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Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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The body of a Palestinian security force officer lies in the rubble after an Israeli missile strike on a building in Gaza City on Sunday.

By Chris Hedges

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Before the air assaults, Gaza spent 12 hours a day without power, which can be a death sentence to the severely ill in hospitals. Most of Gaza is now without power. There are few drugs and little medicine, including no cancer or cystic fibrosis medication. Hospitals have generators but often lack fuel. Medical equipment, including one of Gaza’s three CT scanners, has been destroyed by power surges and fluctuations. Medical staff cannot control the temperature of incubators for newborns. And Israel has revoked most exit visas, meaning some of those who need specialized care, including cancer patients and those in need of kidney dialysis, have died. Of the 230 Gazans estimated to have died last year because they were denied proper medical care, several spent their final hours at Israeli crossing points where they were refused entry into Israel. The statistics gathered on children—half of Gaza’s population is under the age of 17—are increasingly grim. About 45 percent of children in Gaza have iron deficiency from a lack of fruit and vegetables, and 18 percent have stunted growth.

“It is macabre,” Falk said of the blockade. “I don’t know of anything that exactly fits this situation. People have been referring to the Warsaw ghetto as the nearest analog in modern times.”

“There is no structure of an occupation that endured for decades and involved this kind of oppressive circumstances,” the rapporteur added. “The magnitude, the deliberateness, the violations of international humanitarian law, the impact on the health, lives and survival and the overall conditions warrant the characterization of a crime against humanity. This occupation is the direct intention by the Israeli military and civilian authorities. They are responsible and should be held accountable.”

The point of the Israeli attack, ostensibly, is to break Hamas, the radical Islamic group that was elected to power in 2007. But Hamas has repeatedly proposed long-term truces with Israel and offered to negotiate a permanent truce. During the last cease-fire, established through Egyptian intermediaries in July, Hamas upheld the truce although Israel refused to ease the blockade. It was Israel that, on Nov. 4, initiated an armed attack that violated the truce and killed six Palestinians. It was only then that Hamas resumed firing rockets at Israel.

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“This is a crime of survival,” Falk said of the rocket attacks by Palestinians. “Israel has put the Gazans in a set of circumstances where they either have to accept whatever is imposed on them or resist in any way available to them. That is a horrible dilemma to impose upon a people. This does not alleviate the Palestinians, and Gazans in particular, for accountability for doing these acts involving rocket fire, but it also imposes some responsibility on Israel for creating these circumstances.”

Israel seeks to break the will of the Palestinians to resist. The Israeli government has demonstrated little interest in diplomacy or a peaceful solution. The rapid expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank is an effort to thwart the possibility of a two-state solution by gobbling up vast tracts of Palestinian real estate. Israel also appears to want to thrust the impoverished Gaza Strip onto Egypt. Dozens of tunnels had been the principal means for food and goods, connecting Gaza to Egypt. Israel had permitted the tunnels to operate, most likely as part of an effort to further cut Gaza off from Israel. This ended, however, on Sunday when Israeli fighter jets bombed over 40 tunnels along Gaza’s border with Egypt. The Israeli military said that the tunnels, on the Gaza side of the border, were used for smuggling weapons, explosives and fugitives. Egypt has sealed its border and refused to let distraught Palestinians enter its territory.

“Israel, all along, has not been prepared to enter into diplomatic process that gives the Palestinians a viable state,” Falk said. “They [the Israelis] feel time is on their side. They feel they can create enough facts on the ground so people will come to the conclusion a viable state cannot emerge.”

The use of terror and hunger to break a hostile population is one of the oldest forms of warfare. I watched the Bosnian Serbs employ the same tactic in Sarajevo. Those who orchestrate such sieges do not grasp the terrible rage born of long humiliation, indiscriminate violence and abuse. A father or a mother whose child dies because of a lack of vaccines or proper medical care does not forget. A boy whose ill grandmother dies while detained at an Israel checkpoint does not forget. A family that loses a child in an airstrike does not forget. All who endure humiliation, abuse and the murder of family members do not forget. This rage becomes a virus within those who, eventually, stumble out into the daylight. Is it any wonder that 71 percent of children interviewed at a school in Gaza recently said they wanted to be a “martyr”?

The Israelis in Gaza, like the American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, are foolishly breeding the next generation of militants and Islamic radicals. Jihadists, enraged by the injustices done by Israel and the United States, seek to carry out reciprocal acts of savagery, even at the cost of their own lives. The violence unleashed on Palestinian children will, one day, be the violence unleashed on Israeli children. This is the tragedy of Gaza. This is the tragedy of Israel. 


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By A Khokar, December 31, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

War is fought between two opposing armed conventional forces. Killing of civilians, smashing their houses, public facilities, and slaughtering them on flimsy pretexts is a massacre, a cruelty and not a war.

This world is made for the survival of the fittest. It is time that Palestinian must arm them selves; not with ‘sling shots’ or directing their kids to throw stones on the charging Israeli tanks but they must arm themselves to their teeth with latest weapons. To attain the command in the air space should take priority. At least they could muster some surveillance drones units to start with. Indulging into suicide bombing is cowardice action and it is no fun being good at, in retrieving and picking the dead and maimed bodies and rushing them to hospitals after every Israeli excursion.

God Almighty clearly admonishes Muslims in; Quran, Chapter 8 -Al-Infal: Verse 60
“And make ready for them whatever you can of armed force and of mounted pickets at the frontier, whereby you may frighten the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you know not, but Allah knows them. And whatever you spend in the way of Allah, it shall be repaid to you in full and you shall not be wronged.”

Deterrent and Deterrent is the only answer which guarantees the peace and security in our own lands as well as in our neighbour hood.  The deterring arsenals must be kept ready like the way Scorpions do and keep it charged at their tails all the times. Such like show of deterrence may forbid even the arch rivals turning into adversaries. This is the best way to make peace prevail in any neighbour hood and in the world at large.
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Love for all, Hatred for none

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By A Khokar, December 31, 2008 at 9:28 am Link to this comment

YEs this should be a matter of concern——for all us in any capacity what ever we can do to extend our help and save guard the life, honour and dignity of Palestinian.

The groups of Hamas and Al-Fateh, the two brain less rivals in Palestine that today they have brought Palestinian at the verge of distinction and Israelis that they come and unleash their arms of destruction and are playing havoc because they know that Palestinian are not armed.

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By Frank Goodman, Sr., December 31, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

I totally agree with those who claim that a few inaccurate rockets and screaming mothers of children killed by Zionist bombs are a threat to Israel. Israel is correct to take the threat seriously. So did King George take serious the threat of the American Revolutionists who threatened his troops with home made weapons and tactics against the best his subjects could send to subdue them.

I also know that the American Cavalry feared the power of the Native Americans who defended their homes in the Indian Wars (sic). Custer’s massacre was enough to put the fear of God into the soldiers who went to battle the native tribal warriors. Though they were not the ‘blood thirsty savages’ of your movies and literature, they did scare the hell out of the American settlers who went to claim and to occupy the Indian lands. History tells us that invaders do stay to keep the captured lands. The European invaders did keep North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and others. The political maps of the world changed vastly over time with the migration of people more powerful and savage than the people overrun.

Our modern United Nations is supposed to impose human rights and values higher than the territorial greed of invading armies of civilians and soldiers. Modern borders are not supposed to keep out those feeing injustice and mayhem. Modern movements are toward human rights, justice, freedom and individual security against the murder, the abuser and the bully wherever they are found.

It is time for UN to defend the rights of the Palestinians against the invaders who stole their land and now harass them into submission by terrorizing their school children, mothers, and senior citizens. Israel is wrong, wrong, wrong! The 21st Century Axis Powers may not be defeated in this century or in a thousand years, but eventually they will fall as did the colonial powers of former times. I wish I could live to see it.

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By Ear Relevant, December 31, 2008 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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The US and Israel need “terrorists” to justify an assymetrical military presence in the Middle East.  This battle with “terrorists” will continue until the oil is largely gone in 20 or 30 years. 

Then the US won’t care about Israel any more.  At this point, pity poor Israel, which, without US financial and military support, will whither on the vine like a shrivelled grape in the boiling desert sun.  By then, the US and Israel will have created many enemies.  The blowback will be considerable.

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By CharlieHipHop, December 31, 2008 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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It’s sad.  It needs to stop.  Solutions need to be found and compromises need to be made.  Otherwise, it’s obvious where all this is headed, and that’s not a good place.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 31, 2008 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

re: troublesum

Thank you for the link.

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By hippy pam, December 31, 2008 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

“ole bullshit” is conspicuous in his absence…as is “condom-sleaza” and “chain-me”.....WE HAVE NO LEADERS at this point in time…

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By troublesum, December 31, 2008 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

The documentary film “Occupation 101” can be seen in 10 minute segments at http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/

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By troublesum, December 31, 2008 at 7:36 am Link to this comment

Life in Gaza:  http://www.occupation101.com

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By Lion of Judah, December 31, 2008 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
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It takes someone that has never lived in Israel, and that has ignored the history of the last 100 years there to callously blame Israel for the problems of the Palestinean People.  In fact the Islamic extremists and their supporters have become so good at spinning media that the Liberal Intellectual side of America falls for their crocodile tears.  Since the early 1900’s, the settling of the Jewish National Homeland, until the modern state of affairs,  the Palestinean people have been a pawn of other nations seeking power in the region.  At one time the British, after them the Jordanians, Syrians, Egyptians and Lebanese.  Today the Iranians and Hezbollah.  The extremist Islamic movement was born out of desperation and hatred.  It was created by leaders of the Arab nations as a way to distract their people from the destitution and sorrow that comes from living in a country with money, but due to a laziness and inability to build and create (behavioral-cultural trait of the Arab people at large)  they have nothing.  So they turn their disappointment and hatred to Israel.


In 1948 and again in 1967 Israel requested peace on behalf of the Arabs and told them specifically that they were welcome and wanted in our nation.  The fire of Arab Pride and Glory was stoked with their usual embellishment of bravery and cunning in war.  The Palestinians left their homes expecting to return triumphant on the backs of their victorious Arab brothers.  It didn’t happen and this proud people were deceived by the arab nations.  Since the beginning in 1948 the arab nations have treated the palestinians worse than Israel themselves.  And why shoud Israel be held accountable for these people.  Because we are a western country capable of rational thought.  Holding Israel accountable is belittling the Arab people and Islamic movement as a whole. 


Its time the arab people take responsibility for their actions and become accountable for their problems.

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By RdV, December 31, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

A recent editorial in the NY Times suggested that it was American Jews who could make the difference. For years I have wondered why so many American Jews who consider themselves liberal, if not progressive on all other issues, fall in line with the most reactionary Right wing religious fanatics and discredited Zionist NeoCons. You can see them on sites like these, echoing the lies and spin, openly spewing racist bias against Arab Palestinians and continually carping on, despite all the evidence, that they are the victims. It must be tribal allegiance and cowardly fear of being branded a “self-hating Jew”—but weren’t the German people also patriotic when they defended their country and supported their troops?
  Why is it acceptible that we can criticize the good Germans who denied the reality of the camps and knew the consequences would be much greater than being ostricized, when they claimed they “didn’t know”, but when we criticize American Jews for their fierce denial, exploitation of the holocaust as cover and complicit acceptance of war crimes, we are called “anti-semites”- and if Arabs are Semites, when Jews frame all Arabs as “terrorist scum” justifying slaughtering children, aren’t they “anti-semite”?

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By Walter, December 31, 2008 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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http://neoclassics.blogspot.com

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By troublesum, December 31, 2008 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

This will be a turning point in the 60 year conflict.  The whole world is watching now as Isreal tries to destroy a defenseless people.  First they starved them into a state of helplesssness and now they are bombing them into oblivion.  They have grossly over-played their hand for the sake of their internal political affairs.  The truth cannot be hidden anymore.

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By Lanna, December 31, 2008 at 5:43 am Link to this comment
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omniadeo,

Israel did not force Palestinians to leave their homes. In fact it was fellow Arabs who told the Palestinian people they should leave as they were about to attack Israel from all sides in an attempt to destroy the state and kill all inhabitants. The Palestinian people left their homes out of fear of coming between the invading armies and the Jewish state.

As it turned out Israel beat back the invaders and gained ground in the effort.

Has Israel given all that hard fought land back to the Palestinian people? No. Not unlike any other nation, or human, in all of human history. I would bet all I have that you would do the same.

In most cases if one surrounds an animal on all sides that animal will vigorously fight to the death. That is to be expected. To expect something different is, well, nuts! And to use your woman and children, as Hamas does, to suround that animal, is criminal.

I would bet that if the people on both sides of your residence, across the street and behind you, were bent on destroying you and your family, and had no place else to go, you would build a fortress and attack all who try to kill you.

If the man across the street were to fire RPG’s into your home, at the rate of hundreds per year, how long would it take before you fired back? How much would you think about that man’s wife and children while you defend yours? Would you feel horrible about killing that man’s child while defending your own? YES…any sane person would.

Lastly; would you lay down your arms and defenses? Or would you fight back to protect your family? Very few human beings would choose the former over the latter.

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By Verne Arnold, December 31, 2008 at 3:34 am Link to this comment

@ thebeerdoctor, December 31 at 12:46 am #
re: Verne Arnold and Fadel Abdallah;

Yeah, I agree. There just won’t be any justice anytime soon if ever. Frankly, I think TAO Walker is the only one who KNOWS the way out and I think I know the door.
By the way; where did namer come from? He’s like a mosquito buzzing in your ear. ; annoying but harmless.

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By troublesum, December 31, 2008 at 3:14 am Link to this comment

The msm is now reporting that the assault on Gaza was planned by Ehud Barak and Tzipi Livni in order to enhance their chances in the upcoming elections and to counter Netanyahu’s claim that they were soft on the Palestinian issue.  This is what Tariq Ali has been saying so the truth is starting to come out and maybe now the Palestinian cause will gain support in the west.

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By Ed Harges, December 31, 2008 at 3:14 am Link to this comment

from By Jacques, December 30 at 11:18 am:


“Remember that Gaza has a border crossing with Eqypt.  Why are the Egyptians not allowing the necessary supplies (medical, fuel, gas, food, etc) into Gaza?  Why are not all their Arab “brothers” flodding Gaza with money and goods?”

Jacques: what do you think Israel would do to Egypt if it tried to get around Israel’s interdiction of all food, medicine, and other aid to Gaza? American congresswoman Cynthia Kinney was only last week on a boat trying to deliver aid to Gaza. The boat was rammed three times by the thugs known as the Israeli military. The boat was severely damaged and had to turn back. Do you understand? The Israelis almost killed an American Congresswoman. This is why everyone’s afraid to do anything to help. Israel will kill you. Israel will even kill you if you are a journalist and you so much as try to enter Gaza merely to record what’s happening there.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 31, 2008 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

re: omniadeo

The Nakba is the ring around the neck of all Middle Eastern foreign policy.

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By omniadeo, December 31, 2008 at 2:15 am Link to this comment

http://www.imemc.org/article/18022

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By omniadeo, December 31, 2008 at 2:01 am Link to this comment

namer,

Could it be that the unfortunate Israeli woman was killed tragically because she lives in a town that 61 years a go was occupied by almost 4000 Palestinian inhabitants who were forced from their homes during and after the IDF’s military occupation and who were never allowed to return?

No, of course not. These people just suffer from an irrational hatred of Jews! The fact that the Jews in question live on land stolen in bloodshed from these families in Gaza has nothing to do with it.

Those missiles are not Slavo-European pogroms or Nazi ethnic cleansings, namer. Your paranoia is out of place here. These people have reason to hate Zionists.

Ashdod was Isdud in 1948. A peaceful and prosperous city of Palestinians who are no longer allowed to live there. I find the death of this woman as tragic as the comments at her funeral are absurd.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 31, 2008 at 1:46 am Link to this comment

re: Verne Arnold and Fadel Abdallah

The Obama line about if someone fired rockets (Hamas) at the house where his daughters were sleeping, he would respond like the Israelis, has become a bona fide “talking point” in the non-stop propaganda war aimed at justifying the slaughter of Gaza citizens. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Salai Meridor, repeated the same rationale Tuesday, as did Ehud Barak. Meridor went even further claiming that democratically elected terrorists such as Hamas, are the same all over the world. So I will not be surprised when the President-elect announces that “we are all in this together” and approves yet even further military assistance to the only democracy in the middle east, who is determined to destroy anyone who challenges that exclusivity.

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment

Verne Arnold, December 30 at 9:26 pm wrote:

“I do wish everyone some happiness.”

Everyone? Even the daughters of this young woman cut down by a Hamas Palestinian Arab missile earlier today?

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230456537145&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

“The Jewish people have been hunted forever only because they are Jews, and this is the reason for Irit’s death. She is a victim for the sake of the Israeli people, a victim of hatred,” said the rabbi who eulogized Sheetrit.

As soon as the eulogy began, the cemetery was filled with the terrible screams of Sheetrit’s children and sisters.

You might want to take note of the missile that killed this woman - it was manufactured in Iran, and is a long-range modernized version of the Katyusha; the warhead was packed with hundreds of steel balls to maximize the killing potential. These weapons have no practical military value - they are optimised as terror weapons and as killing machines.

So when you read posts here from Hamas-supporters like Fadel Abdallah who call these missiles “pop rockets” and “toys”, think again, and know that Hamas places huge orders from the factories in Iran, smuggles them in from the tunnels under the border with Egypt, and then aims them at families in Israel to kill an dmaim as many Jewish civilians as they can.

Because that’s what genocidal terrorist scum do.

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By Verne Arnold, December 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

@ thebeerdoctor, December 30 at 10:45 am;

Yes, I’m beginning to have my own very serious doubts about Obama. I am not happy with his responses so far. It’s Lebanon all over again. Unfortunately, the rest of the world isn’t doing any better either. I see no reason for optimism in the coming year, but I do wish everyone some happiness.

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By TAO Walker, December 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

In the midst of the “global” equivalent of a 500-vehicle pile-up on some fog-bound freeway, a Zionist 18-wheeler takes advantage of the chaos and CONfusion to try to run a Hamas minivan off the road and into a bridge abutment.  If several loaded school-buses and half-dozen ambulances get in the way….well, that’s what gang-warfare is all about, as anybody at Goldman-Sachs will gladly tell you.

Drivers all around this “accident” look-on in horrified fascination, even as their own rattletrap gas-hogs are engulfed in the same monumental chain-reaction-to-end-all-Mother-fucking-chain-reactions.  There will not be a single “civilized individual” who will escape becoming “collateral damage” in the mad orgy of self-and"other”-destruction now consuming “the holy land.” 

This entire collapsing contraption has become a kind of artifactual “black hole,” and we’re already irretrievably beyond its “event horizon.”  Chris Hedges and others will be driven to distraction trying to keep-track-of a string of calamities each more terrible than the one before….and finally too many happening at once to even count, let alone chronicle and properly lament.

Or, they might turn their attention to the much more helpful practice of describing for their readers the actions and practices that offer some chance of at least a few of ‘em emerging from the worldwide wreckage alive.  We are only at the beginnings of this “catastrophe.”  By the time the dust settles and the screaming stops it will be those who’ve cast aside their artificial “individuality” and gotten lost once again in their Humanity who will be telling the story of these latter days to their GreatGrandChildren around the winter lodgefires.

This old Indian knows for a fact the holy book Hedges professes to follow, and the humanist ethic subscribed-to by others here, DO NOT call-for the dog-eat-dog behavior of “each-against-all.”  Nor do the scriptures of most “competing” ideologies and philosophies….well, maybe except for those of the die-hard “individualists” who follow the childish “teachings” of the proudly childless Ayn Rand, for example.

Maybe it’d be better to recommend some actual Medicine, for a change, and leave-off all this relentless cataloging of the ravages of the disease….which, after all, is nothing but"civilization” itself.  Even us surviving primitive Savages know that much.  So if you domesticated people are so smart, why are you drowning in your own shit?

HokaHey!

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

Fadel Abdallah, December 30 at 8:19 pm wrote:


“It seems that you have reached the ends of your wits by thinking that Hamas pays Robert Scheer!”

Hey, Faddle, catch a clue - it’s called sarcasm. DUH
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“This is like me saying that you’re paid by Mahmoud Abbas or Fatah!”

Do you know Abbas? If you do, tell him I could use some of the billions and billions he and Arafat were stealing from all those naive European and American donors. My mortgage payment is going up in February (it’s the escrow thing) and, well, the Zionist Media Control Board just doesn’t pay as well as they used to. But you should know that, since you are so on to them, you being that college professor and all, with all your special knowledge and insight.

OK, Faddle, resume your regularly scheduled hystrionic diatribes against the omnipresent Zio-Boogey-Jew.

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers

From Yonit Farago in Jerusalem


Israel’s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages.

In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.

Jonny Cline, of the international student group, said that Jewish students and youth groups with their understanding of the web environment were ideally placed to present another side to the debate.

“We’re saying to these people that if Israel is being bashed, don’t ignore it, change it,” Mr Cline said. “A poll like CNN’s takes just a few seconds to vote in, but if thousands take part the outcome will be changed. What’s vital is that the international face of the conflict is balanced.”

Doron Barkat, 29, in Jerusalem, spends long nights trawling the web to try to swing the debate Israel’s way. “When I see internet polls for or against Israel I send out a mailing list to vote for Israel,” he said. “It can be that after 15 minutes there will be 400 votes for Israel.

“It’s very satisfying. There are also forums where Lebanese and Israelis talk.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry must avoid direct involvement with the campaign but is in contact with international Jewish and evangelical Christian groups, distributing internet information packs.

Amir Gissin, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s public relations director, said: “The internet’s become a leading tool for news, shaping the world view of millions. Our problem is the foreign media shows Lebanese suffering, but not Israeli. We’re bypassing that filter by distributing pictures showing how northern Israelis suffer from Katyusha rocket attacks.”
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Israel’s Internet “MEGAPHONE”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article693911.ece

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

Cynthia McKinney SLAMS Israeli Navy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n4OhUpc20Q

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By Ted Swart, December 30, 2008 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Chris Hedges is far more knowledgeable about the Middle East than I ever will be.  He can speak five langusge whilst I can only manage two. He writes with immense concern in a lucid manner. Yet he appears to have a total blind spot.
He has a book to his credit (March 2008) entitled “I don’t believe in Atheists”.
Yet most assuredly the only cure for the interminable conflict between the Jews in Israel and Muslims in Palestine is a healthy dose of agnosticism/atheism. Supposedly Jews, Christians and Muslims all belong to the so-called Abrahamic faiths which hold to the crazy notion of an indefensible God who ordered Abraham to kill his own son so as to prove his  
100% allegiance to this despicable God.
No matter what anyone says the current hideous conflict, which has been going on for years and years, is ultimately based on the notion that this supposedly “shared” God gave the land on which the ocnflict is taking place to one or other of the antagonists.
Such fairy tale myths are a potent force which is guilty of driving out common sens and common human decency.
I wait for the day when Hedges is prepared to write a book entitled “I don’t believe in the God of Abraham”. Then and only then can he or anyone else see an end to the current conflict. It is not religious freedom which is needed but freedom from religion.

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm Link to this comment

nycguy, December 30 at 5:57 pm wrote:

“When we will start to question our support for this country that thinks its above the law?”

And which law, exactly, would that be?
Be specific now.

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

Mickey Mockingbird, December 30 at 7:11 pm wrote:

“I live in the USA, and while I won’t speculate on the cause….”

Oh, loosen up and speculate, Mickey.

Please. I would love to hear it.

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

nycguy, December 30 at 5:57 wrote:

“Their claim to that land including the occupied territories is based on an argument so illogoical that it is hard to say with a straight face…lame bible story.”


“Their claim”?

Whose claim, exactly? There are 7 million+ Israelis, most of whom are secular Jews. You need to come up with something better than that.

Most Israelis are at least 2nd generation natives. A better description of their “claim” would be that they live there; Israel is their sovereign homeland, a nation-state among nation-states. No different than, say, the natives of Finland, or Uganda, or New Zealand, or Argentina.

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By Mickey Mockingbird, December 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment

Namer, The pictures do not lie.  I’ll wager you didn’t even bother to look at them before you went off.  I live in the USA, and while I won’t speculate on the cause, I can testify that I have seen none of these pictures in what passes for a free press in this country.

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By namer, December 30, 2008 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Fadel Abdallah, December 30 at 4:16 pm wrote:

“Follow the following link to see these horrifying pictures which your mainstream media would not show by order from the Zionist Israeli entity!”

Yo, Faddle -

Care to venture a guess as to which Zionist Boogeyman actually issues the gag orders to the media? And who are the contact points at each media outlet?

Don’t you think they are designated, and that there is a paper trail?

How does such a huge web of Zionist Jew Controllers manage to stay so hidden from view? Do Zionist Jews have special invisibility powers created in Evil Israeli laboratories?

It would be great if you could do a little research, seeing as how you re a brainy college guy, and show us how it all works. Because if you could expose specific individuals and how they operate, then you could get one of your Hamas or Islamic Jihad contacts to slay the Mighty Evil Jew Zionist Bastard, and then you could Open The Gates Of Hell and shov the body of the Dead Evil Zionist Jew and dispose of the body that way.

Oh, and by the way, the name of the country you want to eradicate with extreme prejudice isn’t “Zionist Israeli entity”.

Just Israel will do nicely, thank you.

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By Sean Maurice Hunt, December 30, 2008 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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War on Terror does not exist…War is terror…More war more terror.  Israel and the USA have become the largest creator of terror in the world.

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By nycguy, December 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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dogmaticatheist wrote:
“This is exactly what you get when you establish a nation based on ancient biblical prophecy. If we had used to used our reason and logic after WW2 instead of blind allegiance to ancient mythology, we’d be in much better shape today. You can’t just hand large swaths of land over to people based on whether or not they lived there thousands of years ago, or because an ancient text says they deserve it.”
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I agree with you 100%.  Their claim to that land including the occupied territories is based on an argument so illogoical that it is hard to say with a straight face…lame bible story.
 

When we will start to question our support for this country that thinks its above the law?  It can only do these things because of the disgusting amount of influence it has on our politicians.

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By nahida, December 30, 2008 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

So what have the Palestinians got to complain about?

Mark Steel

To portray this as a conflict between equals requires some imagination

Wednesday, 31 December 2008

When you read the statements from Israeli and US politicians, and try to match them with the pictures of devastation, there seems to be only one explanation. They must have one of those conditions, called something like “Visual-Carnage-Responsibility-Back-To-Front-Upside-Down-Massacre-Disorder”.

For example, Condoleezza Rice, having observed that more than 300 Gazans were dead, said: “We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence. We strongly condemn the attacks on Israel and hold Hamas responsible.”

Someone should ask her to comment on teenage knife-crime, to see if she’d say: “I strongly condemn the people who’ve been stabbed, and until they abandon their practice of wandering around clutching their sides and bleeding, there is no hope for peace.”

The Israeli government suffers terribly from this confusion. They probably have adverts on Israeli television in which a man falls off a ladder and screams, “Eeeeugh”, then a voice says, “Have you caused an accident at work in the last 12 months?” and the bloke who pushed him gets £3,000.

The gap between the might of Israel’s F-16 bombers and Apache helicopters, and the Palestinians’ catapulty thing is so ridiculous that to try and portray the situation as between two equal sides requires the imagination of a children’s story writer.

The reporter on News at Ten said the rockets “may be ineffective, but they ARE symbolic.” So they might not have weapons but they have got symbolism, the canny brutes.

It’s no wonder the Israeli Air Force had to demolish a few housing estates, otherwise Hamas might have tried to mock Israel through a performance of expressive dance.

The rockets may be unable to to kill on the scale of the Israeli Air Force, said one spokesman, but they are “intended to kill”.

Maybe he went on: “And we have evidence that Hamas supporters have dreams, and that in these dreams bad things happen to Israeli citizens, they burst, or turn into cactus, or run through Woolworths naked, so it’s not important whether it can happen, what matters is that they WANT it to happen, so we blew up their university.”

Or there’s the outrage that Hamas has been supported by Iran. Well that’s just breaking the rules. Because say what you will about the Israelis, they get no arms supplies or funding or political support from a country that’s more powerful than them, they just go their own way and make all their weapons in an arts and crafts workshop in Jerusalem.

But mostly the Israelis justify themselves with a disappointing lack of imagination, such as the line that they had to destroy an ambulance because Hamas cynically put their weapons inside ambulances.

They should be more creative, and say Hamas were planning to aim the flashing blue light at Israeli epileptics in an attempt to make them go into a fit, get dizzy and wander off into Syria where they would be captured.

rest of the article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/mark-steel/article1218135.ece;jsessionid=A49D441A4A94E4136C10AC17F4654207?postingType=posting&mode=thanks&postingId=1218432

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

December 30, 2008

Official Apathy

The Gaza Ghetto and Western Cant

By TARIQ ALI


“There is no other way. And Israeli citizens might ponder the following words from Shakespeare [The Merchant of Venice] that I have slightly altered:

  ‘I am a Palestinian. Hath not a Palestinian eyes? Hath not a Palestinian hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Jew is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that…the villainy you teach me, I will execute; and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.’ “

http://www.counterpunch.org/tariq12302008.html

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By P. T., December 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

Israel looked favorably upon Hamas early on—not arresting its leaders.  Hamas was seen as undercutting Fatah.  After Hamas grew in strength, Rabin conceded to Arafat that Israel had made a mistake.

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

Follow the following link to see these horrifying pictures which your mainstream media would not show by order from the Zionist Israeli entity!
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In Pictures: Massacre of Gazan Children

http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=50118&s2=30

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By truedigger3, December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

Many posters asked the question:”
Why Hosni Mubarak and all the political powers in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf States are not helping the Palestinians?”
The answer is very simple. They cannot because the united states is the only super power now and it supports and is behind Israel 100%.
They are angry not only because of the brutality and
inhumanity of the Israelis but also because of the
resultant instability it is causing in the middle east.
Besides, their embarrassing helplessness is for
all to see, especially to their own peoples.
But that is life realities and life is and never was fair.

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By dogmaticatheist, December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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This is exactly what you get when you establish a nation based on ancient biblical prophecy. If we had used to used our reason and logic after WW2 instead of blind allegiance to ancient mythology, we’d be in much better shape today. You can’t just hand large swaths of land over to people based on whether or not they lived there thousands of years ago, or because an ancient text says they deserve it.

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By truedigger3, December 30, 2008 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Many posters asked the question:”
Why Hosni Mubarak and all the political powers in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf States are not helping the Palestinians?”
The answer is very simple. They cannot because the united states is the only super power now and it supports and is behing Israel 100%.
They are angry not only because of the brutality and
inhumanity of the Israelis but also because of the
resultant instability it is causing in the middle east.
Besides, their embarrassing helplessness is for
all to see, especially to their own peoples.
But that life realities and life is and never was fair.

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By terrorist regime, December 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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Members of the Jewish government now routinely refer to the victims of their atrocities as “The Palestinian Problem,” the exact phrase Adolph Hitler used to seek approval for his final solution.

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By Shift, December 30, 2008 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

Blind hatred and blind self love are two sides of the same coin.  Unfortunately that coin spends in Israel and the United States.

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By Styve, December 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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WAR BASED ON LIES
IS MURDER!!

That was in 2006 and the subject was Iraq/Afghanistan.  Hedges hit the nail on the head re Israel and the Palestinians.

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RE: By P. T., December 30 at 2:12 pm #

As best I can figure it, the Israel/U.S. plan seems to be to kill the Gazan police as well as ordinary people.  If the police are gone, maybe the Palestinians then will get rid of Hamas in an effort to get the Israelis to stop killing the people.

No. They want Hamas. They need Hamas. They fund Hamas. They helped found Hamas. They need enemies. Without enemies, their military has no raison d’etre.

Only with enemies from which to protect us can oligarchs justify their tyranny.

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By P. T., December 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

As best I can figure it, the Israel/U.S. plan seems to be to kill the Gazan police as well as ordinary people.  If the police are gone, maybe the Palestinians then will get rid of Hamas in an effort to get the Israelis to stop killing the people.

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RE: By Margaret Currey, December 30 at 12:46 pm #
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This war between these people will always be this area has always been people at war, no one wants to compromize so it will always be a war back and forth, was so centuries ago and will be again and again.

Wrong. This is a myth. The Levant’s multi-cultural history is ancient. It harbors many long epochs of peaceful coexistence.

Chaos for the Middle East is articulated most specifically by the CIA/MI6/Mossad nexus as a means to fail all self-determinacy:  black-ops/psy-ops - it’s all smoke and mirrors - all distorted or hidden - irretractable ethno/religious hatred is the most useful myth available for setting populations at war - the quickest way to destroy them.

None of these (CIA/MI6/Mossad) serve the citizens of their sponsor nations - they serve only their handlers directed by the New World Oligarchy - the only beneficiaries of any of these wars.

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By NABNYC, December 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment
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We need to permanently cut off all U.S. aid to Israel. 

There is a massive propaganda system in place to convince Americans that the blood of Israeli children washes their streets daily, and that’s why the U.S. must continue sending billions of dollars to Israel, but the truth is quite to the contrary. Israeli children are much safer than American children, and their crime rate is relatively low.

The total number of Israelis killed by a Palestinian during 2005 was 50. During that same time period, in 2005, Israelis killed 197 Palestinians. Four to one Palestinians to Israelis, with the Palestinians doing the dying. But in any event, it doesn’t really sound a bloodbath, does it? Not compared to what goes on in our cities every week-end. Why should the U.S. be giving billions of dollars to Israel to “protect” them against the possibiliity of 50 murders when their total murder rate (between Israelis and Palestinians) is so relatively low. For all we know, this could include common crime, more the result of class than politics. But it gets better in later years. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/807007.html

The total number of Israelis killed by a Palestinian during 2006 was 27, which included one child. During that same time period, in 2006, the Israelis killed 650 Palestinians, which included 120 children. The streets in the area may be red from the blood of children, but it is the Palestinian children who are being murdered by the Israelis. http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2007/05/23/israel_killed_650_palestinians_in_2006/

During 2007, there were a total of 13 Israelis killed by a Palestinian. During that same year, 2007, Israelis killed 373 Palestinians. Do we see a theme here? It is the Palestinians who are being murdered by the Israelis, using weapons provided by the U.S. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/12/30/international/i152632S12.DTL

Even today during the slaughter in the Gaza, there are reportedly 3 Israelis killed, and almost 400 Palestinians killed. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/world/middleeast/31mideast.html?hp

Israel has sent its Air Force to bomb the civilian population of Gaza, has lined up gunboats to attack from the water, and massed its army on the border ready to invade. Damn, if only the Palestinians had a military of their own this might be called a war. But since the Palestinians have no Air Force, have no Navy, have no airplanes or gunboats, have no Army, they must simply be called an unarmed civilian population being slaughtered by their belligerent neighbor. More at http://NABNYC.blogspot.com

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By Louise, December 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Drawing a parallel between the Warsaw Ghetto and the attacks on Gaza, highlites the intersection between “Just” and just plain insane.

A population of people whose ancestors suffered at the hand of the Nazi master during Warsaws “Jew cleansing” and a population who now suffers
“Palestinian cleansing” at the hand of an Israeli master.

Yet those Israelis who call for a Palestinian
“cleansing” see no parallel.

Perhaps this blank space in reality is the inevitable result of living more than thirty-three centuries under the yoke of martyrdom.

The “right of return” whatever that is, holds no more validity than you or I demanding the land of our ancestors be given to us, no questions asked.

I would be able to claim Norway and the greater portion of Great Britain. How about you?
 
Israelis, whether they want to face it or not, hold a relatively tiny piece of history regarding their demand to have and hold the land known as “holy” and surrounding areas.

A study of history and a research of ancient maps show, they shared the greater portion of that land with a multitude of tribal people. Not just in recent history, but all through ancient history.

And the short span of time the nations “Israel” and “Judah” actually existed are a mere drop in the bucket when compared to the centuries other tribes, and other cultures occupied, and still occupy the same areas.

But they are the “chosen” of God. And only they have the right to determine who will live and die in a land that was called Palestien centuries before they decided it belonged to them.

And why?

Because they are the pure, the blood of Israel. Unchanged and untainted by other blood for more than thirty-three centuries. If we believe that, we’re nuts too! To accept that, is to accept they have done nothing but inter-marry for thirty-three centuries. That alone would explain insanity!

Now if you ask a Palestinian why they don’t leave, they will most likely respond, “Because this is where I was born. And my father and his father, and his father, and his father before him.”

And if you ask an Israeli why they don’t leave their Palestinian neighbors alone to live on their ancestrial land, they most likely will respond,
“Because God promised their land to me ... more than thirty-three centuries ago.”

“We have nothing against the people who live in Gaza, but we are at war.” Comes this mornings proclamation from the Israeli Elders.

They failed to add, “But if they’re dumb enough to stand under one of our bombs, that’s their problem.”

They also failed to mention those who live in Gaza have no place to go, thanks to the Israeli built Walls and IDL troops that hold them in place. After all, what’s the fun of a duck shoot if the ducks are allowed to fly away?

And this attack does not earn or deserve the title war. War implies two sides fighting until a winner emerges. The Palestinians [and Christians, and yes, Jews] trapped in Gaza are defenseless. No two sides, just one. The side of Israel pounding a small and defensless civilian population into non-existence.

This war does not fit any description the world recognizes as war. More accurately it fits the description of racial cleansing and murder!

Meanwhile those Christians complicit in the crime,  praise God and Israel, and welcome their own destruction.

And of course dimbulbs and nincompoops blame Obama.

Hopeless.

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By Margaret Currey, December 30, 2008 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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This war between these people will always be this area has always been people at war, no one wants to compromize so it will always be a war back and forth, was so centuries ago and will be again and again.

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By Lanna, December 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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Fadel Abdallah,

You are truly making yourself ill with hatred. It’s a cancer that IS eating away at you.

Aside from that you are blinding yourself to real global events and how the world actually works.

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By Myronh, December 30, 2008 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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mvhome,
What experience do you have with Israel and Jewish people that makes you qualified to question my or any other commentors ethical values? I never was impolite to my Jewish hosts, even though they did everything that goes against my values. I believe in honesty and helping those less fortunate than I. I was raised to value everyone, regardless of ethnic or religious faith. I am old enough to remember the pictures of the Holocaust at the end of WWII. I was sickened by them and couldn’t understand how the German citizens could have let this happen. It made me wonder about my 2nd generation German-American neighbors in rural Wisconsin. When I made my first trip to Israel, I had nothing but respect for the Jewish people. I was shocked by what I witnessed in Israel; it is obvious that they are overly aggressive, with little or no respect for other ethnic groups and religions. Their treatment of the Palestinians is a perfect example.

If you have information that is contradictory to my findings, I would appreciate being informed, because I am by nature a very positive person, and want to see the good side of everybody and everything.

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By rybo, December 30, 2008 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Excellent article. The founding of Israel itself was an atrocity and they’ve been committing atrocities for 60 years. Zionism is a racist, secular ideology. The only thing the current Israeli “thugs” have learned from the past, is how to behave like Nazis or worse.

Gaza is another horriffic chapter in Israeli history of shooting fish in a barrel. in this case the fish happen to be the Palestinians of Gaza.

I grew up in Massachusetts and as all young Americans was subject to pro-Jew, pro-Israeli brainwashing by the isolated, “American(?)” mass media. It taught us to love Jews and hate Arabs and Muslims. This cannot be denied.

Fortunately for me, most of my professional career has been in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. Working and living in various cultures really showed me how dumbed down I was and how dumbed down most Americans are. More than ten years ago I moved to Sweden and became a permanent resident and eventually became a Swedish citizen. I couldn’t be happier, but it still is very painful to see America as a horse with blinders, when it comes to supporting Zionist Israel at every turn. It’s insanity on a grand scale, as Zionist Israel is a ” snake in the grass with wings”, to coin an old phrase.

Sadly, I see no end to what Israel and the U.S. is doing until the other Western powers and the rest of the world, stop turning a blind eye to the evil they have perpetrated on others. May God bless the fish in the barrel and condemn those who shoot them.

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RE: By mvhome, December 30 at 10:54 am #
...Chris Hedge’s articles give rise to latent (not so latent) anti-semitism…I am surprised that the Truthdig moderator squad allows such comments on the blog.

If censorship is what you want, many other political blogs accommodate. Go to Huffington Post or World Have Your Say, where they don’t even pretend not to censor.

As for “anti-semitism,” it’s worn out victimization, and a near-total oxymoron when applied to Jewish/Muslim relations; in particular, because Palestinians are more Semite than Israelis.

Finally, the initial rocket attack appears to be a false-flag provocation — a time-honored Mossad tactic, launched in dramatic fashion when Parent gang, The Irgun, bombed the King David Hotel. Begin was proud of the operation. It’s celebrated to this day.

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By Jacques, December 30 at 11:18 am #
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Remember that Gaza has a border crossing with Eqypt.  Why are the Egyptians not allowing the necessary supplies (medical, fuel, gas, food, etc) into Gaza?  Why are not all their Arab “brothers” flodding Gaza with money and goods?

Could it be that they do not support Hamas?  That they wish the organisation be destroyed?

If the Arab “brothers” do not support them, should we?
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Hosni Mubarak and all the political power in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and all the Gulf States are not the brothers of the Palestinians; they are in fact worse enemies than the Israelis themselves. They are all in bed with Zionist Israel and the the Israeli-occupied U.S. (Occupation of the the U.S. by Israel is used her figuratively, and I hope you’re intelligent enough to understand this figure of speech!)
The true Palestinians don’t need or expect the U.S. to support them, since they consider them part of the enemy camp!

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By mill, December 30, 2008 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

Fadel Abdallah and others want to put this on Obama, who still controls no army, no government.  The US president is Bush.  Pick on him

What Muslim would disagree with Obama’s statement about wanting to protect his daughters?  Virtually every father on the planet - Muslim or Jew, Christian or atheist or ....  we would ALL agree we’d try to stop missiles from raining down on our homes, our daughters. 

Obama has also spoken out against the plight suffered by the Muslims in the area.  Remember that?

This is not a test of Obama - it is a test of the Jews and Muslims in the area - a test they keep taking and failing, regardless of who is US president.  They’re the ones who are failing yet again.

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

December 30, 2008

America’s Crimes “Never Happened”

May We No Longer Be Silent

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

“The title of my article comes from the sermon of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington DC, John Bryson Chane, delivered on October 5, 2008, at St. Columba Church.  The bishop’s eyes were opened to Israel’s persecution of Palestinians by his recent trip to Palestine.  In his sermon he called on “politicians seeking the highest office in [our] land” to find the courage to “speak out and condemn violations of human rights and religious freedom denied to Palestinian Christians and Muslims” by the state of Israel.

Bishop Chane’s courage was to no avail.  When America’s new leader of “change” was informed of Israel’s massive air attack on the Gaza Ghetto, an area of 139 square miles where Israel confines 1.4 million Arabs and tightly controls the inflow of all resources—food, medicine, water, energy—America’s president-elect Obama had “no comment.”

According to the Jerusalem Post ( December 26), “at 11:30 a.m., more than 50 fighter jets and attack helicopters swept into Gazan airspace and dropped more than 100 bombs on 50 targets. . . . Thirty minutes later, a second wave of 60 jets and helicopters struck at 60 targets . . . More than 170 targets were hit by IAF aircraft throughout the day. At least 230 Gazans were killed and over 780 were wounded . . .”

As I write, news reports are that Israel is sending tanks and infantry reinforcements in preparation for a ground invasion of Gaza.

Israel’s excuse for its violence is that from time to time the Palestinian resistance organization, Hamas, fires off rockets into Israel to protest the ghetto life that Israel imposes on Gazans.  The rockets are ineffectual for the most part and seldom claim Israeli casualties.  However, the real purpose for the Israeli attack is to destroy Hamas.

In 2006 the US insisted that the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank hold free elections.  When free elections were held, Hamas won.  This was unacceptable to the Americans and Israelis.  In the West Bank, the Americans and Israelis imposed a puppet government, but Hamas held on in Gaza.  After unheeded warnings to the Gazans to rid themselves of Hamas and accept a puppet government, Israel has decided to destroy the freely elected government with violence. 

Ehud Barak, who is overseeing the latest act of Israeli aggression, said in interviews addressed to the British and American publics that asking Israel to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas would be like asking the US to agree to a ceasefire with al Qaeda.  The terrorism that Israel inflicts on Palestinians goes unremarked.

According to the London Times (December 28), “Britain and the United States were on a collision course with their European allies last night after refusing to call for an end to Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza. The wave of attacks marked a violent end to President George W. Bush’s sporadic Middle East peace efforts.  The White House put the blame squarely on Hamas.”  The British government also blamed Hamas. 

For the US and UK governments, Israel can do no wrong.  Israel doesn’t have to stop withholding food, medicine, water, and energy, but Hamas must stop protesting by firing off rockets.  In violation of international law, Israel can drive West Bank Palestinians off their lands and out of their villages and give the stolen properties to “settlers.”  Israel can delay Palestinians in need of emergency medical care at checkpoints until their lives ebb away.  Israeli snipers can get their jollies murdering Palestinian children.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts12302008.html

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By KDelphi, December 30, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

This is the result:

“Is it any wonder that 71 percent of children interviewed at a school in Gaza recently said they wanted to be a “martyr”? “

Today, former pres. candidate and former Rep , Cynthia McKinneys ship was blocked from bringing in medical aid. How long are we going to let Israel dictate our foreign policy?

” A war? Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps and slums, to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command and control, no army, and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is murder”

Where does this sound like? What “war on __” does this sound like?

“After being denied entry I was put in a holding room with about 20 others experiencing entry problems,” he said. “At this point I was treated not as a U.N. representative, but as some sort of security threat, subjected to an inch-by-inch body search, and the most meticulous luggage inspection I have ever witnessed. I was separated from my two U.N. companions, who were allowed to enter Israel. At this point I was taken to the airport detention facility a mile or so away, required to put all my bags and cell phone in a room, taken to a locked, tiny room that had five other detainees, smelled of urine and filth, and was an unwelcome invitation to claustrophobia. I spent the next 15 hours so confined, which amounted to a cram course on the miseries of prison life, including dirty sheets, inedible food, and either lights that were too bright or darkness controlled from the guard office.” “

What Homeland Security policy does this sound like?

beerdr.—good point. We give more “military aid” (much of it illegal) to Israel, than any other country. We are slated to spend $34 billion, through 2010.

Jacques—What other countries do , should be of no consequence. What Hamas does, should be of little consequence—-the issue RIGHT NOW, is, how to save more Palestinian lives. If we wait for a “lasting ceasefire”—it will never happen!

“I am surprised that the Truthdig moderator squad allows such comments on the blog”

mvhome—I think that the US, the UN (Falk) have had quite enough cewnsorship lately, thanks…

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30 at 10:45 am #

Between rounds of golf out in Hawaii, Obama commented that if rockets from Hamas were threatening his daughters, he would and should have every right to defend them.
That totally tears it. When it comes to the middle east, Obama may turn out to be actually worse than George W. Bush. In the case of this matter, he has revealed himself to be a complete, duplicitous, moral coward.
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Actually, thebeerdoctor, yesterday I heard on TV the Israeli Minister of War, the midget Ehud Barack, exactly repeating the same words of Barack Obama to justify the Israel massacre. (Notice that they even share a common name not to mention a common ideology!)

It’s all coming to full light sooner than expected. I don’t know if you remember the self-declared Zionist Biden saying after this team won the elections, “Obama will soon be tested.” This is the one I heard him saying earlier, “We are all Zionists!” So as a Zionist, he is an insider, and he knew what he was talking about when he said, “Obama will soon be tested!”

So this massacre operation by Israel is the “Obama test,” in foreign policy, and sadly, he has no choice but to pass the Zionist test by being a worse pro-Zionist than his evil predecessor!

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm Link to this comment

The reason Egypt is not assisting the Palestinians is because the government of Egypt under Hosni Mubarak, since October 14, 1981, has acted under Emergency Law and has fought against any Muslim group it perceives as a threat. Also, the $28 billion in aide that Mubarak’s government has received from the United States, provides strong incentive to disallow the notion of an pan-Arab state movement.
Under Emergency Law, Mubarak is legally able to imprison individuals for as long as they deem fit. Under such a brutal regime, where riots over food have taken place, it is not surprising that it has became a recruitment talking point for militant Islamist groups.

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By mill, December 30, 2008 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

Ed H: but we can’t just dismiss it even-handedly like that, because we as Americans are totally tied to one side in this conflict.

true enough.  The White House has focused on Hamas sins in this latest round of violence.  As if the occupation is irrelevant. 

I speculate that the US government (read Cheney)  is quietly encouraging the Gaza assault, as though it’ll box the next US administration into being more belligerent

this patch of violence is making things worse for the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Why does there seem to be such a disconnect in Bush Admin thinking - we’re liberators in Iraq by their view, but we can stand idly by while muslims get hammered in Gaza ... and that’s not supposed to affect Iraqi views of us?

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

The whole business about anti-Jewish sentiment is partially brought about by the fact the creation of the state of Israel is based upon a religious notion that “God’s chosen people” are entitled to this land.
Of course the modern state of Israel is religious only in their leadership choose to use their historic troubles as an alibi and cudgel to excuse many deplorable acts of ethnic racism committed in the name of state security.
But behind it all is the glaring fact that Israel is the world’s fourth largest supplier of weapons, which are exported to the tune of $billions in profit, yet at the same time, the United States, with its special cozy relationship, continues to give billions of dollars to the belligerent power, under the myth that Israel is providing security for the United States. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It is sad to see religious issues used as a covering, to prevent so many from seeing, that what this is all about are the actions of unprincipled leaders, who for the sake of money and an abstract idea of power, are willing to destroy the lives of their fellow human beings, and cynically announce its all in their best interests.

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By Jacques, December 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Remember that Gaza has a border crossing with Eqypt.  Why are the Egyptians not allowing the necessary supplies (medical, fuel, gas, food, etc) into Gaza?  Why are not all their Arab “brothers” flodding Gaza with money and goods?

Could it be that they do not support Hamas?  That they wish the organisation be destroyed? 

If the Arab “brothers” do not support them, should we?

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By Ed Harges, December 30, 2008 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

re: By mill, December 30 at 11:08 am:

Yeah, mill, but we can’t just dismiss it even-handedly like that, because we as Americans are totally tied to one side in this conflict.

We need to disassociate ourselves from this Israeli pariah. But we can’t, because Israel’s devotees have a chokehold on our government and media.

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By mill, December 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

Each muslim, each jew should look at his own daughter - and say,  “I will kill my enemy today, so that they will come kill you tomorrow.” 

Isn’t that what this cycle of violence boils down to?

How insane is that?

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By Ed Harges, December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

People, there was a ceasefire that recently ended.

What did Israel do during that “ceasefire”? Why, they spent the whole time trying to kill the people of Gaza with a brutal blockade of food and medicine.

So the ceasefire reached its scheduled end, and Hamas resumed firing its piddling rockets at Israel, because obviously the ceasefire wasn’t working - Israel simply went on with its collective wholesale slow-motion murder of the Palestinians.

And now we’re supposed to be shocked that Hamas started firing its lousy rockets again? Doing nothing in the face of Israeli aggression WAS NOT WORKING.

What? The Gazans should have used smart bombs, precisely aiming at only military targets. Well, gee - they don’t have any.

So, lacking fancy weapons, they should do nothing?

Would you simply do nothing if Israel was doing this to you?

The American people are enslaved to Israel, and we must watch helplessly as our Israeli-owned government stamps “approved and supported by the USA” all over the smelly hide of the repulsive monster that is the Jewish state.

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By mvhome, December 30, 2008 at 11:54 am Link to this comment

I find it interesting… in much the same way that Sarah Palin brought forth the vitriol that is systemic in segments of the USA Chris Hedge’s articles give rise to latent (not so latent) anti-semitism.
I am willing to listen to a reasoned point of view regarding the current horror in Gaza, Sderot, Ashdod, etc. But when Israel’s behavior is likened to that of Nazis or how one now understands Hitler’s position re: the removal of all Jews from the planet… I find the ethical values of the writers in each case to be questionable.
I am surprised that the Truthdig moderator squad allows such comments on the blog.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2008 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

Between rounds of golf out in Hawaii, Obama commented that if rockets from Hamas were threatening his daughters, he would and should have every right to defend them.
That totally tears it. When it comes to the middle east, Obama may turn out to be actually worse than George W. Bush. In the case of this matter, he has revealed himself to be a complete, duplicitous, moral coward.
Yes, there is only one president at a time. But how does that prevent him from speaking out as simply a human being?

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By Ctos, December 30, 2008 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Howard.,

Give up with your BS, nobody is buying it. Israel violated the cease fire first, Hamas responded.

How many Israelis died between September 2008 and December 2008? How many Palestinians? Find out the numbers and you will start to understand how the cease fire was violated.

400 dead Palestinians, 5 dead Israelis yet Israel wants peace?

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By Howard, December 30, 2008 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

If no instigation by Hamas there would be no response from Israel.

Press does not report the incessant rocket fire Hamas fires at Israel every day for the last 6 months.

Hamas is to blame for finally provoking Israel to defend itself.  Shame on the Hamas group. They rule Gaza with an iron-fist.  They could stop the bombardment in a moment. Shame on Hamas. They are worst leaders ever.

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By eileen fleming, December 30, 2008 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

On November 18, 2008, I and forty seven international ecumenical liberation theology Christians and other people of faith rolled out of bed before 5 AM to travel from Jerusalem to the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip.

We went to stand up as a united people of conscience in NONVIOLENT Solidarity with the people of Gaza and in support of all the NGO’s that have been denied access into the Gaza Strip for over two weeks.

We went in love and for love of all of God’s children;

Be they the oppressed or the oppressors,

Those imprisoned by walls and those who erect them,

Those who are denied clean water and their deniers,

Those whose fears rule their hearts and the heartbroken,

Those whose ideology, greed, apathy, and power blind them to their culpability, responsibilities and obligations.

We went with hope to arouse the consciences of the leaders of the world to seek peace through justice; equal human rights for all.

Some media turned out for the NGO meeting we attended in the parking lot at Erez Crossing-NOT USA media needless to say,


The word on the street in Jerusalem by the time we returned was that the Israeli OCCUPYING Forces tanks had already rolled back into Gaza shortly after we departed-and they had just kidnapped 3 internationals and 15 fishermen:

http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1119&Itemid=213

Israel and the USA both signed the Geneva Convention. That makes them BOTH legally, morally and ethically RESPONSIBLE for the 1.5 million open air prisoners of Gaza; 60% are children under the age of 18 years old.

States and Nations have Obligations.

Human Beings have RIGHTS:

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people…

the rest:

http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=107&Itemid=1

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

The true story behind this war is not the one Israel is telling

12.29.08 | The Independent
By Johann Hari

“The world isn’t just watching the Israeli government commit a crime in Gaza; we are watching it self-harm. This morning, and tomorrow morning, and every morning until this punishment beating ends, the young people of the Gaza Strip are going to be more filled with hate, and more determined to fight back, with stones or suicide vests or rockets. Israeli leaders have convinced themselves that the harder you beat the Palestinians, the softer they will become.

To understand how frightening it is to be a Gazan this morning, you need to have stood in that small slab of concrete by the Mediterranean and smelled the claustrophobia. The Gaza Strip is smaller than the Isle of Wight but it is crammed with 1.5 million people who can never leave. They live out their lives on top of each other, jobless and hungry, in vast, sagging tower blocks. From the top floor, you can often see the borders of their world: the Mediterranean, and Israeli barbed wire. When bombs begin to fall – as they are doing now with more deadly force than at any time since 1967 – there is nowhere to hide.

There will now be a war over the story of this war. The Israeli government says, “We withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and in return we got Hamas and Qassam rockets being rained on our cities. Sixteen civilians have been murdered. How many more are we supposed to sacrifice?” It is a plausible narrative, and there are shards of truth in it, but it is also filled with holes. If we want to understand the reality and really stop the rockets, we need to rewind a few years and view the run-up to this war dispassionately.

The Israeli government did indeed withdraw from the Gaza Strip in 2005 – in order to be able to intensify control of the West Bank. Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser, Dov Weisglass, was unequivocal about this, explaining: “The disengagement [from Gaza] is actually formaldehyde. It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians… this whole package that is called the Palestinian state has been removed from our agenda indefinitely.”

Ordinary Palestinians were horrified by this, and by the fetid corruption of their own Fatah leaders, so they voted for Hamas. It certainly wouldn’t have been my choice – an Islamist party is antithetical to all my convictions - but we have to be honest. It was a free and democratic election, and it was not a rejection of a two-state solution. The most detailed polling of Palestinians, by the University of Maryland, found that 72 per cent want a two-state solution on the 1967 borders, while fewer than 20 per cent want to reclaim the whole of historic Palestine. So, partly in response to this pressure, Hamas offered Israel a long, long ceasefire and a de facto acceptance of two states, if only Israel would return to its legal borders.

Rather than seize this opportunity and test Hamas’s sincerity, the Israeli government reacted by punishing the entire civilian population. It announced that it was blockading the Gaza Strip in order to “pressure” its people to reverse the democratic process. The Israelis surrounded the Strip and refused to let anyone or anything out. They let in a small trickle of food, fuel and medicine – but not enough for survival. Weisglass quipped that the Gazans were being “put on a diet”. According to Oxfam, only 137 trucks of food were allowed into Gaza last month to feed 1.5 million people. The United Nations says poverty has reached an “unprecedented level.” When I was last in besieged Gaza, I saw hospitals turning away the sick because their machinery and medicine was running out. I met hungry children stumbling around the streets, scavenging for food.”

http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2295

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 30, 2008 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

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Israel: Damned if They Do, Dead if They Don’t!

Fadel Abdallah,
Your hatred of all things Jewish is making you extremely ill.

Try to look past your hatred.
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You might be entertained, erring Lanna, that my first love when I was a college student in Alexandria-Egypt was to a beautiful noble Jewish girl and that love was destroyed by the Israeli occupation of my homeland!

I only hate ugly women, with dark souls like you, whether Arab, Muslim, Jew, Christian, American, etc.!

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By Malcolm Martin, December 30, 2008 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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Both anti-Semitism and Zionism are the bitter fruits of capitalism. The imperatives of that economic system forced the Jewish people to endure the pogroms and the Holocaust. Meanwhile Zionists, fueled by the same economic forces, have since executed their own crimes against humanity. 62-years-ago, an unconscionable attack on the King David Hotel killed Britons, Arabs and Jews. Later would come Sabra and Shatila and now the Zionists are engaged in a genocidal assault on the Gaza Strip, a veritable concentration camp for 1.5 million Palestinians.

Capitalism created the idea of Zionism in its relentless drive to divide and more fully exploit the working people of the world. For the historic moment of capitalism’s rise to planetary dominance Zionism has effectively built a figurative and literal wall between Jewish workers and their non-Jewish brothers and sisters. In the US it has made a distant memory of Jewish leadership of immigrant workers of every stripe in pitched battles on the streets of New York to form and build the garment and furriers unions. It has squashed the great Civil Rights Era coalition consecrated by the blood of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. It has made unity with anyone but the US ruling class all but impossible. Zionism has performed as designed and isolated Jewish workers around the world in a “new Warsaw ghetto” called Israel.

The state that Zionism created has begun sensing its mortality and is thrashing around accordingly. The recent ravings of Israeli intellectual Benny Morris published by the New York Times can now be added to mounting evidence that the guardians of the state are in the grip of panic. The recent exchange of fighters recalls the 2006 attacks on Lebanon and Gaza and the resultant killing of civilians and destruction of infrastructure, the kidnapping of Hamas legislators, the targeting of a U.N. observer post, and the outrage on Qana. Each a desperate act farther outside the bounds of common sense than the one before.

During the fighting with Hizbollah, completely out of the blue on repeated occasions and in leaflets dropped on the Lebanese, Israeli leaders felt compelled to mention their power to erase Lebanon from the planet. A strong and confident force does not act so. The Israelis are blustering past the graveyard and their bully’s trepidation is now growing as the end nears.

Under normal circumstances the impending death of a form of racism like Zionism and the establishment of a secular state on the territory Israel now occupies where Palestinian Arabs of various religious persuasions and Jews could peacefully co-exist as equals would be cause for human celebration. Unfortunately, the panic that clearly grips Israel means they will likely join in U.S. attacks on Damascus and Tehran and resort to the use of their nuclear arsenal when all else fails. And that, on a larger scale, is the dilemma that the whole world faces as the capitalist system spearheaded by the United States begins experiencing it’s last gasps.

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By Thomas Mc, December 30, 2008 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

Israel has become even more vile than Nazi Germany.
They are an even greater threat to the future of the entire world.

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By Myronh, December 30, 2008 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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As I read the responses/comments to Chris Hedge’s Report, I wonder just how many people have actual experience working with the Israelis in Israel. I have not been there for about 10-years, but I certainly have a vivid memory of my experiences working with the Industrial and Electric Utility Leaders. My job was to expedite a job that would be a benefit for both parties and their country. They preferred to argue rather than solve a problem. I found those Managers to be cut-throat in their dealings with each other. My two trips covering several weeks was the most disgusting experience I have ever witnessed in my life of 73-years; Arab workers were treated like dirt. The longer I was there, the more I began to understand how Hitler could have created the Holocaust. I also understand why the Palestinians fight back against the strangle-hold Israel has on Gaza and the Palestinians that live there.

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By blog dog, December 30, 2008 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Posted by ROBERT DREYFUSS on 12/30/2008 @ 10:04am at The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/blogs/dreyfuss/392461/israel_revives_hamas?rel=hp_blogs_box

Yesterday, on NPR, I heard the official Hamas spokesman say—without a shred of credibility or evidence—that the rocket barrage since December 19 was unleashed by Israeli provocateurs in Gaza, seeking to provide Israel with an excuse for its all-out bombing campaign. Comments like that can only make Hamas look like pathetic, conspiracy-mongering fantasists.

Sounds credible to me, especially since Israel funded the founding of Hamas:

Israel “aided Hamas directly—the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),” said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” said a former senior CIA official.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10456.htm

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By Howard, December 30, 2008 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

Its Hamas who is at fault. Incessant bombing of Israel has resulted in a response from Israel. Just what Hamas wanted. Hamas is responsible for any inadvertant casualties of civlians; as Israel aims and mainly gets at the rocket launchers, rocket sites, and rocket factories.

Israel has tried to talk with Hamas, but Hamas will not and has not responded.  Hamas refused to continue the truce. Hamas rules Gaza with an iron-fist and could stop the bombardment in an instance.

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Israel: Damned if They Do, Dead if They Don’t!

Fadel Abdallah,
Your hatred of all things Jewish is making you extremely ill.

Try to look past your hatred.
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And your hatred for everything Arabic or Muslim is making you happy and celebrate the sight of blood and destruction!

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

BENJAMIN FREEDMAN SPEAKS: A JEWISH DEFECTOR WARNS AMERICA


“Mr. Freedman knew what he was talking about because he had been an insider at the highest levels of Jewish organizations and Jewish machinations to gain power over our nation. Mr. Freedman was personally acquainted with Bernard Baruch, Samuel Untermyer, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, and many more movers and shakers of our times.

This speech was given before a patriotic audience in 1961 at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., on behalf of Conde McGinley’s patriotic newspaper of that time, Common Sense. Though in some minor ways this wide-ranging and extemporaneous speech has become dated, Mr. Freedman’s essential message to us—his warning to the West—is more urgent than ever before.—K.A.S.”

Benjamin Freedman Speaks:

“Here in the United States, the Zionists and their co-religionists have complete control of our government. For many reasons, too many and too complex to go into here at this time, the Zionists and their co-religionists rule these United States as though they were the absolute monarchs of this country. Now you may say that is a very broad statement, but let me show you what happened while we were all asleep.”


http://fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/history/zionism/news.php?q=1228947965

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By Max Shields, December 30, 2008 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

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“It is obvious to all that the Israeli response to indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire directed at its civilian population is way out of proportion. Instead, they should have been responding all along, proportionately, by indiscriminately firing rocket and mortar rounds at the civilian population of Gaza, in a tit-for-tat fashion. Right?… or am I missing something?”

You are missing a couple of things: a brain and a conscience.

Are you totally clueless as to the situation in Gaza? or are just a rabid zionist? or both.

Wait, let’s have these 1/2 megaton bombs hit your neighborhood and the children out playing…maybe then you’ll get it. Then again…

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By Robert, December 30, 2008 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

CALL TO ACTION: SHIP ON MERCY MISSION TO GAZA UNDER ATTACK BY ISRAELI NAVYBOATS

December 30, 2008 at 6:45 am

“The Dignity, a Free Gaza boat on a mission of mercy to besieged Gaza, is
being attacked by the Israeli Navy in international waters. The Dignity
has been surrounded by at least half-a-dozen Israeli warships. They are
firing live ammunition around the Dignity, and one of the warships has
rammed the civilian craft causing an unknown amount of damage. Contrary to
international maritime law, the Israelis are actively preventing the
Dignity from approaching Gaza or finding safe haven in either Egypt or
Lebanon. Instead, the Israeli navy is demanding that the Dignity return to
Cyprus - despite the fact that the ship does not carry enough fuel to do
so. Fortunately, no one aboard the ship has yet been seriously injured.

There are 15 civilian passengers representing 11 different countries (see
below for a complete list). At approximately 5am (UST), well out in
international waters, Israeli warships began surrounding the Dignity,
threatening the ship. At 6:45am (UST) we were able to establish brief
contact with the crew and were told that the ship had been rammed by the
Israeli Navy in international waters, and that the Israelis were
preventing the ship from finding safe harbor. We heard heavy gunfire in
the background before all contact was lost with the Dignity.

It is urgent that you TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

CALL the Israeli Government and demand that it immediately STOP attacking
the Dignity and endangering the lives of its passengers!”

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
+972 2670 5354 or +972 5062 3264
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
+972 33697 5339 or +972 50629 8148
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/call-to-action-ship-on-mercy-mission-to-gaza-under-attack-by-israeli-navyboats/

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By nrobi, December 30, 2008 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

This “war to the bitter end,”  as Tzvini Lipni one of the current crop of Israelis running for Prime Minister
put it, is quite analogous to the war that Spain started with the Inca’s and Mayas’. 
Using the latest technology, including weapons with depleted uranium, F-16’s, laser guided missles with the current crop of 1-2 ton bunker busting bombs on a school girls dormitory, killing innocent men, women and children, this is like throwing stones and spears at an armored tank.
How the world, especially Barack Obama, and the transition team, could withhold any kind of statement
that condemns the Israeli Government for their acts of “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity,” is ridiculous.
Our government needs to stand up now, not the elected
officials, but we the people, and say with one loud voice, that we will not fund the terrorists and war criminals of the Israeli Government any longer.
One need only look to the history books, to learn that the Haganah, an Israeli terrorist group, which maimed, tortured, displaced and killed the Palestinians, to know that the Palestinian cause to retain their homeland was just.
Now, the Israeli’s mean to wipe the Palestinian people off the face of the earth. Tzipi Livni, the Israeli Foreign Minister, running for the post of Prime Minister, has stated that they will fight to the bitter end, whose bitter end? The Israelis’? Certainly not. The American government has made certain that the Israeli government cannot lose this war of attrition and devastation.
Our government is as complicit, in this war crime, if not more so because the government of the U S has supplied a known terrorist and rogue state with the weapons to commit genocide against the Palestinian people.
We must stand up and be counted, we cannot any longer
stand idly by and watch the genocide that the Israeli
government is committing. For if we do, we too, will pay the price in the long run. For this, is an abomination before the world and cannot long be held up as legitimate and worthy of the US as a policy.
We must act now before it is too late!

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2008 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

re: prole (and everyone else), another quote:

“Isn’t it convenient that we only have one president at a time, when it suits Barack Obama to stay silent on something that is inflaming the whole world. Apparently, we don’t have one president at a time when it comes to the economy or Iraq or Afghanistan or other issues. But on this, Barack Obama is content to remain silent and, in fact, to give through the statements of David Axelrod, his more or less support for what Israel is doing, which fits with the policies that he has enunciated consistently of supporting Israel’s attacks on Gaza, supporting the blockade of Gaza, supporting the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.”
ALI ABUNIMAH
http://electronicintifada.net/

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By colin2626262, December 30, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Senator Durbin,

I’m writing out of a sense of desperation.  The Israeli attacks on the Gaza strip are war crimes.  Children are being killed.  This is not self-defense.  It’s a massacre.  Please do something, or at least say something.  Of course, the rockets fired by Palestinian militants are also crimes, since they also target civilians.  But the response from Israel is entirely out of proportion.  There’s now talk of a ground invasion, which will cost many more lives.  The United States could face terrible retribution in the form of terrorism on our own soil if these attacks by Israel are not condemned.  The Arab and Muslim world is seething with rage after seeing images of, for example, five sisters, the youngest aged four, killed in an airstrike.  Terrorists could use this as justification, saying the United States gave tacit approval to the bombing of Gaza.  Please do everything you can and call for a cessation of violence on the Israeli side. The U.S. has considerable leverage over Israel, and an end to the violence, the overwhelming violence, of the Israeli military is needed right now.  In the name of God, please do not stay silent.

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By unferth, December 30, 2008 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Few times in my life have I felt such shame at being a citizen of a country that encourages the psychopathic behavior of Israel; shame that the trust in creating Israel initially was so misguided; shame that my fellow countrymen fall to their knees worshipping the self-serving creation they call “god” who justifies such rapacious behavior. How does one ever fell clean again?

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By Verne Arnold, December 30, 2008 at 7:35 am Link to this comment

Jaysus, that picture is very disturbing, in fact disgusting! Why do we have to look at such horrible visuals? Chris, what the hell are you trying to do to us; making us see these things. You know we don’t like seeing the reality of our government’s policies. How dare you! You’re just trying to evoke a bullshit emotional response; god what a cheap shot! I need a drink, thank you!

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By warren schaich, December 30, 2008 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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I have grown up with the belief that as a people we fought the good war against fascism, the rule of violence. Since Israel has become the Nazi Germany of the middle east, how do we now resist this rebirth of fascism, one in which the US finances with our tax dollars.


No one has yet suggested that resistance to fascism should include volunteers on the ground to join in the struggle against massive civilian bombings,for do so would bring down the wrath of fascist policy. We need people of great courage now more than ever.

Warren Schaich,senior citizen

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By cosmo9, December 30, 2008 at 7:19 am Link to this comment

There is genuine comparison to be made between Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto where in both places an occupied people have been herded together, imprisoned, starved and constantly attacked.
This is a war crime and I am ashamed of the response of my own government (British), it seems that our politicians are us much in the grip of the Israel lobby as those in the US.

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By dihey, December 30, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Regrettably Mr. Hedges uses the expression “rockets fired by Hamas”. Hamas is an organization. It is not the Government of Gaza. The so-called “rockets fired by Hamas” are fired by the Government of Gaza or, alternatively, by the Gazans.

It is amazing how many people fall into the trap that this war is between Israel (a country) and Hamas (an organization). Have you ever considered writing that Likud or some other Israeli party is bombing Gaza? If you have not you are the greatest sucker on Earth Mr. Hedges, the greatest sucker of all times.

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By Trigger finger, December 30, 2008 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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You must remember this: Bush is a moron!

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By kloe, December 30, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

Truthdiggers,

I urge everyone to e-mail their congressman/woman immediately.  Posting on this site is great and we should all continue to do so, but let’s at least try to hold these politicians accountable and then perhaps post your letter to congress on this site.  Here is the e-mail I just sent to Jan Schakowsky:

Congresswoman Schakowsky,

As you are probably aware there is an immediate and tragic event unfolding in the Gaza strip right now.  I do not wish to be caught up in the political machinations about who is right and who is wrong and whether I support either side.  However, even the The U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk has stated that “what Israel is doing to the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza [is] “a crime against humanity.”  He also stated that what Israel is doing is “a flagrant and massive violation of international humanitarian law as laid down in Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

As I previously stated, I do not portend to take sides in this long conflict, but I do know that any reasonable person could objectively look at the current situation and see immediately that the amount of firepower being used by the Israelis is overwhelming and is killing hundreds of innocent people who are amassed in a very small geography.  This goes well beyond targeting any terrorists or militants.  This is an atrocity and pressure should be immediately put upon the Israeli government to cease this “war”.  This is clearly immoral and the United States should have no part in either actively or passively supporting the Israeli government and military administration and policies in this matter.  I urge you to bring this matter to the attention of your colleagues in the House and Senate and do something - anything immediately to stop these attacks.  Thank You.

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By Lanna, December 30, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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Ed Harges,

Israel: Damned if They Do, Dead if They Don’t!

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By Ed Harges, December 30, 2008 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

The US press pretends that Hamas’s piddling rocket fire is unprovoked. No mention of the endless, absolutely inhuman Israeli deliberate blockade of food and medicine to the residents of gaza. Israel is utterly vile. The minority of Israelis who are decent are not enough to alter the basic character of their state, which is one of pure malevolence and cruelty. The US has no objective interest in supporting Israel and should cease at once.

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By DuckPhup, December 30, 2008 at 6:34 am Link to this comment

It is obvious to all that the Israeli response to indiscriminate rocket and mortar fire directed at its civilian population is way out of proportion. Instead, they should have been responding all along, proportionately, by indiscriminately firing rocket and mortar rounds at the civilian population of Gaza, in a tit-for-tat fashion. Right?... or am I missing something?

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By irfan, December 30, 2008 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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What about a hundred eyes for an eye?
Israel’s air strikes"have killed at least 270 people so far, injured more than 1,000, many of them seriously, and many remain buried under the rubble so the death toll will likely rise,” Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies pointed out on Sunday, two days into Israel’s attack while only one in israel got killed by philistine rocket attack.
the White House signaled its further backing of the Israeli attacks. As much of the world has called for both sides to cease attacks Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reiterated the US position that the Hamas is solely responsible for the violence.
U.S. government provides Israel with billions of dollars and invaluable “diplomatic” support
What’s going on in Gaza right now is not just an eye for an eye. It’s a hundred eyes for an eye. And the current slaughter is not only an ongoing Israeli war crime. It has an accomplice named Uncle Sam.

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By thebeerdoctor, December 30, 2008 at 5:30 am Link to this comment

“...Israel is trying to produce and promote the fiction that it is engaged in a war with a so-called enemy entity. What Israel is doing is massacring a captive population.”
“...Nancy Pelosi, our so-called progressive, liberal, anti-war speaker of the House, gave her full support to these crimes. Obama has done the same through a spokesman, And that will not change.”
ALI ABUNIMAH

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By Purple Girl, December 30, 2008 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

And it would be nothing but a scratch of dirt.

Let Us Pray!

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By Lanna, December 30, 2008 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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Israel: Damned if They Do, Dead if They Don’t!

Fadel Abdallah,
Your hatred of all things Jewish is making you extremely ill.

Try to look past your hatred.

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