In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Israel’s latest ritual slaughter

by Stephen Lendman

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March 14, 2012 “Information Clearing House” —Four days of Israeli terror bombing left at least 25 Palestinians dead and dozens injured, some seriously. Human rights groups expressed outrage. So did Arab League states, Iran, Turkey, and Malaysia.

Israel’s UN envoy Ron Prosor wants the Security Council to condemn Palestinian victims. Like Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, his audacity gives chutzpah new meaning.

On March 12, Egypt’s lower parliamentary house unanimously approved a text declaring Israel Egypt’s number one enemy. It called for expelling its ambassador, halting gas exports at below market prices, and reevaluating its 1978 peace treaty. It followed the 1978 Camp David Accords.

Its text said:

“Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity, which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation.”

“It will deal with that entity as an enemy, and the Egyptian government is hereby called upon to review all its relations and accords with that enemy.”

No Israeli comment followed.

Four days of Israeli terror bombings were unprovoked. Assassinating Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) head Zuhir al-Qaisi and PRC member Mahmoud Hanani began them. Both men died when two IDF missiles struck their car.

Gazan resistance groups launched Grad missiles, home-made rockets, and mortar shells defensively in response. Israel and Washington pointed fingers the wrong way. Absolving Israeli crimes takes precedence.

Naked aggression’s called self-defense. Resistance freedom fighting’s called terrorism. Facts on the ground are inverted. Whatever Israel does it right. Legitimate Palestinian responses aren’t tolerated. Victims get no rights.

Israel’s bloodstained history reflects decades of ritual slaughter and targeted killings. The latest incident shows what Palestinians endure regularly, including from media scoundrels ignoring their suffering and denouncing them.

Usually, Haaretz produces responsible journalism. Not on March 13. An editorial headlined, “War in Israel’s south will not defeat Gaza terror,” asking:

Was killing al-Qaisi worth “disruption….economic damage, (and) danger of plunging into a military ground operation in Gaza?”

Unasked was how targeted killings are ever justifiable. Haaretz approves against alleged “ticking bomb(s).” By whose standard when no evidence linked al-Qaisi to past or claimed planned attacks. Saying so isn’t proof. Israel never supplies it. Why is clear. There’s none, but Haaretz didn’t explain or denounce premeditated murder.

Instead, it sided with southern Israelis living under threat of Gazan rockets. They’re used defensively in response to Israeli attacks. International law permits it.

“The war in the south must end immediately. It will not defeat terror nor reduce the Gaza threat.” Nor will Cast Lead II. Sensibly the editorial ended saying negotiations, not violence, produces solutions.

But how can Palestinians negotiate in good faith without a willing partner! For decades, Israel chose violence, not peace or honest diplomacy. Relations with Netanyahu’s like dealing with a snake. It’s futile, toxic and dangerous. He proves it by committing cold-blooded murder, claiming self-defense.

A same day Haaretz article was just as shameless, headlined, “TIMELINE/A breakdown of number of Gaza rockets fired at Israel over past year.”

Enumerating numbers fired by month from January 2011 through the latest March confrontation, it listed 200 this month alone. Gazans were blamed, not IDF belligerents. Unexplained was that Palestinians respond defensively to Israeli aggression.

Instead, the blame game shamelessly named victims. It also ignored their decades long liberation struggle against lawless, repressive occupation, and for Gazans years of suffocating siege.

Moreover, as Btselem documents, Palestinian rockets killed only 19 Israeli civilians from June 2004 through September 2011. In contrast, from September 29, 2000 through December 26, 2008, Israeli forces killed 4,788 Palestinians. Israeli settlers killed 45 more.

Cast Lead killed over 1,400 Gazans in three weeks, mostly civilians. Only five IDF soldiers died in the conflict, no civilians. Since Cast Lead ended in January 2009, Israeli forces killed another 300 Palestinians. Settlers killed five more. Palestinians killed 15 Israelis.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said Israeli drone attacks killed 825 Palestinians, mostly civilians, from June 2006 through October 2011. PCHR deputy director Hamdi Shaqqura said:

“For us, drones mean death….When you hear drones, you hear death,” and know it’s coming.

Haaretz omitted this balance sheet from its equation.

Notably, hundreds of Israelis die annually from traffic related accidents. In 2008, it was nearly 450, in 2011, almost 400. Deaths at the hands of Palestinians pale by comparison.

Haaretz’s article was cruel and deceptive. It distorted facts in portraying an entirely one-sided picture. Gazans are wrongfully called terrorists. They’re human beings suffering horrifically from lawless Israeli oppression. It’s not typical Haaretz style. For US major media scoundrels, it’s de rigueur.

Hopefully today’s report and opinion prove aberrant. Hopefully those producing them learn from their mistakes. Haaretz features wonderful writers like Gideon Levy and Amira Hass. They consistently offer responsible journalism. America’s major print media have none like them. If any tried, they’d be fired. Only scoundrels need apply.

It shows up daily in reports like The New York Times headlining, “As Rockets Fly, New Conditions Shape Fight in Gaza,” saying:

Ahead of an Egyptian-brokered truce, Israeli airstrikes continue and Palestinian “militants’ rockets (are reaching farther into Israel.” IDF head Gen. Benny Gantz was cited, saying Palestinian violence will require another Cast Lead type operation. Israeli finance minister Yuval Steinitz said eventually Israel will have to do a “root canal.”

In other words, victims, not perpetrators, deserve blame. Times writers play the same game. Right and wrong are reversed. Aggression’s called self-defense. Legitimate responses are terrorism. Israel’s point of view alone matters. It’s typical Times journalism, betraying their readers through lies, deception, and willful misreporting.

The same article falsely suggested Iran’s an existential threat. Serial liars don’t quit. It’s habit forming. Too many people believe it. It lets Israel and America get away with murder.

Complicit media scoundrels facilitate it. So does scurrilous UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. He condemned Palestinian self-defense as “unacceptable,” while urging Israel to “exercise maximum restraint.”

Hillary Clinton expressed Washington’s official response, “condemn(ing) Gazan victims “in the strongest terms” while urging “all sides…to make every effort to restore calm.”

In other words, killing Palestinians is OK. Responding to premeditated aggression defensively is terrorism. Views like that secure scurrilous reprobates like her and Ban top jobs. Denouncing Israeli lawlessness assures rebukes.

America and Israel have “shared values.” None support right over wrong. One wonders what’s next.

A Final Comment

After an agreed truce, Israeli forces attacked a funeral procession east of Gaza City. Three Palestinians were injured. Medical spokesman Adham Abu Salmiyah said soldiers fired indiscriminately at mourners. Wounded victims were taken to al-Shifa Hospital.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said soldiers “operating along the security fence identified around 50 Palestinians gathered and in accordance with army procedures fired warning shots.”

Some warning! Soldiers fired directly at nonviolent Palestinians threatening no one. It’s “in accordance with army procedures!”

Mirsad Nanić
Mirsad Nanić 5pts

Inshallah somewhat of a "peace" is made for these people who have already lost so much!

Abdallatyf Ibnnasser
Abdallatyf Ibnnasser 5pts

ALLAH is the Mercy and Merciful etc ALLAHu Akbar Kabira... Thus people that show no Mercy shall taste no Mercy in the day of Judgement inshALLAHu ta'ala...

Abdallatyf Ibnnasser
Abdallatyf Ibnnasser 5pts

ALLAH is the Mercy and Merciful etc ALLAHu Akbar Kabira... Thus people that show no Mercy shall taste no Mercy in the day of Judgement inshALLAHu ta'ala...

iQ 5pts

Zionist Cannibals

Mohammad Khalid
Mohammad Khalid 5pts

Reported by Abu Said Al Khudri: "A man from my nation will come who speaks with my Sunnah and Allah, the Mighty, the Glorified will send showers of rain from the heavens so that the earth will produce its blessing. Through him the earth will be filled with fairness and justice just as it had been filled by oppression and injustice. He will govern this nation for seven years, and go to Jerusalem." (Abu Dawud, Al Hakim, At-Tirmidhi, Ahmad, son of Hibban, Muslim, Al Tabarani, Al Barudi and Abu Nuaym) On the authority of Thawban, the Messenger of Allah (upon whom be blessings and peace) said:The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: "Before your treasure, three will kill each other -- all of them are sons of a different caliph but none will be the recipient. Then the Black Banners will appear from the East and they will kill you in a way that has never before been done by a nation." Thawban, a companion said: 'Then he said something that I do not remember by heart' then continued to say that the Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, said: "If you see him give him your allegiance, even if you have to crawl over ice, because surely he is the Caliph of Allah, the Mahdi. If you see the black (meaning war) flags coming from Khurasan (Afghanistan), join that army, even if you have to crawl over ice, for this is the army of the Caliph, the Mahdi and no one can stop that army until it reaches Jerusalem." (Son of Majah, Al Busiri, Al Hakim, Ahmad Nuaym, Ad-Daylami, Hasan, son of Sufyaan, and Abu Nuaym.) Related by Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam said: "(Armies carrying) black flags will come from Khurasan (Afghanistan). No power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Jerusalem where they will erect their flags." (Tirmidhi)

Ayinla Zikiraa
Ayinla Zikiraa 5pts

Allah knws an sees so dnt worry coz after hardship certainly relife wil follow insha Allahu Rahaman

Rizwan Shaikh
Rizwan Shaikh 5pts

its extremely painful and unacceptable as to what is happening to d people of gaza.... Israel has no humanitarian norms....

Nimao A. Bodleh
Nimao A. Bodleh 5pts

Israel legitimises its state with violence n support from big brother the US. When will Israel stop black making the world over hitler n ultimately massacring the innocent just like Hitler????

Anwar Mahmood
Anwar Mahmood 5pts

@ Todd Do you not mean israelis surround themselves with the devil whilst Hamas fight to protect the True Religion of God, as well as the women and children of Palestine whilst the israelis lie and steal land and do the devils work. israel is destined for the hell fire!

Todd Ellner
Todd Ellner 5pts

The Israelis surround their women and children with soldiers. Hamas and Fatah surround their "soldiers" with women and children.

Todd Ellner
Todd Ellner 5pts

Nice try, but it followed hundreds of rockets directed by Arabs at civilians. And for all its imperfections the Israelis try to destroy the tunnels, the rockets and the terrorist masterminds. Hamas goes out of its way to kill civilians and avoid EVER fighting anyone who can shoot back.

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