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drive-by planet: Israeli propaganda and spin seeks to justify Gaza attack: yet another civilian bloodbath

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…)

drive-by planet: Netanyahu gov deceived public about killings of Israeli teens: incident exploited for political ends

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…)

drive-by planet: Israeli ex-minister Ben-Eliezer calls violent settlers ‘godless’: writer Amos Oz warns of ‘Hebrew neo-Nazis’

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…)

drive-by planet: Israeli soldiers testify: powerful new Breaking the Silence videos featuring female ex-soldiers

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…)

drive-by planet: Mor Ostrovski’s offensive Instagram image: what it says about the IDF ‘culture of impunity’

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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Art Threat: Stevie Wonder to perform at Israeli military fundraiser

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

drive-by planet: Israeli attack on Gaza: al-Jabari killing and airstrikes not just about rockets

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

Drive-by Planet: Rachel Corrie: Israeli court ruling raises questions and spurs activism

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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Drive-by Planet: IDF assaults on Andreas Ias and others during Jordan Valley protest

Andreas Ias getting smashed in the face with an M-16

Prior to the brutal assault on 20-year old Danish activist, Andreas Ias, in the course of a protest bike ride in the Jordan Valley, Israel attempted to block dozens of international activists from entering the country. The overreaction might make you think that unarmed international activists are now the latest suspects posing an existential threat to Israel.

By contrast far-right Islamophobes – some with Nazi connections – such as Heinz Christian Strache have visited Israel without a problem. Geert Wilders was also a visitor. Right-wing crank Glenn Beck received rock

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Liz Trotta, why do you hate the IDF?

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

A. Picazo: The Crisis In Gaza — An International Tipping Point

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 →