Netanyahu: 'Take Off the Gloves' and 'Go All the Way' -- Israel attacks Gaza

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laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Will the Netanyahu cheerleaders label this man anti-semitic:

[url=http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/returns-israel-bombing.html]Dutch Lawyer who saved Jewish Boy in WWII returns Medal to Israel over Bombing of his Family in Gaza[/url]

 

kropotkin1951

josh wrote:

I don't see Hollywood going back to the 50s.

So what has that got to do with the current situation?  Did anyone say the blacklisting will be the worst in history or it will be universal. Is the test of whether an action is right or wrong only whether it is effective? Is it okay to try nasty undemocratic things as long as they aren't really effective? Why do you support the suppression of reasoned debate by minimizing the actions of those trying to enforce a blacklist?

NDPP

A Canadian Fixer:  Israeli and Pro-Israel UN Committees To Investigate Gaza War Crimes  -  by Roi Tov

http://www.4thmedia.org/2014/08/israeli-and-pro-israel-un-committees-to-...

"State Comptroller Shapira announced on August 13, that he will investigate war crimes in Gaza, joining an earlier decision of the UN to conduct a similar enquiry. The head of the UN Committee is on the editorial board of the Israel Law Review.

On August 11, the UN announced that the abovementioned commission will be chaired by William Schabas, a Canadian law professor, proud recipient of the Order of Canada, the country's highest honor for merit.

In comparison with Canada, the USA is an anti-Israel country. Canada is even the unlikely recipient of a 'resident military attache' from Israel, in what was probably a worldwide precedent.

[Brig-Gen Eden Attias is also former CO of IAFB Nevatim and was directly involved in both 'Cast Lead' and the Mavi Marmara massacre - but who cares in Canada, right? ]

International media make a scandal of Mr Schabas' public statements against PM Netanyahu. That was an excellent public relations strategy which can be safely defined as propaganda.

Unless the UN adds a Hamas member to the committee, it is biased towards Israel, the undisputed aggressor in this case."

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Something positive from Tel Aviv:

 

[url=http://creekside1.blogspot.ca/2014/08/10000-israelis-demonstrate-for-pea... Israelis demonstrate for peace[/url]

 

[url=http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/largest-israeli-campaign.html]10,000 Protest in Tel Aviv[/url]

 

kropotkin1951

thx laine

There is a way to talk about the effect on civilians on both sides without going to complete equivalency when there is none.

 

Author David Grossman, speaking at the pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014 wrote:

"There is no military solution for the conflict between Israel and Hamas. There is no military solution that will end the suffering of Israelis in the south and the inhumane suffering of people in Gaza. People in Israel won’t be able to breathe freely either, until the stranglehold on Gaza is lifted."

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

Rid Israel of Likud and Palestine of Hamas.

Return the borders pre-1967,stop the building of any more settlements in and around Gaza and have a 2 nation state.

It doesn't sound very complicated to me.

NDPP

Israeli Genocide and Its Willing Accomplices  -  by James Petras

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_67264.shtml

"Outside of Israel and its organized supporters in the major Zionist organizations, world public opinion and most experts in international law see the Jewish State's invasion of Gaza and its systematic attacks on civilians and basic infrastructure as a crime against humanity.

The purpose of this essay is 4-fold:

1. To identify the nature of the crime - the genocidal character of the armed assault and the sequence leading up to it;

2. To identify the direct perpetrators of the war crimes and their domestic and international accomplices,

3. To explain the ties binding leaders, policymakers, propagandists, accomplices and followers, including their ideologies, material interests and organizational structure which makes these crimes not only possible, but most so far with impunity; and

4. To identify the larger imperial interests with which Israel allies with the US and in pursuit of which, the Gaza assault is a horrifying dress rehearsal..."

 

Israel's Red Target is Not Hamas  - It's Any Possibility of Palestinian Statehood  -  by Dan Glazebrook

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/15/israels-real-target-is-not-hamas/

"All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples-and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel's aim for the Palestinians is no different..."

 

Life and Loathing in Greater Israel - Author Max Blumenthal Interview (and vid)

http://youtu.be/uDOplv6psuE

"There is no hope for a change from within Israeli society..."

NDPP

Gaza Truce Fails: Israeli Airstrikes Kill 5yo Child, Hamas Barrages Tel Aviv (LIVE UPDATES)

http://rt.com/news/181480-gaza-israel-airstrikes-resume/

 

Canada's Callous Indifference To Human Suffering in Gaza  -  by Richard Dufour

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/18/gaca-a18.html

"In a display of sheer indifference to the fate of civilians bearing the brunt of Israel's military siege of Gaza, the Canadian government rejected last week a proposal to bring 100 badly wounded Gaza children to Canada for medical treatment..."

 

NDPP

Gaza Reminds Us of Zionism's Original Sin  -  by Mike Peled

http://electronicintifada.net/content/gaza-reminds-us-zionisms-original-...

"Ending the insufferable, brutal and racist regime that was created by Zionism in Palestine is the call of our time."

 

How Israel Undermines International Law Through 'Lawfare': Globalizing Gaza  -  by Jeff Halper

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39460.htm

"Just as Israel exports its occupation - its weaponry and tactics of suppression - to such willing customers as [Canada,] US and European militaries, security agencies and police forces, so, too, does it export its legal expertise in manipulating IHL and its effective PR/hasbara techniques.

Gaza itself represents little more than a testing ground for these varied instruments of suppression of Gaza. It is the globalization of Gaza that is a key Israeli export..."

NDPP

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses, Israel Fails in Fifth Attempt to Assassinate Mohammed Deif  -  by Richard Silverstein

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/08/19/gaza-ceasefire-collapses-wh...

"Israel grasped an opportunity to assassinate one of Hamas' top military leaders, Mohammed Deif, last night and instead murdered his pregnant wife adn daughter at the Al Dalov home...

Congratulations US citizens. This is your handiwork. And send further regards to Barack Obama and John Kerry who don't have the b**s to do what has to be done to reign in the psychopaths pursuing this annihilationist strategy against Gaza."

NDPP

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses, Israel Fails in Fifth Attempt to Assassinate Mohammed Deif  -  by Richard Silverstein

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/08/19/gaza-ceasefire-collapses-wh...

"Israel grasped an opportunity to assassinate one of Hamas' top military leaders, Mohammed Deif, last night and instead murdered his pregnant wife and daughter at the Al Dalov home...

Congratulations US citizens. This is your handiwork. And send further regards to Barack Obama and John Kerry who don't have the b***s to do what has to be done to reign in the psychopaths pursuing this annihilationist strategy against Gaza."

NDPP

CrossTalk: Gaza's Resistance (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/182052-gaza-blockade-war-crimes/

"Gaza's agony continues, and Israel apparently believes in some kind of military victory. Can Israel defeat Hamas? What about the illegal blockade of Gaza? And is Israel committing war crimes?

CrossTalking with Norman Finkelstein, Mouin Rabbani & Daniel Calic."

sherpa-finn

I have been otherwise engaged the past couple of weeks so not checking in on Babble regularly. So was surprised not to find any animated discussion about the following two stories out of Gaza this past week...

Hamas admits kidnapping 3 young Israeli men, setting off Gaza war. Killing of 3 boys in June provoked spiral of violence that led to war in Gaza

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hamas-admits-kidnapping-3-young-israeli-men-setting-off-gaza-war-1.2742649

and then:

Israel-Gaza conflict: Gunman execute 18 alleged informers -Hamas website warns that 'same punishment will be imposed on others'

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-gaza-conflict-gunman-execute-18-alleged-informers-1.2743700

Small wonder many of those who empathize with the people of Gaza feel so constrained in voicing their solidarity.

 

Unionist

sherpa-finn wrote:

 

Small wonder many of those who empathize with the people of Gaza feel so constrained in voicing their solidarity.

 

Yeah, Hamas being a bunch of nutbars really constrains me from criticizing Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Golan, and Jerusalem; Israeli mass murder of Gaza civilians; Israeli blockade of Gaza; Israeli illegal settlements running to hundreds of thousands of settlers; Israeli disdain for decades of U.N. resolutions about occupation and refugees' right of return; and Israeli laws discriminating against Arabs.

Yet - the worldwide condemnation of Israel's crimes is far broader, and becoming far more "mainstream", than it ever was since the ultimately "Zionism is Racism" resolution of the U.N. General Assembly decades ago. Propaganda and intimidation and bribery works - but ultimately, people gauge the world by their own life experience. And that life experience is telling them/us, in rather unequivocal terms, who are the colonizers and aggressors, and who are the victims.

It is not the desperate acts of the victims, denied any "legitimate" means of resistance, that will transform them into the enemy, nor will they wash clean the hands of the real enemy.

 

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

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NDPP

Increasingly and rather alarmingly this is becoming anything but a 'progressive' site...

sherpa-finn

NNDP wrote: Increasingly and rather alarmingly this is becoming anything but a 'progressive' site...

Absolutely.  Because mass extra-judicial killings have always been such a hallmark of "progressive" struggles.

Unionist wrote: It is not the desperate acts of the victims, denied any "legitimate" means of resistance, that will transform them into the enemy, nor will they wash clean the hands of the real enemy.

Fair enough. Its just not obvious in the dynamics of Palestinian politics - and the lived reality of the people of Gaza - that Hamas qualifies to be considered "victims".  The Palestinian people have repeatedly been let down by their political leaders be that for reasons of ineptitude, ideology or corruption ... and this time seems no different. The Palestinian people continue to wait for the emergence of their own Lenin, Castro or Mandela to emerge and transform the moment. Until then .... all is darkness.

PS And readers will kindly note that not a pro-Israel sentiment expressed anywhere. 

kropotkin1951

Boy Sherpa finn you sure are superior to those Palestians. I like it that you have absolutely no criticsim for the Israeli settlers.  Also I love how your history starts with an act of the Palestinians from a few months ago.

 

josh

sherpa-finn wrote:

I have been otherwise engaged the past couple of weeks so not checking in on Babble regularly. So was surprised not to find any animated discussion about the following two stories out of Gaza this past week...

Hamas admits kidnapping 3 young Israeli men, setting off Gaza war. Killing of 3 boys in June provoked spiral of violence that led to war in Gaza

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hamas-admits-kidnapping-3-young-israeli-men-setting-off-gaza-war-1.2742649

and then:

Israel-Gaza conflict: Gunman execute 18 alleged informers -Hamas website warns that 'same punishment will be imposed on others'

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-gaza-conflict-gunman-execute-18-alleged-informers-1.2743700

Small wonder many of those who empathize with the people of Gaza feel so constrained in voicing their solidarity.

 

You mean an "underground " group executing alleged informers? That must be the first time in the history of the world. And the supposed admission does not exclude that those who did were acting on their own.

sherpa-finn

Sorry, Krop but I feel no obligation to establish my progressive bona fides by lambasting Israeli settlements before posting a newsreport on the grievous shortcomings of Hamas.

The perspective I try to bring to the conversation on Babble's international threads has two fairly consistent elements to it, as you have likely noted.

1. All people have basic, inalienable human rights that need to be respected by all parties at all times. Some Babblers choose to dismiss this as a "humanitarian" lens - often characterizing it as sentimentality wrapped in mushy liberalism or manpulated by more nefarious neo-liberal forces. Personally, I do not take the term 'humanitarian' as an epithet - and can live with the associated political pokes, given the alternatives. 

2. An over-riding pre-occupation with the question "So what might you / we / I do about it?"  That's why I skip most of the to-and-fro of political argumentation on these pages as to who did what and why in Country X, because these conversations tend to be a rather lame combination of high school debating club and self-indulgent political theatre. My greater interest is - what  parctically can one try and do about it? ... as citizens or voters or workers or consumers or investors or activists.

And so to the purpose of my initial post on Hamas: IMHO, the short-comings of the Palestinian leadership consistently makes it hugely difficult for progressives in the west (and this is whom I am presumably addressing on these pages) to win broader political support for the legitimate cause of a free Palestinian state.  There issome suggestion that maybe the 2014 round of Israeli bombings, killings and destruction - with all the media coverage it has received - might actually be a historic tipping point (despite the best efforts of the Canadian Gov't and its allies). Could the Palestinian (PLO?) leadership actually seize this moment to their advantage ... one can always be hopeful but the track record is not very encouraging.

Unionist

sherpa-finn wrote:
"So what might you / we / I do about it?"  ... My greater interest is - what  parctically can one try and do about it? ... as citizens or voters or workers or consumers or investors or activists.

Great questions. I've hunted in vain for your answers. Whereas those you accuse of engaging in childish debates have been promoting answers here for many years, such as:

1. Lobby elected representatives, candidates, and parties at various levels to support U.N. resolutions re Palestine, to speak against aggression, to support Palestine's bid for statehood recognition at the U.N., etc. In December 2012, we succeeded collectively in getting the Québec Assemblée Nationale to unanimously adopt a resolution recognizing Palestinian right to self-determination and statehood, in response to Harper's dirty stand at the U.N. How are you making out with those sorts of practical actions?

2. Promote boycott, divestment, and sanctions in every organization where we are active. Trust me when I say it scares the shit out of Israel, because they remember what happened in South Africa. We're making gains in workers' unions, student unions, women's organizations, etc. I'd love to hear your progress in that area.

3. Demonstrations, vigils, petitions, letter-writing campaigns - and one close to my heart, mobilizing Holocaust survivors and their descendants to condemn the war in Gaza ([url=http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.612072]GREAT EXAMPLE[/url])... How are you making out?

Or, maybe you're hesitating to get involved, because you're still busy advising the Palestinians how they should fight for their freedom? Yeah, good luck with that "practical" action.

 

NDPP

Here's another: Tell Israel to pull their fucking 'Cast-Lead'/Mavi Marmara warcriminal Defense Attache Brig-Gen Eden Attias the hell out of Canada!

TRNN: The Dahiya Doctrine: Evidence of Israel's Intentional Mass Slaughter in Gaza (and vid)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31YI...

"Michael Ratner says a recent release by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows brutal depths of Israeli policy towards Gaza."

in case it wasn't obvious already...

 

NDPP

FORGET ATTIAS, looks like he's done his dirty work here and left town

 

Growth Of A Strategic Partnership

http://vanguardcanada.com/growth-of-a-strategic-partnership/

"At the end of July, BGen Eden Attias, Israel Ministry of Defence Attache to Canada, will pass the torch to a successor, marking the first time such an exchange has occurred.

His position is in part a reflection of a growing political and military relationship between Ottawa and Tel Aviv, strengthened in January by the signing of the Canada-Israel Strategic Partnership.

On defence and security, the memorandum of understanding aims to enhance collaborations by, among other things, maintaining military attaches in both countries.

'Israel has a big defence industry and it isn't just coming to sell,' Attias explained. 'We are trying to find a way to do more business on both sides.'

That includes not only finding opportunities for companies in both countries to work together, but also to facilitate joint sales to third countries. 'The more interesting thing is to compete in a third market, like your southern neighbor,' Attias said. 'Or to go to an area where Canada has a better reach than Israel, or vice versa.

There are areas of the world where Israel has a better reach and we can offer that for Canadians, but in order for that to work, we need Israeli companies here and to know their Canadian partner.'

'Israel has no interest in 'challenging' the relationships Canada shares with the Five Eyes community of the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. But it does see opportunities to 'find mutual development projects between the R&D organizations' and join forces on areas where both have challenges and interests such as military health...counterterrorism, counter-IED, unmanned systems and cyber -security.'

As he prepares to depart, much has changed: 'Id like to think I was able to establish, if not all of it, at least a good part of the structure and networking and understanding for both sides.'

Yes and without much interference or criticism either..

NDPP

Canada's Tax-Deductible Support For Israel's Crimes  -  by Yves Engler

http://electronicintifada.net/content/canadas-tax-deductible-support-isr...

"The Israeli army which caused this scene of destruction in Gaza includes more than 100 soldiers from Canada."

So who will be the first to lay the war crimes charges?

sherpa-finn

Unionist,  you cite a great set of actions and initiatives above, and if you have shared them earlier and I did not say as much at the time, I am happy to apologize. I think sharing examples of these sorts of engagement (and reflecting on their strengths and weaknesses) would make Babble conversations hugely more interesting and relevant.

That said, I am not sure why you chose to flavor your testimonial with a “Now show me yours - I betcha mine is bigger!” type of machismo. IMHO, good works stand (or fall) on their own merit - no need for comparisons. But so be it, I will do my best to reciprocate.

On a  professional level, I work for an agency that is deeply engaged in solidarity work with Palestinian organizations in both the West Bank and Gaza. (We also engage with select progressive groups in Israel on peace and occupation related issues.)  Part of my job is to actively support the fundraising for this work, and also the communications (and managing of risks) around that work in Canada. (For other countries of the world, I get more directly engaged with programs and partners, but the complexity and sensitivity of the politics around the Palestine program is such that it is managed outside our regular “chain of command”.)

Our policy work in Canada and globally is in support of a two-state solution, an end to settlements and the blockade. For this we are engaged in multiple alliances – and have been repeatedly called out by our current government and its media lapdogs (notably the Financial Post and Sun News). We receive a regular supply of  quite vitriolic mail as a result - even though we have not formally endorsed BDS. (Its complicated.) All the same, we await “The Call” from CRA that is currently being discussed in other Babble threads.

As I write, our current work in Palestine is focused upon humanitarian relief in response to the on-going conflict. In that regard, we have had modest success in securing funds from the Canadian public … and getting these resources through to Palestinian partners in Gaza. To this end, our allies in the trade union movement have been singularly generous in their support.  We are also actively engaged in an international coalition calling for an UN-imposed arms embargo against Israel and any armed Palestinian groups.

On a personal level, I am the first to admit that my direct engagement in Palestinian related issues has waned over the past decade as I have re-focused my ’discretionary’ time and energies on other issues. So it was good to reconnect with old friends and comrades at one of the recent Free Palestine rallies in Ottawa. My family stays connected and informed through direct links with Palestine provided and maintained by my brother who was working in Gaza some years back - supporting refugee education - before being forced to leave at the height of the 2008 war (referred to above by NDPP as "Operation Cast Lead").

So, no, Unionist, - I am not "hesitating to get involved". Nor am I "busy advising Palestinians".  I do what I can (or choose) personally and professionally. And in so doing, I have opinions on the Palestinian leadership, just as I have opinions on Israeli and Canadian leadership. As well as our local town council and school board.  Surprise! - Surprise! those opinions are not always positive, and I am very much inclined to share them. Deal with it. Pax.

Unionist

Thanks, sherpa-finn - although I wasn't really looking (and never asked) for proof of your personal credentials. After posting some shocking slurs on Palestinians and saying not one single word against the Israeli warmongers and murderers, you broadly accused babblers that:

sherpa-finn wrote:
... these conversations tend to be a rather lame combination of high school debating club and self-indulgent political theatre.

... and said you were more interested in what we could "practically" do.

So I listed in broad terms what "we" (that is, people who oppose aggression and occupation and slaughter of civilians and violation of international law) were already doing and writing about for years in these pages.

I'm happy to hear that you personally have been involved in solidarity work - but I'm not entirely sure how that connects with linking to articles about the evils of Hamas (as if anyone here needs to be persuaded to stop supporting Hamas) and using child labour to build those tunnels, etc. Still, it's your prerogative to draw our attention to news items.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Brilliant short film by John Greyson, Gazonto:

 

http://creekside1.blogspot.ca/2014/08/imagining-toronto-bombed-like-gaza...

 

sherpa-finn

Be reasonable Unionist: in your post #221 above you addressed three very specific questions very directly to me:  How are you making out with those sorts of practical actions?... I'd love to hear your progress in that area [BDS].... How are you making out [re demonstrations, vigils, etc]?.

So its a little rich to then respond that "I wasn't really looking (and never asked) for proof of your personal credentials."  It pretty obvious that that was exactly what you were doing. (Maybe you could usefully flag any future questions of other Babblers as "serious" or "strictly rhetorical".)

In that regard, I will admit that I have no idea what you refer to as my having posted "shocking slurs on Palestinians". so I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was another throw-away remark unworthy of response,

And so why did I post articles critical of Hamas? Well, its all about Canadian politics, actually.

I happen to believe that the policies and actions of Hamas are a huge obstacle to securing broader political support for the Palestinian cause within the West, and most particularly Canada. Now, it is quite obvious that securing western political support for Palestine is not high on Hamas' political agenda and that is certainly their choice to make.

But given those choices (and they are choices, - not inevitabilities, obligations or acts of god), from my side I am not so quick to judge or condemn western politicians (such as the NDP) for their mealy mouthed response to the on-going crisis in Gaza. The inevitable association with Hamas would be wholly toxic in the context of Canadian politics and media - and with zero political return in either the Middle East or here. In these fraught circumstances, it makes far better sense to stick with mushy if belated expressions of broad humanitarian concern and await some real political leadership from Abbass or whomever that warrants active and energetic support.

NDPP

Abbas...

Sacred - Treason: Palestinian-Israeli Alliance

http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2014/07/sacred-treason-palestinian-isr...

"Posturing as enemies, Israel and PA hasbara adroitly dissembles their interdependence

Unionist

sherpa-finn wrote:

Be reasonable Unionist: in your post #221 above you addressed three very specific questions very directly to me:  How are you making out with those sorts of practical actions?... I'd love to hear your progress in that area [BDS].... How are you making out [re demonstrations, vigils, etc]?.

Sorry, I'll have to stop using irony in my posts.

Quote:
So its a little rich to then respond that "I wasn't really looking (and never asked) for proof of your personal credentials."  It pretty obvious that that was exactly what you were doing. (Maybe you could usefully flag any future questions of other Babblers as "serious" or "strictly rhetorical".)

It's my fault for using irony. I'm still a little gobsmacked that you thought I actually was asking about your personal life.

Quote:
In that regard, I will admit that I have no idea what you refer to as my having posted "shocking slurs on Palestinians". so I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that it was another throw-away remark unworthy of response,

No, I was referring to your dredging out some old unverifiable story about Hamas killing 160 children to build terror tunnels - at a time when Israel is committing unlawful aggression and occupation and murdering Palestinian children. This is hasbara at its dirtiest, which is precisely why it's getting a lot of "play" these days, as you point out. I'm not saying you're deliberately channeling Likudist propaganda. But I'm certainly saying that you quoted this, plus other Palestinian crimes, without a word, a breath, of criticism of Israel. That is unconscionable.

 

 

NDPP

Canadians Join IDF: Harper's Government Silent  -  by Yves Engler

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/08/canadians-join-idf-harpers-government-...

"It's unknown exactly how many Canadians participated in Israel's recent attacks on Gaza but an IDF spokesperson said there were 139 Canadians fighting in the Israeli military in 2013.

The Nefesh B'Nefesh Lone Soldiers Program estimates there are currently 145..."

NDPP

British MP and RT Host George Galloway Brutally Attacked 'Over His Israel Views' (and vid)

http://rt.com/uk/183912-galloway-israel-beaten-london/

NDPP

Gaza and the Threat of World War  -  by John Pilger

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/12/gaza-and-the-threat-of-world-war/

"There is a taboo,' said the visionary Edward Said,' on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free.'

For many people, the truth is out now. At last they know. Those once intimidated into silence can't look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider - the United Statess, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as CANADA and Australia, in this epic crime..."

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Excellent article, NDPP. (I miss Edward Said - such a brilliant thinker.)

NDPP

I agree!

NDPP

Russell Tribunal on Palestine To Examine the Crime of Genocide in Gaza

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/europe/14049-russell-tribunal-on-...

"The Russell Tribunal on Palestine will be holding an extraordinary session in Brussels on 24-25 September focusing on Israel's most recent military operation in Gaza, the so-called 'Operation Protective Edge'..."

 

BTS: Gaza in Ruins, Israel's Ban on Dignity, More Illegal Settlements & Decades to Rebuild (and vid)

http://rt.com/shows/breaking-set-summary/188060-gaza-palestine-israel-bl...

Abby Martin reports on Israel/Gaza with Max Blumenthal and others *don't miss*- see what 'Israel's best friend' Canada supports...(including 100+ Canadian IDF members )

iyraste1313

something to cheer!

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NDPP

Argentine Activists File Lawsuit Against Israel Over Gaza Attack (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/09/20/379375/argentine-activists-file...

"The Latin American Association of Jurists along with a group of Argentine lawyers has decided to take Israel to a federal court under the charges of crimes against humanity and genocide.

Prominent Human Rights advocate Carlos Slepoy who is leading the group has a distinguished role in past trials against crimes during the Spanish dictatorship.

The suit singles out Israeli leaders like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as responsible both directly and indirectly for the atrocities."

NDPP

Russell Tribunal: Evidence of Incitement To Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

http://www.globalresearch.ca/russell-tribunal-evidence-of-incitement-to-...

"The Russell Tribunal on Palestine's Emergency Session  on Israel's Operation Protective Edge held yesterday in Brussels has found evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, extermination and persecution - and also incitement to genocide."

www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com

NDPP

A Peace That Passeth Understanding  -  by Chris Floyd

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2420-...

"On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers).

Since then, Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire.

Israel has done the following..."

 

and so another 'lawn-mowing' of Palestinians comes and goes and all goes quiet once more - business as usual.

NDPP

29 Sept. 2014 - Address By His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel at the general debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 24-30 September 2014)

http://webtv.un.org/israel-general-debate-69th-session/3812088094001/wat...

Truly awful -  To get the full effect, whenever Bibi says 'militant Islam' try substituting 'militant Zionism' instead...

NDPP

Noam Chomsky: Only One Thing Will Make Israel Change Course

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17214/noam_chomsky_keeping_palestine_gaz...

"...Since November 2005, the terms of these agreements have remained essentially the same. The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place, while Hamas observes it - as Israel has conceded - until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality.

These escalations are called 'mowing the lawn' in Israeli parlance. The most recent was more accurately described as 'removing the topsoil', by a senior US military officer, quoted in Al Jazeera America.

For a century, the Zionist colonization of Palestine has proceeded primarily on the pragmatic principle of facts on the ground, which the world was to ultimately come to accept. It has been a highly successful policy. There is every reason to expect it to persist as long as the US provides the necessary military, economic, diplomatic and ideological support..."

 

Israel General Threatens Lebanon with War

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/04/381050/israel-gen-threatens-leba...

"In his first remarks after Israel's 50-day military aggression against Gaza, the regime's Army Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz said on Saturday that 'we know how to do in Lebanon what we did in Gaza.' He made the remarks in an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth, boasting that Israel was ready to pay the price.

The Israeli general further suggested that the ongoing foreign-backed wars in the region were intended to keep Tel Aviv's enemies busy and distracted in order to keep the regime more secure."

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Well, while media attention has moved on up the road to other bombing missions, - there was an international conference on reconstruction of Gaza this past week, where countries pledged a total of $5.4 billion to the physical reconstruction process. Three quick points of note:

- history shows us that pledges made often do not translate into dollars actually received ("talk is cheap") 

- no word (that I have seen) on the Canadian Gov'ts contribution. Humanitarian practice is that Canada provides around 3% of funds to responses of the global community to large humanitarian crises. That would equal $120 million in this case (the ask was for $4 billion).  We wait and watch with interest ...

- a key element of reconstruction of Gaza of course will be issues of access of supplies and personnel. So engaging Israel in this process will be critical to any chance of "success". Not at all clear how that will play out. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/gaza-reconstruction-5-4b-us-pledged-so-far-1.2796455

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CIJA: Afraid of the Rising Antisemitism: Arab Canadian Ex-Gaza Protest Organizer - Part 1

http://www.cija.ca/antisemitism/rising-antisemitism-1/

"I am an Arab Canadian, and organizer of a small 2006 Gaza/Lebanon protest, and I am concerned on the rise of antisemitism...."

 

Another fascinating fabrication from the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, who would never go anywhere without taking their 'Anti'...

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Gaza Cut Off: Israel Closes Border Crossings Indefinitely

http://rt.com/news/201579-israel-gaza-border-crossing/

"Israel has said it's shutting the only two operating Gaza border crossings indefinitely.

Border closures threaten to isolate already devastated Gaza."

The Jewish State's attack upon Gaza hasn't stopped. Only some protests...

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