What Became of Western Morality?

What Became of Western Morality?

On the last day of the old year, two Israelis, Jeff Halper who heads the Israeli peace movement ICAHD and Neve Gordon who is chairman of the department of politics and government at Ben-Gurion University, asked, “Where’s the Academic Outrage Over the Bombing of a University in Gaza?” [  http://www.counterpunch.org/gordon12312008.html]

“Not one of the nearly 450 presidents of American colleges and universities who prominently denounced an effort by British academics to boycott Israeli universities in September 2007 have raised their voice in opposition to Israel’s bombardment of the Islamic University of Gaza earlier this week,” report Halper and Gordon. They note that Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger, who has in the past ignorantly insulted Islamic representatives, “has been silent.”

It is the goyim moralists who are silent, not the Jews. It is the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, not the goyim media, that provides reports of Israel’s abuse of Palestinians. Gideon Levy’s “The Neighborhood Bully Strikes Again” was published in Haaretz (29 December), not in the goyim press. Levy’s words–“Once again, Israel’s violent responses, even if there is justification for them, exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness, morality, international law and wisdom”–are not words that can appear in American print or TV media. Such words, printed in Israeli newspapers, never reach the goyim.

The extent of Americans’ ignorance is breathtaking. Israel has the Palestinians jammed into tightly controlled ghettos known as Gaza and the West Bank. With Egypt’s help, Israel controls the inflows of food, medicines, water, and energy into Gaza. Palestinians in Gaza are not permitted to enter Israel or Egypt. Last week a humanitarian ship bringing food and medicine was rammed by Israeli gunboats and turned away.

In the West Bank Palestinians are walled off from their fields, jobs, medical care, education, water, and from one another by endless checkpoints, roads for “Jews only,” walls, barbed wire, and machine gun towers. Palestinians are being evicted from their towns house by house, block by block.

Israel’s slow theft of Palestine is illegal under international law but protected by US “diplomacy.”

The Palestinians are no more of a threat to Israel than Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto were a threat to the Nazi state. Yet, everywhere in America–Congress, the executive branch, the print and TV media, the universities, evangelical Christian institutions–there is the belief that Israel is on the verge of annihilation by Palestinian terrorists. This ignorance, so carefully cultivated by the Israel Lobby, turns genocidal aggression into self-defense.

It fools Americans, but it doesn’t fool Israelis. The Israelis have always known that “self-defense” is a cloak for a Zionist policy of territorial expansion. The policy is controversial within Israel. Many Israelis object, just as many Americans object to President Bush’s illegal wars and violations of US civil liberties. Many Israelis give voice to their moral conscience, but they are overwhelmed by vested interests.

Karl Marx declared morality to be merely a mask for vested interests. The writings of Marx and Engels are scornful of good will and moral ideals as effective forces in history. The Israeli state epitomizes Marx’s doctrine that power alone is the effective force.

Many American conservatives share the Israeli state’s belief in the efficacy of power. Conservatives who turned against Bush’s wars did so because the US was not brutal enough. They turned away from Bush’s long inconclusive wars in the way that fans desert a losing team.

Americans used to say that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” but this hasn’t been the case for US and Israeli aggression. The success the two regimes have had in instilling fear into their populations is part of the explanation for the impotence of morality. Another part of the explanation is that vested interests are a powerful constraint on morality.

Consider the case of Lee Bollinger. Columbia University is dependent on Jewish money, faculty and students. If Bollinger were to take a stand against Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinians, he would be denounced as an anti-semite. Presidents of competitor universities would not come to his defense. They would pile on in hopes of recruiting Columbia’s top faculty and students and redirecting the flow of financial resources from Columbia to themselves.

An American newspaper or TV network that took a stand against Israel’s abuse of Palestinians would be confronted with an advertising boycott organized by AIPAC. American politicians who criticize Israel go down to defeat by Israel Lobby money.

Hegel gave too much emphasis to ideas, Marx too much to material interests. Both forces operate in the world. There are times in history when revolutionary ideas shatter material interests. Other times the two coexist in a balance of power. In other times material interests prevail over morality.

We are living in the latter time. Financial interests, the military-security complex, and the Israel Lobby are the powers that rule America. They are buttressed by neoconservatives and Christian Zionists and by the patriotic hubris that America is the main force for good operating in the world. The evils America commits are dismissed as necessary to the service of good. The destruction of Iraq, for example, is justified as “bringing freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people.”

A number of commentators, including myself, predict a decline in America’s economic power. As this occurs, Israel will have to abandon its policy of violence. With the accumulated hatred that its policies have fomented, Israel will be vulnerable.

The world will need to remember that although Israel is a Jewish state, it is a state whose policies many Jews find objectionable, just as a majority of American Jews oppose President Bush’s wars of aggression in the Middle East and his unconstitutional policies at home. We must not confuse Israel’s Zionist government with world Jewry, just as we must not confuse the American people with the war criminals in the Bush Regime.

Consider, who do you trust with your civil liberties, the US Department of Justice or the ACLU’s phalanx of Jewish attorneys?

We must avoid the mistake that was made by blaming the German people for Hitler. It was the aristocratic German military that tried to remove Hitler. In contrast, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blocked the attempt to impeach George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Pelosi is a discredit to California, but shall we blame all of America for Pelosi’s defense of war criminals? How can we do so when US Rep. Dennis Kucinich courageously read out the articles of impeachment on the House floor?

Are all Americans guilty because Kucinich did not prevail?

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“Hasbara,” Hebrew for Disinformation

HOW ISRAEL SHAPES OUR VOCABULARY AND THE DEBATE

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Hasbara refers to the propaganda efforts to sell Israel, justify its actions, and defend it in world opinion. Using contemporary euphemisms, it is Public diplomacy for Israel, or using a pejorative interpretation, then it is apologia. Israel portrays itself as fighting on two fronts: the Palestinians and world opinion. The latter is dealt with hasbara. The premise of hasbara is that Israel’s problems are a matter of better propaganda, and not one of an underlying unjust situation.

The techniques utilized

  • Smearing/defaming critics of Israel, aka, attacking the messenger. This is even the terminology found in the Hasbara Handbook
  • Selective discussion of issues
  • Framing of issues, and setting the terminology used in discussing Israel
  • Harassing media about its coverage, aka, flak
  • Challenging the portrayal of an alternative narrative, and attempting to keep the zionist narrative as the dominant one.

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Hasbara Campus Manual

The Hasbara Handbook: Promoting Israel on Campus, is now available online. And this is an interesting admission (page 31 onwards):

Propaganda is used by those who want to communicate in ways that engage the emotions and downplay rationality, in an attempt to promote a certain message.

The manual goes on to describe seven propaganda techniques:

  1. Name calling: through the careful use of words, then name calling technique links a person or an idea to a negative symbol.
  2. Glittering generality: Simply put, glittering generality is name calling in reverse. Instead of trying to attach negative meanings to ideas or people, glittering generalities use positive phrases, which the audience are attached to, in order to lend positive image to things. Words such as “freedom”, “civilization”,…
  3. Transfer: Transfer involves taking some of the prestige and authority of one concept and applying it to another. For example, a speaker might decide to speak in front of a United Nations flag, in an attempt to gain legitimacy for himself or his idea.
  4. Testimonial: Testimonial means enlisting the support of somebody admired or famous to endorse and ideal or campaign.
  5. Plain folks: The plain folks technique attempts to convince the listener that the speaker is a ‘regular guy’, who is trust-worthy because the are like ‘you or me’.
  6. Fear: See fear.
  7. Bandwagon: See bandwagon.

The examples given are very interesting, and worth reading.

Resources

  • Habara Handbook: Promoting Israel on Campus“, World Union of Jewish Students, March 2002.
  • Fadi Kiblawi, Israel’s Campus Concerns, The Palestine Chronicle, Oct. 23, 2003. Quote: “The Hasbara Handbook prescribes fascinating instructions on attacking the messenger and avoiding the message at all costs ‘in ways that engage the emotions, and downplay rationality, in an attempt to promote’ their cause. In a section entitled ‘Name Calling,’ Israel’s Jewish Agency writes, ‘Creating negative connotations by name calling is done to try and get the audience to reject a person or idea on the basis of negative associations, without allowing a real examination of that person or idea.”
  • Conal Urguhart, Israel uses TV show to find its best spin doctor, The Guardian, Nov. 27, 2004.
  • Gary Rosenblatt, “Hasbara’ Goes Prime Time“, The Jewish Week, December 3, 2004.
  • Hilary Leila Krieger, Expert: Israeli PR improving, but…, Jerusalem Post, December 16, 2004. Interviews Frank Luntz during the 2004 Herzliya Conference.
  • Gary Rosenblatt, “Inside Israel’s Image War“, The Jewish Week, January 19, 2007.

Kill The Madness – Not The People

Kill The Madness – Not The People

Jim Kirwan

For just over sixty years the world has been living in a nightmare because of a criminal conspiracy between the global-criminality of the Rothschilds and the corporation that is the United States. All that has been done with regard to Israel, in this diabolical fraud has been based on lies and on the private interests of the Corporatocracy in the hidden-hands of the Zionist-Illuminati that can never be satisfied; regardless of how much this American sponsorship might cost the people of this country and the world.

Yesterday, a breakthrough of sorts was announced; which if true could signal the first real Beginning-of-the-End of Israel’s barbaric policies and of the Bush Doctrine of 2002.

“Turkey and Syria have described the Israeli campaign against Gazans as a ‘holocaust’, calling for an immediate end to the ‘massacre’.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday to discuss ways to stop the “massacre committed by Israel” on Gaza Palestinians.

Following the meeting the two leaders jointly said that it was “essential that Arab and Islamic countries intervene to force Israel to immediately halt this holocaust against an unarmed population,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

More than 399 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli attacks against Gaza – now on its sixth day -, and some 1,925 others are reported wounded.

Abandoning mediation between Tel Aviv and Damascus following the Israeli onslaught, Erdogan began a four-nation tour of the region to discuss ways to halt Israel’s attacks that have killed and wounded more than 2300 Palestinians since Saturday.

The Turkish premier’s tour will next take him to Egypt on Thursday and Saudi Arabia on Friday.

Meanwhile, a draft proposal for condemning the Israeli campaign on the Gaza Strip was rejected by the United Nations Security Council, despite international calls for a UNSC resolution on the issue.” (1)

What makes this announcement so important is that for the first time the key corrupted Arab governments are beginning to listen to their people, and to the outrage of the wider world. ‘America’ needs Turkey far more than Turkey needs us. The same is true of Syria, if the truth were to be told, yet both these countries and Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia; have all been routinely chewed on and threatened by the savagery of the incestuous relationship between the Rothschilds, and America as well as Israel, which are both subservient states controlled by Rothschild’s Illuminati.

Turkey is a major military power in the region and Syria is not a state to be trifled with when push comes to shove. Egypt is also a military force in the region and Saudi Arabia for its size is armed to the teeth. If that foursome decided to align themselves with the prisoners inside Gaza and the West Bank: In direct opposition to Israel and the aging and overstretched US military machine-things just might ‘change’ inside the madness that has only become more intolerable over the last six decades.

This could be done without spreading the destruction to the next level which would bring in China, Pakistan, India and Russia; all of whom are also nuclear powers-which is why the US and Israel might have to listen to the neighbors of Palestine, and to those that have given refuge to millions of those made homeless by the combined aggressions of the US and Israel over the last sixty years.

For any state or person to have any credibility in the world; history matters. Whenever anyone applies for a job, the applicant’s resume (their personal history) is of primary importance. Why is the same thing not true for those that employ the applicants, or for the governments that dictate terms to so many millions of people the world over that these criminal-enterprises, masquerading as governments, supposedly represent? Instead the governments and corporations that are in control keep everything they do a secret; and what they reap in Corporate Welfare and government giveaways is only just now beginning to surface. Of course the bulk of the money they use to do all this comes directly from the pockets of the working poor. Did you know that the top 200 corporations pay no taxes at all? And when some of the elite’s do get bailed out they use that money to enrich themselves, at the public’s expense. (2)

The USA has invaded other countries over 200 times in the last 235 years. We currently have military bases in 120 of the 130 nations in the world today, and yet together with Israel we comprise perhaps the most ruthless aggressive force on the planet today: not on behalf of “freedom & democracy” but on behalf of the global Corporatocracy and the Illuminati whose interests are exactly the opposite of over ninety percent of the people living in the world today: This is the “Madness” that must be killed!

What has ‘Israel’ done to deserve so many of the tens-of-trillions of dollars over the last 60 years that they have stolen from the households of American citizens? Nothing!

Israel tried to sink the USS Liberty. Their agents have been involved in espionage and spying for fifty years, and all manner of criminal actions against US citizens. The Mossad [Israel’s CIA] is allowed to kill Americans in America without fear of prosecution-another cozy little back-room deal that most Americans know nothing about. They have blackmailed several US “presidents’ and they have totally enslaved the US congress and almost every major political force within the US. Now, with Obama’s potential appointments they will all but take over this country’s entire political agenda. We might as well disband the congress and move the “White House” to Tel Aviv; because that is what we’ll have for “our government” once Barack takes office. This ‘relationship’ between Israel and the US must be terminated with extreme prejudice, or else the Zionist parasite will kill its American host long before the first term of Obama comes to a conclusion.

“Let us get one thing perfectly straight. If the wholesale mutilation and degradation of the Gaza Strip is going to continue; if Israel’s will is at one with that of the United States; if the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and all the international legal agencies and organizations spread across the globe are going to continue to sit by like hollow mannequins doing nothing but making repeated “calls” for a “ceasefire” on “both sides”; if the cowardly, obsequious and supine Arab States are going to stand by watching their brethren get slaughtered by the hour while the world’s bullying Superpower eyes them threateningly from Washington lest they say something a little to their disliking; then let us at least tell the truth why this hell on earth is taking place.

The state terror unleashed from the skies and on the ground against the Gaza Strip as we speak has nothing to do with Hamas. It has nothing to do with “Terror”. It has nothing to do with the long-term “security” of the Jewish State or with Hizbullah or Syria or Iran except insofar as it is aggravating the conditions that have led up to this crisis today. It has nothing to do with some conjured-up “war” ­ a cynical and overused euphemism that amounts to little more the wholesale enslavement of any nation that dares claim its sovereign rights; that dares assert that its resources are its own; that doesn’t want one of the Empire’s obscene military bases sitting on its cherished land.

This crisis has nothing to do with freedom, democracy, justice or peace.”(3)

In fact Hamas, Hizbollah, or even Fatah would not exist were it not for the ruthless savagery of the Zionists that are trying to resurrect the Fourth Reich as the unfinished Zionist state of Israel. Now with the possibility of a revolt among neighboring states: Both against their former roles in turning a blind-eye on US-Israeli aggression, as well as finally having had enough of the threats and intimidation from the US and Israel-perhaps the time has come for the slaves to revolt across the region and possibly the world, against this Palestinian Holocaust that is entering a final phase?

South Africa was forced to end Apartheid because of international sanctions. The US was defeated in Vietnam because the public learned about what was really going on in that war-torn far-eastern nation, at the hands of the same corporatocracy, the same international financial cabal run by the descendants of the Rothschilds and the Illuminati. Yet in every case when these crimes against the poorest of peoples are committed; the follow-up is canceled investigations are whitewashed, and “the game goes on” to the next victim state. If we do not stop this madness now-then we shall have no reason to complain when they come for us in America in 2009-because that is the game plan behind Full-Spectrum Dominance (4)

Here is what is meant by ‘Killing the People’

“Strip away the current symbols and language of the victims of our selfish and devastating whims and you will find the simple, impassioned and unaffected cries of the downtrodden; of the ‘wretched of the earth’ begging you to cease your cold aggression against their children and their homes; their families and their villages; begging you to leave them alone to have their fish and their bread, their oranges, their olives and their thyme; asking you first politely and then with increasing disbelief why you cannot let them live undisturbed on the land of their ancestors; unexploited, free of the fear of expulsion; of ravishment and devastation; free of permits and roadblocks and checkpoints and crossings; of monstrous concrete walls, guard towers, concrete bunkers, and barbed wire; of tanks and prisons and torture and death. Why is life without these policies and instruments of hell impossible?

The answer is because Israel has no intention of allowing a viable, sovereign Palestinian state on its borders. It had no intention of allowing it in 1948 when it grabbed 24 per cent more land than what it was allotted legally, if unfairly, by UN Resolution 181. It had no intention of allowing it throughout the massacres and ploys of the 1950s. It had no intention of allowing two states when it conquered the remaining 22 per cent of historic Palestine in 1967 and reinterpreted UN Security Council Resolution 248 to its own liking despite the overwhelming international consensus stating that Israel would receive full international recognition within secure and recognized borders if it withdrew from the lands it had only recently occupied.

It had no intention of acknowledging Palestinian national rights at the United Nations in 1974, when ­alone with the United States-it voted against a two-state solution. It had no intention of allowing a comprehensive peace settlement when Egypt stood ready to deliver but received, and obediently accepted, a separate peace exclusive of the rights of Palestinians and the remaining peoples of the region. It had no intention of working toward a just two-state solution in 1978 or 1982 when it invaded, fire-bombed, blasted and bulldozed Beirut so that it might annex the West Bank without hassle. It had no intention of granting a Palestinian state in 1987 when the first Intifada spread across occupied Palestine, into the Diaspora and the into the spirits of the global dispossessed, or when Israel deliberately aided the newly formed Hamas movement so that it might undermine the strength of the more secular-nationalist factions.

Israel had no intention of granting a Palestinian state at Madrid or at Oslo where the PLO was superseded by the quivering, quisling Palestinian Authority, too many of whose cronies grasped at the wealth and prestige it gave them at the expense of their own kin. As Israel beamed into the world’s satellites and microphones its desire for peace and a two-state solution, it more than doubled the number of illegal Jewish settlements on the ground in the West Bank and around East Jerusalem, annexing them as it built and continues to build a superstructure of bypass roads and highways over the remaining, severed cities and villages of earthly Palestine. It has annexed the Jordan valley, the international border of Jordan, expelling any ‘locals’ inhabiting that land. It speaks with a viper’s tongue over the multiple amputee of Palestine whose head shall soon be severed from its body in the name of justice, peace and security.” (3)

If people want to begin to make a real difference then they must stop buying anything that advertises on the propaganda arm of the US government: otherwise known as the lame-stream media. Then call up the stations and tell them why you’re doing what you’re doing: Remind them that at Nuremberg the media went on trial right beside the Nazi’s and the German military!

kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.com

1) Israel Attacks, holocaust of Gazans

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=80112&sectionid=351020202

2) Banker Buys $37 million Apartment After getting $25 Million Bailout

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C473967%2C00.html

3) If Hamas Did Not Exist

http://www.counterpunch.org/loewenstein01012009.html

4) OBAMA VOWS US MILITARY RULE OVER PLANET AS 1 MILLION SOLDIERS TO SECURE HOMELAND

http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/index.php?cmd=news.article&articleID=2615

British telecom firm severs ties with Israeli counterparts

SHADES OF THINGS TO COME?

British telecom firm severs ties with Israeli

counterparts

UK’s FreedomCall informs Israeli company of decision via email, blames Gaza operation

Meir Orbach

British telecommunications firm FreedomCall has terminated its cooperation with Israel’s MobileMax due to the IDF operation in Gaza.

“We received an email from the British company informing us that it is severing all ties with us and any other Israeli company following Israel’s strike in Gaza,” said CEO Raanan Cohen.

“We weren’t expecting this from them and there was no prior warning. I don’t intend to appeal to them or answer the letter.”

The email from FreedomCall said, “As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company.”

MobileMax, established in 2004, produces a program providing cellular phones with inexpensive international service.

Reflections on the Israeli holocaust in Gaza

Reflections on the Israeli holocaust in Gaza

Khalid Amayreh

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2 January, 2009

The virtual holocaust Israel is now waging against the Gaza Strip is taking its toll on innocent civilians. The shocking scenes speak for themselves. The gruesomeness transcends reality; it exceeds by far the most eloquent of words.

Gaza-2008-9 is very much like Dresden-1945. And as Dresden was annihilated by the RAF toward the end of the Second World War, the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza are being decapitated and thoroughly terrorized by the Israeli army, the Wehrmacht of our time.

But there is obviously a fundamental and conspicuous difference between Gaza and Dresden. Dresden was targeted by the allies as an act of sheer vengeance and revenge for what the Nazi war machine had done, including German attacks on London and other British cities.

But Gaza committed no crime against Israel. To be sure, the opposite is quite true. Have we forgotten that the bulk of the Gaza victims, who are being annihilated with the Zionist war machine, happen to be refugees and their children and grandchildren uprooted from their towns and villages across the borders inside Israel?

In 1948, Israel uprooted them in wave after wave of genocidal ethnic cleansing, and ever since has been trying to liquidate them by bombing their homes, killing their children, bulldozing their farms and lately by trying to starve them to death.

And now, the six-decade reign of terror and death is being culminated with an aerial holocaust, all for the purpose of displaying “Jewish power” and “heroism.”!!! Well, what heroism is there in having the state-of-the-art of the American machine of death rain missiles and bombs, including Bunker Busters, on unprotected apartment buildings, mosques, streets, pharmacies, college dormitories? This is not heroism; it is a sheer act of cowardice.

The Nazis ganged up on defenseless people more than six decades ago, but they at least didn’t claim to be carrying out heroic acts as self-absorbed and gleeful Israeli leaders are doing now.

In truth, Gaza is being crucified because it refuses to succumb to the cruelty and supremacy of the “holy tribe,” because it refuses to die quietly and continues to cling to life and look forth for a better tomorrow, because Gaza is saying “give me freedom or give me death.”

The Nazis of our time want Gaza to die quietly, or at least as quietly as possible. Israeli behavior leaves no doubt as to the diabolical designs of the Judeo-Nazi entity.

But the Israeli military and political establishments don’t want to appear before the world as they really are, as Nazis par excellence who think, behave and act like the Nazis. This is why they are trying to cover up their crimes with a frantic campaign of fabricated lies.

But Nazis are Nazis even if they have Jewish names and pretend to be the victims. In the final analysis it doesn’t matter if Nazis call themselves “chosenites” or “master race” or “ubermenschen,” or even “victims.”

Sowing hatred

Israel is not only wreaking death, terror and havoc on defenseless Gazans. It is also implanting sowing hatred, a lot of hatred, in the hearts and minds millions of people who are watching Israel decapitate Gaza.

This is undoubtedly going to be one of the lasting aftereffects of this madness.

The gruesome and phantasmagoric images which hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims and others around the world are watching on their TV screens around the clock are a sure prescription for decades of hatred and sullen enmity toward Jews throughout the Muslim world.

Arab and Muslim children won’t have to read about Israeli Nazism in their textbooks. They are watching it live on their TV screens.

Let it be clear to all and sundry. Israel is telling an entire generation of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims that they either surrender to the Jewish Third Reich or become “terrorists.”

They will become “terrorists” and be it as it may.

Surely, the pornographic slaughter will eventually boomerang on Israel and regretfully on Jews. Unfortunately, many innocent Jews will pay the price just as mostly innocent Palestinians are paying the price, with their lives and the lives of their children and beloved ones, for the brutal ugliness of the Zionist mindset. In the final analysis, anti-Semitism is manufactured in Israel, not in Damascus or Cairo or even Gaza.

Hamas

Israel says its aim is to destroy Hamas. Well, there is no doubt that Israel possesses the
military ability to destroy the Hamas government. Israel, after all, is a military superpower which also happens to be more or less in control of the politics and policies of the United States and to a lesser extent the governments of Europe.

However, destroying Hamas’s government is one thing, and destroying Hamas the movement, is quite another.

Hamas has hundreds of thousands of supporters in occupied Palestine s well as tens of millions of sympathizers across the Arab and Muslim world. These will not disappear even if the Gaza governments does.

The ongoing huge demonstrations in solidarity with Hamas, now flooding the Arab world, shows that Hamas is more, much more, than a local nationalist-Islamic movement that can be eradicated by Israeli firepower.

Yes, Hamas has obviously been hit hard. But the movement is by no means about to die or even get weaker. In fact, there are many indications that Hamas will get stronger, at least in terms of popularity and stature.

The American puppet regimes in the Arab world may not like Hamas. Some of them may even be gloating over the Gaza calamity.

However, Hamas is definitely winning the hearts and minds of the Arab masses from Casablanca to Bahrain. This may not yield tangible benefits immediately, but the long-term gains are absolutely certain, and this is exactly what Hamas is seeking.

Well, let us suppose for the sake of argument that Israel succeeds in “terminating” the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip as Israeli leaders have been saying. Would this end the Islamic resistance to the Israeli occupation? Would this allow Israel to liquidate the Palestinian cause by imposing a “peace settlement” on the weak Palestinian Authority?

Nay, this won’t happen at all, because Hamas, whether we like or not, represents and encapsulates the spiritual essence of the Palestinian people and their yearning for freedom and justice.

More to the point, the contemplated elimination of the Hamas government by Israel would eventually be proven to be one of the stupidest Israeli misdeeds ever.

First of all, it would free the resistance group from the burden of government and allow it anew to carry out more ferocious attacks against Israel without having to worry about the bombing by Israel of buildings and security headquarters and hospitals.

In fact, Hamas had never wanted to be in government let alone form one. Hamas all along had wanted to be in a position to influence any Palestinian government, but not to be in the driver’s seat itself.

However, the outcome of the 2006 elections imposed the burden of government on Hamas especially after Fatah refused to join Hamas in forming a government of national unity.

So, in a certain since, the disappearance of the Hamas government in Gaza would be a bless in disguise for Hamas.

Remember these words very well. Because the conflict with Israel is not going to end in ten years or twenty or even fifty years.

Do we live on the same planet?


Do we live on the same planet?

William Bowles

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Bombs fall as an explosion is seen after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 1, 2009.

Jan 2, 2009

Apparently not, well not if you listen/watch the BBC or read the corporate press, not that creating a world that doesn’t actually exist is anything new, it’s just that the actions of Fascist Israel has stretched our credulity to its limits, thus the media have been forced to stretch their lies to the limit.You have to ask yourselves how the hell do they get away with it?

The answer is simple: it’s racism, pure and simple. Palestinians are less than human, thus eliminating them is as easy as eliminating vermin, and the actions of Fascist Israel are backed up with their words; Palestinians are “vermin”, “cockroaches”, “Palestine is finished” and so it goes.

If anybody harboured any illusions about the settler state of Israel, surely now those illusions must shattered as surely as the shattered bodies of Palestinian children are.

The question is, what can we do about it when we have a complicit government and a complicit media ganging up on our consciousness?

The BBC for example, ably assisted the Israeli Fascists when it gave Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister airtime (courtesy the British taxpayer) by broadcasting an interview on 1 January, 2009 in which she said (several times) there is “no humanitarian crisis” in the Gaza Strip. No alternative view was presented to the listener.

At the bottom of the propaganda blitz there sits one simple lie: Hamas rockets, and who broke the cease-fire, and surely, without those ‘Grads’ they would have had to be invented. Now you can argue that Hamas is playing right into the hands of the Israeli Fascists by being David to Israel’s Fascist Goliath by shooting off its feeble rockets but I ask you, in the same situation what would you do? In any case, it would have made no difference, any more than it has over the past sixty years?

“On November 12 the paper’s Jerusalem reporter, Isabel Kershner, wrote: “At least six Palestinian militants were killed in a clash and an Israeli airstrike on Nov. 4 after an Israeli force entered Gaza for the first time in five months”” — Source: The New York Times, 13 Nov, 2008

And,

Israel Defense Forces troops yesterday killed a Hamas gunman and wounded two others in the first armed clash in the Gaza Strip since a cease-fire was declared there in June. […] An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops had entered the territory.” Ha’aretz, 5 November, 2008

(For more on the who broke the cease-fire, See ‘NY times: Who Ended the 6 Month Cease-fire in Israel/Palestine?’

The creation of the ‘victim state’

israelis-under-fire.jpgVictims? Israelis in the port city of Ashdod evacuated a building hit by a rocket from Gaza on Thursday. Photo: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

Even the photo the NYT chose to use of (an uninjured) Israeli girl reinforces the illusion. But in reality it is the actions of the Israeli state itself that has put the lives of its own citizens in peril, making them literally cannon fodder.

Unique in history, the creation of the Israeli ‘state’ by the Western powers in 1948, was merely the continuation of US/British colonial policy in the Middle East only now using the ‘victim’ as the wedge (and willing pawn) with which to divide the Arab anti-colonial movement, a ploy that in part, played on the alleged guilt of the Europeans following WWII.

“How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza.” — ‘Why Bombing Ashkelon is The Most Tragic Irony’ by Robert Fisk, the Independent, 30 December, 2008

Lest we forget Israel was settled by Europeans whose connection to the Middle East was tenuous at best and based on the ideology of Zionism, also a European (white) imperial creation supported by British imperialism with its eye on the prize — oil and a passage to India.

Thus the (white) Jews of Europe became the willing victims of imperial design, a classic case of fleas on a fleas back, only too willing to beat up on the Arabs in the name of being the victim because along with their European brethren, they were, and are at heart, white with all that it means.

The destruction of Gaza therefore is the only logical conclusion of the actions of a racist, fundamentalist, fanatical and clearly Fascist state, the so-called ‘chosen people’. After all, where else could it go? Do a deal with the Palestinians? Two-state, one-state, any Palestinian state? Forget it! In the words of the Israelis themselves the destruction of Gaza was planned months ago, long before Hamas allegedly broke the cease-fire.

And with the West’s state/corporate media pushing the Israelis line of being the ‘victim’ of the ‘cockroaches’, success was assured, the Israelis could slaughter with impunity. Goebbels would be proud of them, this was the biggest lie of them all!

Israel, armed to the teeth (the fourth largest army on the planet) by its master (whatever those who say that it’s the tail wagging the dog) the US, without whose blessing the Israeli state does nothing.

The lies are necessary because our rulers fear us much more than they fear the Palestinians

Bombing Refugee Camps in Gaza Instead of Paying the Refugees Reparations

Bombing Refugee Camps in Gaza
Instead of Paying the Refugees Reparations

The news keeps reporting that the Israeli air force bombed refugee camps in Gaza.

Did you ever wonder how those refugee camps got to be in Gaza? Cont’d . . .

I mean, where are they refugees from? There didn’t used to be refugees in Gaza, before 1948, after all. The grandparents of today’s refugees were living in their own homes, which their ancestors had lived in for centuries if not millennia.

After Germany created Jewish refugees in WW II, it was made to pay reparations to the victims, right?

Israel hasn’t paid a dime to any of the Palestinian families it expelled in 1948, [pdf] which is itself a violation of international law.


Palestinian refugees created by Israeli military actions, 1948.

Update: Israel continued to bomb Gaza on day 7 of blitz. The airstrikes continued Friday morning.

Israel has killed 37 children and 17 women since it began its bombardment last Saturday. About a fourth of the over 400 persons killed are estimated to be obviously civilians because they were children or women; the proportion of the civilians killed is likely actually higher because a lot of the men are probably noncombatants, too. Likewise, large numbers of the over 2000 Gazans wounded have been innocent civilians.

Gazans are facing starvation and death, according to UN humanitarian chief John Holmes. The power plant has been knocked out, making it impossible for the hospitals properly to treat the over 2000 wounded in the airstrikes, or indeed, for patients needing oxygen & etc. to get it. Hospitals have resorted to generators, but they run on fuel, which is in short supply and many Gazans are without electricity. Some 20,000 a day are not getting the UN wheat rations and other foodstuffs on which they rely, given that Israel long ago destroyed their economy. That is, there is real and increasing hunger in Gaza, 50% of the population of which is children.

Tzipi Livni said the purpose of the operation was to weaken Hamas.

Wasn’t that the purpose of all those assassinations carried out by Ariel Sharon in 2003-2004? Didn’t they assassinate Sheikh Yasin and Rantisi & etc. then? Did Hamas disappear? If Livni and Ehub Barak think that aerial bombardment is the right way to deal with a group like Hamas in a place like Gaza, they are just as out of touch with reality as George W. Bush.

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