Monday, October 12, 2015

Daily Israeli War Crimes in Palestine

Daily Israeli War Crimes in Palestine

by Stephen Lendman

Israel is attacking defenseless Palestinians with lethal force and vicious propaganda - reflecting state terror fueled by longstanding racist hate, wanting maximum land for Jews only, and having Palestinians confined to isolated ghettoized bantustans, deprived of all rights and resources. 

Israeli and Western media support this hideous agenda, long ago abandoning any sense of objectively, siding now with Netanyahu and likeminded fascists, terrorizing Palestinians unaccountably.

Palestinian lives, safety, rights and welfare don’t matter. For nearly 70 years, Israel has waged a war of extermination and ethnic cleansing against millions of defenseless people, notably since occupation in June 1967.

Palestinian resistance groups for long denied justice and its legitimate Hamas government are called terrorists, irresponsibly blamed for premeditated Israeli violence and chaos - precipitated this time by soldiers and police rampaging through the Al Aqsa Mosque multiple times, attacking worshipers, letting radicalized settlers enter the compound where they don’t belong, a deliberate provocation to incite violence, then blame Palestinians like always for state terror.

The religious and social service Islamic Movement in Israel (IM) is justifiably anti-Zionist - like millions of people worldwide, including Jews and non-Jews alike.

Its origins date from Mandatory Palestine. Its more recent movement was founded in 1971, focusing mainly on providing social services. Its northern branch justifiably opposed Oslo, a Palestinian Versailles.

On Sunday, Netanyahu and his security ministers discussed banning the group, designating it a terrorist organization - Israel’s typical response to anyone opposing its apartheid ruthlessness.

Shin Bet officials accused IM and Hamas of fueling (Israeli perpetrated) violence. Netanyahu blamed Hamas, IM, the PA, and “several countries in the region (Iran, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon his targets) for “wild and mendacious incitement.”

Last week, IM’s northern branch leader Sheikh Raed Salah vowed to respond to “continued Israeli (Temple Mount) escalation” and state-sponsored violence.

Earlier, Israel imprisoned Salah several times, irresponsibly accused of terrorism, incitement to violence and racism.

Ministers also approved harsher crackdowns on legitimate Palestinian resistance, thousands of soldiers and police licensed to use live fire, including against peaceful demonstrators.

State-sponsored violence rages out-of-control. Netanyahu’s solution to calming things is more of it. Israel uses allegations of Palestinian stabbing attempts and incidents (many fabricated) as justification for indiscriminate security force terror against defenseless people, deliberatively provoking retaliation, blaming victims for its crimes.

Palestinians (mostly children, youths and women) are being executive in cold blood, the world community virtually silent, Washington partnering with Israeli high crimes, longterm complicity between two rogue states.

Stop The Wall (STW) coordinator Jamal Juma highlighted the struggle against Israeli-imposed apartheid, far worse than South Africa’s version, police state viciousness on steroids.

Since Israeli-instigated violence began, multiple daily incidents “evoked images of the First Intifada,” Juma explained, adding:

Daily events include “(b)urning (tires) in the streets, youths wrapped in Palestinian scarves throwing stones, and Israeli military confronting them with tear gas, sound grenades and live ammunition.” 

“Entire Palestinian villages are under siege. Clashes are spreading like wild fire across Jerusalem and Palestinian areas on both side of the Green Line.”

“The root causes for this rebellion are the same as ever: the Israeli regime of occupation, apartheid and colonialism makes Palestinians’ lives unbearable.” 

“However, there are fundamental differences between now and then, and the actions of Israel’s new settler militia will determine when, not if, a full scale Intifada will explode.”

Radicalized settlers are well-armed and organized, their rampaging fully supported by Israeli fascists. They attack Palestinians daily - at home, on streets, in their fields, free to commit violence, vandalism, even murder with impunity.

They’re licensed to wage all-out war on defenseless Palestinians, part of Israel’s longstanding state terror policy. Its aim: slow-motion genocide to achieve maximum Jews and minimum Arabs, incorporating all valued parts of Judea and Samaria into Israel exclusively for Jews, especially East Jerusalem.

Longstanding Israeli collaborator Mahmoud Abbas and other PA officials are part of the problem, not the solution. Young Palestinians especially despise them, their anger and frustration directed at them as well as Israel, partners in human rights abuses.

Long-festering intolerable conditions foster resistance, the only way possible for change. It’s too early to know if a third intifada began. Key is whether Palestinian energy has leadership and endurance, including a sustained willingness to die for freedom.

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Over 1,300 Palestinians Shot in Last 11 Days

Over 1,300 Palestinians Shot in Last 11 Days

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu declared war on Palestine before violent clashes began, instigated by security forces, willful provocations to get Palestinians to respond, blaming them for Israeli crimes.

From October 1 through Sunday, soldiers and police shot over 1,300 Palestinians - using live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and internationally banned dum-dum bullets, able to expand internally and cause far more serious wounds.

Through October 11, 24 Palestinians were murdered in cold blood. Official Israeli policy is shoot first. Ask no questions. 

Blame victims for increasing numbers of real or fabricated stabbing attempts or incidents used to indiscriminately gun down defenseless Palestinians. Israel considers premeditated cold-blooded murder self-defense.

Daily horrors continue. A 15-year-old Palestinian girl was shot and critically wounded en route home from school with friends, threatening no one.

Teenager Mustafa Al-Khatib was assassinated by police. Eyewitnesses refuted false accusations, claiming he tried stabbing an officer. He had no weapon in his possession.

He was stopped in his car at East Jerusalem’s al-Asbat Gate, ordered to exit his vehicle, then lethally shot 10 times at point blank range.

Incident reports kept changing, initially saying he tried stabbing a settler, then a soldier, then refusing an order to be searched, then attempting to stab a soldier - four statements, all lies. All official Israeli reports about violent incidents lack credibility.

Human rights groups denounced state-sponsored violence. Palestinians are being murdered, injured and mass arrested daily.

On October 11, the PA Health Ministry said 75 Palestinians were wounded or killed by live fire on Sunday alone - another 77 injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, 208 more suffered from toxic tear gas inhalation.

Palestine in “on the brink” of exploding, warned the Al Haq human rights group. It blamed “Israel’s wanton and excessive use of force…with no accountability for” cold-blooded murder.

It noted increasingly severe and frequent settler attacks, including shootings, beatings, vandalism and crop destruction.

On Monday, Netanyahu addressed Knesset members, blaming Palestinians and Arab MKs for his high crimes, claiming nonexistent Palestinian “terrorism.” Saying it represents a “desire to destroy us.”

“That was the motive for terrorism in the early years of Zionism and that’s what it is today,” he ranted. Arab MKs walked out of the session before he began speaking.

All his rants are beginning-to-end Big Lies, in all public appearances. He outrageously accused Arab MKs of endorsing violence, claimed MK Hanin Zoabi incited terrorism. He wants “a criminal investigation against her” opened.

Why is world outrage absent? Why are the only comments heard outrageously calling on both sides to show restraint - ignoring premeditated, willful Israeli cold-blooded murder!

Palestinian victimhood doesn’t matter. Decades of suffering are ignored. So is fundamental international law. 

Palestinians are on their own like always, facing three enemies - Israel, their illegitimate PA government, and world leaders turning a blind eye to brutalizing daily oppression.

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War On Jeremy Corbyn Rages

War on Jeremy Corbyn Rages

by Stephen Lendman

In politics, doing the right thing exacts a price. It’s no game for sissies. Most office holders are scoundrels. Exceptions like Corbyn prove the rule. More below on attempts to vilify him.

The late Gore Vidal once said “(a)ny American who is prepared to run for president (or any high office) should automatically by definition be disqualified from ever doing so.”

Author Richard Reeves once said “(a) lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents.”

Famed journalist HL Mencken disqualified himself from politics, saying: “I am strongly in favor or common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible (for) any public office of trust…”

Corbyn is Britain’s first progressive/anti-war Labour leader in memory, making him vulnerable to vicious attacks, aiming to discredit him for doing the right thing.

Tory Prime Minister David Cameron replicates Obama’s dark agenda with an English accent, disgracing the office he holds, partnering with America’s wars, serving Britain’s monied interests exclusively, mindless of popular sentiment and human needs.

Last month, he shamelessly bashed Corbyn, calling him a danger to the country. Saying “Labour (under his leadership) is now a serious risk to our nation’s security, our economy’s security and your family’s security.”

“Whether it’s weakening our defences, raising taxes on jobs and earnings, racking up more debt and welfare or driving up the cost of living by printing money - Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will hurt working people.”

Torries will “deliver stability, security and opportunity for working people,” he added. His record is polar opposite his rhetoric, his policies hugely destructive at home and abroad.

UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and dozens of extremist Tory MPs repeated Cameron’s ad hominem attack. Expect a steady hostile drumbeat ahead.

Corbyn hit back through his spokesman, John McDonnell,  saying:

“The fact that David Cameron used his speech to make personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn is a sure sign that he is rattled by the re-energisation of the Labour Party.”

“With cuts to tax credits and a continued failure on housing, his claim that the Conservatives are the party of working people is being exposed.”

Union leader Len McLuskey added: “David Cameron’s legacy will be all too visible to those on low wages or who are bracing themselves for the next swing of the Conservative cuts axe, like the 3 million low-waged families about to be stripped of more than a £1,000 a year thanks to his government. If this prime minister does leave a lasting legacy, it will be that people are ‘on their own.’ ”

Britain’s major media are like America’s - pro-war, pro-business, anti-populist. Last month, London’s Telegraph headlined “Revealed: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s close IRA links,” columnist Andrew Gilligan accusing them of supporting terrorism.

The organization’s mission throughout its activist days was twofold: defending Northern Ireland’s Catholic population against sectarian Protestant attacks, and wanting Britain’s military occupation ended - using military and political wings to achieve its aims.

Gilligan bashed Corbyn, saying he “spoke at official republican commemorations to honour dead IRA terrorists, IRA ‘prisoners of war’ and active ‘soldiers of the IRA.’ “

Western societies and Israel call anyone opposing their extremist agendas a “terrorist,” especially individuals with a public voice. Dissent is vilified.

David Cameron attacked Corbyn as “terrorist-sympathizing” and “Britain-hating” - the same way any public figure opposing UK imperialism is vilified.

Responding to critics, Corbyn said he “condemn(ed) what was done by the British army as well as the other sides.”

The latest attack accused him of “snubb(ing)” Queen Elizabeth, allegedly to go on a walking tour, a pretext for stripping him of his “Right Honourable” title, reserved for members of the Queen’s Privy Council - comprised of senior House of Commons and House of Lords royal family advisors - a scheme to further blacken his name.

Political scoundrels stop at nothing to vilify and eliminate all opponents of their rogue policies, Corbyn very much in the crosshairs. He’s a political veteran, well aware of what goes on, knowing his progressive agenda will be viciously assailed, ready to take on all comers.

Most MPs take extended summer breaks. Corbyn worked nonstop, leading up to and after becoming Labour leader in mid-September. He said longstanding personal commitments kept him from attending the Privy Council meeting, likely meaning long needed family time.

His ascendency to Labour leadership made him a world figure. He’s on the right side of important issues. He deserves universal support.

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CBS' 60 Minutes Interviews America's Liar-in-Chief

CBS’ 60 Minutes Interviews America’s Liar-in-Chief

by Stephen Lendman

Obama is an unindicted war criminal, a shameless demagogue, a serial liar, a moral coward, a disgrace to the office he holds. 

On Sunday, CBS correspondent Steve Kroft interviewed him on 60 Minutes - giving him a prominent propaganda platform, everything pre-scripted, largely asking softball questions instead of holding a rogue president’s feet to the fire responsibly. 

Not a chance on mainstream television, a medium for the proliferation of Big Lies on issues mattering most, notably when government officials or retired generals and admirals are interviewed.

Obama’s interview featured a litany of Big Lies and willful coverup of high crimes of state. America’s economy is deplorable. Protracted Main Street Depression continues, things getting worse, not better.

Obama bears full responsibility - exclusively serving Wall Street, war profiteers and other corporate favorites, willfully and maliciously thirdwordizing America, half the population impoverished or bordering it, the once prosperous middle class close to disappearing altogether.

Not according to Obama, insultingly saying: “(T)here’s no reason why…every single American, no matter what they look like, no matter where they come from…can succeed. And that's my goal as president. That's what I think about every day. And that's what led me to run for president in the first place.”

Rubbish!! His corporatist agenda exposes his war on ordinary Americans and fundamental freedoms, beginning on day one in office, continuing relentlessly. His goal: creating a nation of rulers and serfs, militarized for absolute control, tyranny by any standard.

He handed America’s wealth to Wall Street crooks and other corporate bandits, waged war on social justice, whistleblowers, and democratic freedoms. He’s been more ruthless than any of his predecessors, at home and abroad. 

He’s waged multiple wars of aggression throughout his tenure - direct and proxy ones, responsible for millions of casualties, targeting Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Donbass, Yemen, and partnered with Israel against Palestinians - while letting homeland needs mattering most go begging, exploiting ordinary Americans ruthlessly, causing devastating harm to millions of struggling households.

He lied about his war on Syria, raping one of many countries on his watch, displacing half the population, causing a refugee crisis along with millions from other countries, devastated by US aggression, using ISIS and other cutthroat killers as proxies, US foot soldiers trained to commit atrocities, ludicrously claiming he wants America kept from becoming more militarily involved.

Turning truth on its head, adding: “We are prepared to work both diplomatically and where we can to support moderate opposition that can help convince the Russians and Iranians to put pressure on Assad for a transition…”

“(W)e are not going to…try to reinsert ourselves in a military campaign inside of Syria - ignoring US warplanes bombing Syrian targets daily on the phony pretext of striking ISIS, Washington’s ally, not enemy.

He’ll continue arming and otherwise supporting imported ISIS and other takfiri terrorists. No so-called “moderate rebels” exist, a convenient fiction endorsed by media scoundrels.

He spurned Putin’s overture to work cooperatively against terrorists in Syria, absurdly claiming his effective campaign is counterproductive, making things worse, not better - worse for his regional imperial agenda, what really concerns him.

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Putin's Righteous Syrian Mission Continues

Putin’s Righteous Syrian Mission Continues

by Stephen Lendman

Putin explained Russian forces trained for their mission. Preparations were made well in advance. Military campaigns require extensive planning and coordination with allies. 

Russia was ready when operations began on September 30, its effectiveness catching Washington flat-footed, for the first time facing a real challenge to its regional hegemonic agenda, unable to counter formidable and impressive Russian military strength and determination.

Necessary force strength and equipment were assembled. “We made persistently and for a long time space and air reconnaissance. We analyzed different kinds of information we received,” Putin explained.

Russia’s General Staff coordinated with its counterparts in Syria and other regional countries. “Terrorism threatens very many other countries in the Middle East,” Putin stressed.

He scoffed at Washington’s nonexistent efforts to fight terrorism - fostering, not eliminating it, doing the opposite of what it claims. ISIS reached its peak strength before he intervened responsibly. The regional balance of power shifted markedly, whether decisively remains to be seen. 

In short order, ISIS forces and facilities were ravaged. They’re reeling from the onslaught, devastated and discouraged, thousands fleeing for safety. Putin’s righteous mission continues.

In the last 24 hours, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported escalated operations - focusing Sunday on Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Raqqa provinces, flying 64 sorties, striking 63 ISIS targets, including 53 fortified sites, seven arms depots, four training camps, an artillery position and a command post coordinating Latakia province operations.

Sophisticated Sukhoi Su24M and Su-34 bombers were used, as well as Su-25SM assault aircraft accompanied by Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets.

“A direct hit of a guided KAB-500 air bomb completely destroyed a building with militant commanders inside,” Russia’s Defense Ministry’s spokesperson explained. “The airstrike also eliminated five SUVs with ZU-23 double-barreled 23mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on them that were parked nearby.”

A concealed area for SUVs and mortar launchers was attacked and destroyed. So was an Achan village terrorist location, killing militants, destroying their weapons, munitions and logistics depot.

“Having accomplished combat assignments, all aircraft of the task force operating in Syria successfully returned to the Khmeimim airbase,” Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman explained. 

Operations will resume on Monday, relentless pressure maintained. One ISIS position after another is being systematically discovered, degraded and destroyed - an ongoing campaign to eliminate its scourge altogether with Syrian ground forces, Hezbollah and Iranian help on the front lines, very likely expanding operations to Iraq, once its government gives the OK.

Vladimir Putin, other involved Russian officials, its military commanders and brave pilots risking their lives and safety are on the side of the angels - America’s dark side the real enemy, humanity’s greatest threat.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Human Rights Watch Blasts Israeli Violence

Human Rights Watch Blasts Israeli Violence

by Stephen Lendman

On October 11, HRW reported one of its investigators shot by Israeli forces, a research assistant observing a peaceful Palestinian demonstration near Ramallah.

At least seven protesters were wounded by Israeli live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets, said HRW. Director Kenneth Roth issued a statement, saying:

“Indiscriminate or deliberate firing on observers and demonstrators who pose no imminent threat violates the international standards that bind Israeli security forces. It is particularly troubling when those seeking to monitor the security forces’ conduct are among the casualties.”

He stopped short of condemning Israel crimes of war and against humanity, ongoing for decades in Occupied Palestine, the casualty count from the latest incident increasing daily.

HRW didn’t name its wounded researcher. She’s also a freelance journalist. She was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked “press.” The incident occurred around 11:30PM on October 5. She called the Palestinian demonstration peaceful.

Israeli forces indiscriminately use live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and other implements of state terror against defenseless Palestinian civilians, posing no threat to anyone, just exercising their legitimate right to protest state-sponsored terrorism.

HRW’s researcher was wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets, live fire and exploding shrapnel. Soldiers opened fire without warning, she said, despite no visible threat at the time, an indiscriminate act of state terror.

She was treated at Ramallah hospital, then released. The incident occurred when up to around 200 protesters and observers “were milling around, including families and young people. some of whom were singing,” said HRW.

She was unaware of nearby Israeli soldiers until they opened fire - from which direction she didn’t know. Medic Fadi Asmar witnessed the incident, his five-year-old son with him.

“We didn’t see any soldiers near us,” he said. “That’s why we felt safe. No one was throwing rocks or anything. Soldiers just started shooting.”

The IDF failed to supply HRW with an explanation. It’s been “document(ing) unlawful use of force by Israeli security forces in policing demonstrations in the West Bank over many years, and in particular firing live ammunition that hit protesters, journalists, and human rights activists who posed no imminent threat to the forces,” a statement said. “The shooting of the Human Rights Watch research assistant is but the latest example.”

So far, over 800 Palestinians required hospital treatment for wounds inflicted since October 1,  said HRW, including women and young children.

“A long record of impunity marks any attempt to investigate alleged violations by Israeli forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” HRW stressed.

Israel scoffs at fundamental international laws. Rogue states operate this way. Horrific Palestinian suffering continues.

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Were Deadly Ankara Blasts a False Flag?

Were Deadly Ankara Blasts a False Flag?

by Stephen Lendman

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repressive regime had motive and easy opportunity. We’ll likely never know for sure if he or his fascist cronies were responsible. Suspicions are warranted.

On Saturday, multiple deadly blasts rocked Ankara, targeting a Labor, Peace (and) Democracy rally, protesting Turkey’s war on Kurds - killing at least 95 people, injuring around 250 more, over 50 in intensive care with serious injuries. Some may not survive.

Nine policemen were slightly injured, none killed. The blasts apparently didn’t target them. Angry activists on the scene shouted “police murderers.” Security forces forcibly removed them.

The incident came three weeks before scheduled November 1 snap general elections, the composition of Turkey’s 26th parliament at stake. 

Expect Erdogan to exploit Saturday’s incident, blaming Kurdish or ISIS terrorists, urging Turkish voters to support his real war on Kurds, phony one on ISIS. 

He called for “solidarity and determination as the most meaningful response to terror” - a smokescreen deflecting attention from his own responsibility?

Will he, Washington and perhaps other rogue NATO partners try using the incident to counter Putin’s intervention in Syria? It’s hard imagining how.

Russian aircraft dominating Syrian airspace prevent US and other NATO member ones from entering a de facto Moscow-imposed no-fly zone easily expanded - to protect Syria from attacks on its territory.

It remains to be seen what Obama plans next. Erdogan is allied with his war on Syria, letting him use Turkey’s Incirlik airbase to bomb Syrian targets, not ISIS, providing support and safe haven for its fighters - wanting Assad ousted and Kurdish freedom fighters eliminated.

Russia’s escalating intervention  greatly constrains US tactics. Russian drones and satellite surveillance monitor Syrian territory round-the-clock, able to intervene as needed against terrorist threats, targeting ISIS and other takfiri positions and facilities daily.

Washington has no way to challenge or stop Putin’s righteous mission - committed to defeat terrorism and protect Syrian sovereignty.

On Sunday, Reuters and other news services reported thousands rallied in Ankara near the Saturday blast site, many shouting anti-government slogans, mourning victims at the same time.

Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leaders and members said police attacked them, some sustaining injuries.

Riot police with water cannon vehicles blocked a main highway used to reach parliament and other government buildings. Erdogan officials denied involvement in what happened. Many Ankara residents believe otherwise.

Shortly after Saturday’s attack, the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) announced a unilateral ceasefire ahead of November 1 general elections. 

Erdogan spurned it, Reuters reporting “Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey on Saturday and Sunday, pressing their military campaign a day after the rebel group ordered its fighters to halt attacks on Turkish soil.”

A senior Turkish security official told Reuters “(t)he PKK ceasefire means nothing to us. The operations will continue without a break.”

Hundreds were killed since Erdogan resumed attacking Turkish and Iraqi Kurds - along with Syrian ones on the phony pretext of fighting ISIS.

Separately, Turkey’s longstanding war on press freedom continues unabated. Today’s Zaman (TZ) is a prominent English language newspaper, Bulent Kenes its editor.

On Friday, Turkish authorities arrested him for critical tweets about Erdogan’s policy, TZ reported. He’s now in Metris Prison awaiting trial.

Colleagues chanted: “Free media cannot be silenced” as police arrested him. Erdogan targeted him earlier, launching six defamation investigations.

He’s charged with violating Turkish Penal Code, Article 29 stating: “Anyone who insults the president of the republic shall be imprisoned for a term of from one to four years. When the offense is committed in public, the sentence shall be increased by one sixth.”

Police states operate this way, Obama waging war on whistleblowers and mainstream dissent, wanting no interference with his criminal enterprise.

“In a note he wrote before being taken to prison that was later distributed on social media, Kenes underlined that his struggle against those who want to turn Turkey into an ‘open prison’ would continue ‘no matter the circumstances,” TZ reported.

The scourge of evil has many forms and allies. Defeating them will always remain a major challenge.

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Netanyahu Unleashes Settler Attacks, Targets Palestinian Hospitals and Patients

Netanyahu Unleashes Settler Attacks, Targets Palestinian Hospitals and Patients

by Stephen Lendman

Netanyahu-ordered state terror continues raging with no end in sight. Heavily armed soldiers, militarized police, border guards and other security forces are systematically terrorizing Palestinians - beating, wounding and murdering them in cold blood.

Police states operate this way, Israel one of the vilest, run by Arab-hating fascists, criminal thugs by any standard, unrestrained brutality their mode of operation - fully supported by Washington.

Netanyahu unleashed extremist settlers to commit “vigilante attacks against Palestinians,” the Yesh Din human rights group explained.

It got dozens of complaints from terrorized Palestinians. They’re being attacked and injured, their property vandalized. At least one arson incident was reported. Homes were broken into, crops and olive trees destroyed.

“Though large numbers of Israeli security forces personnel have been stationed in the West Bank since the attack on Thursday, according to our reports, several attacks took place in their presence and without their intervention,” said Yesh Din. 

“The IDF is failing to protect Palestinian civilians and their property, as it is obligated to do,” - making them complicit in daily incidents threatening Palestinian lives, safety and welfare.

Yesh Din reported the following incidents:

Thursday, October 1:

“Stoning of vehicles in Burin junction, damage to vehicles. These vehicles include an ambulance attacked while carrying a woman and her two children on their way to hospital after inhaling gas fired by Israeli security forces.” 

“The road from the village was blocked off and the ambulance prevented from reaching hospital; the three were treated in Burin. Following this attack, a large group of Israeli citizens attempted to break into a house in Burin, armed with metal rods.”

Friday, October 2:

“Masked perpetrators descended from the direction of the settlement of Yitzhar towards Burin farmlands, and torched ancient olive trees.” 

“When the fire brigade and volunteers from Burin attempted to put out the fire, Israeli citizens standing on the hilltop above sent boulders and a burning tire rolling down. The perpetrators were accompanied by approximately four Israeli security forces personnel, who failed to prevent the attack.”

“Dozens of Israeli citizens blocked the entrance to Beitin and hurled rocks at houses. Several Palestinian suffered from anxiety and five houses were damaged.”

Saturday, October 3:

“Stones thrown at a car carrying a Palestinian woman and her daughter on the main road in Huwwara resulted in the wounding of the 17 year-old daughter. Israeli security forces personnel were present during the attack.”

“Residents of Burin stoned in the presence of Israeli security forces personnel.”

Sunday, October 4:

“Scores of Israeli citizens arrived from the direction of the outpost Esh Kodesh and attacked Palestinian farmers in Qusra. In this case, Israeli security forces personnel acted quickly and dispersed the attackers.”

“Six Israeli citizens hurled flammable liquid at a home situated on the farmlands of al Khader (between settlements Neve Daniel and Alon Shvut) followed by Molotov cocktails, setting fire to the house.” 

“The owner, who was outside, witnessed the attack. Police found the remains of a Molotov cocktail and flammable material at the scene. The house was slightly damaged.”

“Masked assailants threw stones at Palestinians in the fields of Urif. One man shot a firearm in the air. Damage was caused to olive trees.”

These type attacks occur daily. Nearly always, Israeli security forces do nothing to stop them - nor investigate crimes to make arrests.

Separately, Palestinian hospitals are being attacked, Israeli soldiers and police targeting ambulances, medical providers and patients, including seriously injured ones in Urgent Care units - throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Ambulances, private vehicles and hospital facilities are being searched, Urgent Care units ransacked, operating rooms violated - medical personnel held at gunpoint, some patients (including ones in critical condition) kidnapped, in some cases endangering their lives.

Admission records are being examined to identify wounded Palestinians, patients’ rooms, offices and facilities invaded.

Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awwad, denounced Israeli actions, especially kidnapping  patients needing care.

“International Law prohibits attacking hospitals, and abducting patients,” he said, “It also calls for enabling medical crews to act freely and safely, to perform their humanitarian mission.”

On Sunday, Maan News (MN) reported Israeli forces shot its cameraman Rami Swidan in his leg. He was covering Israeli instigated violence near Nablus. Israel notoriously attacks journalists. It wants its high crimes suppressed.

Six other Palestinians were shot with live fire, MN reported. “Palestinian medical sources (said) 20 Palestinians (were shot) with live fire during (area) clashes.” 

Disturbing photos posted on its web site provide evidence of Israeli savagery, an out-of-control monster, one of the world’s greatest human rights abusers.

Premeditated Netanyahu-ordered viciousness continues daily. Maybe he’ll murder thousands of Palestinians before his rampaging ends.

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Putin: The Preeminent World Leader

Putin: The Preeminent World Leader

by Stephen Lendman

On September 30, a new chapter in East-West relations began. Ten days that shook the world followed, many more to come, good guys taking the initiative.

Putin’s righteous anti-terrorism mission changed Middle East geopolitics decisively, a defining moment in recent history, putting Russia in charge of calling the shots in Syria with perhaps Iraq to follow if Baghdad requests help.

It looks increasingly likely after many Iraqi parliamentarians urged it, and PM Haider al-Abadi said he “welcomes” it. Washington appears caught flat-footed after this momentous turn of events, shifting the balance of power dramatically.

Obama officials have no effective way to counter Putin’s intervention - a supremely just cause against the scourge of terror, achieving major successes already. Putin clearly has the moral, ethical and legal high ground. He deserves universal support.

Washington can do no more than repeat new versions of tired old Big Lies. They fell flat long ago, equally ineffective now. 

Earlier claims of nonexistent “Russian aggression” shifted to ludicrously saying Putin is helping ISIS, increasing its strength, largely bombing (nonexistent) anti-Assad moderates, and making a bad situation worse.

He’s done more to crush ISIS and other takfiri terrorists in 10 days than America in over a year of daily bombing. Why? Because Washington uses ISIS and other terrorist groups as foot soldiers. US warplanes bomb Syrian infrastructure sites and other targets, including military ones.

Washington’s claim about waging war on terrorism is a complete fabrication. It’s aiding and abetting it in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Now for the first time its hegemonic agenda is being challenged, hugely effectively so far.

Obama is a war criminal, a shameless demagogue, a serial liar. Ahead of his 60 Minutes interview to be broadcast Sunday night, October 11, CBS News published some of his remarks, his usual duplicitous rubbish, polar opposite hard truths.

Obama: “Mr. Putin now is devoting his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole (regional) ally.”

Fact: Russia’s relations with Syria go back over half a century. Unlike America, Putin respects the sovereign independence of all nations, including Syria, and the right of citizens alone to decide who’ll lead them - for sure no foreign powers.

Putin has good relations with numerous Middle East countries. He urges mutual cooperation among all nations, advocating multi-world polarity - entirely opposite US policy.

Obama: “Russia’s (involvement) in Syria is a sign of weakness, not strength.”

Fact: Putin’s intervention is hugely important, a potential game-changer. Washington has no way to challenge it, Obama restricted largely to ad hominem attacks, meaningless efforts exposing “his” weakness.

Russia Insider published remarks by well-known Russian journalist Vladimir Mamontov regarding Putin’s Syrian mission. A sampling:

“Our opponents (mainly US ones) will go above and beyond their usual efforts to ‘prove’ that we are bombing the wrong people and that we are ‘bombing civilians or moderate opposition.’ What do we have to say to that? - With all due respect, ladies and gentlemen, piss off!”

“Assessing the validity of the oxymoron ‘military positions of the moderate opposition’ will now be the responsibility of the Russian armed forces, who will gladly take over the task from the chattering classes.”

“Projecting power with our armed forces beyond our borders is from now on going to be a daily reality for Russian foreign policy, joining that other pillar of Russian power, our nuclear deterrent” - a direct challenge to Washington imperial agenda. 

In Syria, Russia is “acting in the strictest possible compliance with international law. This returns Russia to the moral high ground.” 

“Claims about ‘Assad’s tyranny’ have become meaningless because he is fighting (with the support of our Air Force and Iran which is in a new phase of cooperation and rapprochement with the West) against those who decapitate Christians and other ordinary civilians.”

“Russia is waging a (vitally important) pre-emptive war in Syria” against terrorism. “It’s about time! Guys, be careful, and fly with the angels!”

Putin’s mission reflects his good v. Obama’s evil intentions. Humanity supports him. He’s the most important figure on the world stage today, a true peace champion, unlike bipartisan neocon lunatics infesting Washington.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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