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USA "Iron Dome" media vaccine proved 99% effective in shielding Israel
by DLi
Friday May 21st, 2021 3:54 PM
For the past 2 weeks, since the massive violence perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza began(with massive use of US-made planes and bombs), the White House, alongside the "Corporate-bin-Laden" media, had unleashed a media vaccine, aptly coined, "Iron Dome" media shield, that proved to be nearly 99% effective against criticism from nearly the entire world, on the active support of Israel's virtual massacre of Palestinian civilians.
Right from the get-go, the first words out of U.S. President Joe Biden--and echoed repeatedly by all U.S. officials and nearly all the mainstream media outlets--were, "Israel has the right to deend itself!" This is in spite of the fact, right from the start, Israel directed massive air strikes(with American munitions!) at civilian targets, even leveling the building that media offices occupied by AP and Al Jazeera.

Moreoever, despite vigorous calls by the entire international community for a ceasefire by both sides, the USA ruling class vetoed--on 4 different occasions--the UN Security Council to pass a resolution for Peace!

So here's the iron-clad proof that there is an absolute bipartisan consensus in Washington, to completely protect Israel from any legitimate and humanitarian demands to stop the one-sided violence. Is this the "humanitarian" side to Uncle Joe's position on the 2-state solution for Peace in theMidle East?
by Same Old Stuff (SOS)
Saturday May 22nd, 2021 7:39 PM
Thanks for pointing out that the capitalist press is united in its defense of the American military base called Israel. For those of us who remember, this remind of us of the American War against Vietnam, and a previous generation, of the American War against Korea. The capitalist press was lock step in unison for promoting these wars of anti-communism. The United States originally set up Israel, with the help of organized crime figures like Meyer Lansky, to be a "bulwark against communism" promoting "western civilization." That is exactly what Israel has been: a cat's paw of US imperialism promoting counter-revolution around the world and in Palestine. Here in the US, the Zionists often sew the Israeli flag to the American flag or hold up the two together, proudly promoting the horrors of US imperialism directly with the US flag and a little indirectly with the Israeli flag.

This lie of self-defense on the part of the 4th largest military power in the world, Israel, spoon fed by the largest military power in the world, the USA, is ridiculous on its face and by law. See
“Israel Isn’t Entitled to “Self-Defense” Against the People Under Its Occupation” by Marjorie Cohn, 5/16/21 at
https://www.globalresearch.ca/israel-isnt-entitled-self-defense-against-people-under-occupation/5745384
"On March 3, 2021, Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced that her office was launching a formal investigation into war crimes committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip since Israel’s 2014 “Operation Protective Edge,” in which Israeli forces killed 2,251 Palestinians."

"Bensouda found a reasonable basis to believe that Israeli forces committed the war crimes of willful killing, willfully causing serious injury, disproportionate use of force, and the transfer of Israelis into Palestinian territory. She also found a reasonable basis to investigate possible war crimes by Palestinians, including intentional attacks against civilians, using civilians as human shields, and torture and willful killing."

"Seven years after Operation Protective Edge, Israeli officials are once again committing war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. In its current “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Israeli leaders are perpetrating the same war crimes as those they committed in 2014."

"Under the ICC’s Rome Statute, “inhumane acts committed in the context of an institutional regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another racial group, with the intent to maintain that regime” constitutes the crime against humanity of apartheid."

"In 2001, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) sent a delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and subsequently published a report documenting a system of apartheid."

"Richard Falk, former UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories and professor emeritus at Princeton University, and Virginia Tilley, professor of political science at Southern Illinois University, co-authored a report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in 2017. It found “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians constitutes “the crime of Apartheid.”"

"In January 2021, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem issued a report titled, “A Regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This Is Apartheid.”"

"Like B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch had long resisted charging that Israeli leaders were committing the crime of apartheid. But on April 27, Human Rights Watch issued a detailed report describing Israel’s “intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” including East Jerusalem. The report added that this Israeli government intent “has been coupled with systematic oppression of Palestinians and inhumane acts committed against them. When these three elements occur together, they amount to the crime of apartheid.”"

"Under international law, the Palestinians have a lawful right to resist Israel’s occupation of their lands, including through armed struggle. In 1982, the UN General Assembly “reaffirmed the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle.”"

"The Biden administration is claiming that Israel is acting in self-defense against the Hamas rockets, but under international law, Israel, as an occupying force, does not have the right to use military force in self-defense against its occupied territory."

"Noura Erakat, a human rights attorney and associate professor at Rutgers University, wrote in Jadaliyya, “A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is ‘foreign’ and poses an exogenous national security threat. In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.” (See https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/27551/No,-Israel-Does-Not-Have-the-Right-to-Self-Defense-In-International-Law-Against-Occupied-Palestinian-Territory)


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