This is what American Tax Dollars Are Funding in The Middle East
“Cairo will not leave Gaza on its own … Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, and Arabs today are not the Arabs of yesterday.”
Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian president, suggesting a further break from Egypt’s Mubarak-era relationship with Israel – rhetorically, at least. via the Guardian live blognewsflick
“This tragedy cannot pass in silence and the world should take responsibility in stopping this aggression.”
Today we are in solidarity with the world in condeming the murderous actions of Israel – in their unwarranted agressions against Palestine and the Gaza Communities. There is so much news flooding the backside of the internet about the situation; that most major news services are having a hard time deciding which side of the conflict they find themselves on.
For Us It’s Simple, We side with those who are being Victimized
“They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But when you are a politician and all you have is a hammer, you must convince voters every problem looks like a nail. This is the only thinking that can explain Israel’s behavior in escalating bombardment of Gaza. The Israeli spin machines are out in full force in the hopes of convincing Israelis and the rest of the world that the attacks on Gaza are in self-defense. But anyone following the situation closely and over time will tell you that cannot be the case.”
We are going to continue doing our research on what is happening in Gaza Now and in the meantime we’ll be posting items here on the Gaza Incursion. Our Prayers Go Out to All of Those Who are in Gaza now. Only God can save you from the fires of hell that are raining down upon you now. The world is watching Israel and will continue to condem this militarized madness. The UN Charter One says that no nation is to commit the types of crimes we are witnessing today in Gaza. Civilian targets are specifically outlawed – yet that is the only target range for the Israeli’s. This is why it’s time for President Barack Obama to cut his funding of this genocide. If Bibi Netenyahu thinks that he is powerful enough to escape the rath of the world court of opinion – then it is time to return him to that very body for judgement.
When regimes begin to kill, someone has to stop the flow of blood
Is the United States ready to sit down at the budget table and say to Israel “No More Money for Bombs” ? we seriously think it’s time. for generations the Palestinians have been held in a virtual prison camp by the Israeli’s. They are being systematically starved and murdered. We believe this is because the Israeli military has been given such liberties up to this point by the surrounding military powers, that they believe they are in control of all of the Sinai Peninsula. There has to be some discussion and word from the United Nations about this genocide.
Until the Palestinians are given their homeland back; the blood will continue to flow and the Israeli’s will continue to commit genocide with the whole world watching; and most of the world condeming it. Tumblr is buzzing and we’re sharing a bit of it here for you. If you see something that’s important and we don’t have it posted, please slip it in a comment and it will be added to the story.
This is the beginning of our Tumblr Reposts on the Israeli Attack on Gaza – 11/16/2012
Israel and Palestinian militants moved a step closer to all-out war yesterday, as Islamic militants launched rockets into Tel Aviv and Israeli troops massed on the border prepared for a ground offensive in Gaza.
For the first time since the 1991 Gulf War, Israelis in Tel Aviv took cover at the sound of air raid sirens yesterday. Two rockets landed near the heart of the city of 3 million people, one in an undeveloped parcel of land, and another just offshore in the Mediterranean Sea.
In other attacks, three Israeli civilians, including a 26-year-old pregnant mother, were killed when one of more than 500 rockets fired at Israel by Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip, yesterday hit a four-story apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malachi, 15 miles north of the Gaza border.
Israeli Defense Forces retaliated by pounding targets in the Gaza Strip, and later in the day Israel signaled a ground operation may be imminent as forces moved toward the border area with Gaza.breakingnews
Official: Israel to hold fire in Egypt prime minister’s Gaza visit
AP: An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Egypt that Israel would be prepared to suspend its military offensive in the Gaza Strip during the Egyptian prime minister’s visit there.
The official in the prime minister’s office says Israel would do so if Gaza militants also hold their fire during Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil’s three-hour visit later Friday.
Follow updates on this story at Breaking News.
Photo: Israeli soldiers ride on top of an armored personal carrier close to the Israel Gaza Border, southern Israel, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. (Ariel Schalit / AP)
Israel agrees to temporary truce in Gaza during Egyptian PM’s visit — Hamas violates it almost immediately
Rockets fired from Gaza hit several sites in southern Israel on Friday shortly after Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in the Palestinian enclave.
The Israeli air force responded with an attack on the house of Hamas’s commander for southern Gaza, a Hamas source said.
Israel had announced it would suspend military operations in Gaza during Kandil’s three-hour visit so long as Hamas also halted all fire.
“Before this election they (Israel) shot these innocent people in Gaza for reasons they fabricated. The dominant world powers are now making the Gaza people and fighters pay, and as the Republic of Turkey we are with our brothers in Gaza and their just cause.”guardian
Latest pictures coming in as missiles have been fired in Gaza by Palestinian militants following the assassination of Hamas militant leader Ahmed al-Jabari.
Follow the news as it comes in live here.
Photograph: Nir Elias/REUTERSnewsflick
2012-11-16 12:18“We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises.”
Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida, on the rocket launched from Gaza striking Jerusalem.
“To the people of Gaza and the ‘Occupied Territories’, know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world.”
Anonymous attacks Israeli websites to show Gaza support In conflict in a statement posted on their website.
(via newsflick)— Anonymous pledge their support to the Palestinian people and declare cyber war on Israel’s government and army.
According to the Observer’s BetaBeat, “Anonymous has already begun defacing multiple pro-Israel websites, includingFalcon-s.co.il and Advocate-israel.com. They’ve also compiled an Anonymous Gaza Care Package, which contains basic safety and surveillance avoidance information, as well as instructions for how to jigger an internet connection if Israel takes down Gaza’s servers. Another document posted to Pastebin outlines how to connect to dial-up in the event of an internet outage.”
The Israel Defense Forces didn’t just kill Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari on Wednesday as he was driving his car down the street in Gaza. They killed him and then instantly posted the strike to YouTube. Then they tweeted a warning to all of Jabari’s comrades: “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.”
The Jabari hit is part of the biggest assault the IDF has launched in more than three years on Gaza, with more than 20 targets hit. And it’s being accompanied by one of the most aggressive social media offensives ever launched by any military. Several days before Jabari’s elimination, the IDF began liveblogging the rocket attacks on southern Israel coming from Gaza. Once “Operation Pillar of Defense” began, the IDF put up a Facebook page, a Flickr feed, and, of course, a stream of Twitter taunts — all relying on the same white-on-red English-language graphics. “Ahmed Jabari: Eliminated,” reads a tweet from 2:21 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.
This is a very different way of waging the war of opinion online. When an American drone strikes a suspected militant in Afghanistan, that footage is rarely made public — and, if so, only months after the fact. After the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, White House and Pentagon aides did start leaking details like mad. But the only live tweets from the operation were from a bystander in Abbottabad who heard the helicopters landing. And the pictures of bin Laden’s corpse were purposely kept from the public.
Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades on Friday and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day, in a stinging challenge to Israel’s Gaza offensive after an Egyptian bid to broker a truce.
The attacks came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the Gaza Strip and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.
Israel began bombing Gaza on Wednesday with an attack that killed the Hamas military chief. It says its campaign is in response to Hamas missiles fired on its territory. Hamas stepped up rocket attacks in response.
Israeli police said a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the Jerusalem area, outside the city, on Friday.
A few hundred people have come out to protest Israel’s war comes in NYC. About 20 people across the street are having a counter-protest in defense of Israel but their screams are drowned out by our chants. ‘Free Free Palestine!’theatlantic
Over the past few weeks, a slowly growing series of rocket attacks by Hamas on Israel, and retaliatory strikes by Israeli forces, has sharply escalated into a crisis. The skies over the Gaza Strip and southern Israel have filled with hundreds of rockets, missiles, and warplanes since Wednesday, bringing varying levels of destruction to the populations below. Tensions are growing as Israel’s military has called up thousands of reservists and deployed troops along the border. At the same time, Egypt’s new Prime Minister Hisham Kandil made an official visit to Gaza today. Meanwhile rocket attacks continued, setting off air raid sirens as far north as Tel Aviv.
Read more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]thepeoplesrecord
The People’s Record Daily News Update – Whose news? Our news!
November 15, 2012
Here are some stories you may not otherwise read about today:
- Cracks have been found in a nuclear reactor head located in South Carolina. The cracks indicate an increased chance for atomic disaster. The atomic energy plant has said that it has begun fixing the cracks this week.
- The hacktivist group Anonymous has expressed anger at Israel, saying that Israel has crossed a line in the sand by threatening to destroy access to the internet and other telecommunications in Gaza. Anonymous’ online statement warned the Israeli government:“Like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will not survive it unscathed.”
- Several hundred women and men took to the streets in Ireland yesterday to demand legislative reform after Savita Halappanavar died from a pregnancy miscarriage. Halappanavar tried to get an abortion but was stopped by her doctors who “rejected” her request for the abortion.
- The trial of three Stop-and-Frisk activists has ended sourly with a guilty conviction of Disorderly Conduct for defendants Carl Dix, Jamel Mims, Morgan Rhodewalt and Bob Parsons. On a positive note, they were not found guilty on the more serious Obstruction of Government Administration charges.
- For the first time in three years, the 17-country eurozone has fallen back into recession - a grim and potentially devastating sign, spreading fear that the recession will deepen and make the debt crises more difficult to handle.urbanrelationsinfo
Social warfare: Israel and Hamas bring war to the digital age
They say knowledge is power and so is information. Perhaps that is why both the Israel Defense Force and Hamas have both created aggressive social media campaigns aimed at spreading their own messages throughout the world wide web.globalpost
2012-11-16 13:16Inside the Israel/Gaza conflict with GlobalPostFor more coverage check out our live blog at GlobalPost
Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians
by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé
“Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War against the Palestinians is a 2010 collection of interviews and essays from Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé which examine Israel’s Operation Cast Lead and attempts to place it into the context of Israel-Palestine conflict. The book was edited by Frank Barat, who had conducted his first e-mail interview on the subject with Chomsky in 2005, as a result of his joint dialogue with Chomsky and Pappé, previously published as Le Champ du possible (Aden Editions, November 2008), which forms the heart of the work.” (x)azspot
While countries across Europe and North America commemorated military casualties of past and present wars on November 11, Israel was targeting civilians. On November 12, waking up to a new week, readers at breakfast were flooded with heart rending accounts of past and current military casualties. There was, however, no or little mention of the fact that the majority of casualties of modern day wars are civilians. There was also hardly any mention on the morning of November 12 of military attacks on Gaza that continued throughout the weekend. A cursory scan confirms this for Canada’s CBC, the Globe and Mail, Montreal’s Gazette, and the Toronto Star. Equally, for the New York Times and for the BBC.
According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report on Sunday November 11, five Palestinian civilians including three children had been killed in the Gaza strip in the previous 72 hours, in addition to two Palestinian security personnel. Four of the deaths occurred as a result of Israeli military firing artillery shells on youngsters playing soccer. Moreover, 52 civilians had been wounded, of which six were women and 12 were children. (Since we began composing this text, the Palestinian death toll has risen, and continues to rise.)
Articles that do report on the killings overwhelmingly focus on the killing of Palestinian security personnel. For example, an Associated Press article published in the CBC world news on November 13, entitled Israel mulls resuming targeted killings of Gaza militants, mentions absolutely nothing of civilian deaths and injuries. It portrays the killings as ‘targeted assassinations’. The fact that casualties have overwhelmingly been civilians indicates that Israel is not so much engaged in “targeted” killings, as in “collective” killings, thus once again committing the crime of collective punishment. Another AP item on CBC news from November 12 reads Gaza rocket fire raises pressure on Israel government. It features a photo of an Israeli woman gazing on a hole in her living room ceiling. Again, no images, nor mention of the numerous bleeding casualties or corpses in Gaza. Along the same lines, a BBC headline on November 12 reads Israel hit by fresh volley of rockets from Gaza. Similar trend can be illustrated for European mainstream papers.
News items overwhelmingly focus on the rockets that have been firedfrom Gaza, none of which have caused human casualties. What is not in focus are the shellings and bombardments on Gaza, which have resulted in numerous severe and fatal casualties. It doesn’t take an expert in media science to understand that what we are facing is at best shoddy and skewed reporting, and at worst willfully dishonest manipulation of the readership.
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- The exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza continues. A solidarity visit with Palestinians by Egypt’s prime minister hints at work towards a truce.
- Hussein Ibish writes about the current conflict for Foreign Policy. This particular exchange of violence, which began with the Israeli assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, and is “the result of a swirl of events that are reshaping power structures within Hamas and its relationships with regional forces.”
- The story behind the photo: a widely-circulated photo from the violence between Israel and Gaza of father holding the body of his infant son is a photo of BBC Arabic journalist Jihad Masharawi and his eleven-month-old son, Omar, killed when an Israeli round hit their home.
- Social media companies are stymied by how to respond to the IDF-Hamas parallel social media war, with dueling Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, etc accounts posting updates of casualty counts and strikes along with graphic photos of dead children and warnings to one another.
- Some geographic comparison (for US readers) to contextualize the size of the conflict. Via @acarvin.
- Palestine is continuing with its UN bid for recognition as an observing state despite US objection.
- Pictures show evidence of rebel fighters in Syria having obtained more advanced missile systems.
- An excellent long read on the extent of the cyberwar in Syriain Bloomberg Businessweek.
- The number of displaced Syrians is at 2.5 million.
- France has recognized the new Syrian opposition coalition.
- How the Brotherhood builds power in the Syrian opposition.
- Rania Abouzeid visits Aleppo.
- Serious protests broke out in Amman, Jordan, initially over fuel subsidy cuts, but extending to general protests against the government.
- The closed door hearings on Benghazi continue.
- Opposition to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki are campaigning for term limits to prevent him from getting a third term.
- Kenya’s military is deploying to the Samburu region to aid police after a massacre killed 42 officers in an ambush by cattle rustlers.
- Côte d’Ivoire president Alassane Ouattara has dissolved his government.
- Strange to think, but within the next twenty years, the US dependence on Persian Gulf oil will dwindle.
- Afghan warlord and former mujahideen commander Mohammed Ismail Khan has re-mobilized his militia. He is currently the country’s energy and water minister, and many lawmakers are calling for him to lose his position.
- The New York Times’ Taimoor Shah recalls the horror of reporting on the Panjwai Massacre, for which Staff Sgt. Bales has begun hearings.
- The Army is seeking the death penalty for Bales.
- The US and Afghanistan are in talks regarding post-2014 troop presence.
- Pakistan began the release of some Afghan Taliban prisoners whom Kabul believes may be useful in peace negotiations.
- The US denied an extradition request from Russia for the arms dealer Viktor Bout.
- Myanmar released prisoners as a gesture of goodwill ahead of President Obama’s visit.
- China has unveiled its top leaders in the leadership transition.
- Abu Qatada won his last-minute appeal against deportation to Jordan from Britain to face terrorism charges.
- A day of general strike saw unrest in 23 European states.
- An investigation into the abuse scandal at Lackland Air Force Basefound that 48 female student were subject to sexual assault or harassment by their trainers. 23 trainers were involved.
- Since last Friday we’ve managed to witness a train crash that won’t seem to stop crashing in the form of General Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, General Allen, Jill Kelley and her FBI friend. This has caused publishers to push up the publication dates of books about fallen generals.
- The New York Times has a video discussing some of the legal implications of the Petraeus fiasco.
- Spencer Ackerman writes honestly about his own role in the mythmaking surrounding General Petraeus.
- The CIA dismissed Paula Broadwell’s October claims about Benghazi, saying they were “no longer in the detention business.” Excellent turn of phrase, there.
- Former CIA director Gen. Hayden and former acting director John Mclaughlin are encouraging the CIA to undergo a shift away from the regional and topical single-mindedness of the past decade and return to some good old-fashioned spying.
- Former AFRICOM commander and four star Army Gen. William “Kip” Ward has been demoted to three stars and ordered to repay unauthorized spending of DOD money.
- Panetta has launched a review of military officers’ ethics training.
- President Obama signed a directive in early October to give the military the ability to aggressively thwart cyberattacks.
- A helpful what-to-read on cybersecurity from Foreign Affairs.
- ProPublica tells the story of a family’s quest for the lost casualty report for their son.
- A new study confirms longtime suspicions that, in many instances, limbs are better off amputated than saved in damaged form.
- Five writers, three of them veterans, respond to Chris Hedges’ July essay “War is Betrayal: Persistent Myths of Combat.”
If you would like to receive this round-up as a weekly email, you can sign up through this form, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.Photo: West Bank, outside of the Israeli military prison Ofer, near Ramallah. A Palestinian protester demonstrating against military operations in Gaza runs from clouds of tear gas. Thursday. Majdi Mohammed/AP. More photos of the escalating operations between Israel and Gaza here at The Sacramento Bee.
We are sending our Prayers out to those under attack in the Gaza Strip. Israel will face the rath of it’s bloodbath and be held accountable by Karma for it’s crimes. The World Must Speak out on this NOW because there won’t be anyone left if We Don’t.
Israel Go To Your Room, We’ll speak to you later,