Monday, January 19, 2009

The Cease-Fire That Should Have Occurred Three Weeks Ago

Provided by Travis Kelly:

Israel has declared a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza... Samizdat will cease fire against Israel. For the moment. But let us not forget what has happened here, unreported by our corrupt MSM. While the U.N., Red Cross and human rights organizations worldwide accused Israel of ongoing war crimes, our abject Congress applauded them almost unanimously, even praising Israel's "humanitarian conduct." Obfuscated by our Orwellian press lords are these critical points:

If Israel had ever respected the global consensus established by 40 spurned U.N. resolutions (more than Iraq or any other nation), adopted the Saudi plan for a peace treaty with the whole 22-member Arab League, which both Fatah and Hamas agreed to, withdrawn from illegally occupied Palestinian territory and ended the blockade of vital life-support systems (an act of war, with up to 200 Palestinians dying per day from malnutrition or lack of medical supplies) — and then Hamas had launched rockets — Israel would be justified in retaliation, and could get U.N. approval for it. But nothing justifies this blitzkrieg carnage — the moral equivalent of Lidice — when the whole body of international law, largely derived from the Holocaust, declares at least minimal rights for a population under illegal occupation. Some may think the term "Zionazism" hyperbole — it is not. It is perfectly apt, as the examples at end of this issue demonstrate.

Am I the only one here outraged by this criminal complicity — outraged enough to denounce my representatives as the pack of cowards and cringing weasels they are? There is a new resolution proposed by Dennis Kucinich to end the occupation — "Dear congressman, I urge you to support..." Forget it. It has about as much a chance of passing, or even getting out of committee, as a camel passing through the eye of a needle. As Glenn Greenwald details below, our "representatives" have completely betrayed majority opinion and subordinated American interests to a rogue foreign nation — they need to be insulted, scorned and rebuked in the strongest terms. The taboo against criticism of Israel has died with the hundreds of children eviscerated in Gaza, and for any American still cringing before the disingenuous and duplicitously wielded stick of "anti-Semitism"... well, maybe the racist Orthodox rabbis are right — you are a bunch of miserable cattle.

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Unanimous Consent
by Glenn Greenwald

The next day, the Red Cross, which for a full week had been prevented by the IDF from entering Gaza, unveiled a gruesome discovery: numerous children, too emaciated even to stand up, had spent days in an apartment complex lying next to the corpses of their parents and other relatives as the IDF blocked ambulances from reaching them. The same day, the UN suggested that Israel had committed war crimes, citing an appalling incident in which the Israelis ordered some 110 civilians to enter a house and stay there, then proceeded to shell the building, killing 30 civilians inside. Though the IDF physically prevented journalists from entering Gaza, even in the face of a week-old order from the Israeli Supreme Court directing them to allow access, documented stories began emerging of large extended families in Gaza—parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, and small children—extinguished by Israeli attacks.

The world recoiled in horror. Angry street demonstrations erupted in Europe, and condemnations of Israel from the UN and Red Cross were unusually strident.

It was at this moment that the American Congress inserted itself—and, in effect, the United States—into the war, and did so in the most one-sided manner possible. As the Palestinian body count and international anger mounted, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) introduced a non-binding resolution that expressed unequivocal American support for the Israeli attack and formally declared that all blame for the war and all responsibility to end it rested with Hamas... Berman’s resolution praised Israel for its humanitarian conduct of the war—even as the UN accused Israel of possible war crimes and the Red Cross vehemently complained about the IDF’s impeding of medical and other humanitarian services....

Though the resolution was nonbinding, it was not inconsequential. At a time when worldwide disgust was at its peak, the U.S. made Israel’s war our war, its enemies our enemies, its intractable disputes ours, and the hostility generated by Israeli actions our own...

What makes this accord among America’s political class more notable still is how disconnected it is from American public opinion. Last July, a poll from the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes found that 71 percent of Americans want the U.S. government not to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Similarly, a Rasmussen study in early January—the first to survey American public opinion specifically regarding the Israeli attack on Gaza—found that Americans generally were “closely divided over whether the Jewish state should be taking military action against militants in the Gaza Strip” (41 to 44 percent, with 15 percent undecided), but Democratic voters overwhelmingly opposed the Israeli offensive—by a 24-point margin (31 to 55 percent). Yet those significant divisions were nowhere to be found in the actions of their ostensible representatives.

As pliant as the Democratic Party and the Congress were, there were still 22 senators and 133 House members—more than half of the Democratic caucus—willing to vote against the American invasion of Iraq...

There are few matters more important to America’s future than the extent to which we continue to involve ourselves in endless Middle East wars. Our immersion in these conflicts profoundly affects every aspect of our country’s welfare—military, diplomatic, economic, and civil. Yet there is an almost perfect inverse relationship between the significance of these policy questions and the extent to which they are debated by our political leaders.


More War Crimes

Israel stands accused of perpetrating a series of war crimes during a sustained 12-hour assault on a village in southern Gaza last week in which 14 people died.

In testimony collected from residents of the village of Khuza'a by the Observer, it is claimed that Israeli soldiers entering the village:

• attempted to bulldoze houses with civilians inside;

• killed civilians trying to escape under the protection of white flags;

• opened fire on an ambulance attempting to reach the wounded;

• used indiscriminate force in a civilian area and fired white phosphorus shells.

If the allegations are upheld, all the incidents would constitute breaches of the Geneva conventions.


Lead Rains of Gaza

by Israel Shamir

A professional child killer, Captain R, would make a career under Herod. He commanded a battalion in Gaza doing what he is good at: In 1994, he murdered a 13-year old Palestinian girl, Iman, by pulverising her little body with some 20 bullets as she lay on the ground. We should kill even three-year old children, too, he said to his soldiers. A military court actually gave him some $20,000 as an encouragement bonus, and he was promoted to the rank of major. He enjoyed coming back to Gaza, he told Maariv newspaper.

Women were killed, too, by soldiers sent by their Israeli sister Tsipi Livni. The BBC reported they called out civilians to leave their houses, women first, white flags a-waving. When some simple-minded Arabs did so, the Jews gave a hearty laugh and shot the women carrying the white flags...


Zionazism: parallels with Germany:

Germany: the Aryan "Master Race"
Israel: God's "Chosen People"

Germany: Jews and other non-Aryans are "Untermenschen" -- subhumans =
Israel: Gentiles (non-Jews) are "Goyim" -- cattle (animals)

Germany: terrorized and herded occupied populations into ghettos and =
concentration camps, then stole their land and possessions
Israel: terrorized and herded occupied populations into refugee camps =
and isolated enclaves, then stole their land and possessions

Germany: reprisal murders of subject populations -- between ten and =
forty massacred for every German killed
Israel: reprisal murders of subject populations -- one hundred or more =
massacred for every Israeli killed

Germany: "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" -- extermination
Israel: "Maimonidean Code" re: infidels -- extermination

Even liberal and moderate Jewish groups wholeheartedly endorsed the slaughter:

But it was the reaction of those organizations occupying the political middle ground between these two camps that was most noteworthy, and perhaps most decisive in framing the political debate over the war within the U.S. Almost universally, groups with a general reputation for liberal politics and moderate dovishness sided with the hawks, giving the military campaign their unqualified support and calling for a "sustainable" or "effective" – as opposed to "immediate" – cease-fire.

Arguably the most important of these groups is the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its associated Religious Action Center, considered the leading liberal Jewish lobbying group on Capitol Hill. The URJ's initial statement, issued on Dec. 28 by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the organization's president, called the Israeli attack "tragic" but "necessary" and "not[ed], with sadness, the predictable chorus of those in the international community calling for Israeli 'restraint.'"

While the Israeli public supported the blitzkrieg, others resisted:

Refuseniks in Israel

One resisters' organisation, Courage to Refuse, published a newspaper advert condemning the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians and calling on soldiers to refuse to fight in Gaza. "The brutal, unprecedented violence in Gaza is shocking. The false hope that this kind of violence will bring security to Israelis is all the more dangerous. We cannot stand aside while hundreds of civilians are being butchered by the IDF [Israel Defence Force]," it said. ""In the long run, it's not a war of defence. We are creating a thousand suicide bombers for the future from the brothers of the dead, the sons of the dead ... in the long term, we are creating more terror. You can't separate the war in Gaza from the fact that the Palestinian nation is under occupation for more than 40 years. I'm not justifying Hamas firing rockets but we Israelis should first look at what we are doing."


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