This post offers an account of pivotal events in the history of Israel/Palestine from 1947 to the present through the reflections of a number of informed and articulate commentators. — Vincent Di Stefano [IA]
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the West on Monday of hypocrisy for its stance over the attack on satirical journal Charlie Hebdo and hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris, while failing to condemn anti-Muslim acts in Europe. Speaking alongside visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Erdogan also denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for attending a solidarity rally in France on Sunday with other world leaders after the Paris attacks. "How can a man who has killed 2,500 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?" he said. "You should first give an account for the children and the women you have killed," added Erdogan, who has been an outspoken critic of Israeli offensives against Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip, despite close commercial ties between Israel and Turkey.
PressTV: Netanyahu under scathing fire over uninvited visit to Paris for rally
FailedMessiah.com: Netanyahu Crops Abbas Out Of Paris Unity March Photo
Storify.com: These 'staunch defenders' of the free press are attending today's solidarity rally in Paris
Stephen Lendman ■ Hypocrisy in Paris || Around 40 world leaders attended. Reuters said 44. Some reports said 50. Including around two dozen Western European ones. Current French President Francois Hollande and former one Nicolas Sarkozy were accompanied by Germany's Angela Merkel. Britain's David Cameron. Spain's Mariano Rajoy. Italy's Matteo Renzi. EU Council President Donald Tusk. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Other European leaders. Eight African ones. Outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley representing America. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney represents Canada. Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman represent Israel. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov represents Russia. Putschist/oligarch president Petro Poroshenko represents Ukraine. NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoletenberg is there. So is European Parliament President Martin Schulz. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived. One source lists the following participating countries in alphabetical order: Albania. Algeria. Austria. Belgium. Benin. Britain. Bulgaria. Canada. Croatia. Czech Republic. Denmark. Gabon. Egypt. Finland. Georgia. Germany. Greece. Hungary. Israel. Jordan. Latvia. Niger. Mali. Palestine. Poland. Portugal. Romania. Russia. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland. The Netherlands. Tunisia. Turkey. United Arab Emirates. Ukraine. United States. [Where were all these people when Gaza burned???]
Verso: Shlomo Sand banned from speaking in Nice (France)
The Guardian: Rapper faces jail for song dissing France
Pepe Escobar ■ Who profits from killing Charlie?
Finian Cunningham ■ The farce of Western free speech
Pierre-Alain Depauw ■ Ceux qui sont Charlie sont-ils aussi Dieudonné?
Nicolas Bourgoin ■ Pourquoi la liberté d’expression s’arrête à Dieudonné
Glenn Greenwald ■ In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
Terrorist Netanyahu, who lead his soldiers to specifically target journalists, joins freedom of speech march
Following discussions convened by PM Netanyahu, Israel plans to hold more than $127 million in funds collected on behalf of the Palestinians for the month of December. ● Israel has decided to freeze the transfer of half a billion shekels (more than $127 million) in tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinians following the Palestinians' recent attempts to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official has told Haaretz.
Chris Hedges ■ The code word that the Israel lobby and its facilitators at universities use to silence critics is “civility.” Israel supporters are permitted to spout hate and calls for indiscriminate violence against Palestinians. Critics of Israel, however, even if they are careful to denounce violence and not to demonize Jews, are banned in the name of “civility.” It is the height of academic duplicity.
Israeli police have fired a rubber bullet at a five-year-old Palestinian boy’s face as he was getting out of a school bus on his way home, the child’s family told Palestinian media. He sustained a skull fracture under his eye. The incident happened when Muhammad Jamal Ubeid and his 14-year-old sister stepped out of the school bus and started walking home in al-Issawiya, an Arab village and neighborhood in East Jerusalem, on Wednesday. Muhammad was taken to the nearby Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus, where the doctors said the boy had a fracture in the bone below his eye. The hospital confirmed that his wound was typical of ones inflicted by rubber bullets. The hospital officials told Haaretz that the boy’s condition was satisfactory and he was headed for surgery.
PressTV: Virginia police handcuff, shackle 4-year-old boy with ADD [Attention-Deficit Disorder]
First Coalition Warplane Lost in ISIS War. ● The US-led coalition has lost its first warplane of the ISIS war in Syria today, as ISIS shot down a Jordanian F-16 with a heat-seeking missile, capturing the pilot. The US denied that ISIS was the one that shot the plane down, but the capture was confirmed. ISIS issued images of the captured pilot being paraded around their capital city of Raqqa. Jordan warned they are holding ISIS responsible for the safety of the captured pilot. That’s probably not going to be a serious concern for ISIS, since Jordan and the other coalition members are already at war with them and bombing them on a daily basis. It’s a much bigger concern for the coalition, as now that ISIS has proven its capability to shoot down coalition warplanes, it’s only a matter of time before they down some more, and as the losses mount, the lack of progress in the war is likely to become a more serious concern.
PressTV - A report says Israeli businessmen are buying properties belonging to the displaced minorities in the ISIL-held regions in northern Iraq to prepare the ground for accommodation of more than 2,000 people there.
Rixon Stewart ■ Why on earth would Israelis buy property in ISIL occupied territory in Iraq, even if it was at bargain prices? There can only be one reason: Israelis are buying property there in anticipation of the expansion and establishment of a “Greater Israel“. This was one of the objectives envisaged by the original Zionists, before Israel had even been established as a modern nation state. According to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl: “the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” This area would encompass parts of northern and western Iraq. Moreover, we know that Al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL, is reputed to be a Mossad trained operative. Indeed there have been numerous reports linking Al Baghdadi with Mossad and this is more than speculation. Although the corporate media have largely ignored them they have been corroborated by NSA documents. Elsewhere reports have appeared claiming that Al Baghdadi’s real name is Elliot Shimon, a Jew by birth. This would also explain reports that Israel was covertly assisting Islamic State militants. Although largely ignored by the corporate Western media, Alexander Prokhanov, a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, maintains that Israel has been providing intelligence and training assistance to ISIL militants. From these disparate reports we can conclude that Israel is covertly working toward the establishment of a “Greater Israel”.
This is the updated version (as of December 2014) of my 911 production originally broadcast on The Peoples Voice in January 2014. It has additional footage and commentary, improved graphics and is a direct response to David Cameron's rediculous speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014.
Washington's Blog: Why the Bad Guys Keep Winning
Alternet: Many Still Believe That Saddam Hussein Was Behind 9/11, and Now We Have Some Idea Why
Gilad Atzmon ■ A lack of self-reflection is embedded in Jewish culture, ideology and politics. This elementary observation helps to explain why many Jews regard anti-Semitism as strictly a collective psychosis or general disease of the Goyim. This week we learned that a French-Jewish organization has been distributing a remedy for anti Semitism – it is labeled "Antisemitox, the first treatment against anti-Semitism." This treatment for anti Jewish tendencies suggests that at least from a Jewish perspective opposition to Jews is a Goy disease. The Antisemitox boxes contain three honey candies, several detox patches, and the text of a law outlining the penalties faced by those who publicly express ‘anti-Semitic’ views. The Jewish group has produced 10,000 such boxes. [...] In the last few months there has apparently been a tidal wave of resentment towards Jews in France. Instead of blaming the French people and offering them honey candies, Jews need to look in the mirror and reflect upon the actions of their lobby, their state and their leaders. This may help to calm things down.
A Palestinian official says Israel has allocated some USD 17 billion to Judaize East Jerusalem al-Quds in the occupied West Bank. ● The assistant secretary general for Palestine and authority on issues in the occupied territories for the Arab League, Mohammed Sabih, warned that al-Quds is in real danger and in the dire need of concerted international efforts to defend itself. Palestinian officials are warning that Israel demolishes Palestinian houses in Jerusalem al-Quds to force their owners to leave the city. On Monday, Israeli forces issued demolition orders for several Palestinian-owned homes as part of its settlement expansion projects there. According to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Tel Aviv has destroyed more than 360 structures in the West Bank so far this year as part of its settlement expansion plans. More than half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, in 1967.
An Israeli reconnaissance drone has been downed over the southwestern Syrian city of al-Quneitra reportedly by the Syrian army. ● Citing military sources, media reports said the Skylark unmanned aerial vehicle “was brought down” on Sunday when it was doing reconnaissance over Quneitra in the Golan Heights. Quneitra is located in the demilitarized zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights monitored by the UN peacekeepers since 1974. No further details have been given yet. There has been no comment from the Israeli officials so far.
Buried accounts of horrors in the U.S.-led war on terror raise questions about the 9,000 documents still withheld by the CIA. ● After the release of the CIA torture report by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) the world is reeling in shock at the level of brutality revealed in the documents. In fact, the whole report is nothing more than a confession of sadistic procedures that could have been lifted from the diaries of Torquemada, from “rectal feeding” to nude beatings and humiliation — horrors that were well-known but not officially confirmed. But the report remains incomplete. Indeed, some 9000 documents have been withheld. What new horrors could be discovered with the publication of these records? Perhaps the most gut-wrenching story to emerge from Bagram has been buried in the German media and remains unknown to much of the world. Published by German author and former politician Juergen Todenhoefer in his latest book, "Thou Shalt Not kill, the account stems from a visit to Kabul. At a local hotel, a former Canadian soldier and private security contractor named Jack told Todenhoefer why he could not longer stand working in Bagram. "
It's not my thing when Afghans get raped by dogs,” Jack remarked.
Darkmoon ■ Rape dogs used by US in Afghanistan || It is no surprise that Todenhofer should be “roundly maligned by pro-Israel and US-friendly figures.” This is because any exposé of America’s torture regime, whether at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib or Bagram base, invariably leads to the subject of Israeli torture advisors standing by to offer hot tips to the Americans on the best torture techniques. “The CIA did not just emulate Israel’s legal system to sanction torture,” we read in a recent report, “but it copied the same Israeli torture methods.” (See "Israel — America’s Torture Consultant“)
So there you have it, a real symbol of the holiday spirit: missiles; i.e. 'Holy War' ● A pretty spot-on metaphor for the American-Israeli relationship: U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro holding a menorah in the shape of the Iron Dome missile system. A State Department official emails to say that the menorah was presented to the ambassador at a staff holiday party. It was made with “an empty box of coffee capsules, an old VHS cassette, paper clips, and heavy-duty tape,” among other materials. By the looks of it, a lapel pin does double duty as a flag.
Norway’s prime minister and members of parliament may be subject to secret surveillance by means of fake mobile base stations in the centre of Oslo. ● Investigations made by Norwegian daily Aftenposten during the past weeks have revealed a number of fake base stations on several locations, in and around the Norwegian capital. They were detected around the parliament building Stortinget, near several ministries and the prime minister’s residence in Parkveien. Conversations and data may be monitored - The fake mobile base stations, known as IMSI-catchers, may be used for listening in on conversations and monitoring all kinds of mobile activity in the areas affected. The person running the equipment may in principle register anyone entering parliament or the government offices. The operator can easily select certain persons for eavesdropping. National Security Authority also found «something» - After being alerted by Aftenposten the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) started their own investigation. On Friday they confirmed that they had found traces of «something».
Aftenposten: Stortinget og statsministeren overvåkes - Video
Utenfor Stortinget, regjeringskontorene og boligen til statsminister Erna Solberg befinner det seg avansert spionutstyr som kan overvåke alle mobiltelefoner i området. Spørsmålet er: Hvem står bak? ● De falske basestasjonene kan overvåke bevegelsene til statsråder, politikere, embetsmenn og vanlige mennesker som går inn, ut og rundt sentrale bygninger i Oslo. Om det er kriminelle, utenlandsk etterretning eller andre som står bak, er ukjent. orges største hemmeligheter forvaltes her. Innenfor en radius på én kilometer i Oslo sentrum ligger Statsministerens kontor, Forsvarsdepartementet, Stortinget og Norges Bank. ● Statsråder, statssekretærer, stortingspolitikere, embetsmenn, næringslivstopper og andre samfunnsviktige personer som arbeider med landets sikkerhet, vårt forsvar eller vår oljeformue på over 6000 milliarder kroner, jobber i dette området. ● Men de som går forbi, vet trolig ikke dette: Flere steder står små, hemmelige sendere som høyst sannsynlig opptrer som falske basestasjoner. De er såkalte IMSI-catchere, som kan overvåke all mobilaktivitet i området. ● De som styrer overvåkingsutstyret, vil i prinsippet kunne finne ut hvem som beveger seg forbi og inn i Stortinget, regjeringskontorene eller andre steder i området. De kan også plukke ut bestemte personer for avlytting og tapping av data fra mobiltelefonen.
Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians in a town near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, injuring at least 19 people. The Palestinians sustained injuries after Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd in al-Biereh town on Thursday. The clashes followed a funeral for Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein, who was killed by Israeli forces in the area on Wednesday. Meanwhile dozens of others also received treatment for tear gas inhalation.
British minister in Israel to shore up online defenses and further technology partnerships. ● The United Kingdom has a goal of becoming “one of the safest places to do business online in the world,” according to British Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude. To help achieve that goal, Britain is seeking Israeli help. On a visit to Israel this week, Maude met with top government officials involved in cyber security and visited start-ups working in the field to discuss possible investments. “It was a pleasure to be back in Israel to see more of Israel’s impressive cyber and digital innovation first hand,” said Maude. “Both countries face enormous challenges in securing our cyber spaces and supplying the best digital services to our citizens, so cooperation between the UK and Israel is of great mutual benefit.”
Stephen Lendman ■ Israeli media largely march in lockstep with government policy. No matter what coalition holds power. None rule responsibly. Some worse than others. Netanyahu worst of all. Exceeding Sharonian evil. Haaretz editors criticized him before. This time more vehemently than earlier. For important reasons. Omitting others demanding inclusion. More on this below. Headlining "Israel's two-faced government," Haaretz editors said it's hard imagining why Washington "continues to placate Netanyahu.." He's "done everything he could to sabotage" good relations. On the one hand, Israeli Defense Minister yearns for a new US administration. To expand settlements more than already. On the other, Netanyahu wants Obama's help to sabotage Palestinian self-determination. Its Security Council effort to end occupation.
Member of Fatah revolutionary council Ziyad Abu Ein was killed at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during a march in a Ramallah village afternoon Wednesday. ● Medical sources said that Abu Ein, who is also the head of the PA Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission, died of excessive inhaling of teargas fired by the IOF soldiers. They added that he was also beaten by those soldiers in Tarmasa’iya village, north of Ramallah. ● The sources said that Abu Zein fainted after the soldiers beat him and after inhaling teargas and was rushed to Ramallah hospital where he was declared dead few minutes after his arrival.● Abu Ein served as undersecretary at the ministry of prisoners and ex-prisoners before he was promoted to minister when he was appointed as head of the Commission.
Al Jazeera: Palestinian minister dies during protest || In addition to inhaling tear gas, Abu Ein, 55, was hit in the chest by Isreali soldiers, according to a Palestine TV reporter who was at the scene. Witnesses, including an Israeli journalist and a Reuters news agency photographer, also said he was assaulted by the soldiers during the protest. Others said he was headbutted and then collapsed.
"An Iraqi army unit has found around 10 weapons and munition depots where Israel-made weapons and explosives were kept in Hamrin mountains," the Iraqi Al-Ansar news website quoted Sadeq Al-Moussavi, a member of Diyala provincial council, as saying. Moussavi said that the depot contained a lot of explosives, weapons and bombs all made by Israel. || The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime. This is not the first time that such revelations are made about Israeli arms aids to the terrorists in the region. In February, a senior Iraqi military commander disclosed that the weapons used by ISIL in its war against both the governments of Syria and Iraq are Israeli-made. “All weapons seized from the terrorists from 2006 onwards have been advanced weapons made in Israel,” Major General Fazel Al-Barvari, commander of Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Golden Battalion, wrote on his Facebook page.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham denounced the Israeli aggression which targeted two areas in Damascus Countryside on Sunday afternoon, saying that the aggression proves Israel’s complicity with the terrorists who seek to destroy Syria and murder innocent people. In a statement on Monday, Afkham saying that Israel seeks to exploit the crisis in Syria, but this will backfire on it, calling upon the UN to assume its responsibilities and put a stop to Israeli aggressions. In a similar statement, Official Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich denounced the Israeli attack, saying that Moscow is deeply concerned over this serious development which requires qualification, stressing that the use of force in relations among states is unacceptable and merits denouncement.
Bill Van Auken ■ Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war
Syrian officials demanded the UN impose sanctions on Israel after Tel Aviv conducted airstrikes near Damascus Airport. They say the attack was a heinous crime against their sovereignty by a country which doesn’t hide its policy of supporting terrorism. ● Tel Aviv committed a heinous crime against Syria’s sovereignty, said Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in two identical letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the Chair of the UN Security Council, SANA news agency reported. The attack aimed to support armed terrorist groups in Syria, especially after Damascus made some progress in the cities of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and Daraa, say Syrian officials. The Syrian Foreign Ministry called for UN officials to impose sanctions on Israel, whose authorities “don’t hide their policies in supporting terrorism.” Damascus also urged UN to take all necessary procedures to prevent Israel from repeating such attacks in accord with UN Charter.
Syrian Radio & TV: Israeli enemy targeted two areas in Damascus Countryside
Syrian Radio & TV: Iran condemned the recent Zionist aggression on Syria
Sputnik News: Syria, Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes, Call it Act of Extremism
PressTV: Russia slams Israel Syria airstrikes
Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border. ● Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels. ● The observer force, UNDOF, was established in 1974 as part of the separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria. The agreement set up a buffer zone several kilometers wide. About 1,000 UN observers supervised the implementation of the agreement until 2013, when the Syrian civil war severely reduced the force’s ability to function. ● While Croatia and Austria pulled out and Ireland, Fiji and India agreed to send troops, the increase of attacks on UN forces in recent months caused the force to abandon many of its positions along the front and to transfer its command to the Israeli side of the border. ● However, cooperation between the IDF and Syrian rebels that was revealed in UN observer reports does not just include transferring the wounded. Observers remarked in the report distributed on June 10 that they identified IDF soldiers on the Israeli side handing over two boxes to armed Syrian opposition members on the Syrian side. ● The last report distributed to Security Council members, on December 1, described another meeting between IDF soldiers and Syrian opposition members that two UN representatives witnessed on October 27 some three kilometers east of Moshav Yonatan. The observers said they saw two IDF soldiers on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and letting two people enter Israel. The report, contrary to previous ones, did not note that the two exiting Syria were injured or why they entered Israel. This specific event is of particular interest in light of what happened on the Syrian side of the border in the exact same region. (Photo: Gil Eliyahu, AP)
Brandon Turbeville ■ Israel Bombs Syria … Again: Hits Agricultural Centers, Warehouses
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