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Thursday, March 31. 2011
The New York Times reports that the Palestinian Center for Human Rights “took the unusual step this week of condemning the building and storage of anti-Israel rockets in densely populated areas, a practice that has led to injuries and deaths of civilians.”
“Unusual” isn’t quite the word for it. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights also supports Hamas and its affiliated terrorists “resistance” to Israel, and regularly condemns Israel for militarily reacting. In 2008, this NGO, financed by Western NGOs, also criticized the stockpiling and firing into Israel from populated locations in Gaza. Less populated areas in Gaza should, instead, be the depots and firing positions.
What’s missing from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights criticism, and from the New York Times report?
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights doesn’t condemn the rocket and mortar firing into Israel, and the New York Times doesn’t mention that.
The increased import of longer-range rockets into Gaza now land in the large city of Beersheba, and, as seen in the latest firings last week, now puts the southern area of Tel Aviv and Israel’s major port at Ashdod into range. They may soon reach to Jerusalem. See this map.
Even Human Rights Watch, a consistent severe critic of Israel, condemns the rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel: “Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are serious violations of the laws of war. Such attacks committed willfully - that is, intentionally or recklessly - are war crimes.” (more here) The New York Times report, also, doesn’t mention that.
For now, Israel doesn't want to serve as an excuse for anti-Israel propagandists to distract from the revolts against Arab satraps. Eventually, however, Israel will have to take more serious measures against the Gaza sanctuary for indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks. You can be sure that pro-Palestinian NGOs, their funders and supporters in the UN, and the Western media will condemn Israel for “over-reaction” or “disproportionate use of force” or “civilians killed in Gaza” and such, as they did when Israel last went into Gaza to suppress Hamas and the firing sites. Seldom if at all mentioned will be that Hamas brought it upon itself and Gazans or that Israel had no other realistic alternative, at least if it wants to protect its own civilians and survive.
Oh, BTW, don't forget the almost 1000 weapons depots, bunkers and OP sites in 250 villages in southern Lebanon set up by Hezbollah -- answering to the same Iranian armers as Hamas, and likely to act in concert with Hamas when Israel enters Gaza again.
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Facts (and, incidentally, 'truth') are those inconvenient items that seem to spoil the narrative/meme. If you'd have to use the fact "they're willfully storing missiles, in Palestinian areas, that they routinely launch into sovereign Israeli territory, obtained from Iran, made in China", the whole narrative becomes both cloudy and messy.
Its much simpler for the Leftist mind to read/hear "Israel is bad, because they're attacking Palestinian civilians, unwarranted". Much more tidy and to the point....
Israel knows full well that Obama bin Laden and Al Sarkozyri are only looking for an excuse to do to Israel what they're doing to Libya: destroy the legitimate government and install a Jihadist regime in it place.
In Libya most of the citizens would survive that (but loose what freedom they have), in Israel it would be wholesale slaughter on a scale never seen in recorded history, with the entire population of the country being put to the sword in the name of Allah.
Problem with that theory is that Israel WILL defend itself, and has the means to do so. Its what has kept the Islamic hordes at bay (notice I did not say Arab, since they do have some measure of Arabs that live fine and dandy within their borders), and stymies their further efforts to 'drive them into the sea'.
I have no doubt that MANY of the major Islamic population centers would throw of HEAVY Rads/roentgens/whateverthey'recallingthemthesedays, as the IDF will not stand by as systemic 'final solution' threats from these Islamic nutballs would be a serious concern.
The real wildcards is how far the Islamics would go, and how far their Western enablers will allow them to go, to further destabilize the ME. Not a conspiracist, but it oddly all looks contrived/planned, in a weird sort of way...
The arabs are advertising the start of the third intifada, on
May 15th . This time around, Israel needs to clear the arabs
from Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel. Push them into the sea, or send them to Jordon, their original homeland. Should Israel begin to lose a fight with the combined arab armies,the use
of her tactical nukes should be realized. Defeat is not an option when dealing with barbarians.
Israel has "leaked" a detailed map of Hezbollah's Golan Heights arms caches to the Washington Post.
This is probably to shout out to the Hezzies, and to point out to the world that any civilian casualties in the future have been deliberately courted by the terrorists. Arms are purposely stored near schools and hospitals.
Download the PDF at that page, for future reference. Send it to bleating, bleeding-heart libs when the rockets start flying.
comment #81 Menachem Ben Yakov
Libyan rebels sold Hizballah and Hamas chemical shells
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2011, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00) Tags: chemical weapons Hamas Hizballah Iran Libyan rebels
Senior Libyan rebel “officers” sold Hizballah and Hamas thousands of chemical shells from the stocks of mustard and nerve gas that fell into rebel hands when they overran Muammar Qaddafi’s military facilities in and around Benghazi, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report.
Word of the capture touched off a scramble in Tehran and among the terrorist groups it sponsors to get hold of their first unconventional weapons.
According to our sources, the rebels offloaded at least 2,000 artillery shells carrying mustard gas and 1,200 nerve gas shells for cash payment amounting to several million dollars.
US and Israeli intelligence agencies have tracked the WMD consignments from eastern Libya as far as Sudan in convoys secured by Iranian agents and Hizballah and Hamas guards. They are not believed to have reached their destinations in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, apparently waiting for an opportunity to get their deadly freights through without the US or Israel attacking and destroying them.
It is also not clear whether the shells and gases were assembled upon delivery or were travelling in separate containers. Our sources report that some of the poison gas may be intended not only for artillery use but also for drones which Hizballah recently acquired from Iran.
Tehran threw its support behind the anti-Qaddafi rebels because of this unique opportunity to get hold of the Libyan ruler’s stock of poison gas after it fell into opposition hands and arm Hizballah and Hamas with unconventional weapons without Iran being implicated in the transaction.
March 31, 2011 - 3:53 pm Link to this Comment
Calling Samantha Power…calling Samantha Power…bring UN…emergency…what? What did you say? You’re too busy stopping crimes against humanity…in Israel ?
The violence can be traced to a civil war between the state and leftist rebels, a three-decade struggle that, from 1960 to 1996, was the dirtiest of Latin America’s dirty wars. More than two hundred thousand people were killed or “disappeared.” According to a U.N.-sponsored commission, at least ninety per cent of the killings were carried out by the state’s military forces or by paramilitary death squads with names like Eye for an Eye. One witness said, “What we have seen has been terrible: burned corpses; women impaled and buried, as if they were animals ready for the spit, all doubled up; and children massacred and carved up with machetes.” The state’s counter-insurgency strategy, known as “drain the sea to kill the fish,” culminated in what the commission deemed acts of genocide.
In 1996, the government reached a peace accord with the rebels, and it was supposed to mark a new era of democracy and rule of law. But amnesty was granted for even the worst crimes, leaving no one accountable. (Critics called the policy “the piñata of self-forgiveness.”) In 1998, the Guatemalan Archdiocese’s Office of Human Rights, led by Bishop Juan Gerardi, released a four-volume report, “Guatemala: Never Again,” which documented hundreds of crimes against humanity, identifying some perpetrators by name. Two days later, Gerardi was bludgeoned to death, a murder that was eventually revealed to be part of a conspiracy involving military officers.
After the peace accord, the state’s security apparatus—death squads, intelligence units, police officers, military counter-insurgency forces—did not disappear but, rather, mutated into criminal organizations. Amounting to a parallel state, these illicit networks engage in arms trafficking, money laundering, extortion, human smuggling, black-market adoptions, and kidnapping for ransom. The networks also control an exploding drug trade. Latin America’s cartels, squeezed by the governments of Colombia and Mexico, have found an ideal sanctuary in Guatemala, and most of the cocaine entering America now passes through the country. Criminal networks have infiltrated virtually every government and law-enforcement agency, and more than half the country is no longer believed to be under the control of any government at all. Citizens, deprived of justice, often form lynch mobs, or they resolve disputes, even trivial ones, by hiring assassins.
Some authorities have revived the darkest counter-insurgency tactics, rounding up undesirables and executing them. Incredibly, the death rate in Guatemala is now higher than it was for much of the civil war. And there is almost absolute impunity: ninety-seven per cent of homicides remain unsolved, the killers free to kill again. In 2007, a U.N. official declared, “Guatemala is a good place to commit a murder, because you will almost certainly get away with it.”
Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/04/110404fa_fact_grann#ixzz1IHz11bLJ
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