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Israel tells troops to stop uploading video of themselves looting Palestinians’ property

The most IMmoral army in the world has finally received a wake-up call to the fact that filming its troops committing acts of depravity and posting the images online is not good for its image:

For the last four months the world’s social media feeds have been full of pictures and videos of Israeli soldiers looting Palestinian homes and carrying out depraved attacks on Palestinian civilians.

Israel has finally seemed to cotton onto the fact that this depravity is not good for their propaganda efforts, and makes a mockery of their laughable claims to be “the most moral army in the world”.

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We’ve seen Israeli soldiers posting videos of themselves vandalising and targeting Palestinian homes for no strategic purposedestroying civilian infrastructurerummaging through Palestinian women’s underwearwrecking children’s toysdestroying food, and larking around with the property of Palestinian civilians they’ve displaced and killed.

Now it seems the Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation forces Herzi Halevi has issued an edict warning Israeli soldiers not to film “revenge videos” and stop otherwise documenting their war crimes.

The order comes a little late though, it seems:

This is one instance when “better late than never” won’t ring true.

But what will the Israeli government do about its private citizens who have been trolling Gazans with mocking video clips?

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Israelis are using Palestinians as human shields, video suggests

Human shield: it certainly looks as though the Israel Defence Force dressed up a Palestinian as one of their number and used him as a shield.

Will this be the end of Israel’s cheerleaders saying Hamas is using the people of Gaza as human shields and that this is shameful?

It’s not quite the same, in that Israel is accusing Hamas of using the entire population of Gaza; in fact what the Israel Defence Force have been doing is a more accurate application of the phrase.

Here’s the video:

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And here‘s a story about it from Middle East Eye, because the UK’s mainstream media apparently wouldn’t dream of reporting anything that makes Israel look like the bad guys:

A video broadcast by Al Jazeera appears to show Israeli soldiers using a detained man as a human shield during a military operation in the Qalandiya refugee camp near Ramallah.

The man is seen in chains, wearing a medical face mask, military body armour and a soldier’s helmet.

MEE can’t independently verify the video, and neither can This Site. But it certainly looks damning.


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Israel’s arch-liar is at it again

Eylon Levy: he’ll say whatever he thinks will get you to sympathise with his genocidal Israeli government and hate the almost defenceless Gazan people Israel is slaughtering.

Is he pathological? Is Eylon Levy unable to control his behaviour – stop himself from lying?

Of course, the answer is no. He’s perfectly capable of quoting genuine facts but his job is to mislead the rest of us. Or at least, it certainly seems that way.

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Consider his latest wheeze: claiming that serving members of the Israeli armed forces who were taken prisoner on October 7 are helpless hostages of Hamas, in danger of rape or other sexual crimes likely to be perpetrated by their captors:

Billel Boudouma’s response is accurate; I checked it with the “Bing Copilot” on my web browser. Before anybody whines about it, it’s the best that Levy deserves.

Here’s the response:

Yes, the Israeli soldiers who were taken prisoner by Hamas on October 7, 2023, are considered prisoners of war 1The Third Geneva Convention defines a prisoner of war as “any person belonging to one of the following categories, who has fallen into the power of the enemy: Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict as well as members of militias or volunteer corps forming part of such armed forces” 1Since the Israeli soldiers were members of the Israeli Defense Forces, they fall under this definition and are therefore considered prisoners of war 1.

Feel free to check the sources yourself.

In the meantime, remember that Israeli spokespeople like Levy are habitual and constant liars – and, sadly, many of the UK’s mainstream media are colluding with them, whether consciously or not. Look at the report on the BBC’s recent behaviour.


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How does the IDF’s video clip prove al-Shifa hospital was a Hamas headquarters?

Invasion of the liars: IDF troops in al-Shifa hospital.

Is anybody else struggling to believe Israeli propaganda saying that a video clip showing Hamas hostages being escorted into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza means that place was a terrorist HQ.

According to the BBC,

The video showed two hostages being brought into the hospital, Gaza’s largest and most modern.

Armed men can be seen in the CCTV video which is date-stamped 7 October. One of the hostages appears to be resisting – the other is shown on a stretcher.

Here’s part of it:

Hamas has expressed surprise at the allegation – saying the organisation had made it clear that many hostages had been referred to hospitals:

“BREAKING: HAMAS OFFICIAL STATEMENT EXPOSING ISRAEL ON AL- SHIFA HOSPITAL Izzat Al-Rishq; “Regarding what the spokesman for the terrorist enemy army said about the arrival of prisoners of the occupation to Al-Shifa Hospital, we said early on that the resistance transferred many prisoners of the occupation to hospitals to receive treatment and undergo surgical operations, especially after some of them were injured as a result of the occupation’s aircraft bombing them. We risked our fighters to guarantee the injured prisoners the best treatment. Possible in hospitals in the Gaza Strip. We have published many pictures about this; Now their army spokesman presents it as if they have discovered something great. What the spokesman for the occupation army says completely condemns them. These are points that are recorded for us and not [against] us. Taking care of the prisoners, treating them, and giving them possible medical care is a point for us and not [against] us.””

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The line about some hostages being injured as a result of IDF airstrikes ties in with another Israeli claim – that Corporal Noa Marciano, 19, was killed after being taken into al-Shifa hospital with minor injuries.

From the BBC article:

“This morning we updated Noa’s family that according to our findings, she was kidnapped to a safe house near Shifa,” Rear Adm Daniel Hagari, IDF chief spokesperson told reporters.

“During IDF air strikes in the area, the Hamas terrorist who was holding Noa was killed and she was wounded in the air strike, but not a life-threatening injury. Noa was taken inside Shifa hospital, where she was murdered by another Hamas terrorist.”

Hamas has previously claimed Ms Marciano was killed in an Israeli air strike, which the IDF said occurred on 9 November.

Where is Israel’s proof that Cpl Marciano was killed by a Hamas terrorist?

And the IDF “released a video that it said showed a tunnel 10m (33ft) below ground that runs for 55m up to a closed and reinforced door. It said this was now part of the evidence that “clearly proves” numerous buildings in the hospital’s complex have been “used by Hamas as cover for terrorist infrastructure and activities”.”

But we knew tunnels under al-Shifa hospital were dug by the Israeli government itself, back in 1983 or thereabouts. Don’t we?

And yet, Israel’s outriders in the social media are crowing as if these unproven claims – the BBC has said it

has not been able to verify the video which was presented at a news briefing by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday.

The latest video is not yet the evidence that’s been promised of the sort of vast and intricate operation depicted in a computer simulation which the IDF previously released showing what it believes any Hamas base underground at al-Shifa could look like.

Believe it or not, the BBC has been slammed by the Israel apologists for this reality check (apologies for the language from Sussex Friends of Israel; it is what it is):

The reservations expressed by the BBC interviewer and interviewee seem entirely reasonable to This Writer.

But many of – sadly – the usual suspects seem ready and willing to accept the flimsiest claim if it comes from the Israeli government and/or the IDF.

Here’s what Israel is saying:

And here come the apologists:

What? Irrefutable evidence that al-Shifa hospital was the Hamas HQ and execution dungeon?

Has anybody – trustworthy – seen this irrefutable – evidence?

Al-Shifa is the best-equipped hospital in the Gaza strip, though; that’s most likely the reason for any hostages being taken there for treatment.

Now here’s Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy:

He was followed by eager supporters:

But it gets worse:

What does it mean? It means this:

Let’s see what happens. Expect an unrestricted Israeli onslaught, with absolutely no quarter given for UN representatives, non-governmental organisations, members of the World Health Organisation or anything else.

Meanwhile, let’s remind ourselves of some genuine facts:

Regev was inadvertently confirming the plentiful evidence that it was Israeli missiles, fired indiscriminately at cars and homes, that burned alive both Hamas fighters and Israeli hostages. The atrocity of burned bodies – blamed by the entire western political and media class on Hamas, and cited as justification for the current genocidal rampage in Gaza – were, in fact, Israel’s doing. What proportion of the 1,200 Israelis who died on Oct 7 were killed by Israel’s actions? We can assume Israel will not be forthcoming with that information. Will the western media start changing its simple-minded, genocide-justifying narrative of Oct 7? Don’t bet on it. Ali Abunimah’s story here: electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abun My story, What the BBC fails to tell you about October 7, here: jonathan-cook.net/blog/2023-11-0

Sadly, while Israel’s lies may kill many, the facts can’t bring anybody back to life.


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Israel should not have any support from us if it really killed its own civilians

Yasmin Porat: her interview casts doubt on everything we’ve been told about the Hamas raids – and now we have more evidence that Israeli armed forces are the greatest danger to civilians on both sides of the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Did you ever hear of the ‘Hannibal Directive’?

It compels the Israeli army to kill Israelis rather than let them be taken hostage. It usually applies to military personnel, and has been used a number of times in the past.

And there are plenty of indications to suggest it was applied as policy towards Israeli civilians during the Hamas attack on October 7. In other words, the army appears to have preferred to kill both the Israelis and Hamas militants holding them in communities near Gaza rather than try to negotiate a release.

That’s what prizewinning journalist Jonathan Cook fears, in a series of posts on ‘X’, starting here.

He refers to an article on the Mondo Weiss website, by a person labelled “Anonymous Contributor” as they are “fearing for their personal safety due to the intensification of fascist persecutions against critical voices in Israel”.

Let’s make a note of that. We’ve heard plenty about moves to silence people supporting Palestine/Gaza in the UK; it seems those within Israel who criticise its genocide are being silenced, possibly in a far more brutal way.

The article starts by referring to a Haaretz report of the Hamas attack on the Gaza division of the Israeli Defence Force [boldings mine]:

They advanced into the military base, killing and kidnapping the soldiers of the Civil Administration, though a few of them managed to return fire before being hit… Brig. Gen. Rosenfeld entrenched himself in the division’s subterranean war room together with a handful of male and female soldiers, trying desperately to rescue and organize the sector under attack. Many of the soldiers, most of them not combat personnel, were killed or wounded outside. The division was compelled to request an aerial strike against the base itself in order to repulse the terrorists.”

The author of the article draws a logical conclusion:

This dry, complimentary description of the high commander, hiding with a few soldiers in an underground bunker and ordering an aerial bombardment of “the base” where his soldiers were fighting against Hamas militants, maybe wounded and maybe taken as prisoners, has a lot to say about the Israeli psyche in these bloody times.

It is a well-documented official policy of the Israeli army, at least since 1986, known as the “Hannibal Directive,” the “Hannibal code,” or the “Hannibal doctrine.”

It may not have ended with General Rosenfeld ordering the bombing of his soldiers. It will take years until we may (or may not) have a full picture of what happened on October 7 and the following days. But in addition to military deaths, there are also some details regarding the Israeli role in Israeli civilian deaths that can already be found amid the heavy flow of propaganda around the events of the day.

We have already heard that deaths of civilians in Kibbutz Be’eri were caused by the IDF, from the interview with escaped hostage Yasmin Porat (which This Site covered here).

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The article states:

According to her account, the kidnappers treated her and other hostages “humanely,” believing they would be allowed to retreat safely to Gaza due to the protection of the Israeli captives. However, when the Israeli soldiers arrived, “they eliminated everyone, including the hostages. There was very, very heavy crossfire.”

Her testimony is complemented by evidence from Israeli soldiers who described how the Israeli military shot tank shells into buildings where militants and their hostages were hiding.

Another Haaretz article, available only in Hebrew for some reason, states as described in the article:

This testimony would seem to indicate that many Israeli captives were still alive on Monday, October 9, a full two days after the events of Saturday, October 7. While it might be understandable if captives had been killed in the hectic crossfire of an initial Israeli response to the attack on the 7th, this account would seem to indicate that the decision to assault the kibbutz and everyone inside was made as a clear military calculation.

It is clear Palestinian militants were hiding in these buildings with their Israeli captives as Israeli soldiers were blasting their way in with massive tank shells in close quarters. It deserves to be investigated who caused most of the death and destruction that took place. This is especially important as these deaths are now being used to justify the destruction of Gaza and the killing of thousands of civilians there.

And what about the implications for Gaza and the more-than-200 people Israel claims have been taken hostage there?

Israel, as it has proved many times in the past and as recent events may indicate, may be ready to put the lives of its soldiers and citizens at risk rather than witness the joy of freedom celebrated on both sides of the border.

Going back to Jonathan Cook, his ‘X’ thread refers to the release of two hostages last week by Hamas as an attempt to show the world that there is a willingness to talk:

Hamas knows all about the directive. It assumes Israel will choose to kill all the hostages rather than engage in negotiations for their return.

Hamas therefore also understands that Israel will make the case that there was no chance to bring the hostages home. Hamas is trying to show it is ready to release hostages and do a deal.

The problem for Hamas is that western media is in lockstep with Israeli spin that Hamas is a death cult like Islamic State and can’t be talked to. As a result, many of the hostages are likely to die unnecessarily.

And now we have evidence from another freed hostage that Hamas treated them humanely:

It seems clear that the greatest danger – not just to innocent civilians in Gaza, more than 5,000 of whom have been killed by Israel, but to innocent Israeli civilians as well (who knows how many of the 1,400 claimed deaths were caused by Israel’s armed forces?) – is Israel itself.

Why are western nations like the US, UK and (today) France still supporting these mass murderers?

Source: A growing number of reports indicate Israeli forces responsible for Israeli civilian and military deaths following October 7 attack – Mondoweiss


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Hospital horror: war criminals kill at least 500 in strike at Gaza. Were they Israelis?

The Al Ahli Hospital after the airstrike: will evidence be found in the rubble that indicates blame?

Funny how they always say they’re investigating how they managed to commit a war crime, isn’t it?

It seems the Israeli Air Force has performed an air strike on the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, with the death toll totalling 500 – so far. But 1,000 displaced people were said to be seeking refuge there and hundreds are said to be trapped under the rubble.

The Hamas government has called the strike a war crime – and this seems an accurate description:

An attack against a civilian person or object may constitute a war crime. A person or object can lose its civilian status if it starts making an effective contribution to military action, but this determination must be unequivocal: when in doubt as to whether a school or hospital has become a military objective, there is a presumption that it retains its civilian status.

Even attacks against legitimate military targets mustfollow two additional principles: proportionality – whereby an attack that would cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated, is prohibited – and precaution in attack – which states that constant care must be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians and civilian objects. All feasible precautions must be taken to avoid, and in any event to minimize, incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage to civilian objects.

Al Ahli hospital is funded by the Anglican Church – the Church of England. Richard Sewell, Dean of St George’s College, and one of the church’s top figures in Jerusalem, posted on X, formerly Twitter, that the hospital took “a direct hit from an Israeli missile”.

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He called the act the “deliberate killing of vulnerable civilians” and stated: “The bombs must stop now. There can be no possible justification for this.”

And Israel? Israel has said a hospital is not an IDF target. It says the IDF is investigating the source of the explosion, “prioritising accuracy and reliability”.

The simple fact is that these people would have known immediately if their forces were responsible. They are far more likely to be cooking up an excuse that they believe may seem plausible. Two hours, and the clock is ticking…

UPDATE 8.51pm: And here it is: “An analysis of IDF operational systems indicates that a barrage of rockets was fired by terrorists in Gaza, passing in close proximity to the Al Ahli hospital in Gaza at the time it was hit. Intelligence from multiple sources we have in our hands indicates that Islamic Jihad is responsible for the failed rocket launch which hit the hospital in Gaza.”

Do you believe a word of it?

UPDATE 9.38pm: From Reuters: “Daoud Shehab, a spokesman for Islamic Jihad, told Reuters: “This is a lie and fabrication, it is completely incorrect. The occupation is trying to cover for the horrifying crime and massacre they committed against civilians.””


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BBC apologises after presenter CORRECTLY identifies Israel Defence Force murders of children

Do Israeli armed forces murder children? Well, here’s Muhammad Tamimi. His two-year-old life was ended after a member of the Israel Defence Forces raided his village and shot this defenceless toddler in the head.

There’s a meme going the rounds on the social media about the British Broadcasting Corporation.

It says when one person says it’s raining and another says it is sunny, it isn’t the BBC’s job to present a balance of the two viewpoints; the BBC’s job is to look out the window and see which of them is right.

Let’s apply this to a complaint made by the far-right, Israeli-government-supporting Board of Deputies of British Jews, that made a complaint to the BBC about this Newsnight sequence in which the attack on the refugee campaign in the Palestinian city of Jenin by the Israel Defence Force was questioned:

(I have no idea why Jimmy Hill’s face kept appearing in the clip; presumably it’s a comment by whoever made it about the veracity of Mr Bennett’s claims.)

The Board of Deputies made a complaint, which you can read below. And below that, you can find evidence refuting its claim:

Only last month, an IDF trooper shot two-year-old toddler Muhammad Tamimi in the head, in what is believed to have been a deliberate act of aggression against the child:

He died of his injury a short while later.

It therefore seems unsupportable that the Board of Deputies of British Jews can claim that it is “disgraceful” to say the IDF forces seem happy to kill children. The evidence is there, for all to see.

Sadly, it seems the BBC has not looked out of the window to check what the weather is actually doing.

In fairness, the BBC apology said the line of questioning was appropriate – it was just the language that was used that caused offence.

But that was enough for the Board of Deputies to crow about it.

Considering the way both organisations have responded to this incident, perhaps the BBC should look into the subject more deeply.

Perhaps Panorama could run a film examining the number of children the IDF have murdered and the frequency of these killings, alongside the after-the-event excuses for them, with analysis of whether the claims of the Israeli government actually stand up to scrutiny.

This Writer has a feeling the results would be illuminating – but I don’t think the BBC, under its shrinking-violet director general Tim Davie, would have the nerve.

For now, it seems the best advice possible for both parties in this dispute is to say that, if the Board of Deputies doesn’t want to see reports saying Israeli armed forces murder children…

Perhaps it should call on the Israeli armed forces to stop murdering children.


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Should the UK government be required to improve citizens’ living standards?

Rivers of sewage: the only reason Boris Johnson was able to allow private, profit-making, water firms to fill our rivers and beaches with crap is that Margaret Thatcher privatised the service in the 1980s. Shouldn’t we get better value for our money than he gave us?

Let’s have your views on this.

With energy costs skyrocketing, sewage stinking up our waterways, rail travel prohibitively expensive and food fast becoming unaffordable – while executives of the privatised utility firms are banking grossly-inflated salaries and their shareholders take enormous dividends, it would be easy to suggest that we were all ripped off by Margaret Thatcher, back in the 1980s.

I suggest this because I remember that, every time part of the UK’s infrastructure was sold into private hands, she told us that it would drive bills down, and investment up.

In fact, the opposite has been the case. Investment has plummeted, bills have soared, and profits have boomed because these privatised utilities are, in fact, monopolies.

We can’t live without water; we can’t survive without food; we can’t stay warm without heat, and so on.

It seems to me, therefore, that privatising these services was a gross dereliction of duty by the Tories of the day.

But there is no law telling us that, and therefore there is no requirement for the current government to reverse the situation. Should there be one?

That’s the question I would like to put to you:

Should future UK governments be required to demand the best standard of living for its citizens, while also ensuring they pay the lowest amount of money to get it?

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Government department cancels P&O contract over mass sackings

Moored: P&O ferries were subjected to safety checks – which many failed – after foreign agency workers on less than the minimum wage were hired to replace illegally-sacked UK staff.

It’s extremely rare that This Site gets to praise the government for doing something right.

So let’s give credit where it’s due to the civil servants at the Home Office and Department of Transport, who have cancelled a contract with P&O Ferries over the company’s decision to sack around 800 UK-based employees and replace them with agency workers from abroad, paid less than the minimum wage.

Border Force has terminated its agreement with P&O to provide contingency travel services to juxtaposed ports – UK border controls set up in Calais, Dunkirk and some railway stations in France and Belgium, where goods and passengers are checked ahead of travel.

The contract was to transport border staff to northern France if there was a problem at the Channel Tunnel and was the DoT’s only deal with P&O.

But the government has also awarded P&O’s owner, DP World, contracts to run two so-called Free Ports. Some of us have been waiting for those contracts to be cancelled ever since the unannounced (and therefore illegal) mass sackings happened in March.

If all contracts with this rogue company and its parent aren’t killed, then the Tories are effectively supporting the illegal removal of UK workers from their jobs.

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Killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh referred to international criminal court

Shireen Abu Aqleh: it’s hard to see the justification for killing someone with the word “PRESS” emblazoned across their jacket.

The death of Shireen Abu Aqleh has been referred to the International Criminal Court as part of an investigation into whether Israeli security forces have been targeting Palestinian journalists in violation of humanitarian law:

The case originally submitted in April by Bindmans had focused on four Palestinian journalists wearing press helmets and vests, two of whom were maimed and two shot dead. It also covers alleged attacks on Gaza media infrastructure in May 2021.

Lawyers from Bindmans and Doughty Street Chambers announced the addition of the death on 11 May of Abu Aqleh to the existing claim at a press conference in London.

They said the case was vital owing to the repeated failure of the Israeli security forces to investigate such incidents and the inability of Palestinian reporters to secure reparations in Israeli domestic courts.

There will also be issues of jurisdiction… Israel itself is not a party to the ICC, raising issues of enforcement of any eventual ruling.

Why isn’t it? Why does Israel get away with this kind of unaccountability?

This comment from one of the solicitors involved is extremely telling:

Tayab Ali, the Bindmans solicitor in the case, said “evidence was not lacking, but the political will”, adding “Israel in the past has been gifted immunity”.

He said: “Israel has enjoyed a devastating impunity against accountability for the actions of its armed forces, and has repeatedly demonstrated that it is a bad faith investigator. It has not managed to hold anyone to account for the tens of Palestinian journalists that have been killed or maimed so far”.

The Palestinian Authority announced the results of an investigation into Abu Aqleh’s death, saying that it revealed Israeli forces deliberately shot and killed the reporter.

Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, said, “Any claim that the IDF intentionally harmed journalists or noncombatants is a blatant lie.”

Source: Shireen Abu Aqleh: killing of reporter referred to international criminal court

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