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US Complicit in Gaza Massacre, EU Failure to Agree

by Oui Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 11:34:13 AM EST

Brazilian president Da Silva it is not war, this is genocide already caused the death of over 2,000 Palestinian children. Hundreds still missing lying under the rubble of dozens of housing blocs.

The Palestinian people have no military means to defend themselves from Israeli onslaught since the 1967 war and military occupation of their land. Often Foreign Jewish settlers are permitted to establish outposts on West Bank hills from which a new settlement grows. Sinds 1967 600,000 new Zionist settlers have found a new home on Palestinian Occupied TerRitory (OPT).

VDL gave her full support of Israel, speaking as President of the EC Commission.

Von der Leyen fuels EU discontent after closely-watched Israel visit | Le Monde |

When President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes her seat at the table of the European heads of state and government in Brussels on October 26, she will undoubtedly be greeted with the utmost courtesy. The Commission president will also be perfectly affable: In this closed club of men and women who make set the course for the European Union (EU), putting on a good front is a must, even when you've taken a beating.

Von der Leyen was recently severely criticized on several occasions by the member states. She has been accused of overstepping her role by taking initiatives - some of them a misstep, as with the Israel-Hamas conflict - in foreign policy.

She has also been criticized for making decisions without consulting member states, like signing the EU-Tunisia agreement on migration.  [see brutal comment from former EC VP Frans Timmermans]

There is concern over how much effort she has put into pleasing Washington when EU and US interests are not always aligned. Plus, her perpetual "squabble" with Charles Michel, the president of the Council, is seen as highly exasperating.

EU as Client State of Joe's America

Inside the Secret Rifts and Rows Consuming EU's Top Corridors

Biden trying to placate policy rift within the EU Commission ...

EU leaders head to White House for Biden summit on Israel-Hamas war, Ukraine | TOI |

WASHINGTON DC -- US President Joe Biden will welcome European leaders Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen in Washington, at a summit set to deliver a message of unity amid the Israel-Hamas war and the war in Ukraine.

The EU-US summit takes place against a backdrop of global crises -- as war erupted after the Hamas terror group launched a devastating attack on southern Israel, and as fighting rages on in Ukraine.

American and European leaders will be keen to present a united front, seeking to strengthen their "strategic partnership."

A few days ago, US President Joe Biden hosted European leaders, including von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, at the White House for a summit intended to deliver a message of unity on conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine.

In a statement released after the summit, the two sides condemned Hamas for its "brutal terrorist attacks across Israel" while expressing concern about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

EU-US Summit Joint Tripartite ?? Statement

The United States and the European Union and its Member States, representing nearly 800 million citizens, united by our values and bound together by the most dynamic economic relationship on earth, reaffirm our commitment to a transatlantic partnership that delivers for all our people.

Since the last U.S.-EU Summit in June 2021, the world has changed in unprecedented ways, and we have taken ambitious steps in response.  Together, we are working to secure peace, stability, and prosperity regionally and across the world, including in our steadfast support for Ukraine. 

We are deepening our cooperation to reflect the pressing challenges and opportunities of our time--strengthening our economic security; advancing reliable, sustainable, affordable, and secure energy transitions [true appreciation for explosion Nord Stream 1 & 2] in our economies and globally; reinforcing multilateralism and international cooperation; and harnessing digital technologies to work for, not against, our shared values of democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are more united than ever.

Former fascist states of Hitler and Mussolini, Germany, Austria and Italy representing the Axis, are
blocking EU decision on a humanitarian pause in hostilities

UNSC: Germany's Baerbock says fight is with Hamas, not civilians | DW News |

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock addressed the UN Security Council, voicing strong support for Israel. She said Israel's security is non-negotiable but stressed that the fight against Hamas should be conducted "with the greatest possible consideration for civilians in Gaza."

What's the extent of U.S. aid to Israel in its war on Gaza? | Al Jazeera - Inside Story |

AUKUS agreement is center in our alliance ... pushing all the right buttons in friendly chat as Gaza is burning 🔥

Biden does not believe the death count from Hamas. Fucking immoral beast. Sitting high on the Hill in Washington DC, entertaining Australian ally and friend Albanese.

People in the North do not appreciate the lives of people of the South. The so-called "civilized" world versus the "barbarians".

Director center in Doha.

Al Jazeera reporter lost all of his family on an indiscriminate Israeli airstrike on an Gaza refugee camp.

Family of Al Jazeera Gaza bureau chief killed in Israeli air raid

The wife, son, daughter and grandson of Wael Dahdouh, Al Jazeera Arabic's bureau chief in Gaza, have been killed in an Israeli air raid.

Footage aired on Al Jazeera showed Dahdouh entering the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir el-Balah [targeted by Israeli bombs in 2014] on Wednesday to see his dead wife, son and daughter in the morgue.

He was shown crouching and touching the face of his 15-year-old son, Mahmoud, who wanted to be a journalist like his father.

Later footage showed him holding the shrouded body of his seven-year-old daughter, Sham, seeming to speak to her as he looked at her bloodied face after the attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp.

Looking shocked, Dahdouh spoke to Al Jazeera on his way out of the hospital: "What happened is clear. This is a series of targeted attacks on children, women and civilians. I was just reporting from Yarmouk neighborhood about such an attack, and the Israeli raids have targeted many areas, including Nuseirat.

"We had our doubts that the Israeli occupation would not let these people go without punishing them. And sadly, that is what happened. This is the `safe' area that the occupation army spoke of.

Dahdouh's grandson Adam was declared dead two hours later.

News headlines Gaza on Anadolu Agency

Death toll in Gaza increased by 704, reaching a total of 5,791

The healthcare system is reported to have completely collapsed in Gaza

Gaza hospitals in `total collapse,' says Health Ministry

The healthcare system at hospitals in the Gaza Strip has totally collapsed, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said Tuesday.

"Hospitals in Gaza have totally collapsed due to the Israeli war," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told a news conference in Gaza City.

He said 65 medics have been killed and 25 ambulances have been destroyed in Israeli strikes since Oct. 7.

"Twelve hospitals and 32 healthcare centers were forced out of service," al-Qudra said. "We are afraid that many more will stop operations in the coming hours due to lack of fuel."

According to the spokesman, Gaza's death toll from the ongoing Israeli airstrikes climbed to 5,791 people.

"The victims include 2,360 children, 1,292 women and 295 elders," he said, adding that 16,297 people were also injured.

"Children, women and elders make up around 70% of the victims," al-Qudra said.
The spokesman also said around 1,550 people are reported to be trapped under the rubble, including 870 children.

Full transcript of press meeting ...

Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia in Joint Press Conference | 25 October 2023 |

PRESIDENT BIDEN:  The sun is over there.  (The President removes his sunglasses.)  I don't need these.  (Laughter.) 

Hello, folks. 

Mr. Prime Minister, we've been in close touch since the moment you came into office -- please, sit down; I'm sorry -- since you came into office, and we've met all around the world. 

And now it's wonderful to have you by my side here at the White House and -- as we advance our alliance even more -- more than it's already been advanced.  It's strong now; it's getting stronger.

Before I get to the progress Australia and the United States have made today, I want to say just a very few words about the situation in the Middle East.

The anger, the hurt, the -- the sense of outrage that the Israeli people are feeling after the brutally inflicted devastation by Hamas is completely understandable.

Israel has the right and, I would add, responsibility to respond to the slaughter of their people.  And we will ensure Israel has what it needs to defend itself against these terrorists.  That's a guarantee.

We also have to remember that Hamas does not represent -- let me say it again -- Hamas does not represent the vast majority of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip or anywhere else.

Hamas is hiding behind Palestinian civilians, and it's despicable and, not surprisingly, cowardly as well. 

This also puts an added burden on Israel while they go after Hamas. But that does not lessen the need for -- to operate and align with the laws of war for Israeli -- it has to do everything in its power -- Israel has to do everything in its power, as difficult as it is, to protect innocent civilians.  And it's difficult.

I want to thank the Israeli -- the Israelis and the Palestinian -- excuse me, and President Sisi of Egypt for working with the United States to make sure that food, water, and medical supplies are getting through to innocent people in Gaza. 

The flow needs to increase, and we're working very hard with our partners to make that happen.

We're also working around the clock, together with our partners in the -- in the region, to secure the release of hostages and -- including American citizens behind -- left behind and held by Hamas and the safe passage of foreign nationals out of Gaza -- not just Americans but Australians and a whole range of people who are trapped in Gaza.  

I also want take a moment to look ahead toward the future that we seek.

Israelis and Palestinians equally deserve to live side by side in safety, dignity, and peace.  And there's no going back to the status quo as it stood on October the 6th.  That means ensuring Hamas can no longer terrorize Israel and use Palestinian civilians as human shields.

It also means that when this crisis is over, there has to be a vision of what comes next.  And in our view, it has to be a two-state solution.

It means a concentrated effort from all the parties -- Israelis, Palestinians, regional partners, global leaders -- to put us on a path toward peace.

In the past few weeks, I've spoken with leaders throughout the region -- including King Abdullah of Jordan, President Sisi of Egypt, President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, and just yesterday with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia -- about making sure there's real hope in the region for a better future; about the need -- and I mean this sincerely -- about the need to work toward a greater integration for Israel while insisting that the aspirations of the Palestinian people will be part -- will be part of that future as well.

I'm convinced one of the reasons Hamas attacked when they did -- and I have no proof of this; just my instinct tells me -- is because of the progress we were making towards regional integration for Israel and regional integration overall.  And we can't leave that work behind. 

And one more word on this.  I continue to be alarmed about extremist settlers attacking Palestinians in the West Bank that -- pouring gasoline on fire is what it's like.

They -- this was the deal.  The deal was made, and they're attacking Palestinians in places that they're entitled to be, and it has to stop.  They have to be held accountable.  And it has to stop now.

Prime Minister -- Mr. Prime Minister, I want to thank you for your partnership and your friendship, quite frankly, during this difficult hour. 

Over the past few weeks and for many months before, we've seen each other and we've seen our alliance grow more critical than ever.  And we need to make -- continue to make this important progress.  In our discussions today, we've done just that. 


Oxfam America

Starvation as weapon of war being used against Gaza civilians - Oxfam America

Published: 25th October 2023

Just 2 percent of usual food delivered to Gaza since siege imposed  

Starvation is being used as a weapon of war against Gaza civilians, Oxfam said today as it renewed its call for food, water, fuel and other essentials to be allowed to enter.  

The international agency analyzed UN data and found that just 2 percent of food that would have been delivered has entered Gaza since the total siege - which tightened the existing blockade - was imposed on 9 October; following the atrocious attacks by Hamas and the taking of Israeli civilian hostages. While a small amount of food aid has been allowed in, no commercial food imports have been delivered.  

As the escalation of the conflict extends to its 19th day, a staggering 2.2 million people are now in urgent need of food. Prior to the hostilities, 104 trucks a day would deliver food to the besieged Gaza Strip, one truck every 14 minutes. 

"The situation is nothing short of horrific - where is humanity? Millions of civilians are being collectively punished in full view of the world, there can be no justification for using starvation as a weapon of war."

Despite 62 trucks of aid being allowed to enter southern Gaza via the Rafah crossing since the weekend, only 30 contained food and in some cases, not exclusively so. This amounts to just one truck every three hours and 12 minutes since Saturday.  

Sally Abi Khalil, Oxfam's Regional Middle East Director said: "The situation is nothing short of horrific - where is humanity? Millions of civilians are being collectively punished in full view of the world, there can be no justification for using starvation as a weapon of war. World leaders cannot continue to sit back and watch, they have an obligation to act and to act now. 

Ahead of any agreement, failed top diplomat Antony Blinken made sure the credit for humanitarian aid into Gaza would be US - the 🇺🇸 United States of America 🇺🇸

The gap between White House rhetoric and reality, one can drive one thousand trucks through. 😡

New House speaker, first piece of legislation will be in support of our close ally Israel ...

New US House speaker kicks off term with resolution backing Israel, condemning Hamas | TOI - Reuters |

The new Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives began his job late Wednesday by introducing a resolution supporting Israel in its conflict with Hamas terrorists.

"The first bill that I'm going to bring to this floor in just a little while will be in support of our dear, dear friend Israel, and we're overdue in getting that done," Louisiana congressman Mike Johnson said in his acceptance speech, warning that America's "greatest ally in the Middle East is under attack."

The non-binding resolution declares the House "stands with Israel" and "condemns Hamas' brutal war." It calls on Hamas to immediately end attacks and release all hostages.

The resolution, which does not include funding for Israel's military needs, passed 412 to 10, with six Democrat members voting "present."

Nine of those who voted against were Democrats. The lawmakers said they opposed the resolution because it did not mention Palestinians who have been killed, Reuters reported. One Republican was also against the resolution.

Biden Promises a More Prosperous Middle East

As US resists ceasefire calls, what is Biden's endgame in Gaza? | Al Jazeera |

"Not only are they at odds with each other, but the higher priority of the administration appears to be supporting Israel, rather than making sure that there is no dangerous escalation," said Trita Parsi, executive vice president at the Quincy Institute, a think tank that promotes diplomacy.

"There does not appear to be a clear endgame from the Biden administration," Parsi said. "When it comes to this strategic image, it's very difficult to be able to discern a clear strategy that actually would have the desired results."

A new Middle East without the Palestinian people, erasing a population from its homestead IS GENOCIDE.

My diaries on Palestine has stretched out over 18;years and there was no advance on peace, to the contrary ... the closest was in 2005 under leadership of the butcher of Lebanon, Ariel Sharon.

Sharon Decision West Bank Pull-out by 2008

WRITTEN QUESTION P-3054/08 by Caroline Jackson (PPE-DE) to the Commission

Subject: The EU's involvement in closure of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza

On 21 November 2005, the Council agreed that the EU should undertake a third-party role in the proposed 'Agreement on Movement and Access' formulated by Israeli and Palestinian authorities for the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and Gaza.

Consequently, the EU launched an 'EU Border Assistance Mission' at the Rafah crossing point to monitor the operations at this border. How can the EU justify its complicity in the total closure of the Rafah border crossing since June 2007? What is being done by the EU to limit detrimental impacts upon the welfare of Palestinian citizens caused by closure of the Rafah border crossing point?

Answer from the Commission (24 June 2009) ??

Published earlier @EuroTrib

Breaking Sharon WB Pull-out 2008 ¶ Secret EU Report & Rafah Border Open | by Oui on Nov 25th, 2005 |

Includes link to a very different European Union 😢


The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, is addressing an emergency UN General Assembly session in an emotional speech:

“For millions of Palestinians, there is no home to go back to. For thousands, there is no family left to embrace, not by an act of God, but the act of a government represented here in this chamber.

“Why do some feel so much pain for Israelis and so little pain for us, the Palestinians?

“Why not feel a sense of urgency to end our killing? Nothing can justify war crimes.

“Let us all remember we are meeting here while Palestinians in Gaza are under the bombs.

“Remember that you are speaking while families are being killed, while hospitals are coming to a halt, while neighbourhoods are being destroyed, while people are fleeing from one place to another with nowhere safe to go.

“I urge you to choose your words carefully and to act accordingly. For all those mobilised against an even greater man-made humanitarian catastrophe, or of regional spillover, and these are worthy goals, we say stop the bombs or both will happen.

“Stop the bombs and save lives.”


"These are not the Droids you're Looking For:" Biden and Blinken try to Make the Israeli genocide against Gaza's Palestinians Disappear | Informed Comment |

Blinken, addressing a Jewish group in New York, said that he "asked the Qataris to `turn down the volume on Al Jazeera's coverage because it is full of anti-Israel incitement.'" Not sure why Blinken is the agent of censorship for the New York Israel lobby.

Yesterday, President Biden cast doubt on the death toll of Palestinians being killed by Israeli air strikes being reported by Gaza's Ministry of Health.

The ongoing genocide against the civilian population of Gaza, perpetrated by the Israeli government of Binyamin Netanyahu, is an embarrassment for the United States, which fully supports this reckless disregard for the lives of innocent noncombatants -- men, women and children.

While Israel has the right to strike back at the Hamas organization in the wake of the latter's hideous October 7 attack on Israel, it doesn't have the right to do so in a way that recklessly endangers civilian lives.

Israel is recognized by the United Nations as the occupying power of Gaza, and therefore has responsibilities under the 4th Geneva Convention of 1949 to preserve the lives and well-being of the occupied population.

Finally, according to the Rome Statute that underpins the International Criminal Court, targeting a group such as "the Palestinians of Gaza" for death is a form of genocide, regardless of the number killed.

The Biden-Blinken line that Israel is not actually killing large numbers of innocent noncombatants in Gaza, and that news outlets should not report these unlawful killings in a thoroughgoing way, fails along several dimensions. This pitiful denialism reminds me of the scene in the first Star Wars movie ... "These are not the droids you're looking for."

Here are the MoH statistics for Palestinian victims in Gaza on Wednesday as reported at Reliefweb: Israeli air strikes killed "756 people, including 344 children, over the past 24 hours (as of 18:00 on 25 October), according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza. Overall, 6,547, of whom 68 per cent are said to be children and women, were killed in Gaza since the start of hostilities, according to MoH.

About 1,600 people, including 900 children, have been reported missing and may be under the rubble.

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The European Union of German former Minister of Defense War, Ursula Von Der Leyen agreed ...

Israel kills Al-Jazeera correspondent's family days after Blinken demands the channel's coverage be 'toned down' | Mondoweiss |

Wael El-Dahdouh, Al-Jazeera Bureau Chief in Gaza, was reporting live when an Israeli airstrike targeted the southern Gaza building where his family sheltered, killing his wife, son, daughter, and grandson.

The news came hours after Axios reported that Secretary Antony Blinken told U.S. Jewish leaders he asked Qatar to "turn down the volume on Al Jazeera's coverage" of the Israeli genocidal campaign in the Gaza Strip, accusing the network of being "anti-Israel."

he journalist, who remained anonymous for fear of retaliation, said, "Targeting someone's family is more painful than targeting that person only."  "Maybe," he added, "this is the message they want to send to every journalist: 'you aren't the only one we will target; we can burn your heart by targeting your family and robbing you of the will to live afterward.'"

Earlier today, Mohammed Farra, another Palestinian journalist, received the news that his wife and children were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Khan Yunis, while he was positioned in Ramallah, many miles and checkpoints away from Gaza.

"Any person whose voice is being heard or is gaining international visibility is being made to pay the price," the journalist in Gaza told Mondoweiss.

"You can feel the intense surveillance of anything
coming out of Gaza. And if anyone says anything,
even a phrase or a word, that Israel doesn't want,
will be targeted and have their families targeted."

This testimony is consistent with the targeting of students, activists, and everyday social media users across occupied Jerusalem and 1948 territories and charging them for incitement over their social media posts.

El-Dahdouh, a veteran reporter, was recorded kneeling on the floor, caressing the bloodied face of his 15-year-old son, Mahmoud, who had aspired to become a journalist. "They are exacting their revenge by killing our children," Dahdouh said, surrounded by a crew of his peers. Other members of his family remain under the rubble.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 03:14:31 PM EST
Palestine Ambassador to the UN Fayad Mansour urged an end to the war to save lives of Gazans under attack by Israeli military in a relentless air assault.

Israel uses starvation as a weapon of war on civilians ... again!

Israel has refused to let in fuel with aid shipments saying it could be seized by Hamas.

More than 613,000 people made homeless by the war are sheltering in 150 UNRWA facilities across the shattered territory - one of the world's most densely populated places.

"In the last 24 hours another three UNRWA staff members have been killed, bringing the total to 38 staff killed," it said.

Families shelter at a United Nations centre to escape Israel's relentless attacks  [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

Arab countries condemn targeting of Gaza civilians

Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have issued a joint statement condemning the targeting of civilians and the violations of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 03:49:59 PM EST
Israeli army kills families of 2 Indonesian Hospital doctors in Gaza air raid | Arab News |

Jakarta: The Israeli army has killed the families of two doctors working at the Indonesia Hospital in Gaza, the NGO that funds the facility said on Thursday, amid a surge in strikes targeting the relatives of Palestinian doctors.

The families of doctors Mohammad Al-Ran, who is the head of the surgery department, and Muayyad Al-Ran, were among those killed in an Israeli air raid on Thursday morning.

Since Tel Aviv started to bombard the besieged enclave following an Oct. 7 attack by the Gaza-based militant group Hamas, more than 6,500 people have been killed in the raids and over 17,000 injured, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.

The air strikes have also targeted dozens of health centers and doctors in the densely populated territory.

The Indonesia Hospital in north Gaza, which is funded by the Indonesian NGO Medical Emergency Rescue Committee, or MER-C, was one of the first health facilities hit by Israeli missiles at the beginning of the escalation.

"The news is true. We are still looking into the details now," Fikri Rofiul Haq, a MER-C volunteer at the hospital, told Arab News in a text message.

Clips shared widely on social media showed the moment the doctors received the news over the phone, as they were surrounded by colleagues trying to comfort them.
"The targeting of surgeons, who are very much needed by war-injured patients, is a cruel and inhuman decision.

Doctors and other health workers are protected by the Geneva Convention," Sarbini Abdul Murad, chairman of MER-C's executive committee in Jakarta, told Arab News.

"In Gaza, health workers are often targeted by Israeli attacks. Not only doctors, even the Indonesian Hospital has also received threats."

The World Health Organization has so far documented 171 Israeli attacks on health facilities in the occupied Palestinian territories, including 75 in the Gaza Strip. The strikes have killed at least 16 health workers on duty.

These attacks occur as Gaza hospitals are overwhelmed by thousands of patients with traumatic wounds from incessant bombardment, and are also filled with tens of thousands of people seeking shelter.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 05:05:49 PM EST
A 9 million (US $) hospital funded by Indonesia's Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) is the first new medical center to open in Gaza in ten years.

Built just outside the territory's largest refugee camp in Jabalya, Indonesia Hospital serves some 300,000 Palestinians hard hit by recent conflict.

Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla inaugurated the new hospital, January 9. It has since been treating more than 250 patients a day. In his address, Kalla described Indonesia Hospital as a "symbol of cooperation" that would strengthen the relationship between his nation and Palestine.

From 2000 forward during the many precision bombing raids, Israel has always targeted civilian infrastructure to block any economic development in the Gaza Strip. There have been five serious wars in Gaza .... time to call Israel to end all hostilities and end occupation of Palestine. END THE ONSLAUGHT

Gaza's largest refugee camp has been turned into a ghost town | 972+ |

Israel's incessant airstrikes and cutting of basic supplies have forced out most of Jabalia camp's residents. Those who remain feel lucky to still be alive.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 05:06:07 PM EST
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Media Practitioners Criticize Israel for Al Jazeera Shutdown Over Hamas Propaganda Allegations | VOA Africa |

Media experts are criticizing Israeli authorities for a recent emergency regulation passed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration that cracks down on Al Jazeeraand other media outlets that broadcast to the Middle Eastern nation following allegations that they are spreading "Hamas propaganda." For more, VOA's Robin Guess filed this report.

From the Iraq playbook by president George W. Bush and VP Dick Cheney having the US Air Force bomb the Al Jazeera offices in Kabul and Baghdad. Murderers Row.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 06:20:36 PM EST
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Libyan Parliament (HoR) calls for expelling ambassadors of countries supporting Israeli aggression on Gaza | Libya Observer |

The House of Representatives (HoR) has called for the departure of the ambassadors of countries supporting the "occupying Zionist entity - Israel" from Libya, urging for an end to the export of oil and gas to those countries if the massacres continue in the Gaza Strip.

The HoR stressed in a statement Wednesday the necessity of immediately stopping the aggression, describing it as "a campaign of genocide by Zionist gangs", indicating its refusal to displace the people of the Gaza Strip under any circumstances.

The statement urged for holding an urgent session at the leadership level of the Arab League and Islamic organizations, calling for an emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly in this regard. 

The HoR criticized the visits of the presidents of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and France to Israel to declare their full support for the Israelis in order "to kill the Palestinian people and eradicate their legitimate right to resistance and build their independent state."

The 2014 Annual Congress of the University and College Union Scotland (UCU Scotland) voted unanimously to condemn the planned visit by Israel's Tzipi Livni, wanted for [alleged] war crimes

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 06:46:19 PM EST
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Israel's war on Gaza 'needs intervention by International Criminal Court' - Palestinian FM | TRT World |

The visit of Riyad Al Maliki to the Hague comes as Israel said a column of tanks and infantry launched an overnight raid into Gaza, striking "numerous" targets.

The Palestinian Authority's foreign minister has said Israel's attacks on Gaza was a "war of revenge", as he called for a ceasefire in the conflict.

"This time the war that Israel is waging is different. This time... it's a war of revenge," Maliki said in The Hague. "First we need to end this one-sided aggression and then we need to call for a ceasefire".

He told reporters at a press conference at the Palestinian Authority's mission to The Hague that "a ceasefire is essential... for the distribution of humanitarian aid".

Maliki flew into the Dutch city on Wednesday and met top officials at the International Criminal Court including its chief prosecutor Karim Khan.

"The situation in Gaza is so dangerous now that it needs immediate intervention by the (ICC) prosecutor," Maliki said.

He said the Palestinian Authority was "working with the ICC prosecutor" and providing the court "with all information to take action".

Maliki said the Palestinians made a second submission to the UN's highest International Court of Justice, which is also based in The Hague.

The UN's general Assembly has asked the ICJ's judges for an advisory opinion on occupation in Palestine.

Chief prosecutor Khan's office said earlier this month it was "continuously gathering information" in support of its probe into the Palestinian situation.

It opened a formal investigation in 2021 into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including alleged crimes by Israeli forces and by Hamas and Palestinian liberation groups.

The prosecutor's office "put in place a dedicated team to advance the investigation in relation to the situation in the State of Palestine, the first time a fully resourced team had been established in relation to this situation," it said.

The ICC has failed miserably and Khan should go.

  • ICC Failure In Palestine, New Massacre In Gaza | Oct 10th, 2023 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 08:19:42 PM EST
    With the conflict in Ukraine, the ICC was funded by the U.S. and UK to start the investigation of war crimes ...

    Expedited by leading NATO supporter and anti-Russia warmonger PM Mark Rutte

    So he came by night to The Hague, the city of Peace and Carnegie foundation of the Peace Palace and what it stands for.

    Brutal war propaganda supported by opportunistic leader of the VVD party, 13 years as Dutch leader.

    Hijacking Peace by Zelensky for War Escalation

    On the war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank since 2014, the ICC prosecutor Karim Khan stated today he was "gathering information."

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 08:20:31 PM EST
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    DeSantis says Florida has sent drones, weapons, ammo to Israel amid war on Hamas | TOI |

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a candidate in the 2024 Republican primary in the United States, said Thursday that he had arranged to send drones, weapons and ammunition to Israel as it prepares for a ground incursion in Gaza in response to Hamas's brutal October 7 onslaught.

    It was the latest official response DeSantis has taken to back Israel. Florida has sent cargo planes with healthcare supplies, drones, body armor and helmets, said Jeremy Redfern, a spokesman for the governor's office. The US state also worked with private groups to supply weapons and ammunition at the request of Israel's consul general in Miami, Redfern said.

    Redfern would not disclose the type or amount of ammunition and weaponry, referring questions to the consul general, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 08:59:43 PM EST
    Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza | RAND Corp. |

    For more than a decade, Israel has clashed with Hamas in Gaza, with cycles of violence defined by periods of intense fighting followed by relative lulls. This brief summarizes a report focusing on a five-year period of this conflict -- from the end of Operation Cast Lead in 2009 to the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

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    "A Dead Man Walking"

    Guerre Israël-Hamas : "Benjamin Netanyahu est un homme du passé" * FRANCE 24

    During the night from Wednesday to Thursday and in preparation for a ground offensive, the Israeli army made an incursion into the Gaza Strip to prepare for the next fighting. Can this offensive harm Benjamin Netanyahu? More details with Daniel Ben Simon, political commentator and former Labor MP in the Israeli Parliament and guest of France 24.

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    Is this the end of the Netanyahu era? | The New Yorker |

    How, during the last couple of weeks, has Netanyahu been behaving politically?

    A lot is happening behind closed doors. His government has been trying to suppress reporting on the war. That, in itself, is obviously political. But the most overt ways have to do with how Netanyahu's government is handling two of the most critical issues other than the actual war. One is civil relief for the tens of thousands of families who have been uprooted in Israel. Many of them have lost their homes and livelihoods. There is a very complex and major operation that should be under way, housing, trying to keep their businesses afloat, and whatever they need to keep their families alive. The actual effort has been smaller. Netanyahu's staff has been unprofessional and refusing to work with people in the government who are known not to be supporters of Netanyahu or have taken part in protests against his government. This civil effort should be as important as the war effort.

    The other issue is the families of the captives. Officially, Israel has recognized two hundred and ten captives being held by Hamas and other Palestinian organizations in Gaza. We are talking about people of all ages. Their families' issues have been addressed very slowly. And Netanyahu didn't even have a coördinator for P.O.W. affairs. For many years, Israeli governments have had someone who is designated as national coördinator for intelligence efforts, to try and locate these people, coördinate possible prisoner exchanges, and also is in contact with families. There's always been somebody doing it. When Netanyahu returned to power at the end of December, the current person had retired. And, for nine months, he just didn't appoint anybody.
    All of a sudden, on October 7th, in addition to the already active P.O.W. and missing captives cases, there's another two-hundred-plus. And then Netanyahu appointed probably one of the worst people possible for the position, a disgraced ex-general named Gal Hirsch. For many years, he was disgruntled with the way his military career ended, and job prospects didn't materialize. He's become one of the supporters of Netanyahu who hate the system and hate the civil service. And this is the guy Netanyahu has appointed to be the new coördinator.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 09:41:11 PM EST
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    BREAKING: Israel Murders Al Jazeera Bureau Chief's Family | Tikun Olam |

    Part of Israeli plan to assassinate Palestinian leaders, media figures, and families

    Israel has furthered ratcheted up its scorched earth policy toward Gaza. Not content with murdering 7,000, including over 2,000 children, destroying 42% of the homes, making 1.4-million homeless refugees, and forcing one-third of the medical facilities to shut down-it's commanded the Shin Bet and IDF to assassinate six key leaders ...

    Today, the same source told me that the murder of the family of Al Jazeera bureau chief, Wael Dadouh, was a deliberate assassination intended specifically to render him a widower and childless. His wife, daughter, son and grandson died in the attack.  The source added: "Dahdouh got his punishment following the secret Amalek order." It is a war crime to murder journalists and an even worse crime to murder innocents because of their relation to them.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 11:03:47 PM EST

    National Security Council spokesperson John Kerby lied ... denied a reporter would be deliberately targeted or family members.Bush-Cheney bombed Al Jazeera offices in Kabul and Baghdad. Same strategy ... murderers row.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 26th, 2023 at 11:04:58 PM EST
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    Another senior Israeli calls Palestinians 'inhuman animals' | Al Arabiya |

    In an interview with Sky News on Wednesday Dan Gillerman, Israel's former ambassador to the UN, said he was "puzzled" by concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and went on to describe Palestinians as "inhuman animals." Journalist Mark Austin had asked Gillerman whether he believed collective punishment techniques used in Gaza, such as the blockade on fuel, were necessary. The former senior Israeli diplomat responded:

    I'm very puzzled by the constant concern, which the world and also Britain is showing for the Palestinian people and is actually showing for these horrible inhuman animals who have done the worst atrocities that this century has seen.

    Gillerman went on to compare the Israeli response to the Hamas-led attack on Oct 7 to British involvement in the Afghan war following the 9/11 attacks.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 10:36:16 AM EST

    At the UN emergency meeting on humanitarian crisis, the hasbara Israeli ambassador Gilad Erdan not once - not once - mentions the plight of Palestinians under the boot of Israeli occupation.

    Born in Ashkelon in 1970, Erdan began his political activity as an opponent of the Oslo Accords during his legal studies in the early 1990's. He met and served as Advisor to MK Ariel Sharon (1996), the butcher of Sabra & Shatila massacre, and Advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and director of the department for public petitions of the Prime Minister's Office (1996-1998).

    As an Israeli, you sir bear the brunt of war crimes committed by Israel during your tenure as politician and diplomat.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 10:45:18 AM EST
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    Fatah: Sabra and Shatila massacre a 'war crime' | 1982 |

    "The Sabra and Shatila crime is engraved in the memory of all the Palestinian people, along with a long series of massacres committed by the Zionist terrorist gangs before and during the 1948 war within the framework of the policy of ethnic cleansing, and the massacres committed by Israel as a state including the massacres of Deir Yassin, Qibiya, Kafr Qasim, and dozens of others," the movement's Information and Culture Commission said in a statement marking the 39th anniversary of the massacre.

    On 16 September 1982, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the right-wing Christian Phalange militia stormed the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut and massacred hundreds, maybe thousands, of mostly Palestinian civilians.

    Bombing King David Hotel - Israelis Celebrating on Graves of 92 Victims of Terror | by Oui @BooMan - 21 July 2006 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:16:26 AM EST
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    Israeli Nakam or Holocaust Avengers | by Oui @BooMan - 24 Jan. 2018 |

    Plot to murder 6 million Germans - Abba Kovner head of group called Nakam or Avengers. Plan was to add poison to the water supply in major West-German cities München, Nuremberg, Hamburg and Frankfurt. The British military foiled the plan.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:17:43 AM EST
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    BBC journalist breaks down on air while describing situation in Gaza

    Adnan El-Bursh, a BBC Arabic journalist based in Gaza, said his family had not had a piece of bread in two days, during an emotional live segment on camera.

    "If you want to know the reality of life for journalists in Gaza, I can speak about our reality," he said on Thursday.

    "Yesterday there was a direct bombing on a house next to my family's house, belonging to my colleague's family, the Al-Jazeera journalist Wael al-Dahdouh. He lost his wife and a number of his children," Bursh said.

    "A big residential building was [also] bombed and fragments and rubble hit my colleague Hani's family. Frankly, the whole team here is suffering from fatigue and extreme tiredness due to the amount of coverage needed."

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:47:28 AM EST
    Stay alive to be killed another day ... this is NOT my Europe, nor European Union. The principles of Four Freedoms.

    Charles Michel - Ursula Von der Leyen - Josep "the Gardener" Borrell  :: blah-blah-blah ... simply following the dictate of duo Biden-Blinken.

    The EU failed leaders refuse to call for a ceasefire with negotiations, or for an end to the Gaza genocide.

    Euro Summit 25-26 October 2023 -- Main Result Middle East

    In light of Hamas' brutal and indiscriminate terrorist attack against Israel and the unfolding tragic scenes in the Gaza Strip, EU leaders reviewed the state of play and different strands of action, including concerted efforts to assist EU citizens.

    In a follow-up to the statement they released on 15 October 2023 and the extraordinary European Council meeting held two days later, they also reaffirmed their:

    • condemnation of Hamas in the strongest possible terms
    • recognition of Israel's right to defend itself in line with international law and international humanitarian law
    • call on Hamas to immediately release all hostages without any precondition

    The leaders underlined the importance to ensure protection of all civilians at all times. They also expressed their grave concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza and called for continued, rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access and aid to reach those in need, including through humanitarian corridors and pauses for humanitarian needs.

    The leaders stressed that the EU will work with partners in the region to:

    • protect civilians
    • ensure that assistance is not abused by terrorist organisations
    • facilitate access to food, water, medical care, fuel and shelter

    To avoid regional escalation, the leaders emphasised the need to engage with partners in the region, including the Palestinian Authority. They also expressed their support for a two-state solution and welcomed diplomatic initiatives, including supporting the holding of an international peace conference soon.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 02:17:50 PM EST
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    The Jordanian-led draft resolution on the crisis is expected to be put to a vote at the end of the emergency session which may extend beyond Friday. It has the backing of over 40 Member States, including Egypt, Oman and UAE.

    The UN General Assembly holds a special session on the Israel-Hamas war. A resolution tabled by the Arab Group calling for an immediate ceasefire and the provision of urgent humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip will be discussed. Member states including the US, EU, UK, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are expected to speak. A vote on the resolution is expected soon.

    Source: Jordanian delegate: "We must stand for peace, our human values and the UN Charter."

    Speakers from Oman and Qatar ... on Al Jazeera LIVE!

    Checked most broadcasts from Western alliance nations, none found. Gross failure.

    Palestine, as an Observer, Watches As UN Votes On Gaza War | Arabs Propose Resolution Calling For Ceasefire |

    Israel-Gaza war live: UN says 'world cannot continue to turn a blind eye' | The National - UAE |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 03:20:22 PM EST
    UN says 'soon many more will die' from Gaza siege | Arab News |

    The United Nations warned that "many more will die" as a result of Israel's ongoing siege of Gaza, which has also caused sewage to flow into the Palestinian territory's streets.

    Israel laid a total siege on Gaza following the October 7 attacks by Hamas, cutting off food, fuel, water and power supplies to the enclave.

    "People in Gaza are dying; they are not only dying from bombs and strikes: soon many more will die from the consequences of (the) siege imposed on the Gaza Strip," said Philippe Lazzarini, commissioner general for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA).

    "Basic services are crumbling, medicine is running out, food and water are running out, the streets of Gaza have started overflowing with sewage."

    Alongside the siege, Israel has bombarded Gaza with air and artillery strikes since October 7.

    The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip says the strikes have killed more than 7,300 people, mainly civilians and many of them children.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 03:21:14 PM EST
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    Gaza medical authority names "7000 Palestinians Killed In Israeli Strikes" as German's Olaf Scholz and Joe Biden believe "Hamas" numbers are incorrect. UN backs death toll numbers, large majority are women and children.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 06:21:42 PM EST
    Why does Biden doubt the Palestinian death count in the Israel-Gaza war? | Al Jazeera |

    Rights advocates condemn the US president for denying Palestinian suffering `even in death' during the Israel-Hamas war.

    Washington, DC - The list of Palestinians killed in the war in Gaza stretches for more than 150 pages, at times featuring dozens of people with the same last name: Entire families have been wiped out by Israeli air attacks.

    The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza released the list on Thursday, documenting the deaths of more than 7,000 Palestinians, including nearly 3,000 children, since the war began on October 7.

    Each name is paired with a government identification number -- a step meant to indicate transparency.

    For Palestinian rights advocates, the US president's comments are another episode in his administration's push to "dehumanise" Palestinians and dismiss their suffering, as Washington continues to support Israel's bombing campaign.

    Moreover, critics were quick to point out that human rights experts, including at the United Nations, have long found the Palestinian Health Ministry's data to be reliable.

    Palestinian American activist Zeina Ashrawi Hutchison said Biden's remarks seem to question Palestinians' humanity "even in death".

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 06:22:49 PM EST
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    Lyse Doucet of the BBC underscoring Israeli propaganda talking points. Worthless ... she should know better with her experience, or just another reporter propagating Western war narrative.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 06:35:47 PM EST
    IDF ramps up strikes in Gaza, says ground forces to 'expand' activity tonight | TOI |

    After the IDF said earlier it was expanding its ground operations in the Strip, Palestinians in Gaza report IDF ground forces including tanks are operating within the enclave.

    Jordanian FM: Israel has launched ground war on Gaza, millions will watch UN vote

    Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi claims Israel has "launched a ground war on Gaza."

    Israel has made no such declaration. The IDF did say that it was ramping up its airstrikes and that ground force activity would expand overnight.

    Safadi tweets that the outcome of Israel's military operation "will be a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions for years to come."

    He calls on the international community to back a Jordanian UNGA resolution that calls for an immediate ceasefire but fails to mention Hamas.

    "Millions will be watching every vote. History will judge," Safadi says.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 07:16:41 PM EST
    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 07:17:27 PM EST
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    nypost | Israel to 'expand' Gaza ground operations after barrage of airstrikes, IDF says, 27 Oct in progress
    "We are conducting our sweep-and-clear activities in order to create better conditions for optimal operational conditions on the ground," Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Peter Lerner told ABC News Friday afternoon.
    Though the barrage of a full-scale ground invasion has yet to begin, the region is in the "next phase" of war following Hamas' surprise terror attack on Oct. 7, Fox News' Trey Yingst said. "I cannot confirm a ground invasion has begun but a new phase has begun," he reported from southern Israel Friday night.
    DF ground forces are "expanding their operations tonight" and are "acting with great force... to achieve the objectives of war," [Israel] Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari told reporters shortly after Gaza lost power and internet access earlier in the day—leaving millions without the ability to communicate with the outside world as rockets continued to blare overhead.

    "The IDF is operating in all dimensions to accomplish the goals of the war," he said as he urged Palestinians to move to the southern part of the Gaza Strip "where it is much safer."
    Hagari added that he suggests "not to pay attention to the rumors" that a ground invasion was delayed in an effort to free hostages, calling it a "cynical exploitation by Hamas."
    [...]The Biden administration did not disclose if it had prior knowledge about IDF advancing its ground operations.  

    "So, I'm not going to talk about in getting into details of the conversations that we have with our Israeli counterparts and the information, the flow between us," National Security Council spokesman John KIRBY said, according to CNN. "I think that would be a very imprudent place for me to go."

    by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:58:49 PM EST
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    FT | Hamas leader surprised by US 'going into battle', 27 Oct

    says the mastermind who IDF failed to detect.

    by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2023 at 03:06:12 AM EST
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    UNGA Session opened for last statements by sponsors of the resolution led by Jordan and an addendum throwing a wrench in this humanitarian proposal to add Hamas as a terror group and the condition of the release of hostages. The addendum was sponsored by Canada with the United States added a few minutes ago. The vote will take place within half an hour.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 07:31:00 PM EST
    no text

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 07:55:46 PM EST
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    120 for - France, Canada
    13 against - Israel and U.S.
    48 abstentions - UK and Germany

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 08:01:43 PM EST
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    The UN General Assembly has voted.

    Are in agreement with my opinion a long time ago

    New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing | Oui - Jun 20th, 2018 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 08:24:03 PM EST
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    This might be it (a/o  10 AM EST), Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory [item 5], Draft resolution A/ES-10/L.25 and draft Canadian amendment  A/ES-10/L.26
    by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 09:24:16 PM EST
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    by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 08:17:36 PM EST
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    UN overwhelmingly calls for aid truce between Israel and Hamas | The National UAE |

    The UN General Assembly adopted on Friday a non-binding resolution calling for a "sustained humanitarian truce" and the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza's Hamas militants.

    The vote came as Israel announced an expansion of ground operations in Gaza.

    The Jordanian draft was proposed in the name of 22 Arab countries. It was co-sponsored by 47 states including China and was approved with 120 votes in favour, 14 against and 45 abstained.

    With Israel, Canada and the United States criticising the text for failing to mention Hamas, the vote on the text revealed divisions among Western countries, with France voting for the measure; Germany, Italy and Britain abstaining; while Austria and the United States voted against.

    The resolution's passage marked the UN's first response to the October 7 Hamas assault on Israel.

    After the UN Security Council failed four times to pass any resolution on the war between Israel and Hamas, the UN's Arab Group turned to the 193-member General Assembly to weigh in on the conflict.

    The text calls for "an immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce leading to a cessation of hostilities" and demands that essential supplies be allowed into the Gaza Strip.

    It also condemns "all acts of violence aimed at Palestinian and Israeli civilians, including all acts of terrorism and indiscriminate attacks", without specifically mentioning Hamas.

    Palestinian Envoy Riyad Mansour lauded the passing of the resolution, saying "the world still has goodness ... Palestinians are not orphans ... our Arab brothers stood with us".

    In a media stakeout after the vote, he said the resolution had sent a clear message.

    "Enough is enough, this war has to stop, this carnage has to stop and humanitarian assistance has to start," he said.

    He stressed the importance of Arab unity in making the resolution pass and added: "I am so proud to be with this group [of Arab representatives] who carried Palestine high on their shoulders ... all the gratitude from the Palestinian people."

    Speaking to reporters at UN headquarters, UAE ambassador Lana Nusseibeh called the UN General Assembly vote a "rejection of the status quo that is currently happening on the ground in Gaza. Humanitarian aid must go in, there must be a humanitarian ceasefires or truces".

    She added that the vote carries importance and "is binding.. carries incredibly moral weight and moral authority".

    She lauded the Arab unity in working on the resolution, and the support of 120 countries for it. She said "we will take this moral authority to the Security Council".

      Before the vote on Friday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, called the resolution "outrageous" for not mentioning Hamas, saying it is "detrimental" to the vision of a two-state solution.

      "Hamas has no respect for the rule of law or human life. To them, Palestinian civilians are expendable. To them, Palestinian civilians are human shields. And it really is despicable and it's cowardly," she said.

    The majority of Arab nations echoed the United Nations' call to prioritise the protection of civilians and save the lives of Palestinians affected by Israel's Gaza blockade.

    Oman, speaking on behalf of the Gulf Co-operation Council, condemned Israel's "siege" of Gaza, starvation of its population and collective punishment of Palestinians.

    But, the Gulf country said, the Palestinians will not be deterred from demanding their "legitimate inalienable rights, chief among them the right to self- determination and the right to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital".

    Egypt's UN ambassador Osama Mahmoud Abdelkhalek Mahmoud emphasised that silence is no longer acceptable.

    "The General Assembly must send a clear, unequivocal message these necessities must be delivered to Gaza without any conditions. Denial of humanitarian aid under these circumstances is a death sentence for the people of Gaza," he said.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 09:28:43 PM EST
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    Genocide is war. After all, the customary Law of Armed Conflict A/K/A Geneva Conventions I-IV, Protocols I-III, attempt to regulate inevitable civilian and uniformed combatant casualties "in time of peace or in time of war". Being unable to pacify belligerents or unwilling to enforce prohibition of armed conflict, plenipotentiaries assigned to lofty assembly of nations instead have dedicated rhetorical injunctions to detaila—tactics—as if compounding all parts and "degrees of atrocity" in all periods of history would yet yield one theory of just warfare. Mass murder is an indispensable mechanism of civilization: So say generations of homicidal maniacs.

    archive You have a problem with this

    Article II
    In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.
    by Cat on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 07:56:55 PM EST
    Biggest political defeat or all of the world to see ... America sides with Israel on clear genocidal acts contrary to world opinion, UN Charter, and basic Humanitarian Law of civilized states. Joe Biden in his arrogance voted for the Iraq War led by Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. Unthinkable atrocities perpetrated by US Armed Forces. Joe is part of the establishment, not with "We The People". On the wrong side of history, human rights and the indelible rights of the Palestinians to get their independence and sovereign state. Remove the occupying forces and illegal settlements. Transfer 350,000 settlers back to Israel major, west of the Green demarcation line. The 250,000 who have build their homes in large housing units before 2000 should stay and be part of the final agreement for a Palestinian state.

    White House says 'no red lines for Israel' as Gaza bombardment intensifies | The National UAE |

    he White House on Friday said it would not be drawing any "red lines" for Israel, even as its military intensified ground operations on Gaza and ordered more civilians in the north to evacuate south.

    "We're not drawing red lines for Israel," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on a call. "We continue to support their security needs, that will continue."

    He said the administration of President Joe Biden supported humanitarian pauses to allow the entry of critical aid, but that it would also continue to support Israel's military needs.

    War will not give security, only a just peace with its neighbouring states will

    More than 7,300 Palestinians have been killed, according to local tallies, and an intense humanitarian crisis is continuing, after Israel blocked the entry of water, food, medicine and fuel.

    "We have not been shy about expressing our concerns over civilian casualties, collateral damage, and the approach that they might choose to take," Mr Kirby said.

    He added that a total of 84 lorries have made their way into the tiny enclave since the start of hostilities, a fraction of what is needed. He said the UN would be able to get a limited amount of fuel in on Friday.

    Mr Kirby said efforts were continuing to ensure safe passage for civilians, including American citizens, out of Gaza.

    "We would support humanitarian pauses for stuff getting in, as well as for people getting out, and that includes pushing for fuel to get in and for the restoration of electrical power," Mr Kirby said.

    Words alone will not suffice as a minimum of 100 truck loads are needed on a daily basis. 120 Nations are ready to help and give their support. SHAME on VDL and the European union as a whole. I'm quite disgusted with the coward leaders as Mark Rutte of The Netherlands.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:05:32 PM EST
     About 85 trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrive in Gaza | CNBC |

    The White House confirmed that about 85 trucks carrying humanitarian aid have arrived in Gaza [over 3 weeks period] but added that the region desperately needs fuel.

    "No fuel has yet been allowed in," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on a conference call.

    "The U.N. Relief Agency was able to get hold of a little bit over a day's worth of fuel from a commercial facility in Gaza," he said, adding that the fuel in Gaza is expected to run out soon.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:06:16 PM EST
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    Director Gerard Jonkman of Rights Forum, NGO founded by former Minister of Justice Dries van Agt.

    Many nations have lost their integrity on Human Rights

    A pitch-black page in the history of the Netherlands as a country that stands up for humanitarian principles and a stain on the reputation of The Hague as the (self-declared) "international capital of justice and peace".

    While many other European countries such as France, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Norway, neutral Switzerland and other countries supported a motion in the UN General Assembly, the Netherlands abstained from voting.

    It concerned a motion about "protection of civilians and upholding legal and humanitarian obligations" on the ongoing Gaza crisis".

    For outgoing Prime Minister Rutte, keeping "my friend Bibi" and Israel out of the wind is apparently more important than protecting citizens (especially Palestinian citizens who are clearly worth less to this cabinet than European and Israeli citizens) and maintaining legal and humanitarian obligations .

    Fortunately, for an overwhelming majority of the world community, humanitarian and legal obligations ARE important and the motion was therefore passed.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 27th, 2023 at 11:10:09 PM EST
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    best get ready to make peace with his god.
    by Cat on Sat Oct 28th, 2023 at 03:12:23 AM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 28th, 2023 at 05:31:59 PM EST
    An Interview On Gaza With Dominique De Villepin

    [translated by Arnaud Bertrand]

    Absolutely masterful interview on Gaza of Dominique De Villepin, former Prime Minister of France, who famously led France's opposition to the Iraq war and who, IMHO is the best diplomat the West has produced in decades.

    This is so important, so incredibly well argued, that I decided to translate it in full:

    "Hamas has set a trap for us, and this trap is one of maximum horror, of maximum cruelty. And so there's a risk of an escalation in militarism, of more military interventions, as if we could with armies solve a problem as serious as the Palestinian question.

    There's also a second major trap, which is that of Occidentalism. We find ourselves trapped, with Israel, in this western bloc which today is being challenged by most of the international community.

    [Presenter: What is Occidentalism?]

    Occidentalism is the idea that the West, which for 5 centuries managed the world's affairs, will be able to quietly continue to do so. And we can clearly see, even in the debates of the French political class, that there is the idea that, faced with what is currently happening in the Middle East, we must continue the fight even more, towards what might resemble a religious or a civilizational war. That is to say, to isolate ourselves even more on the international stage.

    This is not the way, especially since there's a third trap, which is that of moralism. And here we have in a way the proof, through what is happening in Ukraine and what is happening in the Middle East, of this double standard that is denounced everywhere in the world, including in recent weeks when I travel to Africa, the Middle East, or Latin America. The criticism is always the same: look at how civilian populations are treated in Gaza, you denounce what happened in Ukraine, and you are very timid in the face of the tragedy unfolding in Gaza.

    Consider international law, the second criticism that is made by the global south. We sanction Russia when it aggresses Ukraine, we sanction Russia when it doesn't respect the resolutions of the United Nations, and it's been 70 years that the resolutions of the United Nations have been voted in vain and that Israel doesn't respect them.

    Orientalism by Edward W. Said]

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 28th, 2023 at 05:35:35 PM EST
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    Hamas promises Moscow to release eight Russians held hostage -- MFA

    Representatives of the Hamas radical group promised to respond to Moscow's request to release eight Russians held hostage, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS.

    "We handed over a list [to Hamas representatives] at a meeting in Moscow. There are eight people on it - these are Russian citizens who are being held hostage. They were promised us to respond, assist, find them and take all measures to free the Russians," he said.

    Earlier, representatives of the Hamas group visited Moscow, where they met with Bogdanov. At the meeting the Russian side, in particular, drew attention to the release of hostages and the evacuation of Russians from the Gaza Strip.

    "Get My People Home"

    Prisoner exchange? Israeli captive families demand answers from Netanyahu | Al Jazeera |

    The families of more than 220 captives seized by Hamas demanded answers from the Israeli government with many fearing a military onslaught on the Gaza Strip is putting the captives' lives at risk.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 29th, 2023 at 05:56:15 AM EST
    Trolls, Islamophobes, sham experts inflame social media as bombs hit Gaza | TRT World |

    As Israel rains death on besieged Gaza, anti-Palestine users try to dominate the narrative and set the news agenda by hawking doctored visuals, tampered articles and unverified news on social media -- a pattern seen in every Israel-Palestine war.

    As the Israel-Palestine conflict escalates to a new dangerous level, trolls, Islamophobes, click-baiters, and influencers seeking validation and online traffic are having a field day too.

    Doctored visuals, unrelated articles, and unconfirmed news are being shared and reproduced at industrial level, with some of the content being picked up and replicated by mainstream news organizations as well.

    And it looks like people are accepting it.

    Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 29th, 2023 at 07:54:58 PM EST

    Mob storms Dagestan airport in search of Jewish passengers from Israel | The Guardian |

    Airport in Russia's Muslim southern region closed after hundreds storm tarmac and climb on to planes

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 29th, 2023 at 10:56:38 PM EST
    kommersant | US compares riots in Dagestan to Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire, 30 Oct
    Representatives of the US White House and State Department, John Kirby and Matthew Miller, at various briefings compared the riots at the airport in Makhachkala with the Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. Mr. Kirby denied Western involvement in these events, and Mr. Miller called for bringing the rioters to justice.
    editor's note: The word "pogrom" has entered many European languages because of the Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. They took place in Odessa, Nikolaev, Chisinau, Gomel, Melitopol, Rostov-on-Don and other cities of the ukraine.
    "Some people compare it to the pogroms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I think that's probably an appropriate description," said the White House National Security Council's strategic communications coordinator (quoted by AFP).

    Mr. Kirby also commented on President Vladimir Putin's claim that the riots were inspired through social networks by Western intelligence services. A White House official called it "classic Russian rhetoric." "The West has nothing to do with this. This is just hatred, bigotry and intimidation, " he added.

    At another briefing, Mr. Miller also compared the events in Dagestan to pogroms. "I would say that we condemn the violent anti-Semitic demonstrations reported in Russia that threaten Israelis and Jews. I saw the video... in my opinion, it looked like pogroms," he said. (the broadcast was conducted on the YouTube channel of the State Department). A State Department official called on the Russian authorities to "publicly condemn these violent protests, hold all those involved accountable, and ensure the safety of Israelis and Jews in Russia."

    state.gov | Department Press Briefing - October 30, 2023, transcript
    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and John Kirby, 30 Oct A/V
    RT | Unrest over mobilization in Dagestan, 14 Oct
    ...The protesters' motivations varied from town to town. In some places, like Endirey, people were outraged by the excessive number of draft notices per village. For example, in a community of 8,000 people, as many as 110 men were to be called up. In a display of indignation, people decided to block one of the republic's major transport corridors...
    aftershock | Riots in Makhachkala. Article 212 has already been initiated, 29 Oct [p2]
    ....The investigative authorities opened a criminal case under Article 212 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (organization of mass riots accompanied by violence, pogroms, arson, destruction of property, use of firearms, explosives or explosive devices, as well as armed resistance to a representative of the authorities)....
    @OSINTdefender 29 Oct - video
    The Russian National Guard and Hundreds of additional Security Forces have now been Deployed to Makhachkala International Airport in Dagestan, in an attempt to gain Control of the Muslim Rioters who have now Flooded into the Airport searching for Israeli Passengers.
    RT | Regional head promises 'no forgiveness' for anti-Jewish rioters, 30 Oct
    According to Melikov, the "attempts to destabilize the situation in Dagestan" by inciting ethnic and religious division were "carried out by our enemies." He explained that the calls to join the illegal protests were being spread by Ukrainian nationalists < eyebrow >.
    ...Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensk* immediately reacted to the unrest at the airport with a lengthy post on X on Sunday evening, in which he accused Russia of "deeply rooted" antisemitism and "hatred toward other nations." Meanwhile, [former RF Duma deputy Ilya] Ponomarev's team distanced itself from the source of the rumors, claiming that the ex-MP had not been in contact with the Dagestan Morning for over a year....
    "Today we have received absolutely reliable information that the Utro Dagestan ('Dagestan Morning) Telegram channel is administered and controlled from Ukrainian territory, by traitors, Banderites," he claimed.
    Melikov stated that Russian law enforcement had "acted in a concerted fashion," although he admitted that some mistakes had been made, especially in the media sphere. According to Dagestan's Interior Ministry, police identified more than 150 "active participants" in the unrest, 60 of whom have been detained. It also said that nine law enforcement officers were injured, two of whom have been hospitalized.
    by Cat on Tue Oct 31st, 2023 at 02:09:19 AM EST
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    Utter nonsense of John Kirby - fitting all events in the White House war narrative .. just too obvious, yet the media loves copy/paste "journalism". In the legacy of Operation Mockingbird supported by concentration of Mass Media today.


    I intend to do some coverage of "pogroms" and locations and a timeline. Early start in Tsaritsyn Russia around 1812. Reference Ukrainian territory West of the Dnipro River

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 1st, 2023 at 10:31:47 AM EST
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    In contemporary times, what would this be called?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 1st, 2023 at 11:17:54 AM EST
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