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Friday, April 15, 2016

Do Palestinian lives matter? Not to Hillary

Just when you thought colonial dehumanization was going out of style, here comes Bernie on Palestine. 
Here Bernie is heralded for his "bravery" and "unprecedented" moxie for daring to suggest Israelis be made to treat the Palestinians with respect and dignity. 
Heaven forfend!
As somebody who is 100 percent pro-Israel, in the long run -- and this is not going to be easy, God only knows, but in the long run if we are ever going to bring peace to that region which has seen so much hatred and so much war, we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity.

God only knows it is going to be a lot to ask, Sanders conveys. Please Bernie, let's leave God out this time. That was the whole problem in the first place. 
Yet as 'revolutionary' as his "recognize Palestinians and human beings" policy, Bernie fails to tell us that Gaza and the West Bank are essentially "one Palestine". What happens to one population happens to all four million Palestinians collectively. 
Which would have put together the recent spate of stabbings and Hamas rocket attacks as reactions to continued and expanded settlements throughout the West Bank in direct contravention of international law. 
This would have shed further light on Israel's alleged "over reactions" and "disproportionate" response in context of being used against a displaced and dispossessed people who resist.
The introduction of these 500,000 heavily armed and guarded Zionist extremists onto land designated as the future Palestinian State could be classified as "incitement", some would argue.
Now, if you're asking not just me, but countries all over the world, "was that a disproportionate attack," the answer is that I believe it was, and let me say something else. 
"I believe it was. Shhhhh"

Remarkable state of affairs when the same former secretary of state who counts as one of her heroes South African Apartheid Leader Nelson Mandela is content that Israel has complied with the US's own Leahy Act which bars weapons sales to countries that have a track record of human rights abuses.

In fact, Clinton - an alleged gun violence activist - had no problem helping Obama beat the Bush Administration in arms sales. In fact, the Obama admin in its first five years - of which Clinton belonged for four - sold more weapons than any US Administration since World War II.
There is enough evidence to convict the state of Israel three times over for war crimes in the last three Gaza incursions alone. The PLO, as a cosignatory to the Rome Statute, was last reportedly making such an appeal to the International Criminal Court over the 2014 Israeli incursion "Protective Edge".
The massacre over which the two were sparring over Israel's disproportionate use of force. In which 1500 civilians including 500 children were murdered. A massacre brought on by Israel breaking the ceasefire Hillary Clinton negotiated after Israel's 2012 "Pillar of Defense" assault.

Links to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and UN reports.
Clinton succeeded in blocking the most famous - the (Richard) Goldstone Report on Operation Caste Lead 2008-2009).- at the UN was followed by a brisk and ruthless Israel-led character assassination of the respected S. African Jurist.
The report, released on 15 September 2009, concluded that both sides had committed violations of the laws of war. It stated that Israel had used disproportionate force, targeted Palestinian civilians, used them as human shields and destroyed civilian infrastructure. Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups were found to have deliberately targeted Israeli civilians and sought to spread terror in southern Israel by mounting indiscriminate rocket attacks. The report's conclusions were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council.[63]

After a barrage of precise personal attacks, Goldstone - a Jewish Zionist - recanted his report in an embarrassing and confused op-ed in the Washington Post almost two years later. 
Some commentators have endeavored to prove by parsing his words that Goldstone did not actually recant. While there are grounds for making this argument on a technical basis, such a rhetorical strategy will not wash. Goldstone is a distinguished jurist. He knows how to use precise language. If he did not want to sever his connection with the Report he could simply have said “I am not recanting my original report by which I still stand.” He must have known exactly how his words would be spun and it is this fallout—not his parsed words—that we must now confront.

Yet these are not the concerns of Hillary or Bernie.

War crimes charges would automatically shut off the $3.7 billion/year military aid to Israel.

That would set off a chain of catastrophic events that would hit US and Israeli weapons manufacturers hardest. The subsidies are cash cows for the Master's of War who depend on the establishment for their taxpayer blood.

What are we to make of Hitler's admiration of the "American Holocaust" - the extermination of the natives of the Americas. And his attempt at same with the Jews? 

And of Israel's settlement of the West Bank?

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