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Send a letter to the International Criminal Court demanding the prosecution of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for international war crimes and other crimes of aggression in the siege of Gaza.

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The Israeli massacre in Gaza has already taken the lives of nearly 2,000 people, and left thousands more wounded. The vast majority have been civilians and the Israeli government has targeted hospitals, schools and other civilian institutions. 

The siege of Gaza clearly meets the ICC's definitions of genocide ("the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group"), high crimes ("breaching the Geneva Conventions"), and war crimes ("widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population.")

I insist that the International Criminal Court carry out its declared mission and prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for these war crimes and crimes of aggression.

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The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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The Problem in Gaza Is Not Hamas

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  • In analyzing Israel's current military campaign in Gaza, a leading Jewish activist says "the underlying problem is the denial for freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades." The heart of the problem is not Hamas or who the Palestinian leadership is, it is the Israeli occupation, beginning with the expulsion of the Palestinians from their land in 1948 (what the Palestinians term the Nakba or "catastrophe").
  • A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza
  • Whither Israel?

Donna Nevel, Tikkun Daily

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Man_see_school_nakba_1.jpg?itok=FpdfVU4EA Palestinian man sits on the edge of a refugee camp following the Nakba in 1948. Creative Commons/palestineremembered.com.

August 14, 2014 | In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.

Re: The Nakba

1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator, is a long-time organizer for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel. More recently, she is a founding member of Jews Say No!, on the board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and on the coordinating committee of the Nakba Education Project-US.

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A Rabbi and an Imam Write Together About Israel and Gaza, Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches

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  • Seeking more blood for blood only perverts and discards the great traditions of Islam and Judaism. We abandoned an “eye for an eye” centuries ago. Now we urge our brothers and sisters in the Middle East to seek a solution that protects the self while fostering compassion for the other.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums.

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Whither Israel? Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

 

Jeremy Scahill: 'We've Hit All-Time Lows'

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  • Blasts US Media Coverage of 'Massacre' in Gaza
  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

Chris Branch, HuffPost Live

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Fake%20Media.jpg07/24/2014 | Jeremy Scahill joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss his expose for the Intercept on the way the U.S. government handles its terrorist watchlist database. During the interview, host Alyona Minkovski asked the journalist about media coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict, and Scahill had some strong opinions on the matter.

"We could say this every time I come on your show and talk to you: we've hit all-time lows with media coverage in this country," Scahill told Minkovski. "When you look at what's happening right now in Gaza, this is a massive massacre and one epic series of war crime after war crime, child after child being killed." 

Chris Branch: Assistant News Editor, HuffPost Live at the Huffington Post

Jeremy Scahill is an investigative reporter and war correspondent. He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill has served as the National Security Correspondent for The Nation Magazine and Democracy Now!. 

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How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis, Oliver Willis, Media Matters for America

  • A charity has withdrawn its plans to provide beds for migrant children due to "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public."
  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance

 

 

Senate passes Iron Dome funding

 

  • “This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
  • It's amazing how they can set aside their 'differences' and pull together to support the extermination of Palestinians. 
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

Ramsey Cox, The Hill 

 

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August 01, 2014 | Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously to give Israel an additional $225 million in emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.  

 

“This is a good example of us putting aside partisan considerations,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after passage.
 

Ramsey Cox: Reporter for The Hill's Floor Action Blog, covering the Senate. Washington, DC.

 

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Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

 

The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq

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  • Towards the Creation of a US-sponsored Islamist Caliphate
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham: An instrument of the Western Military Alliance
  • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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Irak-drapeau-carte.jpgJuly 01, 2014 | The creation of the US sponsored Islamist Caliphate has been announced.  The Islamic State of Iraq and Al Cham (ISIS) has been replaced by the Islamic State (IS).  The Islamic State is not an independent political entity. It is a construct of US intelligence.  (M.Ch. July 1, 2014)

The Western media in chorus have described the unfolding conflict in Iraq as a “civil war” opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham against the Armed forces of the Al-Maliki government.

(Also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS))

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the globalresearch.ca website. 

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The Human Price of Neocon Havoc, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

 

Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

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  • AIPAC becomes foreign agent dominating American foreign policy while disguised as domestic lobby.
  • Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel
  • Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Bowing to AIPAC, Senate unanimously passes resolution supporting Israel

  • Note that even progressive saints Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders found nothing in this to object to.
  • For the record, no U.S. military adventure has had the support of all hundred senators in decades. But, hey, this is Israel. And, more important, this is AIPAC. And cash. 

Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss

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July 18, 2014 | The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution backed by the Israel lobby group AIPAC expressing support for Israel’s attack on Gaza and saying not a word about Palestinian deaths.

The Hill says that the resolution passed “through a unanimous consent agreement.”

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.

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Part 2: Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken 

  • Behind the odd progressive divide between senators, intellectuals on Gaza
  • Senate progressives join unanimous resolution backing Israel, but the reaction has been different elsewhere on left

David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

 

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Al Franken, Noam Chomsky (Credit: Reuters/Richard Clement/AP/Hatem Moussa) 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Very recently, former U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had this to say about Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brutal attack on and now invasion of Gaza: “He is isolating Israel. He’s endangering its longer-range future. And I think we ought to make it very clear that this is a course of action which we thoroughly disapprove and which we do not support and which may compel us and the rest of the international community to take some steps of legitimizing Palestinian aspirations perhaps in the U.N.”

While it is to be expected that not all of Washington would sign on to this, it is shocking to find the U.S. Senate voting unanimously for Senate Resolution 498, which gave U.S. support for the Israeli defense forces’ invasion and urges Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel. The resolution calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

David Palumbo-Liu is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of comparative literature at Stanford University and the director of the Undergraduate Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

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Special Project | US Wars and Covert Actions Around the World: Week Ending July 27, 2014

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(Ismael Mohamad / United Press International)

  • For decades beginning during the Cold War, US policy in the Islamic world has been aimed at suppressing secular reformist and leftist movements. Beginning with the CIA-engineered coup against a secular democratic reform government in Iran in 1953 (it was about oil), Washington has propped up dictators, coaching these regimes in the black arts of torture and mayhem against secular liberals and the left. 
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Our 21st Century Energy Wars
    • Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors
    • The Human Price of Neocon Havoc,
    • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
    • The Bombing of Gaza
    • Mapping Militarism
    • Why America Hates And Despises Victims
    • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue
    • How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Signe Wilkinson

 

 

 

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Our 21st Century Energy Wars, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas––and the funds they generate.
  • Part 1: Israeli Defence Force's (IDF's) Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis.
  • Part 2: Our 21st Century Energy Wars

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Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors, Rania Khalek, Electronic Intifada

  • The people of Gaza … have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. 
  • Massacre of the Innocents: Slaughter in the Gaza Ghetto

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The Human Price of Neocon Havoc, Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • Neocons are the “masters of chaos” as they destabilize disfavored governments around the world. But real people pay the price as we’ve seen with Israel’s slaughter of four boys on a Gaza beach and an apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian airliner over war-torn Ukraine.
  • State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates
  • How Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Congressional Republicans Created Child-Refugee Flood

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State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates, Kevin Gosztola, The Dissenter, FireDogLake

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq prior to the US invasion in 2003. Now, under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Al Qaeda is resurgent, benefiting from the autocratic rule of the country’s prime minister.

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The Bombing of Gaza, LUV  Lliberty Underground

"I want to ask the White House, Who do they think is actually targeting civilians when it is Palestinian children being killed?" —Ramah Kudaimi, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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Jen Sorensen | Iraq Now and Zen / editorialcartoonists.comJen Soresensen

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Mapping Militarism, David Swanson, OpEd News

  • World Beyond War has created a set of online interactive maps to help us all see where and how war and preparations for war exist in the world today.
  • Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue

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Why America Hates And Despises Victims, Eric Zuesse, Countercurrents.org

  • So, this is why all those people we’re bombing in Ukraine receive absolutely no sympathy from America’s “news” media: those people we are bombing are victims. And those “news” people are paid by the people who are behind those bombings. After all, if it weren’t so, you’d already have known about the U.S.-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign throughout southeastern Ukraine. And that’s why you probably haven’t read, or seen on TV, lots and lots about it. Or, maybe, anything about it.
  • Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?
  • The United States of Cruelty
  • Noam Chomsky | America's Real Foreign Policy

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Peace Is No Longer a Partisan Issue, John V. Walsh, Counterpunch

  • Doves Darken the Sky as They Take Flight From Democratic Party
  • The Democratic Push To Bomb Iraq Again
  • Obama Sets the US on a Slippery Slope to War in Iraq

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How the US is Fueling Military Repression in Honduras, Lynn HollandForeign Policy in Focus

  • Military repression in Honduras is a direct legacy of U.S. meddling in the country.
  • The Humanitarian Crisis At The Border Is Actually A Foreign Policy Crisis

 

Whither Israel?

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  • The Road to Ruad
  • Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ 

Fred Reed, Fred on Everything

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July 20, 2014 | I first heard the phrase in Phnom Penh during the siege: “The situation is hopeless, but not critical.” As Israel and the Moslem world claw at each other unendingly, I wonder whether the same diagnosis doesn’t apply. Perhaps I am wrong. I don’t see how.

To begin at the beginning: The Jews had long wanted a country of their own and, after Germany, understandably really wanted one. The problem was that all the countries were already taken except maybe Antarctica, so they conquered parts of Palestine by force of arms.

Fred Reed Fred, a keyboard mercenary with a disorganized past, has been published in Playboy, Soldier of Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harper's, National Review, Signal, Air & Space, and suchlike. He has worked as a police writer, technology editor, military specialist, and authority on mercenary soldiers. He is by all accounts as looney as a tune.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’ Chris Hedges, Truthdig

The belief that a race or class is contaminated is used by ruling elites to justify quarantining the people of that group. But quarantine is only the first step. 

 

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