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May 15, 2021

Israel Punishes Media For Reporting Its Escalation In Palestine

Today is Nakba day which commemorates the violent expulsion of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes which began 74 years ago and is still continuing.

Just yesterday Fares Akram. Associated Press reporter in Gaza, wrote in a diary about his families expulsion and his life under colonist bombing:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — On Friday morning, a military airstrike smashed my family’s farm in the northern Gaza Strip into a jagged mass of metal and splintered trees. An Israeli bomb had slammed into the yard, carving a crater into the dirt and leaving rubble in its wake.

The conflict, once again, hit home.

The first Gaza war taught me that while our lush citrus grove might offer some breathing space from the congestion and difficulties of city life, it’s no refuge. A previous Israeli airstrike killed my father, Akram al-Ghoul, on January 3, 2009. As fighting raged, he’d insisted on sleeping at the farm to tend to the cattle and chicken, and to nurture the trees.

In all, six of my relatives, three close friends and several colleagues have died in the three bloody wars and countless battles between Israel and Hamas. Each time the violence erupts and I report as a journalist on the people who lost their homes, their children or their lives, the memories creep back. I always think, “That could be me.” When the thundering bombs, buzzing drones and pounding artillery refresh the pain and trigger the old fear, I seek refuge in work.

The Associated Press office is the only place in Gaza City I feel somewhat safe. The Israeli military has the coordinates of the high-rise, so it’s less likely a bomb will bring it crashing down.

Today Fares Akram and Joseph Krauss report:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets hours after another Israeli air raid on a densely populated refugee camp killed at least 10 Palestinians from an extended family, mostly children, on Saturday.

The strike on the high-rise came nearly an hour after the military ordered people to evacuate the 12-story building, which also housed Al-Jazeera, other offices and residential apartments. The strike brought down the entire structure, which collapsed in a gigantic cloud of dust. There was no immediate explanation for why it was attacked.

This was the second high rise housing media studios, offices, telecommunication equipment as well as residential apartments that Israel destroyed in its current attack.

Earlier today AP had accused the Israeli military of intentionally misinforming the media to trick the resistance in Gaza. (The trick did not work.)

In a statement AP's president condemned today's strike and wrote:

The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.

Well, yes. The Israeli military will congratulate itself for achieving that aim.

Tow days ago I developed the idea that the resistance, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Palestine, Hizbullah in Lebanon and Ansar Allah in Yemen, may be planing more of the events than a superficial view reveals:

While the conflict was, without doubt, started by the colonial occupiers the course of the recent escalation seems to be managed by the resistance side. It may well be part of a larger plan.
While I am still not sure that all of this is part of a plan - from Hizbullah's speech, over unrest in Jerusalem, Gaza missiles, pogroms, to now missiles from Lebanon - it surely looks like a well rehearsed and coordinated (re-)action of the resistance front.

Since then more events seem to fit into the picture.

Yesterday and over night anti-Arab violence and Palestinian protests within Israel continued as new unrest unfolded in the West Bank where the occupation army killed at least 10 Palestinians.

Protesters in Jordan arrived at the border to the West Bank and tried to break through the border fence. Jordanian riot police held them back.

At the Lebanese border to Israel protesters crossed over from Lebanon into a disputed area when Israeli forces fired at them. One Lebanese man was killed and another wounded. Such death usually trigger the eye-for-an-eye rule that governs the relation between Hizbullah and the Israeli army. Hizbullah could have used the incident to escalate but didn't.

Also yesterday Hizbullah's Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem visited Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership in Lebanon. This is highly significant as Hamas had been on the wrong side of the war in Syria.

David A. Daoud translates what Naim Qassem said:

1-Hezbollah delegation, headed by Qassem and which included Politburo members Mahmoud Qmati and Hajj Hassan Hoballah, met w/PIJ Sec.Gen. Ziad Nakhala; Hamas leadership in Lebanon Usama Hamdan, Ali Barakeh, Ahmad Abdulhadi; discussed latest developments on Palestinian front
2-Qassem: We came on directions from Sec.Gen. Hassan Nasrallah to meet PIJ, Hamas leadership to confirm that we are with them, and w/Palestinian resistance, and people who now confront the Israeli enemy
3-Qassem: We know now we are in the phase of creating a new equation inside Palestine, which confirms the unity of the Palestinian lands, and the uprising (lit. movement) tying Jerusalem, the lands of '48 (i.e. Israel), West Bank, and Gaza
4-Qassem: this is happening evenly between these different parts of the Palestinian people, so the Israeli will understand that Palestinian people will not accept its occupation of any part of this land (i.e. entire land between Jordan River and Mediteranean)
5-Let them understand Jerusalem is holy of holies of all palestinians, but also all peoples of the region, world, of lovers and supporters of the Resistance, who believe in always focusing on Palestine; they are all in one trench and camp
6-Qassem: We can therefore say that today a new equation is being created in Palestine, and that question of Jerusalem today has assumed its full Palestinian dimension, in opposition to all normalization moves led by Israel, USA;
7-Qassem: this is beginning of burial of normalization, with blood and sacrifices of martyrs.
8-Qassem: Hezbollah is always w/ the Palestinian resistance, jihad of the Palestinian people, liberating Jerusalem; we are with them in material support, backing, solidarity in all paths; we will always carry out our duties as different stages and phases required
9-Qassem: We therefore stress that what Palestinian people and their viable leadership are doing is object of support and backing; in the end, we believe resistance is only solution, there is none other, despite efforts of different forces
10-Qassem: We don't bet on America, or great powers, or those who talk about political settlements; we bet on the living Palestinian youths, who are actively moving; anyone w/Palestine today must be w/ the resistance; whoever isn't w/Resistance isn't w/Palestine
11-Qassem: Palestine doesn't need fervent speeches, it needs jihad, martyrdom, and sacrifices

The resistance is united but it is still not clear if Hizbullah will actively join the fight. It may not yet be the right time.

Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai - 10:39 UTC · May 15, 2021

Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad prefer that #Hezbollah doesn’t get involved in the battle now and allows the world focus to remain on #Gaza. Any outside intervention- I was told - serves #Israel to play the victim and disperse the attention away from the main cause.

Today Hizbullah called on its supporters in south Lebanon to protest at the border to Israel. Any small conflict there could escalate towards war within just a few hours.


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More missiles incoming from Lebanon:

'israeli' response was measured, unlike in pre-2006 times, demonstrating that deterrent power pays off.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 17 2021 23:54 utc | 201

Posted by: Djazaïr | May 17 2021 22:49 utc | 198

Rationality of the resistance is strong
In my opinion we are in a time of spirituality for the strategy + rationality for the tactical operations.

The rationality of spirituality is recognised by the most modern militaries in the world.

This is why even the IDF, the US and others incorporate intense doctrinal, psychological and ideological conditioning into the training of soldiers.

Here we see the next generation of Hamas being spiritually conditioned to take over the mantle of resistance when their time comes:

The training begins before the age of 5 (thanks to the IDF) and is conducted by peers and cohorts of the same age range.

The IDF often boasts of it's intense training regime' but I doubt they can compete with the duration and realism of conditioning provided to young warriors in Gaza.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | May 18 2021 0:31 utc | 202

I have heard about that much hyped Isrealis love for Berlin.

Besides that it just seem to be a few thousand Isrealis living in Germany it`s not Germany but really just the city of Berlin they are fond of.

I can`t back it up with hard facts but I have the impression they are a very specific kind of Israelis. Israel has been drifting more and more in the ultra-nationalist/racist direction in the last 20-25 years. Most Israelis like and support this - after all Israel is a democracy, at least for Israeli citizenship holders - but some are seriously put off. In Isreal they live in Tel Aviv. They would like to go to New York or at least London or Paris but the costs of living are just much lower in Berlin. As a bonus, moving to Germany serves to annoy their xenophobic relatives back in Israel.

Posted by: m | May 18 2021 5:52 utc | 203

Mr. Djazaïr | May 17 2021 22:36 utc | 197

Mr. Qandil's usage of the word Rationality makes sense to me as a substitute for "the Enlightenment Tradition".

And the word Spirit which he uses is a substitute for (Religious Faith).

Once you make those substitutions, the article makes very good sense.

This is a sad reading by a man who still hangs to the tatters of the Enlightenment Project - in its Euro-American realizations and in its Middle Eastern Aspirations.

Yes, the United States was the best country in which the ideas of Enlightenment were imperfectly realized, and USSR was the brutal example of the same Godless civilization that tried to beat people of the former Russian Empire into the Enlightenment mold.

The Second Thirty-Year War established that there was no Rationality among Europeans - that the Enlightenment Tradition had failed to alter the State of Fall in which man finds himself.

And worse, its application of rationalistic methods to warfare in the service of godless aims, had made religious wars of the past picnics in comparison.

At times, Mr. Qandil conflates Rationality and the Enlightenment Tradition, but that is a minor quibble.

Over all he is correct that Islam has become the dominant political discourse in the Middle East, just as the Orthodoxy is resurgent in Russia and Judeo-Christians are gradually dismantling the United States.

With the Balfour Declaration, i.e. the start of the new Protestant Crusade, the ground for the application of the ideas of European Enlightenment has gradually be reduced.

Jews & Judeo-Christians killed the Enlightenment Project in the Muslim East - without a doubt.

The sadder part is that, indubitably, some of the ideas of the Enlightenment Tradition were sound & useful, e.g. that people of different religions could cooperate on common goals.

Regrettably, that is now gone, as we saw the ideas of the Enlightenment Tradition, very crudely-realized in the Syrian Arab Republic and in the Ba'athist Iraq, destroyed and replaced by a sort of
Shai War Ecumenism - whereby those who esteem Ali are cooperating in order not to be destroyed by the Sunni Muslims.

I am sad for Mr. Qandil as he will not find Rationalism among Sunni Muslims - that died when they butchered Muata'zalah.

Posted by: fyi | May 18 2021 13:18 utc | 204

99 - The Israelis don't do martyrdom. In the past they made a big thing about Masada, but backed away from this after encountering suicide bombers. It's also why I don't think the Samson Option is credible. They would sooner be "alive than free, poor dumb bastards" (Eightball in Full Metal Jacket).

Posted by: Waldorf | May 18 2021 14:22 utc | 205

remember Plan Dalet "4. Mounting operations against enemy population centers located inside or near our defensive system in order to prevent them from being used as bases by an active armed force. These operations can be divided into the following categories:

Destruction of villages (setting fire to, blowing up, and planting mines in the debris), especially those population centers which are difficult to control continuously.

Mounting search and control operations according to the following guidelines: encirclement of the village and conducting a search7 inside it. In the event of resistance, the. armed force must be destroyed and the population must be expelled outside the borders of the state.

The villages which are emptied in the manner described above must be included in the fixed defensive system and must be fortified as necessary.

In the absence of resistance, garrison troops will enter the village and take up positions in it or in locations which enable complete tactical control. The officer in command of the unit will confiscate all weapons, wireless devices, and motor vehicles in the village. In addition, he will detain all politically suspect individuals. After consultation with the [Jewish] political authorities, bodies will be appointed consisting of people from the village to administer the internal affairs of the village. In every region, a [Jewish] person will be appointed to be responsible for arranging the political and administrative affairs of all [Arab] villages and population centers which are occupied within that region."

Posted by: scottindallas | May 22 2021 16:00 utc | 206

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