A recent post on World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) draws attention to the failure of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) to “denounce the murderous assault being carried out by the Israeli government” in Gaza:
Over the past two weeks, Thomas Mulcair, the head of the NDP and the leader of the Official Opposition in parliament, and Paul Dewar, the NDP foreign affairs critic, have refused to oppose Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s full-throated support for the Israeli onslaught [in Gaza].
The article notes that Mulcair’s stance on the Gaza conflict has drawn kudos from at least one columnist on the (Read more…)
Images following the shelling of UN-run school in Beit Hanoun
War crimes committed by Israel in the course of its attack on Gaza are a consequence of an overall strategy rather than isolated incidents due to alleged mistaken targeting or other “accidents.”
The recent Israeli shelling of a UN-run school in Beit Hanoun resulted in 15 deaths and hundreds of wounded – most of the casualties were women and children. The IDF knew there were hundreds of civilians in the facility seeking shelter from violence but they went ahead and shelled it anyway claiming the target was Hamas, (Read more…)
Top: Wounded Palestinian girl following strike in northern Gaza strip Below: Israeli strike on buildings in Khan Younis / Palestinian boy with younger wounded sibling upon learning family was killed in strike
Yet another bloodbath in Gaza. One of the most powerful militaries on the planet is once again turning its US-supplied weaponry on an enclave no bigger than Manhattan. Palestinian civilians are paying a heavy price in this grotesquely unequal contest: to date Palestinian dead stands at over 200… Israeli dead 1.
The stark contrast between the military power of Israel and the resources of beleaguered Gaza was (Read more…)
A short time following the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, Israeli authorities knew the teens were dead. They knew who the Hebron-based suspects in the killings were, yet the details were covered up.
The gag order that banned media outlets from reporting details on the incident cast doubt on the cynical fiction – that the teens were alive and capable of being rescued. The order banned Israeli journalists from publicizing “All the details of the investigation” and “All details that might identify the suspect”… details and suspects known to Shin Bet in the early going.
Under (Read more…)
One of Israel’s best known writers, Amos Oz, has ignited controversy by labeling Israelis responsible for hate crimes against Muslims and Christians “Hebrew neo-Nazis.”
Before Oz made his comments a Jerusalem church and an Arab home in the Old City became targets of so-called price tag attacks. The term “price tag” is used by hardline Jewish settlers as justification for attacks on Palestinians and their property. The attacks are seen as retaliation for settlement freezes, Palestinian attacks on Jews and other perceived anti-settlement activity.
The term is viewed by Oz as little more than a sanitized euphemism. He is (Read more…)
I’ve posted before about the work of a remarkable site called Breaking the Silence. It features candid video testimonials by former Israeli soldiers about the experience of being the uniformed enforcers of occupation and state control. The site has released a series of new testimonials by females who served in the Israeli military and I’ve chosen to post one that features testimony by a former soldier named Gil Hillel.
Hillel offers no solutions but simply states what the exercise of military power does to a human being… those who as Hillel describes it are made into ‘violent, aggressive creatures. (Read more…)
Top: Instagram ‘sniper’ image Below: Mor Ostrovski and weapons
A photo posted on the personal Instagram account of Israeli soldier, Mor Ostrovski, showing rifle crosshairs trained on the head of what appears to be a Palestinian youth has sparked outrage and criticism.
Ostrovski’s twisted visual isn’t exactly unusual. That Palestinian life is cheap in the eyes of some IDF soldiers comes across also in t’shirts. In an earlier post I discussed incredibly offensive anti-Palestinian t’shirt graphics, one of which depicted crosshairs trained on the stomach of a pregnant Palestinian woman along with the line “1 shot kills 2.”
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Muscial icon Stevie Wonder will perform for a fundraiser to support the Israeli military, who recently ended their week-long bombing campaign of Gaza that killed 160 Palestinians and injured one thousand more, mostly civilians. According to Israeli news website Ynetnews, Wonder will appear at an annual gala hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense [...] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser
Top: BBC worker Jihad Masharawi holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad after an Israeli strike on the family home in Gaza City. Bottom: Canadian protesters in Ottawa. When Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in 2008 it was short… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Israeli attack on Gaza: al-Jabari killing and airstrikes not just about rockets
On March 16, 2003, a 23-year old American activist named Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an IDF armored bulldozer in Rafah, southern Gaza. Along with fellow activists from the International Solidarity Movement, Corrie was engaged in a courageous effort to defend Palestinian homes slated for demolition.
In an Israeli court this week, a judge ruled that the the state bore no responsibility for Corrie’s death. Judge Oded Gershon said that Corrie “was accidentally killed in the framework of a ‘war-related activity’ … [and] the state bears no responsibility for the damages inflicted on the plaintiffs resulting
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Liz Trotta, the shrill Fox News talking head who declared about women being raped in the US military, “What did they expect? These people are in close contact”, doubles down on her implied contention that US military men are rapists. Of course, Trotta is refusing to apologize for her insult to American male soldiers and blames “angry feminists” for her un-American words.
But Liz, what of
If, and as long as between the Jordan and the sea, there is only one political entity, named Israel, it will end up being either non-Jewish or non-democratic… If the Palestinians vote in elections, it is a binational state, and if they don’t, it is an apartheid state. – Ehud Barak This sentiment expressed by … Continue reading →