Sunday, September 14, 2014

Israeli High Crimes Against Peace Examined

Israeli High Crimes Against Peace Examined

by Stephen Lendman

Operation Protective Edge is the latest example. Hard facts explain best. Listing them all requires volumes. A snapshot follows below.

On September 14, the Gaza City-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights updated Palestinian Operation Protective Edge (OPE) casualties:

Total deaths: 2,188

Other reports exceed 2,200.

Total wounded: 10,895

Other reports exceed 11,000

Total civilians killed: 1,658 (75.7%)

Other reports indicate over 80%.

Noted Palestinian physician, political activist, human rights champion Mustafa Barghouti estimates at least 80%.

He never witnessed such devastation, he explained. Entire civilian neighborhoods were destroyed. Every house, building, clinic and mosque.

Mostly civilians were wounded.

Total children killed: 598

Total children wounded: 3,306

Many are disabled for life. Virtually all are traumatized.

Total women killed: 298

Total women injured: 2,114

Palestinian suffering continues. Agreed on ceasefire terms haven't been implemented. Gaza's illegal blockade continues.

Virtually nothing has been done to implement constructive change. Gazans remain isolated on their own.

The Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement said protocols governing access to and from Gaza are shrouded in secrecy.

Vital information is "kept hidden from the Israeli and Palestinian public."

Since hostilities ended on August 26, vague reports only followed. They erroneously suggest important changes coming.

What's intended hasn't been officially revealed. Western and Palestinian officials acknowledge the urgency to rebuild.

Gisha urged "a new approach given the failure of the Gaza closure."

It "questioned the separation policy, whose components are apparently being treated as bargaining chips in negotiations rather than actual security imperatives, which they were a minute ago, as presented to the public."

It called for removing travel restrictions, allowing sale of Gazan agricultural and other products in the West Bank and Israel, as well as permitting entry of construction materials in amounts able to facilitate rebuilding.

Secrecy and lack of transparency complicate things. Gisha wrote the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Lt. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

It listed practical ways to facilitate rebuilding and recovery. Its suggestions fell on deaf ears.

Israel has no incentive to help. It wants Gazan mass slaughter and destruction, as well as unspeakable human suffering swept under the rug. 

It wants them out of sight and mind. It wants Palestinians blamed for its crimes. 

It calls its premeditated naked aggression "self-defense." It calls legitimate Palestinian resistance "terrorism."

It turns truth on its head every time. It commits mass murder and destruction with impunity.

Netanyahu tried changing the subject. He shamelessly compared Hamas to ISIS/ISIL/the Islamic State (IS).

After James Foley's beheading aired, he tweeted "Hamas is ISIL."

He announced it publicly. He called both groups "tentacles of a violent Islamic terrorism."

They're "branches of the same poisonous tree," he claimed.

He lied outrageously. Hamas is Palestine's legitimately elected democratic government.

IS is America's creation. US special forces and CIA operatives train its fighters in Jordan. They arm, fund and direct them.

They're used to wage war on Syria. Britain, Israel and other rogue state partners support Obama's regime change agenda.

They back fascist extremism in Ukraine. They wage war without end against freedom.

They commit the highest of high crimes. Obama is a war criminal multiple times over.

Britain's David Cameron and other European leaders are willing co-conspirators.

A previous article said Netanyahu gives rogue leadership new meaning. 

Equating Hamas with bloodthirsty killers vilifies all legitimate Palestinian resistance the same way.

Netanyahu takes full advantage. He'a preventing Palestinian self-determination.  He sabotaged Fatah/Hamas unity.

On Sunday, he spoke at a Tel Aviv cyber security conference. He slandered Iran outrageously.

He accused the Islamic Republic of conducting cyber attacks on Israel during Operation Protective Edge.

He did so baselessly. He provided no corroborating evidence. There is none.

He claimed "Iran is the source of most of the cyber attacks against Israel."

He ludicrously called the IDF "the most moral army in the world." He lied claiming its missions aim to safeguard Israeli security.

He vilified 43 courageous Israeli soldiers. They denounced verifiable Israeli high crimes against peace.

They condemned longstanding collective punishment. They henceforth refuse to serve. 

They want no part of Israel's killing machine. They hold Netanyahu, other top Israeli officials and military commanders directly responsible. 

They "cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of people."

They "call(ed) for all soldiers serving in the Intelligence Corps, present and future, along with all the citizens of Israel, to speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end."

Netanyahu lied calling their accusations "baseless slander."

"This is an act that should be condemned," he said. It "constitutes political exploitation of the Israel Defense Forces."

"From my long years of acquaintance with the members of (their) Unit 8200, the baseless slander leveled against them will not harm the vitally important work they do for the nation's security. And I say to them - continue."

IDF spokesman Brig. General Motti Almoz said reservists refusing to serve will receive "sharp and clear" "disciplinary treatment."

"There is no place for refusal in the IDF. There are arguments and there are political stances." 

"What happened here, in my eyes? Exploitation of military service to express a political stance."

Legitimate criticism of lawless Israeli policy is verboten. Free expression risks being eliminated altogether.

Israel does what it pleases. Core human and civil rights don't matter. Nor fundamental international laws, norms and standards. 

Whoever criticizes Israel is vilified. Doing it effectively risks being arrested, imprisoned or assassinated.

Rogue states operate this way. It bears repeating what earlier articles stressed. America and Israel have the world's worst human rights records.

They're guilty of virtually every crime imaginable and then some. Both countries operate extrajudicially.

They partner in crime. They deplore democracy. They practice state terror. They threaten world peace.

They wage wars on humanity. They risk global dystopian harshness. 

Survival depends on eliminating their menace. It depends on replacing their rogue governments with ones affording their people peace, equity and justice.

It depends on what's nowhere in sight. Freedom is fast disappearing. Wars without end continue.

It's up to grassroots activists to contest them. "If not now, when? If not us, who?" If not soon, maybe never. If that's not incentive enough, what is?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Russell Tribunal on Ukraine

Russell Tribunal on Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

The Russell Tribunal (RT) is an activist peace organization. It's known as the International War Crimes Tribunal. 

It condemns America's permanent war agenda. It opposes New World Order extremism. Its members include academics, intellectuals and artists.

It's inspired by the BRussells Tribunal. It was named after after famed philosopher/mathematician/anti-war/anti-imperialism activist Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970).

He warned many years ago:

"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war" and live in peace. There's no in between.

Previous tribunals investigated war crimes in Vietnam, Iraq and Palestine. Others examined human rights abuses in Latin America and psychiatry.

An extraordinary Brussels September 24 and 25 session is planned on Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

Outrage about its genocidal high crimes against peace inspired it.

The session will examine Israel's crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. "(T)hird States" complicity will be investigated.

Distinguished panel members will present their findings during a September 25 international press conference.

They'll be received at the European parliament the same day. They'll address a message to UN General Assembly members during its 69th session.

RT "is your tribunal," it says. It needs public support to operate. Its work is more important than ever. At stake is humanity's survival.

On September 13, RT International headlined "Guilty! 'Russell Tribunal' condemns Obama, Poroshenko 'war crimes' in E. Ukraine," saying:

On Saturday, "an informal Russell Tribunal…took place in Venice, Italy…"

Its rulings have no legal status. At the same time, they affect public opinion worldwide.

RT's Southeastern Ukraine ruling will be sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU states, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and other appropriate international bodies.

According to RT's board of judges:

"The Russell Tribunal, which met to condemn the war crimes in Donbas (south-eastern Ukraine), based on the presented evidence, ruled to hold Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, US president Barack Obama, European Commission head, Jose Manuel Barroso, and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, accountable for their direct responsibility in the war against the people of Donbas."

Judges consisted of Venice residents. Veneto Government president Albert Gardin presided.

Amnesty International and likeminded human rights organizations were invited to attend. They opted out.

They're on the wrong side of history. Often they support what demands condemnation.

Galina Kozhushko represented Lugansk and Donetsk self-defense forces. She's a Lugansk native. She currently resides in Italy.

Donbass "protests escalated into armed resistance after the voices of the people were ignored," she said. 

"As a result, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and churches were destroyed." 

"People in Lugansk just couldn't believe that their own government would be killing them."

Journalist/former European MP Giulietto Chiesa called Southeastern Ukraine events "a planned provocation by the US against Russia."

"Ukraine was conquered by the US long ago," he said. "If NATO does send its troops to the border with Russia, we'll find ourselves on the verge of a war between the west and Russia."

Violence erupted in April. Kiev declared war on its own people.

Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters reject fascist rule. They reject its illegitimacy. 

They want democracy. They want local autonomy. They want the right to elect their own officials. They deserve universal support.

Fighting took a horrendous toll. Thousands were killed. Many more were injured.

Hundreds of thousands are internally or externally displaced. 

On September 5, both sides agreed to ceasefire terms. Fighting continues. 

Washington bears full responsibility. It manipulates events covertly. 

Peace is more fantasy than real. Full-scale conflict could erupt again any time.

America wants war. It deplores peace. It's running things. Kiev officials are convenient stooges.

At issue is solidifying hardline rule. It's targeting Russia. It's incorporating all former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries into NATO.

It's surrounding Russia with US bases. It's targeting its heartland with long-range, multiple warhead nuclear missiles.

It's marginalizing, containing, weakening, isolating and co-opting Russia. It's transforming it into another US colony.

It's eliminating a major rival. It's stealing its resources. It's exploiting its people. 

It's redrawing Eurasia. It's balkanizing the world's largest land mass. It's transforming it into mini-states. It's neutralizing them in the process.

It's advancing America's imperium. It's isolating China. It's part of Washington longterm aim for unchallenged global dominance.

War without end is its strategy to achieve it. World peace hangs by a thread. New World Order extremism threatens it.

Welcome to Cold War 2.0. Western policy is hard-wired. Russia isn't about to roll over for America. 

It's sovereignty matters. Putin defends what's too important to lose. He opposes US imperial lawlessness.

He does so justifiably. He does it courageously. Washington considers him public enemy No. one.

Waging war on ISIS/ISIL/IS is subterfuge for solidifying unchallenged Middle East control en route to establishing it globally. Eurasia is in the eye of the storm.

"Who is behind the Islamic State Project," asked Michel Chossudovsky?

"Until recently (they) were heralded as Syria's 'opposition freedom fighters' committed to 'restoring democracy' and unseating the secular government of Bashar al Assad."

Who's "behind the jihadist insurgency in Syria," Chossudovsky asked?

Dark Washington forces "are behind the Caliphate Project."

"The Islamic State (IS) militia, which is currently the alleged target of  a US-NATO bombing campaign under a 'counter-terrorism' mandate, was and continues to be supported covertly by the United States and its allies."

It's a "creation of US intelligence." It's supported by Britain, Israel and other rogue state dark forces.

They back fascist extremism in Ukraine. They want democracy prevented at all costs. 

State terrorism is official policy. Peace is a convenient illusion. War without end persists. Rogue states operate this way.

Invented enemies are red herring cover for imperial aims. Obama bears full responsibility. His war on Ukrainian freedom persists.

Bombing Syria looms. The entire region is up for grabs. Obama wants unchallenged control.

His agenda threatens world peace. Humanity may not survive his second term. Stopping him before it's too late matters most.

A Final Comment

On September 12, Putin questioned new Western sanctions.

"When the situation is moving towards a peaceful resolution, steps are taken which are aimed at disrupting the peace process," he said. 

It's "begun. I can't understand what these next sanction steps are about."

"I've said many times that our western partners first drove the situation into an anti-constitutional coup and then supported the punitive operation in the south-east, and now that the situation has switched over to the track of peace settlement, someone is taking steps aimed at breaking (it) up."

"Why is this being done?" Putin asked. They're counterproductive. They won't work. Russia will respond accordingly, he suggested. 

It'll do so to benefit Russian commerce and industry. It won't be "for the sake of showing how tough we are…"

On September 13, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Washington "is trying to use the crisis in Ukraine to break economic ties between the EU and Russia and force Europe to buy US gas at much higher prices."

It's exploiting Ukrainian crisis conditions. It's doing so "to economically tear Europe from Russia and bargain for itself the most favourable conditions in the context of the ongoing negotiations on the creation of a transatlantic trade and investment partnership."

It's trying to "impose on Europe deliveries of US liquefied natural gas at prices that cannot be competitive compared with Russian gas prices."

Russia supplies about a third of the EU's gas. Lavrov said EU states are "prepared to sacrifice (their) econom(ies) to politics."

On Saturday, Ukraine's putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ludicrously accused Moscow of wanting to "eliminate Ukraine as an independent country."

Putin's "ultimate goal is to take the whole of Ukraine." He won't stop until he restores the "Soviet Union," he said.

He wants NATO membership. "Under these circumstances, NATO is the only possibility to protect Ukraine," he claimed.

Russia is firmly opposed. It won't tolerate US-controlled NATO bases on its borders.

Encroachment would be hugely provocative. Imagine if Russia had bases in Canada and/or Mexico.

Imagine if its warships patrolled close to America's east and west coasts, as well as Mexican Gulf waters.

Imagine calls in Washington for war. Remember Bertrand Russell's warning. 

Our choice is either ending war or humanity. There's no in between.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Russia Denounces New Western Sanctions

Russia Denounces New Western Sanctions

by Stephen Lendman

New EU sanctions target Russian finance, energy and defense sectors. 

They restrict state-owned energy giants Rosneft, Transneft and Gazprom Neft (its oil subsidiary) from raising capital in European markets.

They prohibit buying their 30-day yield bonds and equities of any kind.

Five state-owned banks were targeted. They include Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Rosselkhozbank.

They're prohibited from raising capital in EU markets. Purchasing newly issued bonds and other securities with maturities over 30 days are banned.

Sanctions affect three major Russian defense companies. They include UralVagonZavod (UVZ), Oboronprom and United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

Purchasing and selling their bonds with maturities over 30 days is prohibited.

Nine other defense companies were targeted. They include the Sirius Concern, OJSC Stankoinstrument, Khimkompozit, the Kalashnikov Concern, the Tula Arms Plant, Technologii Mashinostroyeniya, Vysokotochnye Kompleksy, the Almaz-Antei Concern, and Bazalt.

Purchasing their dual-purpose technologies is prohibited.

Twenty-four more Russian officials were blacklisted. In total, 119 are sanctioned. New names added include:

Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) leader Vladimir Zhironovsky. 

Federation Council Deputy Chairman Yury Vorobyov.

Rosoboronexport Board Chairman Sergey Chemezov.

Duma Deputy Speakers Vladimir Vasilyev, Ivan Melnikov, Igor Lebedev, and Nikolai Levichev. 

Deputy Duma Committee on International Affairs heads Leonid Kalashnikov and Svetlana Zhurova. 

Deputy Duma Committee on the Affairs of the CIS and the European Integration heads Vladimir Nikitin and Oleg Lebedev.

Duma deputy Alexander Babakov. 

MP and Cossack Troops commander Viktor Vodolatsky. 

Airborne troops 76th division commander Alexei Naumets. 

Crimea's official Moscow representative Georgy Muradov.

First Deputy Crimean Prime Minister Mikhail Sheremet.

Blacklisted names include eight Novorossiya leaders. They include:

Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko.

DPR's Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov.

Donbass self-defense forces leader Miroslav Rudenko.

Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Prime Minister Gennady Tsypkalov.

DPR's Security Minister Andrey Pinchuk.

Its Interior Minister Oleg Bereza.

Its official Moscow representative Andrei Rodkin.

Its social affairs Vice-Premier Alexander Karaman.

Sanctioned individuals are prohibited from entering EU territory. Assets held in European banks, if any, are frozen.

Sanctions targeted services Russia needs for Arctic oil and gas extraction, as well as deep sea and shale exploration projects.

On Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said EU sanctions won't go unanswered. It called imposing them devoid of logic and common sense.

They compromise already deteriorating relations. They're polar opposite what's badly needed. Russia's Foreign Ministry said the following:

"Making this step, the EU actually made its choice against the process of peace settlement of the intra-Ukrainian crisis, support for which is expected from all responsible forces in Europe." 

"Today, Brussels and heads of EU member states should give a clear answer to EU citizens why they are subjected to the risks of confrontation, economic stagnation and loss of jobs." 

"Give people a chance for peace at last," it stressed.

Sergey Lavrov called imposing more sanctions an attempt to throw Russia off balance.

Its EU Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov said they're devoid of elementary logic at a time Russia went all-out to resolve Ukrainian crisis conditions responsibly.

Punishing good policy is madness. Doing so shows other motives are pursued. Europe leaves Russia no other choice than to adopt comparable countermeasures.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called EU sanctions a strategic error and gross miscalculation.

"It's not so much the (targeted sectors they're) punishing," he said.

"They're trying to punish the whole nation because the sanctions against the financial sector, the manufacturing sector, the oil and gas sector are the sanctions aimed at damaging the life of ordinary Russians."

"They think they can sting us somehow this way because the sanctions against the defense manufacturing industries signal an attempt to enfeeble us physically, and I think that's a strategic error on the part of the West."

On September 12, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed more sanctions. Secretary Jack Lew lied, saying:

"Given Russia's direct military intervention and blatant efforts to destabilize Ukraine, we have deepened our sanctions against Russia today, in concert with our European allies."  

"These steps underscore the continued resolve of the international community against Russia's aggression."

"Russia's economic and diplomatic isolation will continue to grow as long as its actions do not live up to its words."  

"It is essential that Russia work with Ukraine and other international partners to find a lasting settlement to the conflict."  

"If Russia does so, these new sanctions could be suspended. If instead Russia chooses to continue its violations of international law, the costs will continue to rise."

"As in all of the sanctions steps we have taken, we have designed the actions announced today to deliver significant pressure on the targets of our sanctions while safeguarding, to the extent possible, global financial markets and the global economy."

Fact check:

Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions.

It ousted its democratically elected government. It installed neo-Nazi-infested putschists.

They have no legitimacy whatever. 

Throughout months of conflict, Russia has gone all-out for diplomatic conflict resolution.

Western sanctions aim to marginalize, contain, weaken and isolate Russia. Perhaps in the end they'll backfire.

Pursuant to Executive Order 13662 dated March 24, 2014: Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine (to include Russian commerce, industry and finance), OFAC targeted five Russian defense companies.

They classified them as Specialty Designated Nationals (SDNs).

At the same time, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added five Russian energy and defense companies to its Entity List.

It subjects targeted businesses and other organizations to specific license requirements for export, re-export, and/or transfer (in country) of specified items.

In targeting Russia, it imposed special conditions intended to impede commerce.

New US measures overall restrict:

  • targeted industries' dual-use products and technologies;

  • services related to deep water oil exploration and production, Arctic oil exploration and production, as well as Russian shale projects;

  • services related to Common Military List products and technologies; and

  • access to capital markets.

Previous dual use restrictions applied only on products and technologies sold, supplied, transferred, or exported to Russia for military use or to a military end-user.

New sanctions outright ban these products and services listed in the EU Dual-Use Regulation.

It does so if sale, supply, transfer or export is to one of the targeted Russian companies. They include:

JSC Sirius, OJSC Stankoinstrument, OAO JSC Chemcomposite, JSC Kalashnikov, JSC Tula Arms Plant, NPK Technologii Maschinostrojenija, OAO Wysokototschnye Kompleksi, OAO Almaz Antey and OAO NPO Bazalt.

New Regulation restrictions prohibit related technical help, brokering services, and financial assistance.

They're much broader than previously in banning services relating to Arctic and other deep water exploration and production, as well as Russian shale oil projects.

Insurance and reinsurance prohibitions are imposed on the sale, supply, transfer or export of Common Military List products and technologies.

Capital market restrictions affect bonds, equities and money market instruments with maturities exceeding 30 days.

Sberbank, VTB bank, Gazprombank, Vnesheconombank (VEB), Rosselkhozbank are targeted.

Twenty-four new individuals were blacklisted. In total, 119 are sanctioned. Designated entities number 23.

US and EU sanctions prohibit making funds and/or economic resources available directly or indirectly to targeted companies or individuals.

They include dealings with suppliers, banks, agents, distributors, other intermediaries, or entities owned or controlled by targeted entities or persons.

It bears repeating. Russia strongly condemned new sanctions. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich:

"On many levels, the Russian leadership has made it clear that we'll take adequate measures, and our response will be absolutely comparable with the actions by the EU" and America.

Sanctions wars continue. They cut both ways. They come when weakening EU economies can least afford them. It remains to be seen how badly they'll be hurt.

In the long run, Russia's economy may be helped. It's diversifying effectively. Its energy deal with China is hugely beneficial.

It's trading more with Eastern and BRICS countries. It's reducing its dependency on Europe. 

It's transforming its economic relationships effectively. It's polar opposite counterproductive US/EU policy.

It stands to gain overall longterm. Expect sanctioning Russia to fail.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Abbas Blocks Israeli War Crimes Investigation

Abbas Blocks Israeli War Crimes Investigation

by Stephen Lendman

He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. He performs enforcer services. He conspires against his own people. 

He's a Palestinian Judas. He belongs in prison, not high office. He's well rewarded. He's hugely corrupt.

He amassed an huge fortune. He did so the old-fashioned way. Betrayal pays well. Palestinian suffering continues.

Abbas shares blame with Israel. He collaborates with the enemy. He's done so for decades. A previous article said he knew about Operation Cast Lead in advance.

He supported it. He asked Israel to crush Hamas. What did he know and when about Operation Protective Edge?

Why didn't he forthrightly denounce it? Why didn't he immediately sign the Rome Statute? 

Why didn't he demand Israeli accountability? Why didn't he insist Israeli war criminals be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court (ICC)?

Why does he consistently stonewall? Was he complicit with Israeli high crimes against peace? Does he belong in the dock with Israeli war criminals?

Collaborating with the enemy is treason! He did nothing to help beleaguered Gazans. He was largely silent during Operation Protective Edge.

His comments were weak-kneed, disingenuous, meaningless and insulting. He's indifferent to Palestinian suffering.

He balks at visiting Gaza. He refuses to observe Israeli high crimes against peace first hand. Or go all-out to help victims. Or unequivocally demand accountability.

There's more. On September 12, Al Jazeera headlined "Is the PA stalling Gaza war crimes probe?"

"There has been no international investigation into war crimes in Gaza so far. Leaked document may (explain) why."

Abbas-led PA officials blocked efforts to investigate Israeli high crimes against peace during Operation Protective Edge.

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit obtained what it calls "a confidential letter."

It said top ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda "did not receive positive confirmation" from PA  Foreign Minister Riad Malki. 

Its justice minister's request for an international investigation had no PA approval.

According to Al Jazeera:

"On July 25, PA Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa and Palestinian General Prosecutor Ismaeil Jabr submitted a letter to the ICC via a French law firm calling for an investigation." 

"However, according to ICC regulations, 'only the Head of State, Head of Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs' can grant the international body jurisdiction to investigate."

"Twelve days later, FM Malki travelled to The Hague to meet top ICC officials: 'We must do everything within our power to enable the International Criminal Court to bring to justice those responsible for committing war crimes,' " he said.

He said one thing. He pursued another. On August 29, Bensouda discussed what she called "the truth about the ICC and Gaza," saying:

"Under the laws of the Hague court, my office can only investigate alleged war crimes in Palestine if it grants us jurisdiction in its territory. It has not done so."

In November 2012, the General Assembly upgraded Palestine to "non-member observer status."

It may "now join the Rome Statute," said Bensouda. It signed other international treaties. So far, RS isn't one of them.

It's their decision alone. "(A)s ICC prosecutor, I cannot make it for them," Bensouda stressed.

Why Abbas so far refuses he'll have to explain. He should have acted long ago. According to former ICC prosecutor Geoffrey Nice:

The document Al Jazeera obtained "shows that the Palestinian Authority either never authorized the original referral when it was brought on the 25th July by the Minister of Justice and the general Prosecutor, or that their decision has changed, or their decision has been changed for them or under pressure from someone else."

"The decision to do nothing clearly emerges from the meeting…with the (PA) foreign minister."

Heavy-handed US and Israeli pressure "convinced the PA leadership to refrain from 'pursuing…international forums' during" peace talks, post-Cast Lead, and other times demanding Israeli accountability.

After Operation Protective Edge, "both PA and Hamas officials agreed to ask the ICC to launch a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the conflict," said Al Jazeera.

On September 10, Israel said it would launch its own "independent investigation" on two major incidents only.

Doing so ignores hundreds of others. It assures whitewash either way. It denies accountability.

It assures justice denied. Whenever Israel investigates itself, victims are blamed for its crimes. Don't expect this time to be different.

According to international law expert Rodney Dixon, "an ICC investigation could be delayed." 

Bensouda may defer investigating Israeli war crimes. She may wait to determine "whether an investigation by Israel is genuine, and covers the same persons and conduct of any potential ICC investigation."

"If she is satisfied (with) these requirements, (she) may well lose jurisdiction to investigat(e)."

At issue is why Abbas, Malki and other PA officials failed to grant Bensouda authorization to investigate.

Why haven't they signed Rome Statute? Why aren't they pursuing justice? 

Why did they betray their people? Why are they effectively complicit with Israeli crimes?

On Friday, senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged PA leadership to sign the Rome Statute. It's required to hold Israel accountable in the ICC.

"(S)igning the Rome Statute is the right for every victim and stalling is neglecting their rights and an offense to the image of Palestinians," said Haniyeh.

He urged Abbas to sign it straightaway. In August, Hamas proposed Palestinian ICC membership. 

Abbas failed to pursue it. According to noted Palestinian lawyer Saad Djebbar, he "missed a golden opportunity" to hold Israel accountable.

Friends of Al Aqsa is UK-based. It's "concerned with defending the human rights of Palestinians and protecting the sacred al-Aqsa Sanctuary in Jerusalem."

It wants Israel held accountable for crimes too grave to ignore. Its chairman Ismail Patel condemned PA inaction.

He called Abbas' lack of commitment "inexcusable."

"It is appalling that…the Palestinian Authority's obligation to join the ICC and bring Israel to account is being squandered by a select few of its leaders who put their own political interests ahead of the needs of their people," he said.

It bears repeating. Collaborating with the enemy is treason. Abbas is guilty multiple times over.

He's Israel's enforcer. He facilitates occupation harshness. He's done nothing to hold Israel accountable.

He works against the interests of his own people. He's complicit with Israeli high crimes against peace.

He helps Israel get away with genocidal mass murder and destruction.

Foiling a Gaza war crimes probe shows where he stands. Why Palestinians tolerate him they'll have to explain. 

They deserve responsible leadership. They deserve their interests represented.

They deserve Israel held accountable for its crimes. They deserve long denied justice.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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IDF Soldiers Denounce Israeli High Crimes Against Peace

IDF Soldiers Denounce Israeli High Crimes Against Peace

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu is a world class thug. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He heads Israel's fascist government.

He wages genocidal war on Palestine. Operation Protective Edge (OPE) is the latest example. It was war without mercy.

Mass slaughter and destruction were horrific. James Petras calls Israel a "genocidal state."

"Citizens and soldiers, criminals and professionals, torturers and sociopaths…coexist within the same person," he says.

Exterminating Palestinians is official policy. It's consciously pursued. It's done with "savage enthusiasm."

It enjoys full Western support. Washington backs its killing machine. Israelis alone have rights. 

Palestinians are used, abused, mass slaughtered and exterminated. Rogue states operate this way. Israel and America are the world's worst.

They partner in each other's crimes. They operate extrajudicially. They wage war on humanity.  

They claim a divine right to do what they damn please. They get away with it because who'll stop them. Humanity may not survive their madness.

On Friday, 43 IDF reservists and former army intelligence members published an open letter. They addressed Netanyahu and top military officials. 

They gave their ranks, first names only or initials. They included a reserve major and two captains. 

They kept their identities secret. They did so to avoid certain recrimination. Israel accepts no criticism. It goes all-out to suppress it.

Signatories denounced Israeli high crimes against peace. They condemned longstanding collective punishment.

They henceforth refuse to serve. They want no part of Israel's killing machine. They were clear and unequivocal, saying:

"There's no distinction between Palestinians who are, and are not, involved in violence."

"Information that is collected and stored harms innocent people. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself."

"We cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of people."

"Those among us who are reservists, refuse to take part in the state's actions against Palestinians." 

"We, veterans of Unit 8200 (Israel's NSA equivalent), reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we…refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories."

"It is commonly thought that the service in military intelligence is free of moral dilemmas and solely contributes to the reduction of violence and harm to innocent people." 

"However, our military service has taught us that intelligence is an integral part of Israel's military occupation over the territories."

Information collected and stored "harms innocent people."

"It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself."

Unit 8200 signatories admitted spying on Palestinians' sexual "preferences." 

They did so to blackmail them. To enlist collaborators against their own people.

"We call for all soldiers serving in the Intelligence Corps, present and future, along with all the citizens of Israel, to speak out against these injustices and to take action to bring them to an end."

Daniel is a reserve captain. He said gathering signatures took about a year.

"There were fears of how people, and friends from the unit, might respond - if they knew that it was I and if they didn't know," he said.

"I don't feel comfortable in my conscience continuing to serve, and instead of dealing with the dilemmas and the ramifications, I chose to take a more evasive route," he said.

He calls it a "gray-market dodge." He used it for three years.

"Now, later on, we feel that evasion is wrong, and that we have to take responsibility," he explained. 

"In the end, I served there for seven years. I believed in what we did there - and for all those reasons." 

"I must take responsibility for what I see as the perpetuation of the cycle of violence. We hope that people will think critically about these things."

An IDF spokesman said Unit 8200 "worked since the day it was established to gather intelligence that allows the army and security agencies to perform their tasks, and each day it helps protect the citizens of the State of Israel."

He lied claiming no knowledge of crimes signatories revealed. It's "unknown in the Intelligence Directorate," he said.

Former Unit 8200 commander, Brigadier General Hanan Gefen (Res.) accused the signatories of a grave breach of trust," saying:

"If this is true and if I were the current unit commander, I would put them all on trial and would demand prison sentences for them, and I would remove them from the unit."

"They are using information that reached them in the course of their duties to promote their political position."

One signatory said he "thinks that all of us who signed the letter did so because we understood that we are unable to sleep well at night."

They're not alone. Breaking the Silence calls itself "an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories."

"We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life."

"Soldiers who serve in the Territories witness and participate in military actions which change them immensely." 

"Cases of abuse towards Palestinians, looting, and destruction of property have been the norm for years, but are still explained as extreme and unique cases." 

"Our testimonies portray a different, and much grimmer picture in which deterioration of moral standards finds expression in the character of orders and the rules of engagement, and are justified in the name of  Israel's security."

Breaking the Silence was established to "demand accountability (for Israeli crimes) in the Occupied Territories perpetrated by us in our name." 

Yehuda Shaul is a Breaking the Silence co-founder. Israeli actions during Operation Protective Edge were "unthinkable a few years ago," he said.

Entire neighborhoods were destroyed. So were families in them. Noncombatant men, women and children ere willfully targeted. They were murdered en masse in cold blood.

"From one operation to the next, Israel and the IDF are just going down the drain," said Shaul.

"As a country, the moral low we reached in the previous operation is the point from where we start the next one." 

"This is how it continues. Operation Protective Edge continued where Operation Cast Lead ended."

Israeli strategy reflects madness. It's "insane," said Shaul. "Everything we do is right, and everything they do is wrong."

Palestinians are considered subhumans. Israelis ignore their suffering. 

"It is almost a crime in Israel to have empathy (for them), even though you are talking about women and children," said Shaul.

Israeli soldiers "think a lot about right and wrong." They knowingly perform duties contrary to their moral principles, Shaul believes.

They cross one red line after another. Only after multiple times do they fully understand how they breached their moral code.

At the same time, they acclimate. They get used to doing things they know are wrong.

(T)he atmosphere in Israel (is) very bad" today, said Shaul. Even worse than during previous conflicts.

There's "no space for question marks, absolutely no space."

"I am not just talking about the media. There were many anti-war protestors beaten up in Tel Aviv and Haifa by gangs so they had to be taken to the hospital. And the police did nothing to protect them."

At the same time, Israeli officials called for destroying entire Gazan communities. Their voices drown out sane ones.

Critical ones "hardly get any platform these days," said Shaul. They're largely shut out.

Things today are worse than ever. Police state apparatus rules govern. Dissent is verboten.

Militarized occupation persists. Gaza is a perpetual battleground. An entire population is vulnerable.

"We continue to build settlements, said Shaul. "We increase our military rule over the Palestinians." 

"Israel is not heading for a way out. We are digging ourselves in. We are doing everything we can to maintain the occupation."

To deny Palestinians rights they deserve. To brutalize them. To eliminate them. To exterminate them. 

To make Israel ethnically pure. To do it over the corpses of Palestinian men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm.

To wage genocidal war against them. To get away with it because who'll intervene responsibly.

Breaking the Silence was founded in March 2004. Today it has over 1,000 members. 

They speak out courageously. They tell their own stories.

They reject Israeli lawlessness. They believe Israel's greatest threat is itself. Its militarized occupation.

Its settlement enterprise. Its institutionalized racism. Its treating Palestinians like subhumans.

Its waging wars without mercy to exterminate them.

"(T)he treatment of the Palestinians is the biggest threat to Israel," Shaul maintains. "It undermines (its) legitimacy."

Israeli policy shouldn't be "either us or them. It is exactly the opposite."

Israel's security "depends on a sovereign Palestinian state beside us and on giving dignity and rights to the Palestinians." 

"In Israel, we are now in a fight over the heart and the soul of our society." 

"The questions are: who are we as a society? What country do we want to live in?" 

"The question is whether dropping all these bombs on families is something acceptable in our eyes or not."

Israel systematically spurns all international human rights laws, norms and standards. Morality isn't its long suit. Accountability is long overdue.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

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Mustafa Barghouti on Operation Protective Edge

Mustafa Barghouti on Operative Protective Edge

by Stephen Lendman

Barghouti is special. He's important. He's multi-faceted. He's a man for all seasons. He's a physician, political activist, and human rights champion.

He supports nonviolent resistance. He's a Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) co-founder. He currently serves as secretary-general.

PNI aims to build Palestinian unity. It does so in struggling for self-determination. It does it by promoting democratic values.

Barghouti is a Palestinian Legislative Council/PLO member. He's a former presidential candidate. Israel rigged Abbas' 2005 election to deny him.

He was harassed while campaigning. He was intimidated. He was arrested. He was expelled from East Jerusalem.

He was excluded from Nablus and Gaza. He was prevented from  competing fairly against Israel's preferred choice.

Israel rigged things for Abbas. He lacked legitimacy from day one in office. He has none now.

Barghouti is genuine. He's polar opposite Abbas. He's a grassroots democracy advocate.

He's president of the Palestinian Medical Relief Committee. It provides health and community services for over one million Palestinians annually.

He heads the Health Department Information and Policy Institute. It's a Ramallah-based think tank. It specializes in policy research and planing for the Palestinian healthcare system.

He co-founded the Grassroots International Protection for the Palestinian People. He formerly served as Palestinian People's Party general-secretary.

He's an Oxford Research Group associate. It's dedicated to developing effective methods for positive change on security issues through non-violent means.

Barghouti is well-known. He enjoys worldwide respect. Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mairead Maguire nominated him for the 2010 award.

She was "inspired by the life and work of Dr. Barghouti whose commitment to nonviolence, in his personal and public life, is truly in the Ghandian spirit."

Honoring Barghouti "would be a recognition of not only his great spirit of peace and nonviolence, but also the Palestinian Nonviolent Movement, which gives us all hope for the future of Palestine, Israel and the Middle East Community," she explained.

Britain's parliament passed a motion. It paid tribute to his nomination.

It cited his "invaluable role…in organizing and encouraging Palestinian civil society in the fundamental principles of non-violence."

It acknowledged "the tirelessness of his activities in the face of so many seemingly insurmountable obstacles that face all Palestinians living under Israeli occupation whether that be in the West Bank or imprisoned in Gaza."

In 2010, France awarded Barghouti its Legion of Honor (Legion d'Honneur). Napoleon established it in May 1802.

It was the first modern-day order of merit. It's France's highest honor. It's awarded for excellent civil or military service.

Throughout Operation Protective Edge (OPE), Barghouti debunked the official narrative.

He denounced Israeli high crimes. He separated myths from reality.

War didn't start in Gaza, he said. It began in the West Bank. It had nothing to do with Hamas rockets.  

Israel bears full responsibility. It does so for state-sponsored terrorism.

The dominant narrative called it self-defense. Justifiable Palestinian resistance is called terrorism.

During OPE, Israel rampaged throughout the territories. It did so multiple times daily.

It terrorized West Bank/East Jerusalem communities. It invaded over 3,000 homes.

It ransacked them. It destroyed many. It stole money and other personal possessions.

It used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and live fire against peaceful Palestinian demonstrators.

It arrested over 1,000 Palestinians. They included parliamentarians doing their jobs.

Nearly three dozens are lawlessly imprisoned. They languish in Israel's gulag. Conditions are brutal.

Torture is official Israeli policy. Horrific abuses are commonplace.

OPE was much more than war on Hamas. It was war on Palestine. It was collective punishment writ large.

Dozens of families were annihilated to the last man, woman and child.

"Entire neighborhoods…were completely eliminated within 24 hours," said Barghouti.

Eight hospitals were attacked. So were clinics, ambulances and healthcare workers. Palestinian journalists were murdered in cold blood.

Obama and other world leaders ignored Israeli aggression. They defended its right to mass murder and destroy.

"(N)ot a single word" supported Palestinians' right of self-defense, said Barghouti.

"The Palestinians are the ones whose land has been occupied for 47 years, who have been forced into displacement and refugee status since 1948, (and who suffer) from a system of apartheid, discrimination and segregation created by the Israeli occupation."

Yet nothing is said in their behalf. Reality is turned on its head.

Israeli suffering is considered unique. Extreme Palestinian misery is ignored.

They dehumanized. Their lives and well-being aren't important. They faced the world's fourth most powerful army.

They did so with light arms and ineffective rockets. Israeli began OPE. It did so lawlessly.

Palestinians were victimized. It wasn't the first time. It won't be the last.

Instigators are called victims. Real ones are called perpetrators and terrorists.

Civilians suffer most in all wars. Palestinians suffer under the longest occupation in modern memory.

Palestine's longstanding struggle affects Israel, said Barghouti. "Israelis will never be free as long as we are not free," he stresses.

What's been ongoing for decades must stop, he says. "(I)mpunity and reality must be exposed."

Enough is enough! No longer can longstanding injustice continue. Things must change. The official Israeli narrative must be challenged.

"Please see the reality," says Barghouti. "Look at the facts."

Truths must replace fiction. Peace, equity, and justice can't wait.

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) champions Palestinian peace and stability. It deplores militarism, war and other forms of violence.

It calls human rights laws inviolable. It wants violators held accountable.

On September 9, Barghouti addressed PSC members. He did so in London. He discussed what he saw and experienced in Gaza.

"Thank you for everything you have done for Palestine and Gaza," he said.

"We have been watching the demonstrations. What you have done has given the people a great amount of moral support and I hope you can continue with this, because it is very important."

"(S)olidarity work" is vital, he stressed. "(W)e have a very, very big fight ahead of us."

No one can comprehend what happened without living it.

"No footage, no speech, no camera, no television can really show the reality that you can see with your own eyes," he said.

"Please go there if you can. It's so important for you to know the reality, and (vital) for (Gazans) to see you there."

"What happened is beyond description. Even describing it as an act of disproportionality is an insult to humanity. Describing it as an imbalance of power is also an insult."

"After slaughtering thousands of people and destroying thousands of homes and to speak about reconstruction and to immediately allow Israeli companies to make a profit from this is also an insult to humanity."

"What happened in Gaza, as has happened before in the West Bank is nothing but war crimes and crimes against humanity."

"What happened was nothing but massacres against the civilian population and Israel couldn't have done that without a feeling of impunity and without having impunity from international law, and this couldn't have happened if so many Western world leaders hadn't been complicit in what happened."

They support Israeli genocidal high crimes against peace. They ignore Palestinian suffering.

They do virtually nothing to relieve it. They let business as usual continue. Status quo conditions remain.

After endless days of meaningless discussions, Barghouti expressed disgust with "diplomatic talk."

He showed pictures of what he saw. It exceeded some of the worst WW II devastated areas in some places, he said.

"This was not about one house being destroyed and the house next to it being destroyed," he explained.

"This was intentional bombardment by the Israeli army and navy and air force to destroy whole neighborhoods."

Shujaya was completely destroyed. "It was a town. It was was a city with 150,000 people…"

"Every house, every clinic, every mosque, every building was destroyed."

"Even a home for people with disabilities was destroyed. The destruction was beyond belief, and it is there for people who want to see."

"Huge buildings, of five, six, seven, eight storeys were completely destroyed."

"I have never seen even in films such a level of devastation.
I saw one bomb which caused a half a square kilometer hole in the ground."

The toll throughout Gaza was horrific, said Barghouti. It was devastating. It's catastrophic. It includes:

"18,000 homes and buildings destroyed completely, 41,000 houses partially damaged, 145 schools, eight hospitals, 13 health centers damaged."

"180 mosques damaged, 71 destroyed completely. Even cemeteries were bombarded, 10 bombarded, nine Muslim cemeteries, one Christian cemetery."

"They bombarded the graves." The bones of the dead became visible. "The amount of explosives they used was beyond description."

Tens of thousands of Gazans lost virtually everything. Their homes, belongings, money, papers, photos, passports, and memories unable to "be brought back even if there is reconstruction."

"That is what (Israel) did to people." It "insult(ed) humanity." It mass  murdered Palestinians in cold blood.

Nearly half million Gazans lost their homes and personal possessions. Their loved ones are lost forever.

Many still live in shelters. "In huge numbers."

"I almost cried when I was asked to see a girl in one of these shelters."

"She has cancer which has taken away her sight and she was half paralyzed. Her mother was with her also."

"She had to be inside the room with 50 other people. Very hot, very humid, no showers, no clean water."

That's what happened to these people when they went into these shelters."

"We found evidence of scabies, and gastroenteritis and hepatitis."

"Some people decided to live in the rubble rather than in the shelters, because it was so humiliating to live without any privacy."

"Sometimes they still find people who are dead under the destruction."

"Towers, high rises, they were all destroyed. Huge devastation."

"This building hosted 80 families. In two minutes, it was destroyed."

"There was a man, 82 years old, who told me he spent all his life building a house and a family."

"He had a house with four storys and 28 sons and daughters and grandchildren."

"He went to pray during Ramadan, one evening. He came back. The house was completely destroyed, his wife was killed."

"All the 28 sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters were killed."

"91 families were completely annihilated. 91 families were scratched from the civil records in these attacks."

If Gaza's population matched America's, "you('d) (have had) 400,000 killed and 1,934,000 injured, almost two million."

"(H)ow can a country that claims to be…civilized…that has a very special relationship with the United Kingdom, that keeps speaking about the right to defend itself, ask them, how can they be allowed to" commit mass murder and destruction with impunity.

Shrapnel from its explosives cut everything. It's "all over the place."

"It includes very dangerous material. Tungsten and other material that is carcinogenic, and depleted uranium."

UN safe haven refugees were willfully attacked. Israel blamed Hamas for its own crimes.

It used prohibited weapons. They included "(d)ime bombs, tungsten, depleted uranium," white phosphorous that burns skin to the bone, flechettes and others.

Israel wanted maximum destruction, deaths and injuries. Civilians were willfully targeted. It's official Israeli policy.

IDF attacks "destroyed water networks, sewage systems," said Barghouti. "They destroyed the only electricity station in Gaza."

"And they created epidemics. Up until now, in the best case scenario, people in Gaza have electricity for only six hours a day."

"What would you do if you could not have showers every day because the water is so saline?"

"What would you do in a place where 90% of water sources are polluted and salinated, and not good for human use?"

"The devastation is unbelievable. They attacked 36 ambulances. They killed 22 first aid and health providers. They devastated eight hospitals."

"They killed 18 journalists and attacked seven UNWRA schools. They killed five people in Shifa hospital."

"Two disabled women were killed in a disabled centre. 450 factories were destroyed. Farms were destroyed."

"Today there is no meat in Gaza, because all the sheep were killed in the attacks."

"The soil is so covered in chemicals that it's not good for human use, for farming."

"Israel attacked Gaza in 2006, in 2008, in 2013 and in 2014. In 2014, there was one hundred times more destruction and more explosives than in all three previous wars."

"Why? Because they are testing the world. They are testing you. They are testing every single person in humanity to see how much you can tolerate."

"This is what the fascists did before. The fascists tested humanity to see how much it would resist and now it is time to resist Israel."

Fascism grips Israel. Democracy is pure fantasy. Palestinians have no rights.

Gazans face slow-motion genocide. An entire population is up for grabs. World leaders able to make a difference do nothing. They support Israel's killing machine.

Israel "tried to dehumanize us as Palestinians," said Barghouti. "First they tried to dehumanize Hamas, then all Palestinians. Netanyahu even has the guts to try and compare Hamas with ISIS."

It's totally unacceptable to let Israel claim self-defense. "This is not self-defense," said Barghouti. "This is offense."

"Israel shouldn't be allowed this level of impunity. Enough is enough. We have to take them to the International Criminal Court. The PLO must immediately sign the Rome Statute and take Israel to the ICC."

"(T)his inhumanity can't continue. There's only one way out." Boycott, divest, sanction, isolate and prosecute Israeli officials for high crimes against peace.

"(D)ismantle this occupation and this apartheid" once and for all. Afford Palestinians justice they've long been denied.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


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