Oppressed Becomes The Oppressor

Inkwell Institute

Middle East Desk

By this point in your life you have been exposed to the horror of World war 2 and the Holocaust……if not…..where the Hell have you been?

Every time Israel goes into action against the Palestinians we are reminded over and over about the horrors that the Jews were exposed to during the Holocaust…all the death and misery.  And because of the horrors they endured you would expect them to have No toleration for any such actions what so ever…….but you would be WRONG!  Not mistaken but flat out WRONG!

One of the Israeli intellectuals of the founding generation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz feared that a Jewish state would become no better than the oppressors that he and so many others fled from in the days of WW2….he stated………”it would invert the whole history of the Jewish people, turning them into the spitting image of the oppressors whose terrorism from which we fled.”

He also noted that the …..”the entire energies of the Jewish state, instead of looking after the needs of its citizens, would be directing at enforcing “a strange system of political domination”……he was more prophetic than he has been given credit.

Israelis were the victims in the days of WW2….they were imprisoned, lands confiscated, harassed and put to death…….where is that any different than the circumstances with the Palestinians?  They were victims and for that they were basically given a country….the world trying to soothe its guilt….and in doing so have turned the victim into the oppressors they fled from in the past.

The world continues to close its eyes to the horrendous effects that Israeli policy is having on Palestinians….all because the world still feels the guilt of World War 2…..until they break that feeling this sort of murderous outreaches will continue.

The victim will continue to be the oppressor……and the Palestinians must wait for the world to rid itself of a guilty past.

Palestinians Support The People Of Ferguson

With all the trouble in Ferguson after the death of Mike Brown….Palestinians took to Twitter to help protesters deal with tear gas….instructing them on what to do when gassed…..and now the people of Palestine have sent a statement to the people of Ferguson in support…….the statement reads…….

We the undersigned Palestinian individuals and groups express our solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, a young unarmed black man gunned down by police on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri. We wish to express our support and solidarity with the people of Ferguson who have taken their struggle to the street, facing a militarized police occupation.

From all factions and sectors of our dislocated society, we send you our commitment to stand with you in your hour of pain and time of struggle against the oppression that continues to target our black brothers and sisters in nearly every aspect of their lives.

We understand your moral outrage. We empathize with your hurt and anger. We understand the impulse to rebel against the infrastructure of a racist capitalist system that systematically pushes you to the margins of humanity.

And we stand with you.

We recognize the disregard and disrespect for black bodies and black life endemic to the supremacist system that rules the land with wanton brutality. Your struggles through the ages have been an inspiration to us as we fight our own battles for basic human dignities. We continue to find inspiration and strength from your struggles through the ages and your revolutionary leaders, like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Kwame Ture, Angela Davis, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale and others.

We honor the life of Michael Brown, cut short less than a week before he was due to begin university.  And we honor the far too many more killed in similar circumstances, motivated by racism and contempt for black life: Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tarika Wilson, Malcolm Ferguson, Renisha McBride, Amadou Diallo, Yvette Smith, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Kathryn Johnston, Rekia Boyd and too many others to count.

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

The protesters in Ferguson have sent the trouble with the police international……social media has helped so many and will keep that spot light on the situation……eventually the dinosaurs that rule this country will realize that social media is instantaneous…..the world is watching!

War Crimes?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor

It appears that the hostilities are silent, at least for now….Israel is pulling its troops back across the border but they will be close at hand in case they are needed……and now a serious batch of finger pointing will begin.

The trending thing is that Israel should face a legal challenge for war crimes.  There will be lots of justification and innuendo thrown at each side…..what do we know for sure?  The was a conflict what the media called a war filled with death, destruction and injuries…..most of which was inflicted on the Palestinian people….so should Israel face war crimes charges will be debated in the coming days.

The story so far…….

Newser) – Israel’s attack on Gaza—which has reportedly killed more than 1,500 civilians—was indeed a war crime that flagrantly violated rules of international law, writes Manal Tellawi at Salon. Three of his main arguments:

  • While Article 51 of the UN Charter allows for self-defense, Israel can’t make that case regarding an occupied territory. Israel’s supporters say the country doesn’t occupy Gaza—it pulled out 8,000 settlers in 2005—but Tellawi notes that Israel “maintains control over its borders, water sources, electricity, [and] population registry.”
  • A protocol of International Humanitarian Law states that a military can only fire on military targets, or occasionally civilian establishments being used by the military. “In violation of this article,” Israel has attacked churches, mosques, homes, and residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, “one of the most densely populated places on Earth.”
  • As per a Geneva Convention protocol, warnings to civilians “must be clear, credible and allow [a] reasonable amount of time,” writes Tellawi, but witnesses to one Gaza attack say people who fled were at times arrested or blocked by IDF tanks.

Among those who disagree are Israel’s former UN ambassador Dore Gold, who argues in the LA Times that the Shajaiya neighborhood targeted by the IDF is full of underground bunkers and tunnels that “allow Hamas to cross under the border fence and penetrate Israeli territory to carry out attacks on civilians.” Meanwhile, human-rights defenders are gathering information in Gaza for a possible war-crimes case at the International Criminal Court—but the US and Israel will oppose such a move, and the AP notes that if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes the case, he could “expose Hamas … to the same charges.”

But first, just what constitutes a war crime?  according to the International Criminal Court (ICC)………

“War crimes” include grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and other serious violations of the laws and customs applicable in international armed conflict and in conflicts “not of an international character” listed in the Rome Statute, when they are committed as part of a plan or policy or on a large scale. These prohibited acts include:

  • murder;
  • mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
  • taking of hostages;
  • intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population;
  • intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historical monuments or hospitals;
  • pillaging;
  • rape, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy or any other form of sexual violence;
  • conscripting or enlisting children under the age of 15 years into armed forces or groups or using them to participate actively in hostilities.

Now that we have an official definition the question should be did Israel violate any of the conditions that constitute a war crime?

In my opinion Israel was violated at least 4 of the conditions……murder, cruel punishment, attacking civilians, attacking public buildings such as schools, hospitals, churches, colleges…….now we have to see what justification they can offer……I am sure they will use the “just defending ourselves” defense.

The question now is where would Palestinians go to air their grievances?

The most logical would be the United Nations…..but that would be a waste of time….why?  The US has veto power and they will NEVER do anything to jeopardize losing their pimp, Israel.  The Palestinians although have official recognition will get NO justice from the organization that the US has veto power……however the Palestinians need to work with the countries that are showing support in this time of need…..involve these countries in every aspect of the rebuilding….the more capitalists they have helping the more it will deter Israel on any future incursions.

The most useful place to take on Israel for the Palestinians is the International Criminal Court (ICC)……..the US cannot run rough shod over the proceedings and since they cannot then the Palestinians may have a 50-50 chance of a conviction.

My suggestion to the Palestinians is to document everything and then contact your evidence to the ICC and let the chips fall where they may.  But be prepared for a Western push back in favor of Israel….not because Israel is considered right but rather because of a recent past event…….Israel defenders argue that the war crimes issue is rife with subjectivity and politics, and that if the standard were applied consistently, Western countries like the United States and Britain would be called to task for their actions in Iraq and elsewhere that also resulted quite predictably in loss of civilian life.

Personally, I would like to see Israel held responsible for war crimes………..I fear that little will come out of this hearing other than some PR successes…….in other words……….Palestine is screwed….as usual.

Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields

There have been a lot of “he said, she said” about the most recent war in Gaza.  The one that is the most disturbing is the one about the use of “human shields” as an explanation to account for the increasingly high count of civilian dearths and injuries.

I have looked for some facts on whether this is actually happening or just part of a PR campaign used to lessen international blow back…….and then I came across this article.

 

Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields.

 

It appears that Israel is continuing its run from victim to monster……..and if the Old Testament is to be believed then this is what Israelis do……..GENOCIDE!

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.

The Gaza Saga

Yep, we all know that Israel is kicking the crap out of the civilian population of Gaza….there are many views, many reports and many opinions…….I would like to bring my reader up to date on some of the stuff that may not be making into our MSM reports….after all they only have about 30 seconds to help make Israel’s case for them…..

Every Western media outlet has been reporting on the casualties in Gaza…..30…..50…..100 and now 200+ and it continues to rise……but now Israel does not have to hang its head when the dead civilians are brought up……for you see after 1200+ rockets fired by Hamas Israel now has a death……one single death……..

An Israeli man was hit with a mortar and killed near the Gaza border today, making him the first Israeli to die in a lopsided conflict that has seen nearly 200 Palestinians killed. The man was delivering food to soldiers when the mortar struck, a police spokesman tells the AP. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the rocket, according to al-Jazeera.

Then there is the humanitarian needs……but first….I recall back about a year ago when Syria was starting to get ugly people like McCain and Graham were all bitchy and demanding that the US supply humanitarian aid to the Syrians….and yet they are so silent about the needs of Palestinians….why is that you think?

Gaza is in dire straights…….

Israel has intensified its efforts against Hamas, claiming to have intercepted four rockets in Tel Aviv and bombed 39 targets—including the homes of several high-ranking Hamas leaders last night—after a brief ceasefire yesterday, the New York Times reports. But now residents of the Gaza Strip have a new problem: no water and overflowing sewage systems, reports NBC News. The continued airstrikes have reportedly caused massive damage to water and sewage infrastructure in Gaza and destroyed at least 560 homes, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, which is calling the situation an emergency. The Red Cross says the issue could “quickly turn into a catastrophe.” “Within days, the entire population of the Strip may be desperately short of water,” the Red Cross’ Israeli chief said in a statement. “Water is becoming contaminated and sewage is overflowing, bringing a serious risk of disease.”

Israel has had the support of most of the Western world for their recent actions taken against Hamas…..but that may be coming to an end…….

GAZA (Reuters) – Four Palestinian children were killed and one was critically wounded on a Gaza beach on Wednesday by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat, a Palestinian health official said.

Asked about the incident, an Israeli military spokesman in Tel Aviv said he was checking the report.

“The kids were playing football on the beach. They were all … under the age of 15,” said Ahmed Abu Hassera, 22.

“When the first shell hit the land, they ran away but another shell hit them all,” said Abu Hassera, whose shirt was stained with blood.

“It looked as if the shells were chasing them,” he told Reuters.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, said four of the youngsters were killed and a fifth youth was in critical condition. “This is a cowardly crime,” he said.

The Gaza beach area has been shelled frequently since Israel began its offensive in the enclave on July 8 following a surge in Palestinian cross-border rocket strikes.

This will give Israel the bad press they richly deserve……I think that they will be looking for a way to end this current conflict……….they cannot afford to lose too much western support….it is what keeps them in control……

But Bebe has said unequivocally…..

Netanyahu was asked a number of times whether the government had certain political goals and whether he was in contact with Egypt or other countries to try to bring about a cease-fire through diplomatic means, MKs said.

“I am not talking to anybody about a cease-fire right now,” Netanyahu told the committee. “It’s not even on the agenda.”

Funny how events can make you out a liar…ain’t it?

P.S.  Israel in an attempt to control any bad press from the deaths of those children have declared a 5 hour ceasefire for “humanitarian” reasons…..

As I was writing this word came down that Israel will cease fire on Friday……funny how ‘humanitarian concerns kick in when the bad press starts, huh?