Rockets a worry? Then don’t build settlements. Simple!

why do they keep building more and more houses, nearer and nearer to Palestinians?

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed that Israel’s construction and expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, mainly in and around occupied East Jerusalem, “do not pose any threat to the peace process”.

Copied from IMEMC NEWS [Link to read full article here]

If anyone is genuinely scared of something, then one tends to move away from the danger.


@CarlosLatuff, on deviant art, WordPress

Carlos Latuff is a Brazilian freelance political cartoonist. His works deal with an array of themes, including anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, and anti-U.S. military intervention. [Copied from Wiki]


Gaza. New Guantanamo Holiday Camp


Just imagine the brochure. Sun, sand and orange overalls.

You get to work on the beach, destroying the fishing boats of the absentee fishermen. All that open ozone air, sandy beaches, open ocean, lots of boats, all painted in the same colour, with the same flag at the stern. Also with pointy tube thingy’s that look a bit like feckin canons. The rendition prisoners would love this paradise. Fresh air and anti-obesity diet.

People of Gaza don’t appreciate freedom! I mean, they get a chance to throw stones at tanks and bulldozers, which is like voluntary PE. All that running around, dodging rubber coated steel bullets. Such Joys of youth! Aaah!

Guys in Guantanamo don’t. Even the guards in Guantanamo, have to find amusement in other ways to be bonded and preserve the Am Way.

These Palestinians are so ungrateful! A burden lifted, in offering to relieve them of the drudgery of farming and harvesting and all that heavy toil. Instead the whole family could have fresh air, free clothing (orange overalls) and healthy diet. Lets face it, they are all going to die anyway. I mean, they are asking to be killed. All terrorists really, keep chucking them daft annoying useless rockets all time.


A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza


The reality is that of a deprived crowded population, trapped in a tiny idyllic strip of land. Surrounded and totally cut off apart from a neutral small crossing with Egypt and let’s not forget the borrowers who live underground. The Tunnels.

The intensity of this commitment on the part of the Israeli political leadership has been dramatically illustrated just in the past few days, as they warn that they will “go crazy” if Palestinian rights are given limited recognition at the UN. That is not a new departure. The threat to “go crazy” (“nishtagea”) is deeply rooted, back to the Labor governments of the 1950s, along with the related “Samson Complex”:

Source Sabbah
Unless the international human community, collectively acts to stop this continued, occupation and domination of Gaza. Then we will have to despairingly watch the vibrant, articulate lives of talented people go unheard.

I fear for Harry Fear, reporting from Gaza because there will be many trigger happy yobs who’d like him silenced. I mentioned him yesterday at our Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Aberdeen.

Please acquaint yourself with his report on RT, Ustream or @HarryFear

Watch this. Welcome to the Buffer Zone – Harry Fear for

But! More is needed. People of Gaza needs those who are connected with the Universe and are not tainted by the rhetoric, the agenda or any other motive to raise your voice for Gaza.


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The concern for many people throughout the world will be the total disregard for human life and property, as we watched the damage inflicted on Gaza. Even more astounding is that, world leaders can make justifying pronouncements whilst the viewer is left aghast and speechless.

Stories from the Nazi era speak of people turning up the volume of their radio. They could not bear to hear the cries of the Jews on the transport trains on the way to their inevitable doom.

We cannot silence our outrage. We must persevere.

Title  I have borrowed from Gaza based human rights campaigner Raji Sourani describing from the midst of the current violence.
International law, the Gaza war, and Palestine’s state of exception
Israel’s latest assault on Gaza has no legal basis as an occupying power and constitutes a set of war crimes in AJE by
Mark LeVine & Lisa Hajjar

Highly recommend this article to all those who would like to see real justice in this universe.

International law impacts the present war in Gaza in two key ways. One pertains to whether the violence deployed by each side complies with or violates IHL, in particular the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocol I of 1977. The other, more complicated issue pertains to the legal status of Gaza and its relationship to Israel, which profoundly affects what kind of violence Israel can deploy there…..

The fundamental purpose of International Humanitarian Law is to protect civilians and minimise avoidable harm during armed conflicts. Under IHL, five core principles govern what conduct is lawful in armed conflict. Violations of these constitute grave breaches and thus can be considered war crimes.

These principles are:

civilian immunity (ie, the prohibition against intentionally targeting civilians or otherwise treating them as combatants);

distinction (ie, the imperative to distinguish between civilians and combatants in military operations, and for combatants to distinguish themselves as such through identifiable dress and insignia and by carrying arms openly);

proportionality (ie, the requirement to use force in a manner that is proportionate to the military value of the target);

necessity (ie, the obligation to restrict targets or tactics to those necessary to achieve legitimate military goals);

humane treatment (ie, the prohibition of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners, and the imperative to guard the rights and interests of “protected persons”, the legal term for civilians in occupied territories).

Mark LeVine
Mark LeVine
Mark LeVine is professor of Middle Eastern history at UC Irvine, and distinguished visiting professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden and the author of the forthcoming book about the revolutions in the Arab world, The Five Year Old Who Toppled a Pharaoh.
Lisa Hajjar
Lisa Hajjar
Lisa Hajjar is a professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara. Her research and writing focus on the laws of war and conflict, human rights and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza.

If Clinton USA wanted peace. There would be peace. Gaza Palestine

1. Israel Was Forced to Respond to Rockets to Defend Its Citizens
2. Israel Tries to Avoid Civilian Casualties
3. This Is About Security
4. Hamas Is the Problem
5. There is a Military Solution to this Conflict
Omar Baddar
Huffington Post
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:34 CST
As Israel continues to pound Gaza, the Palestinian death toll of the latest round of violence has crossed the 100 mark. Thus far, the American media has given Israeli officials and spokespersons a free pass to shape the narrative of this conflict with falsehoods. Here are the top 5 lies the media doesn’t challenge about the crisis in Gaza:

1. Israel Was Forced to Respond to Rockets to Defend Its Citizens CNN, like many other American outlets, chose to begin the story of the latest round of violence in Gaza on November 10th, when 4 Israeli soldiers were wounded by Palestinian fire, and the IDF “retaliated” by killing several Palestinians. But just two days before, a 13 year old Palestinian boy was killed in an Israeli military incursion into Gaza (among other fatalities in preceding days). Is there any reason why those couldn’t be the starting point of the “cycle of violence”? The bias was even more blatant in 2008/09, when Israel’s massive assault on Gaza (which killed 1400+ Palestinians) was cast as self-defense, even though it wasacknowledged in passing that Israel was the party that broke the ceasefire agreement in place at the time. Are the Palestinians not entitled to self-defense? And if indiscriminate Palestinian rocket fire is not an acceptable response to Israeli violence (which it absolutely isn’t), how can indiscriminate Israeli bombings of Gaza ever be acceptable? And why is the broader context, the fact that Gaza remains under Israeli blockadeand military control, overlooked?2. Israel Tries to Avoid Civilian Casualties

It must be aggravating for Israel’s propagandists when high-ranking political officials slip and get off the sanitized/approved message for public consumption. Yesterday, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the “goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages.” Not to be outdone, Gilad Sharon, son of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, said “we need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.” If you’re thinking this is just rhetoric, consider the fact that, according to Amnesty International, Israel “flattened… busy neighborhoods” into “moonscapes” during its last major assault on Gaza in 2008/09. And it wasn’t just human rights organizations that were exposing Israeli war crimes in Gaza, but Israeli soldiers whose conscience could not bear to remain silent about the atrocities they had committed were also coming forward.

If, for some odd reason, you cannot decide whether it is official Israeli spokespersons or soldiers of conscience and human rights investigators who are telling the truth, consider this question: If Hamas has only managed to kill 3 people despite being bent on killing civilians with thousands of indiscriminate rockets, how has Israel managed to kill several dozen Palestinian civilians when it is using sophisticated precision weapons to avoid civilian casualties? In just one Israeli attack yesterday, Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in a matter of minutes than the total number of all Israelis killed by rocket fire from Gaza over the last 3 years. The truth is exposed by the utter disregard for civilian life we see in practice, reaffirmed by testimonies and investigative evidence.

3. This Is About Security

If Israel’s main objective were indeed to end the rocket fire from Gaza, all it had to do was accept the truce offered by the Palestinian factions before the Jabari assassination. And if the blockade of Gaza was just about keeping weapons from coming in, why are Palestinian exports from Gaza not allowed out? Why were food items ever restricted? The truth is, this isn’t about security; it’s about punishing the population of Gaza for domestic Israeli political consumption. When Gilad Sharon recommended the decimation of Gaza, he justified it by saying “the residents of Gaza are not innocent, they elected Hamas.” Sharon may find this posturing to be rewarding in some circles, but it’s actually the very same logic used by terrorists to attack civilians in democracies. Are Israeli civilians considered legitimate targets of violence because they elected right wing Israeli leaders who commit atrocities against the Palestinians? Of course not, and only a broken moral compass can keep this principle from consistently applying to Palestinian civilians as well.

4. Hamas Is the Problem

Between their religious right-wing domestic agenda, and their refusal to renounce violence against civilians, I’m most certainly no fan of Hamas. But whenever you hear Israel try to scapegoat Hamas for the crisis in Gaza, there are two things to consider. First, Hamas hasn’t only showed preparedness to have a truce with Israel if Israel ended its attacks on Gaza, but has also suggested (though with mixed signals) that it is open to a two-state solution. Second, and more importantly, Hamas didn’t come to power until 2006/07. Between 1993 and 2006 (13 years), Israel had the more moderate, peaceful, and pliant Palestinian authority (which recognizes Israel and renounces violence) to deal with as a partner for peace. What did Israel do? Did it make peace? Or did it continue to occupy Palestinian land, violate Palestinian rights, and usurp Palestinian resources? What strengthened Hamas and other extremists in Palestine is precisely the moderates’ failure to secure any Palestinian rights through cooperation and negotiations. The truth is entirely inverted here: it is Israel’s escalating violations of Palestinian rights which strengthen the extremists.

5. There is a Military Solution to this Conflict

This is not the first time, and probably not the last, that Israel has engaged in a military campaign to pummel its opponents into submission. But are we any closer to ending this conflict today after decades of violence? The answer is a resounding no. After the 2006 war in Lebanon, Hezbollah emerged stronger. After the 2009 war on Gaza, Hamas remained in power and maintained possession of thousands of rockets. Israel’s military superiority, while indeed impressive (thanks to $30 billion in U.S. military aid this decade), is not stronger than the Palestinian will to live in dignity. The way to end the firing of rockets in the short term is to agree to a truce and end the blockade of Gaza. The way to resolve the entire conflict in the long term is to end Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and allow the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination. We’re probably close to a ceasefire agreement to end this round of violence. The real challenge is ending the Israeli occupation for long-term peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians.

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Our silence can only mean our complicity, our complacency, our collusion, our conniving, our conspiracy and our ultimate doom. Because within each human heart beats a rhythmic beat of conscience and each human has the choice to follow or ignore.
If you choose to ignore that inner voice and the silent scream, a lens will cloud your perception, where all you will see is other humans as the rabid enemy.

Once that happens, we have lost our humanity

Photo credit: @SamahGAZA #This_is_Gaza Gaza_Kids_10 #GazaUnderAttack I need to apologize as I didn’t make a note of who uploaded the picture nor do I know the name of this toddler. But I cannot stay silent!!

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Could it be about Natural Resources

Brought to my attention by

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Nafeez Ahmed


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the central role of recent discoveries of substantial natural gas reserves in Gaza; and joint Anglo-American and Israeli attempts to monopolize the lucrative (and strategic) energy resources through a political process tied to a corrupt Palestinian Authority run by Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party.

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MOST MAINSTREAM accounts of the Palestinian Hamas organization present it as a bunch of rabid fanatics, bent on violence and motivated by an irrational hatred of Jews and the state of Israel.

This view is reflected both in the mainstream media and in many books published on the topic.

When we separate propaganda from reality, however, what we find is a group that has taken on the mantle of national resistance against Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Hamas describes itself like this: “The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is a Palestinian national liberation movement that struggles for the liberation of the Palestinian occupied territories and for the recognition of the legitimate rights of Palestinians.”

In its manifesto in the lead-up to the 2006 elections, it stated: “Our Palestinian people are still living through the phase of national liberation; they have the right to endeavor to regain their rights and end the occupation using all available means, including armed resistance.”

It is because of this commitment to the national liberation struggle–and the recognition among Palestinians that Hamas, whatever else it may stand for, refuses to concede on the question of resisting Israeli repression–that the organization has won wide support.

Hamas began to gain a hearing in the late 1980s, when the secular nationalist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), dominated by the Fatah faction led by Yasser Arafat, gave up on the long-term goal of liberating all of historic Palestine–and followed a path of negotiations that resulted in the Oslo Accords of 1993.

The culmination of Hamas’ growing support was the January 2006 elections to the Palestine Legislative Assembly, in which Hamas won a majority.

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