Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child | World news | The Guardian

More sick sh*t coming out of the Gaza situation….first it was a moron posting on social media and bragging that he had killed 13 kids……and now this piece.

This situation is getting out of hand…..maybe Bibi should reconsider his promises……it can only get worse.

Help to pass this news around…..we will NEVER see it on our media…..it needs to be told to the world……..

 

Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child | World news | The Guardian.

Professor, Why So Hard On Israel?

My Personal Reflections!

My writings on Israel and the Palestinians have had many people ask me what my problem is with Israel and the situation that develops……I would now like to answer those many questions.

My opinion is based on first hand knowledge not some babbling bullshit from some obscure pundit who cannot spell Gaza much less find it on a map……

Since 1980 I have been a staunch critic of Israel.  Mostly I criticize their policies toward the Palestinian people.  My support for Palestine came from my days of working in the Middle East…..since my Arabic was not as good as it needed to be I was given an interpreter to travel with me…..his name was Rafiq and he was a Palestinian…..we were co-workers, colleagues and friends…..we worked in some pretty tight places in those days from Egypt to Jordan to Syria and Iraq……we were on holiday at his father’s farm in the Occupied Territories, the West Bank, one evening about dusk we were having a meal when there was the sound of heavy equipment being used……Rafiq and I went to see what all the noise was about…..we found the Israeli army uprooting Rafiq’s family’s olive trees…..Rafiq approached the soldiers to ask what the Hell was going on and what right did they have to destroy his father’s farm.  A guard in the IDF told him to leave but Rafiq kept asking for an explanation and to see the legal papers that gave them the right to destroy……the soldier told Rafiq to leave or there would be trouble….Rafiq refused to leave and stood in front of a bulldozer……..a soldier gave him an order to depart….he would not…..and the soldier shot and killed Rafiq…..I was arrested before I could do anything and taken away to the local IDF office…….at the station I told the people that I wanted to file a report on what had happened because I was an eye witness to the murder.

I was handcuffed and thrown into a cell for 5 days…….when I was released I was told to leave the region and not to return……I insisted that I still wanted to file a report on the murder of my friend…..the man in charged smiled and said that I should pick my friends more wisely.  At this point I was steaming…..I told the Israeli that my mother did not pick my friends for me and I sure as Hell was not going to let a toad like him do it either…..after a couple of uncomfortable moments (at least uncomfortable for me) I was taken to the airport and put on a plane with orders that since I was an agitator and a person of questionable character that if I ever returned I would be arrested and held as an enemy of the state.

Rafiq’s family, his father, mother and 2 sisters, moved to Gaza in 1990…….the farm had been confiscated in the name of Israeli national security……I begged the family to let me sponsor them for immigration……..he said he was born in Palestine and he would die there……….once they moved to Caza to live with the father’s brother I have lost track of them…..I try every contact I have to find them so far I have not been able to find them and I fear the worse.

Since those days I have had NO use for the state of Israel.  My dislike is for the Zionists that run the country not for all Jews…..my dislike has nothing to do with religion.  I despise any government that pretends to be democratic and that is exactly what Israel’s government is doing….pretending……any government that treats a portion of its population as 2nd class citizens is not democratic…….and the treatment Israel is giving to the Palestinian minority is despicable.

To my critics that would like to condemn my words and actions I have but one thing to say………if you have never seen or experienced first hand the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people then it is time to go see for yourself or keep your opinions to yourself.

Time For Congress To Sack Up!

Opinion from the desk of the Editor

It is NO secret that I think that most of Congress is a bunch of lying cowards….for one the “pro-life” tag…….these cretins are no more pro life than I am a Mother Superior and they are COWARDS because of the latest Gaza War…..they all have an opinion based on nothing more than hand picked info for their little pressers…….if they want to have an opinion then try going on a fact finding mission to the region….I am not talking about the vacations they usually have…..but a real fact finding mission.

The blind OBEDIENCE to Israel is a sure sign of COWARDICE.  Not one of them has any first hand knowledge all they have is a big mouth,  and as I have witnessed over the years,  a sure sign of cowardice……these people, if I may use that extremely subjective term, operate on all levels without first hand knowledge.

Then we have the morons that like to cite historical references….like the cowardly moron, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IN)…,..he recently made a complete ass of himself and showe just how ignorant these people are………

“Hamas is like Nazis,” Kirk told Fox 32 after speaking at a pro-Israel rally in Chicago. “The more Nazis you got, the more Hamas you get, the more death you get.

“The only way to secure peace in the Middle East is to wipe out those who would bring terror to the Middle East,” Kirk added.

Kirk, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, estimated fighting in Gaza could last a couple more months. The Associated Press has reported that 1,000 Palestinians, 53 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed in the fighting so far.

First of all, good work as an leader of the free world……he is an idiot!  And then there is the Nazi analogy……is he referring to the group that made war on a people without a standing army, or maybe he is referring to the placing of people in Ghettos or camps…..is it possible that this bozo has NO idea what being a Nazi means?………would that be what he is talking about?  If so, then this coward has shown that he has zero knowledge of history…..and just posturing for the cameras.
Congress then did what cowards do…….duck and run…….after all there is an election in a couple of months and cash will be needed……….as reported by Jason Ditz for AntiWar.com…….
Efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip aren’t sitting well with Israeli hawks, and by extension that means they aren’t sitting well with the US Congress.
That’s got Congressional officials up in arms, pushing President Obama to stop trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict, and instead to endorse Israel’s war unconditionally, and irrespective of how bad it gets.
All this just illustrates that Congress is cowardly and not capable of standing up for anything that they are not told to………I do despise a COWARD and Washington seems to be full of them.  They disregard any info that does not fit in the narrative that their handlers want…….NOTHING more disgusting than a spineless politician!

Truth: The First Casualty

There is an old say……”Truth is the first casualty of war”……..World War one, Vietnam, Iraq and now Gaza.

States must have an excuse to go to war these days if they want popular support….without it a war would be short lived or not happening at all……

Fast forward to a month ago……Israel is dealing with the kidnapping and deaths of three teens—-the reports coming out of Israel is that Hamas is behind the deed and they were most likely using the tunnels as a way into Israel to accomplish their desired missions which in this case was the kidnapping of Israeli teens.

As they say…the rest is history……Israel started its current operation in Gaza to retaliate for the deaths of the teens and to try and stop the odd rockets being fired into Israeli territory.

But there seems to be a twist in their logic…..,a twist that you will mostly likely NEVER hear here in the West……

BEIRUT: The Israeli Police Foreign Press Spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, appears to have falsified the Israeli government’s claim that Hamas was responsible for the killing of three Israeli settler teens in June, by saying responsibility lies with a lone cell that operated without the complicity of Hamas’ leadership.

The kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Israeli settler teens last month is considered to be a flashpoint for the escalated violence in Gaza — that as of day 19 of the conflict has left 926 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead.

At the time Israeli authorities placed the blame squarely on Hamas, with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu saying “They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals in human form. Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.”

As normal…..TRUTH has gone out the window when a desired operation is planned.  This is how modern man justifies the killing, violence and destruction…….with a lie!

What Is Israel Doing?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor

It has been 4 weeks of carnage in the Gaza……and the narrative is that Israel has a right to defend itself so it has declared war on Hamas who is to blame for all the missiles being fired into Israel……also they say that they will keep fighting until Hamas is no longer capable of harming Israel in any way…..

I have been a student of the causes of war for many years…….and the actions taken to bring it to a quick end with victory for the good guy….whoever that be……this is where I question what Israel is really doing……

If it is truly a war on Hamas and not the Palestinian people why did it take 4 weeks to hit the Hamas leadership and their radio and TV network?  To me in any war you would take out command and control before attempting other actions…..but yet Israel waited 4 weeks…..why?

Here is the report from 29 July 2014 in an article in the Wall Street journal…….

They (Israel) damaged the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, along with government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas broadcast outlets, Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio. The Israeli military said it hit the broadcast center to silence Hamas propaganda and messages to its operatives. The TV station continued to broadcast but the radio went silent.

The bombardment hit 70 targets, the military said, including two used as Hamas command centers, four weapons storage sites hidden within mosques, a tunnel, and a Finance Ministry building. Israeli aircraft hit 10 Hamas operatives in targeted strikes, the military said.

I ask again….why would Israel wait 4 weeks of bloodshed before going after the command and control of Hamas?

There are two answers to that question…….1–Israel is inept and not the professional army that it pretends to be.  personally, I think that is NOT the reason.  2–They wanted to punish the Palestinian people….and that seems to be the most logical answer to why the 4 week delay.

Hamas had lost much of its support prior to this attack and now the longer Israel prolongs this war the more support Hamas will receive…..which will mean this will all occur again and again…….and maybe that is what Israel wants in the long term….

I do not question the right to defend….I do however question the tactics and the end game.

This is a game that need not be played.

More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

It pleases me to see that there are still people of conscience left in this world…..these people will be very unpopular in Israel and for that reason the US MSM will probably not cover this with any consistency….

Glad toi see tghat war protesters are not the dying breed that some have predicted….these people have my respect.

 

More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve.

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy | Stephen M. Walt

I have been an opponent of politicos that take their cash and lead from AIPAC…..a bunch of Zionists that would like nothing better than the complete elimination of all Palestinians……

Americans need to know just what these people are about and we should avoid them like the plague…….period!

 

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy | Stephen M. Walt.

Israel: Is It Agression Or Self-Defense?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

Yep, when you are not beat about the head by reports from Ukraine then there are the numerous reports coming out of Gaza and Israel latest offense to chop off the head of Hamas…..first of all both of these areas are a massive PR campaign by the media.  I am not saying that either one is not a major story but the MSM has turned it into a PR campaign against Russia and the Palestinians.

As long as they can keep public opinion on the side that they push the better chances of a complete success without much push back from an uninformed public.

With that said…..do Americans realize that they are funding the war on Gaza and are indirectly responsible for the deaths and injuries?  That is right, sports fans….your tax dollars are killing and maiming!

Doubt what I say?

The US gives about $3 billion in aid to Israel a year and most of it is in the form of military ordinance…….and aid comes from the taxes that you and I pay to the government as part of our contract with the nation.  So you may not like to hear it but you and I are subsidizing the wholesale death and destruction of Gaza.

There is a way around this obscenity……it may be illegal what Israel is doing with the money we give them…….in an article written by Yousef Butt……….

The US Arms Export Control Act dictates the conditions under which foreign countries may use US military hardware or services. These include “internal security” or “legitimate self defense.” But the law specifically prohibits actions that “increase the possibility of an outbreak or escalation of conflict.” By killing mostly civilians in a disproportionately heavy-handed response and thereby sowing the seeds of yet more terrorism, Israel has undeniably escalated the conflict. In fact, Prime Minister Netanyahu has openly stated that he intends to escalate the conflict.

Bibi did say that the operation was moving from “Iron Dome to Iron Fist”……..that sounds like an escalation to me….but then I am not one that thinks everything Israel does is good or beneficial.

It is time for the US to make ALL recipients of our goodwill foreign aid to play by the same rules or cease the payments all together.  And it is time the Israel to be held accountable for the destruction that they impose on others in the name of security…….if you believe what the Old Testament says then Israel thinks it has the right to totally destroy a people in the name of “GOD”.

Think about it…..weaning Israel off American taxpayer money could eventually force them to look for a real way to a lasting peace…..and it could also benefit the US by lessening the anti-US sentiment and dropping the number of terrorists wanting to attack the US…….of course there is no guarantees but our undying support for Israel has made more enemies than friends.  Just a thought.

Time to stop treating Israel like the victim of the past….they have moved beyond victim and into the foot steps of oppressors.

 

Israel using flechette shells in Gaza | World news | theguardian.com

I can understand the necessity for a war…….what I do not want to understand is the necessity to involve innocent civilians, no matter what side you may think is right, and then by using such horrific weapons as land mines, cluster bombs and now these bombs being used by the Israelis…..war is an obscene activity that benefits few……..

The bullshit of targeted strikes are a PR snow job not when a certain type of weapon is used……Weapons like this have No conscience and will harm anyone in its path…..weapons like this such be outlawed and if the world cannot do that then the users should be haul before the Courts and charged with crimes against humanity…..

This is a story that we in the US will never see in our media…….and for good reason.

 

Israel using flechette shells in Gaza | World news | theguardian.com.

Where’d He Go?

It is obvious that I have a big interest in what happens in the Middle East….and with good reason…I studied it at university and I worked in the region and now I write about it with the hope that I can help people understand that what is happening that we are told daily is not always as accurate as one would think.

I especially like the reporting done by Richard Engel and Ayman Molyeldin….they both speak Arabic and do excellent reporting from the region…..that is why NBC has made a  move that I do not understand………

Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/17/nbc-removes-ayman-mohyeldin-gaza-coverage-witnesses-israeli-beach-killing-four-boys/

Why was he removed?  The article asks many questions without many answers……

Engel is a very capable reporter…the poroblem is that he was not there when the attack killed the four boys and Ayman was…….then again….why was he removed?  We can postulate all we like but it looks like Ayman was removed because he was an eye witness and that would be very embarrassing for Israel…..

NBC needs to come clean on why Ayman was removed and the BS about security concerns is just that bullshit.  If I were Engel I would be pissed….why/  Apparently Ayman is more important to them than Engel…….until NBC comes clean the rumors and accusations will continue….why not just tell the truth and be done with it?