, June 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

Israelis view the Palestinians exactly like Euro-Americans viewed native Americans: barely human, savage, hostile, obstacles to vested real estate interests. Israel would rather liquidate the Gaza and build condos on the coast; even their pledge to halt settlements is a fraud because they merely expand those already established. The process of colonialization continues unfettered and unchecked. Obama may persuade them to dial it back a notch but to little avail and this tragic saga continues.

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By Shingo, June 16, 2009 at 10:23 pm Link to this comment


>> Were the tears for Carter himself, for turning from a disaster of a President to a joke of a foreign ambassador?

Compared to the disastrous last 8 years, Carter now evokes fond memories.

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By Robert, June 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

Carter Says Palestinians Treated ‘Like Animals’

By Joseph Krauss

June 16, 2009 “AFP” - - “Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday met Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in the Gaza Strip, where he called for a lifting of Israel’s blockade, saying Palestinians are being treated “like animals.”

Following the talks, Carter called for an end of “all violence” against both Israelis and Palestinians.

“This is holy land for us all and my hope is that we can have peace… all of us are children of Abraham,” he said at a joint news conference with Haniya, prime minister of the Hamas government in the Palestinian enclave.

Haniya in turn said Hamas supported the creation of a Palestinian state in the territories Israel has occupied since the 1967 Six-Day war.

While Hamas has made similar statements in the past, it has more often insisted that the future state should encompass not only the West Bank and the Gaza Strip but also all of Israel.

“If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it,” Haniya said.

He also praised US President Barack Obama’s June 4 speech in Cairo to the Muslim world.

“We saw a new tone, a new language and a new spirit in the official US rhetoric,” he said.

Such praise is rare coming from Hamas, a group pledged to the destruction of the Jewish state and which is listed as a terrorist group by the United States, Israel and the European Union.

The Islamist movement violently seized power in Gaza two years ago, ousting forces loyal to the secular and Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Carter was expected to pass on a letter from the parents of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier seized by Gaza militants including Hamas in a cross-border raid almost three years ago, and who remains in captivity.

Earlier Carter denounced the Israeli blockade and the destruction wrought by its 22-day military offensive against Gaza in December and January.

“My primary feeling today is one of grief and despair and an element of anger when I see the destruction perpetrated against innocent people,” Carter said as he toured the impoverished territory.

“Tragically, the international community too often ignores the cries for help and the citizens of Palestine are treated more like animals than like human beings,” he said.

“The starving of 1.5 million human beings of the necessities of life—never before in history has a large community like this been savaged by bombs and missiles and then denied the means to repair itself,” Carter said at a UN school graduation ceremony in Gaza City.

The United States and Europe “must try to do all that is necessary to convince Israel and Egypt to allow basic goods into Gaza,” he said.

“At same time, there must be no more rockets” from Gaza into Israel, said Carter, who brokered the historic 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

“I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been wracked against your people,” he said at a destroyed American school, saying it was “deliberately destroyed by bombs from F16s made in my country.”

Israel’s offensive killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and left large swathes of the coastal strip sandwiched between Israel and Egypt in ruins. Thirteen Israelis also died in the conflict.

“I feel partially responsible for this as must all Americans and Israelis,” Carter said.

Israel has insisted that the Gaza blockade, which bars all but essential humanitarian supplies from entering the enclave, is necessary to prevent Hamas from arming, but human rights groups have slammed it as collective punishment.”

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By Alfred, June 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment
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Were the tears for Carter himself, for turning from a disaster of a President to a joke of a foreign ambassador?

Go back to peanuts!

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By Patoune, June 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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President Carter,

I voted for you, twice, and I thank you for all you have done for the planet ever since.

Your focus on the horrific situation in Gaza (and other places) will be recognized by all good men and women of this world in good time.  The sooner, the better, but it will come, and your place in history, Sir, is assured.

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By Folktruther, June 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment

This kind of Zionist oppression is the basic reason for the media fraud of the American media, including Progressive media, of the Iranian election.  Zionista MUST lie about political reality because the reality-based truth is so disgusting, and subverts the American and Zionist truth consensus.  Zionists pretend to be for Freedom in Iran while supporting the increasing suffering of the Palestinian people. that is why Zionists favor censorship in the US, emobidied in Horrorwitz’s attacking univeristy professors, and the House’s passing of the thought contol bill and the Hate Crimes bill.

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By Dar, June 16, 2009 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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It’s really too bad that Carter didn’t show this same ethical world-view when he was President.

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By Fadel Abdallah, June 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

Carter is last true courageous and noble soul America produced. American soil and its women have gone barren after producing such noble son.

The Palestinians have no other choice but to continue with their bloody revolution against the latest fascists and tyrants of the word who go by the name of Zionists. Zionism is synonymous with murder, terrorism, tyranny and mental illness. Their rightful place is in a big psychiatric facility somewhere in America or Germany!

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By rollzone, June 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

hello. it is refreshing to have a humanitarian former President Carter sharing the truth with the global community. it is appalling that anyone would declare war reparations to infrastructure to be contraband. it is like saying no you cannot have any drinking water, because you may poison it; and spray it back on me. these minds are clearly disrupted by painful thoughts and lack grounding, and outside observers provide realistic observations, to suggest corrections: where they may not otherwise be acknowledged. thanx for going.

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