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The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Canadian man wants Harper charged with inciting genocide

Posted July 24, 2014 by Obert Madondo

A Newfoundland man says PM Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird should be charged under Canada’s Criminal Code for inciting “genocide” in Gaza.

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The Canadian Progressive: Gaza Conflict: Letter From Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert

Posted July 24, 2014 by Guest Blog

“Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?” asks Norwegian Dr. Mads Gilbert in this letter, which also describes the incomprehensible horror he’s currently witnessing in Gaza.

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Critiquer Israël

Posted July 24, 2014 by Claude Dupras

Écrire un texte qui critique Israël, sa politique et ses chefs est risqué. Si on ne partage pas l’opinion du gouvernement d’Israël ou si on dénonce ses politiques ou ses chefs, on risque d’être taxé d’antisémite.
J’ai un grand respect et une admiration profonde pour le peuple juif. J’ai lu beaucoup sur son évolution. J’ai été surpris des oppositions constantes qui ont affecté son histoire, à travers les siècles, et de sa force de caractère pour en sortir la tête haute. J’ai apprécié ses Prix Nobel, si nombreux dans tous les domaines, qui ont démontré au monde entier l’excellence de ce peuple dans les arts, les lettres, la science, la philosophie, la médecine, etc… et son sens de l’invention.
J’ai constaté sa richesse culturelle, sa domination incontestée dans tous ses domaines et sa générosité sans borne pour les arts. J’ai été témoin de son sens des affaires, ses capacités d’analyse, sa logique, ses décisions, son sens du risque bien calculé. Je l’ai vu être d’avant-garde, initiateur, investisseur, bâtisseur… en somme réalisateur de grands projets, de grandes choses.  Oui, il sait agir comme  un réalisateur hors-pair dont les actions sont basées sur ses connaissances du passé et son sens extraordinaire de ce que sera le futur.
Le peuple juif est un grand peuple doté d’une haute intelligence et d’un sens pratique remarquable.
Par contre, je n’ai pas aimé ce qui a découlé de la décision des Nations-Unies en 1948, avec laquelle j’étais en accord, qui a reconnu l’État d’Israël et lui a attribué un territoire en Palestine. Depuis, les arabes de ce territoire se ressentent dépossédés, défranchis, bousculés et sont devenus des réfugiés dans leur propre pays.  Depuis, ils contestent et le chaos règne. D’un gouvernement israélite à l’autre, c’est une résistance constante.  Les arabes revendiquent, contestent, veulent reprendre leur habitation, leur terrain… Israël avec les armements ultramodernes de son arsenal, ses soldats bien entraînés, l’appui inconditionnel autant politique, monétaire que militaire des USA, est devenue dominante et gagne du terrain sans cesse.  
Les arabes, toujours battus et humiliés, sont inconsolables mais demeurent déterminés. Ils contestent sans cesse de façon de plus en plus sophistiquée. Ils réclament leur butin, souventes fois avec raison.
Aujourd’hui, encore une fois, le monde est devant un nouveau conflit israélo-palestinien. Gaza est envahie par l’armée israélienne qui se justifie en faisant allusion aux attaques arabes incessantes par roquettes et autres moyens. Le gouvernement israélien veut y mettre fin et son prétexte est de découvrir et de démolir des tunnels construits par les palestiniens par lesquels du matériel de guerre et des produits pouvant répondre aux besoins domestiques des familles palestiniennes sont importés.
Je viens tout juste de trouver, dans mes affaires, un article de la Une du journal français MIDI LIBRE, datée du 28 avril 1945, 20 jours après la fin de la 2eguerre mondiale. Il laisse à réfléchir sur la situation actuelle en Palestine. 
 
Il est intitulé : « Le rapport de la délégation britannique sur Buchenwald ». Le voici :
Londres 27 avril 1945 – Les membres de la délégation britannique qui a visité le camp allemand de Buchenwald ont été unanimes à déclarer qu’à leur avis les nazis appliquaient depuis longtemps une méthode délibérée d’extermination des internés par la famine et les mauvais traitements.
Ils estiment que les Allemands ont aussi atteint le plus bas degré de dégradation qu’ait jamais touché la conscience humaine.
Le rapport de la délégation, qui a été publié sous la forme d’un livre blanc, déclare que jusqu’au 1eravril 1944, le nombre de tué ou morts à Buchenwald s’élève à 54,072. Dix-sept mille au moins d’entre eux sont morts depuis le 1er janvier dernier.
Le rapport précise que l’une des baraques du camp était affectée à un usage spécial : certains prisonniers de marque y rencontraient pendant une vingtaine de minutes des femmes amenées d’autres camps. Celles-ci, par la menace ou la promesse d’un meilleur traitement étaient contraintes de se prostituer. Elles étaient tuées ensuite.
Il existait une baraque de la mort. Les internés y accédaient soit en descendant un escalier de pierre abrupt, soit en tombant par une trappe qui s’ouvrait sous leurs pieds. Les internés jugés réfractaires ou incapables de travailler y étaient précipités.
Selon le rapport des membres de la délégation, on avait enlevé le testicule gauche d’un homme de 29 ans.
De nombreux sujets d’expérience sont morts et la politique d’extermination semble avoir été mieux appliquée que celle de la stérilisation. Mme Koch, femme du commandant du camp, collectionnait des objets confectionnés avec de la peau humaine. Un de ces objets qui a été examiné par Sir Bernard Spilsbury et identifié par lui comme étant de la chair humaine, était un petit-abat-jour.
Il est confirmé que les enfants comme les adultes étaient astreints à un travail de 8 heures au minimum sept jours par semaine. On croit qu’il reste encore 800 enfants dans le camp.
Quelques anciens déportés nous ont confié que les opérations avaient lieu sans qu’on employât d’anesthésique, sur des tables de cuisine, au milieu des autres prisonniers.
Enfin les internés dormaient sur des planches, sans matelas, bien entendu. Ceux qui en avaient encore la force poussaient les morts dans l’allée. Tous les soirs, les cadavres étaient rassemblés à un bout de la baraque et le matin ils étaient emportés au four crématoire ou à la dissection.
Les membres de la délégation ont pu voir également dans le sous-sol une lourde massue de bois, de 60 cm de longueur environ qui servait à assommer ceux qui mouraient trop lentement. Cette massue était encore tachée de sang.
Dans la cour voisine du four crématoire, des chariots apportaient de nombreux cadavres d’internés morts de la dysenterie et provenant des divers baraquements. Le dernier de ces lugubres chargements a pu être examiné par les délégués. Aucun des corps des malheureuses victimes ne portait trace de mort violente. Toutes paraissaient avoir succombé à la faim et à la maladie.
On assure que différentes méthodes de stérilisation ont été pratiquées dans ce camp sur des juifs internés. Deux membres de la délégation ont vu un juif polonais qui avait subi une opération de ce genre.

À ce moment-là, il existait plus de quarante camps d’extermination dont plusieurs étaient du genre de Buchenwald. Mais six camps étaient particuliers et beaucoup plus horribles. Ils étaient dédiés à l’exécution organisée et massive d’êtres humains, dont une écrasante majorité de Juifs : Auschwitz 1 et 2, Chelmno 1, Majdanek, Sobibor et Treblinka. Ils avaient été mandatés pour ce faire, suite de la décision de la « Conférence nazie sur la solution finale » qui a décrétée la mise à mort rapide de tous les juifs. Les camps devenaient un processus de type industriel pour éliminer tous les juifs à tout jamais.
J’ai visité Buchenwald et Auschwitz et j’en suis sorti bouleversé. J’ai aussi visité le mémorial de Yad Vashem à Jérusalem qui occupe, avec raison, une place centrale dans la volonté des juifs de maintenir le souvenir des six millions de leurs compatriotes assassinés par les nazis et leurs complices. J’en suis sorti abasourdi. Je comprends la profondeur de la mémoire juive. Aucun peuple n’a subi de telles souffrances, de tels préjudices.
C’est de là que vient la difficulté de critiquer le gouvernement israélite. Faire la part des choses n’est pas facile, mais elle doit être faite. Particulièrement aujourd’hui, dans les relations de l’état juif avec la Palestine arabe. Cette dernière n’a rien à voir avec les plans d’extermination des nazis. Elle est aussi, jusqu’à un certain point, victime des nazis. La décision de 1948 de créer l’État Juif en Palestine est venue des Nations Unies dans la foulée des crimes nazis contre les juifs européens, après la deuxième guerre mondiale. Depuis ce jour, rien ne va plus pour les arabes palestiniens. Leur qualité de vie n’a rien à voir avec celle des israélites d’autant plus que Gaza est une petite zone parmi les plus densément peuplée du monde. Le mouvement islamiste Hamas a été porté au pouvoir par les Gazaouis à l’élection de 2006 et il est très revendicateur des droits palestiniens et contestateur de l’état hébreu. De plus, la frontière avec l’Égypte est pratiquement fermée. Évidemment, cela n’aide pas.   
Dans le conflit actuel en Gaza, on peut disserter longuement pour déterminer le vrai responsable de l’enveniment de cette situation. Une chose certaine, la force militaire entre les deux parties est totalement disproportionnée. Beaucoup plus d’arabes sont tués dont des femmes et des enfants. Des familles palestiniennes perdent leur logement, leur maison. Les embargos sur la nourriture et autres produits essentiels font mal et des enfants en souffrent. Certaines écoles sont fermées et d’autres démolies. Les hôpitaux sont endommagés. Rien de va plus dans la vie des arabes palestiniens.
La vraie solution à cette situation intenable est la négociation. Une vraie. Palestiniens et Israélites sont aujourd’hui devant un fait accompli. Ils doivent vivre ensemble. Les israélites ont l’argent et dans une nouvelle paix négociée, ils devraient agir et investir massivement pour que la partie arabe atteigne le plus vite possible un niveau de vie de qualité. Ce n’est pas pour demain, mais c’est possible à la longue. Ainsi la jeunesse palestinienne montante ne se ressentira pas frustrée et verra la possibilité d’une vie meilleure dans son pays et ailleurs. Demain, ils seront les dirigeants de leur nation et, à ce moment-là, ils se rappelleront les erreurs passées et voudront sûrement ne pas les répéter.
Entre temps, il faut dénoncer la rentrée barbare de l’armée israélienne en Gaza. Oui, il y a des roquettes et nonobstant les agissements de l’armée, il y aura toujours des roquettes ou autres choses. La solution n’est pas dans la méthode dure pour les éliminer car l’être humain sait toujours trouver un moyen pour se défendre. Elle est ailleurs.

Claude Dupras
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Israel’s war without end, again

Posted July 23, 2014 by Jonathon Gatehouse

An Israel that preserves itself through sporadic conflict, rather than peace, is gaining traction

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Israel becomes Earth’s #1 most hated nation … and rightly so

Posted July 23, 2014 by MariaS

How can a people stemming from World War II genocide of their ancestors, commit genocide on others?  I guess there’s some truth in what psychoanalysts say about children molested in childhood growing up to inflict same crime on other innocents.


Disgusting war criminal Netanyahu and his gang of killers should be tried for war crimes and sent to prison for the rest of their lives. Curses on the warmongers in Israel and curses on Israel’s supporters outside Israel egging them on the genocide in Gaza. It’s one thing to dislike islam for its teachings and to hate Muslims who abide by those teachings,  but it’s inhuman to not feel horror at what Israel is doing to Muslims in Gaza. And, now it looks like the Israeli govt. is cracking down on Israeli Muslims too (see first link below).


Those encouraging Israel to flatten Gaza once and for all, where’s your conscience people?  May you and yours also experience the kind of death and sorrow as running rife now with the Palestinian people of Gaza.  No number of excuses about Hamas’s lobbying rockets into Israel and Hamas’s terrorism tactics being the reason for the mass killing  going on in Gaza, can ever make this right. NEVER! However, if it helps you  into lullabying your conscience into a deep slumber, go ahead, start on your road to zombieland.  Diplomacy is not dead, even if the blasted Israeli govt. thinks it is.  

Because of Israel’s disastrous policies, with help as usual from the USA, our world has now become much, much more dangerous from Sunni terrorism even here in the West. Millions of us who are not even Muslims can’t bear to see what Israel is doing to Gazans,  how do you think Muslims are feeling today? Don’t go by what the Uncle Toms from the Muslim communities are telling you. They are pretending to stand with Israel to lull you into thinking they are not with Hamas.


This is the start of a civil war in Israel itself.  I hope those rooting for Israel to go deeper into the Gaza offensive will be happy to see that happen … your shortsightedness will have made that possible you dumb fucks. Israel’s mighty army nor its police force will be able to resist the resistance inside Israel. The Israeli Muslims inside Israel won’t be able to take this much longer.

From 972Mag:
 ….Following wave of protests, Israel arrests scores of Arab activists, minors
Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel have been detained in recent weeks, including dozens of minors. Abusive interrogations and preemptive arrests suggest that many of the tactics of occupation have crossed the Green Line……
…..“I have been active for 14 years and I have never seen such a wave of arrests of minors,” says Ward Yassin, 34, from Jdeideh el-Makr. “The feeling is that the police have no red lines.” Yassin himself was arrested on Monday, July 7, the day after a demo that took place in his town, attended by around 200 people who were protesting the murder of Abu Khdeir, as well as the assault on Gaza.
The arrest of political activists like Yassin represents the second prominent group in the recent wave of arrests, of protest organizers and well-known activists in Arab towns. Dozens of demonstrations have taken place, receiving little media coverage, if any. Some of them escalated into confrontations with the police, which including stone-throwing.


“We have testimonies about police brutality during arrests and interrogations following the Nazareth demo. Detainees told us they were slapped, kicked and cursed at,” says attorney Maisa Arshid, who was present at the police station that night. “One of the detainees I represented, a 19-year-old, was bleeding after he had been beaten by the police; he was not taken to the hospital until 3 a.m. Another youth who was arrested on Sunday recounted that after he was taken into the police station, the [policemen] took off his keffiyeh, peed on it and then wrapped it around his neck.”


The lawyers reported that minors had been arrested despite suffering from various medical conditions – from asthma to mental retardation. “Almost none of the Nazareth detainees are well-known political activists,” adds attorney Arshid. “Some of them were just passing by; one of them was holding a grocery shopping list in front of the supermarket when he was arrested. The offenses and allegations ascribed to the detainees are not necessarily connected to what really happened.”……….


From NYTimes:
Palestinian Family Finds Missing Son in YouTube Video of His Shooting.





After two days of searching for a son they lost contact with during a rushed evacuation from their home in Gaza City, one Palestinian family was surprised to hear the young man’s voice, calling out for a missing cousin, in video posted on YouTube on Monday by human rights activists.

A sister and a cousin of the missing 23-year-old, Salem Khaleel Shamaly, were horrified to see video of him lying on the ground in the ruined neighborhood they had fled, Shejaiya, wounded by an unseen sniper, according to activists from the Palestinian-led International Solidarity Movement who witnessed the incident and released the footage. As the man tried to get to his feet, two more shots rang out, and he stopped moving…………..

From France24:

Despite international efforts to negotiate an end to the Israeli-Gaza conflict on Tuesday, Israel continued to strike at targets in the Gaza Strip, where the death toll rose to above 600.
….“A ceasefire is not near,” said Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, viewed as the most dovish member of Netanyahu’s inner security cabinet. “I see no light at the end of the tunnel,” she told Israel’s Army Radio…..

The world is witnessing Israel’s war crimes & our governments are silent!
tweets from Gaza now. pic.twitter.com/vm3VVBWGN5
— Tala هنا غزة (@Taltool11) July 20, 2014


From NormanFinkelstein:
Interview with Raji Sourani in Gaza:
Raji Sourani is a human rights lawyer and founder of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, which documents and investigates human rights violations in the Occupied Territories. Jailed on six occasions for his work, Sourani is staying put in Gaza at the moment, and continuing to work under siege. He tells Roma Rajpal Weiss that people there have lost all hope


How is the situation in Gaza at the moment?
Raji Sourani: We don’t sleep at night or during the day. It’s almost non-stop bombing, all over the place. There are no shelters; there is no safe place anywhere in Gaza, there is bombing everywhere. Right now, we are in the middle of a war: anything will hit the people, anything will hit a building. The airplanes and the drones never leave the sky.


Entire families have been erased, and the problem is that most of the killings are of civilians. Our findings from our field workers show that more than 77% of the victims that are injured are civilians. Civilians are in the eye of the storm. You are talking about one of the most high-tech air forces on earth. And you’re talking about F16s and drones and an army with a chain of command. It’s not random rockets; they send these bombs to kill. It’s not for fun.


What is the general feeling there?
Sourani: People are furious here. In 2008-2009, with all the horrors that took place, when they used phosphorous bombs all over Gaza, they destroyed the city. And then in 2012 we had another war, and now we are having the third consecutive war in about five years. It’s too much for any population. People are really sick, tired, exhausted, and nobody really wants to be a submissive victim. They feel there is nothing more to lose.


“People are really sick, tired, exhausted,” says Raji Sourani. “They feel there is nothing more to lose. Either this situation really improves or it is better to just die”


If you are in this situation, you see the world is just watching and you are just a part of the news. The most important feeling is when you feel your soul and the souls of the people you love are so cheap, and your suffering and your blood so cheap, and there is only one blood and soul that is holy, which is Israeli Jews, you just lose your mind. According to the news, they have had eight injured during this war – that’s all that they suffered on the Israeli side, and here you have hell.


The most common sentence I heard when people began to talk about ceasefire: everybody says it’s better for all of us to die and not go back to the situation we used to have before this war. We don’t want that again. We have no dignity, no pride; we are just soft targets, and we are very cheap. Either this situation really improves or it is better to just die. I am talking about intellectuals, academics, ordinary people: everybody is saying that…….

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Baird to UN: Are you kidding me?

Posted July 22, 2014 by David Akin

The Times of Israel reported this week: A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians. “The rockets were passed on to the […]

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Faculty for Palestine opposes Canadian university links with Israeli institutions

Posted July 22, 2014 by Campus Notes

Editor’s Note: This statement was first issued July 9, 2014, before the current ground offensive in Gaza. The death and prisoner toll has greatly increased since then.

1. Israel must be held accountable for its measures of collective punishment of the Palestinian people

2. Attacks on Palestinian academic freedom and their right to education are endemic to Israel’s regime of occupation and oppression.

3. Canadian universities should not foster institutional links with Israel’s academic establishment under these conditions. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of University Heads, Israel (AUH) of July 8, 2013 should be rescinded.

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Religions … all of them are nothing but destructive

Posted July 21, 2014 by MariaS

Is it any wonder that more and more people are becoming atheists?  Watch this video and you will come to the shocking realization that Judaism and Islam have more in common with each other than the rest of the religions, including Christianity. &…

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"We saw things that will forever be hard to unsee"

Posted July 20, 2014 by MariaS

People with a conscience, even if that conscience is just barely alive,  do speak out now and then.

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Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq …. anybody interested how many dead in those countries?

Posted July 20, 2014 by MariaS

While the focus is on Israel/Gaza/Ukraine/Russia …. what has been happening in Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, Iraq?  How many non-Palestinian deaths in those countries?  Anybody interested? 

Far too many wars going on.  Far too m…

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Israel and Gaza War…. July 20

Posted July 20, 2014 by MariaS

War is definitely not the  way to stop the madness of the suicidal Hamas and the equal level of madness of the hard-right Israelis.  The killing going on is creating more hate which does not bring anybody any good.   Even if Israel is i…

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By phone, Harper and Netanyahu speak about the Hamas rocket attacks

Posted July 19, 2014 by David Akin

Earlier today, Canada’s Prime MInister Stephen Harper spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is the ‘read-out’ from the Harper’s office: —- Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today. The leaders discussed the ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and Israel’s efforts to halt them, including the Israeli Defense […]

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Oil and Gas are the reasons why there is plenty of indiscriminate killing of human beings all over the planet

Posted July 19, 2014 by MariaS

Wish some genius would either invent or discover something to replace oil and gas so we didn’t have to go to wars.
Below a small patch from a long article that has plenty of links.

Dr.Nafeez Ahmed writing at TheEcologist:
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First it was NBC, now it’s CNN pulling reporters who don’t kiss Israel’s butt ….

Posted July 18, 2014 by MariaS

and dare to show their true feelings at the appalling atrocities committed on the Gazans. Every living soul in Gaza is a terrorist … right folks?  

From RT:
CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”


Magnay was “threatened and harassed” before and during her report, a CNN spokeswoman told The Huffington Post, leading to the reporter’s reaction on Twitter.


“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman added. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”


Israelis could be heard cheering missiles heading for Gaza on Thursday during a live Magnay report from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border.


“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” Magnay said during the report.


Following the shot, Magnay tweeted, “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”………….

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The war in Gaza is a choice made by the West …

Posted July 18, 2014 by MariaS



one can’t  just blame Israel for the atrocities they are now committing on the Gazan citizens.  The Israelis would not be doing what they are doing right now if not for their masters in the USA and the rest of their allies.


The article below is one of the extremely few that make an appearance in the New York Times when a journalist decides to pick stuff from the “Truth”  tray on his desk instead of always reaching into the “Hypocrisy and Lies” bucket.

Nathan Thrall writing at NYTimes:
How the West Chose War in Gaza  
Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West  
AS Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities and Israel follows up its extensive airstrikes with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the most immediate cause of this latest war has been ignored: Israel and much of the international community placed a prohibitive set of obstacles in the way of the Palestinian “national consensus” government that was formed in early June.


That government was created largely because of Hamas’s desperation and isolation. The group’s alliance with Syria and Iran was in shambles. Its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt became a liability after a July 2013 coup replaced an ally, President Mohamed Morsi, with a bitter adversary, Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Hamas’s coffers dried up as General Sisi closed the tunnels that had brought to Gaza the goods and tax revenues on which it depended.
Seeing a region swept by popular protests against leaders who couldn’t provide for their citizens’ basic needs, Hamas opted to give up official control of Gaza rather than risk being overthrown. Despite having won the last elections, in 2006, Hamas decided to transfer formal authority to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah. That decision led to a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization, on terms set almost entirely by the P.L.O. chairman and Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas.


Israel immediately sought to undermine the reconciliation agreement by preventing Hamas leaders and Gaza residents from obtaining the two most essential benefits of the deal: the payment of salaries to 43,000 civil servants who worked for the Hamas government and continue to administer Gaza under the new one, and the easing of the suffocating border closures imposed by Israel and Egypt that bar most Gazans’ passage to the outside world……………


………..Hamas is now seeking through violence what it couldn’t obtain through a peaceful handover of responsibilities. Israel is pursuing a return to the status quo ante, when Gaza had electricity for barely eight hours a day, water was undrinkable, sewage was dumped in the sea, fuel shortages caused sanitation plants to shut down and waste sometimes floated in the streets. Patients needing medical care couldn’t reach Egyptian hospitals, and Gazans paid $3,000 bribes for a chance to exit when Egypt chose to open the border crossing………

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NBC network pulls reporter Ayman Mohyeldin reporting from Gaza for reporting facts

Posted July 18, 2014 by MariaS

If you want a job at NBC,  send your conscience into a deep sleep and learn to lie with a straight face, because the moment you decide to tell the truth is the moment you will be neutralized by the puppet masters from hell.

Colin Campbell writing at BusinessInsider:
NBC News has pulled   Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys, according to a Thursday report by The Intercept.
According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to “security concerns” as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the move could have been because the reporter’s “powerful” coverage of the conflict had angered the pro-Israeli political establishment.


“Over the last two weeks, Mohyeldin’s reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and ‘pro-Israel’ websites have repeatedly attacked him as a ‘Hamas spokesman’ and spouting ‘pro-Hamas rants,’” Greenwald wrote.


The day before his reported removal from Gaza, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of the four young Palestinian boys. He said he played with them and kicked around a ball shortly before their death…..


From AlAlamIran:
NBC news pulls veteran reporter from Gaza after reporting Israeli killing of kids
Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed the 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).


Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American with extensive experience reporting on that region. He has covered dozens of major Middle East events in the last decade for CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera English, where his reporting on the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza made him a star of the network. NBC aggressively pursued him to leave Al Jazeera, paying him far more than the standard salary for its on-air correspondents.
On Wednesday, Mohyeldin witnessed and then reported on the brutal killing by Israeli gunboats of four young boys as they played soccer on a beach in Gaza City. He was instrumental, both in social media and on the air, in conveying to the world the visceral horror of the attack.


Mohyeldin recounted how, moments before their death, he was kicking a soccer ball with the four boys, who were between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family. He posted numerous chilling details on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, including the victims’ names and ages, photographs he took of their anguished parents, and video of one of their mothers as she learned about the death of her young son. He interviewed one of the wounded boys at the hospital shortly before being operated on. He then appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, where he dramatically recounted what he saw.
Despite this powerful first-hand reporting – or perhaps because of it – Mohyeldin was nowhere to be seen on last night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast with Brian Williams. Instead, as Media Bistro’s Jordan Chariton noted, NBC curiously had Richard Engel – who was in Tel Aviv, and had just arrived there an hour or so earlier – “report” on the attack. Charlton wrote that “the decision to have Engel report the story for ‘Nightly’ instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.” ………..

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Israel & Framing the Issues: The Israel Project and Frank Luntz

Posted July 16, 2014 by CuriosityCat

A key to understanding the inner workings of modern politics is to understand what role the framing of issues takes, and the key to that is to understand why Frank Luntz, the Republican advisor, ranks at the top of political framing.

The news is full of interviews of Israeli and Palestinian spokespersons, with the occasional Hamas leader appearing.
When you watch and listen to these people represent their sides, ask yourself which spokespersons do the better job of framing the issues.
Here’s one take of what is governing the framing of issues by Israeli spokespersons, by the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera:

Do you wonder why official Israeli spokespersons sound so calm, smiley and kind when their popular base sounds so angry, so aggressive, and so racist? How they are likely to say something like, “thank you it’s nice to be with you”, even after being grilled by a probing frustrated anchor. Why, when asked about the expansion of illegal settlements, Israeli spokespersons speak of the need for a peace settlement, and when asked about bombing civilians, they speak of a better future for all children, Israeli and Palestinian?

Wonder no more. This is all part of a well-thought, well-orchestrated media strategy to mystify, mislead and even misrepresent the reality. And much of it can be found in The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary

But this is not unique to Israel. Governments set up entire ministries and/or institutions to defend their policies and advance their narrative, at times to mislead their enemies or competitors. Indeed, it’s naive to expect otherwise. Like cynicism, gullibility is especially dangerous for journalists.

And you can access the Project document itself at this site.
Just who is The Israel Project? Check Wikipedia for information.
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The Horror of Gaza and the Shame of the Harper Regime

Posted July 14, 2014 by Simon

It’s taken me a few days to summon up the strength to write something, anything, about the horror in Gaza.

I just couldn’t bring myself to look at the images of this latest war. 

As rockets from Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fly into Israel and Israel continues to strike hard at Gaza, the options for each side are hardening. Both sides are employing brinksmanship, carrying out their biggest raids yet this weekend and threatening much more to come.

Not when I’m still recovering from the images of the last one…
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Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

Posted June 21, 2014 by Religion News Blog

Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).
Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Chu…

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Harper is for the Birds!

Posted January 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so well like in Israel that they are going to name some stuff after him! GET THIS!!!!!! There is now a “Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary!” (Apparently it’s a “Bird Interpretive Centre!”) ———————————– I just read this in a celebrity rag: “Avicii, 25 things you don’t […]

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