“Tribal nationalism always insists that its own people is surrounded by “a world of enemies”,
schreef Hannah Arendt in haar boek ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism‘.
Tot welke extremen van vernietigingsdrang dit kan leiden, toont Israël met zijn bombardement van het dichtbevolkte Gaza als ‘zelfverdediging’ tegen de Palestijnen die hun verzet tegen de bezetting, onderdrukking, annexatie (landroof) en kolonisatie van hun land maar niet willen opgeven.
‘Israël moet Hamas definitief verslaan,‘ schrijven Michael B. Oren en Yossi Klein Halevi in een groot artikel op de opiniepagina van de Volkskrant.
Omdat ik door de opinieredactie nog steeds verbannen ben van de reactie- en discussieruimten op de website van de Volkskrant verschaf ik u op deze plaats het noodzakelijke tegengif tegen deze oorlogspropaganda, waarin de vernietiging van Gaza de enige weg naar een tweestatenoplossing en een onderdeel van het vredesproces wordt genoemd.
Hieronder staat de tekst van de nieuwsbrief van 31 december 2008 van het ‘Information Clearing House’ van Tom Feely. Ik doe tevens een oproep om u te abonneren op deze nieuwsbrief en om een vrijwillige bijdrage te storten ter instandhouding ervan.
Hoe noodzakelijk het is dat de journalistiek tegenspraak krijgt, wordt in deze dagen immers weer pijnlijk duidelijk.
Information Clearing House Newsletter
News You Wont Find On CNN
December 31, 2008
“Politically speaking, tribal nationalism always insists that its own people is surrounded by “a world of enemies”, “one against all”, that a fundmental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man.”
(Hannah Arendt, from her book The Origins Of Totalitarianism p.227 )
“Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.””
(George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, ‘Father of the Country’ -Source: Farewell Address, September 17, 1796, Ref: George Washington: A Collection, W.B. Allen, ed. (521) )
Civilians Are Paying the Price in Gaza’
By Haider Rizvi International aid groups, including several United Nations agencies, are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza if Israel does not stop its military action there immediately. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21573.htm
By Dahlia Wasfi
Holocaust denial is anti-Semitic. But I’m not talking about World War II, Mahmoud Ahmedinijad, or Ashkenazi Jews. What I’m referring to is the holocaust we are all witnessing and responsible for in Gaza today and in Palestine over the last 60 years. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21576.htm
Israel’s Warped Self-justification For Murder
By Paul J. Balles
Paul J. Balles exposes Israel’s warped definition of self-defence, which it uses as a cover for its murder of innocent Palestinians, including women and children, and its destruction of universities, mosques and other civilian infrastructure in the occupied Gaza Strip. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21575.htm
Gaza: The Logic of Colonial Power
By Nir Rosen
As so often, the term ‘terrorism’ has proved a rhetorical smokescreen under cover of which the strong crush the weak. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21588.htm
Israel’s Onslaught On Gaza Is A Crime That Cannot Succeed
By Seumas Milne
The US-backed attempt to bring Hamas to heel by overwhelming force is in fact more likely to boost the movement’s appeal. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21572.htm
An Israeli War Crimes Tribunal (ICTI) May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War
By Francis A. Boyle
The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a “subsidiary organ” under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21579.htm
Israel’s Lie Machine Working Flat Out To Dodge “Killer” Question
By Stuart Littlewood
Stuart Littlewood shows how Israel’s public relations strategy frames and defines the situation in Israel’s own terms regardless of the truth and, using advanced propaganda skills and the elaborate Israel lobby network, it seeks to persuade Western politicians and media to accept Israel’s version of events. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21574.htm
My Brilliant Career Rampage in Gaza for a Bump in the Polls
By Mike Whitney
Barak Obama has passed his first test with flying colors. He’s made himself disappear so Israel can continue its killing spree in Gaza. The last time a president shrunk this small was when Ariel Sharon took his wrecking-ball through Jenin during the second intifada. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21585.htm
Israeli Electioneering With Bombs
By Jonathan Cook
“All Israeli leaders are competing over who is the toughest and who is ready to kill more.” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21577.htm
If Gaza Falls . . .
By Sara Roy
How can keeping food and medicine from the people of Gaza protect the people of Israel? How can the impoverishment and suffering of Gaza’s children – more than 50 per cent of the population – benefit anyone? International law as well as human decency demands their protection. If Gaza falls, the West Bank will be next. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21582.htm
The Paradox of Peace
By Soraya Ulrich
Israel thrives on war. Peace is a threat to Zionism. It demands compromise. Twice this year, the leaders of Hamas indicated their readiness to accept a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21571.htm
Arab Connivance in the Gaza Massacre
By Alberto Cruz,
The most wretched of all the Arab leaders is Mahmoud Abbas, who styles himself, “President of the Palestinian Authority” at the same time as he accuses Hamas of responsibility for the massacre for refusing to give in, as he himself has done, to Zionist and Western designs. Taking advantage of the bloodletting, he has already said he will take over the administration of Gaza if Hamas is defeated. We are faced with a Vichy-style West Bank regime, with Abbas as its Pétain, serving the 21st Century nazis, Israel. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21584.htm
A Letter to Mr. Mahmoud Abbas: Your Silence to the Massacres is Deafening.
By Rashid Abu-Ghazalah
As a leader, your inept attitude is demoralizing. Therefore, I ask you to resign from your post, dissolve the PA, and make demands from the occupiers to ensure the welfare of the occupied (as stipulated in the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions). http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21581.htm
Pirates Of The Mediterranean
By Yvonne Ridley NOT content with committing war crimes and human rights atrocities in full view of the world, Israel has now confirmed itself as a rogue state by launching into international piracy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21580.htm
The Twilight Zone
By Jim Kirwan
An unforeseen global crisis has erupted in Gaza with the declaration of ‘All Out WAR’ on the Palestinian people; and Obama hid behind a date on the calendar when what he might have said could have altered this entire situation. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21583.htm
Americans Should Act to End Violence Against Gaza
By Jeremy R. Hammond
Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians simply could not take place on such a massive scale were it not for US support. The American people, therefore, have a responsibility to act and pressure their government to end its financial, military, and diplomatic support for Israeli violations of international law — a necessary first step towards any viable and sustainable peace. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21589.htm
In Case You Missed it: The Killing Zone
Life in Gaza is a constant gauntlet of Israeli sniper fire, military rockets and army bulldozers. No one is safe. In light of the escalating tensions, we’re bringing back one our most moving documentaries, a hard-hitting expose of life in the Occupied territories. We speak to the children caught in the crossfire and find out the true cost of Israel’s targeted assassinations policy. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14753.htm
Alternative Theory of 9/11
Joel Brinkley: Does His Article on Richard Falk Demonstrate the Right “Frame of Mind” to Teach Journalism at Stanford?
By Elizabeth Woodworth Is it not extraordinary that Brinkley, a former New York Times reporter deemed qualified by Stanford University to teach its journalism students, had not been aware that many Americans believe that 9/11 was a false flag operation, carried out to provide a pretext for attacking Muslim countries?
By John S. Hatch
They took Mohammed out of his father’s view and fired a gun. Probably the General wept some more. They said they would kill his other sons. Then they stuffed him into a sleeping bag head first, broken ribs and all, and sat upon him. He died.
Why I Am a Socialist
By Chris Hedges
The corporate forces that are looting the Treasury and have plunged us into a depression will not be contained by the two main political parties. The Democratic and Republican parties have become little more than squalid clubs of privilege and wealth, whores to money and corporate interests, hostage to a massive arms industry, and so adept at deception and self-delusion they no longer know truth from lies.
Gaza Death Toll Tops 375:
The death toll in Gaza has reached at least 375 as Israel’s attack on Gaza has entered its fourth day. More than 1,600 Palestinians have been wounded and hospitals are running out of medicines and other products needed to treat them.
10 dead in Gaza strikes after 3 Israelis killed in South :
Palestinians reported that two sisters, aged four and 11, were killed in a strike in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.
Palestinian resistance fighter killed, another wounded in Israeli attack:
A Palestinian resistance fighter was killed and another was injured on Tuesday in a new Israeli air raid targeted the eastern outskirts of the northern Gaza Strip.
UN official says Israel responsible for breaking truce with Gaza:
Karen Abu Zayd, commissioner of the UN Relief and Works Agency which helps Palestinian refugees, raised the possible violation of an informal truce in a video press conference with UN reporters from her base in Gaza.
Foreign journalists demand Gaza access: The sole pedestrian crossing from Israel into Gaza, at Erez, has remained closed to journalists since Israel’s bombing campaign began on Saturday.
Israeli intensifies PR campaign to gain international sympathy for Gaza operation:
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday instructed the Foreign Ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers:
WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article693911.ece
McKinney relief boat hit by Israeli ship:
A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.
Cynthia McKinney SLAMS Israeli Navy:
Israel once again bullying others utilizing vehicles and weaponry we provide them.
In Pictures: Massacre of Gazan Children:
Israeli forces killed two girls in an air attack on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday. Local sources report that a missile destroyed a house belonging to Talal Hamdan in Beit Hanoun today, killing his two daughters of 12 and 4 years old. A son is reported seriously injured. Yesterday Israeli forces killed four sisters and a four year old boy.
Jews protest Gaza slaughter:
Different groups representing Iran’s Jewish community on Tuesday gathered in front of the United Nations office in Teheran in order to protest “Israeli war crimes and the slaughter of the innocent people in Gaza Strip,” the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
‘We’re ready to die for Palestine’:
Over 20,000 Iranian university students have pledged to fully support the Palestinian people, who are currently facing merciless Israeli attacks.
‘Stand with Gaza or leave Iran’:
Iranian students say the Egyptian Interests Section in Tehran will be closed unless Cairo rectifies its policies toward the Palestinian people.
Violence at Gaza protest in Yemen: Demonstrators in the Yemeni port city of Aden have broken into the Egyptian consulate in a protest against Cairo’s response to Israel’s offensive against Gaza, a security official has said.
Bush calls Abbas to discuss Gaza:
“We want to see an end to the violence for the long term, not just the immediate,” White House deputy press secretary Gordon Johndroe said, briefing reporters in Crawford, where Bush is staying at his ranch. http://tinyurl.com/773l3n
As the world waits for Obama to voice his opinion on Gaza, America’s President-elect hits the golf course:
Barack Obama remained silent over the violence in Gaza as Israel today threatened to continue its attacks for weeks.
Obama paying his debt to Zionists:
The first Jewish-President-elect Obama is silent. This silence is part of the deliberate appeasment to his Zionist handlers. He is not facing any dilemma such damned if he speak and damned if he doesn’t. Of course, if he opens his mouth, he will be lying like any of the past presidents of Israel in the White House.
Join White House Vigil for Gaza on Dec. 31:
On Wednesday, December 31, American Muslims and other people of conscience will gather outside the White House in Washington, D.C., for a “New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil for Gaza.” The vigil is sponsored by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 12 major Islamic organizations.
Tony Benn: Stop Gaza Massacre:
The Israeli Government, armed and supported by President Bush, with its savage attack on the people of Gaza now represents the greatest threat to security in the Middle East and the world peace movement is mobilizing on a massive scale to defeat this aggression. I appeal to everyone who can possibly do so to attend the many demonstrations that are being held here so that the British government is left in no doubt as to the strength of opposition there is to this war.
US Washes Blood From Its Hands:
US says will give $85 million to help Palestinians: The United States announced on Tuesday it would give $85 million to the U.N. agency providing aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
50 Afghan cops held for helping Taliban:
The Afghan government disarmed and arrested about 50 Afghan policemen, suspected of corruption and helping the Taliban, while a dozen others defected to the Taliban, a provincial official said on Tuesday. http://tinyurl.com/8lxtu8
Pakistan closes NATO supply route to fight militants:
Pakistan on Tuesday cut off supplies to NATO and US forces in Afghanistan via the Khyber Pass as security forces launched a major operation against militants there, officials said.
India has intensions to launch air strikes inside Pakistan:
John McCain: U.S. Senator John McCain has voiced his deep concern over tense South Asian situation, saying India was preparing for some kind of attack on Pakistan in the wake of last month’s Mumbai attacks.
Somalia: 10 Die in Market Attack:
Mortar shells slammed into a busy market in Mogadishu, the capital, on Tuesday, witnesses said, as the country’s weak government crumbled and the impending pullout of Ethiopian troops raised fears that Islamic insurgents might take over.
Islamists on verge of seizing Somalia capital:
The president of Somalia’s official government resigned yesterday, causing yet more political turmoil, as radical Islamists prepared to seize the capital, Mogadishu.
US man admits ‘spying for Israel’:
Ben-Ami Kadish was accused of providing the documents, including some relating to US nuclear weapons systems, to an Israeli agen, However, a US prosecutor said on Tuesday that the government would not oppose a sentence that means Kadish will not serve time in prison, the Associated Press reported.
As if Things Weren’t Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.:
In Moscow, Igor Panarin’s Forecasts Are All the Rage; America ‘Disintegrates’ in 2010.
Retailers may close 73,000 stores in the first half of 2009:
“You’ll see department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, grocery stores, drugstores, major chains either multi- regionally or nationally go out,”
List of Troubled Banks:
Ready to see where your bank stands?: While lists of troubled banks obviously exist, none of them seem to be readily available to the public. Why? Because the bankers do not want you to have this. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/024615.html
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,297,997” http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’sWar On Iraq 4,219 http://icasualties.org/oif/
The War And Occupation Of Iraq Costs $584,102,129,067
See the cost in your community http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
Let us work towards Peace and Joy