by Chris Hedges
March 15, 2010
The Israeli government, its brutal war crimes in Gaza exposed in detail in the U.N. report by Justice Richard Goldstone, has implemented a series of draconian measures to silence and discredit dissidents, leading intellectuals and human rights organizations inside and outside Israel that are accused—often falsely—of assisting Goldstone’s U.N. investigators. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to shut down Israel’s premier human rights organizations, including B’Tselem, the New Israel Fund (NIF) and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. It is busy expelling or excluding peace activists and foreign nationals from the Palestinian territories. The campaign, if left unchecked, will be as catastrophic for Palestinians as it will be for Israel.
Copyright © 2010 Truthdig
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).
[DS added the video.]
DON`T COME TO BILIN AGAIN 15-3-2010 By Haitham Al Katib
March 14, 2010
At 2 AM on this night, Bil’in was once again raided by the Israeli Army. A document was posted around the whole village of Bil’in. This document declared that Israeli and international activists were strictly prohibited from entering Bil’in between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm on every Friday, the day in which the weekly demonstration takes place. Every Israeli and international activist must leave the village during this time, or else he or she will be deported or arrested by Israeli soldiers. The head of the police, Benjamin, ordered that this action be taken. The permit declares Bil’in to be a closed military area until August 17th. This is an attempt to stop Israeli and international activists from supporting the popular struggle of Bil’in, and is therefore just another action to repress and destroy the village’s resistance against the occupation and also against the annexation of it’s land.
Also, earlier in the day, Iyad Burnat, the head of the Popular Committee, received a phone call by the ‘shabak.’ He was ordered to report to an office tomorrow for questioning.
Pastor John Hagee Denounces Goldstone Report in Jerusalem
A Highway For Peace by William John Cox
Max Keiser: Move Israel to Florida! + Birgitta Jonsdottir on the National Referendum in Iceland
The fight against Israeli “impunity”
Russell tribunal says sanction Israel
Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion – “This Time We Went Too Far” by Norman Finkelstein
Pingback: Is The U.S. Incapable Of Standing Up To Israel? « Dandelion Salad
What we are seeing in Israel is the inexorable logic of fascism. We are also seeing this in the US, but of course the curve is longer, which fools a lot of people who wish to be fooled. Here’s one of the latest moves in the US: this McCain/Lieberman bill codifies more clearly what Bush claimed (this process we have seen over and over again, where the current political establishment confirms what Bush did as established policy) – the President may designate any citizen as an unlawful enemy combatant (now they are using the phrase ‘unprivileged enemy belligerent’, which no doubt will fool many who choose to be fooled) and thereby strip such a person of their rights and detain them indefinitely (and not very gently, one can assume).
Click to access ARM10090.pdf
The curve is slower in the US, but it’s all so much more carefully hammered home here. Hammer blow by hammer blow, we are entering a world entered into by the people of Germany not so long ago…
Talk about police states….
Pingback: Pastor John Hagee Denounces Goldstone Report in Jerusalem « Dandelion Salad