ISRAEL WILL MOVE TOWARDS IT’S PRECIPICE UNDER IT’S NEW GOVERNMENT

Any Remaining Charade Of Democracy And Legitimacy Will Disappear Under This New Regime.

Was it really a big surprise to wake up on the morning of November 2nd to find out that the Israeli government and Knesset would now be run by a dominant majority of nationalistic religious Jews, Zionists and hardline politicians who have previously advocated official ethnic-cleansing and shoot-to-kill policies against Palestinians?

One of them is likely to become public security minister, and others will hold key positions in government. This should not come as a surprise: Israel has been lurching further rightwards for the past two decades, and this coalition has nearly won previous elections, so it is not that shocking that they are now in power. And yet, one should ask: how different will Israel be after these elections?

With a clear majority in the Knesset and a firm hold on the executive branch, this old-new political elite will continue to do everything that previous governments have done over the past 74 years – but with more zeal, determination and disregard for international condemnation.

It will likely begin by expanding the Judaisation of the occupied West Bank and Greater Jerusalem, and by expanding military activity in what is already on track to be an exceptionally deadly year for Palestinians. Since the start of 2022, Israeli forces and settlers have killed more than 130 Palestinians, including more than 30 children, across the occupied West Bank.

The new government will surely intensify the provocative visits of Jewish politicians to al-Aqsa Mosque complex. We can also expect an escalation in house demolitions, arrests without trial, and a free hand being given to settler vigilantes to wreak destruction at will.

SUPPRESSING PALESTINIAN IDENTITY

It is less clear how far this new elite will go in its policy towards the Gaza Strip. Since 2008, Israel’s policy in Gaza has been so callous and inhumane that one finds it difficult to imagine what could be worse than a siege, blockade and occasional brutal air bombardments on a civil society.

Similarly, it is difficult to predict the new government’s policies towards Palestinians inside Israel. Under the 2018 nation-state law, Israel formalised its status as an apartheid state. One suspects that, as in the occupied West Bank, much of the same and worse can be expected. We will probably see a continued disregard for the rise of criminal activity, along with stricter policies on house expansions in Palestinian rural areas.

We can also expect a continued suppression of any Palestinian collective attempts to express the minority’s national identity – whether through waving Palestinian flags on campuses, commemorating the Nakba, or in other ways expressing the rich cultural heritage of this community.

In short, any remaining charade of democracy will disappear under this new regime.

Yet, despite the massive shift in global perceptions towards Israel in recent years – manifested in its depiction as an apartheid state by major international human rights groups, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and the willingness of the International Court of Justice to discuss the decolonisation of the occupied West Bank – there seems to be a general reluctance to acknowledge the possibility that there is Jewish racism, as much as there is Christian, Muslim or Buddhist racism.

DANGEROUS IDEOLOGY

Suddenly, UN General Assembly Resolution 3379 (passed in 1975 and later revoked), which equates Zionism with racism, no longer seems to be a declaration detached from the realities and complexities in Israel and Palestine. The African and Arab member states that pushed the resolution showed foresight in pinpointing racism as the main danger that Zionism as a state ideology carries with it – not only for Palestinians, but for the region as a whole.

The disappearance in this election of the Zionist left can also be easily understood if one appreciates the depth and breadth of racism within Israeli society, particularly among youth. A son of German Jews who escaped German racism in the early 1930s, and now studying it as an adult, was deeply disturbed at this picture of a society mesmerised by racism and bequeathing it to the next generation.

Will Jewish communities recognise this reality or continue to ignore it? Will governments in the West, and particularly the American administration, acknowledge or disregard this trend? Will the Arab world, which has embarked on a process of normalisation with Israel, treat this as irrelevant, as it does not undermine their regimes’ fundamental interests?

We have no answers to these questions. From an activist point of view, it is actually not necessary to answer these questions, but rather to do everything possible so that one day, they will be answered in a way that saves both Palestinians and Jews from a disastrous fate – and stops Israel from leading us all towards a precipice whose edge is now more visible than ever.

ISRAELIS AND AMERICANS SHOULD KNOW THAT ARMED RESISTANCE TO OCCUPATION IS LEGAL AND NOT TERRORISM

The Media Plays A Key Role In Keeping The Israeli And American Public Thoroughly Ignorant Of The Most Basic Facts.

Despite what international law says, the Israeli public has internalised the notion that, by definition, there is no legitimate Palestinian struggle for national liberation.

It is doubtful if more than a handful of Jews in Israel or Americans could tell you accurately how many raids the Israeli army conducted last week in Palestinian cities in the West Bank, the number of arrests they made, or the number of people they killed.

At the same time, it is doubtful if there were more than a handful of Israelis who had not heard of the shooting incident on a soldiers’ bus in the Jordan Valley, on Sunday 4 September.

A Palestinian shooting at Israeli soldiers – as opposed to Israelis shooting at Palestinians – is not just an alarming “man bites dog” story that reverses the usual order, demanding extensive reports; in all of those reports, the event was defined as a terror attack and the Palestinian shooters as terrorists.

Not a word about how the shooting targeted soldiers of an occupying army and occurred on occupied land.

The media has a key role in shaping public consciousness to serve the establishment’s propaganda machine, while keeping the public thoroughly ignorant of the most basic facts.

The public, in general, has completely internalised the notion that, by definition, there is no legitimate Palestinian struggle for national liberation.

As with the thorough erasure of the 1949 armistice line, also known as the Green Line, from Israeli consciousness – to the point that the mere mention of its existence by the Tel Aviv municipality provokes threats from the Ministry of Education – so too the consistent labelling of any Palestinian struggle as terrorism obscures the important distinction under international law between an action targeting combatants and one directed against civilians.

A LEGITIMATE RIGHT

The fact is that international law recognises the legitimate right of a people to fight for its freedom, and for “liberation from colonial control, apartheid and foreign occupation by all the means at its disposal, including armed struggle”, as confirmed, for example, by a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 1990.

The use of force to achieve liberation is legitimate. The manner in which force is used is governed by the laws of war, the main purpose of which is to protect uninvolved civilians on both sides.

The Jordan Valley shooting did not target civilians, and cannot be considered a terrorist act. It was an act of armed resistance against an occupying power, on occupied land.

The Israeli regime and its dutiful echo, the western media, treat every action against occupation forces on occupied land exactly as if they were actions targeting civilians in the heart of Tel Aviv: as terrorist acts perpetrated by terrorists.

This conflation not only negates a legal or moral basis for the act; it is also contrary to the interests of Israel’s citizens.

The relevant laws of war are designed first and foremost to protect civilians who are not participants in the cycle of violence and to limit that violence to actual combatants.

Israel, however, recognises no such category of Palestinian combatants; from Israel’s standpoint, any resistance, even nonviolent resistance, to its occupation and oppression poses a danger to security that is easily recognised as terror, as when Israel recently declared the six most prominent Palestinian NGOs to be terror organisations.

This is a two-way distortion by Israel. Just as it treats every Palestinian action, even those directed against soldiers, as acts of terrorism, so too does Israel paint any Israeli action taken against Palestinians as legitimate, even when those Palestinians are civilians.

A TYPICAL BRUTALITY

For an especially outrageous example of this policy, consider the final conclusions published by the Israeli army regarding the fatal shooting of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The army initially claimed that Abu Akleh was killed by Palestinian gunfire, a blatant lie that was exposed by a series of media outlets that examined the evidence minutely. The revised version the army later published is also far from congruent with the evidence.

The Military Advocate General announced that no investigation would be opened, despite the chilling admission that Abu Akleh, wearing a vest clearly identifying her as a journalist, was shot to death by a soldier using a sniper rifle’s telescopic sight – which magnifies the target by a factor of four.

Equally disgraceful was the Israeli response to the very minor American request to “take another look at” the army’s open-fire procedures in the West Bank.

Not that the army will stop murdering innocent people, God forbid, nor that it will stop the endless invasions of West Bank cities, the mass arrests, the midnight abductions of children from their beds – just that it will exert itself a bit more, if it’s not too difficult, to avoid any more such cases.

The mighty United States prefers not to find itself mired in such cases because the victim happens to hold American citizenship, as was the case with Abu Akleh.

Even the courtesy of paying lip service to this minor request was not forthcoming from Israel, which responded with typical brutality. Prime Minister Yair Lapid hastened to tell the Americans that “no one will dictate open-fire regulations to us”.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz, in the same spirit, stated: “The chief of staff, and he alone, determines and will continue to determine the open-fire policies.”

In other words, Israel put the Americans, indeed the entire world, on notice: no one will tell Israel how many, who, when, where or how we will kill. And there the matter ends, until the next time.

ISRAEL CALLS FBI MOVE TO INVESTIGATE JOURNALIST’S KILLING A ‘SERIOUS MISTAKE’

For Some Unknown Reason, The FBI Doesn’t Seem To Understand That Israel Can Murder Whoever They Want With Complete Immunity.

America’s Justice Department recently informed the Israeli Justice Ministry that the FBI has opened an investigation into the death of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in May while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli officials said Monday.

Why it matters: Such an investigation is highly unusual. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called the FBI decision “a grave mistake” and said Israel will refuse to cooperate.

  • The investigation could lead to an American request to investigate the soldiers who were involved in the operation — a request Israel would almost certainly reject.

  • The investigation could also lead to tensions between the Biden administration and the Israeli government.

Driving the news: The FBI decision to open an investigation into the case was first reported on Israel’s Channel 14 on Monday.

Five sources briefed on the issue, including four Israeli officials, confirmed that DOJ notified the Israeli Justice Ministry about the decision. The sources requested anonymity as they were not authorized to publicly speak on the issue.

What they’re saying: Gantz said later Monday that “the U.S. Justice Department decision to investigate the tragic death of Shireen Abu Akleh is a grave mistake.”

  • “The IDF conducted an independent and professional investigation. I have made it clear to the U.S. government that we won’t cooperate with any external investigation and won’t allow any interference in Israel’s internal affairs,” he added.

White House National Security Council spokesperson referred to the DOJ.

  • Our thoughts remain with the Abu Akleh family as they grieve this tremendous loss. Not only was Shireen an American citizen, she was a fearless reporter whose journalism and pursuit of truth earned her the respect of audiences around the world,” the NSC spokesperson added.

  • The DOJ did not reply to a request for comment.

Between the lines: The administration has faced pressure by dozens of congressional Democrats and Abu Akleh’s family to do more to ensure accountability. More than 20 Democratic senators signed a letter calling for an independent FBI investigation.

Sen Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in a statement that “this is an overdue but necessary and important step in the pursuit of justice and accountability in the shooting death of American citizen and journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.”

Flashback: Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera correspondent, was wearing a bulletproof vest marked “press” when she was killed.

The Palestinian Authority and her family accused the Israeli military of intentionally targeting her.

The IDF concluded in September she was most likely killed in “unintentional fire” from an Israeli soldier who did not realize she was a journalist. The findings were a shift from the IDF’s initial position that it was not possible to know who shot Abu Akleh.

The Biden administration said in early July that Abu Akleh was likely killed by unintentional Israeli fire, but a ballistics test of the bullet fragment removed from her body was “inconclusive.”

Citing witnesses, as well as visual and audio evidence, independent investigations by several news organizations, including the Washington Post, AP and the New York Times, found that it was likely that an Israeli soldier fired the fatal shot.

A probe conducted by the UN human rights body came to a similar conclusion.

Of course, that should be no surprise and that the powers that be in Israel and Washington will never allow any Israeli to actually be punished for silencing those who reveal Israel’s crimes against humanity.

ISRAEL MUST GET RID OF ITS NUCLEAR ARSENAL ACCORDING THE THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Only Five Countries – Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau And America – Opposed The Resolution Intended To Reduce The Risk Of Nuclear Proliferation In The Middle East.

The United Nations General Assembly First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security issues, called on Israel to get rid of all its atomic weapons and place its nuclear sites under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency in a 152 to 5 vote.

Five countries – Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau and the United States – opposed the resolution on Friday over the “risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.” Twenty-four other countries abstained, including members of the European Union.

The resolution, submitted by Egypt, was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and 19 countries, including Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Egypt’s text focuses on Israel as one of the nine countries believed to possess nuclear weapons, which the Jewish state has never officially acknowledged.

The results of a General Assembly vote on a resolution was shown on a screen during a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The resolution notes that Israel is the only country in the Middle East and one of the few among the 193 UN member states not to have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

It further calls on the Jewish state “to accede to the Treaty without further delay, not to develop, produce, test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, to renounce possession of nuclear weapons, and to place all of its unsafeguarded nuclear facilities under full-scope Agency safeguards as an important confidence-building measure among all states in the region and as a step towards strengthening peace and security.”

In a debate on the issue earlier this month, Israeli envoy to the UN Michal Maayan said the NPT is only relevant as long as it is respected and is not a remedy for the “unique security challenges” of the Middle East.

“Four out of five cases of serious violations of the NPT have occurred in the Middle East since it came into force,” she explained, referring to Iran’s nuclear program and the alledged undeclared nuclear activities in Syria.

Maayan also explained that it is impossible to talk about a regional security architecture around the nuclear issue in a situation where Middle Eastern countries do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, stressing that this position is “untenable.”

Given Israel’s criminal behavior, it really has no right to exist.

AN ISRAELI OFFICIAL URGES SETTLERS TO KILL PALESTINIANS WHILE WAVING A PISTOL

Lately, There Has Been A Surge In Settler Violence Across Both Holy Sites And Palestinian Neighborhoods In The West Bank.

Israeli Knesset member and leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, Itamar Ben Gvir, was seen in a video on the evening of October 13th wielding a pistol in the occupied east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and urging settlers and police to shoot at Palestinians who throw stones at the occupation forces.

We’re the landlords here, remember that, I am your landlord … If [Palestinians] throw stones, shoot them,” Ben Gvir said. The night before, during an earlier visit to Sheikh Jarrah, the extremist Knesset member (MK) reportedly threatened to “mow down” a group of Palestinians in the area.

The east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah became internationally known last year as one of the main sites of Israel’s indiscriminate land confiscation and expulsion policies and is regularly subject to raids by scores of settlers, including on October 14th .

Later trying to justify his behavior via Twitter, Ben Gvir said: “The politicians are tying the hands of our cops … It cannot be that Arabs throw stones next to cops and the cops don’t respond with fire.”

Ben Gvir, whose extremist far-right ideology is mainstreamed in Israel, is notorious for this type of extremist rhetoric, as well as his support for violent settler groups who regularly storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque and desecrate its grounds. This is something that the MK himself has taken part in.

Lately, there has been a surge in settler violence against Palestinians, as well as continued raids into the al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites. Several far-right Jewish settlers stormed Hebron in the occupied West Bank on October 10th and proceeded to tear up and set fire to copies of the Quran near the city’s Qaytoun Mosque.

On September 30th Palestinian Minister of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Hatem al-Bakri, said in a statement that Israeli troops and extremist settlers have stormed and attacked 15 mosques since the start of the year.

This extremism, which is already prevalent on a daily basis, is likely to be amplified significantly in the event that Ben Gvir or others like him make their way into a coalition government with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at its head – something that might materialize.

THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION IS ILLEGAL UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

The Actions Of Israeli Government Constitutes An Illegal Occupation And Annexation Regime That Must Be Addressed, Reversed And Those Responsible Punished For War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity.

There are reasonable grounds to conclude that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory is now unlawful under international law due to its permanence and the Israeli Government’s de-facto annexation policies, according to the first report to the General Assembly issued by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

Underlining that under international humanitarian law the occupation of territory in wartime is a temporary situation and does not deprive the occupied Power of its statehood nor its sovereignty, the three-person Commission called on the General Assembly to request an urgent Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of Israel’s continued refusal to end its occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Recent statements by the Secretary-General and numerous member States have clearly indicated that any attempt at unilateral annexation of a State’s territory by another State is a violation of international law and is null and void; 143 member States including Israel last week voted in favour of a General Assembly resolution reaffirming this”, stated Navi Pillay, Chair of the Commission. “Unless universally applied, including to the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, this core principle of the United Nations Charter will become meaningless”, she added.

In reaching its findings, the Commission reviewed the policies and actions employed by the Governments of Israel to maintain the occupation, and annex parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Commission’s review was based on interviews with experts and stakeholders, and submissions received following a call for submissions issued on 22 September 2021.

The 28-page report focuses on the sustenance and advancement of the settlement enterprise, including statements made by Israeli officials indicating the intent to maintain permanent control over the land in violation of international law. The Commission concludes that by continuing to occupy the territory by force, Israel incurs international responsibilities and remains accountable for violations of the rights of the Palestinians individually and as a people.

By ignoring international law in establishing or facilitating the establishment of settlements, and directly or indirectly transferring Israeli civilians into these settlements, successive Israel governments have set facts on the ground to ensure permanent Israeli control in the West Bank”, Ms. Pillay stated.

In producing its report, the Commission reviewed Israel’s expropriation and exploitation of land and natural resources, and Israel’s restrictive urban planning and zoning policies in the West Bank, noting that land is often confiscated for military purposes but is then used for settlement construction. The Commission reviewed statements by Israeli officials indicating that Palestinian construction is seen as an impediment to Israeli settlements, requiring action such as confiscation, demolitions and displacement. The Commission also observed similar processes in East Jerusalem where the restrictive planning and zoning regimes, which have obstructed adequate housing, infrastructure and livelihoods, have contributed to shrinking space for Palestinians.

The report also points to Israeli Government policies which have had a serious and multi-faceted impact on all areas of Palestinian life, including access to clean and affordable water, which has impacted the entire Palestinian agricultural sector, limiting opportunities for livelihoods particularly affecting women.

There is so much ‘silent harm’ and psychological trauma, that may not be immediately apparent, resulting from the erosion of economic, social and cultural rights. These debilitating processes have severe short and long-term consequences and must be urgently addressed”, said Commissioner Miloon Kothari.

The Commission dedicated a significant part of its report to reviewing the impact of Israel’s occupation and de-facto annexation policies on Palestinian human rights, noting the coercive environment intended to force Palestinians to leave their homes and alter the demographic composition of certain areas. To this effect, the Commission reviewed the demolition of homes and destruction of property, the excessive use of force by security forces, mass incarceration, settler violence, restrictions of movement, and limitations on access to livelihoods, basic necessities, services and humanitarian assistance.

The Commission emphasised that this ongoing coercive environment has fragmented Palestinian society and ensured that Palestinians are unable of fulfil their right to self-determination among other rights. The Commission also noted the extremely harmful impact of the air, land and sea blockade of Gaza on Palestinian human rights.

The report outlines a specifically damaging impact on children, who experience constant military presence, arrest and detention, frequent attacks and acts of violence, restrictions on movement, home demolition and destruction of infrastructure and property. The Commission emphasised that the cumulative effects of occupation practices, including restrictions on movement, have had a pervasive discriminatory effect on Palestinian women, noting that they experience gender-based violence during their everyday activities.

The report concludes by saying that some of the policies and actions of the Israeli Government leading to permanent occupation and de-facto annexation may constitute elements of crimes under international criminal law, including the war crime of transferring, directly or indirectly, part of one’s own civilian population into occupied territory, and the crime against humanity of deportation or forcible transfer.

The actions of Israeli Governments reviewed in our report constitute an illegal occupation and annexation regime that must be addressed”, stated Commissioner Chris Sidoti. “The international system and individual States must act and uphold their obligations under international law. That must begin at this session of the General Assembly with a referral to the International Court of Justice”, he added.

BACKGROUND

The UN Human Rights Council mandated the Commission on 27 May 2021 to “investigate, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel, all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law leading up and since 13 April 2021”. In July 2021, the President of the Human Rights Council announced the appointment of Navanethem Pillay (South Africa), Miloon Kothari (India) and Christopher Sidoti (Australia) to serve as the three members of the Commission and indicated that Ms. Pillay would serve as Chair. Resolution A/HRC/RES/S-30/1 further requested the commission of inquiry to “investigate all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict, including systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity.” The Commission of Inquiry was mandated to report to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly annually from June 2022 and September 2022, respectively.

HANGING WITH THE DEVIL – SOROS AND THE KIEV REGIME

Why Is A Jewish-Born Billionaire Funding A Nazi Regime In Ukraine? It Is So It Does His Bidding And Is Not Beyond Cynical Calculation. It’s What Capitalism Is All About.

The NATO-backed Kiev regime is enacting new draconian laws that will banish all dissenting free speech. Any views not aligned with the regime are to be deemed treasonous and outlawed, even subject to persecution and violent repression.

The new legal powers enshrine a vicious campaign against independent media in Ukraine that has been raging over the past four years under President Vladimir Zelensky. Opposition political parties and news organizations have been shuttered, and dissenting journalists targeted with violence or forced into exile. The toxic trend against free speech can be traced back to the CIA-sponsored Maidan coup d’état which toppled the elected government in Ukraine in February 2014.

That coup brought to power a far-right regime in Kiev that glories in past collaboration with Nazi Germany. Over one million Jews were exterminated by Ukrainian fascists on behalf of the Third Reich.

The contradictions of the Kiev regime are head-spinning. The incumbent president, Zelensky, is reportedly of Jewish heritage. Yet his regime is propped up by Nazi-toting paramilitaries such as the Azov and Aidar Battalions that form the backbone of the Ukrainian armed forces. Zelensky’s financial patron is Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky who is also Jewish, yet Kolomoisky bankrolls Neo-Nazi paramilitaries.

Western governments who claim to be custodians of “democracy” and “freedom” have been pumping billions of dollars of weaponry to the fascist regime in Kiev headed up by a Jewish president. The Western governments and media try to square that contradiction by asserting that Zelensky’s regime is a “democracy” and by covering up the facts of its Nazi conduct. The arming of Ukraine since 2014 by the United States and other NATO members is recklessly pushing a world war with Russia. Western so-called democracies are aligned with fascism in an incipient war against Russia that could end in a nuclear catastrophe. For those paying historical attention to the real causes and geopolitics of the Second World War – the interplay of Western powers and Nazi Germany – and the subsequent Cold War, the present confrontation may come as no surprise.

The relations of one Western public figure with Ukraine are particularly awing in their incongruity. George Soros, the American billionaire philanthropist, was an early supporter of political change in Ukraine following its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Through his Open Society Foundation, Soros funneled millions of dollars to promote the Maidan “revolution” takeover in Kiev. Soros worked hand-in-hand with the American government and its CIA regime-change agencies, such as National Endowment for Democracy and USAID, to create “civic society groups” and a litany of media organizations that pushed anti-Russia views.

Soros’ Open Society Foundation to this day proclaims to “stand with Ukraine” and accuses Russia of waging an “assault on democracy”. The OSF has a fundraising target of $45 million which it says will be used to “protect Ukrainian civic society”.

The reality behind Soros’ virtue-signaling rhetoric is that the Kiev regime is dominated by Nazi forces that are intent on smashing any dissent and free speech, as the repressive new media laws demonstrate.

Even Soros-funded Western non-governmental organizations such as Reporters Without Borders and the American based Committee for the Protection of Journalists have condemned the shocking assault on free speech by the Zelensky regime.

This is not just an unfortunate matter of keeping bad company. Soros and the American State Department, along with then Vice President Joe Biden, were instrumental in bringing the Kiev regime to power in 2014. They were instrumental in building it up as a rabid anti-Russia spearhead that repudiated the 2014-2015 Minsk Peace accords and fomented the present war with Russia.

Soros, who over many years has publicly expressed a deep personal antipathy toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, appears to have deftly used Ukraine as a geopolitical playground to promote his personal and business interests. The billionaire capitalist has his eyes on the privatization of Ukrainian industries in energy and agriculture. Of course, Washington and NATO’s imperialist interests dovetailed neatly with the apparent philanthropy.

Soros has long been accused of promoting “color revolutions” on behalf of Washington to destabilize geopolitical adversaries, Russia and China in particular.

The case of Ukraine is especially persuasive. Soros’ early involvement in promoting the violent Kiev coup led directly to the creation of an extreme, reactionary regime that dutifully served the imperialist interests of Washington against Russia while causing misery for the majority of Ukrainians. The Kiev ruling cabal is rife with corruption, fascist lawlessness and throttling a threadbare civic society under an autocratic Jewish president beloved by Hollywood and Western state intelligence agencies.

Soros’ grandiose claims of supporting “independent journalism” and “civic society” are shown to be rank falsehoods set against the present crackdown in Ukraine against free speech.

This brings us to the ultimate, perhaps most disturbing contradiction: George Soros (92), born in 1930 into a Jewish family, grew up in Hungary during Nazi occupation as an adolescent trying to avoid being sent to a gas chamber. He has admitted concealing his Jewish identity as a Christian. There is an implication of his collaborating as a teenager with the Nazi regime in Budapest by reporting on Jewish property for confiscation. He denies participating in any wrongdoing and says he was merely a hapless youth accompanying a pro-Nazi property agent.

Years after the war, Soros immigrated to the West and later made his vast wealth as a vulture capitalist betting against losers. He is known famously as the “man who broke the British pound” and made a $1 billion profit in a single day during a market meltdown in 1992.

Let’s just say George Soros has a naturally keen sense of predatory opportunism. A Jewish-born billionaire funding a Nazi regime in Ukraine to do his bidding is not beyond cynical calculation. It’s what capitalism is all about.

AMERICANS LIVE IN DENIAL OF REALITY BY BEING CONVINCED THEY’RE THE GOOD GUYS

The Ugly Truth Is That Americans Dwell Permanently Inside Their Own Bubble Of Disinformation.

No one took responsibility for the explosion over the weekend that ripped through a section of the Kerch Bridge that links Russia to Crimea and was built by Moscow after it annexed the peninsula back in 2014.

But it was not just Kyiv’s gleeful celebrations that indicated the main suspect. Within hours, the Ukrainian authorities had released a set of commemorative stamps depicting the destruction.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was under no illusions either. On Monday, he struck out with a torrent of missiles that hit major Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv and Lviv. It was a pale, Slavic echo of Israel’s intermittent bombardments of Gaza, which are expressly intended to send the Palestinian enclave “back to the Stone Age”.

If the scenes looked familiar – an attack by one party, followed by a massive retaliatory strike from the other – the mood and language that greeted the Ukrainian attack and the Russian counter-attack felt noticeably different from what passes for normal western commentary about Israel and Palestine.

The blast on the Kerch Bridge was welcomed with barely concealed excitement from western journalists, politicians and analysts, while Moscow’s strikes on Kyiv were uniformly denounced as Russian brutality and state terrorism. That is not the way things work when Israel and Palestinian factions engage in their own rounds of fighting.

Had the Palestinians openly celebrated blowing up a bridge in East Jerusalem, a territory illegally annexed by Israel in the 1960s, and killed Israeli civilians as collateral damage in the process, who can really imagine western media reports being similarly supportive?

Nor would western academics have lined up, as they did for Ukraine, to explain in detail why destroying a bridge was a proportionate act and fully in accordance with the rights in international law of a people under belligerent occupation to resist.

Instead, there would have been thunderous denunciations of Palestinian savagery and “terrorism”.

In reality, Palestinian resistance nowadays is far more modest – and yet still receives western censure. Palestinians need only to fire a home-made rocket, or launch an “incendiary balloon”, usually ineffectually out of their cage in Gaza – where they have been besieged for years by their Israeli persecutors – to incur the wrath of Israel and the western powers that claim to constitute the “international community”.

Even more perversely, when Palestinians solely target Israeli soldiers, as they are unambiguously entitled to do under international law, they are similarly reviled as criminals.

REGULAR RAMPAGES

But the double standards do not end there. American media and politicians were unreservedly appalled by Moscow’s retaliatory strikes on the Ukrainian capital. Despite the media’s emphasis on Russia’s targeting of civilian infrastructure, the number of civilians killed across Ukraine by the wave of missile hits on Monday was reported to be low.

Western media are far less horrified when it comes to Israel’s regular rampages across Gaza – even when Israel “retaliates” after much less provocation and when its strikes inflict far greater suffering and damage.

And, of course, it is not just Israel that is benefiting from this hypocrisy. The United States’ “Shock and Awe” bombing campaign that initiated the war on Iraq in 2003 – and so impressed western commentators – killed many thousands of Iraqi civilians. Russia’s strikes on Kyiv pale in comparison.

There are other glaring inconsistencies. After Russia’s missile strikes, Ukraine is gaining an even more receptive ear in western capitals to its demands for additional weaponry to help regain the eastern territories Moscow has annexed.

By contrast, no one in the West is suggesting that the Palestinians should be armed to help them fight off decades of Israeli occupation and siege. Quite the reverse. It is invariably western weapons that rain down on Gaza, supplied to the belligerent Israeli occupier by the very parties now condemning Russia.

And in stark contrast to Britain’s whole-hearted support as Ukraine battles to stop Russia’s annexation of its eastern territories, the UK’s prime minister Liz Truss stated only last month that she may reward Israel for its illegal annexation of Jerusalem by moving the British embassy there.

Whereas Palestinians are constantly inveigled to postpone their liberation struggle and wait for their occupier to agree to peace talks, even when Israel openly scorns engagement, Ukrainians are pushed by the West to do the exact opposite. They are expected to delay any negotiations with Russia and focus on the battlefield.

Similarly, those who promote talks between Israel and Palestine that are never going to take place are praised as peacemakers. Those who advocate for talks between Ukraine and Russia – when Moscow has expressed a repeated willingness to negotiate, even if its overtures are disparaged by the West – are rounded on as appeasers.

Russia, meanwhile, faces sustained and comprehensive sanctions imposed by western states to bring it to heel.

By contrast, those proposing a far weaker tool – grassroots boycotts – to pressure Israel to loosen its choke-hold on Gaza are smeared as antisemites and face legislation to outlaw their activities by the same western states sanctioning Moscow.

It is almost as if the “freedom-loving” West has an entirely inconsistent agenda when it comes to the plights of Ukraine and Palestine. Israel’s hold on Palestine is unfortunate but justified; Russia’s over Ukraine is emphatically not.

Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s “unprovoked aggression” is heroic. Palestinian resistance to Israel’s violence – invariably presented as self-defence – is terrorism.

DOUBLE STANDARDS

Western news at the moment is a litany of these double standards and legal and ethical contradictions – and yet barely anyone seems to notice.

Westerners, for example, are currently cheering the protests in Iran, where women and girls have taken to the streets and created mass disturbances in schools. Their protests were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini after she was taken into custody for wearing her hijab head covering too loosely.

Western media celebrate these young women casting aside the hijab in defiance of the unaccountable clerics who rule over them. The West bewails the beatings and attacks they receive from a tyrannous, patriarchal Iranian theocracy.

And yet there is no comparable solidarity with Palestinians when they collectively defy an unaccountable Israeli occupation army that rules over them. When they turn out to protest at the fence Israel has built all around Gaza to imprison them, preventing them from leaving for work or to see family overseas, or to reach hospitals much better equipped than their own that have been under Israeli blockade for years, they are shot down by Israeli snipers.

Where is the applause for those brave Palestinian protesters standing up to their oppressors? Where are the denunciations of Israel for compelling Palestinians to endure a tyrannous, apartheid-enforcing Israeli military?

Why is it entirely unremarkable that Palestinians – young and old, men and women – are regularly beaten or killed by Israel, while the death of a single Iranian woman is enough to reduce the western media to paroxysms of outrage?

And why, just as pertinently, does the West care so much about the lives of young Iranian women and their hijab protests when it appears not to give a damn about these women’s lives, or those of their brothers, when it comes to enforcing decades of western sanctions? Those restrictions have plunged parts of Iranian society into deep and sustained poverty that puts Iranian lives at risk.

Such is the reflexive hypocrisy that Israeli women who have shown no solidarity with Palestinian women abused and killed by the Israeli army turned out last week to cut their hair in a public act of sisterhood with Iranian women.

WESTERN DICTATES

There is nothing new about these double standards. They are entrenched in western thinking, based on a profoundly racist, colonial worldview – one that sees “the West” as the good guys and everyone else as morally compromised, or irredeemably evil, if they refuse to bow to western dictates.

That is highlighted by the current battle of an 88-year-old Palestinian businessman, Munib al-Masri, to win an apology from Britain.

At his instruction, two eminent lawyers – Luis Moreno Ocampo, a former chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and Ben Emmerson, a former United Nations expert on human rights – have been reviewing evidence of crimes committed by British forces in the years before 1948, when the UK ruled Palestine under a mandate.

When Britain withdrew, it effectively allowed Zionist institutions to take its place and create a self-declared Jewish state of Israel on the ruins of the Palestinians’ homeland.

The evidence documented by Ocampo and Emmerson – which they describe as “shocking” – includes crimes such as arbitrary killings and detentions, torture, use of human shields, and home demolitions weaponized as collective punishment.

If that all sounds familiar, it should. Israel has been terrorising Palestinians with these same exact policies over the past 74 years. That is because Israel incorporated the British mandate’s “emergency regulations” permitting such crimes into its legal and administrative codes. It simply continued what Britain had started.

Masri hopes to present the 300-page dossier to the UK government later this year. According to the media, it will be “reviewed thoroughly” by the Ministry of Defence. But do not hold your breath waiting for an apology.

The reality is that Ocampo and Emmerson did not need to conduct their research. Nothing they tell the UK government will be a revelation. British officials already know about these crimes. And there is no remorse – as demonstrated by, if nothing else, the fact that Britain continues to back Israel to the hilt even while the Israeli military continues the same reign of state terror.

Israel’s task was to rebrand as a “western-style democracy” the British mandate’s brutal colonial rule over the Palestinian population. It is the reason Israel receives billions of dollars in aid from America every year, and why it never faces consequences for any of the crimes it commits.

The ugly truth is that westerners dwell permanently inside their own bubble of disinformation, one puffed up by their leaders and the media, that allows them to imagine themselves as the good guys – whatever the evidence actually proves.

The double standards in the West’s treatment of Ukraine compared to Palestine should be a moment when that harsh realisation finally dawns. Sadly, western publics just seem to sink ever deeper into the comforting illusion of self-righteousness.

ISRAELI SETTLER GANGS TERRORIZE PALESTINIAN TOWN UNDER ARMY PROTECTION

Huwwara Has Been Under Attack Since Thursday, When Groups Of Armed Settlers Began Attacking Several Points In The Town As They Were Escorted And Enabled By The Israeli Army.

Israeli settlers continued their attack on the Palestinian town of Huwwara in the northern occupied West Bank for the second day in a row on Friday, vandalizing several storefronts, vehicles, and homes, while Israeli forces fired live ammunition at Palestinians in the town.

At around 1 p.m., as Friday prayers were ongoing in the town, groups of armed and masked Israeli settlers began attacking homes and storefronts off the main road of the town, that connects Huwwara and the surrounding villages with the city of Nablus to the north.

They started throwing rocks at passing cars, breaking the windows of the stores and vandalizing them from the inside, vandalizing vehicles, trying to set them on fire, and attacking homes,” Salamah Saleem, 60, a local activist said.

They did all this during prayer time, when most of the men in the village were in the mosque, and it was just the women and children who were at home alone,” Saleem said. “These are planned attacks, and they are getting worse with each day.”

Following Friday prayers, dozens of local youth from Huwwara took to the streets to confront the settlers and soldiers. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound grenades, and tear gas at locals, causing a number of injuries.

At least two Palestinians were injured with live ammunition, with one reported to be in serious condition, according to local sources.

Huwwara has been under near constant attack since Thursday afternoon, when groups of armed settlers began attacking several points in the town, primarily on the main road, vandalizing dozens of storefronts and vehicles. The settlers also burned olive trees, and attacked several homes, a local amusement park, and a cafe on the outskirts of the town.

A representative from the local council in Huwwara said that at least eight young men were detained from the village since yesterday, four of whom have been released, and four who are still in Israeli custody.

What’s happening right now in Huwwara is terrifying, and it’s a sign of what’s to come in the rest of the West Bank as the settlers continue their violent rampages on Palestinian towns like ours,” Saleem said.

THE FIRST ATTACK

The first attack began shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, when a gang of masked and armed settlers arrived on the main road of Huwwara, and began attacking cars that were both passing by and parked on the road.

It all happened suddenly. They started throwing large rocks at the cars, trying to break the windows of any Palestinian car that they saw around them,” Saleem said. “Then they started to attack the shops and storefronts.”

They started breaking the windows and doors down, and entering the shops and breaking everything inside,” Saleem said, adding that the settlers were armed with bats, large sticks, rocks, knives, and guns. “There were teenagers with guns. We saw 15-year-old settlers with guns.”

He added that several store owners were injured when they were hit with rocks and broken glass.

While the settlers were attacking the shops and vehicles, Israel soldiers stationed in the area began firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and sound bombs at the Palestinian civilians in the area.

Videos taken on the scene were posted on social media, showing armed Israeli forces working in tandem with the settlers, pointing their guns and shooting towards the Palestinians in the area.

The soldiers were there to protect the settlers. They did nothing to stop the settlers from their attack, they were only suppressing any Palestinians who were trying to defend themselves from the settlers,” he said.

At the same time that the settlers were attacking shops on the main road, another gang of settlers were coordinating an attack on the outskirts of Huwwara, around 1 kilometer away from the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar, which is home to notoriously violent settlers that frequently attack the Palestinian villages surrounding the settlement.

I was at home when I got the call around 3 p.m. that my coffee shop up on the hill was on fire, and that the settlers were attacking the area,” Shadi Yaseen Odeh, 33, a resident of Huwwara told Mondoweiss.

But by the time Shadi got up to where his coffee shop was, it was too late. The entire shop had been burned to the ground. Nothing was salvageable. The local amusement park and a number of homes next door had also been vandalized, and Israeli settlers had set fire to a number of vehicles and olive trees in the area.

I was speechless when I saw the state of the coffee shop. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Everything was gone,” he said. “I lost everything.”

Odeh said that a number of the neighbors and employees from the amusement park next door had attempted to defend the area from the settlers, and put out the fire that the settlers started, but they were stopped by a group of Israeli soldiers who were in the area.

My entire source of living is gone. I don’t have the money to rebuild this place. I’ll have to go look for work in order to support my family,” he said.

24 HOURS OF HELL

The attack on Thursday afternoon was just the beginning of what turned into “24 hours of hell” for the people of Huwwara, as one resident described it.

A few hours after the first attack on the main road and the outskirts of Huwwara, another gang of armed and masked settlers returned, this time at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

Muhammad Dalal, 55, an owner of a car repair shop on the main road of Huwwara, was at his neighbor’s house in their apartment building when he got a frantic call from his wife, who was alone in their apartment with their 13-year-old daughter.

She called me freaking out, saying the settlers and soldiers were attacking our home and our shop below, which is on the ground floor below us,” Dalal said.

I didn’t hear anything else she said, I just ran. I could barely press the elevator button to go down because I was shaking so badly. I was scared for my wife and kids,” Dalal recounted.

When I arrived and started trying to defend my home from the soldiers and settlers, the settlers threw rocks at our house and the soldiers fired tear gas at us,” he said, adding that the windows were broken by the settlers, and the house was slowly filling up with tear gas.

My daughter fainted because she inhaled a large amount of tear gas, but we couldn’t get out of the house because the settlers were surrounding us,” he said.

They were throwing stones at cars, windows, anything they saw,” he said.

After what felt like an eternity, the settlers moved on from Dalal’s house, and continued to wreak havoc on shops and homes down the street, as Israeli soldiers protected them. He was able to evacuate his daughter to the hospital, where she was treated along with several other Palestinians from the town for tear gas inhalation and other injuries.

It was like a war zone,” Dalal said.

The attacks did not stop there.

At around 3 a.m., residents of Huwwara began posting on local Facebook and Whatsapp groups that the settlers had returned to the main road, this time further up north, and were vandalizing more shops.

They started attacking people’s houses in the middle of the night while they were sleeping,” Salamah Saleem said. “We just heard screams as stones broke through people’s windows. Some people reported that their shops were shot at.”

By 1 p.m. the next day, the settlers returned to Huwwara and launched another attack, in tandem with dozens of Israeli troops stationed in the area. Palestinians from the town confronted the settlers and soldiers, who violently suppressed the Palestinians using live ammunition.

The confrontations lasted into the evening in Huwwara.

We still don’t know exactly how many people have been injured, or just how much damage has been done to people’s shops and houses in the town over the past 24 hours, because the attacks are still ongoing as we speak,” Saleem said.

SETTLER-STATE COLLUSION

The attacks on Huwwara come amidst an intensification of Israeli military and settler violence in the West Bank, as Israel cracks down on growing armed resistance in the occupied territory.

At least 10 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of October by Israeli forces, while dozens of instances of settler violence have been recorded. According to UN OCHA, by the end of September, more than 470 instances of settler violence had been recorded in the West Bank since the start of the year.

At the same time as the attack on Huwwara on Thursday, Israeli settlers were also invading Al-Tireh neighborhood in Ramallah. According to eyewitnesses, at least two buses of settlers arrived under the protection of Israeli military and border police during the attack.

On Thursday and Friday, settler attacks on Palestinians, their property, and olive groves were reported in Nablus City, the Jordan Valley, and the Nablus-area villages of Urif, Qusra Qariyot, and Azmut.

The Palestinians in Huwwara say that the attacks are an indication of worsening settler violence in the West Bank amid a culture of impunity for settlers, as well as the protection they receive from Israeli forces during their attacks.

Yesterday was really bad, unlike anything I’ve seen before,” Shadi Odeh said, sitting outside what remained of his burned down coffee shop.

We are frequently attacked by the settlers in the area, but things are getting worse. We can feel it,” he said. “It’s gotten to the point where you can’t even safely take a walk down the street, or you don’t feel safe in your own home.”

The settlers and the soldiers are working together,” Mohammad Dallal said. “They are the same. When the soldier takes off his uniform, he is a settler.”

The settlers and soldiers have traumatized our town, our children, our elderly,” he said. “If this attack and others like it happened without the support of the soldiers, it would not have escalated this far — the settlers wouldn’t have been as confident,” Dallal said.

Saleem echoed similar sentiments, saying “the moment you try to defend yourself or your family, the soldiers start attacking you. They point their guns at us, they shoot at us, etc, but not the settlers.”

The policy of “settler-state collusion,” where Israeli forces supervise, protect, and even work in tandem with settlers while attacking Palestinians and their property is well documented by human rights group B’Tselem.

Settler violence against Palestinians is part of the strategy employed by Israel’s apartheid regime, which seeks to take over more and more West Bank land,” B’Tselem said in its report ‘Settler Violence = State Violence’.

The state fully supports and assists these acts of violence, and its agents sometimes participate in them directly. As such, settler violence is a form of government policy, aided and abetted by official state authorities with their active participation,” the group said.

Palestinians like Odeh, Saleem, and Dallal all say that the state’s policy when it comes to settler violence is part of the larger attempts by the settlers, and Israel, to kick Palestinains off their land.

These attacks are a form of ethnic cleansing,” Odeh said. “The point of all of this,” he said, pointing to the debris of his shop, “is to scare us off, and make us leave our land so they can take it.”

AMERICANS SUPPORT THE NEGOTIATION OF A NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

Nearly 79 Percent Of Voters Believe Country “Should Continue To Pursue Negotiations To Prevent Iran From Obtaining Or Developing A Nuclear Weapon.”

But Israel Says “No.”

The vast majority of Americans support diplomacy with Iran to constrain its nuclear program, a survey found Wednesday, amid a stalemate in negotiations to restore a 2015 deal.

A wide-ranging annual survey by the Eurasia Group Foundation found that nearly 79 percent of American voters believe the United States “should continue to pursue negotiations to prevent Iran from obtaining or developing a nuclear weapon in the near future.”

Former Republican president Donald Trump pulled out of the accord in 2018, calling it the “worst deal ever,” and re-imposed sweeping sanctions.

But the survey found that close to 72 percent of Republicans backed nuclear diplomacy with Iran. It did not ask about specific details of the 2015 accord.

President Joe Biden supports a restoration of the accord, but negotiations have repeatedly broken down under pressure from the Israeli regime who is promoting war with Iran.

This should make it very clear who really rules America.

Political pressure has also built on Biden not to give Iran economic relief amid major protests against the clerical state triggered by the death of a young woman in the custody of morality police. However, you should be aware that there is no such pressure on Biden to address Israel’s murder of an American journalist.

The Eurasia Group Foundation polled 2,002 American adults of voting age from September 2-8.