Collective punishment has been clearly forbidden under international humanitarian law through Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. No exceptions are permitted
Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, 2020
We are fighting human animals and we act accordingly. We are imposing a complete siege on Gaza. There will be no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel. Everything will be closed.
Yoav Gallant, Israeli Defence Minister, October 9 2023
“We are fighting against human animals”. This is how #Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant announced what he called a “complete siege” on Gaza, following a surprise attack by #Hamas on Israel. #palestine #israelitiktok #palestinetiktok #gazastrip
Pending hard information to the contrary, I take seriously the possibility that the Hamas attacks in Israel were exactly what they appear to be; an act of spectacular resistance to the apartheid state of Israel, for which the people of Gaza will pay a terrible price.
Pending hard information to the contrary, I take seriously the possibility that the Hamas attacks in Israel were in part or whole a false flag operation perpetrated for one or more of the reasons set out by Simplicius the Thinker as featured in my previous post …
NB a false flag op “in part” includes the possibility of IDF, Shin Bet and/or Mossad having advanced warning of an impending attack but choosing to let it happen:
… in the meantime here’s a selection of pieces, all short, collated today, October 9, by Defend Democracy Press.
The first two focus on conditions in Gaza, and on Israel’s already declared intent to impose lethal and indiscriminate punishment on its people as a whole. Both draw the glaringly obvious Nazi parallels.
The third and longest gives, verbatim, Hamas’s own account of the attacks’ objectives. I offer it without prejudice as to the false flag question …
… as I do the fourth, which focuses on jaw-dropping weaknesses in Israeli intelligence systems hitherto deemed world-beating.
The fifth piece gives the view of a Gaza woman who condemns Israel but also – and this is significant to the false flag thesis insofar as that entity was in part an Israeli creation to weaken the PLO – Hamas.
The sixth acknowledges the pain felt by ordinary Israelis but ridicules – as have I in this context and that of the West’s war on Russia in Ukraine – the notion, with its Orwellian approach to truth, that Saturday’s attacks were “unprovoked”. Yet for all its fact-defiant absurdity in these “post truth” times, any member of the British Labour Party, Jews not excepted, challenging the u-word will be branded anti-Semitic and draw the full wrath of Starmer’s NEC, its response the subject of the seventh piece.
Only the eighth and final piece – not of the Defend Democracy collation but my chosen subset – is given over to the false flag thesis. It is co-written by former CIA intelligence officer Philip Giraldi. 1 Unlike Simplicius, who locates both the attacks and predictable response within wider regional realpolitik to ask who gains, Giraldi and co-author Michel Chossudovsky use a narrower lens while applying – if you’ll pardon my mixed sensory metaphors – the sniff test.
(For a broad view of the nature and raison d’etre of the Jewish State within an imperialist world order, see my review of Stephen Gowans’ 2019 book, Israel: a Beachhead in the Middle East. Steve and I may be poles apart on the nature of the war in Ukraine, but this takes away nothing from his invaluable work on Israel.)
Is ‘total’ Gaza blockade a collective punishment against Palestinians? Israel announces a blockade on the Gaza Strip, meaning more than 2 million people will suffer for the acts of a few. Oct 9, 2023 Israel has announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip two days after fighters from the Hamas group carried out deadly […]
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I received 27 positive emails and four negative ones in regards to my last email with an analysis of the situation here. I appreciate both. I also received a dozen emails asking about our safety in the West Bank now blockaded and we are kept in our separate holding pins like Bthlehem Ghetto. […]
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Document: Hamas outlines the causes and objectives of Operation ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ (full Haniyeh speech)
Full speech by Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas Political Bureau, on the first day of Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood “.: Al-Jazeera Translation: resistancenews.org In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. [Glorification of God and His Messenger.] O children of our Palestinian people, O […]
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No one expected that this would be the response of the Palestinian resistance to the plan of the fascist and racist Israeli occupation government based on Judaization, displacement, expansion of settlements, annexation of lands, storming the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian camps in […]
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‘We are completely shocked by the damage’: What are ordinary people in Gaza saying about Israel’s retaliation?
A local resident says no street has been left undamaged as Israeli strikes continue A woman reacts after Israeli fighter jets destroyed a building following the Operation Al-Aqsa Flood launched by Hamas in Rafah, Gaza on October 08, 2023. © Abed Rahim Khatib/Getty Images Since the beginning of its ‘Iron Swords’ operation on Saturday, Israel […]
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The dread Israelis are feeling after today’s assault, myself included, has been the daily experience of millions of Palestinians for far too long. By Haggai Matar Oct 7, 2023 This is a terrible day. After waking up to air sirens under a barrage of hundreds of rockets fired on Israeli cities, we have been learning […]
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Activists branded Labour “cowards” as they condemned Sir Keir Starmer’s “unconditional” support for Israel’s war with Hamas at a protest outside the party’s conference in Liverpool. They blasted the Labour leader for saying there was “no justification” for the militant group’s surprise attack on Israel, which has killed hundreds on […]
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Is the Gaza-Israel Fighting “A False Flag”? They Let it Happen? Their Objective Is “to Wipe Gaza Off the Map”?
Early Saturday October 7, 2023, Hamas launched “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” led by Hamas’ Military Chief Mohammed Deif. On that same day, Netanyahu confirmed a so-called “State of Readiness For War”. Military operations are invariably planned well in advance (See Netanyahu’s January 2023 statement below). Was “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” a […]
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- Giraldi sails too close to the wind of anti-Semitism for my liking. (See this wiki page under the header, Assertions about Jews and Israel. ) That doesn’t stop me taking him seriously but is so useful to the standard Israeli Lobby charge –opposition to Israel = anti-Semitism – as to invite speculation in the inescapably paranoid swirl of conspiracy theorising (a term I use neutrally) as to whether Giraldi is himself a false flag op!