Jan
07

The Impeachment of Benjamin Netanyahu

Roseanne Barr

2012 Presidential Candidate

Peace and Freedom Party

United States of America

 

December 27, 2013

 

33rd Cabinet of Israel

 

Head of State-Shimon Peres

Minister of Foreign Affairs-Avigdor Lieberman

Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development-Yair Shamir

Minister of Communications-Gilad Erdan

Minister of Culture and Sport-Limor Livnat

Minister of Defense-Moshe Ya’alon

Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee-Silvan Shalom

Minister of Education-Shai Piron

Minister of Environmental Protection-Amir Peretz

Minister of Finance-Yair Lapid

Minister of Health-Yael German

Minister of Housing and Construction-Uri Ariel

Minister of Immigration Absorption-Sofa Landver

Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor-Naftali Bennett

Minister of Internal Affairs-Gideon Sa’ar

Minister of Intelligence-Yuval Steinitz

Minister of Justice-Tzipi Livni

Minister of Pensioner Affairs-Uri Orbakh

Minister of Public Security- Yitzhak Aharonovich

Minister of Science and Technology-Yaakov Peri

Head of Mossad-Tamir Pardo

IDF Chief of Staff-General Gantz

cc: Prime Minister-Benjamin Netanyahu

 

Subject: The Impeachment of Benjamin Netanyahu

Dear 33rd Cabinet of Israel:

I write this Open Letter to prevent an existential crisis from playing out in Israel. Historically speaking we are on the edge of WW3 punctuated by situations similar to that of WW1. Benjamin Netanyahu, as directed by his ideological masters who serve Empire’s Middle Eastern oil policy and banking system has recklessly put Israel in the cross hair of thermal nuclear destruction, trade boycotts and increased isolation.

Geopolitically speaking: Where are Israel’s allies? How are Israel’s current polices conducive to economic and cultural prosperity for the next 50 years? The plan for a “Greater Israel” (‘living space’) was never in the interest of the Jewish State, or the Jewish people. However, endless war between Tribal and Ethnic peoples is money in the bank for the war profiteers who, coincidentally, sit atop of everything PNAC.

Israel needs to re discover the principles of  Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and dump the destructive dictates of Netanyahu. Israel has been on an increasingly rightwing path since the death of the former prime minister. Members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset MUST make steps to remove Benjamin Netanyahu from office before Israel is destroyed from the inside. Netanyahu has violated the Human Dignity and Liberty Clause of Israeli Basic Law. Moving ever toward apartheid like treatment of its workforce, the Palestinians, and its minority citizens has cheapened and eroded Israel’s moral authority, and placed every living Jew on earth in potential peril.

Failed Israeli government (as well as failed US government) was always the plan of AIPAC, as I have written for over two decades. The alleged complicity of the usual gang of suspects, Royal Empire of UK, Royal House of Saud, Jesuit banks, Bush & Bibi in the 9-11 attack on the USA is a broken dam that is just beginning to spill over, and which is unstoppable.

Peace is Israel’s only real hope-and the building of a two state economy. Impeach the neo con banking system of endless war for profit of Empire. Impeach B. Netanyahu, the puppet of Feudalistic world policy (PNAC).

My thoughts are conventional as they relate to Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

Some of my thoughts have been echoed by Colonel Wilkerson and other U.S. members of the political establishment.

Netanyahu is obviously a follower of Jabotinsky who was puppet of the Young Turks. Israel needs to reject Jabotinsky and re embrace the visionary pursuit of peace as per Yitzhak Rabin, who also had an IDF military background-let this not be forgotten. The IDF must be the voice of sanity for Israel in these perilous geo political times. If Israel is to survive peacefully the ideology of Jabotinsky must abandoned. It isn’t in Israel’s interest to annex the Jordan River Valley. The true patriots of Israel must abandon their servitude to the Modern Anglo-Dutch Empire.

My conscience, as a Jewish American, moves me to speak as loudly as I can in service to the interests of intelligence and peace.

May both prevail on earth.

 

Sincerely,

 

Roseanne Barr

Peace and Freedom Party

 

 

Sep
29

Letter to Benjamin Netanyahu Dated 9-28-13

September 28, 2013

 

Roseanne Barr

Peace and Freedom Party

United States of America

 

Greetings Benjamin Netanyahu:

My name is Roseanne Barr. I am a Jewish American, actor, activist, writer, citizen of the United States of America, and I ran for President of The United States of America, coming in fifth place out of 52 candidates.  I am writing you to warn you of the Geo Political Implications of the Israel/Palestinian Conflict. I will first begin this analysis with some history, with which you may or may not be aware.

Israel was created by The Royal Family of the Queen of England. The purpose of this creation was not for a homeland for Jewish People. The underlying purpose was to create a permanent geo political destabilization policy for the purposes of enhanced territory of the Post World War 2 British Empire.

In accord with the assessment of IDF Intelligence, using Al Qaeda troops to attack Syria, creates a destabilizing effect for Israel and the whole region. Al Qaeda created by British and Saudi Intelligence can’t be trusted to overthrow Assad and is allies. The entire policy is fool’s gold and will only harm Israel.

To the current situation with Israel and Palestine, you must stop supporting Hamas as a puppet regime against the legitimate Palestinian Authority of Mr. Abbas. Such a policy weakens Israel’s relationship with the EU and other important allies crucial to Israel. Also, you must weaken the Ultra Orthodox Factions of Israel, who don’t represent the mainstream wishes of Israeli Citizens. To continue, making peace is in Israel’s long term best interests. I suggest you take extreme security precautions to not be killed like Prime Minister Rabin, when you serve the Jewish people’s best interests.

Lastly and most importantly, you must make tangible strides to develop the economy of your Palestinian Neighbors. If you don’t, Israel will follow the fate of South African Apartheid, which is good for the Queen of England but horrible for Israel!

To be clear: The Queen of England will DESTROY Israel for her own purposes. Tony Blair can’t be trusted, he will double cross you. If Israel is to remain a viable state in the Westphalian Tradition, Israel MUST make peace with the Palestinians on the 1967 borders.

 

Regards, Sir!

 

Roseanne Barr, Peace and Freedom Party

Sep
29

Sunday 9-29-13 KCAA Radio Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

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Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells

KCAA Radio Sunday Sept 29, 2013

Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

Sep
28

Sunday Sept 29 Radio Show Guests Alan Hart and Harry Fear

Alan Hart Harry Fear

KCAA Radio Presents Co-Hosts 

 

Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells Sunday September 29, 2013

 

with Guests

 

Alan Hart

“Human Rights vs. Tyranny”

 

Harry Fear

 “Challenging Realities, the Mainstream Media and You”

 

 2:00pm Eastern   11:00am Pacific  8:00am Hawaii

Click Here for Direct Link to Broadcast and UStream

 

Alan Hart

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications for more than 40 years.

He has worked as a correspondent covering wars and conflict, for ITN’s News At Ten and the BBC’s Panorama programme.

In 1980, Mr. Hart was intimately involved in negotiations, serving as a covert diplomat in conflict resolution, between Arafat and Peres.

He has worked as a researcher and author. His 2nd book explains why it is difficult to impossible for any Israeli prime minister, even a rational, well-motivated one, to make peace on any terms the Palestinians can accept. His latest book: Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews.

Mr. Hart has had one on one private conversations with leaders on both both sides of the conflict. With, for example, Golda Meir, Mother Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Father Palestine. From these private conversations, Alan, has heard the truth of what leaders really believed and feared as opposed to what they said in public for propaganda and myth-sustaining purposes.

Alan has long believed that what peacemaking needs above all else is some TRUTH-TELLING, specifically, with regards to the Israel/Palestine conflict, truth telling, with regards to the difference between Zionist mythology and real history, and, the difference between Judaism and Zionism.

Thus, Alan Hart, believes that it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist (anti Zionism’s colonial enterprise, that is) without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic.

Recently, Mr. Hart gave a speech in Geneva on human rights. That speech can be read here:

Human Rights vs Tyranny

http://www.alanhart.net/human-rights-v-tyranny/#more-2369

 

Harry Fear

Harry Fear is a British journalist and campaigning documentary maker. He works independently and as a freelancer. He is also a radio show co-host (KCAA’s own Palestine Today series with Kathleen Wells). He regularly lectures around the world on his work in Gaza and the Israel-Palestine conflict. He’s just come back from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he did a 20-minute talk at the prestigious TEDx conference there (TEDx is a franchised, independent version of the well-known TED organization.

Sep
11

Interview with a Jew and an Arab

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Aug
28

From Wayne Madsen Reports

 

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August 28-29, 2013 – Obama’s Syrian chemical attack “proof” relies solely on Israeli intelligence

WMR’s sources inside the Washington Beltway report that President Obama relied solely on signals intelligence (SIGINT) provided by Israel’s version of the U.S. National Security Agency, Unit 8200, to conclude that Syria’s government ordered the August 21 chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

Unit 8200 claimed it had intercepted a communication from a Syrian army unit operating near Ghouta on August 21. The Israelis concluded from the intercept that Syria’s army carried out the chemical attack on Ghouta, although there has been no independent confirmation from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) or the UN weapons inspection team as to who carried out the attack and even what type of chenical weapons were used.

Obama claims that his pursuit of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is intended to safeguard NSA’s most closely-guarded secrets that are used to combat terrorism. However, Obama, in his decision to accept the Israeli SIGINT as prima facie evidence of a Syrian chemical attack on civilians, has bypassed NSA’s own SIGINT product, which is flowing into the joint NSA/British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) interception facility in Cyprus, to push the notion that Syrian President Bashar al Assad carried out the attack. NSA’s and GCHQ’s intelligence do not conclusively prove Syrian government involvement.

The Unit 8200 intelligence was exclusively passed by the Israelis to the Obama administration, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. WMR has also learned that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, were opposed to taking military action against Syria based only on Israeli SIGINT. However, after Obama made his decision after deferring to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and political adviser Valerie Jarrett, both Hagel and Dempsey began plans on August 23 to carry out a unilateral military strike on Syria without the invocation of the War Powers Act or with the authorization of the UN Security Council.

Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that U.S. forces would not target any Russian interests in Syria and that Russia tacitly agreed not to escalate the situation following a U.S. strike on Syrian targets.

Nov
30

Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

Israel: We Will Build 3,000 Houses in Occupied Palestine over UN State Vote

By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE: Subscribe to Gianluca’s RSS feed

November 30, 2012 4:40 PM GMT

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Reuters)

In a response to the historic UN vote that upgraded Palestine to non-member observer state status, Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more houses in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The homes will be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

An Israeli official said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed building the units “in response” to de facto recognition of Palestine  at the UN.

Haaretz diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid confirmed with a tweet the government’s move.

“Political source: Netanyahu decided to build 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and in settlements in the West Bank in response to the Palestinian action at the UN,” he said.

“Despite the commitments he gave to President Obama, PM Netanyahu gave the order to advance construction in the E1 area between Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem which will cut off the northern part of the West Bank from the south,” he tweeted.

Plans to build settlements in E1 are strongly opposed by Palestinians.

The UN bid, which implicitly recognised Palestinian statehood andstrengthened its chances of joining UN agencies and the International  Criminal Court, was welcomed by cheering crowds in Ramallah, Gaza City and Bethlehem.

Palestinians have long sought to set up an independent state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The 1993 Oslo Accord led to mutual recognition. However, peace talks since have failed to produce a permanent solution and stalled in 2010 over disagreements on the issue of Israeli West Bank settlements.

In September 2011, PA president and chairman of the PLO Mahmoud Abbas launched a bid for recognition as a full member of the UN. But Security Council members said they had been unable to “make a unanimous recommendation”.

The outcome of the latest has angered Netanyahu who defined the speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as “meaningless”, “defamatory and venomous” and “mendacious propaganda” against Israel.

Abbas is planning to visit the Gaza Strip to focus on the possibility of establishing a Fatah-Hamas unity government. However, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was recently quoted as saying that the militants would not permit Abbas to enter Gaza out of fear that the PA president’s rivals in Fatah would try to harm him.

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Nov
30

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison

by  on 11/23/2012
Gaza – The giant concentration camp

Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area of the world, are constantly subject to random and often savage terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade, and with the further goal of ensuring that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement that will grant these rights will be nullified.

The intensity of this commitment on the part of the Israeli political leadership has been dramatically illustrated just in the past few days, as they warn that they will “go crazy” if Palestinian rights are given limited recognition at the UN. That is not a new departure. The threat to “go crazy” (“nishtagea”) is deeply rooted, back to the Labor governments of the 1950s, along with the related “Samson Complex”: we will bring down the Temple walls if crossed. It was an idle threat then; not today.

The purposeful humiliation is also not new, though it constantly takes new forms. Thirty years ago political leaders, including some of the most noted hawks, submitted to Prime Minister Begin a shocking and detailed account of how settlers regularly abuse Palestinians in the most depraved manner and with total impunity. The prominent military-political analyst Yoram Peri wrote with disgust that the army’s task is not to defend the state, but “to demolish the rights of innocent people just because they are Araboushim (“niggers,” “kikes”) living in territories that God promised to us.”

Gazans have been selected for particularly cruel punishment. It is almost miraculous that people can sustain such an existence. How they do so was described thirty years ago in an eloquent memoir by Raja Shehadeh (The Third Way), based on his work as a lawyerengaged in the hopeless task of trying to protect elementary rights within a legal system designed to ensure failure, and his personal experience as a Samid, “a steadfast one,” who watches his home turned into a prison by brutal occupiers and can do nothing but somehow “endure.”

Since Shehadeh wrote, the situation has become much worse. The Oslo agreements, celebrated with much pomp in 1993, determined that Gaza and the West Bank are a single territorial entity. By then the US and Israel had already initiated their program of separating them fully from one another, so as to block a diplomatic settlement and punish the Araboushim in both territories.

Punishment of Gazans became still more severe in January 2006, when they committed a major crime: they voted the “wrong way” in the first free election in the Arab world, electing Hamas. Demonstrating their passionate “yearning for democracy,” the US and Israel, backed by the timid European Union, at once imposed a brutal siege, along with intensive military attacks. The US also turned at once to standard operating procedure when some disobedient population elects the wrong government: prepare a military coup to restore order.

Gazans committed a still greater crime a year later by blocking the coup attempt, leading to a sharp escalation of the siege and military attacks. These culminated in winter 2008-9, with Operation Cast Lead, one of the most cowardly and vicious exercises of military force in recent memory, as a defenseless civilian population, trapped with no way to escape, was subjected to relentless attack by one of the world’s most advanced military systems relying on US arms and protected by US diplomacy. An unforgettable eyewitness account of the slaughter — “infanticide” in their words — is given by the two courageous Norwegian doctors who worked at Gaza’s main hospitalduring the merciless assault, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, in their remarkable book Eyes in Gaza.

President-elect Obama was unable to say a word, apart from reiterating his heartfelt sympathy for children under attack — in the Israeli town Sderot. The carefully planned assault was brought to an end right before his inauguration, so that he could then say that now is the time to look forward, not backward, the standard refuge of criminals.

Of course, there were pretexts — there always are. The usual one, trotted out when needed, is “security”: in this case, home-made rockets from Gaza. As is commonly the case, the pretext lacked any credibility. In 2008 a truce was established between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli government formally recognizes that Hamas observed it fully. Not a single Hamas rocket was fired until Israel broke the truce under cover of the US election on November 4 2008, invading Gaza on ludicrous grounds and killing half a dozen Hamas members. The Israeli government was advised by its highest intelligence officials that the truce could be renewed by easing the criminal blockade and ending military attacks. But the government of Ehud Olmert, reputedly a dove, chose to reject these options, preferring to resort to its huge comparative advantage in violence: Operation Cast Lead. The basic facts are reviewed once again by foreign policy analyst Jerome Slater in the current issue of the Harvard-MIT journal International Security.

The pattern of bombing under Cast Lead was carefully analyzed by the highly informed and internationally respected Gazan human rights advocate Raji Sourani. He points out that the bombing was concentrated in the north, targeting defenseless civilians in the most densely populated areas, with no possible military pretext. The goal, he suggests, may have been to drive the intimidated population to the south, near the Egyptian border. But the Samidin stayed put, despite the avalanche of US-Israeli terror.

A further goal might have been to drive them beyond. Back to the earliest days of the Zionist colonization it was argued across much of the spectrum that Arabs have no real reason to be in Palestine; they can be just as happy somewhere else, and should leave — politely “transferred,” the doves suggested. This is surely no small concern in Egypt, and perhaps a reason why Egypt does not open the border freely to civilians or even to desperately needed materials

Sourani and other knowledgeable sources observe that the discipline of the Samidin conceals a powder keg, which might explode any time, unexpectedly, as the first Intifada did in Gaza in 1989 after years of miserable repression that elicited no notice or concern,

Merely to mention one of innumerable cases, shortly before the outbreak of the Intifada a Palestinian girl, Intissar al-Atar, was shot and killed in a schoolyard by a resident of a nearby Jewish settlement. He was one of the several thousand Israelis settlers brought to Gaza in violation of international law and protected by a huge army presence, taking over much of the land and scarce water of the Strip and living “lavishly in twenty-two settlements in the midst of 1.4 million destitute Palestinians,” as the crime is described by Israeli scholar Avi Raz. The murderer of the schoolgirl, Shimon Yifrah, was arrested, but quickly released on bail when the Court determined that “the offense is not severe enough” to warrant detention. The judge commented that Yifrah only intended to shock the girl by firing his gun at her in a schoolyard, not to kill her, so “this is not a case of a criminal person who has to be punished, deterred, and taught a lesson by imprisoning him.” Yifrah was given a 7-month suspended sentence, while settlers in the courtroom broke out in song and dance. And the usual silence reigned. After all, it is routine.

And so it is. As Yifrah was freed, the Israeli press reported that an army patrol fired into the yard of a school for boys aged 6 to 12 in a West Bank refugee camp, wounding five children, allegedly intending only “to shock them.” There were no charges, and the event again attracted no attention. It was just another episode in the program of “illiteracy as punishment,” the Israeli press reported, including the closing of schools, use of gas bombs, beating of students with rifle butts, barring of medical aid for victims; and beyond the schools a reign of more severe brutality, becoming even more savage during the Intifada, under the orders of Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin, another admired dove.

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My initial impression, after a visit of several days, was amazement, not only at the ability to go on with life, but also at the vibrancy and vitality among young people, particularly at the university, where I spent much of my time at an international conference. But there too one can detect signs that the pressure may become too hard to bear. Reports indicate that among young men there is simmering frustration, recognition that under the US-Israeli occupation the future holds nothing for them. There is only so much that caged animals can endure, and there may be an eruption, perhaps taking ugly forms — offering an opportunity for Israeli and western apologists to self-righteously condemn the people who are culturally backward, as Mitt Romney insightfully explained.

Gaza has the look of a typical third world society, with pockets of wealth surrounded by hideous poverty. It is not, however, “undeveloped.” Rather it is “de-developed,” and very systematically so, to borrow the terms of Sara Roy, the leading academic specialist on Gaza. The Gaza Strip could have become a prosperous Mediterranean region, with rich agriculture and a flourishing fishing industry, marvelous beaches and, as discovered a decade ago, good prospects for extensive natural gas supplies within its territorial waters.

By coincidence or not, that is when Israel intensified its naval blockade, driving fishing boats toward shore, by now to 3 miles or less.

The favorable prospects were aborted in 1948, when the Strip had to absorb a flood of Palestinian refugees who fled in terror or were forcefully expelled from what became Israel, in some cases expelled months after the formal cease-fire.

 

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison

Noam Chomsky in Gaza – October 2012

In fact, they were being expelled even four years later, as reported in Ha’aretz (25.12.2008), in a thoughtful study by Beni Tziper on the history of Israeli Ashkelon back to the Canaanites. In 1953, he reports, there was a “cool calculation that it was necessary to cleanse the region of Arabs.” The original name, Majdal, had already been “Judaized” to today’s Ashkelon, regular practice. 

That was in 1953, when there was no hint of military necessity. Tziper himself was born in 1953, and while walking in the remnants of the old Arab sector, he reflects that “it is really difficult for me, really difficult, to realize that while my parents were celebrating my birth, other people were being loaded on trucks and expelled from their homes.”

Israel’s 1967 conquests and their aftermath administered further blows. Then came the terrible crimes already mentioned, continuing to the present day.

The signs are easy to see, even on a brief visit. Sitting in a hotel near the shore, one can hear the machine gun fire of Israeli gunboats driving fishermen out of Gaza’s territorial waters and towards shore, so they are compelled to fish in waters that are heavily pollutedbecause of US-Israeli refusal to allow reconstruction of the sewage and power systems that they destroyed.

The Oslo Accords laid plans for two desalination plants, a necessity in this arid region. One, an advanced facility, was built: in Israel. The second one is in Khan Yunis, in the south of Gaza. The engineer in charge of trying to obtain potable water for the population explained that this plant was designed so that it cannot use sea water, but must rely on underground water, a cheaper process, which further degrades the meager aquifer, guaranteeing severe problems in the future. Even with that, water is severely limited. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which cares for refugees (but not other Gazans), recently released a report warning that damage to the aquifer may soon become “irreversible,” and that without remedial action quickly, by 2020 Gaza may not be a “liveable place.”

Israel permits concrete to enter for UNRWA projects, but not for Gazans engaged in the huge reconstruction needs. The limited heavy equipment mostly lies idle, since Israel does not permit materials for repair. All of this is part of the general program described by Israeli official Dov Weisglass, an adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, after Palestinians failed to follow orders in the 2006 elections: “The idea,” he said, “is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” That would not look good.

And the plan is being scrupulously followed. Sara Roy has provided extensive evidence in her scholarly studies. Recently, after several years of effort, the Israeli human rights organization Gisha succeeded to obtain a court order for the government to release its records detailing plans for the diet, and how they are executed. Israel-based journalist Jonathan Cook summarizes them: “Health officials provided calculations of the minimum number of calories needed by Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition. Those figures were then translated into truckloads of food Israel was supposed to allow in each day … an average of only 67 trucks — much less than half of the minimum requirement — entered Gaza daily. This compared to more than 400 trucks before the blockade began.” And even this estimate is overly generous, UN relief officials report.

The result of imposing the diet, Mideast scholar Juan Cole observes, is that “[a]bout ten percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under 5 have had their growth stunted by malnutrition … in addition, anemia is widespread, affecting over two-thirds of infants, 58.6 percent of schoolchildren, and over a third of pregnant mothers.” The US and Israel want to ensure that nothing more than bare survival is possible.

“What has to be kept in mind,” observes Raji Sourani, “is that the occupation and the absolute closure is an ongoing attack on the human dignity of the people in Gaza in particular and all Palestinians generally. It is systematic degradation, humiliation, isolation and fragmentation of the Palestinian people.” The conclusion is confirmed by many other sources. In one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, a visiting Stanford physician, appalled by what he witnessed, describes Gaza as “something of a laboratory for observing an absence of dignity,” a condition that has “devastating” effects on physical, mental, and social wellbeing. “The constant surveillance from the sky, collective punishment through blockade and isolation, the intrusion into homes and communications, and restrictions on those trying to travel, or marry, or work make it difficult to live a dignified life in Gaza.” The Araboushim must be taught not to raise their heads.

There were hopes that the new Morsi government in Egypt, less in thrall to Israel than the western-backed Mubarak dictatorship, might open the Rafah crossing, the sole access to the outside for trapped Gazans that is not subject to direct Israeli control. There has been slight opening, but not much. Journalist Laila el-Haddad writes that the re-opening under Morsi, “is simply a return to status quo of years past: only Palestinians carrying an Israeli-approved Gaza ID card can use Rafah Crossing,” excluding a great many Palestinians, including el-Haddad’s family, where only one spouse has a card.

Furthermore, she continues, “the crossing does not lead to the West Bank, nor does it allow for the passage of goods, which are restricted to the Israeli-controlled crossings and subject to prohibitions on construction materials and export.” The restricted Rafah crossing does not change the fact that “Gaza remains under tight maritime and aerial siege, and continues to be closed off to the Palestinians’ cultural, economic, and academic capitals in the rest of the [occupied territories], in violation of US-Israeli obligations under the Oslo Accords.”

The effects are painfully evident. In the Khan Yunis hospital, the director, who is also chief of surgery, describes with anger and passion how even medicines are lacking for relief of suffering patients, as well as simple surgical equipment, leaving doctors helpless and patients in agony. Personal stories add vivid texture to the general disgust one feels at the obscenity of the harsh occupation. One example is the testimony of a young woman who despaired that her father, who would have been proud that she was the first woman in the refugee camp to gain an advanced degree, had “passed away after 6 months of fighting cancer aged 60 years. Israeli occupation denied him a permit to go to Israeli hospitals for treatment. I had to suspend my study, work and life and go to set next to his bed. We all sat including my brother the physician and my sister the pharmacist, all powerless and hopeless watching his suffering. He died during the inhumane blockade of Gaza in summer 2006 with very little access to health service. I think feeling powerless and hopeless is the most killing feeling that human can ever have. It kills the spirit and breaks the heart. You can fight occupation but you cannot fight your feeling of being powerless. You can’t even dissolve that feeling.”

Disgust at the obscenity, compounded with guilt: it is within our power to bring the suffering to an end and allow the Samidin to enjoy the lives of peace and dignity that they deserve.

Noam Chomsky visited the Gaza Strip on October 25-30, 2012.

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