IDF is reportedly requiring journalists entering Gaza to fill out a form that absolves the Israeli army of all responsibility in the event of injury or death. via: mashable
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Israel targeted and killed four Palestinian boys earlier today as they were playing football on the beach in Gaza.
Their names were Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9, Ahed Atef Bakr, 10, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, 10 and Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and they were all from the same family.
According to Abu Hassera, whose shirt was stained with blood: “When the first shell hit the land, they ran away but another shell hit them all. It looked as if the shells were chasing them.”
Now, everyone is used to seeing pro-Israel bias in the media and it’s no surprise. But this ‘article’ from the New York Times is something else. As pointed out by Ben White: there is no mention of “Israel”, or the “IDF”, or “Israeli military”, or basically any agency.
Sometimes I don’t feel like the people arguing realize that Palestine is completely under occupation. Palestine is not a sovereign state. At best the Palestinian Authority just facilitates and takes care of the administrative dirty work for Israel. But make no mistake, Israel is the side holding all the power and all the cards.
What are some crucial elements for a state to have, in order to be considered sovereign?
Well..they’d have to have control of their borders and airspace. Israel controls both of those for Palestine. We’re not allowed to even have an airport.
Okay..so what about, the freedom to tax its population according to their abilities? Well…the PA has its hands tied for that too. It is not allowed to change or mess with the import tax and VAT. That means that Palestinians pay the same VAT and import taxes as Israelis do. Just to be clear, the average income for Palestinians is around 1200-1400 NIS, while in Israel it’s around 9000 NIS.
Hrrmm, what about citizenship? It’s a hallmark of any sovereign state to issue its own passport and issue citizenship to whoever it wants, right? The Palestinian Authority can only give passports to people Israel approves, the Palestinian Authority is not allowed to issue Palestinian citizenship to anyone.
Yes, it’s true. If you happen to be Palestinian, and fall in love with someone who is not? You’re screwed. You’ll never be able to live in Palestine with them without a million complications. Your partner will have to keep perpetually renewing tourism Visas from Israel, and usually after a while, Israel stops giving those after they discover you’re living in areas under the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas himself, the president of the Palestinian Authority, cannot travel, I repeat, he cannot travel without having sufficient permission and coordination issued by Israeli occupation authorities.
What about an army? Hah! Good joke. Only recently were our Police even permitted -yes, permitted- to carry any form of side arms.
So tell me..an entity that cannot control its borders, its airspace, its own taxation, has no say in its own citizenship matters, and its highest office cannot travel without permission…what would you call such an entity?
Because it sure as hell isn’t a sovereign state.
And then somehow people turn around, and put this sad “Authority” on the same level as Israel? They treat both sides as equals? An occupied population and a military occupier?
The areas under the Palestinian Authority are at best Bantustans. The Transkei Bantustan in South Africa for instance, also called itself an independent and sovereign state. We all know the truth of how that was, and we all know how it ended.
David Barton appeared on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” program last week where he warned that America is going to suffer the wrath of God for not properly supporting Israel because “any time you go after the Jews, God comes after you.”
Asserting that since God personally established Israel’s boundaries, Barton said that politicians had “better get God’s permission” before they start advocating any changes to those boundaries because “if you start messing with that, you’re messing directly with God.”
Countries like the United States that are not siding with Israel will suffer the consequences, he warned, as God strikes this nation with extreme weather, droughts, productivity declines, and agricultural disasters:
I’m so NOT scared! What a moron!
I would totally agree with the propoganda which agitates the US and other Global Anti-Semitism. However, the choice of weaopnry currently being used by Israel is Unconscionable.
Even the Orthodoxy in the USA has great support for a Palistine State.
But, as I was called-on-the-carpet this morning for my lack of balanced Posts, Hamas MUST GO; they must be Obliterated, wiped out if necessary, before the moderate Israelis will be able to topple Netenyahu’s obstinant posture on this topic!
Airstrikes in Gaza | July 2014
1. An Israeli activist carries a placard during a protest against the war on the Gaza strip, in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on July 9, 2014. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
2. Smoke and flames are seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Reuters)
3. Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of members of Hamad family in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
4. Palestinians inspect the remains of a car which was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (Ashraf Amrah/Reuters)
5. Relatives of eight Palestinian members from al-Haj family, who medics said were killed in an early morning air strike that destroyed at least two homes, mourn during their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)
6. A picture taken in Gaza City on July 10, 2014 shows a damaged building after it was hit by an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
7. A Palestinian woman runs carrying a girl following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza city on July 9, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/Reuters)
8. Two boys stand near damage caused by Israeli warplanes in Gaza on July 10, 2014. (Yasser Qudih/NurPhoto/Corbis)
9. Israelis watch as smoke rises after air strikes across the border in northern Gaza on July 8, 2014. (Amir Cohen/Reuters)
10. A Palestinian boy plays in the rubble of a destroyed house the day after an Israeli strike in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP)