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#1 grog

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 01:24 PM

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Bible says we should stand with Israel
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Too often we forget that Israel and the Jews were victims of persecution long before Israel became a nation again.
 
Is the fact that European nations all persecuted Jews for hundreds of years been forgotten? Has the Holocaust been forgotten so soon?
 
Has anyone ever heard of Haj Amin al-Husseini? He was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem before and during World War II. At a meeting with Adolf Hitler, he promised to give Hitler all the help he could to eradicate Jews from the face of the Earth.
 
Don't believe me? Look it up. All of this happened BEFORE ISRAEL BECAME A NATION. The Book of Genesis clearly states regarding Israel "I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you."
 
The Palestinians would do good to remember this since they claim to worship the same God as Christians and Jews. If they did, they might not be in the predicament they are now. Happy 70th birthday Israel, our only true friend in the Middle East. May God guide and protect you.
 
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Posted 26 May 2018 - 02:20 PM

JERUSALEM: IS THIS FULFILLMENT OF ZECHARIAH 12?
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 26, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exclusive: Olivier Melnick notes high percentage of nations siding with Hamas over Israel
 
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Jerusalem has been at the very center of religious, historical and geopolitical tensions for a long time. With the recent move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it seems that fuel has once again been added to the fire already consuming the Palestinians with humiliation, or so would the media like us to believe.
 
Some countries have welcomed the U.S. Embassy move, and some have even announced their subsequent moves in the next few weeks. Honduras, Paraguay, Guatemala, the Czech Republic and Romania have all announced their plans to move forward with a relocation. While much of the world sees this as a defiant move, Israel welcomes the decisions of the few international friends she has. There will be more.
 
The move of the U.S. Embassy, had it been in any other country on the planet, would have garnered no interest from anyone. Generally speaking, people don't care where an embassy is located, and they agree that it should be in the capital of each respective country. When the capital is Jerusalem, and its legitimacy is questioned, a move becomes a thorn in the flesh of political correctness. The locating or relocating of an embassy really shouldn't be newsworthy, but it seems that lately, any time Israel or Jerusalem is mentioned, the world gets on edge.
 
If nothing else, moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem shows that this current administration supports Israel and recognizes Jerusalem as its capital, something that previous U.S. administrations had alluded to at best. The United Nations General Assembly voted 128-9 (35 abstentions) in favor of condemning the move, even though U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley vowed that the United States would remember those who voted against the move. The resolution was an attempt to render the "Trump decision" null and void. The nine countries that voted against it were Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo and the United States.
 
Then came the move to Jerusalem. President Trump chose the symbolic date of May 14, 2018, since Israel was declared a modern nation on May 14, 1948. The Palestinian Authority and its close supporters declared that the move was counterproductive to any peace efforts. Simultaneously, Hamas tried to breach the Gaza/Israel border. These people flew kites with explosives over the border and sent terrorists mixed with civilians to cross into Israel. As it turned out, over 75 percent of the people killed at the border were terrorists.
 
The days leading to the move to Jerusalem were supposed to be the "Palestinian March of Return" coinciding with the date of May 14, considered by Palestinians as the Nakba, or "catastrophe." The results of the border breach attempt were far from what Hamas expected. There seems to be a "Palestinian narrative fatigue" going around - but don't worry, the contempt for Israel will return before we know it. How is this helping with the peace effort?
 
As always, the media were extremely helpful in painting a picture promoting and vindicating a false narrative. The National Catholic Reporter boldly wrote, "Emboldened by embassy move, Israel unleashes on Palestinians," making Israel sound like a murderous state killing harmless peaceful protesters. CNN reported, "The U.S. opens new embassy in Jerusalem as dozens are killed in Gaza." The article goes on to demonize Israel and failes to show one picture of Palestinian terrorism. It only shows people looking desperate and trying to defend themselves, which is a far cry from reality. A few websites have the integrity to properly report the facts. One such outfit is honestreporting.com, which produced several short videos clearly exposing the lies of Hamas and the denial of the media.
 
The 128 countries that supported a resolution to render the decision to move the embassy "null and void" are enemies of Israel and are not looking for peace in the Middle East. They have become co-conspirators of Hamas. While the U.N. resolution does not carry very much weight on the international scene and likely will not lead to a reversal of the embassy move, it is a symptom of something much deeper; it shows the world's opinion on Israel. Over 75 percent of the countries of the world have spoken loud and clear, and the 35 that abstained have spoken by their silence.
 
There is an interesting prophecy in the Jewish Scriptures found in the prophet Zechariah 12:1-9. In it, we are told that at some point in future history, the whole world will turn against Israel:
 
"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. … It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it."
 
Bible students know that to be true. The day is coming when the whole world will turn against Jerusalem. One hundred twenty-eight countries out of 193 is definitely a move in that direction. Somehow, even America will turn against Israel.
 
We understand that even if a country corporately declares its hatred of Israel and the Jewish people, people of good faith do not have to follow suit. During the '30s and '40s, there were people who helped, protected and hid many Jews such as my mother. They were not Jewish, but they risked their own lives and took no money to do so. Today, they are known as "Yad Vashem Righteous Gentiles" or "Gentiles Among the Nations." All seems to indicate that the world is in need of a second generation of "Righteous Gentiles," and they exist; I have met some of them.
 
We are indeed a lot closer to a fulfillment of Zechariah 12, but we must be humbly reminded of the end of that story in verse 9: "And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."
 
God will indeed have the final word!
 
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#3 RobertD

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 02:45 PM

Godless rats


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#4 Vanka Savolov

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 02:47 PM

There's always more to the story.

 

Like a coin, there are two sides to it... but is that true? How about that side we call the edge? Very few will look at that edge, and it's that edge that joins the two sides. If one is not looking at the whole of it, how could one possibly know the whole story?


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#5 Bruce M Cow

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 02:53 PM

Jesus beat those evil rats calling themselves jews in Israel today because he knew their father was Satin .


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 03:26 PM

Zechariah 12 New International Version (NIV)
 
 
 
Jerusalem's Enemies to Be Destroyed
 
 
 
12 A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
 
 
 
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the Lord. "I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, 'The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.'
 
6 "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.
 
7 "The Lord will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the Lord will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
 
Mourning for the One They Pierced
 
10 "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication. They will look on[b] me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. 11 On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, 13 the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, 14 and all the rest of the clans and their wives.
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#7 Hellboy

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:22 PM

I stand with Israel.

 

 

bible failed to say 'which' israel


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:35 PM

This all only makes sense when viewed from the spiritual perspective, not the human perspective.Think more along the lines of who owns which nations and is planning to achieve what !


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 10:59 PM

Israel is 12 tribes not just "judah".
Everyone of them is chosen.
Europeans are just as chosen as the jews.
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:18 AM

90% of self professed Jews are Ashkenaz & Khazar descendants of Japheth.

Revelation 2:9 & 3:9 talks about those who say they are of Judah (Jews) and are not, but do lie, and are of the sinogog of satan.

Anyone claiming to be a Jew or Israel who does not hear, see, and follow Jesus Christ is cut off from the New Jerusalem and from being any part of Christian Israel.

Jesus Christ is King of Judah, Israel and the whole world.

But anti-Christs - Talmudists are His enemy and have no part of Judah or Israel except to be those whom God was talking about in Isaiah 65:15 when He said He would leave their name for a curse, and call His people by a new name.

Antioch Syria is where that new name showed up. Christ's sheep began to be called Christians.

And, since all that hear Him and follow Him are Christian Israel, especially those really descended from Jacob/Israel/Syria, then that leaves no room for pretenders who cannot produce the good fruit required of being Christ's Israel.

 

Now who followed Christ for nearly 2000 years?   The Christian nations of Europe who are all descendants of Jacob/Israel/Syria.

 

And, all those who call denizens of the sinogog of satan to be of Judah (Jews) is a liar & a blasphemer. Rev. 2:9. 3:9


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 04:36 AM

Most of the psalms are prophetic, it would be a good idea to look at number 2 and examine the words closer. Jesus may be the king of the Jews but the nation still belongs to his father God. The heathen nations or the gentiles belong to Jesus, at least those that want him and fall under the covering of his blood.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 05:38 AM

Gentile; Thanks to King James' fake Judah "translators" most of Christian Israel thinks they are not  Christ's sheep, and that a gang of anti-Christs are God's appointed masters of all mankind.

From STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE WITH HEBREW & GREEK DICTIONARIES:

1471 goy.... means tribe or nation, and is  what God calls the children of Abraham. 

Yet anti-Christs use 'goy' to describe those whom they hate as much as they hate Jesus Christ.

 

1484 ethnos ....race, tribe, nation of same ethnicity

1674 Hellen ...meaning Greek.

Mr. Strong, despite his great work in producing this concordance & dictionaries, was infected with the leaven of the Pharisee, which is why he labelled all three of these words as "non Jewish" or "heathen".

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The word 'gentile' from Latin meaning same clan, Gens which essentially means from same family, race, origin.

Genetics is another word meaning the same thing: characteristics of a definite family, race, lineage.

 

It is the European & Syrian nations that have heard & followed Jesus for 2000 years.  Those who invaded Palestine and call themselves Israel have hated Jesus Christ for 2,000 years.

And, Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice and follow Me."

 

But most people in the USA are so brain dead and befuddled that they refuse to look at the real definition, ignore what Chris says,  prefering the social drivel designed to deceive.

 

And the first 2 posts in this thread are blasphemous lies, as per the definition thereof in Revelation 2:9 & 3:9


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 06:11 AM

G1672

Ἕλλην
Hellēn
hel'-lane
From G1671; a Hellen (Grecian) or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek speaking person, especially a non-Jew: - Gentile, Greek.
 


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 06:18 AM

G1672

Ἕλλην
Hellēn
hel'-lane
From G1671; a Hellen (Grecian) or inhabitant of Hellas; by extension a Greek speaking person, especially a non-Jew: - Gentile, Greek.

That is what it says, and comrad Traveler is too blind to see that "non - Jew - Gentile, Greeek" is exactly what Talmudists want you to think, just as I mentioned in my post.

 

Another word for Greek is Achean, meaning brothers.

In the Book of Maccabees, it mentions how the Spartans were of the Tribe of Judah, and that the remnant of Judah, in what became Herod's Jerusalem, knew that Spartans were their brothers.

Where is Atossa when We need her?


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 06:58 AM

And, because so many USA Christians support vicious wars of aggression over and over, and support destroying their mother of Western Civilization and Christendom, they have been adjudged as having lost the savor of Christ and are fit for nothing but to be cast out & trodden under the feet of men. Matthew 5:13

 

So go ahead and support anti-Christs pretending to be Israel, and enjoy their Noahide code that requires Christians to be decapitated for "Idolatry".


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 09:48 AM

Moses Christians  ~ Jesus Christians

 

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 10:14 AM

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 11:51 AM

An Incomplete List of Israel's Violations of Human Rights
 
 
 
 
 
 
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N.B. I haven't updated this list since 2013. Instead, follow my daily documentation of Israel's violation of human rights on Twitter and see the popular Israel and Palestine tags on my blog.
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Zionists-of all stripes, conservatives and liberals alike-often insist they "just don't get what Israel does wrong!" There's nothing wrong with Israel that isn't wrong with other countries, they insist. If it commits a crime that they acknowledge as problematic, or even bad, it's simply because no state is perfect. "Israel makes mistakes, just like any other country; its crimes aren't any worse," the idea often goes. If you're not Jewish and you criticize Israel, in this perspective, it's not because Israel is some kind of violent, anomalous rogue state, it's because you're "anti-Semitic"; if you are Jewish and you harshly criticize Israel, it's not because morally consistent human beings must do so, but because you are a so-called "self-hating Jew"-or so the ridiculous hegemonic myths go.
 
The fact of the matter is Israel is a leading violator of human rights-along with its closest ally, the U.S., which facilitates its crimes and affords it impunity. Israel habitually acts impetuously and unilaterally, with little to no international approval and support, often in complete violation of international law (once again, just like the U.S.). Israel is indisputably an apartheid state that has tortured the indigenous Palestinian population for three-quarters of a century.
 
It is absolutely critical to understand the following list in terms of Israel's modern crimes. Israel's crimes against humanity are nothing new. Since its earliest days-as Israeli historian Ilan Pappé so masterfully demonstrates in his 2006 magnum opus The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine-Israel has demonstrated, again and again, that human beings are mere tools in its quest for what Israeli scholar Oren Yiftachel calls an ethnocratic state, one built upon the skeletons of murdered indigenous peoples (yet again, like the U.S.).
 
Much of the ignorance surrounding these crimes (and the long history of these crimes) is rooted in the fact that the U.S. corporate media has very little (virtually nothing) bad to say about Israel. Israel is one of the U.S.' only allies. Criticizing it would defy U.S. interests abroad-and particularly in the Middle East, a region of enormous economic and strategic importance for U.S. economic and military interests. Criticizing it is therefore almost entirely off the corporate journalist's table, particularly egregious circumstances notwithstanding.
 
I hence decided to compile a non-comprehensive list of Israel's human rights violations, so I won't have to keep getting in the same argument again and again… and again and again and again.
 
A final note, for emphasis: Please don't think that this list is comprehensive. This is by no means, whatsoever a complete list. Not even close. It would be impossible to document all of Israel's crimes in one place; there are simply too many, and they multiply more rapidly than one could possibly document them.
 
Nevertheless, let us begin:
 
Starvation
 
- Business Insider: The Israeli Campaign To Starve Palestinians Into Submission Is A Crime
 
 … cruel, unnecessary, and vindictive military siege and naval blockade by the country of Israel.
 
The blockade is keeping out food and medicine, and makes the Palestinians prisoners in their own country. It needs to end. That's not just me talking: that's the take of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and many human rights organizations. Hell, even the British think the blockade is a cruelty that needs to end.
 
British prime minister David Cameron has criticized the blockade, saying "Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."
 
 
This week, it will be Israeli ships, not Hamas ships, who intercept, board, and harass peace activists who are trying to bring food and medicine to the beleaguered Palestinians. …
 
The people of Gaza have the human right to receive humanitarian aid, and all Palestinian people have the right to live free from illegal occupation, settler colonialism, and violent state terrorism under Israel."
 
The worst part of all this nonsense? We now know, thanks to WikiLeaks and other hacktivist heroes, that Israel is purposefully keeping the Palestinian people in a state of abject misery. This isn't an accidental starvation of people; this is a planned regime of torture against the Palestinian people.
 
"As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge," one of the leaked cables read.
 
Israel wanted the coastal territory's economy "functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis", according to the Nov. 3, 2008 cable.
 
- Abu Dhabi's The National: "The starvation diet for Gaza shows the blockade will fall"
 
Six and a half years ago [in 2006], shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took control of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel's planned response. "The idea," he said, "is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger."
 
 
After a three-year legal battle by an Israeli human rights group, Gisha, Israel was forced to disclose its so-called "Red Lines" document. Drafted in early 2008, the defence ministry paper set forth proposals on how to treat Hamas-ruled Gaza.
 
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.
 
The Israeli media has tried to present these chilling discussions, held in secret, in the best light possible. Even the liberal Haaretz newspaper euphemistically described this extreme form of calorie-counting as designed to "make sure Gaza didn't starve".
 
But a rather different picture emerges as one reads the fine print. While the health ministry determined that Gazans needed a daily average of 2,279 calories each to avoid malnutrition - requiring 170 lorries a day - military officials then found a host of pretexts to whittle the number down to a fraction of the original figure.
 
The reality was that, in this period, an average of only 67 lorries - much less than half of the minimum requirement - entered Gaza daily. This compared to more than 400 lorries before the blockade began.
 
It does not need an expert to conclude that the consequence of this Weisglass-style "diet" would be widespread malnutrition, especially among children. And that is what happened, as a leaked report from the International Committee of the Red Cross found in 2008: "Chronic malnutrition is on a steadily rising trend and micronutrient deficiencies are of great concern."
 
 
There can be little doubt that the diet devised for Gaza - much like Israel's blockade in general - was intended as a form of collective punishment, one directed at every man, woman and child. According to the Israeli defence ministry, "economic warfare" would create a political crisis leading to the overthrow of Hamas.
 
Earlier, when Israel carried out its 2005 disengagement, it presented the withdrawal as marking the end of Gaza's occupation. But the "Red Lines" formula indicates quite the opposite: that in reality Israeli officials intensified their control, managing the lives of Gaza's inhabitants in almost-microscopic detail.
 
Who can doubt - given the experiences of Gaza over the past few years - that there exist in the Israeli military's archives still-classified documents setting out other experiments in social engineering? Will future historians discover that Israel also pondered the fewest hours of electricity needed by Gazans to survive, or the minimum amount of water, or the smallest living space per family, or the highest feasible levels of unemployment?
 
Such formulas may be behind the decisions to bomb Gaza's only power station in 2006; the refusal to approve a desalination plant, even though the Strip's underground water supply is threatened; the declaration of large swathes of farmland as no-go areas, forcing the rural population into overcrowded cities and refugee camps; and the continuing blockade on exports, destroying Gaza's business community and ensuring the population remains dependent on aid.
 
It is precisely these policies that led the United Nations to warn in August that Gaza would be "uninhabitable" by 2020.
 
In fact, the rationale for the Red Lines document and other measures can be found in an Israeli military strategy that reached its peak in Operation Cast Lead, the attack on Gaza in winter 2008-09.
 
 
This "security concept", as the Israeli army termed it, involves the wholesale destruction of a community's infrastructure to immerse it so deeply in the problems of survival and reconstruction that other concerns, including fighting back or resisting occupation, are no longer practicable.
 
On the first day of the Gaza offensive, Yoav Galant, the commander in charge, explained the aim succinctly: it was to "send Gaza decades into the past". Seen in this context, Mr Weisglass' diet can be understood as just one more refinement of the Dahiya doctrine: a society refashioned to accept its subjugation through a combination of violence, poverty, malnutrition and a permanent struggle over limited resources.
 
- Democracy Now!: "Document: Israel Calculated Number of Calories Needed by Gazans"
 
A newly released document shows Israel calculated the precise number of calories that residents of the Gaza Strip would need to eat in order to avoid malnutrition during a strict Israeli blockade that lasted until 2010. An Israeli military spokesperson said Wednesday a mathematical formula was created to avoid a humanitarian crisis, but denied it was used to restrict food into Gaza.
 
- Juan Cole, on AlterNet: "Israeli Government Consciously Planned to Keep Palestinians "on a Diet", Controlling Their Food Supply, Damning Document Reveals"
 
An Israeli human rights organization, Gisha, sued in Israeli courts to force the release of a planning document for 'putting the Palestinians on a diet' without risking the bad press of mass starvation, and the courts concurred. The document, produced by the Israeli army, appears to be a calculation of how to make sure, despite the Israeli blockade, that Palestinians got an average of 2279 calories a day, the basic need. But by planning on limiting the calories in that way, the Israeli military was actually plotting to keep Palestinians in Gaza (half of them children) permanently on the brink of malnutrition, what health professionals call "food insecurity". And, it was foreseeable that sometimes they would slip into malnutrition, since not as many trucks were always let in every day as the Israeli army recommended (106 were recommended, but it was often less in the period 2007-2010).
 
 
The food blockade had real effects. About ten percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under 5 have had their growth stunted by malnutrition.A recent report [pdf] by Save the Children and Medical Aid for Palestinians found that, in addition, anemia is widespread, affecting over two-thirds of infants, 58.6 percent of schoolchildren, and over a third of pregnant mothers.
 
 
Although, under international pressure, the Israeli government eased its blockade slightly in 2010, and foodstuffs are no longer interdicted, it still limits imports into Gaza, and its wide-ranging ban on exports has thrown Palestinians into unemployment at Depression levels, imperiling their ability to afford food even when it is available.A UN Report out last month predicts that if Israel does not change its policies toward Gaza, the strip will be uninhabitable by 2020, when the population will likely be 2.1 million (think Houston). The deterioration of the water, and the sharp downward mobility of the Palestinians, are only some of the problems the territory will face.
 
Note that the Israeli government did not voluntarily cease its policy of keeping Palestinians on a diet in 2010. It was forced to by Turkish and European aid activists, and 9 people, one an American citizen, were martyred for this change when Israeli commandos illegally boarded a civilian, unarmed ship in international waters and shot it up.
 
 
Aljazeera English has a video report, valuable because unlike CNN or other Western cable news channels, it actually interviews the Palestinians affected.
 
It is precisely because the Israeli blockade of Palestinian non-combatants in Gaza is considered creepy and evil not just by me but by any ethical person that a number of European members of parliament have boarded the aid ship Estelle, and will make another attempt to deliver food and other aid to Gaza, despite Israeli threats.
 
The blockade has medical as well as nutritional bad effects. Palestinians in Gaza have to get Israeli permission (!) to leave the strip for medical care. Palestinian hospitals, having been starved of funds and materiel by Israel, are dilapidated. A study published this month in The Lancet found that 10% of such requests were delayed or rejected by Israeli authorities (the rejection or delay rate for the Palestinian territories over all is nearly a fifth). Israel's delays murdered 6 Palestinians in Gaza last year, as surely as though they had been taken out and shot twice behind the ear. How would you like to have to apply to an arbitrary foreign government for permission to go next door to a neighboring country for medical care?
 
The [pdf] Lancet article says,
 
"In 2011, 1082 (10%) of 10,560 applicants in the Gaza Strip had their access permits denied or delayed, with no reason given, and 197 (2%) were called for security interview. Patients aged 18-40 years had the highest rate of denied or delayed permits. Tracer interviews with Gazan families of patients who had their permits denied or delayed showed that six patients died while waiting for the permits."
 
The Gaza Strip is a small expanse of land on the coast of the Mediterranean to Israel's southeast, which also borders on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Some 40% of its 1.7 million people are victims of Israel's 1948 ethnic cleansing campaign, and many, having been chased off their farms and out of their homes by the military forces of the Yishuv (the Jewish settler community in British Mandate Palestine), still live, or their descendants do, in refugee camps. The territory was captured by Israel in 1967, and until 2005 Israelis were actually encouraged to colonize it. The Kadima government gave up on that enterprise, but did not let its Palestinian people go.
 
In January of 2006, Hamas won the elections for the Palestine Authority (it had been allowed to run at the insistence of Bush, who, however, backed down in a cowardly way from 'democratization' when the Israelis insisted that the outcome was unacceptable). The Bush administration and the Israeli government connived in staging a coup by Fateh in the West Bank. The coup failed in Gaza, where the elected Hamas government retained control.
 
From 2007, Israel imposed a blockade on the exports and imports of the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. It vastly limited the number of trucks that were allowed in from Israel and disallowed most exports. Dov Weinglass, an aide to then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, announced that the Palestinians would be 'put on a diet.' That is, the Israeli government had decided to wage economic and nutritional warfare against the Palestinians.
 
Obviously, allowing them to become malnourished would raise an outcry even in an international community that typically allows Israel's settler colonialism to get away with murder toward the Palestinians. So the policy was to keep the Palestinians "food insecure." That is, they wouldn't be starved, but they'd be one step away from starving - if they lost a source of income, for instance.
 
Wikileaks revealed a US embassy cable that confirmed, "As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to [U.S. embassy economic officers] on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge…"
 
 Discrimination against migrants and refugees
 
- In "Israel Begins Rounding Up and Interning Africans," The African Globe notes Israel is deporting African migrants,  deeming them "a threat to the Jewish character of the state."
 
The Israeli government wants to get rid of "60,000 African migrants, whose numbers are seen by many Israelis as a law and order issue and even a threat to the long-term viability of the Jewish state," according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
- The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) keeps greatly details racist crimes committed against African refugees in Israel.
 
On 30 January 2012, ARDC submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
 
This report demonstrates that Israel continues to ignore its international obligations towards asylum seekers and refugees and that various laws, policies and practices are racially discriminatory at their basis against this vulnerable population.
 
ARDC documents, among other things, how Israel maintains its harsh policy of detention; tolerates segregation in the education system in Eilat; tacitly condones discriminatory edicts by state-employed rabbis; allocates temporary group protection to over 90 percent of the asylum seekers who arrive; and has reluctantly granted refugee status to only 140 individuals.
 
The root of this discrimination stems from the tension created by Israel's sensitive political-demographic status as a Jewish state. Several of Israel's high-ranking politicians have demonstrated an apparent lack of commitment in protecting the human rights of asylum seekers and eliminating racial discrimination. The coalition government, elected in 2009, is dominated by ethno-religious and extreme right wing parties and key positions are held by politicians openly hostile to asylum seekers.
 
Racially discriminatory, provocative and even inciteful language by influential public figures-wholly adopted by the mainstream media-is at least partially responsible for generating a community-wide backlash against the asylum seekers. The rise of this community hatred, partly fueled Members of the Knesset and councilors, towards the new population is closely recorded in this report.
 
The report consist of two parts: the written report (available below) and the 55 minute video documentary (subtitled in Hebrew) that appears below.
 
- "Shocking Decline in Ethiopian Israeli Birthrate," The Jewish Daily Forward, Renee Ghert-Zand, 10 December 2012
 
Israel is forcing Ethiopian women to take a contraceptive injection, to suppress the Ethiopian birthrate. The title of this article is misleading; this crime legally constitutes a form of genocide.
 
The birthrate among Ethiopians in Israel decreased by a dramatic 50% in the last decade, and Israeli journalist Gal Gabai wanted to know why. She investigated the issue for "Vacuum," her documentary series on Israeli Educational Television, and she discovered some things that left her very uncomfortable - and will surely leave others equally so.
 
Educational Television posted Gabai's 25-minute report, titled "Where did the children disappear to?" on YouTube on December 6, two days before it was scheduled to air on channel 23.
 
In her attempt to find out what the story was behind the shocking statistic, Gabai interviewed Ethiopian women immigrants and learned from them that they were given Depo-Provera (a contraceptive injection containing the hormone progestin administered once every three months) against their will. While some did not understand what the shots were for, others felt pressured into taking them in response to alleged threats that they would otherwise not be allowed to immigrate to Israel. The shots began in the refugee camps in Gondar, continued in the transition camps in Addis Ababa, and continued on after their arrivals in Israel. According to the women's testimony, this continuity appears to have been a coordinated effort between the medical staff at the clinics in Ethiopia run by the JDC and doctors in Israeli hospitals and clinics.
 
The women, it seems, were never given proper family planning counseling outlining the various birth control methods, nor were they given the chance to choose the one with which they felt most comfortable. What were they given? The clear message that life would be very hard for them if they were to have large families in Israel.
 
Demolition of homes
 
- Israel demolishes the homes of innocent Palestinians with tractors.
 
Here's a video: As distraught villagers watch, Israel destroys homes with Caterpillar, Hyundai equipment
 
Unnecessarily violent retaliation against Palestinians
 
"Israeli minister vows Palestinian 'holocaust'," The Telegraph, Tim Butcher, 29 February 2008
 
In Feburary 2008, a senior Israeli politician told Palestinians firing rockets from Gaza, in response to Israeli provocation, would be punished with a "bigger holocaust" from Israeli armed forces. "Israeli minister vows Palestinian 'holocaust'"
 
The tit-for-tat exchanges between militants firing rockets from Gaza and the Israeli armed forces trying to hit them and their commanders continued, with the Palestinian death toll reaching 31 since Wednesday. One Israeli has been killed in that period.
 
31-to-1 death toll. A typical ratio when Israel attacks Palestinians.
 
Even in armed conflicts (almost invariably started by Israel), the death disparity is amazing.
 
- In "Operation Pillar of Cloud":
 
1 Israeli soldier & 4 Israeli civilians killed.
 
1404 Palestinians injured & 174 Gazans killed.
 
In speaking of the massacre, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai quite revealingly insisted "The goal is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages."
 
Palestinian & Israeli Deaths: Timeline of violence from September 2000 - 2013
 
Palestinian & Israeli Deaths: Timeline of violence from September 2000 - 2013
 
Regularly killing unarmed civilians
 
- "Palestinian deaths raise concern over Israeli army use of live fire," The Guardian, Harriet Sherwood, 27 January 2013
 
From 1-27 January, Israel had already killed at least 7 unarmed young Palestinians.
 
- "Palestinian Demonstrator Shot by Israeli Troops Dies from Wounds," Democracy Now!, 8 March 2013
 
A Palestinian demonstrator shot by Israeli forces last month has died of his wounds. Twenty-two-year-old Mohammed Asfour was taking part in West Bank protests over the death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian prisoner who died in Israeli custody. The Israeli government claims Jaradat died of a heart attack, but Palestinians say he succumbed to wounds sustained during a brutal torture. Asfour died from wounds sustained when Israeli troops shot him in the head with a rubber-coated bullet.
 
Racism
 
- "Israel's Land Injustice Perpetuated by a Racist Discourse,"
 
Great 7-minute segment from The Real News
 
Killing unborn children at checkpoints
 
- "Born at Qalandia Checkpoint," Visualizing Palestine
 
Forced Palestinian births at Israeli checkpoints: 67 from 2000-2005; 36 babies DIED
 
Forced Palestinian births at Israeli checkpoints: 67 from 2000-2005; 36 babies DIED
 
Arresting and torturing children
 
- "Israel arrests 700 Palestinian children every year and tortures 90% of them," Middle East Monitor, 19 July 2012
 
- "Israel subjects Palestinian minors to solitary confinement," Middle East Children's Alliance, 17 April 2013
 
Evidence collected by Defence for Children International Palestine since January 2013 suggests that Israeli authorities increasingly subject Palestinian teenagers to solitary confinement for interrogation purposes.
 
Since January 2013 [until April 2013], Israeli authorities have held at least seven Palestinian youths, ages 16 to 17, in solitary confinement for periods ranging from 2 to 21 days, according to DCI-Palestine research. This amounts to one-third of the number of solitary confinement cases documented by DCI-Palestine in 2012, during which a total of 21 Palestinian youths, ages 14-17, were held in solitary confinement for anywhere from 4 to 29 days.
 
"Israeli interrogators isolate Palestinian kids in a small, filthy cell and shuffle them back and forth to interrogation over a period of several days, where they are pressured and coerced into providing a confession," said Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine. "Israeli authorities must ban the use of solitary confinement for anyone under 18, no matter what the alleged conduct."
 
Since 2008, DCI-Palestine has documented 66 cases of solitary confinement used on Palestinian children. In the overwhelming majority of cases, children are held in solitary confinement while being subjected to repeated and prolonged interrogations, with the apparent purpose of obtaining a confession. During these interrogations, children report being forced to sit in a low metal chair secured to the floor of the room, with their hands and feet cuffed to the chair, often for several hours.
 
 
The detrimental psychological and physical effects of detaining persons in solitary confinement are well documented and include panic attacks, fear of impending death, depression, social withdrawal, a sense of hopelessness, unprovoked anger, short attention span, disorientation, paranoia, psychotic episodes, self-mutilation, and attempted suicide.
 
For these reasons, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez called for a complete ban on the use of solitary confinement for children in a report submitted to the UN General Assembly in 2011. He concluded that the use of solitary confinement "can amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, during pretrial detention, indefinitely or for a prolonged period, for persons with mental disabilities or juveniles."
 
- Defense for Children International - Palestine, "Case Summaries 2013-2014," Conclusion: Israel arrests, sometimes tortures, children
 
- Video of a 13-year-old white phosphorus victim in Gaza, whose sister, grandfather, and cousin were all murdered in an Israeli bomb attack on 14 January 2009. Five days later his wounds still will not heal. (CAUTION: GRAPHIC; this boy's skin has melted off of his muscles)
 
- "UNICEF: Israel Abusing Detained Palestinian Children," Democracy Now!, 7 March 2013
 
The United Nations Children Fund, or UNICEF, is accusing Israel of systematically abusing Palestinian children in military custody. In a new report, UNICEF says Israeli forces have subjected detained Palestinian youths to "to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" as defined by the U.N. Convention Against Torture. UNICEF special representative Jean Gough unveiled the report's findings.
 
Jean Gough:
 
We identified a pattern of ill-treatment when children are in military custody, and what we see is that this happens in the first 48 hours. Imagine a child sitting in front of an interrogator without sleeping. So that's very hard on the child, and that's difficult for him. So this is where we want to make the changes to make sure that that doesn't happen.
 
According to UNICEF figures, Israel arrests and interrogates around 700 Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 each year.
 
- "Video: As Obama lands Israeli soldiers violently arrest Palestinian 8-year-olds on their way to school," The Electronic Intifada, 20 March 2013
 
- "Israeli Police Raid Palestinian Protest Camp After Obama Leaves," Democracy Now!, 25 March 2013
 
- "Israelis Torturing Palestinian Children," The Electronic Intifada, Nora Barrows-Friedman, 10 April 2007
 
-  "Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli custody," Al Jazeera, 24 Feb 2013
 
Innocent Palestinians regularly die in questioning.
 
Sexual Assault
 
Haaretz: "A Palestinian woman's reaction to sexual harassment lands her in jail"
 
[20-year-old Palestinian] Muntaha al-Khekh spent four weeks in in jail - some of it in isolation - for striking back after being sexually harassed by an Israeli policeman.
 
Segregation
 
- "West Bank and East Jerusalem buses are already segregated," Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine, 29 November 2012
 
Yes, the suggestion to segregate buses is disgusting. But it shouldn't overshadow the fact that, if we consider Israel/Palestine as one continuous territory under a system that privileges Jewish Israelis, there is already de facto bus segregation on the ground in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
 
-"Israel's Transportation Ministry mulling separate buses for Palestinians," Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine, 27 November, 2012
 
Bus lines created exclusively for Palestinians is another step in the fortification of the de facto system of segregation imposed by the Israeli government between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.
 
- Former Israeli soldier, through the group Breaking the Silence, describes apartheid against Palestinians.
 
Draconian Crackdowns
 
- In just the month of March 2013, Israel detained 330 Palestinians, including 90 children, 6 women, 8 journalists, and 1 parliamentarian.
 
- "Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Journalist in Face for Filming Raid," April 2013, exemplifying the "Freedom of the Press" in this amazing "democracy."
 
Forced Poverty
 
- Over 750,000 Palestinians were displaced in 1948, the year Israel was founded. Israel denies them their right to return.
 
- Because of the brutal, U.S.-backed Israeli blockade, 800,000 people, or c. 2/3rds of Gaza, rely on U.N. aid in order to survive.
 
- "Israeli Property Theft is Nothing New" (it goes back to 1947, and even before)
 
*****
 
In the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers, former heads of Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, denounce Israel's illegal, brutal occupation of Palestinian land, and even go so far as to compare Israel to Nazi Germany.
 
Even early Zionists, even Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, admitted they "are the aggressors."
 
Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, on Palestine
 
(Related fact, Einstein, who was asked to be the first president of Israel, but denied it for various reasons, later rejected the state, because of its brutal ethnic cleansing policies.)
 
The funny thing is Israel doesn't even pretend that it cares about human rights. In January 2013, Israel "become the first country to boycott a U.N. Human Rights Council review of its record on human rights." "Israel Makes Landmark No-Show at U.N. Human Rights Council Session":
 
The acting president of the Human Rights Council convened the session in Geneva on Tuesday [29 January 2013], only to see that no Israeli representatives had shown up.
 
Remigiusz Henczel: "We were to convene this afternoon to proceed with the review of Israel; however, I see that the delegation of Israel is not in the room."
 
Israel severed contacts with the council last year after the body launched an investigation of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.
 
It's about time that it admitted it doesn't care about human rights. Everyone in the world (except for Americans) already knew. It goes without saying that this was implicitly admitting guilt, and saying pretending is not even worth the time.
 
Meanwhile, nonetheless, "Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II," the 111 April 2014 Congressional Research Service "U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel" report noted.
 
Hegemony is expensive.
 
The United States gives $3.5 billion to Apartheid Israel every year, enough to feed half the world's hungry children.
 
And we are alone in this support for an apartheid state.
 
This is a map of the global community that voted for Palestinian statehood.
 
World map of votes for Palestinian statehood
 
And things are getting worse.
 
- "Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege," Al Jazeera, 12 Jan 2013
 
As Chomsky notes,
 
[Obama's] telling Netanyahu and the other Israeli leaders: I'll tap you on the wrist but go ahead and do what you like . … So in fact, Obama is actually the first president who hasn't really imposed restrictions on Israel.
 
As Ali Abunimah most, ahem, eloquently puts it:
 
There's not a thing Israel has seriously wanted that Obama has not done with balls on from Palestine on a silver plate to starving Iranians.
 
Ali Abunimah
 
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@AliAbunimah
 
 There's not a thing Israel has seriously wanted that Obama has not done with balls on from Palestine on a silver plate to starving Iranians.
 
4:53 AM - Feb 6, 2013
 
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Meanwhile, "CNN doesn't count dead of Palestinian un-people."
 
Max Blumenthal
 
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@MaxBlumenthal
 
 CNN doesn't count dead of Palestinian un-people RT @CNNi Three Israelis killed by rockets as Israel pounds Gaza http://dlvr.it/2TsG7C 
 
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As Leila Khaled says,
 
It's not a peace process. It's a political process where the balance of forces is for Israelis and not for us.
 
Many complain the Palestinian Authority has done "little to no economic development." And although there are serious criticisms to be made of the Palestinian Authority, we must look at the reasons for this lack of development: persistent sanctions, attack, torture, and terrorism from without, certainly not a dearth of effort from within.
 
A list of more of Israel's human rights violations here, right in the NYT: "Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague."
 
There are plethoric other examples.
 
As Chomsky notes,
 
[Obama's] telling Netanyahu and the other Israeli leaders: I'll tap you on the wrist but go ahead and do what you like …. So in fact, Obama is actually the first president who hasn't really imposed restrictions on Israel.
 
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:24 PM

What would Jesus say about Israel today?
 
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Posted 27 May 2018 - 12:40 PM

 

What would Jesus say about Israel today?
 
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God already knew that they were going to go corrupt but he had this to say;

 

Eze 20:42  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
Eze 20:43  And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
Eze 20:44  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

 


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