Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Obama's Policies on Gaza & Israel Less Than Courageous : Refuses to Condemn Israel's War Crimes

UPDATE: March 3, 1:12 PM & 2:41 pm

Obama and Clinton still refuse to condemn Israel's War Crimes
US pledges 900 million in aid to Gaza? Or is it really just 300 million.
Is Hillary Clinton just spouting the same old rhetoric about Palestine or will it be backed up with action-
Will Obama insist on War reparations from Israel to help rebuild Gaza-
Fox News and Bolton are against any aid to Gaza
Israeli's Action in Gaza not supported by all Israelis or by all Jews outside Israel
Israel claims erroneously to speak for all of world Jewry
Zionism does not equal Judaism

President Obama has said he will stand up to special interests groups and lobbyists in order to do what he believes is best for America. But will he be able to stand up to the Israeli Lobby and criticize Israel when it does something wrong and will he tie human rights to the giving of aid to Israel or is Israel the one country which is exempt from from petty notions such as Human Rights or obeying the Geneva Conventions or other quaint bits of International Law unlike Iran, or Saddam's Iraq or North Korea or China etc. But as I have argued before if any US administration were to criticize Israel it would mean revisiting the ways in which the United States has acted as Israel's enabler allowing Israel to commit War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity over the last forty years or so let alone during the recent Massacre in Gaza. It was not a war it takes two opposing forces to have a war Hamas was no match for the overwhelming fire power of the Israeli military, fighter jets, bombers and Naval Battle ships. So when will Obama rein in Israel or stop being its best ally or friend. Sometimes even friends step over the line or are in need of a wake up call as it were.

Clinton sounds determined but if she wants broker a peace settlement then she is going to have to deal with Hamas or radically change the pre-conditions for a Two State Solution. .

CNN Hillary Clinton Pledges 900million To Rebuild Gaza

But is the 900 Million all for Gaza or for Gaza and the West Bank ? If all 900 million is for Gaza then this would be a move in the right direction but the question is whether Hillary Clinton is playing games with the numbers in order to appear to be doing more than she or Obama really intend to. They also want Hamas to renounce violence and recognize Israel and release the one Israeli soldier they are holding and then accept whatever deal is to be foisted upon them by Israel. The problem the Palestinians have with recognizing the State of Israel is which borders are to become Israel's permanent borders and will the 300 thousand Settlers be permitted to remain in the West Ban and will Israel remove its Security Wall or will the Palestinians be forced to remain in the Bantustan lands created by Israel. Will Israel and the United States allow the Palestinians full autonomy or will they remain a vassal or colony of Israel..

According to some Obama's policies towards Gaza and Hamas are more or less the same as Bush's policies . As Glenn Kessler for instance claims the money announced for aid in total is 900 million but 600 million will actually be going to the West Bank Palestinian authority. And "that the Administration will maintain a tough stance on Hamas, seeking to bolster the Islamist movement's rivals and keeping its distance from Palestinian efforts to create a unity government."

" Obama Follows Bush Line on Aid to Gaza " by Glenn Kessler by The Age Australia CommonDreams.org March 2,2009

and : Some see Clinton's announcement of aid to Gaza as a step in the right direction :

"Hillary Clinton, Gaza, and the six-state solution " By Bradley Burston Haaretz.com ,March 3, 2009

Rebuilding Gaza no easy task- March 2, 2009 CNN

Bolton dares to talk about accountability after being involved in the corrupt over-spending Bush Regime. They gave out Billions to company's such as Haliburton with little or no accountability but Bolton probably thinks it's okay to give money to your friends . 900 million is a lot less than the US has been giving to Israel for last few decades. Bolton conviently also forgets the billions sent as aid to Israel which then purchases arms from US companies .
Bolton also claimed erroneously that the amount of damage would only be about 300 Million no more .

Bolton Says Obama wrong to send any aid to Gaza-Fox News

" In Gaza the private Sector has declined" Tony Blair - what an understatement and a typical Propagandistic Spin on the situation. As the commentator at Al Jazeera points out that 80% of the people of Gaza are dependent upon humanitarian aid.

Blair also says that he and other countries have to work with whomever the Israelis elect yet he and others still refuses to deal directly with Hamas. They claim first Hamas has to stop its rocket attacks, free the one Israeli prisoner they have while Israel is not even criticized for the thousands of Palestinians it holds in its prisons besides the millions held in the open prisons of Gaza and the West bank.

Tony Blair as usual mainly wants to talk about the West Bank and not Gaza. He dismisses the suffering of the people of Gaza by pointing to the rockets being fired upon Israel which have killed less than 20 people while over 1300 were filled in Gaza by the Israeli Forces the IDF . He refuses to see the victims in Gaza as victims . He keeps returning to the fact that Hamas is firing rockets on Israel and by implication that the Gazans deserve whatever punishment is meted out to them by the Israelis.He is more interested in working with a puppet regime that is Fatah in the West bank than working with the freely elected government of Hamas. Even now he is afraid of upsetting the feelings of the Israelis but sees the deaths in Gaza as their own fault. He also does not mention Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank or its illegal wall and the hundreds of checkpoints that interfere with the daily lives of the Palestinians . These checkpoints have nothing to do with Israel's self-defense but are rather a way to oppress and terrorize the Palestinians so that they are reminded that they as a people do not deserve to be treated fairly, justly or humanely and that they should be grateful that the Israelis don't just kill them all.

Tony Blair Interviewed on Al Jazeera -March 1, 2009

Speaking to Al Jazeera English, after his first visit to the Gaza strip as the Quartet's Middle East Envoy, Tony Blair said he wanted to hear first hand accounts of what it was like to live there during and after the war.

It is the first time Blair has visited Gaza since becoming the Middle East envoy to the so-called Quartet, which represents the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

Secret History - Zionist Terrorism

also see : " Zionism and the Creation of Israel "

and : " True Torah Jews Against Zionism "

Israel Gaza
Note how CBS covers this story about Hillary Clinton chastising the Israelis. CBS interviews a couple of Jewish Americans such as Mort Zuckerman giving the misleading impression that these people represent all American Jews if not World Jewry and all the people of Israel. This is typical of the distortions by the Media in the US that the US is involved in when talking about Israeli policies. The Media doesn't bother to interview Jewish Americans who are critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians.

CBS News Hillary Clinton attacked for her position on Gaza Aid

Once again the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Israel refuse to attend conference on racism unless they drop any mention of Israel as being racist. So much for honest, fairness and truth when it comes to Israel no matter what it does no matter how it abuses the Palestinian People it is none of the world's business because the Israeli Zionist say so.

Clinton Dives Into Arab-Israeli Peacemaking by Sue Pleming, Reuters at Truthout March 1, 2009

The United States is expected to pledge more than $900 million at Monday's one-day conference in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. The funds are aimed at post-conflict recovery in Gaza after Israel's military offensive in December.

Washington also wants the money to bolster Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and has stipulated no U.S. funds will go through the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza while Abbas' Fatah movement runs the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

"I will be announcing a commitment to a significant aid package, but it will only be spent if we determine that our goals can be furthered rather than undermined or subverted," Clinton told Voice of America in an interview taped on Friday. She did not speak to reporters during the flight to Egypt.

"All the pledges of aid this conference is expected to produce will be worth next to nothing if the donors do not demand that Israel open the borders to commercial goods as well as humanitarian essentials," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

...Silvan Shalom, a Netanyahu ally, told Reuters the Likud leader would engage in dialogue with the Palestinians but would not agree in advance to the two-state solution advocated by the international powers since the Oslo accords of 1993.

Ramzy Baroud argues that once again Israel is playing the two groups of Hamas and Fatah off against one another and will possibly reward whichever one knuckles under to Israel's demands and will do whatever Israel asks. The Israelis are not interested in a real solution to the issues such as setting up a fully autonomous Palestinian State with the same rights as any other nation.

Will History Repeat? By Ramzy Baroud "Information Clearing House" March 3,2009

-- In the aftermath, Hamas can confidently claim that its once indisputably "radical" position is no longer viewed as "extreme". Indeed, "Hamas" is no longer a menacing word, even amongst the Western public, and tireless Israeli attempts to correlate Hamas and Islamic jihadist agendas no longer suffice.

The stance of the Obama administration seems at times contradictory and confusing while Hillary Clinton chastises Israel once again the US refuses to take part in a conference on " Racism " unless they eliminate any reference to Israel once again claiming Israel to be a Democratic state which upholds the rights of all people even the Palestinians but this is blatantly untrue but the American and Canadian public don't know any better.

" US Won't Participate in UN Racism Conference :Objects to document's references to Israel and criticism of religion " AP at Common Dreams.org March 1, 2009

UNITED NATIONS - The United States won't participate in a U.N. conference on racism in April unless the final document is changed to drop all references to Israel and criticism of religion, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

The conference is a follow-up to the contentious 2001 conference in the South African city of Durban, which was dominated by clashes over the Middle East and the legacy of slavery. The U.S. and Israel walked out midway through that eight-day meeting over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism - the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state - to racism.

"In the Aftermath of Gaza, Hamas Becomes Harder to Ignore " by Andrew Lee Butters, Time.com Feb. 28, 2009

When Senator John Kerry visited Gaza last week, he made certain to emphasize that he had no contact with Hamas, and demanded that the militants stop firing rockets into Israel. Still, Kerry's visit — one of the first to the coastal strip by an American legislator since Hamas took power there in 2007 — wasn't exactly the kind of publicity that Israeli officials wanted. While being escorted into Gaza by an armed United Nations convoy, Kerry was disturbed by the sight of Israeli security forces blocking trucks filled with pasta from entering the beleaguered territory. Pasta, the Senator was told by U.N. officials, wasn't defined by Israel as humanitarian assistance, prompting him to raise the matter with Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak — who then allowed the shipment in. Both Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have urged the Israelis to increase the volume of humanitarian assistance into Gaza, which remains under an Israeli blockade.

Of more concern to Israel, perhaps, is the fact that Kerry's visit highlighted the crumbling of the U.S. and Israeli effort to isolate Hamas inside its Gaza ghetto.

...Ironically, perhaps, a military campaign to break Hamas' grip on Gaza may, instead, have forced many of Israel's allies to recognize the futility of efforts to topple the organization through military and economic pressure.

Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget-Jan. 24, 2009
Israeli Government does not want peace it wants more land
They argue the land is all theirs and so they believe all Gazans should be killed or driven off of their land.
War Criminals get to investigate themselves according to the Israelis and the US Government

Gaza war tourism - Keren Levy: I'm a little bit fascist
They go to watch Gaza's people being killed- they are like the American White Supremacists of the Deep South who went to watch lynchings as a day out for the whole family. Of course it is considered bad manners even to mention such things especially in ear shot of Rush Limbaugh, or Bill O'Reilly or Ann Coulter et al. The Israelis don't seem to mind killing Palestinian citizens because all Palestinians like all North American Native Peoples were also considered to be an imminent threat to White European settlers who like the Israelis were being guided by God to wipe out what they considered to be an inferior race which is how most Israelis and Americans view the Palestinians.

Macabre form of tourism.. From the hill tops Israelis follow the bombardment of Gaza, while enjoying soft drinks and snacks

Keren Levy (Real Estate agent):

They Chose Hamas to rule them, it's their fault, they got it to where it is now

Don't you think it gets worse bombing them?

No I think that is the only solution, I think they should just clear off all the city, just take it off the ground.

Yes I'm a little bit fascist.

Danish TV2 January 09 2009

Israel-Gaza border turns into picnic site for Israeli gods!-Jan. 14, 2009
Like the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan they don't want the Israeli people to know how brutal the war actually is and what crimes are being committed by the IDF.

Australian Jewish Group condemns Israeli military attacks on Gaza-Jan. 27, 2009
Independent Australian Jewish Voices speak out

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- An Australian Jewish group slammed Israel's invasion of Gaza as "inhuman," "superfluous" and "abominable."

Independent Australian Jewish Voices, an offshoot of the British group founded in February 2007, said in a statement this week that while Israel has the right to self-defense, "this cannot be used as a pretext for the grossly disproportionate military assault on Gaza because it was Israel that violated the fragile truce on Nov. 4, 2008."

Holocaust Survivor Protests Israeli Massacre in Gaza - 2009

Elderly Holocaust Survivor protests Israel's response to Hamas rocket attacks. She says it's not fair since Israel is so much stronger.

Israeli Jews who criticize the IDF are called traitors in the same way that Americans who oppose War in Iraq or elsewhere are also called traitors. Canadians are also told that they must if they are True Canadians support our troops in Afghanistan.

Thousands of Israelis protest against the war in Gaza

Israel Social TV Presents:
Video Article - Thousands of Israelis protest against the war in Gaza.
Tel Aviv 3/1/2009.

Jewish Israelis compare IDF to the Nazis in Germany

Israeli protest against war in Gaza. Jan. 9, Tel-aviv, Israel

Jewish American tells the American Orthodox Jews that " they are anti-Semites who deserve to die and to have their bones pissed on"
Anti-Zionist Jewish Protestors are attacked by an AIPAC conference attendee-April 8, 2006
A group of Orthodox Jews protesting against Zionism, Israel, and AIPAC outside the annual conference of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

Jewish Leaders Blast Clinton Over Israel Criticism CBS News Feb. 27, 2009
Zuckerman, Lawmakers, Local Jews Say Secretary of State Not the Hillary Clinton They Used to Know; Hillary Pressuring Israel to Speed up Aid to Gaza

by Marcia Kramer

NEW YORK - In a swift about face from her views as New York's senator, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now hammering Israel over its treatment of Palestinians in Gaza.

and so it goes,

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