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July 24, 2014

Israel Again And Again Shells Refugee Centers

The Onion is supposed to be a satire magazine. Just yesterday it headlined:

Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites:

“Giving Palestinian civilians the chance to seek safety in the home of a family member or friend that will be shelled to rubble in the next 48 hours is a gesture we deserve praise for, not condemnation. In fact, this initiative has been a major success in this campaign.” Ya’alon added that since there were numerous bombing sites Palestinians could take shelter in, he was not responsible for whatever happened to people who chose to stay home.

Yesterday's satire is today's news.

The Israeli military sometimes warns people of certain regions in Gaza to move away from their homes before it bombs or attacks. Some Palestinians have, if at all, just seconds to leave before an attack but many do leave and flee to the school buildings that under control of the United Nations. The schools are opened especially for this and the UN personal is taking care of the refugees and keeps militants and weapons out of its buildings.

It also provides the Israeli military with the exact coordinates of the schools. So guess what happens next:

Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza:

As many as 30 people have been reported killed and 100 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter.

Al Jazeera's correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under shelling on Thursday. She said sources had told Al Jazeera that up up to 30 people had been killed in the bombardment.

The AFP reported a UN official as confirming "multiple dead and injured".

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Robert Turner, the director for UNRWA, the UN's refugee organisation in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis before the shells landed. He confirmed there were casualties.

He said the UNRWA were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened

"This is a designated emergency shelter," he said. "The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

"This is the fourth strike on our installations in three days."

Four attacks on well known refugee centers within three days. Does anyone still believe that such attacks are some random accidents? I don't. Such shelling is pure intentional murder of obvious non-combatants. It is definitely an intentional war crime.

But the U.S still covers for Israel. It was the only country that voted "No" at the UN Human Rights Commission yesterday over an investigation of such Israeli war crimes in Gaza. One killer covering for the other.

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Cold N Holefield, I'm baffled by your arguments. You say that you don't want the Palestinians 'ethnically cleansed' or 'genocided' and yet what you are proposing is exactly that. You are, whether you know it or not, repeating a variant of an Israeli claim that Jordan is the Palestinian state and that's where all Palestinians should be moved to. What you seem to be proposing is something broader - that a number of countries should offer to take in the Palestinian population of Gaza and, presumably, the West Bank so that they may rebuild their lives anew. Is that a correct summary of your position? If so, such a proposal will effectively ethnically cleanse the Occupied Territories of their populations and result in a kind of genocide since the Palestinians would no longer exist as an identifiable ethnic group but become just another bunch of migrants in their various respective new countries. And how do you plan to deal with Israel's own Arab population whose birth rates vastly exceed those of its jews? Should they also be found new homes in faraway places?

Israel is a colonial, settler state and, like all such states, its main objective is the removal of the indigenous population. That population is not required by law or morality to cooperate with its own dispossession and make nice to and with the occupier.

Posted by: Fern | Jul 25 2014 15:24 utc | 101

JS;Sex is the NWO' s religion.Pornography is the new masterworks.A celebration of bodily function,and a political cudgel.
I bet the Zionists celebrate July as their Ramadan,a month long,in their case,hatefest and of lies.
And again,as Billy Chapin said to Lilian Gish,"he aint no American"(sic)Night of the Hunter.

Posted by: dahoit | Jul 25 2014 16:30 utc | 102

@Fern: "Cold N Holefield, I'm baffled by your arguments."

What is the tagline on his blog "Lie until you win" or something? If you're expecting an honest argument from this cretin, you're giving him far too much credit.

Posted by: guest77 | Jul 25 2014 20:53 utc | 103

does israel have a lust for blood? they agree to stop murder for SOME hours now.

Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 25 2014 21:41 utc | 104

they're doing it again!

Paris police ban pro-Palestinian demo planned for Saturday

Posted by: crone | Jul 25 2014 22:46 utc | 106

You're contradicting yourself a bit, JS. Usually, you denounce people for the simple fact that they are congresspeople regardless of their stances and views (your screeds about Kucinich come to mind), but now you seem to be saying that you suspect that there are many, many congress people are all secretly champing at the bit to stand up for the poor souls being bombed in Palestine, if only they weren't being threatened?

You're first point is actually more likely.

99% of these fiends don't need to be threatened, because the sheer fact that they have managed to slither into their spots in congress in our hideous oligarchical system means that they are a craven little stage-managed yes person who is either dying to shove their nose up the ass of the powerful and take a deep breath or join their ranks. (With a few exceptions, one of which I would suggest is Kucinich).

I mean, you're assuming a few things about these people and why they don't speak out against Israel - a) that some congress slug from Mississippi gives a flying shit about seeing people die anywhere b) that some congress slug who maybe did care about seeing people die would have the balls to stand up and risk his career (that he would be risking his career, but this, I think, requires no threat - its the most obvious thing in the world).

You point out that there are other, huge lobbies - and there are. But are any of them anti-Israel? The military contractors love Israel. The aircraft manufactures triple love Israel. The tech sector, the oil companies, the... the...

The fact is, the USA is run by an elite that controls the media, the economy, the military (not to mention popular culture) and through that power combination, our politics. And this elite is pro-Israel, pro-Capitalism, pro-military, and pro-war (and by no means am I suggesting a "Jewish" elite, though certainly a far, far higher proportion than the teeny tiny numbers by population you showed). And until you understand why the elite is all these things and why all these things are closely interconnected and why basically to be pro-Israel means to be pro-war and pro-Capitalism - then, I think you'll understand that seeing justice for the Palestinians means, in large part, the removal of (or at least the dilution of the power of) this elite in the United States.

We have an anti-democratic system that produces anti-democratic results, and AIPAC plays to the anti-democratic nature of our oligarchical system by funneling shit-tons of Zio-cash into elections - probably all the way down to city council where $50k can break a candidate.

Anyway, we all know that saying "the interests of the majority decide US elections" is about as meaningful a description of fact as saying "the moon is made of cheese" and "the sun is powered by hamster farts".

Posted by: guest77 | Jul 25 2014 22:48 utc | 107

this will make you want to puke:

Posted by: guest77 | Jul 25 2014 23:05 utc | 108


Me: "Your plan involves Russia(!) and China(!!!) agreeing to clean up Israel's mess."
Coldie: "So now the Palestinians are "a mess." "

No, I clearly said that I was talking about "Israel's mess".

Coldie: "I'm asking the entire world, all countries, to do their part in providing a future for the Palestinians."

No, actually, you are asking "the entire world" to remove these poor unfortunates from your sight.

And, I'll repeat again, it is completely unnecessary for "the entire world" to do that simply because Israel flat-out refuses to give these Palestinians a future.

That future can be realized by a simple expedient: Israel can let these refugees return from whence they came.

If "the entire world" really did care - and, clearly, they don't - about The Future of These Palestinians then **my** suggestion is far, far easier for them to realize than is **your** suggestion.

Indeed, all it would take is for all the airlines of the world to refuse to fly into Ben Gurion Airport and for all the world's shipping companies to refuse to dock at Haifa and **your** shouts of It Ain't Never Gonna' Happen! wouldn't last a month.

What's easier for "the entire world" to organizes?
1) The uprooting and removal of an entire people?
2) Sanctions, Boycotts and Divestment of a puissant little country until it does as it is told?

They're is no doubt that the easier route is option(2) because - du'oh! - it's the route that "the entire world" always takes.

Posted by: Johnboy | Jul 25 2014 23:56 utc | 109

I had a post or two that got swallowed up in which I explained myself a bit better and at more length and instead of attempting to repost I just said fuck it.

No, I meant to say that I still stand by my usual rants but what I find intriguing - and what I was speaking to in my post - was that these arrogant fuckers AFTER they've made the big time STILL publicly suck the Israeli donkey dong and do so to the end of their fucking lives REGARDLESS of how rich, famous and financially well of they are.

I mean why do MULITIMILLIONAIRES who are set for fucking life like McCain, Clinton, Kerry, the Bushes etc still publicly have to suck the Israeli donkey dong?

Their kids don't need to work. Their families don't need to work. Wouldn't ONE of them just say "fuck it" and state the truth even in passing?

They always stay on message about neoliberal economics, American exceptionalism and other related horseshit topics but Israel? That fucking genocidal apartheid shithole?

Why should they fucking care? Someone gonna take their lives? Their money? What? Oohh, call them an anti-semite? BFD.

As far as the MIC loving Israel, the have carte blanche anyways budgetwise and don't need fucking Israel to make them more money just a retainer full of mercenary jihadists and a false flag every now and then. Israel's chump change when you can create markets and sell to the world.

Militarily Israel is an albatross now that the US has bases all over the fucking area etc and their shit just needlessly fucks up their relations with oil producers. If we wield so much power over Israel why haven't TPTB just told them to calm the fuck down and quit causing so many fucking problems?

In addition, many MANY in US intelligence FUCKING HATE that shithole country and their long litany of crimes that they've been allowed to get away with.

No, once you think about it a bit more, guest, you and others I hope will see that Israel does NOT fit the mold of other topics, does not fit the mold of other lobbies and doesn't make sense vis a vis the treatment it gets from the US Establishment.

NO ONE says boo about Israel. NOT A FUCKING WORD. NOT EVEN IN JEST. NOT EVEN OBLIQUELY and they can do so about ANY other topic including the MIC.

And the whores are so blatant about supporting a foreign country which it's so easy for people to call them, only .05% of the people in [said state] could even potentially claim to be from Israel. What the fuck is your problem, Senator? You're blocking federal nominees b/c we stopped flying there for TWO FUCKING DAYS?

Shorter: yes US politicians are all whores but some of those whores just happen to be self-sufficient/legacy whores now and it's a statistical aberration that the silence is STILL DEAFENING.

To try and equate the issue of Israel with other topics that the war criminal US Establishment deals with is not being honest about it: it's always been different, is different today and the difference is a fucking glaring anomalous perversion especially in light of the despicable crimes - once again - in Gaza.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Jul 26 2014 3:31 utc | 110

From Twitter... Please tell me this isn't real. "Israeli soldier twists ankle in Gaza"?

Posted by: CTuttle | Jul 26 2014 3:37 utc | 111

Everyone, just quit engaging this Holdfield poster and he'll go away.

Half the posts here seem to deal with him.

Posted by: sleepy | Jul 26 2014 3:43 utc | 112

@112 sleepy.. it was a slow day and the idiot rattled a few more then usual, lol.. usually i view him like a dull background sound and easy to ignore.

erdogan as leader of turkey is about the only voice in the arab world speaking out against israel. kudos to him. i guess this means he will be tarred and feathered in the msm for the next year or whatever.. some things are very predictable.. article here ..

chomsky also points this out here

Posted by: james | Jul 26 2014 4:13 utc | 113

Sisi stop aid to Gaza

Where are you sisi supporters now?!

Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 26 2014 8:18 utc | 115

Haven't seen this yet anywhere else:

Hamas Didn’t Kidnap the Israeli Teens After All -- NYMag

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. "Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay," he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas's handiwork after all. 

I am not a friend of sanctions, but if this is true I do hope Israel gets them.

Posted by: Fran | Jul 26 2014 11:08 utc | 117

a lot of talk of russia annexing Crimea: however, this looks like a real annexation! will the media treat it as such?

Posted by: brian | Jul 26 2014 11:10 utc | 118


what Morsi wanted to do....but didnt thanks to sisi

Posted by: brian | Jul 26 2014 11:12 utc | 119

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