U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014
By Sam Bahour
The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip…
One week after a ceasefire halting an Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain displaced, sheltered in United Nations schools and other facilities.
Palestinian brothers sit on the rubble of their house in front of an apartment block in part of the northern Beit Hanun district of the Gaza Strip. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
By Joe Catron
Amid fear that Hamas had captured an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military sealed civilians in the Rafah area and began shelling on Aug. 1, 2014. The Israeli military confirmed that Rafah residents were barred from leaving the area, but declined comment on the war crime allegations.
No more room: Babies’ bodies have been crammed into an ice cream freezer in Rafah’s morgue, which ran out of room…
Expect long denied Palestinian injustice to persist. Expect future Israeli aggression. Expect Palestinians blamed for its crimes.
by Stephen Lendman
Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was well-planned premeditated aggression.
It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets. It wasn’t about crushing Palestine’s legitimate government.
Israel needs enemies. When none exist, they’re invented. They’re…
In civilian life, anyone suspected of manslaughter or murder is immediately arrested, with an investigation coming later. In the IOF the opposite is true.
Khalil Anati was from the Al-Fawar refugee camp in the southern part of the West Bank; a soldier in an armored jeep shot him in the back with a live round and killed him as he was running home. He was 10 years old. Mohammed Al-Qatari was a…
It’s just a matter of time before Israeli rampaging repeats. Expect Palestinians to be blamed for its crimes like always.
by Stephen Lendman
Last Monday, both sides agreed to open-ended ceasefire terms. Peace talks will resume in Cairo within a month.
Terms agreed on include opening border crossings, “enabl(ing) the rapid entry of humanitarian aid,” as well as construction supplies for…
What goes around, comes around. It’s just a matter of time. Israel deplores peace. Its entire history reflects conflict.
by Stephen Lendman
Its premeditated aggression follows relative calm followed by ceasefires followed by more conflict.
The pattern repeats with disturbing regularity. It’s been this way for decades. It’s no different this time. Believing otherwise is pure fantasy.
By Dr Cesar Chelala
The 1998 Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court’s founding charter, states that one of the critical ICC’s tasks is that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished”. However, under pressure from the US and the European Community, the ICC has avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza. By…
by Stephen Lendman
On Tuesday, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge aggression entered day 51. Mass slaughter and destruction continue.
MSM scoundrels largely lost interest. Killing Palestinians no longer matters. Justifiable outrage is absent.
So-called halted US arms shipments to Israel two weeks ago was head fake deception. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said no change in US…
While a Gaza War long-term ceasefire is being announced by all actors except Israel, the Knesset announced on August 26, 2014, a new law abolishing Arabic as an official language in Israel. Opportunist Occupier
Without a Constitution limiting it, the Israeli Parliament can pass any law it wishes. A system of Basic Laws was designed by the Knesset to function as a quasi-constitution; however, it…
A peek into tomorrow’s Israel…
“For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice.”
Book Details Spread of Anti-Arab Hatred in Schools
By Or Kashti
Creeping fascism threatens Jews and non-Jews alike. So does the scourge of Zionism. It made Israel a killing machine. Palestinians bear the brunt of its barbarism.
by Stephen Lendman
Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli historian, political scientist and outspoken critic of emerging Israeli fascism.
Signs reached a peak during Operation Protective Edge, he says. Democracy granting equality to everyone…
Eden Nagar was one of two persons hit by a rocket launched from Gaza on August 22, 2014. The event was published two days afterwards. In 2010, she was named Eden Abergil and caused a worldwide scandal after publishing images photographed throughout Operation Cast Lead while she was an IOF soldier. In the pictures, she posed next to Palestinian detainees.
On August 16, 2010, the IOF publicly condemned the images posted by Eden Abergil, saying “These actions are ugly and callous; details of the incident have been forwarded up the chain of command.”
The images were soon removed, not before being reproduced by many websites. She had entitled the page “The Best Time of my Life.”
In the previous year, the IOF had enforced a new regulation, forbidding its soldiers to post photos from military operations and bases. It was irrelevant in the case because Eden had published the offensive images one year after being discharged.
Yishai Menuchin, Director of the Public Committee Against Torture, said: “The horrible pictures demonstrate a norm of treating Palestinians like objects instead of human beings, treatment that disregards their feelings as humans and their right to privacy.”
Yehuda Shaul, from the human rights organization Breaking the Silence disclosed by 2010 that they had collected roughly one thousand similar pictures proving that this was the default attitude of IOF soldiers.
Much before that, I described in The Cross of Bethlehem: The Memoirs of a Refugee, worse behavior towards detainees and people in interrogation by Military Police and Shin Beth secret police personnel. Military police use to give tiny hits on the head to blindfolded and handcuffed detainees.
Obtuse to proper human conduct, Eden Abargil said back then to Israel Army Radio: “What’s wrong with that? I don’t understand. There was no violence in the pictures.”
In 2010, Eden Abergil lived in Ashdod and was single. Since then, she married and changed her surname to Nagar. Missile approaching Red Color alarms became a daily routine for her during the Gaza War.* On Friday she was driving her car near Gan Yavne when she was hit.
She described: “It was on Friday, 9:45PM. I and the wounded man stopped, our cars next to each other. The missile fell in between the cars. Everything became foggy, it took just seconds. The alarm was over and then it fell. Had I left the car during it, the missile would have it me directly. The car saved me.
“Ricochets hit me around the eyes, on the face, the ears and the cheeks. My car is small and was moved by the shockwave, hitting me on the chest.”
After leaving hospital she said: “I feel not good now. I feel bad. It is a trauma for me to receive such a hit, a physical and spiritual hit. It is a trauma for me to see a man cut in half [Netanel Maman, the driver of the other car] loosing blood.”
Her sorrow was fake, said for the sake of Hebrew media. Minutes after the event, she had published the following message in her Facebook page (as in previous translations I tried to reflect her style):
“Dear friends thank you for your care I had been wounded lightly by ricochets in Gan Yavne Junction on the face in the body and mainly in the ear I will pass a little surgery but do not worry… I am comforted by the fact that to my sorrow the guy that stopped next to me near the traffic lights is dying!! Pray for his health and have a peaceful Shabbat!”
She catches herself saying an awful thing and softens it twice bizarrely. “He that is glad at calamities (of others),” is the clumsy translation to English of Proverbs 17:5. The Hebrew “simha l’eid” (joy to-disaster) was better translated into German as Schadenfreude, sometimes also used by English-speakers. It is often used when a calamity hits one’s neighbor. “Thank God it skipped me. He deserves it!” is the spirit of such despicable attitude. Eden excels at it.
To the media she said “I would like to handcuff and blindfold them [those who fired the missile]. I am not sure that I would photograph myself with them, but I would like to see them in jail waiting for a death sentence.”
The woman running to photograph herself with her victims in 2010 did not dare to publish a picture of herself after she was hit in 2014. Her face was hit by ricochets and her colorful picture in Facebook does not reflect reality anymore, no matter how much makeup she will apply. Her disfigured face reflects now her ugly spirit.IOF Soldier of the Prisoners Pictures Scandal Hit by Palestinian Resistance Eden Nagar was one of two persons hit by a rocket launched from Gaza on August 22, 2014.
Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman 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. Born…