Returning to the ancestral void

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
Rumi

its-salah:

"The most moral army in the world" celebrating killing innocents, this is who we’re fighting.

Cowardly, Hypocritical, Subservient Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Israeli Apartheid and Current War Crimes in Gaza

remotely-viewing-khemet:

Only 2 of over 40 Congressional Black Caucus members voted against legitimizing the 2009 Israeli massacre of 1400 mostly civilians in Gaza, with seven CBC members abstaining. Last week, with the Gaza death toll climbing toward 1,000 not a single CBC member could be bothered to lift a voice against Israel’s genocidal assault of the moment or its ongoing apartheid state in general. Black America should hang our collective heads in shame.

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Who controls American finances and politics?  I think we all know the answer to that question.

Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child

andrewneilblog:

Read this. I don’t think I know how to write anything more. 

An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old.

The officer, identified by the army only as Captain R, was charged this week with illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions after emptying all 10 bullets from his gun’s magazine into Iman al-Hams when she walked into a “security area” on the edge of Rafah refugee camp last month.

A tape recording of radio exchanges between soldiers involved in the incident, played on Israeli television, contradicts the army’s account of the events and appears to show that the captain shot the girl in cold blood.

The official account claimed that Iman was shot as she walked towards an army post with her schoolbag because soldiers feared she was carrying a bomb.

But the tape recording of the radio conversation between soldiers at the scene reveals that, from the beginning, she was identified as a child and at no point was a bomb spoken about nor was she described as a threat. Iman was also at least 100 yards from any soldier.

Instead, the tape shows that the soldiers swiftly identified her as a “girl of about 10” who was “scared to death”.

The tape also reveals that the soldiers said Iman was headed eastwards, away from the army post and back into the refugee camp, when she was shot.

At that point, Captain R took the unusual decision to leave the post in pursuit of the girl. He shot her dead and then “confirmed the kill” by emptying his magazine into her body.

The tape recording is of a three-way conversation between the army watchtower, the army post’s operations room and the captain, who was a company commander.

The soldier in the watchtower radioed his colleagues after he saw Iman: “It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.”

Operations room: “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?”

Watchtower: “A girl of about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

A few minutes later, Iman is shot in the leg from one of the army posts.

The watchtower: “I think that one of the positions took her out.”

The company commander then moves in as Iman lies wounded and helpless.

Captain R: “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

Witnesses described how the captain shot Iman twice in the head, walked away, turned back and fired a stream of bullets into her body. Doctors at Rafah’s hospital said she had been shot at least 17 times.

On the tape, the company commander then “clarifies” why he killed Iman: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”

The army’s original account of the killing said that the soldiers only identified Iman as a child after she was first shot. But the tape shows that they were aware just how young the small, slight girl was before any shots were fired.

The case came to light after soldiers under the command of Captain R went to an Israeli newspaper to accuse the army of covering up the circumstances of the killing.

A subsequent investigation by the officer responsible for the Gaza strip, Major General Dan Harel, concluded that the captain had “not acted unethically”.

However, the military police launched an investigation, which resulted in charges against the unit commander.

Iman’s parents have accused the army of whitewashing the affair by filing minor charges against Captain R. They want him prosecuted for murder.

Record of a shooting

Watchtower
'It's a little girl. She's running defensively eastward'
Operations room
'Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?'
Watchtower
'A girl of about 10, she's behind the embankment, scared to death'
Captain R (after killing the girl) 
'Anything moving in the zone, even a three-year-old, needs to be killed'

Fighting Israel’s Battles From Holland Social Media ‘War Room’

maha12345678:

Fighting Israel’s Battles From Holland Social Media ‘War Room’

Forward \ By Cnaan Liphshiz

Dutch Volunteers Churn Out Logos and Memes

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Pushing Back: Anti-Israel demonstrations have mushroomed in the Netherlands since the start of the Gaza war. Some committed activists are fighting back on social media.

Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.
Around a conference…

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Shame on you, pseudo-christians, for supporting the Apartheid state of Israel in the name of paying back what you perceive you owe to Jews who perished in the holocaust. You are supporting a terrorist state that has been committing genocide against the Palestinian people for almost 70 years. The holocaust belongs in history books, but Palestine’s genocide is ongoing.

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Pushing Back: Anti-Israel demonstrations have mushroomed in the Netherlands since the start of the Gaza war. Some committed activists are fighting back on social media.

Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.
Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel materials and transferring them to an editor who posted them on social networks.
Nearby, the graphics department churned out glossy logos and catchy memes that compared weather forecasts from London – partly cloudy with a chance of light showers – to that of Tel Aviv: Rocket volley with a chance of death.
This was not Divon’s operation. In fact, he and other embassy staff were making only their first visit to the situation room set up by Jewish and Christian volunteers to counter anti-Israel rhetoric online. Community leaders say the effort is unparalleled in Europe and a testament to the vibrancy of Dutch Jewry.
“What you have done here is amazing,” Divon told the group. “I think this is unique in Europe and this is exactly what we need to give us enough time to accomplish what we need in order to ensure the safety of the people of Israel.”
The volunteers at the Buitenveldert situation room began working last week out of the the cafeteria of the local Jewish Cultural Center, which they converted into a space where 80 people can work in two 14-hour shifts each day. The volunteers have created hundreds of posts and articles on Israel, which they disseminate through the Holland4Israel Facebook group and on Twitter, among other social media.
“The idea is to empower pro-Israel advocates who used to work out of their student apartments by giving them a community framework, interaction and facilities,” said Ron Eisenmann, a former community leader from Amsterdam who spearheaded the project with Rabbi Yanki Jacobs, director of the Dutch branch of the Chabad on Campus network, and Christians for Israel, an international network of Christian Zionists.
For some participants, the situation room is the only place outside their homes where they can express support of Israel without rebuke. After one of her classmates posted on Facebook that “f—–g Zionists are something that every Jew should be ashamed of,” one Jewish student decided she needed to be more discreet about her views.
“Most of my friends are left-wing non-Jews, so I knew they were no big fans of Israel,” said Naomi, a student in her 20s from an eastern Holland city with few Jews, who asked to be identified only by her first name. “But I was shocked by their attacks on me because of my comments online about Israel’s right to defend itself.”
Support for the Palestinian cause is strong in the Netherlands, which has seen a string of efforts to divest from Israel over its policies in the West Bank and Gaza. Earlier this month, Muslim demonstrators twice chanted menacing calls about Jews at rallies in The Hague. Separately, unidentified individuals smashed the windows of the home of a chief rabbi, the fifth attack on his residence in recent years.
But the kingdom is also home to one of Europe’s most active pro-Israel communities, led by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI. The 40-year-old organization with 10 professional staffers, an online television channel and two research departments has given the Netherlands’ small Jewish community of 40,000 an outsized voice on Israel affairs unequaled by similarly sized communities elsewhere in Europe.
But it is the support of Christian Zionists that gives Holland’s well-organized Jewish community an extra push in its public diplomacy efforts, according to Binyomin Jacobs, Yanki’s father and the rabbi whose home was attacked.
“The supporters of Israel from Christians for Israel are an enormous help and an important element to the Jewish story here,” said Jacobs.
Representing hundreds of thousands of people in dozens of countries, Christians for Israel was founded in the Netherlands in 1979. Its international headquarters is still located in the town of Nijkerk, near Amsterdam.
Recently, the group launched several campaigns against PGGM, a major pension firm that divested from Israeli companies, and against several supermarket chains that reportedly agreed to boycott settlement goods. The markets denied they had made such a decision amid protests led predominantly by Christians.
Christians for Israel’s contribution to the pro-Israel effort during the current Gaza crisis was evident at a July 19 demonstration, where approximately 1,000 people – many draped in Israeli flags – packed Amsterdam’s Dam Square.
“I was surprised at how many Jews showed up,” said Sergiusz Licpyz, an Israeli living in Amsterdam. “They sang Hebrew songs and completely dwarfed the counter-demonstration of 30 pro-Palestinians, who ended up looking quite pathetic. I think they were also surprised.”
About 75 percent of the participants were Christians, according to David Serphos, a former Jewish community leader who helped set up the situation room with Eisenmann.
“Thank God for Christians for Israel because without them, that demonstration would have been different,” Serphos said.
Back at the situation room, Timo Erkelens of Christians for Israel’s youth group, Israelity, describes his involvement as a form of compensation for “all the horrible things” that befell Dutch Jewry. The Holocaust wiped out 75 percent of the community, the highest death rate in all of Nazi-occupied Western Europe.
“We are here to change the record,” Erkelens said.

democracynow:

"When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents … that is really a profound, profound crisis,” says Rabbi Henry Siegman in an interview on Democracy Now! today. 
Siegman’s father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that pushed for the creation of a Jewish state. Seigman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. He has called the Palestinian struggle for a state “the mirror image of the Zionist movement” that led to the founding of Israel in 1948. 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/israel-provoked-this-war-109229.html#.U9lG1OOSx2M
watch it.

democracynow:

"When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents … that is really a profound, profound crisis,” says Rabbi Henry Siegman in an interview on Democracy Now! today.

Siegman’s father was a leader of the European Zionist movement that pushed for the creation of a Jewish state. Seigman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s “big three” Jewish organizations, along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. He has called the Palestinian struggle for a state “the mirror image of the Zionist movement” that led to the founding of Israel in 1948.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/israel-provoked-this-war-109229.html#.U9lG1OOSx2M

watch it.

Israel rewrites history on the fly - Chicago Sun-Times

drjarndyce:

Fantastically penned article.

All of this, we are relentlessly told by Israel’s once well-oiled but nowadays creaking and spluttering propaganda machine, is to prevent rocket attacks into Israel. Time and time again, in 2008-9, in 2012 and again now, it has meticulously been documented that the surest way to prevent rocket attacks on Israel is for Israel itself to abide by ceasefire obligations that, each time, it disregards. Time and time again, however, Israel and its dwindling band of supporters in Europe and the U.S. weave tangled webs of hopelessly convoluted and mendacious distortions of simple chronology, vainly attempting to reverse the relationship of cause and effect, and to rewrite the sequence of events on the fly.

This delusional attitude is the extension of the same warped view that allows the Israelis to continuously subject Palestinians to violence, which takes many forms, and unfolds not merely in bombs and shells but mostly at the level of a mutilated and restricted everyday life, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as well as Gaza and countless refugee camps. This attitude is also the direct consequence of the thoroughly mainstream Israeli view that strips Palestinians of rights, of agency and even of humanity, reducing them merely — as one Israeli parliamentarian recently approvingly put it — to “snakes,” or at least to an abstract “demographic threat” that needs to be contained by any means necessary. The very existence of Palestinians, their ongoing presence as a Christian and Muslim majority in the combined space of Israel and the occupied territories — a land in which there is only one state, which identifies itself as exclusively Jewish — is the problem to which both mundane and extraordinary violence seems, for Israel, to be a kind of solution.

Well, it’s not. Israel has been trying to eradicate the Palestinian “threat” for six decades, and it has failed, and will continue to fail. No amount of violence will resolve the underlying contradictions, or diminish the Palestinian claim to justice, equality, and rights.

aboriginalnewswire:

Using a prototype Truth Rectification Processor, the words of Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev have been filtered through a complex algorithm that strips away lies.

Amazing results!

This experiment, led by @alexnunns (https://twitter.com/alexnunns), is inspired by earlier, remarkable research carried out by gabbriana2008, which used alternative “mind-reading technology”. Those results can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMd_j…. It is not known whether this technology is still operational, or if it has been destroyed by Mossad.

Some of the raw data that was fed into the Truth Rectification Processor can be viewed here: http://www.thenation.com/article/1807…
And some of its design principles were based on this: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/c…
Legal analysis was cited from: http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/…

The raw interview footage belongs to the BBC, used here under fair use. See the original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRfNR…. Respect to Emily Maitlis.

Masterful. Watch it.

Israel has completely destroyed 5,000 Gaza homes, damaged 26,000

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that nearly 5,000 homes had been destroyed in Gaza as of late Monday, a number expected to rise amid renewed bombardment.

Ministry spokesman in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra said that a total of 4,987 homes have been completely destroyed by Israeli shelling and airstrikes in the last 22 days.

26,270 homes, meanwhile, have been partially destroyed, of which 4,136 are no longer suitable for habitation.

The statements come after Israeli authorities gave evacuation orders to more than 400,000 residents of northern Gaza on Monday, including two major neighborhoods in Gaza City.

The United Nations said on Tuesday that 215,000 Gazans had fled their homes amid the bloodiest Israeli assault on the besieged coastal enclave since 2009.

All borders in and out of Gaza, however, are completely shut, forcing the majority to take shelter in UN-designated shelters.

Last week, Israel shelled four UN shelters, killing more than 20 and injuring dozens.

Mohammad Omer: Foreign journalists leaving Gaza

As the situation in Gaza worsens, foreign journalists are leaving the Strip by the busload, while bombs on Tuesday have targeted several media agencies and journalists’ homes.

Israeli academia joins war on Gaza

You ask why Israeli Academic institutions are targeted by BDS campaigns? Well, here’s one reason!

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In a circular sent to all staff and students, the administration of Tel Aviv University wrote that “Tel Aviv University embraces and supports all security forces acting to restore the quiet and security to Israel, including its students and workers who were called for reserve duty”. The official letter continues: “The university denounces and condemns all offensive and extreme remarks propagated these days on social networks which have no place in the public discourse. The university will operate in accordance with disciplinary regulations applicable to students and faculty in all cases of infringement.”

In response to a question by the Israeli economic news outlet TheMarker, the university administration stated that the purpose of the letter is to “prevent expressions of extreme hatred by the radical left and radical right”. It is the university, apparently, which will both police private statements by students and teachers, and rule on their ‘extremity’.

In countering the Palestinian demand for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, administrations often righteously explain the importance of freedom of expression and dialogue, values they inherently promote, suggest that many of their staff members are working for peace and that the campuses themselves are living examples of coexistence between Israelis and Arabs.

Tel Aviv University may well present this “patriotic act” in its fundraising efforts from abroad. Indeed, the university has promised tuition assistance to students currently in Gaza, help that will come from the various ‘friends of Tel Aviv University’ chapters throughout the world. The university further gathered “equipment, food and supplies” for soldiers.

Tel Aviv University is not alone on the academic frontline against Gaza. President of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya wrote to the ‘IDC family’ that “These are difficult days. Our students and alumni are fighting in the Gaza Strip. This campaign is a justified war of defense. This is the time to support our fighters, to assist in any way possible from the home front”.

President Uriel Reichman continues, noting that “Already two weeks ago, the Student Union began operating an Operations Room for online public diplomacy. The spirit of volunteerism and the fact that 1,500 students from abroad, from more than 80 countries, study at IDC have enabled the operation of the most important public diplomacy center in Israel. The struggle for international awareness and Israel’s legitimization is managed on campus by 560 volunteers working in shifts around the clock.”

IDC is not alone in its hasbara efforts. The College of Management also established a public diplomacy “war room”. A student-initiated project, TheMarker reports that “the room is in contact with the Foreign Office to produce uniform information”.

Hebrew University’s administration and student union collected “food and equipment” for soldiers, and some 200 boxes of goods were sent to the Gaza border last week. Bar Ilan university held a prayer meeting last week. Haifa University, a large percentage of whose students are Palestinian citizens of Israel, began illuminating its central tower at night in the form of the Israeli flag. In this spirit, students at the Physiotherapy Academic College will travel to the naval base in the southern city of Ashkelon navy base and offer massages to soldiers.

Note to the Washington Post: Military-Aged Does Not Mean Combatant « Antiwar.com Blog

Over the weekend, Professor David Bernstein penned an article for the Washington Post accusing the media of “journalistic malpractice” for using Gaza Health Ministry figures on civilian deaths in the Israeli onslaught, insisting they were inflated. And I quote

Contrary to early reports that 80% or so of the early casualties were civilians, Al-Jazeera published names and ages, and about 3/4 were men of fighting age (16-50), compared to a rough estimate of 20% of the Gazan population (40% to 50% of which is fourteen and under). Some of those men were undoubtedly civilians, but it strains credulity to believe that 80% of the casualties were civilian but just-so-happened to be overwhelmingly fighting-age men.

Does it strain credulity? Not at all. Let’s go to the mother of all civilian-centric incidents in recent history, 9/11, and do a similar calculation of the “military-aged” victims among the 2,977 slain there. Since this is America, and women are in the military here too, we’ll count both just to be fair. We’ll also use Bernstein’s age group of 16-50, even though 50-year-old men in blockaded Palestine probably aren’t really healthy enough to still be fighting.

We go to CNN’s memorial, sort by age, do a little math and we get:

2,500 “military-aged” / 2,977 victims = 84%.

84% of the victims of 9/11 were “military-aged,” but would it “strain credulity” to say they were overwhelmingly civilians when census data shows “military-aged” Americans only account for a hair over 40% of the overall population? Of course not!

In fact, there’s a very good reason that “military-aged” people, by which we really mean “able-bodied” people, are disproportionately hit in such incidents. It’s because those people are more active, out and doing stuff. Israel is leveling a lot of houses full of children in Gaza, but the deaths are doubtless primarily from people who are out-of-doors hit by shrapnel, and able-bodied people are more apt to be out-of-doors, especially mid-war.

Professor Bernstein seems to be trying to imply that “military-aged” is tantamount to an antonym for “innocent civilians.” As a law professor he surely knows that is not the case, yet efforts to gloss over the humanitarian calamity of the Gaza war is getting the better of common sense for many people.

Photos: Across the U.S., thousands continue to march in solidarity with Gaza