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The Dubai Job >>

One year ago, an elite Mossad hit squad traveled to Dubai to kill a high-ranking member of Hamas. They completed the mission, but their covers were blown, and Israel was humiliated by the twenty-seven-minute video of their movements that was posted online for all the world to see. Ronen Bergman reveals the intricate, chilling details of the mission and investigates how Israel’s vaunted spy agency did things so spectacularly wrong.

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Wikileaks: Israelis ‘Intend to Keep the Gazan Economy on the Brink of Collapse’

kateoplis:

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenpost has released a March, 2008, US embassy cable describing the Israeli blockade and siege of Occupied Gaza as an attempt to reduce the society to the lowest possible level of functioning without provoking a “humanitarian crisis” (presumably mass starvation).

“Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis.”

And, with regard to taking money out of circulation in Gaza, a deflationary policy used as a tool of oppression:

‘ As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to econoffs on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge ‘

It seems to me the Israeli right-wingers missed their mark, since 55% of Palestinians in Gaza are food-insecure and 10% of children show signs of stunting from malnutrition. I’d call that a humanitarian crisis. What the despicable Israeli officials meant by their phrase, of course, is that a mass die-off should be avoided that would bring to bear world pressure to abandon this criminal policy.

Juan Cole

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Wikileaks: Israel Plans Total War on Lebanon, Gaza

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has summarized an Israeli military briefing by Israeli Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi of a US congressional delegation a little over a year ago and concludes that

‘ The memo on the talks between Ashkenazi and [Congressman Ike] Skelton, as well as numerous other documents from the same period of time, to which Aftenposten has gained access, leave a clear message: The Israeli military is forging ahead at full speed with preparations for a new war in the Middle East.

The paper says that US cables quote Ashkenazi telling the US congressmen, “I’m preparing the Israeli army for a major war, since it is easier to scale down to a smaller operation than to do the opposite.”

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'In whose name do they talk?' >>

Gazans share their views on the talks taking place between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Gwynne Dyer: End is nigh for Gaza blockade >>

Dyer puts some much needed perspective on the Gaza flotilla massacre. An excellent read.

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Former Colombian President Uribe's appointment to flotilla probe guarantees its failure >>

At the beginning of this month the Israeli government announced it would cooperate with one out of two international UN-sponsored investigation commissions into the 31 May Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre, a move which UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon claimed was “unprecedented.” However, the details of this commission and who will take part in it — particularly the notorious outgoing president of Colombia, Álvaro Uribe Vélez — cast doubt over its impartiality.

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War Scars never heal.
Farah, 3 years old, whose body was burned by white phosphourus during operation Cast Lead, where Israel attacked the Gaza Strip with phosphorus bombs. Farah survived miraculously after treatment in Egypt. But her mother died due to infections of her wounds, 3 months after the war. Today Farah is cared for by her grandmother.
[Photo: Jonte Wentzel]
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War Scars never heal.

Farah, 3 years old, whose body was burned by white phosphourus during operation Cast Lead, where Israel attacked the Gaza Strip with phosphorus bombs. Farah survived miraculously after treatment in Egypt. But her mother died due to infections of her wounds, 3 months after the war. Today Farah is cared for by her grandmother.

[Photo: Jonte Wentzel]

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Making Gaza a 'European ghetto'

While most Israeli leaders are resistant to fully lifting the blockade of Gaza, Avigdor Lieberman, the right-wing foreign minister, is advocating that Israel abandon the Strip to international monitoring and economic rehabilitation.

The proposal, recently leaked to the Israeli press, does not amount to freeing Gaza but rather to placing it under European sea and land inspections and a reconstruction plan.

If implemented, it will permanently sever the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, transforming the Strip into an internationally supervised ghetto - with the dual purpose of ensuring Israeli security and reigning in the Palestinian population.

Read more at Al Jazeera

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As bad as the assault was, the aftermath, says Mr Luqman, was worse. “I’ve just been left there to lay down on the ground and just friggin’ bleed, and I can’t believe it,” he said. “Many of the soldiers that came up, picked up my passport because it was a different colour, looked at it, chucked it on the ground next to me and said, ‘Ah, you’re Australian’.” Mr Luqman says Israeli soldiers refused him any sort of medical attention. “They made me walk, without a stretcher, and climb all the stairs on my own without any assistance, and I passed out like three or four times just getting up the stairs on my own,” he said. Mr Luqman’s wife Jerry was with him. The nursing student helped keep him alive as his blood drained out. Later, as other activists were deported, she chose to remain in detention in Israel to stay with her husband. She says the harsh treatment did not end on the ship. “Their treatment of us was just completely unacceptable. I’ve never met anyone whose heart has become so hard and so black in my life,” she said. Both husband and wife say despite everything it was worth it to put the Gaza blockade back in the headlines. “It is definitely worth it and we’d like to go again. We don’t care and if they take me, if they kill me in the process, I’m ready for that,” Mr Luqman said.

Shot Australian says Israelis left him to bleed - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

this is the Israeli military.  This is who we support.  This is what Palestinians live under daily. 

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Iran Revolutionary Guards ready to escort Gaza ships

This could lead to a nuclear war.

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Three reasons that prove that Israel is lying about its actions during the attack on the Gaza Flotilla

1. Israel has only released a small portion of the video recordings it made during the attack. Only about 15 seconds of video only has been released.

2. Israel has returned the passengers’ cameras and memory cards with all the data wiped off them. In many cases, it has not returned such items at all. This includes cameras from news networks also (three from Al Jazeera alone).

3. Israel has rejected demands for an independent, international investigation.

The prosecution rests.

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The truth behind the Israeli propaganda

I have, of course, been outraged at armed men boarding ships in international waters, killing passengers on board who attempt to resist and then forcing their ship to the hijackers’ home port. I am, of course, talking about the Somali pirates who are preying on Western ships in the Indian Ocean. How dare those terrorists dare to touch our unarmed vessels on the high seas? And how right we are to have our warships there to prevent such terrorist acts.

But whoops! At least the Israelis have not demanded ransom. They just want to get journalists to win the propaganda war for them. Scarcely had the week begun when Israel’s warrior “commandos” stormed a Turkish boat bringing aid to Gaza and shot nine of the passengers dead. Yet by week’s end, the protesters had become “armed peace activists”, vicious anti-Semites “professing pacifism, seething with hate, pounding away at another human being with a metal pole”. I liked the last bit. The fact that the person being beaten was apparently shooting another human being with a rifle didn’t quite get into this weird version of reality.

- Robert Fisk

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The Hypocrisy of Netanyahu | Informed Comment

drwh0:

The bloggers are on the bus.

Posted on  by Juan

The sloppy Israeli propaganda effort against the Free Gaza humanitarian flotilla has been so bad that the pictures released by the Israeli army have been tagged by alert bloggers as forgeries, some of them having been on the Web for years. This site alleges that many of the pictures put out by Israel purporting to show arms on the aid ship still contained internal tags allowing them to be identified as old photos from years ago. Even if the charges of forgery are false, the photos show chains, sticks, an axe– things that would be on any ship.

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Brilliant analysis of Israel’s use of propaganda.

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Testimony of rogue commando who killed six civilian activists further undermines official IDF story

drwh0:

Over time, fabrications have a way of unraveling themselves.

 [A]ccording to The Times (UK), one commando killed six civilian activists; he is now in line to receive a “medal of valor” for his supposed bravery in shooting in the head multiple civilians. This spotlight on Staff Sergeant S, as he is called to protect his identity (valor indeed!), gives him a marvelous opportunity to earn himself an actual award—for helping to prove IDF lies.

In his testimony, he explains how he came to murder so many people. As reported by The Times:

As he landed on the ship’s top deck, he said he saw three of his superior officers who had landed ahead of him lying wounded, one with a bullet wound to the stomach, another shot in the knee and the third beaten unconscious.

Taking charge, he formed his men in a perimeter around the wounded, pulled his 9mm Glock pistol and opened fire on passengers.

Did you catch that? He told The Times that he pulled out his 9mm Glock pistol.

Yesterday, however, we were informed by a navy officer that navy commandos don’t carry 9mm guns, and that the empty 9mm casings were proof that the humanitarian activists had brought guns with them. Oops, someone forgot to tell Sergeant S. Then, of course,Michael Oren parroted a recital of this “evidence” on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, unchallenged by any differing opinions or contradictory testimony, as usual.

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