Posts Tagged ‘Gaza’

FILM: ‘Names, Not Numbers’ – A Film by Harry Fear on Israel’s Pillar of Death Operation

December 2, 2012

https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/1954631811/twitter.png‘Names, not numbers: a film commemorating the Palestinians killed by Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud’, by Harry Fear.

Dedicated to the families of those martyred in Gaza. Since production, at least 3 more have died since the ceasefire from mortal injuries, late-exploding weapons, deaths which will go unreported my the west’s multi-billion dollar mainstream media industry…

http://fb.com/harryfear – ©http://GazaReport.com

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HENNINGSEN ON RT: ‘GAZA IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN PRISON’

November 25, 2012

21st Century Wire news analyst Patrick Henningsen appears live on RT to discuss Israel’s current herding and slaughter of the region’s indigenous Palestinian people, a grave situation which has been allowed to continue – and even promoted by governments in Washington DC and London – all under the false guise of Israeli ‘defense’. They also discuss how the western public opinion is beginning to shift away from Israel’s outdated cruel apartheid policy and in favour of the Palestinian’s own “right to exist”…

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A Pillar of Impotence

November 25, 2012

By Gilad Atzmon

In the past week, the people of Gaza have been subject to some serious Israeli attacks. Some Hamas leaders and militants have been murdered and many more Palestinians –  innocent civilians, babies, kids women and elders – have lost their live. Yet, Gaza is celebrating with the Hamas leadership never more popular.

So here is an interesting anecdote that deserves our attention.

During the recent clashes Gazan militants launched more than 1500 rockets at Israel. These rockets caused rather limited damage with more than six Israeli fatalities. Militarily at least, this is far from a great achievement. And yet the Gazans are celebrating. Would Israelis be happy to learn that 1500 of their rockets had had such limited effect? Would any western army accept such a result at such a cost? The answer is a categorical NO. But the Palestinians are ecstatic, why, because they know they have won the battle and are now set to win the war. They won the battle, not because they killed six Israelis – actually they would have won it without hitting one single Israeli. They won it because they managed to deliver a message to Israel, world Jewry and the whole world.

For many years I have argued that the Palestinian war of the rockets should be seen as sending a message: Israelis! You are on stolen land! You took our houses, villages, cities, fields and orchards. You pushed us into the desert. You surrounded us with barbed wire. You starve us and you kill us simply to suit your political ambitions. So this rocket is a message to you all. Think about us and then look at yourself in the mirror. Enough is enough!’

For more than six decades the Israelis have dismissed this message. They surrounded themselves with ghetto walls and have sealed their skies with an Iron Dome. However, with Tel Aviv now under attack, Israel and Israelis have been confronted with their original sin.

In the last two days, the entire Israeli media has admitted the colossal defeat of the so-called Operation Pillar of Cloud. Just yesterday, the Israeli right wing Ynet wrote:

“Hamas stood up and won almost all fronts…. Hamas has managed to turn focus on Gaza, it made it into the centre of the political discussion.”

It seems that the most hawkish Israel government ever, has failed to beat either Hamas or the Palestinian spirit. The Palestinians are stronger than ever while the Jewish State has been exposed as an impotent manic-depressive collective driven by a neurotic and impotent leadership.

If Zionism was ever there to counter Jewish diaspora ghetto paralysis, just to ensure that ‘never again’ Jews would be ‘led like lamb to the slaughter’, Netanyahu, Barak and Liebermann have proved in the past week that paralysis is inherent to Jewish political culture. Like all bullies, they are obsessed with power, but when they meet defiance, their vile paradigm instantly collapses.

Speech can provides us with an insight into what we most lack. Speech can reveal that which we prefer to keep hidden. But speech is also often rather misleading,  there to shape our lies into a truthful narrative. But it is these ‘true lies’ that provide an access to the fearful-self. It is these ‘true lies’ that reveal the unconscious. So, when, for instance Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists preach to us about Jewish ‘humanism and universalism’ they are obviously lying yet are they not also expressing a yearning for such an ethos to really exist in their own culture? Similarly, when Israel refers to itself as ‘The only democracy in the Middle East’ it this not  because Israel would really love to be such a true democracy? In other words, often, when we speak we demonstrate what we most lack i.e. that which we miss and desire, yet we cannot admit this to ourselves. When Netanyahu decided to designate his latest massacre as a Pillar of Cloud, he actually tried to disguise from himself and his people the fact that in reality, he is actually an impotent, and the cloud is actually one big duvet of lies, there only to conceal his  shame.

Israel and the Israelis love to talk about their ‘power of deterrence’ –  Israeli actions, there to deter Palestinians and Arabs from even contemplating the possibility of challenging the Jewish state.  In fact, the entire Israeli foreign and military policy can be realised with reference to that power. Israel likes to see itself at the core of its neighbours’ anxiety. This explains the Israeli fascination with the accumulation of nuclear bombs and other WMDs. It explains the policy towards Iran and it also explains its brutal attitude towards the Palestinians.

Israelis are obsessed with ‘deterrence’ only because, deep down, they are aware of their own vulnerability. Israelis are fanatical about ‘deterrence’ because they know that when push comes to shove, they themselves are actually powerless. They are now exposed for what they are: a fragmented society dominated by egotistic hedonism. Israelis know that their underbelly is very soft indeed.

Israeli collective melancholia must be realised in the light of their inevitable encounter with their true nature. As Ynet admits, they have been defeated in almost every possible respect. As a society, they have been caught naked and their imaginary collective bond has proved to be a farce. In spite of Israel’s mighty, sophisticated army the Hamas leadership, together with the people of Gaza, remained defiant. In spite of relentless air raids, and till the very last moment, Hamas kept firing their rockets reminding Israelis what life in Gaza is really like. When it seemed that the IAF had done its worst (but achieved so little), the Israeli government called on its 75.000 reservists, hoping against hope that such a move would bully Hamas into surrender. Again they were wrong. Ismail Haniah made things very clear when he invited the Israeli reservists to try their luck and enter the strip. Israel was caught with its trousers down – and believe me, the vision of their collective genitalia was not a pretty sight!

‘Unconscious is the discourse of the other’ says Lacan. The fear of impotence is not the fear that you may not be up to much in bed, it is actually the unconscious nightmare that everyone around you is saying behind your back that you’re not up to much in bed. Israelis not just now admitting their impotence to themselves, they are also aware of now being seen as a bunch of arrogant, cowardly and helpless barbarians.

By the time it became clear that the Pillar wasn’t even semi-erect and the Cloud couldn’t cover even that embarrassing truth, Netanyahu, Barak and Liebermann as well as the whole of Israeli society realised that nothing was left of Israel’s power of deterrence – for the Palestinians have lost their fear.

Gild Atzmon is the author of ‘The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics’ 
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WAR INCORPORATED: U.S. General Dempsey in Israel to discuss joint missile defense project

November 21, 2012

Joint Chiefs head Gen. Dempsey meets with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv late Sunday…

While Gaza gets pounded by IDF, US are sending in its arms envoys to promote new military hardware and logistics systems.

By DPA

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey was in Israel on Monday to discuss a joint missile defense drill that began a week ago.

An honor guard was to receive the US general at Israel’s defense headquarters in central Tel Aviv shortly after noon, an Israeli military statement said.

Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz was scheduled to host the welcoming ceremony.

Dempsey met Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv late Sunday.

A statement from Barak’s office said the two discussed the largest-ever joint Israeli-U.S. drill, code-named Austere Challenge 12, scheduled to last about three weeks and which simulates missiles raining down on Israel from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

(…) “Security relations between the United States and Israel are deeper and stronger than they have been in many years,” Barak said, according to the Hebrew statement.

Some 3,500 US troops are participating in the drill testing anti-missile batteries, with 1,000 troops inside Israel, and the rest taking part from Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.

A U.S. Aegis ballistic missile defense ship is joining from the northern Israeli port of Haifa.

The drill is estimated to cost the US $30 million, and Israel some $8 million.

Source: Haaretz

AIPAC Lobby Moulds US Policy: How Israel ‘Out-Foxed’ US Presidents

November 21, 2012

From the Archive: Just days after President Obama’s reelection, Israel launched a punishing bombing campaign against Palestinians in Gaza – much as Israel did shortly after his election in 2008. Obama again is put in a tight spot, but other U.S. presidents faced similar challenges, as Morgan Strong reported in 2010.

By Morgan Strong (Originally published May 31, 2010)
Consortium News

“The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel,” Petraeus said in prepared testimony. “Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the [region] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support.”

[Petraeus later tried to back away from this implicit criticism of Israel, fearing that it would hurt his political standing with his neoconservative allies. He began insisting that the analysis was only part of his written testimony, not his oral remarks.]

Yet, the truth behind the assessments from Obama and Petraeus is self-evident to anyone who has spent time observing the Middle East for the past six decades. Even the staunchly pro-Israeli Bush administration made similar observations.

In 2007 in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice termed the Israeli/Palestinian peace process of “strategic interest” to the United States and expressed empathy for the beleaguered Palestinian people. “The prolonged experience of deprivation and humiliation can radicalize even normal people,” Rice said, referring to acts of Palestinian violence.

But the recent statement by Obama and Petraeus aroused alarm among some Israeli supporters who reject any suggestion that Israel’s harsh treatment of Palestinians might be a factor in the anti-Americanism surging through the Islamic world.

After Petraeus’s comment, the pro-Israeli Anti-Defamation League said linking the Palestinian plight and Muslim anger was “dangerous and counterproductive.”

“Gen. Petraeus has simply erred in linking the challenges faced by the U.S. and coalition forces in the region to a solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and blaming extremist activities on the absence of peace and the perceived U.S. favoritism for Israel,” ADL national director Abraham Foxman said.

However, the U.S. government’s widespread (though often unstated) recognition of the truth behind the assessment in Petraeus’s testimony has colored how the Obama administration has reacted to the intransigence of Israel’s Likud government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At the end of a news conference on April 13, 2010, President Barack Obama made the seemingly obvious point that the continuing Middle East conflict – pitting Israel against its Arab neighbors – will end up “costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

Obama’s remark followed a similar statement in congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus on March 16, linking the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the challenges that U.S. troops face in the region.

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Gaza Slaughter is the Latest in a Long Line of Israeli Violence Against Arabs

November 21, 2012

By Miko Peled 
Miko Peled Weblog

As I write these words…

I am in Jerusalem and it is a cold, windy and rainy day. Yesterday at the protest in Nabi Saleh, facing the IDF terror squads and in full view of the villas of the settler terrorists, we were drenched in rain and then frozen by the cold wind. Some of the protesters, a group of young women who were gutsier than most, did not run like most of us but stood firm as the IDF terror squad operated its “Skunk” and sprayed them with a foul smelling substance that remains on the skin for days. Now, in this horrid weather, tweeting from the Mukata’a, young Palestinians are protesting against the useless, demeaning process of the PA negotiations with Israel.

The injustices all over Palestine are more obvious than ever.

Israeli children in West Jerusalem get more of everything that Palestinian children in East Jerusalem, particularly if they live in Sho’afat refugee camp for example. Settlers in the West Bank can take the land of the people of Yanun in the West Bank at any time, and are not held back by any law while the people of Yanun have no law and no authority that protects their rights. People in Gaza are bombed and left to die as the world watches and here too there is no one to whom they can turn. Equal rights in a single democracy is the one demand that covers all the demands and deals with all the injustices.

The levels of injustice and despair here are only matched by the great possibilities that a single democratic state with equal rights offers to all people who live here. Equal rights means equal rights to land, water, immigration, education, work, and above all life. When the apartheid state of Israel is transformed into a single political entity with equal rights for all of its people, residents of Jenin and Deheishe will vote in the same elections as those in Tel Aviv. The results will then reflect the will of all people who live in Palestine/Israel, our shared homeland, not only the ruling class which happen to be Zionist Israeli Jews.

People often claim that it is an unrealistic, utopian dream and hope for a compromise, for a “moderate” Zionist government that will curb the settlers and reign back the army. However, it was a “moderate” Zionist government that allowed the settlers to terrorize Palestinians and take their land, it was a “moderate” Zionist government that attacked in and murdered innocents in Gaza, and “moderate” Zionists did nothing when less “moderate” Zionists continued to massacre in Gaza. The settler terrorists are the foot soldiers, they are the trail blazers of Zionism, they were created by “moderate” Zionist governments and are now being

rewarded with villas on choice Palestinian land in the West Bank.

There are those who hope that if elected to a second term, President Obama will turn his attentions to Israel/Palestine but this is quite naive. Had he or any other president been serious about this issue they would have to come down on Israeli human rights abuses, denial of civil rights, incarceration of political prisoners and massive assaults on civilians resulting in thousands of innocent deaths. It is naive to assume that the political climate in the US allows any of these issues to be brought up. So anyone out there that is banking on a solution coming from the US, will surely be disappointed.

The quest for equal rights is not a easy one and will not be easily won. Indeed, any fight against the brutal militant Zionist behemoth is not easy and calls for great sacrifice. But the people in Palestine and abroad who are engaged in the struggle are dedicated and determined and if they put their minds and efforts towards a single demand of complete equal rights within a single democracy, they are sure to succeed.

Standard Practice: Jew Settlers Stoning Palestine Christian Children As They Walk to School

November 21, 2012

This video which demonstrates what Palestinians go through on a daily basis, as Jewish settlers ‘defend themselves’ by stoning children, and in some cases – permanently disfiguring them…

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WILL ISRAEL USE GAZA AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN SOME ADDITIONAL LAND?

November 20, 2012

Peter Sterry
21st Century Wire

Geopolitics and ethnic cleansing is often a staged affair. The current show of force by Israel, lording over a million and a half residents trapped in their Palestinian poverty cesspit, is no different. 

Not a week went by after the US election before Israel got the green light from Washington to go for the jugular in Gaza. Indeed, 21st Century Wire predicted before the US election that tensions would flair up and the White House would once again return shoulder to shoulder with Tel Aviv – once the US candidates had finished with America’s favourite Punch ‘n Judy puppet show cum national high school election.

To make matters even worse, Israel never managed to squeeze a peace table into their 2012 gov’t budget, again.

Hamas are apparently at it again, firing their industrial sized Roman Candles across the border, as the Israelis – in proportionate fashion, have naturally retaliated with F16 air strikes and a ground invasion that will likely transform Gaza from being the pile of rubble it is today, into a pile of dust tomorrow. Meanwhile, the US media is plastered with diatribes about Israelis having to endure the horror of having “only 15 seconds to get into an air raid shelter”. There is something very staged about these rocket attacks from Hamas – time will hopefully flush out the full truth, perhaps Israel still has its links into Hamas – an organisation which was actually started by Israel in 1976 (that’s a fact, look it up).

On the surface of the current slaughter in Palestine  aside from the usual sadistic beating administered by Israel’s IDF onto the Jewish state’s indigenous Arab captives, it’s still not totally clear what Tel Aviv will achieve other than a bit of nationalistic, albeit racist blood sport, once their impressive pillar of smoke clears.

What is the real end game for this exercise? With all eyes on Gaza, this would be an ideal time for Israel to secure some additional land in the form of some new security zone, or ‘buffer zone’.

Chief on this list of course, are new illegal settlements, dotted along the various regions, including Gaza land lost by Jewish settlers in 2005. Settlements will increase – that’s almost a given. But what else?

Look for Israel to go for some territory – possibly in the much sought after Golan Heights region in Syria – currently a softer than normal target.

South Lebanon is probably off the menu at present, as Hezbollah is too strong and too well organised for Israel to have another go. 2006 presumably did not go so well for the IDF, a bit of an embarrassment on the ground, Israeli soldiers aren’t what they used to be. As we speak, there’s at least 100,000 would-be Israeli soldiers who are laying low, growing their dreads in places like Goa, Chang Mai in Thailand, Sumatra, Costa Rica, Ibiza, Belize and Notting Hill Gate, all hoping to avoid doing their military service at this rather inconvenient moment. Until those conscripts resurface from all of the full moon parties, send in the Druze!

The best acquisition for Israel however – within the Hegelian dialect realm of problem, reaction, solution, would be to steal a chunk of the Sinai in Egypt along the Palestinian Gaza border. It’s a perfect opportunity to rewrite the aging agreement with Egypt, particularly if escalation goes overboard in Gaza, and especially if the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are blamed for trafficking weapons and fighters over Egypt’s Sinai border through a series of dreaded “terror tunnels”. A perfect storm as they say.

It will be interesting to see what Israel manages to achieve in terms of hard assets, after all the Palestinian bodies are counted and all the tired rhetoric about ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’ is finished splashing through the usual western media and political channels.

“We must defend ourselves – and we need to appropriate a bit more land to do it!”

We sincerely hope that this (below) isn’t their road map to peace…

It may seem like a pipe dream to some, but their are extremist elements within the Israeli establishment who are working to realise a ‘Greater Israel’

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Netanyahu Plan to Build Concrete Roof Over Whole of Israel

November 19, 2012

By Gilad Atzmon

Following the IDF difficulties in defeating Hamas’s ballistic warfare, the Israeli Government is now searching for contractors with some advanced experience in large scale reinforced concrete constructions.

The mission ahead is the building of a solid concrete roof over the entire Jewish State.  PM Netanyahu is determined that the only way to defend Israel’s populated area is to cover the Jewish State with a thick layer of iron and cement.

The Israeli Government’s decision to build a concrete roof followed a considerable debate within the cabinet. Defence Minister Ehud Barak insisted that a massive extension of the current Security Wall would be enough to provide the goods. Barak maintained that a substantial increase of the wall to the height of 90,000 ft. would be more than sufficient to stop missiles from entering Israeli territory. He sensibly argued that Israeli youngsters would benefit from seeing the blue sky when they raise their eyes above.

Prime Minister Netanyahu couldn’t agree less. Being fully aware of the nature of ballistic warfare, the PM contended that the only way to provide the Jewish State with the ultimate security is to cover it from above with a reinforced concrete shield. Israeli President Shimon Peres, the legendary peace enthusiast, offered a compromise inspired by the idea of a trampoline. Peres suggested that a Security Wall’s 90,000 ft. extension made of an elastic net would do the job. The elder statesman argued that an elastic net will guarantee that every Palestinian missile aimed at Israel would bounce back to the Arab territory once it hits the net. Netanyahu and Barak dismissed Peres’s suggestion. They argued that considering the excessive Israeli usage of artillery and missiles against the Gazans, the Jewish State would suffer far more from the erection of such a ‘bouncy net’.

“Israel,” said Barak, “would never survive the extent of its own fierce artillery barrages bouncing back on itself.”

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London Black Cab Driver Losses It Over Israel’s Slaughter in Gaza

November 19, 2012

Even London’s Black Cabbies are at the end of their rope, Israel is, as they say, “BANG OUT OF ORDER”…

Palestinians would beg for South African Apartheid instead having to endure of Israel’s violent military collective punishment of its people. Disgusting.

Where is the UN? The UN is a joke. The War on Terror is a joke.

The shame of our puppets. Obama and Cameron are supporting an Israeli regime who sits outside of civilized norms, and far outside of so-called international law…

It’s nothing more than a racist, Israeli Terrorist State. Watch:

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