Olmert Asks Cabinet for More Troops

[PREPARING FOR THE GROUND ASSAULT]

Olmert Asks Cabinet for More Troops

Tel Aviv – Israeli caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Olmert asked his cabinet late Tuesday to approve the call-up of an additional 2,500 reserve soldiers, Israeli media reported.

The cabinet, in its weekly session Sunday, had already approved the call up of some 6,700 reserve troops.

Olmert ordered the cabinet’s secretary to conduct a round of telephone calls to the

government’s 25 ministers to ask for a green light for the additional 2,500 troops.

The Israeli military has refused to comment on how many total troops have been mobilized.

IDF DECLARES WAR ON BLOGGERS (way too much truth on Internet)

IDF DECLARES WAR ON BLOGGERS

Israeli Military Declares Online Media ‘Another War Zone’

Journalists Kept Carefully Away From Gaza as Israel Tries to Restrict Coverage

Across the world, mainstream journalists are expressing increasing disquiet at the way the Israeli government is trying to manage international coverage of its war on the Gaza Strip. Journalists have been barred not just from the strip itself, but the government is now prohibiting journalists from going to parts of Israel near the Gaza Strip.

The Foreign Press Association is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn the ban, which is limiting the ability of media outlets to cover the attacks, and forces them to rely on second and third hand reports from Israeli military and Hamas spokesmen regarding the situation on the ground.

As the media struggles to get up-to-date information, television news coverage is narrow, and often relies on interviews with Israeli

government officials explaining why the killings are righteous and legitimate expressions of democracy and freedom, more and more people are turning to online news sites (like Antiwar.com) for their war coverage.

The Israeli military has therefore announced that online media and the blogosphere are another warzone for the military to manage. To that end, the military is launching its own Youtube channel to bring the viewing public footage of “precision bombing operations” in the strip.

In ensuring that the only footage of their military operation is provided directly from them, the Israeli military is another step closer to completely managing public perception of the ongoing attacks. The military says the footage will allow the public to “know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel,” which presumably means coverage of the killing of five children in their beds in a refugee camp last night, and the scores of other civilian deaths, will be carefully omitted from the official coverage.

IDF AIRS VIDEOS OF “TROPHY KILLS” IN Gaza

[FIRST THE ZIONISTS SHUT-DOWN REAL VIDEOS OF THEIR BARBARITY, THEN MOVE TO SUBSTITUTE THEIR “PATRIOTIC” SNUFF FILMS.  SEE: YOUTUBE PARTNERS WITH MOSSAD ADL]

Israeli Defense Force Gets YouTube Channel

Posted by Sinden Lee – Tuesday, December 30, 2008 10:05 AM

You have all heard about the air assault on Gaza going on right now in an effort to shut down Hamas by the Israeli air force.

So it’s no coincidence that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has launched its own YouTube channel to show footage of “precision bombing operations in the Gaza strip.”

IDF Foreign Press Branch head Major Avital Leibovich believes that “the blogosphere and new media are another war zone [and] we have to be relevant there.”

The IDF want to use outlets like YouTube to defend its military initiatives against media attacks and international criticism, as well as avert potential failure that can occur from such intense scrutiny.

With live IDF YouTube footage that some may consider too graphic and perhaps even distressing, is this just gratuitous violence being shown to the public in the name of news? Is it really necessary?

One footage allegedly show men — after loading rockets onto a truck — getting hit by an Israeli Air Force strike.

However, Maj. Leibovich is convinced that “the intelligent audience watching the footage will know that people killed did not have peaceful intentions toward Israel. I don’t believe they’ll be disturbed.”

Or will it incite more violence by the opposition who see footage such as this?

Hindu religious leader admits involvement in Malegaon blasts

Hindu religious leader admits involvement in Malegaon blasts

NEW DELHI: Dayanand Pandey a Hindu religious leader has admitted his involvement in the Malegaon blasts, officials said.

Media reports quoting Additional Commissioner of Police (Anti-Terrorism Squad) Parambir Singh in Mumbai on Tuesday said Pandey has confessed to his involvement in the Malegaon blasts.

All precautions have been taken to ensure that his confession is admissible in court, Singh said.

Pandey was arrested from Kanpur on November 12. He was charged with conspiring with prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and Colonel Prasad Purohit to conduct the blasts outside a mosque in Malegaon in which eight people were killed.

Pandey had attended several meetings with other accomplices for planning the blasts.

Purohit had helped Pandey in getting weapons and explosives for the blasts. The police said they had recovered a pen drive and laptop from Pandey that contained audio and video clippings which revealed his meetings with his accomplices. app

Blood for Balochistan

Blood for Balochistan

By Ghazanfar Hyderi* in Pakistan. Exclusive to Axis of Logic


Over the past few months, the whole world has been concentrating on issues and events that are occurring on the so-called Greater Middle Eastern region. The issues include the Lebanese political scene, the Iranian Nuclear matter, the war in Iraq, oil prices, Israeli aggression in occupied Palestinian territories and the list goes on and on.

But one area which is not being given the attention it deserves, both in the media and the global political arena, is Balochistan, the largest province (in terms of area) of the federation known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is a region rich with mineral resources, especially natural gas. It also has the strategic port of Gawadar; a port which could decide the fate of two world powers i.e. the United States vs. China.

The situation worsened after the killing of Pro-Federation Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, by the Pakistani security forces, which led to the killing of Chinese Engineers in the port cities of Gawadar and Saindak. It has been claimed by the Pakistani intelligence community that the insurgency is receiving aid from India’s RAW (Research & Analysis Wing) and some have also gone as far as to implicate the CIA and the FSB.

There are four reasons for the United States interest in the Baloch scenario:

Balochistan’s natural resources which would benefit the world’s largest oil/gas guzzling economy.

Balochistan borders southern Afghanistan,where US and NATO are taking a pounding from the Taliban insurgency. Both would certainly appreciate having their own satellite state in the south to support their operations in Afghanistan and problems related to those operatoins. A case in point is the prison break incident in Kandahar on 14th of June, 2008 near Pakistan’s tribal belt and Eastern Iran.

The region of Balochistan can provide the U.S. with the strategic depth which it has always sought in the sub-continent in order to contain China and secure its near absolute hegemony over the Persian Gulf. (the United States has thus far secured the Pacific rim through Guam, Philippines and Okinawa).

Balochistan would provide a platform for the elimination of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal by the U.S.

The Balochs, after being betrayed time and again by the Federation of Pakistan, are one step away from OFFICIALLY initiating their movement for independence. The recent elections in Pakistan have resulted in a Provincial Assembly which, if it decides to declare independence, can do so by passing a resolution alone. Should this happen, the 1971 Bengal break-away scene would be repeated. The main tribes of Balochistan; the Bugti, the Mengal and the Marri tribes, have immense animosity against the Pakistani government which is why the nationalist insurgency is accelerating significantly. Despite President Zardari’s efforts (who himself is a Sindh-based Baloch), nothing has materialized in the path of peace, thus far.

Besides the Baloch nationalist insurgencies in Pakistan, there’s another player which is trying to do the same in Eastern Iran in order to form a greater Balochistan and it is known as Jundullah. The name might rhyme with Hezbollah but it’s anything but because it is a nationalist movement, supported by the CIA and former President Musharraf’s crony, Ghulam Haider Raisani, MPA of PML-Q. Raisani was awaiting extradition to Iran on charges of terrorist activities through Jundullah. It is ironic, that the Bush administration and Musharraf’s government were actually allowing Balochistan to be used as a platform against Iran as was claimed by Seymour Hersch in 2006.

With the release of Sardar Akhter Mengal (leader of Balochistan Nationalist Party-Mengal Group) by the PPP Government came more bad news for those who seek to continue with the Federation. Mengel is also voicing an Anti-Establishment and Pro-nationalist stance.

The stakes have never been higher and one can expect a lot of blood being spilled in the region, all in the name of U.S. Imperialism, the so-called War on terror and Baloch Nationalism.

India’s war-hysteria is at an all-time high while the Obama promises to increase US troops in Afghanistan and continuing “surgical” strikes in tribal areas of Pakistan have already begun. Meanwhile, these areas are being pressured by the Indians on their Eastern borders. Surely, this can be termed as the “Last Great Game” as its consequences will demolish the US Economy by taking it to new lows. This would also have a direct effect on the EU and would allow more than 60 insurgencies in India to aggressively challenge the Indian government on a higher scale.

I agree with Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Ralph Peters of the US Marines on one thing: borders will be re-drawn. But we disagree on the fact that this time around, neither the sub-continent nor the Greater Middle East’s borders will be re-drawn according to the desires of current imperialist powers (US, UK  & NATO). In my opinion, the cycle of hell about to be unleashed will be beyond anyone’s controll, especially if Israel keeps on wreaking havoc on Gazans and if, God forbid, another theater of war opens in the Levant. The effects would be felt as far as Iran and the entire region would be in turmoil for years to come.

©Copyright 2008 by AxisofLogic.com

LET THE WORLD RAIN SHOES ON ISRAEL–A MATTER OF DEFIANCE

LET THE WORLD RAIN SHOES ON ISRAEL–A

MATTER OF DEFIANCE

Hundreds of Palestinians are now throwing shoes at the all Jewish Israeli armed forces guarding the construction of Israel’s beloved ghetto wall. The Palestinians are imitating the courageous journalist that took off his shoe and threw it at George Bush in disgust at his answers to questions at a news conference
Gather up your dirty, stinking, smelly old shoes and sneakers and send them, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, to:
THE ISRAELI CONSUL GENERAL
800 2nd AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017
LET THE WORLD RAIN SHOES ON ISRAEL
A MATTER OF DEFIANCE
William C. Carlotti
VERMONT
December 26, 2008

Arab Connivance In The Gaza Massacre

Arab Connivance
In The Gaza Massacre

By Alberto Cruz

31 December, 2008
CEPRID

With the connivance, acquiescence and approval of the United Nations, Europe the United States and reactionary Arab governments, Israel is engaged in a campaign of extermination, a holocaust against the Palestinians. Israel has never wanted peace, only surrender. The Israeli vision of any peace process is based on a list of “no’s” : no to the right of return, no to a recognition of the historic and political rights of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, no to the dismantling of settlements, no to a sovereign Palestinian State.

With the final objective of dictating its own vision of peace, Israel is fully prepared to degrade the lives of Palestinians, limiting their freedom of movement by means of murders and arrests, blockades, destruction of homes, universities, mosques, hospitals and agricultural and fishery resources. The siege of Gaza is self-evident proof of the behaviour of 21st century nazis : the Zionists. The massacre of Gaza is self-evident proof of the new SS : Zionist soldiers. The alternatives to the Palestinians are clear : abandon Hamas or die, either by military means or by “civil” means like blockade and siege. A lesson in democracy in the purest form by the “Middle Eastern democracy” par excellence

For that purpose it can count on its best allies, who are not, despite appearances, the United States or the European Union, but the reactionary Arab regimes. Saudi Arabia and Egypt were informed in advance of the attack, as the daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported in its edition of Sunday December 28th. As proof that they could hardly care less: one hour before the attack started, Saudi communications media were already blaming Hamas for what happened while their London newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an interview with Shimon Perez saying that Israel was not going to attack Gaza and that the Israelis were “ready for peace”. Obviously, an interview that has to be regarded as one of the Zionist decoy manoeuvres so as to allow the massacre to be as complete as possible, a measure clearly explained by the reporter for Ha’aretz, the Israeli daily, in its edition that Sunday.

For days, Israeli newspapers had been reporting the “green light” given by reactionary Arab regimes for the elimination of the main leaders of Hamas. Just as they did during the Lebanon war in the summer of 2006, the reactionary Arab regimes feel a cold chill along their spine when political -military movements like Hizbollah defeat the omnipotent Zionist army or when political military movements like Hamas win democratic elections and are able to resist a siege lasting over a year and a half. The reactionary Arab régimes can endure one defeat (which Hizbollah dealt them, since one should not forget that thanks to that defeat they dusted off the Peace Plan approved by the inoperative and inefficient Arab League in 2002) but not two. And Hamas is not Hizbollah. It is much weaker and that fact has permitted and encouraged this massacre. The most obvious case is Egypt, which reinforced the closure of the Rafah crossing just a week prior to the Zionist massacre.

Hizbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallá is right when he accuses these regimes of collaboration and of acting in this way so as to defeat “the least glimmer of resistance” to the neo-colonial project advanced by imperialism in the Middle East. He knows what he is talking about because it had already been done to them in 2006. And so that no one forgets that Israeli arrogance has no limits and that the UN lets the Zionist regime do what it likes, on Sunday December 28th, while the Gaza massacre was in progress, five Zionist war planes again violated Lebanese air space, flying over Nabatiye, Marjaoun, Jiam and Arqoub. What did the UNIFIL troops do? As usual : nothing. They are there to protect the Israelis, not the Lebanese.

The reactionary Arab regimes are there to protect themselves, not the Palestinians. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have managed to put back until December 31st the “urgent meeting” of the inoperative and inefficient Arab League. Just as they did in Lebanon, they prefer to make time for Israel to finish off or weaken Hamas. For them that political military organization is the problem, not the Zionist regime.

Egypt has never forgotten that Hamas refused to accept bringing forward elections as Egypt had suggested so as to reinforce Abbas. Nor was it pleased when Hamas withdrew from the “national dialogue” talks overseen by Cairo until the Mubarak regime opened the Rafah frontier crossing. Egypt could not accept that and it has been the reason for its approval of the massacre carried out by Israel.

But the most wretched of all the Arab leaders is Mahmoud Abbas, who styles himself, “President of the Palestinian Authority” at the same time as he accuses Hamas of responsibility for the massacre for refusing to give in, as he himself has done, to Zionist and Western designs. Taking advantage of the bloodletting, he has already said he will take over the administration of Gaza if Hamas is defeated. We are faced with a Vichy-style West Bank regime, with Abbas as its Pétain, serving the 21st Century nazis, Israel.

Dumping such individuals into history’s dustbin is a duty. Overthrowing the reactionary Arab regimes is a right. Solidarity with Arab people’s movements and especially with Egyptian trades unionists (1) ought to be a leading priority for the world anti-imperialist movement.

And the same could be said as regards the European and United States governments. The Greek flame, like the Olympic one, should not just be allowed to go out but rather spread in the cause of peace and social justice. Capitalism offers only one kind of peace, the truly democratic one of the cemetery.

Notas:

(1) Hossam El-Hamalawy: “La resistencia en Egipto” http://www.nodo50.org/ceprid/spip.php?article265

Centro de Estudios Políticos para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Desarrollo (www.nodo50.org/ceprid)

Alberto Cruz is a journalist, political analyst and writer, specializing in international relations – albercruz@eresmas.com

In the Ongoing “Dialogue of Rockets” Hamas Still Speaks 150 Times Each Day

Hamas Warns Settlers; Vows No Retreat No Surrender

Batoul Wehbe Readers Number : 288

31/12/2008 Gaza resistance fighters have been firing deeper into the occupied territories in recent days and a spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas vowed on Tuesday rockets would be fired even further if Israel doesn’t halt its savage attacks on the Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Hamas stepped up Grad-type rocket attacks on Beersheba. Two settlers were wounded when several Grad rockets were fired at Ashkelon. The rockets surprised Israeli President Shimon Peres while touring the settlement. Salah al-Din Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committee’s military wing claimed responsibility for the rockets that were fired at Ashkelon earlier.

Also, a rocket fired from northern Gaza landed in the Gedera area for the first time ever. Two Qassam rockets landed in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council limits.  Two other Qassams landed in open area near Ofakim.

Earlier, Channel 2 reported that Grad-type rockets had struck Route 6 at an unspecified location.  The attacks resumed in the morning, when a volley of rockets struck Beersheba. Later, another rocket hit the center of the city, the largest in the South occupied territories.

Elsewhere, strikes were reported in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, the Eshkol region, the Yoav region, Sderot, Ofakim, and the area near Kiryat Gat and Kiryat Malachi, as well as in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Netivot.

At least 35 impact sites had been located by mid-morning. On Tuesday night, Hamas resistance targeted Beersheba for the first time – located some 40 kilometers from Gaza. This attack was the first time the city’s 200,000 settlers came under Hamas rocket fire.

Earlier on Tuesday, rockets struck Ashdod and Ashkelon, where two Israeli were killed in attacks on Monday. Grad-model Katyushas also hit fields near Kiryat Malachi.

“We tell the leaders of the enemy — if you continue with your assault, we will hit with our rockets further than the cities we have hit so far,” a spokesman for Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said in televised comments after announcing that the Brigades was able to launch about 150 rockets on the occupied territories and settlements regardless of the continued Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

He also warned that Israelis living in settlements around the Gaza Strip should leave their homes or risk being hit by more fire from inside the besieged enclave.

“If you decide to enter the Gaza Strip, the land in Gaza will burn under your feet and it will explode under your soldiers and Gaza children will collect parts of your bodies and tanks from the streets,” he said. “Our message to the Zionist community is this — your own leaders are spilling your blood to win an election,” he said, referring to snap legislative polls called for February 10.

“If you think that Hamas and Al-Qassam will be crushed, we will rise up from the rubble,” he said.

Amid Israeli claims that it destroyed the infrastructure of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, more than 150 rockets and mortar shells are being fired at occupied territories on daily basis so far killing three settlers and one occupation soldier and injuring two dozen Israelis more, some seriously, indicating that the resistance in Gaza has never lost momentum.

Hamas has also warned, for the first time since January 2005, it could launch martyrdom operations deep inside occupied territories in response to the bombardment.

Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, rejected a truce with the Israeli occupation saying that the “Palestinian people who resisted and fought for many years won’t yield to the Zionist entities’ arrogance”. This entity “wants to suppress the people of Gaza and liquidate its resistance fighters”.

Barhoum said that talks to stop the fighting and to enter into a truce between Israel and the Hamas movement would be “a matter of bargaining between the victim and the executioner.” Barhoum called on Arab and Islamic countries “to unite and stop this aggression, lift the siege, open the crossings and rebuild Gaza.”

Israel and the U.S.: Partners in Permanent Aggression

gazaDead“Israel is taking measure of the incoming Obama administration’s sensibilities to the spilling of Palestinian blood in the besieged enclave of Gaza.”

Israel and the U.S.: Partners in

Permanent AggressiongazaDead

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

“There is only one other nation whose appetite for violence is comparable to the United States: Israel.”

Just before the U.S. elections, Senator Joe Biden shot off his mouth about the certainty that Barack Obama would be “tested” early in his presidency. “Watch,” said the blathering vice-presidential candidate. “We’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.” Biden didn’t predict where the test would come from.

Then, a week before Christmas, a senior Bush State Department official filled in the blanks. Obama’s “mettle” would be tested by the Russians, over U.S. anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe.

The truth is, nobody on the planet wants to “test” any American president. Everyone knows the Americans are crazy, always looking for a fight, the “greatest purveyors of violence in the world,” as Dr. Martin Luther King said back in 1967. There is only one other nation whose appetite for violence is comparable to the United States: Israel, America’s junior partner in aggression.

It is Israel that is testing the limits of world tolerance for its 60-year war against the Palestinian people. More specifically, Israel is taking measure of the incoming Obama administration’s sensibilities to the spilling of Palestinian blood in the besieged enclave of Gaza. Israel’s aerial blitzkrieg and long-standing blockade of 1.5 million people is a crime against humanity for which its sponsor and champion, the United States, is equally guilty. But the Israeli leadership understands that complicity in crime must be constantly renewed, so that each party is reminded that its hands are also soaked in blood. The Israeli atrocity against Gaza serves as a ritual renewal of its special relationship with yet another U.S. administration.

“Both countries are under the permanent control of their respective war parties.”

Not that Barack Obama’s loyalties to Israel have ever been suspect. As a candidate, Obama went further than any U.S. president in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem – a position that guarantees there can be no lasting piece in the region. Obama’s right-hand man, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is a born-and-bred Zionist who volunteered to work for the Israeli army during the 1991 Gulf War. And the Bush regime’s Defense Department, a bastion of Israeli Likud Party warmongers, is about to be transformed into the Obama Defense Department, with few changes in personnel, including the guy at the top, Secretary Robert Gates, who is being retained.

Israel and the United States have a wartime alliance that never quits, since both nations are constantly at war. Both countries are under the permanent control of their respective war parties – although Israel gets the better part of the deal, since her domestic war party has also infiltrated both U.S. political parties.

Despite the deep ties that bind American and Israeli war criminals, the junior partner, Israel, seems to constantly need reassurance that the senior gangster, Washington, is a willing accomplice in the next bloodbath. Thus, the timing of the massacre in Gaza, ensuring that Obama – by deferring to Bush – enters office with blood on the soles of his shoes. He has passed the Israeli test.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at
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Rain takes airstrikes off the menu; Israeli tanks, warships fire on Gaza from all sides

Rain takes airstrikes off the menu; Israeli tanks, warships


fire on Gaza from all sides

Ma’an news

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Cartoon by Joe DeVoir [Ma’anImages]

December 31, 2008

Gaza – Ma’an – While rain and overcast skies have halted Israeli airstrikes on Gaza for the time being, warships and artillery vehicles surrounding the Strip continue to launch volleys of shells at the homes of Palestinians in the north and central regions.

Israeli warships targeted the Gaza port for the second time at 7:00am Wednesday, bombarding the area with shells. The sea port, usually the hub of activity for the Mediterranean community, has been abandoned as Gazans remain indoors and away from border areas.

At the Strip’s eastern border with Israel tanks are lined up firing rounds on the residential areas of Tel Az-Za’atar east of Jabaliya. The bombardment killed a Palestinian doctor and injured several others from the medical crew who had rushed to rescue those injured in an earlier round of shelling in the Jabal Ar-Rayyes area.

Israeli shelling continued through the early hours of Wednesday morning. Israeli forces targeted 40 sites in Gaza including the interior ministry and the security buildings in Gaza City, Khan Younis and Jabaliya as well as the naval police headquarters on the coast near Khan Younis.

Tuesday overnight Israeli artillery targeted the headquarters of the de facto government’s General Secretariat of the Council for Ministers and the National Security buildings east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in central the Gaza Strip. Fire also targeted residential areas where several homes of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades’ leaders are located.

Since the Israeli attacks began 376 Gazans have been killed and over 1,900 injured. At least 42 of the dead are children and 215 of the injured are in critical condition.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Jim Kirwan

‘We’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.’ – Rod Serling

Barack Obama is the first American ‘leader’ to begin his administration as a lame duck. During his two year long campaign the candidate with zero experience claimed to be ‘up to the job’ of leading this nation. Yesterday he proved his critics were right: He is not qualified to lead anything other than a press-conference.

An unforeseen global crisis has erupted in Gaza with the declaration of ‘All Out WAR’ on the Palestinian people; and Obama hid behind a date on the calendar when what he might have said could have altered this entire situation.

When he was asked about Gaza, Obama mumbled a feeble excuse that clearly reflected his lack of appreciation for the depth and seriousness of the actual crisis that is in its fourth day. He said: ‘If my daughters were living in a house that was being threatened by rocket attacks, I would do whatever it takes to end that situation.’ Spoken like a true child of no-experience.

If he thought of himself as a potential leader Barack would have said “If my daughters were living in a house that was being threatened by rocket attacks; Then I would look deeper into that situation and do whatever it took to remove the reason for those attacks-immediately.’ Somehow the dictator-elect missed the fact that people do not put themselves in harm’s way just to create diversions. Those rockets were fired in anger and frustration over the impossible living conditions in Gaza that have only gotten worse over the last fifty years.

Israel has been in-charge of everything that goes on inside Palestine since 1948. It is Israel that must answer for the hunger and the lack of medical care; the lack of water, of food, of power or jobs as well as sanitation; or indeed any and all the needs that any population needs to survive. There is no freedom from the terror of random murder, whether from a drone in the sky or a bunch of terrorist thugs, that call themselves settlers, or from regular Israeli troops that shoot school children for target practice. There is no protection from interrogations, rapes, assaults and intimidation anywhere at any time within Gaza. That is why the missiles continue to be fired into the Israel beyond the camps. If conditions on the ground in Gaza were to really change-then the missiles would stop. There can be no peace unless the rights of all those involved are respected.

If Israel were to live up to its duties under the Geneva conventions and the rules of war: then there would not be any need for those rocket attacks that have killed so few in the face of decades of tanks, and planes and ships and Israeli rockets and bombs as well as troops that are all poised to attack the unarmed civilian prison camp that still holds 1.5 million people as hostages to Israel’s criminally-liable administration, over the lives and deaths of everyone in that camp.

Supplying Gaza would not cost one-tenth of what this “all-out war” will cost the US taxpayers that are financing it. Obama might have quietly demanded that the Dignity be allowed to land in Gaza with relief supplies. Then perhaps the gates around Gaza could be opened instead of continuing this massive waste of lives and money that only replicates every single failure of the past. (1)

If Obama believed that he was selected to bring real change ­ then there was no better place to show the world that he was serious than in that war-torn battleground upon which so many other global leaders have all failed. Here is what he, and we, inherited from Cheney-Bush and from the twisted passions of the Barbaric State of Israel:

If anything at all is to ever be done to alter the global monetary meltdown, or to alter our subservience to the unfinished state of Israel: Then the relationship between US foreign policy and Israel must be totally changed. These things are all every bit as connected, as are the flames, the flag and the global economy, that was pictured in 2003, but which has only deteriorated further since this Bush-War-upon-the-World began.

Obama, when he was asked about Change said: “I am the Change!” If that were true then the world should begin to see departures from the primitive and childish political-past that has failed in every possible way over the last five decades. Instead what we have in Barrack Obama is just another hopelessly shallow imposter pretending to be what he is completely unqualified to be; someone that could actually lead anyone anywhere!

Either the global community begins to come together to alter this continuing series of war-crimes against the people of Palestine or we shall all be reduced to living in this Twilight Zone that consists of political and military and financial fantasies, that those who must pay for it all, had no part in creating; regardless of which ‘nation-state’ they might be living in.

Obama is not only a Fraud he’s a coward as well; but it’s clear that he and the criminal-state of Israel, as it continues to threaten the world of today, were made for each other.

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1) McKinney Relief Boat Hit by Israeli Ship

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/dekalb/stories/2008/12/29/ cynthia_mckinney_gaza.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab&imw=Y

7,000 students register in Iran’s Isfahan to fight Israel

7,000 students register in Iran’s Isfahan to fight Israel

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)
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TEHRAN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Seven thousand university students from Iran’s central city of Isfahan registered on Monday to fight Israel, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“On the first day of registration to fight Zionist regime and to help Palestinians, 7,000 students from the universities of Isfahan have claimed readiness,” Mohammad Zarifi, member of Iran’s Students Islamic Association, was quoted as saying by Fars.

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)

Iranians hold an anti-Israel demonstration to show support for the Palestinian people in Tehran on Dec. 29, 2008. (Xinhua/Liang Youchang)
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Also in the day, another Iranian students group, Basij Students(Volunteers) of Tehran Universities, announced it is registering volunteers to fight Israel.

The registration came a day after Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree saying whoever dies in fight with Israel and in defense of Gaza would be a martyr.

“In response to the supreme leader’s decree of Jihad (holy war),Basij students from all the universities of Iran have registered and the registration will be kept tomorrow,” said Alireza Zahedi, a member of Basij Students of Tehran Universities, without disclosing how many students have already registered.

“In the near future, the registered students will hold a meeting to claim their readiness to the supreme leader to go to fight in the occupied (Palestinian) territories,” he added.

Thousands of Iranians, including university students, staged a rally in Tehran on Monday morning to condemn the Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip, carrying banners on which anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans were written.

Israel on Saturday morning launched massive air raids which it said were targeted at Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 300 and wounding over 900 people.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is strongly backed by Iran, which does not recognize Israel as a state of the international community.

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ISRAELI EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE + Israeli Company List for Boycott

ISRAELI EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE

Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Embassy Av.
De Mayo 701
Piso 10 Buenos Aires
Phone: 54-11-43382500
Fax: 54-11-43382555
Email: buenosaires@israel.org

Israeli Embassy in Mendoza, Argentina
Honorary Consulate of Israel in Mendoza, Argentina
Olascoaga 838 -(5500)
Mendoza – Argentina
Phone: +54 – 61 – 380642
Fax: +54 – 61 – 235940
Email: cisramdz@satlink.com

Israeli Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
Embassy of Israel in Ottawa, Canada
1005-50 O’Connor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6L2
Canada
Consular Reception Hours:
10:00 – 13:00
Phone: (613) 567-6450
Fax: (613) 237-8865
Email: info@ottawa.mfa.gov.il , ottawa@israel.org
Web: http://www.embassyofisrael.ca

Israeli Embassy in Shanghai, China
Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai
7th Floor, New Town Mansion
55 Loushanguan Road
Shanghai 200336
Phone: 86-21-62098008

Israeli Embassy in Taipei, China
Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, China (Republic)
Bet Agron,
Hillel Street 37,
Jerusaelm
Phone: (02) 2757-9692
Fax: (02) 2757-7247

Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark
Embassy of Israel in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lundevangsvej 4
2900 Hellerup
Phone: 45 -88185500

Israeli Embassy in Paris, France (Paris)
Embassy of Israel in Paris, France
3, rue Rabelais
75008 Paris – France
Phone: 01 40 76 55 00

Israeli Embassy in Berlin, Germany
Embassy of Israel in Berlin, Germany
Auguste-Victoria-Str. 74
14193 Berlin
Germany
Phone: 030/8904 5531

Israeli Embassy in Rome, Italy
Embassy of Israel in Rome, Italy
Phone: 06 36198500
Fax: 06 36198555
Email: info-coor@roma.mfa.gov.il

Israeli Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands
Embassy of Israel in The Hague, Netherlands
Ambassade van Israel
Buitenhof 47
2513 AH Den Haag
Phone: 070-3760500

Israeli Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand
Embassy of Israel in Wellington, New Zealand
111 The Terrace,
PO Box 2171,
Wellington
Phone: 04 472 2368
Fax: 04 499 0632
Email: israel@central.co.nz

Israeli Embassy in, Poland
Embassy of Israel in Poland
ul. Krzywickiego 24
02 078 Warszawa
Phone: (48 22 ) 825 09 23 or ( 48 22 ) 825 00 28
Fax: ( 48 22 ) 825 16 07

Israeli Embassy in Singapore, Singapore
Embassy of Israel in Singapore
24 Stevens Close
257964
Singapore
Phone: 65-2350966

Israeli Embassy in Miami, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Miami, United States of America
100 North Biscayne (Yitzhak Rabin) Boulevard
Suite 1800
Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-925-9400
Fax: 305-925-9455
Email: info@miami.mfa.gov.il

Israeli Embassy in San Francisco, United States
Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco, United States of America
456 montgomery street,
suite 2100,
San Francisco, 94104
Phone: 415 – 844-7500
Fax: 415-844-7555
Email: sf@israeliconsulate.org

Israeli Embassy in Chicago, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Chicago, United States of America
111 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1308
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-297-4800
Fax: 312-297-4855
Email: contactus@chicago.mfa.gov.il

Israeli Embassy in Houston, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Houston, United States of America
24 Greenway Plaza,
Suite 1500 Houston,
Texas 77046
Phone: (713) 627-3780
Fax: (713) 627-0149

Israeli Embassy in Los Angeles, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, United States of America
6380 Wilshire blvd.
Los Angeles CA, 90048
Phone: (323)852-5500
Fax: (323)852-5555
Email: info@losangeles.mfa.gov.il

Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, United States
Embassy of Israel
3514 International Drive, NW,
Washington DC 20008
Phone: (202) 364-5500
Tel: (Visas and customs) (202) 364-5527 E-Mail: ask@israelemb.org

Israeli Embassy in Atlanta, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta, United States of America
1100 Spring St., N.W. Suite 440
Atlanta, GA 30309-2823
Phone: (404) 487-6500
Fax: (404) 487-6555

Israeli Embassy in Boston, United States
Consulate General of Israel in Boston, United States of America
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1020
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 535-0200
Fax: (617) 535-0255

Israeli Embassy in Madrid, Spain (Madrid)
Embassy of Israel in Madrid, Spain
Velázquez 150, 7º
28002 Madrid
Spain
Phone: (91) 411 13 57

Israeli Embassy in London, United Kingdom
Embassy of Israel in London, Great Britain
2 Palace Green
London
W8 4QB
Phone: 020 – 7957 9500

ALSO, SEE “BOYCOTT ISRAEL” http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/cgi-bin/blogs/voices.php/2008/01/01/p22242#more22242

Calling for Jihad,Thousands of Yemenis in governorates condemn Zionist massacres in Gaza Strip

Calling for Jihad,Thousands of Yemenis in governorates condemn Zionist massacres in Gaza Strip

Posted in: Front Page
Written By: Abdulaziz Oudhah

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Yemeni Demonstrators called the Arab regimes, including Yemen, to allow the youth to go to Palestine for Jihad against the Israelis, who are occupying the holly Arabic and Islamic lands.

Hundreds of Yemenis took to the streets Sunday, in angry rallies, denouncing the Israeli aggression against Gaza strip which left more than 271 dead and more than 700 injured.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the Sana’a Sport City Stadium in a public rally to condemn Israeli aggression against Gaza.

The rally which was attended by many top officials and political figures persons, called for an immediate efficient Arab summit to stop the Israeli assault against the Gaza people and to lift the blockade in order to provide the Gaza people with rapid medical and food supplies.

The angry demonstrators expressed their rage over the criminal Israeli raids which they described as the most disgusting barbarian attack in modern history, describing the Israeli regime as the last remaining apartheid regime in today’s world.

The speeches given at the rally expressed anger and grieve over the Gaza situation, holding the Arab regimes accountable for what is happening there. They called the regimes to allow their people to join the Gaza resistance, after their official failure to support the resistance militarily and the preservation of their military forces for their people repression.

Some demonstrators called the Arab governments to let the Arab youth to go to Palestine in order to fight against the Zionists, because violence is the only language that the Zionists understand.

Journalist of newsyemen reported from Hodeidah saying  that thousands of people and students held rallies in the university campus, denouncing the Israeli atrocities.

On the other hand diplomatic Arab sources participating in the permanent delegation meetings said that an Arab summit is scheduled to be held next Friday in Doha to discuss the Israeli attacks against Gaza, however they said that Egypt expressed reservations.

According to media sources, the Egyptian  foreign Ministry spokesman Husam Zaki said that the foreign Minister Ahmed Abo Al-Ghait made contacts with the Arab counter parts regarding  an Arab League extraordinary ministerial meeting, which will consider the need for an extraordinary Arab summit.
Diplomatic sources said that an extraordinary Arab Foreign Ministers’ meeting will be held next Wednesday to discuss the Israeli attack against Gaza.

Yesterday, people and government of Yemen have condemned and denounced today’s Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, which have resulted in 155 dead, and more than two hundred wounded. Yemen has called on the UN Security Council to intervene in order to prevent similar attacks in the future.

The President of the Republic of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh has called for an urgent Arab Summit to discuss the situation facing the Palestinians as a result of what he has described as brutal attacks by the Israelis against Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip, reported Saba news agency. The goal of this summit will be to develop a unified stance against the siege of Gaza, where Palestinians are deprived of their basic rights.

Official sources have said that the government is closely following developments following the Israeli attacks, which it considers cruel, while at the same time denouncing the shameful Arab and international silence regarding the situation in Gaza.

Yemen has called on the international community to play its role in stopping these atrocities, to help the Palestinians live with their basic rights, and establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr.Abu Bakr al-Qirbi told al-Jazeera that the international community habitually interferes when matters at hand are in their interest, yet the international community represented by the USA, EU and the UN remain silent following this massacre.

Hamas, Jihad Leaders in Syria Fear Assassination

Hamas, Jihad Leaders in Syria Fear Assassination
Written by The Media Line Staff
Published Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Rama’dan ‘Abdallah Shalah (l) and Khalid Mash’al. (Dudi Saad/TML Photos)
Exiled leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad residing in Damascus have beefed up security around them since Saturday, fearing that Israel will try to assassinate them, “reliable Palestinians sources” told the London-based Al-Quds Al-‘Arabi.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad both have influential leaders living in exile in Damascus, where they have set up headquarters and enjoy the protection of the Syrian regime.
Israel designates Hamas and Islamic Jihad as terror organizations.
Sources told the paper that the new security measures were taken in light of recent threats made by Israel to target Hamas leaders, whether inside the Palestinians territories or elsewhere.
Israel is especially eyeing Khalid Mash’al, known as the head of Hamas’ politburo, and secretary general of Islamic Jihad, Rama’dan ‘Abdallah Shalah.
Both are taking extra security precautions, especially when moving from one place to the other, the sources said.
Mash’al’s and Shalah’s fears of assassination would not be unfounded.
‘Imad Mughniyah, Hizbullah’s head of operations was assassinated in February 2008 in Damascus.
Israel’s overseas intelligence agency, the Mossad, has been named as a possible orchestrator of this attack.
Israel never confirmed its role in the killing and as a rule Jerusalem does not comment on its security operations overseas.
The Palestinian guards tasked with protecting the leaders are on high alert, but the sources denied the leaders were going underground to secret hiding places.
The news comes as Israel enters its fifth day of Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which aims to stop the firing of rockets onto Israeli homes and to topple the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a violent coup in June 2007 and has since been governing the strip with a deposed government, which is shunned by the West.

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YEMEN–Trial of spies for Israel’s Mossad to start next week

THE DOMINOES IN THE SPY AGENCY WARS (HEAREAFTER REFERRED TO AS “SPYWARS”) EXPOSE THE NETWORKS AS THEY FALL.  THE WORLD HAS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE WAR ON TERROR IS A SPYWAR, MEANING THAT THE SPY AGENCIES SECRETLY STARTED IT LONG AGO, CONTROL ITS DIRECTION NOW, AND GUIDE IT TO THE BLOODY CATACLYSMIC CONCLUSION.  CIA AND COMPANY ARE AT WAR WITH THE HUMAN RACE, ON ORDERS FROM THEIR INHUMAN CORPORATE CONTROLLERS.

Trial of spies for Israel’s Mossad to start next week

[31 December 2008]

SANA’A, Dec. 31 (Saba) – A judicial source has expected three nationals accused of spying for the Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency will go on trial next week.

The state-run 26sep.net quoted the source as saying the prosecution will hand over the case file within the next two days to the Penal Court after investigations with the accused completed.

Basam al-Haidari, Emad al-Raimi and Ali Mahfal will be tried after enough evidence against them was shown.

Three of the six-member network, arrested in October will, however, temporarily be set free for lack of evidence.

Informed sources last week noted three of the network confessed during investigations to working for Israel through communication with the office of Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and the Mossad.

They said the contact took place via an unreal company FFRN.

They said they told Israelis to transfer information about Yemen, an offer which was welcomed by the Israeli side.

Israelis  then  told them they wanted them to conduct spy operations at the regional level.

A security source said the six-member ring was a jihadist network and had threatened to attack foreign and Arab missions in the country including the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.

During the raid on the network’s hideout, security forces found items including a computer set, which revealed there was contact between the network and an Israeli intelligence service.

During the correspondence, the network asked for help to carry out terrorist activities inside Yemen, the security source said.

How Hypocrisy on ‘Terrorism’ Kills

How Hypocrisy on ‘Terrorism’ Kills

By Robert Parry
December 30, 2008

Israel, a nation that was born out of Zionist terrorism, has launched massive airstrikes against targets in Gaza using high-tech weapons produced by the United States, a country that often has aided and abetted terrorism by its client military forces, such as Chile’s Operation Condor and the Nicaraguan contras, and even today harbors right-wing Cuban terrorists implicated in blowing up a civilian airliner.

Yet, with that moral ambiguity excluded from the debate, the justification for the Israeli attacks, which have killed at least 364 people, is the righteous fight against “terrorism,” since Gaza is ruled by the militant Palestinian group, Hamas.

Hamas rose to power in January 2006 through Palestinian elections, which ironically the Bush administration had demanded. However, after Hamas won a parliamentary majority, Israel and the United States denounced the outcome because they deem Hamas a “terrorist organization.”

Hamas then wrested control of Gaza from Fatah, a rival group that once was considered “terrorist” but is now viewed as a U.S.-Israeli partner, so it has been cleansed of the “terrorist” label.

Unwilling to negotiate seriously with Hamas because of its acts of terrorism – which have included firing indiscriminate short-range missiles into southern Israel – the United States and Israel sat back as the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza worsened, with 1.5 million impoverished Palestinians packed into what amounts to a giant open-air prison.

When Hamas ended a temporary cease-fire on Dec. 19 because of a lack of progress in those negotiations and began lobbing its little missiles into Israel once more, the Israeli government reacted on Saturday with its lethal “shock and awe” firepower – even though no Israelis had been killed by the post-cease-fire missiles launched from Gaza. [Since Saturday, four Israelis have died in more intensive Hamas missile attacks.]

Israel claimed that its smart bombs targeted sites related to the Hamas security forces, including a school for police cadets and even regular policemen walking down the street. But it soon became clear that Israel was taking an expansive view of what was part of the Hamas military infrastructure, with Israeli bombs taking out a television station and a university building as well as killing a significant number of civilians.

As the slaughter continued on Monday, Israeli officials confided to Western journalists that the war plan was to destroy the vast support network of social and other programs that undergird Hamas’s political clout.

“There are many aspects of Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel,” a senior Israeli military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Washington Post.

“Hamas’s civilian infrastructure is a very, very sensitive target,” added Matti Steinberg, a former top adviser to Israel’s domestic security service. “If you want to put pressure on them, this is how.” [Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2008]

Since the classic definition of “terrorism” is the use of violence against civilians to achieve a political goal, Israel would seem to be inviting an objective analysis that it has chosen its own terrorist path. But it is clearly counting on the U.S. news media to continue wearing the blinders that effectively limit condemnations about terrorism to people and groups that are regarded as Washington’s enemies.

Whose Terrorism?

As a Washington-based reporter for the Associated Press in the 1980s, I once questioned the seeming bias that the U.S.-based wire service applied to its use of the word “terrorist” when covering Middle East issues. A senior AP executive responded to my concerns with a quip. “Terrorist is the word that follows Arab,” he said.

Though meant as a lighthearted riposte, the comment clearly had a great deal of truth to it. It was easy to attach “terrorist” to any Arab attack – even against a military target such as the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983 after the Reagan administration had joined hostilities against Muslim forces by having U.S. warships lob shells into Lebanese villages.

But it was understood that different rules on the use of the word “terrorism” applied when the terrorism was coming from “our side.” Then, no American reporter with any sense of career survival would think of injecting the word “terrorist” whatever the justification.

Even historical references to acts of terrorism – such as the brutal practice by American revolutionaries in the 1770s of “tar and feathering” civilians considered sympathetic to the British Crown or the extermination of American Indian tribes – were seen as somehow diluting the moral righteousness against today’s Islamic terrorists and in favor of George W. Bush’s “war on terror.”

Gone, too, from the historical narrative was the fact that militant Zionists employed terrorism as part of their campaign to establish Israel as a Jewish state. The terrorism included killings of British officials who were administering Palestine under an international mandate as well as Palestinians who were driven violently from their land so it could be claimed by Jewish settlers.

One of the most famous of those terrorist attacks was the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem where British officials were staying. The attack, which killed 91 people including local residents, was carried out by the Irgun, a terrorist group run by Menachem Begin who later founded the Likud Party and rose to be Israel’s prime minister.

Another veteran of the campaign of Zionist terrorism was Yitzhak Shamir, who also became a Likud leader and eventually prime minister.

In the early 1990s, as I was waiting to interview Shamir at his Tel Aviv office, I was approached by one of his young female assistants who was dressed in a gray and blue smock with a head covering in the traditional Hebrew style.

As we were chatting, she smiled and said in a lilting voice, “Prime Minister Shamir, he was a terrorist, you know.” I responded with a chuckle, “yes, I’m aware of the prime minister’s biography.”

Blind Spot

To maintain one’s moral purity in denouncing acts of terror by U.S. enemies, one also needs a large blind spot for recent U.S. history, which implicates U.S. leaders repeatedly in tolerance or acts of terrorism.

For instance, in 1973, after a bloody U.S.-backed coup overthrew the leftist Chilean government, the new regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet joined with other South American dictatorships to sponsor an international terrorist organization called Operation Condor which assassinated political dissidents around the world.

Operation Condor mounted one of its most audacious actions on the streets of Washington in 1976, when Pinochet’s regime recruited Cuban-American terrorists to detonate a car bomb that killed Chile’s former foreign minister Orlando Letelier and an American co-worker, Ronni Moffitt. The Chilean government’s role immediately was covered up by the CIA, then headed by George H.W. Bush. [For details, see Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege.]

Only weeks later, a Venezuela-based team of right-wing Cubans – under the direction of Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles – blew a Cubana Airliner out of the sky, killing 73 people. Bosch and Posada, a former CIA operative, were co-founders of CORU, which was described by the FBI as “an anti-Castro terrorist umbrella organization.”

Though the U.S. government soon learned of the role of Bosch and Posada in the Cubana airline attack – and the two men spent some time in a Venezuelan jail – both Bosch and Posada since have enjoyed the protection of the U.S. government and particularly the Bush Family.

Rebuffing international demands that Bosch and Posada be held accountable for their crimes, the Bushes – George H.W., George W. and Jeb – have all had a hand in making sure these unrepentant terrorists get to live out their golden years in the safety and comfort of the United States.

In the 1980s, Posada even crossed over into another U.S.-backed terrorist organization, the Nicaraguan contras. After escaping from Venezuela, he was put to work in 1985 by Oliver North’s contra-support operation run out of Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council.

The Nicaraguan contras were, in effect, a narco-terrorist organization that partially funded its operations with proceeds from cocaine trafficking, a secret that the Reagan administration worked hard to conceal along with the contras’ record of murder, torture, rape and other crimes in Nicaragua. [See Parry’s Lost History.]

President Reagan joined, too, in fierce PR campaigns to discredit human rights investigators who documented massive atrocities by U.S. allies in Central America in the 1980s – not only the contras, but also the state terrorism of the Salvadoran and Guatemalan security forces, which engaged in wholesale slaughters in villages considered sympathetic to leftist insurgents.

Generally, the major U.S. news outlets treaded very carefully when allegations arose about terrorism by “our side.”

When some brave journalists, like New York Times correspondent Raymond Bonner, wrote about politically motivated killings of civilians in Central America, they faced organized retaliation by right-wing advocacy groups which often succeeded in damaging or destroying the reporters’ careers.

Double Standards

Eventually, the American press corps developed an engrained sense of the double standards. Moral outrage could be expressed when acts of terrorism were committed by U.S. enemies, while studied silence – or nuanced concern – would be in order when the crimes were by U.S. allies.

So, while the U.S. news media had no doubt that the 9/11 terrorist attacks justified invading Afghanistan, there was very little U.S. media criticism when President Bush inflicted his “shock and awe” assault on Iraq, a war that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths.

Though many Muslims and others around the world have denounced Bush’s Iraq invasion as “state terrorism,” such a charge would be considered far outside the mainstream in the United States. Instead, Iraqi insurgents are often labeled “terrorists” when they attack U.S. troops inside Iraq. The word “terrorist” has become, in effect, a geopolitical curse word.

Despite the long and bloody history of U.S.-Israeli participation in terrorism, the U.S. news media continues its paradigm of pitting the U.S.-Israeli “good guys” against the Islamic “bad guys.” One side has the moral high ground and the other is in the moral gutter. [For more on the U.S. media’s one-sided approach, see the analysis by Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher.]

Any attempt to cite the larger, more ambiguous and more troubling picture draws accusations from defenders of U.S.-Israeli actions, especially the neoconservatives, of what they call “moral equivalence” or “anti-Semitism.”

Yet it is now clear that acquiescence to a double standard on terrorism is not just a violation of journalistic ethics or an act of political cowardice; it is complicity in mass murder. Without the double standard, it is hard to envision how the bloodbaths – in Iraq (since 2003), in Lebanon (in 2006) and in Gaza (today) – would be possible.

Hypocrisy over the word “terrorism” is not an innocent dispute over semantics; it kills.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ‘Project Truth’ are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.

HTI Calls On Muslim Countries To Send Troops To Palestine

HTI Calls On Muslim Countries To Send Troops To Palestine

By: Ramjit

JAKARTA, Dec 30 (Bernama) — The Indonesian Muslim organization Hizbut Tahrir (HTI) has called on Muslim countries here on Tuesday to send troops to Palestine and fight against Israeli forces which had killed hundreds of innocent civilian Palestinians, ANTARA news agency reported.

“We urge all Muslim countries not to only send medicines but also troops,” HTI Spokesman Farid Wajri told reporters when HTI supporters staged a rally outside the United States Embassy.

He said that the forces that were to be sent should not be those for peacekeeping only but also for waging wars against Israel.

Farid Wajri said retaliation needed to be taken as what Israeli had done was a form of despicable acts that violated human values and could not be tolerated by anyone.

“The Israeli brutal attacks on Gaza Strip have killed more than 300 people,” he said.

After conducting orations outside the US embassy, the HTI supporters also went to the embassies of a number of Middle East countries such as Egypt and Lebanon to convey their aspirations.

Wajri said that specifically for Egypt, the HTI demonstrators urged Cairo to actively help Palestinians with foods and medicines because Egypt directly shared border with Gaza now under attacks by Israel.

Tehran Ready To Settle India-Pakistan Issues

Tehran Ready To Settle India-Pakistan Issues

By: Ramjit

TEHRAN, Dec 31 (Bernama)– Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday evening voiced Tehran’s readiness to help settle the existing issues between India and Pakistan, Iranian news agency, Irna, reported.

In a meeting with Advisor to Pakistan’s Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources Asim Hussain, he added that creation of new tension in the region is not good to resolve the problems of South Asia.

Mottaki regretted that a number of foreign countries are trying to make the region insecure, adding that they are also trying to escalate extremism in the region.

He then referred to holding the two countries Joint Economic Commission session as preparatory to promote all-out ties between the two neighbouring states.

Underlining the need for expansion of economic cooperation, Mottaki called for implementing the agreements already signed by the two sides.

Referring to Iran-Pakistan economic relations as growing, Hussain called for further boost in bilateral energy cooperation.

A Pakistani six-member delegation, headed by Hussain, arrived in Tehran Tuesday to hold talks on the multi-billion dollars Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project.

The IPI project is a 2,775 km pipeline to carry Iran’s natural gas to Pakistan and India. The project, estimated to be completed in three to five years time, is expected to benefit energy-starved India and Pakistan.

Pakistan will import 2.2 billion cubic feet gas per day from Iran that will be shared by India.

The pipeline will be supplied from South Pars field. The initial capacity of the pipeline will be 22 bcm of natural gas per annum, and this is expected to be raised later to 55 bcm.

The construction is to start in 2009 and the pipeline is expected to be completed in September 2012.

‘Arabs conspiring against Palestinians’

‘Arabs conspiring against Palestinians’

Press TV

Libya slams Arab leaders for their spineless response to airstrikes on Gaza, describing a peace initiative with Israel as a ‘conspiracy’.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Sunday accused the heads of Arab states of falling short to support the blockaded Palestinians, Reuters reported. “These characters should be ashamed of themselves. They are trading on the name of the Palestinian cause with their cowardly, weak and defeatist stands,” Gaddafi said in an apparent reference to Arab leaders and their attempts to find a common stance on the Israeli raids. “One proposes a (peace) initiative. Another offers empty humanitarian relief. The next one makes speech and the other takes an initiative to call for an emergency Arab summit,” he added.

Gaddafi urged Arab leaders to withdraw a Saudi-sponsored Arab initiative which aims to put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. “You should withdraw your initiative, which you have called an Arab initiative. It is an Arab conspiracy,” he said.

The Libyan leader noted that Arabs are the ones who need peace, not the Israelis who live in peace. “Who are dying in their dozens and hundreds? They are Arabs,” he stated.

Gaddafi meanwhile scoffed at proposals made by Arab leaders which call for emergency summits to be held. “How many times have you held emergency summits? Is this the first time you are proposing an emergency summit? How many summits have you held on the Palestinian issue? What have you achieved?” he inquired…….”

Israel/Hamas: Civilians Must Not Be Targets

Disregard for Civilians Underlies Current Escalation
December 30, 2008

Firing rockets into civilian areas with the intent to harm and terrorize Israelis has no justification whatsoever, regardless of Israel’s actions in Gaza…At the same time, Israel should not target individuals and institutions in Gaza solely because they are part of the Hamas-run political authority, including ordinary police. Only attacks on military targets are permissible, and only in a manner that minimizes civilian casualties.

Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division

Israel and Hamas both must respect the prohibition under the laws of war against deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed grave concern about Israeli bombings in Gaza that caused civilian deaths and Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas in violation of international law.

Rocket attacks on Israeli towns by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups that do not discriminate between civilians and military targets violate the laws of war, while a rising number of the hundreds of Israeli bombings in Gaza since December 27, 2008, appear to be unlawful attacks causing civilian casualties. Additionally, Israel’s severe limitations on the movement of non-military goods and people into and out of Gaza, including fuel and medical supplies, constitutes collective punishment, also in violation of the laws of war.

“Firing rockets into civilian areas with the intent to harm and terrorize Israelis has no justification whatsoever, regardless of Israel’s actions in Gaza,” said Joe Stork, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division. “At the same time, Israel should not target individuals and institutions in Gaza solely because they are part of the Hamas-run political authority, including ordinary police. Only attacks on military targets are permissible, and only in a manner that minimizes civilian casualties.”

Human Rights Watch investigated three Israeli attacks that raise particular concern about Israel’s targeting decisions and require independent and impartial inquiries to determine whether the attacks violated the laws of war. In three incidents detailed below, 18 civilians died, among them at least seven children.

On Saturday, December 27, the first day of Israel’s aerial attacks, witnesses told Human Rights Watch that shortly after 1 p.m. an Israeli air-to-ground missile struck a group of students leaving the Gaza Training College, adjacent to the headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in downtown Gaza City. The students were waiting to board buses to transport them to their homes in Khan Yunis and Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The strike killed eight students, ages 18 to 20, and wounded 19 others.

A UNRWA security guard stationed at the college entrance told Human Rights Watch that he used his UN radio to call for medical help. He said the attack also killed two other civilians, Hisham al-Rayes, 28, and his brother Alam, 26, whose family ran a small shop opposite the college entrance. The guard said that the only potential target nearby was the Gaza governorate building, which deals with civil matters, about 150 meters away from where the missile struck. Another UNRWA security guard who also witnessed the attack told Human Rights Watch: “There wasn’t anybody else around – no police, army, or Hamas.”

The second incident occurred shortly before midnight on Sunday, December 28, when Israeli warplanes fired one or more missiles at the Imad Aqil mosque in Jabalya, a densely populated refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack killed five of Anwar Balousha’s daughters who were sleeping in a bedroom of their nearby house: Jawaher, 4; Dina, 8; Samar, 12; Ikram, 14; and Tahrir, 18. “We were asleep and we woke to the sound of bombing and the rubble falling on the house and on our heads,” Anwar Balousha told Human Rights Watch. The Balousha’s three-room house is just across a small street from the mosque.

The two-story Imad Aqil mosque, named after a deceased Hamas member, is regarded by Palestinians in the area as a “Hamas mosque” – that is, a place where the group’s supporters gather for political meetings or to assemble for demonstrations, and where death notices of Hamas members are posted. Mosques are presumptively civilian objects and their use for political activities does not change that. Human Rights Watch said that the attack on Imad Aql mosque would be lawful only if Israel could demonstrate that it was being used to store weapons and ammunition or served some other military purpose. Even if that were the case, Israel still had an obligation to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and ensure that any likely civilian harm was not disproportionate to the expected military gain.

In the third incident, at around 1 a.m. on Monday, December 29, an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles into the Rafah refugee camp. One struck the home of a senior Hamas commander; the other struck the home of the al-Absi family, about 150 meters away, killing three brothers – Sedqi, 3, Ahmad, 12, and Muhammad, 13 – and wounding two sisters and the children’s mother. Ziad al-Absi, 46, the children’s father, told Human Rights Watch that at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, armed Palestinians had gathered near their home, firing machine guns at Israeli helicopters. “I and the neighbors argued with the militants, told them this is a populated area and this will put us into peril,” he said. According to al-Absi’s nephew, Iyad al-Absi, 27, the fighters refused to leave. When their commander arrived at about 11 p.m. and ordered them to leave, they again refused. The fighters finally left at around 11:15, but only after an exchange of gunfire between the fighters and their commander. Al-Absi said that he and his family then went to sleep. He told his nephew and other relatives that there was no further armed activity in the area prior to the missile strike on his house, almost two hours later. Ziad al-Absi said the blast had thrown one daughter onto a neighbor’s balcony. The children’s mother is in hospital intensive care; the two daughters are also in the hospital.

Human Rights Watch noted that many of Israel’s airstrikes, especially during the first day, targeted police stations as well as security and militia installations controlled by Hamas. According to the Jerusalem Post, an attack on the police academy in Gaza City on December 27 killed at least 40, including dozens of cadets at their graduation ceremony as well as the chief of police, making it the single deadliest air attack of the campaign to date. Another attack, on a traffic police station in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah, killed a by-stander, 12-year-old Camilia Ra`fat al-Burdini. Under the laws of war, police and police stations are presumptively civilian unless the police are Hamas fighters or taking a direct part in the hostilities, or police stations are being used for military purposes.

“Israel must not make a blanket decision that all police and police stations are by definition legitimate military targets,” Stork said. “It depends upon whether those police play a role in fighting against Israel, or whether a particular police station is used to store weapons or for some other military purpose.”

Some other Israeli targets may have also been unlawful under the laws of war. Three teenagers were killed in southern Gaza City on December 27, when Israeli aircraft struck a building rented by Wa`ed (Promise), a Hamas-affiliated organization that defends prisoners held by Israel. Israel justified its attack on Gaza City’s Islamic University on grounds that laboratories were used to manufacture explosives, but this did not address why a second strike demolished the women’s quarters there. Israel also attacked the Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV, but did not provide a reason. Television and radio stations are legitimate military targets only if used for military purposes, not if they are simply being used for pro-Hamas or anti-Israel propaganda.

Human Rights Watch expressed grave concern about the seriously deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, which was already dire prior to the latest attacks. A health expert with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza said on December 28 that hospitals were “overwhelmed and unable to cope with the scale and type of injuries that keep coming in.” The ICRC noted that medical supplies and medicines were already badly depleted as a result of Israel’s prohibition of most imports into Gaza since Hamas took full internal control of the territory in June 2007. In a statement on December 29, the ICRC said that some neighborhoods were running short of water, owing to damage from attacks or fuel and power shortages. The statement also said that prices for food and basic commodities were reportedly rising fast. UNRWA had reported several days prior to the latest escalation of fighting that its stocks of essential commodities were extremely low.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which also monitors security matters in Gaza, Palestinian armed groups fired more than 100 rockets towards Israel on December 27-28; Haaretz, the Israeli daily, reported that on December 29 Palestinian armed groups fired at least 60 rockets into Israel. One of them killed a Bedouin construction worker, 27-year-old Hani al-Mahdi, and wounded 14 others in the coastal city of Ashkelon, north of Gaza; another fatally wounded 39-year-old Irit Sheetrit while she was driving home in the city of Ashdod, 35 kilometers from Gaza. The previous day, December 28, a rocket attack killed another Israeli civilian and wounded four in Netivot, some 20 kilometers east of Gaza City.

Human Rights Watch has long criticized Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians – most recently, in a public letter to Hamas on November 20 (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/11/20/letter-hamas-stop-rocket-attacks ). The rockets are highly inaccurate, and those launching them cannot accurately target military objects. Deliberately firing indiscriminate weapons into civilian populated areas, as a matter of policy, constitutes a war crime. Rocket attacks have killed 19 civilians in Israel since 2005, including those killed to date during the current clashes.

Human Rights Watch has also criticized Israel’s policy of severely restricting the flow of people and goods into Gaza, including fuel and other civilian necessities, saying that those restrictions amount to collective punishment against the civilian population, a serious violation of the laws of war (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2008/11/20/letter-olmert-stop-blockade-gaza ). Israel continues to exercise effective control over Gaza’s borders and airspace as well as its population registry, and remains the occupying power there under international law. The laws of war prohibit the occupying power from attacking, destroying, or withholding objects essential to the survival of the civilian population. Israel is also obliged to protect the right of Palestinians in Gaza to freedom of movement, to secure access to health care and education, and to lead normal lives.

Sometimes the Dead are Envied

Sometimes the Dead are Envied

by Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine
27 December 2008
http://qumsiyeh. org

It was not possible to sleep here for two nights now. The events and
the images of death and carnage of children, of policemen, of people
that look like my mother and my son and my sister and my friends were
simply too much. Gaza has run out of stretchers and many are now
carried to hospitals (which are running out of supplies) and morgues
on commercial street signs, in blankets or simply by their limp
limbs. Three mosques were destroyed. I recalled the Israeli attacks
on the Church of Nativity which was minor compared to this. I was
watching Israel shell the University in Gaza city including its
faculty of science and a residence dorm for female students and was
thinking of my university and my lab and office at Bethlehem
University. I was then shocked into more horrific scenes and news. In
one house five young sisters killed. In another six family members
including four children killed while eating breakfast. In a scene
that haunted me where four children were killed with their mother, I
saw rescue workers try frantically to pull the remaining surviving
girl whose legs were crushed under a huge boulder from the roof. As
some of them were calming her down and working hard, just next to
them other workers pulled the dead body of her sister (looked like 3-
4 year old). They quickly covered her but I think her sister noticed.
Sometimes the dead are envied for their suffering has ended. Her
suffering is just beginnig. I thought of all the thousands of
relatives of all the victims and how they feel…..I thought of friends
I lost and talks with people in Gaza…I thought of my mother who at
76 has seen so much suffering and still she cried at the new images
of new atrocities…

My heart aches and struggles with my scientist brain. The latter
wants to focus on facts and figures. The attack in its second day was
in the words of Israeli leaders “the beginning” and is intended “to
send Gaza back decades”. So far over 300 were killed and over 1000
injured (200 of those critically), 35% women, children and elderly. I
examine numbers of homes, police stations, civil society building
destroyed. I read the Al Mezan Center for human rights which
rationally states that most Gaza victims are civilians [1]. But even
my rational mind refuses to deal with these things. How could it
handle just that one image of the young girl’s anguished pained look
under the rubble of her house and so tears stream down again to to
try to wash the image to no avail…..How could my mind examine
rationally the statements of “leaders” saying this carnage is not the
fault of the bombers and war criminals, but of Hamas!

Protests were organized around the world and more are being planned
[2]. The demonstrations helped vent some frustration and we hope will
herald a reawakening of the heart of humanity that has been
sputtering. But we hope it will go much farther to changing the
rotted system of elites in power ignoring people’s rights for
political expediency and for profit.

In the Bethlehem demonstration, we pounded on the permanently closed
gate of the apartheid wall with deafening sound and the soldiers in
the tower started to through stun grenades and tear gas. Injuries
were sustained for activists… .Our lungs still ache but our hearts
ache more for the criminality of the apartheid regime, and the
collaboration of the world governments. The Israeli occupation army
killed two protesters with live ammunition in other parts of the West
Bank [3].

Can someone asks western media or the Western governments ruled by
elite racists who keep spouting the nonsense about “Hamas”
and “rockets” (projectiles that are militarily of little use and have
no explosives, killed one person this year), why targeting civilian
police stations, mosques, homes with children, ports, fishing
vessels, streets, and more in one of the most densely populated areas
on earth murdering hundreds of civilians would be an acceptable
action (I don’t say response because Israel was killing people and
massacring them for 60 years before)? And what would they expect from
a starving 1.5 million people to do? Especially when one million of
those are refugees or displaced people denied their rights to return
to their homes and lands for 60 years while settlers live across the
borders on their lands in areas like “Sderot” and “Netviot”? Would
they not expect some resistance from some of those? Isn’t that
codified in International law for the right of occupied people to
resist including violently? (note that I personally support civil
forms of resistance). Even if one buys the US/Israeli government
propaganda, would it be acceptable to bomb cities in Europe and the
US for any perceived or actual crime of a portion of their society or
even their leaders (Bush and Blair in Iraq?)?

But again I think it is not best for me to try and reason things
through in such times of calamities and little sleep. I got so many
letters of support but please redirect your letters and energies
elsewhere. Redirect them to challenge the injustice directly [4].
Jesus made a statement directly relevant for us today:

“You are the earth’s salt. But if the salt should become tasteless,
what can make it salt again? It is completely useless and can only be
thrown out of doors and stamped under foot. You are the world’s
light – it is impossible to hide a town built on the top of a hill.
Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a
lamp-stand and it gives light for everybody in the house.”

It is thus the time when people who claim they want peace and justice
to stop talking about it and actually work for it. Put your lamp
higher. It is time for real change…It is time for a world Intifada
(uprising against injustice). It is time to do something concrete
(like throwing our shoes at someone?)

Below are a press release from human rights organizations in
Palestine (please circulate to media and politicians) and a letter
from a friend worth reading.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

How Israeli Leaders Kill for their People’s Votes

How Israeli Leaders Kill for their People’s Votes

Eine Kleine Nacht Murder
By Gilad Atzmon
Dec 29th, 2008
http://palestinethi nktank.com/ 2008/12/29/ gilad-atzmon- eine-kleine-
nacht-murder- how-israeli- leaders-kill- for-their- peoples-votes/

In order to grasp the latest devastating murderous Israeli expedition
in Gaza one must deeply comprehend the Israeli identity and its
inherent hatred towards anyone who fails to be Jewish and a hatred
against Arabs in particular. This hatred is imbued in the Israeli
curriculum, it is preached by political leaders and implied by their
acts, it is conveyed by cultural figures, even within the so-
called `Israeli Left’.

I grew up in Israel in the 1970’s people of my generation are
nowadays the leaders of the Israeli army, politics, economy, academia
and the arts. We were trained to believe that `a good Arab is a dead
one’. A few weeks before I joined the IDF in the early 1980’s,
General Rafael Eitan, the Chief of Staff at the time announced that
the “Arabs were stoned cockroaches in a bottle”. He got away with
it, he also got away with the murder of many thousands of Lebanese
civilians in the 1st Lebanon war. In a word, Israelis manage to get
away with murder.

Luckily enough, and for reasons that are still far beyond my
comprehension, at a certain stage I woke up out of that Hebraic
lethal dream. At one point I left the Jewish state, I evaded the
Jewish hate mongering, I had become an opponent of the Jewish state
and any other form of Jewish politics. However, I am utterly
convinced that it is my primary duty to inform every being that is
willing to listen about that which are we up against.

As much as Zionism was there to transform Jews, and by “giving them a
State of their own” make them like any other people, it failed
miserably. The Israeli barbarism as we have seen this week and too
many times before is far beyond bestiality. It is killing for the
sake of killing. And it is indiscriminate.

Not many people in the west are aware of the devastating fact that
killing Arabs and Palestinians in particular is a very effective
Israeli political recipe. The Israelis are indeed confused people.
As much as they insist upon seeing themselves as a `Shalom
seeking'[1] nation, they also love to be led by politicians with an
astonishing record of unlawful murderous activity. Whether it was
Sharon, Rabin, Begin, Shamir or Ben Gurion, Israelis love
their `democratically elected leaders’ to be belligerent hawks with
their hands dripping with blood and backed by a solid record of
crimes against humanity.

We are weeks before an election in Israel and as it seems, both
Kadima PM candidate Foreign minister Tzipi Livni and Labour PM
candidate Defence minister Ehud Barak, are trailing well behind Likud
PM candidate the notorious Hawk Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu. Livni and
Barak need their little war. They must prove to the Israelis that
they know how to engage in mass slaughter.

Both Livni and Barak have to provide the Israeli voter with some real
exhibition of devastating carnage, so the Israelis can trust their
leadership. This is their only chance against Netanyahu. Seemingly,
Livni and Barak are throwing tons of bombs on Palestinian civilians,
schools and hospitals because this is exactly what the Israelis want
to see.

Unfortunately, Israelis are not known for mercy and grace. Instead
they are appeased by retaliation and vengeance, they are cheered by
their own limitless brutality. When an Ex-Israeli Air Force Chief
Commander Dan Halutz was asked how it feels to drop a bomb on a
highly populated neighbourhood in Gaza, his answer was short and
precise. `It feels like a light bump on the right wing’. Dan Halutz’s
cold deadly manner was enough to secure his promotion into the IDF
Chief of Staff post shortly thereafter. It was General Halutz who led
the Israeli army into the second Lebanon war, it was this man who
perpetrated the destruction of Lebanese infrastructure and large
parts of Beirut.

Seemingly, in Israeli politics, Arab blood is translated into votes.
It would obviously be very reasonable to charge Livni, Barak and the
current IDF Chief of Staff Ashkenazi with first-degree murder, crimes
against humanity and the obvious breach of the Geneva Convention. But
it would be far more intelligible to take into account that Israel is
a `democracy’. Livni, Barak and Ashkenazi are giving the Israeli
people that which they want: it is called Arab blood and it must come
in vast quantity. This repetitive murderous practice, conducted by
Israeli politicians reflects on the Israeli people as a whole rather
than just a few politicians and generals. We are dealing here with a
barbarian society that is politically driven by bloodthirstiness and
lethal inclinations. There should be no mistake, there is no room for
these people amongst nations.

Why the Israeli are people so remote from any notion of humanism is a
big question. The generous and naïve humanists amongst us may argue
that the Shoah left a big scar in the Israeli soul. This may explain
why Israelis are obsessively cultivating that very memory with the
support of their Diaspora brothers and sisters. The Israelis
say `never again’ and what they mean is that Auschwitz should never
reoccur, this somehow allows them to punish the Palestinian for the
crimes committed by the Nazis. The realistic amongst us do not buy
this argument anymore. They start now to admit that it is more than
possible that the Israelis are so incredibly brutal just because this
is how they are. It goes far beyond rationality or pseudo-analytical
assumptions. They say, `this is what the Israelis are and there is
not much we can do about it anymore’. The realistic amongst us come
to admit that killing is how the Israelis interpret the meaning of
being Jewish. Gravely, many of us come to admit that there is no
alternative humanist secular Jewish value system to replace the
Hebraic murderous one. The Jewish state is there to prove that Jewish
national autonomy is an inhuman concept.

I grew up in post-1967 Israel. I was raised in the wake of the
Israeli mythical victory, we were trained to worship the “Israeli who
shoots from the hip” the platoon commando who shoots his Uzi
automatic rifle in the direction of the Arabs and manages to win
against four armies in just six days.

It may have taken me two decades too long to understand that the
Israeli who `shoots from the hip’, was actually the master of
indiscriminate killing. Barak was one of those 1967 heroes, he was a
master indiscriminate killer. Apparently, the Israeli cabinet has
just approved his plan for the biggest raid on Gaza since 1967. Livni
is more or less my age, as we read the news, she internalised the
message. She is now accumulating the necessary credentials as an
indiscriminate murderer. Both Barak and Livni are taking Israel and
Palestine into an election campaign of slaughter. Arab and
Palestinian blood is the fuel of Israeli politics.

I may just suggest to Livni and Barak that it may not help them in
the polls. Netanyahu is a genuine authentic hawk. He doesn’t have to
pretend to be a murderer, and as much as I despise him, he has yet to
take Israel into a war. He probably understands better than them what
power of deterrence is all about.

[1] Do not confuse `shalom’ with `peace’ or `salam’. While peace and
salam refer to reconciliation and compromise, shalom means security
to the Jewish people on the expense of their surrounding environment.

SEE video here that Gilad Atzmon discovered revealing the great
humanitarian Elie Wiesel as well as other videos with Gilad on
http://palestinethi nktank.com/ ptt-tv/