End the slaughter in Gaza now!!!

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tonight is the 10th night in a row of the vicious attack on the Gaza strip by the Israeli state. Yesterday saw the horrific act of 4 little boys (aged 9-11) being blown up on the Gaza beach, as if followed by shells, the scene witnessed by western media.

This evenings reports said that there were over 230 deaths, mostly civilians, over the last few days. Just over an hour ago the ground assault started, so the casualty rate is expected to sharply rise. Just now, news comes in that the al-Wafa hospital has been attacked, here is how a witness tells it:

It started just before nine, they started it and it continued every other minute, firing at the hospital. They started on the fourth floor, continued to the third, then from the back of the hospital, then to the side, then to the front, then they cut the electricity, we have fuel everywhere, I don’t know the extent of the damage but it reached a point where my nurses were unable to function, unable to stand, unable to help the patients. So they left the hospital, and right now we are in the process of evacuating my patients to help with them and the handicapped.

When will this senseless killing end? How will it end? Will more people, normal people, stand up and say no, this is not OK? What can we do to stop the slaughter?

Little acts of solidarity are happening, people taking stands, taking to the streets, publicly declaring their solidarity with the Palestinian people. But, it is still just the few. Until the vast majority of us become incensed at the slaughter and the injustice, and with that, stand together to force change… the killing will go on.

Here in Brazil, there does not yet seem to be many acts of solidarity. In 2010 Brazil Recognized the State of Palestine, with Pre-1967 Borders, perhaps social movements can build on this? And, just to make clear, this is not an anti Jewish, or anti-semite thing, in case some see it as that. I have Jewish friends and I support all Jews, Muslims, Christians, atheists etc who are against the violence and illegal occupation that is happening in Palestine, including Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Boat to Gaza, Dr Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Dave Zirin

This post is to communicate how others around the world are standing up for those in Gaza right now.

Enclosed in that tiny strip of land, “The Gaza Strip”, the worlds largest open air prison, as the bombs rain down and now as the Israeli soldiers move through the streets under cover of darkness, there is nowhere to hide or run to. Imagine the sheer sense of hell that it must feel like. Horrifying. End it now.

Allow the 2 state solution, upon 1967 borders. Allow peace, justice and dignity to exist. The majority of the world wants it, it is only the few that stand in its way, Israel included. It is time to end the carnage.

FREEDOM FOR GAZA, FREEDOM FOR PALESTINE

EU must sanction Israel over its refusal to obey international law and must recognize the State of Palestine

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Map of protests (STILL GROWING) around the world against the Israeli attacks on Gaza #FreeGaza #GazaUnderAttack

Barcelona, Spain: 10,000 people today in Barcelona calling for an end to the bombing of Gaza and Boycott of Israel.

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Resistance and Solidarity: Upcoming demonstrations this weekend in solidarity with the people of Gaza

Palestine Solidarity Campaign UK's photo.

London: National Demonstration for Gaza. Free Palestine!

Dublin:  March & Rally – Stop Israel’s slaughter in Gaza!

Brazil:

Curitiba, PR: Solidariedade à Gaza-Palestina. Fim das Agressões (Domingo 9h)

Foz do Iguaçu, PR: Gaza Resiste! Palestina Livre! (Sabado 9h)

Londrino, PR: Ato de Solidariedade com a Palestina e contra o Genocídio em GAZA (Sabado 16h)

Belém: Ato público em Solidariedade ao povo palestino! Chega de bombardeio à Faixa de Gaza! (July 22, 8h)

Brazilian Gaza and Palestine Support Groups: Movimento Solidariedade com a Palestina | Frente Brasileira de Apoio à Palestina-Gaza

EU Parliament: Sinn Féin’s four MEPs – with other members of the GUE/NGL group – stood yesterday in solidarity with the people of Gaza in the EU Parliament in Strasbourg. Martina Anderson, MEP for the Six Counties, said:

“Gaza is once again at crisis point, and millions worldwide are protesting in solidarity with the people of Gaza amid this appalling carnage.

Algeria: After the great performance in the World Cup 2014, the team are donating $9m World Cup prize money to people of Gaza. Speaking at a reception in Algiers where the team returned to a hero’s welcome, they said: “They need it more than us.”

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UK: Thousands protest at Israeli embassy

Brazil: A Vigília por Gaza em SP Terminou com a Polícia Dando Tiros Para o Alto (Sao Paulo demo ends with police firing into the air)

Brazil Senate: Communist Party of Brazil protest against Israeli attacks in the Gaza strip

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Demonstration in the streets

Por Ramiro Furquim/Sul21

Belfast, Ireland: A new mural going up on the Falls road depicting laughing IDF soldiers and terrorised Palestinian children, with more than a glance at that famous napalm picture of Vietnamese children.

Belfast, Ireland: Solidarity from the Falls rd to the people of Palestine!

Armach, Ireland: White line picket taking place tonight in Armagh City.

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Derry, Ireland: Free Derry Wall Tonight (8th July)

Derry, Ireland: Free Derry corner in solidarity with the Palestinian people suffering under the jackboot of the apartheid Israeli state.

Ireland: Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD asked members of the Dáil to stand in silence to show their solidarity with the people of Gaza. Deputies from across the Parliament took part in the moment of silence during which Sinn Féin TDs held-up Palestinian flags

USA: Navajos (indigenous native American community) supporting Palestine at Tribal Council

UK: : UK, MPs accuse of war crimes, disproportionate violence, ruining peace negotiations

Background on Gaza and the conflict:

While the world watched Germany thrash Brazil, Israel started it’s demolition of Gaza.. #GazaUnderAttack #PrayForGaza

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– A fine article from Seamus Milne in the Guardian, outlining why the situation today is so unfair and in need of your and my attention and action…

– The idea that Israel is defending itself from unprovoked attacks is absurd. Occupied people have the right to resist

For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories. Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, just over a week ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children.

Around 1,400 have been wounded and 1,255 Palestinian homes destroyed. So far, Palestinian fire has killed one Israeli on the other side of the barrier that makes blockaded Gaza the world’s largest open-air prison.

– A respected author on these issues and their relationship to energy and resource depletions: Nafeez Ahmed (on twitter at @NafeezAhmed )

IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis

Israel’s defence minister has confirmed that military plans to ‘uproot Hamas’ are about dominating Gaza’s gas reserves
This is part of a wider strategy of:

“…. separating the Palestinians from their land and natural resources in order to exploit them, and, as a consequence, blocking Palestinian economic development. Despite all formal agreements to the contrary, Israel continues to manage all the natural resources nominally under the jurisdiction of the PA, from land and water to maritime and hydrocarbon resources.”

Brazil infos:

A solidariedade Palestina no Brasil (NINJA media)

A Vigília por Gaza em SP Terminou com a Polícia Dando Tiros Para o Alto (Sao Paulo Gaza vigil ends with police shooting into the air)

Brasil, Rússia, China, Índia e África do Sul condenam Israel por ataques à Palestina (BRICS condemn Israel for attacks)

– Para quem não conhece a historia ou quer saber mais sobre : Occupation 101

A historia sionista (The Zionist Story) completo e com legendas corrigidas

 – John Pilger – A Palestina continua sendo a questão (Palestine Is Still The Issue)

– Belo documentário sobre a história do território palestino, o Sionismo e o massacre promovido por Israel desde 1948… Vale a pena conferir! (via Ato de Solidariedade com a Palestina e contra o Genocídio em GAZA)

Noam Chomsky’s views on the crisis and solutions:

Noam Chomsky video:

BOYCOTT ISRAEL: Support BDS : Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement

 

9 Graphics to Help You Understand What Life Is Really Like in Gaza

A quick summary of the conflict. This is no war, this is an Israeli genocide. Keep in mind this is children only.

Palesstinian & Israeli deaths, timeline of violence since sep 2000

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DAM: WHO’S THE TERRORIST #Palestine #HipHop. #Gaza

Related DN! post: Palestinian Rap Group DAM Use Hip-Hop to Convey the Frustrations, Hopes of a Dispossessed People

Dr Norman G. Finkelstein Replies to a Jewish Woman (Arabic Subs)

Clip from full documentary: American Radical – The Trials of Norman Finkelstein

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45 thoughts on “End the slaughter in Gaza now!!!

  1. Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority

    The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance… it is the illusion of knowledge. A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict – Occupation 101 presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions.

    The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

    The film covers a wide range of topics – which include – the first wave of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1880’s, the 1920 tensions, the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the first Intifada of 1987, the Oslo Peace Process, Settlement expansion, the role of the United States Government, the second Intifada of 2000, the separation barrier and the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, as well as many heart wrenching testimonials from victims of this tragedy.

  2. Juntos pela paz / Together for peace

    Revelam-se cada vez mais intensas e preocupantes as tensões entre Israel e a Palestina. Um governo mal intencionado, um grande genocídio que assola a história e quem sofre sempre são seus povos. O filme retrata uma leve brisa de paz entre judeus e muçulmanos. Fruto de uma reunião ocorrida dia 13 de julho em Curitiba, muçulmanos, judeus e simpatizantes se encontraram no Memorial Árabe, praça Gibran Khalil Gibran, em solidariedade às vítimas da guerra de Israel e da Palestina.

    It’s becoming more intense and disturbing the tensions between Israel and Palestine. A government generator of a large genocide plaguing the history, and who suffer is always their own people.
    The film portrays a light breeze of peace between Jews and Muslims. Result of a meeting held on the 13rd of July in Curitiba, Brazil where muslims, jews and supporters met at the Arab Memorial, Square Gibran Khalil Gibran, in solidarity with the victims of the war in Israel and Palestine.

    from bem-te-vi produções

  3. Via: Kevin Squires‎Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)

    So much LOVE for the Israeli comrades at this demo. Real solidarity. No liberal zionist hand-wringing about “both sides” and “if only x was y” here. Respect.

    “We will not die, we will not kill to serve the United States!
    We will not die, we will not kill to serve Zionism!”

    VIA https://www.facebook.com/groups/20826333992/permalink/10152624922743993/

  4. VID: #Israel and #Palestine, an animated introduction. By Jewish Voice For Peace @jvplive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y58njT2oXfE … #liveline #GazaUnderAttack

  5. Israel accused by UN of War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid. Anger from Irish public growing against Israeli state terror. (Day 16 – 644 deaths in Gaza)

    As this horrific attack goes on, I am posting only 1 post a day with critical news, in the hope that more people see the reality of whats going on in Palestine. With that, I hope more “normal people” join in the rapidly growing international body calling for Israel to respect international law and to stop their “genocide” in Palestine. The only solution is for global public to demand their governments force Israel comply, or else face full breaking off of all trade and diplomatic ties. It worked to end Apartheid in South Africa, we feel it WILL end the injustices in the middle east.

    ** IMPORTANT BREAKTHROUGHS IN TODAYS NEWS:

    1 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said today that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza, where its punitive house demolitions and killing of children raise the “strong possibility” that it is violating international law.

    Citing cases Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave, she said: “These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. “Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated,” Ms Pillay said in some of her strongest comments on the conflict.

    2 – (From March, before this attack) A UN human rights investigator has accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid policies against Palestinians. Richard Falk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, said Israel carried out a “systematic and continued effort to change the ethnic composition of East Jerusalem”.

    Falk, an 82-year-old American, said that in recent years Israel had made it more difficult for Palestinians to reside there while encouraging the building of new Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.

    Falk, who is Jewish, described Israeli policies as bearing “unacceptable characteristics of colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing”.

    “What is called occupation is now more widely understood to be a form of annexation, the embodiment of apartheid in the sense that there’s a discriminatory dual system of law, giving legal protection to the Israeli settlers and subjecting the Palestinian population under occupation to a continuing existence without rights,” he said.

    3 – In Ireland:
    – FIANNA FÁIL LEADER and former Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin has said the Government needs to call the Israeli ambassador back in and articulate the Irish people’s “outrage” over the country’s military action against Gaza.
    – Campaign is building seeking to expel Israeli ambassador from Ireland. There was a 71% YES vote on an online Poll on the Journal.ie website on the following question: Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland?
    – There will be a demonstration in Dublin today from 5.30-7pm, outside the Department of Foreign Affairs: Mourning the Dead, Standing in Solidarity with the Living

    ** LINKS:

    The Irish Times: Israel may be committing war crimes, says UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/israel-may-be-committing-war-crimes-un-rights-envoy-says-1.1875522

    TodayFM: ‪#‎Israel‬ guilty of war crimes? ‪#‎UN‬ wants investigation into civilian attacks http://www.todayfm.com/Israel-may-be-guilty-of-war-crimes

    #Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing and ‪#‎Apartheid‬, Says UN Rapporteur http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/israel-guilty-ethnic-cleansing-apartheid-says-un-rapporteur-1441350 (March 21, 2014 – before this attack: International Business Times)

    It is a war crime to target densely packed Gaza homes http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/it-is-a-war-crime-to-target-densely-packed-gaza-homes-1.1874825 … via IrishTimes

    ‪#‎Ireland‬: Government needs to articulate Ireland’s “outrage” to Israeli ambassador- Martin http://jrnl.ie/1584275 ‪#‎gazaunderattack‬ ‪#‎gaza‬ via TheJournal.ie

    Campaign building seeking to expel Israeli ambassador from #Ireland http://jrnl.ie/1580763 #gazaunderattack #israel ‪#‎BDS‬ ‪#‎palestine‬ ‪#‎VINB‬

    Poll: Would you support the expelling of the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland? (71% YES) http://www.thejournal.ie/poll-expelling-israeli-ambassador-1581479-Jul2014/ … @thejournal_ie #GazaUnderAttack

    Dublin demonstration today: Mourning the Dead, Standing in Solidarity with the Living
    https://www.facebook.com/events/524841994283275/

    LIVE updates over today: Gaza crisis: John Kerry arrives in Israel for ceasefire talks – live updates
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/gaza-crisis-plo-supports-hamas-conditions-for-ceasefire-live-updates

    TWEETS: https://twitter.com/irishecodudebrz

  6. And to reiterate, this is not an ANTI-JEWISH thing, it is very sad to see spate of abuse and attacks against jews since this attack on gaza started. The growing body that support #freedomforgaza are against all forms of racism and sectarianism, they also support all jews, both inside and outside of Israel, who are working for a lasting peace. Also it is very worrying to see the rise of the ultra nationalists, ultra right, and even (irony of ironies) neo nazis in Israel, who are attacking israeli arabs, leftists and peace activists. Last weekend was the worst of such attacks since the formation of the jewish state in 1948, and nearly with full complicity of the Israeli police, many people were attacked and hospitalised. Seems like the same story we have seen with the openly neo nazi party “golden dawn” in Greece… The attacks are happening in Belfast too.

    “on the evening of July 12, when a group of several dozen extreme-right activists, some of them wearing T-shirts with neo-Nazi designs, attacked a peaceful demonstration against the carnage in Gaza and the targeting of civilians on both sides — and for a cease-fire and peace. The right-wingers announced in advance that they would be coming to physically assault us in the protest. However, police paid no heed to the warnings, nor to the threats made on the scene when the protest began, nor to our requests that the very few police officers present would call for backup and try to physically separate the two demonstrations.”

    – Tel Aviv Is Under Red Alert. Extreme-right activists, neo-Nazis, attacked peaceful demonstration in #israel http://t.co/254uFAF5oU

    – A shred of hope: dozens of Israeli reserve soldiers sign petition: “we refuse” http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/23/we-are-israeli-reservists-we-refuse-to-serve/?hpid=z10

    – Germany’s Jewish community warns Gaza conflict has triggered hatred against them, writes @DerekinBerlin http://t.co/zn2em9cvN4

    – Windows smashed at Belfast synagogue on Somerton Road http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-28405207

    To follow Jewish peace perspective, follow: Jewish Voice for Peace
    On twitter at @jvplive https://twitter.com/jvplive

  7. Global Solidarity against Israel grows. Media becoming more balanced. Actions in Ireland. Tomorrow ANONYMOUS hacker attack on Israeli state. (Day 17 – 746 deaths in Gaza, 4,640 wounded)

    Yesterdays claims by the UN that Israel are carrying out WAR CRIMES has got huge recognition and further forces those still yet unsure of which side is at fault, to question or at leas investigate deeper the Palestinian argument.

    With that more and more people are expressing anger, posting images from Gaza on their FB pages, sharing articles outlining the true picture of the horrors in Gaza… For many, it is first time sharing things “political”. While in itself it will not solve the problem, for many it is a very important FIRST STEP on a road seeking justice. It brings joy to see many people I never thought cared about these issues, share their views in this semi-public realm.

    In short, traditional news feeding via mainstream (one sided) media has been replaced by organic sharing of “the truth” from peer to peer. This is having massive negative impact on Israel, public opinion is moving against their racist, imperialist, colonial, unjust and ILLEGAL war machine. Also, due to this hunger for the truth, more established very pro-israeli US and related media have started to also swing and now are giving more balanced coverage to both sides. It must go further but the shift has happened.

    Yesterday in Dublin there was a very good action Mourning the Dead, Standing in Solidarity with the Living, with 100’s of people blocking street outside dept of foreign affairs and doing a DIE-IN, while names of those killed read out. It got good media attention and videos are posted with Irish based activists, including many Gaza Palesinians, sharing their views. Ex Irish rugby player Trevor Hogan spoke very well on how “being neutral is to take the side of the agressor”, echoing Bishop Desmond Tutu’s views. The clamor of the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ireland grows.

    Last night the UN voted on leading an investigation into Israeli war crimes, full title was “Ensuring respect for International law in PT (Palestinian territories), including East Jerusalem)”… Only 1 country said no.. the USA, as usual. But the European countries abstained, including Ireland, which is shameful. More on the fall out of that later.

    Tomorrow, Friday, the hactivist group Anonymous are calling for a global attack on Israeli state digital world, a call out went out during the week. Perhaps nothing will come of it, but you never know? They are promising a surprise of sorts. More of that follow the twitter hashtag #OpSaveGaza.

    SOLIDARITY, LOVE AND HOPE TO GAZA, THE WEST BANK AND PALESTINE..

    *** LINKS:

    – SOLIDARITY

    VIA Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC):

    Some coverage and photos from last night’s die-in for Gaza in Dublin. Some really good videos on the Irish Times and Irish Independent websites.

    >>> Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/die-in-rally-held-by-pro-palestinean-activists-in-dublin-1.1876716

    >>> Irish Independent: http://www.independent.ie/videos/hundreds-protest-at-gaza-die-in-in-dublin-30455209.html

    >>> TheJournal.ie: http://www.thejournal.ie/gaza-die-in-protest-dublin-1586606-Jul2014/

    >>> Photoset: https://www.facebook.com/aaron.jewell.71/media_set?set=a.10152553941611352.1073741830.663366351&type=1

    >>> Trevor Hogan’s Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XceJbr59zBk

    – MEDIA + role of SOCIAL MEDIA

    Democracy Now!: MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/msnbcs_sole_palestinian_voice_rula_jebreal

    + A Debate on Gaza: Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada vs. J.J. Goldberg of The Jewish Daily Forward
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/a_debate_on_gaza_ali_abunimah

    Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israel-alienating-mainstream.html

    #Israel is losing the SOCIAL MEDIA #war over #Gaza: http://ow.ly/zp1o1 + http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/why-israel-is-losing-the-american-media-war.html … #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #liveline #vinb

    Current Brazilian debate on the issue on Gringoes.com: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gringoes/10152547854480269/?notif_t=group_comment_reply

    – UN VOTE

    The EU is sinking to new lows.

    – ANONYMOUS HACKER ATTACK #OpSaveGaza

    #Anonymous – Message to Israel and Palestine. #OpSaveGaza #GazaUnderAttack #FreePalestine http://youtu.be/bbPhqbWkgd8

    #OpSaveGaza: Anonymous Continues Cyber-Campaign Knocking Israeli Ministry of Defence Website Offline http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/opsavegaza-anonymous-continues-cyber-campaign-knocking-israeli-ministry-defence-website-offline-1457580

    #OpSaveGaza: #Anonymous Takes Down 1,000 Israeli Government and Business Websites http://bit.ly/1n63ayf

    Mother Jones: “Inside #Anonymous’ Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/07/anonymous-cyberattack-israel-gaza

  8. + From conversations about the conflict..

    Having been around the block plenty times too, a critical question is “how do we win”! Being involved with many issues over many years, yes including with black africans (g8 radical radio network in scotland, radio going straight out to africa…), has led me to the critical view point that “most” activists, networks, projects etc… have view of “fight the good fight” with little or no space for dreaming up what we are FOR, and from that envisioning a strategy or process on how to get there. (lessons from Ireland are important here, and I say this as a committed pacifist) Personally, I have lots of hope. As bad as the goings on are at present in Gaza (and they are attrociious, especially after this mornings UN school bombing… ) I feel that a critical junction has been reached, that of a shift in info diffusion systems, which IS leading to a changing political analysis, which WILL lead to building on the already strong critical voice for justice… It is very interesting to see the shift in Jewish voices, especially in the US, away from base Israeli support, to demanding Israel comply with Intnl law..

    Things have come along way, in a short space of time. What a different world we live in now, compared to say March 2003, when the Iraq war broke out… If we had the tools we have today…

    We saw a sense of Justice coming to South Africa (not perfect now, but apartheid has been defeated), we WILL see justice and peace come to the middle east in our lifetime.

    Today, Israel are winning “the battle” (the slaughter in gaza), but losing “the war” (intnl support for their actions)

    WE ARE WINNING (We, being the global community that stands for and is fighting, non violently, FOR peace and justice in both Palestine and Israel)

    Related links etc:

    #Israel is losing the SOCIAL MEDIA #war over #Gaza: http://ow.ly/zp1o1 + http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/why-israel-is-losing-the-american-media-war.html

    Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/israel-alienating-mainstream.html

    Democracy Now!: MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/23/msnbcs_sole_palestinian_voice_rula_jebreal

    #Israel Has a New Worst Enemy — #Twitter http://jd.fo/p4gHX#.U9Ez1kPSLUo.twitter … via @jdforward #GazaUnderAttack is our WMD (weapon of mass diffusion) #gaza

  9. “Hitler should have gassed them, when he had the chance”; Antisemitism growing rapidly (again) in Europe + Jews against Zionist project is the key to peace (Day 18 – 822 deaths in Gaza)

    ** This is not an anti Jewish thing, it is anti Zionist

    “Hitler should have gassed them, when he had the chance”… It is with great sadness that I see someone, who was a friend, write these words on a friends FB page. I confront anti semitism whenever I see it. Before leaving Europe racism was on the rise, before this round of #gazaunderattack jews were being attacked (see france alone for the shocking realiety)… It felt like early 1930’s again (see greece, hungary, sweden, france, UK… rise of far right fascist parties). But now the level of attacks on jews is getting very worrying. The core philosophy of Zionism (expulsion of “the other” from a land deemed to be the “land for the Jews”) goes against the core values of Judaism

    “As I wrote some days back: And to reiterate, this is not an ANTI-JEWISH thing, it is very sad to see spate of abuse and attacks against jews since this attack on gaza started. The growing body that support #freedomforgaza are against all forms of racism and sectarianism, they also support all jews, both inside and outside of Israel, who are working for a lasting peace.”

    Thankfully this sad news is being covered in the media. Yesterday on Today Fm Irish radio show “the last word” English Jew Emma Barnett talked about the rising trend of anti-Semitism in Europe.

    To give HOPE, i refer to the excellent article from Laurie Penny, half Jew who is against the attack in Gaza: As Israel’s assault on Gaza intensifies, it is not anti-Semitic to say: not in my name

    Again, to understand the roots of conflict and the solutions, id direct to the wise words from Jews who have spent much of their lives advocating what should be done; Noam Chomsky, a US born jew and Ronen Berelovich, an Israeli born jew who earlier in his life before questioning things fought for the Israeli army.

    In regards to the holocaust, THE BIGGEST CRIME OF THE 20TH CENTURY, the extermination of 6 million of Europe’s Jews.. Many Jews claim this as a reason why the Israelis have to fight today. But, more Jews are moving against this. I would direct people to where a Zionist Israeli Girl Debates Jewish Professor Dr. Norman Finkelstein, his response is that he was brought up by parents who survived Auschwitz, and it is specifically because of that, that he stands against the same being done by Israel to the Palestinians, very powerful…

    ** As to how peace can be achieved:

    Israel has always fought on 2 fronts; ground war and the battle of public opinion. Today, Israel is winning “the battle” (genocide we are sadly watching in gaza) but it is losing “the war” (world public opinion). Yesterday I outlined how changes in media, especially social media, are affecting this positively. On a Brazil blog I have been engaged on 2 discussions on the conflict in Gaza, heres 1 post:

    “…Having been around the block plenty times too, a critical question is “how do we win”! Being involved with many issues over many years, has led me to the critical view point that “most” activists, networks, projects etc… have view of “fight the good fight” with little or no space for dreaming up what we are FOR, and from that envisioning a strategy or process on how to get there. (lessons from Ireland are important here, and I say this as a committed pacifist) Personally, I have lots of hope. As bad as the goings on are at present in Gaza (and they are atrocious, especially after this mornings UN school bombing… ) I feel that a critical junction has been reached, that of a shift in info diffusion systems, which IS leading to a changing political analysis, which WILL lead to building on the already strong critical voice for justice… It is very interesting to see the shift in Jewish voices, especially in the US, away from base Israeli support, to demanding Israel comply with Intnl law.

    Things have come along way, in a short space of time. What a different world we live in now, compared to say March 2003, when the Iraq war broke out… If we had the tools we have today…

    We saw a sense of Justice coming to South Africa (not perfect now, but apartheid has been defeated), we WILL see justice and peace come to the middle east in our lifetime.

    WE ARE WINNING (We, being the global community that stands for and is fighting, non violently, FOR peace and justice in both Palestine and Israel)…”

    ** Why should normal people care?

    Reasons for caring, I am a human being, try to understand what that means and lastly take responsibility to try to work for peace. I have lived and worked in post war zones, I have had friends over the years in many places who have lived through terror, including in Ireland.

    There is only 1 country which carries out what Israel does, in breach of international law.. and gets away with it.

    Israel is a western state receiving full support from other western nations that is leading a charge of (slow) genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid… As someone who is from 1 of those western nations and whose country was on the receiving end of such brutality not so long ago (Ireland), all be it to a lesser extent, I join the rest to say “not in my name”!

    The state terror we are witnessing in Palestine is THE crime of the modern age, I agree with MLK and Biahop Tutu’s views, that it continues simply because good, normal people don’t stand up against the horror.

    Another angle for giving a hoot: Ask those who lost family in the bombs in Madrid, London, or 9-11… Injustice in Palestine is source of radical Islamic terror. Many radical Islamic terrorist groups site the terror and injustice in Palestine being one of the main reasons for their actions. As they see no justice coming for Palestine, being supported by the western political system, they see their actions justified in fighting a war against these nations. They equate the suffering of innocents in the west as a fraction of the pain of the suffering experienced in Palestine. I don’t support or condone their actions, but I can understand their logic.”

    Also, it is worth remembering this story that we are fed; Jews and Muslims have always been at war… This is a fabrication. It is only since the 1930’s when the newly arrived Jews in Palestine started to move the arabs about, that the tensions flared.

    Remember also, the modern “west” grew from the richness of ideas that existed in Spain, due to the mix of mostly jews and muslims, in terms of medicine, mathematics, astronomy etc… After the black death, the “other” was driven from Spain by Isabella, while after the “other” was driven from the “new world”…
    Some of the richness of ideas eventually morphed, or was remembered, with the arrival of the renaissance…

    ** America Latina junto a Palestina – Latin American with Palestine..

    Latin America is leading the global battle for justice, cutting diplomatic and trade links. Hats off to Chile, Ecuador and Brazil. I hope and expect more countries to be inspired by them and to do likewise…

    Latin America is leading the charge against the corrupt regime of Israel. First Chile cut economic ties. 2 days ago Ecuador recalls its ambassador from Israel, yesterday Brazil does likewise… Time for the rest of the world to follow suit… Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement now, until Israel respects International law!

    There have been similar calls made in Ireland, Spain and other countries.

    ** #Gaza: Is this a war on children?

    Yesterday at least 15 people were killed and 200 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in northern Gaza which was being used as a shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. The UN claims half the area of the already packed Gaa strip is now too dangerous to move in.

    Jon Snow, of Channel4 News, has been speaking to youngsters in Gaza City about their lives and how they’re coping with living in a warzone. And he also talks to Dr Mads Gilbert… a Norwegian doctor working at al Shifa hospital – who is treating some of the children. Mads claims Israeli actions are a breach of international law.

    With this Irish Doctors protested yesterday against Israeli breach of ‘medical neutrality’. Members of the Irish medical community have staged a protest against what it calls the illegal Israeli breach of medical neutrality in Gaza through the killing of medics and targeting of hospitals in the besieged territory.

    “Gathering outside the Dail yesterday, doctors and medical staff rounded on the Israeli administration for breaching international law following several attacks on Palestinian medical facilities and for impeding supplies.”

    ** So let the music keep your spirtis high…

    If woody was about today, he would be singing some very powerful tunes. In his line, and taking the baton of speaking truth.. David Rovics.. who describes himself as an “anti-Zionist Jew from New York” tells his truths:

    Justice for Palestine, lift the ILLEGAL siege of Gaza, allow for the 2 state solution..

    +++ LINKS:

    *** 2 big discussions / arguments on Gringoes.com:

    1 – Who Voted—and Who Didn’t—for U.N. Investigation of Potential War Crimes in Gaza
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gringoes/10152547854480269

    2 – Brazil taking further steps in the right direction: Brazilian government condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza, and recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/gringoes/10152549953155269

    *** Jewish attacks and growing tension

    As Israel’s assault on Gaza intensifies, it is not anti-Semitic to say: not in my name http://ow.ly/zxbil by Laurie Penny

    Norman Finkelstein (Jew whose family died in Auschwitz) equates Israeli state terror in Palestine to the nazis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7tupJRSi7M … #gaza

    PODCAST: @Emmabarnett talks to @cooper_m about a rising trend of anti-Semitism in Europe. http://tinyurl.com/pkzxhl5

    #Jews @Emmabarnett & Alexei Sayle come to blows over whether #GazaUnderAttack is causing a rise in UK #antiSemitism http://bbc.in/1AbQprO

    Germany’s Jewish community warns Gaza conflict has triggered hatred against them, writes @DerekinBerlin http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/jewish-community-warns-gaza-conflict-has-triggered-hatred-against-them-1.1873774#.U84Nx6koQZU.twitter

    Windows smashed at Belfast synagogue on Somerton Road http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-28405207

    #Curitiba, #Brazil. Video of cities Jews, Muslims & #Gaza supporters all together standing for peace http://vimeo.com/100959558 #GazaUnderAttack

    The Zionist Story, Ronen Berelovich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeR1x4TZ280 + http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/zionist-story/

    Noam Chomsky – US Israeli Crimes Against Palestine (2012)

    Noam Chomsky Israeli-Palestinian Negotiated Settlement Collapse (May 2014)

    *** Latin American with Palestine..

    Latin America is leading the charge against the corrupt regime of Israel. First Chile cut economic ties. Yesterday Ecuador recalls its ambassador from Israel, today Brazil does likewise…

    Brazil – http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.606979
    Ecuador – http://www.tasnimnews.com/English/Home/Single/441379
    Chile – http://www.globalresearch.ca/chile-cuts-ties-with-israel/5392422

    Ireland:
    There’s a campaign building seeking to expel the Israeli ambassador to Ireland
    http://www.thejournal.ie/petition-expel-israeli-ambassador-1580763-Jul2014/

    Gerry Adams: Expel Israeli Ambassador
    http://leargas.blogspot.com.br/2014/07/expel-israeli-ambassador.html

    **** Gaza: Is this a war on children?

    – Jon Snow has been speaking to youngsters in Gaza City
    http://bit.ly/1z9Acly

    – Also, on Democracy Now!, Mads spoke too

    Breaking: In Latest Attack on Gaza Medical Site, IDF Shells al-Aqsa Hospital; 5 Dead, Dozens Hurt (3 days ago)
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/breaking_in_latest_attack_on_gaza

    Irish Doctors protest against Israeli breach of ‘medical neutrality’ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/doctors-protest-against-israeli-breach-of-medical-neutrality-1.1877269 … #GazaUnderAttack attacks on…

    *** MUSIC: DAVID ROVICS

    Music for #Palestine; @drovics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CUu6JIZN1w&index=1&list=PL2U-xiC5BggGNuhBMxYAmRK87V_644E9q … #GazaUnderAttack #PalestineResists #Gaza #westbank #48Kmarch #48thousandmarch #israel

  10. Chomsky nails it on the head in 3 and a half minutes!!!

    (from 2013, but same dynamics – from 44.49 to 48.15. Vid title: “Israel: An Apartheid State”, full length 2hr 18 mins, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ZV3YnZnL99M#t=2687 )

    Rough transcript:

    “The real issue is what was the justification for US/ Israeli invasion in the first place? And the answer is NONE!

    There was no justification, there was not even a pretext. Well, technically there was a pretext, there always is. The pretext was Israel was being bombarded by Hamas rockets. But Israel knew perfectly well, and the US knew perfectly well, how to stop the Hamas rockets, by peaceful means. by enabling a ceasefire, and that would have worked, almost certainly.

    Now there had in fact been a ceasefire in 2008 and during the ceasefire Hamas didn’t fire a single rocket. You can look up the the official Israeli government website to find recognition of that. And that was true, even though Israel didn’t live up to the ceasefire. It continued to maintain the siege, which was in violation of the cease fire agreement. The siege is an act of war of course. Nevertheless Hamas didn’t fire any rockets. On November 4th, under cover of the US elections Israel invaded Gaza, killed half a dozen Hamas militants, and then rocket fire started. And there was an exchange and everyone killed was Palestinian, which is usual. Hamas called for a reinstatement of the ceasefire, this went right up to practically the day of the invasion, the Israeli cabinet considered it, as we know from internal Israeli sources, and decided not to do it, they wanted to attack. Of course the US is up to its neck in this. So the US and Israel knew perfectly well that there were peaceful means to stop the rocket fire which was the alleged pretext, but preferred not to use them, just as in other cases that I have just mentioned. There are peaceful means and if you dont want to use them, in that case you have NO JUSTIFICATION FOR THE USE OF FORCE, thats just plain common sense and its also STRAIGHT INTERNATIONAL LAW. By the law resort to force is completely banned, its the worst crime, unless you have exhausted peaceful means, and a couple of other conditions. And in this case the US and Israel refused to even try peaceful means, because they knew they were going to work, so THE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE INVASION IS ZERO. In fact if they fired even one pistol shot it was a crime.

    And hence, looking into the difficult question of disproportionality is a straight gift to Israel.. Re Goldstein (watch earlier parts for this)…

    ..but their (israels) reaction to it has been so irrational and hysterical that its actually stirred up a lot of opposition around the world. Those who follow the history of apartheid will recognize the similarities, it just cant be perceived here.

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