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If Israel can intercept Hamas rockets, it can stop pounding Gazans

If the Iron Dome works, Israel won't have to retaliate after each Hamas rocket! These acts of desperation by the besieged Gazans, victims of Israel's occupation, will become like the rocks thrown by Palestinian youth, futile. Hopefully Israel will expand its dome of impunity to protect Gazans too, from whoever is striking at them.

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi opens the gates of the US-Israeli created cage for Palestinians

Hurray, President Morsi! You continue to defy low expectations and continue to push the limits of the constraints that the US government has tried to put on you. Morsi has opened Gaza so that the Palestinians held prisoner there can perhaps now begin to leave! Israel will continue to try to enslave Palestinians or simply push them to elsewhere. Still, it is a great move for now, Morsi! Stand firm. Morsi meeting opens a door on Gaza blockade.

Do the 2012 London Olympics need extra security forces to protect Israeli athletes or to arrest them?

Organizers are worried about inadequate security for the Olympic Games set to begin next month in London. What security threat are they anticipating exactly? It's true the Olympics have become a bullseye for globalization critics. More and more, both athletes and groupies represent the jet set. But other than past indigenous protests in the Commonwealth territories, which amounted to no more than nonviolent blockades, what does the UK need paramilitary forces to defend against this time? Another 1972 Munich massacre? At the summer Olympics in Munich, the Israeli wrestling team was murdered by PLO terrorists called the "Black September Brigade", but the official narrative leaves off that the Israeli athletes were targeted because they were IDF soldiers who'd participated in the counter-insurgent near-complete rout of the PLO, known as Black September. So that raises an interesting question. Is London expecting to host Israeli athletes who were veterans of Operation Cast Lead or the attack on the Mavi Marmara, whose assassinations someone might want to avenge? British authorities could address that most handily with preemption, because this time the IDF campaign against Gaza was widely regarded to have violated international law. Warn Team Israel that any such veteran setting foot in England would face prosecution for war crimes. While London is at it, issue the same warning to Team USA. Yeah, and Team UK, and Team Germany, et cetera, for Afghanistan, Libya, now Syria. It's become the 2012 NATO War Criminals Olympics, gone professional, no amateur status terrorists need apply.

Daily Gaza fishing flotilla blockaded by Israeli Navy, no fishing to supplement carefully measured aid starvation diet

The fishermen of Gaza are harassed daily by IDF gunships which shoot them outright when there are no Western witnesses present. The late Vittorio Arrigoni was one of the International Solidarity Movement who regularly accompanied fishing boats, forcing the Israelis to set aside their machine guns for water cannon when he was around. Of late activists have their own boat, the Oliva, to escort the fishing fleets. And today the Oliva was accompanied by another skiff commissioned by the Guardian. Their Jerusalem correspondent Harriet Sherwood tweeted the following adventure just now: On boat heading out from Gaza port. Fishermen regularly fired on by Israeli military. Going to check. Getting close to 3 mile limit for fishing. Israeli gunboat speeding towards us. There are 7 boats in our group. 4 fishing boats, 2 press boats, 1 human rights group boat. Israeli gunboat circling around. Siren sounding. Machine gun mounted at rear. IDF coming very close. Sirens. Banking hard causing a lot of backwash for our small motor boat. 6 or 7 troops on bridge, all armed. We have cut our engines. We are 2 or 2 and a half miles from shore so within fishing zone. IDF preventing us going further. Phone signal going in and out. A 2nd IDF boat heading towards us. Fishing boats are throwing lines. But very few fish this close to shore. Guardian boat is flying under Barcelona FC flag.... Now 2 gunboats stopping us going further. This is our GPS location: N31.5727176 and E034.37703. Can someone work out exactly how far we are from Gaza City? Fishermen saying there are no fish. They want to go out another 50 metres. But that could provoke reaction. No boat willing to go first. One fishing boat heading further out. But the guys are asking us (Guardian) to go in front for protection. One IDF boat just circling our boats about 50m away. Other boat a bit further away. A lot of resources devoted to a few tiny fishing boats. Sea is calm today - except our little bit. Backwash creating lot of waves. They keep sounding siren. But we have all cut engines. I'm told that the point of the IDF continually circling us is to create continuous waves and noise. Makes fishing harder. One fishing boat just been swamped by backwash. They are giving up and going back to port. One IDF boat appears to be heading away. The other coming closer. Water canon military boat in distance. Maybe heading towards us. Hope not. Both gunboats have moved off as water canon boat approaches. Water canon boat maybe 200m away. Heading straight towards us. May have to put comms away for a bit. Boats being water canoned. Very dangerous. The NGO boat almost went under. Was mini hi-speed boat chase as we cut and run and the IDF chase. IDF still firing on Oliva the human rights boat. They are trying to drown it says my translator. We are keeping distance. Feel cowardly. Amazing that the Oliva is still afloat. We are within 3 mile limit so why is IDF doing this? I will call them later to ask. Other fishing boats yelling at us what are

Dignite Al Karama nears Gaza waters, reconnoitered by unidentified swiftboat UPDATE: Ship boarded, towed to Israel

3AM UPDATE: Israeli Navy has jammed communication, boarded Dignité, taken 16 into custody, and is towing vessel to Ashdod, Israel, actually occupied Palestine. Israel's enforcement of illegal blockade of Gaza confirms Gaza occupation. Sole remaining vessel of the "Say Human" Freedom Flotilla II, Dignite Al Karama, is expected to enter Gazan waters after daybreak Tuesday, July 19. The French leisure craft left yesterday without unanimous approval of flotilla steering committee, but carries passengers from multiple international delegations, intent to let nothing delay breaking the siege of Gaza. See latest pictures. The Dignite was boarded on international waters, at coordinates: 33º25 E, 31º25 N. The Flotilla II steering committee apparently wanted to close the books on the 2011 aid convoy, in line perhaps with the US Audacity of Hope's own five hour tour that left activists deserted on the Greek isles. Bravo to the Dignity for deciding that the freedom of Gaza doesn't need postponing until the next stillborn mission. Aboard the DIGNITY: Stéphan Corriveau, Coordinator of Canadian boat to Gaza; Dror Feiler, spokesperson of Ship to Gaza-Sweden, President of the European Jews for a Just Peace, artist, musician, composer; Jérôme Gleizes, France, Europe Ecologie Les Verts; Jacqueline Le Corre, France, Médecin-Collectif 14 de soutien au peuple palestinien, member of Parti communiste francais; Jean Claude Lefort, former MEP, French Communist Party –PCF, president France-Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS); Claude Léostic, spokesperson of Un bateau français pour Gaza; Yamin Makri, France, Collectif 69 de soutien au peuple palestinien; Omeyya Naoufel Seddik, Tunisian, Fédération des Tunisiens pour une citoyenneté des deux rives (FTCR), and Ligue tunisienne des Droits de l'Homme (LTDH), Phd in Political Science; Thomas Sommer-Houdeville, spokesperson of Un bateau français pour Gaza, Researcher, Political Sciecnce, Middle East Studies, at the Institut francais du proche Orient; Vangelis Pissias, spokesperson of Ship to Gaza-Greece, Professor at Technical University of Athens; Amira Hass, Israeli journalist - Haaretz; Ayyache Derradji, Journalist from Al Jazeera; Stéphane Guida, Cameraman from Al Jazeera; with Zacharia Stylianakis, Captain; Hilaire Folacci, Mariner; Yannick Voisin, Mariner; Jo Leguen, Navigator

Next Gaza Freedom Flotilla will be an anti-globalist, anti-Apartheid Armada

Israel successfully defended its inhumane illegal siege of Gaza against the 2011 Freedom Flotilla, currently regrouping in Greece. Let's recap: the French Dignite Al Karama awaits permission to leave Crete, the Swedish/Greek MV Juliano overcame sabotage which crippled the Irish MV Saoirse and unconfirmed others. The Canadian Tahrir was boarded by Greek commandos and towed back to Athens. The US Audacity of Hope repelled a shouting match with the Greek Coast Guard then surrendered into custody. Ready to form the next flotilla are the Spanish Guernica, French Louise Michel, and the Stefano Chiarini, Freedom for All and Methimus II. In the wings of course await the Mavi Marmara and the Rachel Corrie. Will this grow to an Armada? Israeli intransigence and its Hasbarapocalypse guarantee it. Check these allied organizations to see how you can join the next voyage: Belgium to Gaza Canada: boat to Gaza Europe: Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza France: Un bateau français pour Gaza Germany: Initiative zum Bruch der Gazablockade Greece: Ship to Gaza Italy: Freedom Flotilla Norway: Ship to Gaza Palestine: Free Gaza Movement Palestine: International Campaign to End the OccupationScotland: Free Gaza Spain: Rumbo a Gaza Switzerland: Un bateau pour Gaza Turkey: IHH Humanitarian Aid Flotilla US to Gaza

Solo Gaza relief ship Dignite Al Karama presses on for the dignity of Palestine

Not only have nation states refused to sanction humanitarian relief missions to illegally besieged Gaza, events this week prove they are unanimous in prohibiting even citizens doing it themselves. Yet, one brave vessel has eluded sabotage, lawsuit, bureaucracy, and Greece's Coast Guard paramilitaries. French Freedom Flotilla II participant DIGNITE AL KARAMA presses on alone to break the siege of Gaza. Without media escort, television cameras or witnesses, the crew of eleven, joined by print reporter Quentin Girard, will have only their cellphones to apprise the world audience of their progress against the bellicose reception which Israel has promised awaits any transgressors of its 63 year occupation and subjugation of Palestine, including its open-air prison called Gaza.   UPDATES: Dignite incercepted by Greek Coast Guard while refueling in Ormos Kouremenos, Crete. Taken under escort to Xinthya, where it's promised they will be able to leave in the morning. Translation of French article below. Flotilla for Gaza: The "Dignity" intercepted by Greek coast guard. For two hours, late Wednesday afternoon, the "Dignity" is moored at Ormos Kouremenos, a small port in the far east of Crete. It needs to replenish fuel one last time before sailing to Gaza. Suddenly, as it has already replentished 1,000 liters and is awaiting a second delivery, a gunboat of the Greek coast guard emerges. The passengers immediately understand. In this small bay where there are only fishing boats made of wood, they know it is there for them. The gunboat approaches, also an unmarked car. The Coast Guard ask politely for our papers. Thus began a two-hour discussion and document control board where everything is carefully checked. Activists trample board. "It's too bad", everyone is thinking. This was the last step before the big crossing. A dozen men in uniform, very polite, surround the Dignity. The phone calls multiply, presumably to refer to a distant authority. The Coast Guard require passports, they carefully register the names. They don't find much wrong with the boat. The captain didn't have a logbook and the marina's entry fee, 30 euros, hadn't yet been tendered. Except that in this small fishing harbor, there was no place to declare one's arrival. We must wait. Passengers prepare to eat, the menu that night, chicken pasta, coppa and lentils. "We're Very Sorry" Eventually the Coast Guard announced that we must follow them to another port to sign authorizations and that the "Dignity" will be able to leave the next morning. It's 10PM. In the meantime they keep the boat's papers to make photocopies. They ensure that there is no problem. One of them apologized repeatedly: "Sorry." Omeyya Seddik, one of the passengers replied, "You're doing your jobs, that's normal." The "Dignity" is off again into the night toward the port of Xinthya, escorted by the Coast Guard boat which heads off without delay. Too fast. Many times it seems to disappear into the night as if really she doesn't want to be followed. The passengers do not know how to react. What to do? Keep a slim hope? Or immediately broadcast our circumstances and risk making

French craft DIGNITY breaks for Gaza, leads Flotilla II until rest allowed to go

UPDATED-- In a flurry of conflicting tweets, French Flotilla II member DIGNITE AL KARAMA made for the open sea, beyond the reach of Greek authorities currently detaining the AUDACITY OF HOPE, TAHRIR, LOUISE MICHEL, GUERNICA, JULIANO and others. Reporter Quentin Girard has been communicating the DIGNITY's progress, its eight activists electing last night to complete their run all the way to Gaza. The French vessel escaped Greece on a technicality, as a pleasure craft, the Dignity is not confined by the regulations being used to block the larger Flotilla participants. Aboard the Dignity with Girard, are Olivier Besancenot, Julien Rivoire, Omeyyaa Sedic, Nicole Kiil-Nielsen, Annick Coupé, Nabil Ennasr. (Both Coupé and Besancenot are registered on Twitter, but neither has communicated yet.) Girard's most recent tweets, translated: July 5, 3:02 All is well thank you :) but we were in an area where reception was bad. July 5, 3:15 Despite what we can read, the Dignity is still in international waters. It will be there in one hour. July 5, 7:41 The passengers of the Dignity have finally come to the decision (only now really) to go to Gaza. July 5, 8:19 TF1 should attempt to rejoin Dignity and embark. July 5, 8:43 We're moving again after a "media" pause on the high seas. 15 hours of sea left before I might go silent. Kisses! July 5, 12:19 Into the night the DIGNITY continues its advance. In the distance, small lights. July 5, 13:38 Not really enough beds for everyone, so I sleep under the stars on the upper deck. beautiful sky. In their original French: 05.07 3:02 tout va bien merci :) mais on était dans un endroit où ça captait mal. 05.07 3:15 Malgré ce qu'on peut lire le Dignité n'est pas encore dans les eaux internationales. Il y sera dans une heure. 05.07 7:41 Les passagers du Dignité viennent de prendre enfin (seulement maintenant vraiment) la décision d'aller jusqu'à Gaza 05.07 8:19 TF1 devrait tenter de rejoindre le Dignité et embarquer dessus 05.07 8:43 On bouge à nouveau après une pause "média" en haute mer. C'est parti pour 15h de mer, où je risque d'être silencieux. Des bises. 05.07 12:19 Dans la nuit le dignité avance toujours. Au loin, des petites lumières. 05.07 13:38 Pas vraiment de couchettes pour tout le monde, donc je dors à la belle étoile, sur le pont supérieur. Beau ciel Below is the Girard's July 5 article in the LIBERTE.FR (auto-translated, sorry, until I can review it) En route to Gaza, "Dignity" is appealing to the media The French ship of the "freedom flotilla" sailing in international waters off the coast of Greece. The crew decided to go to Gaza. By QUENTIN GIRARD special envoy on the "Dignity" 16 hours in Greece, somewhere in international waters, on Tuesday afternoon. After much discussion, the Dignity passengers finally made their decision. They will go to Gaza. A bit surreal moment where the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, they set up banners and make an official statement. When they left the industrial port of Salamina, Monday morning, they did not really know how far they try to go. There, as they finally arrived in international

Irish MV Saoirse becomes 2nd victim of sabotage, cannot sail with Gaza Flotilla

So how do nonviolent, unarmed humanitarian activists protect themselves from weapons-wielding attackers? Not very well.   But they don't have to. Afterward, they don't even point a finger. And it's working. Via too many flat screens to stop, the world audience sees that Israel will stop at nothing to starve off its remaining Palestinians, neither violence, lawsuits, attempted murder, or slander, is too much to keep humanitarians from hindering Israel's designs on Judea and Samaria. Now I admit I favor just a little finger pointing, particularly when it's too early to say, concrete evidence-wise, because that brings out something even less attractive. Accuse Israel immediately and guess what, they'll indignantly try to put the blame on others. That's ugly. And they accuse you of antisemitism, even if you love Jews, but don't favor the Zionist, mass-murdering variety. Getting aid to the beleaguered Gazans may prove more difficult than a beeline Mediterranean cruise, but this mountain of a greater Palestinian cause is coming to Mohammed. Delegitimizing Apartheid Israel is becoming as easy as taking candy from a baby-candy-taker. While the internet hasbarapocalypse foams at the mouth applauding what may or may not have been IDF divers who rigged the MV Saoirse to sink in mid voyage, or what may or may not have been Mossad undercover agents who relieved flotilla participants of their cellphones, the eagerness of Stand-With-Israel fans to stand with such tactics is compounding with self-antisemitism. It's becoming more and more clear, with obstacles like the corporate media stacked against critics of Israel, that a nonviolent strategy is tantamount to success against a lawless foe. Remember our TSA considers nail-clippers to be a weapon. your average ocean-going cabin cruiser arms itself with at least a speargun or two if there becomes a need to fend off would-be petty pirates. God forbid the Gaza Flotilla be caught with tools like that. So how do flotilla activists keep a 24-hour watch against underwater demolition teams? How do elderly activists protect themselves from paid-hoodlums holding them up? The next flotilla will need an entourage of protectors I suppose, if this what happens to this flotilla doesn't break the blockade of Gaza for good.

First look! US Boat to Gaza, Flotilla II blockade runner The Audacity of Hope

Democracy Now Producer Aaron Maté took a quick photo of the American boat scheduled shortly to sail with the upcoming aid flotilla to Gaza. How will President Obama respond to an effort named after his presidential campaign bestseller Audacity Of Hope? I'd suggest, by renaming his book, which he has to do anyway, the Audacity of Empty Promises. Obama has urged Palestinians to remain nonviolent, yet condemns the nonviolent convoy sailing to break Israel's illegal siege and relieve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Press intimidation, frivolous lawfare, and sabotage, it’s hasbarapocalypse

You're looking at an underwater photo of the starboard propeller of the passenger ship "Juliano" berthed in Piraeus, Greece, waiting to sail with the "Stay Human" Freedom Flotilla II departing soon to break the siege of Gaza. Reports of sabotage babelfished, even as some flotilla participants quickly issued a retraction. As diver video documented, someone assailed the propeller shaft casing, luckily repairable, but Greek authorities could seize on the incident to delay the activists with an investigation, or insist on further inspections, using anticipation of sabotage to delay or forbid the voyage. Whodunnit? Sooner than point the finger at whoever took the intelligence contract, better to focus on the flotilla's irrepressible forward momentum. Notice how the Hasbara themes want to presage the relief effort's dwindling relevance? Sabotage would grant Israel too easy success. You can't kill activism but in the shadows. Fortunately the flotilla vessels are arrayed at various Mediterranean ports, and the identities are being kept secret, much as the internet chorus would like to track them by satellite. So far the flotilla organizer strategies have been impeccable. Media reports of nonviolence classes counter Israeli anticipation of violence. The American boat's decision to bring only a cargo of letters appears to have been a savvy maneuver around the US DOJ's predictable enforcement of its anti-terrorism statutes. Yes, Hamas was democratically elected, but on the books it's a terrorist entity and supporting it materially will result in charges. It seems inconceivable, but surprise seems to be a recurring judicial theme. The US delegation comprises the antiwar movements most luminary, I have to credit them now for not being too reckless. Where would the rest of us be, if they are behind bars? Next I expect we will see the wit behind naming their boat after President Obama's bestseller Audacity of Hope. What's that going to do for his Google-metrics? Obama won't be able to mention it again, without drawing reference to the Gaza relief mission he didn't support. The flotilla2 organizers don't hope to provoke Israel, nor shame the IDF to "Stay Human," they want to sail the the people of Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel asserts its right to besiege Gaza, to starve, harass and demoralize the Palestinians in hope that eventually they'll just want to leave. And that's why the flotilla must not pass.

French boat Dignite Al Karama first of Gaza Freedom Flotilla 2 to leave port as Greeks try to dash US Audacity of Hope

French humanitarian activists aboard LE DIGNITÉ-EL KARAMEH left Corisca today, bound for Greece, where they will join compatriots in sloop LOUISE MICHEL and the Freedom Flotilla II codenamed "Stay Human" which includes two cargo ships carrying aid to besieged Gaza. The departures of the US AUDACITY OF HOPE and the Canadian TAHRIR are threatened by private complaints of unknown origin, flagging the vessels as unseaworthy, causing Nation reporter Joseph Dana to declare Israeli assault on the Flotilla is well underway. Aboard the DIGNITY headed for Gaza: Olivier Besancenot, Julien Rivoire, Omeyyaa Sedic, Nicole Kiil-Nielsen, Annick Coupe, Nabil Ennasr, and AFP reporter Quentin Girard. The second French vessel, the LOUISE MICHEL, named for the famed leader of the Paris Commune. Tweeting from the already sailing DIGNITY is Thomas Sommer. Irish activists pose before embarking on "Staying Human" Flotilla 2. Team Ireland's MV SAOIRSE whose departure point is being kept secret to circumvent pressure being brought to bear on local port officials, as is happening with the US and Canadian vessels. USBoatToGaza participants rehearse nonviolent training in anticipation of IDF commando intervention. Both the Canadian and US organizers are insisting on a media moratorium on images of the TAHRIR and AUDACITY OF HOPE respectively, in hopes of limiting opportunities for sabotage efforts. There is of course the conflicting motive of circulating images as early as possible to have visuals with which to better promote and nurture media interest in the international aid effort. The Canadian boat TAHRIR will be covered by Toronto journalist Jesse Rosenfeld and Haaretz reporter Amira Haas.

Freedom Flotilla II faces Shayetet13 in showdown at the naval siege of Gaza

It promises to be quite a showdown. Israel has repeated that it will let no ship through to Gaza, the IDF has promised "surprises" for the would-be blockade-runners, while this relief convoy is upping the ante with luminaries political and literary. The US boat is carrying novelist Alice Walker and a who's who of peace activists, no less than Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, Ray McGovern, and Ann Wright. There will be journalists from CBS, CNN and NPR, so you'd think Israel wouldn't dare jam their signal and superimpose its own news package like it did with the Mavi Marmara, but maybe it won't have to. We've seen water hose on Freedom Riders before, only this time the blastees will be activist-squires. You might wonder what kind of sympathy they'll garner, that is if an audience will see it at all. Will there be an independent media vessel cruising alongside the flotilla, with footage and equipment outside the jurisdiction of an Isreali commando raid? In the past the IDF was able to confiscate every scrap of evidence which could be used against them, at least until their doctored video could shape the official narrative. Then too, with the absence of the Muslim Brotherhood, and Palestine-champions like Ken O'Keefe, the IDF's interdiction may meet no resistance at all. Remember the MV Rachel Corrie, surrendering themselves with nary a ripple of media coverage? Another less provocative strategy adopted by the US boat was not to carry any aid cargo, simply letters of support from American donors. I'm not sure why, except that the IDF cannot accuse them of smuggling anything past the blockade. But what does that make the Audacity of Hope exactly? The Freedom Flotilla is what, if it's not a relief convoy? There's time before the flotilla leaves from Greece, please please please put something aboard to take to Gaza. Break the siege with SOMETHING. You can't very well assert that Israel wouldn't otherwise grant entry to all these American activists, many of the Jewish, through the formal border crossings, with or without stacks of correspondence. I'll spare further critique for now and wish Team Nonviolence the best success. NotMyTribe has complied a Twitter list of who to follow on the Freedom Flotilla II. Here is an incomplete listing of the passengers on three ships, Ireland's MV Saoirse, Canada's Tahrir, and USA's The Audacity of Hope. Ireland - MV Saoirse National Coordinator Fintan Lane, Skipper Shane Dillon, John Hearne, Pat Fitzgerald, Paul Murphy, Hugh Lewis, Rik Walton, Mags O'Brien, Gerard Barron, Jim Roche, Zoe Lawlor, John Mallon, Charlie McMenamin, Philip McCullough, Hussein Hamed, Aine Joyce, Former Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews, Senator Mark Daly, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó’ Snodaigh, Sinn Féin councilor Gerry MacLochlainn, artist Felim Egan, rugby international Trevor Hogan. Representing the Irish Ship to Gaza campaign, the Free Gaza Movement, Irish Anti-War Movement, and Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Canada - Tahrir Rifat Audeh, Stéphan Corriveau, Karen DeVito, Bachar Elsolh, David Heap, Miles Howe, Soha Kneen, Irene MacInnes, David Milne, Marie-Eve Rancourt, Jase Tanner, Kevin Neish, Dylan Penner

In the struggle for Middle East land, Palestinian violence will always win

Israel can build all the new settlements it wants, take heart, it only takes one horrific Tate-Labianca-like crime scene to curb the Zionist homecoming charade. Israel can terrorize Gaza to smithereens, the Palestinians have nowhere to flee. American Jews on the other hand, are not going to leave comfortable digs, to relocate to Jerusalem where their 11-month-old might be slashed to death in her crib. Such dastardly strategy comes at a price of course, against a military willing to defy international law and exact collective punishment for the deed of one zealot, but Israel knows that even its US billions in weapons cannot compete with one Palestinian knife that finds its mark. Odd, isn't it? On the battlefield, Goliath can slay an entire West Bank of Davids, but when the contest is holding ground, you can take it, but if you can't convince your people to settle it, the land will revert to its rightful inhabitants. I'll leave you to decide if the murder of an Israeli settler family is off-limits. They're moved unto properties appropriated from Palestinians, illegal settlement of occupied land, they're ferried by armored SUVs in military convoys, their rooftops, front gates, walls and streets are guarded by soldiers, their neighborhoods buffered by "sterile zones" purged of all inhabitants, the persistence of their habitation is used to advertise for more settlers and demoralize the non-Jewish native population in waiting of cleansing. Are settlers "innocent civilians," irrespective old or young age? Who is to blame for putting settler children into homes whose previous inhabitants have been put out on the street, who can only assail their walls with stones? Remember too, it's the Israeli settlers, more than the IDF soldiers, who routinely raid Palestinian homes, orchards and farms, killing their neighbors with impunity. Where does any settler get to pretend they should be considered an innocent civilian? Arab Palestine is confronted with a slow death by attrition. Israel has never disguised its plan to ethnically purge the entire of what it calls Judea and Sumaria. What does it matter then, if resistance violence begets occupier retaliation, if this brazen home-invasion-family-murder provokes an avenging of deaths ten fold? The Russian Partisans paid fifty to one. The Gaza massacre was 300 to one. The Gilad Shalit prisoner ratio is tens of thousands to one, still well shy of US military disproportional force. Peace activists want to curb armed resistance in favor of nonviolence, calculating that peace will come when Palestinian martyrdom awakens the Israeli conscience, or whichever comes first, Palestinian blood runs dry. This suits Israel of course, its Apartheid State needs the Palestinians gone, for Jews cannot forever pretend they have a Democray while subjugating an inferior untouchable class. So long as one Palestinian remains who fights back, Israel will never conquer Palestine. Israel can plan all the settlement construction sites it wants, the more beautiful the better, in the end the people of Palestine can claim them in partial compensation.

At the feet of Pan-Arabian Revolution, US activists show their stripes: yellow

So-called respected activists in the West are weighing in on what's next for the pro-Palestinian struggle. Based on their informal survey of comments and tweets of unknown provenance, the conclusion being reached is that Egypt needs a breather, that Egypt's new Junta needs time to show its hand, before international efforts to relieve Gaza should resume. This, in vivid contrast to the activists of Pan-Arabia who know to strike while the iron is hot. Not only do Americans and Europeans have naught a trace of the courage shown by our North African allies, we don't even have the stomach to see them rise to the occasion again. Prudence we caution, but who are we to pretend expertise on the matter? Where have well respected organizers got the Gazans so far? No one's questioning best intentions. Tahrir Square #Jan25 means you've been served. Stand the fuck up, or shut it.

Egypt = Gaza

It's an open air prison, a police state where all opposition voices are arrested. Our press is reporting the arrest of foreign journalist, what about the murder or disappearance of the #Jan25 organizers. On Thursday after a leadership consultation with Mohamed ElBaradei, the internet coordinators of the Tahrir Square uprising were arrested as they left ElBaradei's house, with four further members of the April 6 Youth, a list of missing which now includes: Amr Salah, Shady El Ghazaly Harb, Naser Abdel Hamid, Ahmed Doma, Amr Ezz, Mostafa Shawky, Mohamed Arafat, Amal Sharaf.

Wikileaks: US kept informed of Israel plan to starve Gaza, but not to death

A report just published by Physicians For Human Rights, entitled "Humanitarian Minimum," is explained by a Wikileaks cable leaked by Norway's Aftenposten from their cache of the heretofore Israel-cleansed Cablegate. This one from November 3, 2008 which reported that "Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis."

Gaza’s Youth Manifesto For Change!

From anonymous young voices in Gaza, reprinted from Facebook group:Gaza Youth Breaks Out (GYBO), file under Jailhouse Literature.   Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community... (Via THE GUARDIAN UK, which chose an incendiary if wildly inappropriate photo to represent the Gaza cyber rebels.) GAZA'S YOUTH MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE Fuck Hamas. Fuck Israel. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNWRA. Fuck USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community! We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16’s breaking the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this fucking situation we live in; we are like lice between two nails living a nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for freedom. We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick of coal dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as terrorists, homemade fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.   There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalizing this energy into something that can challenge the status quo and give us some kind of hope. The final drop that made our hearts tremble with frustration and hopelessness happened 30th November, when Hamas’ officers came to Sharek Youth Forum, a leading youth organization (www.sharek.ps) with their guns, lies and aggressiveness, throwing everybody outside, incarcerating some and prohibiting Sharek from working. A few days later, demonstrators in front of Sharek were beaten and some incarcerated. We are really living a nightmare inside a nightmare. It is difficult to find words for the pressure we are under. We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. They did not get rid of Hamas,

Dancing with the scars, Gaza edition.

Doesn't have Bristol Spawn-of-Satan dancing, but it does have Jasper, PikesPeakOceans favorite animated avatar.dancing in his underwear for Netanyahu, Obama, and Ms. Hillary Warning, clicking on this link will cause emotional scars. Hence the title.

Thank God for Hoam Skewl.

With a courtesy tip o' the fedora to somebody who calls himself "israel fucking rules" (what is that, a neo-nazi porn site, telling us how to have sex Israeli style? You know, their sex rules...) Dudes, I know you can't read really fast so I'll write this really slowly. Warmongering is a very bad thing. Israel does Warmongering. That means, and I am sure you didn't learn this in the Hoam Skewl books, they sell war. Literally. Not every Israeli and really not even most. We know this because we weren't Hoam Skewled. We learned such Intelekshul stuff like Math. I was going to write Mathematics but y'all are only semi-literate so I had to shorten it. The Leader of the Israeli branch of the Bank of Blood Money, Benjamin Netanyahu, who also has Messianic dreams, didn't get even 30% of the vote in their last elections and had to team up with other Right Wing Freak candidates to get a bigger Minority than the other Minority coalitions. For those of our visitors who are Hoam Skewled, that means he personally got less than three out of every ten votes. I had to keep it under ten because otherwise you would have to take off your boots to figure it out. He also had to team up, again, with people who HATE blacks, American Liberals, Jewish Liberals, American Jewish Liberals and Arabs, not necessarily in that order, even more than he does. We're talking about the Israeli version of extremists who would stone women for wearing a skirt that's above the knees. They make the Likud party look like liberals. Netanyahu acts more like the Real-Deal Nazis than the American Neo-Nazis do. The American skins usually limit themselves to a 5 on 1 stomp-down on any black, jew, hispanic, longhair white boy or Native American they catch walking alone late at night, after their punk bars close and they're good and sloppy drunk enough to get brave enough to jump somebody even at those odds. And, they vote Republican straight ticket. Only now they call themselves the Tea Party and Minutemen instead of Republican. The Israeli Nazis like Netanyahu do what Hitler did, it's not an exact match but there was a portion of Warsaw, Poland, the Jewish part of town, called the ghetto. It's where the name comes from. With the help of Polish Nazis the German Nazis turned it into a prison much like Gaza has been turned into a ghetto-prison by the policies Netanyahu keeps going. He wasn't the first racist hate freak in the world and unfortunately, won't be the last. He also isn't the only one who is both ethnically and religiously Jewish who is a Hate Freak. He hides his Nazi ways behind a cloak of "You can't call ME a Nazi, because I'm Jewish and that means that I can't possibly hate anybody except Blacks, Arabs, Liberal Jews, Liberal Americans, Liberal American Jews, and anybody else I can think of before my small brain gets too full to

Gaza we are coming

Plans are once again underway for another attempt to run the blockade of Gaza. Two ships are set to sail from Lebanon today or tomorrow, despite intimidation from Israel --which worked to prevent the aid ship INFANTS OF GAZA scheduled to leave from Iran. As a result, the Israeli navy is maneuvering to intercept, as it did for the recent Libyan AMALTHEA, and the Irish RACHEL CORRIE before that. Israel is even preparing "Flotilla 13," the Shayetet commandos who killed nine activists on the Mavi Marmara in May. If it does leave, the Lebanese convoy will consist of a ship named MARYAM, carrying only women and nuns, and the JULIA (the Naji Al Ali) carrying journalist and Reporters Without Borders. It's hard to imagine what reception the journalists are intent to document, Israel can hardly surpass itself with brutality, so will it be news? Meanwhile another flotilla is in the works for September, which may include Spanish footballers. Canadian activists have announced efforts to contribute a Canadian ship, and US activists are raising funds for an American ship, to be named "The Audacity of Hope," after President Obama's autobiographical self-promotion. Personally I think the pay-it-forward Nobel Prize to Obama paid squat. Obama couldn't even muster outrage over Israel's murder of the Freedom Flotilla activists, nor would he sanction an international investigation. Why credit him with any part of the rescue of the Palestinians of Gaza? The naming of "Maryam" or Mariam, after the Virgin Mary is already being resisted by the Israeli press, which is referring to the ship by its previous identity JUNIA. No doubt the all-woman ship will present a challenge to the brutality-prone IDF. The confusion over the identity of Julia/Junia may be part of the subterfuge meant to evade Israel sabotage which succeeded in hampering the Freedom Flotilla's CHALLENGER I and II. GAZA WE ARE COMING is the title of a documentary made about the earlier attempts to break the siege of Gaza by sea. The project is more complicated than you might think, having to avoid the MOSSAD at every turn. Each successive wave has involved bigger ships, so far, taken as prizes by Israel. Will a sovereign government finally step forward to provide official escort to a convoy? The United Nations has ruled the siege of Gaza to be illegal. Israel itself pretends that Gaza is autonomous, thus the naval blockade cannot be a pretext to protect Israeli waters. Debates in the media about who's in the right are merely charades.

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