Historic Vote in House of Commons: ‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

UPDATE: White House official supposedly said this: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,”

UPDATE: Israeli president recently said “Israel is a sick society“, the guy is even a Likud party member.

(Absolutely stunning. This is a MUST READ. The British lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, voted by an overwhelming majority, 274 to 12, to recognize the state of Palestine alongside Israel back on Oct. 13th of this year. As stated in the following article, that vote followed a similar result in Swedish parliament and will probably help inspire the Spaniards to do the same. What is even more shocking is how the MPs debated the issue, bringing up things that websites like mine and activists like Chomsky and Finklestein and many others have been saying for decades. This statement was made in the House of Commons not a month ago in Britain:

 “[Since] the triumph of military Zionism and the Likud-run governments we have seen a new barbarism in that country. We have seen it in the Lebanon invasion, in the attack on the Mavi Marmara and the flotilla, and, above all, in the three attacks on Gaza —Operation Protective Edge, Operation Pillars of Defence,Operation Cast Lead.. ” Labour MP for Hammersmith Andy Slaughter

Like I said, this is a must read. You won’t see this on Prison Planet that’s for sure)

by Amira Howeidy, al-Ahram from Oct. 23, 2014

‘The Israeli government has lost the support of the House’

Following in the Swedish parliament’s footsteps in recognising Palestinian statehood, the British House of Commons voted yes for Palestine 13 October. The Spanish Socialist Party now wants the Madrid parliament to do the same.

A staggering 274 British MPs voted for and 12 against this motion:

This House believes that the Government should recognise the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.”

While this largely symbolic recognition is unbinding on the government and will not bring a Palestinian state into fruition, the moral and political significance of the arguments put forth by British MPs in debate far outweigh the importance of the motion itself. At the same time, the motion made the lengthy four-hour long debate —largely in favour of Palestinian rights — possible. And this couldn’t have been done without pointing out, in the words of MPs, Israel’s “bullying”,  its violations, illegal settlement expansion, repeated wars on Gaza, and subsequent “humanitarian crisis of catastrophic.

The debate clearly reflected growing frustration with Israel, with its latest war on Gaza proving to be a turning point. “The Israeli government has lost the support of the House,” precisely because of Gaza, concluded Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths for Burton and Uttoxeter.

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Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English

Submitted by Ali Abunimah from Electronic Intafada

ADL ad that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza.

Shawn’s brilliant “translation” of the ad into plain English is below.

Five hundred and sixteen children are among the 2,142 Palestinians killed by Israel’s current bombardment of the Gaza Strip, according to the latest tally from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time.

Along with ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher, The Hollywood Reporter identifies some of those who signed the ADL ad as MGM chairman Gary Barber, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Nu Image/Millennium Films co-chairman Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban.

Adults care for Palestinian children wounded in an Israeli air strike at a hospital in Gaza City, 23 August.

Shawn’s response, which also appears in The Hollywood Reporter, is masterful. Here is Shawn’s “translation” of Meir’s words, as they were used in the ADL ad (reproduced in full with permission):

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Gaza 3 – Israel 0

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by Scott Creighton

Richard Falk: Maintaining the Unlawful Siege of Gaza is a Crime against Humanity -  “Prof. Falk believes that “the maintenance of the unlawful blockade of goods to and from Gaza is well established as a form of collective punishment of the occupied civilian population of Gaza, and a flagrant violation of the most fundamental obligation of the Geneva Conventions and international humanitarian law.””

New 72-hour truce begins between Israel and Gaza

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London’s Gaza Protest Attracts Tens Of Thousands (PICTURES)  -  Tens of thousands of people have turned out in central London to protest the bombing of Gaza which has so far killed close to 2,000 people.

Operation Protective Edge killed 1,916 Palestinians in the besieged strip since Israel began its relentless assault on July 8. Among those killed, at least 467 were aged 18 or younger.

Phony Devastation Photos Emerge from Gaza to Discredit Real Ones

by Scott Creighton

This is a disinformation alert. Be careful of the images you link to or share concerning Israel’s genocidal actions in Gaza.

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Obama is a ‘war criminal’ for supporting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians – Cornel West

from RINF

Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make him complicit in the deaths of innocent people.

The controversial activist made the comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, according to Talking Points Memo. West began his speech by pointing to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, where more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed, criticizing Israel’s offensive in the region in front of a “Free Palestine” banner…

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