America's shame: Israel's inhumane siege of Gaza UPDATE

Robert Naiman, a sometimes diarist at MyDD, posted this diary, Egypt Says It Will Block Gaza Freedom Marchers, on Daily Kos yesterday.

It reports that on December 31, together with more than 1000 peace advocates from around the world entering Gaza through the Rafah border crossing, Naiman is planning to join tens of thousands of Palestinians in a march to the Erez border crossing inside Gaza to protest the Israeli blockade, and to demand that international action be taken to relieve Gaza of its humanitarian crisis.

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Who will save Gaza's children?

The LINK to the article below is to a British newspaper, the Guardian. We would never expect to read about this inhumane situation in the United States, because it would put Israel in a bad light, but also because Americans as a whole don't seem to care about Palestinians, even though that can be partly attributed to news censorship and pro-Israel propaganda.

Earlier this year, it was reported that over 300 children died in the Gaza massacre. But now we learn that the toll on children from Israel's siege is continuing in the form of rising infant deaths.

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The Likud Charter: wiping Palestine off the map

When my attention was drawn to the article quoted below by Diane Nakamura, I suddenly realized that it is not Iran that intends to "wipe Israel off the map," but it is Israel that intends to "wipe Palestine off the map." And that is not just a threat. It is the reality.

Observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often talk about the Hamas Charter, and the earlier PLO Charter, but no one speaks of the intents of the Likud Charter, the Bible of Israel's Likud party now in power to wipe Palestine off the map. But that is precisely what has been happening for the past 60 years.

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Netanyahu to settlers: 'there is no damned freeze!' VIDEO

'There is no damned freeze!'

Now that statement is not what Netanyahu would ever say publicly, lest he give away the ruse behind his settlement freeze. But it is likely just what he would like to tell the disgruntled West Bank settlers now protesting on his doorstep.

When this BBC article appeared today, Jewish settlers in West Bank building curb protest, it was astonishing to learn that Israel's biggest non-secret is not even known by its own people, at least not the settlers colonizing the West Bank.

In Jerusalem today, thousands of Jewish settlers and their supporters staged a rally in protest of the alleged curb on settlement building in the West Bank. It was reported that demonstrators gathered outside the residence of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in response to his announcement of a 10-month pause in permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank. This pause did not apply to East Jerusalem.

When one reads into the article, however, one wonders just what purpose this demonstration could possibly achieve, as there is no settlement freeze. But for some reason the settlers don't get it.

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Netanyahu to Obama: on settlements, April fool

...the colonization of Palestine will continue in 9 months.

Communique from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 3 Dec 2009

PM Netanyahu meets with leaders of Judea and Samaria Jewish communities

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning (Thursday), 3 December 2009, in his Tel Aviv office, for approximately two hours, met with the leaders of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Those participating in the meeting voiced their views on the Cabinet's 25 November 2009 decision to suspend construction and the stop-work orders issued pursuant thereto, as well as on the way in which they are being implemented

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "The Cabinet decision is the optimal decision for the State of Israel in the complicated diplomatic situation in which we presently find ourselves, and given the various challenges facing us. We made this tough decision in order to advance Israel's broader interests. This step makes it clear to the main elements around the world that Israel aspires towards peace and is serious in its intention to achieve peace, while the Palestinians refuse to begin peace negotiations.  This step makes it clear who is refusing peace."
Prime Minister Netanyahu added: "This order is one-time only and it limits the duration of the suspension. There are nine months and three weeks left. Once the suspension has expired, we will continue to build. I want to make it clear: The future of settlement will be determined only in a permanent peace agreement."

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