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Israeli is once again engaged in a brutal assault of Gaza, killing civilians, while justifying their actions as “self-defense”

November 16, 2012

There has been very good reporting on this issue and we wanted to present a variety of sources that are in stark contrast to the US media coverage and the position of the Obama administration.

Belen Fernandez has an excellent piece that dismantles the claim that the israelis are acting in self-defense. Fernandez states in part:

Israel’s exclusive rights to the term “self-defence” and institutionalised habit of inverting logic have resulted in the construction of a narrative according to which the fatal bulldozing of American peace activists in Gaza and the murder in international waters of Gaza-bound humanitarian workers armed with construction tools, marbles and a metal pail are excused as defensive maneuvers. 

As always, Electronic Intifada has some of the best reporting about what is taking place in the occupied territories. Ali Abunimah reported yesterday that an Israeli official has called for the army to bomb Gaza until the population flees en masse into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, and for water and electricity supplies to be cut, a clear case of incitement to war crimes.

Electronic Intifada (EI) has also posted a series of photos to demonstrate the real human casualties in these most recent Israeli attacks, such as this one of a family morning the death of an eleven-month old.

In addition, EI has a story from long time Middle East reporter Jonathan Cook talking about why the Obama administration will do nothing to hold the Israeli government accountable. Cook states:

Obama may not have to worry about re-election but he will not want to hand a poisoned legacy to the next Democratic presidential candidate, nor will want to mire his own final term in damaging confrontations with Israel. Memories are still raw of Bill Clinton’s failed gamble to push through a peace deal — one that, in truth, was a far-more generous to Israel than the Palestinians — at Camp David in the dying days of his second term.

And whatever his personal antipathy towards the Israeli prime minister, Obama also knows that, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict aside, his policies in the Middle East are either aligned with Israel’s or dependent on Netanyahu’s cooperation to work.

Glen Greenwald also critiques the Obama administration support for Israel and make the argument that because of the Obama kill list, the US administration has to support the Israeli attacks.

Extra-judicial assassination – accompanied by the wanton killing of whatever civilians happen to be near the target, often including children – is a staple of the Obama presidency. That lawless tactic is one of the US president’s favorite instruments for projecting force and killing whomever he decides should have their lives ended: all in total secrecy and with no due process or oversight. There is now a virtually complete convergence between US and Israeli aggression, making US criticism of Israel impossible not only for all the usual domestic political reasons, but also out of pure self-interest: for Obama to condemn Israel’s rogue behavior would be to condemn himself.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting continues to document the extremely pro-Israeli coverage in the US media, with their most recent article, Justifying Certain Acts of Violence.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, which has been calling for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign against Israel for several years now, believes this current Israeli attacks on Gaza needs to motivate all of us to be part of their campaign.

The 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza have endured the worst of Israeli impunity and violence including being placed under a medieval siege, being subjected to deliberately created food insecurity and frequent acts of Israeli  state terrorism. It is the duty of all supporters of international law and universal human rights to hold Israel accountable through effective measures, such as those called for in the global, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Lastly, here is a video interview with author Vijay Prashad, discussing the US, the United Nations and the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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