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2 January 2009

Last updated: Saturday, January 3, 2009 6:46

The Same Year of Hatred, Cruelty and Violence, Endlessly Repeating
Arthur Silber
…My judgment of Barack Obama in particular has now been proved beyond all dispute and all doubt, even before he takes office. I find it altogether astonishing that anyone could be surprised to the least degree by the American establishment’s absolute refusal to recognize the monstrous evil of the ongoing Gaza massacre. No major American politician and no American commentator of any significance will acknowledge the war crime the United States has committed and continues to commit in Iraq, or the scope of the genocide the actions of the U.S. government have unleashed. Why, then, would the American establishment recoil from the slaughter perpetrated by Israel on a horrifying but still lesser scale? This truth, too, is infinitely worse: the primary emotional response on the part of the American establishment is one of rejoicing — rejoicing that those sub- or non-humans, those animals, those “terrorists” are getting what they deserve. Given the record of the United States over the last century, and over the last six or seven years more particularly, one would think such monsters would not be so enthusiastic about people “getting what they deserve.” As I have noted many times, a crucial part of our national religion is the conviction that the United States is “unique,” and that the moral laws we so murderously apply to everyone else have but one exception: ourselves. But those who engaged in numerous rationalizations and lies to justify their support of Obama shoul! d take t he lesson: you supported a war criminal. A man who is a war criminal himself can hardly be relied upon to point out the crimes of others…

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COMMEMORATION
Malcom Lagauche
…Saddam Hussein’s sacrifice of his two sons, grandson, family members, and his own life in the Mother of All Battles that the United States with all its destructive power, cannot end, is real, not fiction. Hundreds of millions throughout the world saw him walking to the gallows, calm, composed, with his head up high and defiant. That day was, and is, the true Eid of sacrifice. We Palestinians honor and celebrate his great memory on this day. It gave us pride and hope, and strengthened our determination to continue the march. Victory is on the horizon. Saddam loved Palestine and we loved Saddam. Had he betrayed Palestine and the Palestinians, Saddam would still be alive today. He would be joining President Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia, and King Absallah II in the American Zionist conspiracy and attempt to crush the Palestinians…

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Report direct from Gaza
Day 7 of Israeli War On Gaza: More suffocating bombings claim lives of children
Samah A. Habeeb
For the 7th day in consequence, Israeli military machine pursue the suffocating air raids and shelling through the Gaza Strip. Today’s bombings claimed lives of more Palestinian civilians while no militants recorded to be killed. Seven Palestinians killed today mostly children in the heavy ongoing raids Dramatically the number of victims still rise to reach 435 while wounded rise up to 2300 persons. The health conditions in Al shifa’ hospital still direful while not much humanitarian aids entering Gaza Strip neither through Egypt nor Israel. The humanitarian status still the same while the rage of it EXACERBATES due to ongoing War. Basics of life still not available but with limited quantities like fuel, benzene, gasoline, flour, wheat, sugar, rice and bread. Add to that, continued power cuts up to 20 hours during the cold weather of winter..

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Inheriting Bush’s blinkers
Obama and American liberals readily adopt positions on Israel that they would deem extremist and racist in any other context
Ali Abunimah
“I would like to ask President-elect Obama to say something please about the humanitarian crisis that is being experienced right now by the people of Gaza.” Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney made her plea after disembarking from the badly damaged SS Dignity that had limped to the Lebanese port of Tyre while taking on water. The small boat, carrying McKinney, the Green Party’s recent presidential candidate, other volunteers, and several tons of donated medical supplies, had been trying to reach the coast of Gaza when it was rammed by an Israeli gunboat in international waters. But as more than 2,400 Palestinians have been killed or injured – the majority civilians – since Israel began its savage bombardment of Gaza on 27 December, Obama has maintained his silence…

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In Gaza, targeting a nation
Rami Almeghari writing from the occupied Gaza Strip,
At al-Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest, an unidentified injured man is laying at the hospital’s intensive care unit. He was hit by shrapnel from an Israeli missile that struck a target at the Samer crossroad in the Omar al-Mukhtar street in Gaza City at noon yesterday. “This wounded patient has sustained critical injuries and his condition is unstable, but we don’t yet know his identity, he is still unknown,” Dr. Omar Manasra, the on-duty doctor of the intensive care unit (ICU) said. Manasra added, “Since the Israeli strikes began on Saturday, we have received at least 30 unidentified wounded at the ICU; most of them were later identified, but this took some time. We just labeled them with figures like, unknown number 1, number 2, etc.”…

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Index on Afghanistan: “Graveyard of Empires”. Exclusive to Axis of Logic
Sarah Meyer, Axis of Logic
Sarah Meyer is an authority on the war in Afghanistan who lives and works from Sussex, England. The bountiful fruit of her research provides the best source of information we have found on the Internet for every aspect of the effects of the war and occupation in Afghanistan. It covers political, societal and daily life in the country since the buildup for U.S. invasion in 2001. Her research addresses imperialism, effects on Afghan society, the strategic and tactical war and resistance, weapons, troop movements, the Taliban, casualty figures, opium production and more…

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12 Palestinians, including 6 children killed on Friday
437 killed, 2200 wounded since the start of the Gaza holocaust
Palestinian Information Center
Twelve Palestinians, including six children and a woman, have been killed on Friday, the seventh day of the Gaza holocaust being perpetrated by the Israeli occupation airforce… Since the start of the Gaza holocaust last Saturday more than 437 Palestinians have been killed and around 2200 others wounded, 320 of them in serious condition…

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Ambulances fired upon in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, crews and journalists injured
PNN
Israeli forces targeted Palestinian ambulances in contravention to the Fourth Geneva Convention again on Friday in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank. At the same time, journalists were targeted in the West Bank and prevented from entering Gaza. At approximately 10:45 am today two crew members of Red Crescent Society ambulance were injured in an air attack in the south-central Gaza Strip’s Deir Al Belah. The ambulance was also destroyed…

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FLASHBACK
Video: Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land: Media & the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Media Foundation
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites—oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others—work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported…

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Profile of Sderot
A town built on the ashes of an ethnically cleansed and defaced Palestinian village
Redress
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about Sderot, a town that has become the centrepiece of Israeli propaganda. Israeli spokesmen, and Israel’s stooges in the media and among politicians in Britain, the European Union and the United States, repeat ad nauseum the mantra about Palestinian home-made rockets “raining down” on Sderot, although only 1 in 500 causes a fatality. It is a mantra that has been used to justify the countless thousands of Israeli bombs, missiles, grenades and tank shells that are blasted into Gaza’s tight-packed humanity. Bu what do we know about Sderot? Below is an insight into the town’s history…

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London Mayor: remove ambassadors from Israel in protest
PNN
Demonstrations raged internationally in condemnation of the attacks on Gaza and the governments that either support the Israelis or who are not doing enough to stop them. In London British politicians called on the United States’ president elect to take a stand against the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip which entered its seventh day. Barak Obama has said nearly nothing. Member of British parliament George Galloway, the [former] Mayor of the City of London Ken Livingstone, international star Bianca Jagger, and actor Alexis Sail are part of campaigns to end the attacks. A national demonstration is ready for tomorrow in London…

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AP: Maybe Israel is targeting women, children, and mosques; but …
The Associated Press and those ‘Secondary Explosions’!
DetainThis
With all the news lately of the death and destruction happening in “the Holy Land” this past week, it’s good to know that Israel, the Middle East’s “only fledgling democracy,” has at its disposal “the world’s largest and most trusted source of news and information” to help explain away all the unfortunate results unexpectedly occurring after its 1-ton bombs are unintentionally dropped on Palestinian non-combatants and civilians in Gaza. Who knew?..

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Eyewitnesses in Gaza: They kill our children at home
Action by Churches Together International (ACT)
Bombs continue to fall while the population in Gaza sits by their open windows in the cold, holding their kids and telling lies to the youngest: It is just new year fire crackers! No one over the age of five believes it and the adults do not believe what the Israeli minister of foreign affairs, Tzipi Livni, said Thursday: There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Reports from Palestinians, who ACT International works with, have a different story to tell. The situation is described as horrendous. Children are hungry, scared and cold. People have to stay in their homes, more or less exposed to the bombing, just hoping to stay alive…

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Mishaal: This war has been imposed on us, resistance infrastructure intact
Palestinian Information Center
The head of the Hamas political bureau, Khalid Mishaal said, in a televised speech on Friday, that the resistance infrastructure in the Gaza Strip is still intact and warned the IOF of the consequences of a ground invasion… He added that Hamas accepts nothing less than a complete halt of the aggression, the lifting of the siege and the opening of all Gaza crossings. “There are meetings and contacts with Islamic, Arab and European parties. We are ready to cooperate with any fair effort which stops the aggression, lifts the siege and opens the crossings. Mediators should know that we will not submit to the occupation’s conditions because as the aggression is an act of war that requires resistance, the siege is an act of war that requires resistance.”…

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Suspicion: bombed truck carried oxygen tanks and not grad rockets
B’Tselem
On 29 December ‘08 the Israeli army bombed a truck in Gaza City, claiming it carried Grad rockets, designated for attacks on Israel. Drone footage of the bombing was shown by the Israeli army. B’Tselem received the testimony of Ahmad Sanur, the owner of the truck bombed. Sanur claims the truck was carrying oxygen canisters used for welding, not Grad rockets. B’Tselem field worker took photos of oxygen canisters left on the site of the bombing. According to Sanur’s testimony, he and members of his family were trying to salvage material from a metal workshop he owns, which was next door to a bombed house, in order to prevent looting. He denies any connection to militants, or military activity, and is willing to talk to any journalist, or investigator…

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FLASHBACK: Silence for Gaza
Mahmoud Darwish, Translated by Adib S. Kawar, Tlaxcala
With dynamite she raps her waist…
She explodes…
It is neither death… nor suicide…
Its Gaza’s style to announce her worthiness of life…
For four years and Gaza’s flesh burst around… bomb’s shrapnel…
Neither magic nor miracle…
It is Gaza’s weapons and arms for her continued existence…
And the enemy’s detritions it is…
For four years the enemy with its dreams rejoicing it had been…
For flirting with time it was fascinated…
Except for in Gaza…
For Gaza far away it is from her relatives…
And with the enemy it is stuck…
For Gaza is a bomb…
When ever it explodes…
Never she stops from exploding…
The enemy’s face she scared…

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Domain hacked in protest to ongoing Gaza offensive
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Israeli sources reported on Friday that an Israeli domain server was hacked on Friday and the main pages of major Israeli websites were replaced with images of the casualties of the ongoing Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip. Some of the hacked websites were the Israeli Bank Discount, a website for weather forecast and the Israeli Ynet News, one of the main Israeli news websites. The main page of the Ynet News was replaced by a black page which included four pictures; the first picture included a large number of bodies of Palestinians or Lebanese who were killed in Israeli offensives, the second pictures was of detainees at Abu Ghraib, all forced nude and forced over each other, the third picture was an image of an Israeli religious man carrying a poster which reads Ending Zionism = Peace, and the fourth picture was the historic map of Palestine which has several images of illegal land grab and annexation by Israeli through different historical periods…

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PFLP political bureau member demands release of PFLP leaders detained by P.A
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Member of the Political bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestinian Legislator, Khalida Jarrar, demanded the Palestinian Authority to release senior PFLP members detained in Al Ein refugee camp in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank. Jarrar stated that these arrests are “a stab targeting the resistance and unity” and called on the Palestinian security devices in the West Bank to stand with the people in resisting the Israeli occupation. She added that these arrests were carried out “while our people in Gaza are under savage attacks and subjected to war crimes practiced by the Israeli occupation”…

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Gaza and the World: Will Things Ever Change?
Ramzy Baroud.
…Once again the US blamed Palestinians, and the Hamas “thugs” using words that defy logic, such as “Israel has the right to defend itself.” The statement remains as ludicrous as ever, for a country like Israel with an army that possesses the world’s most lethal weapons, including nuclear arms, cannot possibly feel threatened by an imprisoned population whose only defense mechanism are fertilizer-based homemade rockets. While Israel has killed and wounded thousands of Palestinians in Gaza (one thousand on Saturday alone) a handful of Israelis have reportedly died as a direct result of the Palestinian rockets in years. Do numbers matter at all?…

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Witnesses identify three children killed in Friday airstrikes
Ma’an news
Local witnesses told Ma’an on Friday that the following three children were killed in Israeli airstrikes on 2 January. Mohamad Iyad Al-Astal, 10, Abed Rabu Al-Astal, 11, Abed As-Satar Walid Al-Astal, 11. Brothers Mohamad and Abed Rabu were killed while playing at the Ad-Dababeesh family’s home, witnesses said, along with their cousin, Abad As-Satar…

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THE DR. GOEBBELS OF ISRAELI PROPAGANDA UNLEASHES LIES AND DECEIT.
Damian Lataan
The Dr. Goebbels of Israeli propaganda, Yardin Vatikai, chief of the Israeli Zionist’s propaganda office known as the National Information Directorate (NID), has his work cut out as he attempts to justify and lie Israel’s way out of accusations by the people of the world that Israel is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip. The NID was set up at the same time as the planning began for the current operation against the Gaza Strip. It was created specifically to counter the accusations of war crimes that were levelled at Israel after the Second Lebanon War when Israel was accused of the war crime of disproportionate attacks against the Lebanese people in the 2006 war against Hezbollah…

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