LD: When I look at the face of this lovely Palestinian girl, its purity and grace, I think to myself: this is what the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have looked like. And now the girl is dead . . . snuffed out by a race of evil occupiers whose empire will soon stretch from the Nile to the Euphrates, if not checked. What can be done about this plague? The answer is there, but no one in America or its vassal countries will lift a finger in support of the victims of Israeli brutality.
ISRAELI FASCIST BRUTALITY
. . . by Stephen Lendman
Abridged by Lasha Darkmoon
Let’s not mince words. Israel is a fascist police state, masquerading as a democracy. How can it be otherwise when state terror is official policy, when soldiers, police and Zionist zealots brutalize and murder Palestinians unaccountably, and when institutionalized apartheid exceeds the worst done by the old South African regime.
Palestine is a free-fire zone, unsafe to live in for Arabs. Israeli security forces rampage with impunity, licensed to kill at their discretion, taking full advantage, rewarded for shocking brutality.
In the last five days alone, three Palestinian youths were gunned down in cold blood, two aged 13. Another 500 were injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
It declared a state of emergency in the West Bank and East Jerusalem following days of Israeli violence in Occupied Palestine — an endless pogrom of racist hate, violence, mass arrests and cold-blooded murders.
Israel enforces vicious occupation harshness, waging war on an entire population. Since last week, dozens of Palestinians were shot with live fire. Numerous others were physically assaulted.
Tensions were high following Israeli soldiers and police desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Islam’s third holiest site) multiple times in recent days – damaging it deliberately, brutalizing peaceful worshipers and making numerous arrests.
Abused Palestinians responded justifiably to provocative Israeli tear gas, rubber bullets, live fire, beatings and other forms of abuse, using stones and empty bottles – hardly a fair fight.
PCHR said over 170 Palestinians were wounded or killed by “live bullets and shrapnel in Jerusalem.” Israeli collective punishment policy willfully targets defenseless civilians.
World leaders able to stop these horrors do nothing more than urge both sides to “show restraint” – effectively condoning Israeli violence.
Netanyahu is a fascist thug, calling legitimate Palestinian resistance terrorism, vowing no letup in extreme police state violence.
80 percent of Americans support these killers.
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The Only Surprise Is That Not More Israeli Jews
Are Being Attacked And Killed
. . . by Alan Hart
Abridged by Lasha Darkmoon
The incidents which have marked the escalation of violence in Israeli occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank and have included the killing of Israeli Jews should not be viewed and considered in isolation. They have a context and it can be summarised as follows.
Israel’s strategy (not stated but actual) is to make life hell for the occupied, oppressed and humiliated Palestinians in the hope that they will abandon their struggle and surrender on Zionism’s terms or, better still, pack their bags and leave to save Israel’s leaders from having to resort at some point in the future to a final ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
The consequence of this Israeli strategy plus the failure of the major powers to do anything to try to cause Israel to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians is that more and more Palestinians are being driven to total despair.
Question: Is it then any wonder that Israeli Jews are being attacked and killed?
My answer is an emphatic “NO!” In my view, and as indicated by my headline, the only real surprise is how few Israeli Jews have been attacked and killed to date.
What also needs to be said is that Israel’s responses to Palestinian actions driven by total despair – responses which include shooting to kill instead of arresting and house demolitions – are counter-productive. And that begs its own question.
Has the sickening self-righteousness of Israel’s leaders made them dangerously stupid or do they really want an escalation of Palestinian violence to give them the pretext to go for a final ethnic cleansing?
As I said in a contribution to Press TV’s news in English, only the future will give us the answer to that question.
It is worth recalling that way back in 1998, a year before he became Israel’s prime minister, former Defence Minister Ehud Barak said the following to Gideon Levy in an interview. “If I was a Palestinian at the right age I would have joined one of the terrorist organisations at a certain stage.”
And still in my own mind is what was said to me in early 1980 by then retired Major-General Shlomo Gazit, the very best and brightest of Israel’s directors of military intelligence. Over coffee one morning when I was acting as the linkman in a secret and exploratory dialogue between Yasser Arafat and Shimon Peres (then the leader of Israel’s main opposition Labour Party) and he was advising Peres, Gazit said, “If we had been the Palestinians we would have had our mini state a long time ago.”
He meant that they would have resorted to a well planned and sustained terrorist campaign to push a majority of Israel’s Jews to say to their government something like: “Enough is enough. We can’t take any more of this. Make peace with the Palestinians on terms they can accept.”
Israel’s existence is, of course, the most dramatic proof of what can be achieved with well planned and sustained terrorism. Israel was created mainly by Zionist terrorism which drove out first the occupying British and then three-quarters of the Arab population of Palestine.
When the Palestine Liberation Organisation did resort to what could be called big time terrorism in the 1970s it was for public relations purposes – to draw the world’s attention to the Palestinian claim for justice.
In my view, a well planned and sustained terror campaign has never been an option for the Palestinians because (as they know) it would give Israel’s leaders the pretext to go for a final round of ethnic cleansing.
But it is likely that as more and more Palestinians are driven to total despair, more Israeli Jews will be attacked and killed. (In addition to an extensive network of Palestinian informers, Israel has very sophisticated surveillance technology, but that won’t prevent individual Palestinians taking a decision to attack and kill on the spur of a despairing moment with whatever weapon – a car, a knife or gun – is available.)
If and as that happens, the chants of “Death to the Arabs” from mobs of illegal and truly deluded Jewish settlers will grow louder and louder throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. And the government of Israel will bow to their wishes.