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Gaza Atrocities and the UN Fail

by Oui Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 01:06:18 PM EST

IDF Soldiers Behind Twitter Accounts Harassing Journalists, Left-wing Activists


Foreign Minister Chairs Ministerial Meeting of Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit | SPA |

Saudi Arabia slams `double standards' in world's response to Israel-Hamas war | Arab News |

Reform of the global security structure `absolutely necessary,' Saudi foreign minister tells Arab News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday denounced "double standards" in the world's response to the Israel-Hamas war, saying Israel was getting a pass on violations of international law.

"We are watching and observing the double standards, and we are reassessing based on this the credibility of international systems," Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told a press conference following an extraordinary joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh.

He added: "If there is no commitment binding everyone to these foundations, it is difficult to speak of these foundations as unifying foundations."

At the summit, the Kingdom and other Muslim countries called for an immediate end to military operations in Gaza, rejecting Israel's justification of its actions against Palestinians as self-defense.

Asked by Arab News if there is any hope for an Arab or Islamic bloc putting pressure on the UN Security Council, or whether the UN body "will continue to fail Palestine," Prince Faisal said the "Arab League sponsored a resolution in the UN General Assembly that came out with a very strong message."

The bloc "pointed out the failure of the UN Security Council to live up to its responsibility and this highlights the whole situation, the need for reform of the international security structure," he added.

Prince Faisal said that the Security Council has shown that "it is unable to live up to the expectations of the international community and that reform is absolutely necessary."

The global security structure is under evaluation "because if the international community cannot hold Israel to account, then this will sow significant doubts among many of us as to whether or not the parameters of the established international order are actually functional and working," the Kingdom's top diplomat said.

Earlier, the summit urged the International Criminal Court to investigate "war crimes and crimes against humanity that Israel is committing" in the Palestinian territories, according to a final communique.

Dozens of leaders, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who was welcomed back into the Arab League this year, attended.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman affirmed the Kingdom's "condemnation and categorical rejection of this barbaric war against our brothers in Palestine."

Addressing the summit, he said: "We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe that proves the failure of the Security Council and the international community to put an end to the flagrant Israeli violations of international laws."

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Saudi Arabia "Leadership" Timeline

Meanwhile ethnic cleanliness on West Bank worsens at rapid rate ...

Forcible transfer of isolated Palestinian communities and families in Area C under cover of Gaza fighting | B'tselem Activists |

'Silent annexation': Settlers dispossess West Bank Bedouins amid Israel war | Al Jazeera |

On the morning of October 12, the men of Wadi al-Siq were dismantling their family homes when a group of heavily armed Israelis from nearby illegal settlements - alongside army reservists - stormed the village.

Their wives and most of their children had vacated the village, driving a few of the Palestinian Bedouin village's sheep ahead of them, the day before. They were all frightened.

Leave today, or live and die this way

A north-south stretch of 20km (12.4 miles) east of Ramallah is being cleared of nearly all Palestinians, pushing an already fraught security situation for Bedouins in these remote areas to a breaking point.

Area C - a stretch of the occupied West Bank under Israeli security and civil control - has seen about 545 Palestinians forcibly displaced from at least 13 communities since October 7, according to information from the West Bank Protection Consortium (WBPC) and Israeli human rights organisation Yesh Din.

B'tselem Sorry to Report: Not 'vibrant democracy', this is apartheid. Abu Akleh was shot by an IDF sniper

HEBRON PRISON FOR PALESTINIANS

London Right-wing Marches On

Time to evict Suella Braverman from White Hall, no place for racists and Islamophobes.

Massive peaceful protest pro Palestine demanding end of war - London

Western Europe and the scourge of racism and Islamophobia

Ousted by hateful pro-Israel lobby for human rights support of Palestinians, Jeremy Corbyn speaks up.

Zionism: Bringing Down Jeremy Corbyn

Additional reading ...

Timeline Fascism: Silencing Criticism of Occupation | May 18th, 2021 |

And this month is has come to pass 😢 😢 Gaza Is Burning Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

IDF stops left-wing activists from touring Hebron as right holds rally against them | TOI - Dec 2022 |

Protesters from Im Tirzu shout `shame' at members of Breaking the Silence; confrontations come week after much-publicized confrontation between activists and soldiers

Palestine marks 28 years since Ibrahimi Mosque massacre | Anadolu Agency |

Horrific events took place at dawn on Feb. 25, 1994

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Integrating the UAE, United Arab Emirates, into the Israeli and U.S. intelligence and defense pact has been on the move for many years ...

US Strategic Doctrine: Integrated Deterrence
 
All these dynamics bring us to Washington's longer-term strategic vision for Gulf security. Beyond the recent deployment of marines and additional navy units, the Pentagon's strategic perspective is reflected in the 2022 National Defense Strategy (NDS), emphasizing integrated deterrence. For the Biden White House, multilateral security cooperation, interoperability among partner militaries, and integration of defensive capabilities are today more necessary than ever. 
 
The strategy calls for creating a Middle Eastern security architecture that joins the military capabilities of US Central Command, the Israeli Defense Forces, and the militaries of neighboring Arab countries to detect and defend against threats from regional adversaries, mainly Iran.
 
Already functioning GCC-US integrated air and missile defense and maritime security working groups seek to operationalize integrated deterrence and enhance military preparedness to train and streamline the transfer of critical defense capabilities. Joint military exercises, cooperation within the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) framework, and GCC-US cyber security working groups are active components of the same strategic vision to merge navy, air, and missile defense capabilities.
 
The US-led joint air defense network, the Middle East Air Defense Alliance, is also a step in the right direction for the region to better protect against Iran's attempts to use rockets, missiles, and UAVs. GCC members have spent years discussing merging air and missile defense capabilities, especially as the threat has morphed from detecting and countering ballistic missiles flying on more predictable trajectories to addressing the growing threat posed by cruise missiles and unmanned aerial systems that can loiter or change direction.
 
Another aspirational aspect of integrated deterrence is enhanced trilateral cooperation between the GCC, the EU, and NATO. The Biden administration thinks NATO can significantly improve the Gulf's maritime security, with its Standing Naval Forces capable of rapid deployment in times of crisis. The NATO naval force consists of two naval commands located in Naples, Italy, and Northwood, UK; a submarine command located in Norfolk, Virginia; four fighting naval units commanded by France, Italy, Spain, and the UK; and a unit with advanced warfare capability commanded by the US.
 
Finally, the US Congress is also increasingly on board with the integrated deterrence doctrine. As part of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress passed in 2022 the Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses (DEFEND) Act, which authorized the US Defense Secretary to establish an integrated air and missile defense system with Israel and other Middle Eastern partner militaries. The bill enjoyed broad bicameral and bipartisan support when it was introduced. Once it was attached to the NDAA, its path from bill to law was sealed. 
 
Legislators are poised to move further this year. Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, with support from fellow congressional Abraham Accords Caucus members, introduced the Maritime Architecture and Response to International Terrorism in the Middle East Act (MARITIME) Act.

The follow-up measure would authorize the Defense Department to establish an integrated maritime domain awareness capability with GCC partners to jointly guard waterways in and around the Arabian Peninsula. Rosen introduced an additional bill that promotes Middle Eastern cooperation on cybersecurity threats. The Senate Armed Services Committee has included versions of both bills in its 2024 NDAA, likely ensuring their passage into law.
 
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Today, the White House, Pentagon, and Congress are synchronized on a vision for Middle Eastern security integration based on deterrence. However, Washington is acutely aware of a "confidence crisis" in the broader regional security paradigm. There is resentment against the United States due to problems with defense sales and the overall perception of diminishing American strategic commitment to the region. Strategic competition with China is believed to be developing at the expense of Washington's willingness to devote resources to the Middle East.

Only global protests can halt this madness of more wars and suffering for ordinary people ... NOT IN MY NAME ⁉️

Washington moved the Jewish State of Israel from EUCOM to CENTCOM ahead of integrating Arab Nations through the signed Abraham Accords into a NATO defense pact with Israel leading. Sort of fell apart this month ... Peace is the best replacement for war. Stop the expansion of empirical ambition of America and colonization by Israel of Palestine.

Expansion US CENTCOM Umbrella In Middle East | 17 Jan 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 03:50:58 PM EST
Israel's Move to US CENTCOM is Transformational | Jewish Policy Center |

US CENTCOM was created in 1983 in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the failure of Operation Eagle Claw to rescue American diplomats and embassy staff held hostage in Iran.

The IDF suffered a cultural mismatch during its tenure at US EUCOM. Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, US EUCOM has seldom engaged in military operations (the Bosnia and Kosovo wars were rare exceptions). Like NATO, it prefers diplomacy and soft power solutions. The IDF, by contrast, is offensive-minded and prefers a direct approach.

The relationship reached a diplomatic crisis during the First Gulf War (1991). Israel wanted a direct liaison with the operational forces of US CENTCOM but was rebuffed. During the Iraq War, Israel was required to use US EUCOM as an interlocutor when assisting US and coalition forces in Iraq, including those tasked with containing Iran.

Like the IDF, US CENTCOM is often involved in military operations. US CENTCOM has, indeed, been the most operational command of the last two decades, leading coalitions in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Its leadership is also more culturally aligned with Israel, making it the preferred partner.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 03:54:30 PM EST
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The US Brings Israel into CENTCOM | Begin-Sadat Center ⁉️ - 22 Feb. 2021 |

In comments reported by Defense News, McKenzie said bringing Israel into CENTCOM will enable the US to place an "operational perspective" on the Abraham Accords, setting up "further corridors and opportunities to open up between Israel and Arab countries in the region" on a military-to-military level. 

This, in turn, will pave the way toward a collective regional approach to common Middle Eastern threats. McKenzie stated that the move also lines up with a US vision in which "our friends in the region do more for themselves" and in which neighbors work closely together, adding that the CENTCOM move is "a step in that direction."

Prior to the Pentagon's decision, a detailed report released by the pro-Israel Washington-based Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), which includes a number of former high-ranking American military officials as members, made the case for bringing Israel into CENTCOM's area of responsibility.

According to JINSA's director of foreign policy, Jonathan Ruhe, the idea initially received mixed responses from both defense establishments, but feedback has grown consistently more positive over the past three years.

JINSA argued that such a network could lead to the creation of a region-wide missile defense network with shared early warning alerts. The cooperation could include steps to disrupt Iranian proliferation of advanced weapons to its proxies, which target Israel, US forces, and pragmatic Sunni states alike.

In the face of these threats, CENTCOM can also initiate joint exercises and contingency plans for Iran-specific threats, thereby boosting cooperation, while Israel can find a new framework within which to share critical information from its "war between the wars" to disrupt Iranian force build-up in the region.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 03:55:29 PM EST
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Uber Russia-hawk Victoria Nuland rises to acting deputy Secretary of State | Responsible Statecraft |

She's done as much as anyone to sour US-Russia ties; now, she is one of Washington's top diplomats.

In a little-remarked move, the Biden administration announced Monday that Victoria Nuland will take over as the acting second-in-command at the State Department. She replaces Wendy Sherman, who plans to retire at the end of this week.

Nuland's appointment will be a boon for Russia hawks who want to turn up the heat on the Kremlin. But, for those who favor a negotiated end to the conflict in Ukraine, a promotion for the notoriously "undiplomatic diplomat" [a female John Bolton] will be a bitter pill.

My diary ...

America On Path to Break-up the European Union | 21 May 2018 |

Very much the theme of the AngloSaxon conservatives joined by the alt-right across the Western world ... once again warmongering coming out of the Pentagon, White House and the National Security Council under leadership of neocon John Bolton.

Crisis of today pretty much foretold by me years ago ... no surprise, just extreme sadness and anger.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 03:52:39 PM EST
Remarks on Being Awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Isaac Herzog of Israel in Jerusalem, Israel |July 14, 2022 |

President Biden. But as I look out on these proud, strong Israelis in the audience, at the nation that made the desert bloom and built the Iron Dome, I see people who are growing more secure, more integrated, more confident, and more--have greater relations with their neighbors; a nation that has forged peace before and can do it again; and a nation that will never dwell alone. Because as long as we're the United States, you will never, ever be alone.

And as you know, there's still so much more work to be done. That's why America's commitment to Israel's security remains ironclad. Today and in the future, that commitment is not about me or any other American President. It springs from the deep affinity and enduring connection between our peoples. And it is our responsibility as leaders to nurture that bond, to ensure that it grows stronger, deeper, and broader as we navigate the challenges ahead--and they will continue to be profound, and they will change.

And as a leader, I can say without hesitation that being known as a friend of Israel and receiving this award today is among the greatest honors of my career. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart. In fact--[applause].



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 03:53:36 PM EST
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Israel's religious far right has a new settler target: Tel Aviv | MEE - 28 Sept 2023 |

Violent confrontations over gender-segregated prayers have exposed an uncomfortable truth for liberal Israelis - the religious Zionist community is here to stay

First we take Hebron, then we take Tel Aviv.

Though this line may echo Leonard Cohen's famous words "First we take Manhatten, then we take Berlin", it is not a take on a popular song.

Instead it is a master plan meticulously designed by the religious Zionist community over the years - a plan now implemented using the political power of two parties within Israel's government: Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich's Religious Zionism and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir's Jewish Power.

Do not make the mistake of thinking "take Tel Aviv" is a metaphor. It is an elaborate programme to seize the one city in Israel that has become a symbol of liberalism and openness, and change it to its core.

The best way to describe the nature of this far-reaching plan is to compare it to the ongoing process of Judaisation - where Jewish citizens are sent to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem to settle and chase out Palestinian residents, a process that later targeted mixed Palestinian-Jewish cities in Israel in a bid to change the demographics there too.

The case of Tel Aviv is of course different, since most of the residents are Jewish, but, crucially, mainly secular or religious liberals. That, Smotrich and Ben Gvir's cadre believe, needs to change, spreading instead a creed of religious Zionism that is nationalistic, homophobic, xenophobic and racist.

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They are on a mission. In fact, they are missionaries, a local version of Jewish Crusaders, now openly empowered by their representation in the government. Many of them come from the illegal settlements in the West Bank, having accomplished their demographic mission there. It's time to move on.

The same people who expropriate Palestinian land now expropriate Israel's liberal public sphere. Like in the West Bank, these settlers have state backing. Minister of Settlements and National Missions Orit Strook secured 600m shekels from the budget just for this cause. Her office also has 1.6bn shekels allocated to spread and impose Judaism by other means.

There are other ministers in the government dedicated to the same mission, holding portfolios with names like "Jewish tradition" and "Jewish identity". In essence it all boils down to Jewish supremacy. And Jewish supremacy needs more nationalist religious Jews.

Settlers turn inwards

It's an intricate religious-political operational . "Judaising" secular Jews is part of their messianic vision, one necessary step towards salvation.

And while it happened in the periphery, Tel Aviv's indifferent residents were able to largely ignore it. Then it erupted out of the blue in the heart of their city at the most unexpected time: the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement and the holiest day in all Judaism.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 05:52:35 PM EST
I'd Rather Die Than Be Redeemed by This Megalomaniac West Bank Settler | Haaretz Opinion - 2 Oct 2023 |

Israel Zeira, the head of the messianic missionary organization Rosh Yehudi, is currently the spearhead of the stubborn, determined Haredi Zionist battle to religionize Tel Aviv. The interface between him and the liberal residents of the city is the front line of the civil war over the character of the state.

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Rosh Yehudi is an association whose goal is to bridge the gaps between secular and religious Israelis in the spirit of religious Zionism. It was founded in 1994 when the public dispute over the Oslo Accords threatened the very fabric of Israeli society. Originally established in Hebron, the organization moved to Tel Aviv, where it has been offering classes and educational material.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 06:59:11 PM EST
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Protesters hound homophobic rabbi in Tel Aviv amid uproar over religious group | TOI - 20 Sept 2023 |

Activists demonstrate against Yigal Levinstein and religious coercion; head of Rosh Yehudi, facing opposition to gender-segregated Yom Kippur service, says he was spat on

Fitting Bibi Netanyahu as a Zionist Megalomaniac

The Zionism of Ze'ev Jabotinsky and Benzion Netanyahu: Zionism -- Its Thinkers and Implementers

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Israel surrounds Gaza's blacked out Al-Shifa Hospital, babies on incubators die | New Arab |

Israeli tanks surround Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, which has been completely cut off and now faces a blackout as the last generator ran out yesterday, according to hospital director Muhammad Abu Salmiya. Up to 15,000 people, who are either patients in need of treatment or those who have sought shelter in the hospital grounds, are now trapped.

"Patients are dying by the minute, victims and wounded are also dying, even babies in incubators," Salmiya told Al Jazeera.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli military told the hospital that it was now considered a military zone and told the hospital to evacuate. It has faced intense Israeli bombardment for three consecutive days. The Israeli military are allegedly attacking anyone who moves outside the hospital, leading to the shooting of an ICU nurse in the maternity ward by sniper fire. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it has lost all communication with its contacts inside Al-Shifa, while they have reported that those attempting to flee the hospital have been "have been shot at, wounded and even killed". 

Doctors forced to flee al-Shifa hospital to southern Gaza recount 'terrifying' journey | MEE |

Under Israeli siege and bombardment, many at Strip's largest medical facility have had to leave, but nearly 15,000 others are facing slow death

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 09:23:43 PM EST

The genocide in Gaza is one of the worst in modern history | Mondoweiss |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 09:24:28 PM EST

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister met here today with President Ebrahim Raisi of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the sidelines of the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit

The meeting was attended by Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State, Member of the Cabinet, and National Security Adviser Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Cabinet Member for Shura Council Affairs Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed and Secretary to HRH the Crown Prince Dr. Bandar bin Obaid Al-Rasheed. - SPA

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 11:13:55 PM EST
Dr Raisi explaining results of trip to Saudi Arabia

Emphasizing that the passage of time, even if it is 75 years, does not create legitimacy and property rights for an usurping and occupying regime, Dr Raisi stated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, following the clear and explicit opinion of Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, even before the victory of the Islamic revolution, considers the issue of the liberation of Quds and the realization of the rights of the Palestinian nation as the first issue of the Islamic world and a benchmark for identifying and recognizing the true positions of countries".

The President listed the explanation of the Islamic Republic's view on Palestine and enlightenment on the dimensions of crimes against humanity, war crimes and the genocide of the Zionists in Gaza as one of his goals for participating in the Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh and said, "One of the main differences between our presence and speech in this summit compared to other participants, was introducing the United States as the main culprit in these crimes, which has played the biggest role in creating, survival, and arming and supporting the Zionist regime in the killing of Palestinian women and children".



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 11:14:37 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 11:40:05 PM EST
Xiplomacy: China elevates ties with Palestine, pledging support | Xinhua News - 16 June 2023 |

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing on Wednesday, where both announced a strategic partnership between China and Palestine.

Photo taken on April 7, 2021 shows the China-funded solar energy panels installed at a children's hospital in Gaza city. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

Abbas, who kicked off his four-day state visit to China on Tuesday, is the first Arab head of state hosted by China this year.

During their meeting on Wednesday, Xi put forward a three-point proposal for the settlement of the Palestinian question and voiced China's support for Palestine in becoming a full member state of the United Nations. He said China stands ready to play a positive role in assisting Palestine in achieving internal reconciliation and promoting peace talks.

On October 28, the UN General Assembly adopted at its emergency special session on the Palestinian question a resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian truce in Gaza. China voted in favor and co-sponsored the resolution | MFA Wang Wenbin |

Since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated, China has been calling for a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians, opening a humanitarian aid corridor and averting a larger-scale humanitarian disaster. We have played an active and constructive role in promoting the comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian question. Based on the above-stated position, China, as a co-sponsor of the draft resolution tabled by the Arab country, voted in favor of it. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly for the resolution. This reflects the international community's strong call for the fighting to stop and where it stands on the question of war and peace.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Nov 12th, 2023 at 11:43:21 PM EST
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The Torture and Hope of the Palestinian Diaspora in the US

After recently returning from the West Bank, the author finds it impossible to leave behind the occupation

The late revolutionary Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, encapsulates the intense qahr that Palestinians in Gaza have been living with for decades in his poem, "Silence for the Sake of Gaza":

What is beautiful about Gaza is that our voices do not reach it. Nothing distracts it; nothing takes its fist away from the enemy's face. Not the forms of the Palestinian state we will establish whether on the eastern side of the moon, or the western side of Mars when it is explored. Gaza is devoted to rejection ... hunger and rejection, thirst and rejection, displacement and rejection, torture and rejection, siege and rejection, death and rejection.

    Enemies might triumph over Gaza (the storming sea might triumph over an island ... they might chop down all its trees).

    They might break its bones.

    They might implant tanks on the insides of its children and women.

    They might throw it into the sea, sand, or blood.

    But it will not repeat lies and say "Yes" to invaders.

    It will continue to explode.

    It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza's way of declaring that it deserves to live.

    It will continue to explode.

    It is neither death, nor suicide. It is Gaza's way of declaring that it deserves to live.

The ray of hope is that the diaspora's personal campaigning and the humiliation of having to insist that the Palestinian people do indeed exist, have always existed and deserve to continue to exist are starting to come to fruition, resulting in what seems to be the largest international anti-war movement since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. For the past month, main thoroughfares in every major city around the globe have been shut down by a sea of Palestinian flags, despite the political push to turn the colors that symbolize a dispossessed nation into some institutionally recognized "antisemitic" emblem.

The flags of other people and nations that have also been colonized, ethnically cleansed and uprooted from their homes continue to intertwine with the Palestinian flag. Native Americans in Philadelphia have performed their rain dances and the Māori people in New Zealand have performed the haka in a display of solidarity with Palestinians, just as Jewish people sang echoing hymns in Grand Central Station in New York City amid their chanting of "Not in our name." Celtic football fans in Scotland flooded a stadium with Palestinian flags, even after they were explicitly ordered not to. From D.C. to Jakarta, a record-breaking number of protesters have been gathering together and calling for a cease-fire.

Yet despite all this grassroots international support, it seems that we have no choice but to watch as Western leaders continue with their own agendas. And those who have just tuned in must grapple with confusion, wondering to themselves: How is this still happening? How is all this carnage not enough?

From the same blog ...

I Am a Longtime Supporter of Israel. What's Happening in Gaza is Unacceptable | by Frederic C. Hof |

The fact-finding mission I led two decades ago provides a haunting lesson: When we see the shattered bodies of children, it is time for adults to stop the violence

From the Atlantic Council Rafik Hariri Center and former Ambassador to Syria ...

US strike on Syria: Assad's free ride for mass murder may be over | 7 April 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 14th, 2023 at 09:55:10 PM EST
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From my diaries ...

This morning an impressive documentary on EuroNews about the yearly March of the Living at Auschwitz with interview of a lone survivor David Schecter who lost 105 family members.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 01:02:47 PM EST
Today the Gaza Massacre perpetrated by the Jewish State of Israel ...

2.2 million need food assistance as Gaza Strip risks `sliding into hunger hell,' says WFP

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 17th, 2023 at 01:03:29 PM EST
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China hosts Arab FMs to discuss ceasefire, peace efforts in Gaza | TRT Workd |

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