July 25, 2014

Arab Spring Reaches The West Bank; Sisi Regime Gives US Officials A Taste of TSA's Abuses; Gaza's Nightmare Should Not Take Our Attention Off of Other Crises

 A Palestinian protester behind a barricade of burning tyres uses a slingshot to throw stones at Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah

1. An excerpt from, "Protests over Gaza bloodshed roil West Bank" Al Jazeera, July 25:
Israeli police have shot dead at least two Palestinians just north of Jerusalem during massive protests in support of those under siege in Gaza in several areas of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian security and medical officials named one of the men as Mohammed al-Aaraj, 25, who was among thousands of people clashing with soldiers and border police in Qalandia, between Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Scores of people have been reported injured, several of whom were shot. Protests, which Palestinian activists say were the largest in the West Bank in years, were also reported in Nablus, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
What did Israel think would happen when it attacked Gaza? That Palestinians would go quietly into the night? This protest seems to be only the beginning.

2. An excerpt from, "Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President" CBS, July 23:
Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.

An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metl detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace.

Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through.
Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.
This is the only decent thing that the disgraceful Sisi regime has done during this crisis. Egyptian security should have gone full TSA and stripped them naked. US politicians and top officials must learn what it feels like to be humiliated at airports by total strangers. Maybe then they will change their repulsive airport security policies.

3. An excerpt from, "Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (and Most Everything Else)" by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, July 23:
The second reason is audience interest. Stories about Israel, and about Jews, almost automatically rise to the top of the Times’ “most-emailed” list. Stories about Miramshah or Fallujah, not nearly as much. I’m guessing this is true for other American outlets as well. And then there is a sound political reason why this conflict becomes the focus of so much coverage. Israel is a close ally of the U.S., and a recipient of American military and non-military help. This may make you very happy, or very unhappy, but the fact of it is incontrovertible. Therefore, the U.S. has a direct relationship with one of the players in this conflict (both, actually, because the Palestinian Authority is the recipient of a great deal of American aid as well). There is also the issue of double standards, which I wrote about here at length, but in short, Israel is a Western-style democratic state and so reporters are more apt to be interested in its behavior, and judgmental about its behavior, than in the behavior of despotic regimes.

But the Arab Spring (or Awakening, or whatever word you choose) has given lie to the idea—shorthanded as “linkage”—that the key to American success in the broader Middle East is dependent on finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This idea, that all roads run through  Jerusalem, has traditionally motivated a great deal of journalistic and foreign policy expert interest in this conflict. Finding a solution to this conflict is very important to the future of Israelis and Palestinians, of course, but not nearly so much to Americans. A peaceful resolution to this conflict would do little to bring about good governance in Arab states, or an end to Islamist extremism in the greater Middle East. Which brings me back to Syria. The war in Syria (and Iraq, since it is more or less a single war now) is of greater national security importance to the United States than the war in Gaza, and it should be covered in a way that reflects this reality.
What's happening in Gaza is not nearly as interesting, on a political, strategic, and historical level, as what's happening in Mosul and Iraq. There, the barbarians of the Islamic State are marking houses with Arabic letters to threaten Christians, Shiites, and other minorities.

It's gotten so bad that Iraqi Christians are reminiscing about the days of Genghis Khan. It's scary that the barbarism of the 21st century is worse than that of the 12th and 13th centuries. Butchers and raiders, who pose with chopped off human heads (warning: graphic), are marching across Mesopotamia on US Humvees.

These Jihadist terrorists are not strategic masterminds, they are brainless wild animals who have been let out of their cages by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and local beneficiaries in Iraq. Those who let the dogs of war out will pay the most, both in Iraq, and in Gaza.

July 24, 2014

Israel's Nazis To Gaza's Refugees: No Shelter For You!

"According to Gunness, 141,338 Palestinians have been driven out of their homes into 83 UNRWA shelters while reports state at least 745 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's ongoing attacks which started on July 8." [Source of photo and quote: Daily Sabah].

UN: Israeli forces knew about the Gaza shelter before attack. Source: The Telegraph. Date Published: July 24, 2014. Description:
UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunnes says "the Israelis were given the precise GPS coordinates" of the shelled UN school where Palestinians were seeking shelter "and in spite of that, this has happened"

Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. 

Angry People In Gaza Attack The International Red Cross For Their Complicit Role In Israeli Massacres

Israel has unleashed hell in Gaza.

An excerpt from, "Gaza: International Red Cross abandons residents during al-Shujayeh massacre" by Orouba Othman, July 21, 2014:
The Shujayeh massacre, which took the lives of over 70 martyrs, showed that the mottos of the International Committee of the Red Cross are nothing but empty rhetoric. This organization that has been tasked with protecting and assisting victims of armed conflict based on the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and its Two Additional Protocols of 1977, has exposed itself for what it is after showing “clear bias towards the Israelis,” as activists and journalists who were at al-Shifa medical complex said.

Before the war, the organization harped for years on its alleged neutrality, impartiality and advocacy for prisoners. But its decision to leave al-Shujayeh residents to face an Israeli death sentence on their own created a widespread state of popular discontent among Palestinians who considered the Red Cross complicit in the process of wiping them out.

“People are dying in the street, they don’t know what to do, houses are burning and gas is everywhere and the Red Cross hangs up on us and says, it’s not our job. If it is not the job of the Red Cross, then whose job is it? I don’t get it.” With these words and with a tone full of pain and rage, one of the people who witnessed the massacre appealed for help.

Amid this popular condemnation of the Red Cross’ failure to fulfill its role, the organization tried to allay Palestinian anger by facilitating a humanitarian truce with the Israelis for two hours to pull the bodies from under the rubble in the neighborhood.

But Israel violated the truce after an hour of declaring it. The deadline was then extended until 5:30 pm after it was set from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. This attempt by the Red Cross to patch things up did not fool the Palestinians and did not stop them from pouring out their wrath on the organization.
An excerpt from, "‘We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us’: Civilians bear the brunt as Israel’s offensive on Gaza continues" by Yousef Alhelou, Mondoweiss, July 23:
As indiscriminate Israeli military attacks continue, families of the victims are outraged about the weak position of the International Committee of the Red Cross for not being able to use its role in reaching attacked areas to retrieve the dead bodies and rescue the wounded. However the ICRC spokesman in Gaza said that coordinating with the Israeli army is not easy and it takes long time to get an approval to send ambulances to the targeted areas.  “Our role is coordinating between the Israeli army and Palestinian Red Crescent Society who then send ambulances and rescue teams”  Naser Al-Najjar, ICRC spokesman said.

Abu Ali Khammash, 40, father of 5 said, “We know that Israel has no red line when it attacks us, we know that it does not respect international law but an organization like ICRC should do hold its responsibility, if they cannot fulfill their mission then they should leave, they are useless.”
The International Red Cross has a tough mission in Gaza. Its members are constantly being attacked from above by the Israeli army while trying to recover those who have been killed and injured as a result of Israeli airstrikes. Israel considers them a nuisance and does not want them around.

But it is also true that charitable organizations like the Red Cross are rackets that act under the veneer of humanitarianism. I don't even know why Palestinians put their faith and trust in the Red Cross, the UN, and other international organizations. Most UN agencies and international charities can't be depended upon to act with neutrality in this war.

In the report below, the Israhelli propagandist for the BBC does not offer any context to help explain why the Red Cross truck came under attack from a mob of Palestinians. All he says is that they're angry and are not thinking straight. True, they acted out of line in that moment, but their frustrations and aggression were rightly directed at the Red Cross.

The message Palestinians are sending is that they are not stupid. They know the Red Cross is not there to help them. The Red Cross should get out of the war zone since it is clearly biased towards one party in this conflict.

Gaza civilians attack Red Cross - BBC News. Date Published: July 24, 2014.

TRNN Gaza Reporter’s Family Killed in Israeli Assault

TRNN Gaza Reporter’s Family Killed in Israeli Assault. Source: The Real News. Date Published: July 23, 2014. Description:
Middle East correspondent Yousef Al-Helou shares his story of how his home was targeted by an Israeli airstrike.

Israhell Is Asking For A Beat Down

If these men are Hamas fighters rather than civilians, and if the IDF did this for safety reasons, to check for suicide bombs, that's one thing, and that's fine. But if they did this to humiliate these men then it has transgressed normal boundaries and must be taught a lesson.

Jordanian TV Hosts Burns Israeli Flag Live on Air, Demands Shutting Down US Embassy. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: July 23, 2014.

July 23, 2014

Joining the tunnel diggers in the Gaza Strip [2009] + Tunnel.Vision Gaza - SBS.Dateline [2010]

Joining the tunnel diggers in the Gaza Strip | Journal Reporter. Source: DW. Date Published: November 26, 2009.

Tunnel.Vision Gaza - SBS.Dateline. Date Published: December 29, 2010.

UN's Answer To Question of Israeli War Crimes In Gaza: Maybe. Maybe Not. Maybe Fuck Yourself

Aliens to the human race: Show me your leaders. No, seriously, show me your leaders. It can't be these two.

The UN's message to Palestinians: go to hell. Israel can do what it wants. 

The Angry Arab: 
UN on Israeli and Syrian war crimes
UN on Israeli war crimes: possibly, probably, it could be, not sure, we are looking into it, who knows.
UN on Syrian regime war crimes: certainly, categorically, unequivocally, no question about it, it took us one day to decide.
Israel action in Gaza 'could be war crimes' says UN's Navi Pillay - BBC News. Date Published: