Israel: at the bottom of world view & the height of arrogance

The Israeli Propaganda machine is hard at work, over the past two days my facebook group “In the name of GAZA” has been under attack of pro-Israel bloggers and so was this blog, but the most substantial attacks I’ve received so far was on my deviantart account, where a user who goes by the net alias “SoldierofIsrael” kept spamming all my posts about Gaza and the recent onslaught on the Freedom flotilla, with comments full of Israeli propaganda and Hate Speech.

I know that following the Gaza War of 2009, the Israeli “Immigrant Absorption Ministry” recruited an “army of bloggers” (IAB), made up of Israelis who speak second languages, to try and counter the global rage that was provoked by that infamous war.

For years the Israeli government has bombarded journalists with statements, press releases and videos – all professing that Gaza is not suffering a humanitarian crisis, there is no shortage of goods entering the Strip and even mocking the suffering of people in Gaza by recommending restaurants to visit in the coastal territory.

Now it also went so far as to claim those on board the Freedom Flotilla had links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

But it is after the flotilla attack, that the IAB came handy! Israel through its army of bloggers, is trying hard to counter the global fury over the flotilla incident, by spreading Israeli Propaganda, half truths & misinformation! Israel want us to believe that 30 unarmed peace activists, got suicidal and ambushed and attacked fully armed but “peaceful” commando soldiers dropping down ropes in the middle of the night. That is the Israeli narrative of events and Israel is surely entitled to it. But what evidence does Israel offer what evidence to back their claim?

Other than, the ridiculous photos of the “weapons” which Israel claims found on board of the flotilla, and which Israel posted Israeli ministry of foreign affairs’ Flickr page, Israel offers no solid evidence to back its claims.

Israel also released these two extremely edited, very short youtube videos! supposedly showing the activists attacking the Israeli commandos onboard the Mavi Marmara, but with no mention as to who shot the videos, or why the two videos don’t show the full timeline of the attack!

On the other hand, Arab media claims that these two videos are a hoax and an Israeli attempt to absorb the world’s rage over the incident that left nine peace activists dead and injured 30 others.

Now, I don’t have an idea if those clips are manipulated or not. And I suspect we will never know. The clips are so low quality and there is no way of verifying them, let alone that Israel will never allow it us to do so!
However, those dubious clips, even if true, are surely edited, tremendously edited may I add, and they fail to address, let alone refute, the claims by the released flotilla passengers that: “Israeli commandos were shooting at the ship before the commandos were on board”. Israel is refusing to release the full clip, and that alone speaks volumes about the “credibility” of Israel’s fraudulent story.

The Israeli government also continues to refuse to open any sort of impartial investigation into the incident (international or even national), and claims that the IDF’s own fishy investigation, which concluded with heroizing the very commandos who committed the massacre, is more than enough!

So with that said, What does Israel expect the world to do? Are we supposed to buy it’s version of the story with no evidence whatsoever to back it up?
Israel claims that it’s soldiers only boarded the ship to search it!
Well if they were boarding the ship to search it, how come they didn’t approach from below, and try to get on board with no guns pointed at anyone, instead of dropping down helicopters!!!

Dropping down helicopters is a standard procedure when you are attacking and taking people by surprise. And when you are attacking, to take over any vessel, you don’t attack with Paintball guns!

This clip, even if true, is actually a testimony that those people, scared and terrified, when they woke up to Israeli commandos landing on them from the sky, were merely trying to defend themselves with the only things they had at their disposal: metal rods and chairs! I don’t see a single activist with a gun or a short sword in the clip!!!

Wouldn’t you do the same, if commandos are attacking your ship in the middle of the night?

BUT no, Israel expects the passenger of the flotilla to welcome commandos dropping down on the ship in the middle of the night with flowers and kisses, or even better welcome the commandos lay on the ground face down!!! And since they surely didn’t do that, Israel blames them for the whole ordeal! After all, Israel have told us they are: Terrorist-Mercenary-Firebreathing-Mutants!

Yet now that the passengers and journalists have been released from Israeli detention, a much different story is emerging.  Numerous witnesses and journalists are describing Israeli acts of aggression, including the shooting of live ammunition, before the commandos landed.  The New York Times blogger Robert Mackey today commendably compiles that evidence — I recommend it highly — and he writes:  “now that the accounts of activists and journalists who were detained by Israel after the raid are starting to be heard, it is clear that their stories and that of the Israeli military do not match in many ways.”  As Juan Cole says:  “Many passengers have now confirmed that they were fired on even before the commandos had boots on the deck. Presumably it is this suppressive fire that killed or wounded some passengers and which provoked an angry reaction and an attack on the commandos.”

Are all the passengers of the six boats lying and fabricating the “same” story? I guess so, afterall, they are all terrorists and capable of anything, including telepathy!!!

Meanwhile Israel, refusing to open an investigation as it does, released this following video last Friday, by no other than the Israeli government’s press office itself (which belongs to the Israeli prime minister’s office), which can be described as nothing but distasteful and insulting to those killed and injured on the Freedom Flotilla, and quite frankly disturbing – especially since it was made by the Jerusalem Post’s deputy managing editor, Caroline Glick, who also works for the American Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.

On Friday afternoon, the Israeli Government issued an email, apologizing for circulating the insulting spoof video, saying it had been an error and calling the releasing of the video a misunderstanding. Press office director Danny Seaman said the video did not reflect official state opinion, but in his personal opinion, he thought it was “fantastic”.

Government spokesman Mark Regev said the video reflected how Israelis felt about the incident. “I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny,” he said. “It is what Israelis feel. But the government has nothing to do with it.”

My rage over the flotilla massacre have doubled after watching this video! The Israeli government is  mocking those who died and got injured and furthermore, mocking the anger of the world!

How is that even possible???!!!

If that’s not the height of arrogance & conceit, I don’t know what is!

Israeli impunity has already been shown in the cases of Western peace activists Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndell who were killed while peacefully protesting against Israeli army actions against Palestinian citizens. But this last incident, it’s fallout and how Israel deals with the global anger at it, surpasses the limits of arrogance and conceit.

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Flotilla Israeli commando/Murderer may get ‘medal of valour’!

Six of the nine activists killed in Monday’s raid on board the Mavi Marmara of the  Freedom Flotilla aid convoy were shot by a single Israeli commando who is now being considered by Israeli army for an Israeli medal of valour, the highest military medal that could be awarded to a soldier of the Israeli army for bravery on the field of battle, established by the Knesset as a replacement for the Hero of Israel military decoration!!!

The Israeli Champion /Mass-Murderer, refered to only as S. in the Israeli media, is hailed as a true Hero of Israel! Jerusalem Post writes: “S. did a remarkable job… He stabilized the situation and succeeded in hitting six of the terrorists.”

Meanwhile Israel is still defiant, and refuses to allow an independent investigation. Israel claims that its own army investigation is enough, and credible. Based on preliminary results of this investigation into the Mavi Marmara massacre, which ended with nine dead passengers and more than 30 wounded, the IDF announced on Thursday that the commandos were attacked by a well-trained group of mercenaries, most of whom were found without IDs but with thousands of dollars in their pockets!!!

Israel, who hired an ‘army of bloggers’ to “represent” Israel in “anti-Zionist blogs” & combat anti-Zionism; wants us to believe that those brutally murdered activists were paid mercenaries, travelling with their mercenary-money on board a ship headed to Gaza and going to be attacked by Israel!

But wait… I thought they were Terrorists, according also to: Israel!

So are they mercenaries?

Or are they Terrorists???

Or are they a new creed of suicide-mercenary-terrorist-Drug Lords, who carried WMDs in their pockets and wore back-pack-rocket-launcher that could launch them directly into Tel Aviv???

Pardon me Israel, I just want to get the story straight!

In the meantime, Turkey is still mourning its dead. National Public funerals were held for the nine activistsof Gaza aid flotilla amid emotional scenes.Crowds of people, some wearing Palestinian-style scarves, gathered in the city to meet the coffins, swathed in Turkish flags, at the Ottoman-era Fatih mosque.

The Autopsy results on the bodies of those killed, obtained by the Guardian newspaper, revealed that the Nine Turkish men (one as young as one 19 years old) on board the Mavi Marmara were shot a total of 30 times and five were killed by gunshot wounds to the head shot from close range.

The results revealed that Ibrahim Bilgen (60) was shot four times in the temple, chest, hip and back. Fulkan Dogan (19), who also had US citizenship, was shot five times from less that 45cm, in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back. Two other men were shot four times, and five of the victims were shot either in the back of the head or in the back, said Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the council of forensic medicine.

So these well paid, well trained, unarmed mercenary war gurus, went on a ship to Gaza, to fend off the Israeli commandos with clubs and kitchen knives, only to get brutally killed by one commando, who happened to have his machine gun, right below his paintball gun!

Ummmmm…. Well of course!

But why may ask do you shoot 9 unarmed people 30 times? and why would you shoot 5 of them in the head from a close range????

What a load of crap… actually crap is much easier to swallow than what Israel wants the world to believe!

 

 

Israel in Gaza: A Critical Reframing

A Palestinian family reacts as they rush past a burning building after an Israeli missile strike in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. Israeli warplanes pressing one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Palestine dropped bombs and missiles on a top security installation and dozens of other targets across Hamas-ruled Gaza on Sunday. Israel's Cabinet authorized a callup of at least 6,500 reserve soldiers, suggesting plans to expand an offensive against Gaza rocket squads that has already killed some 280 Palestinians. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

 

by Jeff Halpe, Saturday, January 10, 2009

Israel’s core messages, listed below, argue for the justice of its cause in Gaza , cast Israel as the victim and ensure that its war is seen not in terms of occupation but of the broader Western struggle against terror. The critical reframing we offer, that of Israelis committed to human rights, international law and a just peace as the only way out of this interminable and bloody conflict, argues that security cannot be achieved unilaterally while one side oppresses the other and that Israel’s attack on Gaza is merely another attempt to render its Occupation permanent by destroying any source of effective resistance. It argues that Israel could have avoided all attacks upon it over the last twenty years, and the rise of Hamas, if it had genuinely negotiated a two-state solution with the Palestinian leadership. Israel , the strong party and the Occupying Power, is not the victim. Indeed, its attack on Gaza is a form of State Terrorism.

 

  • Israeli PR: Like all countries, Israel has a right and duty to defend its citizens. Israel , acting as any life-loving nation would, has a right to be a normal country living in peace and security.

    Critical Reframing: To pursue offensive policies of prolonged occupation as well as sanctions, boycotts and closures that impoverish a civilian population, and to then refuse to engage with that population’s elected leaders, is not defending ones’ citizens. To expect your citizens to live in security while a million and a half subjugated people just a few kilometers away live in misery is both unrealistic and presumptive. Israel will only be able to defend its citizens – which is indeed its duty – if it addresses the causes of their insecurity, a 41 year-old occupation.

 

  • Israeli PR: Israel had no choice but to attack in response to the barrage of 8,500 Hamas rockets fired from Gaza into Israel over the past eight years that have killed 20 Israeli civilians.

    Critical Reframing: In the past three years alone Israel – together with the US , Europe and Japan – imposed an inhumane siege of Gaza while conducting a campaign of targeted assassinations and attacks throughout the cease-fire that left 1,700 Palestinians dead. Hamas’ barrage did not exist in a vacuum. This war is no “response:” it is merely a more deadly round of the tit-for-tat arising out of a political vacuum. The rocket firings could have been avoided had there been a genuine political horizon. To present the “barrage” as an independent event disassociated from wider Israeli policies that led to them is disingenuous.

 

  • Israeli PR: There is no occupation – in general, but specifically in Gaza . Israel ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005 with the “disengagement.” Gaza could have flourished as the basis of a Palestinian state, but its inhabitants chose conflict.

    Critical Reframing: Economic development, not to mention a political process which might have prevented the violence on both sides, was actively prevented by both Israel and its international supporters, which share responsibility for the present tragedy in Gaza . At no time since the “disengagement” did Israel ever relinquish or even loosen its control. The closure remained in force, including by sea; Gazans were never allowed to reopen their sea or air ports; nor were any conditions conducive to economic development allowed. Israel ’s claim that there has never been an occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza is rejected by every member of the international community. Neither does it accept Israel ’s claim that occupation ended in 2005, since the definition of occupation in international law has to do with exercising effective control of a foreign territory, which Israel obviously does over Gaza .

 

  • Israeli PR: Only Hamas violated the cease-fire, and thus it carries full responsibility.

    Critical Reframing: Israel and Hamas agreed to a truce (through Egypt ) by which Israel would allow the opening of the Gazan border crossings (at least partially) in return for an end to rocket fire on Israel . Hamas largely, though not entirely, kept its part of the bargain; Israel almost never did. Killings of Palestinians from the air continued, and on the American election day in early November it attacked the tunnels (which functioned as alternative means of supplying Gaza in the absence of open borders, which would have allowed control over the movement of arms), killing a number of Hamas people. In response Hamas launched rockets and….the truce began breaking down.

 

  • Israeli PR: Israel is only attacking the “infrastructure of terror” in Gaza and only targets Hamas fighters.

    Critical Reframing: Being the elected government, all the infrastructure, from traffic cops to schools to military installations, “belong” to Hamas. It is clear that Israeli attacks go beyond “the infrastructure of terror.” Who’s a “Hamas fighter?” The graduating class of traffic cops that was slaughtered in the first aerial attack on Gaza ? Professors and students who attend the “Hamas” Islam ic University? Family members of Hamas military figures? People who voted for Hamas? All, but for those actively participating in hostilities, would be defined as civilians under international law.

 

  • Israeli PR: Civilians may die, but it’s because Hamas hides its fighters and weapons factories among ordinary people.

    Critical Reframing: Israel’s military headquarters are located in the center of Tel Aviv, the military headquarters over the West Bank are in the densely populated civilian settlement Neveh Ya’akov in East Jerusalem, the Pentagon is located in downtown Washington D.C. and the British Ministry of Defence is located in central London. Hamas, of course, as both a government and a military organization, carries responsibility for protecting the civilian population and keeping the fighting away from them but the question that should be asked, and never is, is why western nations who do the same are not faced with such criticism?

 

  • Israeli PR: Hamas is a terrorist organization that refuses to recognize Israel or enter into a political process.

    Critical Reframing: Which Israel should Hamas recognize? 1947 U.N. partition borders? 1967 borders? With annexed East Jerusalem ? With the settlement blocs? So long as Israel refuses to define its borders then there is only an abstract concept available for recognition. Hamas has openly declared that it will de facto recognize Israel on the 1967 borders. Israel has made no such offers to any Palestinian faction, government or representatives.

 

  • Israeli PR: Hamas is a global problem, part of Islam ist fundamentalism together with Iran and Hezbollah and therefore Israel is only doing its part in the West’s agreed-upon War on Terror.

    Critical Reframing: Hamas started as a social welfare organization that was allowed by Israel to develop as a political force in Occupied Palestine to weaken the standing of the secular PLO. There also, was no Hezbollah prior to the 1982 Israeli invasion. The theocrats in Iran were an organized but quite small political force until the U.S. overthrew Iran ’s democracy. The local population will always resist when foreign countries try to oppose their will and the resistance will not always be pretty. Painting Hamas as part of a global conspiracy when it’s a product of the Occupation itself is disingenuous and a gross distortion of history.

 

Dr. Jeff Halper, an American-born Jew and founding director or The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, gives the following analysis and important reframing of the talking-points we so commonly hear from the Israeli PR machine.  As an Israeli citizen for the last 35 years, Jeff offers a vital perspective, from personal experience.

Gaza: Holocaust NOW

Once again, in less than 2 months, and as if starvation was not sufficiently a hideous crime…

Israeli Genocide, Holocaust & Massacres: reaps 109 Victims and leaves 500 injured in less than 12 hours!!!

109 dead since the latest bout of fighting erupted on Wednesday, 54 Palestinians were killed on Saturday, the single deadliest day in more than seven years of fighting.

Eleven Palestinians, including a 21-month-old girl, were killed Sunday, and 10 others died of earlier wounds or were found dead, Palestinian medical officials said.

In the West Bank town of Hebron, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy was fatally shot in the chest during a protest against Israel, Palestinian medical officials said. It was the first death in the West Bank connected to the Gaza offensive.

Saeb Erekat said peace talks had been halted:

“For the time being, the negotiations are suspended because we have so many funerals!!!”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, commenting on the suspension of talks, said “attacking Hamas strengthens the chance for peace.”
“No one has the moral right to preach to Israel for taking the elementary step of self-defense.”

Tawfek Shaban, a 44-year-old father of five, commented “Shame on the Arabs, shame on the Muslims, shame on humanity … When will they act to stop Israel?”

Meanwhile, the EU and U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon accused Israel of using excessive force. The U.N. Security Council urged Israelis and Palestinians “to immediately cease all acts of violence.”

The ever vigilant USA demanded a halt to the fighting while encouraging Israel to exercise caution to avoid the loss of innocent life.

Egypt sent 27 ambulances to the Rafah crossing to transfer between 150 to 200 wounded, said Imad Kharboush, a medical official at a hospital in el-Arish, near the Israeli border.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected the criticism.

Hope & Change:

Presidential hopeful Obama, called on Israel to try to minimize civilian casualties while HilaryClinton regretted the decision by Abbas to suspend talks and said the Bush administration should be doing more to bring international pressure on Hamas to stop its rocket attacks on Israel.

“The violence in Gaza is the result of Hamas’ decision to launch rocket attacks on Israeli civilians and Israel has a right to defend itself,” Obama said, and Clinton’s statement was similar but she added “The Bush Administration should have been taking a more active role in bringing international pressure on Hamas to stop its attacks,” Clinton said.
Around 30 air raids and 50 bombs and artillery shells fired towards the Palestinian civilians in the first 12 hours of the onslaught only!

Some of the victims of the latest Massacres:

1- Eyad Al Ashram, Male, 26
2- Musleh Abu Ali, Male, 17
3- Jakline Abu shbak, Female, 17
4- Eyad abu Shabk, Male,14
5- Basam Muhammad Ubaid, Male, 45
6- Basam Ubaid, Male, 15
7- Hamza Al jamal, Male,40
8- Abdallah Abd Rabu, male, 4
9- Ibrahim Alzain, Male, 25
10- Mustafa Zaghloul, Male, 32
11- Hamada Abd Al hameed, male, 29
12- Saeed Al hasheem, Male, 23
13- Husain Al batsh, Male, 27
14- Samah Zaydan Asalya, Female, 17
15- Salwa Zaydan Asalya, Female, 23
16- Tala’t Dardona, Male, 29
17- Mustafa Abu Jalala, Male, 28
18- Hasan Safi, Male, 25
19- Abdallah Abu Shaira, Male, 18
20- Mutasim Abd Rabu, Male, 24
21- Hamada Saleh Al abad, Male, 16
22- Mustafa Manon, Male, 22
23- Muhammad Sleem, Male, 24
24- Muhammad Abdalrahman Shhab, male, 23
25- Ali Al kitnani, Male, 15
26- Tal’at Dardona, Male, 17
27- Sana Ghad Al abed Saleh, Female, 16
28- Ahmed Albatsh, Male, 16
29- Muslih Muhamad Muslih,Male, 17
30- Thabet Junied, Male
31- Sultan Al zain, Male
32- Mustafa Abu Jalala, Male
33- Muhammad Al atar, Male
34- Nael Abu Alon, Male, 20
35- Muhammad Abd Al mouti Sleem, Male,
36- Saed Dabour, Male, 28
37- Hamada Saed, Male
38- Mahmoud Rayan, Male
39- Jedjad Hatem Abu Hlayal, Male
40- Thari Abu Aubaid, Male
41- Tamer Weshah, Male
42- Ahmed Saleh Abd Al rahman
43- Muhammad Abd Al qader Oqylan
44- Hasan Abu Harb
45- Abd Al rahman Atallah, Male, 6046- Ibrahim Attalah, Male,30
47- Sua’d Atallah
48- Unidentified, Gaza Strip
49- Unidentified, Gaza Strip
50- Unidentified, Gaza Strip
51- Unidentified, Gaza Strip
52- Unidentified, Gaza Strip
53- Unidentified, Khanyonis City
54- Unidentified, KhanYonis City

These are not statistic figures… these are not just tomorrow’s headlines…
They were real people with real lives, real families and friends… people who yesterday were looking up to today with the same hopefulness and expectation, that you are looking with to tomorrow…