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For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians


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For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians

Ishaan Tharoor

This weekend in Gaza, Palestinians buried their dead after Israeli soldiers killed at least 18 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday. About 30,000 Palestinians had g


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When one is indoctrinated with myths like “a people without a land, a land without a people,” it is but a small step to treating such “invisible” people as somehow less than human.

The bigotry and contempt borne of the Zionist narrative, just 70 years removed from the horrors of the Holocaust without a hint of irony or shame, is simply breathtaking to behold.


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Of course there’s no political (or economic) cost to the apartheid entity called Israel. There hasn’t been since the West (UK, US and Europe) set up the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’ as their largest military base in the region. And the largest military base in the history of humanity.

As for Sanders’ tweeting crocodile tears, it seems that he has forgotten that he defended the most recent full Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014 as a matter of ‘self-defense’. Perhaps that and the stranglehold that the apartheid entity of Israel has had over Palestine has a bit to do with Gaza becoming the largest prison camp on Earth.


#4

Nothing will be done. No accountability. No justice rendered. We live in a truly depraved society.


#5

“God” “chose” poorly.


#7

As long as the netanyahooist tail wags the trumpian dog, there will be no peace or justice in the ME. Remember, that dog was given veto power, which it uses any time Israel’s crimes come to the attention of the people of the world and the UN.
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There is massive political cost. Israel has lost the world. Palestinian support has only grown world wide. Israel is afraid of every country around them and of the free world choosing to divest. They’ve lost us. They are thugs. To say there is no political cost or even financial is madness.


#9

Why does the world stand silent? Why can’t we force the Israelites to treat the Palestinians fairly? There is always more deaths on the Palestinian side and no attempt to thwart Israel theft of land, property, and life.


#10

This is something I repeat so much I bore myself with it: observe the different Israeli and Arab patterns of behavior. Most importantly, who is able to share power and the land with minorities? If you’re honest, the obvious answer is Israel. The Arabs’ behavior pattern continues to mirror that of our own Jim Crow and currently unreconstructed racists and until that changes–until a critical mass of them are ready to acknowledge Israel as legitimate and Jews as their equals, both in humanity and before God–any ‘nonviolent’ campaign they mount will show itself with remarkable speec (as happened in this case) just another sham. The Arabs have long been the ‘white men’ of the Middle East and they’re worse than even Byron de la Beckwith at letting go of that!


#11

Proudscalawag,

Defenders of Zionists accusing the Palestinians of being the racists is rich indeed.

The Zionist project was the brain-child of mostly 19th and early 20th century European Zionists who wanted to forcibly create a Jewish state in a land where the overwhelming majority of its indigenous residents during the past 2000 years were not Jewish.

Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that the concept of ethnic cleansing (euphemistically called “population transfer”) came to be embraced by nearly all shades of opinion in the Zionist movement.

http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Famous-Zionist-Quotes/Story637.html

As stated by Ben Ehrenreich:

“The problem is fundamental: Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion (think of the 139-square-mile prison camp that Gaza has become) or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.”

Zionists are in no position to call ANYONE (much less those upon whom they continue to forcibly impose themselves) racists.


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It seems that “raising the costs” (along with carrots for those who comply) works well enough to make lackeys to Jewish power of politicians and the mainstream media - not something to be proud of. We see these lackeys pretend that they are not corralled, intimidated, and controlled, but instead are motivated by an extraordinary love for that innocent little country in the Middle East that is merely defending itself. Their cowardice and fraud is far from inconsequential: These lackeys to Jewish power are so lost that they may seek to lead us into a war for Israel, against Iran.


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“The Arabs’ behavior pattern continues to mirror that of our own Jim Crow and currently unreconstructed racists”. Well what do you think the Israeli behavior pattern mirrors. They are the ones who murdered innocent people participating in a peaceful demonstration.


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Bloody hell they’re not! Just read what brother Eldridge had to say about the two–and this after living seven years in Algeria!! Get stuffed, ‘averroes’; you’re full of Islamonazi lies and so is ‘Ehrenreich’! Ha! What a laugh for HIM to have such a family name!!


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Are these also lies?

Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria

In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war.

UN Finds Credible Ties Between ISIS And Israeli Defense Forces

In a new report from the UN, it is revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were maintaining regular contact with members of the so-called Islamic State since May of 2013. Initial reports from the IDF stated that this was only for medical care for civilians, but that story fell apart when the UN observers identified direct contact between IDF forces and ISIS soldiers, including giving medical care to ISIS fighters.

Isis fighters ‘attacked Israel Defense Forces unit, then apologised’ claims former commander

Isis-affiliated fighters “apologised” after launching an attack on Israeli soldiers, the country’s former defence minister has claimed.

Report: Israel treating al-Qaida fighters wounded in Syria civil war

Israel has opened its borders with Syria in order to provide medical treatment to Nusra Front and al-Qaida fighters wounded in the ongoing civil war, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Exclusive: Israel Is Tending to Wounded Syrian Rebels

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF, said the Israeli government has provided medical assistance to more than 1,000 Syrians over the past 14 months. "We give medical aid to people who are in dire need," he said in a telephone interview. "We don’t do any vetting or check where they are from or which group they are fighting for, or whether they are civilians."

New UN report reveals collaboration between Israel and Syrian rebels

Now, a report from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) reveals that Israel has been working closely with Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights and have kept close contact over the past 18 months. The report was submitted to the UN Security Council at the beginning of the month.

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Most things coming from the UN about Israel I stick in the salt barrel, if you follow me,


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Yes, your intellectual dishonesty is visible a mile away. Does Netanyahu work for the UN…

Netanyahu visits IDF field hospital for Syrians

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday visited a Golan Heights field hospital that treats Syria’s wounded, as part of his campaign to unveil “the true face of Iran.”

… or the terrorists …
Israel Secretly Paying Salaries of Syrian Rebels on Golan Heights Border: Report

It says the Israeli military has direct communication with rebel commanders and is providing funds to them that pay for their salaries, ammunition and weapons. The payments began in 2013 under former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and continue.

… or Yediot Achronot’s chief military-security correspondent …
The Syrian war’s worst kept secret that could become Israel’s nightmare

A not insignificant portion of the Syrian rebels in the Golan have adopted the extreme Salafist ideology of Jabhat al-Nusra, an offshoot of al-Qaeda…The Israeli view is that the religious extremist views of the Syrian rebels are less relevant [than their capacity to combat Israel’s enemies - Iran and Hezbollah]. Israel believes that what interests them [the rebels] above all is survival; and that it’s possible to buy their loyalty through material aid which helps guarantee their own security.

… or the Israeli think tank The Forum for Regional Thinking?
Israel’s Deepening Involvement with Syria’s Rebels

Israel is left to defend its interests with targeted airstrikes and by supporting ragtag rebel militias in southern Syria whose interests partially align with those of the Jewish state.

… or The Times of Israel …
At Syrian border, IDF seeks closer contact with civilians on other side

The Syrian regime of Bashar Assad holds almost no sway on the country’s Golan Heights perimeter with Israel, with large sections of the border held by various rebel and jihadi factions, including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic State-affiliated Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigades.

… or the Jewish News?
Israel is reportedly secretly aiding Syrian rebels along the Golan border

Israel’s military neither confirmed nor denied the Wall Street Journal report, telling the newspaper that the Israel Defense Forces is “committed to securing the borders of Israel and preventing the establishment of terror cells and hostile forces … in addition to providing humanitarian aid to the Syrians living in the area.”

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Proudscalawag,

Your post contains within it its own rejoinder.

It is indeed true that Jews lived in Arab countries. And while there were certainly instances of intolerance, they lived relatively peacefully together for over a thousand years, as opposed to in Christian Europe, where they were systematically persecuted. In fact, following the so-called “Reconquista” in Spain, many Jews fled to the Islamic Ottoman Empire.

And yes, there were Jews in Palestine and Jerusalem as well who, I might add, were encouraged to resettle there by the Islamic leader Saladin, notwithstanding your blatant Islamophobia.

This all changed with the Zionist Project of the late 19th and early 20th century, and its program to forcibly create a Jewish state in Palestine with or without the consent of its indigenous population. The mutual expulsions you speak of were triggered by the Zionist project, not the other way around.


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You missed a possibly significant piece of history: a local rising in the 1830s, no doubt put down in typical Ottoman style. (Real tolerantly, LOL) Since the land was denuded afterwards, the Ottomans offered free land to any veteran from any part of their empire who would come and settle. Did they become acculturated that quickly, pray tell? They came from all areas from Bosnia to Yemen. And the ‘peaceful’ is very relative indeed and, in modern terms, is too much like describing the Jim Crow South in the same way!


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All this says, Israel defends its borders as any state with hostile neighbors would do. Except where it mentions the medical aid which Israel offers to ALL victims of the current six-way civil war in Syria which it had NO part in producing. Are you such a Nazi you even find evil in Israeli medical aid to those who at least used to be its enemies?


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I see we have an illiterate child raping and head chopping supporter among us.

... pay for their salaries, ammunition and weapons. The payments began in 2013...

It is not only shameful, despicable, and immoral, but also a gross violation of international law. And save your
Nazi epiphets for the Israeli government:

Israel backs far-right coup in Ukraine

The government of Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu is backing the fascist-led putsch that ousted Ukraine’s elected pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Far from opposing anti-Semitism and defending Ukrainian Jews from the neo-Nazi parties that have joined the new coalition government, Israel is doing its best to deny that any such threat exists.