Rafeef Ziadah – ‘We teach life, sir’, London, 12.11.11

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Operation Protective Edge: Israel Set to Repeat the Horror of Operation Cast Lead

by Scott Creighton

(You can go to #GazaUnderAttack to keep up with what is happening)

In the wake of the June 12th disappearance and alleged murder of three Israeli youths, Naftali Frenkel (16, from Nof Ayalon), Gilad Shaer (16, from Talmon), and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad), the latest Israeli “crisis” has, so far, claimed the lives of at least 7 Palestinians but that number promises to increase rapidly.

The Israelis have named their new genocidal slaughter-fest Operation Protective Edge.

One has to admit, it has an more marketable ring to it than the 2008 Operation Cast Lead, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians (6 Israeli soldiers killed, 3 Israeli civilians compared to 491 Palestinian soldiers and 926 civilians).

And “Protective Edge” is even slightly better marketing than Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud (or Pillar of Defense) which they conducted on Gaza, again under the cover of an Obama election this time in Nov. of 2012, which claimed the lives of 6 Israelis (4 civilians) and 160 Palestinians (107 of which were civilians)

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Christiane Amanpour is Just Pathetic

by Scott Creighton

When someone says it takes a lot of effort to spin Israel as the perpetual victim in whatever atrocity  they commit, they could easily be talking about this recent pathetic display by sycophantic CNN policy pitch-person Christiane Amanpour.

This over-paid hack hag starts the hit-piece interview with Khaled Mashal with a voice over claiming he represents a pariah (Hamas) “considered by Israel and the U.S. and much of the West to be a terrorist organization”

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Israel Targets International Journalists in Gaza While Obama Poops on Peace Prize

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Israeli officials Tweet picture of fake Gaza hospital sign to justify their bombing of hospitals.

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Obama responds to Israeli aggression in Gaza while the rent-a-crowd in Thailand chants “Obama! Obama! Obama!”

Israel is stepping up their brutal and illegal attack on Gaza making ready for their ground assault. In order to do that, they decided to silence the would be witnesses of their criminal aggression by sending them a message. A clear and distinct message:

“Early this morning, just after dawn, the Israeli military targeted two media buildings in the Gaza Strip, injuring six journalists with one losing his leg in an amputation after the bombing. “We obviously know there are journalists in the building,” said IDF spokesperson Avital Leibovich hours later, confirming the Israeli military knowingly targeted news organizations in a military strike to destroy an antenna that was located on the roof of the building.  Leibovich continued, “so we did not attack any other floor in the building, but my advice to journalist visiting Gaza is to stay away from any Hamas positions, or Hamas sites, or Hamas posts for their own safety.” Mondoweiss

Israel agents phone Gaza media threatening to flatten their buildings to the ground unless they evacuate,” said Fear on Twitter.

Israel is removing the press so they can do what they are about to do in the dead silence, in the dark.

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Israeli Warmonger Claims they Didn’t Kill Enough Palestinians During Operation Cast Lead

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: This from a writer who was invited to stand with AIPAC and J Street (yes, J Street stands with Israel on the issue of bombing and murdering Palestinian children). The writer, MJ Rosenberg, had this too say about the offer:

“In God’s name, why would anyone join a rally to support such abominations?”

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ICC is Puppet of the West: Shreds Remaining Credibility by Refusing to Investigate Operation Cast Lead

by Scott Creighton

There is even more evidence today that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is nothing more than a pro-Western front group doing the bidding of imperialist nations across the world.

“This dangerous decision opens the ICC to accusations of political bias and is inconsistent with the independence of the ICC.”

“It also breaches the Rome Statute, which clearly states that such matters should be considered by the institution’s judges.” head of Amnesty International’s International Justice campaign

The ICC has refused to investigate Israel for war-crimes committed during the 2008-2009 bombing of the civilian population in Gaza known by the operational name given it, Cast Lead. As many as 1,440 Palestinians were killed during the 20 days of the IDF’s attacks on the civilian population.

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Israel’s Iranian Solution: “Iran’s citizens should be starved” Israeli Officials Say

by Scott Creighton

Just ahead of the Parliamentary Elections in Iran, Israel is once again stepping up their terrorist rhetoric in order to send another frightening message to the people of that sovereign nation.

Israeli officials have openly called for a starvation campaign against the civilian population of Iran in order to stop them from building a nuclear weapon which they are not building. Muslims, Christians, Jews and everyone else should suffer and starve to death to protect Israel from non-existent WMDs.

Not only would the application of such a program be considered a terrorist act (and one which brings to mind a certain dark chapter in 20th century fascist horror) but the threat itself is itself an act of terrorism.

As expected, the corporatist media is silent on the obvious irony of such a horrific statement coming from the leaders of the self proclaimed “Jewish State”. This is Israel’s Iranian Solution.

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Adler and Block: Proposed Mossad Assassination of Obama and the “Anti-Semite” Smear Campaign in America

by Scott Creighton

A publisher in Atlanta, Andrew Adler of the Atlanta Jewish Times, recently wrote an opinion piece in his paper (What Would You Do?) which proposed the Israeli assassination of a seated U.S. president in order to defend Israel from nuclear weapons that Iran does not currently have and is not currently developing (according to the NIEs of 2007 and 2010)

Adler’s Jan. 13th 2012 article puts his 3,500 or so readers in the unenviable position of Israel’s Prime Minister facing what he seems to think is the inevitable destruction of Israel at the hands of the Syrians, Hezbollah, and Iran and asked them “What Would They Do?”: strike Hezbollah (killing civilians), strike Syria (killing civilians), or have Mossad agents already in the U.S.(his words, not mine) kill the president of the United States because he backed off a provocative missile defense drill, Austere Challenge 12,with Israel off Iran’s coastline?

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Freedom Flotilla II to Set Sail Today Amid a Flurry of Israeli Propaganda and Dire Warnings from Hillary Clinton

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: IDF Chief of Staff says “Hate Flotilla is an attempt to de-legitimize Israel”

UPDATE: Israeli officials claiming that flotilla activists like holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein are planning violence against the IDF.

UPDATE: Ray McGovern is on the U.S. aid ship

UPDATE: Passengers and Crew of US ship to Gaza “Audacity of Hope”

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Israel and the United States have been pressuring Greece to find some reason to hold the second Freedom Flotilla in port, keeping it from leaving for Gaza, but to no avail.

The “Freedom Flotilla II — Stay Human” is reportedly planning to set sail for Gaza today in spite of a new wave of Israeli propaganda flooding the MSM about the nature of the mission and the type of people on board. One of the ships is the U.S. flagged “Audacity of Hope

Among others aboard the U.S. flagged ship will be a former Israeli combat pilot and commander, Yonatan Shapira and holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

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Richard Goldstone Folds

by Scott Creighton

Frankly, I don’t care how many Mossad agents threatened the lives of his children, in the end Richard Goldstone has betrayed all of humanity with his pathetic retraction.

I just read Richard Goldstone’s “Reconsidering the Goldstone report on Israel and war crimes” and I have to say that I haven’t seen a more obvious and cowardly betrayal of historical fact… ever. I don’t even think that Donald Rumsfeld’s new book could come close to this in terms of outright revisionist history.

The Goldstone Report has been a thorn in the side of the zionist rulers of Israel and their apologist corp of internet Megaphonies and propaganda peddlers, since it was published. It’s a stark and candid assessment of the brutality unleashed by Israel on the confined people of Gaza living in what some call the “largest open air prison in the world”. It correctly accused Israel of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity and recommended a full inquiry by the International Criminal Court. The fact that Richard Goldstone turned into a coward after god-knows how many zealots threatened his life, changes nothing.

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George Galloway Returns To Canada

from Information Clearinghouse

The support of the oppressed people in Gaza is no longer a crime or considered support of terrorism, according to the latest Federal court ruling in Canada.

Obama Defends Israel a Day After UN Report Details Israel’s Act of War Committed Against the U.S.

by Scott Creighton

What if I told you that Iran boarded a U.S. flagged vessel in international waters and executed a 19-year-old U.S. citizen on the Mavi Marmara because of his beliefs?  Would that be considered an act of war?  Would it still be an act of war if Israel did it?

In the wake of the newly released UN Human Rights Council’s report on the attack of the humanitarian aid flotilla which found “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willful killing“, President Barack Obama is addressing the UN today and reportedly is going to remind the world that “killing Israelis is not resistance, it’s injustice” (emphasis added)

It should be clear to all that efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by the unshakeable opposition of the United States,” he was expected to say, according to excerpts of the speech obtained by NBC News. “And efforts to threaten or kill Israelis will do nothing to help the Palestinian people — the slaughter of innocent Israelis is not resistance, it is injusticeMSNBC

Injustice wears but one face, for the proven two-faced president of the United States of America, and the injustice of the Middle East is apparently only measured in the suffering of the Israeli people, all others, who’s suffering comes by the cruel hand of ultra-right wing Zionist regime in Israel, simply does not matter. The suffering of the Palestinians and all who try to aid them does not even rate a mention by the Peace Prize winning president of CHANGE.

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UN rights council: ‘Clear evidence’ against Israel in flotilla raid

Raw Story

A UN probe said Wednesday there was “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willful killing” and torture committed when its troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.

In a scathing report, it also threw out Israel’s argument that activists on the aid ship were violent thereby justifying the decision by Israeli soldiers to open fire, adding that some were the victim of actions “consistent with…summary execution.”

The inquiry ordered by the UN Human Rights Council said Israel’s military used “unnecessary violence” in the incident and committed acts that “constituted grave violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

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Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Time is running out for Israel. And the Israeli government knows it. The Jewish Diaspora, especially the young, has a waning emotional and ideological investment in Israel. The demographic boom means that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories will soon outnumber Jews. And Israel’s increasing status as a pariah nation means that informal and eventually formal state sanctions against the country are probably inevitable.

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The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

by Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Chris Hedges made these remarks Thursday night in New York City at a fundraiser for sponsoring a U.S. boat to break the blockade of Gaza. More information can be found at www.ustogaza.org.

When I lived in Jerusalem I had a friend who confided in me that as a college student in the United States she attended events like these, wrote up reports and submitted them to the Israel consulate for money. It would be naive to assume this Israeli practice has ended. So, I want first tonight to address that person, or those persons, who may have come to this event for the purpose of reporting on it to the Israeli government.

I would like to remind them that it is they who hide in darkness. It is we who stand in the light. It is they who deceive. It is we who openly proclaim our compassion and demand justice for those who suffer in Gaza. We are not afraid to name our names. We are not afraid to name our beliefs. And we know something you perhaps sense with a kind of dread. As Martin Luther King said, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice, and that arc is descending with a righteous fury that is thundering down upon the Israeli government.

You may have the bulldozers, planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble, the commandos who descend from ropes on ships and kill unarmed civilians on the high seas as well as in Gaza, the vast power of the state behind you. We have only our hands and our hearts and our voices. But note this. Note this well. It is you who are afraid of us. We are not afraid of you. We will keep working and praying, keep protesting and denouncing, keep pushing up against your navy and your army, with nothing but our bodies, until we prove that the force of morality and justice is greater than hate and violence. And then, when there is freedom in Gaza, we will forgive … you. We will ask you to break bread with us. We will bless your children even if you did not find it in your heart to bless the children of those you occupied. And maybe it is this forgiveness, maybe it is the final, insurmountable power of love, which unsettles you the most.

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