|If this is true, and not just another politically motivated attempt to mess
with my beliefs about the world and what is true, then I am appalled, and
utterly horrified. That little boy with his dad that was machine gunned
didn't look ANY DIFFERENT from mine, about eight years old....except for his
ethnicity, which is irrelevant to me. As a mother, I ache for them. As a
woman on this small, small planet yearning for peace, I am thoroughly fed up
with these male-dominated control freaks (of all nationalities, political
and religious persuasions) and their pissing contests, which have become a
danger to us all. So what is to be done? We all need to realize
responsibility in this, search for what is really true, and figure how what
to do next, if there is anything to be done. It isn't someone else's
problem. I don't see how a human being could see this and not take it
personally, at a very deep level.
So, if this is even partly true, thank you for bringing it to the attention of the world.
P.S. For the record, I only watch CNN (or anything else, including your site) to see what kind of stuff they WANT me to think, and then I make up my own mind.
Not Spoon Fed
gullible idiots you guys are! please show the video of the fake Palestinian funeral and also some pictures of victims of homicide bombers, so that people can see the full story. of course innocent people get hurt in war, that's why we hate it. you are anti-Semitic if you don't show a balanced view. also, to clarify, one of your pictures show a Jewish victim, not an Arab.
Your photos are shocking, but, in the absence of any explanation of the events that caused them, they give as misleading and vague an impression as do the media sources you criticize. For example, the photos of Mohammed al Dura and his father being shot and killed have been extensively investigated. A German documentary on the subject concluded they were most likely killed by Palestinian policemen firing upon an Israeli position. In addition, you show a victim of a "Molotov cocktail". Since when does the IDF use these? Are you joking? Do you really think Israeli soldiers fill bottles with gasoline and "chuck" them at Palestinian kids?
Of course, the most invidious aspect of your site is the absence of photos of Israeli victims of "atrocities in the Middle East." We don't see the macabre photos of an Israeli cafe or pool hall after a bombing on CNN. If your point is that gory photos of atrocities aren't shown, why do you disregard the victims of atrocities committed against innocent Israeli civilians? Where is your cry of "Shame!" against these terror attacks?
You assert there's no critique of Israel in the media because of some putative "unspoken fear" of being labelled antiSemitic. In truth, Israel is criticized constantly in the media. Your site provides nothing new in criticizing Israel. However, what your site fails to do is provide any evenhandedness in the issue. You say you're presenting the truth, but it is obvious your only desire is to present an incredibly one-sided, and thereby untruthful, anti-Israel propaganda site.
It's funny sometimes how the people who are most vocal about their "compassion" for an issue reveal themselves to be incredibly callous...
Just the facts
Since the occupation:
1700 Palestinians killed versus 450 Israelis
Time for a diplomatic solution...
First the Carrot, Then the Stick: Behind the Carnage in Palestine
by Norman G. Finkelstein
During the June 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza, completing the Zionist conquest of British-mandated Palestine. In the war's aftermath,the United Nations debated the modalities for settling the Arab-Israeli conflict. At the Fifth Emergency Session of the General Assembly convening in the war's immediate aftermath, there was "near unanimity" on "the withdrawal of the armed for ces from the territory of neighboring Arab states occupied during the recent war" since "everyone agrees that there should be no territorial gains by military conquest." (Secretary-General U Thant, summarizing the G.A. debate) In subsequent Security Council deliberations, the same demand for a full Israeli withdrawal in accordance with the principle of "the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war" was inscribed in United Nations Resolution 242, alongside the right of "every state in the region" to have its sovereignty respected. A still-classified State Department study concludes that the US supported the "inadmissibility" clause of 242, making allowance for only "minor " and "mutual" border adjustments. (Nina J. Noring and Walter B. Smith II, "The Withdrawal Clause in UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967") Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan later warned Cabinet ministers not to endorse 242 because "it means withdrawal to the 4 June boundaries, and because we are in conflict with the Security Council on that resolution."
Beginning in the mid-1970s a modification of UN Resolution 242 to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict provided for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza once Israel withdrew to its pre-June 1967 borders. Except for the United States and Israel (and occasionally a US client state), an international consensus has backed, for the past quarter century, the full-withdrawal/full recognition formula or what is called the "two-state" settlement. The United States cast the lone veto of Security Council resolutions in 1976 and 1980 calling for a two-state settlement that was endorsed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and front-line Arab states. A December 1989 General Assembly resolution along similar lines passed 151-3 (no abstentions), the three negative votes cast by Israel, the United States, and Dominica.
From early on, Israel consistently opposed full withdrawal from the Occupied Territories, offering the Palestinians instead a South African-style Bantustan. The PLO., having endorsed the international consensus, couldn't be dismissed, however, as "rejectionist" and pressure mounted on Israel to accept the two-state settlement. Accordingly, in June 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon, where the PLO was headquartered, to fend off what an Israeli strategic analyst called the PLO's "peace offensive." (Avner Yaniv, Dilemmas of Security)
In December 1987 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza rose up in a basically non-violent civil revolt (intifada) against the Israeli occupation. Israel's brutal repression (extra-judicial killings, mass detentions, house demolitions, indiscriminate torture, deportations, and so on ) eventually crushed the uprising. Compounding the defeat of the intifada, the PLO suffered yet a further decline in its fortunes with the destruction of Iraq, the implosion of the Soviet Union, and the suspension of funding from the Gulf states. The US and Israel seized this occasion to recruit the already venal and now desperate PLO leadership as surrogates of Israeli power. This is the real meaning of the "peace process" inaugurated at Oslo in September 1993: to create a Palestinian Bantustan by dangling before the PLO the perquisites of power and privilege.
"The occupation continued" after Oslo, a seasoned Israeli commentator observed, "albeit by remote control, and with the consent of the Palestinian people, represented by their `sole representative,' the PLO." And again: "It goes without saying that `cooperation' based on the current power relationship is no more than permanent Israeli domination in disguise, and that Palestinian self-rule is merely a euphemism for Bantustanization." (Meron Benvenisti, Intimate Enemies)
After seven years of on-again, off-again negotiations and a succession of new agreements that managed to rob the Palestinians of the few crumbs thrown from the master's table at Oslo (the population of Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories had fully doubled in the meanwhile), the moment of truth arrived at Camp David in July 2000. President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak delivered Arafat the ultimatum of formally acquiescing in a Bantustan or bearing full responsibility for the collapse of the "peace process." As it happened, Arafat refused. Contrary to the myth spun by Barak-Clinton as well as a compliant media, in fact "Barak offered the trappings of Palestinian sovereignty," a special adviser at the British Foreign Office reports, "while perpetuating the subjugation of the Palestinians." (The Guardian, 10 April l 2002; for details and the critical background, see Roane Carey, ed., The New Intifada)
Consider in this regard Israel's response to the recent Saudi peace plan. An Israeli commentator writing in Haaretz observes that the Saudi plan is "surprisingly similar to what Barak claims to have proposed two years ago." Were Israel really intent on a full withdrawal in exchange for normalization with the Arab world, the Saudi plan and its unanimous endorsement by the Arab League summit should have been met with euphoria. In fact, it elicited a deafening silence in Israel. (Aviv Lavie, 5 April 2002) Nonetheless, Barak's - and Clinton's - fraud that Palestinians at Camp David rejected a maximally generous Israeli offer provided crucial moral cover for the horrors that ensued.
Having failed in its carrot policy, Israel now reached for the big stick. Two preconditions had to be met, however, before Israel could bring to bear its overwhelming military superiority: a "green light" from the U.S. and a sufficient pretext. Already in summer 2000, the authoritative Jane's Information Group reported that Israel had completed planning for a massive and bloody invasion of the Occupied Territories. But the US vetoed the plan and Europe made equally plain its opposition. After 11 September, however, the US came on board. Indeed, Sharon's goal of crushing the Palestinians basically fit in with the US administration's goal of exploiting the World Trade Center atrocity to eliminate the last remnants of Arab resistance to total US domination. Through sheer exertion of will and despite a monumentally corrupt leadership, Palestinians have proven to be the most resilient and recalcitrant popular force in the Arab world. Bringing them to their knees would deal a devastating psychological blow throughout the region.
With a green light from the US, all Israel now needed was the pretext. Predictably it escalated the assassinations of Palestinian leaders following each lull in Palestinian terrorist attacks. "After the destruction of the houses in Rafah and Jerusalem, the Palestinians continued to act with restraint," Shulamith Aloni of Israel's Meretz party observed. "Sharon and his army minister, apparently fearing that they would have to return to the negotiating table, decided to do something and they liquidated Raad Karmi. They knew that there would be a response, and that we would pay the price in the blood of our citizens." (Yediot Aharonot, 18 January 2002) Indeed, Israel desperately sought this sanguinary response. Once the Palestinian terrorist attacks crossed the desired threshold, Sharon was able to declare war and proceed to annihilate the basically defenseless civilian Palestinian population.
Only the willfully blind can miss noticing that Israel's current invasion of the West Bank is an exact replay of the June 1982 invasion of Lebanon. To crush the Palestinians' goal of an independent state alongside Israel - the PLO's "peace offensive" - Israel laid plans in August 1981 to invade Lebanon. In order to launch the invasion, however, it needed the green light from the Reagan administration and a pretext. Much to its chagrin and despite multiple provocations, Israel was unable to elicit a Palestinian attack on its northern border. It accordingly escalated the air assaults on southern Lebanon and after a particularly murderous attack that left two hundred civilians dead (including 60 occupants of a Palestinian children's hospital), the PLO finally retaliated killing one Israeli. With the pretext in hand and a green light now forthcoming from the Reagan administration, Israel invaded. Using the same slogan of "rooting out Palestinian terror," Israel proceeded to massacre a defenseless population, killing some 20,000 Palestinians and Lebanese, almost all civilians.
The problem with the Bush administration, we are repeatedly told, is that it has been insufficiently engaged with the Middle East, a diplomatic void Colin Powell's mission is supposed to fill. But who gave the green light for Israel to commit the massacres? Who supplied the F-16s and Apache helicopters to Israel? Who vetoed the Security Council resolutions calling for international monitors to supervise the reduction of violence? And who ust blocked the proposal of the United Nation's top human rights official, Mary Robinson, to merely send a fact-finding team to the Palestinian territories? (IPS, 3 April 2002)
Consider this scenario. A and B stand accused of murder. The evidence shows that A provided B with the murder weapon, A gave B the "all-clear" signal, and A prevented onlookers from answering the victim's screams. Would the verdict be that A was insufficiently engaged or that A was every bit as guilty as B of murder? To repress Palestinian resistance, a senior Israeli officer earlier this year urged the army to "analyze and internalize the lessons of how the German army fought in the Warsaw ghetto." (Haaretz, 25 January 2002, 1 February 2002) Judging by the recent Israeli carnage in the West Bank - the targeting of Palestinian ambulances and medical personnel, the targeting of journalists, the killing of Palestinian children "for sport" (Chris Hedges, New York Times former Cairo bureau chief), the rounding up, handcuffing and blindfolding of all Palestinian males between the ages 15 and 50, and affixing of numbers on their wrists, the indiscriminate torture of Palestinian detainees, the denial of food, water, electricity, and medical assistance to the Palestinian civilian population, the indiscriminate air assaults on Palestinian neighborhoods, the use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes with the occupants huddled inside - it appears that the Israeli army is following the officer's advice. Dismissing all criticism as motivated by anti-Semitism, Elie Wiesel - chief spokesman for the Holocaust Industry - lent unconditional support to Israel, stressing the "great pain and anguish" endured by its rampaging army. (Reuters, 11 April; CNN, 14 April)
Meanwhile, the Portuguese Nobel laureate in literature, Jose Saramago, invoked the "spirit of Auschwitz" in depicting the horrors inflicted by Israel, while a Belgian parliamentarian avowed that Israel was "making a concentration camp out of the West Bank." (The Observer, 7 April 2002) Israelis across the political spectrum recoil in outrage at such comparisons. Yet, if Israelis don't want to stand accused of being Nazis they should simply stop acting like Nazis.
While you slideshow is very provocative, it is rather 1 sided I would like to see the other side of the coin before I make a desicion on right or wrong, However like almost all journalists out there you are simply playing on peoples emotions and not submitting a solution, which basically creates more hatred. So way to go, great slideshow, WOW what a wonderful human being you are. Thank you for showing me that all humans beings, really are just domesticated primates You asshole!!!!!!!!!
Jimi Cavaleri Denver Colo.
We are so sheltered from evil in this country that we often don't know how serious atrocities are in other countries. Our government does not want us to see this because we would not go along with some of the wars we wage on our neighboring countries. Much like slavery in this country we would rather place our heads in the sand than take responsibility for changing things. We can not sit idly by and watch such mass destruction of life and not shout for justice. The babies are the innocent victims of this madness and have no voice in the horific conditions of their homeland and the women are also innocent stand bys. I don't know what can be done by an average american citizen, but would like to know and let others know once I know. Please take the time to come up with some proactive steps that as americans, we can do to be of some help or comfort to these people.
I have read your Article on Israeli Brutality this Morning. You must know that Israeli Bomb Victims are not exposed on International News, CNN and other. You do not see much of Bombed Israeli Sites. But much is shown of Palestinian Bombed Sites. And its Victims. I must doubt that you have been to Israel or the West Bank recently. I have visited personally the Jenin Refugee Camp some time back. It was not looking much different before IDF Actions took place. Peoples in Jenin are left to live in terrible Destruction. Jenin is under United Nation Governship and has received many 100 of Million Dollars to help build those and other Refugee Camps. This money has not been used to do this. You must not blame Israeli Defenses and Military Actions. You must understand that much Billions of Dollars the United Nations receive from Nations seldom go to Humanitarian Aid. Saudi Arabia receives much of this Money. Then it buys legitamatelly Weapons, Tanks from America. And from Germany. This is how Corporate Governments assure itself Defense Economy. 3 Billion Dollars are given to Israel. Israel is to buy Weaponry from America for this Money. As does Egypt, Jordan, and other Countries receiving Economic Aid. In Truth it is Economic Aid for America. Only using a Middle Man, or Contractor. It is Peoples Taxes that go Directly to Defense Corporations. Lockheed Martin, Carlyle, and other.
In War one can Find the Instigator easy when finding who it is that has Gain. It is not the Peoples of Israel. It is not the Palestinian Peoples. In a Schoolyard when two Boy Childrens fight, it is the third Party who placed Money on the Bet who instigated the Fight. So it is in Life.
This set of pictures makes one want to cry for the Palistinian people, but true tears of sorrow.
They are oppressed by corrupt ³religious² and secular ³leaders² who steal from them, and worst of all, kidnap their children to brainwash them in order to make the children immolate themselves while murdering civilians, woman and children. Those ³leaders² show their hypocracy in that they do not go themselves. Furthermore, they show what cowards they are by hiding behind civilians as they shoot at Israelis, then to shed crocodile tears when the civilians theyıre hiding behind get killed. If the Israelis donıt oblige, they will kill their own civilians to get their blood offering, as in the last pictures on your site.
The poor, Palistinian people, slaves of those who hate.
After over 50 years, I am still haunted by the horrors I witnessed as a child who had not yet reached her 5th birthday. I saw my own mother shot in the back as we tried to head toward the Austrian border. I, myself, was grazed in the right hip by a bullet. I thought that by now, I'd be over this nightmare; however, viewing movies of similar escape attempts by other peoples from heavily guarded borders has brought it all back again - with tears and all. I would certainly do anything to put it all behind me once and for all and just go on with my life...
any photos like these, regardless of which side, religion, country, government agency makes me ashamed to be a human being....I cannot think of one "animal" that could be more destructive, vicious and evil..... All these "governments" and "religions" ....those who "convince" the stupid ponds to do their evil for them...note there's no blood on their hands... Yeah maybe I live in a bubble,,,but if I, and hopefully my children can be GOOD to people, animals and ourselves..that's just a few that the EVIL didn't get.....
girl in canada
These photos should shock and horrify every thinking human being. If not you should question whether you are human.
Several writers have already tried to say you were unfair, steeling themselves toward the inhumane slant.
But I recall seeing hundreds of journals and dozens of movies devoting many color pages to the Jewish holocaust. That is how they justify what they do today.
Yet the Palestinians were not the Nazis. The Jewish "problem" was simply forced onto Arab people by White Europe.
Now we don't even know that 57,000,000 people in the Soviet Union died fighting the Nazis or are a direct consequence of their bombing the food storage. Yet Jewish film makers devote dozens of films to the holocaust aggrandizing the situation to the point where you can't get any other info. Why is the death of 57,000,000 being ignored? To steel us toward hard line politics? Didn't the Soviet Union buy us time to get ready to fight Hitler?
How many of the six million came from the USSR? And the toughest question of all: How many of the 6,000,000 were "Dry Branches" and how many were Zionists? And why were Nazis supplies in abundance during the early days of Israel? Just what kind of deal from Hell was made? You see if the Zionists turn the other cheek and allow the dry branch Jews to face the holocaust, then they will become the majority.
Now Israel has grown to gigantic proportions, Clearly they are the dominant force. And with the USA tooting Israel's horn only they feel impugn. Free to do as they wish, they blow up Palestinian homes to expand for Russian immigrant jews. See how the Zionists leave the Russian Jews to face possible repercussions!!! Many of these homes have belonged to the Palestinians for centuries, but Israel does not care. They partition families in opposite areas and make it very difficult to live near the ever advancing Israeli occupation. And they sometimes send their troops out to maim, break arms and legs of a certain number of Palestinian people. Some have learned nothing from the Holocaust. You would have to be a Native American to truly know what the Palestinians feel.
If you can watch Free Speech TV at HTTP://www.freespeech.org/ you will see many programs devoted to this issue. And you will even hear reporters state the facts that dare not be said in the USA. e.g. the photos of f the boy with his dad. First they shot the youngster, then his dad covered his own body over the boy and they shot through his dad to kill the boy. The reporter who was there said it was the Israeli soldiers.
Doubters ask yourselves who has the power to stop all this? Who has the advanced superweapons and who resorts to sticks, stones?? When those who have almost all the power on their side behave this way, it is the obligation of the Press, the people and indeed the Jews due to their upbringing to oppose!
I mourned for these victims, the 6,000,000 and the 57,000,000. There are many more groups I could include.