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Israel: Profile of a Rogue State

Written by Subject: Israel - Palestine
Israel: Profile of a Rogue State - by Stephen Lendman

Rogue states spurn international law, treaties, conventions, and in Israel's case its own laws and Supreme Court decisions.

Daily examples offer proof, including from Ahmed el-Helah and Mariam Itani's new book titled, "The Suffering of the Palestinian Child under the Israeli Occupation," saying:

Over a million Palestinian children "live and suffer every moment of their lives under the painful reality of occupation."

Growing numbers are killed, injured, maimed, handicapped, arrested, imprisoned, and tortured. Most are impoverished and many hungry.

"What about those who have lost their parents, friends, brothers and sisters due to" continuous Israeli oppression?

"What about the children who live in fear and who suffer distress or cannot sleep, who feel unprotected in the face of a ruthless and arrogant Israeli occupation?"

They're Palestine's children, out of sight and mind to most people everywhere. Who outside Palestine understands their suffering?

Who can imagine the indifference of world leaders, supporting a ruthless, racist occupier, disdainful of human and civil rights?

Who understands enduring daily assaults, police state justice, and fear of being bombed, shot, or otherwise harmed? How do you comfort young children to hold up in the face of what adults can't tolerate?

From September 29, 2000 (the start of the second Intifada) through December 31, 2008, Palestinian children witnessed around 5,900 killings and another 35,000 Israeli caused injuries.

During Israel's war on Gaza, another 1,400 died and thousands sustained injuries, many of them permanently disabling.

Children enduring Israeli atrocities "lose their childhood and innocence, just as they lose hope and joy in their lives."

The occupation's extreme harshness causes physical and emotional problems. It also "ignite(s) the spirit of resistance and deepen(s) hatred" against a rogue oppressor disdainful of their rights.

The authors concluded saying Israel's occupation must be condemned, ended, and responsible officials "prosecute(d) in international judicial institutions for committing the most horrific and inhumane crimes against" young children, wanting only to live free like Jews.

On November 24, Haaretz writer Ari Shavit's article headlined, "Israel is becoming a bullying and violent place," saying:

"It's depressing" to see free expression compromised. It's heading perhaps toward prohibiting it altogether to quash political criticism.

"It's make it harder for journalists to publish in-depth investigative reports." It's unacceptable to gag the media and criminalize writers exposing vital truths everyone should know.

It's frightening to see "dark forces....resolved to undermine the rule of law" and defile democratic values and justice.

Shavit calls it "the bacterium of the end that justifies the means; the disease of an agenda that bends the rules." No wonder Israel's not fit to live in, including for most Jews.

Following Palestine's UNESCO membership, Israel froze Palestinian Authority (PA) tax revenues vitally needed to operate. Doing so was lawless, malicious and vindictive.

On November 24, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) headlined, "Israel Won't Release Funds to a Fatah-Hamas Unity Government," quoting Israel's ultranationalist Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, saying:

"Israel will not recognize it, will not negotiate with it, and will not transfer it even one dime" unless it accedes to Israeli demands. In other words, only Israel's rights matter, not Palestine's under any government.

On November 23, IMEMC said Israel again bombed Gaza and attacked Palestinian fishing boats. No injuries were reported, but terrified fishermen "suffered anxiety attacks while trying to rush back to shore."

Israel forces also invaded An-Nahda, east of Rafah with tanks and military bulldozers to destroy Palestinian land and crops. Shots were fired. Helicopters used flares. No injuries occurred.

On November 24, the Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) said Israeli forces used heavy military machinery to destroy Palestinian huts and wells in Idhna, west of Hebron.

Samu, Beit Awwa, Halhul, Dora, and Taffuh were also raided near Hebron. Recently released prisoners were ordered to report to Israeli intelligence for questioning. Others were targeted earlier. They'll perhaps be reincarcerated unless agree to spy on their own people. Most refuse and suffer grievously.

WAFA also said about 14 buses carrying around 1,400 settlers broke into Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Protected by Israeli forces, they performed rituals and prayers lawlessly.

An Israeli military spokeswoman called it a "coordinated entrance." Palestinians said Israeli soldier fired tear gas and stun grenades at angry residents.

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai said Jews "must restore Israeli control over the tomb because we have to do what is best for Israel." Palestinian rights don't matter. Neither do rule of law principles. Might makes right oppresses Palestinians daily.

On November 23, Israel forces raided a Palestinian school in Khirbet Susiya south of Yatta in Hebron. Its principal got demolition orders for the school, a water well and three adjacent greenhouses.

Seven teachers and 36 students are affected. After Israel demolished the school last year, it was rebuilt with bricks and tin. Lawless demolitions are official Israeli policy.

On November 23, headlined, "Police, protesters clash in front of Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv," saying:

Angry about anti-democratic Knesset measures, about 200 people "block(ed) King George Street in the center of the city. Police" used pepper spray. At least one arrest occurred.

Earlier in the evening a larger protest was held near where summer social justice demonstrators rallied for weeks.

Many covered their their mouths with tape or masks to symbolize opposition against Israel's war on free expression. Increasingly, Israelis know even Jews now have fewer rights on the way perhaps to losing them entirely.

On November 21 in Vienna, a closed-door IAEA meeting discussed a nuclear-free Middle East. Iran boycotted the session. Syria attended and called Israel's arsenal a "grave and serious threat."

Attending pro-Western despotic Arab League representatives declined comment. Nothing came out of the meeting, despite calls for more Israeli transparency.

Israel refused, saying transparency won't come until "the threat perception of all regional members is low." In fact, Israel alone threatens neighbors, including with nuclear weapons.

On November 24, Netanyahu criticized Arab Spring supporters, saying it reflects "moving not forward, but backward." He added that history will prove him right about the "Islamic, anti-Western, anti-liberal, anti-Israeli, and anti-democratic wave" sweeping the region.

"Israel is facing a period of instability and uncertainty in the region....I remember many of you urged me to take the opportunity to make hasty concessions, to rush to an agreement" with Palestinians. "But I will not establish Israel's policy on illusions. There's a huge upheaval here. Whoever doesn't see it is burying his head in the sand."

In fact, Israel alone menaces regional neighbors. Democracy's disappearing at home. Arab citizens are treated like fifth column threats. Most Israeli Jews are marginalized. Israel's closest Middle East allies are despots. It's only enemies are ones it creates. It needs them to justify violence, occupation and severe repression.

Indeed anti-Israeli sentiment is increasing with good reason. Despots like Netanyahu and extremist MKs make it possible. Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz accused him of creating an Israeli dictatorship, saying:

"Orwell's world is coming to life under your government's legislation, which is aiming to enforce elements of oppression and is creating a vision of horrors the likes of which we've never seen. It is as if 1984 is here."

He referred to life inside Israel. Imagine how much worse conditions are for Occupied Palestinians, suffering horrific daily oppression.

A Final Comment

Even a broken clock is right twice daily. On November 22, so was The New York Times, giving rare op-ed space to legitimate commentary for Sarah Schulman's piece titled, "Israel and 'Pinkwashing,' " saying:

In 2005, American PR firms began a "Brand Israel" campaign, seeking to portray the Jewish state as "relevant and modern."

"The government later expanded the marketing plan by harnessing the gay community to reposition its global image."

Tel Aviv's tourism board wants the city branded as "an international gay vacation destination." Last May, "Prime Minister Netanyahu told Congress that the Middle East was 'a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted.' "

"The growing global gay movement against the Israeli occupation (calls) these tactics 'pinkwashing:' a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians' human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life."

Israel manipulates hard-won Israeli gay community gains for PR purposes. It also ignores Palestinian gay rights organizations, including Aswat, Al Qaws and the Palestinian Queers for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

Improving gay rights doesn't offset gross human rights violations, especially for Palestinians without "a land to call home."

Imagine if all New York Times articles, op-eds and editorials featured journalism like this daily.

Imagine if all major media did, including television.

Imagine the better world we'd all live in instead of one plagued by social injustice, war and environmental destruction endangering everyone.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

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5 Comments in Response to

Comment by TL Winslow
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I got an idea for Myers. Tell him to tack the following videos onto the one he posted, and tell his supposedly enlightened history ignoramuses about them. The next time they go on a Potemkin Village tour of Palestine, they should ask to see the classes for children where they teach them to hate and want to exterminate Jews for Allah before sending them out against tanks with rocks :)



Comment by TL Winslow
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As to Meyers' video I wasted my time on, it's typical  of the oil-greased anti-Israeli propaganda in that it features an Islam history ignoramus American who freely admits that 5 years ago she new nada, who is given a guided tour of the Palestinian side and shown mangled children, etc., and goes on a crusade for them back in the U.S. What she doesn't 'get' is ISLAM.  It's only sick Muslims that would put children up to becoming jihadists while they hide; on the Israeli side they only accept adults into the military. If she wants more press coverage of THAT, they should interview the sick Muslim parents :)

She also blindly accepts that there are such things as Palestinians, when they're just Muslim Arabs who have been thrust at tiny outnumbered surrounded Israel by the sea of hundreds of millions of Arabs in order to wage jihad, and who invented the fake nationality of Palestinian precisely as a propaganda weapon.  Prior to the 1960s they hadn't even thought of it yet; some surmise that the idea was hatched in Moscow.Of course prior to the mass arrival of Jews, the area was depopulated, and after the Jews drained the malaria-infested swamps and started turning it into a garden, a ton of Arabs flocked in, and now claim it's theirs.

Either way, it was the Muslims who started the jihad against Israel from the day it was proclaimed as a Jewish state, and who have refused time and again to accept its existence, even in return for resettlement of Muslims.  That's why American history ignoramuses are babes in the woods for them, and this video is just a documentary of her ignorance, and Myers' for falling for it.

The solution all along was for Israel backed by the whole world to force the Muslims to resettle over the river in Jordan or some other part of the vast Arab Umma far far away from Israel and LEAVE IT ALONE. Instead, they squat  in a festering hellhole, send children to fight tanks and look for suckers who think with their glands like Meyers. Reality shows that just the other day Israel-hating Hezbollah launched rockets into Israel in the hopes of killing every Jew they could regardless of age. 

Islam is SICK - it has no side to it, and it must go, it really must go. I'm for giving Israel all the land from the Nile to the Euphrates like JEHOVAH said, and hoping they start a fertility program to increase their pop. to 300 million or so, because they will always be the only country in the Middle East that bears the shining light of civilization.


Comment by TL Winslow
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Rick Meyers is a propaganda expert for the need for a high school education including basic spelling and grammar lessons, along with basic logic :)

I'm not an agent for anybody, I'm a lone wolf thinker who fights for truth, justice, and the American Way, and tells it like I see it, always backed up with facts.  I receive no funding from anybody. The propaganda expert is Stephen Lendman, and I've exposed his sick pro-Muslim anti-Israeli crapola several times and will continue to do so as long as retarded FP keeps streaming it to their readers. Apparently they're in love with him because they confuse libertarian with anti-American, and Lendman loves to slam America, not from any libertarian principles, but because it's the #1 supporter of his enemy Israel. Why don't they stream smart people on the winner's side, who love America and Israel, and know that Israel is the front for the jihad and the canary in the mine for America, such as Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, Daniel Pipes, Daniel Greenfield, and many others? Who cares who funds them as long as their views are based on the truth and can be fact-checked in an open debate?

Get all their streams every day free, even FP's, from the most independent unbiased Islam-watching site on the Web, which even carries diehard Islamist feeds:

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Comment by Rick Meyers
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Winslow, also known as Historyscoper is a propaganda expert for Israel Zionism. He is also a provocateur that seeks to gain support for the ADL. Take a close look at his racialist views on his sight. Here is an unbias video series of what is really happening in Palestine.
Comment by TL Winslow
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Israel a rogue state? How about Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, etc.? Israel is the only legitimate state in the Middle East, surrounded by rogue states whose pops. are plagued by the mental virus called Islam.

It's too bad that ISLAM has forced the fake Palestinians down Israel's throat to continue the JIHAD they can't win, and don't hesitate using children in it. After they launched thousands of rockets into Israel, and caused retaliatory military strikes, of course their plight grew worse - they reaped what they sowed. Meanwhile there are millions of square miles of Arab territory they can resettle to, far away from Israel. Why won't they? ISLAM, the word Quisling Lendman never mentions.

The jihadists even used elementary schools to launch rockets from:

Not that the Palestinians have it all that bad. From day one UNRWA has been pumping them billions in aid, some coming from the U.S. and Canada. Their staff is 20K+ people! Meanwhile real refugees in other parts of the world go begging. Yet in their schools the little jihadists are trained to become big jihadists while UNRWA looks the other way, how sick can you get.

In July 2010 a luxurious shopping mall was opened in supposedly starving oppressed Gaza, selling Israeli foods in their well-stocked supermarket, where does Lendman talk about this? Of course if they would just LEAVE and move to Jordan, Egypt, Syria, anywhere in Arab Land far away from Israel, they wouldn't be refugees any longer and Lendman would lose an agitprop point, wouldn't he?



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