Last week marked the 65th anniversary of the killing of UN mediator Folke Bernadotte, by the rightwing Zi*nist militia the Stern Gang, at a checkpoint in Jerusalem. No one has ever been charged with the crimes, which included the murder of Bernadotte’s French aide
$20 says that Butchie and K(l)ondike are the same guy - obsessed and weirdly needy for this thread to stay alive.
Agip has a weird obsession -- some might call it treasonous -- to prevent acknowledgement of how much damage Israel and her "American" supporters (agents?) are doing to America and the world
Sept 20, 2013 - Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, of Bat Yam was lured by a Palestinian co-worker to an open area north of the village of Siniria, where he was murdered and his body concealed in a well.
On Friday, September 20, Nidal Amar, a resident of Beit Amin, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, convinced Sgt. Tomer Hazan - his co-worker at a Bat Yam restaurant - to share a taxi to Shaarei Tikva, a town near his village. When the two arrived at the village, Nidal took the soldier to an open field north of the village of Siniria, where he murdered him. He then dumped his body in a well. Amar said his motive for the murder was to ‘trade’ the soldier’s body for the release of his brother, Nur al-Din Amar, a Fatah Tanzim member in prison since 2003.
While Nidal Amar is not known to have belonged to a terrorist organization, Fatah's military wing, the Al Aqsa Brigades, issued a statement that it had sponsored the murder of Hazan.
Friends spoke of him as the life of the party with a wicked sense of humor, a gracious and generous young man who planned to travel with his friends after their army service and then move in with them in a bachelor pad in Tel Aviv. Hazan had a magnetic smile, friends said, and would light up and steal the microphone when a song he loved was played at karaoke. He was described as an eternal optimist who loved to blow money on clothes, a good-hearted young man whose trust in the good will of others lead to his death.
One of his three brothers, Ophir, described Sergeant Hazan in the eulogy as the family’s fashion and hairstyle consultant who was always in motion. Whenever he told his brother to slow down and rest, he said, Sergeant Hazan replied, “You only live once.”
Sgt. Tomer Hazan was bured in the Holon military cemetery. He is survived by his parents, Aryeh and Sara, and three brothers.
Forgive me if I cannot work up a ton of sympathy for a soldier for a racist, colonial settler states that murders Palestinians every single day.
What are the names of the Palestinians killed by Israel this month? Where are their obits?
Oh that's right. They do not matter. Only Israelis do.
Support for Palestinian football
16 Sep 2013
The designated joint team will arrange joint football activities and coordinate the PA's games, while encouraging and further developing the sport.
(Communicated by COGAT - Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories - and the Israel Football Association)
At a meeting held on Sunday (15 September 2013), Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Eitan Dangot and Israel Football Association Chairman Avi Luzon agreed upon the establishment of a joint mechanism for supporting Palestinian football activity.
The topics discussed in the meeting included, inter alia, issues such as meetings between football teams within the PA territories and inter-regional activities outside of them.
As part of the meeting, it was decided to establish a designated team, working along with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, which would include the Israel Football Association, the PA Ministry of Civil Affairs in the PA and PA sport bodies. The team will arrange joint football activities and coordinate the PA's games, while encouraging and further developing the sport.
Following the meeting, it was decided that Major-General Eitan Dangot and PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh would coordinate on the issue.
Palestinian ceasefire violations
On September 2, 2013 two IEDs were activated near an IDF patrol in the Nachal Oz region. There were no casualties and no damage.
On August 30, 2013 an IED blew up near an IDF force in the Sufa region. There were no casualties and no damage.
On August 13, 2013, a rocket hit was identified in an open area in the western Negev. There were no casualties and no damage reported.
On August 13, 2013, two explosions were heard in Eilat, caused by two rockets launched from the Sinai Peninsula. Two civilians were treated for shock and a woman broke her leg while running to take cover. A Gaza-based network called the Mojahideen Shura Council of the Environs of Jerusalem, affiliated with the global jihad, issued an announcement claiming responsibility for the rocket fire.
On the night of August 7, 2013, a rocket hit was identified in an open area in the western Negev. There were no casualties and no damage was reported.
A rocket was fired into Israeli territory on July 30, 2013, the day the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations began in Washington. It fell in an open area in the western Negev. There were no casualties and no damage was reported.
During the week of July 17-23, 2013 three rocket hits were identified in open areas in the western Negev. There were no casualties and no damage reported.
From Haaretz October, 2002
NEW YORK - Israel holds the record for ignoring United Nations Security Council resolutions, according to a study by San Francisco University political science professor Steven Zunes.
On the eve of a possible U.S.-British assault on Iraq, Zunes decided to examine in depth one of the main arguments used by the Bush administration to justify changing the Baghdad regime - Iraq's deliberate refusal to implement UN Security Council resolutions. He systematically went through all the states given instructions by the security council to find out how common a phenomenon it was. His results were somewhat surprising: "Some of the countries are considered and are known to be friendly to the U.S.," he told Ha'aretz yesterday. "In the vast majority of cases I examined, the governments violating UN Security Council resolutions are countries that receive significant military, diplomatic and financial aid from the U.S."
Israel leads the list. Since 1968, Israel has violated 32 resolutions that included condemnation or criticism of the governments' policies and actions. Turkey is in second place, with 24 violations since 1974, and Morocco is third with 17 resolutions it ignored.
Newsday newspaper published the ranking yesterday, but Zunes said that he did not rank the states and claimed it was newspaper that came up with the grades. According to Zunes, out of some 1,500 UN Security Resolutions passed since 1947, 90 were openly, blatantly, and continually violated without the governments being held accountable for their actions.
Zunes specifically avoided counting resolutions that are vague or unclear so that governments could claim different interpretations to the meaning of the resolutions. Thus, the famous UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 are not included in his study. He also did not count resolutions that only included condemnations. Instead, he focused on those that included specific calls for changes in the subject governments' policies.
The resolutions Israel violated were either about its annexation of East Jerusalem or settlements in the territories. Israel also ignored UN Security Council resolutions that called for Israel to cease using harsh measures against the Palestinian population and to cease expelling Palestinians.
"Israel is a modern democracy and America's and Europe's ally in the Middle East. All Israeli citizens - Christians, Muslims and Jews - have freedom of religion and the right to vote. Ten Arabs and 16 women are in Israel's parliament, and both men and women have access to education, modern health care and good jobs. Israel, like the U.S. and European Union, is a true democracy based on freedom and equality."
"Israeli schools, books and teachers teach peace, tolerance and respect. In a region where there is so much hate and violence, Israelis want the next generation to have hope and a better future."
"America's and Europe's ally, Israel, is a democracy in the Middle East. All Israeli citizens - Christians, Muslims and Jews , men and women - have freedom of speech, religion and the right to vote. Today, Israel is reaching out its hand in peace -with a bold initiative that will give Palestinians the entire Gaza territory -and a hopeful future. Israel, a true democracy, is looking for peace."
It is no coincidence that the speech by Iranian President Rouhani lacked both any practical proposal to stop Iran's military nuclear program and any commitment to fulfill UN Security Council decisions. This is exactly Iran's strategy – to talk and play for time in order to advance its ability to achieve nuclear weapons.
Iran thinks that soothing words and token actions will enable it to continue on its path to the bomb. Like North Korea before it, Iran will try to remove sanctions by offering cosmetic concessions, while preserving its ability to rapidly build a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing.
Israel would welcome a genuine diplomatic solution that truly dismantles Iran's capacity to develop nuclear weapons.
But we will not be fooled by half-measures that merely provide a smokescreen for Iran's continual pursuit of nuclear weapons.
And the world should not be fooled either.
[quote]Yo Yo Pa wrote:
It is no coincidence that the speech by Iranian President Rouhani lacked both any practical proposal to stop Iran's military nuclear program
It does not exist. Ask the Intell Community and check the NIE.
You know who does, however, have an undeclared, uninspected, and illegal nuclear weapons program in the ME?
That's right. That "democracy" (that denies even basic rights such as security in your home and free speech to millions of people under their occupation -- people from the "wrong" ethnic group)that you defend, Israel.
And you know how Israel started this illegal program? With technology and raw material stolen from the NUMEC Plant in PA in the 1960s by Zalman Shapiro and other "American" Jews.
It'd be nice if Israel applied some half measures to dismantling some of its 100+ nukes. You know, real ones, that actually exist, unlike Iran's non-existent ones.
As expected, this was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy. Rouhani spoke of human rights even as Iranian forces are participating in the large-scale slaughter of innocent civilians in Syria.
He condemned terrorism even as the Iranian regime is using terrorism in dozens of countries around the world.
He spoke of a nuclear program for civilian purposes even as an IAEA report determines that the program has military dimensions and when any rational person understands that Iran, one of the most oil-rich nations, is not investing capital in ballistic missiles and underground nuclear facilities in order to produce electricity.
It is no coincidence that the speech lacked both any practical proposal to stop Iran's military nuclear program and any commitment to fulfill UN Security Council decisions.
This is exactly Iran's strategy – to talk and play for time in order to advance its ability to achieve nuclear weapons. Rouhani knows this well. He bragged that a decade ago, he succeeded in misleading the West so that while Iran was holding talks, it simultaneously advanced its nuclear program. The international community must test Iran not by its words but by its actions.
On the instruction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations absented itself from Rouhani's speech in order not to grant legitimacy to a regime that does not recognize the existence of the Holocaust and which publicly declares its desire to wipe the State of Israel off the map. "As the Prime Minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, I could not allow the Israeli delegation to be part of a cynical public relations ploy by a regime that denies the Holocaust and calls for our destruction."
Just last week, Rouhani, like Ahmadinejad before him, refused to recognize the Holocaust as an historical fact.
When Iran's leaders stop denying the Holocaust of the Jewish people, and stop calling for the destruction of the Jewish state and recognize Israel's right to exist, the Israeli delegation will attend their addresses at the General Assembly.
Where are you copping these Lobby talking points (more accurately referred to as spin and/or lies) from?
Why are you ignoring the fact Iran has no nuclear weapons program? And that Israel does have one that is both uninspected and undeclared/
You can post all the Israeli propaganda you want.
Does not change the obvious truth
We hope that the understandings that have been achieved between the US and Russia regarding Syria's chemical weapons will show results, and indeed, these understandings will be tested by results – the full destruction of the stocks of chemical weapons that the Syrian regime has used against its own people.
The test of results also applies to the international community's diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons. Here as well, it is not words that will be decisive, but rather actions and results. In any case, Israel must be prepared and ready to defend itself by itself against any threat. Today, this ability and this willingness are more important than ever.
I am curious.
Why would the leader of a nation in the Middle East be asked about an event that took place in Europe 70 years ago?
And why should Americans care what he does or does not think about it?
And why would so many propagandists lie about his answer?
This abomination called Israel has to go
Disarming Syria of non-conventional weapons is a great achievement, if indeed it occurs. On the optimistic side, it is possible to see that the tangible threat of an attack can lead to results, and that perhaps this will lead to results in the future regarding Iran as well. The less optimistic assess that America's overall conduct broadcasts a weakness that can only encourage Iran to continue with its nuclear program based on the assumption that the US will always find a reason not to attack.
[quote]Yo Yo Pa wrote:
Disarming Syria of non-conventional weapons is a great achievement,
The only reason Syria has chemical weapons is to discourage invasions and attacks by the Zi*nist controlled US military.
Israel has got to go.
The agreement between Russia and the US that was signed yesterday in Geneva is good news for Israel. The two superpowers have agreed to get rid of one of the main threats that has been hovering over our heads for the past three decades." However, the author asks, "How could anyone be sure that Assad will have shown the inspectors all of the weapons at his disposal?" Moreover, the paper doubts whether the Russians will ever approve the use of force or even sanctions or that the Americans will attack Syria should, say, the inspectors be refused entry to a particular installation. The author also doubts that, given the conditions inside Syria, it will be very difficult to ensure the inspectors' safety and cites expert opinions that actually destroying Syria's stock of chemical weapons could take at least two years. The author declares: "The bottom line is that even if dismantling Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons doesn't take place as planned, from Israel's point-of-view, this is very positive progress," and concludes: "Who loses from the agreement? First and foremost, the citizens of Syria do. Assad and his cohorts are continuing to perpetrate appalling war crimes and are not being held accountable. 120,000 Syrians have already been slaughtered and no one is stopping the horror."