Rectifying Israel’s Crimes

Israel’s original sin the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians and the ongoing abuse of this subjugated population in the West Bank and Gaza undermine Israel’s preferred self-image as a modern civilized state and lead more people around the world to demand some modicum of justice, writes Lawrence Davidson.

By Lawrence Davidson

Even before Palestine was “officially” partitioned by the November 1947 vote of the UN General Assembly, Zionist forces on the ground were on the offensive and, consequently, creating refugees. It could be no other way, given their ideologically driven desire to seize Palestinian land and reserve it solely for Jewish use.

Palestinians out and Jews in became the equation that has dominated the conflict ever since. And, of course, from the beginning, the Zionists had the military power to make the equation play out. The result was millions of displaced Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security meeting with senior Israeli Defense Forces commanders near Gaza on July 21, 2014. (Israel government photo)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security meeting with senior Israeli Defense Forces commanders near Gaza on July 21, 2014. (Israel government photo)

Most of these refugees stayed in the Middle East, as can be seen by the multitude of refugee camps that still dot the landscape in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. The Zionists often point a finger at these camps as evidence of the cruelty of Arab regimes, most of which refuse to absorb Palestinian refugees. Simultaneously, they praise Israel’s active absorption of Jewish refugees. But making this comparison displays faulty logic. The refugee policies of some Arab regimes, cruel or otherwise, is different in kind from the ethnic cleansing of millions of Palestinians by Zionists.

Given the situation in those camps, tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees eventually moved out of the Middle East and scattered around the Western world. In this way the consequences of Israel’s conquests were exported and the Palestinian plight made physically real to the West. Thus, no one should be surprised that the struggle for justice for the Palestinians, and therefore opposition to Israeli practices, is to be found in far-flung corners of the globe.

Australia and the Palestinian Cause

Take, for instance, Australia, more than half a world away from the Palestinian homeland. I recently boarded a very large airplane and spent 17 hours flying from Philadelphia to Sydney, Australia. After that I spent three weeks on a lecture tour addressing both university and public audiences on the Middle East in general and the Palestine-Israel conflict in particular.

Of the 23 million people living in Australia, over a quarter million are from Arabic-speaking lands. Newer Arab immigrants have been arriving ever since the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the region’s subsequent ongoing chaos. As these newcomers enter the Australian milieu, their memories, and their grievances, came with them.

Soon the injustices they suffered became a concern for Australians who encounter them and are sensitive to the issues of human and civil rights as well as violations of international law. The result has been the rapid growth of pro-Palestinian organizations in many Australian cities.

The cities I visited and groups I addressed were located in Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay. (Active pro-Palestinian groups are also to be found in Sydney and Melbourne). All the groups I encountered, such as the Australian Friends of Palestine, are involved in both educational and protest work. Demonstrations against Israeli policies and for the boycott of Israeli sold products go hand-in-hand with pamphleteering and the sponsorship of lectures and discussions.

And, as is the case in the U.S. and Europe, Australian doctors travel regularly to the Palestinian Occupied Territories – lands impoverished by their occupier in violation of international law – to deliver charitable medical care. These activities show high levels of energy and determination on the part of those supportive of justice for the Palestinians. They will be on the scene in Australia as long as Israeli injustice persists.

Within the Australian universities, one also sees an active interest and concern about Palestine, which often goes along with concern for the social and legal well-being of Australia’s Arab and Muslim citizens and residents. There is a sense that the Zionist representatives of a people who suffered horribly during World War II have betrayed the moral lessons of that experience by adopting the practice of colonial conquest.

At the same time the Zionists impose on the West a skewed picture of the Middle East. As a result one debated question is which model should guide Australia’s domestic and foreign policies: the one reflecting its own tradition of civil liberties as a Western nation, or the fear-driven model presented by Israel that depicts every Palestinian, and indeed every Arab, as a potential terrorist.

Reactions to Information

Not all Australians are concerned about injustice in the Middle East and how its violent consequences may impact civil rights in the West. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott (head of a badly misnamed Liberal Party) is a strong supporter of Israel. That means he accepts the Israeli vision of the West beset by Middle Eastern terrorists. Indeed, Mr. Abbott has told the citizens of Australia that such terrorists are “coming after us.”

Such scare tactics both exaggerate the threat from the Middle East while creating a counter threat to the rights of Australians. This is because fear can lead to government undermining an entire population’s liberties in the name of security.

On a more positive note the Australian Labor Party (APL) has recently adopted a resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian state using the 1967 armistice line as an Israeli-Palestinian border. There is much still wanting in the APL position, but its recognition of the need for at least a modicum of justice for the Palestinians is certainly preferable to aping the Israeli position. And, the APL might become ever more supportive of the Palestinians as Israel predictably continues its barbarian ways.

Australian public opinion also appears to be growing more critical of Israel (a general Western trend). If this trend continues it too could be used to pressure Australian politicians to act in a more pro-Palestinian way.

The scattering of Palestinian refugees throughout the Western world has challenged the image Israel presents of itself as a modern, civilized nation living according to ethical Western values. Joined now by increasing numbers of people who have visited Palestine to see conditions for themselves, the refugees are providing an alternate picture and message.

As a result it is ever more difficult for those responsible for the victimization of Palestinians to silence their grievances. Simultaneously, the true nature of Zionist Israel is increasingly highlighted and its isolation becomes a greater possibility. The situation in Australia shows this process in action.

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

38 comments for “Rectifying Israel’s Crimes

  1. Rob
    August 15, 2015 at 15:13

    I have a very simple view to all this, and I don’t need to construct or revise histories to follow my view or understand events. Here are my precepts:I am US citizen and support my country over all others. Whatever makes the U.S. more powerful and richer is good. Anything to weaken our enemies is good and we should destroy our enemies when we have the opportunity and to our advantage. I see Islam as generally an enemy and not compatible with our interests. Less Islam and fewer Moslems is therefore a good thing. Iran, North Korea, Venezuela are enemies, for example. Any kind of radical Islam is immediate enemy. So, with regard to Israel, if they can eliminate or reduce Moslem power that is good. China and Russia are adversaries, not enemies per se, but to weaken their influence is good.

    • Rob
      August 15, 2015 at 15:17

      I meant to add: any kind of communism or Marxism can be destroyed by any means, along with Islamists. Socialism is tolerable in other countries but should be confronted by political means.

    • Mark
      August 15, 2015 at 16:08

      Rob,

      You’ve been intentionally misled as to who your enemy is.

      And when you say “Whatever makes the US more powerful is good”, that means if the devil himself made the US more powerful that is good in your view.

      The M-E wars have not made America safer and have actually weakened the country through our expense of blood and treasure along with our ( previously thought to be) moral standing in the world — not good…

      Neocon/Zionist/Israel manufactured and presented the largest lies through the manipulative pro-Zionist “US media”.

      The Islamophobia you been afflicted with was also a product of Israel starting in the 1990’s designed to make you live with an unwarranted fear of Muslims so Israel can continue with thief war crimes while also having America commit them.

      The truth is that America has been greatly taken advantage of and weakened by our relationship with Israel.

      Israel is not America’s friend, they’ve intentionally instilled undue fear into you so they can then take advantage of the USA!

    • Mark
      August 15, 2015 at 16:19

      Also Rob,

      The 2003 Iraq invasion was a 1996 neocon/Zionist plan to reconfigure the Mid-East in which included overthrowing Syria and Iran, part of the same plan, that has yet to be achieved. 9/11 was a convenient and awaited excuse for Israel and their agents embedded in the US government to launch these 1996 war crime plans on countless millions of Middle Eastern Arabs and Persians while it has also affected innocent Christians and Jews in the M-E as well.

      Search: ((( PNAC, New Strategy for Securing the Realm ))) and also ((( the Yinon Plan ))) — an absolutely sinister plan for intentionally creating chaos in the M-E among Muslim nations for Israel’s benefit…

      To see the depth of Zionist infiltration in the “US” government search ((( the New Pentagon Papers ))).

      Search ((( Israel control US government )))

      Search ((( US media biased for Israel )))

      Why is everyone afraid to speak the truth about all of this? Search ((( US government terrified of Israel’s AIPAC lobby ))) and search ((( Anti-Defamation Leagues false accusations of anti-Semitism ))) with the Anti-Defamation League or ADL more than anything else is a branch of Israel that persecutes anyone who speaks truthfully about Israel to intimidate them and anyone else from speaking openly about Israel’s crimes, intentions, motives and methods.

      The overall history of official Israel is little more than an exercise mass deception, manipulative propaganda and war crimes.

      What has Israel ever done but attack people or have the US do it for them in order to continue with the land thefts that started with the 1947-48 massacres committed by Zionist terrorists against Palestinian Arab Muslims and Christians?

    • August 15, 2015 at 19:13

      And a German living in Germany in the late 1930’s might say something like the following:

      I am German citizen and support my country, and my Fuehrer, over all others. Whatever makes Germany more powerful and richer is good. Anything to weaken our enemies is good and we should destroy our enemies when we have the opportunity and to our advantage. I see the Jews as generally an enemy and not compatible with our interests. Less Judaism and fewer Jews is therefore a good thing. Poland, England, and France are enemies, for example. The presence of any Jews is immediate threat to the purity of our nation. So if we can eliminate or reduce the number and power of the Jews that is good. Russia and the United States are adversaries, not enemies per se, but to weaken their influence is good.

      And any kind of communism or Marxism can be destroyed by any means, along with the Jews. Socialism is tolerable in other countries (besides Germany) but should be confronted by political means.

  2. art
    August 13, 2015 at 16:15

    Moderator shut down my response. That’s freedom of speech in leftist understanding. If you unable to refute just silence your opponent.

  3. art
    August 12, 2015 at 16:50

    Yeah, the truth hurts.

  4. Sherman
    August 11, 2015 at 23:38

    Judging from these posts there are plenty of people out there who are ignorant about Israel and are blinded by hatred of Jews.

    Israel has a powerful military a strong economy and a robust democracy. These we are three things no Arab or Muslim country can boast about.

    Israel is a successful nation surrounded by failed basket case countries.

    • Zachary Smith
      August 12, 2015 at 00:37

      ignorant about Israel and are blinded by hatred of Jews.

      There are quite a few people here who know a lot about Israel. As for the hatred, I’d use the terms “disgust” and “despise” and direct them towards Zionists of all sorts, both Christian and Jewish. (Even though my experience with Christian Zionists is that they’re mind-boggling ignorant. But devout, very very devout ignoramuses they are.)

      a robust democracy.

      No, not even close.

      Possibly this site is a bad one to be extolling the murderous, thieving little ****hole of an apartheid nation-state.

    • mark
      August 12, 2015 at 08:32

      It is unfortunate that the truth about Israel causes anti-Semitism. Sherman here is trying to tell us Israel is a democracy and is not even close to reality.

      35% of the German population equates Israel’s policies with Nazism and don’t you think they should know?

      https://www.google.com/search?q=35%25+of+germans+equate+Israel's+policies+with+nazism&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7WQIB_enUS553&gws_rd=ssl

  5. Zachary Smith
    August 11, 2015 at 22:14

    Some material ‘art’ ought to read, but probably won’t.

    Holy Land, August 1929

    Provoking the Palestinians is something the Zionists have been very good at for a long time.

    All the killing – even of the innocent non-Zionist Jews who ought to have been totally uninvolved – ended up helping the Zionists, for they had the British totally on their side.

  6. Brad Owen
    August 11, 2015 at 20:39

    Mr. Lawrence, volume 36, number 3, January 23rd, 2009, of the Executive Intelligence Report (EIR), may give you a different perspective on what’s going on in the M.E. If you go to the EIR website, and type in “volume 36 number 3” in their little search box in the upper left-hand corner, you’ll pull up a facsimile of it, with a table of contents. One entry, “Lessons of History…” can be clicked on. THAT article has several more articles at the bottom of it…very interesting reading. One of them that caught my eye was “Netanyahu’s Godfather; how British Imperialism created the Fascist Jabotinsky”. It also explains why these right-wing pols in Australia, America, and Canada seem to be surfacing at the same time. All the roads lead to City-of-London, and we’re all just “jewels” in a singular, Imperial Crown.

    • Mortimer
      August 11, 2015 at 21:41

      Great entry, Brad Owen. EIR is a rich repository of hidden history.

    • Mark
      August 12, 2015 at 11:43

      Brad,

      Your post fits right in line with the title of the article “Rectifying Israel’s Crimes”.

      The idea implied in the title you referenced, “Netanyahu’s Godfather; how British Imperialism created the Fascist Jabotinsky”, is suggesting we excuse Zionists from their decisions and their responsibility in Israel’s past and present day actions. Under that principle – to excuse anyone’s guilt because someone else influenced or had an impact on their life, or the lives of Zionists in this case – this would mean we all have an equally valid excuse, including the British Imperialists, with someone else to blame for any crimes we could possibly commit.

      Are Zionists incapable of resisting the temptation to abuse their fellow man in this case, or is someone making that up to let Zionism off the hook or to allow them to continue their criminal activities?

      Of course it is interesting to know how and why humans influence each other and commit barbaric or humanitarian actions as they do. But knowing what or who influenced Zionists, in no way excuses the Zionists themselves for the decisions they made and actions they took.

      Under the premise of blaming those who may have influenced any of us, all humans are destined to a fate, whatever it may be, determined by someone other than ourselves – as in this case it implies humans are not capable of deciding matters for themselves just as the “British Imperialism created the Fascist Jabotinsky”.

      And while you and I have previously had this conversation regarding making excuses for Israel, I’m posting this here for anyone who may not be familiar with the arguments.

      There’s no need at all to make excuses for Israel unless you have a sentimental bias and don’t want them held accountable to international law and what is common human decency among everyday people.

      Now, if the human race could get away from those intoxicated with political power and the influences of their propaganda on shaping our thinking — we could all get on with living our lives instead of trying to destroy each other…

  7. art
    August 11, 2015 at 19:54

    Predictable lie and hatred from Jew-hater author and commentators. Arabs always terrorized Jews when there was no Israel. Read about savage pogroms against Jews in 1920, 1929, 1936, etc. The only fault of Israel is that they did not expel these murderers from Israel and gave them quality of life and freedom inconceivable in any other Arab country. After 850,000 Jews were violently kicked out from all Arab countries after creation of Israel, this action would be just and humane. Now they pay the price for their mercy to merciless. These so-called Fakestinians were expelled and murdered in hundred of thousands from many Arab countries; Jordan in 1970-71, Lebanon 1982, Quwait in 1991, Iraq, Syria ans Lebanon now for their terror activities. Nobody cares or pays attention to this massive slaughter unless Jews in Israel protect themselves and one Arab is occasionally killed or blew himself off before blowing up Jews.

    • Mark
      August 11, 2015 at 22:54

      art, You’ve cited not one fact that you disagree with in the article or comments while you have listed several falsehoods concocted by Zionists.

      It seems your definition of a “Jew-Hater” would be anyone who tells the truth regarding parts of Israel’s history, philosophy or methodology, much of which official Israel has tried to bury along with the 500 or so Arab villages they’ve razed since the 1947 — 48 massacres and expulsions of Arabs from Palestine.

      Either you’ve bought into the decades of Zionist propaganda that Western nations and new generations of Zionists themselves have been bombarded and programmed with, or you are aware of the facts and for whatever reason feel compelled to parrot the official propaganda invented by Zionists. It could be you write straight from Israel, there are plenty of Israelis trying to keep Americans confused and uninformed for their benefit not ours — search ((( paid Israel propaganda ))).

      One of the original myth’s promoted by Zionists is that they wanted to peacefully coexist with Arabs in Palestine since early on in the Zionist movement. With Zionists intending to make Palestine their religious-state, peaceful coexistence was never realistic and was a disingenuous contention considering Arabs outnumbered indigenous Jews at about 10 to 1 when the movement began in the late 1800’s.

      As the number of Zionists grew through immigration, they began disenfranchising the Arabs in the early 1900’s by refusing to sell previously purchased land back to Arabs, while also boycotting Arab products and labor. Social pressure was also applied to enforce those and other unwritten laws among fellow Zionists themselves — this was all completely contrary and incompatible with peaceful coexistence as evidenced by those disenfranchising practices.

      With those practices violence was inevitable at some point unless the Arabs would have abandoned their livelihoods and what had been their homeland for well over a millennium. The Zionists did expect resistance from the Arabs — and of course who wouldn’t resist having their land and lively hoods infringed on and taken away by an invading terroristic military force?

      And although Zionists always have claimed any trouble was due to Arab intolerance of Jews, it was the Zionists who were coming from foreign countries with the intent to take Arab lands in Palestine and there are no words, or eraser of words, that can change that simple fact.

      Well before World War II, near the turn of the century, Zionist leaders are on record planning the eventual violent and terroristic expulsion of Palestinian Arabs while simultaneously telling the world they wouldn’t infringe on the indigenous peoples rights in Palestine.

      Have you ever considered art, the fact that the Zionists actions when compared to what the Zionist say, is the real and legitimate reason a growing number of people are questioning and boycotting Israel now that the truth is coming out into the open?

    • Mortimer
      August 11, 2015 at 23:04

      art,
      the Pharisees, of Jesus times in Israel were the political antecedents of today’s Zionists. They were the ultra right wing of today’s Israel who demand a Strict Adherence to Jewish “Law and authority, and their un-contestable right to the land.

      You must find and read a history of Zionism as well as a history of the God expelled Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in order to recognize the Pharisee/Zionist/Jesus intersection.

      What Jesus said to those Pharisees in His time allies to today’s European Jewish Zionists.

      The Children of the Devil
      John 8: 44
      You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.
      He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

      You ought to research Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism. A recognition of how his (frankly racist) political view informs & instructs every Israeli Prime Minister ( with the admirable exception of Yitzhak Rabin) will open your eyes to the super-aggression of Israeli belligerence, as opposed to the published propaganda of their falsely construed “defensive” posture.

      Netanyahu continues the self same pattern of LYING as did those Pharisees in Jesus’ day.

    • Mortimer
      August 12, 2015 at 07:27

      >>>>>>Netanyahu continues the self same pattern of LYING
      as did those Pharisees in Jesus’ day.<<<<<<
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Netanyahu Must Stop Silencing Intel Chiefs Who Find Iran Deal Acceptable

      There are those in the Intelligence Corps whose views on the nuclear agreement are at odds with Netanyahu's position; their opinions are being kept from the public.

      Amir Oren Aug 10, 2015
      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.670504

    • Mark
      August 11, 2015 at 23:17

      Also art,

      I’m glad you brought up the Arabs kicking the Jews out of Israel’s neighboring countries because the reason that happened is not what the Western populations have been told.

      The Lavon Affair is an excellent example of Zionism’s overall character.

      Having birthed Israel by way of Zionist terror gangs in 1947-48, Israel did not stop their terrorist activities but instead recruited indigenous Jews in neighboring countries, for terrorist activities in those countries — and they also wanted those Jews to come to Israel.

      The Zionists never admit guilt and when they were caught red handed as in the Lavon Affair, the neighboring Arab countries sent much of the Jewish population packing for Israel for betraying those countries where some of those Jewish families had lived for centuries. Zionists then falsely screamed and hollered “ANTI-SEMITISM” on the Arab states for taking the actions they did.

      Zionist are never wrong and never commit crimes in their own minds. Anyone who points out the facts of their guilt is just another anti-Semite regardless of how guilty the Zionists themselves are — as in the Lavon Affair.

      Here in the states we have the Anti-Defamation League that goes around “defaming people” that speak the truth about Israel by labeling them as anti-Semites for criticizing Israel’s decades of war crimes and ongoing slaughters in the new century, while Israel’s AIPAC lobby essentially bribes and coerces politicians in the US to keep them from speaking the truth about Israel.

      Are you getting this art? You or anyone interested can verify these facts with the right search words and a little bit of research. And as you go along there are so many other interesting facts surrounding Israel’s philosophies, methods and actions that you might become familiar with — and be aware that Zionist propaganda has fooled many in the West who would never suspect that Zionism would deceive them and their country to the degree that they have.

      So do keep an open and critical mind, you wouldn’t want anyone’s propaganda to keep you from thinking for yourself and seeing the truth.

    • Joe Tedesky
      August 12, 2015 at 08:01

      art, there is no Jew hating in Mr. Davidson’s article. If you read over Mr. Davidson’s article you may note that when this author refers to Israeli policies which are harsh on the Palestinians he calls their oppressors ‘Zionist’. Also, the author when using the name ‘Jews’ uses this wording in a context only to identify the people living in that region, other than the Palestinians.

      Using your logic of fairness then that means that any American of Anglo blood has good reason to hate the Native-American indigenous people for what happen in Jamestown, Virginia. Would it further be a great reason for all us Anglo’s to chase these indigenous people to either Canada or Mexico, for what occurred in Jamestown? To go on a bit further, if the Canadians and Mexicans don’t want these indigenous people, should we then demonize these horrible hosts, for not accepting our evicted Native-Americans? Would it not be fairer that somehow we would include these natives to plow their own soil, and have them toil alongside us? Should we feel so right, as to invade another people’s land, and then chase them off of it?

      Lawrence Davidson was raised in a secular Jewish home. I don’t know Lawrence Davidson at all, but his having been raised in a Jewish household to me gives him some kind of license to discuss Jewish politics. Below his Lawrence Davidson’s biography. Be cool, art and take care.

      http://www.tothepointanalyses.com/biography

  8. Bill Bodden
    August 11, 2015 at 12:04

    There have been many comments on blogs, perhaps based on wishful thinking, that the ever-increasing moral decay in Israel will bring about that nation’s collapse. What does that say about the nations, – e.g., U.S. and Australia, etc. – that support Israel and approve of its violations of international law and human rights?

    • Mark
      August 11, 2015 at 12:57

      What you’re implying Bill is absolutely correct — the entire world is suffering from the moral decay of “the Western world’s politicians leading the way to moral decay”.

      This seems to be the nature of the beast when it comes to politicians — selling out to the highest bidder which is how Israel’s terroristic beginning was “legitimized” even before it’s modern “rebirth” in 1948 — just as it continues today with Israel just now beginning to slowly lose it’s grip as more everyday people discover and become aware of the truth — which over time becomes more pressure on Western politicians and on Israel itself.

      The question is: how many more will suffer from Zionist war crimes that began so long ago and are still adding up?

    • Joe Tedesky
      August 11, 2015 at 16:59

      Bill, how does that saying go, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”.

    • Guest
      August 11, 2015 at 22:12

      “The lead editorial Monday in the New York Times has brought to the attention of the general public the Pentagon’s issuance of a major new document defining rules of conduct on the battlefield for US military personnel and their commanders. The Law of War Manual, a massive 1,165-page document, was published in June, but was initially discussed exclusively in blogs specializing in military law and security policy.”

      “The Law of War Manual:
      * Declares legitimate the use of nuclear weapons, stating, “There is no general prohibition in treaty or customary international law on the use of nuclear weapons.” Nor is the use of nuclear weapons considered “inherently disproportionate,” even if the target is a military force that does not possess nuclear weapons.
      * Authorizes the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, herbicides (such as Agent Orange in Vietnam), laser weapons and riot control agents (tear gas, pepper spray, etc.), as well as depleted uranium munitions.
      * Authorizes cluster munitions, mines and booby-traps, noting that “the United States is not a Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.”
      * Authorizes the use of exploding (hollow-point) bullets, stating that the United States government was not a party to the 1868 St. Petersburg declaration banning their use or the 1899 Declaration on Expanding Bullets.
      * Justifies drone missile attacks by both the Pentagon and intelligence agencies such as the CIA, declaring flatly, “There is no prohibition in the law of war on the use of remotely piloted aircraft…”
      * Declares that when human rights treaties and the laws of war come into conflict, “these apparent conflicts may be resolved by the principle that the law of war… is the controlling body of law with regard to the conduct of hostilities.”
      As pointed out in discussions in specialist journals, the new Law of War Manual redefines the principles set out in the most comprehensive previous such document, issued by the Pentagon in 1956, by declaring that “the main purposes of the law of war are: protecting combatants, noncombatants, and civilians from unnecessary suffering.””
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagons-law-of-war-manual-justifies-war-crimes-and-press-censorship/5468529

    • Bill Bodden
      August 12, 2015 at 16:39

      “The lead editorial Monday in the New York Times has brought to the attention of the general public the Pentagon’s issuance of a major new document defining rules of conduct on the battlefield for US military personnel and their commanders.”

      Presumably, that confirms the Pentagon and its obedient foot-soldiers have tossed the much more civilized Nuremberg Principles into the dust heap of history.

    • zman
      August 12, 2015 at 11:58

      I was surfing channels the other day and came across a ‘news’ channel I had not previously seen. It was Newsmax. Apparently a very pro Israel entity. They were interviewing Alan Dershowitz and he was giving his take on the Iran deal. He stated that giving Iran their seized money back was crazy, liking it to LE returning a criminals money. He then went on to say that any country that helped Iran, in any way shape or form, was contributing to them acquiring ‘the bomb’…which would be tantamount to aiding and abetting terrorism and should be considered a terrorist regime. I kept waiting for the interviewer to ask some rebuttal questions, which never came. It was just a monologue of Dershowitz bad mouthing any deal and anyone that supported it. Since the interviewer didn’t ask any questions, I came up with my own, such as: How do you equate a nations assets, seized as punishment for a political stance, with a criminal enterprises’ illegally gotten gains? Being a lawyer, he should know the difference. Then of course, there is the question of Israels indiscriminate use of illegal weapons on the residents of Gaza. Would that qualify the US as aiding and abetting war crimes by Israel and would that then make the US a terrorist nation?

    • chet roman
      August 12, 2015 at 16:35

      Did they ask Dershowitz about his alledged sex with underaged girls at his buddy’s (Jeffrey Epstein) Carribean island?

  9. Gregory Kruse
    August 11, 2015 at 11:40

    I’m just wondering how any place on Earth can be “more than half a world away” from another place on Earth.

    • Joe Tedesky
      August 11, 2015 at 16:58

      Gregory, thanks for the comment, that was truly profound.

  10. Mark
    August 11, 2015 at 09:20

    While they told the world they wanted to peacefully coexist with the Muslims and Christians in Palestine, Zionists secretly planned to terrorize, massacre and expell the indigenous Palestinians for decades prior to the event in 1947-48.

    They had formed terrorist gangs that grew in strength with the Jewish imigration while some of the leaders later became Prime Ministers of Israel following the initial massacres and expulsions that cleared the way for Zionists to self-declare the new state of Israel on what had been Arab lands for well over a millennia.

    Having planned it all in advance, Zionists had lobbied Western governments to now recognize Zionist terrorism as legitimate by recognizing the state of Israel in 1948.

    Such was the beginning of Arab terrorism directed at Israel and later at complicit Western enablers of Israel’s war crimes.

    The western press was also controlled by Zionists and pro-Zionists who kept the truth hidden from the Western populations while bolstering Israel’s false image of possessing moral right and integrity.

    The same terrorism and land theft by Zionist Israel continues to this day complete with Western government and media complicity.

    Search ((( Zionist political violence ))) ((( Israel control US government))) and ((( Israel control Western media ))).

    Basically this all makes “God’s Chosen” Zionists, God’s Chosen murders, liars and land thieves. They are the most extreme of any modern extremists having corrupted and coerced entire governments while propagandizing entire Western populations.

    Now why would God allow or require “his chosen people” to be such calculatingly devious and murderous land thieves?

    • Guest
      August 11, 2015 at 10:15

      “The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal.” (Letter to NYT from Einstein, Arendt, & others, 1948)

      https://archive.org/details/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948

    • Nigel8286@gmail.com
      August 11, 2015 at 14:07

      Boy I wish I was as smart as you! NOT!!!!!! Sounds like your just another AntiChrist believer and you have the words that describe it, Ignorance…..Put away your rubish and read the Bible my friend, and I mean from beginning to End. Then keep doing it over and over until the light starts to shine in that thick skull of yours, which I’m sure is a radical progressive left winger. I am not a right winger as you probably suppose. I am about the truth and sometimes it’s not pretty.

    • Mark
      August 11, 2015 at 14:33

      Tell us Nigel, how does Israel’s massacring Arabs to steal land, while they bought and paid for less than 8%, fit in with the teachings of Christ?

      Exactly which part of my comment is historically inaccurate compared to what Zionists and those who believed them, have told you?

      Better yet would be if you could now see the truth and the light; and confess how you’ve been so deceived by the crimes and propaganda perpetrated and promoted by Zionism.

      Search ((( Israel paid propaganda ))) and ((( Israel ministry of truth ))) and ((( Israel war crimes ))).

    • Bill Bodden
      August 11, 2015 at 16:09

      When you read the bible it looks like you missed one of Christ’s commandments about loving one another.

    • Joe Tedesky
      August 11, 2015 at 16:16

      I will read the Bible right after I finish praying for all the dead and wounded Palestinian’s along with the many other Muslims who have suffered from America and Israel’s domination. Just for balance, I’ll also include a prayer or two for the Israeli’s who punish these poor Palestinian people, just because that’s what Jesus wanted me to do. Also, somehow Nigel you don’t sound very Christ like. Do you think Jesus spoke to people using the tone that you do. Oh, maybe that’s the way to talk to liberals or should I call ourselves progressives. In any case you take care friend (I am not being smart) and may God be with you (I mean that). My grandma told me, ‘you catch more bees with honey’. Peace!

    • Hillary
      August 11, 2015 at 19:13

      @ Nigel8286@gmail.com
      ….
      After the Hyksos from Asia invaded Egypt in 1730 BC, the Pharaohs of Egypt took very great pains to watch the happenings in Palestine and Syria. Year after year, Egyptian spies, traders and soldiers reported in great detail on events in every town of Canaan. Not a single item has been found, telling of anything remotely resembling Biblical events.

      Professor Israel Israel Finkelstein the leading Israeli archaeologist explained in his book “The Bible Unearthed “ that Judaism is based upon mythology and that most of the evidence points to the bible being written in somewhere around the 7th century BC virtually as propaganda.There was no Exodus , no “walls of Jerico” & during King David’s time, as Finkelstein casts it, Jerusalem was little more than a “hill-country village,” David himself a raggedy upstart akin to Pancho Villa, and his legion of followers more like “500 people with sticks in their hands shouting and cursing and spitting—not the stuff of great armies of chariots described in the Bible text.

    • Zachary Smith
      August 11, 2015 at 21:50

      This quite a good rant – it brought a smile to my face at the end of an otherwise dreary day. In fact, it drove me to do something I’ve been trying to remember to get to for quite a while – to dig out the best one I’ve ever read on the internet tubes.

      dear socialist ****stick,

      i am well awear of the fact that liberals are immune to logic and reason, but allow me to try to prove to you that you are communist scum thrugh something called the scientific method:

      Now this is truly top-flight stuff, but with a little more practice you might approach this level of output.

  11. Hillary
    August 11, 2015 at 07:28

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testified before the US House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on September 12, 2002, a month that was critical for decisions about invading Iraq, and said, “If you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.”

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