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The deputy-speaker of the Israeli Knesset calls for the occupation of Gaza and the expulsion of all its inhabitants, using the following measures:
1) Don’t spare any civilian lives: “Attack the entire ‘target bank’ throughout Gaza with the IDF’s maximum force (and not a tiny fraction of it) with all the conventional means at its disposal. All the military and infrastructural targets will be attacked with no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’. It is enough that we are hitting exact targets and that we gave them advance warning.”
2) Starve and strangulate the Palestinian population: “a total siege on Gaza. Nothing will enter the area. Israel, however, will allow exit from Gaza.”
3) Repeat, don’t spare any civilian lives: “attack with full force and no consideration for ‘human shields’ or ‘environmental damage’.”
4) Conquer Gaza with no mercy for civilian lives :”the IDF will conquer the entire Gaza, using all the means necessary to minimize any harm to our soldiers, with no other considerations”
5) All supporters of the Resistance should be killed, including children related to Resistance fighters and kids who throw stones: ” ..eliminate all armed enemies from Gaza. The enemy population that is innocent of wrong-doing and separated itself from the armed terrorists will be treated in accordance with international law and will be allowed to leave.” 
6) Palestinians will be denied even this open-air prison because every inch of historic Palestine must be usurped: “Liberation of parts of our land forever is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land. Subsequent to the elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews.” 
It’s important to bear in mind that this is not a minority view but represents the aspirations of the political mainstream and the majority of Zionist “civilians”, all of whom would be actively pursuing this were it not for the heroic Resistance and the resilient Palestinian people.

Full op-ed here

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Children aside, the concept of “Israeli civilians” is an oxymoron. This meme created by Israelis is circulating on Twitter, depicting Gaza as a woman waiting to be raped by the Zionist army. The meme reads: ” “Bibi, finish inside this time! Signed, citizens in favor of a ground assault”. 
Well before the dissemination of memes like this, not to mention selfies of Israeli teenage girls calling for the death of Palestinians, and images of Israelis relaxing atop hilltops as they eat popcorn and cheer on their invading army massacre Palestinians, Hizbullah was well aware of the Zionist aggressor identity of Israeli “civilians”. In chapter 7 of my book on Hizbullah (2002) I write: “In principle, the party maintains that it ‘prefers to deem Israeli civilians neutral’….[Sheikh Naim] Qasim admits that this is virtually impossible to maintain in reality…Hizbullah rationalizes that it is not killing innocent Israeli civilians, but hostile militant Zionists…[it] perceives Israeli society as an essentially Zionist and ideological monolith, characterized by an inveterate animosity towards the Arab Muslims….Nasrallah’s reference to dead and wounded Israelis as “Zionist” [casualties] implies that Hizbullah does perceive Israeli civilians as detached from the Zionist project, and therefore ‘innocent’, but as co-conspirators in this malevolent scheme…”

We are not beasts like them, so we do not call for their deaths, only that they leave historic Palestine as all occupying armies are eventually forced to do.

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Cool. A French-Algerian reader kindly informed me that I have the dubious honour of being quoted by the IDF’s French website (http://tsahal.fr/2013/07/15/hezbollah-parti-politique-ou-organisation-terroriste), and also on the IDF’s special English language website for Hizbullah linked below: 
"As explained by Lebanese writer Dr. Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, these efforts may strengthen the social contract between Hezbollah and its followers, though “it would be a mistake, however, to think this is the main reason why Hezbollah’s followers are attracted to [the movement].” The organization’s message of resistance against Israel is what resonates the most among Hezbollah’s supporters." In other news, death to Israel soon Inshallah.

full article: http://www.idfblog.com/hezbollah/2013/07/10/hezbollah-political-party-or-terrorist-organization/

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Don’t get me wrong, I am all for celebrating the death of Sharon, but so long as we remain mindful of mainstream media’s attempt to draw a false distinction between good and bad (using the euphemism “controversial” as an epithet to Sharon for example) Zionist leaders. Yes Sharon was responsible for heinous crimes against humanity, but as a “soldier-politican” and a war criminal, he embodied the very ethos of that military-state project we call Israel whose very existence is an act of aggression in itself. Nor should we forget the countless massacres and invasions into Palestinian and Lebanese territories which Labour “doves” like Barak can take credit for. Every Zionist official and every Zionist occupier is an Ariel Sharon, who in turn, was nothing but a personification of the evils of the Zionist regime, aka “Israel”.

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Hizbullah’s media office issued a statement on Hugo Chavez’s death which I have translated below:

It is with great sadness that we received news of the passing of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. Along with the free world and the oppressed of the world, we lost a dear friend …who spent his entire life standing beside the downtrodden and oppressed, and who boldly defended the Third World’s rights to progress and prosperity.    

Neither Hizbullah nor Lebanon as a whole can forget his genuine support for Lebanon in the face of Zionist aggression, which was most clearly demonstrated during the July war in 2006. Just as the Arab and Islamic people cannot forget his courageous stand in support of the Palestinian people’s right to liberate themselves from the yoke of occupation, and the right of the Islamic Republic [of Iran] to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

President Chavez represented a bulwark against America’s imperialist policies and refused to make any concessions to successive US administrations, nor to submit to US pressures or incentives, proving that countries can take an independent and progressive path without relying on US custodianship.

We in Hizbullah offer our most sincere condolences to the family and comrades of the great and late [leader] and to the brave Venezuelan people as a whole, and we declare [our intent] to stand by their side during this great misfortune. We hope that the late leader’s comrades will complete his mission to protect the Venezuelan people’s freedom, independence and prosperity as well as his support for the oppressed and downtrodden in the world, and to retain the approach he adopted throughout his life in confronting American and Zionist conspiracies.

Hizbullah

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Some excerpts from a well researched and critical New York Times blog piece on Dratwa’s black-face scandal:

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, the Lebanese writer who drew attention to a screenshot of the photograph on Friday, mocked the Israeli soldier on Monday, writing:

So this is what the Zionists call social media war? An IDF spokesman who is so moronic as to keep a rabidly racist photo like brown-face on his FB profile on PUBLIC settings, so that a half-asleep Zionist-hater like myself could discover it on Friday morning within seconds of flicking through his pics? He made it too easy.

Sad to see that Americans on Twitter and elsewhere will only understand Zionist racism when viewed through their own cultural lens and lose sight of it when it is practiced in institutionalized form and in a most brutal fashion against Palestinians. But at least this is a start.

In a comment to an Israeli news site, the officer’s superiors said that because the image was posted on the soldier’s personal Facebook account, it had no bearing on his official role.

Among the positive responses was one from David Saranga, an Israeli diplomat who seemed to signal his approval of the joke with a smiley face emoticon and a lighthearted reply.

Although Israeli soldiers are not supposed to express political opinions, Lieutenant Dratwa’s other social media accounts offer clues as to his ideological leanings. The most recent post on his personal blog, written in October, explained his view that Mitt Romney was likely to win the American presidential election. Barack Obama “sold a dream” in 2008, Lieutenant Dratwa wrote. “But with dreams no one can fill his fridge or feed his children.” He added: “Americans today need a father who is able to lead the country with a strong hand, not a dreamer.”

Several of the officer’s older blog posts appear to have been removed from his site, including one featuring a video described as a “comic caricature of Islam,” and another that recounted “the true story of an arrest in the Palestinian territories.”

N.B. Also amusing is the quite popular comment at the end of the piece that is supposed to be insulting and mistakes tries to pass off anti-US sentiment in the region (burning effigies and American flags) as Zionist-style racism:

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Just looked up the writer who “exposed” this soldier who had mud on him like everyone does at the dead sea….ya know who this loser writer is? she’s a Lebanese writer who trolls the web in effort to try to make Israelis look bad….and get this….In 2009, she declined the invitation to speak at the NATO Defense College, because this would have involved talking to Israeli military officers. YES what a winner of journalistic integrity! The Israeli bashing machine is hard at work. This soldier is an idiot for the off handed remark but again….pales in comparison to the Arab burning Obama in effigy stunts (just to name one).

Full story here

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Yes we did it!  The story about the IDF spokesman/social media chief’s Israeli Ashkenazic racism first reported here and here has gone mainstream. ABC News picked up the story here, swiftly followed by Mother Jones here and the Daily Mail here and the Huff Po here , even though most have mis-attributed the story to western-based media.  

 So this is what the Zionists call social media war? An IDF spokesman who is so moronic as to keep a rabidly racist photo like brown-face on his FB profile on PUBLIC settings, so that a half-asleep Zionist-hater like myself could discover it on Friday morning within seconds of flicking through his pics? He made it too easy. 

Sad to see that Americans on Twitter and elsewhere will only understand Zionist racism when viewed through their own cultural lens and lose sight of it when it is practiced in institutionalized form and in a most brutal fashion against Palestinians. But at least this is a start….

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Al-Akhbar’s Boxes and Briefs blog responds to IDF, social media chief, Sacha Dratwa’s non-apology: 

While Dratwa, the IDF and their supporters can continue to claim that any offense taken is “cynical,” we at Boxes & Briefs have drawn a different conclusion:

Had Dratwa been unaware of the history and significance of blackface, an apology would have been appropriate (surely, Dratwa and his supporters are fluent in identifying and deploring the symbols and stereotypes that conjure an ugly, painful past for Jews.)

Brownface/blackface isn’t a harmless gesture. It’s also merely the tip of the iceberg (icebergs happen to be white, which makes this a stellar idiom for elucidating issues of race to self-justifying racists.)

Full post here

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I wonder how it feels to have this filthy subhuman Syrian opposition figure, Sheikh al-Arour (who once threatened to “Mince the Alawites in meat grinders”) represent Syrian opposition supporters when he says “if Hamas did indeed fire rockets on Israel then this is a huge mistake and even a betrayal of the Syrian people.” Nice. Enjoy your Zionist-enabling uprising while shedding crocodile tears over Gaza. 

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Ok, lets not call it the destruction of Israel. Lets just say this is another chapter of the Arab Spring whereby an oppressed people are seeking their freedom from tyranny and pursuing their rights, and as such, demand regime change, change of the Zionist regime. Is it our fault that the Zionist regime is inextricably tied to its army and settler colonies and that its entire society is militarized, and will hence have to go too? I think not.

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Poor Zionists and their First World problems, I just read this piece in the Jerusalem Post:
"Q. Dear Natalie, I am living in the south of Israel and I write to you in a desperate state of fear. Since the rocket attacks I have been suffering from panic attacks when the siren alerts. Are there any homeopathic remedies I can take to prevent this happening, or as it happens?
A. Temporary anxiety or panic attacks can indeed be relieved with the use of homeopathic remedies. For those who suffer from chronic anxiety I suggest you seek the advice of a homeopath to determine which remedy gets to the root cause of the anxiety. For acute symptoms you can select from the remedies below which is most fitting. 

Aconitum Napellus: This remedy is often considered the homeopathic substitute for Valium. It is most commonly used when there has been a sudden onset of fear. It is also indicated when a traumatic injury causes a fright or shock.

 Gelsemium: This remedy is an excellent choice when there is panic or anxiety in anticipation of an event, such as the siren alert. This remedy is most suited when the person is anxious, trembling and confused from shock. It is a great remedy for those who become paralyzed by the anxiety…”

My medical advice?
Dear Natalie, none of these remedies will work. Try telling your readers that the only real alternative cure for Fajrphobia is a strong dose of Exitus Palestina, peak plasma concentrations reached when taken en masse with other scared Zionists.
For more giggles, read the full article here

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Israel is not just a social or political fact that requires scientific analysis and explanation; from its very inception until today, its longstanding and consistent record of aggression, murder and displacement— to name but a few ways in which it is an existential threat— have consecrated its status as a value judgement in much the same way that moral concepts like evil and injustice are. We should soon reach the stage whereby we don’t have to explain why Israel should cease to exist, just as we are not required to explain why evil should cease to exist , other than to say “because it’s Israel, stupid”.

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'It's a shame they didn't kill him': Israelis react to video of soldiers kicking Palestinian child | The Electronic Intifada

A must read and must watch, not because there is anything particularly novel here but so that it serves as a reminder that although all societies contain evil sadists who hurt children, only in Israel do we find an entire culture which has been socialized to celebrate the killing and torture of children. 
I really don’t understand how some Arabs still entertain the possibility of a two state solution, or even a one-state solution where Palestinians are supposed to “coexist” with Zionists who have been acculturated this way.

EI link here

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You know you are on the right path when Israel denounces you. Ha’aretz attacks al-Akhbar’s supposedly uniform position on Syria and singles out myself and editor-in-chief, Ibrahim al-Amine in this excerpt here: 

"But not Al-Akhbar. Sticking to its reactionary, faux-revolutionary politics, the paper has regularly delivered fulsome praise for Assad, portraying him as the last bulwark against Western imperialism. "Supporting Assad’s struggle against this multipronged assault," Lebanese political analyst Amal Saad-Ghorayeb wrote in the paper on June 12, "is supporting Palestine today because Syria has become the new front line of the war between Empire and those resisting it." Last week Amine wrote an article entitled, "Things Assad Can Do," whose suggestions notably did not include, "Stop Killing People," but which did feature a defense of Bashar continuing his tenure as president. In April, another contributor published a long piece ridiculing Western journalists, including the wounded Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy and his murdered colleague Marie Colvin, for their "feast at the trough of their own governments’ narratives on All Things."

Full article is subscription only so I am reproducing here: 

In December 2010, the New York Times’ Robert F. Worth wrote an article about the newspaper Al-Akhbar, “the most dynamic and daring in Lebanon, and perhaps anywhere in the Arab world.” The paper, whose offices evince “more of the feel of a college newspaper than a major daily,” carries a “youthful energy and conviction.” Worth favorably contrasted Al-Akhbar’s crusading spirit to what passes for journalism in much of the Middle East, a “region where the news media are still full of obsequious propaganda.”

Lebanon has suffered civil war, sectarian violence, and was for many years a satrapy of its neighbor Syria. Surely then, given Worth’s effusive praise, Al-Akhbar is courageously standing up to the Levant’s bullies, namely the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Baathist government of Syria, and their shared puppet army in Lebanon, Hezbollah?

Hardly. In an interview with Worth, Al-Akhbar editorial chairman Ibrahim al-Amine described the paper’s mission thusly: “We wanted the U.S. ambassador to wake up in the morning, read it and get upset.” This attitude is encapsulated in the portrait of Imad Mughniyeh, the late Hezbollah intelligence chief, that Worth observed hanging in Amine’s office. Mughniyeh, indicted in Argentina for the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy there, and complicit in countless other terrorist attacks, is “our Che,” Amine told Worth.

Nothing has made Al-Akhbar’s authoritarian political sympathies clearer than its position on the Syrian uprising, which has now entered its 15th bloody month. The slaughter reached its height when the regime murdered over 80 women and children in the city of Houla a month ago, a massacre that belatedly led Western capitals to recall their ambassadors. President Bashar Assad has spared no cruelty in attempting to put down the rebellion. According to Radwan Ziadeh, a native Syrian and fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, “The regime makes it a habit to arrest family members and hold them hostage in exchange for wanted persons.” Honest Lebanese journalists, even some who sympathize with Hezbollah, have condemned Assad, who has demonstrated that he will stop at nothing to stay in power.

But not Al-Akhbar. Sticking to its reactionary, faux-revolutionary politics, the paper has regularly delivered fulsome praise for Assad, portraying him as the last bulwark against Western imperialism. “Supporting Assad’s struggle against this multipronged assault,” Lebanese political analyst Amal Saad-Ghorayeb wrote in the paper on June 12, “is supporting Palestine today because Syria has become the new front line of the war between Empire and those resisting it.” Last week Amine wrote an article entitled, “Things Assad Can Do,” whose suggestions notably did not include, “Stop Killing People,” but which did feature a defense of Bashar continuing his tenure as president. In April, another contributor published a long piece ridiculing Western journalists, including the wounded Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy and his murdered colleague Marie Colvin, for their “feast at the trough of their own governments’ narratives on All Things.”

None of this should come as a surprise to anyone remotely familiar with Al-Akhbar’s politics, as Worth certainly was when he wrote his story just a year and a half ago. As a paper that “operates under the tacit protection ofHezbollah, Lebanon’s most potent military force,” there was little doubt that Al-Akhbar would rise to the defense of Assad, who guarantees Hezbollah’s power through money, intelligence and by allowing his territory to serve as a conduit for weapons from Iran. Rather than portray Al-Akhbar as serving the interests of two powerful and ruthless regimes, however, Worth depicted it as an underdog whose product is “refreshingly free of the slavish headlines that are so common across the Middle East.” Worth lauded Al-Akhbar for not having “a sectarian ax to grind,” which is laughable considering that Assad’s entire defense of his reign is predicated upon the sectarian argument that his minority Alawite clan can only survive if he remains firmly in power.

Like so many other Western journalists who venture to the Middle East, Worth was swayed by the rhetoric of “resistance” to supposed American and Zionist imperialism. “Our project is basically anti-imperialism,” Khaled Saghieh, the paper’s “mild and cerebral managing editor,” told Worth, who didn’t appear to recognize the hypocrisy in such sentiments being expressed by a backer of a regime that occupied Lebanon for three decades. Likewise, Worth writes that the paper “champions gay rights, feminism and other leftist causes, even as it wholeheartedly supports Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shiite movement.” A fair-minded reporter, and not a gullible stenographer, would have written more skeptically about a newspaper that claims to “champion gay rights” and “feminism” while serving as propaganda outlet for the Party of God.

At the end of his 2010 article, Worth recounted a conversation with Amine, in which the paper’s editorial chairman reels off his “fondest hopes,” a list culminating with the desire, in Worth’s words, to “remove Israel from the map and send the Jews back to Europe - they would be more comfortable, after all, in a capitalist environment.” This cold call for ethnic cleansing, replete with a medieval characterization of avaricious Jewry, did not faze the swooning New York Times scribe. Even Vogue, which published an infamous profile of Syria’s first lady last year, was shamed into apologizing for its fawning coverage and went so far as to remove the article from its website. Perhaps now, some 15,000 dead Syrians later, Robert Worth will revise his original assessment.

James Kirchick is a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributing editor for The NewRepublic.


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Nothing beats reading about the inevitability of Israel’s demise in western liberal media. excerpts from a commentary in the Huff Po:
"Israel’s fateful hour is approaching. The chances of Israel existing by mid-century are no more than TWENTY PERCENT if its governments continue to pursue the settlement project. 
Harkabi, former head of Israeli military intelligence and a longtime professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called attention to what he termed Israel’s march toward “national suicide,” the inevitable result in his view of Israel’s settlement project as pushed by Israel’s Likud Party, then and now in power.The alternative was to withdraw from the occupied territories, back to the 1967 borders, not necessarily for the sake of the Palestinians but in order to guarantee the ongoing existence of Israel. Otherwise, the prospect of Israel’s survival would be undermined by two factors, the demographic factor and the threat of civil war among Israelis. Israel would, if it continued to expand its settlement project, rule over an Arab population that outnumbered its Jewish citizenry. And, if settlements progressed as he foresaw, the settler zealot mentality and belief in the right of Israel to control Judea and Samaria would lead to clashes among Jews that could tear Israel apart.
The demographic prediction has come true. The Palestinian Arab populations of the West Bank and Israel are now projected to outnumber Jews by 2016; if Gaza is included, Arabs already outnumber Jews. Shimon Peres was warning of the threat of civil war in Israel in 1995, in the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Added to these threats is the spread of lethal weaponry that can easily reach Israel’s cities possessed by non-state actors as well as states, a trend that will increase.”

Full article here

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