Pictures of dead children do not lie. News and photos of the massive destruction and massacre in Gaza are reaching all corners of the world and the tide of public opinion is changing. Jewish fortunes have changed dramatically over the last 100 years. Jews were marginalised before the Second World War and, flouting the letter and spirit of the UN resolution, and with the collusion of the UK, Israel was created in 1948 on Palestinian land, converting Palestinians suddenly to refugees in their own homes.
Peter Beinert in his book The Crisis of Zionism details how Jews control the British Labour and Conservative Parties and The Times of London, and have headed Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Their hold on the US government, treasury, media and prestigious universities is much greater than their influence in the UK.
The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has complete control over the US Congress. It funds Democrats and Republicans; the winner dare not whisper a word against Israel and the loser does not want to taint future chances or challenge the status quo. Australian writer Evan Jones says it well: “Israel owns the US, lock stock and barrel. On 17 July, all 100 Senators voted for a resolution supporting Israel ‘as it defends itself against unprovoked (sic) rocket attacks’. Beyond abject servility, it is a treasonous and criminal act. Beyond the armaments flowing from the US for the continuation of the slaughter, mendicant Israel continues to enjoy billions of dollars each year courtesy of the hapless US taxpayer. Vocal Congressional critics of Israel (Cynthia McKinney, Paul Findley, etc.) lose office with the Lobby funding their opponents.”
In the current Palestinian genocide when US citizens write to their legislators for mercy and balm, they get a parroted boilerplate letter: “I support the right of Israel to self-defence from Hamas rocket attacks.” Amazingly, the tenor of the letters does not change, whether it is Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Bob Latta in my district or any others in the US. Senator Sherrod Brown writes: “While most of these rockets either landed in unpopulated areas or were intercepted by the ‘Iron Dome’ defensive system, civilian casualties did occur.” He completely leaves out the fact that the Israeli “civilian casualties” were all of two in number and the civilian Palestinian deaths in the Israeli offensive are over 1,800!
From the inception of Israel, the systematic extermination of the Palestinians is important to understand and is well detailed by Evan Jones in his article ‘The pariah state’: “The conquest [of Deir Yassin by Irgun and Stern Gang forces, supported by Haganah operatives, in April 1948] was carried out with great cruelty. Whole families — women, old people, children — were killed...Some of the prisoners moved to places of detention, including women and children, were murdered viciously by their captors.”
David Hirst in The Gun and Olive Branch, 1977, wrote, “We take the land first and the law comes after” [claimed Yehoshafat Palmon, Arab affairs adviser to the Mayor of Jerusalem to the author]. “The law comes after...In fact, for most Arabs it did not come at all.”
Horror of horrors, the method of the Holocaust is discussed and accepted as a modus operandi among Zionists. Renowned Israeli academic Yeshaayahu Leibowitz said in 1982, “We are Judeo-Nazis, and why not? Even today I am willing to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them...Hang me if you want as a war criminal...What you lot don’t understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it.” Israel Shahak echoes Liebowitz: “If we must rule over another people, then it is impossible to avoid the existence of Nazi methods.”
The airwaves and print media in the west are discussing Israel’s shelling of UN shelters and schools in Palestine as war crimes, and the Goldstone Report is being brought up as well. In the 2008 Israeli invasion of Gaza, South African judge Goldstone’s report found: “That the following grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention were committed by Israeli forces in Gaza: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, and extensive destruction of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.” The report was so incriminating that the Israeli machine went on overdrive and pressured Goldstone to retract it. In the current massacre we have another South African, UNHCR’s Navi Pillay, who repeatedly speaks of attacks on civilians by Hamas and Israel as war crimes, and that Israel is more gravely implicated due to its gargantuan military machine.
Soon after its creation, Israel formed the Hasbara, a propaganda machine that would put Goebbels, Hitler’s information minister, to shame. The 2002 Hasbara Handbook conflates the criticism of Israel with the de-legitimisation of “Jews everywhere” and of Judaism. It denies the occupation; rather Gaza and the West Bank are “disputed territories”. The Golan Heights and East Jerusalem have already been silently appropriated. The handbook provides two communication styles: point scoring and genuine debate.
For 30 years or so the Hasbara method has reaped Israel major rewards and, combined with the buying out of the US Congress by AIPAC, genocide has become self-defence, and economic blockade and starvation have been clothed as survival necessities for Israel. This streak of brainwashing minds may be coming to a stop. The older generation of US Jews latched onto and propagated the victimhood myth to permeate and control the halls of power but young US Jews are not buying this victimhood premise. The world is not beholden to the mainstream press, and even US citizens are not getting all their news from Jewish-controlled media. This is illustrated by a young Jewish-US girl holding the placard: “Not in my name”, another Jew saying, “End the occupation, end the bombing of Gaza” during a protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Cities in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia have erupted in protest. “End Israeli War Crimes,” says a large placard in Edinburgh, Scotland. “Stop the massacre in Gaza,” says a placard in a Vienna protest. “We don’t buy it. The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel,” says one in New York. The protest in Chicago is so large that though filmed aerially, it cannot encompass its beginning or end. Washington DC saw 60,000 protestors converge from all over the nation last week. “Stop the genocide” and “Free Gaza” were seen in many of the protests. Auckland, New Zealand wrote: “Israel=Terrorist”. The Washington DC protest had placards of the Israeli flag with the Star of David replaced by the swastika. “End Israeli Apartheid”, screamed Seattle and Washington. Frankfurt, Germany, was funny: “Free Palestine and f*** Israel.”
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigned from David Cameron’s cabinet in protest at the UK’s Gaza policy and stands as a beacon of justice and courage. Her brave action serves to shake the conscience of legislators worldwide. South American countries are paring down relations with Israel.
Israel is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is tasked with the prosecution of war crimes. The UN Security Council would have to ask the ICC to investigate Israel for war crimes and that is not happening, courtesy the solid support of the US, Britain and France. But Israel is being tried in the international court of public opinion by billions of people who are now screaming in protest but will soon vote with their feet and boycott all things Israeli. And Israel’s reign of terror on the world will come to a screeching halt.
A bit of badinage today to distract from bombastic political meanderings that are getting quite ...