Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries

A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries "A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries caused by an Israeli tank shelling at a UN school in Jebaliya refugee camp, 30 July 2014. Photograph: Khalil Hamra/AP"

I am sure that the Committee to Protect only Certain Journalists would come out with a most lame statement on this murder of this journalist

And now a word from the US Senate

"The U.S. Senate unanimously supported Israel’s goals in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a posture that distances the body from President Obama’s call for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire.

In a rare joint action, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the minority leader, initiated the resolution passed Tuesday evening by unanimous consent.

The resolution “supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas’ unrelenting and indiscriminate rocket assault into Israel and Israel’s right to destroy Hamas’ elaborate tunnel system into Israel’s territory.”

That aligns with the goals set forth Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said Israel would stay in Gaza until the tunnels reaching into its territory are destroyed, a day after Obama had phoned him and asked him to agree to an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.”"

What about J Street, you may ask

"This time around, J Street has taken a radically different position, sticking close to other mainstream Jewish groups. J Street has asserted Israel’s right to defend itself, and has condemned Hamas while expressing concern for Palestinian and Israeli civilians."

Before and after the bombing by Israel

Ben Hubbard of the Times deny that Gaza is under the siege and note the humanity of the occupiers

"Throughout the war, Israel has continued to allow food and electricity into Gaza, complicating Palestinian claims that they are besieged."  So what are the Palestinians really complaining about:  they have food and electricity and Israel is dropping bombs over the heads and butchering them albeit humanely.   Only an American correspondent can write such callous words on this day.

Contrast



Palestinians mourn the death of civilians, while Israelis mourn the death of an Israeli terrorist soldier.  This is supposed to be equivalent in the US press.

This was the Bush speechwriter who proudly coined "the axis of evil" term

"Conservative pundit David Frum apologized on Wednesday for alleging that the New York Times and other outlets had run faked photos from the violence in Gaza."

Gaza under fire

Now what do Left-wing members of US Congress have to say about Gaza

Actually, nothing at all.

Zionism in pictures

Zionism in pictures.

Israel needs more US money to kill more women and children

"The Obama administration's $225 million request to aid Israel during its war with Hamas may not be enough, warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday afternoon."

Graphic: Israeli massacre of Shuja`iyyah near the farmers' market


Israeli-Canadian cooperation

"Recently, a senior Elbit official — speaking only on background because of the sensitivity of discussions — said they've been working through the newly established defence co-operation channels with Canada and hope to sell the advanced device to the air force." (thanks Amir)

Look at this headline in the Post: "Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed"

"Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed":  "multiple members of at least five families were pulled from the rubble after airstrikes and tank shells struck their homes, including the mayor of the Bureij refugee camp, his 70-year-old father and three relatives". (thanks Basim)

Bashir al-Hajjar, Professor of Nursing, killed by Israeli terrorists in Gaza

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Dr.  @ Islamic University of , was killed in attack on UNRWA car today

"When the UN resorts to the passive tense"

From comrade Laure: "What would the statement look like had the UN offices in Israel been hit?
Forget the UNRWA schools, their own OCHA offices were hit 6 times last night within one hour, and they dare say this:
"communities coming under rocket fire in Israel are also fearful."

Thomas Friedman's foreign policy framework

"For me, the movie line that perfectly captures this moment was uttered by the leader of the Somali pirates who hijacked a cargo ship in “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks."

rarely asked question on American TV

""That is a lot of dead children," he said. "At what point does the Israeli government say, enough, we're killing too many innocent children?""

Is this an example of dark humor?

"US bars some Venezuelan officials accused of rights abuse". (thanks Marc)

AIPAC honors the work of its former employee, Wolf Blitzer

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Sisi complicity in Gaza

Comrade Joseph Massad on the complicity of the Sisi regime.

40-days old, Kerem ِAbu Zeyid, died in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What the New York Times is not reporting

"he army says that it launched 3,800 attacks in the Strip during the three weeks of fighting, with some of the targets hit twice. The defense establishment says, however, that there are enough additional targets in Gaza to continue the offensive for another several days...To date 179 Gazans have been taken prisoner and questioned by Unit 504 or by the Shin Bet Security Service. A substantial number of the prisoners turned out to be noncombatants".  Notice that Israeli terrorist propaganda does not count the number of tons of missiles or rockets or bombs but only "attacks" to make the number seem less.

One picture says it all

"Israeli settler children ordering a Palestinian child to walk on the narrow footpath reserved for Palestinians. They only have the wide street for themselves." (thanks Haifaa)

Flyers by terrorist Israeli army make direct threats against "civilians" in Gaza


This should be one evidence, among many, of the perpetration of war crimes by the terrorist Israeli army.  Human rights organizations (those who are not obsessed with not offending "pro-Israel donors", like HRW) should study the phrasing and determine the international legal responsibility.  This flyer was dropped over Gaza today.  Aside from Arabic mistakes contained in the flyer,  it says toward the end: "Obedience to the instructions of the IDF [sic] will prevent harming you--the civilian population."  It is signed by the "command of the IDF [sic]".

95% of Saudis support the continuation of resistance in Palestine

82% support "shelling Israel."

Funny man, Abe Foxman explains comedy to the public

And who can best explain comedy than funny man himself: ""Not everything can be reduced to a joke," Foxman told The Hollywood Reporter. "I know comedians would sell their mother for a joke, but Jon crossed a line.""

How the statement by Qassam commander will be interpreted tomorrow in the New York Times

Given the record of the Times in distorting the words of Khalid Mish`al, I predict that the New York Times will tomorrow translate the words of Qassam commander, Muhammad Dayf, in the following manner.  He said that "we opted to target the soldiers while the enemy chose to target our women and children".  In the Times it will read: we opted to target women and children, while they opted to target our fighters.

Israeli terrorists killed those children


Obama's statement

Obama has denied that he is in any way opposed to Israeli murder of Palestinian women and children.  He also denied that he ordered Netanyahu to stop the slaughter of women and children. 

Who?

You read this headline (written for the enjoyment of ill-informed Western reporters) and you ask yourself? Who is this guy, again? A top official that we have never ever heard of? "Hizbullah Top Official, Three Fighters Die in Qalamoun Clashes".  And then you read his name: "They identified the slain party official as Ibrahim al-Hajj, a.k.a. Abou Mohammed Salman". Top official?  But wait: there are sources here: "These deaths were confirmed by websites close to Syria's opposition and others to Hizbullah."  By Hizbullah they mean "sources close to Hizbullah".  Good night. 

Gaza: by the numbers

ICC on Israel

ICC has just announced that it can't act against the Israeli war criminal because he belongs to the "wrong" race and religion. 

Look how the New York Times "balances" a story that is damaging to Israel

" the Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned on Wednesday what it called “deliberate official and unofficial incitement against journalists” who are reporting on the fighting in Gaza. That includes “forcible attempts to prevent journalists and TV crews from carrying out their news assignments,” the association said."  So the intro is damaging to Israel. Here is some balance: It tells that that the fact a reporter was beaten live and cursed on the air is due to the fact that the city was a target of Hamas missiles: "Firas Khatib, who was shoved during a live report from the city of Ashkelon, a frequent target of rockets fired from Gaza."   ALL OF GAZA is a target of Israel's bombs, does that justify in your mind if Palestinians were to attack foreign journalists there? The paper then admits: "The treatment of foreign correspondents in Gaza has been generally more positive" but find one tweet to contradict this: "Jonathan Miller of Britain’s Channel 4 News reported that some residents of the destroyed Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya treated his crew with hostility."

This just in

In response to Hamas video of an infiltration into an Israeli military base, Israeli TV will air momentarily a video of Israeli soldiers infiltrating a base of women and children. 

Al-Aqsa TV just aired a video of Qassam fighters infiltarting an Israeli military base


The Terrorism discourse in the attack on Gaza

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"Often, the most vivid illustration of the criminality of this attack comes not from data but from isolated stories. Yesterday, for instance, “in Khan Younis, five members of the Najjar family, which lost 21 people in a previous strike, were killed.” Meanwhile, “in the Al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, an airstrike from an F-16 killed the mayor, Anis Abu Shamala, and four others in his home, some of whom had taken refuge there from intense artillery shelling nearby.”

At the same time, the Israeli government’s messaging machine quickly switched from hyping rocket attacks, which were causing relatively little damage, to featuring what it began calling “terror tunnels”. The U.S. media dutifully followed suit, with CNN anchor (and former AIPAC employee) Wolf Blitzer touring a “terror tunnel” led around by the IDF and his flashlight, while the New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren did the same in an article headlined “Tunnels Lead Right to the Heart of Israeli Fear,” quoting “Israeli military officials”, “an Israeli military spokesman”, and “Israeli experts”."

What would get Americans to sympathize with Palestinians

My friend Maysa wrote this on Facebook (I cite with her permission): "I wonder...if the people of Gaza had the luxury of keeping 1-2 dogs per household, would Americans be more inclined to denounce the bombing of their neighborhoods? Or would they mumble about the use of Doggy Shields by Hamas? How would democrats weigh in vs republicans? I can't come to a conclusion..."

What Israel bans from Gaza

"In February 2009 United States Senator John Kerry visited the Gaza Strip and heard from Palestinians there that the banned items that Israel did not allow bringing into the strip included pasta. His shocked response was reported by the media. On March 3 legumes and pasta were still banned, but in May they were permitted into Gaza.

At one of COGAT's weekly meetings, between March 21 and May 2009, the officers decided to permit bringing toilet paper and hygienic products - "on the basis of examining every request individually" - into Gaza. In May the list includes "toilet paper" and "hygienic pads" with no conditions.

In the second half of 2007 Palestinians reported a shortage of toilet paper and hygienic pads for women. The list of hygienic items permitted into Gaza between March and May 2009 included toothbrushes and toothpaste.

In August 23 shampoo and conditioner were listed together with toilet bowl cleaners, in a category of "cleaning products that cannot be used for other purposes." "

Let me report to you this from Qassam commander since it will not be in any US media

Muhmmad Dayf, commander of Qassam, said: "We have deliberately targeted Israeli military targets while our enemy targets civilians and children."

The US State Department on Ukrainian military bombing of civlians

""Civilian casualties a concern, but what we have seen is #Ukraine has taken every step to minimize civilian casualties,""  At least the US government is consistent. IT allows all ally governments to murder civilians. 

so now Hamas tunnels are formidable but Israeli weapons are not formidable at all

"Israel, after encountering a more formidable Hamas tunnel network than it had expected".   1) notice this new terminology: formidable tunnels. Israeli propaganda, thanks to the Times in particular, has now been elevating the tunnels to the status of WMDs.  The very presence of a tunnel becomes a justification for yet another war crime and massacre. 2) it says here--of course based on statements by Israeli propagandists--that the tunnel network is "more than expected".  Like Israel would really admit if they found the tunnel system less than expected?

How can we really understand Palestinian culture? Well, US media has one method: they can turn to an Israeli expert to explain

"“The way to understand the Hamas decision-making calculus is not by Western perspective but by their own perspective,” said Alex Mintz, dean of the school of government at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. “Hamas, the leadership does not care so much about the civilian casualties; what he looks at is the military balance. They think they can gain more. They do not feel pressure as much as we perceive.”"

Look at the various tricks that Israeli propaganda resorts to inflate the number of its civlian casualties

"An Israeli reserve soldier was killed overnight".  Why does it matter whether he was reserve soldier or not. He was a damn soldier.  I can't (no, I can but still) that the Times would add this description.  This is like saying: Israel shot and killed a Hamas reserve fighter today.