Chris Hedges wrote, in his article “Gaza Diary,” of witnessing IDF soldiers luring children within range of their guns and shooting them for sport. A study by British Medical Journal confirmed that this is a common practice, and never punished:
“Two thirds of the 621 children (two thirds under 15 years) killed at checkpoints, in the street, on the way to school, in their homes, died from small arms fire, directed in over half of cases to the head, neck and chest – the sniper’s wound…Clearly, soldiers are routinely authorised to shoot to kill children in situations of minimal or no threat.” (British Medical Journal 10/16/04)
No other nation on earth shoots children for sport as a de facto national policy. fn1 On how this strange mindset could have emerged, see [our page on Zionism].
The Holocaust occurred in 1940-1945 - over 60 years ago. Hundreds of thousands, even millions of people were killed, mostly Jews, also Christians, Gipsies, communists, atheists and others.
The Holocaust cannot stand as an excuse to rid the Palestinian people of today of their land, their incomes, their dignity and even their lives! fn2
⇒ Latest news = positive news 2013-07-17
New European Union Rules on Territory Seized in 1967 War
The European Union issued guidelines this week that for the first time ban the financing of and cooperation with Israeli institutions in territory seized during the 1967 war. …
“The ship is turned, it’s pointed in a certain direction, it still moves very slowly, but it’s going to be difficult to turn it back.” nytimes.com
⇒ EU takes tougher stance on Israeli settlements
The European Union has dealt a harsh blow to the Israeli settlement enterprise in a directive that insists all future agreements between the EU and Israel must explicitly exclude Jewish colonies in the West Bank or East Jerusalem. …
The Truth Against Zionist Settler Colonialism
Israel says it wants peace, which is a lie, what they want is ever more land - it's never enough.
With this barbaric "event" (the attack on the Gaza-strip in 2009, the latest in a long row of violent and often deadly cycles of oppression) the Zionist state has finally
forfeited its right to exist - not the Jews or the Jewish people - if it ever had such a right, having occupied the land of Palestine and driven out and killing its people.
There shall not be and must not be a "Two States Solution". The parody of a "Peace Process" is dead, as well as over 1400 - mostly civilian - Palestinians, (and about 5 - 12 civilian Israelis).
Casualties (on the Palestinian side):
1300 dead, of which 410 children!
5500 injured, of which 2000 children,
many of which will be maimed for life, if not their bodies then their souls!
500.000 without water.
May Allah give them success!
A moral limit has been breached by those Zionist cowardly, bloody attacks on Gaza 2008/9 (and by earlier wars on the civilian Palestine - Arab population). It has now been proven that the so-called Israeli society is extremely sick and racist. We estimate that in about 10 - 20 years will this tyrannical state be history, just as did the South African apartheid regime - Allah knows best.
What every person with humanity and a heart can do today is simple:
Just don't buy their products! They are grown on robbed land, spiced with the blood of the Palestinial people, both Christian and Muslim.
When the Zionist entity is demanding preferential treatment by the EU for their trade, then they have to comply with international law, such as the Geneva convention, the demands for human rights and the ending of occupation. Here is the code for Israeli products: 7 290
daralhayat.com - Why the Shock at Israeli Piracy? 2010-06-02, x L 20120703 ... The massacre against the Freedom Flotilla, which wanted to break the blockade of Gaza, represents the logic and path of Israel policy for decades, when the world felt shocked but did nothing.
Since the crimes of Qana in Lebanon, the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, then its war against Gaza in 2008, and the independent or "unbiased" reports, such as Goldstone, the western world has not dared to confront Israel with harsh policies and tangible sanctions. Instead, each side has raced to say that it is keen to preserve Israel's security and safety, and it wants to move the peace process forward.
However, all of Israel's friends in the west, led by the United States, are avoiding any confrontation with the real status quo, which is that the Israeli government does not want peace and does not want a Palestinian state on its borders. Israel is feeding all of the extremist and terrorist movements in the region, without any oversight or punishment. Why the surprise and shock, then amnesia, and lack of accountability? Instead, we see Israel rewarded, by being accepted into a long-standing organization such as the OECD, and welcomed as an advanced, modern and democratic state.
palestinethinktank.com - Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Speech, 2010-06-02, x L 20120707 The bloody massacre of Israel, brought against the ships bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza is a massacre deserving of any kind of curse and condemnation. This is openly an attack against international law, against the heart of humanity, against world peace, I say against the heart of humanity, for, on those ships were people from all nations, all religions. People alone and they only were bringing humanitarian aid to those under blockade, embargo, to the people in Gaza. The ships, before they left openly declared to the entire world their cargo, their intention, their mission. As witness to this openly humanitarian aid from the world and our country 60 journalists have entered the ships as well. In international waters, in open sea, this armed attack against 600 people and 6 ships which were carrying aid to oppressed people, poor people, to starved people, to people whose homes were destroyed. ...
Attacking innocent people with arms, to shed blood, and to massacre is clearly state terrorism. They deny, they say that they were shot at. We are sick of your lies, we are sick. Be honest, honest, be honest ...
www.nytimes.com, goldstone, 2010/01/24, x L 20120707 The UN - Goldstone- report stated that "the destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a deliberate and systematic policy by the Israeli armed forces." It added that Israel waged "a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability."
For Israel, a reckoning; John Pilger, 14 January 2010 In the United States and Europe, trade unions, mainstream churches and academic associations have brought back the strategies that were used against apartheid South Africa. In a resolution adopted by 431 votes to 62, the US Presbyterian Church voted for a process of "phased, selective disinvestment" in multinational corporations doing business with Israel. This followed the opinion of the International Court of Justice that Israel's wall and its "settler" colonies were illegal. A similar declaration by the court in 1971, denouncing South Africa's occupation of Namibia, ignited the international boycott.
Like the South Africa campaign, the issue of law is central. No state is allowed to flout international law as wilfully as Israel. In 1990, a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Saddam Hussein get out of Kuwait was the same, almost word for word, as the one demanding that Israel get out of the West Bank.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) Condemns UN Report on Gaza Conflict
...2009-09-15 It said that it "grotesquely distorted Israel's defensive operation against the terrorist Hamas regime as a war against Gaza's civilian population."
Most of the Palestinian casualties were Hamas terrorists, not civilians, ...despite this basic fact, the Commission reached the astounding conclusion that Israel's defensive operation, which came after literally years of Israel's restraint in the face of relentless rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza aimed at Israeli towns and villages, was a total war on Gaza's civilian population. ... Israel took unprecedented steps in an effort to avoid harm to civilians, while regretting the loss of innocent lives.(Italics are our's.) On this same site, their spokesperson has the guts to talk about "the prevention of torture and cruel treatment":The issues we work on are the prevention of genocide, how you identify the early warning signs and do something about it. We work on prevention of torture and cruel treatment... and we work on the understanding of religious freedom ... [L]Rabbi Brant Rosen 2009-09-16 I am deeply, deeply troubled that the primary response of our Jewish communal leadership is to attack the source of the report, while saying absolutely nothing about its actual content.
Judge Richard Goldstone Speaking Out 2009-09-17 Failing to pursue justice for serious violations during the fighting will have a deeply corrosive effect on international justice, and reveal an unacceptable hypocrisy. As a service to the hundreds of civilians who needlessly died and for the equal application of international justice, the perpetrators of serious violations must be held to account.
Israel charged with committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip 2009-09-18 The nearly 600-page United Nations report, presented Judge Richard Goldstone, accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, and recommended that if no appropriate independent inquiry takes place in Israel within six months, the Security Council should refer the matter to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court. The report is not only full of eyewitnesses' testimonies, but also backed by hundreds of hours of horrific footage and pictures chronicling the pain and destruction inflicted by Israel on a mostly civilian population.
UN says Israel should face war-crimes trial over Gaza....2009-09-16 The inquiry team also says that a number of Palestinians were used as human shields - itself a violation of the ICCPR - including Majdi Abed Rabbo, whose complaints about being so used were first aired in The Independent. The report asserts that the use of human shields constitutes a "war crime under the Rome statute of the International Criminal Court."
Inquiry Finds Gaza War Crimes From Both Sides - NYTimes.com....2009-09-16 Israel repeatedly accused Hamas of using mosques to shelter armed men or munitions, and a report by Israel said an attack against the Maqadmah mosque in Jabaliya had killed six known militants. But the Human Rights Council report said the attack came during evening prayers, when some 300 men and women were in the mosque, and killed 15 people. There were no secondary explosions to indicate the presence of an arms cache.
If Israel wanted to destroy a mosque suspected as an arms cache, it should have done so in the middle of the night, Mr. Goldstone said.
International petition for
an international penal court to try Israeli war crimes ...2009-02-19 Because not a single UN resolution on Palestine ... has been implemented by the state of Israel ; and because the latter has, since its foundation, constantly violated the UN principles and the international conventions, in complete impunity and with growing cynicism. We, citizens of the world, have the duty today to remind the international community of its obligations!
If Americans Knew The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the world's major sources of instability. Americans are directly connected to this conflict, and increasingly imperiled by its devastation.
Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part 1 WHHT have a documentary which “is also a miniature drama of war, partly photographed in Gaza six years before most of us knew there was a Gaza occupation. ...(32 min long)... It will explain Christian Zionism to anyone, (... and) WHY evangelical leaders have become Christian Zionists and who gains from it! Every other documentary we have seen, and some are very professional, leave this vital fact to your imagination by suggesting Christian Zionism is a huge and inexplicable error. We show it to be a deliberate deception!” (WHHT: WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS & STRAIT GATE MINISTRIES)