AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

by Stephen Walt, Huffington Post

The official name for Israel’s latest assault on Gaza is “Operation Protective Edge.” A better name would be “Operation Déjà Vu.” As it has on several prior occasions, Israel is using weapons provided by U.S. taxpayers to bombard the captive and impoverished Palestinians in Gaza, where the death toll now exceeds 500. As usual, the U.S. government is siding with Israel, even though most American leaders understand Israel instigated the latest round of violence, is not acting with restraint, and that its actions make Washington look callous and hypocritical in the eyes of most of the world.

This Orwellian situation is eloquent testimony to the continued political clout of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the other hardline elements of the Israel lobby. There is no other plausible explanation for the supine behavior of the U.S. Congress–including some of its most “progressive” members–or the shallow hypocrisy of the Obama administration, especially those officials known for their purported commitment to human rights.

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Di$info Jone$ at it again: Shows Video of Military Recon Plane Downing, Claims it’s Flight MH17

by Scott Creighton

Yesterday on Di$info Jone$’ site they ran with an attention grabbing headline ” Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17  ” which turned out to be completely misrepresenting what the unnamed source actually told Robert Perry. There were no images of anyone shooting down anything, much less Malaysian Flight MH17.

Flight MH17: More Disinfo from Di$info Jone$ and his Lackey, Paul Joseph Watson

Today, in order to one-up yesterday’s disinformation cascade, the front page of Prison Planet has this startling headline “Actual Video Footage Of MH17 Shoot Down Proves One Thing With Certainty

But again, being Di$info Jone$’ site… it’s completely wrong and apparently deliberately misleading.

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Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian (video)

20/7/14: International and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defense and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shujaya, in an attempt to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man, in a green t-shirt, who hoped to reach his family’s home, was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground.

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Israel Fires “warning shots” Into al Jazeera Office in Gaza

Confirmed by al Jazeera

from al Akhbar English

Israeli forces on Tuesday fired “warning shots” at a building housing the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press, one day after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to shut down the Qatari-based channel.

“Two warning shots straight into al jazeera office in #gaza.. We are evacuating,” Al Jazeera journalist Stefanie Dekker tweeted Tuesday.

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Operation Protective Edge: IMEMC Lists 545 Palestinians Killed So Far by IDF (VOG lists 124 Children)

“Among those killed, at least 156 were aged 18 or younger ”

The IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center) has compiled a list of the names of the Palestinians killed so far by Israel’s IDF during Operation Protective Edge. You will recall I linked to a U.N. report from Friday which showed that 77% of the fatalities in Gaza were civilians. That number was based on a death toll at the time which stood at 114. It would appear, looking at the names of the fallen since then that the 77% number, though exceedingly high for collateral damage in a war-zone, is low.

It is also important to remember that according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, prior to Israel launching Operation Protective Edge, in 2014 the conflict between Israel and Palestine had produced 4 Israeli victims compared to 50 Palestinians and that the 4 Israel victims include the 3 young university students who were probably killed by someone other than Hamas.

18 members of the al-Batsh family were killed in Khan Younis. The entire al-Hajj family was exterminated in the same city on Thursday.

Listed below are the names of the fallen as compiled by the IMEMC.

Previously I have been reporting the lists of names as compiled by Victims of Gaza. They list 609 victims thus far 156 children).

IDENTIFIED by IMEMC: (115) are 16 or younger in red ; (56) are 50 or older in blue

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Operation Protective Edge: IMEMC Lists 456 Palestinians Killed So Far by IDF (VOG lists 124 Children)

“Among those killed, at least 124 were aged 18 or younger ”

The IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center) has compiled a list of the names of the Palestinians killed so far by Israel’s IDF during Operation Protective Edge. You will recall I linked to a U.N. report from Friday which showed that 77% of the fatalities in Gaza were civilians. That number was based on a death toll at the time which stood at 114. It would appear, looking at the names of the fallen since then that the 77% number, though exceedingly high for collateral damage in a war-zone, is low.

It is also important to remember that according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, prior to Israel launching Operation Protective Edge, in 2014 the conflict between Israel and Palestine had produced 4 Israeli victims compared to 50 Palestinians and that the 4 Israel victims include the 3 young university students who were probably killed by someone other than Hamas.

18 members of the al-Batsh family were killed in Khan Younis. The entire al-Hajj family was exterminated in the same city on Thursday.

Listed below are the names of the fallen as compiled by the IMEMC.

Previously I have been reporting the lists of names as compiled by Victims of Gaza. They list 529 victims thus far 124 children).

IDENTIFIED: (109) are 16 or younger in red ; (50) are 50 or older in blue

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Operation Protective Edge: IMEMC Lists 321 Palestinians Killed So Far by IDF (VOG lists 70 Children)

“Among those killed, over 70 were aged 16 or younger. ”

The IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center) has compiled a list of the names of the Palestinians killed so far by Israel’s IDF during Operation Protective Edge. You will recall I linked to a U.N. report from Friday which showed that 77% of the fatalities in Gaza were civilians. That number was based on a death toll at the time which stood at 114. It would appear, looking at the names of the fallen since then that the 77% number, though exceedingly high for collateral damage in a war-zone, is low.

It is also important to remember that according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, prior to Israel launching Operation Protective Edge, in 2014 the conflict between Israel and Palestine had produced 4 Israeli victims compared to 50 Palestinians and that the 4 Israel victims include the 3 young university students who were probably killed by someone other than Hamas.

18 members of the al-Batsh family were killed in Khan Younis. The entire al-Hajj family was exterminated in the same city on Thursday.

Listed below are the names of the fallen as compiled by the IMEMC.

Previously I have been reporting the lists of names as compiled by Victims of Gaza. They list 300 victims thus far 70 children).

IDENTIFIED: (63) are 16 or younger in red ; (33) are 50 or older in blue

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Elizabeth Warren Runs From Question About Israeli Invasion of Gaza

American Politics 101: If you don’t have anything nice to say about Israel… run away. literally… run away.

You can see the very moment she averts her eyes and turns to run away. It’s the second the word “Gaza” is mentioned. She acknowledges him and faces him in order to quickly answer a question until that word, or those words “Israel and Gaza” are mentioned, then her eyes go down, she turns and flees.

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As Ground Assault Begins in Gaza, Tanks Ordered to Fire on “anything that moves”

by Scott Creighton

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, told Reuters, “We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist.” Mondoweiss

While the world is focused on the supposed crash of flight MH17 brave Israel decided to launch its ground assault in Gaza on a basically unarmed imprisoned population of civilians. Oh, brave Israel and their fists of iron. 58 dead children already. Oh, brave Israel.

Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip at 10.30pm local time on Thursday, under massive supporting fire from air, sea and land. Guardian

There is much being said about the one Israeli soldier who was killed at the beginning of the attack but what’s not being said is that it looks like he was killed by another Israeli while there is a report out that claims Israeli tank commanders have been ordered to “fire on anything that moves”

I guess they should have told them that doesn’t include Israeli soldiers.

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Operation Protective Edge: IMEMC Lists 264 Palestinians Killed So Far by IDF (VOG lists 58 Children)

“Among those killed, 58 were aged 16 or younger and 30 were women..”

The IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center) has compiled a list of the names of the Palestinians killed so far by Israel’s IDF during Operation Protective Edge. You will recall I linked to a U.N. report from Friday which showed that 77% of the fatalities in Gaza were civilians. That number was based on a death toll at the time which stood at 114. It would appear, looking at the names of the fallen since then that the 77% number, though exceedingly high for collateral damage in a war-zone, is low.

It is also important to remember that according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, prior to Israel launching Operation Protective Edge, in 2014 the conflict between Israel and Palestine had produced 4 Israeli victims compared to 50 Palestinians and that the 4 Israel victims include the 3 young university students who were probably killed by someone other than Hamas.

18 members of the al-Batsh family were killed in Khan Younis. The entire al-Hajj family was exterminated in the same city on Thursday.

Listed below are the names of the fallen as compiled by the IMEMC.

Previously I have been reporting the lists of names as compiled by Victims of Gaza. They list 267 victims thus far 58 children).

IDENTIFIED: (51) are 16 or younger in red ; (32) are 50 or older in blue

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Under Cover of Flight MH17, Israel Begins Ground Assault

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has instructed the country’s military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, Reuters reports.

More from the Associated Press:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Israeli soldiers backed by tanks invaded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a military spokesman said, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas’ weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels used to send militants from the Palestinian territory into Israel.

The high-stakes move was compelled by Israel’s growing exasperation over unrelenting rocket fire and followed the collapse of Egyptian-led efforts to broker a cease-fire. It also came after a failed attempt by 13 militants to infiltrate Israel earlier Thursday through a tunnel under the Gaza-Israel border, only to be stopped by an Israeli strike at the mouth of the tunnel.

The military said the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in just over five years was open-ended and would be carried out on several fronts in the coastal strip.

“Our forces, large ground forces accompanied by massive air force support, naval forces and intelligence, are taking over targets in Gaza, operating against tunnels and terror activists and infrastructure,” Israel’s chief military spokesman Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz said.

He called on Gaza residents to evacuate areas where the military is operating, warning the “military is operating there with very great force.”

 

 

 

Amb. Dermer’s Twitter Focus Group Study Goes Straight to Hell in a Hand-basket

by Scott Creighton

(Here is some more of that “rhetoric” you were talking about Lilaleo)

Everything is marketing in the eyes of today’s glorious corporatist/fascist leaders. They are constantly holding focus groups and running polls in order to get a feel of how the public perceives their machinations. It’s not so they can plot policy around public opinion… oh no. That would be democracy and that isn’t allowed. It’s so they can gauge the effectiveness of their propaganda and spin; so they can better understand how effectively they have controlled the message.

To that end the Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer held a live “AskDermer” Twitter feed this morning and something tells me it didn’t go so well for him.

Surely they made sure to have all their paid college age shills standing by at the ready on their keyboards with all their talking points on a cheat sheet ready for the copy and paste war that was to follow.

Didn’t do ‘em any good. Civil society showed up. People with a conscience showed up. People not on the Israeli payroll showed up and in the end, the fiasco did more harm than good to the Israeli PR machine knows as the Megaphonies (H/T Mike Rivero)

Get a load of some of these tweets.

Price of the average college shill – $2,000. Price of PR in the EU – 2 million. Watching Dermer get raked over the coals by real human beings – priceless.

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This is what Israel is doing in Gaza

Operation Protective Edge: IMEMC Lists 231 Palestinians Killed So Far by IDF (VOG lists 47 Children)

“Among those killed, 47 were aged 16 or younger and 27 were women.”

The IMEMC (International Middle East Media Center) has compiled a list of the names of the Palestinians killed so far by Israel’s IDF during Operation Protective Edge. You will recall I linked to a U.N. report from Friday which showed that 77% of the fatalities in Gaza were civilians. That number was based on a death toll at the time which stood at 114. It would appear, looking at the names of the fallen since then that the 77% number, though exceedingly high for collateral damage in a war-zone, is low.

It is also important to remember that according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, prior to Israel launching Operation Protective Edge, in 2014 the conflict between Israel and Palestine had produced 4 Israeli victims compared to 50 Palestinians and that the 4 Israel victims include the 3 young university students who were probably killed by someone other than Hamas.

18 members of the al-Batsh family were killed in Khan Younis. The entire al-Hajj family was exterminated in the same city on Thursday.

Listed below are the names of the fallen as compiled by the IMEMC.

Previously I have been reporting the lists of names as compiled by Victims of Gaza. They list 231 victims thus far (47 children).

IDENTIFIED: (40) are 16 or younger in red ; (30) are 50 or older in blue

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Watch: New Yorkers pierce through pro-war gathering with chants of ‘stop bombing Gaza now’

The protesters’ target was a “New York Stands With Israel” press conference organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC)–a powerhouse establishment group–the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York and the Jewish Caucus of the New York City Council. Attendees included Congressional Democrats like Charlie Rangel, Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel; State Senators and Assemblyman; various City Council members and Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General in New York. Alex Kane from Mondoweiss

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