The Cleanser – Lobby Whistles Up Cordesman to “Prove” Israel Waged a Clean War in Gaza By Norman Finkelstein

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By Norman Finkelstein
February 23, 2009 “Counterpunch

Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading military analyst from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has published a “strategic analysis” of the Gaza massacre.(1) He reaches the remarkable conclusion that “Israel did not violate the laws of war.” The report is based on “briefings in Israeli [sic] during and immediately after the fighting made possible by a visit sponsored by Project Interchange, and using day-to-day reporting issued by the Israeli Defense Spokesman.” Cordesman omits mention that Project Interchange is funded by the American Jewish Committee.

Cordesman’s faith in the pronouncements of Israeli notwithstanding, respected Israeli analysts exhibit less confidence. “The state authorities, including the defense establishment and its branches,” Uzi Benziman observed in Haaretz, “have acquired for themselves a shady reputation when it comes to their credibility.” The “official communiqués published by the IDF have progressively liberated themselves from the constraints of truth,” B. Michael wrote in Yediot Ahronot, and the “heart of the power structure”-police, army, intelligence-has been infected by a “culture of lying.”(2) During the Gaza massacre Israel was repeatedly caught lying among many other things about its use of white phosphorus.(3) Recalling Israel’s train of lies during both the 2006 Lebanon war and the Gaza massacre, Human Rights Watch senior military analyst Marc Garlasco rhetorically asked, “How can anyone trust the Israeli military?”(4)

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Controversial scholar slams Israeli ‘massacre’ of Gaza civilians (must-see)

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By Geoff McMaster
01.23.2009 | Express News

January 23, 2009 – Edmonton-Israel’s attack on Gaza had little to do with self-defense and everything to do with instilling fear among Palestinian people, says political scientist Norman Finkelstein.

Invited to speak on campus by the Edmonton chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Network, Finkelstein accused Israel of deliberately killing Gaza civilians in order to cement their control over the occupied territory.

He said the incursion was only the latest in a more than 60-year history of “terrorizing the Arab world periodically into submission, and reminding them who is in charge in the Middle East.”

Following its defeat at the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2000 and 2006, Israel was waiting for an opportunity to seek revenge, Finkelstein claimed. It turned to Gaza when “the feebly armed resistance, Hamas, had defiantly resisted Israeli dictate.


via Controversial scholar slams Israeli ‘massacre’ of Gaza civilians   : Information Clearing House – ICH.

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In America, Speaking the Truth Is a Career-ending Event, By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts

January 26, 2009 “Information Clearinghouse

“The evidence is sitting on the table. There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture.”

These are the words of Manfred Nowak, the UN official appointed by the Commission on Human Rights to examine cases of torture. Nowak has concluded that President Obama is legally obligated to prosecute former President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

If President Obama’s bankster economic team finishes off what remains of the US economy, Obama, to deflect the public’s attention from his own failures and Americans’ growing hardships, might fulfill his responsibility to prosecute Bush and Rumsfeld. But for now the interesting question is why did the US military succumb to illegal orders?

In the December 2008 issue of CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn, in his report on an inglorious chapter in the history of the Harvard Law School, provides the answer. Two brothers, Jonathan and David Lubell, both Harvard law students, were politically active against the Korean War. It was the McCarthy era, and the brothers were subpoenaed. They refused to cooperate on the grounds that the subpoena was a violation of the First Amendment.

Harvard Law School immediately began pressuring the students to cooperate with Congress. The other students ostracized them. Pressures from the Dean and faculty turned into threats. Although the Lubells graduated magna cum laude, they were kept off the Harvard Law Review. Their scholarships were terminated. A majority of the Harvard Law faculty voted for their expulsion (expulsion required a two-thirds vote).

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Norman Finkelstein: Israel committed massive atrocities in Gaza; Let them all burn in Hell

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Controversial American Jewish scholar and specialist on the Middle East, Norman Finkelstein, says Israel committed massive atrocities in Gaza during the three-week war against Hamas militants.

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Now why can’t those damn Palestinians just disappear? by William Bowles

By William Bowles
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20 January 2009

“Gaza fought back, withstood, resisted …. Arabs are now speaking of victory, hailing the resistance, singing the praise of the Palestinians in Gaza…” — Ramzy Baroud

Sixty years ago, in the aftermath of a European war, the Palestinians were made the sacrificial lamb, slaughtered in the abattoir of Capital by their executioners, the Zionists and their imperial paymasters.

Unfortunately for Israel, those damn Palestinians persisted in ‘hanging around’, jammed into refugee camps across the Middle East, ghettoized and relegated to third class people in the land of their birth, Palestine.

The ‘traditional’ view is that expunging an entire nation from the face of the Earth was somehow an atonement for European ‘guilt’ over the Nazi death camps. Looking back, I’m amazed that this idea ever gained any kind of credibility, but it became the rationale for sixty years of misery and death for the Palestinian people as well as a source of destabilization for the entire Middle East.

What it does reveal however, is the deeply rooted racism in Western society, the product of centuries of colonial domination.

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Frost over the World: Israel’s war on Gaza + Norman Gary Finkelstein on Gaza crisis

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9 Jan 09

Sir David and his guests discuss the political and humanitarian crisis facing Gaza.

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Norman Finkelstein: Hezbollah, the Honour of Lebanon (2008)

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Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish American political scientist and author, specializing in Jewish-related issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular talks about the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and openly supports and praises their resistance: “They (Hezbollah) show courage, they show discipline, I respect that”

On Israeli defeat and consequential withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Finkelstein says:”But the reality was — and everyone understood it — that the Israeli attitude was: We are going to knock out Hizbullah. They began planning for a new war right after they were forced to leave in 2000. They found their excuse, their pretext, in July 2006, but there is no question among rational people that Israel was never going to let the Hizbullah victory go by.”

“There is no way that the United States and Israel are going to tolerate any resistance (to their hegemony) in the Arab world.”

On the damage caused to Lebanon as a result of the resistance: “It’s better to die on your feet than to walk crawling on your knees….how can I not respect those (Hezbollah) who say they would rather die on their feet? How can I not respect that?”

Finkelstein then goes on to slam the stances taken by some sell out Arabs who continue to admire George Bush like ‘Servants’ despite Bush being the man behind the carpet bombing of Lebanon and says that Bush should be classified as ‘persona non grata’:”Who (would) roll out the red carpet less than two years after your whole country was destroyed by them (the US)? ”

“You (sell out-arabs) have NO self respect”

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Israeli intel targets Israeli protesters + Rockets fired from Lebanon + Protests

Riz Khan: Israel’s Separation Wall

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The Israeli separation wall making its way through the West Bank cuts to the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli issue: Will the final settlement between these two peoples be negotiated, or imposed unilaterally by Israel?

Norman Finkelstein: The Coming Breakup of American Zionism (vids)

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86 min – May 8, 2008
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Independent scholar and author, Norman Finkelstein, speaking at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The title of the lecture is “The Coming Breakup of American Zionism”.

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Tutu’s Trip to Gaza Censored by the US Media By Mike Whitney

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By Mike Whitney
06/01/08 “ICH”

“There can be no justice, no peace, no stability, not for Israel, not for the Palestinians, without accountability for human rights violations.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Why was Desmond Tutu’s trip to Gaza censored by the US media?

When Nobel Laureate and world renowned peacemaker Desmond Tutu goes to Gaza to visit the site of an Israeli massacre; that’s news, right? So why is it impossible to find any account of his trip in America’s leading newspapers? Is it because any information that is incompatible with the territorial ambitions of the Israeli leadership is simply “disappeared” into the media-ether?

Archbishop Tutu was a leader in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. He is neaither a terrorist nor an anti-Semite. His work as a human rights activist spans 4 decades. Like former president Jimmy Carter he was shunned by the Israeli government and refused entry into Gaza.


Two days earlier author and university professor Norman Finkelstein was refused entry into Israel even though he’s Jewish and had parents who survived the Holocaust. Isn’t that enough to gain entry or must one accept the prevailing doctrine of the far-right extremists in the Olmert government who think that it’s okay to deprive Palestinians of their rights whenever they see fit?

Bishop Tutu had to go through Eqypt to get to Beit Hanoun; the town where 18 members of the al-Athamna family–including 14 women and children–were killed by Israeli artillery fire in November 2006. Tutu said that hearing “from the survivors of the massacre” had left him in a “state of shock”.

Christine Chinkin, professor of international law at the London School of Economics, told the UK Guardian that her preliminary assessment of the attack was that it was a breach of international law.

“Firing in a way that cannot distinguish between civilians and combatants is clearly a violation of international humanitarian law,” she said. “I don’t think that the idea of a technical mistake takes away from the initial responsibility of the action of firing where civilian casualties are clearly foreseeable … it has to be foreseeable when you give yourself such a small margin that any error has the potential to lead to civilian casualties.” (UK Guardian)

Chinkin is right, of course. It was a massacre and should be thoroughly investigated by the international community. The responsible parties need to be held accountable.

According to the UK Telegraph, “No soldiers were ever charged in connection with the incident. Israel blocked attempts by the UN’s Human Rights Council to investigate the shelling, saying that members of the body were “biased”.

So now the members of the UN’s Human Rights Council can’t be trusted either?!?

Tutu ended his three day mission by calling for an end to the blockade of food, medical supplies and economic assistance to the Gaza Strip and by condemning the “culture of impunity” in which one nation arbitrarily imprisons one and a half million civilians who are left to languish in abject poverty and hopelessness.

“We saw a forlorn, deserted, desolate and eerie place,” Tutu said “The entire situation is abominable. We believe that ordinary Israeli citizens would not support this blockade, this siege, if they knew what it really meant to ordinary people like themselves.”

Tutu is right. This is not the work of the Israeli public, which (according to a recent poll in the Jewish newspaper Ha’aretz) 65% want direct negotiations with Hamas. This is the work of fanatics at the top-rung of the political system who—much like the Bush administration—operate without any regard for the will their people and without any concern about the vast human suffering they are creating.

Tutu met with the Palestinian prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday and told him that, while he was opposed to the Israeli occupation, he condemned the rocket fire by militants into Gaza.

“True security, peace, will not come from the barrel of a gun,” he said. “It will come through negotiation; negotiation not with your friends, peace can come only when enemies sit down and talk. It happened in South Africa. It has happened more recently in Northern Ireland. It will happen here too.” (UK Guardian)

Tutu went to Gaza for peace and not one newspaper in the United States covered the story. Apparently, the “culture of impunity” extends to America’s media as well as the Israeli leaders who killed the 18 Palestinians at Beit Hanoun.

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Israel denies entry to high-profile critic Norman Finkelstein (updated)

Israel denies entry to high-profile critic Norman Finkelstein (updated)

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Updated: May 30, 2008 added Democracy Now video.

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent

The Shin Bet security service detained and deported an American Jewish professor who is a prominent critic of the Israeli occupation when he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Friday.

Professor Norman Finkelstein was interrogated for several hours and held in an airport cell before being put on a plane back to Amsterdam, his point of departure. Finkelstein said he was told he could not return to Israel for 10 years.

The Shin Bet said Finkelstein “is not permitted to enter Israel because of suspicions involving hostile elements in Lebanon,” and because he “did not give a full accounting to interrogators with regard to these suspicions.”




Norman Finkelstein deported from Israel

by Eli Senyor and Adva Naftali

Controversial US academic held overnight at Ben Gurion airport for questioning, denied entry due to ‘security considerations’

Israel deported Jewish-American Professor Norman Finkelstein to the United States on Friday after questioning him at Ben Gurion airport. Finkelstein was denied entry due to “security concerns,” authorities said.

Finkelstein was detained immediately after landing in Israel late Thursday night and was questioned at the airport before being told he could not enter Israel.

“Finkelstein was boarded onto a plane back the United States before dawn. When he arrived we will decide whether to appeal this decision,” his attorney, Michael Sfard, told Ynet. Sfard said the entry ban could last 10 years.

“A country that starts to fear what its harshest critics write about it is a country that is already behaving in a manner reminiscent of the darkest days of the communist regime,” said Sfard.

Finkelstein, the son of a Holocaust survivor, has written extensively regarding Israel’s policies in the territories and accuses Israel of manipulating the memory of the Holocaust and present-day anti-Semitism to justify illegitimate policies.





Israel bans Norman Finkelstein for 10 years from Israel


Added: May 30, 2008
Israel Bars One of its Most Prominent Critics, Norman Finkelstein, for Ten Years

Norman Finkelstein was arrested and deported from Israel last week and told he’s barred for ten years. Finkelstein is known as one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. We speak to Finkelstein and the human rights worker he was on his way to visit, Musa Abu Hashhash.


Nakba: Debate with Benny Morris, Saree Makdisi and Norman Finkelstein

The Greatest Story Never Told by Stephen Lendman

McCarthyism Comes to Europe and the Levant By Franklin Lamb & Ann El Khoury

Tomgram: Tony Karon: Growing Dissent among American Jews by Tom Engelhardt

Beating Israel’s activist deportation system, this time March 2005 h/t:

Target of a Witch Hunt By KATHRYN WEBER (Finkelstein)

Nakba: Debate with Benny Morris, Saree Makdisi and Norman Finkelstein

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Democracy Now!
May 16, 2008

As Israelis Celebrate Independence and Palestinians Mark the “Nakba,” a Debate with Benny Morris, Saree Makdisi and Norman Finkelstein

Sixty years since the creation of Israel and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, we host a debate on the legacy of 1948 and the possibility of a just future for both Israelis and Palestinians with three guests: Benny Morris, seen as one of the most important Israeli historians of the 1948 war and after; Saree Makdisi, UCLA professor and author of Palestine Inside Out; and Norman Finkelstein, author of several books, including Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict and Beyond Chutzpah.

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A BIG debate on Israel/Palestine Nakba



Israel at 60: No Remorse after all these Years by Jonathan Cook + video

The REAL News Network: Pakistan + al-Nakba

Conflict in Lebanon: Cell Phone Civil War + Israel & Nabka

Hip-Hop to Convey the Frustrations, Hopes of a Dispossessed People + DAM: Born Here

Israeli Fencebusters (video)

5,000 Sign Petition Supporting Dialogue with Hamas (action alert)

A Human Rights Crime By Jimmy Carter

Carter: Include Hamas in peace bid + video

McCarthyism Comes to Europe and the Levant By Franklin Lamb & Ann El Khoury

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By Franklin Lamb in Beirut and Ann El Khoury in Sydney
20/01/08 “ICH

The Zionist Targeting of Lebanon’s Dr. Ibrahim Mousawi

You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?

— Joseph Welch to Senator Joseph McCarthy, April 1954

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2007 in Review: Power, Politics and Resistance Part 2 (videos)

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Democracy Now!

Jan 2, 2008


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2007 in Review: Power, Politics and Resistance Pt. 2

Today, part two of our special look back at 2007, including the Jena Six, the Petraeus report, the trial of Jose Padilla, Alberto Gonzales’s resignation, Alan Greenspan v. Naomi Klein, Michael Mukasey on waterboarding, Blackwater’s Massacre in Baghdad, Jimmy Carter on apartheid in the Palestinian territories, Al Gore and IPCC win the Nobel Peace Prize, the pro-democracy uprising in Burma, the firing of Norman Finkelstein and Ward Churchill, New Jersey abolishes the death penalty, the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and more.

Featuring the Voices of:

Joseph Wilson, Alan Johnston, Robert Bailey,
Caseptla Bailey, Marcus Jones, Helen Thomas,
President Bush, Rep. Dennis Kucinich,
Ward Churchill, Sen. Barack Obama,
Marjorie Cohn, Nydesha Foster, Angela Hegarty,
Amira Baraka, Nir Rosen, Camilo Mejia,
Grace Paley, Alberto Gonzales,
Sen. Larry Craig, Norman Finkelstein,
President Jimmy Carter, Sen. Robert Byrd,
Gen. David Petraeus, Rev. Al Sharpton,
Alan Greenspan, Naomi Klein, Mark Canning,
Rep, Danny Davis, Erik Prince,
Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jeremy Scahill,
Katie Redford, Yoko Ono, Bill McKibben,
Maher Arar, John Tanner, Jonathan Paul,
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Michael Mukasey,
Desiree Anita Ali-Fairooz, Mark Klein,
Evo Morales, Asma Jahangir, Wayne Barrett,
John Edwards, Noam Chomsky. Desmond Tutu,
Mitt Romney, John McCain, Nelson Mandela,
Lou Dobbs, Mohamed ElBaradei, Michael Ratner,
Mark Benjamin, Rev. Jesse Jackson,
Rajendra Pachauri, Al Gore, Jon Corzine,
Benazir Bhutto, and more. [includes rush transcript]

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Democracy Now’s Year In Review (videos)