Whitewashing Israeli Murder by Torture

by Stephen Lendman

img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-241762″ style=”border: 1px solid black; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;” title=”A Palestinian woman reacts as an Israeli soldier detains her son in Hebron” src=”http://www.veteranstoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/torture.jpg” alt=”” width=”342″ height=”256″ />Torture is official Israeli policy. It’s longstanding. Palestinian suffering explains best. Thousands every year are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. Their physical and emotional scars bear witness.

Accountability is long overdue. Arafat Jaradat is Israel’s latest victim. Israel tortured him to death. His body bore clear signs. Autopsy evidence proved it.

Severe upper body bruising, blisters, and blot clots were visible. Multiple broken bones in his neck, ribs, spine, arms and legs were discovered.

Israel initially attributed his death to cardiac arrest. On February 28, Haaretz headlined “Death of Palestinian in Israeli jail not due to abuse or poisoning, autopsy finds.”
Israel’s Health Ministry said so. It lied. Alleged findings turned truth on its head. Institute of Forensic Medicine officials said Jaradat’s cause of death remains undetermined.
Chief pathologist, Dr. Yehuda Hiss, conducted the autopsy. Israeli Health Ministry head, Arnon Afek, witnessed it.
PA chief pathologist, Dr. Saber Aloul was there at the time. His assessment was blunt. Jaradat’s body bore clear signs of torture, he said.
Shin Bet interrogators tortured him to death. They were caught red-handed. They denied culpability. Lies and coverup define Israeli policy. They follow all Israeli crimes.
Jaradat was in good health when arrested. Days later he was dead. Israel bears full responsibility.
More tests are being conducted. Final results are expected in about another two weeks. Health Ministry officials claimed bruises and broken bones were “characteristic of findings of a resuscitation.”
Israel Prison Service and Magen David Adom medical personnel spent “50 minutes in an effort to save” him.
Perhaps they beat him to death trying. Israel notoriously whitewashes truths. Officials are paid to lie. Death by torture killed Jaradat. He was murdered in cold blood.
“Who killed Arafat Jaradat,” asked Gideon Levy? Knowing is as simple as saying Shin Bet. His death became “a national symbol.” Hopefully he didn’t die in vain.
West Bank anger’s on the boil. More on that below. Prison conditions haven’t changed. Gulag harshness continues. Palestinians are incarcerated for wanting to live free.
Israel calls them terrorists. Rogue states operate that way. Israel’s by far the region’s worst.
Palestinians mourn Jaradat’s death. Flags on King Hussein High School’s roof fly at half mast. His brother Mohammed was with him the night he was arrested.
He viewed his body in the morgue. He remembers ugly bruises on his forehead and legs, swollen wrists, and blood stains in his nose. He was told his ribs were broken.
“Is it possible a person suspected of (stone-throwing) was tortured to death under interrogation,” asked Levy.
“Did he really die in the solitary confinement cell at Megiddo Prison, or had he been transferred there after his death in Jamameh in order to blur the fact that he died under interrogation, as his family suspects?”
He was strong and athletic. He hadn’t been ill a day in his life. He was a third year Al-Quds Open University student.
He didn’t resist arrest. Neighbors said soldiers beat him anyway. They heard him scream. Days later, his family learned he was dead. He’s Palestine’s latest martyr.
He won’t soon be forgotten. Palestinians demand justice. They’ve been protesting for days. After Friday prayers, thousands rallied supportively. They did so across the West Bank.
Israel responded violently. Nonviolent demonstrators were attacked. Israel does viciously with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, skunk water, and at times live fire.
Dozens were injured. Clashes broke out near Ofer Prison. High-velocity tear gas canisters were fired. Some hit passing vehicles. Others hit two ambulances.
Calls for a third Intifada are heard. Some believe it started. It’s long overdue. Liberation won’t come otherwise. Confronting the Israeli beast takes courage. Ending occupation harshness is crucial. Living free matters most.
In February, Israel kidnapped 382 Palestinians. Women and children were included. Multiple neighborhood incursions occur daily.
Palestinians have no place to hide. Police state harshness terrorizes them.
Preliminary Jaradat autopsy results are in. Dr. Saber Aloul conducted Palestine’s examination. He said:
“Reason of Death: nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of (his) injuries, which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture.”
Signs of severe upper back, spine, chest, and arms bruising were visible. Blood was inside his nose. More was around his mouth. Multiple broken bones in his neck, spine, ribs, arms and legs were discovered.
His heart was completely healthy. No evidence of damage or weakness was found.
Injuries discovered were recent and severe. Torture caused them. Dozens of Palestinians died in detention. Others succumbed after release.
Thousands languish in Israeli gulag hell. Human rights defenders are targeted. Addameer legal researcher Mourad Jadallah said:
“This is a way to (break) the principle of solidarity between the Palestinian people and the Palestinian prisoners, and the case of the Palestinian prisoners in the conscience of the Palestinian people.”
Collective punishment is enforced. No one’s safe in Palestine. Children are vulnerable like adults. Stop the Wall’s Jamal Juma says “Israel’s drunk with power.”
Its government reflects “right wing fascism.” Total control is policy. Viciousness enforces it. Palestinian resistance is brutally targeted. He expects a third Intifada.
People only take so much before exploding. Perhaps it’s soon. He and others want Israel challenged judicially.
They want sanctions, boycotts, and divestment imposed. They want long denied accountability.
Israel’s whole system is corrupt. It’s immoral, oppressive and lawless. Palestinians have a right to live free. They’re committed to fight for it.
Last October, Addameer’s Ayman Nasser was targeted. He was violently arrested and detained.
He’s outrageously charged with supporting Palestinian prisoners. Israel accuses him of calling for their freedom. He spoke for others saying he “supports the prisoners issue even if the cost is my freedom.”
Jadallah shares his sentiment. Liberating struggles will continue, he said.
“It’s very emotional and sensitive for Palestinians all over the world. They look to the prisoners as the real leaders.”
“The prisoners issue means that we are still in occupation and we still have to resist.”
“We are ready to pay the price. Just like Ayman said, I am supporting the Palestinian prisoners and I am ready to pay my freedom as a price for my support.”
Many others feel the same way. On February 27, Addameer headlined “The Prisons Will Be Gone, and the Shackles Broken.”

On March 4, it commemorates its 20th anniversary. Everyone is welcome. Ramallah’s Cultural Palace is host venue.
Palestinian art work will be displayed. A photo exhibit will be featured. Cultural performances will follow.
“Together we will bring the prisoners issue to the forefront of Palestinian sentiment.” Doing so is vital for everyone to know.

A Final Comment

Eileen Fleming is an author, writer and activist. She’s in the forefront of Mordechai Vanunu’s liberating struggle.
Her new book is titled “Vanunu’s WAIT for Liberty: Remembering The USS Liberty and My Life as a Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012.”
It’s the fourth in the series she began writing in 2005. She’s been to both sides of Israel’s Separation Wall seven times.

She founded the Public Service WeAreWideAwake.org. She did so after her first trip. She’s written over 1,000 related articles. She provides information vital to know.
Pre-9/11, she had no interest in politics, she said. That event changed her. It compelled her to travel to Israel and Palestine.

In 2005, she met Vanunu. Israel imprisoned him for 18 years. He exposed its nuclear weapons program. He was released in 2004. He’s severely restricted. He can’t give interviews. Speaking to foreigners is prohibited.

Fleming was inspired to act. She’s does so ever since. She does it honorably. She’s supports right over wrong.
She challenges what needs to be exposed and changed. She struggles for what’s vital to support. She inspires others to act the same way.

About the Author: Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.
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Journalist BLOCKED and CENSORED by TIME WORLD!

by Eileen Fleming
Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Journalists Helen Thomas and Eileen FlemingTwo days ago, this reporter posted the following comment at the TIME WORLD article, Iran: Khamenei’s Ban of Nuclear Weapons Binding | TIME.com:

In April 2010, Iran hosted a conference in Tehran on nuclear disarmament and sixty countries were represented but NOT the USA!
Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei issued a statement delivered at the conference stating that nuclear weaponry was “haram” meaning prohibited under Islam and he also blew the doors off Israel’s and America’s nuclear deceptions:

“If America’s claims of fighting the proliferation of nuclear weapons were not false, would the Zionist regime be able to turn the occupied Palestinian lands into an arsenal where a huge number of nuclear weapons are stored while refusing to respect international regulations in this regard, especially the NPT?

“There is only one government that has committed a nuclear crime so far. Only the government of the United States of America has attacked the oppressed people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in an unfair and inhumane war”using or even threatening to use such weapons is a serious violation of the most basic rules of philanthropy and is a clear manifestation of war crimes.

“The greatest violators of the NPT are the powers who have reneged on their obligation to dispose of nuclear weapons mentioned in Article 6 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. These powers have even surpassed other countries with respect to promoting nuclear weapons in the world. By providing the Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and supporting its policies, these powers play a direct role in promoting nuclear weapons which is against the obligations they have undertaken according to Article 1 of the NPT.

“We believe that besides nuclear weapons, other types of weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons also pose a serious threat to humanity.

“The Iranian nation, which is itself a victim of chemical weapons, feels more than any other nation the danger that is caused by the production and stockpiling of such weapons and is prepared to make use of all its facilities to counter such threats. We consider the use of such weapons as haram (religiously forbidden) and believe that it is everyone’s duty to make efforts to secure humanity against this great disaster.”

On 5 April 2009, President Obama stood on the world stage in Prague and admitted, “As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. When we fail to pursue peace, then it stays forever beyond our grasp. We know the path when we choose fear over hope. To denounce or shrug off a call for cooperation is an easy but also cowardly thing to do. That’s how wars begin. That’s where human progress ends.

“The voices of peace and progress must be raised together.
“Human destiny will be what we make of it.
“Words must mean something.”

In 1987, from Ashkelon prison, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Mordechai Vanunu wrote:

“The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.

“This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle.

“Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over [and] this issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.

“Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?” The Fierce Urgency of All Thing Nuclear

Since that comment and link remains-and before the worn out and inaccurate canard of ‘SPAMMING’ is hurled at me because I OFFER information- I wonder WHAT happened and WHY the following COMMENTS have disappeared-as in CENSORED- from Obama, Netanyahu Seem Headed for US-Israel Clash by AP / Amy Teibel and I am no longer able to login with my Facebook Account..

What is now missing from the TIME WORLD thread but remains on my Facebook Wall are:

Israeli peacemaker Jonathan Ben Artzi, a PhD candidate at Brown University and nephew to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has witnessed a lifetime of Israel’s abuse of Palestinians, declared:

“Sometimes it takes a good friend to tell you when enough is enough. As they did with South Africa two decades ago, concerned citizens across the US can make a difference by encouraging Washington to get the message to Israel that this cannot continue.”

“If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.”-excerpted from VANUNU’S WAIT for LIBERTY, Remembering the USS LIBERTY and My Life as a Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012

LibertySurvivor wrote: “Is it not time for the US to allow a real Congressional Investigation of the deliberate attack on the USS Liberty? Is it? Forty five years plus the survivors have been waiting. Justice in this country? LOL”

My response ‘disappeared’ within seconds-but remains captured on my FB WALL:

YES indeed and BTW, one reason I ran for US HOUSE in 2012 to raise awareness about Israel’s attack on America’s premier spy ship on 8 June 1967.
VERY sad that TIME keeps deleting my efforts/comments-although the one they just censored from this thread remains on my FACEBOOK WALL and also in my 4th book- VANUNU’S WAIT for LIBERTY, Remembering the USS LIBERTY and My Life as a Candidate of Conscience for US HOUSE 2012

All TIME WORLD accomplished was to lead me back to my dinner conversation with Journalist and Former White House correspondent Ms. Helen Thomas and another excerpt from my fourth book:

After cheese cake for desert I asked Ms. Thomas what she would advise anyone who wanted to go into the field of journalism and she stated,

“Go for it! It’s the greatest profession in the world because you are always learning and you are aware of the world, so you just might be able to affect change.

“You cannot have a democracy without an informed people.

“Information is everything; it enlarges your intellect and that guides you.

“The job is to follow the truth and report where it leads you!

“Right and wrong is not relative. Empathy is fine but kindness and sympathy do not change the facts and conscience is everything!

“Leaders are suppose to do the right thing and we should back up the president when he does the right thing; but drop him when he doesn’t.

“The WHY is the most important question-not that something happened- but WHY did it happen?

“Somewhere along the way America lost its soul.

“People have to rise up but Americans have become so passive and power overwhelmingly abusive.”

I responded, “So how do we fix this situation?”

Ms. Thomas replied, “It’s being done!”

I also brought up Ms. Thomas’s first and last question to President Obama regarding Middle East nuclear weapons when he blew her off claiming he didn’t want to ‘speculate’ and her ‘peers’ remained mute, although the State Department has reams of documentation about Israel’s WMD.

Ms. Thomas replied, “They have no conscience.”

I also claim their lack of integrity borders on treason!

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Seeking Daylight Between US and Israel

     
by Eileen Fleming
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012


On Monday, Mitt Romney addressed 400 cadets and invited guests in Lexington at the Virginia Military Institute, in what was billed as a major foreign policy address and vowed to “change course in the Middle East” and that the President’s responsibility is “to use America’s great power to shape history—not to lead from behind, leaving our destiny at the mercy of events.”

He added, “Hope is not a strategy” but he knows “the president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope.”

Mitt made broad critiques of Obama’s “passivity,” but he did not call for any new-armed intervention in any Mideast conflict.

Much of Romney’s address focused on Iran, but he offered no solutions that differ from Obama’s policy of tightening sanctions and insisting that an Iranian nuclear bomb is intolerable.

Romney did not call for a new “red line” on Iran as Israel has said it wants, or say if he would be open to a U.S. attack on Iran to stop them from acquiring “nuclear capability” so Israel doesn’t have to do it now.

Romney charged that Obama’s poor relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has help embolden Iran and other adversaries.

In reference to Obama’s early administration statement to “put some daylight” between the United States and Israel, Romney “will reaffirm our historic ties to Israel and our abiding commitment to its security. The world must never see any daylight between our two nations.”

Former Israeli peace negotiator, Daniel Levy, a Senior Fellow and Director for Middle East and North Africa at the European Council on Foreign Relations responded:

“Israel is denying the very dignity and freedom to Palestinians, often their co-religionists and fellow Arabs, that Romney is claiming to support. No daylight means very few new friends and many more missed opportunities. ‘No daylight with ‘our closest ally’ Israel is also rather hard to reconcile with this commitment: ‘I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state,’ unless Romney believes that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning a real November surprise – withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem to facilitate a Palestinian state.

“Or perhaps Romney’s choice of words here was no coincidence. For Romney a Palestinian state must be ‘democratic and prosperous.’ He dropped the word ‘viable,’ international diplomatic-speak for a state with contiguous territory, external borders, a capital, etc. Perhaps Romney supports a non-viable Palestinian state, otherwise known as a Bantustan, in which case he has a partner in Prime Minister Netanyahu, and no problem with the ‘no daylight’ clause.”


Mitt is not advocating that the US should lead, but that he can be led to ignore Israel’s continuing colonization of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Both Romney and Obama’s Israel Palestine policy is one of conflict management; not about seeking a just peace.

Regarding foreign aid, Romney said he “will make it clear to the recipients of our aid that in return for our material support, they must meet the responsibilities of every decent modern government.”
Israel has received the greatest amount of U.S. foreign aid of any other state, but it does NOT respect the rights of all of its citizens-the 1.4 million ‘Arab Israelis’ and the 4 million Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Unlike Mitt, Obama and all of Congress this candidate for US HOUSE has actually been to occupied Palestine seven times since 2005, and as I responded to the Orlando based HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS:

My top priority if elected is changing USA foreign policy that endangers this homeland.

Since 2005, I have been to both sides of The Wall in Israel Palestine seven times: to learn, report and support nonviolent Palestinians, Israelis and International resisters of the military occupation of Palestine, which is viewed everywhere in the world-except America-as a US-Israeli collaboration.
Jonathan Ben Artzi, a nephew of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spent eighteen months in jail for refusing to serve in the IDF pleaded,

“Sometimes it takes a good friend to tell you when enough is enough. As they did with South Africa two decades ago, concerned citizens across the US can make a difference by encouraging Washington to get the message to Israel that this cannot continue. If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.”


My Goal in connection with this issue is to hold America to its obligations as a Member State of the UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS which includes holding ALL other Member States to it: Read more…
 
The establishment of Israel’s very statehood was contingent upon their upholding the UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS and affirmed on 14 May 1948, in The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel:

“On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.”


I am Eileen Fleming for US HOUSE and I approve of ALL of my messages:

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Dear Jon, The Palestinian Culture and If I Can’t Laugh-It’s NOT My REVOLUTION!

by Eileen Fleming
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
     
Eileen FlemingThe Palestinians have been around for thousands of years and they still don’t have their own country-the Israelis for around 60 years -and counting Florida they have two!

As a candidate for US HOUSE, District 5, Florida who has been to BOTH sides of The Wall seven times since 2005, the best laugh of my day came while watching The Daily Show when Al Madrigal nailed the US-Israeli Palestinian conflict with that comment vis-a-vis CULTURE!

Watch that segment here:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-31-2012/democalypse-2012—national-geogaffe-ic—romney-abroad

The Following Courtesy of Institute for Middle East Understanding:

THEFT, DESTRUCTION & APPROPRIATION OF PALESTINIAN CULTURE

During Israel’s creation in 1948, tens of thousands of Palestinian books were systematically “collected” by the Israeli army and its precursor, the Hagannah, in cooperation with the Israeli National Library. The books included priceless volumes of Palestinian Arab and Muslim literature, including poetry, works of history and fiction. Thousands of the books were destroyed and recycled for paper, while others were added to the library’s collection. Today, many remain in the Israeli National Library, designated abandoned property.

Since prior to Israel’s founding in 1948, British and then Israeli authorities engaged in a systematic campaign targeting Palestinian political leaders, artists, and intellectuals for imprisonment, exile, and assassination, starting in the 1930s with the exiling by British authorities of the Palestinian political leadership of the Arab Higher Committee. Amongst the artists and intellectuals subsequently murdered by Israel were writer Ghassan Kanafani, and poet and intellectual Wael Zuaiter.

During Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israeli forces systematically looted and confiscated the accumulated national archives of the Palestine Liberation Organization, including invaluable collections of films and other cultural artifacts.

The 2009 US State Department International Religious Freedom Report noted the Israeli government does not recognize non-Jewish holy sites and that as a result, “many Muslim and Christian sites are neglected, inaccessible, or threatened by property developers and municipalities.”

In a move that prompted international cricism and typifies Israeli policy towards Palestinian sites that are of cultural and historical importance, Israel is allowing the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a “Museum of Tolerance” over one of the oldest and most culturally significant Palestinian Muslim sites in the Holy Land, the ancient Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem. Press reports have revealed evidence of widespread desecrations of tombs and their remains by construction workers.

DENIAL OF ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Israeli restrictions on the movement of Palestinians living in the occupied territories, including its network of hundreds of checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank, travel permit system, and siege of Gaza, prevent many Palestinian students from reaching their schools and accessing their right to education.

There is a de facto embargo against Palestinian students from the occupied territories wishing to study abroad. Students from Gaza in particular, including Fulbright Scholars, are often prevented by Israel’s siege from traveling to universities in the West Bank and abroad to study in their chosen fields.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the First Intifada, or uprising against Israel’s occupation, Israeli authorities shut down many Palestinian schools, forcing Palestinians teachers and students to improvise classes in secret to avoid being shut down by the Israeli army.

STIFLING OF PALESTINIAN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

In July 2012, the World Bank released a report that concluded Palestinian economic growth in the West Bank was unsustainable citing Israeli restrictions as the biggest impediment. The International Monetary Fund has stated the same thing.

At any given time, there are upwards of 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement within the occupied West Bank, — an area smaller than Delaware — hindering Palestinians and their goods from moving between their own towns and cities and the outside world. (Click here for December 2011 UN map of barriers to movement in the West Bank)

Historically, Jerusalem has been the economic and cultural center of Palestinian life in the surrounding West Bank. However, as a result of Israeli policies and actions taken in and around occupied East Jerusalem (the borders of which were greatly expanded by Israel unilaterally following the start of its occupation in 1967), including settlement construction and the implementation of a permit system for non-Israeli citizens, today Palestinians living in the West Bank are largely cut off from the city, unable to visit for worship, to see family, or to do business.

Almost 80% of the Jordan Valley, once the breadbasket of Palestine, is off-limits to Palestinians, designated for Israeli settlements, military ‘firing zones,’ and ‘nature reserves.’ (Click here for 2012 UN map)

According to a December 2010 Human Rights Watch report entitled “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”:

‘Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads, while nearby Jewish settlers enjoy all of these state-provided benefits… While Israeli settlements flourish, Palestinians under Israeli control live in a time warp — not just separate, not just unequal, but sometimes even pushed off their lands and out of their homes.’

GAZA SIEGE & BLOCKADE

Although Israel withdrew its soldiers and 8000 settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Gaza remains under Israeli occupation according to international law as Israel continues to maintain effective control over the area, controlling most entry in and out of the territory, as well as its coastline and airspace.
Since the early 1990s, Israel has restricted passage to and from Gaza, but in 2006, following Hamas’ victory in Palestinian elections, Israel tightened its restrictions severely and imposed a naval blockade on the tiny coastal enclave of 1.6 million people. (Click here for December 2011 Gaza access and closure map)

A 2009 Amnesty International report following Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating military assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9, stated:

‘The prolonged blockade of Gaza, which had already been in place for some 18 months before the current fighting began, amounts to collective punishment of its entire population.’

Israeli officials have admitted that the siege is not motivated primarily by security concerns, but is part of a strategy of “economic warfare” against the people of Gaza. In 2006, senior advisor to then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Dov Weisglass, said the goal of the Gaza siege was to put the people of Gaza “on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”

Although Israel loosened restrictions somewhat under international pressure following its deadly assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010, the siege and blockade continue to smother Gaza economically. According to a 2012 Human Rights Watch report:

‘Israel’s punitive closure of the Gaza Strip, tightened after Hamas’s takeover of Gaza in June 2007, continued to have severe humanitarian and economic consequences for the civilian population.

‘Gaza’s economy grew rapidly, but the World Bank said the growth depended on international assistance. The economy had not returned to pre-closure levels; daily wages, for instance, had declined 23 percent since 2007. Israel’s near-total restrictions on exports from Gaza hindered economic recovery. Due to low per capita income, 51 percent of the population was unable to buy sufficient food, according to UN aid agencies.

‘Israel allowed imports to Gaza that amounted to around 40 percent of pre-closure levels, the UN reported. Israel continued to bar construction materials, like cement, which it said had “dual use” civilian and military applications. Israel allowed shipments of construction materials for projects operated by international organizations, but as of September Gaza still had an estimated shortage of some 250 schools and 100,000 homes.’

THEFT & DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINAN NATURAL RESOURCES

After taking control of the occupied territories in 1967, Israel began to exploit their natural resources. Most critically in the semi-arid region, Israel began to exploit aquifers and other water sources.
A 2009 Amnesty International report entitled “Israel rations Palestinians to trickle of water” found:
‘In the Gaza Strip, 90 to 95 per cent of the water from its only water resource, the Coastal Aquifer, is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Yet, Israel does not allow the transfer of water from the Mountain Aquifer in the West Bank to Gaza.

‘Stringent restrictions imposed in recent years by Israel on the entry into Gaza of material and equipment necessary for the development and repair of infrastructure have caused further deterioration of the water and sanitation situation in Gaza, which has reached [a] crisis point.’

According to a 2010 Human Rights Watch report, 60,000 Palestinians living in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control, lack access to running water, and must pay high prices (up to one-sixth of their income) to bring in water tankers, which require special permits from Israel.
According to the 2011 US State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied territories:

‘Between January and July, according to the UN, the Israeli military destroyed 20 water cisterns, some of which were funded by donor countries for humanitarian purposes.
‘Palestinian residents reported that water supplies were intermittent, and settlers and their security guards denied Palestinians, including shepherds and farmers, access to the springs.’

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers consume on average 4.3 times the amount of water as Palestinians. In the Jordan Valley alone, some 9000 settlers in Israeli agricultural settlements use one-quarter the total amount of water consumed by the entire Palestinian population of the West Bank, some 2.5 million people.

In addition to water and arable land, Israel also exploits Palestinian resources such as minerals, including from the Dead Sea region.

DESTRUCTION OF AGRICULTURE

Since the start of the occupation in 1967, Israel has destroyed vast amounts of Palestinian agricultural land in order to construct settlements and attendant infrastructure such as roads and military bases, and for the West Bank wall, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice. In addition, vast amounts of farmland have been destroyed in Israeli military operations and by rampaging Jewish settlers, who set fire to Palestinian fields and crops, uproot olive trees, and even kill livestock.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, in 2011 alone some 10,000 Palestinian-owned trees, mostly olive trees, were damaged or destroyed by Israeli settlers, significantly undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of West Bank families.

Between 2000 and 2007, more than half a million Palestinian olive trees were destroyed by settlers or by Israel for the construction of the West Bank wall.

MASS EXPULSIONS OF PALESTINIANS & THEFT OF PALESTINIAN LAND

During Israel’s creation (1947-49) some 750,000 Palestinians, or 2/3 of the Arab population in what would become Israel, were expelled from their homes and land by Zionist and then Israeli forces to make way for a Jewish majority state in a region that had previously been populated overwhelmingly by Muslim and Christian Palestinian Arabs.

Some 400 Palestinian towns and villages, including vibrant urban centers, were systematically destroyed by Zionist and Israeli forces during and after the creation of the state.

The total monetary loss of Palestinians dispossessed during Israel’s creation has been estimated at upwards of $100 billion (US) in today’s dollars.

At the end of 1947, just prior to Israel’s establishment, Zionist Jews and organizations owned less than 7% of the land of British Mandate Palestine. Despite this, the United Nations Partition Plan passed in November 1947 allotted 55% of Mandate Palestine to a new Jewish state, disregarding the property rights and wishes of Palestinian Arabs, who comprised some 67% of the population.

During the subsequent military campaign that accompanied Israel’s creation, Zionist and Israeli forces expanded far beyond the borders of the Jewish state called for in the UN Partition Plan, conquering 78% of Mandate Palestine and incorporating it into what became Israel’s internationally recognized, pre-1967 War borders.

Most Palestinian refugees fled or were forced from their homes on short notice. Almost 65 years later, those refugees and their descendants continue to be denied their legal right to return to their land and homes, as called for in UN Resolution 194, and have been denied any kind of compensation from Israel for their economic and other losses.

In 1967, during the June, or Six-Day War, Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the 22% of historic Palestine that remained outside its borders in 1948. In addition to creating tens of thousands of new Palestinian refugees, some for the second time over, almost immediately Israeli authorities began to colonize the occupied territories, in violation of international law, with Jewish-only settlements built on expropriated Palestinian land. Today more than half a million Israeli Jews live on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organization made what was considered a major historic compromise, renouncing claim to 78% of Mandate Palestine and agreeing to a Palestinian state on just the remaining 22%, comprising the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Despite this, Israel has continued to relentlessly colonize the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with a network of Jewish-only settlements and attendant infrastructure, Israeli-only roads, military bases, and the West Bank wall, surrounding, dissecting, and isolating Palestinian population centers from one another and the outside world. [1]

I am Eileen Fleming for US HOUSE, District 5, Florida and I approve of all of my messages.

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The United States of Israel and the 2012 Election

by Eileen Fleming

ACCORDING to the website: ivoteisrael.com

iVoteIsrael is a diverse group of Americans who currently reside in Israel. We come from all over Israel, and all over the US. We are deeply concerned about the safety, security and future of Israel. Most importantly, we want to see a President in the White House who will support and stand by Israel in absolute commitment to its safety, security and right to defend itself.

“Americans for Jerusalem” is a registered 501(c)4 and will run the iVoteIsrael Campaign – with the “desire to see a Congress and Administration who will support and stand by Israel in absolute commitment to its safety, security and right to self-defense.”
From a 25 June 2012 Press Release:
On June 5, sixteen year Jewish, Democratic incumbent, Rep. Steve Rothman was defeated in the Democratic primary by Rep. Bill Pascrell. The Arab American Forum, an anti-Israel organization with a goal of de-legitimizing Israel actively campaigned on behalf of Rep Pascrell and claimed to have registered more than 1,000 voters, mobilized another 10,000 and raised $100,000 for Rep. Pascrell. The AAF claimed record breaking voter registrations of Muslims and Arabs in NJ and that interest in this election has been record setting on many fronts.
The President of the AAF, Aref Assaf accused Rep. Rothman of putting the concerns of his NJ constituents second to the concerns of the Israeli government with his accusation of, “Loyalty to a foreign flag is not loyalty to America.”
Among Rothman’s ‘crimes’ was that he signed J-Street’s ‘Gaza 54 letter‘ which included condemnation of Israel with regard to Operation Defensive Shield.
A Little History of Operation Defensive Shield Every American Needs To Know:
On April 3, 2009 the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council commissioned a fact-finding mission “to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, whether before, during or after.”
The Council appointed the Jewish Justice Richard Goldstone, a South African Constitutional Court judge and the former chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
Justice Goldstone issued the 575-page report on September 29, 2009 and the Goldstone Report accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes perpetuated during the 22 days of assault on Gaza which began two days after last Christmas day, when the Israeli military launched Operation Cast Lead; a full-scale attack on Gaza that killed 13 Israelis and 1,400 Palestinians.
Over 5,000 Palestinians were injured, 400,000 were left without running water, 4,000 homes were destroyed, rendering tens of thousands who are still homeless because of Israel’s targeted attacks upon them, their schools, hospitals, streets, water wells, sewage system, farms, police stations and UN buildings.
The 22 days of Israel’s attack on the people of Gaza was enabled by US-supplied weapons and we the people of the US who pay taxes provide over $3 billion annually to Israel although Israel has consistently misused U.S. weapons in violation of America’s Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts.
America is the worlds largest arms supplier to Israel and under a Bush negotiated deal with Israel which Obama signed onto; we the people who pay taxes in America are to provide another $30 billion in military aid to Israel over the next decade.

During the 22 days of Israeli assault on Gaza, “Washington provided F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical missiles, and a wide array of munitions, including white phosphorus and DIME. The weapons required for the Israeli assault was decided upon in June 2008, and the transfer of 1,000 bunker-buster GPS-guided Small Diameter Guided Bomb Units 39 (GBU-39) were approved by Congress in September. The GBU 39 bombs were delivered to Israel in November (prior to any claims of Hamas cease fire violation!) for use in the initial air raids on Gaza. [1]
In a 71-page report released March 25, 2009, by Human Rights Watch, Israel’s repeated firing of US-made white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes.
“Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,” provides eye witness accounts of the devastating effects that white phosphorus munitions had on civilians and civilian property in Gaza.
“Human Rights Watch researchers found spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school in Gaza immediately after hostilities ended in January.
“Militaries officially use white phosphorus to obscure their operations on the ground by creating thick smoke. It has also been used as an incendiary weapon, though such use constitutes a war crime.
“In Gaza, the Israeli military didn’t just use white phosphorus in open areas as a screen for its troops,” said Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch and co-author of the report. “It fired white phosphorus repeatedly over densely populated areas, even when its troops weren’t in the area and safer smoke shells were available. As a result, civilians needlessly suffered and died.” [Ibid]
During the 22 days of attack on Gaza, the UN Security Council, Amnesty International, International Red Cross, and global voices of protest rose up and demanded a ceasefire, but both houses of Congress overwhelmingly endorsed resolutions to support a continuation of Israel’s so called “self defense.”

In November 2006, Father Manuel, the parish priest at the Latin Church and school in Gaza warned the world:
“Gaza cannot sleep! The people are suffering unbelievably. They are hungry, thirsty, have no electricity or clean water. They are suffering constant bombardments and sonic booms from low flying aircraft. They need food: bread and water. Children and babies are hungry…people have no money to buy food. The price of food has doubled and tripled due to the situation. We cannot drink water from the ground here as it is salty and not hygienic.  

People must buy water to drink. They have no income, no opportunities to get food and water from outside and no opportunities to secure money inside of Gaza. They have no hope.
“Without electricity children are afraid. No light at night. No oil or candles…Thirsty children are crying, afraid and desperate…Many children have been violently thrown from their beds at night from the sonic booms. Many arms and legs have been broken. These planes fly low over Gaza and then reach the speed of sound. This shakes the ground and creates shock waves like an earthquake that causes people to be thrown from their bed. I, myself weigh 120 kilos and was almost thrown from my bed due to the shock wave produced by a low flying jet that made a sonic boom.
“Gaza cannot sleep…the cries of hungry children, the sullen faces of broken men and women who are just sitting in their hungry emptiness with no light, no hope, no love. These actions are War Crimes!”

Most noteworthy for American Patriots to comprehend are iVoteIsrael’s following bullet points

Children of American citizens born abroad (even if they have never resided in the U.S.) are eligible to vote in all federal elections in 22 States (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. Even if your state does not appear on this list you are still encouraged to send in an application.
As an American citizen you have a legal right to vote in all elections. As an Israeli-American, the next President and Congress will probably have a significantly more profound impact on your life and security than the average American.
Whether we like it or not who wins the US presidential election has a big influence on the State of Israel. As Israel’s best ally and biggest supporter, we need to make sure that the United States has someone running the country that has the best interest of Israel in mind.
You vote in the state and county of your last residence. Children of American citizens who have never lived in the U.S. vote in the State and County of their parents’ last residence.

When I wrote:
As I read “IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN IT LOOKS: How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism” co-authored by political science scholars, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, I imagined our Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves over today’s lack of vision, dual citizenship’s and corporations who have become people under the god of rigid conservatism.
I really had no clue that it is even worse than it already looked- Please READ MORE

Why It’s Worse Than It Looks and Why We The People Are The Only Ones Who Can Fix It

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    All We Are Saying is NO More War and let it begin with Syria

    by Eileen Fleming
    Thursday, June 28th, 2012  

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    Mairead and Mordechai Vanunu, in east Jerusalem

    Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire knows that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.

    (BELFAST / Florida) – On 25 June 2012, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire issued the call for ‘NO to War in Syria’ and for an all inclusive dialogue to solve the conflict.

    Her history proves “that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.”

    A Little History of Mairead Corrigan Maguire:

    In 1976, in Belfast, thousands of ordinary people throughout Northern Ireland, led by mostly women, demonstrated for an end to the killings known as “The Troubles” which began in 1969. By 1998, over thirty-four hundred people were killed in the crossfire of a brutal war against British colonial interests, revolutionary republicanism, and a revolt against the age-old, oppressive bigotry and fanaticism of religious ideologies.

    On August 10, 1976, Máiread Corrigan Maguire’s two nephews and one of her nieces, all little children, were killed on a Belfast street corner.

    “A British army patrol shot and killed an IRA gunman, Danny Lennon, whose car then plowed into the sidewalk, killing the children, and severely injuring Mairead’s sister Anne, who died several years later. In a land soaked with blood, their deaths came as a severe shock. Suddenly, thousands of people began to say, “Enough is enough. The killing and violence have to stop.”

    Máiread, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown, organized weekly peace marches and demonstrations were attended by over half a million people throughout Ireland and England.

    Máiread understands “that a peaceful and just society can be achieved only through nonviolent means and that the path to peace lies in each of our hearts.”

    Fueled by her faith, Maried, a lone voice of wisdom, compassion and common sense stood on the streets of Belfast and said “No — No to the IRA, No to the UDA and LVF (the Ulster Defence Association and the Loyalist Volunteer Force, unionist/ loyalist paramilitaries), No to the British government’s emergency laws and interrogation centers and human rights abuses, No to injustice, bigotry, discrimination, No to any desecration of human life and dignity.’

    In Belfast during the 1980′s and early 90′s, Máiread’s vision of non-violence was dismissed, ridiculed, and ignored, while those who called for retaliatory vengeance and violence were applauded. From the start, Maried understood that her dream had to reach beyond the narrow boundaries of North Ireland to embrace a non-violent future for all humanity.

    After a year of political negotiations, a breakthrough settlement was reached on Good Friday 1998, bringing Northern Ireland to an Easter dawn of peace.

    Maried and Betty were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for what had once been unimaginable became reality and Maried continues to envision the unimaginable: justice and peace in Israel Palestine.

    It was during my November 2008 trip to Israel Palestine when I met Mairead Maguire:

    The Ongoing NAKBA and Vanunu
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    Mairead Maguire’s 25 June 2012 statement:

    People around the world are deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Syria.

    While we are being presented with some perspective of what is occurring on the ground to the people of Syria, the door seems closed to others.

    We search for voices we can trust, voices which point to a peaceful, lasting solution to the conflict. We search for truth because it is truth which will set the Syrian people free.

    Truth is difficult to find, so through the haze of conflicting narratives we must inevitably hear the voices and wisdom of men and women of peace in Syria.

    Many may believe that there is a fight going on in Syria for ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’.

    We can be seduced into thinking there is a magic wand or instant formula to mix that will create a democratic country, but there are none.

    If it is a democracy a people want they must strive for it in their own way.

    It is said the Greek idea of democracy was that people would be equally valued.

    This is something every society has to strive for at every point in its history; it itself is a ‘revolutionary’ concept and a nonviolent revolutionary action.

    Strive to value everyone equally. It is an idea, a motivation for a better world that doesn’t require blood; it requires the hard work of people and the nurturing of a community spirit; a constant growing of peace and it starts within each human heart.

    Who are the voices of peace in regard to the crisis in Syria?

    Many of them we cannot hear from where we are standing. They are the mothers and father and children who want to leave their homes to walk to market or to school without fear. They are the people, who have been working hard for Syria, for the idea of Syria as a secular and modern country.
    There are some Syrian voices that have been heard consistently since the beginning of the crisis. Many of them are anonymous and they speak to us about injustices and atrocities. Numbers are given and fingers are pointed. The blame may be apportioned correctly or it may not.

    Everything is happening too quickly; commentators and politicians are making decisions with haste and looking only in one corner for support for their certainty. But in the heat of the madness of violent ethnic/political conflict we must listen and ask questions and hear and speak with some uncertainty because it is certainty that can take a people and a country in a rush to war.

    The face of the Mufti of Syria is hardly known in the western world, but if we have learned anything from past conflict, it is the importance of all inclusive dialogue.

    He and many other Syrians who have peace in their hearts should be invited to sit with a council of elders from other countries, to tell of their stories and proposals for ways forward for the Syrian people.

    The United Nations was not set up to provide an arena for the voices and games of the powerful; rather it should be a forum for such Syrian voices to be heard.

    We need to put ourselves in the shoes of the Syrian people and find peaceful ways forward in order to stop this mad rush towards a war the mothers and fathers and children of Syria do not want and do not deserve.

    We all know there are Imams, priests and nuns, fathers, mother, young people all over Syria crying out for peace and when the women in hijabs shout to the world after a bombing or a massacre in Syria ‘haram, haram’ let us hear and listen to them.

    We are sure there are many heroes in Syria among them, Christian Patriarchs, Bishops, Priests, and religious.

    A modern hero of peace, one whose name we do know and whose voice we have heard is Mother Agnes Mariam*.

     Mother Agnes Mariam

    In her community her voice has been clear, pure and loud. And it should be so in the West. Like many people in Syria she has been placed in life threatening situations, but for the sake of peace she has chosen to risk her own existence for the safety and security of others. She has spoken out against the lack of truth in our media regarding Syria and about the terror and chaos which a ‘third force’ seems to be spreading across the country.

    Her words confront and challenge us because they do not mirror the picture of events in Syria we have built up in our minds over many months of reading our newspapers and watching the news on our televisions.

    Much of the terror has been imported, we learn from her.

    She can tell us about the thousands of Christian refugees, forced to flee their homes by an imported Islamist extreme. But Mother Agnes Mariam’s concerns, irrespective of religion, are for all the victims of the terror and conflict, as ours must be.

    In all our hearts we know War is not the answer for Syria (Nor for Iran).
    Intervention in Syria would only make things worse.

    I believe all sides are committing war crimes and the provision of arms will only results in further death. The US/UK/NATO and all foreign governments should stay out of Syria and keep their funding and troops out of Syria.

    We should support those Syrians who work for peace in Syria and who seek a way of helping the 22 million or so people of Syria to resolve their own conflict without furthering the chaos or violence.

    *Mother Agnes Miriam of the Cross is a greek-Catholic (Melkite) nun of Lebanese / Palestinian descent and has lived and worked in Syria for 18 years. She restored the ancient ruined monastery of St. James the Mutilated at Qara, in Homs province where she founded an order which serves the local and wider community. In 2010 the monastery welcomed 25,000 visitors both Syrian and international. http://www.maryakub.org/index_en.html

    -Mairead Maguire

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    Ten Years After This Wall

    Ten Years After This Wall

    My view of The Wall from a rooftop in Bethlehem,
    Aida Refugee Camp

    Ten Years After This Wall
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    In Cold Irons Bound, The Walls of pride are high and wide, Can’t see over to the other side.-Bob Dylan

    Ten years ago, Israel began construction of its 490-mile mostly cold concrete barrier without any agreement with the Palestinian Authority about borders.
    Over 80% of Israel’s Wall has been built on legally owned Palestinian property because it lies beyond the Green Line.
    The Wall has cost over $1 billion so far and it continues to grow:

    “Financed with U.S. aid at a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which have been their families’ sole livelihood for generations.” [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Page 43, Jan/Feb. 2007]
    In Hebrew The Wall is called “Michshol Hafrada” which translates to “The Separation Wall” in English and “Apartheid Wall” in Afrikaans.
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    Reality is that in the ‘holy’ name of SECURITY, the Holy Land is in pieces-enclaves-Bantustans!

    

    The Jewish only settlements are in reality colonies that divide
    Palestinian neighborhoods throughout the occupied territories.

    

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    Israel’s Wall traps over 100,000 indigenous Palestinians and the over 600 checkpoints deny them access to their aquifers, land, jobs, families and holy sites.
    In 2003, the UN General Assembly voted 144– 4 to condemn the barrier, but the US vetoed that Security Council resolution.
    In 2004, an International Court of Justice advisory opinion called The Wall “contrary to international law” and ruled that where ever it did not follow the Green Line it must be removed and reparations paid to the Palestinians whose land was confiscated and property destroyed.
    Over one million fruit bearing trees have been destroyed by Israel’s Wall depriving the agricultural based Palestinian economy of money as well as food to feed their families.
    The Israeli government and a misinformed America contend that the West Bank is not occupied territory because it was never previously an independent, recognized sovereign state.
    Up until the Establishment of Israel-whose very statehood was contingent upon upholding the UN UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, the British occupied Palestine beginning in 1920 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which had ruled from the 14thcentury.
    When Israel became a state in 1948, they promised:

    “On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations.” May 14, 1948. The Declaration of the Establishment of Israel

    Up until the Six-Day War in 1967, the West Bank had been under Jordan administration, but ever since the Israeli Military Occupy’s it.

    Professor Reece Jones, author of Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India, and Israelpublished by Zed Books, wrote:

    “Despite the official Israeli position that the wall is a temporary barrier against terrorism, its political consequences cannot be ignored…Arguably the most significant consequence is that the wall physically separates Jerusalem and its important religious sites from the rest of the West Bank.

    “In January 2012, Palestinian officials reported that in closed door talks Israeli negotiators abandoned the position that the wall was temporary and proposed the wall route itself as the final political border between Israel and a new Palestinian state.

    “In late May, Israeli Defense Secretary Ehud Barak stated publicly that Israel should consider unilaterally establishing a border between the two states. If the wall does become the final border, it will substantially expand the territory of Israel at the expense of longstanding Palestinian property rights and religious connections to the land. It will also demonstrate the power of walls to crystallize and formalize claims to territory by physically excluding other people from the land. Finally, it will undermine the international consensus against the annexation of territory gained through expansionary wars.

    “Rather than setting this dangerous precedent, ten years after construction began the United States and the international community should reaffirm that the Green Line, rather than the route of the wall, as the starting point for any future talks about a border between Israel and Palestine. The territorial conflict should be resolved through a negotiation that respects the rights and concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians, not through the unilateral construction of a separation wall.” [read more-link here]

    In February 2003, Claire Anastas and her family of fourteen -whose three story home with a gift shop on the first floor that had been the closest shop to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem- were informed by the Palestinian Authority that The Wall would be coming to their neighborhood.
    Eileen Fleming at ‘Claire’s Tomb’
    photo copyright Meir Vanunu

    The family had moved into their home in 1967, and their back yard garden once had a view of open green space.

    The family is now encircled on three sides by thirty-feet high slabs of cold concrete which has imprisoned them from the rest of the Little Town of Bethlehem: which is Occupied Territory.

    For months the family helplessly observed the preparation work all around them, and then one week before Christmas 2003, Claire’s children went to school and came home to discover that every view from every window was of the concrete monster.

    The once economically thriving and vibrant main street in Bethlehem is now a ghost town and Rachel’s Tomb and ‘Claire’s Tomb’ are divided by the concrete barrier which is topped by guard towers and patrolled by soldiers in battle gear.

    In 2003, Dr. Jad Issac, the director general of the Applied Research Institute examined a satellite photograph of the area and stated, “Bethlehem is the Bethlehem ghetto now…rather than seeking to ensure freedom of religion, Israel was pushing Bethlehem’s Christian Palestinians to pack up and leave. About 360 Palestinians would be left on the Israeli side and once they get rid of the Christians, then they will label the rest as terrorists.”

    Dr. Shmuel Berkovitz, an expert on Jerusalem and Jewish holy places, said The Wall effectively annexed Rachel’s Tomb to Jerusalem from Bethlehem “as a matter of technical separation, without an official declaration. Right now, you can’t see any romantic place there; you can see it only as a military position.”

    Rachel’s Tomb is a small stone building with a dome, which was built during the Ottoman rule, but is now completely enclosed by Israel’s cold iron fortifications, built in 1996 and 1997.

    During my first of three visits to Claire’s home, she told me, “Six years ago when the Israeli army blocked the main street in Bethlehem we hoped it would be temporary. We could not imagine anyone could block another human being and isolate them like they have done to us. A week before last Christmas my children went to school and when they returned they were faced with the concrete wall in front of them. They cried and cried and wanted to know how could such a thing be done to them? We are living in a tomb, we are buried alive. My children suffer and their mother and father can do nothing.

    “In another ten years there will be no more Christians in Bethlehem if things do not change soon. Everyone is leaving, we need work, and we need to feed our children. Jesus was born here but we are dying. My children suffer, they are angry and shout because nobody comes to visit us anymore and the children must stay inside after school.

    “We use to enjoy being out in our garden watching the people, the trees, the cars that would pass by, but now we only see concrete walls. Our lives have been stolen!

    “Do Americans understand what happens to children when they are buried alive?

    “When Hillary Clinton visited Jerusalem and said the wall was not against the Palestinian people, she killed us too! Christians who do not care kill us too!”

    A few weeks after his Freedom of Speech Trial began in 2006, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu sent this invitation to Hillary Clinton and US Christians:


    I do believe that man made walls can fall in a day, but the walls in hearts and minds must fall first.

    I do believe The Truth Will Set US All Free but first must come the education that leads to compassion which is the way to bring in the change all people of conscience want to see:

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    LEARN MORE:

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    BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu's Freedom of Speech Trial


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