By Jonathan Cook
July 29, 2019
With all criticism toward Israel silenced in the West, Israel now enjoys complete impunity to make life a hell on earth for the Palestinians.
[LD] Note. I have inserted my own pictures and captions in order to present my own viewpoint of the situation. I have also appended an excellent “first comment” by Yukon Jack which adds considerably to the impact of this scary article. Expect Israel to step up its hideous criminality against the Palestinian people against a backdrop of war tensions in the Middle East vis-à-vis Iran — tensions which will provide a convenient smoke screen for Israel’s ongoing war crimes. [LD]
Donald Trump: Israel’s Whore in the White House
The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in the occupied territories.
Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions.
Western states have not only turned a blind eye to these outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out.
It is rapidly creating a vicious spiral: the more Israel violates international law, the more the West represses criticism, the more Israel luxuriates in its impunity.
This shameless descent was starkly illustrated last week when hundreds of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, many of them masked, raided a neighbourhood of Sur Baher, on the edges of Jerusalem. Explosives and bulldozers destroyed dozens of homes, leaving many hundreds of Palestinians without a roof over their heads.
During the operation, extreme force was used against residents, as well as international volunteers there in the forlorn hope that their presence would deter violence. Videos showed the soldiers cheering and celebrating as they razed the neighbourhood.
House destructions have long been an ugly staple of Israel’s belligerent occupation, but there were grounds for extra alarm on this occasion.
Traditionally, demolitions occur on the two-thirds of the West Bank placed by the Oslo accords temporarily under Israeli control. That is bad enough: Israel should have handed over what is called “Area C” to the Palestinian Authority 20 years ago. Instead, it has hounded Palestinians off these areas to free them up for illegal Jewish settlement.
But the Sur Baher demolitions took place in “Area A”, land assigned by Oslo to the Palestinians’ government-in-waiting – as a prelude to Palestinian statehood. Israel is supposed to have zero planning or security jurisdiction there.
Palestinians rightly fear that Israel has established a dangerous precedent, further reversing the Oslo Accords, which can one day be used to justify driving many thousands more Palestinians off land under PA control.
Most western governments barely raised their voices. Even the United Nations offered a mealy-mouthed expression of “sadness” at what took place.
A few kilometres north, in Issawiya, another East Jerusalem suburb, Israeli soldiers have been terrorising 20,000 Palestinian residents for weeks. They have set up checkpoints, carried out dozens of random night-time arrests, imposed arbitrary fines and traffic tickets, and shot live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets into residential areas.
Ir Amim, an Israeli human rights group, calls Issawiya’s treatment a “perpetual state of collective punishment” – that is, a war crime.
Over in Gaza, not only are the 2 million inhabitants being slowly starved by Israel’s 12-year blockade, but a weekly shooting spree against Palestinians who protest at the fence imprisoning them has become so routine it barely attracts attention any more.
On Friday, Israeli snipers killed one protester and seriously injured 56, including 22 children.
That followed new revelations that Israeli’s policy of shooting unarmed protesters in the upper leg to injure them – another war crime – continued long after it became clear a significant proportion of Palestinians were dying from their wounds.
Belatedly – after more than 200 deaths and the severe disabling of many thousands of Palestinians – snipers have been advised to “ease up” by shooting protesters in the ankle.
Donald Trump: Cheerleader for Israel’s War Crimes
“Shoot the men in the legs!
Pelt the women with stones!
Blind their children!
Crush their bones!”
— Anon, Israeli War Song
B’Tselem, another Israeli rights organisation, called the army’s open-fire regulation a “criminal policy”, one that “consciously chose not to regard those standing on the other side of the fence as humans”.
Rather than end such criminal practices, Israel prefers to conceal them. It has effectively sealed Palestinian areas off to avoid scrutiny.
Omar Shakir, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, is facing imminent deportation, yet more evidence of Israel’s growing crackdown on the human rights community.
A report by the Palestinian Right to Enter campaign last week warned that Israel is systematically denying foreign nationals permits to live and work in the occupied territories, including areas supposedly under PA control.
That affects both foreign-born Palestinians, often those marrying local Palestinians, and internationals. According to recent reports, Israel is actively forcing out academics teaching at the West Bank’s leading university, Bir Zeit, in a severe blow to Palestinian academic freedom.
Palestinian journalists highlighting Israeli crimes are in Israel’s sights too. Last week, Israel stripped one – Mustafa Al Haruf – of his Jerusalem residency, tearing him from his wife and young child. Because it is illegal to leave someone stateless, Israel is now bullying Jordan to accept him.
Another exclusion policy – denying entry to Israel’s fiercest critics, those who back the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement – is facing its first challenge.
Two US congresswomen who support BDS – Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, who has family in the West Bank – have announced plans to visit.
Israeli officials have indicated they will exempt them both, apparently fearful of drawing wider attention to Israel’s draconian entry restrictions, which also cover the occupied territories.
Israel is probably being overly cautious. The BDS movement, which alone argues for the imposition of penalties on Israel until it halts its abuse of Palestinians, is being bludgeoned by western governments.
In the US and Europe, strong criticism of Israel, even from Jews – let alone demands for meaningful action – is being conflated with antisemitism. Much of this furore seems intended to ease the path towards silencing Israel’s critics.
More than two dozen US states, as well as the Senate, have passed laws – drafted by pro-Israel lobby groups – to limit the rights of the American public to support boycotts of Israel.
Anti-BDS legislation has also been passed by the German and French parliaments.
And last week the US House of Representatives joined them, overwhelmingly passing a resolution condemning the BDS movement. Only 17 legislators demurred.
It was a slap in the face to Omar, who has been promoting a bill designed to uphold the First Amendment rights of boycott supporters.
It seems absurd that these curbs on free speech have emerged just as Israel makes clear it has no interest in peace, will never concede Palestinian statehood and is entrenching a permanent system of apartheid in the occupied territories.
But there should be no surprise. The clampdown is further evidence that western support for Israel is indeed based on shared values – those that treat the Palestinians as lesser beings, whose rights can be trampled at will.
“I’m the best thing that could happen to Israel.”
— Donald Trump
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*** Star Opening Comment by Yukon Jack ***
While engaged in the process of “saving” Israel, Donald Trump is going to destroy the United States.
Israel is a demonic evil entity. It has Amerika by the throat. Israel is in the process of destroying the United States because it is a parasite, a vampire. Trump is their man. Trump’s job is to serve Israel.
All the ‘Q’ talk about Trump playing 4d chess is utter garbage. That is the psyop they are using to fool the goyim into believing that Trump is somehow working for the American voter. He is not, he is working for Israel.
You cannot make Amerika great again by giving Israel everything it wants — and more.
Israel is 100% opposed to all sovereign states. The Talmudics plan to destroy national sovereignty of all other nation states, leaving Israel as the sole dominant nation and all other countries as vassal states. This plan is well on its way to being achieved. Already Israel has manipulated the USA into smashing all the Muslim states around Israel, and already the Jews are flooding white nations with blacks.
When Israel is done using the United States like toilet paper, Israel will then manipulate the USA into a war with Russia and/or China, bringing them down. They are masters at this game, so you can expect them to be successful. Look at how much damage they have done to the United States. See for yourself how little resistance there is, if any, to the Israel lobby in D.C. There is none. Zero. Zip.
Amerika is finished and doesn’t even know it yet.
Since Donald Trump favors Israel over the United States, you can be sure he doesn’t stand a chance of making Amerika great again. Not that he ever intended to do so. Trump is grossly incompetent. Just read the remarks made about him by the British Ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch. Ambassador Darroch slammed Trump in the harshest diplomatic language – just go read the articles about Trump’s competence. Trump has no idea what he is doing. He is a stooge of Jewish power. In my opinion, he is unfit to run a fast food joint let alone a country.
The only way to save the United States is to destroy Israel and remove all dual citizens from inside the government. Israel and the United States cannot exist in harmony with each other. All these Evangelicals who love Israel, the 70 million Christian Zionists who form Trump’s support base, are guilty of treason — given that Israel definitely had a hand in 911.
There is such a huge support base for Jews and Israel inside the United States that things, I fear, can only get worse for Amerika. As long as Big Jewry continues to hang around Amerika’s neck like an albatross, there’s no hope for Amerika. If you think otherwise, you are misinformed, delusional, and out of touch with reality.