Posted on February 22, 2009 by willyloman
By Christiana Voniati from Information Clearing House and voniati.blogspot
Voniati: The international public opinion and especially the Muslim world seem to have great expectations from the historic election of Obama. Can we, in your opinion, expect any real change regarding the US approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Chomsky: Not much. Quite the contrary: it may be harsher than before. In the case of Gaza, Obama maintained silence, he didn’t say a word. He said well there’s only one president so I can’t talk about it. Of course he was talking about a lot of other things but he chose not to talk about this. His campaign did repeat a statement that he had made while visiting Israel six months earlier –he had visited Sderot where the rockets hit- and he said “if this where happening to my daughters, I wouldn’t think of any reaction as legitimate”, but he couldn’t say anything about Palestinian children. Now, the attack on Gaza was at time so that it ended right before the inauguration, which is what I expected. I presume that the point was so that they could make sure that Obama didn’t have to say something, so he didn’t. And then he gave his first foreign policy declaration, it was a couple of days later when he appointed George Mitchell as his emissary, and he said nothing about Gaza except that “our paramount interest is preserving the security of Israel”. Palestine apparently doesn’t have any requirement of security. And then in his declaration he said of course we are not going to deal with Hamas -the elected government the US immediately, as soon as the government was elected in a free election the US and Israel with the help of European Union immediately started severely punishing the Palestinian population for voting in the “wrong way” in a free election and that’s what we mean by democracy. The only substantive comment he made in the declaration was to say that the arab peace plan had constructive elements, because it called for a normalization of relations with Israel and he urged the arab states to proceed with the normalization of relations. Now, he is an intelligent person, he knows that that was not what the arab peace plan said. The arab peace plan called for a two state settlement on the international border that is in accord with the long standing international consensus that the US has blocked for over 30 years and in that context of the two state settlement we should even proceed further and move towards a normalization of relations with Israel. Well, Obama carefully excluded the main content about the two state settlement and just talked about the corollary, for which a two state settlement is a precondition. Now that’s not an oversight, it can’t be. That’s a careful wording, sending the message that we are not going to change their (Israel’s) rejectionist policy. We ‘ll continue to be opposed to the international consensus on this issue, and everything else he said accords with it. We will continue in other words to support Israel’s settlement policies- those policies are undermining any possible opportunity or hope for a viable Palestinian entity of some kind. And it’s a continued reliance on force in both parts of occupied Palestine. That’s the only conclusion you could draw.
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Posted on January 9, 2009 by willyloman
by Naomi Klein, the Nation
It’s time. Long past time. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.
In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called on “people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.” The campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions–BDS for short–was born. Naomi Klein
[read the rest here]
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Posted on January 2, 2009 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
The propaganda wave that claims that the home-made bottle rockets that have been launched from Gaza into Israel, justify Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, has worked so well… the Israeli PR machine, JINSA, is floating it’s extension of sorts, into another little project of theirs; Iran.
“The role of Iran in the training and buildup of the Hamas arsenal has been regrettably overlooked by the world’s media and many of its political leaders,” said Tom Neumann, executive director of the Institute. “Hamas’s rocket attacks have become longer range and more lethal as a result of Iranian assistance and training,” he said. Yahoo
The idea that somehow Iran is pumping weapons into Gaza, the most rigorously controlled and largest open air prison on the planet, is laughable. However, considering how other ridiculous claims are being given airtime by U.S. MSM outlets, this new PR campaign is quite disturbing. This one may actually take root.
As William O. Beeman argued on December 29, this claim is nothing short of preposterous. “No one promulgating the theory that Hamas’s attacks on Israel are directed by Iran bothers to think much about geography. Hamas has been effectively sealed off from the world by Israel, and by Egypt,” writes Beeman. “The Israelis have essentially controlled the import of food and medical supplies. The idea of Iran shipping arms to Hamas under these conditions is patently absurd. Prison Planet
These rockets are therefore very important to the right-wing Israeli PR machine. They collect them, they keep them, they display them, and they hand them out to visiting dignitaries, as proof of Israels all important “victim” status.
Pictured on the left is a public official posing for a photo-op in front of his new “Proof Display”.
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Posted on December 21, 2008 by willyloman
Israeli blockade ‘forces Palestinians to search rubbish dumps for food’
Impoverished Palestinians on the Gaza Strip are being forced to scavenge for food on rubbish dumps to survive as Israel’s economic blockade risks causing irreversible damage, according to international observers.
…”Things have been getting worse and worse,” said Chris Gunness of the agency yesterday. “It is the first time we have been seeing people picking through the rubbish like this looking for things to eat….”
(read the rest of the article, here.)
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Posted on August 23, 2008 by willyloman
(It takes some real balls to attempt to break an Israeli blockade off the coast of Gaza. Especially in a boat called the “SS Liberty”. Do you remember what happened to the last boat named ‘Liberty” that was in this area? Find out here.
Peace activists may be attacked at sea by Israel for trying to break the illegal siege of the Gaza Strip. Israel is threatening to capture and “interrogate” , by force, the 60 or so peace activists and journalistswho are trying to call attention to the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza. The activists and journalists are determined to get to Gaza. This may end very badly. This story will NEVER see the light of day in the MSM. I hope you pass it on to other sites.)
(This is where they are reported to be by the journalists on-board.)
(This is a comment from that journalist on-board the SS. Liberty:
“A Message to All from the SS Liberty: “We’ve entered Gazan waters. We’re flying the Palestinian flag, and we now believe that we’re going to reach the shores of Gaza very soon. I missed the start of the Berlin Wall coming down by just a few days, but now I know how people felt when they tore down those first few bricks. Today is a huge victory of people over power.” –Yvonne Ridley, abord the SS Liberty, bound for Gaza, 23 Aug. 2008″
***UPDATE*** It appears that Israel’s tough talk was just that; ABC News is reporting that Israel has decided to allow them to reach Gaza. Story here.
***UPDATE 2**** They have reached Gaza!
.by Amos Harel from Haaretz, here.
Defense officials favor forcefully blocking two boats which a group of U.S.-based activists plan to sail to Gaza to protest what they call “the Israeli siege on the Strip,” Haaretz has learned.
According to the Foreign Ministry, Israel is within its rights to use force against the seafarers.
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