Feeding the Israel Lobby


06-08-19 09:44:00,

If you have been wondering when the twenty Democratic aspirants for the presidency will begin a serious discussion of American foreign policy in the Middle East, where Washington has been bogged down in both current and impending wars, you are not alone. With the honorable exception of Tulsi Gabbard, no one seems keen to touch that particular live wire.

Part of the problem is the journalists who are asking the questions in the debates. To be sure, the publication of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt back in 2007 opened the door to a frank discussion of why the United States is involved in unresolvable conflicts on behalf of a tiny client state. But unfortunately, while it is now possible to find in the mainstream media some honest analysis of Israel’s ability to corrupt policy formulation in Washington, in general the Jewish state continues to get a pass from both the press and politicians on all issues that matter.

And then there is the problem of Congress itself, which is precisely the institution that has been most corrupted by Israel and Jewish money. Almost thirty years ago, American politician Pat Buchanan described Congress as “Israeli occupied territory.” As a result, he was viciously attacked by the mainstream media and the political leadership of both parties, demonstrating beyond all doubt that he was correct in his observation. Today the Israel Lobby in the United States is far more powerful than it was in 1990, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually boasts to his voters that he directs U.S. policy.

The hypocrisy inherent in the Israel-philia of America’s political leadership is such that it sometimes produces comic results. The whiney head of the House Intelligence Committee Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, was beside himself prior to the Robert Mueller testimony before Congress on July 24th, denouncing Russia and President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s actions amounted to “Disloyalty to country… Those are strong words… But disloyalty to country violates the very obligation of citizenship, our devotion to a core principle on which our nation was founded, that we, the people, not some foreign power that wishes us ill, we decide, who shall govern,

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Aanduiding ‘Made in Israel’ is ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’ – The Rights Forum


04-08-19 07:16:00,



Consumentenmisleiding Nederzettingenproducten Psagot Winery Shilo Winery Druiven Canada Christenen voor Israël Teperberg 1870 HEMA Etikettering Wijn Kolonisten-producten Made in Israel Tweede Kamer EU Kolonisering Westoever

Canada / Aanduiding ‘Made in Israel’ is ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’

Het Federale Gerechtshof van Canada heeft geoordeeld dat wijn uit Israëlische nederzettingen in bezet Palestijns gebied niet langer als ‘Israëlisch product’ mag worden verhandeld.

Onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk: wijnen uit bezet Palestijns gebied die worden verhandeld als ‘Israëlisch’ product. Daarmee worden consumenten misleid en wordt de illegale Israëlische kolonisering van Palestijns land gestimuleerd.  

Het oordeel van het Canadese hof heeft verstrekkende gevolgen. De betreffende wijnen mogen niet langer als ‘Israëlisch’ worden verkocht en moeten nu worden voorzien van een etiket dat de correcte herkomst weergeeft. Bovendien dient de uitspraak als opstap tot het aanpakken van talloze andere producten die ten onrechte als ‘Made in Israel’ worden verhandeld. En tenslotte zal de uitspraak aanleiding geven tot rechtszaken tegen dezelfde praktijk in andere landen.


Bij gebrek aan relevante jurisprudentie is het hof diep ingegaan op de argumentatie die door de eiser en de verdediging werd ingebracht, om zich tenslotte te baseren op de kern van de zaak: het onomstreden feit dat de Israëlische kolonies in bezet gebied geen deel uitmaken van de staat Israël.

Etikettering van producten uit die kolonies als ‘Made in Israël’ is daarom ‘onjuist, misleidend en bedrieglijk’, stelde het hof, en voorkomt dat consumenten een beredeneerde keuze kunnen maken:

One peaceful way in which people can express their political views is through their purchasing decisions. To be able to express their views in this manner, however, consumers have to be provided with accurate information as to the source of the products in question.

Daarnaast stelt het hof dat etikettering van de betreffende producten als ‘Israëlisch’ in strijd is met Canadese federale wetgeving. Die schrijft voor dat de herkomst van voedingsproducten, waaronder wijn,

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Israel bombardiert im Irak


01-08-19 07:58:00,

Die kuwaitische Zeitung Al Dscharida hat enthüllt, dass mittels einer israelischen Drohne, die von einer US Base in Syrien gestartet war, ein iranischer Stützpunkt in Irak am 20. Juli 2019 bomÎbardiert wurde.

Darüber hinaus hat die Al-Arabiya Saudi TV enthüllt, dass am gleichen Tag eine Bombardierung durch ein ausländisches Flugzeug einen iranischen Revolutionsgarden im Irak getötet hat.

Die saudische Zeitung mit Sitz in London, Asharq al-Awsat, hat enthüllt, dass in Wirklichkeit zwei israelische Bombardierungen stattgefunden haben, darunter eine durch eine F-35. Laut einem westlichen Diplomaten, war das Ziel dieser Aktion ein Hangar mit ballistischen Raketen.

Letztes Jahr hatte der israelische Premier-Minister davor gewarnt, dass sein Land nicht zögern würde, im Libanon, in Syrien und im Irak, Ziele zu bombardieren, die er verdächtigt, mit iranischen Revolutionsgarden verknüpft zu sein.

Horst Frohlich

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Israel has “the most moral army in the world”?


30-07-19 11:24:00,

Eight days ago eleven Palestinian buildings containing seventy family apartments located in the illegally Israeli occupied East Jerusalem village of Wadi al-Hummus were demolished in a military-led operation by more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers, policemen and municipal workers using bulldozers, backhoes and explosives. Residents who resisted were beaten by the soldiers, kicked down flights of stairs and even shot at close range with rubber bullets. The soldiers were recorded laughing and celebrating as they did their dirty work. Occupants who did not resist and who held their hands up in surrender were also not spared the rod, as were also foreign observers who were present to add their voices to those who were protesting the outrage. The injuries sustained by some of the victims have been photographed and are available online.

Twelve Palestinians and four British observers were injured badly enough to be hospitalized. The British reported that they were “stamped on, dragged by the hair, strangled with a scarf and pepper sprayed by Israeli border police.” One who was hospitalized described how Israeli soldiers dragged him by his feet, lifting him up, and kicking him in the stomach, while one soldier stamped on his head four times “at full force” before standing on his head and pulling his hair. Another suffered a fractured rib after “[the policeman] then stamped on my throat and others started punching my torso. It was a sadistic display of violence…”

Yet another foreign observer was dragged out of the house, “…her hands were crushed so badly that she suffered a fractured knuckle on her left hand, and her right hand suffered severe tissue damage ‘which will be permanently misshapen unless she gets cosmetic surgery.’”

Edmond Sichrovsky, an Austrian activist of Jewish origin, who was in one of the houses, described how Israeli forces broke the door down, first dragging out the Palestinians, “knocking the grandfather to the floor in front of his crying and screaming grandchildren.” Cell phones were forcibly removed to eliminate any picture taking or filming before soldiers began attacking him and four other activists. “I was repeatedly kicked and kneed, which left a bloody nose and multiple cuts, as well breaking my glasses from a knee in the face. Once outside, they slammed me against a car while shouting verbal insults at me and women activists,

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Israel Launches New Criminal Aggression; Bombs Tal al Harrah Again


24-07-19 12:53:00,

Israel Bomb Syria - Syria News ArchiveArchive Photo

Israel has again breached international law in its criminal bombings of Syria. After midnight 24 July, the criminal aggressor bombed Tal al Harrah in Daraa countryside.

Material damages were reported.

Israel deliberately, under the US protection, shows its disregards to International Law and in specific to the United Nations, to its charter, and the Security Council and its resolutions, this latest aggression was committed while the United Nations Security Council was convening to discuss the ongoing ‘Situation in the Middle East’ which started with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and been on the agenda ever since.

Bombing Syrian land from the occupied Golan shows how much the Zionist regime relies on the support and protection of the United States of America and its Gulfies sponsors, the superpower and super-rich.

The mini-US previously engaged in illicit aggression against al Harrah on 30 June and 12 June. On both those occasions, Syrian air defenses intercepted several of Israel’s missiles.

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Israel’s Agents of Influence


23-07-19 07:33:00,

Some journalists in the Jewish media are starting to complain that President Donald Trump is “loving Israel” just a little too much since he keeps citing his concern for the Jewish state as the driving force behind some of his erratic behavior. It is a viewpoint that I most definitely share, though I would describe the apparent White House lovefest with the Israel as a “lot too much.” When the President of the United States calls a congresswoman an anti-Semite and demands that she apologize to him personally and also to Israel it is definitely a lot too much.

So Israel is always in the news, or so it seems, though it is often not in the news when the story might be derogatory. The story disappears from sight as soon as it is determined that Israel might be involved, as is currently the case with Jeffrey Epstein, or Israeli activity is excised completely as was the case with the Mueller investigation where Russiagate should have really been called Israelgate as it was Israel that was seeking favors from the incoming Trump Administration, not Russia. As Noam Chomsky put it, Israeli interference in American politics “vastly overwhelms” anything Russia has done.

I have recently written about how the Jewish state works hard to brainwash the American people and limit the foreign policy options of the U.S. government, to include aggressive efforts to obtain what the intelligence agencies would call “agents of influence.” Agents of influence live and work in one country while simultaneously and treacherously advancing the interests of another nation. It is what George Washington warned about in his Farewell Address when he counseled “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”

Foreign influence as a potential national security threat is also a status defined in legal terms by the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), which requires anyone working on behalf of a foreign government to register and make transparent sources of income.

Uniquely, no foundation or individual working in America to advance the interests of the Jewish state has ever been required to register under FARA even though many,

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Israel to make exception in allowing BDS-supporting Omar & Tlaib into the country


21-07-19 01:22:00,

Israel said it will allow BDS-supporting US congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to enter the country, in a departure from its travel ban on supporters of the pro-Palestinian movement.

“Out of respect for Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to pro-BDS congresswomen,” Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, said.

The congresswomen are scheduled to make an official visit to Israel and the West Bank in August, and there was uncertainty around whether they would be turned away at the airport due to the 2017 law Israel passed that bans anyone who “makes a public call for boycotting Israel” or “any area under its control,” in reference to the settlements built in the West Bank. 

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry can grant exemptions as a denied entry could affect Israel’s foreign relations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who faces elections in September, was urged by some to ban the women from entering, but the optics of barring the first two Muslim US congresswomen and a Palestinian American could tarnish Israel’s international reputation.  

Tlaib, whose parents are Palestinian, came up with the idea for a congressional trip to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to the annual trips run by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby group, which will take place in August. Omar said earlier this month she would visit along with Tlaib. 

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Israel hat vermutlich den Stützpunkt einer schiitischen Miliz im Irak bombardiert


21-07-19 09:30:00,

War es eine israelische Drohne? Bild: MathKnight und Zachi Evenor/CC BY-SA-3.0

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In der Nacht von Donnerstag auf Freitag beschoss eine israelische Drohne einen Stützpunkt einer schiitischen Miliz in Amirli, in der nordirakischen Provinz Salaheddin. Es soll Tote und Verletzte gegeben haben. Die Miliz, die zu den Volksmobilmachungskräften (PMF) oder Hashed al-Shaabi gehört, die dem irakischen Militär großenteils eingegliedert wurden, aber ziemlich eigenmächtig bleiben, sprach von zwei verwundeten Iranern, ein Polizist von einem toten Iraker und zwei Verwundeten, die iranische Militäringenieure seien. Getroffen worden sei ein Hauptquartier von “Beratern” aus dem Iran und dem Libanon sowie ein Waffenlager, das in Flammen aufging.

Vermutet wird, dass zum Stützpunkt iranische Raketen geliefert wurden. Zunächst war man von einem Anschlag des IS ausgegangen, bis man dann doch Israel dahinter vermutete, was auch der Fall sein dürfte.

Israel selbst schweigt erst einmal wie üblich, die amerikanischen Streitkräfte weisen jede Beteiligung zurück. Die irakischen schiitischen Milizen, die auch in Syrien kämpfen und dem Iran nahestehen, lehnen die Präsenz von US-Truppen im Irak ab und haben immer mal wieder deren Abzug gefordert. Die USA fordern deren Auflösung, die irakische Regierung hat sie der Armee unterstellt, wodurch sie u.a. auch amerikanische Waffen erhalten.

Der Zeitpunkt ist heikel, da sich zwischen dem Iran und den USA und Großbritannien der Konflikt hochschaukelt. Letzten Monat hat der Iran eine amerikanische Drohne abgeschossen, gerade will die US Navy eine iranische Drohne abgeschossen haben, Iran behauptet allerdings, die Amerikaner hätten eine eigene Drohne getroffen (Drohnenabschuss: Iranische Revolutionsgarden kündigen Gegenbeweis an). Die USA haben weitere Truppen nach Saudi-Arabien verlegt. Möglich wäre, dass Israel sich den Konflikt zunutze macht, um mal wieder einen Angriff auf iranische Ziele zu starten. Zwist gibt es gerade, weil Iran einen unter britischer Flagge fahrenden Öltanker beschlagnahmt hat, der nach dem Iran angeblich in einen Unfall verwickelt war.

Es wäre der erste israelische Luftangriff seit vielen Jahren auf ein Ziel im Irak

Am am 7. Juni 1981 bombardierten israelische Kampfflugzeuge den irakische Reaktor Tammuz-1 oder Osirak, um die Entwicklung von Atomwaffen zu verhindern. Überflogen wurde damals Saudi-Arabien,

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USA und Israel werden das Erdöl des besetzten Syrien plündern


18-07-19 09:59:00,

Die Vereinigten Staaten haben ihren im Norden von Syrien präsenten kurdischen Söldnern erlaubt, das Öl dort auszubeuten und es an Israel zu verkaufen.

Die libanesische Tageszeitung Al-Akhbar hat den Missionsbrief des israelischen Geschäftsmannes Mordechai Kahana veröffentlicht. Anfänglich haben die Sprecher der Marionettenregierung von “Rojava” die Nachricht geleugnet. Dann hat sie Herr Kahana in der israelischen (und nicht in der US) Presse bestätigt, und erklärt, er handle nicht als Israeli, sondern als US-Amerikaner. Falls das aber tatsächlich der Fall wäre, würde das Pentagon gegen die Genfer Konvention verstoßen, die einer Besatzungsmacht verbietet, die Bodenschätze des besetzten Landes zu plündern (was Daesch und die Türkei vorher gemacht hatten).

Wenn auch in ganz Syrien Erdöl- und Erdgasvorkommen entdeckt wurden, befinden sich 90% der funktionierenden Ölfelder in dem von amerikanischen und französischen Truppen besetzten Gebiet.

“Rojava” ist ein auf syrischem Gebiet befindliches Pseudo-Kurdistan, außerhalb des von der Kommission King-Crane 1919 zugestandenen und von dem Sèvres-Vertrag 1920 genehmigten Raumes. Während der westlichen Aggression gegen Syrien haben die Vereinigten Staaten ethnische Säuberungen durchgeführt, christliche und arabische Bevölkerungen vertrieben und die kurdische Einwanderung aus der Türkei und dem Irak gefördert.

Mordechai Kahana hat sich an der Auswanderung der syrischen Juden während der westlichen Aggression von 2011 beteiligt. Er hat die Reisen von Senator John McCain nach Syrien finanziert und Synagogen in dem Land [Rojava AdÜ] restauriert.

Der libanesischen Presse zufolge, war er einer der Verantwortlichen des israelischen Programms der Schaffung einer Pufferzone an der israelisch-syrischen Grenze. Es galt, ein “Druzistan” zu schaffen, rund um den syrischen Major Khaldun Zainuddin, nach dem Vorbild des “Kurdistans” im Norden des Landes. Aber dieses Projekt hat aus Mangel an Kollaborateuren nie wirklich funktioniert.

Horst Frohlich

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World should cut ties with Israel to deter its new settlements – UN human rights rapporteur


13-07-19 08:38:00,

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) has long been dismissed by the US and Israel as a fringe “hate movement,” but now, a similar set of tactics has been endorsed by a United Nations’ (UN) expert on human rights.

Al Jazeera reported on Thursday that Michael Lynk, who serves as the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, said that the European Union (EU) and other world powers should consider isolating Israel on the world stage until it stops building new settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

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Lynk said that “cutting economic, political and cultural ties” could deter new settlements as well as help pave the way for Palestinian statehood. Amongst his suggestions was suspending Israel’s UN membership until it unequivocally ends settlement construction.

He added that the EU could play a decisive role as around 40 percent of Israel’s external trade flows to the 28-nation bloc. Whereas the United States has consistently voted against UN resolutions condemning Israel, European governments have been more willing to back measures such as official UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.

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Lynk stressed that the international community does, in fact, have considerable leverage of Israel that it is not currently utilizing.

“The international community actually holds a lot of cards with Israel… [and] has to look at the available menu of countermeasures that is commonly used to a wide range of countries involving gross human rights violations,” he said to Al Jazeera.

Though his proposals are not legally binding, they could serve as a blueprint for an alternative means of achieving a Palestinian state given the growing stalemate over peace negotiations.

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Lynk also points to two other mechanisms from international institutions that could be used to put greater pressure on Israel.

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“Go Forth and Lie” Israel Rolls Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling Abroad – Global Research


12-07-19 06:01:00,

While Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the outside world, internally it is promoting racism and violence at levels that are more alarming than ever before. A course to prepare young high school students traveling overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in contrast to racist policies and the advancement of a military that is encouraged to exercise unprecedented violence against civilians. 

Young ambassadors

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, recently demanded that the Israeli Education Ministry halt an online course that was designed to prepare young Israelis traveling abroad to be “good ambassadors.” The content, particularly regarding anti-semitism and BDS (the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement), is so offensive to Arabs and Muslims that a school in Nazareth canceled an exchange program for high school students from the city to go to Sweden, rather than having the students exposed to the content of the course.

To actually see the content of the course, one has to enroll, and so I did. The course has 12 chapters, starting with an introduction by former Minister of Education Naftali Bennett. Bennett begins by explaining “what is an ambassador,” and then gives examples of how to be a good one.

Bennett’s introduction is friendly, straightforward and full of praise for Israel. He provides students with tools with which they can “explain” Israel. For example:

If it wasn’t for Israel, you could never wake up in the morning, because the chip in your cell phone that works as an alarm is made in Israel. You couldn’t find your way to work because the application WAZE is an Israeli product, so you’d get lost. If you made it to work somehow you wouldn’t have a computer because Intel produces its parts in Israel, and then your account would be hacked because cyber security is made in Israel. On top of that, you would have no cucumbers to eat because Israel invented the irrigation systems that make it possible to grow cucumbers.”

Bennett also mentions that the students may encounter people saying crazy things about Israel like that it is an “apartheid state,” and that Israeli soldiers are killing Palestinians, and that, of course, this is all nonsense.

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Israel’s Scheme to Bury the Nakba. “The Ethnic Cleansing oF Palestine” – Global Research


10-07-19 07:20:00,

Israel’s 1947-48 Nakba against the Palestinian people was and remains one of history’s great crimes — what Ilan Pappe called “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” in his book by this title.

Establishment of the Jewish state came at the expense of the Palestinian people, their descendants and refugee population.

The final master plan’s goal aimed to create a state with maximum Jews and minimum Arabs — by any means, including mass murder of defenseless people.

Around 800,000 Palestinians were forcibly driven from their homeland, many thousands slaughtered in cold blood.

The six-month campaign beginning in late 1947 destroyed 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in cities like Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.

According to Nuremberg Principles, ethnically cleansing people from their land is a high crime against humanity.

Israeli accountability was never forthcoming for mass-murder; destruction of homes, villages, crops and other property; countless atrocities; showing no mercy to defenseless men, women, children.

Nuremberg-level crimes were  expunged from official Israeli historiography, replaced by the myth that Palestinians left voluntarily, fearing harm from invading Arab armies.

A Palestinian shared memories of that nightmarish experience, saying the following:

“I cannot forget three horror-filled days in July of 1948. The pain sears my memory, and I cannot rid myself of it no matter how hard I try.”

“First, Israeli soldiers forced thousands of Palestinians from their homes near the Mediterranean coast, even though some families had lived in the same houses for centuries.”

“My family had been in the town of Lydda in Palestine at least 1,600 years. Then, without water, we stumbled into the hills and continued for three deadly days.”

“The Jewish soldiers followed, occasionally shooting over our heads to scare us and keep us moving. Terror filled my eleven-year-old mind as I wondered what would happen.”

“I remembered overhearing my father and his friends express alarm about recent massacres by Jewish terrorists. Would they kill us, too?”

“We did not know what to do, except to follow orders and stumble blindly up the rocky hills. I walked hand in hand with my grandfather, who carried our only remaining possessions-a small tin of sugar and some milk for my aunt’s two-year-old son,

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Spying for Israel is Consequence Free


09-07-19 10:16:00,

Back in the spring I wrote about coming across the name Arnon Milchan by chance on a movie credit while flying from Venice to Washington. Milchan, some might recall, is a Hollywood billionaire movie producer born in Israel, well known for such films as Pretty Woman and Bohemian Rhapsody. He is less well known for his role in arranging for the procurement and illegal transfer of U.S. technology that enabled the Jewish state to develop its own nuclear arsenal. Far from being ashamed of his betrayal of the adopted country that helped make him rich and famous, in 2011 he authorized and contributed to a ghost-written biography, which he boastfully entitled “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon.” Parts of the book were in the first person with Milchan telling his story in his own words.

I had been aware of Milchan’s crimes for a number of years, just as I had also speculated on how a leading Israeli spy working actively and successfully against vital U.S. anti-nuclear proliferation interests had managed to continue to maintain a home and business in Los Angeles while also appearing regularly at the Oscar presentation ceremonies. I asked “Why is this scumbag still making movies in Hollywood? Why isn’t he in jail?” before concluding that the federal government clearly regards spying for Israel as a victimless crime, rarely arresting anyone and almost never prosecuting any of the numerous easily identifiable Israeli intelligence agents roaming the country.

Milchan was an active Israeli spy in the U.S., working for the Mossad technology theft division referred to as LEKEM. The Mossad frequently uses so-called sayanim in its espionage, which means diaspora Jews that it recruits on the basis of a shared religion or concern for the security of Israel. The threat coming from Israeli Embassy operatives inside the United States is such that the Department of Defense once warned that Jewish Americans in government would likely be the targets of their intelligence approaches.

President John F. Kennedy had tried to stop the Israeli nuclear weapons program but was assassinated before he could end it. By 1965, the Jewish state had nevertheless obtained the raw material for a bomb consisting of U.S. government owned highly enriched weapons grade uranium obtained from a company in Pennsylvania called NUMEC,

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Israel gegen die Venezolaner, von Thierry Meyssan


02-07-19 08:02:00,

Ein neuer Putschversuch hat am 24. Juni in Venezuela stattgefunden. Thierry Meyssan stellt fest, dass er zugleich gegen die Regierung von Nicolas Maduro und gegen seinen Pro-US Gegner Juan Guaidó gerichtet war. Darüber hinaus wurde er, gemäss der Gesprächsaufzeichnungen der Verschwörer, von Israelis geleitet.

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Am 24. Juni 2019 sollten Nicolas Maduro und Juan Guaidó zugunsten von Raul Baudel beseitigt werden.

Ein x-ter Versuch eines Staatsstreichs hat während des 24. Juni 2019 in Venezuela stattgefunden. Alle Teilnehmer sind verhaftet worden und der Informationsminister, Jorge Rodriguez, hat die näheren Umstände der Affäre im Fernsehen ausführlich erklärt. Sie ist in der Presse wegen des Schwächeanfalls eines der Chefs bei seinem Erscheinen vor Gericht ausgeblendet worden, welcher dann auch im Krankenhaus gestorben ist. Die Affäre ist dennoch sehr aufschlussreich.

Im Gegensatz zu den vorherigen Malen wurde dieses Komplott seit 14 Monaten von einer militärischen Einheit, die vom kubanischen Geheimdienst ausgebildet worden war, beobachtet. Während dieser ganzen Zeit sind die Venezolaner in die Gruppe eingedrungen und haben ihre Audio- und Video-Kommunikation überwacht. Sie besitzen daher Aufnahmen über 56 Stunden, die unwiderlegbare Beweise liefern.

Einige der verhafteten Personen waren bereits in frühere Verschwörungen involviert, so dass es schwer vorstellbar ist, dass sich diese Operation von den zuvor von der CIA geleiteten unterscheidet.

Nicht mehr Zukunft für die Opposition als für die Regierung

Zwei Bemerkungen drängen sich auf. Erstens war dieses Komplott sowohl gegen den verfassungsmäßigen Präsident Nicolas Maduro als auch gegen den selbsternannten Präsidenten Juan-Guaidó gerichtet, um einen dritten Mann an die Macht zu bringen, den General Raúl Isaías Baudel.

Letzterer, ehemaliger Stabschef, dann Verteidigungsminister, war von Präsident Hugo Chávez von seinem Posten enthoben worden, hatte sich gegen ihn aufgelehnt und hatte die Führung der Opposition im Jahr 2009 übernommen. Es stellte sich jedoch heraus, dass er Geld aus seinem Ministerium veruntreut hatte. Er wurde vor Gericht gestellt und zu 7 Jahren Haft verurteilt, die er verbüßte. Er wurde während der Amtszeit des Präsidenten Nicolás Maduro erneut inhaftiert und ist immer noch im Gefängnis. Ein Kommando sollte ihn befreien und zum nationalen Fernsehen bringen, um die Regime-Änderung zu verkünden.

Die Tatsache der Förderung eines dritten Präsidenten bestätigt unsere vor zwei Jahren veröffentlichte Analyse [1], laut welcher das Ziel der Vereinigten Staaten nicht ist, ein Bolivarisches Regime durch ein anderes,

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Israel: Demokratie, Apartheid und BDS – Einige Anmerkungen zur Antisemitismus-Debatte. Von Norman Paech


01-07-19 07:28:00,

01. Juli 2019 um 8:54
Ein Artikel von: Redaktion

Das Folgende ist die aktualisierte Fassung eines Vortrags, den Norman Paech am 1. Dezember 2018 auf dem Kasseler Friedensratschlag gehalten hat. Der Vortrag war seinerzeit der Anlass für das Studentenparlament der Uni Kassel, den Präsidenten aufzufordern, für den nächsten Friedensratschlag im Dezember 2019 die Räume der Universität zu versagen. Zum Glück bisher erfolglos. Angesichts der ständigen Eskalation der falschen Freunde Israels (jüngst beim Kirchentag) sollten Norman Paechs Argumente über den begrenzten Kreis des Friedensratschlags hinaus bekannt werden. Deshalb übernehmen die NachDenkSeiten den Text verbunden mit einem Dankeschön an den Autor. Albrecht Müller.

Israel: Demokratie, Apartheid und BDS
Einige Anmerkungen zur Antisemitismus-Debatte
Von Norman Paech


Es gehört zu den Standards der Legenden über Israel, diesen Staat als die einzige Demokratie im Nahen Osten zu bezeichnen, in den Worten Ehud Baraks die „Villa im Dschungel“. Dies mag für die jüdische Bevölkerung so zutreffen, versteht sich Israel doch offiziell als jüdischer Staat. Für die palästinensische Bevölkerung, immerhin gut 20 % der gesamten Bevölkerung, ist Demokratie allenfalls ein Wunschtraum. Dies haben Regierung und Parlament mit einem Gesetz am 19. Juli 2018 bestätigt, welches den Titel „Israel: der Nationalstaat des jüdischen Volkes“ trägt. Es beginnt mit den Worten: „Das Land Israel ist die historische Heimat des jüdischen Volkes, in dem der Staat Israel entstand.“ Kein Wort von dem Volk, das die jüdischen Siedler dort vorfanden und dem sie ihr Land wegnahmen. Kritiker wie Unterstützer sind sich darin einig, dass es sich wohl um eines der wichtigsten Gesetze handelt, das je von der Knesset erlassen wurde. Denn ab jetzt ist auch gesetzlich mit Verfassungsrang festgelegt, dass der Staat jüdisch ist. Er ist kein Staat aller seiner Staatsbürger, er gewährt nur den Juden alle Rechte. In der Unabhängigkeitserklärung von 1948 hatte es noch geheißen: „Der Staat Israel wird sich der Entwicklung zum Wohl aller seiner Bewohner widmen.“

Auch in diesem Grundgesetz gibt es keine Angaben über die Grenzen des Staates. Der Artikel 7 macht allerdings deutlich, dass sich Israel auf die Grüne Linie, die Grenze des Waffenstillstandes von 1949, nicht einlassen wird und nach wie vor nicht gewillt ist, das Völkerrecht für sich anzuerkennen: „Der Staat Israel sieht in der Weiterentwicklung der jüdischen Besiedlung einen nationalen Wert.

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In Israel the Push to Destroy Jerusalem’s Iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque Goes Mainstream – Global Research


26-06-19 01:39:00,

This ancient site that dates back to the year 705 C.E. is being targeted for destruction by extremist groups that seek to erase Jerusalem’s Muslim heritage in pursuit of colonial ambitions and the fulfillment of end-times prophecy.


The iconic golden dome of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque, located on the Temple Mount or Haram el-Sharif, is the third holiest site in Islam and is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of the city of Jerusalem. Yet, this ancient site that dates back to the year 705 C.E. is being targeted for destruction by increasingly influential extremist groups that seek to erase Jerusalem’s Muslim heritage in pursuit of colonial ambitions and the fulfillment of end-times prophecy.

Some observers may have noticed the growing effort by some Israeli government and religious officials to remove the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque from the Jerusalem skyline, not only erasing the holy site in official posters, banners and educational material but also physically removing the building itself. For instance, current Knesset member of the ruling Likud Party, American-born Yehuda Glick, was also the director of the government-funded Temple Institute, which has created relics and detailed architectural plans for a temple that they hope will soon replace Al-Aqsa. Glick is also close friends with Yehuda Etzion, who was part of a failed plot in 1984 to blow up Al-Aqsa mosque and served prison time as a result.

“In the end we’ll build the temple and it will be a house of prayer for all nations,” Glick told Israeli newspaper Maariv in 2012. A year later, Israel’s Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel stated that “[w]e’ve built many little, little temples…but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.” Ariel stated that the new Jewish Temple must be built on the site where Al-Aqsa currently sits “as it is at the forefront of Jewish salvation.” Since then, prominent Israeli politicians have become more and more overt in their support for the end of Jordanian-Palestinian sovereignty over the mosque compound, leading many prominent Palestinians to warn in recent years of plans to destroy the mosque.

In recent years, a centuries-old effort by what was once a small group of extremists has gone increasingly mainstream in Israel,

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Israel has 80-90 nukes, SIPRI report says, as Tel Aviv continues to accuse Iran of nuclear obsession


18-06-19 02:33:00,

Israel, which routinely accuses Iran of trying to obtain nuclear weapons and pledges to use force to stop Tehran, maintains its own undeclared nuclear arsenal estimated at 80 to 90, according to the latest report by SIPRI.

There are nine nations in the world that currently have nuclear weapons, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says in its newly released yearbook on the state of armaments and international security. The world nuclear stockpile went from 14,465 at the beginning of last year to about 13,865 this year, the report estimates, as the US and Russia were delivering on their promises under the New START Treaty signed in 2010.

Israel, which maintains a policy of neither confirming nor denying the possession of nuclear weapons, has between 80 and 90 warheads in its stockpile, the same as the year before, the institute said.

It comes as tensions between Iran on one side, and the US and regional ally Israel on the other, continue to mount. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s unsinkable prime minister, has for years waged a campaign accusing the Iranians of having unwavering nuclear ambitions, regardless of the evidence, or lack thereof.

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In 2012, the Israeli leader famously brought a diagram to a UN General Assembly session, purporting to show Iran’s progress in acquiring a nuclear device, with a literal red line drawn on it. With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Israel has doubled down on the theatrical approach, treating the world to a tall tale about a daring spy operation that managed to steal troves of nuclear documents from a secret warehouse in Tehran. The presentation was meant to prove Tehran’s duplicity, though experts pointed out that most of the documents revealed were old and known to Iran watchers.

Back then, Iran fired back, saying that “no arts & craft show will ever obfuscate that Israel is only regime in our region with a *secret* and *undeclared* nuclear weapons program.”

Netanyahu’s latest jab at Iran came last week. The prime minister said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran was “accelerating its nuclear program,

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Israel Unveils Newest Golan Settlement: ‘Trump Heights’


17-06-19 07:13:00,

First in Poland it was the proposed “Fort Trump,” but now in Israel it is “Trump Heights”. In a breaking story that had us doing a double take just to assure it is indeed real, a new Israeli settlement in the occupied Golan Heights has been named ‘Trump Heights’ in honor Trump’s deeply controversial decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory. 

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None other than Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu presided over the opening ceremony, which featured the unveiling of a large sign bearing Trump’s name and US-Israeli criss-crossing flags. 

The United Nations and other countries have not given international backing to the US recognition, which further last month involved the State Department officially changing world maps to reflect the new status. The settlement is yet to be established though the sign is in place, in what is sure to unleash a new wave of controversy and protests in Syria and the Palestinian territories. 

Israel’s premier pledged in April to name a new settlement after Mr Trump, soon after the president overturned decades of US policy by recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan.

The region is located about 60km (40 miles) south-west of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and covers about 1,000 sq km (400 sq miles).

The new settlement is expected to be built near Kela in the northern Golan Heights. —BBC

Israel fully annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 after capturing it from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967. The United Nations has never recognized Israeli annexation and settlement there, but has repeatedly condemned it — all of which has resulted in a Syria-Israel state of war ever since. 

Thank you PM @Netanyahu and the State of Israel for this great honor!🇺🇸🇮🇱 https://t.co/OUcf6s98UX

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019

Later in the day Sunday President Trump retweeted a congratulations and photos highlighting the event – which had been sent from the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who was on hand representing the United States during the ceremony.

Friedman noted it was the “first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949)”

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US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, UK…who is behind the false flag in Gulf of Oman


14-06-19 10:09:00,

First let me be clear; I greatly admired the principles that American’s used to espouse, in my lifetime; I am very fond of the majority of the people; I’ve spent in total some of years living there, in different States; it is I suppose mostly the silent majority, the ‘middle Americans’ that I am most fond of…certainly not the ‘elite’, the super rich 1% ‘ters …it has as a Country dramatically changed since 9/11….and sadly the Catch 22 that defines America today is best summed up thus:

“The United States is exceptional, just like every country is. But it has problems just like every other country has. It ought to be able to learn from other countries but it refuses, because it believes it’s exceptional…”

The above is a recent quote by eighty one year old Jared Mason Diamond, an American historian.

Let’s talk specifics.

According to a Middle Eastern English language newspaper of 12 June, “the US appears confident that boosting its military presence in the Gulf is having an impact on Iran’s behaviour in the region but insisted that the end goal is still to bring Tehran to the negotiating table”.

What does it mean when the US, at its most arrogant, says, “it is having an impact on Iran”? What bullshit. Iran, ancient Persia (the second oldest civilisation on the planet after China) doesn’t give a damn what America says or does; never did since its 1979 revolution. Nor does China for that matter.

Who is threatening who?

In the case of Iran, is Iran in the Gulf of Mexico with its Navy or is the huge American Navy in the Persian Gulf supported by numerous US Military Bases in the region threatening Iran?

Now yesterday new very serious news, a lie, was confirmed by Pompeo: “It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks.”on the two oil tankers the other side of the Strait of Hormuz, in the Gulf of Oman.

Why would Iran?

Without any doubt this is a false flag operation to blame Iran in order to create circumstances for Neocons like Pompeo and ‘President Bolton’ to start a war with Iran.

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NSA Gave Israel Access to All US Citizens’ Communications Data, Leaked Documents Show


13-06-19 08:28:00,

US also cooperated with helping Israelis conduct targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, no surprise there

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Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens’ data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA’s counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Using the familiar rationale of “terrorism” to excuse cooperation they knew was illegal, the NSA and ISNU found a workaround using the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that provided the Israelis with all the intel they needed, according to an October 2006 article in the NSA’s internal publication.

To ISNU, this prohibition [on sharing data for targeted killings] was contrary not only to supporting Israel in its fight against Hizballah but overall, to support the US Global War on Terrorism,” said an article in SIDToday. 

Its author, whose name is redacted, details the “late-night, sometimes tense discussions” he had with ISNU officials who believed they deserved an exemption from the US prohibition on abetting targeted killings.

The documents don’t include details of what “arrangement” was eventually worked out with the ODNI, but the Israeli military used American data to lay waste to Lebanon’s civilian population, much like the tech-enhanced US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, whose kill-counts swelled with civilian victims after they received access to NSA targeting data.

Israel repeatedly, and in some cases egregiously, violated the laws of war,” Human Rights Watch reporter Nadim Houry told the Intercept, adding that the Israelis “engaged in indiscriminate aerial attacks” and cluster bombing against “civilian infrastructure that was not tied in any way to the armed conflict.”

This ‘strategy‘ had a name – the “

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The Day Israel Attacked America — Remember the USS Liberty – PaulCraigRoberts.org


08-06-19 06:17:00,

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This Is What “America’s Good Friend” Israel Did To Us, and the Murderous Bastards Got Away With It Because “Our” Government is Scared to Death of The Israel Lobby.

As Adm. Tom Moorer said, No American President Has the Balls to Stand Up to Israel.

Tough Guy Trump Is Totally Owned by Israel as is the government of Florida and 25 other American states.  

Notice that the documentary was made by Aljazeera.  No American producer had the courage.


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Israel Now Owns Florida’s Government – PaulCraigRoberts.org


08-06-19 09:17:00,

Israel Now Owns Florida’s Government along with Washington and 26 other State Governments

Thanks to the Florida legislature and governor it is no longer possible to make any criticism of Israel in Florida’s public schools.  The Florida educational system is now prohibited from any acknowledgement, other than approval, of Israeli murders of Palestinians, carpet bombing with illegal white phosphorus of Gaza, and Israeli interference in US elections.  


Free speech is dying the death of a thousand cuts.  The Florida state government just added many cuts to the death of free speech, and the dumbshit idiots don’t even realize it.  

There appears to be no limit to American politicians who willingly sell out our country for Israeli money.

Support your website as it is one of the few lights still burning against the growing darkness.

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Israel to auction classrooms donated by EU to Palestinian children


31-05-19 04:39:00,

Israel’s Defense Ministry is planning to auction off two remaining prefab classrooms that were donated to Palestinian schoolchildren by the European Union, only to be confiscated by the Israeli body that runs the West Bank.

The auction is due to be held next week, according to the Guardian which reportedly saw an advertisement that ran in the Israeli newspaper Maariv. It will take place in the offices of the Civil Administration which tore down and confiscated the classrooms last October.

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The classrooms had been intended for 49 students in grades one to six in Ibziq, in the northern occupied West Bank. The classrooms were funded by the EU and EU member states.

When they were dismantled the EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemned Israeli authorities for dismantling the prefabs and called on them to rebuild the structures in the same place “without delay.

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Every child has the right to access education and States have an obligation to protect, respect and fulfil this right, by ensuring that schools are inviolable safe spaces for children,” read the EU statement.

The EU has held a long-standing position in the dispute over the occupied territories, and has repeatedly called on Israeli authorities to halt demolitions and the confiscation of Palestinian houses and property.

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Israel’s Role In 9/11


28-05-19 07:02:00,

The tale of 9/11 will just not go away, largely because it is clear to anyone who reads the lengthy 9/11 Commission Report that many issues that should have been subject to inquiry were ignored for what would appear to be political reasons. The George W. Bush Administration quite obviously did not want to assume any blame for what had happened and that bias also extended to providing cover for U.S. “allies,” most particularly Saudi Arabia and Israel. Those who have sought the truth about 9/11 have been persistent in their attempts to find out information that was suppressed but they have been blocked repeatedly in spite of numerous FOIA requests.

Now, eighteen years after the event, there has been something like a breakthrough, penetrating the wall of silence erected by the government. FBI reports on the possible Israeli role in 9/11 were released on May 7th and they serve to support speculation by myself and other former intelligence officers that Israel, at a minimum, had detailed prior knowledge of what was to take place. More than that, Israeli intelligence officers working in the United States might well have enabled certain aspects of the conspiracy.

To recount some of what is already known and suspected, one should first examine the 2016 release of a heavily edited and redacted 28 pages long annex to the 9/11 Commission Report that explored the Saudi Arabian role in the terrorist attack . The section concluded that the Saudi government may have played a direct role in 9/11 by assisting two of the hijackers, including a dry run exercise intended to learn how to get into a plane’s cockpit. There was also considerable evidence suggesting that wealthy Saudis and even members of the Royal Family had been supporting and funding al-Qaeda.

But far exceeding the Saudi role is the involvement of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, which was not subject to any serious inquiry or investigation by U.S. intelligence or police agencies. Israel, in spite of obvious involvement in 9/11, was not included in the 9/11 Commission Report despite the existence of an enormous Israeli intelligence operation freely working in the United States that was known to the FBI. Some of those Mossad officers were notably filmed celebrating as the Twin Towers were burning and collapsing.

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Israel “Shocked” After Germany Warns Jews Not To Wear Skullcaps


27-05-19 06:55:00,

Germany’s top official on anti-Semitism has caused a stir by saying that he would not advise Jews wear skullcaps in certain parts of the country, according to AP

Felix Klein said in an interview published Saturday that his “opinion has unfortunately changed compared with what it used to be” and that he couldn’t “recommend to Jews that they wear the skullcap at all times everywhere in Germany.”

He also said German police were not familiar with how to deal with anti-Semitic crimes:

 “Many of them don’t know what’s allowed and what’s not. There is a clear definition of anti-Semitism and cops should be taught it during their training.”

He didn’t elaborate further on details of what he meant, including what times and places he was referring to. Germany is home to about 100,000 Jewish citizens, according to Haaretz.  

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Sunday that he was “shocked” by the comment:

 “The statement of the German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner that it would be preferable for Jews not wear a kippa in Germany out of fear for their safety, shocked me deeply.”

He continued:

“We will never submit, will never lower our gaze and will never react to anti-Semitism with defeatism — and expect and demand our allies act in the same way.”

The country’s main Jewish leader, Josef Schuster, also said last year that he “would advise people visiting big cities against wearing Jewish skullcaps”. He continued: 

“It has long been a fact that Jews are potentially exposed to danger in some big cities if they can be recognized as Jews.” He added that he pointed that out two years ago, “so it is to be welcomed if this situation gets more attention at the highest political level.”

Three years before that, he also cautioned against wearing one in areas with large Muslim populations. His comments in years prior have been met with criticism from religious leaders in Israel. The country’s chief rabbi, David Lau, said that “skullcaps are a Jewish symbol they should continue to bear proudly.”

Last April, Germans wore skullcaps  in protest of an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin.

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Israel’s War Criminals In Their Own Words


21-05-19 10:03:00,

Israel’s public face, sustained and propagated by a wealthy and powerful diaspora that has significant control over the media, insists that the country is the Middle East’s only true democracy, that is operates under a rule of law for all its citizens and that its army is the “most moral in the world.” All of those assertions are false. Israel’s government favors its Jewish citizens through laws and regulations that are defined by religion. It in fact now identifies itself legally as a Jewish state with Christians and Muslim citizens having second class status. Israel’s army, meanwhile, has committed numerous war crimes against largely unarmed civilian populations in the past seventy years, both in Lebanon and directed against the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza.

In response to the past year’s Great March of Return protests staged by Gazans along the fence line that separates them from Israel, Israeli army snipers have shot dead 293 Palestinians and wounded seven thousand more. Twenty-thousand other Gazans have been harmed by other weapons used by the Israelis, to include canisters from the volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets. The numbers include hundreds of children and medical personnel trying to help the wounded, which reportedly have been particularly targeted.

The United Nations has reported that many of the wounded have been shot in their legs, which the Israeli army regards as “restraint” on its part. Many of those injured will likely need to have limbs amputated because Gaza lacks the medical facilities required to properly treat their wounds. Israel has bombed hospitals and blocked the importation of medical supplies into Gaza while also not allowing Gazans to leave the enclave for medical treatment elsewhere in the Middle East.

One hundred and twenty amputations have already been performed this year. Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Territories explained “You’ve got 1,700 people who are in need of serious, complicated surgeries for them to be able to walk again…[requiring] very, very serious and complex bone reconstruction surgery over a two-year period before they start to rehabilitate themselves.”

The U.N. would like to provide $20 million in assistance to enable medical treatment rather than amputations but the United States has refused to support emergency funding for the Palestinians through the Relief Works Agency (UNRWA),

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Israel Damaged over 800 Gaza Homes in Three Days – Global Research


08-05-19 02:23:00,

25 civilians were killed in the Israeli attack, including a pregnant woman and a two year old baby. At least 154 were also wounded in the attack.


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Israel Has No Right of Self-Defense Against Gaza – Global Research


06-05-19 02:17:00,


This article was first crossposted in July 2018.

Since the overwhelmingly nonviolent demonstrations in Gaza began on March 30, 2018, the international community has strongly condemned Israel’s armed attacks.A UN General Assembly resolution “deplore[d] the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians,” while the UN Human Rights Council denounced Israel’s “disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force.” After Israeli snipers killed Razan al-Najjar, a twenty-one-year-old unarmed Palestinian paramedic, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process warned Israel that it “needs to calibrate its use of force.” In a devastating report, Human Rights Watch concluded that “Israeli forces’ repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip … against demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes.”

Welcome as these condemnations are, the question nonetheless remains whether they go far enough. Simply put, does Israel have the right to use any force under any circumstances against the people of Gaza?

The current legal debate has focused on a pair of interrelated questions:

  • Did Israeli snipers resort to “excessive” or “disproportionate” force against demonstrators (as critics allege), or was the amount of force they deployed necessary to prevent protesters from breaching the perimeter fence (as Israel alleges)?
  • Is Israel’s conduct toward the Gaza protests governed by human rights law (as critics allege) or by international humanitarian law (as Israel alleges)? International humanitarian law applies in situations of armed conflict, whereas human rights law regulates domestic law enforcement. The difference matters, as human rights law imposes more stringent constraints on the use of force.

All parties to both these controversies proceed from a common premise: that Israel has the right to use force in order to prevent Gazans from breaching the fence. The dispute comes down to: how much? Critics who allege “disproportionate” or “excessive” force tacitly legitimize Israel’s use of “proportionate” or “moderate” force, while those who insist upon the applicability of human rights law acknowledge that Israel’s resort to force is legitimate if demonstrators pose an “imminent threat” to a sniper’s life.

This presumption holds even at the most critical pole of the debate on Gaza.

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Israel’s Terrorists: The White Helmets Receive an Award – Global Research


06-05-19 10:40:00,

Increasingly, groups and even foreign governments have pandered to Israel and its supporters in the United States because they have come to understand that success in dealing with Washington can be dependent on Jewish support.

Last week, Raed Saleh, the leader of the so-called White Helmets, also referred to as the Syrian Civil Defense, a terrorist-affiliated group, was in the United States to “…receive the Elie Wiesel Award from the Holocaust Memorial Museum for his organization’s work in Syria.” He was also dropping by to pick up a check for $5 million courtesy of the U.S. government “…to help us with acquiring ambulances and help us with search and rescue operations.”

During his visit, Saleh was treated to a nauseatingly obsequious interview courtesy of National Public Radio, which, inter alia, described how the Helmets “were the subjects of an Oscar-winning documentary two years ago, which captured images of them carrying broken and bloody Syrians from dust and rubble.”

Saleh claimed that the alleged victory of the Syrian regime in the yet to be completed war is an illusion as President Bashar al-Assad presides over a broken country, yet reports from inside Syria indicate that the return of the government to areas formerly controlled by terrorists has been welcomed and refugees from the fighting are now eager to return home. Saleh also claimed, falsely, that his organization has been

“providing services to all Syrians and to providing support to all Syrians. Now after six years of war, we have saved more than 116,000 people from under the rubble. We have not asked any of these 116,000 people who did they belong to? Is he a Kurd? Is he a Christian? Is he a Muslim? Is he with Assad? Is he against Assad? Is he with the Kurds? Is he against the Kurds? We have never asked anyone these questions.”

Saleh, whose group has only operated in terrorist-controlled areas, could not, however, maintain his approved narrative. He fairly quickly abandoned his non-partisan quasi-humanitarian rhetoric when asked about how he sees the Syrian conflict developing, saying

“We do not call this a civil war, but we rather call it a revolution against a dictatorship…the revolution still goes on.

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Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next? – Global Research


03-05-19 03:15:00,

Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the US administration through the US forces stationed in Israel and in various bases in the Middle East. Israel also enjoys financial support from Middle Eastern countries, mainly Saudi Arabia, in case of a punitive war against non-state allies of Iran. Indeed, Israel sent a sharp message to the Lebanese authorities revealing its intention to bomb selected targets in the country, considered threatening by Israel. Lebanon answered: “a bombing of targets in Lebanon will be met with a similar bombing in Israel and we are ready for a possible escalation if it is imposed on us”.

The US and Israel are working side by side against Iran and its allies/partners in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Lebanese authorities received an official warning, via France, revealing the intention of Israel to bomb specific locations in Lebanon, claimed to host missile factories. The local authorities answered:

“Lebanon shall not initiate a war against Israel. But if any location in Lebanon is bombed, a similar and equivalent and precise location in Israel will be bombed. If Israel bombs several locations, Lebanon will respond by bombing an equivalent number of locations and objectives. If Israel escalates, Lebanon will follow and the response may spill over the borders of Lebanon where its allies may not hesitate to take part in a war against Israel”, said a well-informed source in the country.

“Unlike the US military, Israel has air force superiority in the Middle East. The US forces can only offer military advice, intelligence, interception missiles batteries, supply of weapons and ammunition, exert pressure on Middle Eastern countries (mainly Saudi Arabia and the Emirates) to finance a military campaign with the objective to cripple Iran’s allies in the region, and make sure the UN is not taking any resolution against any possible Israeli aggression. But real attacks are normally carried out by the Israel Air Force”, said the source.

Notwithstanding the non-state militant leadership in Lebanon who “personally estimate that the possibility of war is unlikely”, “worst-case scenarios have been laid down by the high military command”,

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Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon – Global Research


24-04-19 03:48:00,

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held a private meeting this week with his top military commanders in which he warned them to prepare for a hot Summer because Israel plans to launch a surprise war against Lebanon. Sayyed Nasrallah has asked his men to share the reality of the situation and the possibility of war when briefing their men, families and people in the villages and cities in which Hezbollah operates.

He also prepared them for the likelihood of his assassination and the killing of Hezbollah’s first line of command in the event of such a war and that they will have to run the war on their own, as they were trained for.

“I may not remain among you for very long; it is possible that the entire first level of leadership could be killed, including myself. Israel may succeed in assassinating many leaders and commanders. The death of some key personalities will not be the end of Hezbollah, because the party doesn’t rely merely on individuals but rather on the entire society that is an essential part of its existence”, said Sayyed Nasrallah to the gathering.

He added that

“measures and procedures have already been taken to be ready even if this extreme case (the killing of top leaders including Sayyed Nasrallah himself) happens.”

The team protecting the leader of Hezbollah imposes tight security procedures on any visitor, regardless of rank or function. No mobile phones or personal rings or belongings are allowed; they must be removed before reaching the meeting place. Commanders gather in different locations and are transported in black curtained buses, in small number, for security reasons. At the end of the meeting, his personal security team leaves the place with Sayyed Nasrallah first and the gathering leaves afterwards, driven back to their desired destination.

“There are strong indications that this war will take everybody by surprise, like the 2006 war. Nevertheless, (the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin) Netanyahu is preparing himself, unlike (the former PM Ehud) Olmert who was hesitant, when the unprepared Israeli political decision was caught out in July (2006). Israel can surprise us all like it did in Gaza in 2008 with the objective of removing the threat on its borders once and for all.

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“The Greece Israel Cyprus Axis” (GRISCY): The US Key to Containing Multipolarity in the Eastern Mediterranean? – Global Research


11-04-19 06:10:00,

The US’ strengthening of its energy and security partnerships with the emerging strategic axis of Greece, “Israel”, and Cyprus (GRISCY) through the proposed “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” will contribute to containing multipolarity in the region by working against the interests of Turkey, Russia, and even China.

The GRISCY Game-Changer

Adam Garrie’s observation last year about the emerging Greek-“Israeli“-Cypriot (GRISCY) axis has been validated after two Senators just proposed the “Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act” that will see the US strengthen its energy and strategic partnerships with this alliance. The popular Greek outlet Ekathimerini summarized the bill’s most important provisions as follows:

                “- Lift the prohibition on arms sales to the Republic of Cyprus;

  • Authorize the establishment of a United States-Eastern Mediterranean Energy Center to facilitate energy cooperation between the US, Israel, Greece, and Cyprus;
  • Authorize $3,000,000 in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) assistance for Greece;
  • Authorize $2,000,000 for International Military Education and Training (IMET) assistance for Greece and $2,000,000 for Cyprus.
  • Impede the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey, as long as Turkey continues with plans to purchase the S-400 air defense system from the Russian Federation, a purchase that would be sanctionable under US law.
  • Require the Administration to submit to Congress a strategy on enhanced security and energy cooperation with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as reports on malign activities by Russia and other countries in the region.”

From the above, it’s clear to see that this is a blatantly anti-Turkish piece of legislation, albeit one that’s also equally contrary to Russian and Chinese interests as well. This means that the Act is actually intended to contain multipolarity in the region and is therefore poised to be a game-changing geopolitical development if it enters into law.

Greece & Cyprus

GRISCY brings together three anti-Turkish states along Ankara’s Western and Southern peripheries and gives them a sense of integrational purpose through the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline that they’re all involved in, which in turn serves as the physical basis for expanding their energy relations to the political,

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Why Israel Is Seen on Campus, in Both Europe and the US, as Treating the United Nations with Total Contempt – Global Research


07-04-19 07:36:00,

Because no other claimed democratic government:

1. Kills unarmed protestors, including students, as an everyday alleged security operation and imprisons thousands of dissidents, including teenagers, without trial

2. Imposes a inhumane blockade of essential goods upon 2 million civilians in an illegal effort to produce a regime change in an entire population by denying it adequate electricity and water, medical, food and building supplies – for more than 10 years with the result that an entire people are now predominately unemployed, with inadequate food and water, no jobs and no future – all this under the transparent pretext of ‘arms control’

3. Treats over 20% of its own people as second-class citizens with restricted civil rights purely because of their ethnicity

4. Refuses to allow UN inspectors from the IAEA to inspect its undeclared nuclear weapon stores, now estimated to contain up to 400 warheads in secret underground bunkers

5. Refuses to be a party to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty,  the Chemical Weapons or the Biological Weapons Conventions (CWC/ BWC)

6. Refuses to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that demands its withdrawal from all Occupied Territories including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, or with UNSCR 497 which stipulates that Israel’s ‘decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the Occupied Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.’   Consequently, US President Trump’s recent decision, in collusion with AIPAC the Zionist lobby, regarding the Golan Heights is a violation of international law and a threat to global peace.

7. Refusal to comply with the U N Resolution that requires Jerusalem to be an ‘international city’ with free and unfettered access to all faiths. UN Security Council Resolution 476, adopted on 30 June 1980 declared that ‘Israel’s actions as an occupying power in altering the status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.’

8. Is an indiscriminate supplier of arms and military equipment to regimes around the world

9. Is the head of an international lobby whose agenda is to influence legislative assemblies in both the US and Europe


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