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Conservative MP compares Stephen Harper government to Jesus,

July 17, 2015

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Wai Young, the Conservative MP for Vancouver South, apparently told the congregation at Harvest City Church that the Harper government’s pushing through of controversial antiterrorism bill C-51 resembles the work of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe was the son of God.

“Jesus served, he saved, but he acted, as well,” Young said in a speech, according to Press Progress.

Proving Canadians have not lost their sense of humour,the following tweets arrived

Blessed are they who persecute for the sake of the party for theirs is a seat in the Senate.

And #CPCJesus said “debate not with Mulcair or Trudeau nor dignify their questions with answers for they are false prophets”

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged by the PMO and Peter Mackay.”
-Matthew 7:1-2

Then shalt thou present 3 IDs for voting, no more, no less. 3 shall be the number of IDs, and the number of the IDs shall be 3.”
Blessed by the political party donors, for their donation shall return to them a thousand fold in tax breaks
Let he who is without sin cast the first ballot. All others shall require 2 pieces of ID.

“Blessed are the 1%, for theirs is the Kingdom of Ottawa.”

Watch me turn water into tarsands tailings

God saw the light, and saw that it was good – so he cancelled its funding

The bully state : An ongoing story of injustice

July 14, 2015

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40 residents of Susya face deportation:

This from the beautiful Rabbis for Human Rights in israel

• The Palestinian village of Susya in the West Bank is an ancient historic village. Its residents lived in ancient caves for decades before the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.It is s under imminent threat of demolition and expulsion by the Israeli military.  30 years ago the IDF evicted the village residents in favor of an archaeological site and expropriated their land.  The expropriation was illegal and not really needed.

• The residents moved to their private land where they survived for 30 years without infrastructure for electricity and water.

• In 2001,  the army destroyed the caves at the present site and tried to evict the residents. The High Court of Justice ordered the army to stop the eviction. After the caves were destroyed, not having a roof over their heads, the residents were forced to erect tents and sheds to survive.

• The unauthorized construction in Palestinian Susya is neither criminal nor “an attempt to seize land.” It is being done on private land out of lack of choice.

• All of the residents’ attempts over the years to obtain building permits were rejected by the army. Neither appeals nor requests for clemency helped.

• The only solution is to legalize planning for the village. The residents raised large amounts of money, hired experts and submitted outline plans to the army. The plans were rejected on the basis of discriminatory reasons and unequal criteria.

• The State raised no security arguments nor did it argue against the petitioners’ ownership of their land. The only basis for erasing the village is supposedly planning claims but in fact it is a political decision.

• Now the State wishes to destroy the 100 flimsy structures and sheds the evicted residents built on their private farming land after their caves were destroyed, and to throw the residents into the desert.

. A recent High Court petition, submitted by the village council Dirat, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Society, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and St. Yves – Catholic Human Rights Center, demands  planning authority be returned to Palestinian villages for their own communities in order to prevent the tragic demolitions of hundreds of homes every year due to the impossibility of obtaining building permits.

Dear Prime Minister:

I have been to Susya and seen the dire poverty
and the disgusting settler attacks, the killing of  sheep,
the damage to olive trees, the destruction of bee hives
and worst of all, the  settler protection of  the Israeli army.

Many delegations from around the world have come  to this
small  farming village  to see for ourselves.

I am requesting  you to plead for a cease and desist order
to the demolition and destruction of this and other
Palestinian villages whose destruction is imminent.

No child should have to live with this.

Canada should be protesting these violations
of UN conventions and the disregard for
international law.

Ted Schmidt

Gaza one year later

July 13, 2015

Shahd Abusalama writes from Istanbul a year after the slaughter in Gaza…and just after the pathetic Hilary Clinton’s groveling in front of her huge Jewish donor Haim Saban.When will the Americans see Gazans as human beings abd living under a brutal occupation? People like Clinton are held hostage to wealth and power. Justice is a mere afterthought on their way to the White House.
I can almost hear my dad’s voice breaking in tears and echoing in my ears when I called him on 13 August 2014 following the murder of our neighbor Hazem Abu Murad.

Hazem grew up next door to our home and was like a son to my Dad and his best companion whenever he sat at the front door of our home. Along with five others, Hazem was killed while trying to diffuse an unexploded 500 kilogram Israeli missile in Beit Lahya.

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I can still recall the unspeakable shock that my family suffered on the first day of Eid al-Fitr over the loss of my uncle Muhammed Abu Louz who was killed leaving behind a very young widow with a 2-year old son and 3-year-old daughter. The children were too young to comprehend what was going on around them. They were dressed in new clothes for Eid and constantly asking when their father would be back to give them candies and gifts.

I can almost hear my mum’s shaky voice on the phone saying whenever I called, “We’re okay, thank God. Don’t worry.” Continuous bombing rumbled in the background, almost every second. Sometimes, right after I heard the terrifying sounds of explosions, the call disconnected. That would drive me mad as dark thoughts about death, destruction and loss filled my mind. I would endlessly try to call back as panic overcame me.
Only when I heard their voices again could I calm down and breathe, or at least sigh as attempts to keep myself together failed. During those traumatic times, sleep was the last thing on my mind. If I slept, I dozed unintentionally on my computer or my sofa. But I woke from these accidental naps terrified, almost out of breath, thinking that anything could have happened while I slept. I would run to call my family, and could only relax once someone answered the phone. I would break into tears that were a mixture of conflicting emotions: fear, trauma and happiness. Their voices on the phone indicated they were still alive, or not dead yet.

These fears filled me for 51 days and nights, but intensified more as the war grew crazier, more brutal, then beyond brutal. My days and nights merged so I no longer kept track of time. It became meaningless. Food lost its taste. Even rest, though I was exhausted, became undesirable. I spent 51 days in isolation, sitting in front of my computer and phone, watching al-Mayadeen coverage, and at the same time listening to Palestinian radio channels like al-Quds, al-Aqsa and al-Shaab online.
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To keep my sanity, I wrote on social media, sometimes filling my sketchbook with black and white, or marching through Istanbul’s streets with a group of Palestinians to express our anger. We chanted as loudly as we could for justice and holding Israel accountable for its crimes, for stopping the attack on Gaza and the bloodshed. Looking outside my window in Istanbul used to feel like a slap in the face as I saw typical, ordinary days, as if nothing was happening in Palestine and no one was dying almost every moment.

At times, I felt that even though I was privileged to study outside the Gaza ghetto, where the lives of everyone, regardless of age of gender, were threatened by the Zionist murder machine, it was harder to bear than the times I was there, experiencing attacks first hand. But I think that was because I had been there when death was everywhere and bombings surrounded us. I knew what it was like, and that was what made me go mad. We had survived many attacks, but that did not mean we would survive all of them.

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The last Gaza massacre was beyond brutal. The Israeli occupation crossed all red lines with its immoral and inhumane measures. Neighborhoods were completely destroyed. Families were wiped out, with not even one member surviving to pass on the stories and ambitions of those who were murdered. But the international mainstream media had reduced this devastating cost that the Palestinian people endured into numbers in its headlines or even between the lines.

One year later

A year has passed since the ceasefire was declared. But Palestinians civilians died in front of the whole world as Western powers parroted their commitment to Israel’s “right to self-defense.” Meanwhile the death toll rose higher and higher. Self-defense against whom?

Numbers themselves tell the whole story clearly. More than 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in Gaza, and more than 100,000 buildings were totally destroyed, while 73 Israelis, nearly all soldiers, died. This is an occupation against the occupied, not equal armies fighting in a “conflict.” Ours are a people calling for legitimate rights, rejecting brutal living conditions that resemble a slow death sentence under a suffocating siege, and resisting oppression that has lasted 67 years by a colonial power that treats them as less than human and continues to deny their most basic rights while attacking their very existence, identity, culture and history.

A year has passed and the piles of rubble remain as cruel reminders of all our people endured during the 51-day onslaught, its devastating aftermath and how little progress has been made since then. Reconstruction has barely begun. Thousands still live in makeshift shelters, leading a life of uncertainty and struggling daily for survival. I am sure every Palestinian, especially those from Gaza, is still traumatized. What we survived during the summer of 2014 will take a lifetime to heal. It will always remain like a scar on our psyche until justice for the victims who died is achieved, and the freedom for which we paid this huge price is gained, until Israel is held accountable, denormalized and treated for what it is in reality: a settler-colonial state.

But not only Israel is responsible for what our people have endured. It is a responsibility shared by the whole international community, who give Israel a green light to cross all red lines. Israel’s impunity is fortified by the silence of a world that not only watches silently, but is proactive in its unconditional support for Israel’s crimes. International solidarity with Palestine has to move beyond mere sentiment to serious political actions that fight the policies of governments who support Israel and all it does.

Do not allow your governments to continue their support of Israel in your name! Have your say! Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is a tactic that is growing all over the world and effectively threatening Israel. Empower it more wherever you are and help spread the voice of justice. And always remember that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Abbas recalls Palestinian ambassador to Chile over anti-Semitic remarks

July 12, 2015

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has recalled his ambassador to Chile, following anti-Semitic statements the envoy made at a convention held in Santiago.
Once again the hoary conspiracy The Protocols of the Elders of Zion had sprung into life and Abbas was justifiably furious.

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After the Nakba,the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and in the early stages of Palestinian trauma, many lashed out at Israel and Jews in general for the catastrophe Palestinians had experienced. Radical Muslim groups in the Arab world (mainly in Egypt) promoted the scurrilous Protocols, a notorious forgery which was cobbled together in Russia to coincide with pogroms in the Ukraine and Russia. It was a despicable piece of antisemitism which over time reached the west and was widely used by antisemites convinced of a Jewish plot to rule the world. Henry Ford distributed far and wide.

In some iterations after the Russian Revolution “Bolsheviks” were substituted for Jews.It was exposed as fraudulent by a journalist in England in 1921.
We know that Hitler consistently referred to this from 1921 onwards. It then migrated to the Middle East and indeed other parts of the world. One can then understand why “Arabs in pain” would resort to such garbage.That it apparently still has a life is sad.
At the conference, Ambassador Jadaa said that “a group of intellectuals and financial advisers, mostly non-Jewish Europeans, decided to establish the Zionist movement with one aim: the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people. However, the truth of the matter was that it was meant to facilitate Jewish plans to dominate the entire world.” Alas the Protocols were referenced. Jadaa’s words were published by the New York-based “Institute for the study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy.”
Undoubtedly Israel will use this anomaly as symptomatic of the sick Arab world.No surprise here.
Abbas quite correctly did the right thing.

The gall of George W. Bush

July 10, 2015

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The worst president in living memory  George W. Bush now is under fire for charging $100,000 to speak to a group of veterans wounded in the brutal and stupid wars which he began.

The great “war time president” (remember Mission Accomplished) actually has the chutzpah to accept this blood money. The guy who said Jesus was his favourite philosopher.

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It’s amazing that the vets didn’t all rise up and boo the bozo off the stage.

It is however gratifying that Bush is spending so much time helping these poor people

“I’ve decided to dedicate the rest of my life to helping our vets, to helping those with whom I was honored to serve, They face challenges really different from the battlefield. Some feel misunderstood or under-appreciated. To many desperately so.

Whatta guy.

Members of the Texas-based Helping a Hero charity told ABC News that Bush charged $100,000 for his 2012 speech at a charity fundraiser for veterans who lost limbs in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. he was also given use of a private jet at a cost of $20,000 and former First Lady Laura Bush was paid $50,000 to speak to the group last year.

Have these people no shame?

The group’s chairwoman told ABC News that Bush reduced his fees from $250,000 to $100,000. But Bush’s typical speaking fee was reported by Politico at being between $100,000 and $175,000.

Only in America.

The fees infuriated one of the board members, who told CNN Wednesday that Bush should not have accepted any money.
“The point here is that a leader should not charge to speak on behalf of the men that he sent into combat, at any level, let alone the commander in chief,” said Eddie Wright, a Marine who lost both his hands in a 2004 rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq.
Chuck Jenness, the group’s chairman, lists Bush as a “close friend” and said the Bush speech grossed $3.2 million.a great Republican I guess, a real pal of Bush’s who said nothing as Bush led the country into these disasters.
Republican contender Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday in response to news reports.
“You mean George Bush sends our soldiers into combat, they are severely wounded, and then he wants $120,000 to make a boring speech to them?”

Yep.

Hilary grovels at the feet of huge Jewish donor

July 8, 2015

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A good barometer of how sad and really pathetic US politics has become is is the latest grovel of presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton. Clinton,the female half of surely the wealthiest presidential family ever to engorge themselves in public life($30 million last year for her) wrote a letter to Haim Saban, the biggest Democratic donor, swearing everlasting fealty to the state of Israel.

No BDS on her watch she assured her Moneybags.In fact she is shocked at such a movement linking it with antsemitism. How out of it can you get? She asks her friend Haim on advice in how to counteract this dastardly movement which attempts to bring Israel to its senses.And comparing Israel to an apartheid state? Surely not.

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This is beyond the pale.Has the woman ever visited Bantustine herself? Israel, she asures Haim is “a vibrant democracy”. Is she that blind? No,not really, she is like her husband, she has principles—and if you don’t like them, well she has other ones on her way to the White House coronation. And she really needs the money which Haim has plenty of. End of story.another craven politician in the country where democracy has ben sold to the highest bidder.
Finally, she tells Haim “The Jewish state is a modern day miracle – a vibrant bloom in the middle of the desert. We must nurture and protect it.”
The best way to nurture it is to tell it the truth and help wean it off its 50 year occupation of another people.

But Hilary will not do that. She needs Haim’s money.

Caetano, don’t play Israel

July 6, 2015

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) just wont let go. Any music artist who naively believes that he can help israel change its apartheid policies by playingthere l is simply whistling in the dark.Here he challenges two Brazilian artists. and political activists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil scheduled to perform to an already sold out crowd in Tel Aviv on July 28.

Already Brazilian and international BDS activists have implored the artists to cancel their performance. Roger Waters wrote Veloso with such a request and Veloso wrote Rogers back, explaining “my heart is strongly against the arrogant right position of the Israeli government. I hate the occupation policy, the inhuman decisions that Israel took in what Netanyahu tells us is self-defense. And I think most Israelis who are interested in our music tends to react in a similar way to the politics of his country”, yet refusing to cancel the show.

The following is Waters response.

Caetano

Dear Caetano,

Thank you for taking the time to reply to my letter. Dialogue is truly important. I will respond to the points you have raised. I fear you may be viewing Israeli politics through rose tinted spectacles. The fact is that for the many decades, since the Nakba, (catastrophe, dispossession of the Palestinian people) in 1948, Israel’s colonialist and racist policies have devastated the lives of millions of Palestinians.

The BDS movement, which I am asking you to join, is a global movement that demands Palestinian freedom, justice, and equality. It is growing rapidly because of increased international awareness of the oppression the Palestinians have had to endure these last 67 years. Netanyahu’s current extreme right­wing regime is just the latest government perpetrating cruel acts of injustice and colonization. But this is not just a right wing problem.
It was, in fact, the left­wing Labor party that founded the illegal settlement program and also failed to end the occupation of Palestinian land and make peace

In your letter you say that Jean­Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir believed in Israel before they died. That maybe so, but that was then and, maybe then, they didn’t know about or understand the brutality of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and subjugation of its people. But, I do know this, the wine and coffee splattered floorboards of the Café Flores and Les Deux Magots would today reverberate with the sound of Jean­Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir turning in their graves to hear their names taken in vain and nailed to the mast of the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people.
You mention Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, he is among those embracing BDS, as he has observed Israel’s actions and has deep empathy for The Palestinian People. There is, as he noted to you, apartheid in the occupied territories that is just as definite and dehumanizing as it was in apartheid South Africa when the infamous and racist pass laws were in place. As in South Africa, Palestinians and their legal rights are defined by their racial and religious background. Can you imagine such a thing in Brazil or England or the USA or Holland or Chile, or? No. Why not?

Because it is unacceptable, that’s why not.

Caetano, if I may pose a question, why would you not reject complicity with such injustice now, just as surely as you would have rejected white racism against South Africa’s black population back in the eighties? Your letter suggests you believe your upcoming gig in Tel Aviv can help change Israeli policy. I would suggest this is a naïve proposition. Sadly, it is not just the Israeli government that needs a change of heart. Polls indicate that a staggering 95% of the Jewish Israeli public supported the 2014 bombing of Gaza,(561 dead children), 75% do not support a Palestinian state based on the long­ negotiated ’67 borders, and 47% believe Palestinians citizens of Israel should be stripped of their citizenship.

No, Caetano, playing a gig in Tel Aviv will not move the Israeli government or the majority of the Israeli people one jot, but it will be seen as you giving tacit approval to the status quo. Your presence there will be used as propaganda by the right and will provide cover and moral support for the Israeli government’s outrageously racist and illegal policies.

It is a dilemma I know, but, if you really wish to influence the Israeli government, you will join us on the BDS picket line. We are having a powerful effect, as we can see from their reaction, the bullies coming out in full force to try to crush the voices of dissent and silence us.

We will not be silenced, we are strong, and together we can help free not just the Palestinian people from the yoke of Israeli oppression, but also the Israeli people from the oppression of their own exceptionalism and dogma, which is deadly to both peoples.

I implore you not to proceed with your engagement in Tel Aviv, instead take the opportunity to visit Gaza and the West Bank and see for yourself what Sartre and de Beauvoir never lived to see. I believe your resolve to perform in Tel Aviv will dissolve in a sea of tears and regret.

Caetano, I do not know you, we have never met, but, I believe you mean well and I bear you no ill will. If you go to Tel Aviv in spite of our heartfelt entreaties, and if you visit Gaza or the occupied territories, you may well experience an epiphany. If you do, please reach out to us, all of us, not just in the Palestinian and Jewish communities, but all of us in solidarity in Brazil and elsewhere, all of us in BDS all over the world working for justice and equal rights in the Holy Land We will embrace you.

I thank you again for joining this conversation. Please go and see things for yourself, but without performing there, without crossing the Palestinian boycott picket line. Maybe UNWRA can help, they certainly helped me when I was looking for the reality. Go and see for yourself, you will not have to use your imagination. The reality is devastating beyond anything you could possibly imagine.

Obrigado,

Your colleague,
Roger Waters
Thanks to Ofer Neiman

“God gave it to us”–This is statesmanship?

June 29, 2015

Last week Palestinians mark 48 years since the 1967 war and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem (Palestine) and Golan Heights (Syria).  Not only did this war cause massive displacement and refugees, it started what has been one of the longest military occupations of modern times—nearly half of a century.

And don’t think that this is not getting to Jews of conscience in Israel and elsewhere.

Young Jews are bailing out of synagogues where Israel seemingly has taken the place of the God of justice and mercy. Raised on a culture of human rights they are no longer self-censoring and are organizing to hold Israel up to its Declaration of Establishment 14 May,1948j

Israel will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex;

Nice sentiments those.
Many people are euphoric over Netanyahu’s win as his far right coalition has dramatically hastened the awareness of racism and intransigence in the country.even the US is getting fed up with its client state.

Recently the largely secular country is laughing out loud at the deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely’s remarks about Israel’s ownership of the land of Israel after all God gave it to us and who are you to argue against the Holy One.

This is what passes for statesmanship in Israel today. Hareetz columnist Uzi Baram wrote that “anyone who is rational rather than messianic would go into shock and a defensive crouch.

Baram noted that even Israel’s atheists PMs tried this one out usually to the scorn of anybody with a historical understanding.and as Bram wrote “even the friendliest, has ever accepted the settlements and the horrors of the occupation as a derivative of this fact.”

This time is over. Netanyahu and his blinkered government of blind guides and reactionaries “have no chance of earning international sympathy by declaring that their policy derives from Israel’s right to the entire Land of Israel, while ignoring the suffering of the Palestinians and showing no real willingness to let them establish an independent polity.

Now where will you read serious dialogue like this?

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Apparently not in our political parties. We know where the Tories stand; the Libs are scared of offending Jewish voters.Justin Trudeau just tweeted that the Libs are totally against the BDS movement.and the NDP? Not even an issue.

Night in Gaza

June 26, 2015

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The truth will ultimately survive.The lies of israel, its shocking defensiveness, its utter loss of humanity and savage brutality to the people of Gaza, its substitution of hasbara (cynical spin) for honest self-reflection and maybe saddest of all, its betrayal of the highest standards of Judaism—all profoundly depressing.

On the other hand, in testamnets of brave internationalists in this case courageous Norwegian doctors, we once see the transcendent spirit of the human race.

Night in Gaza by  Mads Gilbert; translated from Norwegian by Guy Puzey; introduction by Max Blumenthal
“They say one picture is worth a thousand words; however, in case of the Gaza 2014 inferno you need both the images and the text to appreciate fully the suffering and courage of the victims of Israel’s inhuman assault on the Gaza Strip. It is only someone like Mads Gilbert, who lived through the experience as physician in the al-Shifa Hospital, who can combine both picture and word in a way that stops us forgetting the atrocity and persuades us to work relentlessly to prevent it from happening again.”
—Ilan Pappé, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

“An unforgettable eyewitness account of the slaughter is given by the two courageous Norwegian doctors who worked at Gaza’s main hospital during the merciless assault, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, in their remarkable book Eyes in Gaza.”
—Noam Chomsky on Eyes in Gaza

A MOVING ACCOUNT IN WORDS AND PICTURES OF A DOCTOR AT WORK IN GAZA

This book is a medical doctor’s account of what he witnessed in Gaza in the summer of 2014. It is the photo story you will not see on television or in the newspapers.

On July 7, 2014, Israel launched a series of aerial attacks on Gaza, followed by the ground phase of the operation ten days later. Mads Gilbert arrived in Gaza on July 13th, and worked day and night for the next two weeks at Al-Shifa Hospital, dealing with casualties, repairing serious injuries, and trying to save lives. With the help of a small, black camera ready in the pocket of his green operating scrubs, he was able to document some of the human cost paid by the Palestinian people for enduring the Israeli occupation. He also kept a daily journal about the situation, with eye-witness accounts of the havoc wreaked by the Israeli attacks, and moving accounts of his interactions with ordinary Palestinians—men, women and children—who had done nothing to deserve the horrific disruption to their lives.

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What Gilbert experienced was awful, and it was immense—the sounds of bombs and screaming, bodies torn to pieces and a society reduced to rubble—but he also saw camaraderie, dignity, human courage and unflinching resolve.

Mads Gilbert is a medical doctor at the University Hospital of North Norway. He received his PhD at the University of Iowa and is a specialist in anesthesiology. He served as a leader of the Emergency Medicine Department of the University of Troms. Since 1981, he has been going regularly to Palestine as a teacher and emergency care doctor in Palestinian hospitals on behalf of UNWRA, the UN aid agency to Palestinian refugees. Over the last few years he has worked in Gaza during successive waves of Israeli attacks on the densely populated area under siege. He is co-author (with Erik Fosse) of Eyes in Gaza, which was hailed by the influential Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen as the “Best Book of 2009.”

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and author living in the United States. His most recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013), takes a critical view of Israeli actions and has generated considerable debate.

Unbalanced report on an Israeli war crime

June 24, 2015

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The UN Commission appointed to investigate “Operation Protective Edge,” the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer, published its findings last week. As expected—to anybody with eyes and half a brain—the report strongly condemns the Israeli attacks on civilian targets–which, it says,  “may” have been war crimes.

And as usual, Israel refused to respond to any requests for information and barred the investigators from traveling to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip or to present-day Israel.What are they afraid of? What they’re always afraid of—international scrutiny. Israel for too long has controlled the framing and the narrative. And the West has always been duped by their brilliant art of obfuscating the truth.

2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians, among them 551 children, the report states. More than 11,000 Palestinians, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children, were injured with almost 10 percent suffering permanent disabilities.

What is shocking given the carnage visited on Gazans —was the pathetic attempt to be ‘balanced’. 6 Israeli civilians, all children of God and 67 soldiers equally precious while 73 people, including six civilians, died on the Israeli side. Who are these people kidding? Who are they afraid of? Given the horrific destruction of Gazan infrastructure compared to the largely impotent Hamas rockets. Ali Abunimah said it, “This is the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.”
Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamas said that its rockets and mortars were aimed at Israeli military sites, not at civilians. He also criticized the UN investigators for the false “balance”. No kidding.

And how about this for chutzpah? Israeli officials also responded to the report  calling it “biased” and saying it has “blood on its hand for allowing the murder of Jews.” Not even a nod to the shocking disproportionate slaughter of Palestinian people. No shame at all. These are the words of a thug who represents a country which more and more resembles an army with a flag.

One never loses hope in the Jewish prophetic.On June 22 in Haaretz the fearless columnist Amira Hass wrote:

In our homes, our streets and our places of work and entertainment, there are thousands of people who killed and tortured thousands of other people or supervised their killing and torture. I write “thousands” as a substitute for the vaguer “countless” – an expression for something that cannot be measured.

The vast majority of those who kill and torture (now as well) are proud of their deeds, and their society and families are proud of their deeds – although usually it’s impossible to find a direct link between the names of the dead and the tortured and the names of those who kill and torture, and even when it is possible, it’s forbidden. It’s also forbidden to say “murderers.” And it’s forbidden to write “lowlifes” or “cruel people.”

Me, cruel? After all, our hands aren’t covered with blood when we push the button that drops a bomb on a building housing 30 members of a single family. Lowlife? How can we use that word to describe a 19-year-old soldier who kills a 14-year-old boy who went outside to pick an edible plant?

The Jewish killers and torturers and their direct commanders act as they do with official permission. The Palestinian dead and tortured that they have left behind over the past 67 years also have grieving nieces and families for whom bereavement is a constant presence. In university hallways, shopping malls, buses, gas stations and government ministries, Palestinians don’t know which of the people they encounter have killed, or which and how many members of their families and their people they have killed.

But what’s certain is that their killers and torturers are walking around free. As heroes.

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