AS IF BOMBING IS NOT ENOUGH …… POISON IS THE NEW ISRAELI WEAPON IN GAZA

 “Innocent human beings, most of them young, are slowly being poisoned in Gaza by the water drink and likely by the soil in which they plant.”

Israel Is Systematically Poisoning One Million Palestinian Children

Robert Inlakesh

We have now entered 2020, the year in which experts at the United Nations (UN) once predicted Gaza would become unlivable. But the sad reality is not only that those same experts said that Gaza was already unlivable in 2017, but that now the population of 2 million residing in Gaza are under the real threat of genocide.

Sara Roy of Harvard University’s Centre for Middle Eastern studies, who is considered the leading scholar on Gaza’s economy, has written that “innocent human beings, most of them young, are slowly being poisoned in Gaza by the water drink and likely by the soil in which they plant.” So let us break down that statement, based upon the data available to us.

The population of the Gaza Strip is over 2 million strong, more than 50% of which are children (18 and under). Ninety-seven percent of Gaza’s water is undrinkable with only the upper 10% of Gaza’s population having access to clean water according to the UN. If we take these statistics and we look at them critically that would mean that according to conservative estimates only 40% of Gaza’s children are consuming water that is fit for human consumption. This means that parents in the Gaza Strip are forced to make the decision to allow their children to drink contaminated water in order for them to survive.

Israel which has enforced its illegal blockade of Gaza since 2006 – although Zionist propagandists claim it started in June of 2007, which is incorrect – is under international law required to provide Gaza with the ability to sustain itself. Gaza is not a State; it is not a sovereign territory in of itself. According to the UN Gaza constitutes part of what is called the Palestinian occupied territories, with the focus here being on the word “occupied.”

According to the 4th Geneva Convention, Israel is required under International Law to provide the ability for Gaza and the West Bank to sustain an environment of livability. Israel will argue, however, that Gaza specifically is not occupied; that it withdrew in 2005. However it still controls the population registry, the entries and exits, all imports and exports, the electromagnetic sphere, the armistice lines (what Israel calls the border), the territorial waters, airspace as well as having a monopoly on the electricity in Gaza. Israel controls Gaza through and through; meaning that if Israel does not declare an occupation, it is a de facto annexation of the territory.

In excess of 108,000 cubic meters of untreated sewage waterflows into the Mediterranean Sea from Gaza. This is due to a lack of power for Gaza’s desalination plant and the lack of building material required to expand, both of which are due to Israel’s policies towards the besieged coastal enclave. The situation is so bad that not only is Gaza’s sea water heavily contaminated, leading to deaths as recently as last year, but also Israel’s Askalan (Ashkelon) based desalination plant periodically halts operations due to the pollution, showing that Israel is willing to put the purification of 20% of its own water at jeopardy in order to punish the Gaza Strip.

Rising from the problem of water contamination is also disease. Gidon Grumberg, the founder and director of Israel’s ‘Ecopeace’, told the Jerusalem post in 2016 that Gaza is a ticking time bomb for cholera and typhoid epidemics. Since then there have been repeated calls for a change to be made to Gaza’s lack of clean water by various experts. If a change is not made in 2020 then Gaza could become a hotbed for disease the way that Yemen has, again due to an illegally imposed blockade.

Beyond the water problem are also numerous other issues plaguing Gaza, all of which are again due to Israel’s illegally imposed – for nearly 15 years now – siege. Upwards of 80% of Gaza’s population are reliant upon international food aid in order to survive, with Israel enforcing a policy of “putting the people of Gaza on a diet,” entailing that Israel counts the minimum caloric intake for the Gazan population to stay alive. Israel of course controls the food aid coming into the Gaza Strip and even makes a profit off of it. The restrictions Israel applies to food coming into Gaza is also used as a political tool in order to punish the Palestinians for their acts of resistance against Israel.

The conservative estimates, according to the United Nations, also indicate that Gaza’s youth unemployment rate is close to hitting 70% with an overall unemployment rate recorded to be at around 50%. Israel also has repeatedly blocked Palestinian cancer patients from entering Israel in order to receive life-saving treatment. Not only this, but due to the lack of power in Gaza, cardiac monitors and X-ray machines become unreliable. In the first half of 2019, the Gaza Health Ministry, which has a regular budget of $40 million a year, had only 10 million dollars worth of supplies available to them and in July (2019) declared a warning of an unprecedented shortage of medicine and medical supplies. According to the World Health Organization 39% of Gaza applications for cancer patients to exit the blockaded Strip were “unsuccessful” in 2018.

Gaza’s population is subjected to sewage regularly flooding, after rainfall, into the streets and causing sickness, especially amongst the poorer population. Even the more well-off, financially, of Gaza’s population, whom of which reside in areas such as Gaza City (North East Gaza), are losing their wealth. Specifically the residents of the al-Rimal area, who are viewed by many as living in an area of prestige are having to flee to places like Istanbul, or become refugees abroad and are losing their families assets due to an absence of income.

Gaza currently survives on a few hours of electricity per day, this is due to the fact that Israel put a cap on the amount of electricity it allows into Gaza, as well as the fact that Israel has bombarded and destroyed Gaza’s electrical grid and power plants, on various occasions. The sole, partially destroyed by bombardment, power plant in Gaza is also in a semi-operational state due to the cutting of diesel fuel from the Strip in early 2018, after the Palestinian Authority stopped paying for the fuel.

As of February 2018, the Gaza Strip has been in a “state of emergency.” Enduring, since the beginning of the siege, eight large-scale military offensive massacres by Israel, with hundreds of smaller bombardments coming in between.

A 17 year old in Gaza would have experienced Israeli internal occupation, a 15 year long ever tightening siege, 8 large scale massacres, hundreds of other attacks, three wars, the constant buzzing of drones, the deaths of friends and family, temporary or permanent displacement and the list goes on and on.

To top this all off, when the people of Gaza rose up in their hundreds of thousands non-violently, beginning on the 30th March (2018), they were ignored by the world which has done nothing to stop Israel for its murder of 330+ unarmed demonstrators and the injuring of approximately 40,000. Until now, the demonstrations are still ongoing on a weekly basis and no Israeli soldiers have been killed or sustained any serious injuries.

According to International Law, the people of Gaza have every right to use armed force in order to struggle for self determination and to end the siege. Israel has no claim to a “right of self defence”, just as rapist would have no claim to a right of self defence against their rape victim, and the next time we hear of Israel’s “right” in anyway to use force, we must know that whoever repeats this is contradicting the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Aviv Kochavi said recently in a speech pertaining to a future war against Gaza, that Israel will target electrical, agricultural and other structural components, which according to Israel contribute to keeping Hamas – Gaza’s governing Party – afloat. This means that if Israel does begin a new massacre (war) against Gaza – or Hamas as they will claim – then it will mean that all the statistics listed off above will accelerate to unprecedented numbers and that Gaza will become even more uninhabitable.

The only questions now left to be answered are, what will stop Israel from completely genociding the people of Gaza? and how will the worlds future generations look at us today for allowing this holocaust to occur against the people of Palestine. One million Palestinian children are being systematically poisoned by Israel and there is nothing but deafening silence.

ISRAELI TORTURE OF PRISONERS DOCUMENTED

In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented. 

Severe torture in Israeli prisons targets Palestinian steadfastness: Walid Hanatsheh, Samer Arbeed, Mays Abu Ghosh and more

In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented. While torture and abuse of various kinds have been a mainstay of the Israeli interrogation process, after a 1999 Israeli Supreme Court ruling and amid widespread international attention, torture under interrogation for some years focused on physical and psychological techniques that were less likely to leave physical scars. However, these tactics, including sleep deprivation, extreme heat and cold, solitary confinement and the use of prolonged shackling in painful positions, are often effective in extracting coerced confessions.

Torture: A mainstay of Israeli apartheid and colonialism

Indeed, many of the same techniques were documented as being used by U.S. interrogators holding detainees in Guantanamo, and U.S. and Israeli security agencies have shared information about interrogation and torture techniques. It must be noted that the Israeli Supreme Court never criminalized torture; it continually allowed “exceptions” through the designation of a detainee as a “ticking time bomb.” In practice, Palestinian victims of torture have repeatedly pursued legal accountability for the crimes committed against them, only to find that the Israeli Supreme Court considered their torture to be a permitted form of “extreme interrogation,” justified for the “security of the state” of occupation, colonialism, apartheid and racism.

Torture is unquestionably illegal under international law. The UN Convention Against Torture defines torture as any practice intentionally inflicting severe physical or mental pain on a victim in order to obtain information or a confession, or in order to punish the victim for their conduct or suspected conduct. Torture is also prohibited under the laws of war and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The torture of Samer Arbeed

The case of Samer Arbeed helped to highlight the escalating return of severe physical torture as an official policy of the Israeli Shin Bet. Only days after his arrest, Arbeed was taken to Hadassah hospital unconscious with eleven broken ribs, lung injuries and kidney failure. While in the hospital, an Israeli guard released tear gas into his room, after which Arbeed developed pneumonia. Despite the clear evidence of severe torture and the medical records of his abuse, the Israeli Supreme Court denied Arbeed access to his lawyer for an extended period, while the Palestinian lawyers in the case were repeatedly subjected to gag orders.

Samer Arbeed is not alone. While Israeli Shin Bet spokespeople were smearing Palestinian prisoners in media attacks, these same prisoners have been subjected to severe physical and psychological torture under interrogation. In a December press conference, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association highlighted some of the torture techniques used by Israeli interrogators, including harsh beatings, stress positions like the “frog” or “banana,” sleep deprivation and ongoing threats against family members.

Palestinian lawyers highlight torture and abuse

As Addameer noted, “On 10 September 2019, a gag order was issued on a number of cases under interrogation at al-Mascobiyya interrogation center. Hence, preventing the public, including Addameer the legal representative, from publishing any information regarding these cases. The gag order was issued based on a request from the Israeli intelligence agency and Israeli police and was renewed multiple times. Despite the gag order, Israeli media outlets and the Israeli intelligence agency published information to the public about some of those cases. This inconsistent enforcement of the gag order, where the Israeli sources exercised the freedom to publish, can only be understood as a means to influence public opinion. Most importantly, the issuance of this gag order is an attempt to hide crimes committed against the detainees and prevent the public and the legal representatives from exposing the details of the crimes of torture and ill-treatment that were committed against the detainees in question throughout the past months.”

Walid Hanatsheh: Torture under interrogation

On 17 January 2020, photos of Walid Hanatsheh, one of the Palestinians detained, were released to the media, with his body showing clear signs of torture under interrogation. Bayan Hanatsheh, Walid’s wife, said in an interview published at Hadf News that the family obtained photos that displayed the bruises on his hands, neck, feet and throughout his body. She noted that he was brought to the military court in a wheelchair after his interrogation and that Walid said in court that he was unable to walk due to severe torture. His lawyer from Addameer demanded that the judge reveal the circumstances in which Hanatsheh was interrogated.

“After the occupation court lifted the ban on our attendance at the trial, we entered the courtroom for two minutes and saw a man who seemed old and we did not recognize him at first, but he called me by my name,” Bayan said. “I was horrified to see him, his eyes were watering, his beard was patchy and plucked…his only concern was to reassure us because he had been forbidden to communicate with us throughout his interrogation.”

Bayan also noted that their daughter, Mays, 21, was detained by Israeli occupation forces for three days as a means of extracting a coerced confession from her husband. They told him that his daughter was imprisoned and under threat and also showed him a live feed of Israeli occupation forces storming their family home in Ramallah and taking measurements for its demolition.

In Hanatsheh’s case, he was interrogated continuously for 23 hours at a time, with the replacement of interrogators approximately every eight hours. He was shackled in various stress positions and beaten while held there until he fell to the ground. Individual hairs were plucked from his beard and he was hit in the face by multiple interrogators, his lawyers said.

“Earth-shattering” crimes demand action

Sahar Francis, the executive director of Addameer, noted of the photos in Hanatsheh’s case that “These pictures are important in proving and documenting torture. Unfortunately, we do not succeed in receiving photos for all of the cases. In other cases, we have medical reports without pictures but a description of the prisoner’s situation, as in the case of Samer Arbeed.”

Former prisoner and long-term hunger striker Khader Adnan spoke out in response to the photos, calling them “earth-shattering.” He urged immediate Palestinian national attention to respond to the escalating crimes of torture, likening the experience of Palestinian prisoners to the infamous images of Abu Ghraib prison under U.S. occupation in Iraq.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement in response to the repeated cases of severe torture, noting that “The Front has experienced and confronted the policy of torture for over 50 years and developed a revolutionary school that graduated generations of revolutionaries, who carried and still carry forward the banner in the dungeons and interrogation cells, who cannot be shaken by crimes or policies of torture.

The Front emphasized that the international community and concerned institutions have neglected the crimes taking place in the dungeons of the prisons of the Zionist occupier against the prisoners, indicating once again the complicity of imperialism in these crimes.”

The exposure of the use of torture is not limited to Hanatsheh and Arbeed; severe physical torture was also reportedly used in the cases of Qassam Barghouthi and Karmel Barghouthi, whose mother Widad was also detained as a method of pressure on her sons, and in the cases of Yazan Maghamis and Nizam Mohammed.

Palestinian youth activists face torture

Several other prisoners also experienced extensive physical torture, including beatings and the use of stress positions, including Palestinian youth activist and new graduate Mays Abu Ghosh, whose parents spoke about seeing her after the effects of her torture and interrogation. Rather than being brought for a family visit, Abu Ghosh’s parents were actually brought in a further attempt to extract a false, coerced confession from her.

Palestinian youth activist Tareq Matar has been repeatedly jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; after his most recent arrest and interrogation in November 2019, Matar is now being brought into court in a wheelchair, despite his previous status of physical health and athleticism after being beaten in stress positions under interrogation.

Jamil Darawi, 37, previously spent 14 years in Israeli prison. He was once again detained in November 2019 when Israeli soldiers stormed their family home near Bethlehem, breaking down the door and confining his wife, Rawan, to a room with their three daughters. Like his fellow Palestinian prisoners, Darawi was severely beaten and tortured under interrogation. Rawan said that when she saw him in court, she thought that he was not present until he called out to her: “I am here, Rawan, I am Jamil!” His jaw had been broken after an Israeli interrogator punched him and stamped on his face after he fell to the ground. He was returned to interrogation after being given painkillers and his face was still disfigured when he was finally brought before the military courts.

Demanding justice

Addameer has announced its intention to raise these cases before international bodies to call for justice for Palestinian torture victims and accountability for the Israeli state, the perpetrator of these crimes. In Gaza, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for a protest on Monday outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office to demand international action on institutionalized Israeli torture.

The systematic use of torture in Israeli interrogation not only intends to extract false and coerced confessions from Palestinians under interrogation; it also aims to undermine and prevent their steadfastness, the unwillingness to confess. Palestinian sumoud (steadfastness) under interrogation and the refusal to provide information has been the subject of numerous studies and tributes. The book, “Philosophy of Confrontation Behind Bars,” detailed how prisoners strengthen themselves in order to resist all forms of torture. During over 70 years of Israeli occupation, over 70 Palestinian prisoners have been killed under torture.

In recent decades, however, a vast majority of Palestinian prisoners’ cases have involved plea bargains; Israeli occupation forces will drag out military court sessions, interrogations and denied family visits in order to extract some form of limited confession for a plea agreement. Prisoners who refuse to provide the demanded confession are often transferred to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial that is indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have spent years at a time jailed under administrative detention.

Attacks on Palestinian prisoners tied to attacks on global movement

The so-called “Erdan Commission,” named for Israeli Minister of Public Security (over the Israel Prison Service) Gilad Erdan – who also serves as the Minister of Strategic Affairs, responsible for attacking Palestine solidarity and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns around the world – has announced an effort to roll back the gains won by Palestinian prisoners through years of struggle. Thus, women prisoners are denied access to a library or to goods for embroidery and crafts; child prisoners are transferred without their representatives; access to food and water is being cut; conditions of living are barely tolerable.

The reassertion of overt reliance on severe physical torture comes hand in hand with this overall policy of outright Israeli war against Palestinian prisoners. It also comes hand in hand with the escalating attacks internationally against Palestinian human rights organizations and global campaigners for Palestinian rights, smeared by Erdan’s ministry with allegations based on tortured, coerced confessions or direct Israeli military propaganda.

Erdan has attempted to get Palestinian human rights organizations that focus on Palestinian prisoners defunded. His ministry has also attempted – and failed – to have Samidoun activists and Palestinian leftists like Khaled Barakat blocked from speaking in the European Parliament about Israeli repression.

 

Photos at SOURCE

IN PHOTOS ~~ FREEZING FOR PALESTINIAN WOMEN IN NEW YORK

Big women’s march in  NY this week was limited by freezing temps, snow & sleet but there was a Palestine presence.

Photos sent by Chippy Dee

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NEW RULES, NEW HYPOCRISY ON SPORTS FIELD

new list of restrictions against political speech or gestures was released on Thursday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

John Carlos, right, and Tommie Smith, center, raise gloved fists in protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo)

John Carlos Responds to the New Olympics Ban on Political Protest

The 1968 Olympian points out the hypocrisy of new rules against any political demonstrations on the field or medal stand.

Olympic athletes competing in Tokyo have been put on notice. They are there to be seen and not heard. A new list of restrictions against political speech or gestures was released on Thursday by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The move is as arrogant as it is censorious. Any athlete who may have planned to take a knee like Colin Kaepernick, or raise their fist like John Carlos or Tommie Smith in 1968, will have to think again. Make a gesture of solidarity with your oppressed brethren in your home country as 2016 Olympian Feyisa Lilesa did and you could find yourself ostracized.

The actual punishments for political speech are opaque but threatening, the IOC saying that such will be determined on a “case by case basis.” In the official statement, Olympic organizers write:

The unique nature of the Olympic Games enables athletes from all over the world to come together in peace and harmony. We believe that the example we set by competing with the world’s best while living in harmony in the Olympic Village is a uniquely positive message to send to an increasingly divided world.

This is why it is important, on both a personal and a global level, that we keep the venues, the Olympic Village and the podium neutral and free from any form of political, religious or ethnic demonstrations.

There is something particularly ironic about the fact that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) just admitted John Carlos and Tommie Smith into its Hall of Fame last November, 51 years after they raised their fists on the medal stand in 1968. The ceremony was meant to be a celebration of reconciliation and a tacit acknowledgment by the USOPC that it was wrong to ostracize the two runners. This new ruling sends a hell of a message that the “Olympic movement” wants to absorb the protest into the past and criminalize it for the present and future.

I spoke to John Carlos on the phone and, as one might expect, he was livid. Here’s what he told me:

This is nonsense. They’re way out of line with this. They’re trying to take people’s rights away and it’s ridiculous. They are saying that they don’t want politics at the Olympics but this is a political move. The silencing of people is political. We all love the Olympics but I’m not sacrificing my humanity to win a medal. Every time they go to different nation for a different Olympics, are you going to tell me that the choice of the country isn’t politically motivated? I ain’t buying that. The athlete should be able to make a statement on that medal stand. They are not disrespecting a flag. They are using their time to do what they think is right. They are trying to save lives. No one has the right to take away what’s inside you or silence what you want to say.

I asked Carlos how he squares being inducted into the USOPC Hall of Fame and then given this anti-political crackdown. He said:

It shows that if you stand with it, you’ll be accepted in time. But people have to have the courage to step up. I’ve done mine. I’ve been stepping up and living by the truth of that gesture for 51 years. It’s time for that next generation to step up and show their moral character…If you think all is fine, and you go to the Olympic Games with your mouth zipped, you’ll find you’ll regret it.

The brazen contradiction is of course that the Olympics are already political from top to bottom. They are political in the host country, where the head of state makes the argument that the Olympics will benefit the country economically. Government leaders also inevitably argue for national unity in support of the games, no matter how much debt is accrued, how much militarization is demanded, and how many people are displaced. The games are are political for the sponsors who use the Olympics to hawk their products, in a process one could call “sin washing.” Sponsors like McDonald’s—which pushes the utter opposite of an Olympic diet—sell their wares and benefit from the warm glow emitted by the Olympics. The games are political for the environment, which suffers a gigantic global footprint during the course of the Games. And in this era of political athletes, there is of course something political about an edict that aims to shut them down.

I reached out to Jules Boykoff, author of four books on the Olympics, including the forthcoming NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Beyond. He said:

The IOC’s edict, as laundered through its Athletes Commission, brims with hypocrisy. Athlete activism emerges from overlapping systems of injustice. To deny athletes the right to express their thoughts and feelings on the political injustices that wrack the world today reeks of authoritarianism, which is political in itself. This policy is a slap in the face to the exciting zeitgeist of smart, savvy athletes who are not willing to check their brains in at the Olympic door.

One thing is certain. As long as athletes are willing to confront their fear and risk punishment to speak their truth, this issue is going nowhere.

 

WHISPERS LEADING TO DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

Beware of the murderous influence and criminal power of the United States and its Zionist whisperers!

Murderous Influence – The Criminal Power Of The United States And Its Zionist Whisperers

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

We should beware of the murderous states of the United States and Israel, where blatant violations of the law have long since become “normal” and which describe the degree of criminalization of US and Zionist foreign policy; this is happening in an increasingly blatant, unscrupulous way that should make us all deeply concerned, especially since the German government and Europe are increasingly orienting towards this. When the EPP parliamentary group leader in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, in an interview on ZDF on Sunday evening (Iran) refers to Iran as a “terrorist regime” and more commitment to “coping” with the Iran crisis also “alongside the USA” calls, and speaks with incomprehensible numbers of the public “murder of 10,000 homosexuals”, then it joins the Israeli mythical fairy tale of “Holocaust planning” against the “Jewish state” or the mistranslation that Ahmadinejad allegedly demanded “to sweep Israel off the map”. These false reports are launched to discredit Iran.

Accidental plane shoot-down: consequence of murderous US threats

What we are currently experiencing is more than borderline. The brutal US assassination attempt on a senior Iranian takes a back seat, instead focusing on the tragic inadvertent shooting down of the plane. One must not forget that this panicked, deadly wrong reaction certainly has to do with the murderous US threats and shows the pressure that the Iranian government was under. After all, the Iranian authorities apologized for this terrible misfortune, which the USA categorically rejected in 1988 after shooting down an Iranian plane with 290 people on board!

The murder of Soleimani brought millions of people to the streets in Iran, and then thousands of Iranians protest against the Iranian government for their days of silence, which is indeed inexcusable! As is to be expected, this will once again be exploited in this country with a western anti-Iran mood. This is more than counterproductive for the credibility of our media. The “manipulation of silence”, as described by Jens Berger in the pondering pages, has unfortunately become the normality of the “gap press”. (1) (2) (3)

As it turns out now, the cowardly and sneaky assassination of General Soleimani had nothing to do with an “imminent” threat of an attack on four US embassies, and according to his Secretary of War Esper, it was not only unconfirmed, but there was no information that within a few days there would be an attack of this magnitude. This also failed the last pitiful attempt to justify this murder with current threats and struggle in the “war on terror”. Fortunately, the United States apparently failed with an attack on another Iranian commander that was planned at the same time. Everything smells of the DNA of the Netanyahu regime in the background, who surely knows only too well how many murderous joint commands are still on the way. The continued strong determination of the Netanyahu regime to weaken Iran and to launch attacks and bombings against Syria and Iraq is likely to lead to further attacks. (4)

Bolton and Pompeo: drivers of the murder plans

It was an act of revenge by the Trump administration for the setbacks it suffered from clever generals like Soleimani. For months, even after Bolton left, “Tea Party” Foreign Minister Pompeo and other hardliners had been retaliatory against the Al-Quds Brigade and its leaders. The Netanyahu regime has also been pushing for blows against Iran and Soleimani since the start of the Trump election, as one of the most important hatred figures.

Bolton, as the driving force, tried everything to implement these murder plans and put his greatest emphasis on Soleimani and other important Iranian leaders. As reported by various media, it was Lebanese Hezbollah leader Nasrallah who warned Soleimani that the media and political assassination was in preparation and in the final stages. Hezbollah and its charismatic leader are also a special enemy of the Zionist occupying regime because the Zionists failed in Lebanon. The “butcher of Lebanon” Sharon also experienced his Waterloo in Lebanon despite all the war crimes. Today, the Netanyahu regime, with its numerous air strikes against Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, has continued the trail of war crimes and is far from over. Iran has been targeted for years, According to “Israel Today”, the nuclear facilities through the USA are already in “bearing”. The nuclear power Israel, and therefore by no means threatened, does not tolerate a second one next to it and, unlike Iran, does not let its huge nuclear arsenal be controlled and persistently refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty – accepted without contradiction by the so-called “Western community of values”. Iran is repeatedly urged to comply with the nuclear deal, even though the United States has broken it. So far, the EU has done nothing to deliver Iran the promised aid payments through Instex. Much ado about nothing, typical of this disgraceful Meuse and EU policy. (5) does not tolerate a second person next to them and does not allow their huge nuclear arsenal to be controlled, unlike Iran, and persistently refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – unreservedly accepted by the so-called “Western community of values”. Iran is repeatedly urged to comply with the nuclear deal, even though the United States has broken it. So far, the EU has done nothing to deliver Iran the promised aid payments through Instex. Much ado about nothing, typical of this disgraceful Meuse and EU policy. (5) does not tolerate a second person next to them and does not allow their huge nuclear arsenal to be controlled, unlike Iran, and persistently refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – unreservedly accepted by the so-called “Western community of values”. Iran is repeatedly urged to comply with the nuclear deal, even though the United States has broken it. So far, the EU has done nothing to deliver Iran the promised aid payments through Instex. Much ado about nothing, typical of this disgraceful Meuse and EU policy. (5) So far, the EU has done nothing to deliver Iran the promised aid payments through Instex. Much ado about nothing, typical of this disgraceful Meuse and EU policy. (5) So far, the EU has done nothing to deliver Iran the promised aid payments through Instex. Much ado about nothing, typical of this disgraceful Meuse and EU policy. (5)

Among other things, it was the same CIA forces as Gina Haspel who already carried out the illegal operations of torture and evidence destruction under Bush Jr. Times. (6)

Trump and Netanyahu: brothers in spirit

Trump, who is facing an impeachment procedure (impeachment) by the Democrats, is making every effort to escape it and to secure the support of the Republican Falcons in the Senate. This is the only way Trump believes to secure the favor of his voters, as well as his second term, and to gain domestic political benefits.

We experience the same thing with the Zionist friend and brother in the spirit of Netanyahu, who tries everything to avoid an impending corruption lawsuit and has no scruples, even to have the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) certify immunity in order to be undisturbed by processes for the upcoming third elections to win and stay prime minister.

We are dealing with the double abuse of international crimes and domestic political self-interest. In fact, the targeted assassination attempt also violates the US Constitution (Bill of Rights), which explicitly states that “nobody can be robbed of life, liberty, or property without a due process of justice”. (7)

“No US Government Employee May Participate in Political Murder”

So it is thanks to the “Church Commission”, named after Senator Frank Church, that attacks against foreign leaders were uncovered and forced the then US President Gerald Ford to sign Executive Order 11905 in 1976, which says : “No US government employee is allowed to participate in or prepare for a political murder.” (8) (9)

We are experiencing what has become of this ever more intensely. It is the moral brutalization of all values ​​and overrides all democratic norms. The more politicians point to values ​​and a supposed “fight against terror”, the more mendacious and ruthless they are.

Let us not forget that General Soleimani was one of Iran’s most respected and important government officials and was on an equal footing with his US counterparts in the fight against IS. This fact ignores the Western propaganda machinery and prefers to speak of a “terrorist”. That is why Trump can refer to Soleimani as a “sadistic mass murderer” who would have had “thousands” of people on his conscience and who should have been eliminated for a long time. This is part of the many Trump lies and sick Twitter messages that have no basis other than hatred and self-interest.

Sequence of 9/11: System of massive Orwellian surveillance

Since September 11, 2001 (9/11), the unresolved attacks have been used to overthrow all democratic rights and international law. A system of massive Orwellian surveillance has been installed, stretching from the United States to Europe and Germany. Already under the “drone king” Obama it came out that even Merkel’s cell phone had been monitored by the US secret service. However, this was obediently swept under the table, since it was the “American friends”.

Since then there has been the unbridled “fight against terror”, which was only used to stir up hatred of Muslims in such a way that it has spread like the worst epidemic of all time. The fact is that the spread of IS or al-Qaida was a direct result of the US wars and interventions, plunging millions of people into death and misery. Supported by at least $ 1 billion in weapons such groups were given to fuel the war, such as in Syria, while large sections of the population were impoverished. The “Jewish State” also pursued the support of such terrorist groups.

What do we still have to do? After all, the “Jewish State” is the most important ally of the US imperialists under Trump. In line with the staging of the “New American Century” think tank, which is pushing for regime change throughout the region in order to secure American and Israeli dominance.

A comprehensive war threatens against Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinians

Columbia University’s Joseph Massad recently wrote that the recent US-sponsored moves to formal “non-aggression pacts” between Israel and certain Gulf states are a preparatory step for a full-scale war against Iran and Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinians could be.

For example, the United States invaded Iraq illegally, disregarding the UN and unleashing a war against international law with “poison gas lies”. Even then, Netanyahu was one of the main “pullers” and accomplices of these deadly lies. Everything repeats itself: lies are followed by wars, targeted murders and torture. All in the name of “Christian-Jewish values”, in the fight against “terrorist-unworthy-Muslims”. The only exceptions are, according to “Feldmarschall Göring”: “Whoever is a Jew, we determine” and some have been made “Honorary Aryans”, so there are “Honorary Muslims” of friendly states such as Saudi Arabia or Egypt at will.

Who does not remember how Trump’s predecessor in office, Obama, was worshiped in Germany, who later expanded as the “drone king Obomba” to the countless crimes of the Bush era and had more than 500 drone attacks carried out with tens of thousands of murder victims in the Middle East and personally in the so-called “Killing Tuesday” selected the people who then ended up as tattered murder victims. Many European countries were initiated and silent helpers in the murder, as was Germany with Ramstein as a US drone base. From the Desert Storm to Soleimani there is a murderous blood trail in the USA, made possible by German help! (10) (11) (12)

Obama even went so far as to have innocent US citizens like Anwar al-Awlaki murdered in Yemen, and what a coincidence that the 16-year-old’s sister was later “killed” under Trump. (13)

The “Jewish State”: Master in targeted murder

The state murder is cruel “normalcy” in US politics. This form of “targeted murder” was optimized by the “Jewish State” and, as the investigative reporter for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth Ronen Bergmann writes in his book “The Shadow War”, there has been no other country in the “western” since the end of the Second World War Community of values ​​”except Israel, that has more“ targeted murders ”on the conscience. The “Jewish State” is a master in targeted murder and “no Israeli can claim that he knew nothing of what was happening in his name.” (14)

When assassination squads and helicopters were sent out during the second Intifada to “eliminate” Palestinian politicians, this was confirmed by the UN, “Murders against the Fourth Geneva Convention”, Article 147 and violation of “International Humanitarian Law”. At that time, the United States and the Europeans still distanced themselves from this Israeli murder policy. Today this is copied or supported by some states (Ramstein).

Through this targeted murder policy, regime changes and economic wars, which have desperate people demonstrated, and through targeted infiltration tactics such as in Ukraine, Venezuela, Hong Kong or Iran, one wants to consciously secure Western supremacy, with all dirty means of this ” clean policy.

So beware of the murderous influence and criminal power of the United States and its Zionist whisperers!

footnotes:

(1) https://www.welt.de/geschichte/article178462374/Persischer-Golf-Der-toedliche-Fehler-der-USS-Vincennes-kosten-290-Leben.html

(2) https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/politik/iran-ukraine-flugzeugabsturz-100.html

(3) https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=57548

(4) https://www.israelheute.com/erfahren/analyse-werden-die-usa-die-atomanlagen-des-iran-bombardieren/

(5) https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/politik/berichte-us-angriff-auf-weiteren-iranischen-kommandeur-im-jemen-schlug-fehl-100.html

(6) https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-cia-director-gina-haspel-oversaw-torture-under-bush-2018-3?r=DE&IR=T

(7) https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

(8) https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2015/05/06/40-years-ago-church-committee-investigated-americans-spying-on-americans/

(9) https://www.justsecurity.org/27407/assassination-ban-targeted-killings/

(10) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/14/obama-secret-kill-list-disposition-matrix

(11) https://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/USA-fuehren-Drohnenkrieg-von-Deutschland-aus,ramstein146.html

(12) https://www.ft.com/content/6346dd78-322d-11ea-9703-eea0cae3f0de

(13) https://theintercept.com/2017/01/30/obama-killed-a-16-year-old-american-in-yemen-trump-just-killed-his-8-year-old-sister /

(14) http://www.sehepunkt.de/2018/05/31416.html

 

 

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“WHAT IS ISRAEL”? … OR PALESTINE??

This is outrageous. If “Israel” had been the answer, it would have been bad enough. But the fact that she gave “Palestine” as the… answer and was told it was wrong makes this an outrage & an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem.

‘Jeopardy’ says Bethlehem is in Israel, and gets slammed everywhere

On Friday night the game show “Jeopardy” blew the Palestine question, badly; and it’s getting a lot of media play. In the category,”Where is that church?” one answer came with this clue, “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.” (Video here.)

Contestant Katie Needle answered, “What is Palestine?”

“No,” host Alex Trebek said, and contestant Jack McGuire said, “What is Israel?”

“That’s it,” Trebek said.

Scott Roth jumped on it immediately. “Omg fuck you @Jeopardy. The Church of the Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is Palestine, NOT Israel. The woman answered Palestine and you ruled her wrong.” Later Omar Baddar of the Arab American Institute explained, “Unacceptable!! Bethlehem is in the Palestinian territories which Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle got the correct answer & was robbed). @Jeopardy owes an apology for endorsing Israel’s universally-condemned illegal takeover of Palestinian lands.”

Code Pink is seeking an apology from the game show, with smart graphics.

The good thing about the response is that the occupation is no longer obscure knowledge. The show is getting hammered on Twitter. Jamil Dakwar said,“Even Siri got it right!” Jim Zogby calls the exchange a double insult.

This is outrageous. If “Israel” had been the answer, it would have been bad enough. But the fact that she gave “Palestine” as the… answer and was told it was wrong makes this an outrage & an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem

Supporters of Israeli occupation have been trying to justify Jeopardy’s answer. Roth responds, “Fine. In that case Israel isn’t a democracy since no one who lives in Bethlehem can vote in Israeli parliamentary elections. Or if it is a democracy, then it’s an apartheid state. Choose.”

 

PARTNERS IN (WAR) CRIMES …… THE OFFICIAL VERSION

Israeli intel helped US carry out strike that killed Iran’s Soleimani — report

Information provided by Jewish state confirmed that Quds Force leader was at Baghdad airport before missile strike, NBC News reports

Israel helped the United States in the operation that resulted in the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, a US report said over the weekend.

According to an NBC News report late Friday, the Jewish state was involved in the January 3 operation, handing the Americans key intelligence details.

The information helped confirm intelligence provided by informants at a Syrian airport that Soleimani had been on a nighttime flight from Damascus to Baghdad, the report said, quoting two sources with direct knowledge of the operation and other US officials briefed on it.

After his plane landed, it was a simple matter of using drones to track him exiting the aircraft and entering a car, which was later targeted with four missiles.

Israeli media reported the day after the strike that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had briefed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of time about the US plans to kill Soleimani.

Pompeo phoned Netanyahu on January 1, ostensibly to thank him for Israel’s support in efforts to combat Iran and after the attack on the US embassy in Iraq.

Before departing for Athens the following morning, Netanyahu alluded to “very, very dramatic things” happening in the region.

“We know that our region is stormy; very, very dramatic things are happening in it. We are alert and are monitoring the situation. We are in continuous contact with our great friend the US, including my conversation yesterday afternoon,” he told reporters at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Hours later, Soleimani and several top officials from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in the airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport, along with an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia commander.

Netanyahu had been the only non-US leader who appeared in the know about the planned operation beforehand, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The Reuters news agency reported Thursday that a series of Syrian and Iraqi informants are suspected of providing the US with the information that led to Soleimani’s killing.

The suspected informants — two security employees at Baghdad airport and two workers in private Syrian airline Cham Wings — gave the intelligence about Soleimani’s secret flight from Damascus to Baghdad, the report said, quoting security officials, Baghdad airport employees and Cham Wings employees.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen significantly since the US carried out the airstrike that killed Soleimani. In the wake of the killing, the Iraqi parliament voted to press the government to expel US troops from the country and Iran announced that it will no longer abide by any of the limits of its 2015 nuclear deal.

Last week, a former leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa could be targeted to avenge Soleimani after previously alleging that Israel leaked information about Soleimani’s whereabouts to US forces.

The US launched the airstrike that killed the Iranian general after a US defense contractor was killed and several American and Iraqi troops were wounded in a rocket attack in northern Iraq which was in turn launched in retaliation for US airstrike which killed Iranian-backed militants at several sites in Syria and Iraq. Supporters of the militant group subsequently broke into the US embassy in Baghdad.

 

SPORTS CAN BE MORE THAN JUST GAMES

For as long as there has been organized, professional sports in this country, the business has intertwined itself with the military. The drive for war was baked into the cake from the beginning.

Two fingers victory peace sign body language at sport stadium

Can Sports Be a Site of War Resistance?

Athletes have used their platforms to amplify messages against police brutality and other forms of oppression—can they do the same for war?

For as long as there has been organized, professional sports in this country, the business has intertwined itself with the military. The drive for war was baked into the cake from the beginning.

The first time a baseball team visited the White House was in 1866, at the invite of our first impeached president, Andrew Johnson, as a way to call for national unity in the aftermath of the Civil War. The reason the baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, New York, is because a fictitious origin story said the creator of baseball was a general named Abner Doubleday who organized the game in bucolic Cooperstown. This was a lie created by Albert Spalding, as in Spalding sporting goods, someone who said at the beginning of Major League Baseball’s founding, “Baseball, I repeat, is war! And the playing of the game is a battle in which every contestant is a commanding general, who having gained an advantage, must hold it by every resource of his mind and muscle.”

It’s no coincidence that he said this at the end of the 19th century, when the United States was beginning to flex its imperial ambitions. President Teddy Roosevelt, along with the father of football Walter Camp, openly used football as a method of preparing young men for battle before World War I. And sports have continued to be used to marshal support for war ever since.

Today, from the constant military recruitment ads during games to the NFL’s formal partnership with the Pentagon, that relationship continues. As Trump dives headlong into an imperial conflict of choice against Iran, we can expect an uncritical response from the sports establishment on the basis of “supporting the troops.” Yet there is a counter-tradition in sports: a tradition of resistance to imperial conquest that sides with those crushed under its weight. It’s not nearly as deep as traditions against racism or sexism in sports, for example, but it is still there and it needs to be remembered.

I could write about athletes like Dave Megyessy, who spoke out against the war in Vietnam, but the period I want to recall is the time between 2003 and 2007, when George W. Bush started his disastrous war on Iraq. It is largely forgotten now, but there was a vast and dynamic movement in the streets aimed at stopping the war. It involved activists, veterans, family members of those fighting, student organizations, Arab and Muslim groups and many, many more. This mass expression in the streets found expression in the world of sports. Steve Nash, Etan Thomas, Josh Howard, Adam Morrison, Carlos Delgado, Martina Navratilova, Scott Fujita, Adonal Foyle, and even Ultimate Fighting Champion Jeff Monson all raised their voice against war.

A mass movement in the streets—which we aren’t close to having at this point—is a prerequisite to seeing athletes use their platform. But already there are rumbles, thanks to the easy access of social media. Colin Kaepernick, still waiting for someone in the NFL to have the courage to sign him, let loose on Twitter, writing, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism. America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad. America militarism is the weapon wielded by American imperialism, to enforce its policing and plundering of the non white world.” He also put out this quote from longtime civil rights fighter Angela Davis—retweeting Ameer Loggins @Leftsentthis—“As a Black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.”

In addition, Los Angeles Charger Justin Jackson has put out a long series of tweets against war, writing, among many other sentiments, that “we can drone strike a foreign leader from the sky with a death robot all the way in Iraq but we can’t get clean water pipes under Flint.” He also cited the costs of war and wrote, “Yet somehow cable news has the gall to ask Bernie how we’ll pay for free college and a less expensive healthcare system. Oh and by the way, war is a racket. But you already knew this.”

There are other stray tweets out there of athletes raising issues about this mad rush to war. These words are hopefully just a beginning. The hope is not only that they will inspire other athletes to use their voices, but that they will also help propel a movement against this administration’s imperial ambitions and the bipartisan thirst for forever wars.

THE HAGUE AWAITS THESE TWO CRIMINALS

For a long time, the Netanyahu regime has been trying to bring Trump’s US into a confrontation course with Iran, as has already been seen when the US unilaterally canceled its nuclear deal.

Trump and Netanyahu belong to the International Criminal Court as war criminals

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

If one reads leading German media, then after Trump’s murder of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani it is only about the security of the “Jewish state”, and once again shows the one-sided philosemic sentiment and the associated criminal empathy and disrespect towards the Arab-Iranian-Muslim world.

An infamous and unjustifiable murder

Neither the United States nor the “Jewish state, which has been campaigning against Iran for years, has done itself any favors with this infamous and unjustifiable murder of one of Iran’s leading figures. No matter how much the politicians from Netanyahu to so-called “opposition politicians” cheer about it, the vast majority of our society has again witnessed the unscrupulousness with which US state terrorist leaders Trump and Netanyahu try to distract themselves from their internal difficulties in the country in order to win elections ,

Clearly the DNA of the “Jewish State”

This assassination attempt clearly bears the DNA of the “Jewish State” as the puller. Hadn’t Trump called Netanyahu before he told anyone about his terrible plan to get instructions on what was rumored, and the Mossad hadn’t had the murder victim on his killing list for years after several plots to murder Soleimani had been blown off ? Several Arab media outlets, such as “Israel Today”, did not report about the last minute attempt to murder Soleimani when he wanted to visit the shrine in memory of his late father, but did the Iranian authorities discover a 500kg bomb under a chair intended for him after a warning? In 2008 Soleimani was already targeting the murderer on the occasion of his meeting in Damascus with Hezbollah leader Imad Mugniyeh, whom the Mossad murdered. (1)

United in jubilation over Trump’s murder

The “Jewish State” is united in jubilation over Trump’s murder, and that’s the most terrifying thing that should affect us all. This terrible propaganda, which does not shy away from insulting Soleimani while still dead and praising his own strength. Both the Zionist and the US regime have lost all morality and left the last spark of decency behind. With the public threat of a war crime to attack Iran’s cultural heritage, Trump reveals himself to be a primitive, vile and, above all, culture-less person for whom the rule of law and human dignity do not count. Human rights do not apply to him, only self-interest counts for him. (2) (3)

Go into history as a martyr

General Qassem Soleimani was a smart opponent of criminal and murderous US politics, and he did a great job as the commander of the al-Quds brigades. He, who began his military career in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, was considered a son by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and appointed him as a special advisor. It was Soleimani who, with his foresight, was able to prevent many sinister regime change plans from Syria to Lebanon. It was this intellectual prudence and his ability that made him the number one enemy of the state for the “Jewish Occupier State” and the United States. He will go down in history as a martyr, and Iran will surely respond to this breach of international law and war-murderous assassination in his best sense.

It was an impressive and moving funeral ceremony in Iran that united the people and welded them together even more in pain at the loss. Millions of people thought of this brave martyr and great Iranian. (4)

Nor can one be reminded enough that, unlike the United States and Israel, Iran has not yet started any devastating wars with hundreds of thousands of deaths. Iran is not the monster state, but the criminal USA and its Zionist murderous accomplices who want to drag us into their wars and war crimes regardless of losses.

They act completely unscrupulous and treat their country, states and people like lifeless extras who only have to wait for their orders. You can literally see how Trump almost childishly divides his world like in Monopoly and wants to steer with his limited “dealer image”. He now shamelessly copies everything he accused the “drone king” Obama of campaigning with drones.

Ramstein drone?

Trump used the “Queen of the Drones”, the “Grim Reaper”, the MQ9 Reaper, powered by a 900 hp engine that can do both: watch and kill. Trump had the killing carried out by remote control and thus once again promoted the sale of the General Atomic Group based in San Diego, California. This extremely successful company has interested parties all over the world, from Australia, Spain, Great Britain and last but not least Kramp-Karrenbauer, the German Minister of War AKK. At first I thought whether the drone came from Ramstein, but in the end that is no longer decisive, because the USA and Germany are so closely linked that there should only be one consequence for us:

End submissive vassal policy

Shutting down all US military bases on German soil, detaching themselves from the “US friends” and the murderous NATO and finally starting to conduct subordinate vassal politics independently and sovereignly, not as a quasi “occupied” country, but instead consistently pursuing peace work. The fact that we are further away from this goal than ever is shown in the current policy that runs through all parties. Are they so agreed that we are finally “who” and can get involved in missions abroad, together with our NATO and alliance partners.

The Iraqi government is fed up with “US friends”

The Iraqi Parliament has just passed the correct, albeit unfortunately not binding, resolution to remove US and all foreign troops from Iraq. The Iraqi government is fed up with the “US friends” who have plunged them into poverty, misery and chaos for decades. Trump’s answer was, as expected, the threat of the “sanctions” weapon of mass destruction and the bill to charge the impoverished country billions of dollars for its military bases. The occupied should pay for the occupation. Germany is also treated like an occupied country in trade policy, as ex-Chancellor Schröder noted in 2018 (5) (6) (7)

We see what this “peace work” looks like: it is all about colonization, power and shameless resource theft, regardless of the needs of the local population. That this kind of “peace policy” does not make friends should now be obvious to even the stupidest politicians who brag about the missions again and again.

Iran has adhered to the nuclear deal

For a long time, the Netanyahu regime has been trying to bring Trump’s US into a confrontation course with Iran, as has already been seen when the US unilaterally canceled its nuclear deal. Unlike the United States, Iran has adhered to the treaty and has even undertaken controls in the country. What did it use Iran and how was it thanked? With a boycott that was tantamount to an economic war and is said to lead the country into poverty and scarcity, and Europe is silent about it. What then happened, however, could neither please the USA nor the Zionist friends, the people held together even more and did not bow. The USA is a master in this type of war, often tried and tested and carried out worldwide.

Joint struggle against Muslims and “Christian-Jewish domination

Isn’t Trump and the Netanyahu regime really just one thing, namely the common struggle against “the” Muslims and Christian-Jewish domination? Under the guise of democracy, these state terrorists are trying to overwhelm them with terror and bombs. With targeted actions, occupations, attacks and boycotts, they work with this scientifically sophisticated strategy.

Strategielos

If you look at our government, Germany has no strategy at all. While the Minister of War AKK wants to leave German troops in Iraq, AA Maas wants to consult with the Iraqi government and Merkel will fly to Moscow next Saturday at the invitation of Putin. Europe, and Germany in particular, would be well advised to distance itself from Soleimani’s murder and to no longer follow Trump-USA and the “Jewish State” in its fatal warlike policies that violate aggression and international law. No German rationale for the security of the state-terrorist “Jewish state”. (8) (9)

A cynical legal-political instrument

Israel’s trust in agreements with the Palestinians as the basis for settling disputes between the sides is a cynical legal-political instrument. For decades, the European states that dominate the International Criminal Court have heard Israeli arguments that court intervention would undermine peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Currently, not a single state is likely to use this argument to delay a trial against Israel. It does not interfere with statements by politicians in Jerusalem about the death of the Oslo peace treaties and unilateral Israeli punitive measures against the Palestinians living under their illegal occupation, such as withholding taxpayers’ money, which are due to the Palestinian Authority. The decision or intention of Israel to annex the Jordan Valley in the West Bank mentioned in the IstGH declaration clearly contradicts the Oslo Accords, which reject unilateral measures that could affect the permanent status of the occupied territories.

Akiva Eldar wrote: Concentrating on legal arguments marginalizes the fundamental question: why does the state of a people, who has been the victim of war crimes and the worst crimes against humanity in modern history, refuse to join the IstGH to combat war crimes was set up? After all, Netanyahu himself noted at the beginning of the cabinet meeting that the IstGH was “founded after the horrors of World War II, especially after the horrors inflicted on our people”. The reason for this, apart from the question of settlements, is the concern that membership in the IstGH would limit the freedom of action of the IDF and that of the current and former heads of the Israeli security authorities. The members of the IstGH are obliged to respect the arrest warrants issued by him and to stop and extradite suspects within their limits. Netanyahu’s mention of the circumstances in which the court was founded should mock the important institution. (10) And there is only one answer:

Trump and Netanyahu must go to the International Criminal Court as war criminals, as well as for their crimes against humanity!

 

footnotes:

(1) https://www.israelheute.com/erfahren/analyse-was-war-israels-rolle-bei-der-toetung-soleimanis/

(2) https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/01/05/us-trump-threatens-war-crimes-against-iran

(3) https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-lauds-trump-for-killing-of-irans-soleimani-says-israel-stands-by-us/

(4) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/mourners-flood-tehran-calls-revenge-soleimani-grow-200106061955097.html

(5) https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/05/mike-pompeo-iraq-iran-troops-093961

(6) https://www.diepresse.com/5531243/schroder-werden-von-usa-wie-besetztes-land- treated

(7) https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=57451

(8) https://taz.de/Eskalation-nach-Toetung-von-Soleimani/!5650285/

(9) https://www.cicero.de/aussenpolitik/militaeraktion-usa-iran-soleimani-donald-trump-naher-osten

(10) https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/12/israel-palestinians-international-criminal-court-netanyahu.html

 

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