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Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine

Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine

Gaza (along with the West Bank and East Jerusalem) is occupied Palestinian territory under international law, determined by the vast majority of the world, as well as the highest court in the world, the UN’s International Court of Justice. Gaza cannot commit aggression against Israel, since Israel is in constant and continual commission of illegal aggression against Palestine by occupying it (illegally and sadistically blockading it and frequently committing terrorism against its civilians, including by targeting them with chemical weapons provided by US taxpayers – see “Rain of Fire” by Human Rights Watch). As documented by Amnesty Int’l, Human Rights Watch, and many others, Israel intentionally targets and murders civilians, including children, en masse.

Israel also kidnaps and tortures children, including by keeping them in outdoor cages, over night, in winter.

In the history of all rocket and mortar fire into Israel, 28 people, total, have been killed. see: How Many People have Died from Gaza Rockets into Israel? http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-many-people-have-died-from-...

Since the year 2000 Israel has killed 1,500 Palestinian children and the number rises daily.

But, even ignoring international law and that Gaza is under illegal Israeli occupation, Gaza did not initiate this current round of violence; Israel did. (see timeline in article link)

Israeli settlement building in Palestine is a war crime under international law.

Palestinians have the right under international law to resist occupation, ethnic cleansing, colonization, aggression, and annexation.

Hamas is the government elected by Gaza in elections that Jimmy Carter (and many others) observed and said were completely fair and free. Israel constantly says Hamas uses human shields. But in Israel’s biggest massacre of Gaza, the one in 2009, all the human rights organizations, including Amnesty, HRW, and the jurist Richard Goldstone, found that Hamas DID NOT use human shields. On the contrary, Israel used human shields, which is a regular practice for Israel. Israel uses civilians as human shields.

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Interesting article by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic

Don't entirely agree with his assessment, but it's not half bad, he also reveals Obama's actual position on Israeli settlements. If you get the chance, also read the comments section.


The whole region of Israel and Palestine should be annexed

Back to what it used to be.

A non-descript area where Jews and Arabs lived in relatively peaceful communities, working the land in relative peace.

Thanks For The Truth, Little Wing.

We Americans have been "Bamboozeled" by mainstream propaganda !


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The Bear and the Bees

Beesting, here and there the truth will be told and much thanks to many here on DP! Your screen name reminded me of this analogy in an article I found:

The Bear and The Bees

Here we go again. Just like in an endless re-run of an old TV series, the headlines scream “Terror Attack in Israel”, “World Leaders Condemn Terror Attack”, “Israel Retaliates”, “US President Urges Restraint”, etc. Nothing ever changes in the Middle East, Israel is the victim of Muslim terrorists – this is the impression imprinted on the casual observer. And yet this is one of the most perverse, egregious examples of media distortion that should be used as a mirror to our values and the world order in which we live.

And so we are told a story about a bear that is idly sitting under the tree basking in the sun when out of the blue and without provocation it is stung by a bee. Heeding his cries to high heavens, right wing pundits argue that the bear must exterminate all bees. Left wing pundits explain that the bear must kill only the bees that stung him. The bee’s strategy and mode of attack are discussed ad nauseum. The US President extols the bear and acknowledges his “right to self defense”. Nobody, but nobody bothers mentioning the fact that the bear is sitting on top of the beehive, crushing the bees and eating their honey. This fact is completely ignored, taken out of the picture frame and suppressed. All we get to see in our media is an innocent bear being stung by irrational blood thirsty bees. The bear of course never considers lifting his heavy behind from the bees’ nest or to give up their honey. Since none of the pundits mentions this crucial fact, they resort to debating whether the bear is retaliating too harshly or too meekly. Whether the bee has stung him in the behind or on his nose. Whether the bees are a part of a larger conspiracy or just individual attackers. This much is obvious from their debate: this snuggly bear just wants to be left in peace.

Israel wants to be left in peace while millions of people which it expelled from their lands are languishing in refugee camps, while Gaza, home to many of those refugees and their descendents, is officially an open air prison run by the Israeli warden who even decides for the inmates what they are allowed to eat, while West Bank Palestinians are corralled into Bantustans, locked behind walls and barbed wire, while its Apartheid regime makes the every day life of ordinary Palestinians a hell on earth. Yet we are told that pure-as-the-driven-snow Israel is being attacked and is forced to “retaliate”.

So how do so many people get to such a distorted view of reality, which can only be compared to a condition of collective cataract? The complete explanation is beyond the scope of this post but I will try to succinctly mention the major factors:

continue: http://dancingwithpalestinians.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/the-...

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Hamas is Israel's Al Queda, keeping the Jews in line

Just realized that tonight. The exact same play as Cheney did with Al Queda here in the U.S. Exact same play, damn.

Only with much greater success. So heavily propagandized through all press, all synagogues, all social networks.

Wow. Israel is entirely pacified and under virtually complete control. By whom and for what?

The ramifications of this are staggering. I have more questions now than answers. Anyone care to comment?

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Avner Cohen: "Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation.."

Avner Cohen: "Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel's creation.."

How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas (WSJ, January 2009)


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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I've known for quite awhile about the creation of Hamas

Once you realize it's about controlling the entire state of Israel, citizenry, press, synagogues, social networks, virtually everything, it becomes extremely sinister.

De-settling Gaza for the sake of expanding the West Bank settlements doesn't make sense. De-settling Gaza set precedent. Any settlement can be de-settled at any time now, legally.

So it is about controlling the population of Israel. No way around it that I can see.

We almost got sucked into the exact same scenario. But for some reason, the propaganda didn't work for long here, as current polls indicate concerning wars in general.

You can tell by watching network media propaganda that TPTB desperately want the US to war in Syria, Nigeria, Iran, Venezuela, Ukraine.

I should also note that Nigeria has another Al Queda set up, Boko Haram. Are all countries on the planet eventually to have this setup?

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"Are all countries on the planet eventually to have this setup?"

"Are all countries on the planet eventually to have this setup?"

Well, not forcibly all of them, but still, that's just the same good old Divide and Conquer scheme.

It can originate either from an enemy inside or outside.

That's usually how it naturally goes - forceful intervention, confessed or not - when performed by imperialist countries preying on others and thus, disrupting their preys from the outside.

Push the worst/most malleable** possible new leaders first, then try to keep them in check, for your agenda.

It's just it doesn't always work in the long run as much as it used to, before our age of information and easy movement. Hence, "Blowback", etc.

** (or presumably)

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Continuing with this hypothesis

For what reason, and by whom in your opinion.

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I can't know and I don't even know if anyone can

I can't know and I don't even know if anyone can, below these deranged "leaders" who can bring us only harm and misery.

But I don't need to know all the details to find the overall big picture disgusting enough and way overdue for peoples to throw it up.

I really, really, don't give a crap to the details of their "Greater Plans", at this point.

The big picture is way enough for me already, as I've made my point :



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Er... *cough* *cough* *cough*... ;)

Er... *cough* *cough* *cough*... ;)


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Galatians 6:7-8

Galatians 6:7-8

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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I really always end up having the same question :

I really always end up having the same question :

why people tend to have so short memory?

I'm sorry, I don't get it.

Hence my signature, btw. :/

"To study and not think is a WASTE. To think and not study is DANGEROUS."

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Ron Paul: "It really doesn't make sense"

When you look at it from the view that it ensures the blanket submission and control of the entire population of Israel, then it makes sense.

I wonder what Ron Paul suspects that he cannot say publicly.

Great post!

Couldn't agree more. When it comes to the issue of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I have come to trust the so called heretics as the best and most truthful sources. Here are some of them: http://libertarianinselfexile.blogspot.hk/2014/07/israeli-pa...

Ron Paul Revolution is spreading around the world: Freedom and Prosperity TV: libertarian network of alternative media in Western Balkans

This paragraph explains Rand's defense of Israel bill rejection:

"It should therefore be no wonder that Israeli government was instrumental in financing the establishment of Hamas. Hamas on one side and the Israeli militarist government and its military industrial complex on the other, is like a marriage made in heaven. Weaken or bring one down, the other is sure to suffer from loss of power and influence."

Another good quote:
"imagine what the Israelis would do if they were under such an occupation"

This quote reveals why Netanyahu dismantled the Israeli peace movement and forced the Israeli press into full government propaganda mode:
"The internal pressure on Israeli government must come from the Israeli public and prominent professionals from all walks of life within their society. To nurture and grow this pressure, it requires continual and tireless efforts of activists, like the people that were mentioned above, to continue educating the public and provide leadership in organizing and delivering pressure on the Israeli government."

The link is much appreciated Yadranko.

Wow! What a great link!

Thank you for sharing that with us!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: the Heretics Speak Truth to Power

Agree, Excellent article written by Yadranko and great blog site, unfortunately it slipped by too quickly when he posted it here: http://www.dailypaul.com/322965/israeli-palestinian-conflict...

Go give it a bump so more can see it! :)

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

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Who Wants All Your Attention on “Hamas” and “Rockets,” and Why

Please read the full article
in part:
Only people who support the colonization and extermination of Natives spend as much time condemning the arrow-shooting as they do the instigating and obviously much worse, more important crimes: those of the self-proclaimed “superior” invading people, who herd Natives into ghettos, torture and exterminate them, steal their land for themselves, and cover their cancer-like campaign of murderous expansion by calling it self-defense against “savages” who should be supplanted by the superior beings.

Because Israel is committing these crimes, Israeli propagandists and their supporters crucially need our attention off of them and on “Hamas” and “rockets”, the contemporary versions of Native “savages” and their pathetic, near-worthless arrows, which the savages shoot from their ghettos and towards the people and the populations of the people terrorizing, torturing and exterminating them and stealing their land, the Israeli government.

The world has endured many campaigns of extermination of “savage” indigenous peoples by “superior” races, from the USA to Canada to Australia.

One such campaign is being carried out by Israeli colonizers against the indigenous Palestinian peoples. The campaign is being illegally funded, indeed, made possible, by US taxpayers.

Israeli propagandists intentionally label as “Hamas” any person or group in Palestine that suits their propaganda purposes, whether the people they are referring to are civilians, are part of Hamas, or are militants totally unaffiliated with Hamas or even acting in open defiance of it.

Israelis want us to believe that Hamas is responsible for all rocket fire into Israel. This is false. Israel wants us to believe this because Hamas is, as Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, and many others have noted, the freely democratically elected government of Gaza. If the government carries out an attack, that is reason, in Israel’s self-serving and dishonest interpretation of international law, to invade Gaza and kill “Hamas”, which means Hamas and anyone else, including thousands of children.

Let us look at an example of how this works, and is currently working:

continued: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/wants-attention-hamas...

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Self bumping your post?

To keep your "88" agenda at the top of the stack during open enrollment?

For any newbies, "88" is explained here:

I will receive approx 10 downvotes so the "88"s here can hide my comment and keep their agenda bumped up. It's systematic.

The more you try to falsely frame criticism of Israel

As "88ers" or an "88 agenda", the more you are rightly down voted.

I see you have Ron Paul in your name.

He says it's none of our business. So, it's curious why you would invoke his name, but go against his spirit of staying out of other peoples business.

Further, I'm not framing it at all. There are legitimate criticisms of Israel. There are also people here who make principle based criticisms.

You and those above are not them.

Ron Paul also says end all foreign aid, including to Israel

What Israel is using for its brutalizing of Gaza, is money and weaponry paid for by US taxpayers. So it's curious why you would support Israel using US taxpayer money and weaponry to murder defenseless women and children by the hundreds, when Ron Paul doesn't support that (both the using US taxpayer money and murdering defenseless women and children.) So why are you on a Ron Paul site again? It's curious that as a so-called Christian you would support the anti-Christ, because what Israel IDF is doing to Gaza, is anti-Jesus. "Blessed be the Peacemakers," remember? Jesus Christ would not condone murdering defenseless women and children by the hundreds.

July 11, 2014

The Anti-Christ Satan Nutanyahu attacks Peacemakers


July 30, 2014

'World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15


Ron Paul says it isn't our business to intervene in other nations affairs, but that doesn't mean you don't get to have any opinion and be rightly outraged by the brutal War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity repeatedly being committed, especially if it's being committed with YOUR money and/or committed in YOUR country's name and/or YOU'RE a good person.

I am pro-Peace and nonintervention in almost all respects, but I hate evil bullies. As an individual, I am fully able to participate in trying to help stop an evil bully from brutally murdering defenseless women and children, in the least, by helping expose the bully's lies, propaganda, and showing the bully for what it truly is, thereby trying to help cause it to back down from shame.


And you just illustrated my point.

Who said I support Israel? I never did and I don't. I also do not oppose Israel. I have EXACTLY Ron Paul's position: ITS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.

However, it should be noted that due to my lack of hatred FOR Israel, and my lack of hatred for Jews, you interpret that as support, illustrating the fact that you hate Israel and Jews more than you care about Palestinians. So typical. And a perfect illustration of what I posted in replies above.

I agree with ending aid to Israel, the moment we end support to everyone else. And that should occur asap.

Ron Paul argues that the

Ron Paul argues that the United States government should not interfere in Israel. He doesn't say people shouldn't care about what's going on there.

So that naturally begs the question.

WHY do you care?

Furthermore, what are you DOING about it BESIDES b*tching about Israel online?

TO CARE is an ACTION VERB. It means you are doing something.

B*tching online has a net effect in the real world of ZERO. Hence, b*tching online means you do NOT actually care, it means you just want to b*tch.

So, specifically stated: Have you undertaken any action that puts a dollar in the pocket of someone in Palestine, bandages a wound, feeds a tummy, or comforts a child?

No you have not. That means that saying you care is a lie. It means you just want to b*tch about Israel and you do NOT care about Palestinians.

Ron Paul is not stupid. He does not take action idly. You know exactly what he is thinking based on what he DOES. And we know what you think based on what you do, or don't do as the case may be.

All I see is a lot of

All I see is a lot of supposition on your part on what I am and am not doing, and nothing that addresses my original point.

EDIT: And I just re-read my own post, and nowhere does it say that "I" care about Palestinians, so I really don't know what you're on about.

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Genocide is not a proportionate response to random rocket fire

Over 1,000 lives lost mostly women and children in this latest aggression by Israel.

Disproportionate destruction of innocent human life is NOT morally justifiable as self-defense.

How Many People have Died from Gaza Rockets into Israel?

Fatalities from rocket and mortar attacks in Israel from the Gaza Strip, 2001–present (up-to-date as of July 15, 2014)
total fatalities resulting from Gaza rockets and mortar shells into Israel.

Total Israel fatalities over a ten year period of 28.


If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

While a travesty, genocide is not occurring

Words have meaning.

Genocide means the systematic killing of an entire race.

While what is happening is unacceptable, it is by any stretch of the imagination NOT genocide.

To assert something that is not true is a lie. So, one must ask, why do you feel you need to lie about this? It reveals your true agenda, which is not caring for Palestinians.

Note how the "88"ers will downvote even definitions of words from the dictionary to ensure their propaganda prevails.

I don't agree with Hamas to be firing rockets

On one hand, since I prefer peaceful means, I do object to that.

On the other hand, if they don't struggle against oppression they will get steamrolled like the West Bank.

Not to mention anything that happens in the West Bank NEVER makes any news headlines.

Tianamen Square events happen in the West Bank with bulldozers constantly, people have been killed in such actions, but it is never reported. Peaceful resistance hasn't done much of anything for the West Bank.

Tough situation.