Israel Sabotages Negotiated Settlement With Violence.

Posted on July 11, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

keyboard7-1The first question that came up when thinking about the deaths of three teenagers kidnapped on June 12 in Israel, and how that tragedy led to what is occurring now, was “is this an Israeli false-flag operation?” Of all the information on the Israel-Palestine situation that I’ve come across, the only mention about the kidnapping and murders of the three was that a Hamas breakaway group was responsible, not ordered by Hamas top officials. That was alluded to by Max Blumenthal on a Real News Network short interview in the past few days. If any one reading this could share information about Israeli evidence on the kidnappers/murderers of the three teenagers, please enter in the comments.

So, hopefully a fuller understanding about the status of Israel’s evidence confirming (or denying) their allegation that Hamas carried out the original crimes can occur here. Hamas has denied involvement in the original crimes. In the Crosstalk RT segment below there is mention by one of the guests that Hamas did it, but unfortunately the host didn’t ask him to provide evidence to verify his assertion. One of the other guests asserts the opposite, that there has been no evidence provided to prove the claim that Hamas was the guilty party. Again, if any person reading this can help nail down whether Israel’s claim that Hamas is the guilty party is true or false, please do so in the comments.

From the standpoint of the kidnapping/murder of the three teenagers that sparked this disaster being a possible “false flag” by Israel, getting to the bottom of whether there is evidence or absence of evidence to verify Israel’s Hamas allegation is all-important.

The second question that comes up is in regard to reports that Israel knew early on that the teenagers were already dead, yet kept the world from knowing so through media “gag orders” to not report any details of the investigation. This fact that the teenagers were dead was not made public for at least two weeks, and Israeli law enforcement went so far as to keep the fact that their children were dead from the teenagers’ parents. It was during that two-week period that Israeli military went door-to-door in Gaza and arrested around 560 people without charge. Why would Israel not tell the world that the teenagers were dead, especially to the young men’s parents?

If Israel arrested and jailed 560 men to capture those responsible for the original crimes, did it take 560 men to kidnap and murder the teenagers? Will the names of those 560 men be found in the evidence Israel used to finger Hamas? Living in the United States, if three teenagers became kidnapped and murdered, law enforcement would work in typical, routine ways to gather evidence, detectives will talk to all persons who’ve become identified as possible witnesses or able to provide important facts, etc., then narrowing and boiling down the information gathered in hopes of finding and arresting the perpetrators.

It seems about impossible to imagine any triple-homicide scenario in the U.S. or any nation where 560 people would be arrested before it became known that they were “persons of interest.”  As a law enforcement action, this example by Israel is extreme, unusual, extraordinary and raises questions about Israeli evidence. U.S. officials are unaware of any evidence pointing to Hamas’ responsibility for the kidnap/murders.

One report said that the families of the three kidnapped/murdered teens have contacted the family of a young man killed in a revenge action and joined in calling for an end to the heightened violence and tensions.

Rallies in Israel have occurred where hundreds chant “death to Arabs”, Israeli calls for violence have reached unprecedented levels, while at the same time large rallies of non-Zionists are calling for an end to hate speech and widespread clashes across the region. One hundred thousand Palestinians were warned away from Gaza’s border areas, but have no place to go as Egypt has apparently closed its border.

determination”, which is contradicted by other guest with “Israel is not in Gaza.”  Finkelstein, in one of the more tense parts of the program, challenges that assertion by asking who David Cameron’s “guards” were when Cameron compared Gaza to a “prison”. He tells the “not occupied” guest to “not embarrass himself in front of the world, we’re on television.” Finkelstein then notes that out of 69 (since then over 120) deaths since Tuesday 60 have been civilians.

No Israelis have died.

The third guest accuses the man arguing the Israeli case of using “meaningless slogans and unsupported assertions”, and that “facts are facts, and at a certain point people are going to have to deal with them.” Hamas and the Palestinian Authority had formed a unity government, Hamas had agreed to go along with provisions of a European Union-United States plan, and the unity Palestinian government was ready to begin negotiations with Israel on a settlement.

Some analysts believe Israel is intentionally sabotaging any efforts to reach a settlement based on international law. There are those who view Israel’s building of more and more hundreds of apartments and homes on occupied territory as an intentional action to prevent the “two-state solution”, and its current military campaign an effort to slow the trending negative international public opinion of Israel, including a growing “Boycotts, Divest, Sanctions” movement, increased criticism from the world’s political, religious, and human rights leaders, and increased media reporting of Israel’s actions to prevent a Palestinian independent nation.

Norman Finkelstein ends the program by saying “the whole world wants a negotiated settlement, except the lunatics in Tel Aviv.”

Given the Middle East’s energy resources, a link to a Guardian article that talks about Palestinian offshore natural gas deposits, and how they may play a role in the violence is below. After reading a large number of comments at the Guardian site, there were hardly any which approached solutions-focused suggestions but most reflected an unfortunate polarization of viewpoints from pro-Israel and pro-Palestine commenters.

Some thought that the points discussed in the article were off the mark, and that the relatively small gas deposits ($4 billion) were of zero relevance with regard to the current actions by Israel. Others praised the writer for pointing out what they thought was a factor to some extent of Israeli military actions.

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Once again, any help or additional clarifying information in the comments section would be appreciated.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jul/09/israel-war-gaza-palestine-natural-gas-energy-crisis

The best guess this writer can offer is that the Israeli government has decided to do whatever it takes to prevent a Palestinian independent nation. Some hold that, because of the large number of illegal settlements through the years, it is now about impossible for a two-state solution. It is possible that the current bombing campaign is intended to drive Palestinians out of the region altogether. That would mean that Palestinians would leave the land of their ancestors, an unjust and tragic possibility which is unacceptable because it is immoral.

Thank you for any other facts or aspects not presented or covered in this post. In particular, because “sunshine is the best disinfectant” – truth is critically important to solve this decades-old struggle, it would be beneficial for information either censored by or falsely reported in the mainstream media come to the world’s awareness.

It is becoming increasingly clear powerful international pressure like that exerted on apartheid South Africa, namely the Boycotts, Divest, Sanctions movement, is the only option left which will resolve the Israel-Palestine tragedy.

Apartheid In Israel: An Eyewitness On The Side Of Humanity.

Posted January 31, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so, you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god, force – that grimmest and ugliest of gods men have ever erected for themselves out of the lusts of their hearts. You will find yourself dreading all other men who differ from you; you will find yourself obliged by the law of conflict into which you have plunged, to use every means in your power to crush them before they are able to crush you; you will find yourself day by day growing more unscrupulous and intolerant, more and more compelled by the fear of those opposed to you, to commit harsh and violent actions.”

– Auberon Herbert (1838-1906)

mountain11Eva Bartlett has been described as the Rachel Corrie of our time. Rachel Corrie is the young woman who passed away after being run over by a bulldozer trying to protect Palestinians’ land from destruction. It is not easy to quantify the amount of courage required to take the steps Ms. Corrie and Eva Bartlett have taken. How many men and women would make the difficult decision to live in the occupied territories with Palestinians – risking one’s health, well-being and life in the process – to help end injustice?

Ms. Bartlett was born in Michigan then moved with her family to Ontario, Canada. Her story of increasing awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people is similar to most. Despite virtually no mainstream news reports of the apartheid conditions in Israel, she first learned of the situation through internet reports. Her first response was similar to every man or woman who learns about real situations on Earth: “Why haven’t I heard about this?”

Feeling like all people who find evidence which points to a reality either rarely/under reported or subject to censorship, Eva Bartlett started her journey of researching the Israel-Palestine conflict. At a certain point she was face-to-face with the difficult decision to take action, and essentially smuggled herself into Israeli occupied territory to live among the Palestinian people and journal/record events. What she witnessed will probably come as no surprise to readers of this blog.

“Trail of Tears” comes to mind when thinking about what Palestinian people have had to endure. In passing, it is disappointing to find that in 2014 there exists a human situation which mirrors what Native Americans, South Africans, and African-Americans experienced. That disappointment includes sadness that the health and well-being of Palestinian people has been discounted or ignored by the world’s most powerful leaders. There has been a failure of moral and ethical leadership when apartheid conditions are not called exactly that: apartheid.

Most importantly, the failure to stand up for men, women, and children who are fellow children of God – failure to call for equal rights and fair treatment for human beings under extremely stressful living conditions – shows a lack of concern which is disturbing. Those who profess to live and act in the spirit of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” will either use their thoughts, words, and deeds to bring about that spirit for all people everywhere, or will fail to reach the highest expression of the philosophy.

To state it directly, the people who are Palestinians have been wounded and killed, and need the world’s help to heal and experience “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. For this to occur – an action that will result in a more peaceful world – requires the same energetic series of actions that led to the end of every injustice large and small through history: the world’s people joining together and saying, “this is not right, this is no longer acceptable in a civilized world.”

Stated even more directly, the decades-long unjust treatment of Palestinians challenges men and women everywhere to see the Israel-Palestine conflict from the spiritual perspective of “do unto others what you would have done to you”. In essence, actions taken going forward by those who are able to shape the future in Israel and the Middle East are either right or wrong – in the context of the “Golden Rule”.

Wrong actions are those which result in continuance of a system of apartheid, where people are not given the same respect, equal rights, and opportunities to live their lives in dignity – just as all people everywhere deserve the same God-given rights.

Right actions are those which result in an increasing awareness of the fact that all people are the same, wanting to live in peace and experience the joys of this lifetime which are possible. Right actions are those which result in Israeli and Palestinian children growing up with no idea that there was a time when their ancestors did not live the highest levels of quality of life, unable to reach a place of true peace between equally deserving human beings, and suffered the consequences of negative thoughts of hate, discord, and separation.

Right actions are those which result in Israeli and Palestinian children playing and laughing together, in a land and region and world which has surpassed – and no longer practices – hatred, violence, harm, and apartheid conditions. Ending apartheid in Israel is the first step on the journey to such a beauteous world.

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For more information, or to possibly arrange for Eva Bartlett to speak in your locale, please visit ingaza.wordpress.com.

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(Thanks to GlobalResearchTV @ YouTube)