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Well, I'm almost there, but not quite.

Rule 97. Human Shields

Red Cross cites "Third Geneva Convention (with respect to prisoners of war), the Fourth Geneva Convention (with respect to protected civilians) and Additional Protocol I (with respect to civilians in general)" as the source of the legal definition of "human shields."

They also summarize the following:

Definition of human shields

Spoiler:

The prohibition of using human shields in the Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol I and the Statute of the International Criminal Court are couched in terms of using the presence (or movements) of civilians or other protected persons to render certain points or areas (or military forces) immune from military operations.[18] Most examples given in military manuals, or which have been the object of condemnations, have been cases where persons were actually taken to military objectives in order to shield those objectives from attacks. The military manuals of New Zealand and the United Kingdom give as examples the placing of persons in or next to ammunition trains.[19] There were many condemnations of the threat by Iraq to round up and place prisoners of war and civilians in strategic sites and around military defence points.[20] Other condemnations on the basis of this prohibition related to rounding up civilians and putting them in front of military units in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Liberia.[21]

In the Review of the Indictments in the Karadžić and Mladić case, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia qualified physically securing or otherwise holding peacekeeping forces against their will at potential NATO air targets, including ammunition bunkers, a radar site and a communications centre, as using “human shields”.[22]

It can be concluded that the use of human shields requires an intentional co-location of military objectives and civilians or persons hors de combat with the specific intent of trying to prevent the targeting of those military objectives.

I'm getting tired, so I may be getting sloppy, but I don't see how hiding rockets in a vacant school is "using the presence (or movements) of civilians or other protected persons to render certain points or areas (or military forces) immune from military operations." I mean, how are you rendering a point immune from military operations if you're hiding rockets there?

I don't know. Maybe I'm descending into sophistry, but I have a cynical suspicion that international law is all about sophistry.


I always liked the "Workers Revolution Will Avenge XXXXX" slogan.

Workers Revolution Will Avenge Eric Garner


"In Germany, the law does not permit the issue of shares for less than one thousand marks denomination, and the magnates of German finance look with an envious eye at England, where the issue of one-pound shares ( = 20 marks, about 10 rubles) is permitted."

--V.I. Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism: A Popular Outline


Vive le Galt!

Apologies, rest of thread, for the continuous derail. I shall try to think of more anti-mother stories for Jean-Paul to relate.


You repeat yourself, Comrade Shifty.


Wikipedia wrote:
"Human shield is a military and political term describing the deliberate placement of non-combatants in or around combat targets to deter the enemy from attacking these targets. It may also refer to the use of persons to literally shield combatants during attacks, by forcing them to march in front of the soldiers. A third meaning is when a combatant holds another person in front of them to shield them from projectiles (usually bullets), often by holding then in a headlock or nelson hold."

Citizen Fischer wrote:

Hmmm. I can work with that. Let's break it down.

Type 1: Placement of non-combatants around combat targets to deter enemy from attacking those targets.
That's pretty much the Hamas modus operandi. Does not apply to the 'rock shields' above, as that is noncombatant VS noncombatant.

Comrade Anklebiter writes:

Actually, whether or not that is Hamas's modus operandi is pretty much what is under contention.

For example, here is the first article that gets spit out of my search engine when I look for "Hamas" and "human shields":

Is Hamas using human shields in Gaza? The answer is complicated

As I've said before, no expert here, just a dude who loads trucks who happens to be a lifelong communist with a passing interest in world affairs and a search engine, but, if the case was as clear as many seem to think, then I have a hard time understanding why CNN reports that it is "complicated" or that they've got someone from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (which sounds like a plutocrat thing to me, but I could be wrong) saying "It would be impossible at this point to say how much truth there is to the human shield argument." I'm sure there's a CAMERA article or Breitbart report that claims otherwise, but I find it hard to believe either of them are purveyors of Islamist propaganda.


Arturius Fischer wrote:
TheJeff wrote:
They've been accused of firing rockets from near civilians, storing weapons near civilians, having civilians on/in buildings Hamas was using, etc.

That is, in fact, exactly what using them as human shields is. They count on the Israelis not firing into those areas because they are hiding among the population. And it's not just accusations, those things have actually happened. Sometimes it even works. Sometimes it doesn't.

The difference, as you've pointed out, is that Israel considers this to be wrong and is willing to prosecute their own people who do it. When has Hamas...

I noticed that one of the dudes cited in the Islamist propaganda piece above made a distinction between careless endangering of civilians and "human shields."

I go looking for the UN definition of "human shields," but got bored and settled for wikipedia.

"Human shield is a military and political term describing the deliberate placement of non-combatants in or around combat targets to deter the enemy from attacking these targets. It may also refer to the use of persons to literally shield combatants during attacks, by forcing them to march in front of the soldiers. A third meaning is when a combatant holds another person in front of them to shield them from projectiles (usually bullets), often by holding then in a headlock or nelson hold."

Anyone else got anything?


Lord Snow wrote:
LazarX wrote:
Irontruth wrote:

At the same time, the 1967 borders create massive security problems for Israel. Large sections of the country are within 10 miles of the border (target-able by rockets}. Lack of water security. Ceding their very legitimate claims to land.

There never has been a "Palestinian state". Prior to WW1, it was part of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. From 1918 to 1948, it was controlled by the British. From 1918-1922, the size of the mandate was Israel+Jordan.

Fact of the matter is that the area known as Palestine was occupied by a Palestinean majority and a small Jewish minority. No matter whether it was called a "state" a "territory" or a "mandate", that was what it was composed of by population, up to the middle of the last century.

At the close of the Mandate, vast numbers of Palestineans were driven from their homes, by Jewish mobs, with the civic and military authorities either looking the other way or actively assisting, and their assets were seized by the emerging Israeli nation. Those who tried to recover their assets and homes were arrested, and then deported.

Now, to give a more fair description of events, that was during the 1948 war, known as "The war of independence" by Israelis and "The disaster" by Palestinians. It wasn't a war like the one today, with Israel boasting an army a thousand times more powerful than anything the Palestinians could manage. It was a war with Israelis having a serious disadvantage, facing armies of not only the Palestinians but also of all the surrounding countries - Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt. The war was started by the Palestinians, who refused to accept the U.N'd vote for an Israeli country in the middle east.

And, as real wars go, that one was brutal. One out of every hundred Jews in the area at the time was killed during that war. Since the Arabs lost, they took a harder blow, and once the chaos of war was unleashed the Israeli leadership made a mistake - one that Israel still pays...

I've been chatting with my friend, Omar the Former Arab Terrorist Omar the Arab Convicted of False Communication of Intention to Use an Explosive Device on an Airline, about various things related to Israel, Palestine, the Stern Gang, Labor Zionism, Poale Zion, various strands of Pan-Arabism, etc., etc., and we got around to the '48 war. "Boy," I opined, "All sides pretty much sucked in that one, huh?" "Yeah," he agreed, "They all sucked."


Lord Snow wrote:

@Anklebiter - I think most of what you said in your replay to me is reasonable. I did misread a couple of things in that article (honestly, once I saw that line that quoted the Hamas twitter claims, I just shook my head and, perhaps prematurely, decided not to take it seriously because it didn't seem to take reality seriously).

However, I do think you cheat once in your replay -

I am sorry that you think I am cheating.

You ask me what I would do if I was a kid in a uniform. When I was 18 I was the (not very good) organizer for the Boston Spartacus Youth Club.

If you were to ask me what I would do if I was someone other than myself, then I'd say I'd probably behave like any other scared kid given a weapon and told to go kill other people with weapons who are trying to kill me. Which, if anything I've ever read in the last twenty years is any indication, is often not very well.

And then I would refer you to Comrade Jeff's reply, particularly the second part.


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Kingpinmaker, Game N

The party spent the next couple of days aboard The Whale sailing back to Blackcove. We looked up all of the rules for using ballistas and cannons, and the players had fun assigning NPCs to each of the weapons, counting their money, and identifying their magic goodies.

Somewhere in there, Giles O. Beck and Esmerelda Bandawax, out of the kindness of their good, good hearts, offered a home to Toby and Jillian Poodlecock as cook and groundskeeper at the Foxglove Manor, helping keep up the illusion [stifles giggle] that the house is haunted. What else? More role-playing with, for example, Barbie Ragnarock spying on Symoreel Singha having a lesbian encounter with Princess Mwangli and getting secret instruction about retrieving "The Heart of the Jungle" from The Mack Daddy's guildhall, the consolation of Urzzak's young apprentice who was moved to throw his mask into the waves and be adopted into the Jambala Jaeg, Buck Rogers telling Genny that if she wanted to make contact with the Bellflower Network she'd have to find a contact in Pezzack named "Doodlebug," etc., etc.

After the appropriate amount of time, boom! the player up in the crow's nest (I forget who) sees a great fin break the water. Boo-yah! A megaladon! Genny's player shot me a dirty look, because he had been talking about megaladons before the game began, but I swear, I already had it planned before he brought it up.

Anyway, it was a pretty fun fight and the reason it was so fun was it so fast! Megaladon attacks, Captain takes evasive manuevers, Megaladon eats poor Umja, the players unload their sparkling new toys into Megaladon, repeat once, Megaladon is blown to shreds and slinks back into the deep waters with single digit hit points. Huzzah!

Couple of days later, they arrive in the waters off of Blackcove assuming the worst. They pass by the Magical Island of Nas-Kashel and see rowboats beached by the Wedding Rock. "Oh no, how did the zombies use rowboats?!?" The party gets in their dinghy and heads out to investigate. Genny sees a woman's face, transclucent and shimmery, peek out of the waves. Players freak out. Two nixies rise up out of the water, set to charm. Esmerelda gets to go first, though, and cheats with her Bardic Knowledge ability again. "They're nixies" I say, "And you remember that Lira Sauvuren, the Blackcove town druid, was friends with nixies and all kinds of ocean creatures." The party starts parleying, drops Lira's name, the nixies relax, "What are you doing in The Whale?" they ask. "Oh you know The Whale?" "Of course we know The Whale, big old galley with a penisbone masthead, owned by The Mack Daddy, everyone under the seas knows The Whale." Anyway, they're lucky they have Esmerelda around, because I had augmented the nixies with an oceanid, and I bet I could have drowned at least one of them.

Anyway, they return to Blackcove, find out that it was not turned into a plague zombie infestation town--it turns out Gerlach the Fishman Sorcerer has learned to control the undead, hmmm--break the bad news about the death of "Lord Urzzak", get a tour of all the new construction that has gone on since they were gone, particularly the new temple of Rovagug (!!!), Barbie Ragnarock is reunited with poor Sven who is a mess of scars and blind in one eye (he quickly forgave her and the two retired to get better reacquainted) and are told there will be a feast tonight in the memory of Urzzak and Barnacle Bettye. Bunch of other unsettling stuff, night falls, feast starts, party, party, party, Gerlach stands up, clears his fishy throat, makes a moving speech about the recent history of the town and the heroism of Lord Urzzak, and, to finish, yells out "Bring in the sacrifice!"

"What?!?" says the party in unison, as the villagers break out an In Darkest Africa-style drum circle and Lira Sauvuren leads in a manacled Chelish tax collector! "Death to Cheliax! Long live Rovagug!" the villagers chant. The party freaks out, much roleplaying and Diplomacy ("But Lord Urzzak said live like a Chelish pig, die like Chelish pig..." "I don't care what he said, you can't sacrifice tax collectors to Rovagug! Don't you think somebody will notice when the tax collector goes missing?!?"), etc. Everyone decides that maybe Blackcove isn't a good place for the ex-slaves to stay, grab the poor tax collector, and head back to The Whale.

After that, they headed back to Pezzack and got attacked by another bunch of strix. These strix, though, had four seventh-level characters among them, but, the party kicked their butts pretty soundly. It was a pretty cool fight, with cannons and flying combatants, but I am afraid I don't recall most of the cool details. Suffice to say, after years of playing together, I think the party is finally starting to cohere into a lean, mean, semi-tactical D&D playing machine. Huzzah!

Game ends with The Whale a day's sail away from Pezzack.


Giles! What are you doing here?!? Um [looks around to make sure the house is in order], wow, you were here on Thursday?

That only reinforces how negligent I have been in posting. :(

You're right about the manacled pirate, of course. I had remembered that over the weekend but forget to come and correct my post.

Genny can't come to this weekend's game, alas, and I'm not sure about Symoreel quite yet. I'll send you an invisible messenger soon.

Anyway, here's that list I was talking about:

Princess Mwagli
Artooie
Boomdi
Dido
Cootoon
Vitna
Mobutoo
Trax
Umja
Imda
Avaja
Gillis
Barley Blighter
Tadeus Lightwhistle
Toby Poodlecock
Jillian Poodlecock

Starting with the Princess, we're talking about Mwangi humans, somewhere around Mobutoo or Umja we grade down to Mwangi halfling, and by the time we get to Gillis and Barley, we're talking Chelish halflings, the last two an elderly married couple.


ShadowcatX wrote:
Because Hamas has absolutely no reason to lie about committing war crimes, amIright?

"Look, I am not a fan of Hamas. You can look through my post record in this thread and the one Lord Snow started last time.It wouldn't surprise me if they did use human shields; at the same time, I'm not just going to accept the word of you, Lord Snow or, particularly, Doug's Workshop."

Hmm, I wonder what that might mean.


ShadowcatX wrote:
How about defining the word "close to" as relates to both Israel and to Hamas?

I checked out the Amnesty International report linked in the article, and, upon cursory examination, I don't see those words anywhere on the page. I google the quote, find it cited by other sources, including Agent France Presse and wikipedia, but still can't find the report that actually says those words. I leave it other googlers to find it because I have to go to work soon.

Quote:
Regardless, you acknowledge that Israel has designated military targets and non-military targets, where as Hamas does not.

I don't recall acknowledging any such thing. If you are referring to something in the piece that you quoted, I would point out that Hessam Akhlaghpour wrote it, not I.


Fathi Hammad: [The enemies of Allah] do not know that the Palestinian people has developed its [methods] of death and death-seeking. For the Palestinian people, death has become an industry, at which women excel, and so do all the people living on this land. The elderly excel at this, and so do the mujahideen and the children. This is why they have formed human shields of the women, the children, the elderly, and the mujahideen, in order to challenge the Zionist bombing machine. It is as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: "We desire death like you desire life."

Assuming the translation is accurate, your youtube video is hardly the smoking gun you seem to think it is. "They" have formed human shields, not "we use them as human shields."

Look, I am not a fan of Hamas. You can look through my post record in this thread and the one Lord Snow started last time. It wouldn't surprise me if they did use human shields; at the same time, I'm not just going to accept the word of you, Lord Snow or, particularly, Doug's Workshop.

As for abolishing religion, no, I'm pretty sure my comrades in the region don't have a plan for that. It would be rather anti-Marxist.


Lord Snow, it is difficult to format a response to your post without coming across all wall-of-texty with every other sentence in a quotes tag, so I'm just going to free form it:

Re: Frank Luntz's report: I am not implying anything. I am posting an article by one of my favorite Middle East reporters with the word "Cock" in his surname. If readers are able to detect echoes of Luntz's work in their preferred news outlet of choice, or in this thread, then I find it well worth posting. If there is a handbook for Hamas, I'd be happy to look at articles about it.

Re: The 5 Misconceptions Piece: Well, it's not like I prefaced the post with a disclaimer about Islamist propaganda or anything. That being said, I find your specific criticisms to be based on misreadings of the text. Perhaps, Islamist propaganda disclaimer, the text is purposefully misleading, but still:

Spoilered to prevent wall of text:

Spoiler:

1) I'm not sure how "accepted" the argument is that they have no choice but to mix with civilians. One of the links that you can click leads to one Frank Roth saying that it is still illegal. The point, however, is that it doesn't qualify as using "human shields," which, of course, is the point of the section of the article.

2) I don't see any non-acceptance of the idea that it would be difficult to avoid civilian casualties by lobbing missiles into a concentration camp. What I do see is a rejection of the idea that Israel never targets civilians. To substantiate this, reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are cited.

3) The article points out that an Amnesty International points out that "The report also points out that Israel behaves similarly by placing military bases and headquarters in or around residential areas of Israeli cities and conducting military activities 'close to civilian areas in the south of Israel.'"

3) The article does not absurdly accept Hamas's twitter account claims.
The article is employing a rhetorical device, which, for the sake of argument, accepts Hamas's twitter account claims:

"Anyone who paid attention to the twitter account of Hamas' military wing (recently suspended) would have noticed that whenever they announced they were launching rockets at Israeli cities, they would claim they were targeting military bases. It would be absurd to blame potential Israeli civilian casualties on the Israeli Defense Force for placing military bases close to residential areas. But blaming Palestinian civilian casualties on Hamas is quite normal."

As to your hypothetical question, I have no answer, because as a lifelong opponent of imperialist militarism, I would never voluntarily serve in an occupation army. If drafted, I'd either follow the precedent of the refuseniks and refuse to serve, or the Bolsheviks and organize for international proletarian socialist revolution within the army.

The part about "voluntarily serving as a human shield" is in reference to hospitals and homes, not Hamas operatives. Unfortunately, the youtube video that the article links to demonstrate its point has already been taken down.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Alright, Mizrahim are another name for Sephardim

Or maybe not.


[Back from wikipedia]

Ah, those dudes in Chaim Potok's The Chosen.

Learn something new everyday on Paizo.com! Hasidim are Haredim but not all Haredim are Hasidim.


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Arturius Fischer wrote:
Aaaaand now I disagree. Conditionally. So... if they have forced conscription where everyone of a certain age has to join, those people are automatically complicit and responsible for everything done by the IDF? Or do they simply not have your support? I'm OK with the latter, not so much the former.

I don't consider someone threatening to put you in jail to be justification for oppressing someone else.

Ex-IDF soldiers endorse refusing army service, in letter to Washington Post

---
"Its authors claim that the army works to erase the culture and struggles of women, Mizrahim, Russians, Ethiopians, Haredim, Bedouin, Druze and Palestinians, and perpetuated the gaps between the various groups."

Alright, Mizrahim are another name for Sephardim, Druze are those dudes who trace themselves from Moses's uncle or something, who the hell are the Hardeim?!?


GentleGiant wrote:

Yup, the same Amnesty International and Humans Rights Watch investigations I linked to earlier in the thread.

It's an "easy" claim to make when you then bomb a building, destroying most of the evidence for your claim.

In my defense, it's a very dense thread.

And before anyone can go for the obvious snark, [Smacks Dicey]


There has been another Update to the "It Turns Out..." piece:

Rosenfeld, the Israeli spokesperson, is seeking to clarify that while the lone cell did not receive direct orders from Hamas, it was still affiliated. “The kidnapping and murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists from the Hebron area,” he claimed in comments to The Daily Beast (//www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/27/israeli-official-at-heart-of-t wit-fit-still-blames-hamas-for-june-kidnappings.html) . “The security organizations are continuing to search for the murderers.”

But Donnison, the BBC journalist, is not backtracking from his earlier reporting:

For those asking, I stick by 100% tweets regarding comments made to me by Israeli police spokes Mickey Rosenfeld. He said it. Period. 1/2

---

I am also reminded that I haven't checked in on Libya in quite a while, and while it is a bit old, it is by a Cockburn:

Three Years After Qaddafi: The Implosion of Libya by PATRICK COCKBURN

Those who have been around may remember me yelling at a bunch of the participants in this thread and calling them "stooges of imperialism." I am not in the least bit sorry.


Irontruth wrote:
Dead civilians will eventually take their toll in the Egyptian news cycle if the military is seen as supporting Israel though.

Maybe, maybe not. I don't know. But Uri, otoh:

"Take Egypt, ruled by a bloodstained military dictator. He is a full-time collaborator with Israel, as was Hosny Mubarak before him, only more efficient. Since Israel controls all the other land and sea borders of the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian border is Gaza’s only outlet to the world.

"But Egypt, the former leader of the Arab world, is now a subcontractor of Israel, more determined than Israel itself to starve the Gaza Strip and kill Hamas. Egyptian TV is full of 'journalists' who curse the Palestinians in the most vulgar terms and grovel before their new Pharaoh. But Egypt now insists on being the sole broker of the cease-fire."


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Once and For All

This is Not a War on Terror; the War Itself is an Act of Terror
by URI AVNERY

I am bumping because a) I forgot to mention that Uri is an ex-Irgun member, oddly enough; and, b) there was an interesting quote about Egypt in here. Lemme dig it out...


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Hmm, well, I'm nowhere near looking through all of the links yet, so it is quite possible that I am falling victim to Islamist propaganda, but I'll link them anyway:

Five Misconceptions About the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Hessam Akhlaghpour

In particular, I was interested in the assertions in Point 4:

Misconception 4. Hamas uses human shields.

Spoiler:

Israel tries to explain the high civilian tolls by blaming Hamas for using human shields. The claim is that Hamas stores weapons and launches rockets near residential areas, leaving Israel with no choice but to bomb those locations.

That Hamas launches and stores rockets near densely populated residential areas must inevitably be true, since Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on earth and if Hamas had designated an area for military operations, it would be instantly pulverized by Israeli forces. But, this does not necessarily qualify as using "human shields," defined as "intentionally using civilians to shield a military objective." So, for example, the weapons that were discovered in one UNRWA school last week (an incident described as "the first of its kind), does not confirm the "human shield" allegations, because the school was vacant at the time.

Amnesty International investigated Israel's previous claims in 2009 and found "no evidence Palestinian fighters directed civilians to shield military objectives from attacks, forced them to stay in buildings used by militants or prevented them from leaving commandeered building." The same report found that on several occasions the Israeli forces, however, "had forced Palestinians to serve as human shields," as also confirmed by Human Rights Watch and the UN.

Amnesty's report acknowledges that Palestinian armed groups were endangering civilians by "firing rockets from residential areas and storing weapons, explosives and ammunition in them," but also acknowledged that mixing with the civilian population "would be difficult to avoid in the small and overcrowded Gaza Strip, and there is no evidence that they did so with the intent of shielding themselves." The report also points out that Israel behaves similarly by placing military bases and headquarters in or around residential areas of Israeli cities and conducting military activities "close to civilian areas in the south of Israel."

Anyone who paid attention to the twitter account of Hamas' military wing (recently suspended) would have noticed that whenever they announced they were launching rockets at Israeli cities, they would claim they were targeting military bases. It would be absurd to blame potential Israeli civilian casualties on the Israeli Defense Force for placing military bases close to residential areas. But blaming Palestinian civilian casualties on Hamas is quite normal.

Furthermore, forcing civilians to act as human shields for military objectives should not be confused with activists voluntarily acting as human shields to protect hospitals and homes. The former is a war crime and should be condemned, but the latter is a courageous form of nonviolent resistance and should be praised.


And, another Mondoweiss piece:

Hasbarah Bingo

How many can you find in this thread?


Also, I saw an article about it earlier on Mondoweiss, but I have a preference for writers with the last name "Cockburn."

The Secret Report That Helps Israelis Cover Atrocities:
How Israel Spins War Crimes by PATRICK COCKBURN


Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken: Behind the odd progressive divide between senators, intellectuals on Gaza

Sanders, Warren, Franken: Liberal apologists for Zionism.

Break with the Democrats!


Arturius Fischer wrote:

Comrade Anklebiter is right though, the topic is Israel and Palestine.

For the record, I am the biggest hater of on-topic threads in the OTD. This is illustrated by my linking of articles about the Western Sahara and Armenian gangbangers in Syria in this very thread.

My only point above was that this thread exists and focuses on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict because an Israeli Paizonian, the much beloved Lord Snow, started it.


Freehold DM wrote:
Doug's Workshop wrote:

In other ME news . . .

The US has abandoned its embassy in Libya.

1000 people were killed in Syria last week, with ISIS carrying out beheadings, crucifixions, and other wonderful tortures as described by sharia.

Kurds fighting ISIS got bumpkis from the US in terms of support, so their victories will likely be for naught.

But yeah, let's focus on the boogieman that is Israel.

are you seriously encouraging the us to arm fighters in Syria and ISIS in general? That did not work well the last time the us did it, and you know it.

I imagine that Citizen Workshop is encouraging the US to arm the Kurds in northern Iraq, Comrade Freehold.

ISIS Be Damned—Iraqi Kurds Still Love America


Doug's Workshop wrote:

In other ME news . . .

The US has abandoned its embassy in Libya.

1000 people were killed in Syria last week, with ISIS carrying out beheadings, crucifixions, and other wonderful tortures as described by sharia.

Kurds fighting ISIS got bumpkis from the US in terms of support, so their victories will likely be for naught.

But yeah, let's focus on the boogieman that is Israel.

Um, I don't know if you know this or not, but the OP is Israeli. Anyone wants to start a thread about Syria or Iraq or Libya, I'd be happy to participate.


Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

What do you have that indicates the Egyptian military is distancing itself from Israel?

I cursorily google and get, from three days ago, Saudi, Egypt and Israel work together in Gaza attack.

I note that Middle East Monitor is a pro-Palestinian publication, and web surf over to DEBKAfile, which isn't, and, through the paywall I can see the beginning of an article which starts:

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was wavering Sunday, July 27, between sticking with his understanding with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to crush Hamas, at the cost of a deep rift with Washington, or going along with Kerry, at the cost of Israel's security against dangerous terrorists."

Egyptian military targeting Hamas.

Israel building deals to sell natural gas to Egypt and Turkey.

Since civil war in Syria, European trade for Jordan now goes through Israel.

The Syrian civil war has been a drain on Hamas, both politically and financiall. For one, in 2012 they started backing the fundamentalist rebels. This put them at odds with Iran, a major political backer and funder, because Iran still supports the regime in Syria. Hamas headquarters used to be located in Damascus, but had to relocate to Qatar. They've since worked at rebuilding their relationship with Iran though.

Capitalist toady article on Egypt-Hamas relations.

Hmm. Well, a quick skim doesn't indicate any distancing between Egypt and Israel. Perhaps I'm missing something?


Musical Interlude


I don't know the answers, but here's the CNN piece.


In case I was misreading Comrade Kirth's post, I will agree that persecuting people for their allegiance to a foreign power, or workers revolution, is more normal than persecuting people for sodomizing toddlers with killer robots, especially when they didn't do it.


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Vive le Galt!

Since I last checked in we have recruited two more members, including Omar the Former Arab Terrorist who was very upset when he discovered that I am referring to him as Omar the Former Arab Terrorist on these messageboards. "What the f!~+, I wasn't prosecuted for 'air terrorism,' I was prosecuted for 'false communication of intention to use an explosive device on an airline.'"

My bad.


"No" what?

Falsely prosecuting day care workers for using killer robots to sodomize toddlers is pretty bizarre.


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Kirth Gersen wrote:
remember, though, is that the whole country was caught up in a massive Satanism scare at the time, and it made the Red Scare in the 50s seem normal.

Not sure I'd go that far, but, yeah, it was pretty bizarre.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I don't know Israeli Arabs from Adam, but my Hebrew-speaking expatriate comrade once scoffed when someone referred to Palestinians as second-class citizens.

"Second-class citizens are the sephardim. Third-class citizens are the beta. Fourth-class, now we speak of Arabs."

A bit old, but interesting:

Post-Zionism and the Sephardi Question


Got around the subscription pop-up and I can see titles, but not articles, with such evocative names as: "A Troika Runs the Gaza War: Abdullah, Sisi and Netanyahu" and "US Ceasefire Ploy Deepens Rift with Saudi Arabia and Egypt" with the subheading "Facing inflexible Egypt, Kerry turns to Hamas Patron Qatar to soften its leader Khaled Meshaal."


What do you have that indicates the Egyptian military is distancing itself from Israel?

I cursorily google and get, from three days ago, Saudi, Egypt and Israel work together in Gaza attack.

I note that Middle East Monitor is a pro-Palestinian publication, and web surf over to DEBKAfile, which isn't, and, through the paywall I can see the beginning of an article which starts:

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was wavering Sunday, July 27, between sticking with his understanding with Saudi Arabia and Egypt to crush Hamas, at the cost of a deep rift with Washington, or going along with Kerry, at the cost of Israel's security against dangerous terrorists."


"...my wife to kill and Gildor to frame for it."

Although, some of the article I've been reading lead me to believe that I was too soft on Israel in some of my timelines above; apparently, some argue that although there were rockets from Gaza after Operation Brother's Keeper, Hamas didn't order rocket attacks until after the IDF started lobbing missiles into Gaza.

If so, I apologize to the anti-Semitic Islamic fanatics in Hamas for the calumny and slander.


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Interesting article for the "no faction of the Palestinians wants to work with Israel" crowd to consider:

Operation Protective Edge: Reading between the lines

Of particular interest is:

"The key to understanding Israel's bombardment of Gaza is the unity government between Hamas and Fatah that was formed on 2 June this year. While Palestinian unity is itself something that Israel has always done its best to sabotage, the fact that the US and EU actively welcomed the formation of the unity government and said that they would be willing to work with it in terms of negotiations, rocked Israel to its core. The notion of Hamas as the irrationally intransigent arch-rejectionist has always been absurd, but it is nonetheless an important part of Israel's own rejectionist mythology, in which Hamas's 'terrorism' and supposed inherent 'anti-Semitism' is utilised by Israel in order to maintain the status quo of occupation and the annexation of the West Bank, with Gaza contained and isolated under constant siege and the permanent threat of Israeli violence. Hamas's acceptance of the unity government meant that it in effect accepted the US terms for its cooperation with any Palestinian government, which is an acceptance of 'past peace deals' and thus, in turn, an acceptance of the PA's commitment to a negotiated two-state solution based on UN resolution 242."

I can't pretend to be privy to no particularly helpful insights or sophisticated analysis, but it's what I was trying to puzzle out on my own: If Hamas was dealing with Fatah, wouldn't that indicate they were about to, in practice at least, start dealing with Israel? Bibi: "We can't have that! Boom, boom, boom! Brother's Keeper and Protective Edge!"


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I don't know Israeli Arabs from Adam, but my Hebrew-speaking expatriate comrade once scoffed when someone referred to Palestinians as second-class citizens.

"Second-class citizens are the sephardim. Third-class citizens are the beta. Fourth-class, now we speak of Arabs."

Was bopping around on the Guardian's site and came across this article from last year:

Ethiopian women in Israel 'given contraceptive without consent'


ShadowcatX wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
ShadowcatX wrote:
And as to who is killing more, so what? You want to live don't pick a fight you can't win.

This should be interesting:

Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

I have absolutely zero percent problem with humanitarian aid going to Gaza. I don't wish the Palestenians ill, but I certainly wouldn't want people firing rockets at me or my country, and I think the expectation that Israel should be ok with any non zero number of rocket attacks laughable.

The part that should be particularly interesting is:

"The chairman of IHH, a major organiser of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla I, said that Turkish army troops will accompany the ships to protect it from any potential attack, pointing out that his organisation demanded the government to provide protection for them as Turkish citizens."

It could be just bravado, though. I can't find any confirmation there will be armed Turkish troops if, in fact, there is another flotilla.


ShadowcatX wrote:
And as to who is killing more, so what? You want to live don't pick a fight you can't win.

This should be interesting:

Turkey to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza


I remember that during Pillar of Ash, there was a Britishiznoid brother who appreciated the post-game commentary of Gush Shalom activist and Counterpunch contributor, Uri Avnery.

It's not post-game yet for Protective Edge, but here he is again:

Once and For All
This is Not a War on Terror; the War Itself is an Act of Terror
by URI AVNERY


Irontruth wrote:
What puzzles me though, is how you guys talk as if Israel is the only side doing anything wrong.

I guess it depends on who you mean by "you guys."


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So, I can't pretend to be any kind of expert, but from what I'm picking up, in order to spike a Fatah/Hamas "Unity" government hookup, Netanyahu seizes the opportunity of the tragedy of the three yeshiva students to unleash a wave of state terror and lynchings that even Lord Snow thought was complete bullshiznit.

Hamas, reactionary anti-Semitic fanatics in the best of times, respond as expected and besiege Israel with crude rocket fire, criminally and indiscriminately targeting Israeli civilians that has very little effect because Israel has spent billions on Iron Dome.

Israel responds with a barrage of missile fire and a ground assault with the resulting slaughter of civilians that has already been thoroughly parsed in this thread.

If we understand "Israel" to mean the arrogant, murderous regime of Netanyahu and friends, then I have a hard time seeing how Israel is not to blame for this latest round.

As for all of that history stuff, you're right, Comrade Pravda, there can be no just and equitable solution of the conflicting Palestinian and Israeli grievances. Under capitalism.

For a Socialist Federation of the Middle East!

(Nice pics, Comrade Giant. Here's Boston's.)

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