WHITE WASH WATCH | Goldstone’s Reconciderations on the Gaza Cast Lead Report

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Current hasbara influenced media and kept backwards media outside the occupied terrritories almost are vomiting their propaganda for the next whitewash of Israel’s genocide on Gaza. Below this post continuous updates of (unbiased) news will be published.

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
~Adolph Hitler

Hasbara
Israel is using it’s hasbara (again) to make us and media believe, no warcrimes were committed during Operation “Cast Lead” on Gaza which took place from 27 December 2008 until 18 January 2009. The current status quo since Judge Goldstone reconsidered his earlier “findings” in the self investigation of Israel’s acts during the war on Gaza is the reason IOA recently even had the courage to call on the United Nations to withdraw the whole report.

With utmost shameless courage Israels Foreign Minister Lieberman from Moldavia, like Goldstone zionist himself stated it was no surprise for him Goldstone retracted his earlier statements, as for even Bibi and himself had exerted great efforts to achieve the same before… (even without us noticing of course)

Here the Hitler quote falls in place: “Make the Lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.”

In one line, the most catching description for the propaganda (in hebrew called Hasbara) of IOA, whitewashing every crime they commit or ever have been committing before. If this “tactic” does not work, everyone falls in state of denial again but never ever it has lead to a conviction of the zionist entity or the people ordering and forfilling the ongoing massacres on Palestinian people. The Nakba. 63 Year ethnic cleansing and IOA’s hasbara keeps the world stupid and backwards.

As soon as reports like Goldstone’s hit the media, and his remarks of “never mind…” hit some journalists using their own minds and opinion, IOA is twisting it’s behind like never before. Eternally victimized by their Holocaust, it seems it gives them the right to get away with every crime, oppression, assassination, expulsions, evictions, ethnic cleansing and plain massacres.

Zionist, have become, exactly and even worse like those, they once feared and hated themselves.

Needless to say this was not the first massacre since IOA announced it’s own statehood.
Click here for an overview of All Israeli Massacres on Palestinians.



Recapulating the Cast Lead Massacre
Over 1,400 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed during 22 days of Israeli shelling from sea, air and land. Palestinians in Gaza had nowhere to flee from Israel’s onslaught as the border has been closed for two years, with disastrous consequences for the 1.5 million in habitants of Gaza — the majority of them children and refugees.

In this time, IOA used indiscriminate force and violence, even made use of forbidden chemical weapons like white Phosphorus, DIME, depleted uranium and more. But still, IOA wants us to believe there was no crime committed at all. I regard this as an insult of our intelligence, but formost an magnum opus of denial of the crimes on Palestinians, the massacred and their loved ones who where left behind.

The ongoing Siege on Gaza already made it to the largest open air prison in the world, but the weapons used on the people of Gaza made it also the largest gas chamber in history. Even now – and probably long lasting and continuing – effects on all kinds of health, of born and even unborn life are horrendous. Birth defects, massive increase of diseases like cancer and more.

Not to be forgotten: The thousands of injured, handicapped, eye- arm- or legless Palestinian people who were mutilated for life…physically as well as mentally. The children, traumatized for life. But IOA committed no crime.

This is an appeal from occupiedpalestine, to use your common sense and mind to behold the facts and judge for yourself, for it is clear judge Goldstone and companions do not want you and us to believe the reality. And as long as IOA’s warcrimes stay unpunished, the zionist modus operandi of ethnic cleansing in any way possible will continue and increase. It not has been enough it has been to much already too long.

Palestine is not waiting to be the next to hear the world says again:Wir haben es nicht gewußt…

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Danish figure: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza

code: 221328 Date: 2011/01/16 source: Qodsna
Danish figure describes Zionist regime as aggressor and war criminal
 

Danish figure: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Director of foreign relations in Denmark’s Muslim Council told Qudsna that Israeli criminals must be prosecuted in international courts.Abdul Wahid Pederen called for the trial of Zionist criminals, adding “Whoever commits war crimes should be tried in international courts”. 

He also lashed out at those who kept silence over Zionist regime’s crimes in the 22-day Gaza war in 2008-9.

More than 1450 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were martyred during Zionist regime’s 22-day war.

All states, especially the Muslim ones should help provide the grounds for the formation of an independent Palestinian state, he said.

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Danish figure: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza.

Israeli leaders, soldiers fear arrest over Gaza War Crimes

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Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Israeli newspaper, Jerusalem Post, published a report warning Israeli soldiers from travelling abroad. The warning is built upon great concerns that they might be arrested of war crimes they have committed in the last war perpetrated against Gaza civilians.

 

According to the paper a letter sent by one of Israeli occupation army leaders published recently included names, addresses and personal details of 200 (IDF) officers who participated in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip two years ago, under the claim that they were war criminals.

When traveling overseas, the letter warned, retired officers should pay attention to the airlines they use and the airports at which they land, and ensure that the hotels they choose have been approved by Israeli security officials. The letter also recommended staying on a middle floor at hotels, and in a corner room.

Many Israeli leaders are being chased in Europe for possible war crimes that have committed in Gaza and Lebanon. Even Israeli politicians like Ehud Barak and Tsipi Levine were about to be arrested in the UK due to their direct involvement in Gaza war crimes. Yet, they have managed to flee London hours before arrest attempts.

Its remarkable that Israel launched a full scale military operation in Gaza 2008-2009 targeting obviously the innocent civilians. Victims scale was huge and mostly children and women. Whilst less than 300 were defenders.

By Sameh Habeeb
Palestine Telegraph Newspaper

Israeli leaders, soldiers fear arrest over Gaza War Crimes.

Two Years After Gaza War, Gaza Remains Sealed-Off, Suffering Continues – International Middle East Media Center

Wednesday December 29, 2010 23:09author by The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – PCHR Report post

Two years after Operation Cast Lead: Gaza Remains Sealed-Off from outside World, Impunity for War Crimes Prevails

Ahmed Zourob receives dialysis treatment at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Because of the siege, his level of treatment is inadequate and he can no longer obtain the medication he needs (PCHR)
Ahmed Zourob receives dialysis treatment at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Because of the siege, his level of treatment is inadequate and he can no longer obtain the medication he needs (PCHR)

PCHR Report on Gaza War, Monday, 27 December 2010 11:30

December 27, 2010, marks the two-year anniversary of the beginning of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s 23 day offensive on the Gaza Strip. This offensive – the single most brutal event in the history of the occupation – was characterised by systematic violations of international law. Its aftermath has been characterised by pervasive impunity.

In total, 1,419 Palestinians were killed. 83% of the dead – the overwhelming majority – were civilians, the so-called ‘protected persons’ of international humanitarian law. A further 5,300 were injured, and public and private property throughout the Gaza Strip was extensively targeted and destroyed.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) notes that in the two years since the offensive there have been no concrete steps taken towards the fulfilment of victims’ legitimate rights to the equal protection of the law and an effective judicial remedy. Customary international law and the treaty-based obligations which all States have entered into are unequivocal: if a war crime has been committed, those responsible must be investigated and prosecuted in accordance with international standards. They must be held to account.

Numerous reports of international and national human rights organisations – including those of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the ‘Goldstone Report’), the Independent Fact-Finding Mission mandated by the Arab League, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch – concluded that war crimes were committed in the Gaza Strip, and noted that criminal accountability must be the legal consequence.

The Goldstone Report detailed explicit mechanisms to ensure such criminal accountability. As required by customary international law, genuine domestic investigations must be initiated. After six months, if these investigations failed to comply with international standards, the Security Council – acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter – must refer the situation to the International Criminal Court.

It is now two years since the offensive, and no effective domestic investigations or prosecutions have been initiated.

As PCHR has documented, Israel has systematically failed to ensure accountability. In the two years since Operation Cast Lead, the actions of the Israeli authorities have been characterised by a desire to shield those responsible from justice. Only three soldiers have been convicted of committing offensive-related crimes. One soldier was sentenced to seven-months in jail for the theft of a credit card. Two other soldiers were convicted of using a 9 year old boy as a human shield. They were given a 3 month suspended sentence.

This is an insult to victims and to the universal rule of law.

The international community’s response has been silence; through inaction they have implicitly endorsed Israel’s actions during Operation Cast Lead and the impunity that has followed. They have implicitly endorsed the systematic and widespread commission of international crimes.

The rule of law, and victims’ rights, have been sacrificed in the name of politics.

This situation must not be allowed to prevail.

The consequences of impunity are evident in the continuing and escalating violations of international law committed in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The consequences of impunity are evident in the fact that the entire Gaza Strip continues to be subject to an illegal closure. For over 3.5 years, 1.7 million people have been collectively punished and cut off from the outside world. Impunity, and the international community’s failure to prevent this ongoing crime, has resulted in the distinct possibility that the closure will become institutionalised, and effectively endorsed by the United Nations and the international community.

The consequences of impunity are evident in the expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank; in the continued construction of the Wall; and in the house demolitions and evictions carried out in occupied East Jerusalem.

Equally, the consequences of sacrificing the rule of international law in the name of ‘political progress’ are evident in the abject failure of the Oslo process.

It is imperative that the international community fulfil its legal obligations, and ensure respect for international law. Those suspected of committing international crimes must be investigated and prosecuted. Israel must be held responsible for its internationally wrongful acts.

Impunity serves only to encourage continued violations of international law. Without accountability, how can the civilians of the Gaza Strip feel safe again?

Two Years After Gaza War, Gaza Remains Sealed-Off, Suffering Continues – International Middle East Media Center.

The New Abu Ghraib

IOA “Fashion”

2 shots 1 kill, displaying a pregnant woman in visor of a rifle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli Soldiers Continue Their Facebook Displays Soldier spraying “Be Right Back” on a wall.
Monday October 25, 2010 00:51 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli Walla News website published on Sunday several pictures published by Israeli soldiers on Facebook showing “memories” while humiliating Palestinians during the war on Gaza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man on crutches being molested by troops

Another “Trophy” Picture, Cuffed Palestinian

 

 

 

היא הדוגמה שלך על תיקון עולם??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man of G-d teaching his daughter to shoot. The main principle of the Torah is “love your fellow like yourself”

(Bereishit Raba, parsha 24,: piska 7).

This principle includes considering the consequences of our actions, not only in our own lives but also in the lives of our fellow human beings throughout future generations. The greater extent of fulfilling the Mitzvah to “love your fellow like yourself”

(Vayikra 19:18)

 

“At the time when Hashem created the first human being, He showed him each of the trees in the Garden of Eden and told him: “See my works how good and excellent they are! Now all that I created is for your sake. Think upon this. Do not corrupt or destroy My world. For if you destroy it, there will be no one to restore it after you.”
(Kohelet Raba 7:19)

 

 

A keychain hangs on a wall in a Palestinian house in Zeitoun, outside Gaza City, daubed with English and Hebrew graffiti left by the Israeli army when they withdraw from Gaza earlier this month, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Inside and outside the home, graffiti had been daubed in Hebrew and English, with slogans including

“1 is down, 999.999 to go” and  ‘Arabs need 2 die’.

(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Graffitti displaying:

Gaza here we Are

Graffiti daubed in House in Zeitoun, outside Gaza, written Hebrew and English inside occupied home, Written in Hebrew:
‘Gaza here we are’
‘You can run but you can’t hide’, and
“‘Arabs: 1948 to 2009″

 

 

A Palestinian boy stands next to a bullet riddled wall and a graffiti showing a mosque with an Israeli flag in a partly destroyed apartment  in Jebaliya, northern Gaza strip, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009. The Israeli Army used that apartment as a base and left sprayed several graffiti pictures on the walls. U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes, on the first day of a five-day trip to the region, called the steep Palestinian casualty toll “extremely shocking” and suggested the United Nations might ask Israel to compensate it for wartime damage to U.N. compounds in Gaza, but that he was looking at immediate humanitarian needs and thinking about longer-term reconstruction in Gaza. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

 

‘Hello first class’ ( top right corner)
‘We shall return to every settlement in Gush Katif’ (bottom right referring to US/Israel evacuated Gaza strip settlements in 2005)

Written in Hebrew graffiti at School destroyed by US Israel.
Location: Beit Lahiya, Palestine (Jan 2009)

 

 

THE ONGOING GAZA MASSACRE

But the tragedy does not end with those who were killed. Along with thousands permanently injured, there is the incalculable psychological cost of children growing up without parents, of parents burying their children, and the mental trauma that Israel’s offensive and the ongoing siege has done to almost everyone in Gaza. There are the as yet unknown consequences of subjecting Gaza’s 700,000 children to a toxic water supply for years on end.

The Gaza massacre and the struggle for justice
Ali Abunimah

27 December 2008: Israel began its deadly three-week assault on Gaza. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

The Gaza massacre, which Israel launched two years ago today, did not end on 18 January 2009, but continues. It was not only a massacre of human bodies, but of the truth and of justice. Only our actions can help bring it to an end.The UN-commissioned Goldstone Report documented evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in an attack aimed at the very “foundations of civilian life in Gaza” — schools, industrial infrastructure, water, sanitation, flour mills, mosques, universities, police stations, government ministries, agriculture and thousands of homes. Yet like so many other inquiries documenting Israeli crimes, the Goldstone Report sits gathering dust as the United States, the European Union, the Palestinian Authority and certain Arab governments colluded to ensure it would not translate into action. 

 

Israel launched the attack, after breaking the ceasefire it had negotiated with Hamas the previous June, under the bogus pretext of stopping rocket firing from Gaza

 

During those horrifying weeks from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009, Israel’s merciless bombardment killed 1,417 people according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza. 

They were infants like Farah Ammar al-Helu, one-year-old, killed in al-Zaytoun. They were schoolgirls or schoolboys, like Islam Khalil Abu Amsha, 12, of Shajaiyeh and Mahmoud Khaled al-Mashharawi, 13, of al-Daraj. They were elders like Kamla Ali al-Attar, 82 of Beit Lahiya and Madallah Ahmed Abu Rukba, 81, of Jabaliya; They were fathers and husbands like Dr. Ehab Jasir al-Shaer. They were police officers like Younis Muhammad al-Ghandour, aged 24. They were ambulance drivers and civil defense workers. They were homemakers, school teachers, farmers, sanitation workers and builders. And yes, some of them were fighters, battling as any other people would to defend their communities with light and primitive weapons against Israel’s onslaught using the most advanced weaponry the United States and European Union could provide.

 

The names of the dead fill 100 pages, but nothing can fill the void they left in their families and communities (“The Dead in the course of the Israeli recent military offensive on the Gaza strip between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009,” [PDF] Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 18 March 2009). 

 

These were not the first to die in Israeli massacres and they have not been the last. Dozens of people have been killed since the end of Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead,” the latest Salameh Abu Hashish last week, a 20-year old shepherd shot by Israeli occupation forces as he tended his animals in northern Gaza. 

But the tragedy does not end with those who were killed. Along with thousands permanently injured, there is the incalculable psychological cost of children growing up without parents, of parents burying their children, and the mental trauma that Israel’s offensive and the ongoing siege has done to almost everyone in Gaza. There are the as yet unknown consequences of subjecting Gaza’s 700,000 children to a toxic water supply for years on end.

 

The siege robs 1.5 million people not just of basic goods, reconstruction supplies (virtually nothing has been rebuilt in Gaza), and access to medical care but of their basic rights and freedoms to travel, to study, to be part of the world. It robs promising young people of their ambitions and futures. It deprives the planet of all that they would have been able to create and offer. By cutting Gaza off from the outside world, Israel hopes to make us forget that the those inside are human. 

 

Two years after the crime, Gaza remains a giant prison for a population whose unforgivable sin in the eyes of Israel and its allies is to be refugees from lands that Israel took by ethnic cleansing

 

Israel’s violence against Gaza, like its violence against Palestinians everywhere, is the logical outcome of the racism that forms the inseparable core of Zionist ideology and practice: Palestinians are merely a nuisance, like brush or rocks to be cleared away in Zionism’s relentless conquest of the land. This is what all Palestinians are struggling against, as an open letter today from dozens of civil society organizations in Gaza reminds us: 

“We Palestinians of Gaza want to live at liberty to meet Palestinian friends or family from Tulkarem, Jerusalem or Nazareth; we want to have the right to travel and move freely. We want to live without fear of another bombing campaign that leaves hundreds of our children dead and many more injured or with cancers from the contamination of Israel’s white phosphorous and chemical warfare. We want to live without the humiliations at Israeli checkpoints or the indignity of not providing for our families because of the unemployment brought about by the economic control and the illegal siege. We are calling for an end to the racism that underpins all this oppression.”

Those of us who live outside Gaza can look to the people there for inspiration and strength; even after all this deliberate cruelty, they have not surrendered. But we cannot expect them to bear this burden alone or ignore the appalling cost Israel’s unrelenting persecution has on the minds and bodies of people in Gaza or on society itself. We must also heed their calls to action.

 

One year ago, I joined more than a thousand people from dozens of countries on the Gaza Freedom March in an attempt to reach Gaza to commemorate the first anniversary of the massacre. We found our way blocked by the Egyptian government which remains complicit, with US backing, in the Israeli siege. And although we did not reach Gaza, other convoys before, and after, such as Viva Palestina did, only after severe obstruction and limitations by Egypt

 

Yesterday, the Mavi Marmara returned to Istanbul where it was met dockside by thousands of people. In May the ship was part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which set out to break the siege by sea, only to be attacked and hijacked in international waters by Israeli commandos who killed nine people and injured dozens. Even that massacre has not deterred more people from seeking to break the siege; the Asian Convoy to Gaza is on its way, and several other efforts are being planned. 

 

We may look at all these initiatives and say that despite their enormous cost — including in human lives — the siege remains unbroken, as world governments — the so-called “international community” — continue to ensure Israeli impunity. Two years later, Gaza remains in rubble, and Israel keeps the population always on the edge of a deliberately-induced humanitarian catastrophe while allowing just enough supplies to appease international opinion. It would be easy to be discouraged. 

However, we must remember that the Palestinian people in Gaza are not objects of an isolated humanitarian cause, but partners in the struggle for justice and freedom throughout Palestine. Breaking the siege of Gaza would be a milestone on that march.

Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament and a passenger on the Mavi Marmara explained last October in an interview with The Electronic Intifada that Israeli society and government do not view their conflict with the Palestinians as one that must be resolved by providing justice and equality to victims, but merely as a “security” problem. Zoabi observed that the vast majority of Israelis believe Israel has largely “solved” the security problem: in the West Bank with the apartheid wall and “security coordination” between Israeli occupation forces and the collaborationist Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and in Gaza with the siege.

 

Israeli society, Zoabi concluded, “doesn’t feel the need for peace. They don’t perceive occupation as a problem. They don’t perceive the siege as a problem. They don’t perceive oppressing the Palestinians as a problem, and they don’t pay the price of occupation or the price of [the] siege [of Gaza].” 

Thus the convoys and flotillas are an essential part of a larger effort to make Israel understand that it does have a problem and it can never be treated as a normal state until it ends its oppression and occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and fully respects the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian refugees. And even if governments continue to stand by and do nothing, global civil society is showing the way with these efforts to break the siege, and with the broader Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

Amid all the suffering, Palestinians have not celebrated many victories in the two years since the Gaza massacre. But there are signs that things are moving in the right direction. Israel begs for US-endorsed “peace negotiations” precisely because it knows that while the “peace process” provides cover for its ongoing crimes, it will never be required to give up anything or grant any rights to Palestinians in such a “process.”

 

Yet Israel is mobilizing all its resources to fight the global movement for justice, especially BDS, that has gained so much momentum since the Gaza massacre. There can be no greater confirmation that this movement brings justice within our grasp. Our memorial to all the victims must not be just an annual commemoration, but the work we do every day to make the ranks of this movement grow. 

 


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Israeli bombing of civilian homes in last Gaza war one of the most grisly crimes

[ 26/12/2010 – 11:00 AM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli bombing of civilian homes during the last war on the Gaza Strip was one of the most gruesome crimes which can never be forgotten by the survivors, although they happened two years ago. The families of Assamouni and Addaya are the most bereaved and victimized Gazans.

Among hundreds of homes and families that were targeted by the Israeli occupation, the massacres that happened to the families of Assamouni and Addaya remain the most heinous in terms of the numbers of victims.

A reporter of the Palestinian information center (PIC) met with Salah Assamouni, one of the survivors, and listened to details of the massacre that claimed the lives of 25 members of his family and led to the injury of many of them in Azzaytoun neighborhood in Gaza.

Assamouni recalled the tragedy that happened on the forth of January 2009 in the morning and said, “I was at home along with members of my family, grandmother and my wife’s mother who was visiting us when I got shrapnel in my left hand as a result of the shells and bullets fired by the Israeli occupation forces in the vicinity of the house.”

“A rocket-propelled projectile hit the second floor of my house and burned it; at about 8:30 am while trying to go outside carrying my six-month-old baby, I saw occupation troops deployed in the area, and after less than two hours, the troops forced us to leave the house. At the time, we had three other families [All related to Assamouni] who resorted to our home for protection,” Assamouni added.

“We came out after we were ordered by the occupation troops and went to the nearby home of Wael Assamouni, and therein gathered a number of Assamouni families for fear of the Israeli shelling,” he said.

“We stayed in this house for a full day and we were about 90 people from seven families, children, women and men without anything to eat or drink, and on that morning the area seemed calm. At about half past seven the next morning, I went out along with five others to the yard of Wael’s home at a distance of three meters to bring some firewood in order to prepare food for children, but suddenly an Israeli helicopter, which did not leave the sky in the area, fired a missile at us wounding three men and killing two, Mohamed Ibrahim Assamouni and Hamdi Maher Assamouni. Then I rushed back to the house bleeding from my head, ears, legs and back,” Assamouni elaborated.

“Two minutes later, two missiles fell on the roof of the house penetrating it and leading to its collapse which led to the injury and death of most of the children, women and men inside the house, and I survived miraculously.”

Another survivor from Addaya family, Amer, also told the PIC reporter in detail the massacre that claimed the lives of 22 members of his family including his parents and a number of his brothers and sisters. He sustained serious wounds when an Israeli missile flattened the entire house over the heads of its residents.

Israeli bombing of civilian homes in last Gaza war one of the most grisly crimes.

Al Jazeera Inside Story | War Crimes (2 Parts)

Inside Story asks: what are the chances of pursuing Israel legally?

What, if any, recourse has the international community to punish those alleged to be accountable? Would senior Israeli political and military leaders bear personal liability for their offenses, and could they be prosecuted by an international tribunal? Maryam Nemazee discusses.

 

 

YouTube – Inside Story – War Crimes – January 12 – Part 1.