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US airman dies after setting himself alight, to ‘no longer be complicit in [Gaza] genocide’

This story should have been top of the news agenda all day.

A serviceman in the US Air Force walked up to the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, doused himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight, saying that he would “no longer be complicit in genocide”. He has since died of the injuries he sustained.

That man was Aaron Bushnell. He was saying US support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza makes every member of the American armed forces complicit in the murder of more than 30,000 people – half of them children, and in the horrific injuries inflicted on around 70,000 others.

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That’s not even mentioning the wholesale destruction of Gazan buildings and societal infrastructure.

Some have called Mr Bushnell’s mental health into question. It is possible that his mental equilibrium was disturbed by events in Gaza. Who could blame him, as a member of the military-industrial complex that is Israel’s biggest supporter and therefore the largest supporter of the genocide?

For a more general appraisal of this man, let’s have the words of one of his colleagues:

Here’s footage of what actually happened. Be warned: you may find this extremely disturbing:

Notice that even in a situation where the only harm this man was committing was to himself, a member of Israeli embassy staff still drew and aimed a gun on him:

In the video clip above, you can hear someone shouting, “I need fire extinguishers, not guns!” But the man wielding the gun still doesn’t leave or put it away.

This is the last Facebook post he published:

The event attracted almost no coverage from TV news crews – at first. Here’s a summary of what happened in the States, with a fair opinion of why:

There was a report on it in Good Morning Britain…

But as I type this, the article on the BBC News website appears to have been up for only an hour or so. It’s 8.50pm (GMT). Was it withheld until the amount of material on the social media made it impractical to stay quiet any longer?

Oh, but Israel seems to have had something to say about it, even if the western news media did not. Try to hold your bile down:

Self-immolation has been a known form of protest since at least 1963, when Thích Quảng Đức set himself alight in Saigon, in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

It is also a form of protest that has been subjected to news blackouts in the recent past.

This Site has reported on the failures of UK news media to report on such protests – by benefit claimants whose mistreatment by the government had pitched them into depression.

I wrote, then, what I’ll repeat now:

We are left with evidence that those with the ability to bring this horror to the attention of the public have been deliberately covering it up.

… To prevent the kind of social change we saw in South Vietnam, Tunisia and other Arab states, prompted by the same trigger?

If so, it would be grotesquely irresponsible of all those involved – they would be colluding to allow persecution of the extremely vulnerable to continue.


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US government’s hypocrisy over the deaths of journalists in Gaza and elsewhere

Wael Al-Dahdouh: Isrealis murdered this journalist’s family and then shot him. He is still alive, though.

This Site has accumulated a huge amount of information on the genocide in Gaza that I’ve been unable to publish as stories with my own opinion of them – due to time constraints.

Rather than leave them unseen, I’ve decided to publish them – with a caveat that it is up to you to decide what you make of them.

So:

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US claim that Hamas used Al Shifa Hospital is unsupported rubbish

Invasion of the liars: IDF troops in al-Shifa hospital. Their claims that the place had been used by Hamas have been supported by the US intelligence services – allegedly. But nobody seems able to provide any proof to the rest of us.

According to a source in the United States intelligence service – allegedly – Hamas did use Al Shifa hospital as a command centre and to hold hostages. But I’m calling “bullshit” on that claim.

Here’s Reuters:

The complex was used by both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to command forces fighting against Israel, the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

U.S. intelligence agencies have not disclosed the evidence on which they based their assessment.

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The American government believed that Hamas used the hospital complex and sites beneath it to carry out command and control activities, store some weapons and hold a few hostages, the U.S. official said.

Right. So there is no evidence to support any claim that Al Shifa Hospital was used by terrorists in any way, at any time.

The only person saying it – if you believe anybody has actually said it at all – is so unconvinced of their information that they won’t attach their name to it.

But the US government, which will make a fortune in tax receipts from arms companies that are supplying Israel with the weapons being used to bomb Gaza into dust (along with Lebanon, Syria and Iran, now), is happy to accept this fairy tale at face value.

It seems to me that there may be an ulterior motive behind this claim. What do you think?

Source: US believes Hamas used Al Shifa Hospital but evacuated before Israeli operation- source


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UN demands humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza despite US opposition

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to demand a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the Security Council.

And yes – the UK abstained again.

Here’s PBS NewsHour with the facts (the first report This Writer could find on the subject):

The vote in the 193-member world body was 153 in favor, 10 against and 23 abstentions. The support was higher than for an Oct. 27 resolution that called for a “humanitarian truce” leading to a cessation of hostilities, where the vote was 120-14 with 45 abstentions.

The General Assembly vote reflect the growing isolation of the United States as it refuses to join demands for a cease-fire. More than the United Nations or any other international organization, the United States is seen as the only entity capable of persuading Israel to accept a cease-fire as its closest ally and biggest supplier of weaponry.

In tougher language than usual, though, President Joe Biden warned before the vote that Israel was losing international support because of its “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza.

Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding – and Israel has already announced its refusal to pay any attention in any case:

The arrogance of these monsters is breathtaking, isn’t it?

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The PBS NewsHour article adds,

The resolution expresses “grave concern over the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the suffering of the Palestinian civilian population,” and it says Palestinians and Israelis must be protected in accordance with international humanitarian law.

It also demands that all parties comply with international humanitarian law, “notably with regard to the protection of civilians,” and calls for “the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access.”

Let’s have a look at the situation there, according to the latest reports:

Source: UN General Assembly votes to demand a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, U.S. opposes resolution | PBS NewsHour


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US passes law saying anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. It isn’t

Our American cousins – oh dear.

They seem a little confused:

Here’s the issue:

Yes indeed: you don’t have to be Jewish to be a Zionist, meaning that opposition to Zionism simply cannot be anti-Semitism. To be anti-Semitism, it would have to be hatred of a Jewish person because they are a Jewish person. Keir Starmer isn’t Jewish. Rishi Sunak certainly isn’t.

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So, what is all this really about?

Could it be about making sure the United States has an excuse to keep selling its bombs to Israel, even though it seems clear that the onslaught against Gaza is part of the Zionist project to steal all the land in the original country with that name?

Here in the UK, people have a much more “grass roots” attitude; if the government won’t end support for Israel, we’ll jam up the mechanisms creating the weaponry:

We have a natural sense of justice that tells us it is wrong for a country with overwhelming military might to use it to slaughter children in a neighbouring country:

Back in the States, the population is spoonfed falsehoods:

We have seen Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of Gaza; we have heard how Israel warned Gazans to move from one part of the Gaza Strip to another, claiming they will be safe there – and then bombed the part they moved into.

We have concluded that Israel deliberately murders civilians, including women and children.

We may conclude that this is in the service of Israel’s Zionist project.

We may reasonably deduce that Gazans are anti-Zionist because of this.

Yet the United States has legislated that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

Isn’t that victim-blaming to justify genocide?


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US plan suggests Gaza offshore gas field rumour is true. But here’s the catch…

It seems there is a huge natural gas field off the Gaza coast, as This Site (and others) discussed shortly after the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel.

We speculated that the hostilities might have something to do with Israeli plans to seize any such gas field for its own financial reward.

It turns out that a deal to exploit the gas was signed by Israel – in June.

Now US President Joe Biden wants to talk with Israel about revitalising Gaza‘s economy using this resource.

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Here’s a pertinent comment on that:

Are we to take it that this is a plan for Israel and the United States to share ill-gotten gains from their war against Gaza, after all the Palestinian people there have been either killed or expelled?

Let’s just have a reminder of what US aid to Israel has been buying over the last few weeks:

Is that a persuasive argument?


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Palestine peace march route is announced and, no – it’s nowhere near the cenotaph

Public opinion: we’re told half a million people attended the last march for peace in Palestine. Let’s make sure Saturday’s march has more than a million.

Right-wing disrespecters of the meaning of Armistice Day and Remembrance Day will be trying to distract you from this – so make sure everyone you know is aware of it.

Organisers of the pro-Palestine peace march on Saturday (November 11 – Armistice Day) have announced that it will start in Hyde Park at midday, following a route that will take it to the United States Embassy on Nine Elms Lane.

That’s nowhere near the cenotaph on Whitehall!

So much for the propaganda of the right-wing warmongering genocide-monkeys.

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At the embassy, marchers will demand an immediate ceasefire.

This information comes from Jeremy Corbyn, who stated: “I have been proud to speak at every major demonstration for Palestine in Central London and I will be there again this Saturday as we march from Hyde Park to the US Embassy demanding an immediate ceasefire.

“I hope you will join me and encourage your friends and family to join this peaceful protest.

“With the Home Secretary stoking division and calling these peace marches ‘hate marches’, it is more important than ever to stand up for the right to protest and a peaceful way forward.”

This Writer will not be there.

I’m in Mid Wales, I’m a carer for a person with long-term illnesses and disabilities and I am staying here.

But I’ll be there in spirit.

And I urge anybody who can be in London on Saturday to make sure that you are.


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Here’s the only response to Suella Braverman’s US immigration speech you need

Suella Braverman: racist, sexist, homophobic. Right?

If you’re hoping for an in-depth analysis of all the Tory crowing in support of Suella Braverman’s racist, sexist and homophobic speech against immigration at a US think tank last week, I’m happy to disappoint you.

There’s really very little to say about a lot of Tories supporting an unacceptable view.

I’ve already provided my comments on the speech itself, here.

But I did want to highlight what I think is the best comment on it, which came in musical form. Here it is:

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If you aren’t worried about NHS privatisation, you need to watch this

Our National Health Service is being taken away from us while the government and the mass media pull the wool over our eyes.

The new Integrated Care Services are based on an American model, but with a slight name change.

The American system is the most expensive and least efficient that the NHS could possibly morph into – but you’re not being told that.

If you don’t think our biggest national treasure is being perverted into a parody of a system that profits from pain, then you need to watch this:

And don’t think Labour will be in better hands with Keir “Labour’s greatest achievement is Nato” Starmer!


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Why did we send Liz Truss to a summit when she called Irish PM a ‘tea sock’?

With Liz Truss at a summit in the United States, is it a good moment to point out that she cannot help insulting foreign leaders by exhibiting her ignorance?

She’s an utter embarrassment because – well, see for yourself:

How many other leaders can she insult in a single meeting? Lay your bets now!

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