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As Israeli gunboats attack civilians in Rafah, international calls for a ceasefire grow

Here’s the situation in Gaza now:

Other parts of Gaza are still under attack, with horrifying civilian casualties there:

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In the UK, entertainers seem to have more humanity than politicians. Former Labour Party member (since expelled) and movie director Ken Loach was among those calling for a ceasefire at the Bafta awards ceremony:

Mr Loach seems to have more in common with Labour voters than that party’s MPs. Polling shows that 83 per cent of them also want an end to the bloodshed with an immediate ceasefire:

But look what happened when Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire was asked if she would support the motion for a ceasefire, due to be debated in Parliament on Wednesday:

Her interlocutor is right; whether a motion gives prominence to the attacks on Israel that took place on October 7 last year is neither here nor there when innocent civilians are being murdered by a heavily-armed military machine.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva knows this. And Asa Winstanley’s comment therefore seems right on the button:

In the United States, Susan Sarandon, an actress who lost representation by her agent because of her pro-Palestinian position, attended Congress in a bid to stop the US government passing a new Bill to give more money to the Israeli military. Her comments were well-made but This Writer fears they will have fallen on deaf ears because money talks louder:

And in Spain a former government minister there has said out loud that her country, and the United States are complicit in Israel’s genocide through their arms trade agreements with that country:

The tide has well and truly turned on Israel.

But how long will the international community wait before demands for action change into direct action against our intractable politicians by members of the public themselves?


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Has Bono’s political posturing crossed the line?

U2 frontman Bono has always been controversial, but it seems he has crossed a line and is now attracting outright hatred.

The wave of abhorrence has been triggered by an on-stage outburst in support of mysteriously-dead Russian politician Alexei Navalny in prison – which came hot on the heels of enthusiastic support for Israel, in the face of that country’s genocide in Gaza:

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Let’s have a few facts about Navalny:

Strange that Bono would want to praise a neo-Nazi, right after voicing support for a country that claims to be the nation-state of the Jews – a race that Nazis tried to exterminate.

Strange that he would want to support Israel, when its actions against the Palestinians in Gaza resemble those of the Nazis in Germany against Jews.

So perhaps it should not be a surprise that people have reacted as they have:

It’s a genuine shame because This Writer is becoming ashamed to admit I still like some of U2’s music.


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Weekend of protests as conditions in Gaza worsen due to Israel’s genocide

Protests have been happening – not just in the UK but around the world, including Israel – as that country’s genocide in Gaza worsens, and it continues its persecution of Palestinians elsewhere.

Here’s what has been happening in Gaza recently. Be warned – it isn’t easy to see.

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But Gaza isn’t the only place where Palestinians are being mistreated by Israelis. Read what follows to see Israel’s habitual treatment of Palestinians.

Now consider this: an organisation exists that encourages former Israel Defence Force personnel to confess the crimes they have committed while in uniform or on active duty.

 

 

It should hardly be surprising that protests have been taking place against Israel – across the world, including in Tel Aviv:

Members of the UK Labour Party have no power to stop the genocide in Gaza – other than in voting for the UK to call for a ceasefire during a motion in Parliament. Strangely, they seem unwilling to do this – and so they have attracted what many consider entirely justified criticism.

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands:

In London there was yet another big demonstration over the weekend – bigger, it seems, than BBC News was prepared to admit:

Will any of the above affect the Scottish National Party’s ceasefire vote, that we think will be held on Wednesday (February 21)?


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Never mind the spin – here’s #TelAvivKeith

#TelAvivKeith: Keir Starmer’s slavish support for Israel has earned him a new derogatory nickname. But if the cap fits…?

It’s the perfect put-down for a Labour leader who sold out to a foreign power before winning any power for himself.

Keir Starmer’s unquestioning support for Israel has been just a little too conspicuous since October 7 last year – and today (February 17, 2024), somebody found the perfect way to sum it up:

He can try to pretend he’s been taking legal advice into consideration but everybody has already concluded that the only advice he’s accepting is coming from Tel Aviv.

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The nickname caught on quickly:

And then it started trending:

It’s because right-thinking people think it’s accurate, of course:

Even now, when he has changed his tune in response to public demand, #TelAvivKeith can’t avoid the public spotlight that highlights all his little evasions and caveats:

This Writer has said it before and will undoubtedly do so again: Do you really want this man running your country when he is so clearly influenced by another one?


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Israel’s UNRWA ‘tunnel’ smear collapses as ‘Hamas’ gear revealed as solar power kit | SKWAWKBOX

This is a few days old now, but worth keeping handy because Israel’s apologists and spokespeople are still reeling out the lie that there are Hamas tunnels under any Gaza building the IDF targets:

Israel’s appalling – and woefully inept – propaganda has been exposed again after the Israeli military showed reporters around what it claimed was a ‘Hamas tunnel’ under the Gaza HQ of UN aid agency UNRWA.

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A video published by Fox News of the tour revealed green boxes on the walls of the supposed ‘tunnel’ – but as former diplomat Craig Murray pointed out, the boxes are not supposed ‘terror’ equipment. Instead, they are solar power converters kept in a cellar to keep them cool as they process energy from solar panels above – and the wires leading from them into the UNRWA building were there to send the converted electricity up into the HQ, as you’d expect.

Despite the ease of checking what the IDF claimed – and the IDF’s long record of ridiculous lies and smears – the so-called ‘mainstream’ media have tamely parroted the lie.

Israel’s attempts at propaganda have routinely been exposed almost as soon as they were uttered … Just as routinely, western governments and media continue to regurgitate the lies without fact-checking, or just as likely in full knowledge that they are lies.

Source: Israel’s UNRWA ‘tunnel’ smear collapses as ‘Hamas’ gear revealed as solar power kit – SKWAWKBOX


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Condolences for Palestine’s ambassador amid fears that Israel is preparing worse atrocities

This Writer had no idea, when preparing my earlier article about the death of Sidra Hassouna, that she was one of the relatives mentioned by Palestine’s ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, in the video clip of him that I used.

Here is his message confirming what happened:

And here is the video clip. In it, he states, “Israel has massacred from 60 to 100 – we don’t know the exact number because, still, people are under rubble including the family of my own – of my wife: her aunt, the husband, all the children, all the grandchildren are gone.”

Now we know they are gone forever – victims of the so-called Superbowl Massacre, in which Israel bombed a refugee camp in Rafah to provide fake cover for a fake rescue operation, to be able to say two hostages had been rescued (who had in fact been rescued days before).

This Site can only offer deepest sympathies to Mr Zomlot. Nobody should ever have to see the children of their family in the way he has been forced to see them, due to Israel’s brutal genocide – an atrocity that is made worse by the clear delight that the Israeli military forces take in killing civilian children, women and men (see my previous article).

I think of the children in my own family, and the younger friends I have, and I consider how I would feel if such savagery was inflicted on them. To understand the horror of what is happening in Rafah, you should do the same. And remember: there is no need for this to happen. There were always better ways of responding to the October 7, 2023 attack on Israel.

No: Israeli forces are murdering children and dismembering their bodies because they want to.

What else should we expect when their political leaders are encouraging them?

Such killings of female and child non-combatants are now routine, with white flags ignored by the IDF, as this Sky News report makes clear. Note also how the IDF refuses to comment on its atrocities when confronted with the facts:

Others have also offered condolences to Mr Zomlot – both public figures and members of the public:

Yes. Isn’t it strange that the UK’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak, has had nothing to say about this?

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In fairness, Foreign Secretary David Cameron has pointed out that, as the occupying power that controls everything going into and out of Gaza, Israel has a duty to civilians there:

But neither Cameron nor anybody else in the UK government is lifting a finger to stop the slaughter – instead we provide funds and weapons to Israel, and as such the UK is aiding and abetting genocide.

The public is speaking, though: there is a petition calling on the government to revoke all arms export licences to Israel. Please sign. This Writer has no doubt that the government will ignore it (money talks) but it may demonstrate the strength of public feeling if it gains a significant number of signatures:

It seems more – and worse – is on the way. With 1.5 million people now trapped in Rafah and Israeli forces closing in for a ground assault – on civilian children, women and men, remember – they have no way out.

Attacks on Rafah are already taking place, as we have seen, and the Israeli forces are also taking time to murder civilians who remain in other parts of Gaza. If anybody – especially our UK politicians – remains under any illusion that the IDF is under orders to protect civilians, you should unburden yourself of that illusion now.

For example: remember Nasser Hospital, which is a protected site under the Geneva Convention; it is a war crime to attack anybody there?

I already reported on the way a child was shot in front of the hospital, by snipers who then targeted anybody who tried to reach him.

It seems the IDF then sent a handcuffed Palestinian prisoner into the hospital to order everybody there to evacuate – and then they murdered him when he returned:

Meanwhile – apparently for fun – Israel bombed the hospital:

And now – faced with no choice – patients and civilians have left the hospital, under the waiting guns of the Israeli butchers. I fear that Mark Seddon’s words, below, may be prophetic:

The IDF’s actions have been condemned by Medicins sans Frontieres, who wrote:

Since the war in Gaza began, our medical teams and patients have been forced to evacuate nine different health care facilities in the Gaza Strip, after coming under fire from tanks, artillery, fighter jets, snipers and ground troops, or being subject to an evacuation order. Medical staff and patients have been arrested, abused and killed. Provision of healthcare and scaling up lifesaving assistance is being made impossible by the intensity of Israel’s bombings and shelling, as well as intense fighting.

Warring parties must always respect and allow unhindered access to medical facilities and their surroundings and protect medical staff and patients.

MSF reiterates its call for an immediate ceasefire that will spare the lives of civilians, allow adequate and vital access to food and other basic commodities, and re-establish the healthcare system on which the survival of the people of Gaza depends.

After This Site showed video of Israelis partying in the street in order to prevent aid from getting to Gaza, it seems others are moving to prevent it from entering by other routes:

Here in the UK, those of us who are of good conscience are still trying to make our own will clear, and push our leaders into doing the right thing.

So we boycott Israeli goods in our shops:

If you’ve got a mobile phone (who hasn’t, these days?) but don’t yet have the No Thanks app that tells you whether an item was produced by Israel and should be boycotted, get it from the Google Play store or other appropriate app store now.

And the Scottish National Party is forcing another ceasefire vote in Parliament, likely to happen as an Opposition Day motion next Wednesday (February 21).

Here’s Stephen Flynn, leader of the SNP in the House of Commons:

“History will judge all of us by our actions,” he says in the clip.

This Site’s actions are clear to all. Will you take action too?


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Public opinion turns further against Israel after Rafah slaughter. So what?

Now we have a name for the little girl whose body, hanging from a window with its legs shredded and absent below the knee, has become synonymous with Israel’s so-called Superbowl Massacre:

Here’s video of Sidra while she was still among the living:

This was Sidra on February 12, and I make no apology for the graphic nature of what follows; Israel should apologise:

We’re told that the Superbowl Massacre was set up under the pretence that it was cover for a raid on Hamas to rescue two Israeli hostages; Israel ran an advert during the Superbowl with the tagline “Bring back our dads”, and then magically produced two such “dads”.

But it has been claimed that these “dads” had actually been rescued on February 2, and there was no raid to rescue anybody; this was simply an excuse for the massacre.

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You can see the wider-scale impact of it in the post below:

This is not the limit of the “pure evil” that Israel has been visiting on the people of Palestine, though. Here are a few more examples:

 

Alongside the murders – looting:

And lies. Israel is apparently claiming that it is helping send aid into Gaza, but the clip being used as evidence of this is from two years ago:

In fact, it seems Israelis are blocking aid from entering Gaza:

Looking at the evidence, some of us have been working backwards to find out what Israel has actually been doing. Here’s what they found:

It’s certainly true that the United States, courtesy of President ‘Genocide Joe’ Biden, has sent huge amounts of money to Israel. enabling that country to buy more weapons and ammunition to use on Palestinians:

And the US government has been roundly criticised for it.

But this is not solely a war on Gaza:

Yes it is ethnic cleansing. Yes it is genocide. Yes it is a holocaust.

And, being perpetrated by Jewish people from Israel, it means that the leaders of that country have learned nothing at all from the Holocaust inflicted on them by Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.

It is, therefore, understandable for people to have become more than a little upset at this turn of events:

Yes that is correct – the UK’s government wholeheartedly supports what happened to Sidra Hassouna. On your behalf, it is saying that you wanted her to be blown to pieces by what’s most likely to have been an American bomb, triggered by an Israeli grunt. The UK and the US are drenched in the blood of Gazan children:

Also covered in blood are the Labour MPs who supported this. One of them, Rachel Reeves, was confronted by a member of the public – and ignored her:

Backtracking a little, remember the claim that Israel had persuaded the UK and the US to de-fund the only organisation capable of preventing a famine in Gaza – refugee care organisation UNRWA – with lies?

Here’s Israel’s liar-in-chief, Eylon Levy, failing to provide any evidence that UNRWA workers were involved in the October 7, 2023, attack on Israel:

And this satirical post highlights the differences between what journalists have been told and what they know to be factually accurate:

You may be asking, what’s the situation now?

Here are a few reports:

Palestine’s ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, has been consistently excellent in putting forward the case for his people to receive help from the UK, rather than hostility:

But perhaps if your heart is too hard for you to listen to these adults, it will soften at the words of these Palestinian youngsters:

They want help, so they will be able to go home again. This may be difficult if their homes are now rubble. And the UK’s government remains hell-bent on supporting Israel.

But the tide of public opinion has turned further against our government – not just here in the UK but across the world, wherever Israel is receiving indiscriminate support for its genocide.

Ordinary people are refusing to accept it – here in the UK:

In the Netherlands:

In Japan:

And, yes, in the United States:

So far, our pleas for our governments to stop fuelling genocide have fallen on deaf ears.

It seems they will not heed the plight of children like Sidra Hassouna, and will instead continue funding Israel so Benjamin Netanyahu can continue buying the bombs and bullets that blew her apart.

But with public opposition growing, the tide will turn. How long will it be before we have a government that demands justice for Sidra; justice for Gaza?


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It gets worse: did Israel LIE about rescuing hostages to justify Rafah bloodbath?

This Site has no way of proving or disproving what follows.

I am merely showing you what’s being said. Hopefully more information will become available (although probably not via the BBC) and we’ll all be able to make up our own minds.

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Here’s the issue:

Just when you think Israel could not descend any lower, this happens.


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DON’T LOOK AWAY: Horror as Israel attacks Rafah [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

Israel has launched a heavy air assault on Rafah, the last part of Gaza that Israeli authorities had declared a “safe zone” – where 1.5 million Palestinians are said to have fled – and the evidence shows that the result has been a bloodbath.

Strangely, it seems to be going unreported in countries like the UK, where the government supports Israel’s genocide with aid, weapons and ammunition. Instead, the news agenda seems to be dominated by reports of a raid in which two hostages were rescued – who would probably have been freed anyway if Hamas’s offer to free its hostages had been accepted by Israel.

This seems to be Israel’s endgame – a point at which all pretence of conducting itself in a responsible, humanitarian way towards civilians has been dropped and the genuine intention – to murder everybody left in Gaza in the most brutal, painful and graphic way possible – has been exposed.

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Some of the UK’s political class have spoken out about this slaughter – but they are a vanishingly small proportion of the total.

Images of the carnage have been emerging – and are having a shattering effect on those who have seen them.

Hopefully this article has run far enough down the screen that anybody who clicked on it by mistake will have left, having realised that it’s going to contain some horrifying imagery. I know the headline says “don’t look away” – and I hope you can bear to see what follows – but I also know that some of you may not be able to stomach it.

Here it comes. Note that the first post is a response to an Israel apologist who tries to justify that country’s bloodlust by equating it with all Jews across the world, applauding its ability to “fight back”.

Yes indeed.

It must make Israelis feel strong indeed, knowing they can fight back against defenceless children, mutilating their bodies and forever scarring their minds.

If you didn’t click on the image above, you may not have grasped the full horror of what you were looking at. Here’s a verbal description:

In the video clip below, people try to clean up children’s body parts.

The comment draws attention to the contribution of world powers to this slaughter – including both the UK and USA:

As Matt Kennard points out below, people here in the UK have responsibility for this, alongside those in Israel.

So if you are planning to vote for either a Labour or Conservative candidate in the forthcoming UK general election, remember that those parties fully supported Israel in everything it has done to Gaza – and ignored all the evidence of genocide.

Not only that, but the UK’s government, supported by Labour, intervened to stop Yemen’s Houthis from disrupting Israel’s genocide by attacking trade on the Red Sea. Apparently Rishi Sunak would not brook interference with Israel’s profitability.

The people under attack here are mostly refugees, and Israel’s attack is sponsored by the UK government, so it is appropriate to remember the words of the late, great Tony Benn.

He said: “The way a Government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would treat the rest of us if they thought they could get away with it.”

So if you support the Conservatives, or Labour, at this year’s general election, you will be saying that you yourself fully condone what Israel has done to the children of Gaza and you would also support it if your government did the same to your children, if you have them.

Look again at that image of the child hanging from a hook, her legs a bloody ruin.

Do you really want a government that could do that to your own children – or to you – for the sake of a bit of money?


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Labour’s Rochdale by-election double-bind: hypocrites or election-throwers?

Azhar Ali: unsafe whatever he does.

Labour has put itself in a double-bind after its candidate in the Rochdale by-election apologised for voicing a well-known claim about the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The party is rumoured to be about to suspend its candidate, Azhar Ali, after he accused Israel of complicity in the raid that killed 1,200 people and led to 250 being taken hostage.

It seems he not only posted about it on the social media but also passed comments on it in a community meeting.

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The BBC reported:

In the recording, which has not been heard by the BBC, Mr Ali is alleged to have said: “The Egyptians are saying that they warned Israel 10 days earlier… Americans warned them a day before [that] there’s something happening… They deliberately took the security off, they allowed… that massacre that gives them the green light to do whatever they bloody want.”

Egypt has indeed said that it warned Israel in advance of the raid. Still, Ali has had to make a grovelling apology to Israel’s supporters after his words were quoted by a hostile UK mainstream press.

Is that enough to save him from suspension, which would effectively end Labour’s Rochdale campaign?

Many think not. Skwawkbox is reporting that

suspending Ali would effectively end Labour’s campaign in the by-election, with no possibility to stand another candidate less than three weeks before polling day. Cynics have pointed out that the political fallout from exiting the election would be less damaging than Galloway beating Ali in a fair fight and accused the party of engineering the default.

But if Ali is allowed to continue, he would still face obstacles:

His willingness to stand for a party led by Keir Starmer, who has supported Israel’s ‘right’ to commit its war crimes against the Palestinians has already seen videos posted of him being ordered to leave doorsteps during his attempts to campaign. Such has been the contrast with the reception given to Workers Party GB leader George Galloway, a firm supporter of the Palestinians, that Galloway’s odds to win the by-election have been slashed from 16-1 to 2-1.

Not only that, but if Ali isn’t suspended, then Labour is endorsing a candidate who has admitted contradicting the party’s line on the Israel/Gaza conflict – and the inferred hypocrisy could be enough to cost it the forthcoming general election.

It seems Azhar Ali is set to lose, no matter what happens.

Source: Labour ‘set to suspend’ Rochdale candidate despite grovelling apology to Israel supporters – SKWAWKBOX


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