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Russian photographs show US special forces working with ISIS
Russia has released aerial photographs which they say show U.S. Army Special Forces working alongside ISIS militants in eastern Syria.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the newly released images show US Army equipment being used by ISIS in the town of Deir er-Zor.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the Russian Defense Ministry claim that U.S. Special Operations Forces units “enable US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces units to smoothly advance through the ISIS formations” and because they face no resistance from ISIS, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDK) units are “advancing along the left shore of the Euphrates toward Deir er-Zor.”

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4:38 AM – Sep 24, 2017

Rt.com reports: The newly released images “clearly show that US special ops are stationed at the outposts previously set up by ISIS militants.”

“Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

This could mean that the US military staff “feel absolutely safe” in the area which is held by the terrorists, the ministry of defense stated.

 Though, the ministry claims to have identified, among others, cars, armored vehicles and tents, it does not provide information on the exact whereabouts of the US troops on the images posted.

All of the images were taken from September 8 to 12. The photos show several Cougar infantry mobility vehicles and Hummer armored vehicles of the US Army special forces, according to the Russian MoD data.

The images released by the Russian Defense Ministry encourage speculation that the US and SDF forces have some sort of “understanding” with IS terrorists operating in the region, according to Ammar Waqqaf, the director of the Gnosos think tank.

“From the footage, the Americans seem to be and the SDF seem to be quite at leisure, they are not expecting any attack any time soon,” Waqqaf told RT. “The reason why this may be the case is that there has been some sort of understandings with ISIS over there. Probably they were given some amnesty, that they are not going to be prosecuted, … or they were given guarantees that they would not be given back to the state.”

Earlier in September, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov accused the SDF of collusion with ISIS terrorists.

“SDF militants work to the same objectives as IS terrorists. Russian drones and intelligence have not recorded any confrontations between IS and the ‘third force,’ the SDF,” Konashenkov said.

The city of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria was besieged by Islamic State in 2014. The Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Air Force, broke a three-year blockade on the city in early September. The city’s liberation enabled convoys to start delivering food, medicine, and other essentials to the city, which previously had to rely on airdrops.

The liberation of Deir ez-Zor triggered a race between Syrian government forces and US-backed SDF militants. Both are holding separate operations in the area and are aiming to control the oil rich Deir ez-Zor province.


Source:  http://yournewswire.com/russian-photos-us-special-forces-isis/

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.

However, over the last couple generations, agriculture and food production has changed more than it had done over previous millennia. These changes have involved massive social upheaval as communities and traditions have been uprooted and have entailed modifying what we eat, how we grow our food and what we apply to it. All of this has been driven by geopolitical concerns and powerful commercial interests with their proprietary chemicals and patented seeds. The process of neoliberal globalisation is accelerating the process as farmers are encouraged to produce for global supply chains dominated by transnational agribusiness.

Certain crops are now genetically engineered, the range of crops we grow has become less diverse, synthetic biocides have been poured on crops and soil and our bodies have been subjected to a chemical bombardment. We have arrived at a point where we have lost touch with our deep-rooted microbiological and social connection with nature and have developed an arrogance that has placed ‘man’ above the environment and all other species. One of the consequences is that we have paid an enormous price in terms of the consequent social, environmental and health-related devastation.

Despite the promise and potential of science, it has too often in modern society become a tool of vested interests, an ideology wrapped in the vestiges of authority and the ‘superstition’ that its corporate-appointed priesthood should not be challenged nor questioned. Instead of liberating humankind, it has now too often become a tool of deception in the hands of companies like Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta which make up the oligopoly that controls what is an increasingly globalised system of modern food and agriculture.

These corporations have successfully instituted the notion that the mass application of biocides, monocropping and industrial agriculture are necessary and desirable. They are not. However, these companies have used their science and propaganda to project certainty in order to hide the fact that they have no real idea what their products and practices are doing to human health or the environment (and in cases when they do know, they do their best to cover it up or hide behind the notion of ‘commercial confidentiality‘).

Based on their limited, tainted studies and co-opted version of science, they say with certainty that, for example, genetically engineered food and glyphosate are ‘safe’. And when inconvenient truths do emerge, they will mobilise their massive lobbying resources to evade regulations, they will seek to hide the dangers of their products or they will set out to destroy scientists whose findings challenge their commercial bottom line.

Soil microbiologists are still trying to fully comprehend soil microbes and how they function as anintegrated network in relation to plants. The agrochemical sector has little idea of how their biocides have affected soils. It merely churns out public relations spin that their inputs are harmless for soil, plants and human health. Such claims are not based on proper, in-depth, long-term studies. They are based on a don’t look, don’t find approach or a manipulation of standards and procedures that ensure their products make it on to the commercial market and stay there. The devastating impacts on soil are increasingly clear to see.

And what are these biocides doing to us as humans? Numerous studies have linked the increase in pesticide us with spiralling rates of ill health. Kat Carrol of the National Health Federation is concerned about the impacts on human gut bacteria that play a big role in how organs function and our neurological health. The gut microbiome can contain up to six pounds of bacteria and is what Carroll calls ‘human soil’. She says that with their agrochemicals and food additives, powerful companies are attacking this ‘soil’ and with it the sanctity of the human body.

And her concerns seem valid. Many important neurotransmitters are located in the gut. Aside from affecting the functioning of major organs, these transmitters affect our moods and thinking. Feed gut bacteria a cocktail of biocides and is it any surprise that many diseases are increasing?

For instance, findings published in the journal ‘Translational Psychiatry’ provide strong evidence that gut bacteria can have a direct physical impact on the brain. Alterations in the composition of the gut microbiome have been implicated in a wide range of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including autism, chronic pain, depression, and Parkinson’s Disease.

Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has written extensively on the impacts of agrochemicals (especially glyphosate) on humans, not least during child and adolescent development. In her numerous documents and papers, she cites a plethora of data and studies that link the use of agrochemicals with various diseases and ailments. She has also noted the impact of these chemicals on the human gut microbiome.

Writing in The Guardian, Mo Costandi discusses the importance of gut bacteria and their balance. In adolescence the brain undergoes a protracted period of heightened neural plasticity, during which large numbers of synapses are eliminated in the prefrontal cortex and a wave of ‘myelination’ sweeps across this part of the brain. These processes refine the circuitry in the prefrontal cortex and increase its connectivity to other brain regions. Myelination is also critical for normal, everyday functioning of the brain. Myelin increases a nerve fibre’s conduction velocity by up to a hundred times, and so when it breaks down, the consequences can be devastating.

Other recent work shows that gut microbes control the maturation and function of microglia, the immune cells that eliminate unwanted synapses in the brain; age-related changes to gut microbe composition might regulate myelination and synaptic pruning in adolescence and could, therefore, contribute to cognitive development. Upset those changes, and, As Mason argues, there are going to be serious implications for children and adolescents. Mason places glyphosate at the core of the ailments and disorders currently affecting young people in Wales and the UK in general.

Yet we are still being subjected to an unregulated cocktail of agrochemicals which end up interacting with each other in the gut. Regulatory agencies and governments appear to work hand in glove with the agrochemical sector.

Carol Van Strum has released documents indicating collusion between the manufacturers of dangerous chemicals and regulatory bodies. Evaggelos Vallianatos has highlighted the massive fraud surrounding the regulation of biocides and the wide scale corruption at laboratories that were supposed to test these chemicals for safety. Many of these substances were not subjected to what was deemed proper testing in the first place yet they remain on the market. Shiv Chopra has also highlighted how various dangerous products were allowed on the commercial market and into the food chain due to collusion between these companies and public officials.

Powerful transnational corporations are using humanity as their collective guinea pig. But those who question them or their corporate science are automatically labelled anti-science and accused of committing crimes against humanity because they are preventing their products from being commercialised ‘to help the poor or hungry’. Such attacks on critics by company mouthpieces who masquerade as public officials, independent scientists or independent journalists are mere spin. They are, moreover, based on the sheer hypocrisy that these companies (owned and controlled by elite interests) have humanity’s and the environment’s best interests at heart.

Many of these companies have historically profited from violence. Unfortunately, that character of persists. They directly profit on the back of militarism, whether as a result of the US-backed ‘regime change’ in Ukraine or the US invasion of Iraq. They also believe they can cajole (poison) nature by means of chemicals and bully governments and attack critics, while rolling out propaganda campaigns for public consumption.

Whether it involves neocolonialism and the destruction of indigenous practices and cultures under the guise of ‘development’, the impoverishment of farmers in India, the twisting and writing of national and international laws, the destruction of rural communities, the globalisation of bad food and illness, the deleterious impacts on health and soil, the hollowing out of public institutions and the range of human rights abuses we saw documented during The Monsanto Tribunal, what we are witnessing is structural violence in many forms.

Pesticides are in fact “a global human rights concern” and are in no way vital to ensuring food security. Ultimately, what we see is ignorance, arrogance and corruption masquerading as certainty and science.

“… when we wound the planet grievously by excavating its treasures – the gold, mineral and oil, destroy its ability to breathe by converting forests into urban wastelands, poison its waters with toxic wastes and exterminate other living organisms – we are in fact doing all this to our own bodies… all other species are to be enslaved or driven to extinction if need be in the interests of human ‘progress’… we are part of the same web of life –where every difference we construct artificially between ‘them’ and ‘us’ adds only one more brick to the tombstone of humankind itself.” – from ‘Micobes of the World Unite!’ By Satya Sager

Colin Todhunter is an independent writer https://twitter.com/Colin_Todhunter

Source: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/stomach-churning-violence-monsanto-bayer-argrochemical-oligopoly/

(Truthstream Media) When Putin carries out airstrikes in Syria, he sees ISIS.

When the U.S. disputes the same targets, it sees Syrian rebel groups and the Free Syrian Army.

The mercenaries, armed with American weapons and Pentagon-source payrolls, aren’t terrorists, they are “relatively moderate rebel factions like al-Qaeda.”

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Such is the delusion that goes on and on under the spell of the War on Terror. But the re-branding of ISIS to create a new enemy in the wake of bin Laden’s death has been too much for much of anyone to take.

But apparently it took Putin to call out the Naked Empire in our misguided and badly executed quest for a New American Century.

The Obama Administration is working overtime to officially state that white is black, as it scrambles to portray Russia’s decisive action to defend Assad against the Islamic State in Syria as an attack on NATO’s pet proxy – a sovereign Mickey Mouse rebel squadron. Its cast members play double roles, first in rebel force costumes and an encore in Jihadi John jumpsuits, strike fear in all directions – and are not to be questioned as phonies or fakes.

But is anyone buying it? After all, it has been many long years of painful and transparent lies. Assad’s supposed use of chemical weapons was the silliest yet. Do we really have to put up with the non-sense as if we don’t know we’re being tricked and screwed with? Does it really take Putin to stand up to the playground bully?

 The U.S. has left itself open to blackmail on its naked strategy of creating its own terrorist enemy – and pretending not to be a shadow boxer. Now, Putin has called the West’s bluff like a skilled poker player. In tow, Assad even claimed that

Al-Nusra and ISIS operate with such a force in the region under Western cover, because Western states have always believed that terrorism is a card they can pull from their pocket and use from time to time..

After years of Obama acting impotent to stop ISIS, while daily fueling fears on broadcast media about ISIS, Russia has invited the U.S. to join in taking out the very vehicle it created to sow chaos in the region.

Talk about watching your investment go up in flames – it is one thing to see eggs cracked to make omelets, but it is another to see a perfectly good mess go to waste. They had every intention of playing “you break it, you buy it,” but someone got in their way. They would have gotten away with it too, if not for you darn kids!

Given that Putin reached an understanding with Netanyahu just before the airstrikes began, one could even wonder if the scales were tipping on the balance of power.

The only question is: will Putin’s taunting deflate the U.S. war machine in tandem with the dollar, or will the Pentagon double down for a round of WWIII saber-rattling and try to bite off more entanglement in the region?

Even when Israeli leaders, unlike Netanyahu, kept a low profile, it took years to shake off the accusation that the Jewish state pushed America into destroying Iraq

ed note–‘chock full o’ goodies’ as we like to say here.

1. Note how our esteemed Hebraic author frames the sub-title, as if there were ANY FREAKING DOUBT WHATSOFREAKINGEVER that indeed it was Judea, Inc that pushed RELENTLESSLY AND BEGINNING A MERE MICROSECOND AFTER THE 9/11 ATTACKS for Iraq’s destruction. The record is there and the various names and characters making up the minyan who indeed pushed RELENTLESSLY for Iraq’s destruction is now part of the public record and anyone claiming otherwise is either a fool or a liar.

2. For those who can’t seem to wrap their mind around WHY there is this present ‘clash of civilizations’ taking place within La Kosher Nostra, with a gaggle of political gangsters on ‘the right’ (Likud) cat-fighting with political gangsters on ‘the left’ (Labor) this essay by our esteemed Hebraic author gives us a better perspective as to why this gangwar is taking place.

As we have discussed here many, many times, the Jews are by no means a monolithic group, despite what historically has been the seemingly unbreakable cohesiveness of their war against Gentiledom. There are smart elements making up Judea, Inc and not-so-smart elements, and all anyone need do in better understanding this fact is to study the history of the war between the Jews and the Romans that led to the complete and utter destruction of Judea and the 2,000 years of persecution for ‘the wandering Jew’.

First, a few notable quotables from our esteemed Hebraic writer’s piece–

‘The last thing that’s good for Netanyahu – and for Israel – is for international and American public opinion to suspect that he cajoled the U.S. president…The last thing that Israel needs is to be seen as having shifted attention away from North Korea’s ballistic missiles, which pose a far more acute danger to America’s national security, and that it forced Washington to deal with two major crises at once or that it played a key role in sparking a clash that ultimately leads to U.S. soldiers being killed in battle…’

In other words, Netanyahu needs to keep his bullying, badgering and blackmailing under wraps lest the Gentiles see it for what it is–Israel demanding YET ANOTHER war in the Middle East with America doing all the dirty work.


‘If there is a sudden and serious deterioration in relations between Washington and Tehran over the next few weeks, Israel will be hard-pressed to deny that this is what it wanted to achieve all along and when things get complicated, as they always do, it will be easy to point an accusatory finger at Netanyahu and his country.’

In other words, ‘when war breaks out, everyone will remember that Israel was the one pushing for it and we won’t be able to shut up those making such an accusation with the typical charges of ‘blood libel’ and ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theory’.


‘A sudden spike in tensions with Tehran, never mind an eventual deterioration to actual war, would exact a steep price from Trump and the U.S. and if that happens, you can forget about the beautiful friendship between the two leaders: Trump will quickly blame Netanyahu for pushing him into such a dangerous adventure and if Netanyahu isn’t around by then, Israel will have to foot the bill for him, as it always does…’

No further explanation needed, it speaks for itself.

The smarter elements today understand that not only CAN history repeat itself, indeed it WILL if something is not done to get the dumber elements under control or at least so that the violent, messianic and apocalyptic noises they are making these days aren’t so loud.

Our esteemed Hebraic author knows full well that indeed it was his cousins who authored the destruction of Iraq–going all the way back to the early 1990’s –and that indeed it is these same cousins now trying to bring about the same process for Iran and that there is a good chance that this time it may have repercussions that cause Gentiledom to wake up and smell the gelfilte fish in all of it. It is this–and not the murder of 75 million Iranians that could very well get out of control and involve the Russians–that has him worried, that the trance in which Gentiledom is currently held whereby Jewish interests merely whisper a few sweet nothings into the ears of Americans in order to put them to sleep vis a vis the plan on the part of Israel to use America’s blood and treasure in furthering her messianic and Apocalyptic agenda will lose its magic properties and in the process, a repeat of the events of 70 AD which NO JEW ANYWHERE wants to see take place again.

Chemi Shalev, Haaretz

If the Israeli prime minister were at his best right now, he wouldn’t insist on putting the nuclear deal with Iran at the top of his public agenda but rather would leave it for his most private discussions. He would go along with the tone set by Donald Trump on Monday night at the start of his meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, by ignoring Iran and talking exclusively about peace with the Palestinians. If Netanyahu were focused only on efforts to push the U.S. to abandon the nuclear deal – even at the risk of war – he would do whatever he could to convince everyone that this was the furthest thing from his mind.

Because the last thing that Trump wants is to be seen as Netanyahu’s stooge. The last thing that’s good for Netanyahu – and for Israel – is for international and American public opinion to suspect that he cajoled the U.S. president, whom many people see as a fool, to abandon an agreement that most of the world supports. The last thing that Israel needs is to be seen as having shifted attention away from North Korea’s ballistic missiles, which pose a far more acute danger to America’s national security, that it forced Washington to deal with two major crises at once, or that it played a key role in sparking a clash that ultimately leads to U.S. soldiers being killed in battle.

Israel needed many long years to refute the allegation that, together with its neo-conservative lackeys in Washington, it pushed George W. Bush into the war with Iraq, and this at a time when, unlike Netanyahu, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon maintained a low public profile. If there is a sudden and serious deterioration in relations between Washington and Tehran over the next few weeks, Israel will be hard-pressed to deny that this is what it wanted to achieve all along. When things get complicated, as they always do, it will be easy to point an accusatory finger at Netanyahu and his country.

But even in more normal times, when it comes to Iran, Netanyahu can’t help himself. Just as he once anointed himself Mr. Terror, he now casts himself as the only prophet of doom on Iran. With impressive historical creativity, Netanyahu and his allies have convinced themselves that his controversial March 2015 address to Congress opposing the Iran deal was a stroke of genius, even though it was actually a complete failure. The speech was too arrogant and too confrontational. It left Democratic lawmakers no choice but to back their President Barack Obama and his nuclear deal, it tarnished Israel’s standing in the liberal wing of American politics, perhaps irrevocably, and it soured the relations, which Netanyahu has since poisoned, between Israel and parts of American Jewry. But we showed everyone how just we are, the right-wingers tend to say in such situations, and that’s the only thing that matters.

In March 2015, Netanyahu had elections in mind; now he has police investigations to worry about. The public focus on the existential threat posed by Iran diminishes and makes a mockery of petty concerns about the boxes of cigars or crates of Champagne he received as “gifts” from his billionaire clients. It casts Netanyahu as a courageous leader with a vision rather than as a small-time pilferer of state funds or a sucker for expensive gifts, as he is sometimes is seen by the press. It compels the media to give him the respect he and his wife think he deserves, rather than consigning him to the sidelines, as he whined, during his recent visit in South America, which he described as unimaginably historic.

At the same time, if the president of the United States were at his best now, he would remind Netanyahu that Washington, D.C., is known as a one-crisis town. That it cannot concurrently handle two major international confrontations, which could both descend into violent clashes. He would bargain with Netanyahu about the degree of U.S. resoluteness in trying to distance Iran from Israel’s northern border with Syria, promise to make sure Tehran is kept to its end of the nuclear deal and tell the Israeli prime minister to get off his case, and quickly. The American expression is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and the Iranian deal, with all its deficiencies, ain’t broke right now. Talk of changing or improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is pure fantasy; Iran would never agree to it, such a president would tell Netanyahu, given that most of the world would view Tehran as the victim and take its side against the American bully.

The current U.S. commander-in-chief, on the other hand, is the unguided missile known as Trump, whose strategic views are shaped by the contest between the thought-out counsel of his advisers and the irrepressible demands of his ego. Trump is bent on erasing whatever memory he can of Obama, whose lingering popularity drives him bananas, including the Iran accord. He wants to be able to say that he kept all of his campaign promises, no matter how ludicrous they were. He seeks to show the world he couldn’t care less about all of the diplomats, experts and foreign dignitaries who are urging him not to renege on a deal that the U.S. worked hard to achieve and which most of the world continues to support. He knows much better, believe me.

If one relies solely on his opening statement in New York on Monday night, Trump intends to proceed carefully and not to seem too eager to take on Iran, at least not while Israel’s prime minister is seated next to him. But if one takes into account Trump’s record, it’s only a matter of time before he starts threatening Tehran with fire and fury and the worst destruction in all history while he starts insulting Supreme Leader Khamenei as Man in Black or something, just as he called Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man.” A sudden spike in tensions with Tehran, never mind an eventual deterioration to actual war, would exact a steep price from Trump and the U.S. and if that happens, you can forget about the beautiful friendship between the two leaders: Trump will quickly blame Netanyahu for pushing him into such a dangerous adventure and if Netanyahu isn’t around by then, Israel will have to foot the bill for him, as it always does.

Source:  https://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/must-read-netanyahu-is-setting-up-israel-up-as-the-fall-guy-for-u-s-iran-clash/

Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide
but has done so with absolute transparency

By Stanley L Cohen

Stanley L Cohen is a lawyer and human rights activist
who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa.


Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it?

Although the UN Security Council, with rare uniformity, chastised Israel for flouting the law of occupation, the resolution, crafted with ambiguous lawyerly precision, left experienced thinkers on the subject debating just what it means.

In its most ambitious read, some would argue it appears that the decree concerned the occupation as a whole, and swept within its prohibitive reach all settlement activity since 1967 when Israel seized the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Arab-Palestinian control.

Others view its advisory language as helpful through its continued embrace of the time-tired two-state solution and its apparent call for a return to the status quo ante of some 15 years ago when illegal settlements had not as yet swallowed much more than 60 percent of the West Bank.

In its least appealing landscape painting, it would appear that the resolution seemingly bestows upon already completed settlements de facto legitimacy and addresses only that part of the building glut currently under way or planned for tomorrows yet to come.

To make matters worse, despite its gratuitous dicta, the resolution remains very much a toothless declaration without any enforcement mechanism whatsoever – essentially relying upon a sudden burst of Israeli conscience to reverse a steady march of indifference to international law that has led Israel’s way since the very first day it was manufactured from stolen land in Palestine.

Predictable in immediacy and urgency, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw his weekly tantrum, accusing the world of a dark conspiracy organised by the soon to be ex-President of the United States, Barack Obama, who on his way out of the door after years of obsequious obedience to Israeli will, has suddenly discovered that it’s OK to say no … well … maybe … or perhaps, to its glaring intransigence.

But then again, it’s kind of hard to take seriously “pressure” exerted by a country that has just enriched Israel’s military coffers and occupation to the tune of $38bn.

Netanyahu told the world just what he thinks of the UN and its resolution when he announced plans to proceed with the building of thousands of new housing units in Jerusalem in particular.

“Israel will not turn its other cheek,” Netanyahu proclaimed as he went on to prophesy a “plan of action” against the UN directly. Not long thereafter he suspended working ties with the UK, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand, those countries that supported the resolution.

Netanyahu should quit while he’s ahead, but he just can’t. There is no incentive. Like the hundreds of earlier resolutions critical of Israeli policies, as worded, the most recent condemnation by the UN can do little more than cry out for justice in the night from a state built from the marrow of genocide.

I get “bombast”, “brash” and, at times, even “bully”. However, it’s the two-legged beasts that feed on the innocent I do not. Netanyahu is very much that kind of beast – an ogre who lives in a world surrounded by dark, deadly thoughts. With delusion his ally, dishonesty his friend and death his messenger, he thumbs his nose at the world as his reign of state terror consumes more and more civilian victims guilty of no offence other than breathing the air that surrounds them and seeking a free life.

When the history of our times is written, an honest accounting will no doubt add Netanyahu’s wicked shadow – and that of his predecessors – to the list of fiends that have seen the world as little more than a playground within which to use their toys of death and despair – always, of course, for the right reasons and always, of course, against the meek and defenceless among us.

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One need not rest upon obtuse historical footnotes to find abundant, indeed systemic, acts of extermination carried out by Israel since 1948 against Palestinians.

Beginning with its mass expulsion, rape and murder at the onset of the Nakba (the Catastrophe) Israel has devoted itself to 68 years of non-stop genocide coming up for air only periodically to retool or to change the nature of its weaponry of choice.

What started out with the expulsion, at gunpoint, of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homeland set in motion a refugee stampede that has grown to more than seven million displaced and stateless people, providing the world more than a disturbing glimpse of what was to come decades later in Syria.

Over the years, Israel has found diverse ways to kill more than 400,000 Palestinian civilians and injure or cripple two to three times as many, including tens of thousands of women and children. Whether by tank fire, rockets, or cluster or phosphorus bombs, it has given new meaning to the evil of willful group slaughter.

In its thirst to ethnically cleanse all of Palestine of its remaining inhabitants, it has made use of starvation, in violation of Additional Protocol I to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, as a method of war targeting foodstuffs, crops and livestock throughout the occupied territories.

In particular, it has destroyed more than a million olive trees which not only serve as an essential mainstay of Palestinian culture but, along with hundreds of thousands of razed fruit trees, constitute key products of a Palestinian national economy largely in various states of ruin.

In Gaza, Israel has targeted hospitals, schools, daycare centres, multi-storey apartment complexes, UN Relief and Works Agency shelters and mental health clinics with a deadly proficiency that would make historic war criminals blush with envy.

It has laid waste to thousands of its hardscrabble built homes and left upwards of a hundred thousand Palestinians internally displaced, indeed homeless – leaving many families at a breaking point.

For the survivors of the Gaza killing fields, Israel has made life unbearable over the past decade though a criminal embargo that not only guarantees insufficient caloric intake, fresh water and medicine, but denies to its 1.8 million survivors building materials essential for the reconstruction of its beleaguered, and largely levelled, infrastructure.

Not satisfied with physical pain alone, with cruel, wanton abandon, it is no stretch to find that its master plan has consciously induced levels of post-traumatic stress disorder unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Given all these palpable elements of ethnic cleansing, it is reasonably projected that Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020, thereby once again driving several million traumatised refugees out on to the road of an uncertain and dangerous diaspora.

In the West Bank, Israel’s calculus of pain and punishment is largely a difference without a distinction: one that varies in form but not intent or ultimate goal.

Not satisfied with the 531 villages and localities it depopulated and completely eradicated during the early days of the Nakba, since 1967 Israel has stolen, resettled and annexed almost all of the West Bank, including much of East Jerusalem, in clear violation of Article 4 of the Geneva Conventions which prohibit an occupation force from doing little more than erecting limited bases for its own security needs in occupied land.

During this criminal land grab, it has approved, indeed subsidized, the building of illegal housing for some 800,000 – largely immigrant – settlers at the same time it has destroyed almost 50,000 Palestinian structures, largely homes, many of them ages-old, rendering tens of thousands of its indigenous population homeless, often destitute or dependent upon the largesse of already overcrowded housing of family or friends.

Claims of Israeli genocide have been substantiated time and time again by a host of independent human rights organisations and NGOs with no axe to grind.

Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with complete transparency, as if to say to the world: “Yes, we did it! and we are beyond the reach of international law.”

Sourced from aljazeera.com


“When I become president, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one. We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem”  — President Elect Donald Trump, who means what he says and will be Israel’s best friend.

Source: https://www.darkmoon.me/2017/israels-never-ending-crimes/

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