Israeli officials Mock Kerry Ceasefire Proposal; Reject any Long-Term Truce

A good read on the situation on the ground in Israel

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By Chris Carlson | International Middle East Media Center | July 28, 2014

On Friday, a draft of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal was shown to Israeli officials. The draft apparently called for the opening of border crossings between Gaza and Israel and included measure to ensure “the economic livelihood” of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

According to Haaretz, the document, which was titled “Framework for Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza,” also said that a lasting truce would make possible the “transfer of funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries for public employees.”

The proposed ceasefire would also “address all security concerns”, stipulating that Israel would not be allowed to continue destroying tunnels during the initial ceasefire and making no explicit mention of the demilitarizing Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli officials were apparently shocked after reading the draft, according to Ma’an, saying that…

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The True Face of Zionism

By Jacob L Bane
Twitter: @jacobleebane

I need to make a clear distinction before I proceed. I am addressing Zionism, not Judaism. My viewpoint comes not from a pro-Palestine, pro-Muslim, anti-Israel, anti-Jewish standpoint, but from the side of justice. My thoughts in this piece are not driven by politics, race or religion but let us instead get to the heart of the matter: what we’re seeing everyday in Gaza is unjust, it is clearly genocide and what needs to be changed is the mindset of those who are blind to these atrocities, by appealing to their consciences.

During the last 21 days I’ve been working feverishly to share the reality of what’s been happening to innocent people living and dying in Gaza. I’ve quoted death tolls and numbers in previous articles and on countless tweets, Facebook groups and other social media outlets, but now is the time to get to the nuts and bolts of what’s happening and, more importantly, why it’s happening.

The content of this video is all the evidence we need to vindicate our beliefs and temper our resolve to continue fighting.

Help us to oppose this hate-speech. It doesn’t represent the good people of Israel, good people who want peace on all sides. Thousands have already publicly condemned their government’s actions. I am sure Michael Ben-Ari and those involved don’t speak for YOU and it is not what YOU want, but for those whose beliefs it favours, we must urge them to look not only at current events in Gaza but also observe closely the actions of the Zionist government whose plan of extermination is evident.

I’m appalled and disgusted by what this video contains and the calls for the extermination of the Palestinian people are utterly reprehensible, as is the mob mentality and fanaticism of the throng gathered around Prime Minister elect, Michael Ben-Ari, who said:

“Good evening, Good Jews and to you all, leftist traitors.
We now demand: Let the army destroy. Let the army exterminate!”

“Let’s not confuse: NO INNOCENTS IN GAZA”
“No negotiations anymore, no agreements, we force them to kneel and beat them.”

“ERADICATE GAZA! ERADICATE GAZA!”

“What? Only 15 killed? We want 15 plus 2000 bodies. We want all Gaza in graves.”

“Security means to annihilate Gaza. Yes, eradicate Gaza, ERADICATE GAZA!”

“People of Israel are alive.”

If you still believe that Israel is the victim in this, you are wrong. If you still feel that Israel’s intention is only to remove Hamas, you are wrong. Let’s be clear, the Zionists seek the complete eradication of Gaza and its inhabitants – you have it here, straight from the horse’s mouth.

If you feel as so many of us feel and wish to help, please share this video with as many people as you can. Spread it far and wide, post it on as many local, national and global news sites, twitter feeds, Facebook groups, Reddit pages and personal websites as possible.

If we can show the world how ugly the Zionist plan is we have a strong chance of stopping them by turning those on the fence in the direction of justice. In doing so we can destabilise Benjamin Netenyahu’s position and weaken a regime hell-bent on bloodshed, but more importantly bring about peace on both sides.

We all want peace and peaceful means are the best way of achieving our aims. We have the energy and the numbers to make vital changes, so please, take a few moments of your day to share this and help save the lives of the innocent people of Palestine and Israeli soldiers who have been made to believe that what they’re doing is just, despite many now starting to question it.

A Step in the Right Direction, but the War against injustice is far from over …

Today I would like to remind those of you who actually takes the time to read the opinions on here that the War we are fighting against injustice is far from over.

I have touched on the subject in one of the previous posts about the state of the World as it today, and our reluctance as humankind to equally decry the state of affairs in the World became apparent to me during the course of the week.

You might be wondering what I am on about, and I will gladly explain my viewpoint on this statement, so you must please excuse the length of this post.

The Israeli / Gaza conflict has grabbed everyone’s attention, and it has focused everyone on the subject, people from both sides of the fence are up in arms about what the other side is doing and trying to justify why his/her side has the legitimacy to perform these acts of violence. This is where I believe that most of the people trying to justify the wrongs of the sides they have backed are missing the point while there are innocent people on both sides of the conflict suffering because those in power on both sides are either unwilling, or that they simply do not care enough to put an end to the violence.

This is not only happening in Israel and Gaza. It is happening all over the World, and the scary part is that everyone is to busy bickering about which side is right and which side is wrong that we are letting all the other atrocities slip by unnoticed.

Yesterday two bombs exploded in Kaduna, Nigeria. 82 people died, the suspected culprits are of course, the new (old) bad boys on the block, Boko Haram. An Islamist religious sect with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Nigeria governed by Sharia laws. During the last couple of weeks they have intensified their operations and have targeted moderate Islamic scholars and leaders who have denounced their actions as non-Islamic.

At the very same time, Christians in Iraq, who is most arguably one of the oldest Christian communities in the World and who’s numbers were more than a million strong during the reign of Saddam Hussein, are being driven from Mosul by the IS, a Sunni led Islamist sect also bend on creating a Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, in fear of their lives. Their victims are numbering in the thousands already, and they are not only focusing on Christians. They are indiscriminately killing anyone who would try and oppose them, much the same way as Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria.

These along with major conflicts like the conflict in the Ukraine between the pro-Western backed rulers in Kiev, and the pro-Eastern backed separatists in Crimea are but some of the atrocities which are being committed World wide while we idly sit by and bicker about who is right and who is wrong in the Israeli / Gaza conflict.

Sadly, this is not where it stops, and this brings me to the point I want to carry over.

All over the globe innocents are suffering because of violent crimes, crimes which nobody can even try and justify. Crimes not linked to political or religious ideologies, but crimes which are a testament to the decay of human civilization as a whole.

In South Africa a young boy called Taegrin Morris, aged 4, was killed during a hijacking. We was in the car with his family when they got hijacked by a group of men. They ordered the family out of the car, and Taegrin was left hanging halfway out of the car in his safety belt and was dragged as the car was driven off by the highjackers.

His body was found later on, 8 to 10 kilometers away from where the incident took place.

In India a young girl of 6 was raped by a teacher at her school, and another was raped and found hanging from a tree. This after an initial International outcry over a med student who was fatally raped by a group of men, despite the Indian Government’s assurance that violent crime against women and girls won’t be tolerated.

Yet, the World in general stays quiet … We stay quiet.

Why are we not out in the streets demanding justice from our Governments for these heinous crimes? Why are we not protesting the fate of the people who are suffering at the hands of fanatical religious zealots in front of our Government buildings and the local embassies?

Change starts with us, and as long as we stay quiet more will suffer as we say nothing and refuse to acknowledge the problems in our societies as a whole.

We must stop turning a blind eye to events like this, and we must start acting upon them.

With that being said, I am not encouraging acts of vigilantism, nor am I suggesting that we should from angry mobs with pitchforks and burning torches. What I am saying is that we must start working together to survive this onslaught on our humanity, that we should force our Governments to start delivering on their promises. We should start protesting the injustices we see all over the globe where we see our fellow human beings suffering the plight of violent crime and oppression. We must strike where it hurts the most, and that is at the pockets of those unwilling to stop the massacre which is taking place daily around us.

People like Taegrin and the 7 year old Indian girl do not enjoy the same type of coverage as conflicts like the Israeli / Gaza conflict, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is happening all around us, and we are the ones allowing it through our silence.

So with this writing, I implore you to start acting. Become involved, form communities and care for each other regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Look past your differences and focus on what you have in common. Everyone has loved ones, everyone has family, dreams and aspirations. Time to stop bickering about the differences and to start focusing and working together for a future, something we all have in common.

Namaste people of the World

Turning of the Tide

There has been a lot happening in Gaza and Israel since the last post, and by the sound of things it seems like Israel is finally feeling the pressure from all the corners of the World, and not a moment to soon with the death toll sitting at 670, with most of them being Palestinian civilians, 90 of them woman and and estimated 160 of them being children.

There has been protests all over the World against the excessive violence which was carried out under the guise of self defense from Israel’s side, with a defiant Benjamin Netanyahu sounding very much like then Vice President George HW Bush who said the following regarding Iranian flight 655 which was shot down by the North Americans over Iranian airspace.

I will never apologize for the United Staes of America, ever. I don’t care what the facts are” – Newsweek, August 15, 1988

This afternoon, the UN Human Rights council said that Israel might be committing war crimes, and they have started and investigation, and calling on the International Community for independent investigations into the alleged war crimes, and with a few of the big airline companies suspending flights to and from Ben Gurion for the time being I can say that I feel as if the tide is turning against the state of Israel, and this is now forcing them to the negotiation table, with a cease fire for the time being.

With this being said, it is my personal opinion, that should the UN Human Rights Council find proof of war crimes that they should add to their legitimacy by encouraging sanctions against Israel, add their weight behind the BDS movement, and that they should actively seek to prosecute Benjamin Netanyahu in The Hague at the ICC, who has a tarnished imagine because of their seemingly unwillingness to prosecute any other leaders except leaders of African countries, and leaders from predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East.

The sad part is, Ben is only the face of something which lies deeper. Something called hate and prejudice, and the ICC can’t and won’t be able to prosecute all the Israelis who has actively supported this slaughtering of the innocents.

It is us to us, as citizens of the World to confront the beast whenever we see it, and to take it head on and not stay quiet about it.

Although it is too soon to celebrate a victory for the Palestinian people, I feel I can honestly say, this is a step in the right direction and that I am greatly impressed with the vigorous support which the Palestinian people received from people around the World, and this gives me hope for the human species as a whole.

Namaste people of the World

Israel Justifies Civilian Deaths as Troops March Into Gaza

By Jacob L Bane

The tenth day after Israel used a lie to justify retaliatory strikes against Palestine with utterly disproportionate, heavy handed, venomous attacks, the ground troops have marched into Gaza and the results are predicted to be “messier” than the aerial assaults (according to the senior Israeli military official).
In those ten days 220 people have been killed, 80% of them civilians. Among them were friends watching a World Cup game together, hospital patients, a police chief and his family and yesterday the Bakr boys playing football on a beach – none of them a terrorist threat.

The IDF claims that the civilian casualties are justified because they are culpable by association; protecting ‘Hamas terrorists’ and harbouring them in their homes – effectively human shields (as the Bakr children were dubbed).

The Palestinians have no real military presence yet they are trying to stand against an army backed, funded and trained by one of, if not the most powerful military force in the world – the USA. It’s tantamount to sticks and stones versus a hurricane.

IDF claim that Hamas weapons are being stored in civilian houses, enabling them to justify the destruction of civilian property and kill adults and children alike. Were Hamas to store their weapons in a centralised location it could easily be destroyed in one swift attack and render not only the resistance completely vulnerable, but every single Gazan citizen too.

While the rest of the caring world is pushing for trade sanctions against Israel and people are marching in capital cities to demonstrate their compassion, the politicians with the power to effect those sanctions are procrastinating, their silence and distance speaking volumes. Strange no, that we’ve not heard empowering speeches from Obama, Cameron, Rajoy, Valls, Merkel or any other prominent western leader, condemning the actions of Israel.
“Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks,” said Obama. “But over the past two weeks, we’ve all been heartbroken by the violence, especially the death and injury of so many innocent civilians in Gaza.”

Does Palestine not have a right to defend itself from Israeli oppression, fighter jets, tanks, missiles and bullets?

Meanwhile, some Israeli politicians have broadcast what can only be described as ‘hate’ messages and sent a clear picture of their intentions.

“Kill the mothers to stop other little snakes being born.” ~ Ayelet Shaked, Israeli MP.
Benjamin Netenyahu, without a trace of irony, has validated his ground assault by saying, “In light of the despicable and relentless aggression by Hamas and the dangerous infiltration into Israel, Israel is obliged to protect its citizens.”

It’s incredible that his bias has blinded him so much. With not a single regard for the lives he’s ended with his political decisions, for the destruction of property and life, he has the nerve to play the victim card. A country as privileged as Israel has no right to claim victimisation, not with their heavyweight backing and offensive capabilities. A death toll of 220:1 in their favour makes that fact very clear.
To pave the way for their attacks, Israel dropped leaflets giving clear instructions to the Gazan people and a stern message which said, “Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families.”

In response, Hamas asked people to stay calm, calling the leaflet drop “psychological warfare”.
Away from the lyrical exchanges, the reality of the situation inside Gaza is worsening. Last night many homes were left without electricity and at around 9pm the Alwafa hospital was coming under fire from the IDF, a worrying sign that Israel is choking Gazan utilities and facilities as part of a final solution. With the systematic destruction of infrastructure the people of Gaza will be faced with grave, even unthinkable choices.

Their hope rests on the shoulders of ordinary people around the world doing extraordinary things; petitions, protests, demonstrations, lobbying – all valid causes and vital to ending the persecution of native Palestinians, provided the politicians in question act upon our requests.

Together, we have all the power in the world.

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Email Benjamin Netenyahu

Compassion is Colourless

By Jacob L Bane

I’ve spent the better part of this and last week trawling through masses of messages, emails, websites, news articles, historical videos and petitions about Palestine and Israel. I’ve been aware of the crisis for many years but what’s happening now seems frighteningly final.

You’d have to be living under a rock on the dark side of the moon not to be aware of it, even if the facts or details escape you; from the initial ‘retaliation’ on Tuesday 8th July after falsified assassinations of three Israeli youths, supposedly carried out by Hamas ‘terrorists’, to the horror of the four Bakr boys killed indiscriminately on a beach on July 16th and cast as ‘human shields’ by the IDF.

We’ve probably all seen the images of those twisted, lifeless bodies in the summer sand, seen videos of the bombing raids by IDF jets as well as the pictures of some Israelis pulling up deckchairs and cheering as explosions rocked Gaza, because one thing the internet does extremely efficiently is bring the atrocities to our eyeballs – even if we don’t want it to.

Now, compared to a lot of people on Facebook I have a modest number of friends, somewhere around 150. I can be quite a demanding FB friend too, I’m always posting something which needs attention and I generally push lots of people to respond. Often the response is good but with the Palestine situation I’ve noticed an increasing number of people turning a blind eye.

Yes, okay, you’ve had a bad day and you just want a laugh, I get that, but here’s my problem: While innocent people in Palestine are dying because our so-called political leaders are either too involved with Israel or are too busy procrastinating, I can’t rest. I can’t sit by and do nothing, I cannot turn a blind eye like so many people seem to be doing.

I’m becoming angry about this.

I log on at the moment and immediately ask, “Why the fuck is my wall not glowing red hot with Palestine/Israel posts?”

And this got me thinking.

I don’t want to turn this into a racial or religious argument, but I have to ask this solitary question: If it wasn’t Muslims being killed by the IDF and the UN/USA’s inaction, would the world be more sympathetic?

Since 9/11 the world’s view of Muslims has been tainted by a media steered by an elitist group with a political agenda as nefarious as Hitler’s (and Benjamin Netenyahu’s). The average man in the street will tell you he has no time for them or thinks they are dangerous and can’t be trusted. I hear this all the time, especially from the western hemisphere. Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, both vituperated in the media, are forever cast in stone as demons and figureheads of Muslim nations that bred terrorist organisations – all highly questionable, yet widely accepted.

This vilification has damaged, even destroyed the reputation of Muslims all over the world and mistrust is often the first response from many people.

I wonder, if we were seeing blonde haired, pale skinned children dying on a beach, how would the western world respond? Would we see trade sanctions in place already? Would we see UN jets flying in and dropping nukes?

The UN/USA is playing a double standards game because Israel has contravened more UN laws than Iraq, yet America hasn’t charged in there to stomp all over them. We know the USA has been bankrolling Israel, we know it has sold them weapons and if we think about it, we can see that Gaza (and what little remains of the true Palestine) presents a wonderful opportunity to move oil easily from the Middle East to the Mediterranean and out into the Atlantic.

Perhaps what we’re witnessing here is a two-fold endgame: Israel’s final solution for Palestine and America’s continuing quest to control all the oil and the ensuing economy with it.

Compassion doesn’t come in any particular colour – one size fits all and I urge you to ignore the prejudice being spread in the media and listen to your heart, see in the faces of those broken children the faces of your own brothers, sisters or children. Loss, pain, grief and tragedy are indiscriminate too.

What we need to do is hit Israel where it hurts and force them into submission by denying them trade and privileges, so, if you feel so compelled you can take action by signing the following petitions or even email Benjamin Netenyahu and the White House directly with your thoughts.

Together, we have all the power in the world.

Avaaz trade sanctions petiton

Change.org trade sanctions petiton

Email The White House

Email Benjamin Netenyahu

It has been sitting heavy on my chest for the last two weeks or so, and I haven’t been really in the mood to sit down and mull all my ideas into a single cohesive strand, although I am confronted by it every single day for the last two weeks.

I’ve been following the international news as normal, and I was plagued by the barbarism of humankind all over the globe. Saddened that things can go so far, and that we, the normal average person who go about our daily lives can allow things like this to happen.

Now, looking back on the last two week I feel that I have to do my part, or else, I will be just as guilty as those who perform these savage acts of violence against their fellow human beings.  As Albert Einstein said

“The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

The catalyst for the piece is without a doubt the conflict which escalated so drastically in Israel between the Zionist Israeli Government and Hamas, but, this piece is not only about that conflict, but about the injustice happening all over the globe, and we sit by without decrying it because of man made ideological differences between us.

In Nigeria Boko Haram is running amok, killing civilians indiscriminately and all under the guise of religion.  Seleka, who are predominately Muslim rebels in CAR are waging a terror campaign on civilians and in turn, the Anti-Balaka, who are predominately Christians, have sprung up to defend themselves, in turn, also indiscriminately killing civilians on the Muslim side.

In Iraq and Syria the ISIS which is aspiring to create a caliphate in the region has suddenly appeared on the map and are brutally slaying everyone who does not side with them, including fellow Muslims.

But, this is not much different from the Spanish Inquisition, or the Crusades to the Holy Land in which the Church was the main culprit of all these atrocities.  The only difference is that this is happening now, during our lifetime on Earth, and, we can either choose to stop it, or allow it to go on.

Many people would think that this is about religion, but, religion is only the guise for the these atrocities.  It is a means to an end, and it works.

Following comments posted on News24, and actively engaging with people who commented on the forums I realized something.

“Divide and Conquer” Sun-Tzu, Art of War

We are allowing ourselves to be divided because of pity differences in our believes, our outlook on life, our political parties and by our perceptions on what we get fed by the mainstream media.

In an article on News24 which was about a woman who had a post up on her Facebook page, where Hitler says ” I could have killed all of the Jews, but I left a few so that you will see then for what they really are” one could see the divide growing bigger and bigger, pro-Palestinian pitted against pro-Isreali, with a good mix of racism thrown into the mix and dash of hate speech to get things boiling over.

This, is where our humanity starts fading, where we as a people start disappointing ourselves and severely diminish our chances to survive the onslaught of our Governments and the powers behind those Governments. Where we as humanity are failing the generations to come after us.

I’ve seen Muslim people wishing for all Jews to be wiped from the Earth, not only in Isreal.

I’ve seen Jewish people wishing the same fate upon their Muslim counterparts, celebrating each bomb strike into the open air concentration camp from atop a hill overlooking the Gaza strip.

I’ve seen Christian people getting into the fray who are supporting a Jewish led Government bombing of innocent Palestinian civilians, who seemingly forget the words of the Jesus of Nazareth, who was by blood a Jew, but by birth a Palestinian.

This man, this Jesus of Nazareth, who was a good example for people of any faith of how a decent human being can be like said the following:

“30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

That is what sets us apart from the beasts who live besides us on the Earth.  Our humanity.  The quality of state of being kind to other people and/or animals.

How can we still call ourselves human if we have lost what it means to be human, that which sets us apart from the animals which roam the Earth with us?  Surely, when we condone acts of violence from one group upon another group of our same kind, then we are no better than the animals who live beside us?

The same stands true when we say nothing about crimes against humanity in general, against us.  The normal man on the street.

We all must try and remember, that fanatics are everywhere, fanatics who are being fueled by hidden agendas from World powers to keep us as a race, as a people from achieving unity at all costs, because, there is no money to be made from peace.

So, decided for yourself today, are you going to give up your humanity or are you part of the solution who are willing to look past the differences in color, culture, language and religion to catapult the human race into the future.