This morning, when I was working on my post on Palestine, I stumbled across this old piece I posted in 2009 right after Operation Cast Lead. I remember how fresh my anger was at the time, my helple…
Jerusalem (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said his government was looking into support from European nations for groups engaged in what he described as anti-Israel activities, specifically mentioning France.
Speaking at the start of a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said an inquiry had “found support from European countries, including France, for several organisations that engage in incitement, call for a boycott of Israel and do not recognise the state of Israel’s right to exist.”
“We will complete the inquiry and submit the findings to the French government,” Netanyahu said, without identifying any organisation.
Israeli officials have regularly condemned support by foreign governments for left-wing NGOs critical of the country’s policies towards the Palestinians.
In mid-July, Israel’s parliament adopted a law seen as targeting left-wing groups critical of the government by forcing NGOs that receive most of their funding from foreign states to declare it.
Netanyahu also appeared to make reference to France’s announcement on Friday that it would consider a temporary ban on foreign financing of mosques following a series of jihadist attacks.
“We are also disturbed by such donations to organisations that deny the state of Israel’s right to exist,” he said.
Israel has been faced with a boycott movement over its nearly 50-year occupation of the West Bank.
Some, however, accuse the movement of anti-Semitism.
Violence since October has killed at least 218 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.
Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.
Others were shot dead during clashes and protests, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.
Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli occupation and settlement-building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.
Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a leading cause of the violence.
Israel killed 546 Palestinian children over the course of only 50 days in Gaza in 2014. Of those, 180 were babies and toddlers under the age of five. ed note–for the record, I like Gideon Lev…
ED Noor: Above: Water collection then and now. A man collects water from a small container; behind him the former (newly built) water system for his area lies in ruins. Gaza stat: In Gaza there ar…
No evidence links Russia to hacking DNC emails. Accusations suggesting otherwise are baseless – the latest bashing episode, for geopolitical purposes, shifting attention from Hillary’s disturbing record, and electoral rigging of the primaries.
Israeli military intelligence/Mossad connected DEBKAfile said “an analysis by (its) intelligence and cyber defense sources has determined that” DNC emails hacking “almost certainly (was) not carried out by (Russia’s GRU) cyber warfare branch.”
Its determination is contrary to unjustifiable assertions by senior DNC officials, Obama, the Clinton campaign, administration-connected cyber espionage experts and mainstream media – pointing fingers the wrong way.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov categorically denied Russian “direct or indirect interference in (America’s) election process,” adding:
We see that the Russian card is in the red corner on the writing table of all Washington politicians during the election campaign, and that very often they make it a trump card in their game.
According to DEBKAfile (DF), blaming Russia is baseless “in…light of four facts:”
1. Little is known in the West about Moscow’s “cyber warfare system” other than it’s “highly effective.” If it hacked DNC emails, “no obvious signatures (like) ‘Fancy Bear’ and/or ‘Cozy Bear’…would have been left behind for investigators to discover.”
2. Intelligence operations, including Russia’s, nearly always focus on “seeking security, strategic and economic data.” It’s hard imagining Moscow would divert “stretched” resources to investigating other matters.
3. The private information security company CrowdStrike, hired by the DNC and FBI, claiming it “cracked the case in two hours is hardly credible.”
“Getting to the bottom of an APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) calls for extra-powerful computers, working in conjunction with the internet service provider (ISP), and consuming weeks, if not months of analysis.”
4. Blaming Russia for hacking DNC emails provides US conspiracists “with a convenient reminder” that Edward Snowden remains free from prosecution in Russia – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as well, given asylum in Ecuador’s UK embassy.
Blaming Russia is a convenient way to shift attention from a legally challenged, illegitimately anointed Democrat party nominee – the greatest threat to world peace in modern memory.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”