• All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.

  • I.F. Stone

zaterdag 3 januari 2009

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Het verzet van degenen die de mensenrechten respecteren tegen de Israelische terreur is begonnen.

Israeli troops 'move into Gaza'

Ceasefire calls
Tens of thousands of demonstrators meanwhile have been protesting worldwide against Israel's military operations in Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Organisers of the London protest said it was "just the start of the campaign"
The biggest rally was in Paris where more than 20,000 people gathered.
About 10,000 people joined a rally in London, during which hundreds of shoes were thrown at the entrance to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's residence, echoing the protest of an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush last month.
Protests also took place in Brussels, The Hague, Amsterdam, Ankara and Cyprus.
In Israel itself, tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs staged a protest against Israel's actions in the town of Sakhnin. One politician, Jamal Zahalka, said it had been the biggest demonstration by Israel's Arab minority in the past 10 years. Lees verder: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7809959.stm

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VN doen oproep tegen Israëlisch grondoffensief
Gepubliceerd: 3 januari 2009 08:39 Gewijzigd: 3 januari 2009 17:15
Door onze correspondent

Tel Aviv, 3 jan. De Verenigde Naties hebben hun „diepe bezorgdheid” aan de Israëlische regering geuit over een grondoffensief in de Gazastrook, dat mogelijk aanstaande is. Rondom het Palestijnse gebied zijn sinds een week tanks en troepen samengetrokken, klaar om binnen te vallen. Volgens de speciale coördinator van de VN voor het Midden-Oosten, Robert Serry, zal een invasie de crisis in Gaza verergeren. Maxwell Gaylard, coördinator van de VN-hulp in het gebied, waarschuwde voor een „kritieke noodsituatie” als de aanvallen voortgaan, ook al is er de laatste dagen extra humanitaire hulp in de Gazastrook aangekomen.
Zeker honderd van de 400 gedode Palestijnen zijn burgers, aldus de VN. Vier Israëliërs zijn sinds vorige week zaterdag gedood door Palestijnse raketten.
Hamas-leider Khaled Meshaal, die in ballingschap in Damascus leeft, heeft gisteren voor het eerst in het openbaar gereageerd op de luchtaanvallen. In een eerder opgenomen boodschap die door de Arabische televisiezender Al-Jazeera werd uitgezonden zei Meshaal dat de infrastructuur van Hamas intact is gebleven. Ondanks de aanvallen wist Hamas gisteren 60 raketten op Israël af te schieten, waardoor Israël voor de keuze staat grondtroepen in te zetten. Volgens Meshaal zou dat echter een „domme vergissing” zijn.
De VN herhaalden een oproep aan Hamas te stoppen met het afschieten van raketten, en riepen Israël op de aanvallen te staken en de grenzen te openen voor hulp.
De Amerikaanse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Condoleezza Rice, deed eveneens een oproep aan Israël en Hamas om de wapens neer te leggen. Israël wijst een tijdelijk staakt-het-vuren af, omdat Hamas het zou kunnen gebruiken om zichzelf te reorganiseren en te herbewapenen.'
Lees verder: http://www.nrc.nl/buitenland/article2110516.ece/VN_doen_oproep_tegen_Israelisch_grondoffensief_

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De volgende fase van de grootscheepse Israelische terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking is begonnen met steun van het Westen. Westerse steun voor terrorisme.

Israeli Ground Forces Enter Northern Gaza

Friday 02 January 2009
by: Ibrahim Barzak and Jason Keyser, The Associated Press

Gaza City, Gaza Strip -- Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.
Heavy gun battles were reported as Israeli tanks and infantry soldiers entered Gaza after dark. The forces stayed close to the border area, witnesses said. Heavy artillery fire hit east of Gaza City in areas where Hamas fighters were deployed.
"We have many, many targets," Israeli military spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich told CNN, adding that Hamas has been digging smuggling tunnels and other facilities. "To my estimation, it will be a lengthy operation," she said.
She said the goal of the operation was to take over the areas used by militants to launch rockets against Israel.
"The civilians are not our target, only militants, Hamas militants," she said.
Defense officials have said around 10,000 soldiers massed along the border in recent days. Heavy artillery fire in the early evening was intended to detonate Hamas explosive devices and mines planted along the border area before troops marched in.
It was not immediately clear how deep into Gaza the Israeli forces would go.
Israel's offensive against Hamas began with a week of aerial bombardment of Hamas target. However, Hamas kept firing at Israeli towns.
Israel had held off on a ground offensive, in part because of concern about casualties among Israeli troops.
Hamas leaders have warned that they have prepared a violent welcome. They have also threatened to resume suicide attacks inside Israel.
The Israelis were also backed by helicopter gunships.
The first week of fighting had claimed more than 460 Palestinians lives, while four Israelis were killed by rocket fire. Gaza is densely populated, and intense urban warfare was likely to get much deadlier.
Lees verder: http://www.truthout.org/010309Z

vrijdag 2 januari 2009

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Unrest Caused by Bad Economy May Require Military Action, Report Says
by: Diana Washington Valdez, El Paso Times

A new report warns that economic and civil unrest could lead to military intervention. (Photo: Getty Images)
El Paso - A U.S. Army War College report warns an economic crisis in the United States could lead to massive civil unrest and the need to call on the military to restore order.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Nathan Freir wrote the report "Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development," which the Army think tank in Carlisle, Pa., recently released.

"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities ... to defend basic domestic order and human security," the report said, in case of "unforeseen economic collapse," "pervasive public health emergencies," and "catastrophic natural and human disasters," among other possible crises.

The report also suggests the new (Barack Obama) administration could face a "strategic shock" within the first eight months in office.

Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said the Army post is not involved in any recent talks about a potential military response to civil unrest.

The report become a hot Internet item after Phoenix police told the Phoenix Business Journal they're prepared to deal with such an event, and the International Monetary Fund's managing director, Dominique Strauss-Khan, said social unrest could spread to advanced countries if the global economic crisis worsens.

Javier Sambrano, spokes-man for the El Paso Police Department, said city police have trained for years so they can address any contingency, but not with the military.

"The Quantcast police (department) trains on an ongoing basis as part of its Mobile Field Force Training," Sambrano said. "As a result, the police will be able to respond to emergency situations, such as looting or a big civil unrest. The police (department) does not train with soldiers."'
Lees verder: http://www.truthout.org/123008B

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3-1-2009 13.00 UUR AMSTERDAM MUSEUMPLEIN DEMONSTRATIE VOOR GAZA

31/12/2008

Landelijke demonstratie tegen de Israelische aanval op Gaza



PERSBERICHT


Amsterdam, 31 december 2008

Landelijke demonstratie tegen Israëlische aanval op Gaza

- Stop de Israëlische oorlogsmisdaden tegen Gaza
- Stop de Nederlandse medeplichtigheid
- Vrijheid voor Palestina

Zaterdag aanstaande zal in Amsterdam een grote demonstratie plaatsvinden tegen de aanhoudende bombardementen op Gaza, waarbij tot nu toe al honderden Palestijnen het leven lieten en vele honderden meer gewond raakten.

Een brede coalitie van Palestijnen, Joden, moslims, socialisten en
verschillende solidariteitsgroepen roept op tot deze landelijke
demonstratie. Voortzetting van de Israëlische aanvallen, waarvan de
Israëlische legerleiding zei dat ze 'nog maar het begin' zijn, zal
onvermijdelijk leiden tot nog meer burgerslachtoffers en verdere
escalatie.

De organisatoren van de demonstratie - onder wie zowel de verschillende organisaties van Palestijnen in Nederland (Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland, Al Awda, PPMS) als Een Ander Joods Geluid, socialistische organisaties en de grote overkoepelende organisaties van Turkse en Marokkaanse moskeeën Milli Görus en de Raad van Marokkaanse Moskeeën Nederland - roepen daarom op tot een onmiddellijke beëindiging van het offensief door Israël en pleiten voor opheffing van de blokkade die de bevolking van Gaza al maandenlang afsnijdt van voedsel en medicijnen. Ook roepen zij de Nederlandse regering op om de stilzwijgende goedkeuring voor de Israëlische acties om te keren in een openlijke en duidelijke veroordeling.

Tegelijk met de protestmars in Amsterdam wordt ook elders in de wereld gedemonstreerd, onder andere in Londen.

Landelijke demonstratie
Zaterdag 3 januari 2009
13.00 uur Museumplein Amsterdam

Er zijn 25 ondersteunende organisaties:


Al Awda, DIDF, Een Ander Joods Geluid (EAJG), ICAW, HTIB, Internationale Socialisten, Keerpunt, KMAN, Marokkaanse Raad Zeeburg, Milli Gorus Nederland, NCPN, Nederlands Palestina Komitee (NPK), Olijfboomcampagne ‘Houd Hoop Levend’, Palestijnse Gemeenschap Nederland (PGN), Palestinian Human Rights Foundation RASED, Peace-Actie, People's Artist Network, PlateForme Intercontinentale des MRE, PPMS, PRIME, Raad van Marokkaanse Moskeeën Nederland, SAP/Grenzeloos, SMVA, Unie van Marokkaanse Moskeeën Amsterdam en Omstreken (UMMAO), VIA, Vrouwen in het Zwart Nederland

Meer informatie:
www.palestina-komitee.nl

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Stars call for ceasefire in Gaza
Singer Annie Lennox has joined high-profile campaigners to call for an end to Israel's bombing of the Gaza Strip.


2 January 2009

At a news conference in London, she said TV footage of the attacks, which have killed more than 400 people, had left her "shaken to the core".

Comedian Alexei Sayle said Jewish people in the public eye should stress this was "not being done in our name".

Meanwhile, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is demanding a meeting with Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

The MCB, the country's largest Muslim group, has refused to attend a Foreign Office briefing on the situation in Gaza and instead want to speak to Mr Miliband directly.

Deputy secretary-general Dr Daud Abdullah said he found it "incomprehensible" that the British government, and the US, did not approve a Security Council vote calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Human values

The news conference was called ahead of Saturday's demonstration when thousands of people are expected to join a rally in central London to demand an immediate end to the Israeli attacks.

The violence in the Middle East has continued for a week, with both sides ignoring international calls for a ceasefire.

At least 13,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Gaza since the attacks started, according to Save the Children.

On Friday, Israel continued to bomb targets in Gaza, including a mosque.

But, says Israel, Palestinian military group Hamas has also fired more rockets into Israel.

In an emotional speech, Annie Lennox said there had to be a different way forward.

"A few days after Christmas I came downstairs, put the television on and saw smoke pyres emanating from buildings and it shook me to the core," she said.

"I was thinking, as a mother and as a human being, how was this going to be a solution to peace?

"It's a question of human rights, human values that goes beyond Jewish, Muslim, nothing to do with any of that. There has to be a place ultimately where people come to the table."

In a strongly-worded condemnation of Israeli bombing, Jewish comedian Alexei Sayle said Israel has an idea it was being noble but was using the "psychology of the murderer" to explain the attacks.

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone called for the European Union and the UK to withdraw their ambassadors from Israel to signal disapproval with the "slaughter and systematic murder of innocent Arabs".

Appeal to Obama

Respect MP George Galloway suggested Israel's attacks would create a new generation of radicals around the world.

"We will be very, very lucky if the explosions taking place in Gaza today don't blow up in our own face at some time in the future," he said.

Meanwhile, activist Bianca Jagger condemned the attack by Hamas against innocent Israeli citizens, but called for the international community to guarantee the immediate halt of the "disproportionate, unlawful use of force by Israel".

She added: "I would like to make an appeal to President-elect Obama to speak up.

"People throughout the world were hopeful when he was elected and we must appeal to him to ask for the immediate cessation of the bombardment of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip."

Earlier, more than 100 protesters gathered outside Egypt's London embassy demanding the country fully open its border with Gaza to allow humanitarian aid in and let the sick and injured out so they could go to hospital.

General Secretary of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Betty Hunter said: "Egypt has to stop colluding with Israel and do this now."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/7808231.stm

donderdag 1 januari 2009

Obama 73

Nine Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year
Thursday 01 January 2009
by: Deepak Chopra, AlterNet


Steps the incoming president can take to build a peace-based economy.

The following is a memo to Barack Obama from Deepak Chopra.


You have been elected by the first anti-war constituency since 1952, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected after promising to end the Korean War. But ending a war isn't the same as bringing peace. America has been on a war footing since the day after Pearl Harbor, 67 years ago. We spend more on our military than the next 16 countries combined. If you have a vision of change that goes to the heart of this country's deep problems, ending our dependence on war is far more important than ending our dependency on foreign oil.

The most immediate changes are economic. Unless it can make as much money as war, peace doesn't stand a chance. Since aerospace and military technologies remain the United States' most destructive export, fostering wars around the world, what steps can we take to reverse that trend and build a peace-based economy?

1. Scale out arms dealing and make it illegal by the year 2020.

2. Write into every defense contract a requirement for a peacetime project.

3. Subsidize conversion of military companies to peaceful uses with tax incentives and direct funding.

4. Convert military bases to housing for the poor.

5. Phase out all foreign military bases.

6. Require military personnel to devote part of their time to rebuilding infrastructure.

7. Call a moratorium on future weapons technologies.

8. Reduce armaments like destroyers and submarines that have no use against terrorism and were intended to defend against a superpower enemy that no longer exists.

9. Fully fund social services and take the balance out of the defense and homeland security budgets.

These are just the beginning. We don't lack creativity in coping with change. Without a conversion of our present war economy to a peace economy, the high profits of the military-industrial complex ensures that it will never end.'
Lees verder: http://www.truthout.org/010109A

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'Killing Without Consequences in Gaza
By Mustafa Qadri , Foreign Policy in Focus. Posted January 1, 2009.

It is becoming increasingly clear that Israel’s latest attack on Gaza was a pre-meditated attempt to destabilize the Hamas regime.

It was about midnight last Sunday when my phone rang. “I’m not sure I will survive tonight, the Israelis are bombing us everywhere.” It was Mahmoud, a young resident of Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt. We first met when I visited the troubled coastal territory after Israel dismantled its settlements there in September 2005. On December 27, just before midday, Israel’s powerful air force, the fourth largest in the world, commenced a deadly air assault on over 40 separate locations in the Gaza Strip. The strikes were as calculated as they were cold – the targets were almost entirely people and facilities vital to the Hamas government. In one of the areas hit, where police officers had gathered for a parade, body parts were strewn along a courtyard.
The present conflict is the deadliest since Israel occupied Gaza and the West Bank in the Six Day War of 1967. That is a surprising achievement given the bloody history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, particularly during the Palestinian uprisings, or intifadas, of 1987 and 2000.
Israel has targeted Hamas, but the vast majority of the casualties from its attacks have been civilian police officers, government workers, and other civilians. The Palestinian death toll currently stands at 350 while more than a thousand have sustained injuries. The figure is expected to increase as Israel’s bombardment continues. Since Monday morning, Israel’s navy has commenced bombing Gaza from the coast. Compounding the suffering is the fact that medical and other humanitarian supplies are in a dire state thanks to Israel’s three-year-old blockade of the territory. Half the population of Gaza, even before this most recent attack, was living below the poverty line.
So far, rockets fired from Gaza have killed two Israelis and injured several others.
The Israeli government argues that the bombardment is a response to these rockets attacks. But the calls of self-defense must be understood within the broader context of the continued annexation of Palestine. It is the greatest of reverse-psychology ploys. Israel calls Hamas and other Palestinian resistance movements existential threats while, at the same time, it continues to ensure that a viable Palestinian state can never hope to exist by imprisoning Gaza and expropriating much of the West Bank.
The UN Security Council quickly released a non-binding statement calling for an end to hostilities. But the document failed to name either Israel or Hamas by name and glibly called for a return to the ceasefire. It did not mention any justice for the hundreds killed. The international community – and particularly the Middle East Quartet consisting of the European Union, UN, United States, and Russia – have been completely incapable of protecting those most exposed to the conflict – the Palestinians of the occupied territories who are killed, harassed and humiliated on a daily basis.
There is good reason to be critical of Hamas too. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cited Hamas’ inability to renew a ceasefire with Israel for this most recent assault. But Israel must shoulder the lion’s share of culpability for the carnage presently unfolding in the occupied territories.'

Happy New Year




Hoe dan ook: Happy New Year everyone! Zit een paar dagen in Parijs.
Stan

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De Palestijnse intellectueel Omar Barghouti mailde me dit:
'A most revealing article on Israel's PR success, so far, in its war of aggression on Gaza. Note how preparations had started months earlier, refuting all current Israeli claims that their war was in "retaliation" to whatever the Palestinians have done a couple of days earlier.

Even the most radical Israeli "leftist" journalists, unfortunately, have fallen into the "national consensus" trap that Israel was merely retaliating, but a bit disproportionately. No wonder those same journalists are now appealing to the Israeli collective moral ethos, as if any exists.

One crucial point is that, unlike in the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, which witnessed a sophisticated and very able resistance not just on the ground but also in PR, this time around Israel is boxing by itself in an otherwise empty ring. There simply is no other offical side hitting back, in the PR war, with anything close to a plan.

History will register that, in this open Israeli massacre in Gaza, not only the usual suspects among the autocratic, unelected Arab regimes, but also the Ramallah PA have been largely complicit (as news leaks in the US media months ago have revealed, not just the most recent moves), despite the latest upgrade of empty, inconsequential rhetoric; the Palestine Mission to the UN remains as neutral -- read: shamefully ineffective -- as the Red Cross, "waiting" to see how "things" develop; and the PLO representative offices around the world are, with rare exceptions, totally paralyzed as their "leadership," this time, is on the wrong side of the fence. Only the persistent and principled efforts of solidarity movements across the world and most of Palestinian civil society are bearing fruit in the international PR arena.

And, of course, one cannot forget the distiguished, indispensable role courageous journalists, analysts and the indefatigable UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the OPT, Prof. Richard Falk, have played in setting the record straight and getting accurate facts and analyses out to the world.

Omar

http://www.thejc.com/articles/israel-claims-success-pr-war

Israel claims success in the PR war
From The Jewish Chronicle
Anshel Pfeffer
December 31, 2008
Fewer military officers; more women; tightly controlled messages; and ministers kept on a short leash. This was Israel's new media game-plan in Operation Cast Lead.
The Gaza attack is the first major demonstration of Israel's total overhaul of its 'hasbara' operation following the Second Lebanon War. While the military aspects of the operation were meticulously planned, a new forum of press advisers was also established which has been working for the past six months on a PR strategy specifically geared to dealing with the media during warfare in Gaza.
"Whenever Israel is bombing, it is hard to explain our position to the world," said Avi Pazner, Israel's former ambassador to Italy and France, and one of the officials drafted in to present Israel's case to the world media. "But at least this time everything was ready and in place."
One of the decisions taken following Israel's failure to explain its case during the Lebanon War was the formation of a National Information Directorate within the Prime Minister's Office, tasked with coordinating the efforts of the press bureaus in the various government departments.
The Directorate, which has been up and running for eight months, began planning six months ago for a Gaza operation. A forum with representatives of the press offices of the Foreign and Defence ministries, the IDF Spokesman Unit and other agencies held numerous meetings to decide on the message.
The forum held two system-wide exercises in the past two months, one aimed at foreign media and, last week, one dedicated to the Israeli press.
"One of our lessons from the Lebanon War was that there were too many uniforms in the coverage," says Yarden Vatikay, director of the National Information Directorate, "and that doesn't come over very positively."
The international media were directed to a press centre set up by the Foreign Ministry in Sderot itself so that foreign reporters would spend as much time as possible in the main civilian area affected by Hamas rockets. When the IDF was represented on the international TV networks, it was by Major Avital Leibovich to project a feminine and softer image.
Ministers have been ordered by the Cabinet Secretary not to give interviews without authorisation so as not to repeat the PR disaster of a year ago, when Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai threatened the Palestinians with a "holocaust".
So far, the two cabinet members without direct responsibility who have been most regularly interviewed have been Social Affairs Minister Yitzhak Herzog and Interior Security Minister Avi Dichter.
For the first time, sufficient numbers of spokespeople in a range of languages were appointed and briefed in advance. Mr Pazner gave close to 100 interviews in the first three days of the operation, in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
In his view, the toughest and most hostile questioning was "definitely by the Spanish interviewers, and also the French, especially the Canadian French".
Israeli diplomats and spokespeople working with the British media have said that so far "most of the hostility has been in the print media, especially in The Guardian and The Independent. The electronic media, including also the BBC, have made more of an effort to seem even-handed.
"The coverage is definitely less hostile to Israel than what we saw during the Second Lebanon War two-and-a-half years ago."
Both the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry ran monitoring services to view foreign media coverage and pass the results back to press officers to enable them to address the claims being put forward by reporters and Palestinian interviewees.
The months of preparation and the increased intensity of the media efforts have also shown results in Britain.
Senior diplomats in the London Embassy, headed by Ambassador Ron Prosor gave an unprecedented 25 interviews to national television and radio channels, in the first three days of the operation.'

woensdag 31 december 2008

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Vergeet u niet dat de meerderheid van de Palestijnse bevolking op Hamas heeft gestemd om van de corrupte Fatah-kliek af te komen, die hun eigen zakken vulden en geen enkel politiek succes wisten te boeken. Sinds de Oslo-akkoorden was het aantal Joodse kolonisten verdubbeld en werd het stelen van Palestijns land geenszins gestopt. De curropte Fatah-leiders werken nu samen met het Westen en Israel om weer de macht en alle miljarden aan financiele steun te kunnen grijpen.

'Dec 31, 2008 1:34 Updated Dec 31, 2008 11:34
Hamas: PA conspiring with Israel

As the IDF offensive concluded its fourth day on Tuesday, Hamas accused the Palestinian Authority of planning to return to the Gaza Strip with the help of Israel.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas...
According to a report published by the Hamas-affiliated Palestine Information Center Web site, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his officials in Ramallah to set up an "emergency room" to prepare for reassuming control over the Gaza Strip after the Hamas government is toppled by Israel.
It said the emergency room consisted of commanders of the PA security forces and the interior minister.
The report claimed that Abbas was coordinating his moves with the Egyptians and the Saudis.
It also quoted sources in Ramallah as saying that Abbas's top adviser, Nimmer Hammad, phoned Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad last week and told him that the PA "believes in Israel's right to liquidate Hamas."
Earlier this week, two senior PA officials told The Jerusalem Post that the PA was "ready" to return to the Gaza Strip when and if the Hamas government was overthrown.
The Hamas allegation, which has been strongly denied by the PA, is an indication of the growing tensions between the Islamist movement and Abbas's Fatah faction in the wake of the IDF offensive.
Tensions between the two parties peaked earlier this week when Abbas and other PA leaders held Hamas responsible for the current violence because of its refusal to extend the cease-fire with Israel.
Hamas officials are convinced that one of the main goals of the IDF operation is to remove the Hamas government from power so as to pave the way for the return of Abbas's men to the Gaza Strip.
Hamas legislator and spokesman Mushir al-Masri claimed that Abbas had known in advance about the exact timing of the "surprise" IDF attack.
"It's no secret that Abbas knew in advance about the attack," he said.
"This is not our analysis; rather, it's based on information we received recently."
A Hamas official in Gaza City also claimed that former Fatah security commanders who fled the Strip during the Hamas takeover in the summer of
2007 were holding meetings in Cairo and Ramallah to discuss returning home.
"These Fatah members are working with the Egyptians, Israelis and Americans," he said. "They include [former Fatah security chiefs] Muhammad Dahlan and Rashid Abu Shabak."
The Hamas official accused the Fatah representatives of providing Israel with "vital information" about the location of Hamas security installations.
A leaflet distributed by a Fatah group in Gaza urged supporters of the faction to prepare for the possibility of taking control over the Gaza Strip.'

Het Racisme van het NOS-Journaal


Ik kreeg deze reactie:

'Anoniem said...
Ja Anoniem, ik ben het helemaal met je eens. Sander liet zich weer eens gebruiken voor propagandadoeleinden. Het NOS Journaal vermeldde ook niet dat er op de eerste dag in Israël al is gedemonstreerd. Later meldde het Journaal dat het hier om Palestijnse Israëli's zou gaan. En over de demonstratie in Den Haag werd gemeld dat deze zou zijn georganiseerd door ARABISCHE jongeren. Dat zijn dus Nederlandse jongeren. Ze willen het maar niet leren. Overigens lijkt deze informatie me onjuist, want volgens mij heeft het Nederlands Palestina Komitee het voortouw genomen. De berichtgeving van de NOS is bedroevend.
9:55 PM '

Ik heb de uitzending niet gezien, maar het verbaast me niet als het gezegd is. Arabische jongeren. Maar Arabische jongeren? Niet alleen was de demonstratie door een breed platform georganiseerd, maar sterker nog: in Nederland wonen er nauwelijks Arabische jongeren. Gesuggereerd wordt waarschijnlijk 'islamitische extremisten'. De Nederlanders van Turkse afkomst zijn Turks, niet Arabisch en de Nederlanders van Marokkaanse afkomst zijn voor het overgrote deel Berbers. Ik ga ervan uit dat op een redactie waar zo'n honderd personen werken, men dit wel weet. Dus de enige reden om te stellen dat het hier 'Arabische jongeren' betreft kan alleen maar een racistische zijn. Het stigmatiseren van een hele bevolkingsgroep is een van de duidelijke kenmerken van racisme. Een demonstratie die opkomt voor de mensenrechten en tegen de Israelische oorlogsmidaden protesteert, kan een onafhankelijke journalist niet stigmatiseren en criminaliseren door het ras of de etniciteit van de deelnemers te vermelden. Ik constateer dus dat de NOS-redactie racistisch is en alles behalve onafhankelijk. Deze demonstranten kunnen een klacht indienen bij de Raad voor de Journalistiek. Het is toch even vreemd als iemand zou gaan beweren dat er veel joden bij het NOS-Journaal werken, daarmee de suggestie wekkend dat daardoor de berichtgeving over 'de Joodse staat' uiterst bevooroordeeld is. Dus waarom vermeldt het NOS-Journaal de vermeende etniciteit van de demonstranten? Uit racisme, er is geen andere plausibele verklaring te bedenken en zeker geen journalistieke. Het is totaal irrelevant om een demonstratie tegen de Israelische oorlogsmisdaden toe te schrijven aan een etniciteit, tenzij men een racist is. En zo is de cirkel weer rond.

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Op Museumplein, Amsterdam
'PERSBERICHT
Amsterdam, 30 december 2008
Landelijke demonstratie tegen Israëlische aanval op Gaza
- Stop de Israëlische oorlogsmisdaden tegen Gaza- Stop de Nederlandse medeplichtigheid- Vrijheid voor Palestina
Zaterdag aanstaande zal in Amsterdam een grote demonstratie plaatsvinden tegen de aanhoudende bombardementen op Gaza, waarbij tot nu toe al honderden Palestijnen het leven lieten en vele honderden meer gewond raakten.
Een brede coalitie van Palestijnen, Joden, moslims, socialisten en verschillende solidariteitsgroepen roept op tot deze landelijke demonstratie. Voortzetting van de Israëlische aanvallen, waarvan de Israëlische legerleiding zei dat ze ‘nog maar het begin’ zijn, zal onvermijdelijk leiden tot nog meer burgerslachtoffers en verdere escalatie.
De organisatoren van de demonstratie - onder wie zowel de verschillende organisaties van Palestijnen in Nederland als Een Ander Joods Geluid, socialistische organisaties en de grote overkoepelende organisaties van Turkse en Marokkaanse moskeeën Milli Görus en de Raad van Marokkaanse Moskeeën Nederland - roepen daarom op tot een onmiddellijke beëindiging van het offensief door Israël en pleiten voor opheffing van de blokkade die de bevolking van Gaza al maandenlang afsnijdt van voedsel en medicijnen. Ook roepen zij de Nederlandse regering op om de stilzwijgende goedkeuring voor de Israëlische acties om te keren in een openlijke en duidelijke veroordeling.
Tegelijk met de protestmars in Amsterdam wordt ook elders in de wereld gedemonstreerd, onder andere in Londen.
Landelijke demonstratieZaterdag 3 januari 200913.00 uur Museumplein Amsterdam'

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US 'not to stomach defeat in Gaza'
Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:54:06 GMT

Washington is reportedly "worried" that Hamas may gain in popularity if US-backed Israeli attacks on Gaza amount to a war of attrition.
A new report has revealed that the 5-day-old Israeli military campaign against Gaza has made the Bush administration increasingly nervous as the number of Palestinian casualties continues to rise.
Washington is extremely concerned that if the massive offensive against one of the most populated areas on earth does not lead to the fall of Hamas, support for the Palestinian group may increase, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.
The daily cited sources close to discussions between Washington and Tel Aviv as saying that the White House wants Israel to settle on a timetable and an exit strategy so that their bitter experience in the 2006 war on Hezbollah is not repeated.
Israel waged a 33-day war on Lebanon in 2006 to destroy the military power of Hezbollah -- a group that has been established to defend Lebanon.
Hezbollah, however, emerged victorious and gained immense popularity.
"You're not hearing that same confidence you did in 2006 that the Israeli military can impose a new strategic reality and should go full force," the daily quoted an unnamed Arab diplomat close to the discussions as saying.
"There's a real contrast between their words then and now," he added.
A Palestinian mourns as he carried the lifeless body of a child killed by the Israeli bombing of Qana in 2006.
During its war on Lebanon, Israel bombed parts of southern and eastern Lebanon and later widened its bombing campaign to cover most of the country. The violence killed around 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians; and
157 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
The United States has also warned Israel, according to the report, to avoid any strike that could inflict enormous civilian casualties, saying such an act would further turn the international community against Tel Aviv.
During the war in 2006, the Israel Air Force attacked a three-story building in the southern village of Qana, killing 28 civilians, about half of whom were children.
The attack caused an international outcry and forced Israel to halt air strikes for 48 hours.
Despite international calls for Israel to end its current military offensive into Gaza, which started on Saturday, Israel is reportedly preparing to launch a ground assault into the region.'

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Le Monde diplomatique

January 2009
`FEW EXPERTS WARNED THIS WEALTH WAS NOT REAL BUT VIRTUAL´
Farewell to property porn
For years the topic of choice at smart London dinner parties was
the escalating value of one's own property. This led to a darker
trend: houses were treated not as homes but as commodities to be
relentlessly exploited
by Aditya Chakrabortty

At the start of this century, a new race took over British
television. They didn't look so different from the people in
whose living rooms they took up residence: they had the same
receding hairlines and weight issues. But they had one
apparently magic power: they could turn bricks into money.
They were property presenters, and they had come to teach
viewers how to cash in on the real-estate boom. Their
programmes fell into the genre of reality documentaries,
where real people did real things (such as buy or sell or
renovate houses), only with a film crew breathing down their
necks. The format was stale, but the subject - investing in
property - was intoxicatingly new.
Real-estate debutantes could watch To Buy or Not to Buy for
advice. Once you'd bought your home, the House Doctor was on
call to tart it up. Fancied seeing how the neighbours were
doing? Television allowed you to spy on Other People's
Houses. And when the time came to cash in and sell up there
was Trading Up. Within a few years, the genre had advanced
onto Property Developing Abroad - even this risky, fiddly
business was now considered fun. Only one subject was
guaranteed never to be covered: what to do if you couldn't
keep up the mortgage payments.
This flood came during the biggest real-estate boom in
British history, with house prices rising by around 20% a
year. Mid-market newspapers regularly splashed property
surveys across their front pages, while venerable
home-furnishings magazines junked features on the perfect
table lamp for spreads on kitchen extensions.
Still, it was television that really got the housing bug,
showing 20 different programmes a season at the height of the
bubble. Every day of the working week, a property-drunk
nation could stagger back to their homes - which had
appreciated more that day than their owners had earned at
their jobs - and soak up an evening's advice on how to cash
in on the boom. Digital channels offered repeats to keep one
going into the small hours.'

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'Le Monde diplomatique
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January 2009
FROM THERMOPYLAE TO THE TWIN TOWERS
The West's selective reading of history
by Alain Gresh

Shortly after the first world war, the French literary critic
and historian Henri Massis (1886-1970) preached a crusade
against the dangers threatening European values and thought -
largely identified with those of France, in his mind. He
wasn't entirely misguided: across the world, colonised
nations were in revolt. He wrote: "The future of western
civilisation, of humanity itself, is now under threat...
Every traveller, every foreigner who has spent any time in
the Far East agrees that the way in which the population
thinks has changed more in the last 10 years than it did over
10 centuries. The old, easy-going submissiveness has given
way to blind hostility - sometimes genuine hatred, just
waiting for the right moment to act. From Calcutta to
Shanghai, from the steppes of Mongolia to the plains of
Anatolia, the whole of Asia trembles with a blind desire for
freedom. These people no longer recognise the supremacy that
the West has taken for granted since John Sobieski
conclusively stemmed the Turkish and Tartar invasions beneath
the walls of Vienna. Instead they aspire to rebuild their
unity against the white man, whose overthrow they
proclaim" (1).
These fears are resurfacing today in a very different
context, also marked by a series of cataclysmic events: the
end of the cold war, 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
and above all the restructuring of the global order in favour
of new powers, such as China and India. Various authors, many
of them highly regarded, have picked up on the Manichean view
of history as an eternal confrontation between civilisation
and barbarism as they excavate the roots of what Anthony
Pagden calls the "2,500-year struggle" now bathing the world
in blood.
Pagden has taught in some of the world's most prestigious
universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. The
picture he paints of world history is a crude one: "A flame
had been lit in Troy which would burn steadily down the
centuries, as the Trojans were succeeded by the Persians, the
Persians by the Phoenicians, the Phoenicians by Parthians,
the Parthians by the Sassanids, the Sassanids by the Arabs,
and the Arabs by the Ottoman Turks... The battle lines have
shifted over time, and the identities of the antagonists have
changed. But both sides' broader understanding of what it is
that separates them has remained, drawing, as do all such
perceptions, on accumulated historical memories, some
reasonably accurate, some entirely false" (2).'

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Een feit is dit: volgens alle goed ingevoerde bronnen die ik de afgelopen dagen heb geraadpleegd gaat Israel ook deze crisis verliezen. Ze zullen ongetwijfeld nog meer doden veroorzaken en nog meer verwoestingen bewerkstelligen, maar de zionisten hebben verloren, psychologisch en materieel. Ze zijn niet in staat gebleken om in zestig jaar tijd de Palestijnen onzichtbaar te maken en ook niet om ze murw te beuken. En dat zal ook nu niet lukken. Integendeel, de Palestijnen worden steeds zichtbaarder. Juist door de Israelische Muur en juist door de Israelische terreur, hoe harder de Israeli's erop losslaan, hoe onverzettelijker de Palestijnen worden. En dat kan ook niet anders. Ze kunnen geen kant op, en Hamas begrijpt dat beter dan wie ook. Ze staan met de rug tegen de muur en weigeren te knielen. Alleen een idioot die oorzaak en gevolg niet kent, beseft dat niet. Een joods-Israelische vriend wees me er eens op dat de Palestijnen wat dat betreft sprekend op de joden lijken. 'Ze geven niet op,' zei hij.

Het opmerkelijke nu is dat hoe meer Israel verliest, des te heviger wordt de propaganda van de westerse commerciele massasmedia. Die willen maar niet inzien dat de gewone mens allang door heeft dat de terreur van Israel onacceptabel is, in strijd met de beschaving, in strijd met de mensenrechten, in strijd met de menselijkheid. De Israelische staaststerreur is niet langer te verkopen als rechtvaardig. Niet voor niets blijven de krantenoplages dan ook almaar dalen. De gewone mens heeft allang door dat hij bewerkt wordt met propaganda, en de intellectueel raadpleegt via internet verschillende bronnen en is niet meer afhanklijk van de pers. De journalistiek heeft het monopolie op de berichtgeving verloren en dat is goed voor de democratie.

Ik kreeg deze reactie:

'Anoniem heeft een nieuwe reactie op uw bericht "De Volkskrant 74" achtergelaten: Sander liet ook een smerige ideologische opmerking onweersproken. "Hamas gebruikt het hulpgeld liever voor raketten dan voor voedsel voor haar burgers". Sander, of de redactie van de NOS, hadden kunnen zeggen: Er IS het afgelopen jaar geen hulp binnengekomen...Natuurlijk, het is "correcte " verslaggeving, er IS een mevrouw die dit zegt. Zo kan je elke leugen in een uitzending zetten, simpel door te citeren.Kinderen in Gaza hebben geen schuilkelders, zien in stukken geraakte lichamen van dierbaren,hebben geen plekje meer waar ze naar toe kunnen.Ook al is er geen buitenlandse journalist in Gaza, info (mails, foto's) komen wel naar buiten, en kunnen gebruikt worden.Maar nee, de demo in Den Haag, van "migrantenjongeren en het Palestina-komitee." Nog te stom om een persbericht te lezen, het Haags Vredes Platform deed ook mee.Maar ja, Platform, moeilijk woord zeker.Mijn moeder zei: "wie niet doof is, ontkomt er niet aan een hoop onzin te horen". Ja, en wie Nederlandse media leest, leest een hoop onzin en leugens. Alle goeds!'

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Het gekke is dat sommige journalisten zo onnozel zijn dat ze niet zien dat ze naar een herhaling kijken. Ik bedoel dit, Sander van Hoorn schreef in 2006, tijdens de laatste Israelische inval in Libanon, het volgende:
'Het pr-front
Tel Aviv, 18 juli - Israël heeft een derde front: het pr-front. Opdracht dezer dagen is om tijd te rekken. Eerst Hezbollah eruit en pas dan de diplomatie erin. Simpel gesteld. En om die diplomatie op afstand te houden, moet de wereld nog maar weer eens uitgelegd worden waarom het ook alweer begonnen was.Nu kan de minister van Buitenlandse Zaken natuurlijk een persconferentie geven waarin zij uitlegt dat Hezbollah ontwapend moet worden en zich terug moet trekken, dat de raketaanvallen op Israël moeten stoppen en dat de twee soldaten moeten worden vrijgelaten. Zo’n persconferentie gaf ze ook, maar daar zie je in het nieuws 20 seconden van terug. Als je mazzel hebt.Hoe krijg je meer zendtijd voor die boodschap? Door Eminente Israëli’s live te laten interviewen door Europese en Amerikaanse nieuwsnetwerken. Die zijn blij dat ze zo iemand hebben. Het is live dus er wordt niet geknipt in het verhaal dat verder een kopie is van dat van de minister van Buitenlandse Zaken. Zij vertelde het alleen bondiger.En dus kon je de tv vanmorgen niet aanzetten of je zag wel een Eminente Israëli. Ehud Barak (oud-premier) was bij CNN en Simon Peres (oud-premier en nu vice-premier) was bij de BBC. Het kan ook omgekeerd geweest zijn. Wie er bij Fox en Sky zaten heb ik niet kunnen zien, want ik wilde weten of de heren nog iets te vertellen hadden dat afweek van het officiële Israëlische beleid. Iets nieuws dus. Helaas.' Zie:http://www.nos.nl/nosjournaal/artikelen/2006/7/15/weblog_sander_van_hoorn.html

Hij beschrijft precies hoe de journalistiek ingepakt wordt, gebruikt wordt om een bepaald beeld en een bepaalde boodschap over te brengen. En ondanks dat hij het weet, doet hij er aan mee. Opmerkelijk niet? Hij beseft niet dat nu dezelfde logica en precies dezelfde argumentatie door de Israelische propaganda gebruikt wordt. Lees zijn tekst nog maar eens.

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'Israel's failure to learn
By Nir Rosen
When George Bush, the US president, first entered the White House as the commander-in-chief in 2001, Palestinians were being killed in the al-Aqsa intifada.
Eight years later, as Bush prepares to leave office, Israel is carrying out one of the largest massacres in its 60-year occupation of Palestine.
The US, then and now, strongly backs Israel's offensive, justifying it as being, in fact, defensive.
An Israeli general recently threatened to use military force to set Gaza back decades in much the same language used before the invasion of Lebanon in 2006. But despite the Israeli devastation of Lebanon, Hezbollah emerged victorious and the Shia resistance and social movement emerged a hero to the Arab world.
Israel is about to make the same mistake with Hamas. Its notion of a truce with Hamas was that the Palestinians would quietly accept the siege. Israel would deny them the basic means of survival, let alone the basic means to create a functioning society. If the Palestinians attempted to resist, they would be crushed. As in Lebanon, Israel should have learned years ago that military might cannot crush Palestinian resistance movements.
Media matters
While the Israeli military again bombs the starving and imprisoned population of 1.5 million Gazans, the world watches their plight live as Western media scrambles to explain and, in some cases, justify the ongoing carnage.
Even some Arab outlets have attempted to equate Palestinian resistance - and homemade rockets - with the might of the Israeli military machine.
However, none of this is a surprise; the Israelis just concluded a global public relations campaign to gather support for their assault, even gaining the collaboration of some Arab states.
An American periodical once asked me to contribute to a discussion on whether terrorism or attacks against civilians could ever be justified.'

Sander van Hoorn 6


Een van de talloze Palestijnse slachtoffertjes van niet alleen de Israelische terreur, maar ook de westerse propaganda, zoals onder andere correspondent Sander van Hoorn bedrijft.
Ik kreeg deze reactie:
'jose said...
Sander van Hoorn liet uitgebreid de gevolgen van de raketbeschietingen op Israel zien. Hoe de kinderen onder de inslagen te lijden hebben en dat begrijp ik zeer goed.Ook deze kinderen hebben te lijden van de bezetting van Palestina door Israel en worden misbruikt door hun eigen regering.De kinderen die in Palestina wonen kennen al jaren geen vrede en zijn constant doelwit van agressie.Waarom laat Sander niet zien dat alles komt door de bezetting en het niet naleven van het internationaal recht.Vrede en veiligheid voor alle volkeren .
6:25 PM '

Het antwoord is simpel: het NOS-Journaal bezit een pro-Israel lobby die voorkomt dat een correspondent in de bezette en belegerde gebieden de kant van de Palestijnen belicht. De Journaal-redactie accepteert dat omdat men de situatie van de Joden in Israel belangrijker vindt dan de situatie van de Palestijnen in Gaza en de enclaves op de Westbank. Ook voor de positie van de Palestijnen binnen Israel heeft het NOS-Journaal geen wezenlijke belangstelling aangezien dan duidelijk zou worden dat Israel geen democratie is, om de simpele reden dat de Palestijnse Israeli's niet dezelfde rechten hebben als de Joodse Israeli's. Maar dat mag in Nederland niet al te bekend worden. Het NOS-Journaal verdeelt de wereld in joden en niet-joden, met als gevolg dat een door Palestijns terreur gedood joods kind aandacht krijgt en een door Israelische terreur gedood Palestijns kind doorgaaans niet. Uiteindelijk komt dit onderscheid voort uit racistische motieven van de NOS-Journaal redactie. Er is namelijk geen enkele andere reden en zeker geen journalistieke reden te bedenken. Bovendien heeft de Israelische propagandadienst allerlei faciliteiten. Dit soort reportages worden over het algemeen helemaal, van begin tot einde, verzorgd en vaak begeleid door de Israelische legervoorlichtingsdienst. Dat Sander van Hoorn zich laat gebruiken is niet zo gek, hij wil carriere maken. Het is alleen een gotspe dat na honderden Palestijnse doden en de al jarenlange benarde positie van alle, geen enkele uitgezonderd, alle Palestijnse kinderen in Gaza en de Westbank enclaves, Sander van Hoorn vandaag 'uitgebreid' aandacht besteedt aan de tijdelijke benarde situatie van sommige Joodse kinderen in Israel. Maar zo is het nu eenmaal. Net als zijn vader Henk van Hoorn, die hem bij de omroepen aan een baantje hielp, kruipt ook Sander zo dicht mogelijk tegen de macht aan.
En dan tenslotte: het Israelische leger laat geen journalisten toe, want er hoeft er maar een het in zijn hoofd te halen om te laten zien hoe de Palestijnen lijden en de beelden gaan de hele wereld over. Het zal u ook niet verbazen dat de Israelische autoriteiten het toejuichen dat er geen westerse correspondenten van de commerciele massamedia in Gaza gevestigd zijn. Daarom moet een onafhankelijk journalist ook zo voorzichtig zijn in zijn berichtgeving, want je wordt onmiddellijk door de macht misbruikt. En Sander laat zich graag misbruiken. Het enige dat je kunt doen als journalist is beide kanten tegelijkertijd tonen. Maar dat wil de NOS-redactie nu juist niet en daarom bezit men ook geen correspondent in Palestijns gebied.

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Zo zag het heiligdom eruit voordat de zionisten het vernietigden.
Meer over Majdal, tegenwoordig Ashkelon, voordat het door de zionisten werd verwoest en het gebied etnisch gezuiverd. Zie ook Fisk: http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2008/12/robert-fisk.html
Haaretz bericht:
Last update - 22:18 06/07/2007
History Erased
By Meron Rapoport
In July 1950, Majdal - today Ashkelon - was still a mixed town. About 3,000 Palestinians lived there in a closed, fenced-off ghetto, next to the recently arrived Jewish residents. Before the 1948 war, Majdal had been a commercial and administrative center with a population of 12,000. It also had religious importance: nearby, amid the ruins of ancient Ashkelon, stood Mash'had Nabi Hussein, an 11th-century structure where, according to tradition, the head of Hussein Bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was interred; his death in Karbala, Iraq, marked the onset of the rift between Shi'ites and Sunnis. Muslim pilgrims, both Shi'ite and Sunni, would visit the site. But after July 1950, there was nothing left for them to visit: that's when the Israel Defense Forces blew up Mash'had Nabi Hussein. This was not the only Muslim holy place destroyed after Israel's War of Independence. According to a book by Dr. Meron Benvenisti, of the 160 mosques in the Palestinian villages incorporated into Israel under the armistice agreements, fewer than 40 are still standing. What is unusual about the case of Mash'had Nabi Hussein is that the demolition is documented, and direct responsibility was taken by none other than the GOC Southern Command at the time, an officer named Moshe Dayan. The documentation shows that the holy site was blown up deliberately, as part of a broader operation that included at least two additional mosques, one in Yavneh and the other in Ashdod. A member of the establishment is responsible for the documentation: Shmuel Yeivin, then the director of the Department of Antiquities, the forerunner of the present-day Antiquities Authority. Yeivin, as noted by Raz Kletter, an archaeologist who has studied the first two decades of archaeology in Israel, was neither a political activist nor a champion for Arab rights. As Kletter explains, he was simply a scientist, a disciple of the British school and a member of the Mandate government's Department of Antiquities who believed that ancient sites and holy places needed to be preserved, whether they were sacred to Jews, Christians or Muslims. In line with his convictions, he fired off letters of protest and was considered a nudnik by the IDF.
"I received a report that not long ago, the army blew up the big building in the ruins of Ashkelon, which is known by the name of Maqam al-Nabi Hussein and is a holy site for the Muslim community," Yeivin wrote on July 24, 1950, to Lieutenant Colonel Yaakov Patt, the head of the department for special missions in the Defense Ministry, and sent a copy to chief of staff Yigael Yadin and other senior officers. "That building was still standing during my last visit to the site, on June 10 - in other words, the army authorities found no reason to demolish it from the conquest until the middle of 1950. I find it hard to imagine the site was blown up due to infiltrators, as they have not stopped infiltrating the area during this entire period." The detonation, by the way, was extremely successful. Of the ancient and holy site, not so much as a stone remained. Yeivin's complaint was seemingly related to procedural matters, but only seemingly. The army, he wrote, needed to understand that there were "sanctified buildings," and if it wanted to touch them, "it is proper, honest and courteous first to talk to the institutions that supervise these areas and buildings, and to consult with them in order to find ways to avoid destruction." But that is not happening, Yeivin stated. "I was told that simultaneously, the mosque in the abandoned village of Ashdod was blown up," Yeivin added. "This is not the first case. I already have had many occasions to draw your attention to similar cases elsewhere, and the chief of staff issued explicit directives with regard to the preservation of such buildings and places, but apparently none of this avails commanders of a certain type ... I believe the commander responsible for this explosion should be brought to trial and punished, because in this case there was no justification for a swift, war-contingent operation." A perusal of the IDF Archives shows that Lieutenant Colonel Patt forwarded Yeivin's complaint to Yadin. However, Yadin, who would later become Israel's preeminent archaeologist and whose father, Eliezer Sukenik, was an archaeologist of repute in his own right and Yeivin's colleague in the Mandate Department of Antiquities, was not unduly upset. Below Patt's letter addressing Yeivin's complaint are handwritten remarks: "1. Confirm receipt of letter and inform that the matter is being dealt with; 2. Add to Dayan's material for my meeting with B.-G." - referring to then prime minister and defense minister David Ben-Gurion. It stands to reason that the handwriting is Yadin's, as it is unlikely that anyone else could have met with Ben-Gurion concerning "Dayan's material." And Yadin, as is clear from another note written on the letter, did not attribute any great importance to the complaint. "Teven la'afarayim," it says, roughly the equivalent of "coals to Newcastle" - in short, there is nothing new in Yeivin's complaint.

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De mensenrechtenorganisatie Defence for Children International bericht:
'The death of a 7-year-old in Gaza
At around 7:00pm on Sunday, 28 December 2008, the Keshko family was sitting around a fire in farmland near their home in al-Zaitun, central Gaza. Around the fire were Abdallah (55) and his wife Sabah (49) and their five children, Ebtihal (7), Mohammad (11), Latifa (16), Fatema (18) and Talal (23). Also by the fire were Talal’s two children, Islam (1 ½) and Ayat (4). During the course of the evening, Abdallah asked his daughter Ebtihal to get some tea from the kitchen and to ask Maysa (22), Talal’s wife, to come out of the house and join the rest of the family. Almost as soon as Ebtihal entered the house it was hit by a missile and reduced to rubble. Family members who remained outside all sustained shrapnel wounds. Abdallah remembers being covered in rubble and hearing the sound of screaming which continued on after the ambulances had arrived. Neighbours and rescue workers helped Abdallah and his family out of the rubble and they were transferred to Al-Shifa hospital for treatment for broken bones, cuts and bruises. Abdallah, and other family members were discharged from hospital after two hours. Abdallah was then informed that his daughter in-law, Maysa, was dead. Ebtihal was not at the hospital. Abdallah gathered together the rest of the family to go home, except for his wife Sabah, who had sustained a broken pelvic bone and hand and had to stay in hospital. Abdallah asked where Ebtihal was, and was told that the rescue workers were still searching the rubble of the house for her. Abdallah arrived home at around 10:00pm and joined in the search for his daughter. Some workers were searching the rubble of the house, whilst others searched the surrounding areas in case Ebtihal had been blown clear. As time passed, Abdallah began to lose hope that he would find his daughter alive.By 6:30am the next morning, rescue workers had cleared all the rubble except in the kitchen. Abdallah and other family members started clearing the kitchen and it was Abdallah who found a clump of hair covered in dust. Abdallah began to frantically dig until he uncovered the body of his daughter, Ebtihal. At this point Abdallah was no longer able to continue and sat down amongst the rubble of his home and wept. Later on in the day, Abadallah returned to the hospital to pick up the bodies of Ebtihal and Maysa for burial. Ebtihal was just seven years old. DCI-Palestine’s fieldworker could find no obvious explanation as to why the Keshko family home was targeted. As of 31 December 2008, the BBC is reporting 374 Palestinian deaths since the attacks commenced on Saturday. Reports from the Gaza based organisation, Al-Mezan indicate that as many as 39 children have been killed, but DCI-Palestine is not yet in a position to confirm this figure. Please consider sending an urgent appeal to your elected representatives demanding:
An immediate end to Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip and a ceasefire by all parties.
The immediate provision of urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to the Gaza Strip.
The immediate lifting of Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip to allow the free flow of goods and services in and out of the territory.
An immediate cessation by EU institutions and member states of all steps to implement the EU-Israel Upgraded Action Plan approved by the EU Council of Ministers on 9 December 2008.
For further information please go to DCI-Palestine Urgent Appeal.'

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Op 31 maart 1955 schreef de Israelische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken en latere premier
Moshe Sharett in zijn dagboek: ‘We rechtvaardigen het systeem van vergelding op grond van pragmatische overwegingen… We hebben de mentale en morele remmen op dit instinct vernietigd en hebben het mogelijk gemaakt om wraak als morele waarde aan te moedigen. Deze opvatting wordt gedeeld door grote delen van de bevolking in het algemeen en massa’s jongeren in het bijzonder, maar zij is geconcretiseerd en heeft de waarde van een heilig principe bereikt in Sharon’s bataljon, dat het vergeldingsinstrument van de staat is geworden.’ Nadat de Israëlische strijdkrachten tijdens de inval in Libanon in 1982 de bevolking maandenlang met fosfor- en fragmentatiebommen hadden bestookt, moest het jaar daarop Sharon aftreden als minister van Defensie vanwege zijn betrokkenheid bij de massamoorden in de Palestijnse vluchtelingenkampen Sabra en Shatila. Hij bleef echter aan als minister zonder portefeuille. Naar aanleiding van de Israëlische oorlogsmisdaden verklaarde de orthodox-joodse hoogleraar Yeshayahu Leibowitz: ‘Dit is de noodzakelijke en natuurlijke voortzetting van onze politieke lijn. Wanneer we over een ander volk moeten heersen dan is het onmogelijk te voorkomen dat nazimethoden worden gebruikt. De massamoord werd door óns begaan. Wat in Libanon is gebeurd, het aanrichten van een gruwelijk bloedbad in de vluchtelingenkampen, is een nieuwe fase in het zelfmoordproces van de staat Israël.’ En zijn landgenoot, de auteur Amos Oz, schreef: ‘Na Libanon kunnen we het monster niet langer meer negeren, zelfs als het sluimert… Na Libanon moeten we niet net doen alsof het monster alleen in generaal Sharons verblijf huist… of alleen in de Joodse nederzettingen op de West Bank. Het houdt zich half slapend praktisch overal op, zelfs in onze… gemeenschappelijke mythen… We hebben het niet in Libanon achtergelaten… Het is hier, onder ons, deel van ons, als een schaduw.’

Maar in plaats van het 'monster' in de ogen te zien, krijgt een van de Israelische oorlogsmisdadigers, Michael B. Oren, in de Volkskrant vandaag 6 kolommen lang de ruimte om nog meer terreur tegen de Palestijnse bevolking in Gaza te bepleiten.

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'Robert Fisk: Why bombing Ashkelon is the most tragic irony
The Independent Tuesday, 30 December 2008

How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which – in any other conflict – journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza.
That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the one and a half million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don't come from Gaza.
But watching the news shows, you'd think that history began yesterday, that a bunch of bearded anti-Semitic Islamist lunatics suddenly popped up in the slums of Gaza – a rubbish dump of destitute people of no origin – and began firing missiles into peace-loving, democratic Israel, only to meet with the righteous vengeance of the Israeli air force. The fact that the five sisters killed in Jabalya camp had grandparents who came from the very land whose more recent owners have now bombed them to death simply does not appear in the story.
Both Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres said back in the 1990s that they wished Gaza would just go away, drop into the sea, and you can see why. The existence of Gaza is a permanent reminder of those hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes to Israel, who fled or were driven out through fear or Israeli ethnic cleansing 60 years ago, when tidal waves of refugees had washed over Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War and when a bunch of Arabs kicked out of their property didn't worry the world.
Well, the world should worry now. Crammed into the most overpopulated few square miles in the whole world are a dispossessed people who have been living in refuse and sewage and, for the past six months, in hunger and darkness, and who have been sanctioned by us, the West. Gaza was always an insurrectionary place. It took two years for Ariel Sharon's bloody "pacification", starting in 1971, to be completed, and Gaza is not going to be tamed now.
Alas for the Palestinians, their most powerful political voice – I'm talking about the late Edward Said, not the corrupt Yassir Arafat (and how the Israelis must miss him now) – is silent and their predicament largely unexplained by their deplorable, foolish spokesmen. "It's the most terrifying place I've ever been in," Said once said of Gaza. "It's a horrifyingly sad place because of the desperation and misery of the way people live. I was unprepared for camps that are much worse than anything I saw in South Africa."
Of course, it was left to Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to admit that "sometimes also civilians pay the price," an argument she would not make, of course, if the fatality statistics were reversed. Indeed, it was instructive yesterday to hear a member of the American Enterprise Institute – faithfully parroting Israel's arguments – defending the outrageous Palestinian death toll by saying that it was "pointless to play the numbers game". Yet if more than 300 Israelis had been killed – against two dead Palestinians – be sure that the "numbers game" and the disproportionate violence would be all too relevant. The simple fact is that Palestinian deaths matter far less than Israeli deaths. True, we know that 180 of the dead were Hamas members. But what of the rest? If the UN's conservative figure of 57 civilian fatalities is correct, the death toll is still a disgrace.
To find both the US and Britain failing to condemn the Israeli onslaught while blaming Hamas is not surprising. US Middle East policy and Israeli policy are now indistinguishable and Gordon Brown is following the same dog-like devotion to the Bush administration as his predecessor.
As usual, the Arab satraps – largely paid and armed by the West – are silent, preposterously calling for an Arab summit on the crisis which will (if it even takes place), appoint an "action committee" to draw up a report which will never be written. For that is the way with the Arab world and its corrupt rulers. As for Hamas, they will, of course, enjoy the discomfiture of the Arab potentates while cynically waiting for Israel to talk to them. Which they will. Indeed, within a few months, we'll be hearing that Israel and Hamas have been having "secret talks" – just as we once did about Israel and the even more corrupt PLO. But by then, the dead will be long buried and we will be facing the next crisis since the last crisis.'
Zie:
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-why-bombing-ashkelon-is-the-most-tragic-irony-1216228.html

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De Volkskrant opent vandaag op de voorpagina met een stuk van Jan Mulder waarvan de kop luidt: '2008, een klein jaar in een klein land', en zo is het maar net. Kleine mensen in een klein land beleefden een klein jaar. Daarentegen onderging de rest van de wereld ingrijpende gebeurtenissen, zoals oorlogen, de kredietcrisis, het begin van een diepe conomische crisis, terwijl meer dan 900 miljoen mensen elke dag weer honger leden. En de Palestijnen in Gaza werden naar het stenen tijdperk terug gebombardeerd. Maar daar merken kleine mensen in een klein land tijdens een klein jaar helemaal niets van. Provincialen maken nooit iets mee, alleen kosmopolieten, die verder kijken dan hun neus lang is, zien het onheil.

Dit schreef Karen Koning Abu Zayd, hoofd van de United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), aan het begin van Jan Mulders klein jaar, "Gaza is on the threshold of becoming the first territory to be intentionally reduced to a state of abject destitution, with the knowledge, acquiescence and - some would say - encouragement of the international community." Zie: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jan/23/israelandthepalestinians.world

Desondanks laat de Volkskrant ene Michael B. Oren zes kolommen breed de Israelische terreur rechtvaardigen met als verwerpelijke strekking: 'Israel moet Hamas definitief verslaan'. Ik stel met klem verwerpelijk om twee redenen. Allereerst deze: premier Olmert verklaarde tijdens een interview dat recent ook in de New York Review of Books werd afgedrukt: 'De Libanese oorlog zal de geschiedenis ingaan als de eerste oorlog waarin het militair leiderschap begreep dat klassieke oorlogsvoering achterhaald is… Maar de ware les is… dat in hedendaagse oorlogen het thuisfront het front is, het thuisfront is bij de strijd betrokken.’
En premier Olmert heeft gelijk, een moderne oorlog is geen oorlog meer, het is terreur tegen de burgerbevolking, 'het thuisfront is bij de strijd betrokken' aangezien het 'thuisfront het front is.' Met andere woorden: de Volkskrant laat een Israelische zionist een oproep doen om de Palestijnse burgerbevolking collectief te straffen met terreur. Dat feit wordt nog eens extra benadrukt door de volgende informatie van de vooraanstaande Britse correspondent in Israel, Jonathan Cook: 'De Israëlische media onthulden dit weekeinde dat een van de eerste beleidsdaden van Ismail Haniyeh van Hamas, die in 2006 tot premier werd gekozen, het versturen was van een boodschap aan het Witte Huis waarin een langdurige wapenstilstand werd aangeboden, in ruil voor de beëindiging van de Israëlische bezetting. Zijn aanbod werd niet eens bevestigd. In plaats daarvan hebben, volgens het dagblad de Jeruzalem Post, Israëlische beleidsbepalers getracht de indruk te versterken dat ‘’het zinloos zou zijn voor Israël om Hamas ten val te brengen omdat de bevolking [van Gaza] Hamas is”. Volgens deze gedachtegang is collectieve bestraffing gerechtvaardigd omdat er geen echte burgers zijn in Gaza. Israël is in oorlog met iedere man, vrouw en kind.’ Zie: http://www.counterpunch.org/cook11172008.html

De vraag is nu waarom de Volkskrant een joods-Israeli prominent aan het woord laat die vanwege politieke redenen oproept tot terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking terwijl er talloze joods-Israeli's zijn die zich -- vanuit humanitische overwegingen -- fel tegen de Israelische terreur hebben uitgesproken? Vanwaar die keus? Waarom neemt de Volkskrant een propagandistisch stuk over uit de aartsconservatieve Wall Street Journal? En wie is deze Michael B. Oren eigenlijk? Hij wordt afgekondigd als 'docent aan het Shalem, Centrum in Jeruzalem en hoogleraar aan Georgetown University.' Welnu, Michael Oren 'has served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, seeing combat in the 1982 Lebanon War. He... served as the Israeli liaison officer to the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War. He served as a Major in the IDF Reserves during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.' Kortom, Michael is als lid van een elite-eenheid betrokken geweest bij de grootschalige Israelische oorlogsmisdaden in Libanon in 1980 waarbij tenminste 30.000 Libanese burgers gedood werden. Een Israelische inval die eindigde in de slachting onder toezicht van het Israelische leger van naar schatting 3000 ongewapende Palestijnse burgers, voor een groot deel vrouwen en kinderen.

Met andere woorden, de man die oproept om de Palestijnse bevolking te terroriseren heeft een staat van dienst waarop hij alles behalve trots kan zijn. Oren was ook betrokken bij de Israelische inval in Libanon in 2006, dat Israel vanuit militair strategisch oogpunt verloor.
Israël slaagde er niet in de oorlog te winnen, zoals in de hartverscheurende documentaire My First War van de joods-Israëlische filmmaker Yariv Mozer te zien is. In een interview met mij verklaarde de 30-jarige Mozer: ‘Het was vooral een psychologische oorlog die door Hezbollah werd gewonnen. Hoewel wij meer slachtoffers veroorzaakten en een immens veel grotere materiële schade, werd Israël psychologisch verslagen. In onze perceptie is het Israëlische leger de sterkste macht in de regio dat zijn wil aan iedereen kan opleggen, en ineens ontdekten we dat we onze problemen niet met geweld konden oplossen. Wij zien onszelf al heel lang als de sterkste partij, wij zijn als het ware Goliath en die moest het tegen de kleine David afleggen. Dat is een geweldige psychologische dreun geweest. Het maakte ons vooral duidelijk dat de toekomstige oorlogen niet door ons gewonnen kunnen worden zoals voorheen. Moderne oorlogen worden niet meer uitgevochten met tanks die over een breed front oprukken, maar met kleine uiterst flexibele guerrilla-eenheden, die een hit-and-run tactiek toepassen. Ze blijven in groepjes van drie, vier man opereren op hun eigen terrein, die ze op hun duimpje kennen. Hezbollah heeft ons naar binnen gelokt en heeft vervolgens op een intelligente manier toegeslagen, overal waar we verschenen. En zo verloren we op bijna elk gebied, we hebben onze gevangen genomen soldaten niet kunnen bevrijden -- het argument om Libanon aan te vallen -- en de raketaanvallen hebben we niet weten te stoppen. Hun antitankgeschut bleek uiterst doeltreffend, waardoor onze gepantserd materieel als wapen niet langer meer efficiënt bleek. Tanks zijn logge gevaartes geworden, rijdende schietschijven, die door een enkele guerrillastrijder uitgeschakeld kunnen worden. Een van de militairen aan het front zegt voor de camera: ‘‘Het is een zinloze oorlog waarvan wij de slachtoffers zijn geworden’’. De aanval op Libanon was één grote desorganisatie, we waren in de steek gelaten soldaten, zonder informatie waar we nu echt voor vochten, te midden van totale chaos. De opdrachten veranderden drie, vier keer per dag. ‘’Er is geen vertrouwen meer, de bevelen zijn krankzinnig’’, dat besef bestond alom. Een moeder die als journaliste aan het front werkte, zei tegen me: ‘‘Wij sturen kinderen uit om te sterven.’’ Er is geen eerlijk doel waarvoor we vechten, en daardoor ontbreekt de motivering. Wij hebben ons land al, wij hoeven niet andermans gebied te bezetten en te stelen. Wij moeten de Palestijnen op de West Bank en de Gazastrook met rust laten, we moeten hun geconfisqueerde gebied teruggeven, wij hebben er geen enkel recht op, we moeten vrede sluiten. De Israëlische bevolking is na al die jaren gevechtsmoe, vergeet ook niet dat ons leger grotendeels uit burgers bestaat die ineens worden opgeroepen, veel soldaten lijden aan post traumatic stress disorder, de Israëlische samenleving is uitgeput. Hoe kun je van gewone mensen verwachten dat ze sterven voor de geopolitieke belangen van anderen. Ik ben er zeker van dat de burgers die als reservisten in 2006 vochten niet zo makkelijk naar een volgende oorlog zullen vertrekken. Ze zitten nog vol trauma’s van de vorige oorlog.’

En nu komen we bij de kern van de zaak. De terreur tegen de Palestijnse burgerbevolking heeft allereerst als doel Iran een lesje te leren. En dat wordt uitgespeeld over de ruggen van de bewoners van Gaza, want zoals Trouw gisteren op de voorpagina terecht meldde: 'Israel zoekt revanche in Gaza. Mislukte oorlog tegen Hezbollah van zomer 2006 is een van de drijfveren.'

En daarom stelt de pro-Israel lobby binnen de Volkskrant-redactie zijn kolommen ter beschikking aan de Amerikaans-Israelische propagandist Michael B. Oren. En de Volkskrant kan consequentieloos zo'n oproep plaatsen voor nog meer terreur omdat kleine mensen 'in een klein land' nooit geconfronteerd worden met grote dingen.

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En toch gaat de Israelische terreur door.

'Pressure grows on Israel for ceasefire
Europe and US unite to offer hope in Gaza as Israel hints at 48-hour truce with Hamas
By Anne Penketh and Donald Macintyre in JerusalemWednesday, 31 December 2008

Diplomatic pressure on Israel to end its relentless military assault on Gaza gathered pace last night as its key ally Washington joined European Union foreign ministers in calling for an immediate ceasefire.
The diplomatic push for at least a temporary truce gained momentum amid an international outcry over the mounting deaths of Palestinian civilians from a four-day Israeli blitz that followed the collapse of a truce with the militant Hamas leadership in Gaza.
EU foreign ministers issued a statement choreographing a halt to the bloodiest fighting in Gaza in living memory and a return to peace negotiations as the international diplomatic machine strained to open a window of hope for the 1.5 million residents trapped inside the battered territory.
The EU initiative, decided at an emergency meeting in Paris, was bolstered by the Bush administration starting to apply pressure behind the scenes. The meeting coincided with an indication that the Israeli government may be open to a 48-hour suspension of the military operation that, by last night, had killed more than 360 Palestinians, including at least 62 civilians.
Hamas has responded to the attacks by firing rockets deep into Israel. Beersheba, 25 miles from Gaza, was hit for the first time last night as militants fired 40 rockets across the border.
The EU ministers demanded an "immediate and permanent ceasefire" by Hamas and Israel. They also backed a French call for a "humanitarian truce" that would allow relief aid, fuel and medical supplies to get into Gaza, and the evacuation of the wounded through reopened checkpoints. The Middle East Quartet – consisting of the EU, Russia, the US and the UN – issued a statement that mirrored the main points in the EU declaration, after foreign ministers consulted over the phone.
US President George Bush, who has spared Israel from criticism while blaming Hamas rockets for triggering the Israeli response, spoke for the first time yesterday to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak; Eygpt is a key Hamas mediator.
Humanitarian agencies have been pressing for some form of lull, partly to make distributing aid easier. The UN refugee agency UNRWA, which provides limited food aid on a rotating basis to Gaza's 750,000 refugees, has been reluctant to call families to pick up food parcels from its 12 distribution centres since Saturday because of the dangers posed by repeated bombing.'
Lees verder: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/pressure-grows-on-israel-for-ceasefire-1218217.html