Israel is targeting children hoping to kill intifada

Gaza- grieving boy August 1 2014

There’s no two ways about it now–Israel is targeting children in Gaza. We can anatomize the ideology of Zionism till the cows come home: What did Theodor Herzl really stand for? Is he really as banal as some claim? Or behind his rancid ideas, is there even a kernel of possibility for freeing Jews from persecution? Is Zionism really not wedded theoretically & practically to colonialism & neoliberal plunder? We leave such exegeses to those who examine historic excreta to rewrite reality. The Zionist state of Israel is damned by the simple fact that it takes bombers, tanks, mortars, flechette shells, & DIME shrapnel after little kids. And it does so in order to kill Palestinian intifada, to destroy the future & the soul of political resistance to Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing. Those it does not bomb to death, Israel hopes will be too demoralized & defeated to continue the struggle for justice.

Those who believe in justice & human freedom cannot allow such atrocities to continue. While Gaza is being pummelled, we can hardly expect their resistance to outweigh their struggle for survival. That’s where we come in–to pick up the banner of intifada & carry it across this globe demanding the end of military aid to Israel & that Israel stop the massacre in Gaza.

This small boy grieves the loss of a family member killed when Israel bombed the UN school serving as a refugee center in Jabaliya, northern Gaza–not too far from the hills of Sderot, Israel where they watch ethnic cleansing in glee.

All out this weekend as the international solidarity flank of intifada. Stand with human freedom. Help pull those Israelis back from the brink of mass psychosis to embrace the concept of human solidarity. If Palestine is to be a haven from persecution, it will not be the Zionist state of Israel but a democratic secular state where Jews & Palestinians will live as brothers & sisters.

(Photo by Oliver Weiken/EPA)

The medics who serve Gaza

Gaza medics August 1 2014

We should take a moment to honor the medics of Gaza who have seen horrors too barbaric to imagine, who try to rescue people from cement rubble & gather dismembered remains strewn on streets while Israeli fire is directed right at them–in violation of umpteen international laws & by every standard of human civilization. More documentation for Israeli war crimes which the UN doesn’t see as they shake their decepit naughty fingers at both Israel & Hamas.

Here they rest after gathering those wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a market place in Gaza City during what was supposed to be a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire. The ceasefire excluded “areas of conflict,” a psychotic military nuance Gazans weren’t informed about. And anyway, who would think vegetables venders would be a hotbed of Hamas? But of course, if schools, mosques, hospitals, & refugee centers harbor rocket launchers & tunnels, then they’re just as likely to be hidden under potatoes & turnips. So as Palestinians came out of cover to get food, Israel picked them off, killing at least 15 & injuring many others.

“We’re tired of war. I, for one, have had enough of bloodshed, death & destruction. But I also can no longer tolerate the return to a deeply unjust status quo. I can no longer agree to live in this open-air prison. We can no longer tolerate to be treated as sub-humans, deprived of our most basic human rights. We are trapped here, trapped between two deaths: death by Israeli bombs & missiles, & death by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.” (Mohammed Suliman, Palestinian human rights worker in Gaza, “From Gaza: I would rather die in dignity than agree to living in an open-air prison”)

And we can no longer tolerate the systematic ethnic cleansing & dispossession of Palestinians either. The movement for Palestinian justice is the most important freedom movement in the world because before our very eyes Israel is hell-bent on exterminating them–& because their struggle has the power to destroy the foundation of US & European neoliberal colonialism in the entire Middle East. Israel was set up as a military outpost for US economic & political interests in the region, not as a Jewish haven from persecution. It’s Zionist leaders understand that very well; unfortunately the increasingly psychotic population of Israel does not.

The only possible solution to this conflict is a democratic secular state where Jews & Palestinians can live as brothers & sisters. The two-state solution is nothing but Palestinian bantustates & a prescription for continued ethnic cleansing & dispossession.

All out this weekend demanding “Stop the massacre in Gaza!” Honor the economic & cultural boycott of Israel (barcode beginning 729) & stand on the just side of history to create a world where men & women can live in peace.

(Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

The two lying narratives on Israel’s Operation Ethnic Cleansing

Gazans grieving July 31 2014

There are two media narratives on Israel’s Operation Ethnic Cleansing, both holding considerable sway. They’re not competing narratives–except in idiocy. The first is that of hardline Zionism: Hamas is using Palestinian children as human shields. Reporters on main stream media treat this like a serious matter for investigative journalism & interview dipshits like the Miami-born Israeli ambassador to the US who claims this arrant racism is the gospel truth. It takes about five minutes of searching on the internet to learn Israel has been claiming this rubbish for several years to justify it’s genocidal military policies. It comes straight out of IDF press releases & reports from the official Israeli propaganda office (the Israeli Foreign Ministry).

It has been exposed as war propaganda by too many sources to count, including UN reports, investigations by Human Rights Watch, & international journalists. In fact, UN reports document that it’s Israel that uses Palestinian children as human shields & accuses Israel of torturing & abusing Palestinian children in the Israeli gulag, including with solitary confinement & threats of sexual assault. These are not Hamas accusations. They come from UNICEF & the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in reports issued just last year.

So why aren’t CNN & the rest of media interviewing the UN investigators who issued those reports or the independent journalists? Why are they talking to the blowhard from Miami who claims Biblical roots in Palestine & runs interference for ethnic cleansing? Why are they quoting Netan-psycho-yahu who said the difference between Israel & Hamas is “We use anti-missile systems to protect our civilians. They use their civilians to protect their missiles”?

The second narrative is that of hardline Zionism with a facade of noblesse oblige: liberal Zionists. Liberal Zionists believe in a Jewish-only state even though many of them haven’t been to temple since their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. But contrary to their political views on many other questions, they accept the cynicism & elitism of Zionism.

Jodi Rudoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief for the NY Times, wrote the manifesto for this genre of war apologetics in a July 20th article entitled, “In Gaza, Epithets Are Fired & Euphemisms Give Shelter.” A committed Zionist, she tries to portray Israeli ethnic cleansing in Gaza & Hamas self-defense as having moral equivalence & equal blame. She wants Israel & Palestinians along with their supporters to cease the exchange of dehumanizing invectives. Apparently many Israelis object to Palestinians calling them monkeys & apes. We think such invective inappropriate too. Those who sit in lawn chairs cheering on ethnic cleansing are much more appropriately called psychos.

But the jig is up when Rudoren ends her article by quoting Michael Oren, the New York-born Israeli ambassador to the US before the Miami bozo took over. Oren demurs from calling hateful, racist invective against Palestinians dehumanizing “Because that’s a very loaded word–it’s benumbing. People are just, they don’t show it, but they’re in a daze.” And he went on: “In classic dehumanization scenarios, whether in Nazi Germany or in Rwanda before the genocide, you refer to the enemy as rats & cockroaches, & that enables you to kill them on a large scale. We’re not calling Palestinians cockroaches.” Still, he added, “It’s very difficult to feel compassion for the other when you have rockets aimed at your family.”

Well how does our man Oren explain those psychos sitting in the hills of Sderot, Israel cheering on ethnic cleansing? Is that what he calls “benumbed”? And what about the hundreds of photos of Palestinians weeping as they search rubble & morgues for the remains or bury their beloved?

When we hear that Palestinians use their children as human shields, we know we’ve entered another time warp–a time warp of time past & time present. Time past because such a repugnant imputation is straight out of 19th century colonialism where colonized peoples were considered less than animals; & time present in neoliberalism, the barbaric phase of capitalism where nothing is sacred, human life is expendable, & racist hatred is the ideology that prevails.

It cannot be said strongly or often enough: there is no redemption for Zionism, no part of that ideology is salvageable any more than the ideologies that justified Jim Crow in the US or apartheid in South Africa.

Grief is a private thing but Israeli war propaganda has made it political. We apologize for intruding on the mourning of the Abid Raboh family who lost a child when Israel bombed the UN refugee center near Jabaliyah yesterday. Nineteen others also died when (as the captions says) “what appeared to be four Israeli artillery shells hit the compound.” It could be the evil fairies but then again, if you do a forensic investigation of the massacre site, you’ll see Israel & “Made in the USA” written all over the artillery shells.

Palestine will be free. Long live intifada. Take it international in solidarity by joining one of the hundreds of protests across this globe, by honoring the economic & cultural boycotts of Israel.

(Photo by Sergey Ponomarev/NY Times)

Zionist Armageddon

Gaza City (Hatem Moussa:AP) July 30 2014

Zionist Armageddon: this is Gaza City today–a genocide made in the USA. It’s no surprise Obama is talking out of both sides of his ass again. He wrings his hands & whimpers for Israel to cease fire but media report the Pentagon just restocked Israel’s arsenal with several types of ammunition, including mortar rounds & ammunition for grenade launchers.

There have been massive protests in the US as well as around the world & thousands will be on the street again this weekend. Those who live in the US have a special responsibility to get out in the street with placards since our tax money pays for this catastrophe. We owe justice a special debt.

Demand “Stop the massacre in Gaza!”, boycott all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729) & support the cultural boycott of Israel.

(Photo by Hatem Moussa/AP)

Israeli bombs UN vehicle: will Ban Ki-moon make a peep of objection now?

Gaza - UN vehicle July 30 2104

This bombed out & clearly marked UN vehicle was taken out yesterday by Israeli bombers in northern Gaza. This is near both schools the UN used for refugee centers until Israel bombed them & killed & injured dozens. It’s also just across the border from the hills of Sderot, Israel where psychos gather to cheer on ethnic cleansing.

Ban Ki-moon made a peep of protest but not too loud lest UN support for Israel might be questioned. You’d think this might be grounds to charge Israel with war crimes or at least raise suspicions. But you can give that a snow ball’s chance in hell. One thing is for sure: UN workers on site might think twice before accepting duty in Gaza because our man Ban does not have their backs.

(Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

“We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die.”

Khan Younis July 30 2014

This man, riddled with shrapnel injuries from illegal weapons used by Israel, is waiting with his little girl for treatment at Khan Younis hospital in southern Gaza (yesterday). As another Palestinian in Gaza said: “We are waiting here to see if we are meant to live or die. Every day is another day of fear & destruction. If you don’t die, someone you know is likely to be among the dead. This is no life a human being can accept.”

This is no life anyone of good will can accept for Palestinians. We will not stand silent or play stupid, shaking the naughty finger of phony impartiality at both Israeli genocide & Hamas self-defense.

Palestinians are re-teaching humanity the meaning & power of human solidarity. The right-wing who want to silence Palestinian justice are jumping up & down demanding we abandon Palestine & turn our attention to Syria–as if they gave a rat’s ass about injustice anywhere. They’re trying to play us for fools. A massive international movement of solidarity with Palestine will change everything, will undo decades of deals & maneuverings & phony peace plans meant to dispossess the Palestinians & install a police regime in Israel to maintain neoliberal control of the Middle East–19th century colonialism writ large. And that includes in Syria.

There is no competition between solidarity with Gaza & the struggles against tyranny anywhere. The Palestinian solidarity movement dwarfs international opposition to US-NATO wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, & elsewhere. Antiwar activists do not sit in meetings pouting resentfully & making invidious comparisons; they’re building the hell out of Palestinian solidarity because their vision is international & they could never stand aside from ethnic cleansing or pit one antiwar struggle against another. So when you hear that baloney faulting Palestinian supporters for not taking up the cause of Syria, politely (or even impolitely) tell them to stuff it in the appropriate place.

(Photo by Bilal Telawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel bombs UN refugee center

Gaza school bombing July 30 2014

If there’s one thing Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza has revealed other than the unspeakable barbarity of Israel, it is the widespread problem of cognitive dissonance. We say cognitive dissonance rather than arrant stupidity or indifference to or outright defense of war crimes, hoping that those who defend Israeli genocide by denouncing Hamas self-defense will eventually free themselves from psychosis to face reality.

Israel is on a mission to destroy as much of Gaza & kill as many Palestinians as it can before world opposition stays their hand. The US & Europe recognize that Israel’s savage assault is undermining the carefully orchestrated Exodus narrative which has served their economic & political interests for 66 years. Down the drain now after Israel bombed one too many homes, schools, mosques, & killed far too many little kids on playgrounds in Gaza.

The war in Gaza is not being conducted in secret; hundreds of photos show the carnage of ethnic cleansing–which may explain why Israel bombed clearly marked press vehicles in Gaza. A necessary part of conducting colonial wars is secrecy or embedded reporters who learn to look the other way. The most horrific case in point would be the war of colonial plunder in DR Congo which has gone on for years & killed millions of people & is never mentioned, let alone reported, in media. Photojournalism is a dangerous occupation, especially if you’re not embedded up the colonizer’s ass.

Photojournalist reporting has made all the difference in this war, in this assault on Gaza, because the truth is there for all the world to see. Once again, playing stupid doesn’t cut it anymore.

This little girl survived last night’s bombing of a school serving as a UN refugee center in the Jebaliya refugee camp not far from the first school bombing in Beit Hanoun last week. The school was struck by several tank shells because Israel wanted to make sure most were killed & those who survived would be traumatized beyond healing.

Media is reporting that last night Israel unleashed it’s heaviest bombardment yet, striking this refugee center, mosques, & Gaza’s only power plant as ‘symbols of Hamas control in Gaza’. That’s what you call grasping at straws to justify war crimes. Since when are refugees, including small children, elderly, disabled symbols of anything but vulnerability during war? Since when is the only power plant supplying electricity to Gaza a symbol of Hamas? We would fault this bullshit for banality were it not so laden with criminality & collusion.

It’s already being reported that the children of Gaza are suffering massive psychic damage from this phase of Operation Ethnic Cleansing. How could it be otherwise? How could anyone expect small children fleeing bombs & seeing beloved buried in rubble or cut in half by shrapnel would be able to sustain with equanimity what those psychos on the hills of Sderot, Israel are celebrating with popcorn & soda?

Protests continue around the world & will be out in force this weekend demanding “Stop the massacre in Gaza!” Grab a placard & join one; add your voice to the over one million people in dozens of countries & hundreds of cities & small towns who refuse to be taken in by war propaganda. If you cannot get to a protest, evangelize for the economic boycott of Israeli products (barcode beginning 729) & support the cultural boycott of Israel. Now is the time for men & women of good will to join the thunderous chorus demanding justice & the end to genocide.

Long live Palestinian intifada! Take it international in solidarity!

(Photo by Khalil Hamra/AP)

A picture worth a thousand lies

Israel bomb alert July 29 2014

We would never stoop to ridiculing actual suffering by Israelis due to the murderous acts of their government in Gaza–even if they’re so misguided & racist to support that genocide. But media has been unable to produce photographic documentation of any anguish in Israel, try though they have.

When propaganda grasps at straws it can become indistinguishable from burlesque. This photo would be a case in point. It’s captioned: “Israelis take cover during a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip during the funeral of Israeli Cpl. Meidan Maymon Biton, 20, at the cemetery in the southern Israeli city of Netivot. Meidan was killed the previous day when a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol regional council, which flanks Gaza’s southern border with Israel.” We’re sorry for the death of young Biton. May he RIP.

But take a look at this tableau vivant & ask yourself: Why is the guy hiding from a rocket behind his yamulka? Why is the kid covering his ears & laughing as that lethal rocket heads his way? Why is the kid in the chair so nonchalant as he’s about to meet his maker? Are we supposed to believe a young soldier got hit with a mortar shell sitting at a city council meeting rather than serving duty in Gaza? What about a photo of the council building to prove we’re not being run around the block by hasbara?

Oh the tangled web we weave when we try to pawn off farce as funereal.

(Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/AFP)

Zionist war propaganda denies Palestinians their humanity

Gaza girl grieving at grave July 29 2014

The media caption tells us this small girl at a cemetery in Gaza City is being guided in prayer by a relative at the grave of their loved one. We aren’t told who they’re grieving. His child & her parent? We don’t need the caption to explain his love & concern for the child which is written all over his face.

And yet Zionist war propaganda denies Palestinians their humanity. When Israel & media claim Palestinians hide Hamas rocket launchers where their children play, they indict all Gazans not just as terrorists, but as deranged & bereft of even the most primary human emotions like love for one’s children. Does it strike anyone that such a mentality allowed colonizers to wrench children & family apart to compel slavery & forced labor or to justify unspeakable crimes against colonized people? How can Israel sink that low?

When Zionism at its inception threw in its fortunes with colonialism & racism rather than join the historic world movement against them, the die was cast. Zionism has no where to go & it’s leading a nation bred on social hatred into a death trap. Those Israelis who stand today with Gaza despite government persecution & right-wing goon squads, those Israeli soldiers refusing to serve genocide in Gaza, those African refugees fighting deportation & incarceration in Israel, & Palestinian intifada activists in Gaza & the West Bank are the only hope of political transformation. Zionism has to go.

Zionism has to go because it is a misanthropic, elitist ideology based on social hatred & rapprochement with colonialism. Lies & racism are its stock-in-trade. Like in the German legend, Zionists made a Mephistophelean bargain & Palestinians are paying the ransom due.

Support justice by continuing to demand “Stop the massacre in Gaza,” boycott all Israeli goods (barcode beginning 729), & support the cultural boycott of Israel.

(Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

19th century colonial hatred used by Israel to justify ethnic cleansing

Gaza--grieving father July 29 2014

It seems such an invasion of privacy to intrude on this man’s grief at losing a son from an Israeli rocket in Gaza City. He just carried another son for emergency care from the same rocket strike. There are hundreds of photos of Palestinians sobbing at the gruesome deaths of their beloved children. Well of course. That should go without saying. And still the rancid media pours out claims Palestinians use their children as human shields, that Hamas places rocket launchers near children. That’s how Israel explains why they bombed the school refugee center & the playground & the hospital children’s ward & why they systematically target children in this genocidal rampage. And the media, representing the economic & political institutions with a stake in Israeli dominance, repeat this stinking mendacity as the gospel truth.

Let’s be frank: this isn’t something that should have to be rebutted. There’s a level of racism involved here that is not just colonial & contemptible but the ideological avatar of that era when European colonizers considered colonized peoples animal life & not human. Only racist Zionism could make such odious imputations against the Palestinian people when the entire body of photograpahic documentation exposes Israeli ethnic cleansing, not Palestinian cultural barbarism.

We are so sorry to intrude on this man’s grief. May his son RIP & may his injured son heal from the physical & psychic harm.

Express condolences & respect by continuing to protest demanding “Stop the massacre in Gaza,” boycott all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729) & support the cultural boycott of Israel.

(Photo by Carolyn Cole/LA Times)