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By Stephen Lendman
"Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects anonymous testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifada." They recount experiences that deeply affected them, including abusing Palestinians, looting, destroying property, and other practices "excused as military necessities, or explained as extreme and unique cases."
They believe otherwise in describing "the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military" to which Israeli society and most Western observers turn a blind eye. "Breaking the Silence" was established to force an uncomfortable reality into the open to "demand accountability regarding Israel's military actions in the Occupied Territories perpetrated by us in our name."
Its new booklet features 54 damning testimonies from 30 Israeli soldiers on their experiences in Operation Cast Lead. They recount what official media and government sources suppressed with comments like:
"You feel like an infantile little kid with a magnifying glass looking at ants, burning them."
Another referred to "not much said about the issue of innocent civilians." Anyone and anything were fair game, and laws of war went out the window.
No matter what you may think of Cynthia McKinney, what Israel has done is WRONG and our nation says nothing about it . . . as usual. One more piece on the mountain of evidence that Israel has enourmous control over our government.
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Transcript Broadcast – July 3, 2009
This is Cynthia McKinney and I’m speaking from an Israeli prison cellblock in Ramle. [I am one of] the Free Gaza 21, human rights activists currently imprisoned for trying to take medical supplies to Gaza, building supplies - and even crayons for children, I had a suitcase full of crayons for children. While we were on our way to Gaza the Israelis threatened to fire on our boat, but we did not turn around. The Israelis high-jacked and arrested us because we wanted to give crayons to the children in Gaza. We have been detained, and we want the people of the world to see how we have been treated just because we wanted to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.
At the outbreak of Israel’s Operation ‘Cast Lead’ [in December 2008], I boarded a Free Gaza boat with one day’s notice and tried, as the US representative in a multi-national delegation, to deliver 3 tons of medical supplies to an already besieged and ravaged Gaza.
In the midst of the struggle, and the dust of battle, many people still don't realize what this is all about... It is not only about land and rights.
Palestine: Never Before has a people suffered such an injustice, yet displayed resilience and resistance - like Never Before.
Discussions on Palestine and the Palestinian cause have included attempts to link it to the struggle of South Africans under the apartheid regime, the struggle of the Vietnamese people, the Algerian revolution or other just causes throughout history. The conclusion, however, was that it cannot be compared to any.
What happened in Palestine since 1947 has never happened before, in terms of the combination of the elements: brutality and racism of the occupier, the injustice of granting one peoples land to others, duration of this injustice, complicity and apathy of the civilized world as well as Palestinian peoples will resist all that against all odds.
Hence the term the Never-Before Campaign: Injustice that is unfolding like never before met with resistance and resilience, also like never before.
This is a correspondence I had with a very good Jewish friend of mine:
Subject: Why Do I Focus On Israel?
I do it out of surprise, first, I think, and because Israel is AT BAT, in the most important game on earth, for human survival.
That ME oil and gas are crucial to short term (& thus also long term) human survival needs no further explanation, I surmise.
That "little" Israel is AT BAT and also swings a very big bat (has nukes) (has accepted no nuke treaty or oversight)(is probably the 4th most powerful military in the world) also goes without saying.
What is much more difficult to see, and I am still unclear on it, is whether Israel is under the U.S. thumb and thus "our" agent, or we have become an agent of Israel. What I expect to conclude some day is that both countries are in many ways equals...yes...and deeply entangled with each other, very deeply influential in the essence of each other and upon each other's policies. [Almost like, say, the Democratic and Republican parties in domestic politics.]
Israeli influence on U.S. policy cannot be doubted. Were Israel suicidal, and it may be, the country can bring down the world. I will go so far as to tell you what i really think, but have no hard evidence of, re the ultimate source of Israeli influence here.
Let me tip toe up to it, via an example: When the GAZA shitfight was almost over and the rest of the world (also I) was OVERWHELMINGLY concluding that the exercise was absolutely brutal, the reasons given for it were absolute horseshit, and the "conflict" was genocidal (i.e. racial) also criminal under international law. (And the U.S. was criminally involved in it.) Many Americans and American Jews also think so.
Given all that, nevertheless a vote is taken in the U.S. House (later in the Senate?) which is billed as a "support (for Israel) Resolution" and only 5 out of 435 "Representatives" vote against that resolution. How does one account for this? Our Congress is full of good guys and geniuses that love israel? I don't think so. (Though they are all a helluva lot smarter, STREET-WISE and in matters of "influence" generally than most Americans know.) Shall we visit the various so-called antisemitic explanations e.g. Jewish money, influence, bribery, infiltration, information (media) & myth/thought control (Hollywood) to explain it then?
This fascinating essay, written by King Hussein’s grandfather King Abdullah, appeared in the United States six months before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In the article, King Abdullah disputes the mistaken view that Arab opposition to Zionism (and later the state of Israel) is because of longstanding religious or ethnic hatred. He notes that Jews and Muslims enjoyed a long history of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East, and that Jews have historically suffered far more at the hands of Christian Europe. Pointing to the tragedy of the holocaust that Jews suffered during World War II, the monarch asks why America and Europe are refusing to accept more than a token handful of Jewish immigrants and refugees. It is unfair, he argues, to make Palestine, which is innocent of anti-Semitism, pay for the crimes of Europe. King Abdullah also asks how Jews can claim a historic right to Palestine, when Arabs have been the overwhelming majority there for nearly 1300 uninterrupted years? The essay ends on an ominous note, warning of dire consequences if a peaceful solution cannot be found to protect the rights of the indigenous Arabs of Palestine.
By Norman Finkelstein
Deutschland Uber Alles
The grandchildren of holocaust survivors from World War II are doing to the Palestinians exactly what was done to them by Nazi Germany . . .
Here they were again - the “first nighters, those who are ready to get out and demonstrate against a new war in its first hours, when war propaganda pours out of all the media and all the parties, from the extreme Right to Meretz, support the war.
No organization called for the demonstration – but more than a thousand men and women gathered spontaneously in order to protest in front of the Ministry of Defense in Tel-Aviv, only a few hours after the murderous Air Force attack on the Gaza strip started.
Iranian Jews Society has condemned Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza which have so far killed over 281 people in two consecutive days.
The Israelis showed that they do not abide by any civil and human laws, the society said in a statement released on Sunday.
Meaningful silence of the international community towards Israel's atrocities shows that there is an urgent need for a new plan for fighting against oppression and retrieving the rights of the oppressed people, the statement added.
The UN Security Council on Sunday failed to force an end to Israeli attacks against Gazans because the United States vetoed the anti-Israeli resolution sought by the UNSC members.
The Shministim Ronnie Gilbert, Adrienne Rich, Robert Meeropol, Adam Hochschild, Rabbi Lynn Gottleib, Howard Zinn, Rela Mazali, Debra Chasnoff, Ed Asner and Aurora Levins-Morales and show your support by contacting the Israeli Minister of Defense using this form. 22,000 LETTERS AND COUNTING!
Anas Tikriti hosts Prof. Norman Finkelstein in Al Hiwar's weekly English show "Jousor" translated as Bridges. If you want to have a more accurate understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian issue, you owe it to yourself to watch this riveting interview.