“A democracy doesn’t deny millions their civil rights, plunder their land and resources and deprive them of independence and of a say in their future.”
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Palestinians are being subjected to the worst version of apartheid.”
He added: “Israel is the worst apartheid regime” and called for the continued support of BDS and for South Africa to cut all ties with “apartheid Israel.”
“What we have experienced in South Africa is a fraction of what the Palestinians are experiencing,” Mandela said in an interview with Royal News English on Sunday. “We were oppressed in order to serve the white minority. The Palestinians are being eliminated off their land and brought out of their territories, and this is a total human-rights violations. I think it is a total disgrace that the world is able to sit back while such atrocities are being carried out by apartheid Israel.”
Close to the mausoleum is a six-meter high, bronze statue of Nelson Mandela, who is famous among Palestinians for saying: “We know all too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
During an anti-Israel march in July, he demanded “that all ties be cut with Israel… no trade ties, no cultural ties and no travel! We demand that Israel complies with International law and demand the return of six million Palestinian refugees driven from the land of their birth. We demand that all occupied land be returned, and we condemn the continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.”
Silence is Betrayal:
”We sent Marines into Lebanon and you only have to go to Lebanon, to Syria or to Jordan to witness first-hand the intense hatred among many people for the United States because we bombed and shelled and unmercifully killed totally innocent villagers – women and children and farmers and housewives – in those villages around Beirut,” he said.
”That image has been wiped out of the consciousness of Americans but it is vivid there. As a result of that, we not only lost our status as an honored intermediary but we became kind of a Satan in the minds of those who are deeply resentful. That is what precipitated the taking of our hostages and that is what has precipitated some of the terrorist attacks – which were totally unjustified and criminal.” Mr. [Jimmy] Carter’s feelings toward Israel today seem to be complex mixture of love and frustration. – NY Times “Why Camp David Turned Bitter: The Carter View” March 26, 1989
“On August 29, before the airport truck bombing, two Marines had been killed by Muslim mortar fire; on September 3, two more, and on October 16, two more. Against Weinberger’s protest, McFarlane, now in Beirut, persuaded the President to have the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey start hurling 16-inch shells into the mountains above Beirut, in World War II style, as if we were softening up the beaches on some Pacific atoll prior to an invasion. What we tend lo overlook in such situations is that other people will react much as we would. When the shells started falling on the Shiites, they assumed the American “referee” had taken sides against them. And since they could not reach the battleship, they found a more vulnerable target, the exposed Marines at the airport.”
Many key right wing figures have even broke the silence on neo-cons/zionists:
“But I believe that Israel has a powerful strangle hold on the American Government. They control both members of the House, the House and the Senate. They have us involved in wars in which we have little or no interest. Our children are coming back in body bags. Our Nation is bankrupt over these wars. And if you open your mouth you get targeted. And if you they don’t beat you at the poll they’ll put you in prison.”- James Traficant
Ron Paul says the neo-cons are the problem. Ray McGovern said they used to be called “the crazies” back when he was in the CIA under Ronald Reagan. Even Donald Trump has said Bill Kristol is a poor loser who just wants to go to war, not that Trump isn’t an open racist which is extremely dangerous. If you replaced the word Judiasm with Islam Trump would sound precisely like Hitler. Hitler knew racism was the only way to get his soldiers to commit such crimes against humanity, as do other propaganda machines.
Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) on Illegal, Apartheid Israel:
“Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs.” – Gandhi
Page 318 of “The Gandhi Reader” Homer A. Jack (bought at Barnes and Noble)
“And now a word to the Jews in Palestine. I have no doubt that they are going about in the wrong way. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they must look to Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb.They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart. The same God rules the Arab heart who rules the Jewish heart. They can offer Satyagraha in front of the Arabs and offer themselves to be shot or thrown into the Dead Sea without raising a little finger against them. They will find the world opinion in their favor in their religious aspiration. There are hundreds of ways of reasoning with the Arabs, if they will only discard the help of the British bayonet. As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them.
I am not defending the Arab excess. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regard as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.”
– M. K. Gandhi “Zionism and Anti-Semitism”
Reprinted with permission from Harijan, November 26, 1938. Also in M. K. Gandhi, Non-Violence in Peace and War (Ahmedabad: Navajivan, 1942), Vol I, pp. 183-88.
“The Gandhi Reader,” Edited by Homer A. Jack, page 321
“When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks [Jewish].” – Einstein
“The idea was to come here and to empower university students primarily, but anyone, to use the internet for resistance – a cyber militia, if you will, because the Israeli students were doing it very well. The Israelis had a phenomenal public-relations machine and that did not exist in Gaza. ”
Israel the only Democracy in the Middle East?
Gender Wage Gap in Israel Among Highest in the West
Latest OECD survey shows women with full-time jobs earn just 78% of their male peers. The differential hasn’t changed in five years
Tali Heruti-Sover Oct 11, 2017 12:26 AM
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Here is a list of some of the most egregious things Christian and Jewish Zionists have done:
The man who plotted the WTC attacks did it because of US support for Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has said 9/11 was good for Israel. PNAC said we needed another “Pearl Harbor” before 9/11. There were plans to divide Iraq long before 2003 (A Strategy for Israel in the1980’s). Ann Coulter said, “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” John Yoo said there is no treaty or law in Congress that can stop the President from crushing the testicles of a small child. (There are several international and state laws against torture)
Extremist, Zionist Rabbis have said things like, “Gentiles sole purpose is to serve the Jews,” or “It’s okay to forcefully take a non-Jews liver or organs,” or “we should use Arab terrorists for science experiments,” or “Jewish DNA is superior to the Goyim, their souls are lower than animals,” “one Jewish fingernail is greater than 10,000 Arabs” etc.
^http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovadia_Yosef#cite_ref-36> Mandel, Jonah (October 18, 2010). “Yosef: Gentilesexist only to serve Jews”. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
(“The End of Days” by Gershom Gorenberg, p.164, Oxford University Press)
‘Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring’
Catholic Priests get spit on in Jerusalem on aregular basis.
Zionist terrorists killed a UN ambassador, Count Folke Bernadotte (whom previously rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis.) The one who called the hit, gloated about how he was killed with a German made gun, like the ones used by the Nazis, and how a well crafted gun it was. Members of his terrorist gang later became Prime Ministers of Israel and Mossad agents.
(“The End of Days” by Gershom Gorenberg p.124, Oxford University Press)
(Against Our Better Judgement” by Alison Weir p. 56)
The Irgun and Stern gang did this and scores of other terrorists attacks, which the west then addressed their grievances (negotiated with terrorists) and then founded the illegal, apartheid nation of Israel.
Israel staged attacks on US movie theaters and markets in Egypt, so as to blame it on the Muslim Brotherhood, they later had to admit to it, it’s called the “Lavron Affair.”
Israel attacked the USS Liberty, killing most of its crew, attacking it for hours, even dropping napalm on its crew members. All survivors believe they did it so as to blame Egypt and cause the US to enter the war they had with Egypt.
Israel has hundreds of UN resolutions against them.
Zionism was voted as being a form of racism by the UN by a landslide.
Israel segregates their buses in certain areas, just like apartheid in the South (US) and in South Africa.
Burning of the New Testament in Israel:
“Israel took the most arable land in former Palestine and forced thousands of Muslim and Christian Palestinians from their land, and continue to bulldoze their houses, incarcerate, torture and terrorize them.“The Palestinians rejected Resolution 181 outright. The geography of the partition was, according to the Arab Higher Committee representing Palestinian demands, “absurd, impracticable, and unjust.” The resolution established a ridiculously serpentine border. It gave the Jews, who at the time owned 7 percent of the land and made up less than a third of the population, 56 percent of the country, seven eights of the citrus groves, most of the arable fields, and a majority of the Mediterranean ports. Some 80 percent of the land that would be the future state of Israel was still private property owned by Arabs.” (Reza Aslan, “How to Win a Cosmic War” p.48)
Palestinians refer to the creation of Israel as “Nakba” or “great catastrophe.”
An Israeli soldier ran over and a 23-year-old, American woman with a bulldozer named Rachel Corrie. She was wearing a blaze orange vest. A US court found the operator of the bulldozer innocent and the judge deemed the girl an unreasonable person for not getting out of the way, or for trying to protect a Palestinian doctor’s house. What about this “tank man (woman)?”
An Israeli soldier emptied an entire ammunition clip into a school girls head…What about this Malala Yousafzai?
Certain Israeli soldiers make shirts of pregnant Palestinian women on them reading, “shoot to kill” with a rifle scope’s cross hairs over the women’s pregnat womb. “Shoot to cripple” is also a policy where IDF shoot men, women and children in the groins…
YHWY/Christ ordered his people to commit the utter annihilation of all that breathes on many peoples in the Bible/Tanakh. (Joshua 10:40)
Zionist have threatened the “Dome of the Rock’s” existence, on multiple occasions, ancient tunnels that were dug under it had to be cemented shut by Israeli police. This is a very holy site to the religion of Islam.
Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian children. Israel has bombed many hospitals and even UN schools.
Israel dumps their sewage in Palestinian drinking water.
Israel blockades Palestine from many foods and even children’s toys.
Israel uproots and burns many of their olive trees, soldiers have killed many of their livestock (sounds like utter annihilation, over one million chickens killed according to UN report) and their water is taken and pumped into Israel.
from New Yorker article provided
Zionists from around the world donate money to have Jews from around the world sent to Israel to live, on settlements made atop freshly bulldozed homes, where settlers drive on segregated buses and intimidate Palestinians with Uzis, curse words and mobs.
Israel uses DIME, white phosphorus and depleted uranium weapons that mutilates children’s bodies and even causes some of the most bizarre and extreme forms of birth defects…
Israel abstains from voting on a Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) resolutions. 177 nations vote to have them; The US is the only nation that votes in opposition. The world fears this will cement US hegemony.
Israel has many nuclear weapons and are the real threat to security in the Middle East. Indeed many people in the region would feel safer if Iran actually had nuclear weapons.
There has been incidents of Israeli soldiers writing hate speech, desecrating religious items, and smearing excrement in Palestinian school houses.
Certain Zionists venerate Baruch Goldstein, the man who massacred 29 Muslims during their prayer session.
Some Zionist believe YHWY wants them to wage war and take all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates. The Bible says it’s punishable by death to take back land captured in war.
The US gives Israel a few billion dollars every year in US made weaponry, around $115 billion to date.
Does Hollywood have biases that are pro-Israel?
There was a book written by two concerned professors “The Israeli Lobby and US Foreign Policy” which demonstrates how lobbyists like AIPAC steer Congressional decisions on Israel. It was a New York Times Best Seller.
Many neo-conservatives are Christians and Jews who’re are radical Zionists in the sense of being violent, but not in the senseas in hitting the root, who hold high positions in the US government. RayMcGovern says they used to be called “the crazies” when he worked for the CIA and prepared daily presidential briefs for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Rae Abileah, a 28-year old Jewish daughter of an Israeli and CODE Pink member hospitalized with neck injuries after disrupting Netanyahu speech on DNow.
Native Palestinians are 100% Semitic People. Jews from Europe and Russia and other places are further removed from their Semitic ethnicity and have procreated with people in the region. Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages. When someone is called “anti-Semitic” for being critical of the state of Israel it makes no sense, because the person accused of being anti-Semitic would actually be pro-Semitic since they’re being a voice for Palestinians, who’re Semitic as well. Israeli’s could be called anti-Semitic for killing Palestinians (Semites).
Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, all, have called Israel an apartheid state. Jimmy Carter and the ANC (African National Congress) have said the apartheid in Israel is worse than it was in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist up until 2008.
Roger Waters, front man for Pink Floyd, has given speeches at the UN in favor of Palestine and continues to work on their behalf. He calls for a divestment of Israeli products.
Israel divided Palestine into a nation of two regions with Israel separating them in the middle. Israel continues to eat up portions of Palestine and has caged Palestine off into a country riddled with walls and checkpoints that separate friends and family and cuts people off from going to local markets, much like the Berlin Wall, only four times the length and twice as high in some points.
Some Zionist lobbyist (Patrick Clawson) are calling for a false flag attack to get the US to go to war with Iran. This should be almost unbelievable, especially how it’s being normalized; it’s not just talked about behind closed doors, such as the “Northwoods Documents” once were.
There’s video of Israelis bending men’s’ arms backwards and breaking them at the elbow with a large rock. (“Palestine is still the issue” John Pilger)
“The Christian home, is to be in a constant state of war.” – Prominent, former (disgraced), mega church pastor Ted Haggard
Two good books about Neoconservative, Zionist-Christain influence over US and world policy are “With God on Their Side” by Esther Kaplan and “The Family” by Jeff Sharlett.
Jesus of Nazareth spoke Aramaic. The word “God” is the same in Arabic as it is in the language Jesus spoke. Arabic speaking Jews and Christians use the word “Allah” for “God”. The Christian’s God, Jesus, used the word “Allah” to talk to Himself from Earth to the Heavens (another word for “the sky”).
The only place that still speaks Aramaic is in a town in Syria, one of the countries Israel has disputed lands with and which is also currently being bombed by the US.
Some Zionists are evoking the old term “savage” and using it to describe Palestinians. These signs are being placed on mini buses. This was the word used to subjugate Native Americans to the desired status of sub-human, much like Nazi propaganda did with Jews.
The Transfer Agreement was an agreement made with Hitler and rich Zionists that allowed them to leave Germany and go to Israel along with most of their wealth.
“This made Palestine and attractive destination for middle-class Germany Jews fleeing Nazi persecution: from 1933 to 1939, the Transfer Agreement directly facilitated the emigration of 20,000 German Jewish ‘capitalists’ to Palestine, together with the transfer of 8.1 million in Jewish assets. p.227”
Israel deploys cyber teams to spread a positive, pro-Israel spin on the internet.
Official Talmudic teaching says Jesus of Nazareth is burning in excrement in a hellish afterlife. While Islam teaches Jesus was a prophet and mentions the Virgin Mary, by name, in the Qur’an more so than in the Bible.
Why are so many Christians against Islam, but fine with Judaism? All three are considered the Abrahamic religions. Jews, Christians and Muslims live side by side and prayed together in many Islamic countries. Muslims consider Jews and Christians “people of the Book” (Ahl-Al-Kitab), and during Islam’s Golden Age even atheists were accepted into high positions of government.
(“Oil and Water” by Amir Hussain, p.27)
Many Israeli’s, themselves, disagree with the illegal settlements in their country. Some Jews disagree with the entire nation of Israel even existing (Rabbi Dovid Yisreal Weiss)
Israel has literally whipped Palestine off the map, another example of Israeli doublespeak since Israel claims Iran wants to do this to them (see West bank, Gaza). Most world maps don’t show Palestine at all, only Israel, and have Jerusalem as it’s capital, not Tel Aviv:
See William Blum’s “America’s Deadliest Exports” on Ahmadinejad’s real comments.
“The Jill Stein campaign calls for ending support for governments committing war crimes and massive human rights violations, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Finally, we call for establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of US support of human rights and international law violations to one based on justice and truth bringing all parties together as equals to seek workable solutions.”
The following four quotes are from Thich Nhat Hanh whom was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. King, Jr., he has also appeared on Oprah “The Queen of Media”:
“We recommended that the Palestinians and Israeli talk about their suffering, fears, and despair in a public forum that all the world could hear. We could all listen without judging, without condemning in order to understand the experience of both sides. This would prepare the ground of understanding for peace talks to occur.”
“The same situation now exists between the American people and people of Islamic and Arabic nations. There is much misunderstanding and lack of the kind of communication that hinders our ability to resolve our difficulties peacefully.”
“If I were given the opportunity to be face to face with Osama bin Laden, the first thing I would do is listen. I would try to understand why he had acted in that cruel way. I would try to understand all of the suffering that had led him to violence.”
“This past summer a group of Palestinians and Israelis came to Plum Village, the practice center where I live in southern France, to learn and practice the arts of deep listening and loving speech. (Around 1,600 people come to Plum Village each summer from over a dozen countries to listen and to learn how to bring peace and understanding to their daily lives.)… When a person spoke, they refrained from using words of blame, hatred, and condemnation. They spoke in an atmosphere of trust and respect. Out of these dialogues the participating Palestinians and Israelis were very moved to realize that both sides suffer from fear. They appreciated the practice of deep listening and made arrangements to share what they had learned with others upon returning to their home countries.”
“Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.“ -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you have not met frequently with the broad and deep Israeli peace movement, you might wish to change your routine so that you can play a part in the historic effort to establish a broad and deep peace between the two Semitic peoples. The exchanges should be videotaped and widely distributed to further the cause of peace and to witness Abraham Foxman dialoguing without his customary lines that evade the issues.” – Ralph Nader
“And that is why [because of nuclear proliferation] I support the idea of a joint US-Soviet cooperation…There’s a huge amount of exploration to do. And all of it, every step that I described, could be before the television cameras of the world, and we could all participate in such exploration. ” – Carl Sagan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKQQAv5svkk (35-38 mins.)
“You and I are both…I think we share the same viewpoint of many of Hillary Clinton’s policies…she is the candidate of empire. She is the candidate also of regime change, of humanitarian cruise missiles. I mean she is hardly the dovish opponent or sort of alternate choice to Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders supports the kill list. So we have three candidates all of whom have very serious issues that should be investigated and they should be held accountable for in front of the American public. Partisanship doesn’t allow that though.” – Jeremy Scahill on Bill Maher (2016)
Salma Hayek, Sharon Stone, Whitney Houston, Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, Andie Macdowell, Lucy Liu, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Dwight Howard, Jon Stewart, Elvis Costello, Penélope Cruz, Rob Schneider, Rosie O’Donnell, Mia Farrow, Mark Ruffalo, John Cusack, and Anthony Bourdain are all famous celebrities who’ve come out against Israeli occupation of Palestine. Over 100 British artists and over 1,000 African American activists, artists and scholars such as Angela Davis, Cornell West and America’s most famous political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Black Lives Matter movement is also growing inseparable with Palestinian liberation.
In the Old Testament (Tanakh) God (YHWY) calls his chosen people to “utterly annihilate all that breathes” on dozens of peoples. The word in ancient Hebrew, a language consisting of approximately 8000 words, is “herem.” The English language today has about 470,000 words, yet the closet word to “herem” would be genocide. However, genocide usually doesn’t consist of killing animals. “The Bible is probably the most genocidal book in the literary canon,” says Noam Chomsky. There are violent stories in the Qur’an and Vedas, perhaps in all ancient cultures. Taoism and Buddhism, generally don’t however. Their core, written teaching don’t condone war. Some Buddhists use violence though.
(Deuteronomy 20:16, 1 Samuel 15:3, Joshua 6:21, Joshua 11:11, 1 Kings 15:29, Numbers 25:4, Ezekiel 9: 5-7 Jeremiah 51: 20-26, Leviticus 26: 21-22, Judges 11: 29-40, Judges 12: 4-7, 2 Samuel 24: 10-15, Isaiah 37: 36, 1 Kings 20: 28-29, etc.)
“Dark Passages” Is the Bible more violent than the Qur’an–yes!
“If your concept of Israel is king Ahab’s concept then Elijah is anti-Israeli.” – Noam Chomsky
How is one to call followers of the Bible a religion of peace? This ancient way of thinking is a ball and chain to humanity that plunged us into the Dark Ages for hundreds of years and it is so disgraceful and dangerous that it could literally lead to a nuclear war. This destructive, torturous, mind controlling language must be written out of existence or placed in a period in humanity’s past. There are too many people that have a living translation of these barbaric stories who literally want the end times to come so their messiah will return to them. This is a serious pathology (homicidal and suicidal) that threatens all of humankind…
The story of Jesus in the New Testament of the Christian Bible brought forth a new covenant between humans and God, proclaiming humans to never use violence. Jesus said you have heard you are to take an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth (as stated in the OT), but he then instructed humans to take up a new law (New Testament) where you are to turn the other cheek if someone strikes you. Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Blessed are the Peacemakers they shall be called sons of God. Are the teachings of Jesus. US mainstream Christianity needs to specifically prohibit genocide as well as the Gemara if the Mishnah doesn’t already.
It can be understandable that a religion wants to restore itself to it’s origins, especially if discrimination is involved. Even as it is the fact that a creation of the Third Temple would mean sacrificing animals again and burning them (because the Bible says YHWH loves the smell of burned flesh), women killing doves to “purify” them after menstruation etc. But if people in Judaism want to go back to an ancient fundamental way of living they can’t do it by killing innocent people and kicking them out of their homes. As Gandhi said they would need to commit Satyagraha and that there are hundreds of ways of dealing with this situation. Perhaps if the Third Temple was built more progressive reform rituals could be done. Either way, the Dome of the Rock is there today and perhaps an addition to the Rock could be made, or dual ownership of the area, etc. Muslims consider themselves the real people continuing the faith as well. This whole mess started for political reasons that went around the highest Rabbinical authorities to begin with, so this is cry for their religion really was not a legitimate starting point.
All because people believe their superstitious ways are so important and more important than living up to their core teaching of peace and ecumenism. People literally believe the world will end if they don’t put some rocks on top of each other and sacrifice animals, despite religions all over the world, and ones older than the Bible, exist. They believe their religion is right and is the only way to peace via a sword and isn’t it a coincidence it was the religion they were born into. Many Christians believe the world will end and “eternal paradise” will be issued when the Dome of the Rock is blown up the Third Temple built, a Jewish Messiah is anointed in this temple, who then be the anti-Christ (so Judeo Christian relations will once again be on very bad terms), and a thousand year rule of “Satan” will occur which will then be saved when Jesus comes down from the sky and abducts true believers into the sky. There are Christians who are working to see the end times in their lifetime, not all believe in millennialism and the 1000 year rule of the “anti-Christ.”
This is how much Israel cares about Holocaust survivors:
“Formed under the guidance of United States and Israeli intelligence officers in 1957, SAVAK developed into an effective secret agency.”
“He [Chief CIA Iran Analyst] said that the C.I.A. sent an operative to teach interrogation methods to SAVAK, the Shah’s secret police,that the training included instructions in torture, and the techniques were copied from the Nazis.” – NY Times
The FAS [Federation of American Scientists] list of SAVAK torture methods included “electric shock, whipping, beating, inserting broken glass and pouring boiling water into the rectum, tying weights to the testicles, and the extraction of teeth and nails.” 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVAK (FAS.org link now dead, I have it printed off)
A UN human rights committee described the torture in Israeli prisons as “crossing the line”, noting that Israel’s brutal methods of torture included breaking backs, pulling fingers apart and twisting testicles.
Excerpts from “The New Yorker” magazine about Operation Castlead, an Israeli assault on Gaza: Letter from Gaza
What really happened during the Israeli attacks? by Lawrence Wright
Nov. 9, 2009
According to various international agencies, fourteen percent of the buildings of Gaza were partially or completely destroyed, including twenty-one thousand homes, seven hundred factories and businesses, sixteen hospitals, thirty-eight primary health-care centers, and two hundredand eighty schools. Two hundred and fifty wells were destroyed, three hundred thousand trees were uprooted, and large swaths of agricultural land were made no longer arable, in part because of contamination and unexploded ordnance.(p.60)
Gaza is a sea of children. The average woman there has 5.1 children, one of the highest birth rates in the world. More than half the population is eighteen or younger. (p.49)
There is very little for children to do in Gaza. The Israeli blockade includes a ban on toys, so the only playthings available have been smuggled, at a premium, through tunnels from Egypt. (p.49)
The main diversion for children is the beach, and on Fridays, after noon prayers, the shore is massed with families. Unlike the topaz waters of Tel Aviv, here the sea is murky, a consequence of twenty million gallons of raw and partially treated sewage that is dumped off shore every day. The main water-treatment plant is broken, and because of the blockades the spare parts that would fix it are unavailable. (p.49)
When John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Gaza in February of this year, he asked why pasta wasn’t allowed in. Soon, macaroni was passing through the checkpoints, but jam was taken off the list. (p.50)
Israeli government officials have told international aid officials that the aim is “no prosperity, no development, no humanitarian crisis. (p.50)
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, ninety-six per cent of Gaza’s industrial sector collapsed after Operation Cast Lead. (p.53)
Meanwhile, Israel is holding more than seven thousand Palestinians, nearly nine hundred of them from Gaza, who like Shalit, are cut off from their families and are sometimes held without charge. (p.55)
According to a recent U.N. fact-finding mission led by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone, there are approximately eighty-one hundred Palestinian political prisoners held in Israel, including sixty women and three hundred and ninety children. (p.56)
A mosque near his house had been destroyed. Also nearby was Beit Lehia Elementary School, which the U.N.R.W.A. had turned into an emergency shelter for fifteen hundred people. It was hit by white-phosphorus artillery shells. Such munitions are usually employed to produce smoke screens, but they are also powerful incendiaries…Two children burned to death. (p.58)
In several instances, armed drones killed children who were on rooftops. Were they “spotters,” as the Israelis speculated, or children at play, as human-rights workers in Gaza contended?(p.59)
Despite the accuracy of such weapons, Israeliand Palestinian human-rights groups reported that eighty-seven civilians were killed by drone strikes, including twelve people who were waiting for a U.N. bus. (p.59)
A military rabbi told soldiers, “No pity, God protects you, everything you do is sanctified,” and “this is a holy war.” (p.59)
Human Rights Watch has reported eleven instances of Israeli troops shooting civilians carrying white flags, including five women and four children–one of many incidents that human rights groups say may constitute a war crime. (p.59-60)
Armored bulldozers took down houses and factories. (p.60)
According to Amnesty International, fourteen hundred Gazans died, including three hundred children; five thousand were wounded. (p.60)
Myth of UN creation of Israel:
Hitler helped found Israel, he allowed Rich Zionist Jews to flee to Israel with most of their wealth:
President of Israel: “Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment”
4. All the people ruled over by Iran can vote in national elections and even Iranian Jews have a representative in parliament. In contrast, of the 12 million people ruled by Israel, 4 million of them have no vote in Israeli politics, which is the politics that actually rules them.
This is why war must end, WARNING, VERY GRAPHIC:
“I believe that Gandhi’s views were the most enlightened ofall the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit:not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation inanything you believe is evil” – Albert Einstein
MUST WATCH: The official Rabbinic authorities of Palestine were against the creation of Israel
“I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way. Such incidents, in the Israeli lexicon, become children caught in crossfire. I was in Gaza when F-16 attack jets dropped 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs on overcrowded hovels in Gaza City. I saw the corpses of the victims, including children. This became a surgical strike on a bomb-making factory. I have watched Israel demolish homes and entire apartment blocks to create wide buffer zones between the Palestinians and the Israeli troops that ring Gaza. I have interviewed the destitute and homeless families, some camped out in crude shelters erected in the rubble. The destruction becomes the demolition of the homes of terrorists. I have stood in the remains of schools—Israel struck two United Nations schools in the last six days, causing at least 10 fatalities at one in Rafah on Sunday and at least 19 at one in the Jebaliya refugee camp Wednesday—as well as medical clinics and mosques. I have heard Israel claim that errant rockets or mortar fire from the Palestinians caused these and other deaths, or that the attacked spots were being used as arms depots or launching sites. I, along with every other reporter I know who has worked in Gaza, have never seen any evidence that Hamas uses civilians as “human shields.”
There is a perverted logic to Israel’s repeated use of the Big Lie—Große Lüge—the lie favored by tyrants from Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to Saddam Hussein. The Big Lie feeds the two reactions Israel seeks to elicit—racism among its supporters and terror among its victims.”
Pages 161, 162 “The Israeli Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by John L. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
These “traditional tactics” to influence Congress also enable the lobby to put pressure on the executive branch when it takes actions that are considered to be not in Israel’s interest. When that happens, the president or cabinet official is likely to get a hard-hitting letter from one or both houses of Congress, singed by most of its members, as President Gerald Ford did when he threatened a reassessment of U.S.-Israel relations in 1975. President Bush got a similar letter in April 2002, when he briefly sought to pressure Israel to end a large-scale military incursion in the Occupied Territories. The lopsided percentage of signatories for each of these letters is eloquent testimony to AIPAC’s ability to twist arms. As Senator John Culver (D-IA) later admitted, “The pressure was just too great. I caved.”48 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice felt the same pressure as she sought to restart the peace process by visiting the Middle East in March 2007. Just before her departure, Rice received an AIPAC-sponsored letter signed by seventy-nine senators, urging her to avoid contact with the new Palestinian “unity government” until it recognized Israel, renounced terror, and agreed to abide by Israeli-Palestinian agreements.49 No wonder former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger once told AIPAC’s Tome Dine, “Dine, I deal with you because you could hurt me.”50
Another senator, speaking on condition of anonymity, told a Washington Post reporter in 1991, “My colleages think AIPAC is a very very powerful organization that is ruthless, and very, very alert. Eighty percent of the senators here roll their eyes on some of the votes. They know that what they’re doing isn’t what they really believe is right, but why fight on a situation where they’re liable to get beat up on?53
50 The Lobbyists From AIPAC, Girding for Battle in the New World Order, The Washington Post, by Lloyd Grove.
“[A] brilliant contribution to the American foreign policy debate.” –Anatol Lieven, The New York Times Book Review
“For the Jihadist militants of al-Qa’ida, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have become central fronts in what bin Laden calls a “Third Word War, which the Crusader-Zionist coalition began against the Islamic nation.” But while these wars, and the human rights abuses at Guantánamo Abu Gharib, have provided Jihadist ideologues with an invaluable recruiting tool, one perhaps on a par with the occupation of Palestine, for those Muslim youths who identify with Global Jihadism as a social movement there is no central front on the War on Terror because their identity cannot be confined to any territorial boundaries. Rather, theirs is a transnational identity linked together not by language, ethnicity, or culture but by a set of grievances—both local and global, real and imagined—that has created a shared narrative of oppression and injustice at the hands of the West. The threat of terrorism from Jihadist groups like al-Qa’ida may never fully dissipate. As in the case with any international criminal conspiracy, it may take years, perhaps decades, of cooperation among the military, intelligence, and diplomatic apparatuses of nation-states around the globe to put an end to Jihadist militancy. But to adequately confront the social movement that Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri inspired a decade ago will require more than militancy might. It will require a deeper understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that have made Global Jihadism such an appealing phenomenon, particularly to Muslim youth. This battle will take place not in the streets of Baghdad or in the mountains of Afghanistan but in the suburbs of Paris, the slums of East London, and the cosmopolitan cities of Berlin and New York. It is a battle that will be waged not against men with guns but against boys with computers, a battle that can be won not with bullets and bombs but with words and ideas.” – 1st Edition of “How to Win a Cosmic War,” later change to different title
Sort of pompous, did the author grow up in a war-torn Ghetto? Maybe he did?
Wired Magazine – “How army clandestinity recruit bloggers”
BBC — “How pentagon plans to fight the net” –Read DoD attachment O.I.R.
Deuteronomy 17New International Version (NIV)
17 Do not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him.
2 If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, 3 and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, 4 and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, 5 take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death. 6 On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. 7 The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death, and then the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from among you.
Patrick Clawson v. George Galloway and panel
1) Neighbors WANT a nuclear Iran in polls, maybe not our Western backed dictators, but people (demos) (see Reza Aslan’s “How to win a Cosmic War” I believe, or Chomsky, below)
2) Iran did not say they want to wipe Israel off the map (see William Blum “America’s Deadliest Export”) and in fact Israel wiped Palestine off the map.
3) We have used nukes since WWII—Depleted Uranium has same affects more or less, Fallujah has cancer rates as Hiroshima and Nagasaki did (300 contaminated sites—like dirty bombs)
4) The Hidden Imam? As Galloway points out, Bush said God talks to him in Harretz Newspaper. Not only that Christian millennialism is prevalent, not just in the US military but our voting block, the rapture, end times, spreading Christianity by the “sword” as Ann Coulter says, “kill their leaders and convert to Christians,” Ted Haggard, “Christians to be in constant state of war,” etc. CONPLAN 3502, Garden Plot, Cable Splicer, Huston Plan, MAD/mad man theory are all apocalyptic thinking, not just preparations for nuclear war etc.
5) Amadinajad never denied the Holocaust, only said 2 million less Jewish people killed.
6) Says he’s worried about attacks in NY, London (Clawson) yet as stated we gave Iraq 300 dirty bombs and have used lethal force in probably around 72 Nations since WWII—nearly half the planet. If we’re not hypocrites we’d then attack ourselves 72 times over, plus one for even thinking about it, as we want to preemptively strike Iran, and as an audience member said Iran did not retaliate back after our Saddam gassed them. Plus we took out a civilian air liner of theirs, and the Islamic Revolution did not kill any hostages, despite the Shah killing and torturing many in unspeakable ways, truly remarkable.
7) As Galloway points out, and even Ron Paul, Islamic fundamentalism happened due to the Shah and other US atrocities. And Shia “fundamentalism” is much different than Al Qaeda who hate them more than the West.
8) Iran already HAS proliferated, they don’t have any nukes, even Clawson said right off the bat there is “no proof” they are getting any even???
9) Clawsen speaks of preventative war, Ike even said he hadn’t heard that terms since the days of Hitler and wouldn’t take anyone serious who speaks of such things. (see.edu or .gov)
10) Komeni a “hard liner?” Hardly, EVEN, EVEN, after the Shah he was open to the west (see BBC)
11) An audience member who agreed with Clawson even said this is asymmetric war, as the US Army boasts about all the time. So no wonder who’s on the defense and who drew the first blood, when they can’t even defend and we can use offense. SO OBVIOUS
12) Clawson pissed on his own feet when he said we’d rather have a war with Iran with zero, or one nukes than 100, therefore proving why Iran would want nukes to counter the US’s 1000 plus, plus UK, France, Israel, who isn’t even part of the NPT —non proliferation treaty
13) At base this is an argument, a lie, that the West is for democracy and the others are for too much god, theocracy, or not enough, communism. This is so false, first off, Palestine is under apartheid, it’s free if you’re Jewish, like if you were Ayrian under Hitler, and even the ones who refuse to go to war there are put in jail and thousands of Holocaust survivors live in poverty. That war isn’t about stopping some theocratic Ottoman empire. Religion exists in “communist” countries as well, most of the “commies” we killed were Catholic and Christian. “Protesting never works” people say, which it does, Civil Rights, etc. etc. but often is true, which just goes to show our first amendment right doesn’t mean anything, the sole purpose we’re told we’re the “city on the hill.” COINTELPRO killed King, Jr. takes our rights, no voice in the media, CIA MOCKING BIRD, etc. We took out the true democratic leaders like Mossadeq, Allende, Lumumba, Arbenz, planned on assassinating Nehru, etc. etc. Cuba even allows Radio Marti which is western propaganda. 51% of East Germans preferred the Soviets after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“If the Washington Post published this, it is unlikely to be accurate, and it is not. It is anti-Hamas and omits significant facts such as multiple offers by Hamas to make peace. Hamas also was not often the group which launched rockets from Gaza and often succeeded in preventing rockets from being launched. And there’s more.”
I find it extremely sad that these extraordinary publications and authors are not more celebrated. If their work had been more widely known and the facts they exposed had reached more of the American electorate, I feel it is quite possible that some of today’s deeply erroneous policies might have been avoided — and that numerous individuals now dead might be living. My hope to change this situation has motivated my own small contribution. Any mistakes in the following volume are, of course, my own.
For example, I discovered that large numbers of Palestinian children were being killed by Israeli forces, many of them through gunfire to the head — and that they had been killed before the far smaller number of Israeli children who eventually began also to be tragically killed. Similarly, I found that over 140 Palestinians of all ages had been killed before any Israelis in Israel, even though the media consistently were referring to Israeli violence as retaliatory.
Descriptions of the massacres, by both Palestinians and Israelis, are nightmarish. An Israeli eyewitness reported that at the village of al-Dawayima:
“The children they killed by breaking their heads with sticks. There was not a house without dead . . . . One soldier boasted that he had raped a woman and then shot her.”238
One Palestinian woman testified that a man shot here nine-month-pregnant sister and then cut her stomach open with a butcher knife.239
One of the better-documented massacres occurred in a small, neutral Palestinian village called Deir Yassin in April 1948 — before any Arab armies had joined the war. A Swiss Red Cross representative was one of the first to arrive on the scene, where he found 254 dead, including 145 women, 35 of them pregnant. 240
Witnesses reported that the attackers lined up families — men, women, grandparents and children, even infants — and shot them. 241
An eyewitness and future colonel in the Israeli military later wrote of the militia members: “They don’t know how to fight, but as murderers they were pretty good.”242
The Red Cross representative who found the bodies at Deir Yassin arrived in time to see some of the killing in action. He wrote in his diary that Zionist militia members were still entering houses with guns and knives when we arrived. He saw one young Jewish woman carrying a blood-covered dagger and saw another stab an old couple in their doorway. The representative wrote that the scene reminded him of S.S. troops he had seen in Athens.243
Richard Catling, British assistant inspector general for the criminal investigation division, reported on “sexual atrocities” committed by Zionist forces. “Many young school girls were raped and later slaughtered,” he reported. “Old women were also molested.” 244
The Deir Yassin attack was perpetuated by two Zionist militias and coordinated with the main Zionist forces, whose elite unit participated in part of the operation.245 The heads of the two militias, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, later became Prime Ministers of Israel.
The State Department, fully aware of his violent activities in Palestine, tried to reject Begin’s visa but was overruled by Truman.250
Begin later proudly admitted his terrorism in an interview for American television. When the interviewer asked him, “How does it feel, in the light of all that’s going on, to be the father of terrorism in the Middle East?” Begin proclaimed, “In the Middle East? In all the world!”251
Few if any of these Christian supporters had any idea that the creation of the Jewish state would entail a massive expulsion of hundreds of thousands of non-Jews, who made up the large majority of Palestine’s population, creating a new and much longer lasting refugee problem.
Nor did they learn that during and after Israel’s founding in 1947-49 war, Zionist forces attacked a number of Christian sites. Donal Nefff, former Time Magazine Jerusalem bureau chief and author of five books on Israel-Palestine, reports in detail on Zionist attacks on Christian sites in May 1948, the month of Israel’s birth.
Neff tells us that a group of Christian leaders complained that month that Zionists had killed and wounded hundreds of people, including children, refugees and clergy, at Christian churches and humanitarian institutions.
“The group’s statement said Arab forces had abided by their promise to respect Christian institutions, but that the Jews had forcefully occupied Christian structures and been indiscriminate in shelling churches,” reports Neff. He quotes a Catholic priest: “Jewish soldiers broke down the doors of my church and robbed many precious and sacred objects. Then they threw the statues of Christ down into a nearby garden.’ [The priest] added that Jewish leaders had reassured that religious buildings would be respected, ‘but their deeds do not correspond to their words.”’169
An American Christian Biblical scholar concurred, reporting that a friend in Jerusalem and been told, “When we get control you can take your dead Christ and go home.”171
An internal State Department memorandum accurately predicted how Israel would be born through armed aggression masked by defense:
“…the Jews will be the actual aggressors against the Arabs. However, the Jews will claim that they are merely defending the boundaries of a state which were traced by the UN… . In the event of such Arab outside aid the Jews will come running to the Security Council with the claim that their state is the object of armed aggression and will use every means to obscure the fact that it is their own armed aggression against the Arabs inside which is the cause of Arab counter-attack.”195
Very few people know this history. The excellent books that document it are largely out of print, their facts and very existence virtually unknown to the vast minority of Americans, even those who focus on the Middle East. Instead, false theories have been promulgated, mendacious analyses promoted, chosen authors celebrated, others assigned to oblivion.
George Orwell once wrote: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”373
Perhaps by rediscovering the past, we’ll gain control of the present, and save the future.
“Against Our Better Judgement: The Hidden History of How The U.S. Was Used to Create Israel” by Alison Weir
“I am from Jerusalem, I am a witness. [There were] no problems until the Zionist movement started. Before Zionism Arabs and Jews were like brothers. The idea of Zionism, taking away the land from the Palestinians started all the fighting. Not Arabs the problem, not Jews the problem, not Judaism, not Muslims–only Zionism.” – Orthodox Jews Against Zionism
SUT JHALLY: Well, it’s such a clear kind of instance of, you know, colonization. We’ve just had 50 years of occupation, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and, until recently, of Gaza. And that’s actually very, very clear, because there’s also this instant—Americans think it’s so complicated. That’s actually—when I talk to my students, they always say it’s too complicated. And I just actually explain to them, you know, in a few sentences, that this actually is a very, very simple conflict. And what—and when the conflict is that simple, what you have to do is you have to make it more complicated. And that’s the function of public relations.
NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, in other words, even—so, if U.S. elite opinion were to change, this precise strategy, hasbara, would be relatively ineffective.
SUT JHALLY: Well, it relies upon the American state to go along with it, which is why American public opinion is so important, which is why you have to control American public opinion. Not only do you have to control Senate and the House, which they do, but you also have to make sure there’s no pressure on politicians, which is why you have to control public opinion, which is why we say you need to occupy American public opinion to make the occupation possible, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: When it comes to this film, where was it shown?
SUT JHALLY: We’ve had a huge amount of difficulty getting this shown. It’s been shown almost nowhere in the United States.
“Zionism as an organized movement is generally considered to have been founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897. However, the history of Zionism began earlier and is related to Judaism and Jewish history. The Hovevei Zion, or the Lovers of Zion, were responsible for the creation of 20 new Jewish settlements in Palestine between 1870 and 1897.
Before the Holocaust, the movement’s central aims were the creation of a Jewish national home and cultural centre in Palestine by facilitating Jewish migration. After the Holocaust, the movement focused on creation of a Jewish state (usually defined as a secular state with a Jewish majority), attaining its goal in 1948 with the creation of Israel.
Since the creation of Israel, the importance of the Zionist movement as an organization has declined, as the Israeli state has grown stronger.
The Zionist movement continues to exist, working to support Israel, assist persecuted Jews and encourage Jewish emigration to Israel. While most Israeli political parties continue to define themselves as Zionist, modern Israeli political thought is no longer formulated within the Zionist movement.
The success of Zionism has meant that the percentage of the world’s Jewish population who live in Israel has steadily grown over the years and today 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel. There is no other example in human history of a nation being reestablished after such a long period of existence as a diaspora.”
There is no zealots claiming America theirs except for the white Europeans who stole the land from the indigenous peoples of America.