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Hamas Guilty Of Double War Crimes, Says Palestinian U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador [Video]

The Palestinian Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Ibrahim Khraishi admitted on a live television interview recently, in a moment of extreme candor, that Hamas are the ones perpetrating war crimes against Israel and not the other way round.

His comments, which were made on a Palestinian Authority TV interview in July and translated by MEMRI, are particularly interesting as the U.N., over the last few days, has put together a panel of so-called experts to compile a report on alleged Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians. The claims arise over Israel’s actions during its recent defensive war against Hamas in Gaza, and its response to the launching of thousands of rockets and the digging of dozens of terror tunnels.

For fear of being taken to the International Criminal Court for prosecution, Khraishi advised his interviewer that it was best all round if the issue was not raised with the U.N. In his own words, “each and every” Palestinian missile fired on Israel constitutes “a crime against humanity,” while he admitted that Israel “followed the legal procedures” when carrying out retaliatory attacks against Hamas terrorists, who purposely embed themselves within civilian populations.

Even a Hamas spokesman admitted on a TV interview recently that: “The Israelis warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. As for the missiles launched from our side, we never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall or about the operations we carry out.” U.N. Watch, an NGO body that monitors the U.N., reported that Ambassador Ibrahim Khraishi wasn’t coy in his assertions of Palestinian war crimes. As he said himself:

“I am not a candidate in any Palestinian elections, so I don’t need to win popularity among the Palestinians. The missiles that are now being launched against Israel, each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity, whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets.”

Khraishi spelled out very clearly the fact that, in his opinion, the Israeli side followed proper war protocol, unlike the terrorist factions occupying Gaza:

“Please note that many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israelis warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing because [the Israelis] followed the legal procedures.”

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The new U.N. commission, which was just announced, is being headed by well-known anti-Israel genocide expert William Schabas. Undoubtedly, it will make a mockery of the real facts on the ground in the ongoing conflict between the Jewish State and the Palestinians, and will likely echo the previous discredited inquiry chaired by Richard Goldstone.

Based on past performance, the U.N. is unlikely to bring Hamas to task for firing thousands of rockets indiscriminately on Israeli towns and villages or, for that matter, the Palestinian Authority for the numerous terror attacks its military wing has carried out against Israel, one last week in which two Israeli soldiers were inured.

The Hamas policy, which it does not deny, is to purposely fire those rockets from schools and mosques in the hope that Israeli retaliations would cause maximum Palestinian civilian casualties and garner world support against Israel. The fact that Israel is being taken to task by the U.N. for alleged war crimes in Gaza is absurd, and a disgrace to the United Nations whose whole purpose is supposed to be to champion human rights and not oppress them.

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106 Responses to “Hamas Guilty Of Double War Crimes, Says Palestinian U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Human Rights Watch said the same thing about Unguided Rockets being fired by Ukrainians at their own citizens in the East. Funny that HRW didn't expand that to the Hamas Arabs in Gaza. But every Unguided Rocket, Every Tunnel designed to commit Terrorist acts, is a War Crime. That means Hamas has committed thousands of War Crimes against Israel. Will the UN acknowledge it that way? With 57 Muslim Countries who bully, intimidate and dominate the General Assembly, much Like the Arabs protesting and rioting in European Cities, it's very doubtful.

  2. Alex Adidb

    Go o Hell Mr. Ibrahim Khraishi with your analogy, you ar a Zionit puppet nd cowered b tellingHamad comitted war crime by sending rocket to their own occupy land. Who started the war, Hamas, or the Hitler State? How many Palestians were killed against the occupiers? It is itself is a war crime to occupy other people's land, keep them in prison in their land and stop them from moving freely. Shame on you, and shame on the writerof this article who call Hamas building terror tunnels. You Poeple do not have shame!

  3. Eric Notkin

    Are you sure you're a scientist? Owning a chemistry set doesn't make you a scientist.

  4. Brian Gately

    I think your a little bias the islamo guy!!lolollo lots of Israeli parts used by Boeing..thank you for supporting the Israeli economy!!

  5. Addam Corré

    Thank you for you measured and intelligent comments Alex, though not a nice thing to say though about the Palestinian U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador. Poor Mr Khraishi, he was only speaking the truth about the situation. I suppose, in your view, it's OK to embed terrorists in schools and Mosques in order to fire thousands of rockets on Israeli civilians ? Or do you condemn the firing of rockets by Hamas? Don't hold back Alex feel free to share the thoughts of your hearts with the readers here, it's good to see the Palestinian point of view.

  6. Al Dente

    Gaza is not occupied..Israel gave Gaza up for peace 8 years ago and on day one Hamas started rocket fire

  7. Jacob Dror

    The UN Human Rights & UNWRA are the ones who should be on trial for war crimes/Aiding terrorists/Funding terror/Training terrorists/praising suicIde bombers-(they have produced 41 suicide bombers at UNWRA and been proud of it) that IS WHY ANY REPORT ON ISRAEL SHOULD BE USED AS A TIOLET PAPER. ISRAEL SHOULD EXPELL ALL UNWRA OUT OF ITS TERRITORY AND ARREST ANY WHO INVOLVED IN HAMAS TERROR ACTIVITIES.
    TIME TO STOP THE REAL TERRORISTS – HAMAS-ISIS-AL QUIDA AL NUSRA AND THE UNWRA.

  8. Anonymous

    The disparity between the video and the article is that Mr Ibrahim Khraishi answers the question of whether the Palestinians should appeal to the ICC or not. His point is that both Israel and Hamas have committed crimes against humanity. Yet, the article makes it appear as if he accuses Hamas and clears Israel of all blame. This is totally false because he says: "What Israel is doing against Palestinian civilians also constitutes crimes against humanity."
    The article loses all credibility when it claims " Hamas or the Palestinian Authority … firing thousands of rockets indiscriminately on Israeli towns and villages." Is the PLO firing rockets?
    The true reason of Hamas for this war is the lifting of the blockade and it is a legitimate demand according to international law. Nobody can accept that a whole population is kept under siege for 8 years and endure three most destructive wars because it voted wrongly. This is immoral.

  9. Anonymous

    Eric Notkin
    Please Eric, don't attack the man, attack his arguments. You discredit yourself not him.

  10. Johnny Samara

    There are Palestinians who're clearly upset at Hamas and I understand why, they should never got in the business of lobbying rockets. But that doesn't mean Hamas committed war crimes. It's a shame to see how Arabs can be their own worst enemies at times.

  11. Addam Corré

    Interesting points here Harry. Perhaps you are unaware that the reason the blockade is in place in Gaza, by Egypt and Israel is because Hamas, a terrorist organisation, use materials they receive to build rockets and terror tunnels against Israel. You may have read recent reports proving that all the concrete that Israel allowed into Gaza was used to make an extensive network of terror tunnels with which to attack Israel instead of building hospitals and schools.

    So yes, Hamas want the blockade lifted of course, so they can get more stuff to attack Israel with. Can you imagine the implications of a sea port or airport, that would spell the end of the Jewish State. Perhaps if the PA were in control it would be a different story, im not sure. Ask the Egyptians why they insist on the blockade of Gaza, after all, they are the Palestinian's brothers-in-arms. Of course you have ignored completely the hundreds of trucks of aid of all types, food clothing etc, sent by Israel to Gaza and that's just in the last few weeks, during a war. So what is your solution Harry? Leave Hamas to it?

  12. Anonymous

    Hamas has the stated objective of destroying Israel. Every little while they start shooting rockets into Israel targeting civilian populations (as well as they can target them). They take goods allowed into Gaza for the purpose of civilian use and use it to build tunnels for the purpose of terror attacks on Israel.
    Israel sets up a blockade of Gaza to prevent the import of materials that can be used to attack it… how is that an illegitimate or immoral act? Do the people of Gaza suffer because of it? Yes. But why does Israel have to assist people who are set on destroying Israel ? There is no moral or legal obligation for them to do so. (this is not to say that Israel is always behaving in a legal/moral way.. just that the blockade is reasonable — Israel is not the only country maintaining a blockade of Gaza)
    If the Hamas truly wanted the blockade lifted, they would renounce the stated goal of destroying Israel, and destroy all their rockets.
    There are other MAJOR issues that need resolved there, but if they stop trying to kill each other, it would be a step in the right direction

  13. David Chiturunyem Onuoha

    United Nations Human Rights Watch is about to investigate the war crime commited by Israel and Hamas. Now UN pointing their fingers against Israel for the crimes they were about to investigate thereby giving judgment. What investigation are they going to carry? UN provide their compound to be used by Hamas to launch their rockets. UN confirmed they handed over the rockets to the local authority. Who is committing crime? I wonder o!

  14. Robert Berger

    dave_boggess Excellent points. Let me add: We should start using the term "underdogma" to describe Hamas supporters knee-jerk reaction to champion the cause of the underdog however immoral their actions are. Under this dogma poverty dictates virtue and weakness dictates righteousness. So, if the Israelis have jets and the Hamas only missiles then that must necessarily mean that the Israelis are the aggressor and committing war crimes … irregardless of the facts.

  15. Robert Berger

    If Hamas was aiming at soldiers then they would not be war crimes. However, Hamas targets civilian populations which is the basis for war crimes.

  16. Anthony McArdell

    When the Nazi invaded Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy and all the other countries – were the people of those nations guilty of war crimes for fighting back against the occupation?
    Just Google "shrinking palestinian land" and see the maps showing how much land the Muslims have lost to the land-grabbing Jews since 1947. Now, they live in an open prison with a concrete wall on one side and a blockade on the other. Did the Jews enjoy living in the ghettos of Poland and Germany? If not, then why would the Palestinians enjoy being segregated from the rest of Israel?

  17. Anthony McArdell

    The Nazi claimed to be the Master Race who would rule the world for 1,000 years.
    The Jews claim to be God’s Chosen People who have the right to do whatever they want.
    The Nazi invaded other lands and claimed it was their right to posses them.
    The Jews invaded the Holy Land and claimed they had an eternal deed from God.
    The Nazi had a rabid hatred for the Jews and constantly called them vermin, terrorists etc.
    The Jews have a rabid hatred for the Muslims and constantly call them vermin, terrorists etc.
    The Nazi squeezed the Jews into ever smaller ghettos and took away their businesses, land and finally their lives in the ovens.
    The Jews are squeezing the Muslims into ever smaller ghettos, taking away more and more of the land they once owned and are bombing them into oblivion.

  18. Dahlia Sea

    Hamas is guilty of double war crimes and Israel is being investigated? ….Scratching head…………..

  19. Anthony McArdell

    Here’s the true history of the TERRORISTIC start of the State of Israel –
    In 1931, a group of Zionist Jews broke off from the Haganah because they weren’t violent enough for them. So, from 1931 to 1948 the Zionist terrorist group called the IRGUN tried to drive out the British and the Arabs from the Holy Land with many CAR BOMBS AGAINST CIVILIANS.
    The IRGUN became the FREEDOM Party and then the LIKUD Party. Netanyahu heads the LIKUD Party and is continuing their terrorist attacks to rid the Holy Land of all Arabs.
    BEWARE ALL YOU WEST BANK RESIDENTS – YOU WILL BE NEXT. Just Google “shrinking Palestinian land” and see the maps showing how much land the Jews have taken since 1947.

  20. Sanford Jetton

    A Muslim with the bad judgement, or the courage to speak the truth? The next headline will be his head on a pole. THE UN SUCKS!

  21. Anthony McArdell

    The Jews are violating Leviticus 19:33-34 – When an alien lives with you in your land,
    DO NOT MISTREAT HIM. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born.
    LOVE HIM AS YOURSELF, for you were in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
    Is that what the Israelis are doing by walling up Gaza, blockading free trade and bombing them into oblivion? The Jews should prepare for the SECOND HOLOCAUST for their sins.

  22. Anonymous

    In the first place Isarael before inwas populated by isrelis, it is barren land all places are desert and full of malaria. It became a paradise when israelis came through science and enginuity. Why dont the hamas do the same make their place in peace and paradise

  23. Sanford Jetton

    Adidb, is that a Hamas name. You are typical of the idiots who perpetuate the wars in the Middle East.

  24. Anonymous

    biggest crock o shitz I've read to date. Journalism at it's most deplorable state

  25. Anonymous

    Addam Corré Interesting points you make here Addam despite they seem void of basic facts of origination. I see you are a person that makes comments knowing only half the facts but still interesting how your thinking process still functions in such a manner. You seem ignorant that no country has the right to imprison another therefore, building tunnels, shooting rockets and anything to stop this siege and anything to prevail in it's independence of this tyrant neighbor is permissible. Your thought process is telling you, "bad arabs, behave yourselves while we screw you daily" You actually looked and sounded intelligent until the end of your first sentence. Damn!

  26. Mark Mills

    this guy needs to watch his back, the plo and hamas will not be happy with his honesty

  27. Addam Corré

    goringhall Thanks for your comments, it seems you believe that building terror tunnels to abduct Israeli civilians and the firing of thousands of rockets on Israeli towns is acceptable then? Please be so kind as to share with the readers here your worldview on how, as it seems from your comments, its ok to use terror as a legitimate means to achieve ones goals? Seems your stance is very much in the minority of you read the comments here, please, share with us how using human shields placed near rocket launching sites is ok?

  28. Addam Corré

    deplorable? You mean the Palestinian U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador's comments in the video above saying that Hamas are guilty of war crimes? At least we agree on that goring. What Hamas are doing is deplorable, well pointed out.

  29. Anonymous

    This is really funny, to see posters saying that this guy is smart!

  30. Anonymous

    goringhall, again… Hamas has the stated goal of destroying Israel. They don't want to live and let live… they want to DESTROY Israel. So Israel builds a big (physical and political) wall between them and Hamas… If i had a neighbor who was threatening to shoot me, i'd build a wall! I would also do whatever i could to get guns out of his hands/property.
    I am not saying that Israel is the good guys, and Palestinians are the bad guys. I"m just saying that the blockade is a reasonable and legitimate response to the threat.
    The Palestinians DO have other options (besides rockets) to secure their future.. some of those are actually moving ahead. It may not be as fast as they wish, and they may not get everything they want. But it is very seldom that anyone gets everything they want, when they want it.. we call that real life.

  31. Addam Corré

    of course Gern, blame the Jews for the hate they bring on themselves, as has been the case for thousands of years. See you 're a traditionalist.

  32. Ronnie Mercado

    Abib or Adib, you should be ashamed of yourself. Israel has the right to defend itself. Are you really a scientist or a trash collector? I don't profess to be a scientist or educated individual, but I sure do write better than you. It seems that all you know how to do is dish out garbage.

  33. Addam Corré

    Really Tom? So you are calling the Palestinian U.N. Human Rights Council Ambassador in the video above dishonest? How is the exact opposite true when the Ambassador said it himself?

  34. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten there are many videos on you tube showing many disturbing things, like the recent ISIS beheadings of soldiers in Syria, but that's besides the point. It's such a shame that people like yourself resort to petty yet offensive name calling. referring to "Zionist Pigs" really isnt called for Gern, that offends a whole lot of people. And yes some people hate Jews, like some hate Muslims, i'm sure you'll agree that hating someone for their religion or race is never acceptable. You would be able to make your point so much better, louder and clearer, if you refrained from words like "pigs" and "assholes" or are you just showing the true face of "the other side" I hope not, i'd like think that Palestinians were peace loving people and not name callers like yourself.

  35. Anonymous

    Bibi's quote, "We protect our civilians with our rockets – Hamas protects its rockets with it's civilians".

  36. Anonymous

    Bibi's quote, "We protect our civilians with our rockets – Hamas protects its rockets with it's civilians".

  37. Anonymous

    To all irrelevant UN bodies,
    you missed the Syrians, ISIS, Bokoharam,Alquida, and Iran.
    Remember… Israel can demolish the entire Gaza in 15 minutes. I rest my case.

  38. Anonymous

    To all irrelevant UN bodies,
    you missed the Syrians, ISIS, Bokoharam,Alquida, and Iran.
    Remember… Israel can demolish the entire Gaza in 15 minutes. I rest my case.

  39. Galila Nawar

    Hamas is definitely a terrorist organisation, that is not news… but I wonder why isn't the Muslim brothers (the core group to which they belong) is not also coined a terrorist organisation by the west? is it because they're killing Egyptians not Israelis? They are all terrorists, and if that is not recognised by the West now, it may be too late.

  40. Galila Nawar

    Hamas is definitely a terrorist organisation, that is not news… but I wonder why isn't the Muslim brothers (the core group to which they belong) is not also coined a terrorist organisation by the west? is it because they're killing Egyptians not Israelis? They are all terrorists, and if that is not recognised by the West now, it may be too late.

  41. Gern Blansten

    Nice pious delivery! Zionist are peace loving people? Kind of like the zionist pigs who get off on watching Gaza's getting their brains blown out?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmiwftMvVRI
    There is a reason that people think zionism is infested with pigs and assholes. It is because zionist ACT that way! Wake up and quit being a murderous asshole!
    PS. How much US tax dollars does Israel get to murder children and how much does the Palestinians get? Maybe the US should even that up and then you would have a REAL fight on your hands, rather than just blowing the brains out of little kids?

  42. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten Tax dollars from the U.S? You mean like the tax dollars they send also to Egypt and Syria?

    As you well know Gern Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people and has had a constant Jewish presence within it for the last 2,000 years. Why is Zionism so abhorrent to you?

    Do you not believe in the rights of minorities to want to live in their own state and under their own control, like the Palestinians?

    As you also know, Palestine was never a state, it was a mandate territory administered by the British. Following the Holocaust in which more than 6, million Jews were killed the world understood that the Jews had a right to live in peace and with self determination.

    Palestine was basically a swamp when the Jews arrived in numbers following WW2, and now it flourishes as an open free and democratic state, while the Palestinians, under the elected control of Hamas choose to invest their money and resources in killing and not in building themselves a nice place to live.

    I am sorry if the idea of Jewish self determination bothers you Gern but, i think, most Jews won't be too bothered as, at least, they now control their own destiny and don't need to enjoy such pleasures as Pogroms and holocausts like they enjoyed so much over a thousand years in Europe.

  43. Anonymous

    This is refreshing! But this will fall on the deaf ears of an ineffectual UN.

  44. Gern Blansten

    For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.
    Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.
    The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.
    It bears repeating what other articles stressed. Israel is a lawless, racist, apartheid, rogue terror state. It must be held accountable for collectively punishing Palestinians lawlessly.
    Enough is enough. After 66 years of Palestinian slaughter, mass destruction, displacement, occupation, and oppression, as well as international dismissiveness and complicity, global action more than ever is essential.
    In 2004, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:
    “The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure – in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s.”
    “Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation.”
    Israel must be held accountable. World leaders won’t do it. Grassroots movements must lead the way.
    In July 2005, a coalition of 171 Palestinian Civil Society organizations created the Global BDS movement for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel Until it Complies with International Law and Universal Principles of Human Rights” for Occupied Palestinians, Israeli Arabs, and diaspora Palestinian refugees.
    Since 1948, hundreds of UN resolutions condemned Israel’s colonial occupation, its decades of discriminatory policies, illegal land seizures and settlements, international law violations, as well as oppression of a civilian population to no avail.
    Gaza is besieged. Palestine remains occupied. Its people continue to suffer. Their human rights are denied. These abuses no longer can be tolerated.
    Growing numbers of people of conscience “call upon international civil society organizations and (supporters everywhere) to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to (apartheid) South Africa.”
    “Pressure is needed for “embargoes and sanctions…for the sake of justice and genuine peace.”
    Nonviolent punitive measures should continue until Israel:
    • recognizes Palestinian rights to self-determination;
    • respects international laws, norms and standards;
    • ends its illegal occupation unconditionally;
    • ends Gaza’s siege unconditionally;
    • ends illegal aggression and other hostilities in all forms;
    • dismantles its Separation Wall;
    • frees all Palestinian political prisoners unconditionally;
    • grants Israeli Arabs equal rights as Jews;
    • end its racist apartheid system;
    • complies with UN resolution 194 affirming the right of diaspora Palestinians to return to their homes and property or be fully compensated for loss or damage if they prefer;
    • recognizes East Jerusalem as Palestine’s exclusive capital within June 1967 borders; and
    • gives Palestinians control over their land, borders, air space, coastal waters and resources.

  45. Gern Blansten

    Nothing short of long denied peace, equity and justice is acceptable. Israeli equivocation and refusal to cooperate no longer wash. Pay back time is now. So is ending long denied justice.
    The Global BDS Movement lists nine ways to effectively support Gaza by boycotts, divestment and sanctions:
    1. Boycott Israeli companies’ goods and services as well as international companies “involved in Israel’s human rights violations.”
    2. Follow BDS campaigns online and through the social media. Urge others to do the same.
    3. Learn more about BDS activities and spread the word.
    4. Get involved in your area for long denied justice.
    5. Take action online and through the social media.
    6. “Campaign against your own community’s complicity in Israel’s violations of international law.”
    7. Urge organizations you’re involved with to endorse BDS.
    8. “Organise a boycott action at a retailer that sells Israeli goods.”
    9. “Share this list.” Urge others to act for justice.
    On July 30, the Global BDS Movement headlined “Stand with Palestinian workers in Gaza: a call for trade union solidarity,” saying:
    The Palestinian trade union movement unanimously urges other trade unions internationally to act on behalf of besieged Gazans and hold Israel accountable for high crimes against peace.
    Entire families were massacred. Large parts of Gaza lie in ruins. Around 2,000 were murdered in cold blood. Many thousands more were injured.
    Israel committed one of history’s great crimes. An unconscionable humanitarian disaster persists.
    Critical shortages of housing, food, water, medicines and supplies as well as power and other vital infrstructure exacerbate horrific conditions with little relief in sight.
    Pro-Israeli propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Palestinians are wrongfully blamed for its crimes.
    World leaders able to act responsibly yawn and do nothing to help. Israel is free to commit crimes of war, against humanity and genocide with impunity.
    Enough is enough. This no longer can be tolerated. Sustained, committed, intensified Global BDS actions against Israel can work as intended.
    The movement recommends the following actions:
    “1. Stop handling goods imported from or exported to Israel.
    2. Divest your trade union pension – and other – funds from Israel Bonds as well as from corporations and banks that complicit in Israel’s occupation and human rights violations.
    3. Dissociate from Israeli trade unions which are complicit in the occupation.
    4. Support our call for a military embargo on Israel.
    5. Share information with your members about the siege and destruction of Gaza and ask your members to boycott Israeli products and to share their knowledge with family, co-workers, and friends.”
    Isolate Israel effectively until it complies fully with international laws, norms and standards.
    Ordinary people committed for equity and justice can make a difference.
    On August 1, the Global BDS Movement reported the loss of a large export deal because of Israel’s Gaza aggression.
    The fruit juice producer Priniv was affected. Mounting evidence shows a growing “silent anti-Israeli boycott” by European companies fearful of being associated with a lawless, racist terror state.
    Business deals are being cancelled. Others aren’t be negotiated. Israel is being hit harder where it hurts most – in its economy.
    On August 1, the Global BDS Movement headlined “Round-up: Israel’s massacre in Gaza prompts international sanctions and boycott action,” saying:
    • Chile suspended Israeli trade agreement negotiations;
    • five Latin American countries recalled their Israeli ambassadors – Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador. Perhaps others will follow;
    • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff condemned what she called Israel’s “massacre;”
    • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel’s Operation Protective Edge “genocide.”
    • Bolivia’s Evo Morales calls Israel a “terrorist state.” He expressed solidarity with beleaguered Palestinians and besieged, suffering Gazans. He encourages BDS.
    • South Africa’s ruling ANC party parliamentary group called for the government to recall its ambassador and expel Israel’s envoy.
    • Spain announced a “provisional” suspension of military exports to Israel.
    • Politicians and political parties worldwide urged similar actions.
    • the Maldives government cancelled three bilateral agreements with Israel. It may prohibit importation of Israeli products.
    • Six Nobel laureates, dozens of celebrities, other prominent figures, and thousands of ordinary ones urged a military embargo on Israel.
    • BDS initiatives are growing worldwide.
    According to BDS spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, Zaid Shuaibi:
    “The trade and diplomatic sanctions taken in particular by countries from the global south are a hugely welcome step that we urge other governments to follow.”
    “States have a legal and moral obligation to do all that they can to hold Israel to account for its violations of international law, including by cancelling free trade agreements and imposing a military embargo, as a first concrete step.”
    “All across the world, people are echoing the call from Palestinian civil society for a full military embargo on Israel as the most urgent measure of accountability.”
    Israel’s on-going massacre, its deliberate and premeditated targeting of schools, hospitals and civilians, including children, in accordance with its criminal Dahiya Doctrine, makes any continued military cooperation with Israel an indefensible act of conscious complicity.
    While most governments support Israel, growing numbers of officials and other figures in them are reconsidering what’s no longer justified.
    It’s long past time Israel and its culpable officials were held accountable for high crimes against peace too grave to ignore.
    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) presents the Medal of Freedom to Bishop Desmond Tutu during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC.
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu said earlier:
    “Those who choose not to act to stop Israel’s massacre, especially those whose governments are implicated in Israeli war crimes, are choosing the “side of the oppressor.”
    On Saturday, August 9, the largest ever Palestinian solidarity demonstrations occurred in US cities and others worldwide.
    Hundreds of thousands participated for long denied justice. It shows growing numbers of ordinary people care. They no longer tolerate Israeli high crimes against peace.
    America and Israel far and away have the world’s worse human rights records. No other nations approach their unprincipled history from inception.
    They’re guilty of virtually every high crime imaginable and then some. They remain unaccountable. It’s long past time that changed.
    It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down.
    Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

  46. Anthony DiMartino

    so what the man was saying, is to clarify Hamas legal standing vs. the Israeli standing before the high criminal court.

    The man is saying that Israel warned people before it bombed them to cover it's ass, unlike Hamas it never warned before it fired it's rockets; therefore, Hamas legal standing before the criminal high court is weaker than the Israeli position.

    The article above was scripted in such a way , that Hamas is more savage than Israel, but the truth of the matter is equlivelent to someone wants to kill you, however, he tells you so before he actually kills you vs. someone is trying to kill you and he never tells you before hand…….How twisted!!!!!!

    Zionists have always been smarter than Arabs, that's why they have the upper hand.

  47. Anonymous

    well do not worry Mr. Ambassador because the UN is only going after Israel because that is what the UN is known for, you and the other Muslims can kill and maim and look to destroy anything you want, but if the Israelis are defending themselves than that is a war crime, the UN and William Schabas can go and drop dead

  48. Gern Blansten

    >Gern Blansten Tax dollars from the U.S? You mean like the tax dollars they send also to Egypt and Syria?
    We are talking about Israel, not Syria and Egypt. Besides how many years have the zionist been oppressing the Palestinians? With US tax dollars? How much turmoil in the world has been caused by these Eastern European/Russian colonialist? Displacing and murdering the real Semitic peoples of the area.

    > Jewish presence within it for the last 2,000 years.
    That is a canard and debatable, even amongst your Jewish scholars, see Shloma Sands, Illiad Pappe, Eran Elhiak, among others. Your people are either Eastern European or Russian decent. You are from the Khazarian Jewish converts with NO SEMITIC BLOOD or ties to Palestine. It is a total FRAUD.
    > Why is Zionism so abhorrent to you?
    Because it is a fraud idea perpetuated by Eastern European Khazarian Jewish converts. Even your Jewish scholars have proven this. It is abhorrent because it is a lie used to kill innocents, just like Nazism is abhorrent. You talk about “NEVER AGAIN” for your people, but when it comes to other people, like the Palestinians or the “goyim” it is ok, right? It is a racist, xenophobic and militaristic ideology that has put the good decent Jews of the world in jeopardy. It is as bad or worse than Nazism.

    >Do you not believe in the rights of minorities to want to live in their own state and under their own control, like the Palestinians?
    Who doesn’t? Who is the minority?

    >As you also know, Palestine was never a state,
    That is a lie and canard promoted by zionist like you.
    http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/antiquepalestine1851.jpg
    Go down the page and see all the Palestinian maps!
    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/mapstellstory.html
    >6, million Jews
    Debatable. That number was used before the labor camps in World war II. See:
    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/6mil.php

    >I am sorry if the idea of Jewish self determination bothers you Gern but, i think, most Jews won't be too bothered as, at least, they now control their own destiny and don't need to enjoy such pleasures as Pogroms and holocausts like they enjoyed so much over a thousand years in Europe..
    Jewish determination is not a problem until you put the lives of innocents and the world in jeopardy! Look at all the problems you Zionist have caused! Go look at that ‘Defamation’ vid. You all have been brainwashed into believing you are a repressed, tortured people, then it becomes true, a sick self-fulfilling prophesy. You are brought up to believe that people hate you, then you do stuff that makes people hate you, then you go “look, look, people hate us”! Zionism take no responsibility for its action. It ALWAYS blames someone else. Why don’t you admit you have been wrong and we can move on from there.

  49. John Kinory

    Robert Berger – I like 'underdogma'. You describe this stupidity perfectly.
    However, there is no such word as 'irregardless' :)

  50. Anonymous

    You might be the dumbest person out there. Israel is killing so many civilians because Hamas has put their armaments and are firing their rockets from densely populated civilian areas. Hence so many civilians dying. Israel does not care about killing palestinians. They care about not having a terrorist organization trying to wipe them off the map 24/7.

  51. Gern Blansten

    Ah, was waiting for the bigot screeching!
    When in doubt use the bigot canard.
    No, I just dont like murderous, blood thirsty, pigs like yourself!
    And speaking of bigot, zionism is the most racist, bigoted ideaology since the nazis!
    I know that is hard to swallow, because you and your backward ideaology are so blatanly guilty of this, but suck it and swallow it!

  52. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten Wow Gern, your hatred of Jews or those that claim to be Jews runs really really deep, that much is clear. Im sure you feel equally as outraged at the brutal oppression of woman, gays and minorities in most Islamic countries not to mention the numerous occupations of land that have taken place in recent history. For that matter what about how the Americans oppressed and murdered Native Americans not so long ago. Or, while we're on the subject, what about the British Occupation of Ireland, Gibraltar and The Falkand islands. In Fact, find me a nation that hasnt been on one end or the other of what you call "occupation"

    And no doubt the crimes being perpetrated by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, including the ethnic cleansing of Christians and Kurdish civilians, abhor you at least as much as the ZIonist crimes you speak of.

    No doubt, Gern, you put as much energy into cutting and pasting long sections from the internet for the sake of ALL oppressed people, like the poor Kurds up a mountain as we type,

    No? You find yourself just a tad more upset about the Israel/Palestinian thing but don't genuinely care about human life in other parts of the word.

    Please, do share with us your thoughts on the fact that over 170,000 Syrians have been killed over the last year or so.

    Does the oppressive regime of Assad and others in the region bother you, even a tad?

    We do appreciate your honesty here, and thanks for really taking the time and effort to show the readers and commentors "the other side" of the argument

  53. Gern Blansten

    Haha, what a sick joke you and your zionist scumbags are!
    When in doubt use the bigot canard, right?
    Quit projecting it is not becoming of young little girls like yourself!
    And speaking of bigot, zionism is the most racist, bigoted ideaology since the nazis!
    I know that is hard to swallow, because you and your backward ideaology are so blatanly guilty of this, but suck it and swallow it! And while your down there, tell yer mom hello for me!

  54. John Kinory

    Addam Corré – why should he be interested in those? No Jooooz, no news.
    I suppose one should feel sorry for such a sad, deranged, ignorant, bigotted specimen. But I'll come out and say it: I don't feel sorry for him. I feel only contempt. He must be consumed by his hatred.

  55. Gern Blansten

    Jew hater, no…
    Zionist hater, well I really shouldnt hate, but zionism is on the same level as nazism, so whatever you think of nazism, zionism is equal.

  56. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten Gern i owe you an apology, how silly of me to not realize that ZIONISM causes anti-semitism, foolish me!

    There i was thinking that jew hatred existed way before Zionism ever did, like under the romans, the greeks, the Babylonians, not to mention the Polish, Germans and Austrians. Let's not even talk about Russian anti-Semitism over the centuries.

    You MUST be right Gern, Zionism, which hasn't existed for very long relatively is what made the romans hate the jews, its what made Hitler perpetrate the Holocaust and its what made the Polish carry out pogroms for centuries.

    And a little closer to home, it MUST have been Zionism that caused the 1929 Hebron Massacre where Arabs, for no reason (other than Zionism presumably) killed 67 Jews, including 24 students.

    So once again Gern, apologies for my misjudgment, as you say Zionism is the only thing that has ever caused anyone to hate Jews, ever.

    I can't wait to read your response to this one, it's gonna be classic i can feel it, grabbing the popcorn!

  57. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten The Hamas Charter is far closer to Nazism than Zionism: as you can read it in English online if you can bear it but here is just one Gem, for your perusal:

    Article Eight: The Slogan of the Hamas
    Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the case of Allah its most sublime belief.

    Enough said.

  58. Greens Green

    Addam Corré, I very much enjoyed reading your comments on this article. You eloquence and ability to take a high road in the face of mudslinging is a breath of fresh air. If only everyone were willing to let facts influence their perspectives rather than preconceived notions often based on hatred.

  59. Gern Blansten

    Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

    Clock ticks down to Gaza truce deadline AFP
    Clooney's fiancee opts not to join UN Gaza probe team AFP
    Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP
    Israel Ready To Continue Gaza War After Tunnels Razed: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Huffington Post
    Israel has the right to defend itself. What about the Palestinians? The Week (RSS)

    Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

    "This commission's anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature," railed foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

    "For this commission the important thing is not human rights but the rights of terrorist organisations like Hamas," he told AFP.

    But in a series of interviews with the Israeli media, Schabas defended himself against allegations of bias against the Jewish state.

    "I've frequently lectured in Israel, at universities in Israel, I'm a member of the editorial board of the Israel law review, I wouldn't do those things if I was anti-Israel," he told public radio.

    He challenged Palmor's assertion that the commission's findings were a foregone conclusion.

    "As far as I'm concerned they're not written at all, that's the whole point of an investigation," he told the radio.

    "Many of the questions we have to examine will deal with very precise matters on which the generalities about the conflict don't provide any insight.

    "When we look at specific incidents in which… civilians were killed during the conflict, there are issues about targeting, about proportionality, each one of these has to be examined specifically."

    In a second interview with Israel's army radio, he said that he would also be looking into the actions of Palestinian militants.

    "The mandate that the commission has been given doesn't specify this and I think a reasonable interpretation would be that mandate requires you to look at both sides," he said.

    He said the commission’s findings are to be published in March 2015.

    Israel has long had stormy relations with the UNHRC.

    In January 2012, it became the first country to refuse to attend a periodic review of its human rights record.

    And two months later, it cut all ties with the Geneva-based council after it announced an inquiry into how West Bank settlements may be infringing on Palestinians rights.

    Israel has accused the UNHRC of routinely singling it out at its annual meetings, as well as passing a number of anti-Israel resolutions.

  60. Gern Blansten

    Well, while you ignore the fact that Hamas was founded by the zionist!
    Here are some pleasant quotes from your zionist pig whorefathers

    Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the 'Beasts,"' New Statesman, June 25,1982:

    "[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs."

    David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.
    From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978:

    "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."

    Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department.

    From Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5:

    "Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours… Everything we don't grab will go to them."

    Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, "Complete Diaries," June 12, 1895 entry.:

    "Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."

    Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus stated:

    "The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is therefore redder and their life is preferable."

    Yitzhak Ginsburg, "Five General Religious Duties Which Lie Behind the Act of the Saintly, Late Rabbi Baruch Goldstein, May his Blood be Avenged":

    "The killing by a Jew of a non-Jew, i.e. a Palestinian, is considered essentially a good deed, and Jews should therefore have no compunction about it."

    In 1923, radical Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky– spiritual father of not only of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin but of Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane– wrote:

    the "sole way" for Jews to deal with Arabs in Palestine was through "total avoidance of all attempts to arrive at a settlement"-which Jabotinsky euphemistically termed the "iron wall" approach. Not coincidentally, a picture of Jabotinsky graces Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's desk. Source: The Village Voice, "Death Wish in the Holy Land," Dec. 12, 2001.

    The influential Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef exclaimed during a sermon preceding the 2001 Passover holiday, :

    "May the Holy Name visit retribution on the
    Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them." He added: "It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with relish, annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." — Source: Ha'aretz April 12, 2001.

    Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969:

    "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, ‘What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'"

    David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
    1978, p. 99:

    "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

    Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, 'Begin and the "Beasts"', New Statesman, 25 June 1982:

    "We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return."

    Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet:

    "We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters."

    David Goldman wrote:

    "We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel… Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours."

    Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's infamous quote:

    "There is no such thing as a Palestinian."

    Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998:

    "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."

    Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum":

    "If I was an Arab leader I would never make [peace] with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country."

    And finally:

    Michael Ben-Yair, Attorney General of Israel, 1993-1996 (in Ha'aretz):

    "The Intifada is the Palestinian's people's war of national liberation. We [Israel] enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the Occupied Territories, engaging in theft and funding justification for all these activities.. we [Israel] established an apartheid regime."

    Ehud Barak, on Israeli TV (date undetermined, but confirmed by former Israeli Knesset Member Marsha Friedman):

    "If I were a Palestinian, I would be a terrorist."

    (Speaking about Sharon's policies toward the Palestinians.)

    Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel (date undetermined, in an Israeli cabinet meeting):

    Don't worry, we [Israel] control the United States.

    (In response to concerns raised by another cabinet member about Sharon's ["the butcher of Beirut"] invasion and brutality in the West Bank.)

  61. Gern Blansten

    Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the 'Beasts,"' New Statesman, June 25,1982:

    "[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs."

    David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.
    From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978:

    "We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."

    Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department.

    From Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5:

    "Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours… Everything we don't grab will go to them."

    Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, "Complete Diaries," June 12, 1895 entry.:

    "Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."

    Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus stated:

    "The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is therefore redder and their life is preferable."

    Yitzhak Ginsburg, "Five General Religious Duties Which Lie Behind the Act of the Saintly, Late Rabbi Baruch Goldstein, May his Blood be Avenged":

    "The killing by a Jew of a non-Jew, i.e. a Palestinian, is considered essentially a good deed, and Jews should therefore have no compunction about it."

    In 1923, radical Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky– spiritual father of not only of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin but of Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane– wrote:

    the "sole way" for Jews to deal with Arabs in Palestine was through "total avoidance of all attempts to arrive at a settlement"-which Jabotinsky euphemistically termed the "iron wall" approach. Not coincidentally, a picture of Jabotinsky graces Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's desk. Source: The Village Voice, "Death Wish in the Holy Land," Dec. 12, 2001.

    The influential Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef exclaimed during a sermon preceding the 2001 Passover holiday, :

    "May the Holy Name visit retribution on the
    Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them." He added: "It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with relish, annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." — Source: Ha'aretz April 12, 2001.

    Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969:

    "We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, ‘What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'"

    David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
    1978, p. 99:

    "Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."

    Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, 'Begin and the "Beasts"', New Statesman, 25 June 1982:

    "We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return."

    Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet:

    "We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters."

    David Goldman wrote:

    "We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel… Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours."

    Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's infamous quote:

    "There is no such thing as a Palestinian."

    Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998:

    "It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."

    Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum":

    "If I was an Arab leader I would never make [peace] with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country."

    And finally:

    Michael Ben-Yair, Attorney General of Israel, 1993-1996 (in Ha'aretz):

    "The Intifada is the Palestinian's people's war of national liberation. We [Israel] enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the Occupied Territories, engaging in theft and funding justification for all these activities.. we [Israel] established an apartheid regime."

    Ehud Barak, on Israeli TV (date undetermined, but confirmed by former Israeli Knesset Member Marsha Friedman):

    "If I were a Palestinian, I would be a terrorist."

    (Speaking about Sharon's policies toward the Palestinians.)

    Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel (date undetermined, in an Israeli cabinet meeting):

    Don't worry, we [Israel] control the United States.

    (In response to concerns raised by another cabinet member about Sharon's ["the butcher of Beirut"] invasion and brutality in the West Bank.)

  62. Gern Blansten

    The article below originally appeared in the French daily L'Humanité on December 14, 2001, translated to English by Global Outlook in 2002, and published by Global Research in March 2004. It shows how the so-called Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was founded by Israel's Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks (Mossad) with the strategic purpose to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State.
    Notice the striking similarity with the creation over 50 years ago by the British MI5, the CIA and the same Mossad of what is now known as the "global terror" (based on the real Arab terrorist groups founded earlier by the German Nazis). Trained, armed and funded by the Global Elite, the fabled enemies are used as a smokescreen to hide who all these wars are really against: wherever you live, these wars are against your freedom, they are against you. — War Is Crime.]
    Thanks to the Mossad, Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks”, the Hamas was allowed to reinforce its presence in the occupied territories.
    Meanwhile, Arafat’s Fatah Movement for National Liberation as well as the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression and intimidation
    Let us not forget that it was Israel, which in fact created Hamas. According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)”.
    Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of the Islamist movement in Palestine, returning from Cairo in the seventies, established an Islamic charity association. Prime Minister Golda Meir, saw this as a an opportunity to counterbalance the rise of Arafat’s Fatah movement.
    According to the Israeli weekly Koteret Rashit (October 1987), “The Islamic associations as well as the university had been supported and encouraged by the Israeli military authority” in charge of the (civilian) administration of the West Bank and Gaza.
    “They [the Islamic associations and the university] were authorized to receive money payments from abroad.”
    The Islamists set up orphanages and health clinics, as well as a network of schools, workshops which created employment for women as well as system of financial aid to the poor. And in 1978, they created an “Islamic University” in Gaza. “The military authority was convinced that these activities would weaken both the PLO and the leftist organizations in Gaza.”
    At the end of 1992, there were six hundred mosques in Gaza. Thanks to Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad (Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks), the Islamists were allowed to reinforce their presence in the occupied territories. Meanwhile, the members of Fatah (Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine) and the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression.
    In 1984, Ahmed Yassin was arrested and condemned to twelve years in prison, after the discovery of a hidden arms cache. But one year later, he was set free and resumed his activities. And when the Intifada (“uprising”) began, in October 1987, which took the Islamists by surprise, Sheik Yassin responded by creating the Hamas (The Islamic Resistance Movement): “God is our beginning, the prophet our model, the Koran our constitution”, proclaims article 7 of the charter of the organization.
    Ahmed Yassin was in prison when, the Oslo accords (Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government) were signed in September 1993. The Hamas had rejected Oslo outright. But at that time, 70% of Palestinians had condemned the attacks on Israeli civilians. Yassin did everything in his power to undermine the Oslo accords. Even prior to Prime Minister Rabin’s death, he had the support of the Israeli government. The latter was very reluctant to implement the peace agreement.
    The Hamas then launched a carefully timed campaign of attacks against civilians who were already poverty stricken and living in metal sheds, one day before the meeting between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, regarding the formal recognition of Israel by the National Palestinian Council. These events were largely instrumental in the formation of a Right wing Israeli government following the May 1996 elections.
    Quite unexpectedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Sheik Ahmed Yassin to be released from prison (“on humanitarian grounds”) where he was serving a life sentence. Meanwhile, Netanyahu, together with President Bill Clinton, was putting pressure on Arafat to control the Hamas. In fact, Netanyahu knew that he could rely, once more, on the Islamists to sabotage the Oslo accords.
    Worse still: after having expelled Yassin to Jordan, Prime Minister Netanyahu allowed him to return to Gaza, where he was welcomed triumphantly as a hero in October 1997.
    Arafat was helpless in the face of these events. Moreover, because he had supported Saddam Hussein during the1991 Gulf war (while the Hamas had cautiously abstained from taking sides), the Gulf states decided to cut off their financing of the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile, between February and April 1998, Sheik Ahmad Yassin was able to raise several hundred million dollars, from those same countries.
    The budget of the Hamas was said to be greater than that of the Palestinian Authority. These new sources of funding enabled the Islamists to effectively pursue their various charitable activities. It is estimated that one Palestinian out of three is the recipient of financial aid from the Hamas. And in this regard, Israel has done nothing to curb the inflow of money into the occupied territories.
    The Hamas had built its strength through its various acts of sabotage of the peace process, in a way which was compatible with the interests of the Israeli government. In turn, the latter sought in a number of ways, to prevent the application of the Oslo accords.
    In other words, Hamas was fulfilling the functions for which it was originally created: to prevent the creation of a Palestinian State.
    And in this regard, Hamas and Ariel Sharon, see eye to eye; they are exactly on the same wave length.

  63. Anthony DiMartino

    oh … I see now .. that should just justify it then.. okay Israel; please keep shelling Palestinian civilians… Man!!! Israel's future existence depends on the disappearing of Palestinians, so one day we can have a one pure Zionist state ..

    you know what! this tone just sounds very familiar to me….

    Just about 70 years ago, some one powerful with powerful followers decided that the annihilation of certain people would make his country free.. hmm.. They say history repeats itself.. what a bitch!!

  64. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten Ok Gern, we get it, you aren't able to respond to the reasonable questions put to you, rather cut and paste incessantly from the internet which sadly removes the ability for intellectual debate. Words like "zionist pigwhore fathers" aren't necessary, especially as you know Jews don't eat pigs. Readers here can clearly see both sides of the argument, and please note, one includes petty and offensive name calling (and no i dont mean Bigot) and therefore totally delegitimises the point you are attempting to make. Shame really, could have been an interesting chat.

  65. Greens Green

    Anthony DiMartino, No Israel's existence does not depend on the disappearing of Palestinians, but it does depend on eliminated or at least severely limiting the terrorist groups in the region that want their demise. Which is what Matt said. Please don't try to put words into his mouth.

  66. Ramon Karn

    In a nutshell – something to think about…
    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem
    Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem
    Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus Living with Jews = No Problem…..

    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
    Muslims living with Muslims = Problem

    ISLAM IS THE CAUSE OF PROBLEM…

  67. Ramon Karn

    In a nutshell – something to think about…
    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confucians living with Baha'is = No Problem
    Baha'is living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Baha'is = No Problem
    Baha'is living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confucians living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus Living with Jews = No Problem…..

    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Baha'is = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
    Muslims living with Muslims = Problem

    ISLAM IS THE CAUSE OF PROBLEM…

  68. Roman Bird

    Scientist at Boeing Aerospace? I doubt it, seriously. Judging by your bovine scat, your PhD degree is in underwater basket-weaving.

  69. Gern Blansten

    I would say these days, yes, it is zionism! Oh and being murderous assholes!
    Lick balls!

  70. Addam Corré

    Gern Blansten Yes Gern, that was the point. Zionism these days causes anti-semitism, but what about PRE-Zionsism, like in the many examples in my last comment above. What was the reason for Jew-hate over the centuries before Zionism was invented?

    So for the sake of honesty Gern, you know being honest, not just trying to win an argument, or using foul sexual language, please, do tell our readers WHY Jews were hated and persecuted before Zionism was invented?

  71. John Kinory

    Addam Corré – probably pointless to engage with him. I suspect that he lives with his mother and his bedroom walls are covered in Nazi paraphernalia.

  72. John Kinory

    Anthony DiMartino – you really know nothing at all about the situation, do you?

  73. Walter Bachner

    Gern Blansten anyone who is stupid enough to try to use that Khazar crap on this website should be deleted for good. This is a disgusting blood libel with no truth what so ever.

    Your Khazar myth has been disproven by several DNA studies done at major medical institutions by reputable scientists. It is nothing less than a neo-Nazi blood libel, which makes you no better than a Nazi.

    Quoting people who are enemies of the state of Israel doesn't make them right, especially when someone cherry picks Jewish dissidents who have been totally disgraced for their false claims.and if you are going to quote known lunatics, at least spell their names correctly. Jew haters always seem to misspell Jewish names.It's Shlomo Sands and Ilan Pappe, two wonderful Israel bashers who are despised. It is always interesting to me that all these arch critics of Israel are also far left devout communists. As you should know, communism is responsible for the death of more than 100 million people in the 20th century alone.

    900,000 Jews were booted out of Arab countries after 1948 and they and their descendants makeup a good percentage of Israels population. They are every bit as Semitic as the Jew hating Arabs you defend.

    I would remind you that Jews have been the majority population in Jerusalem since the first official census in 1851 and historically, long before 1851. We have maintained a continuous population in Israel for 3200 years. Now then, crawl back under the rock crawled out from and enjoy your demented little world.

  74. Mimi Wright

    ROFL….all day Long…talk about taking something out of context….Wake up….the World knows the TRUTH!
    For over 10 years now….these TERRORIST IDF Soldiers have been confessing their HORRIFIC DISGUSTING War Crimes to the World!
    ABUSE "Hashpala": Physical or verbal abuse towards Palestinians….just like the Nazis did to them!!!
    ALL Videos from the "MOUTHS OF Zionist Jews"….telling the WORLD the Truth!
    http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/database