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  1. And that are then members of the self-proclaimed most ethical army in the world………

    Better be to refer to these criminals as the most outstanding members of the most warcrimes-active county of the world!

    When will there be a country filing an official complaint against the state of Israel, for warcrimes, promoting warcrimes, indulging in warcrimes and violating international laws and rulings on matters of treating civilian people as an occupying country?

    One wonders why none of the Arab states stand up and file such a complaint against Israel!

  2. These photos suggest a deterioration in morality but also cruelty and infantilism of their development as human beings they are disturbing and seem to be a significant part od Israeli mentality. Where is the outrage by decent Israelis?

  3. Dear Richard,

    for your information. I obtained images from Operation Cast Lead showing Israeli soldiers inside Palestinian homes, drawing on family portraits and on walls, sleeping in Palestinian beds, posing with Palestinian Islamic Jihad gear (head bands) and toys.



  4. On Gaza and graffiti, verbatim from the Goldstone Report (pg159):

    “[paragraph] 706. To investigate the attacks on the houses of Ateya and Wa’el al-Samouni, which killed 23 members of the extended al-Samouni family, the Mission visited the site of the incidents.394”

    [footnote 394:]

    “Graffiti left by Israeli soldiers in the house of Talal al-Samouni, which were photographed by the Mission, included (a) in Hebrew, under the Star of David: “The Jewish people are alive” and, above a capital “T” [referring to the army (Tsahal)], “This [the letter T] was written with blood”; (b) on a drawing of a grave, in English and Arabic, “Arabs 1948-2008 ”; and (c) in English: “You can run but you can not hide”, “Die you all”, “ 1 is down, 999,999 to go”, “Arabs need to die” and “Make war not peace”.”

    Graffiti in blood.

    There’s much photograph evidence on the web of similar threatening graffiti in the West Bank, especially around Hebron. Most worryingly, the March survey on the attitudes of Israeli school children reveal the sentiments in the Hebron graffiti are actually held by a large number of Israeli children, tomorrows leaders. Haaretz’ report of the survey was sanitised, Ynet News reporting was not:
    “[Overall] 21% of them think that “Death to Arabs” is a legitimate expression.”
    “…Forty-five percent of religious students and 16% of secular students, however, believe it is a legitimate statement.”

    1. Here’s a graffiti that Palestinian children probably pass by daily on their way to school:


      Imagine growing up surrounded by people who would like nothing better than to rid you from land they stole?

      I believe there are some Israelis who are immune to the evil that surrounds them, but a growing majority had one intention from day one, and that is to expand Israel into the West Bank that they renamed Judea and Samaria in their fondest dreams.

      1. One more:

        “‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.”

        George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

        Never have these words become so relevant as today when the U.S. is incapable of saying NO to Israel.

  5. In the worst of the apartheid regime, South Africa was called the “polecat of the world.” That proud moniker now belongs to Israel.

    1. At least South African blacks never had to contend with the greatest power on earth supporting their oppressor UNCONDITIONALLY. It’s become perfectly clear to the entire world that this is how Israel can carry on with its oppression, indefinitely holding Palestinians in a walled limbo of perpetual misery.

      There needs to rise up a country with “legitimacy” that can get in the face of America to disengage itself from Israel’s excessive influence.

      How far have Americans strayed from the Founding Father’s advice:

      “But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.”

      George Washington, letter to Alexander Hamilton, May 8, 1796

      “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”

      George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

  6. Richard,

    (First, please excuse me for this long post.)

    I’m not sure if you’ve read a work by James Ron entitled: “Frontiers and Ghettos: State Violence in Serbia and Israel”. If you haven’t please give it a glance and you may end up reading it in full.

    It was written before Operation Cast Lead, so I’m sure the author would have quite a bit to add since 2003, but it’s really fascinating.

    I’ll link the Amazon page:


    and the UC Press E-books Collection where you can peruse it online as well:


    The author mentions two terms which I find aptly describe what Israel/Zionism is inflicting on Palestinians. He (or I forget if it’s someone he quotes) refers to it as “savage restraint” which in my opinion is like controlled, prolonged torture, inhumanity and domination rolled into one.

    His work studies ethnic cleansing and ethnic policing (the latter, he mostly attributes to Israel) and how they emerge from domination of frontiers and ghettos respectively. I’ll quote this paragraph which sticks in my mind although I was riveted by a lot of what he says. Keep in mind however that he stated this prior to 2003, and things have evolved in an even worse direction since:

    “Given Israel’s democratic political regime, its cultural sensitivities, and tragic experiences in the Holocaust, the Jewish state is simply incapable of unleashing ethnic cleansing, either directly or through paramilitary proxies. Israel’s Lebanon experiences, by contrast, suggest that under appropriate institutional conditions, Israel—like many other states—is capable of extreme despotism. The cases explored in this and other chapters suggest that state violence is dramatically shaped by the institutional setting in which it takes place, and that in thinly institutionalized arenas, ethnic cleansing is a very real possibility.”

    The Lebanon experience he refers to is obviously not the most recent in 2006.

    But he does state that Israel had periods of ethnic cleansing in its inception, and seems to infer that it may happen again if circumstances or a “legitimate” excuse made it possible to do so with impunity. I can’t imagine what they might be…but, compared to Serbia and South Africa Israel has been able to get away with A LOT! Of course that’s made possible by a concerted effort to delegitimize the struggle of Palestinians against oppression and injustice through invocation of Jewish protected status, Israeli propaganda, out-reach to fundamentalist evangelical Christians by Israel, the mainstream media and manipulation of U.S. power by Israel’s proxy lobbies. When has this ever been accomplished in history?? So I wouldn’t be surprised if Israel came up with a “plan” that made it all look legit. (Read his last sentence on page 202!). Actually, Israel’s already “cleansing” because settlement expansion, demolitions and military oppression together constitute a kind of ethnic cleansing camouflaged in historical religious rationalization/vindication palatable to the guilty conscience of Western civilizations. It’s a kind of “ulterior” ethnic cleansing, if you know what I mean, and what Israel is doing through its proxy militias (the settlers) is driving the Palestinians into a corner or ghettos and then from there, we shall see what evolves.
    And the author as early as 2002 or 2003 when he may have written this, states “The analysis advanced here suggests that one useful response to national exclusion is to work for a more inclusive definition of the “nation.” That is, groups excluded from a dominant nationality—for example, Palestinians, Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, or Sandžak’s Muslim Slavs—could focus their political energies on forcing their oppressors to grant them an equal footing through democratization, de-nationalization, or consociational constitutional agreements. Rather than tacitly acquiescing in efforts by Serbian or Jewish nationalists to define the “nation” in exclusionary ways, oppressed ghetto groups could mount movements for civil and political equality, as did blacks in the United States or South Africa. Sadly enough, however, few of the excluded populations discussed in this book chose that path. ………As Aryeh Naor, a former cabinet secretary, said in spring 2002, “Israel’s greatest nightmare is that “one day, there will appear a Palestinian Nelson Mandela in the West Bank who will demand ‘one man, one vote.’ That will be the end of Israel as a Jewish democracy.”
    Could this be the reason, Richard, that Israel is using any means possible to squash peaceful Palestinian resistance, because it fears a Palestinian Mandela might rise up from this movement?

    If you haven’t read it I hope you check it out; because it really describes the injustice evolving and institutionalizing itself through decades, and reinforces my belief that Zionism leads to very bad places.

    (Again, sorry for the length. So much needs to be said.)

  7. Yet again the “exaggerations” of the Palestinians have been proved to be 100% correct and the truthful Israeli military spokesperson had been telling the lies.

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