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Israel going after little kids with bombs

Gaza- unexploded Israeli bomb August 2 2014

Just to be clear, this unexploded shell in Gaza is what Israel is dropping on homes, mosques, schools, hospitals, refugee centers hoping to take out all of Gaza’s children in the name of Exodus, the messianic mission invented by Hollywood scriptwriters which Zionists thought had become official history.

But bombs have a way of forcing truth to be heard. It isn’t that this time Israel went too far because they’ve been violently engaged in ethnic cleansing for over 66 years. It’s that this time, Palestinians laid the groundwork of understanding in the international movement of Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions (BDS). There’s a historic shift against Israel & Andy Williams crooning The Exodus Song doesn’t cut it any more. Millions of people around the world know something isn’t stacking up in the explanations rendered.

After nearly four weeks of slaughter, many protesters feel overwhelmed by the odds against Gaza & they are monumental. Some ask, what’s the point of all those protests since Israel isn’t stopping the bombing? The Vietnamese gave best testimony to the power of massive public opposition & held the international antiwar movement in the highest esteem. Other exposures of US policy like the “Pentagon Papers” gave further testimony by revealing the US made no moves in Vietnam without gauging the antiwar response. You can’t stamp your foot a couple times & expect to bring tyranny to it’s knees. For that a sustained, relentless movement is required.

This is not the time to be daunted by the weight of Israel with a military arsenal supplied by the US & a propaganda arsenal by world media. The Palestinians haven’t let that stop intifada in 66 years of standing alone. So enough with the disillusionment, it’s time to organize. All out this weekend demanding “Stop the massacre in Gaza!”

(Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

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 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)

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)

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)

The children of Gaza are bringing Israel down

Gaza- crying boy July 28 2014

The children of Gaza are bringing Israel down. It isn’t that Israel went too far this time in bombing homes & schools & targeting children; that’s always been it’s policy. Zionist military strategists call it “mowing the lawn”–which explains the constant bombing over Gaza punctuated by several-day murderous sieges–all part of Operation Ethnic Cleansing. But this time Israel got caught for all the world to see. They can pay punks & professional psychos to fill the internet with hasbara lies & they have mainstream media covering their asses–since the role of media has always been to peddle propaganda to support war. But they can’t control social media or stop the gruesome images of death & sorrow in Gaza from going round the world.

Last week, Israel bombed a school in Beit Hanoun which the UN was using to shelter Palestinians bombed out of their homes. Israel did not deny the attack but only repeated that Hamas used schools for storing & launching rockets. While leaders of Israel are high on the smell of jet fuel & genocide & blinded by political support from the US & Europe, Zionist media of the most right-wing & even crackpot sort must have understood the tsunami of revulsion that bombing small children would evoke. They understood they would need to counter videos & photos from horrified reporters showing small children with massive shrapnel injuries from DIME weapons & flechette shells used by Israel.

It says everything you need to know about Netan-psycho-yahu & Israeli leaders that crackpot Zionists knew enough to lie & appear the voice of reason by claiming Israel did not bomb the school. Rather, they reported, a misfired Hamas rocket hit the school & maybe an errant Israeli shell from ground fighting in the area. But how does that explain the shrapnel wounds? There’s no need for contention here; any forensic investigation of the school & shrapnel injuries that killed 16 Palestinians & critically injured others would quickly show the source of those weapons. And they would have Israel & “Made in the USA” all over them.

But The Washington Post, indistinguishable now from the public relations department of the Israeli military, reports Israel denies bombing the school & “released a grainy, 26-second aerial video” proving it. Well that’s about as convincing as those evil fairies flying in from outer space that play such a role in media reports of ethnic cleansing in Gaza.

Media tries to hedge truth in hundreds of photos of utter devastation in Gaza by captioning ‘medics, or police, or witnesses in Gaza’ claimed the carnage was caused by Israeli airstrikes. Who the hell do they think they’re fooling!?

This distraught little boy is waiting in the emergency room at a hospital after being injured when Israel bombed the UN shelter. The death warrant of Zionism is signed by the tears of this small boy & the shrapnel that killed & injured so many others. Zionism can bend over & kiss its hasbara goodbye.

(Photo by Carolyn Cole/LA Times)

Between Israel and Palestine you can’t have it both ways

Gaza political art July 27 2014

Liberal Zionists (those who want to believe a Jewish-only state has some relationship to democracy) & who support the murderous assault on Gaza keep wanting to change the subject to Syria & they chide us: ‘If you’re so concerned about justice, what about Syria? Why no opposition to Assad’s regime? Palestine is small potatoes.” So why does Palestine matter? Why have hundreds of thousands around the world risen up in thunderous defense of Gaza? Because for 66 years they stood alone & undaunted against two of the mightiest military arsenals in the world & never reconciled themselves to apartheid or expropriation. They are not just a symbol of defiance against tyranny. A victory for Palestine would cut the Gordian Knot of colonialism in the Middle East & release the energies of revolution against tyranny of every kind around the world. Long live Palestinian intifada! Take it international! Palestine will be free. (Political art from the Peanut box)