Monday, November 12, 2012

Waging War Without Declaring It

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Stephen Lendman, Contributor
Activist Post

America does it in proxy wars and some direct ones. Israel has waged war on Palestine since 1948.

Daily violence against innocent civilians persists largely below the radar. So does occupation harshness. Media scoundrels turn a blind eye.

In the week ending November 7 alone, Israel killed a Gaza civilian epileptic victim sufferer. Airstrikes killed two other Gazans.

In the West Bank Hares village, 12 civilians were attacked and wounded, including a child. Three attacks targeted Palestinian fishermen at sea.

Peaceful West Bank protesters were assaulted. Dozens were beaten and/or suffered from tear gas inhalation. Israeli security forces conducted 92 incursions into West Bank communities - an average of 13 a day.

They usually occur belligerently pre-dawn. Families are terrorized. Homes are ransacked. Property is damaged or destroyed. Adults and children are arrested, beaten, and detained.

Two incursions targeted Gazan communities. Five dozen arrests were made throughout Palestine, including five children and two women. One was the wife of Palestinian prisoner, Bassam al-Sa'di.

Several homes were demolished in 'Anata and al-Tour neighborhoods. Tenders were issued for 1,200 new Pisgat Ze'ev and Ramot settlement housing units. They'll be build on stolen Palestinian land.

EU Foreign Affairs/Security Policy head Catherine Ashton issued a pathetic statement. Doing so reflected Western contempt for Palestinian suffering.

Effectively she endorsed Israeli land theft. She called new construction "regrettable." It's lawless. She knows it but wouldn't say.

Most important, she and EU leaders do nothing to stop it. Nor does Washington. They support it directly and by inaction.

Ashton added that new construction complicates peace efforts. In fact, none exist and never did. Israel and Washington won't tolerate it. Officials like Ashton know but won't explain.

She said nothing about Israel bombing and shelling Gaza. Reports that eight Israeli tanks and four armored bulldozers invaded the town of Abasan, east of Khan Younis, went unnoticed.

Smoke bombs and live ammunition were fired. Overhead Israeli drones were ready to attack. Civilians are targeted, killed or wounded. Incursions like this happen regularly. Western officials are silent. These are war crimes. Responsible officials commit them with impunity.

Gaza's siege and blockade continues. Dozens of new West Bank checkpoints were established. About a dozen Palestinians were arrested at West Bank checkpoints, including four children and one woman.

Extremist settlers continue attacking Palestinians. They commit violence and vandalism with impunity. Other West Bank and East Jerusalem crimes against humanity were committed.

On Fridays, Bil'in village residents protest peacefully against Israel's apartheid wall construction. It's being built on stolen village land. An activist's sign reads, "The occupation will not remove us from our land."

On November 9, Israeli security forces attacked demonstrators. Tear gas and rubber bullets were used. Injuries were reported. An Italian activist was wounded.

Many residents suffered from tear gas inhalation. The Popular Committee Against the Wall and settlements issued a statement, saying its struggle against occupation harshness will continue.

On November 8, Haaretz contributor Roman Bronfman said:
The forces of democracy in Israel must now to unite to fight the enemy within. That enemy is our own government, as a whole and in its components.
Anti-democratic legislation, inflammatory rhetoric, concentrated and anti-social economics and teaching racist and xenophobic - all are dangers to peace within Israel.
Israeli Arabs and Jews for democracy must unite against dark internal forces threatening Israel, Palestine and regional security.

Bronfman urges support for candidates supporting real democracy. Netanyahu/Lieberman and like-minded extremists threaten it and humanity.

What kind of country bombs and shells innocent civilians? Israel does it often and much more. What kind of nations endorse Israeli crimes of war and against humanity? They do it overtly, through silence, and by not acting to stop it as international law demands.

On November 9, an explosion on Gaza's Israeli border wounded four Israeli soldiers. Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility. It followed earlier Israeli attacks.

On November 8, Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian child. Multiple Israeli attacks occur before Palestinians respond. It's their legitimate self-defense right.

Israel calls it terrorism. IDF attacks followed. Israeli tanks shelled Gaza. Four Palestinians were killed. At least another 30 were wounded. Ten are in serious condition.

Residents said a crowded mourning tent in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood near Gaza City was targeted. People there were paying respects to the family of a Palestinian killed by shell fire.

Israelis also targeted Khan Younis. Four injuries were reported. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said:
The occupation's targeting of civilians was a grave escalation that must not pass in silence. Resistance must be reinforced in order to block the aggression.
The Popular Resistance Committees said it fired four rockets at communities close Gaza's border with Israel. It referred to what it called "the revenge invoice" for Palestinian deaths.

Days earlier, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man. He threatened no one.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, "The IDF responded harshly to the incident and further action will be considered in the coming days. We will not tolerate any escalation along the border."

He ignored Israel's responsibility for initiating violence. He and other Israeli officials call it self-defense. It's willful aggression. It's cold-blooded murder.

As usual, The New York Times blamed Palestinian victims. On November 10, it headlined "Violence Surges on Israeli-Gaza Border," saying:
Palestinian militants fired an antitank missile on Saturday at an Israeli military jeep patrolling Israel’s border with Gaza.
Israel returned fire. "Gaza militants then fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel; one of the militants was killed by a return airstrike."

A confrontational atmosphere "simmer(ed) for months," said The Times. Hamas and other "militant" groups were blamed.

Ignored was over five years of lawless siege, the protracted humanitarian crisis, ordinary Palestinians defending their land, and Israeli belligerence responsibility for virtually all violent incidents.

Throughout decades of occupation harshness, Times reports are consistently pro-Israeli. Palestinian rights get short shrift. Other media scoundrels report the same way.

On November 11, Israeli bombing and shelling continued. Five more Palestinian deaths were reported. Others were wounded. Greater Israeli escalation is feared.

Weeks before Israel's 2009 elections, Cast Lead was launched. Over 1,400 Gazans were killed. Around 5,000 were injured. Enormous damage was caused. Parts of Gaza remain barren. Broken lives aren't the same.

Netanyahu may have Cast Lead 2.0 in mind. Stoking fear, talking tough, and attacking civilians called militants may be his reelection strategy.

It wouldn't be the first time Israel waged aggressive war called self-defense. Targeting Gaza again is very possible and perhaps likely.

On November 11, Reuters headlined "Israel says ready to escalate as Hamas joins Gaza clashes," saying:

Israeli broadcasters quoted Netanyahu saying:
The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit with arms crossed when faced by attempts to hurt us. And we are prepared to harshen the response.'
Netanyahu is a belligerent warmonger. He's a world-class thug. He menaces Israelis, Palestinians, and others regionally. He represents the worst of rogue governance. Anything ahead is possible with him in charge.

Palestinian activist, Derek Graham, told Press TV that Israel's strategy is "slow genocide." They intend to "wipe out the Palestinians."

They're doing it multiple ways. Illegal weapons and munitions are "used in civilian areas but Israelis use them with impunity. It is unjust and they are allowed to do this and get away with it because they have the Americans backing what they do."

He also mentioned a recent UN report. It said Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. It's practically that way now. Crippling siege and blockade causes enormous hardships. Enforcing it has nothing to do with security.

It's about committing slow motion genocide. It's been ongoing throughout Palestine for years. Nations able to stop it turn a blind eye. Gazans suffer most.

December 27 marks Cast Lead's fourth anniversary. Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons caused mass slaughter and destruction. Parts of Gaza remain devastated.

Israel uses illegal weapons regularly. Densely populated areas are targeted. Toxic white phosphorous residue and depleted uranium contaminated large parts of Gaza. A spring 2012 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health report said:
Children with BD (birth defects) were born with higher frequency in families where one or both parents were under 'white phosphorus' attack, than in the general population.
Bombing of the family home and removal of the rubble were also frequently reported by couples with BD occurrence.
In January 2010, the Baheth Center for Strategic & Palestinian Studies confirmed Israeli depleted uranium (DU) use, saying:
The ruined buildings and debris left after the Israeli attack on Gaza are contaminated with depleted uranium and similar types of weapons.
London-based Palestinian Return Center activist Sameh Habeeb reported it.

Nuclear experts confirmed it. Contamination is permanent. Current and future generations will suffer enormously. Nothing is safe to eat or drink. Cancer and other diseases may become epidemic.

In May 2011, Press TV headlined "Cancer cases on the rise in Gaza," saying:

Shifa Hospital is Gaza's main healthcare provider. Doctors reported many more cancer patients. Norwegian physician volunteers said some victims have DU traces in their bodies.

Environmental damage and pollution are byproducts of war and continued conflict.

Post-Cast Lead readings show some Gazan areas are "1,000 times more radioactive than natural levels, and now cancer cases emerge on a daily basis."

Affected patients live in mainly bombed areas. Others in Gaza are affected. DU munitions aerosolize on impact. Wind spreads toxic residue. Contaminated air, water and soil results.

Post-war cancer rates increased 30%. Expect continued escalation for many more years. Israel has no concern for human suffering.

Civilians are willfully targeted to inflict as much as possible. It's official strategy in all violent attacks. Accountability is long overdue.

A Final Comment

Beware of false flags. For months throughout the Syrian conflict, possible full-scale Western intervention loomed. It still does. Post-US elections, it's more likely though not certain.

Easy to manufacture pretexts launch wars. America did it repeatedly for over a century. Most-recently, 9/11 initiated a belligerent holocaust. It continues unabated.

Syrian and Iranian regime change is longstanding US policy. All means are considered. War is the bottom line option when others fail.

On November 11, a stray mortar shell from Syria struck occupied Golan. No injuries were reported. A statement said Israel fired cross-border warning shots in response. It added:
The IDF has filed a complaint through the UN forces operating in the area, stating that fire emanating from Syria into Israel will not be tolerated and shall be responded to with severity.
Defense Secretary Ehud Barak said he expects Assad to fall, and "a new stage in the life of Syria will begin." He left unsaid whether Israel will try to force him out. He warned Damascus that Israel would respond if shells hit Golan.

IDF head General Benny Gantz warned Israel's Golan forces, saying: "This is a Syrian issue that could become our issue."

Netanyahu said Israel is "closely monitoring what is happening on our border with Syria, and there too we are ready for any development."

Earlier stray mortars also struck Golan. Israel knows they're not intentional. Damascus is still held responsible. In January, Netanyahu faces reelection.

Anything he believes enhances his prospects is possible. He may decide it includes acting tough on Syria. The situation bears watching.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.


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Anonymous said...

"Repent, Forty Days and the Wrath Shall Fall"
"And Jonah entered into the city a day's journey and he cried, and said Yet forty days, and Ninevah shall be overthrown. So the people of Ninevah believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sack cloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them." Jonah 3:4-5
We must have worldwide repentance to avoid the coming destruction. The Lord Jesus Christ is still walking among the churches and will forgive those who humble themselves and pray for forgiveness.

" If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins; and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9
We are in the last days of the Laodicean church. The mind control, cloning, greed and sin have doomed all mankind. The Lord may have mercy if we repent and they stop deceiving the nations and fix the food supply.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock : if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me." Rev. 3:20
We must rememeber that Ninevah repented and God withheld His wrath. So repent and maybe the Lord will turn from His great anger. In mercy, I know the Rapture of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ will be soon. But anyone who is lost I beg you to repent. "Confess with thy mouth and believe in thy heart that Jesus was raised from the dead" and you shall be saved.

Anonymous said...

There is no "Palestine" and never was. The Jews lived in this region for over 3400 years. The Arabs got 95% of the land that was divided up so the Jews could have a homeland. It was never Palestine. If those Arabs who covert Isreal had wanted a homeland they were given one in the same arrangement that created Israel. But what they wanted was to eliminate all jews and preferred hatred over everything else. They are reaping what they have sown. Maybe someday the younger Arabs will throw out the old fools who have ruined their future.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post. At this point I believe it is apparent to anyone viewing the world scene that the Palestinian condition reflects the future for us all. Given the willful abandonment to material concerns of most I'm afraid the condition is terminal. When the masses under the delusion that they don't have to face the Palestinian issue realize their material goods, including their lives, are to be taken away perhaps it would be justice for the selfish, cowardly lives they chose to live.

JCII said...

Anonymous synagogue of satan
The LIES are old, stop it.
we know the phrase "chosen ones" is only a euphemism for "THE MASTER RACE". A DELUSION many of the synagogue of satan are under and many others suffer because of.
9/11 TRUTH is spreading along with info such as the israeli truck bombs of 9/11, the cowardly israeli attack on the unarmed USS LIBERTY, all the dual passport israeli "american" traitors involved in the planning, execution, & cover-up of 9/11, & MORE.
The jig is about up...
give it up while you still can...!!!
With an "ally" such as the illegal terrorist state of israel who needs genocidally psychotic possessed and greedy pathological liars hell bent on our impoverishment, enslavement, and destruction...

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous of November 12, 2012 11:50 AM

So Palestine never existed and does not exist? Those people bleed if they are cut, they breathe, they eat, they have bodies, but yet they don't exist.

From the period between the expulsion of the Jewish by THE ROMANS (NOT by the palestinians) and the BRITISH putting the jewish back there in the last century only, we have..... SEVERAL CENTURIES in which another people was living there: the palestinians.

Yet, they do not exisy, according to you... is that right?
Because that would be inconsistent with the idea of a chosen people who is guided by a an alleged superior being that watches things from clouds.

Therefore, in order to keep the story coherent, and not to lose the idea of a God, we toss a million palestines in the grinding machines, as they were nothing but dirt.. and in turn we keep the whole myth of a God watching its chosen people.

You think that is a good trade?

Anonymous said...

The Jews always lived in this area. They were never expelled. They were ruled and invaded and persecuted by they always lived there. A few Arabs lived there too mostly small groups following herds of goats. About the turn of the 20th century more Arabs entered the lands that are today Israel and for awhile lived peacefully with the jews. Then in the 30's conflicts became open warfare and those immigrant Arabs (the ones we now call Palestinians) tried to kill innocent Jews and drove them off their own lands. After WW II this area that had been liberated from the Ottoman Empire in WW I was divided and Israel was given a small piece of land, about 5%, Jordan was created getting over 80% and the rest was set aside for the Arabs that would later decide to call themselves Palestinians. The "Palestinains" refused to accept this gift and create a country and instead immediately declared war on Israel. This is their problem; they hate the jews more then they love life and their children. They will continue to sacrifice their future, their children, their lives in preference to fufilling their racist intent to drive the Jews from Israel. They have choosen their path and now must endure the consequences. Eventually they will make a more open and provocative attempt to destroy Israel and start a massive war which they will very likely lose badly. Why?? Simple racist bigotry. In the 60+ years Israel has existed the Jews through hard work and intelligence have turned their desert country into a self-supporting beautiful country. What have the "Palestinians" done during the same period? They have caused the deaths of thousands of their own children and impoverished their people while making their leaders rich. How many billions did yasser arafat put in his Swiss bank accounts???
Almost a million Arabs choose to live in Israel and today they prosper and have freedoms not available to any other Arabs in the Middle East. The simple fact is that the Jews treat Arabs better then the Arabs treat their fellow countrymen. What a sad truth.

canobs said...

Thanks to Mr.Lendman for exposing these horrendous crimes the usual propaganda will never mention. Palestine being an open concentration camp. ____ Most of those claiming they are from Jewish descent are in fact Khazars who converted to the Jewish faith through generations, and many others from the Berbers and Arabs. ___ Tel-Aviv University Historian Shlomo Sand describes clearly the Zionist Myth in his book - The Invention of the Jewish People.

Anonymous said...

Israel is on land stolen from the Arab families living there for centuries and chased when the Ottoman empire was dismantled, these tracts of land never been surveyed before. Jews from the Volga registered large tracts of land to their name, chased the families living there and never paid for this land, only 8% have been paid for.

Anonymous said...

And Arabs are living on land owned by Jews. Actually when Israel was created about an equal number of Jews and Arabs moved to be inside the borders of the two newly formed countries. Interestingly only the Jews were forced to move. All of the Arabs we given the choice to stay and live within Israel and in fact almost a million of them did. Go figure. I assume that you are equally upset over the taking of land from Jews in Egypt and the destruction of the deeds and other evidence of this theft. I await your outrage on this issue.

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