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Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Gaza - An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.

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  • Part 1: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.
    • (Silence of Western Liberals in the face of Israeli) state-sponsored violence (in Gaza) is a reminder of just how morally bankrupt and cynically hypocritical the whole “liberal intervention” shtick is.
  • Part 2: Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom
    • What has befallen Gaza is a man-made humanitarian disaster.
  • Related: Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham.

https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2018/04/AP_18092516265523-1522700618.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90&w=1024&h=682Palestinians protesters run for cover from Israeli tear gas during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between Israel and Gaza Strip, in the eastern Gaza Strip, 01 April 2018. Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/AP

There is no other conclusion: The ongoing and glaring refusal of liberal interventionists in the West to say even a word about the need to protect occupied Palestinians from state-sponsored violence is a reminder of just how morally bankrupt and cynically hypocritical the whole “liberal intervention” shtick is.

Mehdi Hasan, the Intercept

April 2 2018 | If the concept of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”

That was the question I put to the French philosopher, author, and champion of liberal (or humanitarian) interventionism, Bernard-Henri Lévy, on my Al Jazeera English interview show “Head to Head” in 2013.

The usually silver-tongued Levy struggled to answer the question. The situation in Palestine is “not the same” as in Syria and “you have not all the good on one side and all the bad on the other side,” said Levy, who once remarked in reference to the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF, that he had “never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions.”

https://cdn01.theintercept.com/wp-uploads/sites/1/2017/02/mehdi-hasan-1488221651-440x440.jpgMehdi Hasan is an award-winning British columnist, broadcaster, and author based in Washington, D.C. He hosts UpFront on Al Jazeera English and has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Hamid Karzai, Ehud Olmert, and Gen. Michael Flynn. He is also the author of two books — a biography of former U.K. Labor Party leader Ed Miliband and an e-book on the financial crisis and austerity economics.

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Part 2: Gaza An Inquest into Its Martyrdom ~ Norman Finkelstein, Reviewed in Powell's City of Books from  Publishers Weekly (Jan.)

Based on scores of human rights reports, Norman G. Finkelstein's new book presents a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza's martyrdom. He shows that although Israel has justified its assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions constituted flagrant violations of international law.

http://powells-covers-2.s3.amazonaws.com/9780520295711.jpg Political science professor Finkelstein (Method and Madness), a controversial voice in the contentious debate over Israel’s role in the Middle East,  establishes his sharp focus here not on Gaza generally but on “what has been done to Gaza” in a succession of Israeli actions particularly Operation Cast Lead (2008–2009) Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). He delineates that “what has befallen Gaza is a human made human disaster” likening it to American policies of Native American removal. Heavy with supportive documentation (footnotes outstrip the text on occasion) and often dense in officialese from the reports of various entities involved (including the UN Human Rights Council Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) Finkelstein debunks much of what he sees about Gaza in the U.S. media and government as reflecting the work of the Israeli lobby. “Perusing this book will require infinite perseverance” Finkelstein warns and readers with limited familiarity with the major actors on the ground such as Hamas Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority may feel more overwhelmed than informed. On the other hand readers with fixed positions either in agreement or disagreement with Finkelstein will find much to engage with here.

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Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • At least 18 Palestinians have died in Gaza after Israeli forces opened fire Friday on a protest near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
  • Part 2: Israeli Citizens Watch As Their Military Attacks Unarmed Palestinians
  • In an outrageous display of inhumanity, Israeli citizens reportedly gathered on Gaza border to watch their military kill Palestinian civilians.
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Russian Meddling: Gagging on the Irony, by Charles Hugh Smith

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  • When it comes to meddling in elections and the domestic affairs of other nations, the US may be the world champion, and it's also the world champion hypocrite about it. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com: The irony that is most gagging is that America's power elite is destroying the nation's social order by its concentration of wealth and abuse of power.
  • Related: Their Meddlers and Ours

Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds / Straight Line Logic


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February 20, 2018 | The irony of the Deep State’s obsessive focus on “Russian meddling” in the precious bodily fluids of our hallowed democracy is so overwhelming that it’s gagging. The irony is a noxious confluence of putrid hypocrisy and a comically abject terror at the prospect that the citizenry may be awakening to the terrible reality that America has lost its soul as well as its democracy.

The foul stench of hypocrisy arises from the long and sordid history of America’s meddling in the internal politics of virtually every nation on the planet— a deeply entrenched policy of meddling on such a vast scale that the Deep State minions tasked with projecting a wounded astonishment that some foreign power has the unmitigated gall to attempt to influence our domestic politics must have difficulty restraining their amusement.

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Their Meddlers and Ours, Andrew Levine, CounterPunch

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  • It is surely reasonable to hold that if real democracy is out of the question then better even the machinations of the likes of Vladimir Putin than those of the miscreant plutocrats whose monies make a mockery of what little democracy we have left in our “shining city on the hill.”
  • Related: Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
  • Related: US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors with a Biker Gang Subplot

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 6: In foreign relations, Trump shifts rhetoric but policy largely unchanged.

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  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 5: In the year since Donald Trump was elected, consistency with previous administration remains.

 

James Dearie, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpgNovember 4, 2018 | After a presidential election campaign promising sweeping changes in foreign policy, little has changed in the substantive policy of the United States when it comes to matters of war and peace, but a serious tonal and rhetorical shift has taken place, experts say.

Perhaps the most prominent — and potentially dangerous — foreign policy issue to arise in the first year of President Donald Trump's term has been the escalation of North Korea's rhetoric, missile building and nuclear program. Kim Jong-Un, the young leader of the country, has overseen the launch of missiles near the American territory Guam and over American ally Japan.

James Dearie is an NCR Bertelsen intern.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 5 - What have the Democrats learned since Trump's election?
 



Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency

Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?

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For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War; Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs_2.jpgPart 1: For Obama, an Unexpected Legacy of Two Full Terms at War
  • (Mr. Obama left) behind an improbable legacy as the only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.
  • Part 2: Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize
  • Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would.

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The 'Two-state Solution' Only Ever Meant a Big Israel Ruling Over a Palestinian Bantustan. Let It Go.

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  • When the Jewish 'hard' left leads the battle for one state, pushing the only political horizon that isn't apartheid, U.S. Jews attack us - for fighting for the same democratic values they prize so highly back home. The Netanyahu government has already deliberately, systematically and effectively eliminated the two-state solution.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

Jeff Halper, Haaretz (Israel) / Portside

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January 19, 2018 | In his Haaretz op-ed (What the 'One-state Solution' Really Means: Israeli-sanctioned Apartheid or Eternal, Bloody Civil War) Eric Yoffie asks: "Are there not sane Israelis - left, right, and especially center - who comprehend the dangers of [a one-state solution]?"

That question could be posed just as well in reverse: What else has to happen before Israelis, left, right and center, finally realize that their government has already deliberately, systematically and effectively eliminated the two-state solution?

Jeff Halper is the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He is an Israeli anthropologist, and the author of War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification (London, Pluto Books, 2015).

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Related:

American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Almost every single elected official in Washington has come out in full support of Israel over the past three weeks as the Israeli military pressed a bloody offensive across Gaza that has killed well over 1,500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
  • Part 1: 10 Most Shameless Ways American Politicians Are Pandering to Israel
  • Part 2: Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
  • Israeli Lobby Takes Control of US Foreign Policy

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