You Want to Pretend…

You want to pretend the UN Council on Human Rights is all just a buncha terrorist sympathizers, feel free, but your agenda is blatantly obvious, if you do.

Israeli snipers targeted medical aid personnel, disabled people and children, who, in no sane universe, presented any threat – and you know it. You’re just seeking to whitewash Israel’s long history of war crimes and human rights abuses.

But, of course, you’ve got anti-Hamas memes to argue your case, so with that kind of irrefutable evidence, I suppose we should all just pack up and go home.

From the report: The commission found that Israeli security forces used lethal force against children who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to its soldiers. Four of the children were shot as they walked or ran away from the fence.

Several children were recognizable as such when they were shot. The commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot them intentionally, knowing that they were children.

On 14 May, Israeli forces killed Musa, who was wearing a high-visibility paramedic vest, with a shot to the chest approximately 300 m from the separation fence. Shortly beforehand, he had been treating wounded demonstrators near the Shuhada cemetery in North Gaza.

On 10 August, in Rafah, Israeli forces killed Abed, who was wearing a white paramedic jacket and carrying a red first-aid kit, with a shot to the chest as he was tending to a wounded demonstrator near the separation fence. He died that day.

Israeli forces also injured 40 health workers with live ammunition during the demonstrations. On 6 April, in Rafah, Israeli forces shot a paramedic in the back of the leg as he put a wounded demonstrator on a stretcher into the back of an ambulance…

(The report details various other incidents where snipers knowingly targeted non-protesters, including other medical aid personnel and journalists.)

Fadi, from Khan Younis, had had both legs amputated following an Israeli airstrike in 2008. On 14 May, Israeli snipers shot him in the chest at the Abasan Al-Jadida protest site, where he was sitting in his wheelchair with two friends approximately 300 m from the separation fence. He died immediately.

Ahmad, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, walked with crutches, having been injured by Israeli forces during a demonstration in 2017. On 20 April, Israeli forces shot him in the back of the head as he sat on a hill approximately 150 m from the separation fence. He died that day. (And again, the report details various other incidents where IDF knowingly targeted disabled protesters who posed no threat of violence or to the safety of IDF forces.)

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong.

Nothing.

If being critical of the actions of the Israeli government, and the complicity of our own in those same actions makes me antisemitic in your eyes, so be it.

Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.

 

The Greencast – March 4, 2019 – Khalida Jarrar

Show Notes:

On the show this week, I’m covering the release of Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, held for nearly two years by the Israeli government without charge or trial. Also, the UN Commission on Human Rights released a report last week on Israeli snipers knowingly targeting emergency medical workers, disabled people and children at the 2018 Palestinian Right of Return protest. Finally, several items covering the continued lead up to war in Venezuela.

March 16, 2019 March on Washington: make your voice heard, #HandsOffVenezuela.

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere

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@UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in #Palestine finds that “Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.

https://twitter.com/ungeneva/status/1101135170143436800

Full Report, UN Human Rights Council: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar was released today from an Israeli prison where she was held for almost 2 years without charge or trial. Her case isn’t unique, it’s crucial to remember it is the norm for Israel to detain Palestinians for indefinite periods without being charged.

https://twitter.com/jvplive/status/1101162390396305411

Khalida Jarrar leaves Israeli jail with “messages of freedom”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/khalida-jarrar-leaves-israeli-jail-messages-freedom

Counterpunch: Military and CIA interventions since World War II

https://www.facebook.com/CounterPunchOrg/photos/a.302818749776471/2231156793609314/

It is no longer speculation that war criminal Elliot Abrams would again sneak military gear in “aid shipments”—that’s exactly what was found

https://twitter.com/MikePrysner/status/1100822668121501696

Trojan horse: ‘Aid trucks’ carry nails & wire for barricades – Venezuelan Foreign Minister

https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1100596126896533510

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

https://www.rt.com/news/452326-venezuela-us-aid-truck-protesters/

U.S. hits Venezuela with sanctions for blocking humanitarian aid

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hits-venezuela-with-sanctions-for-blocking-humanitarian-aid

The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qlX3yfXNX_g

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela (Empire Files)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Mar 16 March on Washington: Hands Off Venezuela

https://twitter.com/empirefiles/status/1102392324879876096

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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This morning in Miranda state

Ben Norton has been doing some amazing reporting on the ground in Venezuela, and he’s really worth following on Twitter.

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

And this is in a mostly pro-opposition neighborhood. Government-subsidized markets are even cheaper and more popular

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

 

When we say that the Democrats wouldn’t be any better…

When we point out that the Democrats really wouldn’t be any better on progressive issues than Republicans, this is what we’re talking about. 

While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.

From Venezuelanalysis: Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

The Greencast – February 26, 2019 – Hands Off Venezuela


Show Notes: I’m back! Relaunching the show as a proper podcast with actual commentary from me, this time. Comments are open!

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Jill Stein at Hands Off Venezuela https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/424065811667237/

Jorge Arreaza on Democracy Now https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/the_coup_has_failed_now_the

Trump: We’re Too Far Along
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Petition for Marco Rubio’s Resignation
https://www.change.org/p/us-congress-marco-rubio-demand-for-resignation-due-to-promotion-of-violence

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Trump is a symptom

Liberals: yeah, I’ve heard your critique that “socialism will not rid us of Trump.” (Since you seem to need to remind me of it constantly, I’ve heard it a bunch.)
 
Here’s the problem with your criticism: Trump is a symptom.
 
If you don’t address the underlying problem – which modern American liberalism never does, and apparently never will – more Trumps (spread across the paper-thin US political divide) are inevitable.