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The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

Americans have become accomplices to genocide, lies, and unspeakable evils.

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

Meet the Real Israeli Defense Force: the US Congress

by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR

It started as a rather melancholy Friday afternoon in the West Bank. Nothing unusual. Just another funeral for a promising young man who died much too young. Under the implacable shadow of the Wall and in the rifle sights of Israeli soldiers, more than 200 mourners walked down the cobbled street toward the old cemetery in the village of Beit Ummar. Some shouted angrily at the soldiers, condemning Israel for yet another senseless death.

The funeral was for a college student, Jafaar Awad, who slipped into a coma and died only two months after being released from an Israeli prison, where his serious illness had festered untreated for months. Awad was only 22 when he died, as have so many other Palestinian prisoners, from medical neglect at the hands of Israeli jailers. [No Magnitsky Act for Israel]

As his family huddled around his grave, the IDF launched a dozen tear gas canisters toward the mourners, scattering the stunned grouping. Then automatic weapons fire strafed the crowd, bullets hitting more than a dozen people, including Jafaar’s cousin Ziad Awad. Ziad was struck in the back, the bullet piercing his spine. He was rushed to the Al Ahli Hospital in Hebron, where he died of his wounds.

Ziad was only 28.

A few hours after Ziad’s murder at the hands of Israeli snipers, the IDF issued a terse statement saying that Israeli soldiers fired on the crowd of mourners after people where seen throwing stones.

I’m surprised the IDF even felt compelled to issue a justification for a kind of killing that has become routine: kids were throwing stones, skipping rocks, jumping rope, blowing bubbles, tossing dirt on an open grave. The Israeli snipers had no option but to shoot.

The Palestinians have no redress for these daily acts of butchery: no court to go to judge the legitimacy of shootings, no venue to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering or lost work days, no avenue to find a measure of justice for the slain. How much loss, misery and humiliation are one people expected to endure?

The Israeli state has never been more violent, the blood toll of Palestinian civilians never so high. In 2014, the Israeli military and security forces killed more than 2,300 Palestinians and wounded another 17,000. That’s the worst carnage since 1967, when the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza intensified in the wake of the Six Day War. During the height of the last Israeli rampage in Gaza last summer, more than 500,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes. And, according to a recent UN Report titled Fractured Lives, more than 100,000 of them remain homeless. Detentions of Palestinians inside Israeli prisons are also on the rise. As of the end of February of this year, more than 6,600 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons and IDF detention centers, the most in five years. So the gears of the killing machine grind on with impunity, each slaughter only serving to embolden more killing.

Who will stop them? Certainly not the Israeli state’s principle financial investor [the American people]. The most vigorous Israeli Defense Force, unblinking in its vigilance, unfaltering in its loyalty, is the U.S. Congress. There is a savage synchronicity to an alliance between one nation that drone strikes weddings and another that shoots ups funerals.

Each year Congress drops a cool $3 billion on Israel. Even in chambers ruled by fiscal tightwads the only real debate is whether this lavish dispensation, which accounts for more than half of all U.S. military aid worldwide, is enough to satiate Israel’s thirst for new weaponry. Even as Israel repeatedly sabotages U.S. policy across the region, Obama has described the U.S. aid package as “sacrosanct.”

In this light the annual US tribute to Israel, which totals about a third of the Israeli arms budget, begins to look less like a subsidy to a client state than protection money paid to a gangster organization.

It should come as no surprise that two of Benjamin Netanyahu’s most fervid American disciples, Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, both graduated from Harvard Law, where they incubated in the Zionist hothouse of Alan Dershowitz. Yet, Cruz and Cotton aren’t outliers. Indeed, there is scarcely a micron of daylight between the positions of Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, the Athena (to HRC’s Medea, I suppose) of the progressives, when it comes to defending the scandalous behavior of Israel. Indeed Warren, like many other liberals, seems to work overtime to demonstrate her unrivaled fealty to the Jewish state.

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The vaunted Israel Lobby scarcely even needs a lobbyist anymore. These days the new members of congress arrived pre-conditioned to demonstrate their devotion to the Israeli cause. They don’t need to be bribed with PAC money, courted with hookers or blackmailed with indiscrete cell-phone photos. When Israel assassinates an Iranian scientist, uses chemical weapons in Gaza, tortures prisoners, murders a young American peace activist, enfilades a burial party, [shoots up the USS Liberty] or is caught spying on the American president, the congress will leap in unison to its defense–no questions asked, no questions answered–and dispatch another check to Tel Aviv.
In the face of the world’s longest running war crime, the American capital stands inert, an ethical void, its halls packed with the political equivalent of GMOs. Pass the Round-Up.

Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. Original article published here:http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/22/israeli-gears/

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Art says:

    “In 2014, the Israeli military and security forces killed more than 2,300 Palestinians and wounded another 17,000. ”

    Israel is an unrepentant criminal state. It is the core of Judaism that justifies this murderous state.

    Death and their god go hand in hand – for 3,000 years, they have celebrated their god’s murder of the first born of every Egyptian family. Passover is their number one holy day. Is that not totally sick? Their culture dances to the death of someone else’s children. So killing 2,300 Palestinians in a year is nothing to the worlds Jews.

    p.s. Of course what is even more sick minded is that it never even happened. It is all a fraud.

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  2. In this light the annual US tribute to Israel, which totals about a third of the Israeli arms budget, begins to look less like a subsidy to a client state than protection money paid to a gangster organization

    I wonder if the author had a clue of how close to reality this statement hit home:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/02/24/profits-of-war/

    ^ Ari Ben Menashe could easily fill in the facts

  3. @Art

    Death and their god go hand in hand

    Same god, same behaviors:

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/14/gods-chosen-a-dumb-idea/

    Jews don’t really have an edge on Christians in the murder business

    • Replies: @Art
  4. Art says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    Comparisons and equivalences of evil is a false argument – murder is murder – the killing of 2,300 Palestinians is a grievous crime by any standard. They must not be let off the hook so easily.

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  5. @Art

    Comparisons and equivalences of evil is a false argument

    And, the one million collateral deaths in Iraq? Not to mention the untold amounts of dead as result of pouring weapons into Syria (since 2011.) And the consequence of Empire elsewhere in too many cases to count? Because the predominantly Jewish Israelis’ get away with murder, they should be held more accountable than a predominantly Christian USA? That’s what you’re saying?

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/05/14/gods-chosen-a-dumb-idea/

    ^ My dig is at your selective (anti-Semitic) finger-pointing. Christian or Jew, if you’re evil, you’re evil. Same God, same behaviors

    • Replies: @Art
    , @Chris Mallory
  6. Bobbiemac says:

    Well hello dolly … Hello, dolly … It’s so nice to see you back where you belong.
    Of all the scribes that have critiqued it, none have been more eloquent in exposing the lies, hypocrisy, bigotry and utter viciousness of the moden state of Israel than PCR.
    When I was at university the zionists set themselves up as morally superior to us goys. Always anti war, tolerant, against racism, the whole sjw routine. Against this backdrop, this is why many find Israel’s conduct so galling and intolerable.
    If all atrocities are to be given equal time as mr. West suggests, why doesn’t that apply to the nazis? On netflix a good percentage of the documentaries are about the nazis and the holocaust — only the most recent example of the virtual monopoly this event has on the MSM and the entertainment industry.

    • Replies: @Ronald Thomas West
  7. Art says:
    @Ronald Thomas West

    “Because the predominantly Jewish Israelis’ get away with murder, they should be held more accountable than a predominantly Christian USA?”

    Good god man – who runs US foreign policy but US Jews working for Israel?

    Why did 9/11 come to our shores, but for our politically coerced hand in the miss treatment of the Palestinian people – directed by Jews?

    Look at what has happened to our Christian country – it has been turned upside down – today we support the bad guys – world Jewry is an existential threat to America and Christianity.

    You not putting this together is disturbing!

  8. @Art

    Maybe you should study up on the ‘new jew’ Ann Coulter, I’ll leave a comment over there:

    http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/ann-coulter-vs-jorge-ramos/

    ^

  9. @Bobbiemac

    If all atrocities are to be given equal time as mr. West suggests, why doesn’t that apply to the nazis?

    I’ve it covered:

    At the end of the day, Netanyahu, Merkel, Hollande, Cameron, and their several peers, all, are holocaust deniers (as well, profound hypocrites.)

    Read more

    http://ronaldthomaswest.com/2015/01/29/holocaust-perversions-of-truth-western-mentality/

  10. Cameron says:
    @Art

    “Good god man – who runs US foreign policy but US Jews working for Israel?”

    And were the Jews running our foreign policy before and during the murderous Civil War, during the Spanish American War, the Mexican American War, World War I?

    Some Jews owned slaves before the Civil War, but who holds the prize (Booby, that is) for being the larger group per capita of slave owners?

    Were Jews running Christian Russia during the pogroms, or Christian Spain during the Inquisition?

    Was it a murderous, Jewish emperor Constantine way back in Ancient Rome who saw the cross in the sky and converted his empire to Christianity and continued his murderous ways as a Christian?

    I could go on, but it certainly is obvious that Christians are as evil as Jews or probably any other religious groups when it comes to murder, torture or other evils you might want to conjure up.

    • Replies: @Art
  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    At least these groups didn’t deflect criticism of their acts by accusations of bigotry and prejudice – anti semitism
    If anyone doubts that Jews ( as a group) feel they are exceptional due to the perceived racial status of “god’s chosen people” just google up “Jewish claims to moral superiorority” and see how many hits you get.

  12. Art says:
    @Cameron

    “Were Jews running Christian Russia during the pogroms”

    Jews were running the program that starved 25,000,000 Ukrainians in Soviet Russia.

    Two wrongs do not make a right – this is the 21st century – world Jewry can not kill 2,300 civilian Palestinians and shrug it off as justified by history.

    p.s. Only a moral pigmy would say that.

  13. @Ronald Thomas West

    1. It isn’t the same God.
    2. The last Christian to hold the office of President of the United States was Jimmy Carter. Christians have no power in the US, no matter how your fevered delusions tell you otherwise.

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  14. Sam Shama says:

    The State of Israel defends its own citizens. This unavoidably includes deep infiltration of Palestinian populations that incessantly produce suicide bombers and other methods to inflict harm on the Israeli public. Israel has gotten rather good at spotting where future trouble is almost certain to come from, and takes pre-emptive measures, which is why you see the seemingly “innocent” being gaoled and questioned. Which country, if capable, would choose not that path as an alternative to subjecting its own citizens to the certitude of death or maiming? The U.S. now uses drones and other sophisticated means to achieve very similar ends.

    Reading the comments here makes me shudder. The inexplicable anti-semitism is alive and well. Passover is NOT the most important Holy Day. That would be Yom Kippur, when penitence is observed followed by the seeking of forgiveness from man and then G’d).

    You have to be of a special category of lunatic to think that Jews drink the blood of Christian children.

    The IDF, which you revile much in these columns and comments, is engaged in a great deal of good worldwide.
    https://www.idfblog.com/blog/2015/04/27/israelinnepal/

    Care to show where the ISIS or the Taliban or Hamas and Hezbollah are doing similar things? (don’t bother with examples from their captured domestic constituencies: most of those people, given a chance would immediately drop everything and live in Israel.)

  15. Art says:

    Sam Shama,

    “The IDF, which you revile much in these columns and comments, is engaged in a great deal of good worldwide.”

    Ya – like train US police departments how to protect local Jews?

    This Passover thing has to be one of the sickest celebrations in human history.

    Celebrating the killing of the first born of every family of a whole nation for 3,000 years is major sicko.

    That righteous killer mindset carried over from Passover leads to 2,300 Palestinians being killed last year. Something that you are perfectly OK with.

    You are a little Jew who has bought 100% into the tribal Zionist creed – honesty is not part of that creed – I feel sorry for you.

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  16. Hipster says:

    It’s funny generally when two people have fought over land, they had it out as best as they could and whoever was left standing had it.

    Israel is under international watch all the time and while they certainly could wipe out all the remaining Palestinians and just take up the borders they wished they had in a few weeks, they can’t do that so they keep them penned in, slowly sneak a few new villages here and there, demolish a few old villages here and there, and will likely in the end get almost all of the land they want.

    If this were back before television I’m sure they would have just gotten Biblical on the Palestinians and taken what they wanted. Every “settler society” did this. North America and Australia didn’t have much problem wiping out the people who were already there, and I don’t know how many people at the time really cared one way or the other about this.

    Human nature changes little, and whatever justification English people had for claiming North America or Australia as theirs, Jews certainly have an even stronger story to tell themselves about why they get to wipe out the people who used to be in Israel and make it their own land. Just now they have to do it tiny bit by tiny bit.

    • Replies: @Art
  17. Art says:
    @Hipster

    “North America or Australia as theirs, Jews certainly have an even stronger story to tell themselves about why they get to wipe out the people who used to be in Israel and make it their own land.”

    This is 2015 not 1815 — the natives in 1815 had no sense of land as property. This is not true of Palestine. Families have own property for a thousand years in Palestine.

    These Jews are actually stealing property. You ok with that – I hope not!

  18. Sam Shama says:
    @Chris Mallory

    “. The last Christian to hold the office of President of the United States was Jimmy Carter. Christians have no power in the US, no matter how your fevered delusions tell you otherwise.”

    This is hilarious! Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II were assorted Buddhists and pagans eh? (On Obama you might have a point there)

    Fact of the matter is there is not a practical difference between what Jews and Christians want in this century. Both communities are essentially guided by the same principles of civic duty, realistic social liberalism and a penchant for free market capitalism.

    Any differences are at best trivial and in truth amount to playful banter. Whether you subscribe to this or not is your individual prerogative.

  19. Sam Shama says:
    @Art

    First of all I am not that small (5′ 11″) of a Jew. I don’t think you could beat me up quite as easily as you perhaps fancy in your daydreams :=).

    Secondly, the celebration of Passover and its traditions have meanings that might, and indeed appear to have, escaped your powers of faculty.

    What is your religion Art? (It may be that you are a G’d less communist or even an atheist with no particular bearings, other than your obviously bilious nature)

    What you say, “major sicko” etc. might prompt some (not me, not me!) to remark that you, your ancestors have an unbroken record of weekly cannibalism, spanning 2k+ years, as you “eat the body of Christ” and “Drink the blood of Christ”.

    But of course I do realise its purely symbolic nature.

    • Replies: @Art
  20. Art says:
    @Sam Shama

    “First of all I am not that small (5′ 11″) of a Jew. I don’t think you could beat me up quite as easily as you perhaps fancy in your daydreams :=).”

    Well Sam – you are a little Jew not because of your physical stature, but because of your intellectual stature.

    Sam – you are a follower – a follower of an evil system of thought – Zionism — you are a follower of the most devious and greedy of your tribe. Like a thoughtless lemming, you follow and support whatever they do – you cannot say no to them – your tribal instincts will not let you.

    So Sam – this makes you a little person – one without courage or honesty – you do not have the intelligence to break away – you are a little tribal Jew. Like countless lemming Jews in history, once again you are on a path to the cliff.

    Run little one – run – lie to yourself and everyone else for as long as you can.

    • Replies: @Sam Shama
  21. Sam Shama says:
    @Art

    I feel the rays of your intellect permeating all around. Wait! those are just the rays of the Sun on me at my swimming pool!

    Do continue to rummage around that basement as you perfect the truffle dog routine of sniffing for more Jews to kill. It may not be quite so easy this time around.

    Art Clouseau of the anti-semtic circus!

    • Replies: @Art
  22. Art says:
    @Sam Shama

    O’ Sam – finally the holocaust card. You are desperate.

    No sir my little Jew – not going there – – it is you Passover types who like the killing. Just look at Israel, gleefully last year, 2,300 Palestinians were murdered by you people.

    I am a new testament type Christian – I believe all life is sacred – even a miserable soul such as yourself. I do not want to kill you. Killing just brings more killing. We all know this – what is wrong with you Jews – what is so dangerous and virulent in your makeup? It is more than evident that you Zionist tribal Jews are the ones who are the great haters.

    Your problem is the old testament led tribal Christians who ape you Passovers – not me.

    The solution for you Jews is join the human race – only when you can accept the superior idealistic new testament philosophy of Jesus will you Jews find peace.

  23. Wilson says:

    CALLING CRITICS ANTI-SEMITE IS A PART OF THEIR SCAM.
    MOSES NEVER EXISTED, EXODUS NEVER HAPPENED; SEMITE IS A SCAM.

    Thanks for the great article, Sir. You are so right. “Anti-semite” is a term of abuse hurled to muzzle criticism so Israel and the Judaists can continue their crime spree without impediment.

    Anther Jewish crime spree is the alien invasion. Eg. Barbara Lerner Spectre wants more aliens to invade Sweden where they will attack and kill white women and men.

    A Jewish writer wished white hearts would stop beating and goes around spewing anti-white hate.

    Susan Santog (who is now dead) called whites the cancer of humanity.

    The Judaists imagine they are “Jews”, children of Abraham, who was a pimp and sold his sister and wife to an Egyptian (and therefore black and African) pharaoh. In fact, they are mostly whites whose ancestors converted to this African cult in the Middle Ages (See Schlomo Sand’s book: Invention of the Jewish People).

    Their Torah (Old Testament) is a forgery (See McCabe—“Forgery of the Old Testament”).

    Moses, the mass murderer, and pedophile, never actually existed. See the book:

    Fake history, fake “semites”, fake Moses, fake holocaust. Israel and the Judaists are a disgrace to humanity. For Judaists, fraud is Job 1.

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