Seizing an alternative: Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015.

Paper title:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media

I’ve divided the paper into sections:

Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

This section is: Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)


Israel’s War of Aggression on Gaza:

It’s worth ten minutes of reading to distinguish game-changing facts from constant media and “official” spin lying to justify unlawful War of Aggression by Israel on Gaza. Given the public’s general confusion, the following alternative media reporting is crucial to understand because it contrasts the lack of reporting from corporate media and US political “leadership.” This is a central cause of US political collapse because Americans have crippled capacity to access the most important and comprehensive facts:

  1. What is Hamas? Do they threaten Israel?
  2. Does Hamas shoot “rockets” at Israel?
  3. What does it mean Israel “occupies” Gaza? Is that legal?
  4. Are Israel’s armed attacks and military invasions of Gaza justified, or unlawful War of Aggression?
  5. Does Israel use unlawful weapons on Palestinians in Gaza?
  6. Can Israel target children, hospitals, schools, and other civilian-important infrastructure?
  1. What is Hamas? Do they threaten Israel?

Hamas is a political organization that won the most recent Palestinian elections in 2006 (new elections planned for 2014, then postponed); called “completely honest and fair” by President Carter. Historically, Hamas was initially encouraged and supported by Israel in effort to divide Palestinian government from unified voice in having a two-state peace between Israel and Palestine. However, peaceful coexistence with Israel is what Hamas proposes (and here), including a 10-year truce.

Americans receive rhetoric that Hamas threatens destruction of Israel, but without substantiation of this damning claim. This claim is often linked to Iran. One example of such rhetoric is US Senate Resolution 498: “Whereas Hamas is a United States-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel…” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Consul General Aharoni make this claim on US television repeatedly, in the most demonizing language imaginable.

Hamas’ Charter reveals US/Israel lies in omission, and more rationally provide direct refutation of this claim. In the section titled, “Our Attitudes Towards:” Section F, “Followers of other religions: the Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement,” Article 31:

“The Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement. It takes care of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when dealing with the followers of other religions. It does not antagonize anyone of them except if it is antagonized by it or stands in its way to hamper its moves and waste its efforts.

Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions – Islam, Christianity and Judaism – to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that.

It is the duty of the followers of other religions to stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region [Palestine], because the day these followers should take over there will be nothing but carnage, displacement and terror. Everyone of them is at variance with his fellow-religionists, not to speak about followers of other religionists. Past and present history are full of examples to prove this fact.

“They will not fight against you in a body, except in fenced towns, or from behind walls. Their strength in war among themselves is great: thou thinkest them to be united; but their hearts are divided. This, because they are people who do not understand.” (The Emigration – verse 14).

Islam confers upon everyone his legitimate rights. Islam prevents the incursion on other people’s rights. The Zionist Nazi activities against our people will not last for long. “For the state of injustice lasts but one day, while the state of justice lasts till Doomsday.”

“As to those who have not borne arms against you on account of religion, nor turned you out of your dwellings, Allah forbiddeth you not to deal kindly with them, and to behave justly towards them; for Allah loveth those who act justly.” (The Tried – verse 8).

The charter continues argument that peaceful coexistence is possible despite a history from the Crusades forward to remove Palestinian political voice through foreign military invasions.

For current consideration that Hamas just wants Palestinian freedom and independence from Israel’s military occupation: What does Hamas really want? Israeli journalist Gideon Levy on ending the crippling blockade of Gaza.

In 2012, Israel assassinated Palestinian Ahmed Jabari, the second-in-command of those leaders in Palestine with military intent, while they were negotiating with him to end hostilities. If that had happened to Israel’s second-in-command of the IDF, Israel would use that rhetoric forever to justify armed attack upon Gaza, as would the US.

1b. Ok, so the threat to Israel is… ? The part of the 1988 Hamas Charter apparently referenced as a threat is a quote in the preamble from Hassan al-Banna in 1948:

“Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.”

Let’s put the insertion of that quote into context; both from 1988 and 1948:

So, given the context that al-Banna was justified in opposing colonialism, spoke against the use of terror, made his quote in response to over 700,000 Palestinians removed from their homes when my own parents were in their early 20’s of age, and Hamas directly advocates for a peaceful two-state solution with honor to all religions, it seems most likely that this quote is being used as propaganda to demonize Hamas.

The term “eliminated” likely means political removal of control much like elimination of British political imperialism.

Importantly, we know for sure that US/UK/Israel openly lies that Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map;” directly refuted by the crystal-clear text in question by Iranian President Ahmadinejad in 2005 (more on Iran, and here).

This is game-changing history that proves US/UK/Israel LIES in the most egregious way to accuse another nation to wish destruction upon another nation!

Given this game-changing, objective, and easily verifiable history by taking five minutes to read a speech, we know US/UK/Israel official voice of another nation’s intent of destruction is unreliable testimony.

Another game-changerIsrael attacked the USS Liberty in 1967, despite her clear markings, five by eight foot US flag, and 10 hours of close-range Israel multiple aircraft observations. After the attack, Israeli helicopters with machine guns observed, pulled back, and allowed another attack by Israel fighter jets with torpedoes (apparently the helicopter mission was to kill survivors in the water after sinking the Liberty). Eventually, the US Navy responded with fighter jets forcing the abort of Israel sinking the USS Liberty with deaths of over 300 Americans (34 were killed, 171 wounded). The apparent motivation was for Israel to create a false flag attack, and blame Egypt to manipulate US support of their war.

Another: Israel planted bombs to kill Americans in Egypt in 1954. This false flag operation, known today as the Lavon Affair, was to incite US alliance with Israel against a political enemy of Israel.

AnotherIsrael soldiers dressed as Palestinians to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers in 2005 to incite public opinion against Palestinians.

Finally: The US government assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to prevent his 1968 summer “Occupy DC” to demand the end of the Vietnam War. This is the legal verdict of the King Family civil trial with overwhelming evidence. If you are not familiar with this game-changer of government to protect their wars of choice, read this now.

Because the US/UK/Israel so brazenly lie and kill to justify military action, does it seem likely they would search for other “threats” to justify wanted wars, such as accusing Hamas of threatening Israel?

You’re welcome to your own conclusions; I’m just providing more comprehensive historical background than you’ll ever receive from US/Israel government and corporate media.

2. Does Hamas shoot “rockets” at Israel?

Again, the repetitive rhetoric of US/Israel government and corporate media make this claim, based upon Israeli government testimony. The “Qassam rocket” is a homemade projectile that appears to have killed 28 Israelis since 2004.

Israel’s publications admit they don’t know the source of the reported “rockets;” guessing 22% are from Hamas.

Hamas denies launching rockets, affirms a peaceful two-state solution, and we know that Israel violated the last ceasefire agreement (see “Hamas” section). Given a history of false flag attacks by Israel I’ll explain below, isn’t it possible that Israeli agents fire at least some of these rockets to provide political cover for Israel’s armed attacks?

If Israel is engaged in unlawful war on Gaza, such as subject to military siege by water and land as Israel does by sealing Gaza’s borders and imposing a naval blockade, then any Palestinian is lawfully able to act in defense of Israel’s war acts, including the shooting of homemade rockets.

3. What does it mean Israel “occupies” Gaza? Is that legal?

The UN International Court of Justice found Gaza is an unlawful military occupied territory by a hostile Israel against the will of Palestine (other historical examples of unlawful military occupations). Israel and the US reject this court’s jurisdiction.

The Israeli naval blockade is a universally-recognized act of war.

The military occupation to seal borders and navy blockade stops imports and exports, creating a type of concentration camp.

From Is Gaza still occupied and why does it matter?

Contrary to claims of humanitarian attentiveness, since 2007 Gaza has suffered a humanitarian crisis of staggering magnitude. Foodstuffs were restricted as a matter of policy, allowing in only so much (calculated in a ratio of gross calories to total population) to avoid massive malnourishment. The siege, enforced through a land-and-sea blockade and the aerial bombing of smuggling tunnels linking the Strip to the Sinai, deprived the population of access to medical supplies, building equipment, and all manner of essential goods.

The humanitarian impact of these deprivations intensified massively as a result of the wreckage and ruination of Operation Cast Lead, the full-scale military assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009. By the summer of 2012, as the siege was entering its sixth year, the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs reported that forty-four percent of Gazans are food insecure; a severe fuel and electricity shortage results in outages of up to twelve hours a day; and the economy has been so crippled that the GDP per capita is at least seventeen percent lower than in 2005 and the unemployment rate, especially for youth, is higher than ever.

UN human rights experts, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and other authoritative sources have condemned the siege as illegal. The crux of these condemnations is the fact that Gaza is still occupied.

And according to Hamas did not reject a ceasefire, Israel did:

It’s the siege, stupid. Talk to virtually anyone in Gaza and they will tell you the same. The siege is living death, slowly crushing the life out of Gaza. It has to end.”

4. Are Israel’s armed attacks and military invasions of Gaza justified, or unlawful War of Aggression?

With complete explanation and documentation from Given US/UK/Israel wars and lust for more, what do two ‘supreme Law’ treaties say about lawful and unlawful war?

The short answer is war is lawful only in self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government, and lawful response is to arrest US/UK/Israel leaderships for unlawful Wars of Aggression.”

They are unlawful Wars of Aggression because Hamas claims it wants peaceful two-state resolution, argues against rocket attacks, and therefore by law this security concern should be applied to the treaty Israel accepts: the UN Security Council.

Despite the UN Security Council having just the one legal jurisdiction over government armed attacks to prevent the scourge of war, Israel has broken nearly 100 legally-binding UN Security Council Resolutions regarding Gaza.

A “rogue state” means a country that threatens peace, restricts human rights, sponsors terrorism, and seeks weapons of mass destruction. Including the fact that Israel has ~200 nuclear weapons, do the facts argue that not only are Israel’s armed attacks on Gaza unlawful, but their government’s actions meet the definition of a rogue state?

Israeli military armed attacks have killed over 600 Palestinians; including more than 100 children.

Unlawful War of Aggression is the worst act a nation’s government can take. Israel’s leaders, as well as those in the US and UK, should be arrested by their own militaries with broad public support for waging unlawful war on our world. In fact, military Oaths of Service require those arrests (4-part series on arrests with videos).

5. Does Israel use unlawful weapons on Palestinians in Gaza?

Yes. They’ve used white phosphorus upon Gaza civilians, a burning chemical agent that is an unlawful weapon (and here).

In 2006, 2009, and now in 2014, Israel is using DIME (dense inert metal explosives) that contain cancer-causing tungsten, and flechette shells on Gaza since 2002: thousands of metal darts.

White phosphorus is a banned incendiary weapon upon civilians, DIME and flechette shells are not banned, but the targeting of civilians with any weapon is unlawful.

Israel claims it does not target civilians. However, given its history of lying testimony and unlawful war, that testimony should be rejected.

6. Can Israel target children, hospitals, schools, and other civilian-important infrastructure?

No. Israel is violating war law by targeting childrenhospitals, Gaza’s one electrical power plant, and other civilian infrastructure (hereherehere). Norwegian doctor, Mads Gilbert, on duty in Gaza documents:

The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.”

The military occupation and blockade, along with bombardment, has destroyed Gaza water, electricity and food supplies. Protocol 1, Additional to the Geneva Conventions, 1977, makes such civilian infrastructure unlawful targets.

Israel again claims, such as with their armed attacks upon the USS Liberty, any such targets are only damaged by accident. You can conclude for yourself the reliability of such testimony.

Please also consider this visual media on Gaza water (and here),and olive trees destroyed by Israel.

In recent history, the US targeted and destroyed Iraq’s water treatment plants in 1991 to cause civilian epidemics and disease. This would be most dangerous to children and the elderly, with ~500,000 child deaths resulting. This policy would blame Saddam Hussein as the cause for unclean water and epidemics. Is Israel following the same strategy to cause widespread suffering to obtain political control of Gaza?

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  • This is astonishing, to say the very least. We don’t even know who this
    author is, and yet here we have an amazing stream of misleading,
    misinforned and manipulative statements that all distort both reality,
    history and the truth to such a degree that it would take many pages to
    rebut all of them. Unbelievable. I wish the author was courageous enough
    to invite an openly pro-Israeli speaker to debate his many lies, but in
    my experience Israel slanderers are also certified cowards scared to
    face knowledgeable people who might prove them wrong. So the audience is
    reduced to being captive of a propaganda shill, like whoever this
    person is. Nice academic exercise. Not to mention the fact that I still
    can’t quite make the connection between this long rant and the
    theoretical topic of the conference? Is anyone watching the kids here to
    prevent them from using matches? This is downright bizarre, but not if
    you consider that pro-Palestinian activists are like cockroaches,
    infiltrating in the shadows any institution and any conference they can,
    whether it has anything to do with the Middle Easr conflict or not.
    Beware of the Palestinian poison. It has already infected quite a few
    campuses where officials didn’t realize to what degree they were being
    played… They never suggest any viable solution short of the
    elimination of Israel. They ooze raw hate. They’re not interested in
    reaching peace. They are obsessed with getting Israel’s capitulation and
    ultimately destruction, and they remain enraged because obviously it’s
    never going to happen. They need to do some serious growing up here. And
    that goes for this author as well.

    • Carl_Herman

      jjs110: Thank you so much for providing such brilliant examples of failing to discuss even one fact, and the choices you make for your topics of denial, ad hominem, lying (the solution I propose is to begin with arresting the US/UK/Israel leaders for unlawful Wars of Aggression, then Truth & Reconciliation to discover the whole truth), and strangely to ignore my comprehensive biography with any intelligence to read what this conference is about.

      Really, your expression is better work than I could imagine to help readers choose if they want:

      1. to know what war law is, and the key facts of Israel’s armed attacks and siege on Gaza.

      2. grounds to legally stop this slaughter.

      3. the big picture linking Wars of Aggression, bankster debt on all of us, and corporate media lying.

      OR, if they want what you express:

      1. continued policies of wars for Israel’s “self defense.”

      2. more “ooze of raw hate,”

      3. calling activists “cockroaches,” “poison,” “infection,” “not interested in peace,” “pro-destruction,” “enraged,” and needing to “grow-up.”

      Finally: if you have a pro-Israel person to offer rebuttal, or you, bring it, pal.

      Please, pretty please, start here: what does war law say about a siege and armed attack, and how is Israel’s siege and armed attack meet the legal requirement?

      • Your lingo betrays someone who enjoys listening to himself and who apparently believes he knows what he is talking about, but unfortunately, you fall short on the specifics. So yes, let’s start somewhere. You say: “Please, pretty please, start here: what does war law say about a siege and armed attack, and how is Israel’s siege and armed attack meet the legal requirement?” OK, first of all, what is “war law”? There is no such designation in international law. People in the know talk about “the Law of War”, the military talk about “The Law of Armed Conflict”, and most people even moderately versed in this field today refer to IHL, or International Humanitarian Law. Don’t thank me, I’m happy to teach you something, and maybe a little modesty in the process. Next, your extremely poorly constructed sentence, which makes little sense, seems to imply that the Law of War has something to say about “siege and attack”. Did I get this right? Are you implying that siege and attack are prohibited by the Law of War? If that is what you meant, I would be very interested to know which provisions exactly stipulate these prohibitions, because to my knowledge – and I know a good deal about this part of international law – there are no such prohibitions. Prove me wrong: I am eager to learn. Once we have solved this mystery (although that might take some time), we can move on to your next nonsensical statement.

        • Carl_Herman

          Thanks, jjs110, for allowing readers to be clear on war law, including military sieges, because you choose to ignore the clear documentation I provide of “war law” in the links in this article. This is also the topic of part 2 of this series:

          This is especially important for US and Israeli publics to demand arrests of their leaders for violating the single most important law to not engage in Wars of Aggression, and for US and Israeli militaries to refuse all orders for unlawful Wars of Aggression (officers are under Oath to arrest those who issue obviously unlawful orders).

          You must find this documentation convenient to ignore, which is interesting to notice. So, given I’ve provided the documentation already, that means the ball is in your court. You tell us: what is war law? Either affirm or refute what I document, then tell us how Israel’s armed attacks and military sieges are lawful or not.

          • You still don’t define what is this fictional concept you call “war law”. It does not exist, except apparently in your fervent and fertile imagination. You’re the one using this terminology, so YOU explain what it is. I’m not going to waste my time explaining a concept that you imagined. As for Israel’s military activities, they are always lawful because they are always defensive, triggered by unlawful attacks by Hamas, Hezbollah and assorted Palestinian terrorists. In all cases, Israel is well within the scope of Art. 51 of the UN Charter giving it full leeway to defend itself against aggression. As for sieges allegedly being unlawful, you still have not provided me with the provisions that allegedly bar them. It looks like we have another fictional creation by Mr. Carl Herman, who’s trying to convince the uninformed that they actually exist in international law. Sorry Carl, you don’t get to write, let alone decide, what is international law and what is not. Much more qualified people than you do.

          • Carl_Herman

            You, jjs110, treat people as if they’re too stupid to understand basic history, Article 6 of the US Constitution, and two treaties after both world wars to end armed attacks. You ongoingly refuse to address these basic facts, which for anyone educated is recognized as “denial”: the first attempt of liars to avoid damning facts.

            But hey, I appreciate the test to my American audience whether they deserve freedom under a constitutional republic, or be dictated to by psychopath sadists like you argue for. You’ll get what you care enough to work for, justice is like that, God is not mocked, you have power to choose the future you’ll live in.

            Choose carefully. Again, the documentation you ignore:

          • More blah-blah to avoid answering my specific questions regarding international law. Be specific: when you say “two treaties after both world wars to end armed attacks”, what are you referring to? My conclusion as far as you’re concerned is confirmed: you’re a fraud. I feel sorry for your students.

          • Carl_Herman

            Last time, jjs110, and as the article provides and each of my comments:

            And explain: what about the previous comments containing the documentation you asked for is somehow unclear when the link is explicitly provided, just as it is this time?

            If you want to actually read the evidence and comment, I’ll consider responding, otherwise: good luck with those life choices to pimp for Wars of Aggression. Karma’s a bitch, bro. Perhaps you can make an argument of being a good “Red team” member 🙂

          • We’ve come full circle, “bro”. I’m certainly not your “bro”, I reserve that title to people for whom I have at least a modicum of respect and esteem. Unfortunately, given your unending capacity to bullshit and never answer questions that might lead to a debunking of your foggy theories, I have neither for you. I’ve met many phonies like you. Because they can bullshit the naive and uninformed, they believe they’re owed some kind of respect. What a gas.

          • Tannenhouser

            Ummm he did answer your question…….three times. You on the other hand offer nothing, nadda, zilch a big fat ZERO. Phonies? Yep met plenty that can’t argue their non existant point’s they ALWAYS end up like you did, ALWAYS. Good Day.

    • You knew a Hasbara would get in the first comment.

      The only question is: did you get a Hasbara fellowship:

      • Besides the all-too easy answer that betrays the usual lazy intellect (let’s not discuss the facts, let’s just call every opinion you don’t agree with “hasbara”, and the problem is solved… how convenient), I will nevertheless answer your question: no, I didn’t get a hasbara fellowship, first because I’m too old to apply, and second because I don’t need it: I came to my conclusions regarding the M-E conflict all on my own, by studying facts and history rather than choosing a left-wing ideology that dictates an alteration of the facts to better suit the fictitious narrative created ex-nihilo to turn the Arab aggressors into victims. This process has been rather successful with all the dim witted dreamers who never bother to check what they’re being told and will swallow any sob story that makes them feel good and productive for merely listening. Peace, man.

  • Rehmat

    “There is no point in Israel refusing to negotiate with Hamas or to acknowledge a unity government. No, Israel must listen to those Palestinians who are in a position to speak with one tongue,” Daniel Barenboim, celebrated Argentine Jewish pianist, conductor and author of five books, UK’s Guardian, July 24, 2014. Barenboim holds citizenship of Argentina, Spain, Israel and Palestine. He lives in Berlin. Last year, Sir David Frost interviewed Barenboim for Al-Jazeera. watch it below.

    Professor Yeshavahu Leibowitz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) is considered an authority on Jewish Shari’ah (Halacha). He was against the continued Jewish occupation of Palestinian Territories since June 1967. He even coined the term “Judeo-Nazism” for Israeli occupation of Gaza, West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights.

    In August 2014, Dr. Richard Falk, former UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) envoy for the Palestine Occupied Territories, said that Israel cannot achieve peace by excluding Hamas from peace negotiations.

    • Walid 4Zion


      • Carl_Herman

        The “peace” you work to achieve is what you’ll receive, Walid. You’re quite the cheerleader for death.

  • I’ve been saying for YEARS the “rockets from gaza” schtick is bullshit. It doesn’t pass the smell test on so many levels. Just one of many point is that the Palestinians can’t even smuggle in food & medicine…but somehow are smuggling in rockets and after which they are fired in what is an open-air surrounded prison the Israeli’s just can’t figure out where they’re coming from!!!

    No way did I EVER believe this bullshit.

    • I would dearly have loved to see you in the very spot where an 8-year old Israeli little boy was killed in the last war by one of these rockets that you believe don’t exist, and then interview you on your impressions. That is, if there had been anything left of you. Hard to get a good interview when talking to several body parts. Note also that more than 300 of these imaginary rockets, fired from Gaza, ended up… inside Gaza instead of Israel, and they killed several hundred Palestinian civilians. Right, it must be my imagination.

      • Carl_Herman

        Thanks, again, jjs110, for allowing readers to refute your straw man argument so easily (and to see that you wish death upon others). OBVIOUSLY, the point is that the rockets are claimed by Israel to be from “enemies” but could be a false flag event by Israel.

        False flag history and background:

    • Walid 4Zion

      I WISH ISRAELIS WERE NAZIS – that would result in the EXTERMINATION of GAZA
      WE ALL WANT THAT!!!!!!!!! go ZIO bikinis!!!!!

      • Carl_Herman

        Speak and work for the world you want, Walid 4Zion; Life is just and provide it for you. Of course, you’ll also find yourself on the receiving end of what you choose to give.

        Choose wisely.

  • How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas Jan. 24, 2009

    Moshav Tekuma, Israel Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor’s bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile’s trajectory back to an “enormous, stupid mistake” made 30 years ago. “Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

    Israel and the U.S. CREATED Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda November 18, 2012

    Creating the Enemies We Now Fight Against We’ve extensively documented that the U.S. and Israel created Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in an attempt to fight other enemies.

    Israel, Gaza and Palestine: What Americans Need to Know July 31, 2014

    The Truth Has Been Hidden from Americans If my fellow Americans understood the history of Israel and Palestine, their views would change overnight … and they would demand that Israel no longer be given unconditional support and blank checks to do whatever they want …