UN official condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces’
So, when are the media going to drop this trope about human shields and actually admit that Israel is not utilising ‘precision strikes’ on ‘enemy targets’ but just generally bombing everything and everyone? Further to that when are the media going to start admitting that Israel is guilty of war crimes? And finally, even if they do admit that, will any western government punish israel with sanctions, travel restrictions, and the freezing of select accounts or is that just a punishment for aggressors like Russia? Can Israel be held to acocunt? Has anyone in power in the US or Europe got the moral courage to stand up, state this massacre for what it is and take substantive action? I won’t hold my breath.
Superinjunction reported to have been issued on 19 June to block reporting of claims involving international politicians
What? Australian Government and Australian Central Bank are corrupt? I don’t believe it.
Far from being a force for liberation and safety after decades of suffering, the idea that Israel is some kind of religious birthright has only imprisoned Jews in a never-ending cycle of conflict. The “promise” breeds an arrogance which institutionalises the inferiority of other peoples and generates atrocities against them with alarming regularity. It allows soldiers to defy their consciences and blast unarmed schoolchildren. It gives rise to legislation seeking to prevent the acquisition of territory by non-Jews.
More crucially, the promise limits Israel’s capacity to seek models of coexistence based on equality and the respect of human rights. A state based on so exclusivist a claim to legitimacy cannot but conceive of separation as a solution. But separation is not the same as lasting peace; it only pulls apart warring parties. It does not heal old wounds, let alone redress historical wrongs.
However, take away the biblical right and suddenly mutual coexistence, even a one-state solution, doesn’t seem that far-fetched. What name that coexistence will take is less important than the fact that peoples have forgiven and that some measure of justice has been restored. Jews will continue to live in the Holy Land - as per the promise - as equals alongside its other rightful inhabitants.
If that kind of self-reproach is forthcoming, Israel can expect the Palestinians to be forgiving and magnanimous in return. The alternative is perpetual war.
U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.Israel: A US-sponsored Terrorist State.
The Times story even notes: “As part of the propaganda push, the military has also invited a few journalists underground for a tour.”
Israeli deaths, military and civilian (Intercept)
That is revealing, since the only thing missing from these nightmarish scenarios of terrorists emerging from the ground to kill innocents is any evidence that anything like this has ever happened. The Times story quotes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the “sole purpose” of the tunnels “is the destruction of our civilians and the killing of our children.” But have there been any such attacks? Journalist and media critic Greg Mitchell has posed this question on his blog (Pressing Issues, 7/29/14), where he reports that CNN’s Jake Tapper responded to his queries on Twitter by noting that all of the the tunnel deaths he was aware of have been Israeli military.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that more than 100 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment on Tuesday morning alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip.
Earlier statements from the ministry had given the number of dead at around 57 for the morning, but after consultation with hospitals across the Strip the total was revised to more than 106 dead and hundreds more injured over the course of 14 hours. Since then, at least 16 more have died in Israeli attacks.
In the most recent attack, at least 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured as Israeli forces shelled Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, a Ma’an reporter said.
The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed.
The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave’s total population.
An Excuse For War
- Media: Why are you bombing Gaza?
- Israel: Because Hamas killed three Israeli settlers.
- Media: It now appears they didn't. So why ARE you bombing Gaza?
- Israel: Because Hamas fires rockets at Israel.
- Hamas: We did that because two young Palestinian boys were executed by the IDF as they were walking along a street minding their own business.
- Media: We didn't know that.
- Hamas: Yes you did. You just pretend that we fire rockets into Israel without any provocation because then Israel's response can be legitimised and apologised for.
- Media to Israel: Don't you think that's enough now? You're just killing mostly civilians and children. Isn't that a war crime?
- Israel: The rockets fired at us are a war crime. We won't stop until the tunnels are destroyed.
- Media: Wait, what? First you said this was about the three boys murdered, then it was because of the rockets, and now you're saying its because of the tunnels. Which one is it?
- Israel: It is what we say it is when we say it is. Any criticism of Israel is thinly veiled antisemitism in support of a terrorist organisation and sympathy for Hamas' goal of ethnically cleansing Jews.
- Media: Wait, what?!!
- Clinton: It's a shame but Gazans have mostly themselves to blame because they elected and work with Hamas. Also Israel gave them some beautiful greenhouses and Hamas destroyed them. We can't help them if they won't help themselves and end the violence.
- Obama: We should find a way to end the violence on both sides but Hamas has to surrender first.
- Cameron: Whatever Obama said.
- BBC: Today, some more people in Gaza died. Meanwhile, three Israeli soldiers were brutally murdered by Hamas rockets. One innocent Israeli owl was slightly hurt too. It seems there is no end to this carnage on both sides.
- CNN: Settlers cheered today when watching bombs fall on Gaza.
- Settlers: Watch your mouth or we'll bomb your car you terrorist-sympathising bitch.
- CNN: Our new reporter assigned to the region comes live now from Amman.
- Israeli Right: Burn Gaza Burn! Yay! Gaza is a graveyard la la la la
- Israeli Left: Both sides? Can we please just stop for a moment and ...
- Israeli Right: You liberals are scum and unpatriotic. Here's my fist to teach you a lesson.
- Media: So Mr. Netanyahu, why ARE you bombing Gaza?
- Netanyahu: Because we want to, because we always planned on doing this, because this is our policy of securing Israeli security, because we don't want a Palestinian Unity Government, because Gazans voted for Hamas against our wishes, because it's good for my election prospects, and because Israel belongs to the Jews and Palestine doesn't exist, and anyone who says differently is a Holocaust Denier.
Q:Hi do you have any links to any information I can use to prove as evidence that Hamas have not been hiding behind the Palestinian people and hiding bombs in their houses?
Absolutely. Here are Amnesty International’s findings:
The Israeli authorities claim that Hamas and Palestinian armed groups use Palestinian civilians in Gaza as “human shields”. Does Amnesty International have any evidence that this has occurred during the current hostilities, and what obligations of Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups are relevant?
Amnesty International is aware of these claims, and continues to monitor and investigate reports, but does not have evidence at this point that Palestinian civilians have been intentionally used by Hamas or Palestinian armed groups during the current hostilities to “shield” specific locations or military personnel or equipment from Israeli attacks. As explained above, in previous conflicts Amnesty International has documented that Palestinian armed groups have stored munitions in and fired indiscriminate rockets from residential areas in the Gaza Strip, and available evidence indicates that they continue to do both during the current hostilities, in violation of international humanitarian law. During the current hostilities, Hamas spokespeople have reportedly urged residents in some areas of the Gaza Strip not to leave their homes after the Israeli military dropped leaflets and made phone calls warning people in the area to evacuate. However, in light of the lack of clarity in many of the Israeli warnings on safe routes for civilians to evacuate, the lack of shelters or other safe places in the Gaza Strip for them to go to, and numerous reports of civilians who did heed the warnings and flee doing so under Israeli fire, such statements by Hamas officials could have been motivated by a desire to avoid further panic. In any case, public statements referring to entire areas are not the same as directing specific civilians to remain in their homes as “human shields” for fighters, munitions, or military equipment. Furthermore, international humanitarian law is clear that even if officials or fighters from Hamas or Palestinian armed groups associated with other factions did in fact direct civilians to remain in a specific location in order to shield military objectives from attacks, all of Israel’s obligations to protect these civilians would still apply.
Humanitarian Ceasefire/July 26, 2014
- 1000+ Palestinians have been killed
- 85+ bodies recovered from rubble during the 12-hour ceasefire
- Reports more bodies found but rescuers cannot reach in areas like Kuzaa
- Not enough time for bodies to recieve proper funerals/burial
July 29th, 2014
An entire Gaza neighborhood is decimated within an hour by Israeli air strikes. The video is further proof that Israel has no regard for the life of innocent Palestinians.
Israel attacked Gaza’s only power plant on Tuesday, leaving the Palestinian territory’s 1.8 million residents with no electricity or running water and opened the possibility of an even graver humanitarian crisis.
After three weeks of violence between Israel and Gaza, more than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air and ground strikes. About 75 percent of Palestinian deaths have been civilians. Several thousand have been wounded and more than 100,000 displaced. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers have died, as well as three civilians.
Just look at the casualties. This is not a war, it is genocide.
Back in February, Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested after he knocked out his fiancee in a casino in Las Vegas. Video of him dragging her out of the elevator unconscious made quite the stir. They were both arrested, actually, as she reportedly struck him as well. The case has not yet gone to trial, but the two of them have been going to some kind of counseling. My guess was that the punishment from the NFL would be pretty severe, considering the infraction here. On Thursday, though, it was revealed that Rice had been suspended for a mere two games. I was stunned by this. As noted by numerous people on Twitter, he would have gotten four games if he had smoked pot. He gets just two for knocking his girlfriend unconscious? That’s unbelievable. Even if Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, had attacked him first, Rice is a 220-pound man and should know that what he did was completely wrong and unconscionable.
The NFL is sending a terrible message to its fans by being so lenient with this punishment. Domestic violence is a major problem in this country and the league had a perfect opportunity to make a statement here. Rice should be sitting out the season. Instead, he will miss only two games and will be right back on the field before the weather has gotten cold. Brutal.
To make matters worse, professional loudmouth Stephen A. Smith made an ass of himself yet again on ESPN’s First Take on Friday. Smith seemed to be trying to bash Rice for his actions, but it somehow turned into a lecture to women about being careful not to provoke men into beating them. Seriously. Smith has since been ripped up and down by virtually everyone, and he issued the standard apology on the show Monday morning.