Thursday, July 31, 2014

UN rights chief: Israel defying international law in Gaza, must be held accountable

Navi Pillay, the United Nations' senior human rights official said on Thursday she believed Israel was deliberately defying international law in its military offensive in Gaza and that world powers should hold it accountable for possible war crimes.
Israel has attacked homes, schools, hospitals, and UN premises in apparent violation of the Geneva Conventions, Pillay said, a week after her Human Rights Council resolved to open a commission of inquiry into Israel's alleged crimes against humanity.
"Therefore I would say that they appear to be defying... deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on Israel," Pillay told a news briefing. "This is why again and again I say we cannot allow impunity, we cannot allow this lack of accountability to go on."
She also criticized the United States, Israel's main ally, for failing to use its influence with the Jewish state to halt the carnage.
"Many of my remarks have been directed to the United States since they are a party with influence over Israel to do much more to stop the killing, to bring the parties to the negotiating table. I've called also for an end to the blockade and an end to the occupation."
Pillay said that she was appalled at Washington consistently voting against resolutions on Israel in the Human Rights Council, General Assembly and Security Council.
"They have not only provided the heavy weaponry which is now being used by Israel in Gaza but they've also provided almost $1 billion in providing the 'Iron Domes' to protect the Israels from rocket attacks," she said. "But no such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any cease- fire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.
Gaza officials say at least 1,372 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed and nearly 7,000 wounded. Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza clashes and more than 400 wounded. Three civilians have been killed by Palestinian shelling in Israel.
Pillay said that as Israel prosecuted only four Israeli soldiers for its 2008/09 Operation Caste Lead, including one for alleged theft of a credit card, she did not expect it to investigate properly violations committed during its air strikes and ground assault on Gaza, now in its fourth week.
"But international law is clear that where a state is unable or unwilling to carry out investigations and prosecutions, the international (criminal justice) system applies," she said.
Previous UN commissions of inquiry into Israel incursions into Gaza have called for the UN Security Council to refer the situation to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to Pillay, a former UN war crimes judge.
"Accountability and justice cannot be expected to be achieved through (Israeli) domestic proceedings. This is evident from the lack of adequate investigations by Israel and no attempt whatsoever made by the international community to implement the recommendations made by the Gaza fact-finding mission report," Pillay said.
 
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Has the US government been an honest broker for peace in the Middle East?

  Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University’s Department of History and the author of several books, including his latest, Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East. He has been very critical of US's role as a peace broker. In this book, Khalidi draws on his research as a historian, and on his own experience as an adviser to Palestinian negotiators, to argue that far from being an impartial broker, the United States has effectively acted as Israel’s lawyer.

In March 2013, he gave an interview to Democracy Now, which was published in two parts. You can read his interview by clicking here and here.

Jewish Peace Activists Condemn Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

There are many Jewish peace activists who have always been very vocal about Israel's crimes against humanity.  In New York City, a group of demonstrators recently blocked traffic by laying down in the streets outside Israel’s Mission to the United Nations. Twenty-six people were arrested after refusing police orders to disperse. The action was organized by the author and scholar Norman Finkelstein.
Norman Finkelstein: "Well, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for the past 21 days, morning and night, watching the horror unfold, and I felt I wasn’t doing enough, I wasn’t rising to the occasion, I wasn’t acting commensurate to the horror. So I decide it’s time to do something more, time to go past the computer, remove myself from the computer and get arrested." 
Tuesday’s act of civil disobedience comes one day after nine Jewish peace activists were arrested protesting the Israeli assault outside the office of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. The group of mostly young activists are calling themselves "If Not Now, When?" In Seattle, peace activists held a "die-in" outside the headquarters of Boeing, which manufactures weapons supplied to the Israeli military.

Many of the Jewish peace activists carried posters that said, "Jews for Justice in Palestine," "Not in our name." You can read more by clicking here.

Ilan Pappé is a professor of history and the director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several books, including most recently, "The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge." He said, "I think Israel in 2014 made a decision that it prefers to be a racist apartheid state and not a democracy." Pappé said,"It still hopes that the United States will license this decision and provide it with the immunity to continue, with the necessary implication of such a policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians wherever they are."

You can read more by clicking here.

From 1978 to 1994, American Jewish leader Henry Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. He now serves as president of the U.S./Middle East Project and is a vocal critic of Israel’s policies in the Occupied Territories. In his recent interview with Democracy Now, he said, "When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success," Siegman says. Responding to Israel’s U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: "What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel’s action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn’t Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn’t they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation."

In this interview Siegman mentioned how Israeli leaders like Ben Gurion had instructed his generals to kill Palestinian civilians in Israel's so-called War of Independence. They were ordered to line the Palestinians up against the wall and shoot them, in order to help to encourage the exodus, that in fact resulted, of 700,000 Palestinians, who were driven out of their homes, and their towns and villages were destroyed. [Ref: Righteous Victims by Benny Morris; My Promised Land by Ari Shavit]

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Muslim Americans Coerced Into Becoming Informants

Naveed Shinwari is one of four American Muslims who filed suit against the government this week for placing them on the U.S. "no-fly list" in order to coerce them into becoming FBI informants. The plaintiffs say the government refuses to explain why they were named on the no-fly list. They also believe that their names continue to be listed because they would not agree to become FBI informants and spy on their local communities. "It’s very frustrating, you feel helpless," Shinwari says. "No one will tell you how you can get off of it, how you got on it. It has a profound impact on people’s lives."

Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, is seeking to remove the men from the no-fly list and establish a new legal mechanism to challenge placement on it.

Shinwari and Kadidal were interviewed in the Democracy Now program in April. You can read their interview by clicking here.

Arundhati Roy on India and Totalitarianism

Award winning author and activist Arundhati Roy needs no introduction. She was interviewed in the Democracy Now in April 9, 2014 on the subject of "Is India on a Totalitarian Path?". Parts of her interview is posted below:

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we continue our conversation with the world-renowned author Arundhati Roy. Voting has just begun in India in the largest election the world has ever seen. About 815 million Indians are eligible to vote over the next five weeks. The number of eligible voters in India is larger than the total population of the United States and European Union combined. Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things. Her latest book is called Capitalism: A Love Story [sic]. Democracy Now!'s — Capitalism: A Ghost Story. Democracy Now!'s Nermeen Shaikh and I talked to Arundhati Roy about the changes in India she describes in her latest book and the implications for the elections.
ARUNDHATI ROY: So, I’m talking about how, when you have this kind of control over all business, over the media, over its essential infrastructure, electricity generation, information, everything, then you just field your, you know, pet politicians. And right now, for example, what’s happening in India is that one of the reasons that is being attributed to the slowdown of the economy is the fact that there is a tremendous resistance to all of this from the people on the ground, from the people who are being displaced, from the—and in the forests, it’s the Maoist guerrillas; in the villages, it’s all kinds of people’s movements—all of whom are of course being called Maoist. And now, there is a—you see, these economic policies—these new economic policies cannot be implemented unless—except with state—with coercive state violence. So you have a situation where the forests are full of paramilitary just burning villages, you know, pushing people out of their homes, trying to clear the land for mining companies to whom the government has signed, you know, hundreds of memorandums of understanding. Outside the forests, too, this is happening. So there is a kind of war which, of course, always existed in India. There hasn’t been a year when the Indian army hasn’t been deployed against its own people. I mean, I’ll talk about that later—
AMY GOODMAN: Since when?
ARUNDHATI ROY: Since independence, since 1947, you know? But now the plan is to deploy them. Now it’s the paramilitary. But this new election is going to be who is the person that the corporates choose, who is not going to blink about putting the Indian—about deploying the Indian army against the poorest people in this country, you know, and pushing them out to give over those lands, those rivers, those mountains, to the major mining corporations. So this is what we are being prepared for now—the air force, the army, going in into the heart of India now.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Before we go to the elections, could you—one of the operations, the military operations, you talk about is Operation Green Hunt.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Yeah.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Could you explain what that is, when it started, and who it targets?
ARUNDHATI ROY: Well, Operation Green Hunt, basically—you know, in 2004, the current government signed a series of memorandums of understanding with a number of mining corporations and infrastructure development companies to build dams, to do mining, to build roads, to move India into the space where, as the home minister at the time said, he wanted 75 percent of India’s population to live in cities, which is, you know, moving—social engineering, really, moving 500 million people or so out of their homes. And so, then they came up against this very, very militant resistance from the ground. As I said, in the forests, there were armed Maoist guerrillas; outside the forest, there are militant, you know, some call themselves Gandhians, all kinds. There’s a whole diversity of resistance but, although strategically they had different ways of dealing with it, were all fighting the same thing. So then, in the state of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand, which are where there are huge indigenous populations—
NERMEEN SHAIKH: In central India.
ARUNDHATI ROY: In central India—the first thing the government did was to—very similar to what happened in places like Peru and Colombia, you know, they started to arm a section of the indigenous population and create a vigilante army. It was called the Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh. The Salwa Judum, along with local paramilitary, went in and started decimating villages, like they basically chased some 300,000 people out of the forests, and some 600 villages were emptied. And then the people began to fight back. And really, this whole Salwa Judum experiment failed, at which point they announced Operation Green Hunt, where there was this official declaration of war.
And there was so much propaganda in the media. As I explain to you now, the media is owned by the corporations who have vested interests. So there was this—you know, the prime minister came out and said, "They are the greatest internal security threat." And, you know, there was this kind of conflation between the Maoists with their ski caps and, you know, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and all these people who are threatening the idea of India.
What the government wasn’t prepared for was the fightback, not just from the people in the forest, but even from a range of activists, a range of people who were outraged by this. And, you know, they passed these laws which meant that anybody could be called a Maoist and, you know, a threat to security. And thousands—even today, there are thousands of people in jail under sedition, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and so on. And—but that was Operation Green Hunt. But that, too, ran aground, because it’s very difficult terrain and—you know, so now the idea is to deploy the army. And now the corporations feel that this past government hadn’t—didn’t have the nerve to send out the army, that it blinked. And so—
AMY GOODMAN: This is the Congress party.
ARUNDHATI ROY: The Congress party and its allies. So now all the big corporations are backing the chief—the three-times chief minister of the state of Gujarat, the western state of Gujarat, who has proved his mettle, you know, by being an extremely hard and cold-blooded chief minister, who is now—I mean, he is, of course, best known for having presided over a pogrom against Muslims in Gujarat.
AMY GOODMAN: So talk about who Modi is—I mean, this moves us into the election of April; it’s going to be the largest election in the world—who the contenders are, who this man is who could well become the head of India, who the United States has not granted a visa to in years because of what you’re describing.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Well, who is Narendra Modi? I think he’s, you know, changing his—changing his idea of who he himself is, you know, because he started out as a kind of activist in this self-proclaimed fascist organization called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the RSS, which was founded in 1925, who the heroes of the RSS were Mussolini and Hitler. Even today, you know, their—the bible of the RSS was written by a man called Golwalkar, you know, who says the Muslims of India are like the Jews of Germany. And so, they have a very clear idea of India as a Hindu nation, very much like the Hindu version of Pakistan.
AMY GOODMAN: Where, you’re saying, the Muslims should be eradicated.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Where they should be either made to live as, I think, second-class citizens and—
NERMEEN SHAIKH: Or they should move to Pakistan.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Yeah, or they should move to Pakistan. Or if they don’t behave themselves, they should just be killed, you know? So, this is a very old—you know, Modi didn’t invent it. But he was—he and even the former BJP prime minister, Vajpayee, the former home minister, Advani—all of these are members of the RSS. The RSS is an organization which has 40,000 or 50,000 units across India, extremely—I mean, they were at one point banned because a former member of the RSS killed Gandhi. But now—you know, now they are of course not a banned organization, and they work—
AMY GOODMAN: Killed Mahatma Gandhi.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Yeah, assassinated him. But that—but, so, Modi started out as a worker for the RSS. He, of course, came into great prominence in 2002, when he was already the chief minister of Gujarat but had been losing local municipal elections. And this was at the time when the BJP had run this big campaign in—they had demolished the Babri Masjid, this old 14th century mosque, in 1992. But they were now saying, "We want to build a big Hindu temple in that place." And a group of pilgrims who were returning from the site where this temple was supposed to be built, the train in which they were traveling, the compartment was set on fire, and 58 Hindu pilgrims were burned. Nobody knows, even today, who set that compartment on fire and how it happened. But, of course, it was immediately, you know, blamed on Muslims. And then there followed an unbelievable pogrom in Gujarat, where more than a thousand people were lynched, were burned alive. Women were raped. Their abdomens were slit open. Their fetuses were taken out and so on. And not only that—
AMY GOODMAN: These were Muslims.
ARUNDHATI ROY: These were Muslims, by these Hindu mobs. And it became very clear that they had lists, they had support. The police were, you know, on side of the mobs. And, you know, 100,000 Muslims were driven from their homes. And this happened in 2002, this was 12 years ago. And subsequently, they have been—you know, the killers themselves have come on TV and boasted about their killing, come on—in sting operations. But the more they boasted, the more it became—I mean, for people who thought other people would be outraged, in fact it worked as election propaganda for Modi.
And even now, though he took off his sort of saffron turban and his red tikka and then put on a sharp suit and became the development chief minister, and yet, you know, when—recently, when he was interviewed by Reuters and asked whether he regretted what happened in 2002, he more or less said, "You know, I mean, even if I were driving a car and I drove over a puppy, I would feel bad," you know? But he very expressly has refused to take any responsibility or regret what happened.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: But that’s one of the extraordinary things that you describe in the book, is that following liberalization and the growth of this enormous middle class, 300 million, there was a simultaneous shift, gradual shift, to a more right-wing, exclusive, intolerant conception of India as a Hindu state. So, simultaneously, this class embraces neoliberalism, the neoliberalism in India, and also a more conservative Hindu ideology. So can you explain how those two go together, and how in fact, along with what you said now about Modi, how that might play out in this election?
ARUNDHATI ROY: You know, whenever I speak in India, I say that in the late '80s what the government did was they opened two locks. One was the lock of the free—of the market. The Indian market was not a free market, not an open market; it was a regulated market. They opened the lock of the markets. And they opened the lock of the Babri Masjid, which for years had been a disputed site, you know, and they opened it. And both those locks—the opening of both those locks eventually led to two kinds of totalitarianisms. One—and they both led to two kinds of manufactured terrorisms. You know, so the lock of the open market led to what are now being described as the Maoist terrorist, which includes all of us, you know, all of us. Anybody who's speaking against this kind of economic totalitarianism is a Maoist, whether you are a Maoist or not. And the other, you know, the Islamist terrorist. So, what happens is that both the Congress party and the BJP has different prioritizations for which terrorist is on the top of the list, you know? But what happens is that whoever wins the elections, they always have an excuse to continue to militarize.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: So the two main parties who are contesting this election are Congress, which is the ruling party now, and the BJP, the Bharatiya Janata Party, of which Narendra Modi is the head. And you’ve said that the only difference between them is that one does by day what the other does by night, so as far as these policies are concerned, you can see no difference, irrespective of who wins.
ARUNDHATI ROY: Yeah, well, you know, when it comes down to the wire, I agree with what I’ve said. And yet, you know, there is something to be said for hypocrisy, you know, for doing things by night, because there’s a little bit of tentativeness there; there isn’t this sureness of, you know, "We want the Hindu nation, and we want the rule of the corporations," and so on. But, yes, I mean, what happens is that everybody knows. It’s like whoever is in power gets 60 percent of the cut, and whoever is not in power gets 40 percent. That’s how the corporates work. You know, they have enough money to pay the government and the opposition. And all these institutions of democracy have been hollowed out, and their shells have been placed back, and we continue this sort of charade in some ways.

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Indian-American physician allege rape by Indian Military Attache in NY

Dr. Anurita Kapur, a single woman with a nine-year old child has alleged that she was raped by Colonel Manoj Tiwari who worked was senior commissioned Indian Army officer and Military Attache at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, who also served as a New York Liaison for the Defense of India. Tiwari who calls himself Tiger Tiwari is believed to be now hiding out at the Army War College at Mhow, India after her complaint.

Anurita reported the incident to The Permanent Mission of India (PMI) to the United Nations in New York including Permanent Representative of India to the UN Ambassador Ashoke Mukherjee, Deputy Permanent Representative of India Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri and other officers.
The Permanent Representative of India then passed on the complaints to his lower officers and nothing moved for over six months. No one investigated the matter at PMI instead passed the buck without any outcome. She feared that the officers are covering up for Tiwari.

Anurita also reported the matter to The Indian Embassy, all past and current Ambassadors Permanent Representatives (PR) and Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR), Counselors, Military Attache, Air Attache and Naval Attache in Washington and New York and to her dismay none investigated her complaint.

She also reported the matter to President of India, Prime-Minister of India, Minister of External Affairs, former Minister at the Ministry of Defense, Minister of Home Affairs, Chief of Army Staff, Director of Mechanized Infantry, Madras Regiment and leaders of the Indian Congress Party, he said.
Unfortunately, it has been over a year since Tiwari ran away to India, but no justice has been given to Anurita.

Instead the previous Indian Government tried to hush everything and shoved it under the rug to protect their high official Colonel Manoj Tiwari who is a sex predator and a rapist, the press release said.

After Dr. Kapur made complaints against him to Indian Government last year, Tiwari started making death threats to stop her from going public and filing complaints against him, she alleged.

You can read the news by clicking here.

Israel’s latest crime - another UN compound hit

As it has happened repeatedly in this latest genocidal campaign in Gaza, the rogue state of Israel has attacked a UN school. The head of the main UN relief agency in Gaza has denounced the Israeli strike on one of its schools, which killed 19 people.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces," said UNRWA commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl.

"This is the sixth time that one of our schools has been struck," he said. He Tweeted, “We have moved beyond realm of humanitarian action alone. [We] Are now in the realm of accountability and the need for action to end the carnage.”

He said the location of the school was given to the Israeli army 17 times.

Mr Krahenbuhl said about 3,300 people had been sheltering in the school at the moment it was struck.

Elsewhere, eight people, including five members of the same family in Jebalya, were killed in other strikes, Gaza officials said.

Seven other people were killed in Israel tank shelling in Khan Yunis and Deir al-Balah.

Jebalya, which has been under Israeli fire for the past 24 hours, is the largest refugee camp in Gaza.

Its population of 120,000 has been swollen by Palestinians trying to escape the fighting.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness tweeted: "UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces.

"Tens of thousands may soon be stranded in the streets of Gaza, without food, water and shelter if attacks on these areas continue.

"[The] international community must take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage in Gaza."

Hospital officials put the total number of Palestinians killed in the conflict at 1,245, most of them civilians.

On the Israeli side, 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the start of the offensive on 8 July.

UNRWA, the main UN relief agency in Gaza, said it was at "breaking point" with more than 200,000 Palestinians having taken shelter in its schools and buildings following calls by Israel for civilians to evacuate whole neighborhoods before military operations.

124 civilians in Gaza died in Tuesday alone.

Yesterday, Israel knocked down Gaza’s only power supply station, thus cutting down power supplies to all inside Gaza. Gazans now have no electricity, no water, and no sewage system. Through such attacks, Israel has essentially denied services in hospitals that rely on electricity and water to treat patients. Twenty-three medical
centers in  Gaza haved also been bombed by Israel.

In spite of such crimes against humanity, the western media try to  shield Israel from any blame. In particular, I am disappointed with the news coverage and the line of questioning and the answers within the US media - all seemingly to shield Israel from taking responsibility for crimes against humanity. Since its birth, one after another the pariah state has been committing horrendous crimes and strengthening its positions through never ending negotiations with a clear cut objective on its side never to give away anything annexed thus far. And yet the western media like CNN and neo-pundits of world affairs like Dr. Fareed Zakariya continue to evade such facts that are root causes for the crisis since 1948.

In the last few weeks alone some 1300 Palestinians have been killed because of Israel's latest mayhem in Gaza where 90% of the victims have been children and unarmed people. The Israeli casualty was only 3  civilians. And yet, Israel and her mouthpieces in the western world propagates that Israel is fighting terrorists of Hamas, and not civilians. What a joke! And guys like Fareed and media like CNN propagate such lies for our consumption! It is shameful, disgusting! The CNN and Fareed should be ashamed of justifying Israel's murderous campaign which is an international crime.

You can view CNN’s interview of Fareed by clicking here and let them know that you are appalled by their insensitivity to the crisis in which Israel is the culprit.

 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Who killed those 3 Israeli teenagers?

The government of Israel has been in the business of manufacturing lies to justify its evil occupation and extermination campaigns against displaced Palestinians since its unholy birth. Every new criminal action has always been with the motive to gain more control undermining the rights and privileges, if any left, of the occupied people - the Palestinians. So, from Netanyahu on the top down to his envoys across the globe - these war criminals and their diabolical supporters - are despicable liars to deflect and confuse world opinion. In spite of being an utterly evil government with no respect for human lives and international law, it wants to present itself as decent and its unjustifiable actions justifiable, which are necessary for the good of its Jewish people living inside Israel and for its patrons and sponsors in the western world for whom it claims to be a rampart in the Middle East.

In earlier articles, I have mentioned that Israel's latest genocidal campaign against unarmed Palestinians of Gaza had nothing to do with the death of 3 Israeli teenagers. The sad event did not happen inside Hamas-controlled Gaza, and there was no connection tying Hamas. And yet, Netanyahu chose to attack Gaza and kill unarmed civilians. The death toll of civilians has already risen above 1000 on the Palestinian side. On the Israeli side 43 Israeli soldiers have died.

Now some Israeli soldiers had enough of being used as Netanyahu's willing executioners; they are refusing to participate in the massacre of unarmed Palestinians. Many conscientious Jews around the globe are also protesting Netanyahu's evil - home and abroad - shoulder to shoulder with other protesters.

Evil mass murderers like Netanyahu ought to know that lies have short life, and cannot ultimately triumph over the truth. But so poisonous is their mind that they refuse to accept the inevitable and go on prolonging their evil actions hoping to dodge the crisis that they started.

A recent revelation from BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel confirms that Hamas had nothing to do with the murder of those Israeli teenagers. She writes, "After Israel's top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they've now admitted killers were acting as "lone cell.""

You can read her report by clicking here.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Israeli Jews, Racism, Hate Crimes and Mass Murder


In the last two days I have almost stopped watching TV news. It has been too painful to watch the gory scenes of the massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

How could any democratic government, which touts itself as the protector of its civilians, living the Jewish moral codes, commit such horrendous crimes against another people, esp. the children, women and the elderly?

Let’s call a spade a spade. Even the hated Nazis had shown more empathy for the Jews of Europe. Netanyahu’s neo-Nazi IDF executioners don’t give any time to their targeted victims. What is going on in Gaza is nothing short of a genocidal campaign: Palestinians are victimized simply because they are the ‘other’ people. Netanyahu’s executioners don’t discriminate anyone – old or young, disabled or able. Their unfortunate victims are safe nowhere, not even inside UN compounds, not on the shores of the Gaza, not inside the mosques, schools, and homes.
 
As a result, some 1,031 Palestinians (and still counting) – almost all unarmed civilians - have died. Another 6,000 Palestinians are injured. And compare these casualty figures with the losses on the Israeli side where more than 90% of the dead are members of the IDF. So, who is targeting and killing the civilians? Who is the guilty party?  It does not take a rocket scientist to concur that Israel is guilty of war crimes.

And yet, the powerful nations of our world with all their power and influence, let alone the Veto powers in the UN, remain silent to such gross violations of international law. They let the massacre of the civilians go unabated as if Palestinian lives are damn cheap, easily expendable and of no value. They are supportive of Israel’s genocidal campaign. Through their very endorsements of Israel’s genocidal campaign, they are not only emboldening a savage mass murderer like Netanyahu but also are becoming themselves partners in Israeli crimes. 

President Obama has proven to be a hypocrite. He has lost moral authority to be taken as a serious world leader and has become a joke in the global arena. The U.S. Congress, dominated by the ‘Amen Corner’, has mortgaged its soul, or what is left of it, to the altar of the all-powerful Israeli lobby. Thus, while the civilized people around the world condemn the savagery of IDF, Israel’s mouthpieces in the popular American media tell us that American people are supportive of Israeli criminal actions by almost 2:1 ratio. What a shame for America! The world genuinely seems radar-less and the crimes of the powerful criminals go unchecked.
I have often pondered on the subject of brutality. How could one group of humans do so much evil against another group? Is it programmed to think the worst of the other to the level that it is dehumanized, which then sets in motion the justification and actual extermination campaign of the hated group without any feeling of guilt?

Are Israeli Jews capable of such hate crimes? Many American and European Jews would answer – no way. After all, are not the Israeli Jews 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 sickening 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 the vast majority of the Israelis – from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the top down to a Jewish teenager - have learned the trade very well from their former tormentors. They are hardcore racists.

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 hours later in a Jerusalem forest. 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 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.

Even when there was no Palestinian ‘terrorism’, Netanyahu’s mind was poisoned. In a recent article Israeli peace organizer Donna Nevel mentions of her meeting with Netanyahu in the 1970s. She says, "He [Netanyahu] spoke contemptuously about Arabs, and predicted he would be the leader of Israel someday and would protect the Jewish state in the way it deserved. The immediate response many of us had was: “Heaven help us all if he ever gets into power in Israel.”"

One should not, therefore, be surprised to see the depth of savagery, racism and intolerance perpetrated by the IDF today under Netanyahu’s evil leadership.

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

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

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

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?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rape as a weapon of War against Rohingya and other minority Muslims of Myanmar

In Buddhist Burma, rape is increasingly used for genocidal campaigns against Muslims and other minorities. The state of Arakan had her share of troubles in recent years, all started with rumors that a Buddhist woman was violated by a Rohingya Muslim. Based on medical reports, Dr. Maung Zarni and I, including many other human rights activists, have shown that there was no truth to such allegations. But the extermination campaign that followed resulted in the death of thousands and the uprooting of nearly a quarter of the Rohingya and other Muslims of Burma. The targeted violence did not confine itself to Arakan but spread everywhere. Before the start of a new hate campaign, there was always some false allegations lodged against one or two Muslims to stir up the Buddhist mob to start the genocidal campaign against Muslims.

Last month, the crimes of the Arakan state were repeated in Mandalay - all with a false claim.

The news below is from Mizzima:

The communal violence in Mandalay early this month in which two people died began after a fabricated claim by a woman that she had been raped, state media has reported.
A police investigation found that the Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, AFP news agency quoted the state-controlled New Light of Myanmar as reporting on July 20.
The violence in Myanmar's second-biggest city erupted on July 1 after the fabrication was published on social media, including on the Facebook page of the Venerable U Wirathu, and a mob converged on a tea shop run by two Muslim brothers whom the woman had falsely accused of rape.
In the ensuing days of violence, which resulted in a curfew being imposed in Mandalay, two men ? a Buddhist and a Muslim ? were killed, more than 20 people were wounded and buildings and cars were destroyed or damaged.
AFP said the July 20 report in the New Light of Myanmar cited the Ministry of Home Affairs as saying that a medical examination of the woman, named as Phyu Phyu Min, found "no sign of rape or other violence".
"After a detailed investigation she confessed that she accused the two men because she was paid" to do so by two other people who apparently had a personal dispute with the tea shop owners, the report said.
It said the woman, and one of men alleged to have paid her to fabricate the story, had been arrested.
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It is good news to know that in Thein Sein's Myanmar eventually truth has been revealed, and the criminal woman and her patron arrrested. But will the Muslim victims see genuine justice? Can they live securely without being attacked by the Buddhist mob? Can the government do the right thing to integrate them on an equal footing as citizens of Myanmar?

 

Human Rights Court in France fines Poland for violating human rights in the CIA case

Europe's top human rights court, based in Strasbourg, France, ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights marked the first time any court has passed judgment on the so-called "renditions program" that President George W. Bush launched after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The court said Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to stop the "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment" of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, who were transported to Poland in 2002.

It ordered Poland to pay 130,000 euros ($175,000) to Zubaydah, a Palestinian terror suspect, and 100,000 euros ($135,000) to al-Nashiri, a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the attack in 2000 on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

It a statement explaining its ruling, the court said the interrogations and ill-treatment of the suspects at the facility in Stare Kiekuty, a remote village in northern Poland, was "the exclusive responsibility of the CIA and it was unlikely that the Polish officials had witnessed or known exactly what happened inside the facility." It argued, however, that Poland should have ensured that individuals held in its jurisdiction would not be subjected to degrading treatment. "For all practical purposes, Poland had facilitated the whole process, had created the conditions for it to happen and had made no attempt to prevent it from occurring," the court said.

The court also faulted Poland for failing to conduct an effective investigation into the matter. The government launched an investigation in 2008 but there are no signs that it is close to coming to a conclusion.
President Bronislaw Komorowski called the judgment "embarrassing" to Poland, and damaging both financially and to its image.

Israel shells UN compound again killing 15 people

The IDF has again attacked a UN compound. Crimes of this kind are nothing new for the pariah state run by a rogue government that does not care lives of unarmed civilians.

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

As reported in the news media pools of blood soiled the school courtyard, amid scattered books and belongings. There was a large scorch mark in the courtyard marking the place where one of the tank shells hit. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area.

It was the fourth time a U.N. facility has been hit in fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, since the Israeli operation began July 8.

Six members of the same family and an 18-month-old infant boy were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit the Jebaliya refugee camp in the early morning hours, according to Gaza police and health officials. Twenty others were injured in the strike, they said, and rescuers were digging through the rubble of flattened homes, looking for survivors.

An airstrike on a home in the southern Gaza town of Abassan killed five members of another family, said Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. Abassan is near Khan Younis, in an area that saw intense fighting on Wednesday.

The 16-day conflict has claimed the lives of more than 700 Palestinians, most of them civilians, Palestinian health officials say. Israel has lost 32 soldiers, all since July 17, when it widened its air campaign into a full-scale ground operation it says is aimed at halting rocket fire from Gaza and destroying a sophisticated network of cross-border tunnels.

Two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel have also been killed.

You can read the full story by clicking here.

Donna Nevel's piece on Netanyahu and the Palestinian-Israeli crisis

As I have repeatedly mentioned in many of my writings over the last three decades the Likudniks in Israel are hardcore racists who have no human feelings for lives of non-Jews like Palestinians. That is why, it is so easy for them to commit mass massacre of Palestinians everywhere. For them, it does not take an excuse or real event to go onto the offensive and commit these heinous crimes.

The current events with invasion of Gaza where as of yesterday more than 700 unarmed Palestinian civilians have died with only 2 Israeli civilian deaths once again testify to this truth loud and clear. Benjamin Netanyahu is the man behind the latest war crimes. I don't know if our so-called civilized West would have the moral conscience to send him  to the World Court for such crimes against humanity, but facts cannot be hidden that he is a mass murderer, and has been always as such promoting and executing, whenever possible, such an evil.

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. Most recently, she was a founding member of Jews Say No!, and is on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and is a member of the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project--US.

She has followed the lives of many Likudniks and known about Netanyahu for decades since his schooling in the USA. Of her meeting with Netanyahu in the 1970s, she says, "He [Netanyahu] spoke contemptuously about Arabs, and predicted he would be the leader of Israel someday and would protect the Jewish state in the way it deserved. The immediate response many of us had was: “Heaven help us all if he ever gets into power in Israel.”"

You can read about her take on the current crisis by clicking here.

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?