Thank you Gaza; Message Received!

Everyone has the right to recognise Gaza’s honour and pride and praise its people for their heroism, which has written a new chapter in the Arab-Zionist conflict. Due to their epic battle over the past few weeks, witnessed by the whole world, against those who have defined themselves as civilised and modern but were able to kill women and children unlawfully and in cold-blood, the Palestinians in Gaza have provided rich material for analysts and historians for many years to come. Despite their limited capabilities, the Palestinians have triumphed and can add this victory to the list of their many achievements.

Gaza is now associated with pride in the free world and has become a symbol of heroism, steadfastness and victory. However, it also symbolises the international community’s hypocrisy and exploitation of “human rights”, “the fight against terrorism”, “protection of children and women”, and “international conventions”. Their mantras on such issues sound like broken records. Will Obama, the criminal Netanyahu and other leaders succeed in convincing the younger generations around the world that they are really fighting terrorism while they are committing one massacre of civilians after another? There is a history of Israeli massacres of Palestinians, and while we reflect on them the bottom line will always be that Gaza triumphed.

Gaza’s victory is special because the circumstances under which the current war began are completely different to Israel’s previous attacks. In addition to this, the ordeal itself was different, with Egypt under the military coup regime playing a very different role. The Arab world is unstable and faces internal conspiracies aided by foreign states against the will of the people, Egypt included.

Israel’s latest attack on the Gaza Strip will go down in history for three reasons. First, besieged Gaza has triumphed through the steadfastness and resourcefulness of its people. The Palestinians have impressed the world even though a great deal of time and effort has been spent trying to isolate them.

The second point is the hypocrisy of the international community, especially the larger countries which monopolise political, military and economic decisions. They do not translate any of the human rights, democracy and justice slogans, which they promote in their universities and media, into actions on the ground.

The third issue is the official Arab position, which has moved from secret collusion and hypocrisy to open and public collaboration with Israel, with notable exceptions such as Tunisia, Sudan and Qatar. The collaborators have done this out of their desire to eliminate the Palestinian resistance that has now become a symbol of honour and pride, and to ensure the survival of their own regimes. Why are they demanding conditions to be complied with by Hamas while they are witnessing the crimes committed by Israel against civilians, including women and children?

Arabs, Muslims and every other human being with the tiniest bit of dignity, have acknowledged the strength of the people of Gaza and opposed the actions of their own governments by taking to the streets in solidarity with the Palestinians. Nevertheless, as the bodies are being dragged from beneath the rubble in Gaza, the people are asking, “Where are you, Arabs? Where are you?”

Such messages from Gaza, as the Palestinians count the cost of the destruction and the number of dead and wounded, are very strong. What is the meaning of the unified political and military resistance among the various factions in the Gaza Strip? What about the words of the people who now thank the resistance fighters readily, to the extent that they are prepared to risk their lives and money for them?

Yes, there are media and political platforms, unfortunately they nearly all belong to Arabs, which push a different interpretation of events. However, the truth is that the Palestinian people, and the people of Gaza in particular, are certain and firm in their belief that unity with the resistance, along with their steadfastness and patience, is the only way to end Israel’s brutal occupation and colonisation of Palestine.

Many will write about Gaza and its glory, as well as about Palestine and the steadfastness of its people, and the resistance and its achievements. I would like to thank Gaza and its people for wiping away much of our collective shame, and say with unmatched humility in my heart: Thank you Gaza; message received.

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Fidel Castro accuses the Terrorist State of Israel of practicing genocide against Palestinians

‘Why does [the Israeli] government believe that the world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide which today is being perpetuated against the Palestinian people? Perhaps it is expected that the complicity of the US empire in this shameful massacre will be ignored?’

Iconic Cuban leader Fidel Castro has accused Israel of practicing “a new, repugnant form of fascism” in its brutal war against the Gaza Strip, constituting a “macabre genocide”.

In an article entitled “Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza” in the Cuban newspaper Granma, Castro also said that the United States is complicit in Israel’s crimes.

Castro wrote: “I think that a new, repugnant form of fascism is emerging with notable strength, at this time in human history when more that seven billion inhabitants are struggling for their survival.”

Castro cited the list of atrocities that Israel has committed in Gaza: the “murder” of about 2,000 Palestinians, the wounding of almost 9,000 and the displacement of tens of thousands.

Jewish Holocaust Vs Palestinian Holocaust 

“The Nazi genocide of Jews outraged all the earth’s peoples,” he wrote. “Why does [the Israeli] government believe that the world will be insensitive to the macabre genocide which today is being perpetuated against the Palestinian people? Perhaps it is expected that the complicity of the US empire in this shameful massacre will be ignored? “

Castro went on to denounce the history of European and American imperialism, warning that today “New, indispensable forces have emerged” to counteract these oppressive empires, especially noting Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Gaza executes Collaborators and Traitors

Palestinians inspect damage caused to a building 2014

A number of Palestinians who have collaborated with Israel have been executed by resistance factions in Gaza during the Israeli assault on the Strip which started 30 days ago, a website revealed today.

Al-Majd website, known to be have close links with the security services of Hamas, said that the resistance factions in Gaza executed a number of collaborators, who were monitoring the activities of the resistance groups in the Gaza Strip and houses in the areas of different parts of the sector.

The website quoted a security source, whose identity was not disclosed, saying that “a number of collaborators have been executed in the battlefield while they tried to disrupt the resistance’s movements and stifle ambushes specially set up for the Israeli army.”

The site said security forces would continue to “deter collaborators, Israeli intelligence and tenderness by accelerating reprisals for collaborators in the sector.”

He added: “The resistance will not have mercy on any of those tempted to provide the enemy information regarding the resistance and its men, and the death in the field will be what they get.”

Israel began its assault on Gaza on July 7, it has so far resulted in the death of 1,867 Palestinians, mainly women and children, and left some 9,470 other injured, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Israel said 64 of its soldiers have been killed in battle in addition to three civilians, and some 1,008 have been injured, including 651 military personnel and 357 civilian.

However, the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, said they killed 161 Israeli soldiers and captured another.

Ban Ki-moon angered by disappearance of Israeli soldier but was unaffected by the murder of 2,000 Palestinians

Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations, is supposed to be the protector of international justice, he who spreads peace and security amongst the people, and the person who ends the bloodshed between countries, but the war in Gaza revealed something else. It revealed “dusty faces” covered with masks; faces that are made-up of humanitarian statements and visits, but then came the Gaza war, or the Israeli aggression on Gaza, and it revealed faces, that had always been portrayed by the Arab public opinion as “balanced” in dealing with the Arab issues, as being “complicit” with the aggressor. Such faces justify the Israeli aggression, and even hold the victims responsible for their death, just as the Iraqi poet Ahmad Mattar said, “He stabs me and claims my blood contaminated his sword”.

Yesterday, the Qatari Emir was surprised by the statement made by the UN secretary-general in which he held the Palestinian resistance responsible for the violation of the ceasefire. He also said that the UN has no independent means of verifying exactly what happened before. The Emir explained that the UN is responsible for verifying exactly what happened before issuing its statement and he expressed his regret and surprise at the silence of the international organisation over Israel’s targeting and killing of Palestinian civilians, as well as destroying their homes. The Emir called on the UN secretary-general to take a clear stand on the crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and urged all concerned parties to open the crossings to allow for the entry of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

This position taken by the Emir was preceded by several calls with Ban Ki-moon, urging him to take a stand to rein in the Israeli military machine and to stop the continued aggression on the innocent, but we have yet to see a true stand taken by the UN regarding the blatant violations of the rights of the Palestinians.

It was not only Ban who was not as he appeared and showed an inhumane side while dealing with the Israeli aggression on Gaza, there were others, including leaders, sheikhs, intellectuals, media personalities, thinkers, and others who call themselves preachers; they are indeed preachers, but preachers at the gates of hell.

Ban took “raging” action yesterday, condemning “in the strongest terms”, Hamas and holding it responsible for the disappearance of an Israeli soldier who is an aggressor and who took part in killing innocent people in Gaza. However, we did not hear such phrases used by Ban while referring to the fallen martyrs in Gaza, who have almost reached the 2,000 mark, in addition to the nearly 10,000 wounded Palestinians, 70 per cent of them are children, women, or elderly. Doesn’t Ban consider these individuals to have human value, or is it only that Jewish soldier, who came to kill innocent people, who has value?

We do not hear Ban shouting when the UNRWA schools in Gaza are bombed; the schools run by the UN where children, women, and the elderly take shelter. Israel bombed these schools in broad daylight, even though they have the coordinates of these schools and know they are supervised by the UN, and therefore are not Hamas headquarters, the excuse used by Israel to justify all of its aggression. Why didn’t Ban make a move for the sake of his schools that were violated, if not for the sake of the children who were killed in these schools?

It is surprising that Ki-moon overlooked all the possibilities in the case of the Israeli soldier and accused Hamas, but later discovered that this soldier was killed and was not captured by Hamas or any other resistance group. Even though the UN does not possess any independent means to verify exactly what happened, it still condemned the disappearance of the soldier, a farcical act committed by the UN.

Ban’s unbalanced behaviour indicates the extent of Israel’s control over the international decision-making circles, specifically the United Nations, both directly and indirectly through the influence of other countries, specifically the United States, as President Obama “raged” on the issue of the killed soldier. He also held a press conference for this soldier, who came to kill innocent people in Gaza, and called on Hamas to release him unconditionally, a position that is not surprising coming from America, which has always supported its ally. The US continued to support its ally even during the current aggression by allocating $225 million in emergency aid for the Israeli Iron Dome, as well as urgent shipments of military equipment. This makes America a key partner in the killing of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the hands of US officials are stained with blood and the same goes for the Zionists. The US is giving the Zionists logistical cover and support and is justifying the killing of “Arab Zionist” children, women and civilians.

Ban is watching the Israeli killing machine take the lives of innocent people in Gaza and is not even lifting a finger to help. I ask him, what would your position be if the opposite were to happen, meaning what if the Palestinian resistance was taking the lives of Israelis in seized territories; what would your position be? Would you remain silent? What would your position be if cities such as Eumseong, your hometown in Korea, Seoul, Changwon, Jeonju, and Goyang were being bombed and its children and women were being killed? This is a matter we certainly would not accept for our friends in South Korea and we would support them; what would your position be?

What is being killed today in Gaza is not the Palestinian people, but humanity, Ban. The organisation you are the secretary-general of is on the line, and unfortunately the organisation had failed many tests in the past and we had hoped that it would improve its score in the Gaza test, but it failed miserably in improving its image in the public opinion. All the money being paid to the UN is a waste, and you personally are being paid to do nothing. If the money you are being paid was used to give aid to the deserving people in the world, it would be more honourable than paying it to you in exchange for a few statements by you, and at the moment, you are no longer able to even issue any statements.

Now, after the issue has been cleared up and we have discovered that the Zionist soldier was killed, Ban, Obama, Kerry, and the others should, out of politeness, apologise to Hamas and the resistance factions for being deceived by Israel. If you were honourable men, you would apologise to the Palestinian people; it is the least you can do Ban.

Translated from Al-Sharq newspaper, 4 August, 2014

Renouncing my Israeli Citizenship

By Lenny Lapon

Welcoming ceremony to Jews making "aliyah" to Israel, at the Nefesh b'Nefesh site

On October 19, 2010 my plane landed in Israel and instantaneously I was awarded Israeli citizenship with identification card # 012706735, solely because I am Jewish. Through reflection and study I have come to realize that this act was a travesty of justice. There are several million Palestinians and their descendants who cannot enter and/or live and move freely in their native historical homeland.

For several decades I believed, as most Jews do, that the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel was an answer to the Nazi Holocaust and other persecutions of Jews through the centuries, such as the Russian pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades. However, none of these atrocities were carried out by Palestinians and none of them justify the atrocities and other injustices perpetrated upon the Palestinian people by the Zionist Movement and the State of Israel for over a century. I am referring to the racist colonization of Palestine, the Nakba/Catastrophe of 1948 whereby the establishment of Israel as a state was accompanied by the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian Arab villages, massacres of thousands of men, women and children and the forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland. Subsequently Israel has embarked upon an aggressive, Nazi-like expansion and a brutal, inhuman, military occupation of nearly half a century.

As a serious student of the Nazi Holocaust, I can only be horrified at the disgrace that the State of Israel and its Jewish supporters continue to bring upon the memory of Jewish Holocaust victims. It’s a moral abomination to emulate Nazi tactics in the name of the Jewish people and their alleged security: cowardly massive bombings and slaughter of civilian populations who have no air force to protect them, collective punishment and torture, mass incarcerations, destruction of thousands of homes, and the vicious blockade and ghettoization of Gaza.

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Israel is not becoming an apartheid state—it already is one with separate and unequal laws and policing for its Jewish citizens on one hand and for its non-Jewish, mostly Arab citizens and victims of the occupation on the other hand.

It is with a newfound clarity of thinking and analyzing a very emotional tragedy that I have thrown off the shackles of Zionist propaganda and am proudly and publicly renouncing my Israeli citizenship effective immediately. At the same time I denounce the ongoing colonial oppression of the Palestinian people, a terrible injustice that is greatly facilitated by US tax dollars supporting the vast Israeli military machine. I also encourage other Jews to educate themselves and to stand on the side of the oppressed.

An Eye Opening interview with Sir Gerald Kaufman UK MP on #Gaza [Sputnik]

Sir Gerald Kaufman, a British Labour MP, talks on the conditions crated in #Gaza by Israel [Sputnik on RT].