Monday, July 21, 2014

Israel using White Phosphorus in Gaza

According to latest news, Israel is using banned White Phophorus in her invasion of Gaza. You can read the link here   to learn more.

Israel has also attacked 3 hospitals thus far, all pointing to her crimes against humanity.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Shame on CNN and NBC for gagging their truth-telling journalists

In a world that is seemingly dominated by Pharaonic powers of our time and their evil agents who are responsible for conveying information - or more correctly their version of the truth -  to the rest of the world, truth-telling journalists are often the first of the casualties of truth. In Syria they are slaughtered by Assad’s sectarian military. In Egypt, the land of the Pharaoh itself, they serve long-terms behind the prison walls, thanks to its midget neo-Pharaoh Sisi. In the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan and the Occupied Palestine, they are targeted for extermination by occupying forces, as it has happened in the past under Bush Jr. Administration and with successive Israeli governments. Mindful of their bosses, often working behind the scene, major TV channels in the USA also don’t like truth-telling journalists. The latest casualties in journalism include NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and CNN’s Diana Magnay.

When Israel invaded Gaza in early 2009, Ayman Mohyeldin was one of the only journalists present to bear witness. He covered Israeli air strikes on Gaza in late 2012, and on Wednesday he movingly reported on an attack that killed four Palestinian children playing on a beach.

But Mohyeldin, one of the most experienced reporters when it comes to Gaza, was not there Thursday as Israel launched a ground invasion aimed at rooting out Hamas. He didn’t report on the conflict from another city in the region, such as Jerusalem or Cairo. And Mohyeldin didn't surface on social media, where he's built a large following and regularly provides on-the-ground tweets, photos and videos.

NBC News' decision to pull Mohyeldin from Gaza has angered and baffled fellow journalists, inside and outside the network, as well as fans of his reporting worldwide. The network declined to comment on why he is no longer reporting from Gaza.

The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald reported Thursday that NBC executives said privately that the move was motivated by "security concerns" as Israel prepared a ground invasion. A source, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, confirmed to The Huffington Post that executives stressed security as the reason behind the decision. But just as Mohyeldin was pulled out, NBC sent Richard Engel, the network's chief foreign correspondent, into Gaza.

Foreign correspondents often get reassigned as news warrants, but there's arguably no better place to currently position Mohyeldin, a fluent Arabic speaker with extensive contacts on the ground. Mohyeldin won praise this week for his on-air reporting from Gaza, and is respected by his colleagues.

Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of a noon MSNBC show, told HuffPost that Mohyeldin “did great work on my program covering Gaza and is a valued colleague.”

Mohyeldin's reporting has earned him respect far from 30 Rock, with his social media coverage of the tragic beach attack going viral. Mohyeldin tweeted Wednesday about having just played soccer with the children killed on the beach near several hotels where foreign journalists are staying. He covered their parents' heartbreaking reaction on both Facebook and Instagram. Mohyeldin also worked on a TV package that was broadcast later on "NBC Nightly News."

However, some were surprised that while Mohyeldin's reporting was used on air, he didn't appear in the broadcast to offer his first-person perspective. A few hours later, TVNewser reported that some NBC News colleagues were "angered" by the decision to not include Mohyeldin.

There's been speculation that Mohyeldin could have rankled NBC News executives with a since-removed tweet and Facebook post describing the State Department as having said it considered Hamas ultimately responsible for the Israeli strike on the beach because it did not agree to a ceasefire.

But the source with knowledge of the network's decision told HuffPost that the deleted tweet and Facebook post were not given internally as reasons behind Mohyeldin's removal.

Some conservative outlets have suggested in the past that Mohyeldin favored Palestine's side in the conflict. But there's no evidence at this time that such a criticism, or any outside pressure, was behind NBC's decision.

Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-American journalist, started at NBC News in Washington in 2001 and later worked for Fox News and CNN. He joined Al Jazeera English and became a TV news star covering the 2011 Arab Spring upheaval. That April, he was named one of Time's 100 most influential people, and a few months later he was poached by NBC News.

The network's president at the time described Mohyeldin as "an extremely passionate and hardworking journalist" with extensive experience "covering major conflicts" who would be an "excellent addition to our team of correspondents.”

Mohyeldin recently reported amid crossfire in East Jerusalem, and has covered other airstrikes in Gaza. But as NBC News correspondents covered a major conflict Thursday, stationed in Gaza and Israel, Mohyeldin was nowhere to be found.

CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she tweeted that Israelis who were cheering the bombing of Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”

“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew," the spokeswoman continued. "She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. While she reported, Israelis could be heard near her cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza.

After the liveshot, Magnay tweeted: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.” The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.

The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.

NBC's decision to remove the widely praised Mohyeldin, and unwillingness to explain why, has been met with anger and frustration from journalists inside and outside the network.

A source with knowledge of the decision told The Huffington Post that NBC executives cited security concerns. But at the same time Moyheldin was pulled, NBC assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.

One of Mohyeldin's tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal. But the source said the reason given internally by network executives was security.

What is our world coming to? How long will the evil gag and control the free flow of factual information? Shame on NBC and CNN!

 

The Latest News on Gaza MASSACRE

In her latest murderous offensive against unarmed  Palestinian civilians, Israel has infiltrated into Gaza with her tanks. In Shejaia, 17 children, 14 women and four elderly were among 62 Palestinians killed, and about 400 people were wounded in the Israeli assault. Gaza's Health Ministry said 37 other Palestinians were also killed on Sunday, bringing the Gaza death toll since an Israeli air and naval bombardments began on July 8 to 434, many of them civilians. Some 2,600 Palestinians have been wounded, it said.

Eighteen Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed since the launch of the offensive. Hamas's armed wing said it used landmines and roadside bombs against advancing Israeli tanks and armored personnel carriers. Hamas's armed wing said on Sunday it had captured an Israeli soldier - Shaul Aron, as fighting in Gaza led to the bloodiest losses in a nearly two-week military offensive, with some 100 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. The capture happened during the same battle in which 13 Israeli soldiers died earlier, near Shejaia, the embattled neighborhood east of the city of Gaza where most of the Palestinian casualties occurred on Sunday.

Residents fled Sunday's fighting along streets strewn with bodies and rubble, many of them taking shelter in Gaza's Shifa hospital.
Cries of "Did you see Ahmed?" "Did you see my wife?" echoed through the courtyard. Inside, dead and wounded lay on blood-stained floors.

Thousands streamed out of Shejaia, some by foot and others piling into the backs of trucks and sitting on the hoods of cars filled with families trying to get away. Several people rode out of the neighborhood in the shovel of a bulldozer.
Video given to Reuters by a local showed at least a dozen corpses, including three children, lying in streets, though the footage could not be verified independently.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency said that 81,000 displaced people had now taken refuge in 61 UNRWA shelters in Gaza.

In spite of the criminal offensive, which is condemned by the civilized world and Human Rights Watch, against unarmed civilians of Gaza, blockaded in all directions, the Obama administation remains supportived of Netanyahu's government that is guilty of killing children, women and the elderly. John Kerry told Fox News, "We support Israel's right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in." Is he a moron or a supporter of child killers who does not know the difference between 430 and two?

As I said earlier, through her blind support of the murderous Netanyahu regime, the Obama administration has long relinquished its self-proclaimed status as an unbiased mediator of the crisis and has shown that it has no moral high ground. It is as bad as Putin's government that helped to bring down the Malaysian Airlines killing 298 civilians. Probably worse!

You can read the latest report about Gaza by clicking here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Jen Psaki's sickening support of killers of children

The US State Department absolved Israel of responsibility for the murder of four Palestinian children in Gaza on Wednesday, placing the blame squarely on Hamas.

The four children were killed and three others badly wounded by Israeli fire as they played on a beach in Gaza on Wednesday afternoon. Dozens of international journalists stationed at the nearby Al-Deira Hotel watched in horror as after an initial strike, Israeli fire chased after the terrified children as they ran for their lives screaming for help, firing at them a second time.

Some 75 children have been killed and hundreds more injured during Israel’s relentless bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip. But this latest slaughter happened in the presence of journalists from major media outlets accross the globe, garnering more attention for the killings than they would have otherwise received.

During Wednesday’s US State Department press briefing, a reporter asked, “How is an Israeli airstrike on what can only be described as a civilian target in full view of international journalists be [sic] acceptable to the US government?”

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki replied that the loss of life in Gaza is “absolutely tragic,” but she blamed Hamas for the deaths, specifically citing Hamas’ rejection of a unilateral ceasefire proposal by Egypt and Israel, which Hamas was never consulted on.

“I would remind you that yesterday there was a ceasefire proposed that was abided to by the Israelis for a couple of hours that Hamas did not abide to,” said Psaki, adding, “they’re putting their own people at risk by continuing to escalate the situation on the ground.”

Reporters continued to raise questions about the rising civilian death toll caused by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, and each time Psaki blamed Palestinian rocket fire on Israel, saying, “Hamas is putting their own people in Gaza at risk by continuing their actions.”

The lengthy back-and-forth is distilled in the following exchange:
 

QUESTION: So the people who have been killed, including these children – it’s – frankly, it doesn’t seem to – it doesn’t faze you?
 

MS. PSAKI: That’s not at all what I said. I think I’ve stated multiple times that the deaths of civilians, the loss of lives for children and individuals in Gaza is horrific and is a tragedy. And that’s why we’re so focused on bringing an end to the violence, and I think that’s far more important than a speculation about —

QUESTION: Right, but it’s – but it’s horrific and it’s a tragedy, but you’re saying that it’s the fault of Hamas for not stopping the rocket fire.

MS. PSAKI: They certainly are at fault in part here, yes.

Earlier in the briefing, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee inquired about a newly-released Human Rights Watch report condemning Israel for unlawfully targeting civilians in Gaza. The report also calls for an end to Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.

Asked if the State Department agrees with the report’s demand that Israel stop bombing civilians in Gaza, Psaki responded that the administration does not believe Israel is violating international law. As for Human Rights Watch’s call for an end to Palestinian rocket fire, Psaki responded, “Certainly, we would agree.”

Psaki went on to reaffirm US support for Israel’s “right to self-defense,” a privilege the US refuses to grant Palestinians as Israel occupies, colonizes and kills them en masse.


In another such interview, State department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said:No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we certainly support Israel’s right to defend itself against these attacks.”

QUESTION: But you feel that sort of the Israeli air raids, like maybe hundreds of them so far this day, are proportionate to the rockets?

MS. PSAKI: That’s not – I wouldn’t validate the accuracy of that number, but I would say, Said –

QUESTION: Okay. Well, the sorties – there are hundreds of sorties.

MS. PSAKI: I would say, Said, that I don’t think any country would be expected to allow rockets to come in and threaten the lives and health and well-being of the citizens in their country, and Israel has the right to defend themselves.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you believe that the Palestinians in Gaza have the right to defend themselves?

MS. PSAKI: I think – I’m not sure what you’re getting at, Said.

QUESTION: I am asking you: Do they have the right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression?

MS. PSAKI: What are you specifically referring to? Is there a specific event or a specific occurrence?

What a despicable performance by Psaki to support unsupportable crimes against humanity! She sounds like a supporter of the killers of children. Simply repulsive, criminal!

The Obama administration is  genuinely furious, and rightly so, about the Russian missile fired from the rebel territories inside Ukraine that brought down the Malaysian airlines, killing all the 298 individuals on board, including some 80 children.

Is Obama's crime less criminal than those of Putin?

As of Friday (July 18, 2014), Obama administration's moral and material support of the pariah state of Israel has resulted in the death of some 300 unarmed civilians - almost the same number of the victims of the airplane - which included some 75 children - almost the same number as the ill-fated children in the plane. I fail to see anything good in either of these two heads of the states. Through their support of criminal murderous regimes and groups, they have proven that none of them has the moral high ground!

What a world we are living in! Shame on Psaki, shame on Obama, shame on Putin!

Birds of a feather flock together. Don't they?


Politics of hatred in Myanmar

Kyaw Win has written an excellent article analyzing the politics of hatred in Burma, which has unfortunately and decidedly turned into genocidal campaign against Muslims of Myanmar, esp. the Rohingya. You can read this by clicking here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gaza bombing - what Israel does not want to tell about her murderous campaign

By clicking here, you can view what the Israel is not telling us about her murderous campaign in Gaza.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Are the Israeli Jews Capable of Hate Crime and Hate Speech?

Are Israeli Jews capable of hate crimes? Many American and European Jews would answer – no way. After all, are the Israeli Jews not the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the victims of the Jewish Holocaust in Europe who had fled the dens of hatred and intolerance? How could they be exhibiting the same hatred that was once the monopoly of the Christian Nazis?

Facts are, however, quite the opposite. It won’t be any exaggeration to say that they – i.e., from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the top down to a Jewish teenager - have learned the trade well from their former tormentors.

Abu Khudair, a 16-year old Palestinian boy from the eastern occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, was abducted outside of his family’s home during the early morning on 2 July and his badly burned body was found in a Jerusalem forest hours later. A preliminary autopsy report indicated that Abu Khudair was burned alive.

Israeli media reported on Sunday that six suspects were arrested; a government official told media that they were “Jewish extremists.” Three of the suspects were released and the remainder three reportedly confessed to the crime and re-enacted it for investigators.

A day before Abu Khudair was lynched to death by Israeli Jews, Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked published on Facebook a previously unpublished article of (late) Uri Elitzur who was leader of the settler movement and speechwriter and close advisor to Netanyahu. She endorses his views which are a call for genocide of the Palestinian people.

As noted by Ali AbuNimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, Shaked’s (and Elitzur’s) is a call for genocide because it declares that “the entire Palestinian people are the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” (See, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948.)


Shaked quotes, “And the morality of war knows that it is not possible to refrain from hurting enemy civilians… And in our war this is sevenfold more correct, because the enemy soldiers hide out among the population, and it is only through its support that they can fight. Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. Actors in the war are those who incite in mosques, who write the murderous curricula for schools, who give shelter, who provide vehicles, and all those who honor and give them their moral support. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

It is a call for genocide because it endorses the slaughter of unarmed civilians including Palestinian mothers who give birth to the so-called “little snakes.”

It should be noted here that Shaked is a senior figure in the Habeyit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party that is part of Israel’s ruling coalition.

Her post was shared more than one thousand times and received almost five thousand “Likes.”

It would be wrong to assume that such postings are a fringe phenomenon. Incitement for Jewish violence and hatred towards Arabs and Palestinians come from the top. Netanyahu was the first person to use the term “vengeance” after the bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank.

In another sickening example of the country’s endemic racism, Israeli website shtieble.net, which is oriented toward an Orthodox Jewish audience, referred to lynching victim Muhammad Abu Khudair in a headline as a “little terrorist.” When Abu Khudair’s cousin – Tariq Abukhdeir – a Palestinian/American was savagely beaten by Israeli forces in eastern occupied Jerusalem last Thursday, his beaten up face was compared with a pig in a Israeli website on July 6. Eye witness accounts show that Israeli police disguised as Palestinian civilians ambushed Tariq in his uncle’s back yard without provocation or warning, severely beating him for several minutes.

How about hate speech?

An Israeli Facebook page called for killing “a terrorist every hour” until three Israeli youths who were then missing were returned (the teens were found dead in the West Bank on 30 June). Nearly 21,000 Facebook users “like” the page.

A simple search of Twitter for the string ARAVIM, which means "Arabs" in Hebrew, produces a long list of messages by young Jewish Israelis calling to ethnically cleanse the country (courtesy of David Sheen@davidsheen) https://storify.com/davidsheen/israeli-army-the-next-generation


Some of these calls for genocide were from young men, but a majority of them seemed to be authored by young women:

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @maylevi1203: "Death to these f***ing Arabs" http://twitter.com/maylevi1203/status/487178189618159618

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @OrelPery: "I wish a painful death to Arabs" http://twitter.com/OrelPery/status/487105475855392768

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @OrtaL1ysaScar: "From the bottom of my heart, I wish for Arabs to be torched"

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @amit_ezra_new: "In the end there will be no more Arabs, God willing" http://twitter.com/Amit_Ezra_New/status/487183273848606720

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @noypausner: "I spit on you, you stinking Arabs" https://twitter.com/noypauzner/status/487181254303830016

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @dekelderi9: "We wage war so this will be our land without any Arabs" http://twitter.com/dekelderi9/status/487168028828643328

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @almasulin82: "Hating Arabs isn't racism it's a commandment from God" http://twitter.com/almasulin82/status/487145220086042

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @shira_agiv: "Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!" http://twitter.com/Shira_agiv/status/487111810701484033

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @Zohar_siso1: "Stinking Arabs, may you die, Amen" https://twitter.com/Zohar_siso1/status/487102207393685504

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @yarden_meir: "Kill them already, Arabs are w****s" https://twitter.com/yarden_meir/status/487100884543750144

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @stav_madmoni: "Arabs are not human, they're beasts" https://twitter.com/stav_madmoni/status/487022733876686848

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @shirzarfaty: "Death to Arabs you son of a w***e" https://twitter.com/shirzarfaty/status/487195295952805889

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @aviv_sahar: "Death to all of you Arabs you transfag" https://twitter.com/aviv_sahar/status/487197444170461184

#ZionStandUp for Israeli @ashlisade: "Kill Arab children so there won't be a next generation" https://twitter.com/ashlisade/status/487204733669498880

.@shirzarfaty: "Not just on our summer vacation we hate stinking ugly Arabs all our lives, for the rest of our lives" http://twitter.com/shirzarfaty/status/487197345574965249 …

Many Israeli Facebook users have posted violent and disturbing content on their personal accounts. Talya Shilok Edry, who has more than one thousand followers, posted the following “status”: “What an orgasm to see the Israeli Defense Forces bomb buildings in Gaza with children and families at the same time. Boom boom.” Edry’s Facebook timeline shows a pattern of calls for bloodshed against Palestinians. Writing about the murdered Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli youth, she stated: “Sweet settlers, next time you kidnap an Arab boy, call me and let me torture him!! Why do you get to have all the fun?”

It is long known that dehumanization – e.g., by denying the humanity of a targeted group and making it look subhuman - overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder; it becomes easy to justify the elimination of the targeted group. Nazis mastered this strategy, and as I hinted earlier, the Zionists are perfecting it. One simply has to dig up the pages from Der Sturmer to see the parallel between how the Jews were portrayed in the 1930s and the early 1940s by the Nazis and how the Palestinian Arabs are portrayed today inside Israel by the hateful Zionists and their supporters.

With such a caricature of the Palestinians, it has become all kosher for the Zionist leaders – all racists – to commit heinous crimes against their victims since the unholy birth of the state of Israel. Truly, racism and intolerance against the Palestinians, whose land they have grabbed, run so deep that many Israelis are unaware that what they are perpetrating are war crimes. How long will they be able to defy the world opinion with their wanton massacre of unarmed civilians whose only crime is that they are Palestinians?