July 9, 2014
The Independent (UK)

The True Gaza Back-Story That the Israelis Aren't Telling This Week

by Robert Fisk

OK, so by this afternoon, the exchange rate of death in two days was 40-0 in favour of Israel. But now for the Gaza story you won't be hearing from anyone else in the next few hours.

It's about land. The Israelis of Sederot are coming under rocket fire from the Palestinians of Gaza and now the Palestinians are getting their comeuppance. Sure. But wait, how come all those Palestinians -- all 1.5 million -- are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didn't they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out -- or fled for their lives -- when the Israeli state was created.

And -- a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required -- the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. . . .


United Nations Security Council Resolution 242

Nayirah testimony was false testimony given before the United States Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 [The Congressional Human Rights Caucus was founded in 1983 by Tom Lantos, a California Democrat, and John Porter, an Illinois Republican. Lantos was Hungarian by birth and had the distinction of being the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in the Congress.]

Sir Peter Ustinov Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.

Air Attacks: Gazan Rockets and Israeli Airstrikes

Just War and Terrorism

"Judaism: An Alternative to Zionism," The Wisdom Fund, May 9, 2002

"What's Wrong With Suicide Bombing?," The Wisdom Fund, May 9, 2002


"Wipe Out Israel? Or Palestine?," The Wisdom Fund, December 20, 2005

[In Israel, interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said after a three-hour emergency meeting on Thursday that Israel would not negotiate with a Palestinian government including Hamas.--"Hamas sweeps to election victory,", January 26, 2006]

Jimmy Carter, "Don't Punish the Palestinians," The Washington Post, February 20, 2006

"The Holocaust in Gaza," The Wisdom Fund, March 1, 2008

"Israel and Palestine: A True One-State Solution," The Wisdom Fund, September 3, 2010

[Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth.--David J Wasserstein, "So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?,", May 24, 2012]

"The Latest Gaza Catastrophe," Al Jazeera, November 18, 2012

"Zionism's Success and Arab Failure," The Wisdom Fund, May 4, 2013

"June 8, 1967: The Day Israel Attacked the USS Liberty," The Wisdom Fund, June 8, 2013

"A Greater Israel: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," The Wisdom Fund, November 5, 2013

rocket Aftermath of Palestinian Rocket

bombing Aftermath of Israeli Bombing

[When Shlomo Sand's book The Invention of the Jewish People was published it caused a largely a storm of outrage here in the United States among the few who read it. It was a bestseller in Israel, though mostly reviled, and where it was reviewed in the American corporate press the response was deeply hostile. Its central argument holds that the Jews of Europe, the Ashkenazim, are largely descendants of peoples who converted to Judaism in the distant past and that the claim that all Jews descend from ancient Israelites is false. Therefore the contention that European Jews are reclaiming ancient rights to their homeland in what is now Israel is a false claim. Moreover, the peoples now known as "Palestinians" are in all likelihood much more closely descended genetically from the ancient Israelites but who in the course of history converted for one reason or another either to Christianity or to Islam, and who therefore have a just claim to the land.--Paul Atwood, " Whatever Happened to Shlomo Sand? Missing in Action After the Storm Over the 'Invention of the Jewish People',", February 14, 2014]

Nafeez Ahmed, "IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis,", July 9, 2014

VIDEO: "Gaza: Dan Arbell, Norman Finkelstein and Mouin Rabbani on CrossTalk,", July 11, 2014

Francis A. Boyle, "Israel's Gaza Genocide Redux,", July 11, 2014 -- Oral Argument before the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Commission for the Indictment of Israel

John Pilger, "The return of George Orwell and Big Brother's war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth,", July 11, 2014

Noura Erakat, "No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory,", July 11, 2014

Juan Cole, "The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power,", July 14, 2014

UK Parliament, July 14, 2014

Philip Weiss, "Netanyahu says there will never be a real Palestinian state,", July 15, 2014

[With over 1,700 explosive strikes so far, the Israeli military has pounded homes, schools, mosques, electric and water facilities, municipal buildings, health clinics, moving vehicles, a home for the seriously disabled and even tiny agriculture areas.--Ralph Nader, "Pounding Gaza -- world's largest open-air prison,", July 19, 2014]

Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini, "On 'Human Shielding' in Gaza: How the Israeli Army has Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas,", July 21, 2014

VIDEO: Nora Lester Murad, Flynt Leverett, Martin van Creveld, "Gaza's Grief," RT/CrossTak, July 21, 2014

["a foreign body should be planted in the heart of this nation to prevent the convergence of its wings in such a way that it could exhaust its powers in never-ending wars. It could also serve as a springboard for the West to gain its coveted objects."--Tariq Ali, "Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza,", July 22, 2014]

Francesca Albanese, "The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce,", July 22, 2014

[And why did Netanyahu decide to go on another rampage in Gaza? . . . Netanyahu's real purpose was to undermine the recent agreement between Hamas and Fatah for a unity government.--Stephen M. Walt, "AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy,", July 22, 2014]

The situation in Gaza is comparable to that of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto.--George Galloway, July 23, 2014

["Responding to Israel's U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: "What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. . . . Couldn't they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation."--Henry Siegman, "A Slaughter of Innocents,", July 30, 2014]

"Gaza Daily Major Incidents Report,", July 30, 2014

"U.S. resupplies Israel with munitions as Gaza offensive rages,", July 31, 2014

Senator David Norris, July 31, 2014

Alison Weir, August 1, 2014 MUST WATCH

Rania Masri, August 2, 2014

[That covert support is squarely at odds with the posture of helpless detachment typically adopted by Obama officials and their supporters.--Glenn Greenwald, "Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack,", August 4, 2014]

Norman Pollack, "Israeli's Adeptness at Genocide,", August 5, 2014

Marjorie Cohn, "US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes, Genocide & Crimes against Humanity,", August 8, 2014

PHOTOS: Protests for Gaza Day of Rage around the world,", August 9, 2014

John B Judis, Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is No Longer a Vital American Interest,", August 9, 2014

Miko Peled, "Israel and Gaza: Six Decades of Oppression and Resistance," YouTube, August 22, 2014

[And if the resistance wins - as in holding the Israeli military at bay, and achieving some of its demands - the political discourse of the Middle East is likely to change altogether, where the weak will, once again, dare challenge the strong by demanding reforms, democracy, and threatening resistance as a realistic way to achieve such objectives. --Ramzy Baroud, Why Gaza was betrayed,", August 27, 2014]

Rod Such, New book reveals top-secret collusion between Israel, US during twenty years of peace talks',", August 29, 2014

["There is a taboo," said the visionary Edward Said, "on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel. Only when this truth is out can any of us be free."

For many people, the truth is out now. Those once intimidated into silence can't look away now. Staring at them from their TV, laptop, phone, is proof of the barbarism of the Israeli state and the great destructive force of its mentor and provider, the United States, the cowardice of European governments, and the collusion of others, such as Canada and Australian, in this epic crime.--John Pilger, Breaking the Last Taboo: Gaza and the Threat of World War',", September 12, 2014]

[Israel is the true beneficiary of this aid money. The self-declared international community has once again footed the reconstruction bill as it arms Israel with the weaponry and ensures it the impunity that only rewards its brutal onslaught on Gaza and essentially guarantees its repetition.--Maureen Clare Murphy, Who Benefits from Billions Pledged for Gaza Reconstruction?,", October 14, 2014]

Peter Beaumont, Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people,", November 23, 2014

George Galloway on Israel/Palestine, December 1, 2014

51 Day War Nafeez Ahmed, US Army Report Calls For 'Military Support' of Israeli Energy Grab,", January 1, 2015

Paul de Rooij, Amnesty International: Whitewashing Another Massacre,", May 8, 2015

Joel Greenberg, Israel's 2014 Gaza bombardment deemed war crime, Amnesty says,", May 8, 2015

UN: Gaza could become 'uninhabitable' by 2020,", September 1, 2015


[What the international community has done over the past 20 years of the Oslo process - inadvertently or otherwise - is offer Israel financial incentives to stabilise and entrench its rule over the Palestinians.--Jonathon Cook, "How Most Aid to the Palestinians Ends up in Israel's Coffers,", March 9, 2016]

Abby Martin, "The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized," September 28, 2016

[after colonial officials decided to partition the prosperous province of Bengal in 1905, non-violent forms of popular protest were accompanied by the growth of secret cells of revolutionaries who sought to undermine British imperial authority using targeted assassinations and bomb attacks.--Joel Abrams, The forgotten violence that helped India break free from colonial rule,", November 9,, 2016]

[The Israelites' control barely lasted for 77 years and it is largely contested that Israeli Jews of today are even blood relatives of the groups that inhabited Palestine 2,000 years ago.

. . . both the "peace process" and the "two-state solution" charade have been largely an American investment to maintain US leadership, power and influence over the conflict in Palestine.--Ramzy Baroud, "Trump's embassy move to Jerusalem 'self-destructive',", January 24, 2017]

Israeli Soldier's Explosive Tell-All: "Palestinians are Right to Resist", Empire Files, March 20, 2017

Philip Giraldi, The True Cost of Israel,", April 12, 2017

Anna Baltzer, The Danger of Neutrality, TEDxOcala, December 8, 2017

Gary Fields, "Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror," University of California Press (September 5, 2017)

[Twenty-four states are now requiring statements pledging not to boycott Israel from those citizens and organizations that receive government funding or even seek local government employment. Two bills in Congress also seek to define as anti-Semitism any criticism of Israel. On December 12th 2017 the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act was approved by the House of Representatives with 402 affirmative votes and only two libertarian-leaning congressmen voting "no." The Israel Anti-Boycott Act that is also currently making its way through the Congress would far exceed what is happening at the state level and would set a new standard for deference to Israeli interests on the part of the national government. It would criminalize any U.S. citizen "engaged in interstate or foreign commerce" who supports a boycott of Israel or who even goes about "requesting the furnishing of information" regarding it, with penalties enforced through amendments of two existing laws, the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Act of 1945, that include potential fines of between $250,000 and $1 million and up to 20 years in prison.--Philip Giraldi, The Bipartisan Pandering To Jewish Interests,", April 9, 2018]

Israel must address excessive use of force and deaths in Gaza protests -- UN rights chief,", April 27, 2018

"Noura Erakat on the Palestinians' Reaction to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem," CBS News, May 14, 2018

[Israel consistently acts as a criminal state. It has an ongoing policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, which also involves the establishment of illegal colonies on militarily occupied land. It uses lethal violence against unarmed protesters, as the recent massacres along the Gaza border have prominently demonstrated. It imprisons large numbers of Palestinians including children for acts as simple as protesting Israeli violence. It goes after civilian targets in its wars against Gaza and Lebanon. It purposely destroys civilian infrastructure on the West Bank and Gaza. It runs a regime that segregates out non-Jews from Jews in terms of housing, job preferences, and benefits and tries to cover up the resulting apartheid reality with a thin veil of tokenism.--Lawrence Davidson, In Our Age of State Crimes,", May 23, 2018]

Eric Margolis, Palestinians -- 70 Years of Suffering,", May 26, 2018

"The Occupation of the American Mind," May 30, 2018

[Jared Kushner, the Kushner family, and its Kushner Companies holdings are deeply tied to the financing of Israeli occupation--Stanley L Cohen, The Peace Deal That is All Israel,", June 29, 2018]

Stanley L Cohen, A Short History of Collective Punishment: From the British Empire to Gaza,", August 24, 2018

VIDEO: "Watch the film the Israel lobby didn't want you to see,", November 2, 2018

[Herzl replied -- and quickly, in a letter on March 19. His letter was probably the first response by a leader of the Zionist movement to a cogent Palestinian objection to its embryonic plans for Palestine. Herzl simply ignored the letter's basic thesis, that Palestine was already inhabited by a population that would not agree to be supplanted. Although Herzl had visited Palestine once, in an 1898 visit timed to coincide with that of German Kaiser Wilhelm II, he (like most early European Zionists) had not much knowledge of or contact with its native inhabitants.--Rashid Khalidi, "The Erasure of Palestinians From Trump's Mideast 'Peace Plan' Has A Hundred-Year History,", February 1, 2020]

Stone Cold Justice: Israel's torture of Palestinian children, ABC Australia, February 10, 2021

How Britain Started the Arab-Israeli Conflict, March 3, 2021

Gaza Fights For Freedom (2019), Empire Files, May 10, 2021

Let's Talk About the Israel-Palestine Conflict, The Daily Show, May 12, 2021

Focal Point: Ignited - Palestine on the Line, TRT World, May 21, 2021

Fareed: No practical reason for Israel to make deal with Palestinians, CNN, May 23, 2021

The fact of the Palestinian situation under the Israeli occupation, Palestine International Broadcast, May 26, 2021

Jewish Message From Jerusalem to the Palestinian People, Neturei Karta, June 2, 2021

Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald, Israel needs to be finally called out for what it is: a racist, apartheid regime, 2021

Americans in Jerusalem Are Helping Kick Out Palestinians, AJ+, May 1, 2022

"Israel-Gaza violence: The Conflict Explained,", August 8, 2022

AUDIO Zakaria GPS with Mustafa Barghouti, Hamas' Unprecented Attack on Isreal," CNN, October 8, 2023 (at 17 minutes) -- GPS aired this at 10:00 AM, did not repeat at 1:00 PM like it normally does, then aired it October 10 "On GPS: 'Do we have the right to struggle for freedom?'

VIDEO Amb Talmiz Ahmed, What Are Implications of the Gaza-Israel War?," The Wire, October 9, 2023

Phyllis Bennis, "Uprooting the Causes of Violence in Gaza & Israel,", October 10, 2023

Scott Ritter: Israel Is Reaping The Whirlwind, MOATS with George Galloway, October 10, 2023

"Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy: Israel Should Lift Siege & Call Off Plans for Ground Invasion of Gaza,", October 11, 2023

Brief history of Israel-Palestine conflict, TRT World, October 11, 2023

"Gaza Strip in maps: What it's like for the people that live there,", October 12, 2023

Dena Takruri, "Why Hamas Attacked Israel? What's Next For Gaza?" AJ+ October 13, 2023

Eric Margolis, "How Much Longer Will Palestinians Be a Martyr People?,", October 16, 2023

Israel-Hamas War: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, November 13, 2023

[When Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in Gaza in 2007, Israel established a militarized naval blockade, prohibiting further offshore development.--Betsey Piette, "Behind Israel's 'end game' for Gaza: Theft of offshore gas reserves,", November 14, 2023]

'Liar!' Norm Finkelstein DISMANTLES Hillary Israel Spin, Breaking Points, November 23, 2023

What Does Hamas ACTUALLY Want? Al Jazeera, December 17, 2023

[Two long articles in the respected Haaretz newspaper - Israel's version of The New York Times - purportedly providing the evidence for mass rape are worth picking apart because they form the backbone of claims being recycled by western politicians and the western media.--Jonathan Cook, "Evidence Missing in 'Mass Rape' Charge Against Hamas,", December 22, 2023]

Julia Frankel, "Israel's military campaign in Gaza seen as among the most destructive in history, experts say,", December 22, 2023

Norm Finkelstein UNLEASHED: Bibi, RFK Jr, Bill Maher, Breaking Points, December 26, 2023

Prof. Jeffery Sachs: A Deep Dive into the ICJ ruling and Diplomacy, January 26, 2024 #NowWhatUSA

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