So Soon Forgotten

by craig on July 9, 2014 3:33 pm in Uncategorized

The BBC has … started its news broadcast as usual from Ashkelon in Israel, highlighting rocket attacks on Israel. There is no mention on the BBC – there has never been any mention on the BBC, or anywhere in the Western mainstream media – that for at least 4,000 years Ashkelon was an Arab town, until in 1948 the entire, Arab population of 12,000 was driven out by armed force, many being massacred. Doubtless some older inhabitants of Gaza are refugees whose home is Ashkelon.

Israel is exercising its right of self-defence in precisely the same sense that Hitler was exercising the right of self-defence in Normandy in 1944 – ie not at all. Why the world puts up with this blatant ethnic cleansing and prolonged, agonizing genocide of the Palestinian people, I have no idea. It is not just about bombs and rockets and deaths now. It is about the shepherds being pushed out of their village in 2012 as part of the same process as the massacre of Ashkelon in 1948, all a process of genocide of the Palestinians in which Obama, Clinton, Cameron and Hague, as two whole generations of western politicians before them, are actively complicit.

I blogged this on 21 November 2012. Today every single BBC News bulletin leads with precisely the same trick, from precisely the same stolen Arab village. There is evidently a BBC policy to bias coverage of massacre in Gaza by basing it in the stolen town of Ashkelon. Every single BBC news programme is led by a report of the terror of people in Ashkelon at the rocket attacks which have killed and maimed – precisely nobody. There is then a brief “balancing” mention of the continual bombing of Gaza, which sometimes does and sometimes does not mention that at least 25 people have been killed, and hundreds maimed. Of the five reports I have seen, not one has mentioned that many of the Palestinian dead are women and children (although I once saw it on the strapline underneath). Rather the BBC says that “the Israeli government states it is targeting militants and weapons factories”.

The time given to the attacks on Palestine is abut 25% of that given to the rocket attacks on Israel. The coverage is also very different – we see human interest coverage of Israelis hiding from rockets in cafes. There is nothing remotely similar of the Palestinians under infinitely more deadly attack. There was one showing of funeral footage from Gaza, not of any of the women or children killed but of someone the BBC told us was simply a “militant”.

It is so blatant it is absolutely sickening. There are decent people I know in the BBC. Why do they put up with this?

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  1. Google has been got at by the Israelis too.

    My search for ‘total number of deaths in Gaza 2014’ produced this as the first result. I had not said anything about ‘Israeli’.

    Gaza rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Palestinian …
    Reuters ‎- by Jeffrey Heller ‎- 18 hours ago
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few … No Israeli deaths or serious injuries were reported and Israeli news …

  2. O/T Tom Watson is right. The fascists are rushing through this snooper’s charter legislation. Cameron, May and the rest are meeting at the moment. The ECHR ruling is for nothing.

    Breaking News on Sky.

    MI5 ‘Allowed To Track Terror Plots On Internet’
    A new deal on data snooping is expected amid fears of the terrorist threat posed by Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq.http://news.sky.com/story/1298294/mi5-allowed-to-track-terror-plots-on-internet

    It’s all because of the terrrrr situation.

    Tanks at Heathrow soon Mrs Nay?

  3. Even Mrs May, the PM in waiting!

  4. The BBC Radio 4 news just now is typical. Ran like an excuse piece for the IDF. The Israelis killed a family in an airstrike because in the BBC’s words “they returned too soon” to their home. So it was their own fault they were murdered then!

  5. The news according to Radio 4 wasn’t that a family had been killed but they led off giving us the Isreali’s PR message about it. That it was a tragedy. They Isreali PR machine always trot out the same – before carrying on regardless causing another tragedy with another bomb. They had no-one else’s view on it – just the Isreali one. And their excuse. They “returned too soon” – it was their fault they were killed.

  6. “The BBC Radio 4 news just now is typical. Ran like an excuse piece for the IDF. The Israelis killed a family in an airstrike because in the BBC’s words “they returned too soon” to their home. So it was their own fault they were murdered then!”

    I listened to Radio 4 news this morning and I didn’t get the impression they were trying to blame the family in Gaza for returning too soon. They also reported Palestinians killed in a cafe while watching the football and the comments of Ban Ki-moon.

  7. “During the US State Department’s daily press briefing this morning [yesterday], spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked whether Palestinians in Gaza have a right to defend themselves against Israeli aggression. As of this writing, Israeli bombing has killed more than fifty Palestinians since Monday, including more than a dozen children, and injured an additional 450 in the besieged Gaza Strip.

    “Psaki responded by feigning confusion and deflecting the question. The question was posed after Psaki repeatedly invoked Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas rocket fire.

    “Psaki was also asked by the same journalist whether Israel’s “response” to rockets fired from Gaza has been proportionate. She again deflected and reiterated the United States’ support for Israel. Here is the exchange:

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/us-state-department-rejects-gazas-right-self-defense-israeli-aggression

  8. Fred: “I listened to Radio 4 news this morning and I didn’t get the impression they were trying to blame the family in Gaza for returning too soon.”

    Of course they weren’t. That’s what the Isrealis were doing. The BBC just parroted it.

    ” They also reported Palestinians killed in a cafe while watching the football and the comments of Ban Ki-moon.” Yeah, eventually, briefly. Its all about prominence and what you lead with. The didn’t lead with these crimes – they lead with the Israeli PR message. And just what they said. Really bizarre choice.

    It all requires some analysis – the kind that was in that university study you dismissed.

  9. Well you read into it what you want to read into it but personally the picture and caption on the Sky news page I linked to yesterday was blatant pro Israel propaganda

    ” The IDF says Hamas is firing from civilian areas. Pic: IDF/Twitter”

    Yet in the comments section everyone thought the opposite. Maybe they read into things what they want to read into things as well.

  10. “It all requires some analysis – the kind that was in that university study you dismissed.”

    I didn’t dismiss it, like I said I read it and considered it 10 years ago when it was published.

    This morning you were basing your judgement on one part of one bulletin. Ignoring the rest.

    What was it Paul Simon said? “A man sees what he wants to see, And disregards the rest.”

  11. Theresa May has just been to Israel. She says she discussed ways to combat slavery. More like terrrr alerts and airport security in which Israel leads the field.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm140707/debtext/140707-0001.htm#14070728000008

    The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): 7 July 2014……..
    /..Last week I visited Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories to meet senior politicians from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. During my visit, the bodies of the three abducted teenagers were discovered near Hebron. Since then, we have also heard about the terrible killing of a Palestinian teenager. No reason, belief or cause can justify the abduction and killing of innocent civilians. In spite of that harrowing news, I was able to hold encouraging discussions on how best to combat modern slavery as part of our efforts to garner greater international co-operation on that important issue. Those discussions will feed into the substantial work that the Government are doing to stamp out the horrendous crime of modern slavery. As I said earlier, the Second Reading of the Modern Slavery Bill will be debated tomorrow, and the Bill’s progress will take place alongside the work that the Government are doing to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with this horrendous crime.’

    ~~~
    Israel provides the technology for security at many international airports and even run it as at Schipol.

    ‘At a conference in May 2008, the United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told Reuters interviewers that the United States will seek to adopt some of the Israeli security measures at domestic airports. He left his post in January 2009, a mere 6 months after this statement, which may or may not have been enough time to implement them.[31]

    On a more limited focus, American airports have been turning to the Israeli government and Israeli-run firms to help upgrade security in the post-9/11 world. Israeli officials toured Los Angeles Airport in November 2008 to re-evaluate the airport after making security upgrade recommendations in 2006.[32] Calling Ben Gurion “the world’s safest airport,” Antonio Villaraigosa , mayor of Los Angeles , has implemented the Israeli review in order to bring state-of-the-art technology and other tactical measures to help secure LAX, considered to be the state’s primary terrorist target and singled out by the Al Qaeda network.[33] New Age Security Solutions, led by the former director of security at Ben Gurion and based in Washington, D.C. , consults on aviation security at Boston’s Logan International Airport.[25]

    Other U.S. airports to incorporate Israeli tactics and systems include Port of Oakland and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority . “The Israelis are legendary for their security, and this is an opportunity to see firsthand what they do, how they do it and, as importantly, the theory behind it,” said Steven Grossman, director of aviation at the Port of Oakland. He was so impressed with a briefing presented by the Israelis that he suggested a trip to Israel to the U.S. branch of Airports Council International in order to gain a deeper understanding of the methods employed by Israeli airport security and law enforcement.[34]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airport_security

  12. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:29 am

    At risk of repeating myself….no, I’ll let you do it. Google “Tony Blair” Gaza, select ‘last 24 hrs’, and let us know when Mr. Blair, the Quartet’s Middle East Envoy, tasked with ensuring the economic and political rehabilitation of the occupied territories and Gaza, has delivered his thoughts on the current situation there. So far, nothing. Too busy advising Sisi/Aliyev/Nazarbayev?

  13. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Aha. He’s gone to Tel Aviv. Yesterday: landed 0238. (not via Google)

    Will he make any difference at all? Place bets now.

  14. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:35 am

    There is hope…

    http://www.el-balad.com/1037405

    Try again,lads. Blair’s in there somewhere.

  15. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:47 am

    US Tel Aviv embassy closed today:

    http://rt.com/news/171604-us-embassy-israel-closed/
    Sup. Devil. Long spoon.

  16. Miss Castello

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:56 am

    GOD BLESS GEORGE & SCOTLAND. (And f**** the rest of the heartless B’stards.

    http://www.imemc.org/article/68408

    http://www.imemc.org/article/68408

  17. Here’s the BBC front page “latest”

    “Israeli spokesman describes as “tragedy” deaths of eight people killed in air attack on Gaza house despite receiving warning to leave ”

    Exactly like headlines the BBC had during the NI troubles. Not.

    “IRA spokesman describes as “tragedy” deaths of eight people killed in attack on pub despite receiving warning to leave “

  18. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Miss Castello –

    International Middle East Media Center, which you linked to, appears to be down or blocked. Like the Palestinian News Network, also based in Palestinian territory, at least for me.

    english.pnn.ps/

    The Israelis really don’t want a counter narrative getting out, is the obvious conclusion.

    If anyone has access to stories on either of these, please precis or paste them rather than just giving the link.

    Electronic Intifada is still up;

    http://electronicintifada.net/

    However,its news coverage of Gaza is strangely lacking.

  19. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:10 am

    “Israeli spokesman describes as “tragedy” deaths of eight people killed in air attack on Gaza house despite receiving warning to leave ”

    That would be the one where a drone had a clear view of the neighbours who had gathered on the rooftops in the hope it wouldn’t fire on civilians, but who discovered Israel’s committment to the Geneva Convention the hard way?

  20. Electronic Intifada has a page of Gaza updates here:

    http://electronicintifada.net/tags/gazaunderattack

  21. last time
    this time

    This was another death threat from a mutual friend of Craig’s and mine. The political mind cannot tolerate another human being conceiving of a different world view to their own. I believe Islam is a religion of peace and worship. He believes it is an instrument of control. But he was hung upside down and electrocuted and beaten to helpless pulp by friends of Israel.

    That is why Israel does horrible things to pleasant, believing Muslim human beings, to turn them into madmen obsessed by controlling others. Talking of which, while the ISIS wounded are recuperating in Tel Aviv Hospital, they would also be spooning them with zombieing chemicals that make them forget their crimes against humans.

    The hung Nazis in the picture had been doing medical experiments similar to the Israelis now. Had they themselves been victims of Israeli manipulation? Yes says my gut feeling, and once you convert a certain portion of people to Nazi-Frankensteins or Caliphah-murderers, you can get the whole society to morph from cultured Protestant Germans into irredeemable criminals. Shit happens.

  22. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Thanks, Dre.

    Think they’re up to 13 kids dead now, and have achieved 16% – 17% of the target total deaths before magnanimously agreeing to listen to anyone about anything.

  23. Yes, something funny going on.
    No tweets on their Twitter account since May 8.

    https://twitter.com/intifadaLive

  24. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    9 Jul, 2014 – 5:14 pm

    “Is it conceivable that Hamas, which controls Gaza, might think it would be a good idea to ensure that rockets are not fired towards Israel?”
    ————————————-

    Yes they do think it a good idea (or they did until recently).

    But, Habbabkuk, you have it arse over tit as usual.

    It is Israel that breaks truce agreements. There is plenty evidence of this if you care to Google.

    For example:

    Ahmed Jabari, a Hamas militant, was successful in stopping rocket attacks by various groups in Gaza under a cease-fire agreement with Israel.

    During this cease-fire Israel assassinated him. Perhaps he was too successful for Israel’s liking?

    “Hours before Hamas strongman Ahmed Jabari was assassinated, he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the cease-fire in the case of a flare-up between Israel and the factions in the Gaza Strip.”

    “Israel’s return to the policy of assassination of leaders from the Palestinian struggle groups shows that the Israeli occupation wants to drag the region towards instability.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-peace-activist-hamas-leader-jabari-killed-amid-talks-on-long-term-truce.premium-1.478085

  25. Talking of mind control, which Aangirfan has contributed so much to our awareness of, the other day Craig was mocking a toff, the Viscount of Verulam. Craig will never understand until his last day because he has not been through it himself, the insidious mind control that the elite put their children through by sending them sometimes as early as five for the very rich dwellers abroad, to same-sex boarding schools.

    There is no warmth, there is no guiding hand, no wise presence, no kiss, no cuddle, no verbal or even written contact with busy parents far away. There is no knowing parent helping the child to form relationships with their own sex and with the other sex. There are no relationships because there are no women and if you took a male friend you’d get horse-whipped.

    So Craig, before you mock the toffs, please be aware that they have, unlike you, been quite severely mind-controlled. The public schools today are nothing like what we experienced and the boarding schools in Charles Dickens times were even more dreadful. A little humility would be kind.

  26. ‘hey diddle diddle
    the cat and the fiddle
    the cow jumped over the moon
    the little dog laughed
    to see such sport
    and the dish ran away with the spoon.’

    Sunday morning

    Argentine on Toast

    Please God I am wrong.

  27. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    9 Jul, 2014 – 5:56 pm

    “This comment is in no way meant to detract from Jonathan Cook’s merits as a journalist, but I do note that he is based in the occupied West Bank and cannot help wondering whether he would be free to write his books and articles and still remain alive and well if he were writing about Russian activities in Dagestan and Chechniya from a Russian town situated in close proximity to those two republics.”

    Firstly a correction Habbabkuk: Jonathan Cook lives in Nazareth not the occupied West Bank so no points for geography.

    Secondly your comment is a mere hasbara distraction and of no relevance to the discussion.

    האָבן אַ פייַן טאָג

  28. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 11:19 am

    No tweets on their Twitter account since May 8.

    Electronic Intifada is hosted by this: servers in US.

    http://www.tcpiputils.com/browse/ip-address/162.159.246.237

    From Cloud Flare’s Wiki:

    In June 2014, its services to many of its partners including Nigeria’s most visited indigenous website Nairaland.com has been suspended and it learnt it will not be restored until 30 June 2014.[citation needed]

    Why?

  29. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 11:30 am

    EXCELLENT article on Gaza’s Israel’s oil and gas reserves. What this is at least partly, maybe all, about.

    http://www.rantonuk.org.uk/stolen-gas-from-palestine-un-should-take-action/

  30. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    9 Jul, 2014 – 6:00 pm

    “Must I once again – sigh! – remind readers of the fact that Jordan was happy to hold on to the West Bank from 1949 until 1967 instead of assisting in bringing about the creation of a Palestinian state”

    We know all that Habbabkuk:

    Jordan occupied then annexed the West Bank in 1948/49 not to help the Palestinians but to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state based on the UN 1947 partition lines.

    What is the point of your “reminder”?

    What are you trying to say?

    Spit it out man!

  31. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Jordan also gave the annexees full Jordanian citizenship and guaranteed access (except to Israelis) to the W. bank holy sites. When it inevitably relinquished its claim in 1988, it recognised the Palestine Liberation Organization, as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”

    Compare and contrast with “filled West Bank with armed settlements, dispossessed inhabitants and turned vast areas into no-go areas for Palestinians, who were not accorded equal citizenship status (or even access to the R. Jordan’s banks); destroyed sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians, the PLO….etc.”

    Moral: Read Wikipedia entries all the way through.

  32. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    9 Jul, 2014 – 8:28 pm

    “Alex I think there’s been a misunderstanding.”

    Yes Habbabkuk and its down to you.

    Dynastic is not the same as monarchic get a dictionary.

  33. It is stated on the next thread that the death toll in Gaza is now 77.

    ~~~

    Felicity Arbuthnot writes:

    Is Israel Planning Gaza’s “Final Solution”?
    “Operation Protective Edge”

    July 9th, 2014

    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/07/is-israel-planning-gazas-final-solution/

  34. Miss Castello

    10 Jul, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    With 130 comments (so far) to scroll through, a ‘reply’ button would be wonderful.

  35. האָבן אַ פייַן טאָג

    V good Doug. What’s the Yiddish for La Vita e Bella?

  36. I would love to see Netanyahu and and his vile crew running for cover. From Medialens.

    Netanyahu runs for cover in Tel Aviv;rocket at Dimona nuclear reactor; cows killed in strike on farm

    Posted by alquds43 on July 10, 2014, 12:57 pm

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4540871,00.html

    Israel hit by fresh Gaza barrage after morning of widespread rocket attacks
    Iron Dome intercepts rockets in skies over Tel Aviv, others fall in open areas; Netanyahu runs for cover in Tel Aviv; Hamas fires long-range rocket at Dimona nuclear reactor; cows killed in strike on farm.

    Ynet correspondents
    Latest Update: 07.10.14, 13:27 / Israel News

    Air raid sirens sounded throughout Israel on Thursday afternoon, as a massive barrage of Gaza rockets were fired at the central and southern regions. Communities under fire included Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and Sdot Negev in the south, and Rehovot, Yavne, Lod, Ramle, and Gadera in the center.

    Earlier, as the IDF’s Operation Protective Edge entered its third day, rockets were fired at the greater Tel Aviv area, as well as hitting Israel’s south, including near Dimona, home to Israel’s nuclear reactor. Another rocket hit a Netivot house serving as a pre-school, while residents near the Ramon Crater reported hearing blasts.

    Hamas on Thursday afternoon took responsibility for the massive rocket salvo.

    Israel’s advanced Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the vast majority of the rockets fired at populated areas, often sending debris plunging to earth. In one incident, a number of cows were killed in the south after falling shrapnel hit their cowshed.

    Debris also fell on Israel’s coastal metropolis, after Iron Dome intercepted the morning salvo. Shrapnel landed close to a gas station in south Tel Aviv’s hip Florentin area, and even along parts of the city’s highway, causing light damage to some cars.

    In the south, sirens sounded Thursday morning in Dimona and Yeruham, near the Ramon Crater, and Netivot. Hamas also launched some 10 rockets at Ashdod, south Ashkelon, Ramle and Lod, as well as aiming for targets further north.

    Hamas said it fired M75 rockets at Israel, one of which was intercepted by Iron Dome, and later claimed it had fired 10 new Iranian-made long-range Sajl rockets.

    Rockets also fell in open areas in the greater Tel Aviv area; no injuries were reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior politicians joining him for a Security Cabinet meeting ran for cover in a protected shelter.

    Hamas also took responsibility for those attacks, and said it fired its long-range rockets for the first time since fighting began, in an attempt to hit an army base. On Wednesday, Hamas tried to hit Dimona’s nuclear reactor, but failed to reach its target.

    [Tel Aviv residents shelter from rockets in tower block stairwell (Photo: Noa Mayer)]

    Also Thursday morning, a rocket exploded near a road in the Sdot Negev Regional Council, causing damage to the road, but no injuries.

    Iron Dome also intercepted a rocket launched at the southern town of Netivot, also in the Gaza region. In the Ashdod area, some 10 cows died and many others were hurt after a rocket hit a cowshed on a local moshav, residents said.

    The attacks came on the heels of a day that saw rocket salvos and missiles reach deeper into Israel than ever before.

    Some 15 rockets were fired at Israel in a 15-minute span late Wednesday, all of which were either intercepted or fell in open areas.

    At least two rockets fell in open areas north of Zikhron Ya’akov, just 37 km south of Haifa, in what was the furthest reaching rocket attack since Operation Protective Edge began late Monday.

    According to the IDF, roughly 255 rockets have been fired at Israel since Operation Protective Edge began late Monday night. Approximately 70 rockets have been intercepted by Iron Dome, which is only activated when populated areas are threatened.

    Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy, Roi Kais, Ilana Curiel and Matan Tzuri contributed to this report
    First Published: 07.10.14, 08:40

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4540871,00.html

  37. Miss Castello, 12:55 pm:

    “a ‘reply’ button would be wonderful”

    Android? Apparently:

    “you can click the little 4-arrow icon in the lower-right corner. This gives you a zoomed out view of the page and you can quickly scroll to wherever you like”

  38. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Christ. One of the UK papers has finally cottoned on…

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-true-gaza-backstory-that-the-israelis-arent-telling-this-week-9596120.html

    The bleeding obvious strikes again. But if you didn’t know, read on.

  39. A relevant poem by the great Palestinian writer, activist, PFLP Member, Ghassan Kanafani, assassinated in Beirut by Mossad, 1972.

    All your armies
    All your fighters
    All your tanks
    And all your soldiers
    Against the boy
    Holding a stone
    Standing there
    All alone

    In his eyes
    I see the sun
    In his smile
    I see the moon
    And I wonder
    I only wonder
    Who is weak and
    Who is strong

    Who is right and
    Who is wrong
    And I wish
    I only wish
    That the truth
    Has a tongue !
    -Ghassan Kanafani

  40. Miss Castello

    10 Jul, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Hi
    PSC has written an open letter to the BBC regarding its coverage of the bombings in Gaza. The letter will be delivered to the Director General, Tony Hall.
    The letter is on our website at http://www.palestinecampaign.org/sign-open-letter-bbc/ Please sign the letter and ask others to do the same. Signatures will be displayed on the website.
    Because of the volume of traffic to our website at the moment, you may see a message when you attempt to go the letter which says ‘Resource limit reached’. Please try again later. You will be able to get through if you keep trying, and we really appreciate your efforts.
    The letter is cut and pasted here:
    Dear BBC

    Once again Gaza is under massive aerial bombardment from Israeli warplanes and drones, and, once again, the BBC’s reporting of these assaults is entirely devoid of context or background.

    We would like to remind the BBC that Gaza is under Israeli occupation and siege.

    We would like to remind you that Israel is bombing a refugee population – Palestinians who were made refugees when they were forced from their land in1948 in order to create Israel.

    We would like to remind you that Gaza has no army, air force, or navy, while Israel possess one of the strongest militaries in the world.

    When you portray Israel’s shelling of a civilian population as a ‘response’ or ‘retaliation’ to rocket strikes from Gaza, we would like to remind you that these events flow from the displacement of the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people from their homes and communities, with millions now corralled as refugees in the Gaza Strip. That initial injustice was compounded and continues with the ongoing occupation and siege.

    When you portray the occupier as the victim, and the occupied as the aggressor, we would like to remind you that resistance to occupation is a right under international law. And we would like you to remember that Israel’s occupation, siege and collective punishment of Gaza is not.

    And, finally, we would like to remind BBC journalists, when interviewing Israel’s spokespeople over the coming days, to ask the one question they have all failed to ask: “If Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian land, and allows the people of Palestine to live in freedom from Israeli domination, would that bring peace?”

    Yours
    Thank you very much for your support.
    Best wishes
    Amena

  41. Doug You say ‘spit it out man’. We don’t know whether our friend is male or female, where he/she is, anything about him/her other than that he/she is a troll with a nasty streak. Pretentious too.

  42. Repeating that link to say that Robert Fisk is the author.

    Robert Fisk
    Wednesday 9 July 2014

    The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
    A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-true-gaza-backstory-that-the-israelis-arent-telling-this-week-9596120.html

  43. By e-mail today

    Here is another report that just came in from Denny Cornier, who is in Gaza witnessing the terror and the genocide of the Palestinians.

    From Denny Cormier in Gaza:

    I am still trying to process all that has happened in the last 36 hours. Although I had prepared myself weeks ago for the possibility that I would be in Gaza during an Israeli operation that I saw coming, I could not possibly imagine the barbarity with which this operation is being carried out.

    My life for the last 36 hours has been filled with stories of horrific attacks on civilians and non-combatants. I have heard almost constant bombardment of Gaza and the neighboring communities, and attacks on my own neighborhood by the seaport have been frequent and ferocious. More than once I found myself running for cover but there was no place to run. There is no place to hide from these angels of death that fill the skies over Gaza and over Al Meena hour after hour after hour… the sound of drones and helicopters and jets are punctuated by explosions that shake the house, that rattle the windows.

    I can only imagine how frightened the thousands of children are who surround me – children who are already living in the most challenging of circumstances – and who are now first hand witnesses to the worst instances of man’s inhumanity to man.

    I am confident that the young men and women who unleash these horrors upon a beautiful people (from their cockpits or with joysticks dozens of miles away from my home) will be brought to justice and will suffer the consequences of their actions – because we will decide as a people that a defense of “just doing my job” no longer has validity. You are not playing with monsters in the virtual world, my young friends. You are destroying homes and lives and dreams.

    Should you abandon your cockpits and joysticks, you may still avoid the wrath of humanity when it brings you before its tribunals because it will most certainly bring you before its tribunals. But if you choose not to, you will one day suffer the isolation that you have already embraced with a Pepsi in one hand and falafel in the other – you have freely chosen your own fate. And the hell that you have brought to this place will hold you forever in its selfish embrace. She is an unkind mistress.

    Greta Berlin, Co-Founder, the Free Gaza movement
    Editor, Freedom Sailors

  44. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Mary
    10 Jul, 2014 – 1:34 pm

    “Doug You say ‘spit it out man’. We don’t know whether our friend is male or female, where he/she is, anything about him/her other than that he/she is a troll with a nasty streak. Pretentious too.”

    Mary, I’ve had a psychologist friend read a good selection of his posts and she says he is definitely a he.

  45. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Noted for attention when the site calms down, Miss Castello, thanks.

    May I also solicit donations to this completely apolitical outfit:

    http://www.map-uk.org/

    Hundreds have been wounded, and the repeatedly-degraded Palestinian infrastructure cannot cope.

  46. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:15 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    “Mary, I’ve had a psychologist friend read a good selection of his posts and she says he is definitely a he.”
    __________________

    I’m flattered by your attention, Doug. Does it mean I’m getting through to you?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~=

    “Dynastic is not the same as monarchic get a dictionary.”
    ____________________

    Are not monarchies dynastic for the most part?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Jordan occupied then annexed the West Bank in 1948/49 not to help the Palestinians but to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state based on the UN 1947 partition lines.

    What is the point of your “reminder”?”
    _______________________

    Surely the point is obvious, Doug? It is that Jordan bears some responsibility for the fact that there is no Palestinian state today.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Firstly a correction Habbabkuk: Jonathan Cook lives in Nazareth not the occupied West Bank so no points for geography.”
    _______________________

    Fair enough, Doug. But that reinforces the point I was making, doesn’t it? So Cook lives in the “belly of the beast” (Mary’s expression about Israel, I believe) and is free to write his books and articles in perfect safety. Had he been Russian and living in Russia however, and writing about Russian action in Dagestan and Chechniya, he would have been killed by now. Which shows once again that is more freedom and democracy in Israel, the country you hate, than in Russia, the country you admire.

    *******************

    La vita è bella, life is good!

  47. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    “Is it conceivable that Hamas, which controls Gaza, might think it would be a good idea to ensure that rockets are not fired towards Israel?”
    ————————————-

    Yes they do think it a good idea (or they did until recently).

    But, Habbabkuk, you have it arse over tit as usual.

    It is Israel that breaks truce agreements. There is plenty evidence of this if you care to Google.

    ___________________________________

    Well, that’s your take and of course you’re free to express it : Hamas fires rockets because provoked by Israeli assassinations, etc.

    Personally, I think I’ll stick with Craig’s interpretation, which was :

    “I agree it is an utterly stupid tactic by Hamas. But I think the simplest explanation is that, like almost all political “leaders”, they are more interested in enhancing their own power than doing good for the ordinary people.”

    A take which, by the way, remains valid EVEN IF you were correct. Think about it.

    *****************

    By the way – any thoughts about the recent attack on the Brussels Holocaust centre in which 4 people were killed?

  48. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    9 Jul, 2014 – 7:20 pm

    “The Russian state would have bumped him off. Whereas he is alive and well in Nazareth, under Israeli occupation, and free to write whatever he pleases.”

    You are trying to say, I think, that Israel maintains a free press even in the occupied areas but:

    “Reporters Without Borders has condemned Israeli attacks on information freedom, journalists and the media in the occupied Palestinian territories, the organisation said on Tuesday.”

    “In a statement the group said: “Journalists have been targeted by the Israeli army. Others have been arrested arbitrarily. And security forces have been conducting raids on media offices. RWB urges the Israeli military to allow news professionals, whether Palestinian or foreign, to carry out their work freely and safely.”

  49. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    Wish you wouldn’t quote the eejit, Doug. But let’s see how Israel fares in the freedom-of-information stakes at thios moment in time:

    Palestine Broadcasting Corporation – times out.
    http://www.pbc.gov.ps/English/about_us.htm

    Palestine Info – 24 Media journalist targeted and killed, colleagues wounded.

    http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/en/default.aspx?xyz=U6Qq7k%2bcOd87MDI46m9rUxJEpMO%2bi1s7HtFExfKzhwqFoI5w%2fleY2Z77LzPorUhWAhVk2lemePY7KEOL74ylUOCFnGRuzd8x1NzGUUpAmmMhjcK%2fFOAEc6NgquazPoLNQ5OpyA06%2bog%3d

    Palestine News Network -times out (and has done for hours).
    http://www.english.pnn.ps/

    IMEMC – back after a break
    http://www.imemc.org/

  50. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    The IDF on Thursday afternoon contacted by phone Arab residents of Gaza living near the security border, warning them to evacuate their homes immediately.

    The phone calls were sent to a total of roughly 100,000 Arab residents of the Hamas stronghold. Among the cities and towns targeted in the phone warning were Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun, and Absan, according to Walla!.

    In the phone warning, residents were told to evacuate and go to the west [the sea] or south [a locked gate] in order to avoid civilian casualties.

  51. MAP was OK when set up by Dr Swee Chai Ang after she had seen the horrors of Sabra and Shatila.

    The Israelis let the militias in.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_and_Shatila_massacre

    In later times, more of a front organization up with the likes of Lord Patten late of ZBC, as president 2010-11.

    They have not changed anything for the Palestinians. http://www.map-uk.org/what-we-do/who-we-are.aspx Makes people feel good about joining organisations, fund raising and donating money.

    We know all this ‘news’. http://www.map-uk.org/news.aspx

    Charity is not the answer.

    PS I see Patten (I’ve been everywhere man!) is still working for the Catholics.
    Patten to advise Vatican on media strategy – The Guardian
    19 hours ago – Chris Patten, a Roman Catholic, worked on behalf of the British government to manage Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain in 2010.

  52. Ban Ki-Moon, the UN stooge appointed by the USUKIsNATO axis, mouths some meaningless words. He and the UN are irrelevant.

    Gaza situation ‘on knife-edge’ – UN chief Ban Ki-moon
    10 July 2014

    The situation in Gaza “is on a knife-edge”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, urging Israel and Palestinian militants to end hostilities.
    Mr Ban warned that the region “cannot afford another full-blown war”.
    His comments come after Israel said Hamas had fired dozens of rockets at Israeli cities on Wednesday night, following Israeli air strikes in Gaza.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28240999

  53. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Not sure if this belongs on a Yes! thread or a Gaza one. Anyway, congratulations.

    http://www.imemc.org/article/68408

    http://www.snp.org/people/humza-yousaf

    Wonder what Hague will bellow in response?

  54. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    ““The Russian state would have bumped him off. Whereas he is alive and well in Nazareth, under Israeli occupation, and free to write whatever he pleases.”

    You are trying to say, I think, that Israel maintains a free press even in the occupied areas”
    ________________________

    Doug, you pointed out to me that Jonathan Cook lives in Nazareth and that Nazareth was not in the West Bank occupied territories.

    Why then are you now talking about the “occupied areas” and quoting from what Reporters without Borders says about the “occupied Palestinian teritories”?

    Are you getting confused again, Doug?

  55. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    To summarize:

    Jonathan Cook lives in Israel (Nazareth) and is free to write what he likes.

    A Russian equivalent to Jonathan Cook, writing about Russian behaviour in Dagestan and Chechniya in the same way as Jonathan Cook writes about Israeli behaviour in the West Bank (and about Israel itself) would now be pushing up the daisies.

    Clear enough for you, Doug?

    ***************

    BTW – any thoughts about the recent attack on the Brussels Holocaust centre in which 4 people were killed?

    Still reflecting on a good answer?

  56. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    You musn’t let hatred blind you to logic, consistency and truth, Doug.

    Think about it, undergo a moral and spiritual rebirth! Perhaps your psychologist friend could help you?

  57. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    “The IDF on Thursday afternoon contacted by phone Arab residents of Gaza living near the security border, warning them to evacuate their homes immediately.”
    ________________

    Warning civilians to leave an area likely to come under military attack is quite obviously an egregious beach of international law and, as such, fully merits Mr Scorgie’s condemnation at 16h04 above.

    That’s right isn’t it, Doug?

  58. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    “MAP was OK when set up by Dr Swee Chai Ang after she had seen the horrors of Sabra and Shatila.

    The Israelis let the militias in.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_and_Shatila_massacre

    In later times, more of a front organization up with the likes of Lord Patten late of ZBC, as president 2010-11.”

    ____________________

    There you go, Baal, you’ve been told.

    Yet another organisation Mary disapproves of. Quelle surprise!

  59. Mary now dislikes ‘the Catholics’ too? Add them to the list.

  60. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Catholics,, cyclists (not even in lycra!), MAP, Ban Ki Moon and the UN, Theresa May, Agent Cameron, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lady Justice Butler-Sloss, Habbabkuk, Anon, Resident Dissident, Jews, foxes, toads, turds and so on and so on – Mary dislikes them all.

    But the milkj of human kindness has not entirely dried up – she does like Macky (“Don’t you dare leave this blog!”)!

  61. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Sorry, I forgot — she does like hens as well (but not cocks, I understand).

  62. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    10 Jul, 2014 – 5:19 pm

    “BTW – any thoughts about the recent attack on the Brussels Holocaust centre in which 4 people were killed?”

    Yes Habbabkuk, it was a despicable crime and I condemn it.

    But I think you ask that question because it occurred at the Holocaust Centre.

    Two of the victims were Jewish tourists, Emanuel and Miriam Riva, one victim was Moroccan immigrant Alexandre Strens and the other victim was Dominique Sabrier a French woman.

    All innocent people.

  63. A thrill is given to the troll when he writes the word ‘cock’ (again) indicating some personal medical malfunction.

  64. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    10 Jul, 2014 – 5:22 pm

    “You musn’t let hatred blind you to logic, consistency and truth, Doug.”
    “Think about it, undergo a moral and spiritual rebirth! Perhaps your psychologist friend could help you?”

    Was it something I said Habbakuk?

  65. doug scorgie

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    100,000 Former Soviet Jews In Israel Return To Russia

    Michael Mainville
    The Toronto Star

    http://rense.com/general65/100000formersovietjews.htm

  66. Israeli atrocities elsewhere in Palestine. 7 July 2014

    Zionism in practice – Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property
    24 hours to 8am 07 July 2014

    13 air strikes – 2 attacks – 35 raids including home invasions – 3 beaten – 8 dead – 26 injured – 4 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage – 4 taken prisoner – 6 detained – 108 restrictions of movement

    Israeli night air strikes injure 4 children and 2 women
    Israeli tanks shell al-Mugheir village
    Israeli air strikes kill 5 blockade-resistance tunnel workers
    Israeli air strikes on refugee camp kill 2 and injure 1
    Israeli air strike on farm kills livestock
    Israeli soldiers beat up Palestinian woman refugee
    Settler fanatics, wielding metal bars, critically injure Hebron resident on his way to work
    Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 20 towns and villages
    http://www.sapienspromise.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3199

    Plus long detailed lists of atrocities and violations committed by the IDF and settlers in different parts of Gaza and the Occupied West Bank.

  67. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Mr Scorgie

    ““You musn’t let hatred blind you to logic, consistency and truth, Doug.”
    “Think about it, undergo a moral and spiritual rebirth! Perhaps your psychologist friend could help you?”

    Was it something I said Habbakuk?”
    _______________________

    Not at all, Doug, merely the milk of human compassion. The Good Samaritan does not go by on the other side, you know.

  68. A terrible litany of 81 names of the Palestinians killed since Tuesday and the details compiled 3 hours ago.

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1405014473.html

  69. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    “http://rense.com/general65/100000formersovietjews.htm”
    _______________________

    What a curious website you linked to, Doug. Are you a member of the Green Lizard brigade?

  70. BBC privatisation going well. Good. Dismantle the lot. But note that control of the public service broadcasting and newsgathering stays the way it is.

    BBC’s TV production shakeup could extend to news, radio and online
    ‘Compete or Compare’ strategy could open more areas to indies, except for core PSB activities such as global newsgathering
    Tony Hall’s BBC ‘compete or compare’ speech – full text
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/10/bbc-tv-production-news-radio-online-compare-or-compete

    Includes photo of a grinning idiot.

  71. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    10 Jul, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Mary

    “A terrible litany of 81 names of the Palestinians killed since Tuesday and the details compiled 3 hours ago.

    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1405014473.html
    __________________

    Terrible indeed, Mary.

    Do you think Hamas will take heed and – to spare the Gazans such deaths in the future – cease firing (militarily-useless) rockets from Gaza into Israel?

  72. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    CNN; breaking new ground.

    Emphatically saying 81 Palestinians dead- Zero Israelis.

  73. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    No reason to doubt it, Ben. More than 550 injured, too. A third of Gaza’s hospitals and clincs have zero stocks, btw. Even Egypt is accepting Gazan casualties for treatment. Israel has today issued instructions to Gazans to clear the border area. Inbound traffic is expected to intensify on this one-way system.

  74. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    It’s only remarkable because it’s focused on the facts in Gaza/Israel, Ba’al.

    Check out this video. Diane Sawyer read the chyron and didn’t blink.

    http://www.juancole.com/2014/07/stricken-palestinians-israelis.html

  75. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    I caught the Sawyer story earlier today, Ben. The opposite trick, to a similar end, is played by our adorable media: headline re Hamas rocket shock horror: picture of almighty explosion of IDF ordnance in Gaza with very small title or none. There’s an article somewhere about a survey which showed the abysmal depth of public understanding of who was doing what to whom.

  76. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    ‘Cuz katyushas are even scarier than bottle-rockets on the 4th of July. :)

  77. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    If Hamas had the equivalent of Mark Regev – glad they don’t because then I would have to be equally nauseated by both sides – he would undoubtedly say that, plus or minus the odd bruise sustained scrambling for shelter. the zero casualties sustained by the Israelis prove conclusively that Hamas isn’t aiming to kill civilians.

  78. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    10 Jul, 2014 - 9:53 pm

    Actually, I could make a serious case for that myself, thinking about it. If the idiots concentrated their fire instead of spraying missiles notable only for their random ballistics in all directions, they could actually achieve more damage, as well as overwhelming the Iron Dome radars. Statistics support this theory.

  79. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    10 Jul, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I think if some members of Hamas could acquire the ordnance necessary to do real damage, they would use it. As they said about the Joker, ‘some just want to blow up the world. For those types it’s all about revenge and a Palestinian solution would just result in their deployment to another hot spot.

  80. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 12:11 am

    ““BTW – any thoughts about the recent attack on the Brussels Holocaust centre in which 4 people were killed?”

    Yes Habbabkuk, it was a despicable crime and I condemn it.”
    _____________________

    Given what you feel about Jews and Israelis, Doug, I hope you won’t be offended if I say that I don’t believe a word of it. Your dissembling lacks all credibility.

  81. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    11 Jul, 2014 - 12:16 am

    “If Hamas had the equivalent of Mark Regev – glad they don’t because then I would have to be equally nauseated by both sides – he would undoubtedly say that, plus or minus the odd bruise sustained scrambling for shelter. the zero casualties sustained by the Israelis prove conclusively that Hamas isn’t aiming to kill civilians.”
    ________________

    So what would this Mark Regev equivalent say WAS Hamas’ aim in periodically firing off those rockets, Baal?

    Please enlighten us, bearing in mind Craig’s comment at 16h37 on 9 July.

  82. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) ! at 9 Jul, 2014 – 5:14 pm
    Focused almost exclusively on the “rockets” – Gosh, that was a surprise.

    info at 9 Jul, 2014 – 4:37 pm
    I would dearly like to say ‘1984’ should be compulsory reading in school, but sadly that would be too ironic :(

    Long live Palestine! May Zion be thrown into the garbage bin of history. And yes, the yankee jihadists, the sectarianists, the Islamic “scholars” and the appalling Muslim “leaders” have all got blood on their hands. Scumbags.

  83. Why Israel is blind to Palestinian suffering
    Jonathan Cook
    10 July 2014

    Lots of people have been wondering over on my Facebook page how it is that Israelis are so incapable of understanding what bombing one of the most crowded places on earth entails: lots of Palestinian civilian casualties. Well, this Israeli TV interview with Palestinian Knesset member Haneen Zoabi should help.

    The programme is Meet the Press and was conducted before Israel’s attack on Gaza. The refusal of the interviewer to listen or engage with Zoabi’s argument is eye-opening and stomach-turning at the same time. Much of this ends up being a shouting match, with the interviewer trying to force-feed Zoabi the Zionist narrative.

    Israelis hear this narrative day in day out from primary school onwards. Their media almost never interview Palestinians, and when they do, as here, they simply try to drown them out.

    The interviewer, Rina Matzliach, says several times: “I do not understand you.” And she means it. Her mind is so rigidly programmed that logical arguments from the other side are quite beyond her comprehension.

    Let’s not forget too that this is the role of all mainstream media everywhere. To keep our minds tightly constrained by narratives that serve our own elites’ interests. Israeli narratives, to those of us not raised on them, appear preposterous. But our own narratives would sound equally preposterous to a Martian – or to us could we wean ourselves off the comforting illusions they afford us.

    Finally, there is a wonderful comment about Israeli democracy from Zoabi at about 14 mins in.

    Matzliach tells her she enjoys “the benefits of Israeli democracy”:

    Zoabi: I do not enjoy the benefits of democracy. I suffer from a racist democracy, which seizes my land and permits me one thing, Rina: the freedom of expression. And freedom of expression is not an indication of democracy, it is an indication of the strength of the state of Israel.* It is strong enough to grant me freedom of expression, knowing that my freedom to express myself will change nothing.

    Matzliach interrupts: But you don’t appreciate it.

    Zoabi: Look: see the incitement. The very moment that this freedom of expression disputes the red line, that is when the incitement starts.

    Watching Meet the Press, one wonders – like Zoabi – what the extent of freedom of expression really is in Israel.

    * I would add: Israel’s strength derives from its success in having ethnically cleansed Palestinians from their homeland.

    http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-07-10/why-israel-is-blind-to-palestinian-suffering/

    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8UqucganIk

    (Very much like watching Hardtalk on BBC here or similar.)

  84. July 10, 2014

    Watch: Israeli propagandist “Mark Regev” gets throttled by British TV news anchor

    Watch Mark Regev (real name Mark Freiberg), Israel’s Australian-born Joseph Goebbels, lose his cool in an interview with Jon Snow of Britain’s Channel 4 News.
    http://www.redressonline.com/2014/07/watch-israeli-propagandist-mark-regev-gets-throttled-by-british-tv-news-anchor/

    The video was made in 2009 at the time of Operation Cast Lead. The subtitles are hilarious.
    Inside the mind of Mark Regev
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMd_js_oQAk#t=213

  85. One of the few sources of protein is taken away from the people of Gaza in this cruel and deliberate action.

    Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/p526x296/10514696_751041348272463_5503456921735227305_n.jpg

    6 hours ago
    Israel has bombed Gaza’s port tonight. Fishermen’s boats, their source of livelihoods, are burning.

  86. Ali Abunimah on Gaza conflict: BBC World at 3am

    Co-founder of http://electronicintifada.net interviewed at 3am this morning on BBC World.

    Little risk that he’d be given a slot on BBC News at Six or Ten, not least because here he rightly criticises the BBC:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmEBj8qnHqQ

    ‘I take no sides, neither does the BBC’ said the presenter.

  87. Craig, you know why they put up with it: because they are amoral creeps, men and women without backbones, who rake in the money and don’t give a shit about anybody else or about hypocrisy. Those scum know which side their bread is buttered. Some of them may be nice to you in private. Then they go back to helping burn Arab babies.

    Good people don’t put up with it.

    Look at this piece of propaganda from the Torygraph:
    “<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10960956/Israel-air-strikes-on-Gaza-live.html"<Hamas strikes Israeli nuclear facility. Well actually Hamas doesn’t appear to have done so or even to have claimed to have done so.

    Curiously, this piece of MI6 propaganda in the Torygraph is exactly in line with what was supposedly put out by the fantastically skilled operatives of the Syrian Electronic Army after they hacked into an IDF Twitter account.

    Is the SEA perhaps other than it seems? I was thinking it was an Israeli front, but who knows, maybe it’s a little bit of a help job from MI6 or GCHQ.

    Britain – in the form of the Tory and MI6 Psy-Ops house journal called the Torygraph – appears to be falling over itself to be more Zionist than the Zionists. It is excelling itself in showing its utter commitment to the Zionist cause, to the death of the last Palestinian if ‘need’ be.

    David Cameron has called Netanyahu to express his support for Israel. Remember, British people reading this – we paid for that fucking phone call!

    Britain is NOT neutral in this conflict. Psychological warfare is part of warfare and Britain must be considered to be giving active support to the Israeli massacre.

    Presumably Cameron asked whether there was any more support he can offer than the extreme support he and the so-called British authorities and media have offered so far. “We’re doing everything we can do to help you, Sir. Is there anything more you would like us to do, Sir?

    Here is the top article on the Zionist ‘Google News’:

    Analysis: Israel is looking for the middle ground in Gaza”.

    Be thankful, oh un-chosen ones, that Avigdor Lieberman hasn’t yet settled down to his screen to watch the implementation of his favoured option: the nuking of Gaza, the world’s biggest concentration camp.

    It is of course common for the first article on Google News to be from the Jerusalem Post or Haaretz. And did I mention the New York Times?

    Here are links to two of the main Hamas websites:

    Al-Qassam Brigades

    Palestinian Information Centre

    The Hamas effort is heroic: Khaled Mishaal: “we will defend our land until the end, even if we stand alone“.

    Keep a watch on the UN Security Council. The US will probably deploy its veto to prevent the passing of any motion criticising the ongoing Gaza massacre. That’s been the main use of the veto by any country for the past 25 years. You won’t read about that in the New York Times or Telegraph.

  88. The Torygraph headline was “Hamas strikes Israeli nuclear facility“.

    Now they’ve changed it.

    A lot of such Winston Smithing goes on, without changing URL.

  89. Ba'al Zevul (For Gaza)

    11 Jul, 2014 - 9:18 am

    “Well, my dear Americans, that’s your tax dollars at work”

    http://gazatimes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/day-3-of-israeli-aggression-on-gaza-98.html

    “Allot of news was spreading about a possible ground invasion. Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbass, said a ground invasion will happen in the matter of hours, while Israeli defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, went out and announced the start of a ground invasion against Gaza, but then Israeli news said it will happen on Friday (Today) without mentioning a certain time.”

    Hope he’s wrong.

  90. Big Brother Corporation

    11 Jul, 2014 - 9:30 am

    The mainstream BBC News today is less informative and has less gravitas than John Craven’s Newsround back in the 70s and 80s.

    What’s amusing is that a lot of todays ‘news presenters’ (journalists are only allowed on screen to answer stupid, well rehearsed, questions from the studio as window dressing) who appear on News24 were on Newsround back in the 90s and 00s and have brought the same patronising dumbed down attitude with them.

  91. About Meshaal. Went off to take the Qatar riyal and we know about Qatar vis a vis their actions of support for the Syrian rebels.

    Why leave the people in Gaza? I do not know if he is still in Qatar.

    Hamas Activists Accuse Meshaal of Preferring Life in Exile
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/10/meshaal-qatar-hamas-crisis-exile-beirut.html

  92. Ba'al Zevul (For Gaza)

    11 Jul, 2014 - 10:16 am

    There is some shit even Sisi’s government will not eat:

    The Egyptian minister demanded that the EU and the United States of America take immediate action to put an end to the ongoing escalation, the statement added.

    http://thecairopost.com/news/118053/news/egypt-urges-the-west-to-act-for-de-escalation-of-israeli-palestinian-conflict

  93. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !
    10 Jul, 2014 – 5:26 pm

    “Warning civilians to leave an area likely to come under military attack is quite obviously an egregious beach of international law and, as such, fully merits Mr Scorgie’s condemnation at 16h04 above.”

    “That’s right isn’t it, Doug?”
    ————————–

    The Israeli tactic Habbabkuk, is to frighten civilians into leaving their homes in order to destroy them, leaving them homeless.

    Extensive civilian deaths lead to bad PR.

    However Habbabkuk, as you will know, bombing civilian homes and infrastructure is still against international humanitarian law.

    Do you not condemn such practices?

  94. Destroying private property without due process is an egregious beach of any civil law code I can think of.

    Doug, please stop quoting its idiot objections to everything everyone says.

  95. The slaughter continued overnight.

    Gaza death toll hits 100 as Israel continues assault

    Published today (updated) 11/07/2014 13:30

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    Relatives and friends of the al-Hajj family gather in a mosque to
    pray over the bodies of eight family members during their funeral
    in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 10, 2014
    (AFP/Said Khatib)

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    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Eleven Palestinians have been killed in Israeli airstrikes since midnight Thursday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said, bringing the death toll in Israel’s military assault to 100.

    The latest airstrike in central Gaza killed Hamas municipality employees Mazen Aslan and Mazen Abu Kas.

    Earlier, five Palestinians were killed and 15 injured in Rafah after the Israeli air force targeted the Ghannam family home.

    Ghaliya Dib Jaber Ghannam, 7, Wissam Abdulraziq Hassan Ghannam, 23, Mahmoud Abduloraziq Hassan Ghannam, 26, Kifah Shihada Dib Ghannam, 20, and Muhammad Munir Ashur, 25, were identified as those killed.

    The home was hit without warning and the impact of the airstrike completely destroyed the building and several surrounding properties.

    /..

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=711990

    Further on,

    ‘1090 sites bombed

    Since the start of the operation, the Israeli military’s biggest offensive on Gaza since November 2012, its forces have hit over 1090 sites in Gaza.’

  96. Jonathan Cook comments

    ‘Extraordinary even by the BBC’s appalling standards on Israel-Palestine. A report that claims it will examine the weapons being used by both sides that then forgets Israel has any offensive weapons. There’s an extensive discussion of Hamas’ different rockets and their ranges, followed by an explanation of Israel’s anti-missile defence system Iron Dome. So no hidden message there about who’s the aggressor and who the victim, I guess.’

    https://www.facebook.com/Jonathan.Cook.journalist/posts/558241027617882

    referring to
    What weapons are being used in the Israel-Gaza conflict
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28245343

    written by the well known Zionist Jonathan Marcus.

  97. Thanks Mary for the info on Mishaal, of which I was unaware. (I still like that quote about defending themselves even if they stand alone, though – the quote reminds me of the heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters, even if Mishaal himself is swanning about in Qatar!) I suppose there must already be some quislings in the Hamas leadership, even though the organisation derives its support from the justified enmity that people feel towards all the known and obvious quislings in Fatah.

  98. ‘The mainstream BBC News today is less informative and has less gravitas than John Craven’s Newsround back in the 70s and 80s.’

    The Beeb’s latest pathetic attempt at a ‘balanced’ report of the latest conflict (100+ dead in Gaza, zero fatalities in Israel) has just spectacularly backfired.

    In the lunchtime bulletin Ms Chakrabharti introduced Mr Reynolds, prefacing the interview by stressing there have been casualities ‘on both sides’. The scene of Reynolds report was not Gaza, but the burnt-out petrol station in Ashdod. The attempt to make this an Israeli- friendly ‘human interest’ piece was ruined as Reynolds’ word were drowned out by whistling and jeering Israeli thugs, cut from the same cloth as Avigdor Lieberman.

  99. Yes N it was pretty bad behaviour especially as Assad had given him a home or refuge if you like. Meshaal must have known what Qatar had been up with Saudi Arabia and our warmongers and their plans to depose Assad. No gratitude.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4164795,00.html

  100. Israel wants control of the oil / gas off the Palestinian coast. I suspect the plan is to seal off the Gaza strip from the coast, possibly with an extension of the ‘separation wall’, ostensibly to stop missiles shipped by Iran to Hamas from entering Gaza (which is bs anyway, but the MSM will take it as gospel). The coast line will then magically become Israeli territory, the resources will become Israeli resources and third parties will be legally covered in deals with Israel. However, it may just be a simple case of murdering Palestinians for the heck of it.

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