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Who is doing the killing in Gaza? Noam Chomsky and others challenge world's media

Who is doing the killing in Gaza? Noam Chomsky and others challenge world's media

The degree of terror felt by ordinary Palestinian civilians in Gaza is barely noticed in the media, in stark contrast to the world's awareness of terrorised and shock-treated Israeli citizens.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD: Irish Government must speak out loudly against Israeli aggression in Gaza

In a statement today, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit/ULA and chairperson of the Irish Anti-War Movement said that the Israeli-initiated violence on the Gaza Strip must be addressed in the strongest possible terms. The government should take steps to ensure that no Irish state-funded institution engages in any trade with the state of Israel and cease all grants to Israel made under the EU’s framework programme for research until it complies fully with international law.

The current cycle of violence has left scores of Palestinians dead and injured in an operation with Israel has chillingly called ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’. It all began when a 12 year old boy playing football was killed by Israel on November 8th which resulted in an exchange of fire by the two sides. On November 12th Palestinian militant groups agreed to a truce and all attacks were stopped. On November 14th Israel broke the cease fire and continues to bombard Gaza as we speak.

Richard Boyd Barrett said: “In the last 24 hours Medical Aid for Palestine has supplied 1,450 blood bags to replenish the stocks of blood at Gaza’s main hospitals, but the hospitals there can’t cope. So far 16 people are dead, including 5 children. The attack on the Strip is reminiscent of start of the 2008 war on Gaza which left 1400 dead, including 300 children.”

“Ireland will have a seat on the UN Human Rights Council beginning in January 2013 which it should use to protect the human rights of the people of Palestine.”

“I call on the Tanaiste to condemn the current attacks on Gaza in the strongest possible terms and to take concrete steps via his opposite number in Israel to stop this bloodshed immediately.”

Palestinians need a one-state solution - Ghada Karmi, Guardian 200912.

Palestinians need a one-state solution

Palestinian autonomy is an illusion. A plan B involving a struggle for equal rights would expose the reality of occupation by Israel

30th Anniversary of the Sabra and Shatilla Masscres: A Day of Infamy for Israel and its Supporters

   

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30th Anniversary of the Sabra and Shatilla Masscres: A Day of Infamy for Israel and its Supporters

1967 war - letter in Examiner

 

Litany of Israelis bear testament to land grab

Friday, September 14, 2012

Nurit Tinari-Modai of the Israeli embassy (Letters Sep 8) takes your correspondent Dan Buckley to task for suggesting that Israel’s 1967 attack on its Arab neighbours was a bid to grab land and resources.

Her suggestion, that "the war was forced on Israel", flies in face of the facts.

That the Arabs had no intention of attacking Israel, and that the Zionist state was not in danger, is borne out by the statements of Israel’s leaders: In 1968, Chief of Staff Yitsak Rabin said he did not believe Egypt wanted war and that Egyptian troops in Sinai "...would not have been enough to unleash an offensive againstIsrael. [Nasser] knew it and we knew it."

Mordecai Bentov, a member of Israel’s war-time cabinet, said: "The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory." In 1972, Gen Haim Bar-Lev said Israel was "...not threatened with genocide..." before the war, and that "... we had never thought of such a possibility".

Other generals, such as Ezer Weizmann, Matetiyahu Peled, and Chaim Herzog, voiced similar views on the war.

In 1982, prime minister Menachem Begin said of Egypt’s Nasser: "We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him."

Charlie Murphy
Dundrum
Dublin 16

Time to ask on anniversary of 9/11: who pays and who profits from endless US wars?

JOHNNY BARBER - COUNTERPUNCH

On average, one US soldier dies everyday. Not an enormous sum, unless it is your mother, father, son or daughter that has perished. Few Americans notice. Afghan loses are not reported.

ELEVEN YEARS LATER, we are still at war. Bullets, mortars and drones are still extracting payment. Thousands, tens of thousands, millions have paid in full. Children and even those yet to be born will continue to pay for decades to come.

On a single day in Iraq last week there were 29 bombing attacks in 19 cities, killing 111 civilians and wounding another 235. On Sept 9th, reports indicate 88 people were killed and another 270 injured in 30 attacks all across the country. Iraq continues in a seemingly endless death spiral into chaos. In his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination for President, Obama claimed he ended the war in Iraq, well… not quite.

The city of Fallujah remains under siege. Not from US troops, but from a deluge of birth defects that have plagued families since the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorus by US forces in 2004. No government studies have provided a direct link to the use of these weapons because no government studies have been undertaken, and none are contemplated.

Dr. Samira Alani, a pediatric specialist at Fallujah General Hospital, told Al Jazeera,

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