Werritty’s Chum Gould Cheers on Gaza Genocide

by craig on July 31, 2014 8:26 am in Uncategorized

Where is the British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould, who has put so much effort into promoting himself as a self-proclaimed “Jewish Zionist”? What has he to say while the people in Gaza are being massacred even as they shelter in UN facilities?

Well two days ago he was attending the swearing in of new Israeli President Rivlin, together with a British delegation of weird right wing folk, including Baroness Pauline Neville Jones, favourite “security expert” of the BBC, Stuart Polak of Conservative Friends of Israel, and New Labour public school and Oxford right winger Paul Spellar.

But surely the British Ambassador to Israel has spoken out in public about the terrible carnage in Gaza?

He most certainly has. Gould has reflected the massive indignation of the British people by stating that:

“This was a conflict triggered by Hamas raining down on Israel hundreds and hundreds of rockets fired indiscriminately at Israeli towns and cities. Israel has a right and even an obligation to defend it citizens.”

Gould paid a pro-Israeli propaganda visit to Sderot, the Israeli chosen destination for media reports about Hamas rocket attacks, and the place where Israelis hold parties to watch people being blown apart in Gaza. Gould spoke of having to take his own family into the bomb shelter in Tel Aviv when sirens sounded from Hamas attacks.

Matthew Gould was a long term collaborator of Adam Werritty, having held meetings with him over a decade in Tehran, Washington, Israel and London, at most but not all of which Liam Fox was also present. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office refuse to list these meetings or say who was present and what was discussed, even though Gould met Werritty including when Gould was Private Secretary to both David Miliband and William Hague.

I have no hesitation whatsoever in stating that what is happening in Gaza is a part of a continuing process of deliberate genocide of the Palestinian people by the Israelis. When I have previously stated this, some commenters have taken issue with the word genocide. I see no other word that fits.

This chilling article by Martin Sherman, Head of the Israeli Institute of Strategic Studies, calling for Gaza to be ethnically cleansed of all Palestinians, should open the eyes of some of those who refuse to see that Israel is no longer a morally defensible entity. The 3,600 Facebook shares of this evil are evidence of how the madness of fascism has overtaken the citizens of Israel.


This banner on Herzl Boulevard expresses what has become the catchphrase for the extermination of Palestinians “There are no innocents in Gaza“. This justification of the extermination even of women and children should evoke parallels for Jewish people which are too obvious for me to emphasise. Yet this extraordinary slogan, justifying genocide, is supported and repeated by huge sectors of the Israeli populace.

I wonder how long it will be before we hear it from Matthew Gould?

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  1. If anyone wants to donate to Gaza

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees


    Palestine Red Crescent




    The truth _is_ widely known, it’s just not in the Muppet Stream Media. But it certainly is on the internet – see Press TV, RT and Information clearing House for details. ; ) –

    For example, today on ICH –

    “In the US’s so-called War on Terror, by far the greatest and most systematic terrorization of civilians is in fact perpetrated by the US state itself. Unarmed citizens are murdered across the world as ‘collateral damage’, ‘illegal enemy combatants’ or other license of impunity. The US state conceives itself as above international law along with ally Israel, but this reality is taboo to report and so too all the killing and terrorization of civilians.”

    “Yes this is a turning-point issue of the world. But the US record as a rogue state is unspeakable in the mass media because they are financed and advertised in by the same transnational corporations that demand the resources and territories of the world by threat of trade-investment embargo and the point of the gun of US and NATO forces.” (*)

    ‘U.S. Holds the World Record of Killings of Innocent Civilians. Interview with Prof. John McMurtry,’ by Prof. John McMurtry and Kourosh Ziabari – July 30, 2014 – ICH –



    (*) ‘I’m shocked, shocked to find gambling going on! – Casablanca –



    The sooner Tony Bliar, Cameron, Clegg, Netanyahu and and the other US fascist Empire Quislings get their long drop on a short rope the better. Nuremberg Mk I for comparision –


    THE GOOD NEWS! ; )

    The world today sees the Nazism of the US Empire, that its end is very near and devoutly wishes it. It destroys itself by its overreaching hubris. As that historian foresaw. Thank you Howard Zinn?! ; )

    Foreseen also by the revered father of peace studies, Norwegian Johan Galtung. During World War Two Johan Galtung’s father, the mayor of Oslo, told his son that the Nazi empire would destroy itself. “Why?” asked his ten year old son. “Because Nazis don’t know when to stop.” Just. Like. Today.

    Johan Galtung – US Imperialism – See Online Papers and Editorial Archive. His weekly editorial is usually a breath of fresh air. … Not so sure that Fascists can be dealt with by peaceful means – see Deutschland 1933-45 for details! ; ) –

    A Structural Theory of Imperialism, by Johan Galtung, 1971 – No longer in Transcend’s Galtung’s Papers section. Funny how that works, eh? –


    A Structural Theory of Imperialism – Ten Years Later, by Johan Galtung, 1981 – The pdf is helpfully degraded – magnifying helps a very little. The Empire has willing hands everywhere ??! ; ) –


    Transcend – Galtung Editorials, Papers –


  3. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 9:09 am

    To which I can only add Medical Aid for Palestinians


    Take your pick, anyway. Please give what you can to anyone who is doing some good.

  4. I for one won’t cavil with ‘genocide’. War crimes and Crimes against Humanity beyond reasonable doubt is my descriptive contribution.

    The impunity and the gall to blame the victims, the propaganda by Israel is something we have not seen at this level of evil since Dr Goebbels.

    Bastards in any decent person’s language.

    The tunnels used by Hamas, I’m beginning to think this is a precursor and reminiscent of the Warsaw uprising. Yes, we are dealing with fascists here, and its name is the Israeli government.

  5. We can only weep Craig.


    Where is Werritty? Anyone? :)


    Saw this about Oren ex Israeli UN Ambassador
    by David Halpin

    “Eliciting the Truth” from the Zionist Elites: “Israel Tries Not to Kill or Hurt Civilians … Hamas is a Vicious, Medieval, Racist, Genocidal Organisation”

    Former Israel Ambassador Michael Oren Interviewed by Channel 4

    Jon Snow, the lead journalist on C4 News, returned from Gaza a few days ago. It was clear from this blog and in the one written as he flew back to Britain that he had been deeply affected by the deliberate injury and killing of children in Gaza. This was evident too in his colleague Jonathan Miller, and in Lyse Doucet of the BBC.

    Last night he tried to elicit truth from Michael Oren aka Michael Scott Bornstein, on C4 News. Oren was ‘Israeli’ ambassador to a surrogate US until last year. He is described as an historian and in the Wikipedia profile as being one of the ten most powerful Jews in the US. There is no hint as to how that is measured.

    Mr Snow was unable to tease out any humanity from the Tel Aviv spokesperson about the carnage and ‘infra-destruction’ within the Gaza ghetto, even though the occupier is bound in international law to safeguard the welfare of its 1.8 million humans.

    He was interviewing a robot. He did say that ‘Israel’ tries not to kill and hurt civilians, as with the four boys on the beach by the little fishing port. But pull the other one Oren.


  6. It should not be forgotten that it is not only the UK which is complicit in this Genocide, the US, Saudi Arabia and Egypt all want to “deal a blow to Hamas”.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-hearst/attack-on-gaza-by-saudi-r_b_5603735.html For the moment the Palestinians are on their own, Iran,Syria and Hezbollah cannot help that much in the short term, however the Palestinian resistance has found Israels Achilles heel, Ben Gurion Airport which belongs to Palestinians in any case. It was formally called Lydda airport, in 1948 Israeli terrorists shot up the town and ethnically cleansed it, in the process they massacred 426 men woman and children, 176 of them slaughtered in the towns main Mosque. The Palestinians have the ability [with a little ingenuity and those simple qassams to close Ben Gurion permanently]and wreck the Israeli economy, to do so would be perfectly legal in International Law, because belligerent reprisal is allowed providing the enemy has perpetrated war crimes [and refuses to stop] and that any reprisal is proportionate i.e a warning given, http://normanfinkelstein.com/2014/are-hamas-rocket-attacks-illegal/ HRW’s Deputy Middle East and North Africa director stated in the first press release. “All attacks, including reprisal attacks, that target or indiscriminately harm civilians are prohibited under the laws of war, period.” Not so. International law does not—at any rate, not yet—prohibit belligerent reprisals.[4]The United States and Britain, among others, have staunchly defended the right of a state to use nuclearweapons by way of belligerent reprisal.[5] By this standard, the people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end an illegal, merciless seven-year-long Israeli blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population. Indeed, in its landmark 1996 advisory opinion on the legality of nuclear weapons, the ICJ ruled that international law is not settled on the right of a state to use nuclear weapons when its “survival” is at stake. But, if a state might have the right to use nuclear weapons when its survival is at stake, then surely a people struggling for self-determination has the right to use makeshift projectiles when it has been subjected to slow death by a protracted blockade and recurrent massacres by a state determined to maintain its occupation.

  7. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Los cojones de Morales:


    Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a “terrorist state” Wednesday and tore up a long-standing visa exemption agreement with the country in protest at the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip.

    Morales announced that the Bolivian government would now be demanding Israeli visitors apply for a visa in order to enter the South American country, according to Bolivia’s El Deber news site.

    “We are declaring Israel a terrorist state,” Morales said, adding that Israel’s military operation meant the country “is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

  8. People have a right to exist, therefore an unconditional moral right to self defence in kind.

    But nations such as Israel or Scotland, only have the ethical mandates of political agreement to ‘exist’, for ‘nations’ are not people; although nations need people as part of their definition, ‘people’ do not need to be part of a nation to be people.

    Alas people do need to be human to be classed as worthy of moral defence, for what good is it to preserve the rights to act inhumanly on grounds of political expedience?

    Those who support Israel after the facts, do so at the expense of their own moral credibility, for the purpose of political ethics. With this in mind, recall all those in the West who support moral relativism, in any form; for what goes around, comes around.

  9. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 10:01 am

    well said Jimmy, the morality seems something they are all concerned about without speaking to the iossue. This morning I listened to Regev’s brother on Radio 4, defense minister Phillip Hammond, wriggleing and almost having a rupture in trying not to call the israeli genocide ‘disproportional’, What a great spokesperson for this genocide.

    Israel clearly wants to wipe the palestinians offf the face of the earth and those who are supporting the zionist are no different to Mussolini. Guilty for applyin g different standards of humanity, guilty for not speaking out, guilty, guilty guilty!.

    Not a single person has spoken of arms embargoes or sanctions to these child killers. Instead we get the BBC trumpeting out the news that 16.ooo extra reservists are being called up to ‘finish the job’.

  10. It is good to read such thought provoking posts from you, Craig. In complete contrast to the aptly-termed “Muppet Stream Media”. A look at the Independent (Ho Hum) or many of the others contains completely sickening guest articles which are attempting to justify what anyone with half a brain can identify as War Crimes. John Pilger’s “Normalising the Crime of the Century” (2009) has simply become a daily occurrence now.

  11. “But nations such as Israel or Scotland, only have the ethical mandates of political agreement to ‘exist’, for ‘nations’ are not people; although nations need people as part of their definition, ‘people’ do not need to be part of a nation to be people.”

    And this is precisely why I reject nationalism of any kind, and am appalled by the Tory determination to rewrite the HRA as a British HRA. Instantly the citizens of all other nations become less than people and can potentially be denied their rights as human beings.

  12. there is no mercy for Palestinians. They are an uncomfortable reminder that Palestine was a country before Israel was conjured into existence.
    Britain appointing a Zionist as Britsh Ambassador to Israel was a clear sign of our intentions in the region.
    I wonder when Israel will begin to talk about the final solution ? I don’t see how a people can live when everything that they need to survive has been stolen,destroyed or denied.We need more Morales everywhere.

  13. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 11:17 am

    The worst of taste: the best of intentions…


    That’s “Massive Attack Dedicate Their Concert to Gaza’s Children”

    Tell me you didn’t wince, but well done, MA.

  14. Someone managed to get a link to this blog from a Guardian comment thread

    Amazingly it hasn’t been deleted yet by the Guardian moderators!

  15. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 11:28 am

    And this, buried in a long Italian article exploring the oil and gas aspect of bombing schools:

    Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the think-tank Al-Shabaka succeeded in obtaining documents from the British Foreign Office in November 2009, which reveal that Israel had refused to pay the market price for gas in Gaza. In June 2010, the British Consulate in Jerusalem, wrote that despite the large reserves of gas discoveries between Israel and Cyprus, which will give Israel the opportunity to become a net exporter of gas, the Israelis see the potential of the Gaza Marine as “A measure buffer before the new fields are fully in operation. “On 8 February 2011, the British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, wrote to the Foreign Office, however, that Israel intends to develop the resources of gas (reservoirs off -BZ) Gaza, especially after the attacks on the pipeline in Egypt

    (Google Translate, mainly)


  16. Yes!

    Gaza: Israeli performers axe Edinburgh Fringe show

    AN ISRAELI arts company has been forced to axe its entire run of performances at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe after facing an angry protest before its first show in the city.

    Underbelly, the London promoter which had booked Incubator Theatre into one of its main venues, said it had been reluctantly forced to pull the plug based on police advice.

    However, it has vowed to find the company – which is part-funded by the Israeli state – another venue, despite threats from campaigners to continue to disrupt its “hip hop opera” wherever it is staged.

    More than 50 leading cultural figures in Scotland have called for the company’s shows to be boycotted, although the stance has been criticised by culture secretary Fiona Hyslop.

    More than 150 protesters turned up outside Edinburgh University’s Reid Hall before the first preview of Incubator’s production got under way.

    Talks were held later with the theatre company, the police and university officials.

    A statement from Underbelly said although the first preview performance had gone ahead, the logistics of policing and stewarding the protest and the impact on both Underbelly shows and those in other venues made it impossible for the show to continue.

    The statement added: “All tickets for forthcoming performances in the Reid Hall will be refunded. When an alternative venue is found, customers will be able to book tickets for that show separately.”



    Remember the controversy about the Edinburgh Festival allowing the Jerusalem Quartet to perform? Their players had been in the IDF. That was in 2008 four months before the last massacre of Palestinians, Cast Lead, took place.

    Protesters acquitted of Jerusalem Quartet ‘abuse’



  17. So terrible to see and hear a man sobbing. Chris Gunness of UNWRA.

    This video shows Chris Gunness, from the UN relief and works agency, breaking down during an interview about the bombing of UNWRA’s schools in Gaza.

  18. Bolivia again shows the way forward: they have demanded that the Israeli leadership be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and they have declared Israel a “terrorist state”.

  19. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 11:59 am

    On Page 4 now, Craig.

  20. Mr. Murray, your statement that the current operation is part of a “continuing process of deliberate genocide of the Palestinian people by the Israelis” just bears no relation to the facts. The number of civilians killed by Israel is monstrous and tragic, but it’s about the crappiest attempt at genocide in the past 200 years. Your own country’s soldiers are far more effective at murdering innocent civilians without a single member of the British government or armed services ever having been tried for genocide. I believe that when the time comes for the elected representatives to be tried for war crimes and for crimes against humanity they should be tried right alongside those member of Hamas responsible for firing rockets at Israeli civilians and for using UN schools as missile depots.

    I write as someone who has consistently voted to end the military occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza. I call on my government to unilaterally withdraw from land occupied since 1967 and to negotiate a settlement with the displaced Palestinians from 48 and 67.

    The picture you post, while repugnant, does not show a recognized slogan and the article you link as proof makes it very clear that these are the attitudes of the far right minority. I don’t expect people to judge all UK citizens based on the racist idiocy of Nigel Farage nor do I expect people to imagine that all Americans are as daft as former Vice-Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. In the same respect I would ask you not to tar all Israelis with the bigoted bollocks of Moshe Feiglin or even Naftali Bennett. One of the problems with democracy is that sometime idiots vote for idiots.

  21. Israel appears to have imposed a starvation policy on Gaza after Hamas won the elections, as a form of collective punishment (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/2-279-calories-per-person-how-israel-made-sure-gaza-didn-t-starve.premium-1.470419). I wouldn’t call it genocide, but I regard it as immoral and counter-productive.

  22. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Daniel Sevitt – I agree, it isn’t genocide as I understand it. But would you not agree with the proposition that the intention of the Israeli government is ethnic cleansing?

    The new President, Rivlin, is on record that he would rather have Palestinians as full Israeli citizens than countenance a two-state solution. Which can be read two ways. Either he means that the former will be his policy, and neither he nor Likud have stated this, or that he’s dismissing both options as unlikely, while emitting a nugget of good PR.

    The facts on the ground in the West Bank alone support the charge of ethnic cleansing, IMO. What’s going on in Gaza, whose legitimate ownership of a large gas field is very annoying to Israel, is merely the icing on the cake.

  23. Does it pass the duck test?

    Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948.

    Article 1
    The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

    Article 2
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

    You bet it does!

  24. blah blah ….. whine, complain, and don’t mention the facts:

    A survey by the Israel Democracy Institute found that 95 percent of Israeli Jews think the operation in Gaza is just, and 4 of 5 oppose a unilateral withdrawal. Just 4 percent said the Israeli military has used excessive force.

    Claerly a an ultra ultra left wing and biased report!

    Note the tiny minority feel there has been excessive force used, which means really they agree with overall thrust of shooting fish in the barrel exercise of the unfolding attacks on the Gaza concentration camp.

    Well I am fooled by the single assurance coming from an “unbiased” and “honest” single source! Where do I sign?

  25. Passerby

    I think you miss the point.

    Tip O’Neill said ” All politics is local”, meaning politicians act to secure popularity with those who give them their mandate. What Israel is doing is popular with the people, so it’s in Netanyahu’s interest to keep on – it maintains his popularity and future electability.

    What happens to opinion outside Israel does not matter one shit to any of them. They are not elected by the international community, they don’t answer to it, they actually don’t care. They are doing this because it is popular with their own electorate.

    For change to happen, it is the Israeli people that need to see it as unacceptable. Then, those politicians who exercise such policies will be removed from office. Until then, the situation for the citizens of Gaza is fucked

    Sadly, the Israeli public has been conditioned otherwise

  26. “member of Hamas responsible for firing rockets at Israeli civilians and for using UN schools as missile depots”.

    Genes of a liar in you, sir. Every 2-3 years, your government declares war and kills hundreds and hundreds of innocent people, who, by the way, have a right to defend themselves by any means, against your occupation of their land since 1947. Every time you exterminate them your propaganda machine finds a reason, it was rockets before, now it is tunnels. What will your next propaganda will focus on? the air, that palestinians are breathing and not letting it through to you?

    You don’t understand a human language. You are not even worth of being tried publicly. You deserve something else, like Hitler got in 1945. Nothing else wil stop you, you guys are mad and out of control! I hope God’s wrath will come upon all of you, who have caused misery to palestinians.

  27. “What happens to opinion outside Israel does not matter one shit to any of them. They are not elected by the international community, they don’t answer to it, they actually don’t care. They are doing this because it is popular with their own electorate.”

    That’s not true at all. The Israelis expend an enormous amount of time and energy ensuring that US and European media run with the Israeli rationale for whatever crimes they’re currently visiting upon the Palestinians, no matter how bizarre the reasoning.

    In contrast they’re actually much more open to alternative opinion within Israel itself, even though that opinion has narrowed over time.

    Were European and US mass media to take a more critical approach to ongoing Israeli crimes then that in itself could well bring a halt to their genocidal plans for the Palestinians, and very well they know it.

    The simple truth is that Western media complicity in and excusing of their crimes is essential for their continuance, and the bosses of Western media organisations therefore are as guilty of these crimes as those who plan them.

    They’re partners to the act, and everyone involved knows that’s the way it works.

  28. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Why do these nasty tunnels exist? Could it be that they represent the facts on the ground?
    An economic ongoing siege, for years, of close to 1.8million people, regardless of whether they were civilians or not, does not pass the duc k test, as shown by passerby.

    Shooting at fishermen feeding their families and boys playin bg football on the beach, not allowing aid ships and or convoys enter by sea, refusing to allow a harbour or two to keep Gaza in a lucrative dependencies relationship, does not pass the duck test.

    Like a big shower of dark hypocrissy flakes falling from the sky, our politicians can find time to condemn inhumanity in the Ukraine, Russia, they can get work themselves into a lather about FGM and children being forced by parents and conventions to ‘have it done’,

  29. @Herbie

    Sorry, I disagree. The response (or lack of) by US and European media are the result of a long process of lobbying. They are not complicit, they have been rendered supine.

    Look at the spokespeople the IDF put out. All are working from the same key messages, ones that any half-decent interview could demolish if they were so minded. However, they’re not so inclined. It’s a sop – they know they won’t be challenged (when Regev was on Newsnight the other night, he nearly lost the plot).

    Politicians look at opinion polls before anything else; a politician without a popular mandate is an ex-politician. If it plays well with the electorate, it gets done.

  30. RememberGiap

    31 Jul, 2014 - 1:52 pm


    Just when you thought you had seen the depths of Israel’s depravity you come across this . As the IDF continue with their bloody crimes , Burgers , Soda and Pizza now available for delivery as the massacres continue .
    Read and Weep !!

  31. Mary @ 11.36am

    That’s how to do it, Mary.

    Don’t go there. Don’t buy their products. Don’t do book tours. Don’t hold concerts. Refuse their invitations. Don’t host their events.

    Shun them. They are outcast.

  32. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    Why do these nasty tunnels exist? Why do these underground trade routes represent the facts on the ground? very confusing for all trhat comment on them.
    Could it be that they are a response to an ongoing economic siege, for years, denying close to 1.8million people for what they need and want?, a reaction by Gazan’s to help themselves. Its not that these tunnels are just for waterpipes, thats hebrew for missiles, but food and medicine and urgent help to many.
    This does not pass the duck test, as shown by passerby.

    Shooting at fishermen feeding their families and boys playing football on the beach, not allowing aid ships and or convoys enter by sea, refusing to allow a harbour or two to keep Gaza in a lucrative dependencies relationship, does not pass the duck test either.

    Like a big shower of dark hypocrisy flakes falling from the sky, our politicians can find time to condemn inhumanity in the Ukraine, Russia, they can get work themselves into a lather about FGM and children being forced by parents and conventions to ‘have it done’, but


    despicable and telling. This is why everyone should vote and vote with their brains at the next GE. Any party that is partial to FoI should be shunned, every candidate should be asked as to what they did to speak out, complain, made their views knows, or why they cowered silently, watching Israels fascists, in fear of being singled out by a cabal of beasts.

    Israel has lost the moral support it once had due to its history, it is not the victim anymore, but the fascist aggressor and it is supported by US politicians, some of who have been trained in the Straussian zionist ways and who now call the shots in political republican circles.

  33. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Sorry mods about the double post, can you please delete the first earlier half. thank you.

  34. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    Zionist logic:

    “Restricting the freedom of movement of entire communities is immoral. Refraining from these restrictions when there is unequivocal proof that this will lead to the murder of innocents is worse, because movement restricted can later be granted, while dead will never live again.

    Demolishing the homes of civilians merely because a family member has committed a crime is immoral. If, however,… potential suicide murderers… will refrain from killing out of fear that their mothers will become homeless, it would be immoral to leave the Palestinian mothers untouched in their homes while Israeli children die on their school buses.

    Accidentally killing noncombatants in the cross fire of battles being fought in the middle of cities is immoral, unless… refraining from fighting in the Palestinian cities inevitably means the Palestinians will use the safe havens of their cities to plan, prepare and launch ever more murderous attacks on Jewish noncombatants.

    These concrete examples and others like them demonstrate the moral considerations that Israelis… have been dealing with since the Palestinians proudly decided to use suicide murder as their primary weapon.”

    Yaacov Lozowick, Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel’s Wars, Doubleday, 2003 p.260

  35. You don’t seem to disagree about media’s role in the game, although you use different words to describe the same effect.

    So far as mandates and localism are concerned I’d just say that were Israelis to receive from Western media the condemnation they deserve then they’d be much more circumspect in their crimes.

    They know they have cover, you see.

  36. I do wonder how much of the craven attitude of the UK government to Israeli war crimes is down to the threat of old-fashioned blackmail. Following the revelations about the sexual tastes of so many British M.P.s, and given the willingness of the UK Security Service to use Kincorra as leverage in N.I. it is not too much of a stretch.


    Paul Craig Roberts has this excellent article on Gaza.


  37. @Herbie

    were Israelis to receive from Western media the condemnation they deserve then they’d be much more circumspect in their crimes.

    Maybe, but such is the mindset created now is that they see bias already where none exists, and any further criticism dismissed as anti-semitism. This way, you can maintain a siege mentality. From a communications perspective, you have to admire it for it’s apparent bulletproof nature.

    However, its a sadly warped ideology with even worse consequences.

  38. I think this is appropriate, Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Friends of Israel in which he praises “our brilliant ambassador Matthew Gould.”


  39. Yes. They’re transcendental victims.


    Most Oppressed People Ever.

    Good trick that. Always comes in handy.

    I think there’s a tradition in comedy which plays around with this.

  40. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    31 Jul, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Maybe, but such is the mindset created now is that they see bias already where none exists, and any further criticism dismissed as anti-semitism.

    Provokes the thought that antinazism is generally considered an honourable occupation. How we play with words, eh?

    If ‘antisemitism’ implied “opposing land theft and the periodic sacking of a refugee ghetto”, it might be a charge less often made by Israel and its cheerleaders.

  41. Hmmmmm

    Not your usual headline:

    “France moves to disband violent Jewish group”


    Agents provocateur.

    “The French LDJ denies breaking French laws. It takes inspiration however from the far-right Jewish Defense League, labelled a terrorist organisation by the FBI in 2001.

    It also uses the emblem of a banned Israeli far-right party, the Kach, a raised fist inside a black Star of David, set against a yellow backing.”

    I’d have thought that mainstream Israeli opinion was right wing enough, but no, it seems.

  42. Naughty Mr Mayor Rahman. You must try to be a better boy. You must know that the only flags allowed by the ConDems are the Union Flag aka The Butcher’s Apron and/or the double sided version which has a Saltire on the reverse. :)

    Tower Hamlets mayor raises Palestinian flag over town hall

    Flying yesterday. Taken down today.

    Nice one Mr Brandon Lewis. Been to Israel lately? No CFoI haven’t signed you up yet I see.

  43. “Mr. Murray, your statement that the current operation is part of a “continuing process of deliberate genocide of the Palestinian people by the Israelis” just bears no relation to the facts. The number of civilians killed by Israel is monstrous and tragic, but it’s about the crappiest attempt at genocide in the past 200 years. ”

    It isn’t numbers which determine genocide, it is intent.

    Over the years the map of Israeli territory has grown steadily larger while the Palestinian territories have diminished. If the intention of the killing and inhumane treatment is to one day reach a point where Palestine and Palestinians no longer exist then the process is genocide.

    I am sure lawyers and scholars could debate the issue endlessly but at the moment yourself and Craig can only offer a personal opinion not a statement of fact.

  44. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Is silence another form of ‘cheering’? Can we call Kiev another Israel as they decimate their Russian-speaking opposition? Any other parallels we can draw?


  45. Interesting article, touching on some of the media issues raised above:

    “US media finally acknowledges Gazans’ plight”


    I’m not entirely sure how this differs that much from our experience of Cast Lead.

    Media initially gives cover to Israeli attacks and then when it all becomes a bit too much they backtrack slightly, by which time of course the Israeli objecvtives are mostly met.

    That seems to be the calculus.

  46. Daniel Sevitt 12-00pm

    Whilst your attitude to the conflict is commendable, the sad reality is that you are just one of an overwhelmed minority. The polls taken in Israel during the last three major Israeli attacks have all been around about the 90% region of approval. I’m sure you don’t wish to be involved in a genocide of Palestinians but I’m not so sure about the other 90% of Israelis.
    Your wish to see senior Hamas politicians alongside the usual suspects in war crimes prosecution is also misguided. Hamas are dealing from a very poor set of cards. The comparisons don’t work because the resistance can’t compete on any level with the Israelis and haven’t got an Iron Dome and have no jet planes or tanks. They have to do whatever they can with whatever they have and that, due to the blockade is very little. Ideally, I would like to see them armed with precision weapons to avoid civilian casualties but then again, Israel’s precision weapons seem to continually go astray.
    Lastly, I’m afraid even if Hamas stock their weapons in the corner of the playground with a big sign on them saying ‘Hamas rockets’ targeting a place where youngsters are likely to be or indeed any none combatants is reprehensible.

  47. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    A call for genocide:

    “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

    Ayelet Shaked Jewish Home party. July 7th 2014 (Facebook).

    Genocide entails also the Conspiracy to commit genocide; Direct and PUBLIC INCITEMENT to commit genocide; Attempt to commit genocide; and Complicity in genocide.

  48. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:27 pm


    “As the security cabinet meets, Israel decides to enact a limited humanitarian ceasefire from 3 to 7 p.m. [local time].
    “The humanitarian window will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating,” says the army in a statement. “Residents must not return to areas that have previously been asked to evacuate.”

    Hamas called this Israeli “We will not shoot except where we will shoot” ceasefire a publicity stunt.

    It may have been something worse than that. It probably was trap:

    GAZA CITY, Palestine: At least 17 people were killed and more than 200 people wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a market near Gaza City Wednesday, medics said.
    Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the strike hit a busy market in the battered Shejaiya neighborhood, which lies between Gaza City and the border with Israel.

    The strike came shortly after the Israeli army said it was observing a humanitarian lull that would be in force for four hours from 1200 GMT.”

    Israel, thus far has escaped the Hague (Cast Lead et al) thanks to the US veto power. What will it take for accountability?

  49. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Genocide is the systematic destruction of all or part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group via the (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; or (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

  50. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    “UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon says nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children”

    Perhaps he would prefer the IDF to awaken the children first with a few sonic booms?

    What a tosser!

  51. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Daniel Sevitt
    31 Jul, 2014 – 12:00 pm

    “I write as someone who has consistently voted to end the military occupation of the West Bank and the siege of Gaza. I call on my government to unilaterally withdraw from land occupied since 1967 and to negotiate a settlement with the displaced Palestinians from 48 and 67.”

    Presumably you live in Israel Mr Sevitt? Do you know the name of the flattened Palestinian town or village your home is built on?

    You will know full well Mr Sevitt that Israel has no intention now or in future to withdraw to pre 1967 “borders”. Israel has no intention of reaching a settlement regarding displaced Palestinians.

    You know full well that Zionism, political or religious, is a racist ideology that places the Jews above the Arabs.

    The Zionists want all the land that was once called Palestine.

    To support Zionism is to support racism and genocide.

  52. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Everyone is a target. Emergency medical personnel, journalists, whoever they can kill. Disgusting. (caution video graphic)


  53. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    One wonders what kind of training this murderous soldier received as a three year old by his kibbuz, whilst mom and dad were hard at work.

    I hope he gets his comeuppance soon.


  54. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:50 pm

  55. In December 2011, Labour MP Paul Flynn had accused British Jewish ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, of being more loyal to Israel than Britain. “He has divided loyalties because he has proclaimed himself to be a Zionist“.

    Matthew Gould in his official position conspired with Liam Fox and Adam Werritty to prepare ground for British attack on Iran. British daily The Independent claimed on January 8, 2012 that Werritty even met Miliband. On Saturday, Britain announced its plan to send its mightest warship HMS Daring to challenge Iran plans to conduct a new military drills in February under the name “The Great Prophet“. The drill is to show Iran’s capability to shut-down the Strait of Hormuz.


  56. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Nevermind; Sociopaths comprise about 1-3% of the population so it’s not surprising the IDF has this sniper asshole.

    The chilling thing is he ‘twittered’ that knowing there was no accountability. Christ almighty, do you know what a Barrett 50 cal will do to a body?

  57. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    Bypass the blowhard to about 1:45.


  58. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    I do, Ben I do. It will ripp you apart into shreds and kill you instantly even if you are nearly 2 miles away.

    We have to realise that this will be an election issue, whether the media likes it or not. Milliband could speak out and make most of these 85% of us who don’t agree with this course of action, but fears the wrath of israel more than that of the electorate, very telling.

    How far is he up Bibi’s arse, not to speak of all his colegues in both houses. Is British politics homogenously pro Israel, regardless of their genocidal maniacs in charge?

  59. The video of Chris Gunness of UNWRA breaking down has been removed. Bit of pressure from within the US and UN? Can’t have UNWRA demonstrating those feelings. Bad for Israhell.

    Here is a different link.
    Bad sound track though.

  60. The trouble is that genocidal sentiments are made the other way too, by the likes of Hamas and Iran. Everyone would like to see a peaceful settlement, but one-way selective outrage won’t get the job done.

  61. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    “srael is targeting journalists in the Gaza Strip like it did during its last two major attacks on the 1.8 million Palestinians there.

    Since the current assault began on 7 July, Israel has killed at least seven Palestinian journalists and media workers and directly struck at least four media offices. The latest journalist to be killed, Rami Rayyan, was reporting on families going to the market during what they thought was a four-hour ceasefire on Wednesday afternoon when Israel shelled the Shujaiya market.

    The Electronic Intifada spoke with journalist Yousef Al-Helou just after the attack.

    “Journalists say it is an Israeli attempt to silence the truth,” Al-Helou said. “But Palestinian journalists are determined to continue their work because they say that it is their duty to expose Israeli actions in Gaza that amount to war crimes.” (Listen to the full interview with Yousef Al-Helou via the audio player at the top of this page.


  62. Shir Hever, from Jerusalem, on the Masters of War:

    How the recurring slaughter of Palestinians is a trade fair for US/Israeli weapons manufacturers.

    “See these weapons. Tested. Very successful in Gaza”


    Come you masters of war
    You that build all the guns
    You that build the death planes
    You that build all the bombs
    You that hide behind walls
    You that hide behind desks
    I just want you to know
    I can see through your masks.


  63. The trouble is that genocidal sentiments are made the other way too, by the likes of Hamas and Iran.

    Pull the other one, this one has bells on, that is why Iran has the highest Jewish population outside of zionistan. How ill informed do you take us to be?

    The only entity boasting nuclear and thermonuclear weapons numbering around four hundred along with the delivery vehicles; nuclear capable bombers, missile, ships and submarines, providing the nuclear reach beyond the total destruction of zionstan is zionistan.

    The only entity evidently “democratically” because 94 percent of population wish so, to engage in genocide is zionistan.

    No cigars for the feeble sound bite injection.

  64. Here is just the chap to sort it all out..


  65. Nothing on the twitter pages of Rentoul (Bliar acolyte) or Kamm (Times scribbler) on Gaza.

    Aaronovitch has one or two plus retweets. Desultory.

    Alan Johnson of BICOM http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/07/reply-jason-cowley-gaza replies to
    Jason Cowley Editor of the New Statesman

  66. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 5:26 pm

  67. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Really. So many it’s hard to choose.


  68. Today`s IT

    Omar Ghraieb is a journalist and blogger from Gaza.


  69. BrianFujisan

    31 Jul, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Great post Craig, Cheers


    I was just reading about that evil wee bastard bragging about killing 13 children in one day…came over here to put it up… But i see you already have done so…Cheers.. Sickening…And Heart breaking

    Good links all

  70. Who are the Israelis?

    Came upon this on Medialens. Very important in understanding the difference between Israeli born Jews and those born outside:

    “Staring at these people on the face, and more during times of war, is scary. Faces of people that feel nauseous when they hear the words “human rights”. For them human rights are anti-Semite – them who are the first anti-Semites in the world, who mock those who do not live in Israel, considering them half-human. They are the ones using the history of Jewish People to kill. And all to create a flat country, lacking creativity, humanism, literature, imagination. They have created a country in which military men are cultural heroes. A country in which women, to receive equal rights, become and imitate men. Their inner world denies the imagination of a peaceful territory, in which life, creation, and happiness replace the erotism of violence.”


    Very like Gilad Atzmon’s work:



  71. Ben , How to buy people and put them in your pocket.

    Here is just one of cunning stunts from Israel,if you get what I mean.


  72. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Education? I see the exposure. He’s everywhere these days like a deluded Jimmy Carter, Dave. Will he be the next Playgirl centerfold?


  73. Coincidence there Herbie. I just sent it round to a group of like minded friends.

    An open letter from Jerusalem – Uriel Kon

    Do not get confused anyone visiting Tel Aviv – mini-shorts central, a
    place of American pop and multi-sexuality. Underneath the manicured
    grass, of people walking dogs or skating, behind the petty local
    literature – a literature of infantilism and daily dramas. Behind the
    posh boutiques and the corporate or artistic world creeps a
    warmongering perversity, a sanctification of ones’ and others’
    death. There is cult of the eternal conquest and oppression.

    And yet all these words, all these adjectives, were intended as a
    request, to my Jewish friends, to those who – like me – grew up inside
    the Jewish communities of Latin America, with that after-taste of
    Yiddish leftism, with a certain joy in living surrounded by different
    human beings, seduced by diversity: the time has arrived to separate
    ourselves from Israel, to separate Judaism from the doctrine of this
    ill-fated country. Against what we have learned in school, zionism is
    racism. The prototype of the Aryan-Israeli failed, and like during the
    last weeks of nazism during the war, they want to eradicate us all,
    they want to blow up all the bridges. They want to die in their
    auto-hatred and their erotic passion for war.



    Uriel with his open mind and humanity in his heart will be called a self-hating Jew (like Gilad Atzmon) and is probably getting a rough ride at the moment.

  74. On a similar theme.

    There’s nothing Jewish about the Jewish State of Israel.

    Miko Peled, the general’s son, tells a story about Palestine, Israel, its peoples, its immigrants, its refugees:


  75. A Dr Broks calls BLiar a ‘plausible psychopath’ here Ben and that was written 11 years ago. Think of his crimes committed since then.

    The Madness of Politics
    Alan Beveridge
    Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

  76. July 31, 2014

    The Children of Gaza

    Don’t mention the children.

    Don’t name the dead children.

    The people must not know the names

    of the dead children.

    The names of the children must be hidden.

    The children must be nameless.

    The children must leave this world

    having no names.

    No one must know the names of

    the dead children.

    No one must say the names of the

    dead children.

    No one must even think that the children

    have names.

    People must understand that it would be dangerous

    to know the names of the children.

    The people must be protected from

    knowing the names of the children.

    The names of the children could spread

    like wildfire.

    The people would not be safe if they knew

    the names of the children.

    Don’t name the dead children.

    Don’t remember the dead children.

    Don’t think of the dead children.

    Don’t say: ‘dead children’.

    Mike Rosen is a Jewish writer from North London, who was recently Britain’s official Children’s Poet Laureate. He read this poem at last Saturday’s 100,000-strong Gaza solidarity demonstration in London.

  77. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    I think the FBI agrees with that characterization, Mary.

    “In general, psychopaths are glib and charming, and they use these attributes to manipulate others into trusting and believing in them. This may lead to people giving them money, voting them into office, or, possibly, being murdered by them. Because of their interpersonal prowess, most psychopaths can present themselves favorably on a first impression, and many function successfully in society.”


  78. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Grassy Knowle
    31 Jul, 2014 – 4:37 pm

    “The trouble is that genocidal sentiments are made the other way too, by the likes of Hamas and Iran. Everyone would like to see a peaceful settlement, but one-way selective outrage won’t get the job done.”

    Genocidal sentiment is one thing GrassyArse, carrying out genocide (as Israel does) is another.

  79. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Even the Pentagon is chiming in. I’ve noticed a growing number (conservatives ( Joe Scarborough for one) are beginning to throw up in their mouths a little.


  80. Some people may have over estimated the importance of Mr Werritty.

  81. BrianFujisan

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    A decent piece here by Peter Beinart…may he find the light.

    “Let’s take the claims in turn….

    Israel Left Gaza

    It’s true that in 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon withdrew Israel’s more than 8,000 settlers from Gaza. (At America’s urging, he also dismantled four small settlements in the West Bank). But at no point did Gaza become its own country. Had Gaza become its own country, it would have gained control over its borders. It never did. As the Israeli human rights group Gisha has detailed, even before the election of Hamas, Israel controlled whether Gazans could enter or exit the Strip (In conjunction with Egypt, which controlled the Rafah checkpoint in Gaza’s south). Israel controlled the population registry through which Gazans were issued identification cards. Upon evacuating its settlers and soldiers from Gaza, Israel even created a security perimeter inside the Strip from which Gazans were barred from entry. (Unfortunately for Gazans, this perimeter included some of the Strip’s best farmland).
    “Pro-Israel” commentators claim Israel had legitimate security reasons for all this. But that concedes the point. A necessary occupation is still an occupation. That’s why it’s silly to analogize Hamas’ rockets—repugnant as they are—to Mexico or Canada attacking the United States. The United States is not occupying Mexico or Canada. Israel — according to the United States government — has been occupying Gaza without interruption since 1967.


  82. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Indeed Brian Fujisan, he is the active arm of Knesset Parliamentarian Ms Shaked, who openly called for children and their mothers to be killed.

    There is a huge pile of steam building up in people’s minds, and nobody can tap it anymore.
    I don’t think that this will stop until they have sent half of the Palestinian population into a massive holding camp. Thanks to Egypts help this Endloesung, the end of Gaza concentration camp, to give it its rightfull name, will then become the concern of international organisations.

    What Mira Bir Hilell wrote in the Independent last Sat., of the Angst, the fear and loathing that is used to shush and silence those in the jewish community who feel uncomfortable, who fear that the actions of a zionist Israel will get back to them personally, experiences tell, this fear and loathing at poiont of desperation, is seemingly a world wide phenomena to control the diaspora.

    But, is it just the diaspora? How much control do the various lobbyists and favour seeking organisations such as BICOM and the FoI, holding large memberships within political parties, already have?

    How much influence when you can dispatch politicians at will and replace them with a clone? Was this cabinet decided by Cameron alone, who’s made the defence decision for him?, what about the Foreign office? Such utter silence in our politicians who all want to get re-elected, when confronted with such evil, leaves a vacuum, limbo time for thoughts.

  83. Fool

    Indeed they may. And if the Foreign Office would openly admit how often he met Matthew Gould, who else was there and what they discussed, we might better judge that. If it was nothing, why the secrecy?

  84. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Massive FB campaign in support for Palestinians worldwide about to hit the trolls.

    the time ticker is counting down.


  85. doug scorgie

    31 Jul, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    “Here’s a hugely significant story that I suspect will get almost no play outside Palestinian solidarity sites. Mickey Rosenfeld, the Israeli police spokesman, has told BBC reporter Jon Donnison that there are no grounds for believing Hamas ordered the abduction of three Israeli teens on June 12. Rather, the police say, it was carried out by a rogue cell from Hebron with a loose political affiliation to Hamas.”

    “It was those abductions, and Israel’s response in blaming Hamas and rounding up and jailing hundreds of its activists in the West Bank, that triggered Hamas rocket fire that in turn was used by Israel to justify its attack on Gaza, which is currently killing hundreds of civilians.”

    “Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated at the time that he had cast-iron evidence that Hamas was behind the abductions and the movement would pay a “heavy price”. He never produced that evidence. But now Israel’s police force itself concedes that Hamas was not involved.”


  86. Thank you Mary for the Mike Rosen poem; here’s another one he wrote at the time of the mass murdering spree called “Cast Lead”;

    In Gaza, children,
    you learn that the sky kills
    and that houses hurt.
    You learn that your blanket is smoke
    and breakfast is dirt.

    You learn that cars do somersaults
    clothes turn red,
    friends become statues,
    bakers don’t sell bread.

    You learn that the night is a gun,
    that toys burn
    breath can stop,
    it could be your turn.

    You learn:
    if they send you fire
    they couldn’t guess:
    not just the soldier dies –
    it’s you and the rest.

    Nowhere to run,
    nowhere to go,
    nowhere to hide
    in the home you know.

    You learn
    that death isn’t life,
    that air isn’t bread,
    the land is for all.
    You have the right to be
    Not Dead.
    You have the right to be
    Not Dead.
    You have the right to be
    Not Dead.

  87. Ben-American Fascist Flechette

    31 Jul, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    Nevermind; I keep posting your link on FB and Zuckerberg keeps deleting.

  88. nevermind, it will happen anyway

    31 Jul, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    Thats tough shit Ben, it shows how much control your system is under and who calls the shots/shits on facebook.

  89. Thanks Macky. I remember it well.

    I also remember that Caroline Thomson then COO at the BBC, who had already decided that the DEC appeal would not be aired by them, decided with Mark Damazer that Caryl Churchill’s radio play Seven Jewish Children would not be broadcast.

    The Jewish lobby piled in. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Jewish_Children

    Thomson left the BBC with £670,000 and is now a non executive director of the NHS Trust Development Authority and has another niche as trustee of the National Gallery. She has feathered her own nest but let the little ones in Gaza to die and to be killed.


    Remember Tony Benn RIP here. Wonderful. 1.1million viewings.

    Tony Benn to BBC “If you wont broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself”

  90. ‘Taste of Gaza’s siege

    It would be satisfying to write that Israelis, in experiencing a very temporary and partial air blockade, gained a little insight into the far worse conditions for Palestinians in Gaza, who have spent the past eight years under an Israeli-imposed siege, denied most contact with the outside world.

    The coastal enclave of Gaza is penned in on all sides by fences, walls and watchtowers. It has no airport or seaport because Israel destroyed them long ago. Fishermen are barely allowed to get further than shallow waters before being fired on by Israeli gunboats, while the air above Gaza is the domain of Israel’s surveillance and weaponized drones.

    The central demand Hamas has made for an acceptable ceasefire is that the siege ends and Gaza be allowed to reestablish sea and air links to the world.

    But most Israelis have appeared to make no connection between their own experience and the gnawing frustration, fear and fury of the people of Gaza at their long imprisonment. Instead, they have focused on their resentment on Hamas and the foreign airlines for inflicting on them a small inconvenience.’

    Jonathan Cook

  91. Meanwhile –
    In the last episode. Quartet representative to the Middle East Tony Blair, having marked the escalation of Israel’s onslaught on part of his area of responsibility by throwing a party and then visiting in quick succession Vietnam and China, appears to have spent the 27th and 28th in the vicinity of Los Angeles.

    Update, on the 29th, his aircraft flew from LA to Las Vegas. More if I get it. But I have to admit the imagination’s working overtime. A shopping and spending orgy for Cherie? Or a new contract to advise one of LV’s finest on governance and globalisation? Everything’s gone very quiet on the Blair front. Perhaps he has discreetly been relieved of his duties. Perhaps there is a God.

  92. Boiling up around the globe
    Blackened mushroom clouds of pain
    Gelid hearts and minds still plan
    Vicious violent pointless death
    Murder money poison span
    All borders, from the Gaza Strip
    Through Britain to Afghanistan
    And counterpoint crescendo of dissenting voices
    Trumpet cries of anguish, huge resistance
    Souls aching, finding tongue
    To blast these evils – wrong.

  93. Peacewisher

    1 Aug, 2014 - 4:58 am

    Somewhat off topic, but a very disturbing development:

    “Data stored overseas should be accessible to US government, [US]judge rules”


  94. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    1 Aug, 2014 - 8:41 am

    ? Post gone. Deleted? Why?

    [craigmurray.org.uk – no sign of it here.]

  95. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    1 Aug, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Tony Blair’s aircraft returned from Las Vegas to Los Angeles early this morning. Where it remains at this time.

  96. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    1 Aug, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Craig Brown’s on the case…


    Mostly true, unfortunately for satire.

  97. Ba'al Zevul (With Gaza)

    1 Aug, 2014 - 11:42 am

    UN Secretary General’s office doesn’t have a clue where Blair is…

    Yesterday’s noon Press briefing –

    Question: And one thing on Gaza, Tony Blair, I understand he represents the Quartet, but in previous instances, he’s been active on things like economic development; I know that now, with the power plant out, there’s no cell phone service, there’s a lot of problems, so I just wonder, what is Tony Blair doing and does he report to anyone in the Secretariat what he’s… he got an award recently from Israel that some people found was sort of badly timed. I’m just wondering what is his relationship to the UN?

    Spokesman: I think Tony Blair’s appointment remains the same, as an Envoy of the Quartet. I don’t’ have any update on his activities. If I do, I will share them with you. Rhonda?

    Correspondent: But what…

    Spokesman: Just wait two seconds. There are a lot of hands up. There’s a lot of time and we’ll come back to you, Masood.

    (He didn’t.)


    Las Vegas, Masood. See above!

  98. I agree that it would be interesting to know the answer to no of meetings and what was said.

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