Israel should have exploited the repression of demonstrations in China, when world attention was focussed on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.
— Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to students at Bar Ilan University (from the journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.
On Saturday (Jewish Sabbath) 27 December 2008, while the gutless and hypocrisy-ridden West was still preoccupied with its seasonal glutinous overindulgence and goodwill towards all men — except Palestinians — Israel yet again proceeded to “defend” itself against 1.8 million virtually unarmed Palestinian civilians who for some 60 years had been waiting for a state of their own (not an open prison); where they would not be robbed of their land, water, agricultural livelihoods, and resources; where their homes would not be arbitrarily demolished to make way for more illegal Israeli settlements that encroached on their lives and fragmented their society; where along with their dignity they would not also be systematically stripped of their hopes, heritage, and history; where they would not be subject to a blockade that prevented freedom of movement and trade including the import of essential building materials and medical supplies; where their children would grow up without seeing their parents being hounded, humiliated, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered; where those same children who were routinely harassed, bullied, beaten, arrested and imprisoned, could — like their Israeli counterparts — fulfil their aspirations; and where in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Palestinian people would not be subject to ethnic cleansing while the rest of the unashamed world stood by and watched.
Israel, I am convinced, can and should survive as a peaceful, prosperous society — but within the essential borders of 1967. That much we owe them, but no more. We do not owe them our support of their continued occupation of Arab lands . . . The Palestinians have as much right to a homeland as the Jewish people.”
— Former U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright (1905-1995).
So it was against those Palestinian human beings — regarded as beasts and snakes by “God’s Chosen People” — that without warning, the war criminal state of Israel unleashed an offensive codenamed Operation Cast Lead which began with a “shock and awe” campaign by 64 of Israel’s fleet of approximately 300 U.S.-supplied F-16 warplanes. Israel’s stated intention was to end rocket attacks (that sounds familiar) into Israel by armed Palestinian factions. It would, of course, be anti-Semitic to suggest that if Israel were to give the Palestinians back their lands and desist from ethnically cleansing them, then the rocket attacks might cease. Apart from their inherent hate for Palestinians, the Israeli attack was also timed to send a clear message to incoming President Obama (“I will bring peace to the Middle East if I become U.S. President”) that it was Israel and not the U.S. that determined the course of events in the Middle East.
“Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it.” (A warning from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (the war criminal responsible for the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre) to Foreign Minister Shimon Perez in October 2001.)
In addition to its warplanes, Israel deployed U.S.-made AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and AH-1F Cobra gunships while its naval fleet of Super Dvora-class fast patrol boats directed cannon and machine gun fire along the coast. Following the destruction of all preselected targets, Israeli ground forces — with help from UAVs (drones) with attack and ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance) capabilities — crossed into Gaza on 3 January 2009 to occupy open areas and encircle towns and refugee camps. Apart from infrared and digitally enhanced zoom cameras capable of identifying body heat signatures from a height of 10,000 feet, some UAVs were equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire guided missiles and two domestically produced missiles. The Eitan UAV carrying more than a ton of weapons — which had been developed and war game tested in the Aegean in July 2008 for strikes against Iran — also made its combat debut by firing Spike missiles. Human rights organisations subsequently noted that despite the imaging and targeting capabilities of these UAVs, their missiles — including one that dispersed tiny, sharp-edged cubes of purpose-made shrapnel — were responsible for a high number of Palestinian civilians deaths whose use as guinea pigs for testing newly developed Israeli weaponry, had been a regular occurrence.
Israeli ground forces were supported by one of the world’s most technologically advanced artillery corps (towed/self-propelled howitzers and multiple rocket launchers,) connected to sophisticated radar and navigation networks that maximised accuracy. Apart from 100,000s of U.S.-supplied artillery shells, there were also high explosive munitions for bunker destruction, illumination, armour-piercing, and anti-personnel fragmentation devices containing more than 1,200 fragments that exploded above targets so as to create a wide area of coverage within a 350-foot radius.
Ground assaults were led by hundreds of APCs (armoured personal carriers) and some 300 tanks armed with grenades, heavy machine guns, TOW/Spike missiles, and precision guided shells capable of being fired into windows from a distance of a mile (1.5 km). Further troop assistance was provided by 100 armoured (with bulletproof windows) CAT D9 bulldozers which with U.S. help had been modified for demolition, route creation, barrier/fortification building, and mine/booby trap clearing. Also employed were Viper miniature robots, electronic jamming devices, special weapons systems including some that were controversial and in some cases even illegal. Following initial denials, Israel, in the face of irrefutable evidence, subsequently admitted using white phosphorous which causes immediate, deep, excruciating, chemical burns with delayed healing.
Because of the glaring disparity between the blockaded, ill-equipped Palestinians and the U.S. backed/financed Israelis, it would be ludicrous to attempt any comparison between their respective weaponry and resources. Equally ludicrous would be the suggestion that Israel was “defending” itself.
In a 2001 secretly filmed and still viewable interview with an Israeli family (I “stopped” the Oslo peace process), Netanyahu makes it clear that far from being defensive, Israel’s harsh military repression had been specifically designed as part of “. . . a broad attack on the Palestinian Authority. To bring them to the point of being afraid that everything was collapsing.” When asked about the world’s reaction to such an attack, Netanyahu arrogantly replied that “the world won’t say a thing. The world will say we’re defending”.
The world has said it about other Israeli atrocities before, during, and after Operation Cast Lead: and the world is still saying it about the current Israeli outrage which has already seen more than 1,000 Palestinian deaths including many children and women — with the latter being targeted because they “give birth to snakes”. Rather than defiantly denouncing Israel’s barbaric crimes against humanity, the world’s decent people find it far more convenient (with the added bonus of not being branded an anti-Semite) to resort to the cop-out mantra of “Israel has a right to defend itself” which presumably means that Palestinians have no such right.
The concept of human rights cannot be applied selectively. If it is not applicable to all peoples — Palestinians included — then it shall remain meaningless and without effect.
81 Notre Dame Law Review1275(2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen. In PDF.
For who does not understand the need or concept of resistance of Palestine, recommended read:
The History of Resistance – The Eagle of Palestine
- Special Topic – All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians
- iRemember… – Confirmed Names of Martyrs Occupation 2011 *
- Special Topic – Ethnic Cleansing
- Israeli escalation in Gaza – A “cover-up for settlement activity
- UN: Israel killed 2,300 & injured 7,700 people in Gaza in 5 years – Source
- The Palestinian Right of Self Defense
- Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance – Source
- No. Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory – Source
MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ROCKETS FROM GAZA
- The “Rocket” from Gaza Myth – Photography
- More facts about the Rocket from Gaza Myths – Storify
- Half the story: What @IDFSpokesperson leaves out about #Gaza ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Israel and #Gaza: Context Behind Projectile Fire ~ by @yousefmunayyer
- Truths and lies behind Israel’s attacks on Gaza and its whining about rockets ~ by @AliAbunimah
- Israel is not looking for peace. Nor talks. But: This
- March 23, 2012 | Gaza Siege Harshness Continues. Israel’s committing slow-motion genocide ~ by Stephen Lendman
- March 18, 2012 | A “Leaflet” to the World about it’s own “forgotten” Extermination Camp called Gaza
- Sept 5, 2013 | “Slow Death” -International report says collective punishment of Gaza has reached critical stage – Incl Full Report PDF
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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks
انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون
May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar
* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.
Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.
How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.