Israel and the Terrorists

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | April 29, 2014 1


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Israeli bombing of Gaza

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal, saying they will try to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Hamas and Fatah split violently in 2007. Previous reconciliation agreements have never been implemented. The deal comes amid troubled peace talks between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said Mr Abbas would have to choose between peace with Israel and peace with Hamas. “You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace; so far he hasn’t done so,” he warned. Israel – along with the US and the EU – views the Islamist Hamas group as a terrorist organisation. The agreement will strengthen the position of Mr Abbas – whose Fatah movement dominates the Palestinian Authority, which controls parts of the West Bank – and should also make Hamas feel less isolated as it continues to face border restrictions imposed by Israel and Egypt.


Bibi Netanyahu – The face of Israeli extremeism

Fatah has historically been the dominant faction in the Palestinian nationalist movement, but Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006. In early 2007, Fatah and Hamas agreed to form a coalition to end growing factional violence, but in June of that year Hamas seized Gaza by force and set up a rival government. Shortly after Wednesday’s reconciliation deal was announced, five people were injured in an Israeli air strike in northern Gaza one of hundreds of ceasefire breaches by Israel, Palestinian medics said. Israel said it had targeted militants preparing to fire rockets. On Monday, seven rockets were launched from the territory into southern Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s condemnation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation is highly disingenuous as it ignores the contribution of terrorism to the  creation of the State of Israel and the terrorist antecedents of Israeli decision makers.  It is of course in line with his own world view  the son of  prominent Jewish racist and his view that the United States Foreign Policy should not be decided by Congress but by Israel. A third of America’s overseas aid goes to Israel, the 16th richest country per capita in the world. It is worthwhile looking at the danger of zealotry to Israel and the way the extremists of Likud and religious parties have normalised their extremity to the world media and particularly to the American Public. They have made extremism feel the norm to the extent that the extremist Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels he can lecture the US Congress on their “duty” to Israel. Remember this is the Israeli demagogue of whom assassinated Israeli Prime Minister’s wife Leah Rabin said “Netanyahu created the climate that killed my husband.”

Yitzhak Rabin at the White House with Yasser Arafat in 1993. He was assassinated by Yigal Amir, a radical right-wing Orthodox Jew who opposed the signing of the Oslo Accords.  

Four times in their history the Jewish people have initially allied themselves and then alienated the regional superpower with their zealotry  The Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians and in 70 AD the Romans who destroyed their Second temple and who under Hadrian in 135 AD banished Jews from Jerusalem and from Judea which they renamed Syria Palestina. Jewish people have paid a harsh and lasting price for listening to zealots offering them false salvation in the past. For modern Israel has fallen into the hands of zealots, Jewish extremists who believe all “The land of Israel,” including modern Jordan is theirs to settle, who have ignored the Camp David Peace accords and believe might is right. The extremist Likud Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is a Jewish racist and the son of a noted Jewish racist, Professor Benzion Netanyahu, who as a historian and leader of the revisionist Zionist faction was frozen out by the founders of Israel as a racist ideologue.  When he was 95 he opposed Israel’s withdrawal of soldiers and settlers from the Gaza Strip under a disengagement plan, describing the operation as “a crime against humanity”. He spoke caustically of Arabs. “The tendency to conflict is in the essence of the Arab,” he once declared. “He is an enemy by essence. His personality won’t allow any compromise or agreement. It doesn’t matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. The Arab citizen’s goal is to destroy us.” His reference to “Arab citizens” is deliberate, elsewhere he has stated that there is no such place as Palestine and no such people as the Palestinians.

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, and his father Benjamin when he led the Irgun’s assasination squad

Those running and influencing the current State of Israel talk about terrorism with their tongue firmly in cheek for they have deep terrorist roots. Israel’s former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, personally led a terrorist massacre of women and children. During the raid on Qibya, Jordan in 1953, a total of 69 Palestinians were killed and forty-five houses, a school, and a mosque were blown-up. The act was condemned by the US State Department, the UN Security Council, and by Jewish communities worldwide.

Arik Sharon and the destroyed village of Qibya in Jordan after the terrorist raid he led in 1953

And the previous Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s father was Quartermaster of the Irgun terrorist organisation (you know the guys who killed both the British and UN Peace Envoys and hanged three British soldiers including a Jewish lad from the East End). Former Foreign Minister’s Tzipi Livni’s father was the leader of the Irgun group which carried out the King David Hotel massacre which killed 92 people including four Jews. And did I mention that another previous Israeli Prime Minister, Menachim Begin, was the Irgun leader who gave the order? The father of Barack Obama’s first chief of staff and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Benjamin Emanuel was an Irgun terrorist specialising in assassinations.

Palestinian girl in a protest on Nakba Day 2010 in Hebron, West Bank. Her sign says “Surely we will return, Palestine.” There are 788,108 Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA in the West Bank, most of whom are the descendants of people whose families hail from areas incorporated into Israel in 1948.

In human terms, 1948 saw the mass deportation of 700,000 Palestinians from their cities and villages, massacres of civilians, and the razing to the ground of hundreds of Palestinian villages. Mention of the word ‘Nakba’ in Israeli textbooks was banned by the Israeli Ministry of Education in 2009. The vast majority of Palestinian refugees, both those outside the 1949 armistice lines at the war’s conclusion and those internally displaced, were barred by the newly declared state of Israel from returning to their homes or reclaiming their property. This dispossession and dispersal of the Palestinian people is known to them as al-Nakba, meaning “the catastrophe,” or “the disaster.


Today, the UN reports that there are more than 4.75 million registered Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza. Of these, nearly 1.4 million live in 58 UN-operated refugee camps. The total number of Palestinian refugees worldwide is estimated to be 5.5 million—the largest population of refugees in the world. Yet Israel has consistently refused to recognize the Palestinians’ right of return, as expressed in UN General Assembly Resolution 194, Article 11. Moreover, Israel’s expulsion and internal displacement of Palestinians continues to this day, albeit on a much smaller scale than in 1948. In a very real sense, the Nakba never really ended.

Palestine, before European settlers ethnically cleansed the land

Let us not forget in our PC world why Gaza exists is two words never used in Israel; Ethnic Cleansing. Gaza exists because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it – Askalaan in Arabic – were dispossessed from their lands in 1948 when Israel was created and ended up on the beaches of Gaza. They – or their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren – are among the almost two million Palestinian refugees crammed into the cesspool of Gaza, 80 per cent of whose families once lived in what is now Israel. This, historically, is the real story: most of the people of Gaza don’t come from Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister of Israel has continued the disastrous and failed policies of Sharon and Olmert of escalating the racist brutality between Israel and the Palestinians. This determined attempt to destroy Palestinian Identity and Culture has continued unabated to the present day supported by American weapons and connivance, over $1.8 Bn. a year in US military support for Israel and the Israeli lobby hijacking the US political agenda to blackmail US Presidents and legislators into blind support for the racist and aggressive policies of Israel.  

Free Gaza, Free Palestine, Free Palestinians

There is only one Middle Eastern “rogue state” which has attacked each and every one of its neighbours including destroying the EU funded infrastructure of Gaza, dismembering Lebanon, occupying the sovereign territory of Syria, occupying East Jerusalem and the West Bank which it is illegally settling and applying collective punishment to the civilian population (in defiance of the “quaint” Geneva Conventions), which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and which has developed nuclear weapons. Let us consider the “achievements” of Israel?  

Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?  

Answer: Israel .


Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?   

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?  

Answer: Israel .

Children killed by Israeli bombing in the morgue in Gaza


Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union ?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque? 

Answer: Israel.

Tomb of Baruch Goldstein, a doctor and IDF reservist, who murdered 29 Arabs praying at the Tomb of the Patriarch Abraham in Hebron (In Arabic Al-Kibran, from Ibrahim al-Kibran, “Abraham, friend of God”) in February 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin condemned the attack, describing Goldstein as a “degenerate murderer”, “a shame on Zionism and an embarrassment to Judaism”. He has since become an object of veneration among Jewish settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron who organise a party at his graveside to celebrate on the anniversary of the massacre.  At his funeral Rabbi Lior said that “since Goldstein did what he did in God’s name, he is to be regarded as a Righteous Man” and asserted that Goldstein was “a martyr of God; His hands are innocent, and his heart is pure.” Goldstein was born and grew up in Brooklyn.


Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?  

Answer: Israel.  

Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?

Answer: Israel.


Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S. ?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely insults the American people by having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid?  

Answer: Israel .  Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?  

Answer: Israel .  Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?  

Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?  

Answer: Israel .  

Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?  

Answer: Israel .

In October 2011 the IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was released in Gaza escorted by Ahmed al-Jabari, the Hamas military commander, and 477 Palestinian hostages released were released initialy by Israel as part of the deal. During Shalit’s captivity the IDF killed over 2,000 Palestinian men, women and children, continued the illegal occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the blockade and collective punishment of Gaza. It has protected over 100 illegal Jewish colonies on the West Bank and the annexation of Palestinian land by the so called “Security Barrier.” Over 5,000 Palestinians are still interred in Israel mostly without any trial with a minority “convicted” by Military Courts by the same IDF army of occupation. Ahmed al-Jabari’s assassination by an Israeli drone on 14th November precipitated the Gaza conflict, deliberately breaking a ceasefire which Egypt was working to make permanent. Al-Jabari was radicalised in 13 years in Israeli prisons.

The Skibbereen Eagle is not anti- Jewish, indeed quite the opposite. It documents in other articles the Jewish communities of Prague, Krakow, Marrakech and Kos and the killing machine of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Eagle is not anti-Semitic and stands against racism in all its forms. It does not equate Zionism with racism and would never support in any circumstances any boycott of Israel, no matter how it is dressed up. It understands the resonance in Jewish history of boycotts and recognise that Theodor Herzl’s advocacy of Zionism was a valid response to the bullying and suffering Jewish people were suffering in 19th Century Europe. After the events of The Shoah there is no way The Eagle could look a Jewish person in the eye and argue in favour of assimilation, even though over 70% of world Jewry lives outside of Israel.

The only way forward for Israel and the Palestinian people is a genuine Two State Solution reverting to the 1949 Line of Control and internationalising Jerusalem. There is no long term strategic interest for the United States in having Israel as its proxy military power in the Middle East and for Israel to rely on military might subsidised by a foreign power for its long term security. And for the United States perhaps when the sugar rush from the killing of Bin Laden has worn off perhaps it might reflect that the two greatest threats to its own security come from its own greed. It’s greed for oil which has made it dependant on the Saudi tyranny and its greed for cocaine which has created violent corrupt narco states in South America, in North America (Mexico) and in Afghanistan. Perhaps the greedy and incontinent consumer has to take some responsibility for the consequences of their own profligate greed?

Israel has denied Gaza a port, control of its air space and the right of its inhabitants to move to the other Palestinian territory recognized by the Oslo accords, the West Bank. It is not, as Israel’s supporters allege, that Hamas is hiding among Palestinian civilians; rather, Israel has forced Palestinian civilians to live in a tiny strip of land that Israel turned into a war zone.

War on Wants statement on the Israeli assault on Gaza

Malnourished children, restrictions on Gaza-fisherman, lacklustre sewage and water systems, and the confiscation of $4.5 billion in international aid will not improve Israel’s security in the long run. It will only increase the popularity of the Hamas Movement, decrease the effects of counter terrorism throughout the globe, and create the next generation of dangerous faith-based ideologues.

How many more children will die in the open air prison of Gaza obliterated by American weapons fired from American supplied planes to maintain the right of Jewish racists from Brooklyn to settle on stolen Arab land? It is amazing how Israeli politicians always seem find the great courage to let others fight a coward’s war in Gaza coming up to Israeli elections?” gaza12 The Israeli zealots have not worked out that since the last deeply cynical and vicious “Operation Cast Lead” in 2008/2009 the world has changed and its neighbours have become more unpredictable with the possibility of Egypt re-militarising Sinai and opening its border to Gaza and Hezbollah having half of Israel within range from the north. This vicious assault far from demonstrating strength exposes Israel and its US sponsors weakness and puts the future existence of Israel in jeopardy. Israel’s policy of regime change in Gaza is doomed to failure now as it was in 2009 and Fatah is not an alternative. Israel could have negotiated with Yasser Arafat but kept him pinned down in his bunker in Ramallah for over three years and his venal successors have no credibility.

The misnamed IDF ready to fight another coward’s war in Gaza


What is happening in Gaza and the West Bank is beyond madness.  It is pig headed zealotry which once again threatens the Jewish people from within more comprehensively than any external threat. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the most respected Jewish MP in the UK speaking in the House of Commons.

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  • Jd Meatyard

    Thanks so much for this detailed and passionate piece. I’m sick to the stomache with this terrible racist state getting away with this.