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From the ruins of our towns and cities in Gaza, we send our heartfelt appreciation to all those who stood with us and mobilized during the latest Israeli massacre.
In the occupied West Bank, Israel has embarked on one of its largest illegal land grabs in decades by confiscating another 1,000 acres of Palestinian land to expand its illegal colonies.
Now, our battle to hold Israel accountable for its fresh war crimes and crimes against humanity has begun. The outcome of this battle to end Israeli impunity will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s “incremental genocide” of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law – the world’s dangerous pariah. The outcome of this battle depends on you.
Two months after its 2008–2009 massacre in Gaza, Israel’s prize was an upgrade in trade relations with the European Union. By 2012, western powers in cooperation with the UN Secretary General had effectively prevented all investigation by the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel committed during the attack.
During the most recent massacre, on 2 August 2014, three days after the occupation forces bombed the designated UN humanitarian shelter in Jabaliya refugee camp, killing 20 civilians and wounding at least 150 people as they slept, the US Congress approved $225 million in additional military aid to Israel. The following day, the occupation forces bombed another UN shelter in Rafah killing ten civilians and injuring dozens.
Also during the massacre, Germany sold Israel an attack submarine with nuclear capability, and the United Kingdom refused to freeze its arms sales to Israel. These and other forms of criminal complicity from world governments and official bodies pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocidal attacks. It is up to people of conscience and all those who seek peace with justice worldwide to make sure this complicity ends now.
We urge you to stand with the Palestinian people in its entirety and to demand that Israel be held accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity it has committed and continues to commit against the Palestinian people everywhere.
We urge you to intensify boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns to further isolate Israel economically, militarily, academically and culturally.
Intensify BDS against Israel in all fields, including by taking the following actions:
Working to have arrest warrants issued against Israeli war criminals and for them to be tried before your courts.
Pressuring governments to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel.
Pressuring governments to suspend all free trade and bilateral agreements with Israel until it complies with international law.
Working within trade unions to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of oppression and engaging in effective BDS measures such as stopping handling of Israeli goods, divesting trade union funds from Israel and complicit companies, and boycotting complicit Israel trade unions. The trade union movement has a proud history of successful campaigning against apartheid in South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions has joined Palestinian trade unions in calling for trade union action to end Israel’s impunity.
Holding to account those corporations and retailers that support and profit from Israel’s regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid, including by boycotting their products and taking creative and direct action. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) has suggested a list of corporate criminals to target.
The majority of the world’s people are waking up to the reality of Israel’s rogue regime of oppression and racism. For the rest of what is supposed to be the UN’s International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, demand an end to Israel’s criminal impunity. Stand with Gaza, and act for freedom, justice and peace in Palestine.
Issued by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the following Gaza organizations/unions:
- Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions
- University Teachers’ Association in Palestine
- Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (umbrella for 133 orgs)
- Medical Democratic Assembly
- General Union of Palestine Workers
- General Union for Health Services Workers
- General Union for Public Services Workers
- General Union for Petrochemical and Gas Workers
- General Union for Agricultural Workers
- Union of Women’s Work Committees
- Pal-Cinema (Palestine Cinema Forum)
- Herak Youth Movement
- Union of Women’s Struggle Committees
- Union of Synergies–Women’s Unit
- Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees
- Women’s Studies Society
- Working Women’s Society
- Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel
- Gaza BDS Working Group
- One Democratic State Group
Netanyahu vs. Abu Ubaydah: On Victory and False Victory
By Ramzy Baroud
Israel's complete dominance over when wars start and how they end is over.
Hamas urges Abbas to sign Rome Conventions to sue Israel:
Hamas movement called Friday on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to immediately sign Rome Conventions in order to sue Israel before international courts.
US envoy to the United Nations Samantha Power said yesterday that Washington is open to any UNSC resolution but it must "do no harm" to Israel and at the same time "contributes to sustaining the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire".
Wrh.com Webmaster's Commentary:
This is like saying you support keeping the Titanic afloat, but are not allowed to mention that gaping hole in the hull!
The conflict cost the lives of more than 2,140 Gazans, destroyed thousands of homes, severely damaged the enclave's sole power plant and burnt dozens of factories.
Note: It is absolutely essential to read the comments!
OOHH God Forbid!!--Only JEWS are ‘VICTIMS’, only JEWS get reparation from all the countries they succeed in extorting guilt money from. Only Jews ‘suffer’ and have any rights to claim financial compensation- everyone else is irrelevant- Russians, Japanese, Iraqis, Syrians, Rwandans, Cambodians, Vietnamese etc. Jews are the ETERNAL SOLE VICTIMS of our shitty ZIONIST Hell hole that we refer to as ‘our world’.
And for this one sided ‘War’, Israel is repaid for all the WMDS it used to obliterate Gaza by the US Taxpayers, along with the British/EU Allies and Canada. The moral of the story here is – Waging wars
Germany paid reparations (and continues to pay) to victims of the holocaust ...
Israel pays NOTHING to Gazans that were also victims.
War Reparations are unheard of in the ziodictionary ...
The number of displaced Palestinians in Gaza is rising again despite the fact that the 26 August ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian resistance is holding.
As a Holocaust survivor I never thought I’d see the day that our government, from the commander-in-chief on down, would kowtow in absolute obedience to the dictates of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) as though in the presence of an eastern potentate of yore.
More powerful than all corporate lobbyists combined, AIPAC recently had all 100 senators goose-stepping to its edicts – every single one signing off on a resolution affirming Israel’s “right to defend itself,” Orwellian newspeak justifying the merciless battering of a virtually helpless population.
Israeli war on Gaza in 2014
Israel used banned weapon on Gaza: Medics, activists
And this is the Israeli use of depleted uranium in Gaza in 2012
Israel uses depleted uranium munitions during Gaza offensive
during the Israeli war in 2008/2009
UN to probe claim Israel used depleted uranium bombs in Gaza
The IAEA, World Health Organization will conduct the investigation; Israel denies the claims.
By Yossi Melman | Jan. 22, 2009 | 1:29 AM
Doctor In Gaza Describes Monstrous Israeli Weapons
(This is about the Israeli war on Gaza in 2006. What about the most recent Israeli war
in Gaza of 51 days?)
[flashback to use of DU’s in Iraq 2003]
Americans Coming Back to Iraq. Beware !!!
Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq
How to boycott Israel: updated guidelines for academics:
This comes at a crucial moment - in the wake of Israel's latest spasm of horrifying destruction and mass killing in Gaza, and after a period of unprecedented growth in support for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).
Israel's Video Justifying Destruction of a Gaza Hospital Was From 2009
Israel issues tenders for 283 illegal settlement homes:
Israel said Friday it published tenders for 283 new homes in an illegal West Bank settlement, just days after announcing its biggest land grab on occupied Palestinian territory for three decades.
A youth sports club and center for children with disabilities in Nablus sustain serious damage after Israeli forces raid a multi-story building in search of wanted Palestinians.
Israel Demolishes Bedouin Homes in “Unrecognized Villages” – 80,000 Palestinians Denied Electricity and Running Water
Israeli authorities demolished several Palestinian homes in the Naqab (Negev) region on Wednesday.
During the early hours of the morning, Israeli bulldozers razed three buildings in Um Beten and additional structures on the outskirts of Hura, villages located in the northern part of the Naqab region, the Arabs48 website reported later that day.
For decades, the U.S. and Israel have played a game of not admitting what everyone knows – that Israel possesses a secret nuclear arsenal. But this policy of dissembling has made the two countries look hypocritical when they press Iran on its nuclear program, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Conflict between the US and Israel on the nuclear issue began with the outgoing Eisenhower administration. The US asked for an explanation of the top secret construction going on at Dimona. Israel claimed that the construction was of a textile plant but would not allow US inspection of the facility. The conflict escalated in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy took office.
Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state's possession of nuclear weapons. The "top secret" minutes of meetings between senior officials from the two countries in 1975 show that South Africa's defence minister, PW Botha, asked for the warheads and Shimon Peres, then Israel's defence minister and now its president, responded by offering them "in three sizes". The two men also signed a broad-ranging agreement governing military ties between the two countries that included a clause declaring that "the very existence of this agreement" was to remain secret.
There have been persecutions and expulsions of Jews throughout history, across the world, but ask yourself why? Peoples of different cultures, faiths, communities who were not all Christians, Whites, Europeans or Nazis. What was it that pissed them off? The only common denominator that shared this potential discord by all these Peoples was the dominant supremacist attitude of Jews, of how they treated other People within all these Host nations where they implemented their parasitic financial practices, their very own racist supremacy that fed their cultural arrogance and exclusivity. Such arrogance is bound to lead and give growth to problems and intolerance.
World Jewry must end this supremacist racist psyche of theirs if they wish to be accepted by the whole world, majority of whom are Gentiles.
If you choose to be an outsider, you will remain so
It is their own hostility and racism that generates antagonism towards them as they refuse to accept being a part of Humanity instead, choosing to be exclusive from it.
If it is important to the Jews to end the hostility of the rest of the world against them, then maybe being less hostile towards others is a good first step
Setting the record straight
Engineered confusion is a key component in PsyWar, as Israel’s very effective spook agency Mossad aptly indicates in its motto: “By deceit shalt thou wage war.” If I may paraphrase Saddam Hussein, “Anti-Semitism” is probably the “mother of all global and historical deceits!”
Let’s therefore clearly define four very distinct and separate categories which will help to clarify and introduce transparency into the ongoing debates over Zionism, Israel and the behavior of both; even if pro-Israel militants go to extremes trying to confuse and roll them up into one sole, and thus false, category
1.Judaism: a millenary religion. Being non-evangelical, Judaism is socially un-intrusive; no Jew will ever knock on your door on a Sunday morning to try to convert you to the faith of Moses.
2. Jewish People: a very tiny (0.2% of world population), globally-dispersed ethnic group with common cultural, social and religious characteristics, whose members hold a wide variety of ideological and political beliefs.
3. Zionism: a nationalist, racist, political ideology founded in 1897 by Theodore Herzl. Zionism operates through a very powerful and intricate global network of lobbies, think-tanks and pressure groups, all loyally aligned to one overriding priority: the interests and goals of the State of Israel;
4. Israel: a sovereign Nation-State imposed on Palestine in 1948 through force and terrorism…
Powerful Zionist organizations illegitimately claim to speak on behalf of all Jewry. This too is false, for there are legions of anti-Zionist Jews who do not primarily identify with Israel, often rejecting its extreme nationalist policies: Argentine musician Daniel Barenboim, US academic Norman Finkelstein, Israeli writers Israel Shahak, Ilán Pappé, Yakov Rabkin and many others, including anti-Zionist rabbi groups like Neture Karta. Zionists leaders brand such of their lot as “self-hating Jews” (sic!).
In short, stating that opposition to Zionism is “Anti-Semitism” is an outright lie.
People fighting Zionism might be called “Anti-Zionists”, and people fighting Israeli crimes in Palestine could be called “Anti-Israelis”. But not anti-Semites. Anti-Zionists and Anti-Israelis have nothing to say about Judaism as a religion, or Jews as a global ethnic group.
‘Are all Jews ‘Semites’?
Sephardic (Semitic) Jews in Israel and the West are a minority, which is notable since they are the ones who can claim probable descent from Old Testament Hebrews.
Most Jews in Israel, the US, Britain, Europe and Argentina, for instance, are of Ashkenazim origin, and here lies a key factor of far-reaching political consequence.
Ashkenazim Jews descend from the Khazars, a Euro-Asiatic Caucasian people who in the 7th to 9th centuries built a magnificent decentralized confederation of Nomadic tribes ruled by a king generically called the “Khagan”.
The 8th Century saw them threatened with assimilation by two powerful neighboring political, military and cultural empires: the Christian Eastern Roman Empire in Byzantium, and the Islamic Caliphate in Baghdad.
Accordingly, in 740AD the wise Khazar kings made a portentous, unprecedented and revolutionary decision: they warded off unwanted Christian and Muslim pressure and influence by converting en masse to Judaism.
Centuries went by, the Khazar Empire saw its twilight; Byzantium fell; Islam became dominant in that region, and nomadic Khazars discretely settled into present-day Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Poland, reaching Central and Western Europe through Romania and Germany; especially their larger cities. Wherever the Khazar/Ashkenazim went, they carried Moses’s faith with them.
In short, Ashkenazim Jews – mostly blond or red-head, light-eyed, white-skinned -are not related to the Hebrews and Israelites of the Bible. They have little or no “Semitic” blood in their veins, and thus no genuine historical or ethnic claim to the Holy Land of Palestine.
This was explained by researcher Arthur Koestler in his 1977 book “The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazar Empire and its Heritage”. In 2009, University of Tel Aviv historian Shlomo Sand published “The Invention of the Jewish People” which claimed that the very concept of “one people” is an outright invention: “There never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and the exile also never happened – hence there was no return.”
Sand rejected most of the stories of national-identity formation in the Bible, including the Exodus from Egypt. “It’s all fiction and myth that served as an excuse for the establishment of the State of Israel.”
He adds that “The first Jews of Ashkenazi (Germany) did not come from the Land of Israel and did not reach Eastern Europe from Germany, but became Jews in the Khazar Kingdom in the Caucasus.” Sand added that Zionists’ need to devise a shared ethnicity and historical continuity produced a long series of inventions and fictions, along with an invocation of racist theses. Some he said were concocted in the minds of those who conceived the Zionist movement, while others were offered as the findings of genetic studies conducted in Israel.
Former US Marine and Gulf War Veteran, Ken O’Keefe as well as being a marine conservationist has become one of the most hands-on, straight-talking opponents of the worldwide Zionist Power Structure. He is a dangerous man, an effective leader and thinker.
Ken addresses his peers in a casual yet empowering talk sparked with his trademark candor and honesty, not seeking to educate ~ which is inevitable nonetheless. The political insight is, of course, impressive and brutally honest. Expect less? Never.
Here he is at his most engaging, sharing personal tales and history with humour, the dark humour needed today to survive. When and if I can find the text of this talk, I will add it to this post.
"Peace at the end of a gun barrel is not peace."
A body of the Union of European Football Associations has slapped harsh fines on three of its member clubs, Celtic FC, St Johnstone (Saints) and Dundalk FC because some fans flew Palestinian flags during their games.