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Czech minister admits mistake in describing Israeli ground operation as defensive

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg admitted on Sunday that a “large” and “personal” mistake had been made by a spokesperson for the new Czech presidency of the European Union on Saturday, when he described Israel’s ground incursion into Gaza as “more defensive than offensive.”

Schwarzenberg said that the spokesperson had made a personal mistake, adding that the only declaration by the Czech Presidency of the EU was that which was published by the foreign ministry. He added that the first declaration had been a misunderstanding.

A Czech government spokesman, Jiri Frantisek Potuznik, had told AFP on Saturday, “At the moment, from our perspective, we do understand that the action is part of the defensive action of Israel (…) we do understand that it is more defensive than offensive. This is the position of the Czech prime minister.”

The spokesperson also said that the Israeli ground operation in Gaza was about the crossing of the Gaza border, “There is no violence, no victims, so we are waiting for more information, we would like more details,” he said.

Ref: Now

UN Complicity in Israel’s Massacre in Gaza – A Rubber Stamp for U.S. Dictats

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A friend forwarded to me the most original greeting for the New Year: “I wish in 2009 a horrible year for all war criminals and their accomplices.” I could not but think of whether some UN officials can be counted among such “accomplices.”

Over the last two days, various UN officials stated that the percentage of civilians among those Palestinians killed in the current Israeli war of aggression on Gaza is about “25%” and is “likely to increase.” Assuming the best of intentions, stating such a painfully low figure reflects shabby research or scandalous incompetence. At worst, it reveals intentional deception and misinformation that can only benefit the already massive and well-oiled Israeli PR machine.

The United Nations’ complicity in Israel’s propaganda war is the latest, albeit hardly ever mentioned, dimension of the international organization’s utter failure in defending its principles, foremost among which are the prevention of war and the promotion of peace, when performing such a duty is expected to stir the wrath of the US master and the uniquely influential Israel lobby. Not only has the UN General Secretary betrayed the very Charter of the UN and all relevant international law principles by failing to even condemn Israel’s massacre of civilians and targeting of civilian institutions and residential neighborhoods; the entire UN system has so far dealt with it as a “war” between two relatively symmetric forces, where the mightier side has sufficient justification to “defend itself,” but should do so more proportionately, while the weaker side is chiefly responsible for triggering the “armed conflict.”

Now, senior UN officials, excluding the particularly courageous and principled UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, Richard Falk, and a few others, are only focusing on “women and children” victims of the massacre, implying, even if unintentionally, that all Palestinian men in Gaza are fair game for the Israeli killing machine. The tens of Palestinian civilian policemen that were butchered in the opening hours of the massive Israeli attack by dozens of fighter jets were, thus, conveniently dismissed by such irresponsible UN figures of casualties as Hamas “fighters,” more or less, that may be targeted with impunity. This is not to mention the scores of male teachers, doctors, workers, farmers and unemployed who were killed by Israel’s indiscriminate bombing in their workplaces, public offices, homes or streets and were not accounted for as civilian victims of Israel’s belligerent murder spree.

Above everything else, this UN discourse not only reduces close to half a million Palestinian men in that wretched, tormented and occupied coastal strip to “militants,” radical “fighters,” or whatever other nouns in currency nowadays in the astoundingly, but characteristically, biased western media coverage of the Israel “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Gaza, as some international law experts have described them; it also treats them as already condemned criminals that deserve the capital punishment Israel has meted out on them. I am not an expert on the history of the UN, but I suspect this sets a new low, a precedent in dehumanizing an entire adult male population in a region of “conflict,” thereby justifying their fatal targeting or, at least, silently condoning it. But this should surprise no one as the same UN leaders have for 18 months watched in eerie silence or even indirectly justified, one way or another, Israel’s siege of Gaza which was described by Falk as a “prelude to genocide” and compared by him to Nazi crimes.

If one wants to be truly magnanimous and give those UN officials the benefit of the doubt — not something I would recommend at all, given the scale of the massacre and their verifiable complicity — one has to assume that they are quite confused as to how best to categorize the thousands of Palestinian victims of Israel’s war on Gaza, whether those injured or killed. A casual overview of Israeli army press statements and human rights organizations’ reports, however, will immediately dismiss the possibility that the UN figure of 25% was the product of clinical incompetence or technical ineptness, widely recognized trademarks of the organization.

A recent article published in the Washington Post, for instance, quoted a senior Israeli military official saying: “There are many aspects to Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel.” An Israeli army spokeswoman went further stating. “Anything affiliated with Hamas is a legitimate target.” Given that, in the ghetto of Gaza, Hamas is effectively the “ruling” party — it was democratically elected, after all — and its network of social and charitable organizations are the largest provider of social services to the impoverished and besieged population, all of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, public schools, hospitals, universities, law and order organs, traffic police, sewage treatment and water purification stations, ministries providing vital services to the public, mosques, public theatres and many non-governmental institutions can technically be considered “affiliated” with Hamas.

Lest the reader feels that this is an exaggeration, today, in the first hours of the first day of the new year, the Israeli air force already bombed the following “targets” in Gaza: the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice. Earlier, several mosques were pulverised to the ground. So were main buildings in the Islamic University of Gaza, which serves 20,000 students. Ambulances and private homes were not spared either.
Even B’Tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization that often issues sanitized, “balanced” or selective reports focusing on Israel’s less criminal behaviour in the OPT, was compelled to conclude that the Israeli army was intentionally targeting “what appear to be clear civilian objects” that are not “engaged in military action against Israel,” without making the distinction between male and female civilians. A statement from the organization on December 31st said:

For example, the military bombed the main police building in Gaza and killed, according to reports, forty-two Palestinians who were in a training course and were standing in formation at the time of the bombing. Participants in the course study first-aid, handling of public disturbances, human rights, public-safety exercises, and so forth. Following the course, the police officers are assigned to various arms of the police force in Gaza responsible for maintaining public order.

Another example is yesterday’s bombing of the government offices. These offices included the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Labor, Construction and Housing. An announcement made by the IDF Spokesperson’s Office regarding this attack stated that, ‘the attack was carried out in response to the ongoing rocket and mortar-shell fire carried out by Hamas over Israeli territory, and in the framework of IDF operations to strike at Hamas governmental infrastructure and members active in the organization.’

Just to drive the point closer to home for an average western reader who may have internalized over the years a perception of Israelis — inaccurately and quite deliberately depicted by Israeli and western propaganda as part of the “west” — as full humans and Palestinians, along with almost all global southerners, as relative humans, perhaps the following mirroring exercise is necessary.

Imagine if the Palestinian resistance, in exercising its otherwise perfectly legitimate, UN-sanctioned right to fight Israel’s occupation and apartheid, were to regard all institutions “affiliated” with the Israeli government as legitimate targets, justifying the bombing of universities, hospitals, civilian ministries, publicly-run synagogues, neighborhoods where government or army officials live or work, and other civilian “targets,” killing in 5 days only 1,600 Israelis and wounding 8,000 (four times the current toll in Gaza, given that Israel’s population is four times as large). What would the UN do? Would UN officials only count Israeli women and children victims? Would they call on both parties to “exercise restraint” or to end “the violence”? Morally, and even legally, this is not even a fair reversal of roles, for Israel, no matter what, remains the occupier and settler-colonial oppressor, while the indigenous Palestinians remain the colonized and oppressed.

The truth is the UN leadership, in the unipolar world that we are still living in and is perhaps on its way to be transformed to more multipolar space, has effectively turned into a rubber stamp bureau for US dictates. Ban Ki-Moon will go down in history as the most subservient and morally unqualified general secretary to ever lead the international organization. The only question remaining is whether one day he and his senior staff will stand trial for being accomplices in Israel’s war crimes, together with leaders of the US, the EU and many Arab regimes. In a more just world, governed by the rule of law, not the US-dominated rule of the jungle, they should.

Ref: Counterpunch

Omar Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign http://www.BDSmovement.net

And there lie the bodies (A MUST READ!!!)

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The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat. The obedient students did as they were told. Using logarithmic rulers, they sketched the design for a sophisticated pipeline. They meticulously planned its route, taking into account the landscape’s topography, the possibility of corrosion, the pipe’s diameter and the flow calibration. When they presented their final product, the professor rendered his judgment: You failed. None of you asked why we need such a pipe, whose blood will fill it, and why it is flowing in the first place.

Regardless of whether this story is legend or true, Israel is now failing its own blood pipeline test. As Israel has been preoccupied with Gaza throughout the entire week, nobody has asked whose blood is being spilled and why. Everything is permitted, legitimate and just. The moral voice of restraint, if it ever existed, has been left behind. Even if Israel wiped Gaza off the face of the earth, killing tens of thousands in the process, as a Chechnyan laborer working in Sderot proposed to me, one can assume that there would be no protest.

They liquidated Nizar Ghayan? Nobody counts the 20 women and children who lost their lives in the same attack. There was a massacre of dozens of officers during their graduation ceremony from the police academy? Acceptable. Five little sisters? Allowed. Palestinians are dying in hospitals that lack medical equipment? Peanuts. Whatever happened to the not-so-good old days of Salah Shahadeh? When we liquidated him in July 2002, we also killed 15 women and children. At least back then, moral qualms were raised for a moment.

Here lie their bodies, row upon row, some of them tiny. Our hearts have turned hard and our eyes have become dull. All of Israel has worn military fatigues, uniforms that are opaque and stained with blood and which enable us to carry out any crime. Even our leading intellectuals fail to speak out on what havoc we have wreaked. Amos Oz urges: “Cease-fire now.” David Grossman writes: “Hold your fire. Stop.” Meir Shalev wants “a punitive operation.” And not one word about our moral image, which has been horribly distorted.

The suffering in the south renders everything kosher, as if the horrible suffering in Gaza pales in comparison. Everyone is hungry for revenge, and that hunger is excused by the need for “deterrence,” after it was already proved that the killing and the destruction in Lebanon did not achieve it.

Yes, I know, war is war. After all, they brought this on themselves. They are a terrorist organization and we are not. They want to destroy us and we seek peace. Still, is there nothing here that will stop this blood pipeline? Even those whose hearts are hardened by “moral righteousness” will have to momentarily halt the bombing machine and ask: Which Israel do we have before us? What will become of its standing in the world, which is now watching the events in Gaza? What are we inflicting on the moderate Arab regimes? And what of the simmering popular hatred we are sowing throughout the world? What good will emerge from this killing and destruction?
It is doubtful whether Hamas will be cut down to size as a result of this wretched war. Yet, the face of the state has been cut down to size, as have civilian elites who are apathetic and scared. The “peace camp,” if it ever existed, has been cut down to size. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz authorized the Ghayan killing, regardless of the cost. Haim Oron, the leader of the “new left-wing movement,” supported the launch of this foolish war.

Nobody is coming to the rescue – of Gaza or even of the remnants of humanity and Israeli democracy. The statesmen, the jurists, the poets, the authors, academe, and the news media – pitch black over the abyss. When the time comes for reckoning, we will need to remember the damage this war did to Israel: The blood pipeline it laid has been completed.

Shabbat Shalom! (from the Holy land in genocidal blitzkrieg)

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The traditional Saturday greeting among Jews of all varieties from secular to religious, “Shabbat Shalom”, literally means “A Sabbath of peace.” However, on Saturday, December 27, 2008, there was no Sabbath of peace in Gaza, as U.S.-financed Israeli F-16 warplanes unloaded their lethal cargoes of U.S. manufactured GB-39 bunker buster bombs on innocent Palestinians.

Majid, a Palestinian friend of mine whose family fled to Syria during the Nakba, was visibly upset and shaken. “Why don’t the Israelis just finish them off,” he asked rhetorically, referring to the citizens of Gaza, adding, “After starving them for two years, a quick death would be more merciful!” I think that’s Israel’s plan.

According to reports, the Ministry of Culture and Gaza University were among the targets of the bloody Israeli bombings that began on a Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, at 11:25 am local time. I read the news updates in disgust and disbelief; first 150 dead, then 200, and later 300 dead with preparations for an Israeli ground assault underway. News sources are now reporting over 400 dead and 2000 injured with no end in sight.
Gaza hospitals have been unable to cope with the onslaught of wounded due to the lack of medical supplies resulting from the continuous Israeli blockades of border crossings. Israel has rejected a proposal for a 48-hour ceasefire to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid.

As usual, the U.S. is not pushing for a ceasefire. Deputy White House press secretary Gordon Johndroe indicated that the White House has called for a truce, but added, in typical meaningless doublespeak, “We don’t just want a ceasefire for the sake of a ceasefire.”

From June 19, 2008, Hamas tried to maintain an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire despite a continuing Israeli blockade on Gaza and raids that had claimed over 10 Palestinian lives a week. Israel first violated the ceasefire on June 27 by killing senior Hamas official Shihab al-Natsheh, and then escalated its violations on November 5 by killing six more Palestinians and dispatching tanks and bulldozers into Gaza.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni justified the slaughter in Gaza as a defensive response to Hamas rocket attacks, as if a barrage of ICBMs had struck the Zionist regime. I became nauseous as she insisted that Israelis have “the right to live in peace and quiet like any other citizens in the world,” a right Israel denies Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak emphasized that the Zionist regime is in an “all-out war against Hamas and its proxies in Gaza,” which appears to include the citizens themselves.

Zionist mouthpiece Mark Regev warned, “The Hamas war machine is still formidable and lethal,” as if Gazan defenses could possibly be any match for the U.S.-funded Israeli Wehrmacht.

Benjamin Netanyahu says, “One side is to blame… that’s Hamas. The other side represents the rest of humanity,” effectively dehumanizing all of us who stand in support of Gazans in this struggle.

The White House maintains that the Israeli air strikes are the fault of Hamas, adding with eloquence characteristic of Bush, “These people are nothing but thugs.”

Regrettably, President-elect Barack Obama has remained silent, despite past expressions of empathy for Palestinians.

Turkey and Syria have condemned the Israeli attacks on Gazans as a “holocaust” and are calling for an immediate end to the bloodbath.

Hezbollah declared, “What is happening in the Gaza Strip is an ‘Israeli’ war crime and an act of genocide committed by the enemy government.”

“Shabbat Shalom” suggests an exclusive tribal wish of peace and well-being reserved for clan members only, exposing the racism inherent in Zionism. For those outside the clans protected domain, it may be Shabbat but there is no Shalom.

For on the same day that Jews were exchanging greetings of “Shabbat Shalom”, Israeli occupation forces were launching a genocidal blitzkrieg against Gazans, whose only “crime” is trying to survive under an ongoing Zionist siege.

Ref: Al arabiya