Israel Bombs Gaza Back to the Stone Age … as Collective Punishment

Israel Commits War Crimes In Gaza

We previously noted:

Israel is currently bombing Gaza back to the stone age ….

And:

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said:

We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads & water.

Or as Haaretz puts it:

Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Israel’s operation in Gaza: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages ….”

Destroying civilian infrastructure is – of course – a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

The following are also war crimes under the Geneva Convention:

  • The indiscriminate or disproportionate use of force
  • Collective punishment for the acts of a few
  • Targeting civilians

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Indeed, the UN has repeatedly found Israeli’s actions in Gaza to be a war crime. See this, this and this.

The same year, Gilad Sharon – the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – wrote an Op-Ed in the Jerusalem Post saying:

We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too.

“There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing.”

Many observers allege that Israel is intentionally targeting essential infrastructure such as water supplies.

Israel has now bombed Gaza’s only power plant -  knocking out power for a year – and so Gazans are being urged to ration water as pumps grind to a halt.

Israel has also repeatedly bombed UN shelters for civilians … killing scores of women and children.

And as AntiWar reports:

Earlier today, the Israeli military announced a four-hour “humanitarian lull in the Gaza Strip, giving civilians in the strip a chance to go out and try to find food at the marketplaces, or so they thought.

Instead, Israel let hundreds of civilians pour into the Shejaiya marketplace and then attacked it long before the truce expired, killing at least 17 civilians and wounding 160 others.

It was one of several Israeli attacks reported during the four-hour “lull,” almost entirely focusing on civilian targets, and by all accounts so far killing exclusively civilians.

Daily Beast writes, in an article entitled, “Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age“:

The already brittle civilian infrastructure lay in shards. The Gaza City port had been bombed and the finance ministry was flattened. Tens of thousands more people had fled their homes as Israeli flares lit up the night sky, and shells and rockets pounded residences, businesses and government buildings.

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Few in Gaza will see a campaign that has now targeted civilian infrastructure as anything less than collective punishment for having a leadership that fights back.

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The power plant is a loss with particularly far-reaching consequences. According to Hayat abu Salah, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), it will need major repairs before it can be put back on line. “This will affect the provision of water and sanitation services,” she said. “It will impact the operation of health facilities.”

With more wounded pouring into Gaza hospitals every day, they are already stretched. The emergency room of Gaza City’s Al Shifa Hospital is running out of supplies and was already coping with massive complications created by power cuts. The maternity ward has lost premature babies because it was unable to keep the incubators running.

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This is not the first time Israel has knocked out Gaza’s power plant and targeted essential infrastructure. Indeed, this is almost part of a standard playbook. Following Hamas’ kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006, Israel plunged Gaza into darkness with a retaliatory strike on the power plant. The bombing and escalation in Gaza set off a series of events that led to a full-on war in Lebanon as well as Gaza.
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How would arrests of US/UK/Israel ‘leaders’ to end lie-began Wars of Aggression actually go down?

Three essential questions:

  1. How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?
  2. How would arrests of “leaders” happen?
  3. What can the average person do to help cause arrests of obvious criminals for obvious War Crimes?
  1. How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?

The short answer is because the two treaties that make a government’s armed attack upon another nation are so crystal-clear in letter and intent, and the US/UK/Israel wars are not even close to the definition of “self-defense” that makes war lawful.

Two world wars begat two treaties to end nations’ armed attacks: the Kellogg-Briand Pact (General treaty for renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy as official title), and the United Nations Charter. Article Six of the US Constitution defines a treaty as US “supreme Law of the Land;” meaning that US policy may only complement an active treaty, and never violate it.

War law can be safely summarized as unlawful in all cases except in direct self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government (full explanation and documentation here).

US/UK/Israel violations of war law are “Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Big Lie” obvious, tragic-comic and Orwellian opposite of the laws won by all our families from two world wars. They are a mockery of anyone with an Oath to uphold the US Constitution.

We can be certain that US/UK/Israel wars violate war law as easily as a group of us would recognize a car speeding through a stop sign, or a baseball pitch ten feet over the batter’s head not being close to a strike. When we know the law, gross violations are just that obvious.

More helpful summary to recognize the big picture:

2. How would arrests of “leaders” happen?

First, a few important points for context:

  • Anyone can understand war law as clearly as stop sign law. War law is far easier to understand than what makes a punt legal in American football, the infield fly rule in baseball, or even how to call a ball out in tennis.
  • Clarity of the law will not matter if the law is intentionally unenforced by government who want war as a policy option. In addition, governments propagandize/lie, and corporate media repeats those lies in ongoing history to “cover” unlawful wars from public recognition.
  • Therefore, the context we find ourselves in on 2014 Earth is a history of empire, colonialism, and post-WW2 neocolonialism where “developed” nations’ governments use war to control territory and resources. This brutal history includes two world wars, proxy-wars in the Cold War, and now never-ending “wars on terror.”
  • The war-winners created the UN, and use it along with corporate media to “cover” their War Crimes in the present. They do this by lying about the facts, claiming their wars are always “self-defense” (the same argument as Imperial Rome) while having to destroy the meaning of that term, and never ever ever ever ever ever reminding the public of the crystal-clear law the public won that restricts armed attacks by government to a very narrow definition of “self-defense.”

This context means arrests of former colonial powers’ government leaders (and media) for unlawful Wars of Aggression would:

So how would arrests of say, US President Barack Obama and former President Bush, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former PM Blair, and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu happen?

Given such arrests would be an absolute reversal of history to-date, this means history provides no precedent to explain how this would happen. Given this lack of precedence, these are possible scenarios:

  1. Federal law arrests for treason and/or other unlawful orders violating the US Constitution (consider Oath Keepers).
  2. State arrests for murder of residents under the unlawful lies to send residents to their deaths via unlawful Wars of Aggression.
  3. Military arrests for unlawful orders, Wars of Aggression.
  4. International Criminal Court (under similar control as the UN to avoid the biggest War Crimes).
  5. Citizen’s arrest.

Those interested in taking the lawful course of arrests of OBVIOUS War Crimes would have the unique challenge to marshal strategy to use limited resources for the endgame result of removing War Criminals from power.

I don’t recommend this course (nor do I argue against it), despite the future whereby humanity will ask those with arrest powers, “Why didn’t you act to arrest these psychopaths?”

The risk of failure at the personal level is high, which includes consequences of death, injury, imprisonment, torture, and ridicule. The risk of failing to uphold one’s Oath to the US Constitution include deaths of millions or billions of humans, planetary disasters affecting trillions of non-human species’ members, tyranny, injury, poverty, debt-slavery, and being a pimp serving all of the above.

Predictably, any efforts for arrests would require unknown multiple failures before sufficient numbers of the public recognize arrests are rational and preferable to ongoing War Crimes that kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions of our dollars.

Also, arrests of “leaders” opens the playing field for whistle-blowers to come forward so we can discover the whole truth of our planetary management. I recommend Truth & Reconciliation to encourage people to come forward with valuable information. We’ll need to engage with the unprecedented condition of criminal “leaders” who have perhaps 5% of the population also deeply engaged in crimes as minions.

3. What can the average person do to help cause arrests of obvious criminals for obvious War Crimes?

Again, this challenging strategy requires invention given zero historical record that seems very helpful. And that said, each of us has the power to think, speak, and take actions consistent with the future we most want.

If I had to bet, we’ll see this:

  • Continued awakening of people to what will be recognized as OBVIOUS crimes centering in war and money.
  • As people become bolder, we’ll hit an Emperor’s New Clothes moment whereby in a relative moment the criminal “leaders” are seen for what they are and removed from power.
  • The transition at this point is a literal apocalypse: Greek for uncovering with profound consequence. It could be destructive to the extent of the oligarchs unleashing every weapon they have, to  relatively peaceful surrender. If you’re a person of religious faith and/or philosophical spirituality, here’s a strong opportunity to exercise it.

As I’ve suggested:

Relax and have fun ‘cuz we’re guests on Earth, not management: For the first part of my activist career, I operated to save human lives from poverty as quickly as possible. The hard truth is that I am insufficiently powerful to produce that outcome on my own; I am only able to offer this outcome (or any other) in networks for various groups’ consideration.

 

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First Examination of Malaysian MH-17 Cockpit Photo Shows Ukrainian Government Shot that Plane Down

Eric Zuesse

On July 30th, a German pilot headlined at anderweltonline, “Shocking Analysis of the ‘Shooting Down’ of Malaysian MH17,” and he provided the first public analysis of the photos that were available immediately after the disaster, of the plane’s cockpit, and of a wing. Google removed the photos soon after they were first available, but pilot Peter Haisenko had fortunately screen-saved them, and now shows them on that site, after having carefully analyzed and made sense of what they show. He says: “The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: The cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes.” And they’re unmistakable in the accompanying photo. “This aircraft was not hit by a missile” and it was not hit “in the central portion” of the airplane. “The destruction [that explains the way the entire wreckage was spread out] is limited to the cockpit area,” as he explains it: “A typical SU 25″ (which is the Ukrainian plane, or pair of planes, that accompanied the Malaysian jet into the conflict-area) “is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302,” carrying “a 250 round magazine of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells (dum-dum),” which are “designed to penetrate the solid armor of a tank” and which ripped to shreds the cockpit-area on both sides of the plane. “The cockpit of the MH017 has evidently been fired at from both sides: the entry and exit holes are found on the same fragment” of the cockpit, so that there had to have been two SU 25s, and not merely one, which were escorting that plane into the rebel-held area.

This type of “shelling” will “cause massive explosions inside the cockpit,” due to the shocking change of air-pressure, so that “the rear sections broke in mid air at the weaker points of construction most likely under extreme internal air pressure. The images of the widely scattered field of debris and the brutally damaged segment of cockpit fit like hand in glove. … Both the high-resolution photo of the fragment of bullet-riddled cockpit as well as the segment of [bullet-] grazed wing have in the meantime disappeared from Google Images.” Nonetheless, “The shelling of the cockpit of Air Malaysia MH 017, … is definitely not … speculative,” asserts Haisenko.

Haisenko, according to the Anderwelt website, was born in 1952 in Munich, trained at the Lufthansa Flight School, and piloted for 30 years numerous different plane-types. In addition, he has been a respected published investigative journalist and historian, including the favorably reviewed 2010 book, England, the Germans, the Jews and the 20th Century. So, he has experience not just in piloting but also in investigative journalism and historical writing. Unless the photos that he captured on his computer were faked by him (and they look like they’re of that wreckage-field), the United States and Ukrainian Governments have been lying about how the Malaysian airliner was destroyed. If those photos are authentic, then they are the most virginal, undoctored and unhandled evidence, relating to reconstructing what brought this airliner down.

This isn’t necessarily to say that the economic sanctions that the U.S. and EU have placed against Russia are necessarily based on lies, but it is to say that unless Mr. Haisenko has perpetrated a fraud, the U.S. and EU have. Right now, it’s his evidence against their “evidence,” at a time when their “evidence” has been widely challenged as being non-credible. Perhaps Haisenko’s isn’t. But, certainly, the imposition of the anti-Russian sanctions on the basis of the “evidence” that has been offered to justify them is scandalous in itself, as being, at the very least, highly premature, if not outright warmongering.

No one can doubt that George W. Bush and Tony Blair invaded Iraq on the basis of bogus “evidence” like that. Are President Obama and NATO aiming to invade Russia on that same fraudulent basis? Is history repeating itself here, only far more dangerously? And will the world’s press do as rotten a job this time, as they did last? The consequences this time could turn out to be far, far, worse.

One thing is very clear: the public have every reason to distrust both their governments and their press.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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We Can Stop Listening to Hypocrites and Liars

As reported in The Jewish Chronicle, Obama says: “no country on earth… would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders”.

As historian William Blum documents, Obama has shot rockets and missiles into at least six countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya) killing thousands of citizens of those countries.  This is in contrast to the 29 people who have been killed in the entire history of rocket and mortar attacks from Palestine into Israel, which includes the three killed in retaliation for Israel’s current massacre.

Obama has also illegally sent rockets, in violation of the UN charter, to US proxy terrorists to be used against Syrian citizens.

Obama backs the Ukrainian “government”, which is integrated with junta members and neo-Nazis (as declared by the World Jewish Congress).

Obama gives these people tens of millions of our dollars and full political and strategic support as they kill citizens with unguided rockets:

Human Rights Watch:

“Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians”.  Again, this is in contrast to the 29 people who have been killed in the entire history of rocket and mortar attacks from Palestine into Israel, which includes the three killed in retaliation for Israel’s current massacre.

The Obama-backed Ukrainian “government” is also killing people with thousand pound ballistic missiles.

A question thus arises: Why do people pay heed to such unabashed hypocrites and liars as Obama?

A chief reason is because of a strong psychological tendency for humans to simply believe and obey perceived “authority” figures, as demonstrated by the famous Milgram experiment, wherein subjects electrocuted people (they thought) to death, for no other reason than a man in a white coat said to.

University of Manitoba Associate Professor of Psychology Bob Altemeyer discusses the dangerous psychological shortcoming of blind adherence to perceived “authority” in this book, which he has made available online for free.

Obviously, governments know of and exploit this human weakness to the utmost. This is seen, for example, when the Obama regime makes wild claims but refuses to give any evidence at all for them (since they have none, and the claims are later proven to be lies).  They know that many people will simply believe whatever they say, no matter how many times their lies are exposed.

Our job is to realize that the human freaks, like Obama, who fund massacres like the one Israel is currently carrying out in Gaza (which includes countless US funded Israeli rockets being aggressively fired into Palestine), have no authority over us.

They don’t have our consent to do what they do.  The policies they carry out have no connection to the desires of the citizens they pretend to represent.

Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page find, in the biggest study of the topic to date:

…the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.

Let’s look squarely at the primitive psychological holdover that causes us to view people in dictatorial regimes as “authority” figures, so we can overcome this weakness, reject criminal opportunists like Obama, Bush, Clinton, and the rest, and think and act for ourselves, based on reality, evidence, and basic moral principles like the Golden Rule.

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Israel Bombs Another UN School – Killing Women and Children – Despite UN Telling Israel 17 Times that the School Sheltered Civilians

6th UN Shelter Bombed by Israel

Many Gazans have been ordered by the Israeli military to leave their homes.

The Gaza strip was already very small and overcrowded – and Israel has just taken away 44% of it – and so many civilians have crowded into UN shelters … which they assumed were safe.

By way of background, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) runs a number of shelters in Gaza.

Israel has bombed numerous UNRWA shelters in the last week.  Pierre Krähenbühl – Drector of Operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross – tweets today:

This is 6th time one of our @UNRWA schools has been struck. Our staff leading int’l response are being killed. This is a breaking point.

BBC reports today:

Israel attacked a UN-run school housing refugees in Gaza despite warnings that civilians were there, the UN has said.

UN spokesman Chris Gunness said “the world stands disgraced” by the attack, in which 15 died and dozens were hurt.

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Mr Gunness, from the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), told the BBC that Israel had been told 17 times that the school in the Jabaliya refugee camp was housing the displaced.

He said there had been “multiple deaths” including women and children, adding that the attack caused “universal shame“.

Bob Turner, Unrwa’s Gaza director, said the UN was “confident” Israel was responsible.

He said UN workers had collected fragments of projectiles that suggested they were artillery shells fired from Israeli positions to the north-east of the school.

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“The last time was hours before the fatal attack,” he said. “Our initial assessment is that it was Israeli artillery that hit our school.”

Israel previously attacked different UN shelters, killing civilians. For example, Antiwar reported last week (citing coverage in the New York Times):

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “shocked and appalled” today with the news that Israeli forces attacked a UN school backed full of refugees in the Gaza Strip. At least 16 civilians were confirmed killed in the attack, and around 200 wounded.

The school was one of several designated UN shelters in the Gaza Strip, and the UNRWA says they sent “precise coordinates” of all the shelters to the Israeli military, and not just so they could target them.

Reports state that that particular UN school – 1 of 6 hit – was bombed three separate times.

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