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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussing Bibi, Tzipi and Yair || Gilad Atzmon: Yesterday I was invited by Press TV to participate in their daily program, ‘The Debate.’ In the last few years I have occasionally participated on the show. Usually I am confronted with banal Hasbara mouthpieces. I tend to demolish their arguments within the first round of questions. ● Yesterday, I was asked to debate professor Geoffrey Alderman – an avid Zionist academic. To my great surprise Alderman and I agreed on pretty much everything: we had similar views on Israeli politics, the nature of the Jewish State, Netanyahu's Politics, Netanyahu’s engineered crisis, Jewish Lobby Domination in the West and other topics. Fascinating exchange but hardly a debate. ● For the last decade I have been chased by Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists who wrote Jewish petitions against me and tried every Talmudic trick to silence my criticism of Jewish power and Jewish ID politics. I have also been harassed by some Trotskyites and even a list of 20 Palestinians who called for my ‘disavowal.’ These attempts to stop me achieved the opposite – if anything, they proved my point regarding Jewish dissent being a corrosive controlled opposition apparatus. ● In all this time, not a single one of my Jewish anti Zionist or Trotskyite detractors have had the guts to debate me. But somehow, rabid Zionists and hard-core Hasbara agents are made from different materials. They must have have a modicum of dignity and confidence in their system. ● My conclusion may upset some. As a thinker and an artist stimulated by challenge and titillated by intellectual provocation, I prefer to deal with hard core Zionists and Israeli Right wing ideologues rather than with the so-called ‘anti’ and their culture of deceit. At least with Zionists, I know exactly what I am up against.
Israeli forces have abducted at least a dozen Palestinian people in overnight operations on a number of houses across the occupied West Bank. ● According to reports on Wednesday, the Israeli forces arrested four Palestinians, including a young woman, in the East al-Quds neighborhood of al-Tur. In a similar incident, the Israeli forces raided the village of Wadi Fukin, west of Bethlehem, and kidnapped thee young Palestinians. Three more Palestinians were also abducted by Israeli forces in al-Fawwar refugee camp, to the north of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), situated 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of al-Quds. Israeli forces also "arrested" two Palestinians in Ramallah, in the central West Bank. Tel Aviv has cited no reason for the move.
Israel has threatened to arrest the Palestinian activists who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook, Press TV reports. ● In the latest wave of crackdown on Palestinian activists, Tel Aviv has vowed to take legal against those who post anti-Israeli remarks on Facebook. Last week, 32-year-old Mahmoud Asila from the Old City of al-Quds was arrested for what the Israeli regime called incitement and spreading violent propaganda. He is accused of posting a picture in support of recent car attacks carried out by Palestinians against Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. Asila has taken responsibility for his Facebook post, saying it is part of his freedom of speech.
A planned, but as-of-yet not introduced bill is being hyped by Israel’s far-right coalition, which would give the Interior Ministry broad power to revoke the residency of Arabs deemed to be a threat to “state sovereignty.” Incredibly, the bill will also allow the ministry to expel their relatives, even if they haven’t done anything. Though it’s being couched as an “anti-terror” measure, the bill also covers people who the government perceives as “inciting violence” through speech or activism, as well as “rioters” and rock-throwers. And obviously all of their families. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan embraced the idea to give him this huge new power, which Jerusalem’s mayor couched as granting the Israeli government to nullify citizenship or residency of “bad people.” Naturally, the bill only applies to Arabs, and seems to be focused squarely on occupied East Jerusalem.
Irish Times: Israel approves law that makes country a Jewish state ● The Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial Bill enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, despite criticism by Israel’s Arab minority who fear the measure will leave them as second-class citizens. A divided cabinet voted 14-6 in favour of the Bill yesterday after a session that ministers described as a “shouting match”. Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly banged on the table and said “it cannot be that Arabs can live in Jewish towns, but Jews can’t live in Arab towns. A country within a country is developing.” He said the law was needed because Palestinians refused to recognise Israel as a Jewish state and Israeli Arabs were seeking autonomy in the Galilee and the Negev.
The WAFA News Agency said the child, Khader al-‘Ajlouni, 16 years of age, was pushed down a flight of stairs at the police station, and suffered serious injuries to his neck, arms and back. It added that the child was transferred to a hospital in the city after becoming unable to move one of his arms and one of his legs. Also in Jerusalem, small groups of Israeli extremists invaded the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba Gate, under heavy Israeli military presence. Late on Tuesday at night, Israeli soldiers invaded a number of homes in the occupied city, and kidnapped several children, before taking them to an interrogation facility.
PressTV: Israel continues to abuse, torture Palestinian minors || The Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) said some 40 percent of Palestinian children are reportedly subjected to sexual abuse during interrogation. It said Israeli soldiers have arrested more than 600 Palestinian children in al-Quds (Jerusalem) since June 2013.
Suspicions of Israeli involvement in the alleged suicide of a Palestinian bus driver continue to intensify, with the victim’s family lawyer telling RT that until independent forensics prove it to be a suicide, the death must be viewed as a homicide. ● The family of 32-year-old Yousuf Hasan al-Ramouni who was found hanged inside his bus at the Har Hotzvim terminal near Jerusalem insists that the father of two was murdered by Jewish settlers. They also argue that the Israeli authorities deliberately “contributed to this confusion” of the circumstances of al-Ramouni death by publicly proclaiming it a suicide without proper investigation. Following a post-mortem, Israeli police ruled it was not a criminal or nationalist attack and that there was “no suspicion of criminal activity.” Now, the family's lawyer, Muhammad Mahmoud is trying to fight the conclusion by the country's leading forensic lab, saying it is based on racial bias, and premature autopsy results. Palestinian pathologist, Dr. Saber al-Aloul, was present at the post-mortem conducted at Israel's central forensics lab. The controversy over al- Ramouni's death started after Ma'an reported earlier this week that the Palestinian coroner came to a different conclusion than his Israeli colleagues. On Thursday, Ma’an said Israeli police summoned al-Aloul to appear before authorities on Sunday for questioning.
Bodies of Palestinian civilians massacred in Deir Yassin
village, killed by the Israeli terrorist organization Haganah.
At least four Israelis and two Palestinians have been killed in an attack on a synagogue in West al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid escalating tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories. ● Early on Tuesday, two Palestinian men, reportedly armed with axes and handguns, entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of West al-Quds, killing at least four Israelis and injuring several others including two police officers. The assailants were fatally shot by Israeli forces. The area has now been cordoned off and the assault is being investigated. Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed the attack, saying it was a response to the recent hanging of Hassan Yousef Rammouni, a young Palestinian bus driver, by Israeli settlers. Rammouni, 32, was driving back home from work on November 16 when he was abducted and then hanged by Israelis in his bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of East al-Quds.
Gilad Atzmon ■ Har Nof in Jerusalem Is Deir Yassin and it is Remembered || The attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem today took place in Har Nof, a Jewish neighborhood built over the ruins of Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village whose inhabitants were wiped out on April 9, 1948. The Deir Yassin Massacre delivered a clear message to the Palestinian people. The Jewish militias were driven by genocidal inclinations and the Arabs better run for their lives. However, it seems as if the Palestinian collective memory is alive and kicking - it may be possible that the Deir Yassin Massacre was commemorated today.
Antiwar.com: Israel Orders Palestinian Families Out of Homes for Revenge Demolitions
Al-Manar TV: Shooting Attack in Occupied Jerusalem Synagogue Kills Four Israelis
RT.com: Jerusalem synagogue attack: At least 4 killed, several injured
Gilad Atzmon ■ It Is Not 3rd Intifada, It Is The End Game
The top US Army official says the United States is learning from Israel’s tactics on how to limit civilian casualties in a war [sic], despite the international outcry over the regime’s brutality in Gaza. ● Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the Pentagon has sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza on "how to limit civilian casualties". Dempsey said the Pentagon had sent the team of senior officials and non-commissioned officers three months ago "to include the measures they took to prevent civilian casualties and what they did with tunneling" in US military operations. He [falsely] claimed the Israeli military went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit civilian casualties in the 50-day Gaza war. The remarks came as the recent war has been widely condemned by the international community over the killing of civilians including women and children. Even, the White House criticized Israel for causing “indefensible and unacceptable” deaths during the war. At least 2,140 Palestinians were killed during the recent Gaza war, mostly civilians. During the operation, Israel even attacked UN-run schools, prompting the Amnesty International to condemn Israel’s “callous indifference” to the carnage caused by attacks on civilian targets. (Photo: america.aljazeera.com)
The Israeli regime has given the green light for the construction of 278 new illegal settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid international outcry over Tel Aviv’s expansionist policies. ● According to Palestinian media reports, the so-called Israeli “Planning and Construction Committee” approved the new project on Tuesday. Based on the plan, 216 housing units are set to be built in Ramot settlement and 62 others in Jabal Abu Ghneim (Har Homa) settlement, Israeli sources reported. On Monday, Israeli activist group Peace Now said that the Israeli Interior Ministry gave the go-ahead for the construction of 500 new housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement.
Philip Giraldi ■ Exceptionalism Rules in Tel Aviv and Washington
Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel says Israel will eventually replace Al-Aqsa Mosque with a Jewish temple. ● According to the Middle East Monitor, Ariel told Israeli radio station Kol Berama - controlled by the Jewish extremist movement Shas - the status quo could not continue at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as it "was built in the place of the holiest place for Israel". Ariel added that the construction of a third Jewish temple at the site is the primary demand of the Torah "as it is at the forefront of Jewish salvation", the report from Middle East Monitor said. In response to the rising tensions in the city surrounding the holy site, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "on all Knesset [Israeli parliament] members to calm tensions regarding the Temple Mount and show responsibility and restraint". There are concerns among some Israeli officials that emboldened Israeli actions in relation to the holy site will lead to a third Palestinian intifada - or uprising. Last week, fierce clashes erupted in occupied East Jerusalem after the suspected gunman in the attempted assassination of right-wing Israeli activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick was shot dead by Israeli security forces near his house in the Abu Tor neighbourhood.
Middle East Monotor: Israel to build temple in place of Al-Aqsa, minister says
The Israeli military's killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians during its summer 2014 military aggression against the Gaza Strip amounts to war crimes, Amnesty International says. "It appears that the attacks directly and deliberately targeted civilians or civilian objects, which would constitute war crimes," the London-based rights group said in a new report on Wednesday. It said it has examined eight cases in which Israeli airstrikes targeted homes in Gaza “without warning.” “Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused,” Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International, said. “The report exposes a pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee,” he added.
Early this morning in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor, Israeli police shot and killed Mutaz Hijazi, who they claim shot far-right settler Yehuda Glick last night. Witnesses said that plain-clothes Israeli police in unmarked vehicles and uniformed police arrived before 6 am. They took positions around the house and stormed it. On the roof, Hijazi, 32, was shot dead. Police officials claim that a firefight took place, however, witnesses dismissed the official narrative. "I saw everything. He didn't have a weapon or a gun,” said one neighbor who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of police reprisals. "He was on the roof, so the police could have captured him but they didn't want to. They wanted to kill him,” he added.
Hundreds defy police restrictions to attend Hijazi funeral in Jerusalem
Profile: Who is Yehuda Glick? [A very bad man...that's the long & short of it.]
This video reveals how the Zionist Matrix of Power controls Media, Politics and Banking and how each Part of this Tribalist matrix supports and protects each other! ● The documentary shows how the media is biased for Zionist interests in Palestine and over the world. A great segment exposes the bosses of CNN and thelong-time Zionist agent Wolf Blitzer who I exposed during an interview as not an unbiased newsman but a former agent for AIPAC! This documentary video is the first public expose' that the same Zio who is the biggest stockholder of the mega Zio media corporation Time Warner, was the biggest stockholder also of Goldman Sachs at the time of the mortgage meltdown. It shows how the biggest economic theft in history, that by Goldman Sachs in the Mortgage meltdown, was covered up by Zio Government regulators, a Zio Prosecutor, Zio Federal Judge, and the Zio influence in media and government. A great that video that shows clearly how some of the Jewish elite practices racism and tribalism to advance their supremacist agenda. [Hat tip: The People's Voice]
The Israeli government has approved plans to build over 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem. It will expand two existing Israeli settlements on part of the territories seized in 1967. An official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on the possible political and diplomatic impact. He said on Monday that "The government has decided to advance the planning of more than 1,000 units in Jerusalem – roughly 400 in Har Homa and about 600 in Ramat Shlomo," as cited by Reuters.
Imagine if this was done to their synagogues... Or this. Israel Knesset member calls for storming Al-Aqsa. UK Foregin Office, World Leaders ("Arab" Leaders): NO to dividing Al Aqsa. Israel to vote on partitioning Al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews: While they're at it, maybe they would also like to vote on taking over USA, UK, Russia and China, perhaps even the entire globe, why not? After all, what matters is their "Jewish vote" and "Jewish democracy", isn't it!? How "democratic" and how "civilized", they vote even for robbery! Then comes the sleazy ones and call this "sharing" and accuse the robbed ones of being "hateful antisemites" and blame them for being unwilling to share! [Hat tip & comment: Nahida Izzat at Poetry for Palestine.]
An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the ISIL and that both are “
armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.” “
kill one person at a time with a knife and the IDF at the press of a button [kills]
dozens of Palestinians,” Haneen Zoabi said in a Sunday interview with Channel 2 Online. The Arab member of the Israeli Knesset added that an Israeli pilot is no less a terrorist than a person who takes a knife and commits a beheading. The Israeli military unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion of the Palestinian strip. Over 2,130 Palestinians, including around 570 children, lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured in the raids.
AWIP Search: Zoabi
Gaza Board Of Inquiry Report: The Secretary-General Said His Staff Was "working with an israeli delegation on the text of the cover letter" - Wikileaks
1. (C) Ambassador Rice spoke with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon three times on May 4 to discuss concerns over the Board of Inquiry's report on incidents at UN sites in December 2008 and January 2009. Rice called the Secretary-General to register concern about the scope of the report. She cited in particular recommendations 10 and 11, saying it set a bad precedent if the report of a Board of Inquiry expands beyond its terms of reference. Given that those recommendations were outside the scope of the Board's terms of reference, she asked that those two recommendations not be included in the summary of the report that would be transmitted to the membership. The Secretary-General said he was constrained in what he could do since the Board of Inquiry is independent; it was their report and recommendations and he could not alter them, he said.
2. (C) Ambassador Rice urged the Secretary-General to make
clear in his cover letter when he transmits the summary to
the Security Council that those recommendations exceeded the
scope of the terms of reference and no further action is
needed. The Secretary-General said his staff was working
with an Israeli delegation on the text of the cover letter.
Ambassador Rice asked the Secretary-General to be back in
touch with her before the letter and summary are released to
3. (C) Ambassador Rice spoke with the Secretary-General two additional times. In the second conversation, she underscored the importance of having a strong cover letter that made clear that no further action was needed and would close out this issue. Secretary-General Ban called her after the letter had been finalized to report that he believed they had arrived at a satisfactory cover letter. Rice thanked the Secretary-General for his exceptional efforts on such a sensitive issue.
Steigan Blogger: FNs Ban Ki-Moon arbeidet for å svekke kritikk av Israel
Israeli war on Gaza leaves many children as orphans
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