The Canadian state’s current support for Zionism is part of its manoeuvring for Canada to win one of five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for a two-year term beginning in 2021. From this vantage point, Canada could better serve U.S. imperialist interests, which includes putting a human face on Zionist war crimes and terrorism against the Palestinian people, and U.S. aggression worldwide. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Israel – Operation Protective Edge [Tzuk Eitan] (2014)
Center for Constitutional Rights, August 25, 2016
While there has been recent criticism of those taking the position that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, there is a long history of human rights scholarship and legal analysis that supports the assertion. Prominent scholars of the international law crime of genocide and human rights authorities take the position that Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people could constitute a form of genocide. Those policies range from the 1948 mass killing and displacement of Palestinians to a half-century of military occupation and, correspondingly, the discriminatory legal regime governing Palestinians, repeated military assaults on Gaza, and official Israeli statements expressly favouring the elimination of Palestinians. Continue reading
The victims are the three Palestinian groups working to bring Israel to The Hague on war crimes charges | Amira Hass, Haaretz.
(August 17) – He introduces himself as Abu Nabil, but Arabic is not his mother tongue. Hounding people and threatening them with murder is his business. It may be assumed that he gets a salary for this. He works with a team, armed with advanced technology for surveilling and locating people.
On February 25, Abu Nabil phoned Sweden, to the home of the family of Nada Kiswanson, a Palestinian attorney with dual Jordanian-Swedish citizenship, and warned the family that if Kiswanson did not leave her place of employment, they would never see her again. Continue reading
(December 18) – Israel’s Government Press Office appears to be building up files on international journalists who criticize the oppression faced by Palestinians.
August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children. Continue reading
(June 15) – There was nothing surprising about Israel finding itself not culpable for the killing of four boys on a Gaza beach in July last year, as it did in a military judgment released a few days ago.
Israel’s investigations into its own crimes aren’t known for delivering guilty verdicts. Continue reading
May 4th was World Press Freedom Day. So far in 2015, 44 journalists have died in the line of work. Israel alone killed 17 Palestinian media workers its 51-day military aggression against the Gaza Strip.
Un-Explained – A Hamas senior official along with a Palestinian media organization demanded on Sunday the prosecution of Israel for killing, injuring and arresting Palestinian pressmen. Continue reading
Over 1,000 Palestinians will be granted scholarship programs in various disciplines in Venezuela, said Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
The Venezuelan government decided to expand the “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” from 199 to over 1,000 Palestinian students after the first 119 Palestinian medical students arrived in Caracas last Thursday.
119 Palestinian medical students arrived for studies in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. The Venezuelan “Yasser Arafat Scholarship Program” has been extended to over 1,000 Palestinian students in various disciplines. Continue reading
ANDREW MITROVICA* on Harper’s perverse provision of militarized “aid” to the Kiev junta, the murky role of the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company (Eugene Melnyk, BIOVAIL) who’s also the chairman of the Campaign Advisory Committee for “United with Ukraine” … and the wounded children of Gaza.
Only now do I appreciate just how ugly this prime minister is. I didn’t think it was possible for even a government as rabidly partisan as this one to add Palestinian children to its long list of enemies. That’s not hyperbole. Truth.
US monopoly media constructed a false symmetry of violence where none existed. The manipulation of facts included ABC World News presenting photos of a Palestinian family as Israelis. Or the Hamas “strategy to get its own children killed” that was “forcing [Israel] to kill their children.” PETER HART of FAIR*
Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured the lopsided nature of the death toll.
This started with the timeline preferred in much of the press. By most media accounts, the conflict started when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on June 12; their bodies were discovered on June 30. The Israeli government immediately declared Hamas responsible. Days after the discovery of the victims’ bodies, a Palestinian teenager was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists, in what was called a “revenge” attack. Hamas rockets started falling in Israel, and “Operation Protective Edge” was Israel’s response. Continue reading
And wave flags of Iran and Syria and banners of Hezbollah. Meanwhile, Latin America acts to further assist the Palestinian people. Four articles with photos
Hundreds of Palestinians waved photos of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro during a march held yesterday in Gaza to thank the Latin American solidarity. Continue reading
Some were killed in their homes, others were “deliberately targeted”
Ma’an News Agency (August 26) – A Palestinian media watchdog said that July was the bloodiest month on record in the history of the Palestinian press, as nine journalists were killed and eight media outlets shelled during the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza.
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said in a statement that the targeting of Palestinian media had continued into August, with at least six more journalists killed in the last three weeks as well. Continue reading
How the Zionists attempt to raise violence, anarchy and chaos to the level of authority and provide it with a legal justification called “lawfare.” JEFF HALPER
Operation Protective Edge was not merely a military assault on a primarily civilian population.
As in its previous “operations” (Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Pillar of Defense in 2012), it was also part of an ongoing assault on international humanitarian law (IHL) by a highly coordinated team of Israeli lawyers, military officers, PR people and politicians, led by (no less) a philosopher of ethics. It is an effort not only to get Israel off the hook for massive violations of human rights and international law, but to help other governments overcome similar constraints when they embark as well on “asymmetrical warfare,” “counterinsurgency” and “counter-terrorism” against peoples resisting domination. It is a campaign that Israel calls “lawfare” and had better be taken seriously by us all. Continue reading
‘We believe that any ceasefire without a price is a bonus for the occupation and it benefits from it and uses it as a means to subdue the Resistance, in an attempt to turn the victory that we accomplished on the military battlefield into a defeat at the negotiating table.’ ‘Of course, there is always contact between the Palestinian Resistance and Hezbollah and Iran. This is no longer a secret.’ QASSEM QASSEM and NIDAL AL-WAHIDI
Dr. SALMAN ABU-SITTA*
alakbarenglish (Aug. 20 ) – The guns used to attack Gaza may fall silent for a while and resume firing later, but this will not change a pattern that has lasted 66 years. The bloodshed will not come to an end without knowing how and why it started and how to deal with it.
There is nothing in Palestine’s geography that is called the “Gaza Strip.” This “strip” was created by Israel. Continue reading
Scotland’s Glasgow City Council has raised the Palestinian flag over the city chambers in a move to express its solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip.
Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost or civic head of Scotland’s largest city, said Friday that the flag is an expression of solidarity with Palestinians. Docherty wrote a letter to Vera Baboun, the mayor of Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank, to inform her of this mark of support. Docherty also offered her “heartfelt sympathy” to the residents in Gaza and said people of Glasgow “are united by a common desire to support the Palestinian people. I would like to convey my most sincere condolences to the many in your city and throughout Palestine who have been affected by this conflict.” Residents of Glasgow welcomed the move, saying on their Twitter accounts that the city made them “proud to be Glaswegian.” Fife Council has also announced its plans to fly the Palestinian flag over Fife House in Glenrothes for a week in protest at the suffering of Gazans. The support for Palestinians came on the same day as Israel resumed its military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip after the expiry of a 72-hour truce between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas. About 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, have been killed and over 9,500 others wounded since the Israeli military first launched its brutal military aggression against Gaza on July 8. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014. (With a file from PressTV)
By EDUARDO GALEANO *
TO justify itself, state terrorism fabricates terrorists, sows hates and presents alibis. Indications are that the butchery in Gaza, which according to its perpetuators, is about eliminating terrorists, will create more.
By FIDEL CASTRO RUZ
I again request that Granma not use the front page for these relatively brief lines about the genocide of Palestinians being committed.
I am writing them rapidly, to state only that which requires deep reflection.
I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength, at this time in human history when more that seven billion inhabitants are struggling for their survival. Continue reading
Al-Manar (Aug. 4) – Iranian President Sheikh Hassan Rohani called upon the UN Security Council and the United Nations on Monday to hasten an end to the Zionist massacres against the oppressed Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip.
At the opening session of the ministerial meeting of the Committee on Palestine of the Non-Aligned Movement, Sheikh Rohani said that the continuation of the crisis in the Strip is due to lack of interest by the international community and its silence about the occupation crimes, adding that the United States and some Security Council members are turning a blind eye to the crimes of the occupation and defending the oppressor against the oppressed.
Moreover, the Iranian president called for a collective action to enable the Palestinian people of get their legitimate rights, pointing out that the Zionist entity has violated humanity and international norms by its aggression on Gaza. Continue reading
On the Important Questions of War and Peace
By PAULINE EASTON
THE genocidal onslaught of the Zionist Occupiers against the Palestinian people has entered its fourth week. Their war crimes and crimes against humanity are mounting day by day. So too is the massive disinformation of the American, Canadian and European official circles and monopoly owned media. This disinformation would have us believe that the genocidal onslaught of the Israeli Zionists against the Palestinian people is not a war crime committed by the occupiers of Palestinian lands who are engaged in state terrorism. On the contrary, they would have us believe that Israel is a modern democratic state exercising its right to self-defence against terrorist attackers.
These official circles and media shamelessly blame the Resistance for the violence of the Zionists. They call the wholesale killing of civilians, which are crimes of genocide, “unfortunate accidents” in an otherwise just cause to wipe out “terrorists.” Time and again, the media blame the Resistance for destroying any chance of a “peaceful final solution.” In fact, the very thought that the genocidal crimes of the Zionist Occupiers “protect Israeli civilians from Palestinian attacks” is irrational. Continue reading
A group of Palestinian artists have turned the current fighting in Gaza into a symbol of hope and resistance by transforming photographs of rocket explosions. Artists Tawfik Gebreel, Bushra Shanan and Belal Khaled have drawn images of peace signs, clenched fists and parents playing withtheir children onto photographs of the smoke-filled region. Gebreel, a Palestinian architect based in Gaza, said he began drawing images in the smoke from Israeli rocket strikes as a way of reconcilinghis work with the reality he saw.”
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Not reported in the media, but verified by the numbers: Muhmmad Dayf, commander of Qassam, said on July 28: “We have deliberately targeted Israeli military targets while our enemy targets civilians and children.” Continue reading
Hennadii Nadolenko Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel, explains in an op-ed in Haaretz where the Ukrainian Army and militias learn how to shell civilians in Eastern Ukraine:
“For the past two weeks, my colleagues and I have found ourselves not as mere witnesses, but rather also unwilling participants in the recently inflamed conflict between Gaza and the State of Israel. …We had the opportunity to witness the action of Iron Dome, Israel’s missile defense system. We are closely monitoring the progress of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO), ‘Protective Edge,’ in which the Israeli army is currently engaged […]
“Therefore, I would like to highlight that I, as a representative of Ukraine, appreciate the help that my state has received from the citizens of Israel over the past months. I express my deep gratitude to all the members of the group “Israel supports Ukraine” and, in particular, the volunteer group ‘Israel helps Maidan wounded’ for their support of Ukraine and Ukrainians.
“In these difficult days for our nations, overflowing with sad news, I would like to bow my head in memory of the Israeli and Ukrainian heroes who have died defending their people from terrorists.”
Reports indicate that as of Sunday, July 27, 8:35 p.m., the death toll in Gaza as a result of Israel’s attacks stood at 1,032. On July 26, just before a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinian resistance came into force, Israeli missiles hit a home in the town of Beit Hanoun killing an entire 18-member family inside.
Six thousand two hundred and thirty three Palestinians have been injured since the assault began, including 1994 children, 1169 women and 257 elderly. Continue reading
The world continues to watch in horror as the Palestinian residents of Gaza are slaughtered by the Zionist occupiers of their land, while the residents of the West Bank are also wantonly killed for protesting. On July 21, the Occupation Forces committed a massacre in the al-Shujaiyya neighbourhood of Gaza city. As of 2 pm on July 26, medical teams had already recovered 85 bodies from the rubble. In addition to the killing of Palestinians, the massacre forced some 60,000 Gazans to flee their homes in the area for fear of more attacks, adding to a total number of internally displaced persons that has now hit 183,000 out of a population in Gaza of 1.7 million residents. All Palestinians, unable to flee due to the blockade of Gaza by land, sea and air, are targets of the Israeli onslaught. Continue reading
All out to support the victory of the Palestinian people in smashing the blockade of Gaza, ending the occupation of their homeland and affirming their right to be!
The people of Palestine have been engaged in a courageous battle for their right to be since WWII. Following the war, the Anglo-U.S. imperialists decided to form a Zionist colonial entity in Palestine as a military base to strengthen their empire in West Asia and North Africa. The imperialist front provided arms, other assets and displaced people from Europe to occupy Palestine and force out the indigenous Palestinians from much of their land.
Using overwhelming military power, money and people supplied by Anglo-U.S. imperialism, a Zionist colonial entity occupied Palestine and negated the Palestinian people’s right to be. The Zionist colonial entity’s right to exist and defend itself has required the negation of the right to be of the Palestinian people, the theft of their land, their suppression and brutalization, and the continuing military occupation of Palestine. Continue reading
By KIM PETERSEN*
(July 19) – On Friday afternoon July 18th in Halifax, Nova Scotia, hundreds of people gathered in front of the building which houses Canada’s state media, the CBC. An article in the CBC of the same day explains why the people of Halifax were disgusted; its subtitle quotes United States president Barack Obama: “’No nation should accept rockets fired into its borders,’ Obama says of Israel’s ground push.”
How should the nations where the United States carries out drone missile attacks respond to such an utterance from Obama? Continue reading