the beast is loose, with the full backing of the nobel peace prize laureate
Israel calls up reserves, threatens to escalate attacks on Gaza
The Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to sharply escalate its attacks on the densely populated Gaza Strip and the Islamist Hamas movement that politically controls the region.
The United States quickly sided with Israel in the deepening confrontation with the Palestinians. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that Washington condemned the “deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations.” She added, “We support Israel’s right to defend itself against these attacks.”
Maybe it’s my lack of imagination but it seems like it doesn’t get much worse than this.
Barack Obama is the perfect president for the United States of America : utterly false, the exact opposite of everything advertized. Bibi is at least an upfront genocidal murderer.
Israeli Offensive on Gaza Continues: 69 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 60 Are Civilians, Including 22 Children and 13 Women, and 469 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 166 Children and 85 Women; Driver of Press Vehicle Killed; 70 Houses Destroyed
It’s very hard to imagine how anyone … especially any Jew in light of the sad history of the Jews themselves and the concerted efforts of European Xtians to exterminate them … can support the present, concerted effort of the Zionists to exterminate the Palestinians.
Gaza: The Media Coverage
And the Assassin in Chief’s drone kills six in NW Pakistan…
Missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a mud house and killed six ‘suspected militants’ in Pakistan’s rugged northwest on Thursday, officials said …
Drone strikes in Pakistan resumed after a six-month hiatus, days before the military launched an air campaign on June 15 to drive Pakistani Taliban militants out of the remote border region of North Waziristan.
Thursday’s strike in the Datta Khel district killed six ‘militants’ and injured two, security officials said. The site of the strike was about 45 km (28 miles) west of the regional capital of Miranshah, near the Afghan border.
The region, the base of some of the country’s most feared al Qaeda linked terrorists, has been sealed off and there is no way to verify the military’s accounts or casualty figures.
Can there be a more malevolent force on earth today than the US/Israeli Axis of Evil?
The Palestinians will survive this latest attempt by the fascist Zionists to exterminate them … it is Israel that is sinking, sinking … more and more quickly into bestial oblivion. Israel will not survive the toxic crisis of Israeli society
As the death toll from the Israeli bombing of Gaza soared above 100, it was reported that the ultranationalist Israeli Jews who kidnapped 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem last week murdered him by pouring gasoline down this throat and setting him on fire.
There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government against the defenseless population in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of such bestial crimes.
These events are symptomatic of an immense social and political crisis within Israel itself. The unending and escalating repression of the Palestinian people requires the mobilization of the most reactionary forces. Israeli society is immensely polarized. Broad sections of Israeli society oppose the unending repression of the Palestinian people as morally unjustifiable and politically bankrupt, but they find no representation in Israel’s reactionary political establishment.
Every year, thousands of Israelis vote with their feet and leave the country.
Boston Transit removes Israel apartheid posters
Israeli war crimes in Gaza provoke global outrage
A whole series of horrific incidents have been reported that are war crimes under international law. The following facts have been widely reported in the world media, including within Israel itself:
- Israel bombed a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza, killing four people, including a nurse and three disabled people. Others were severely burned by the explosion. Another two were killed and four wounded in an attack on a home for the disabled in Beit Lahiya.
- Eight Palestinian men who were watching the World Cup semifinal match at a café were killed by an Israeli air strike. The café was a well-known local gathering place, particularly popular in the evening during Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast during the day and eat only after dark.
- Israeli warplanes have repeatedly targeted the families of Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials, killing five members of the Hamad family in Beit Hanoun, eight members of the Kawara family, including six children aged 8 to 13, and a staggering 17 members of the Al-Taysh family, in an effort to kill Gaza’s chief of police,
- Israeli airstrikes hit El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City five separate times Friday, according to its executive director Basman Alashi. The strikes destroyed the rooftop water containers that supply the hospital’s 30 patients.
- More than 1,000 private homes have been destroyed or heavily damaged by airstrikes, clear evidence that Israel is deliberately targeting the civilian population of Gaza, in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
- Those wounded by the airstrikes are further endangered by the policy, enforced by Israel and Egypt, of restricting the passage of medical supplies into Gaza. Many hospitals are already running low on basic medicines and another 10 days of bombardment would mean catastrophe, doctors and medical relief workers said. The Israeli-Egyptian blockade has also affected fuel supplies for ambulances, which are unable to provide effective emergency services in the territory for lack of gasoline.
- A mosque in Al-Nuseirat, in central Gaza, was destroyed in overnight raids Saturday night, one of dozens of such strikes on buildings where large numbers of Palestinians gather, with the risk of exterminating entire family groups.
- Palestinian journalist Hamed Shehab was incinerated July 9 when an Israeli missile struck the car he was driving, clearly marked as “TV” with large red letters. Shehab worked for the local press outlet Media 24. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned this killing as a “deliberate and planned crime to discourage Palestinian journalists from showing occupation crimes and horrors of collective punishment against the Gaza Strip.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, interviewed on Sunday by the American television network ABC, sought to blame Hamas for his own crimes, spluttering: “Who hides in mosques? Hamas. Who puts arsenals under hospitals? Hamas. Who puts command centers in residences or near kindergartens? Hamas. Hamas is using the residents of Gaza as human shields and it is bringing disaster to the civilians of Gaza.”
On the contrary, with these very words, Netanyahu confesses to deliberately targeting mosques, hospitals, private residences and kindergartens. The videotape should be evidence at a war crimes tribunal.
Only in one quarter is there an effective ban on any discussion of Israeli war crimes: the corporate-controlled media in the United States.
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour a little after four o’clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children.
Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict.
They waved and shouted at the watching journalists as they passed a little collection of brightly coloured beach tents, used by bathers in peacetime.
It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.”
In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen’s shacks built on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.
July 16 Gaza News – “At least they won’t breed”
An “Israel Activist and media monitor” responded to the news of the four killed children by writing:
At least they won’t breed
Israeli tanks shelling Gaza rehab hospital: director
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli tanks are shelling Gaza’s Al-Wafa hospital, whose 14 patients include some who are paralysed or in a coma, and several people have been hurt, the facility’s director said Thursday.
“Israeli tanks are shelling the hospital, they have hit several of the floors, and several nurses have been injured,” director Basman Alashi told AFP.
The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo
“At around 3am, about eight or nine casualties arrived at the emergency room all at once. The last to come in were four siblings – two of them little children, both about three years old, with relatively superficial wounds,” he wrote.
“Save my little brother!” he kept screaming.
“Then came the older of the four siblings, a boy in his early teens. His head and face were covered in blood and he was pressing a rag to his head to staunch the flow. But his focus was on something else: ‘Save my little brother!’ he kept screaming.”
Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original
Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli violence in Gaza:
They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can. They use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause. They want the more dead, the better.
Joseph Goebbels, November 16, 1941, essay in Das Reich, addressing Germany sympathy for German Jews forced to wear yellow stars:
The Jews gradually are having to depend more and more on themselves, and have recently found a new trick. They knew the good-natured German Michael in us, always ready to shed sentimental tears for the injustice done to them. One suddenly has the impression that the Berlin Jewish population consists only of little babies whose childish helplessness might move us, or else fragile old ladies. The Jews send out the pitiable. They may confuse some harmless souls for a while, but not us. We know exactly what the situation is.
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate keeps the weapons, money, and ‘moral’ support flowing; as depraved himself as the monsters he props up in Israel, Ukraine, Syria/Iraq …
How Obama is a Direct Accomplice to Israeli War Crimes
To assist in a crime makes one a criminal by any legal standard. And the biggest crimes of all are war crimes, since they kill en masse and showcase the cruelest form of human behavior.
The fact that Israel is actively committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip is not open to debate, since a cursory glance at the conflict obviously exposes them in practice.
Obama’s aiding and abetting Israeli war crimes is also closed to debate, since his administration stands guilty from the very beginning of the conflict by shielding Israel from international political pressure, hiding its war crimes by deliberate misrepresenting what is happening, and giving political space for the war to continue by not intervening directly.
The U.S. influence over Israel is tremendous, and Obama could have ended the conflict in the first hour by simply declaring, “If Israel does not stop its attack on Gaza, the U.S. will refuse further military and financial assistance and sever all diplomatic and political ties.” War over.
in their death throes, both
And neither will the United States survive its bestial decline … at least not as a state in any way recognizable to those of us Americans who knew her and loved her in her better days.
when people lose faith in their key democratic institution they become vulnerable to undemocratic alternatives
… can that have been the whole point of the savage buffoonery in washington?
Here in Thailand the ‘elite’ … aka the 1% … have openly embraced fascism as an alternative to a democratically elected government thay had ‘lost faith’ in.
It’s the opposite of the situation in the US, where that same 1% has all the faith in the world in the ‘democratic institution’ that has so betrayed us, the 99%.
Still the ‘undemocratic alternative’ always does present itself as the ‘only’ one … the only one available to those who refuse to simply roll up their sleeves and do what must be done directly in the real, bona fide democratic arena.