US Senator Sanders on Gaza, other militarist violence


This video from the USA says about itself:

15 May 2018

“Instead of applauding Israel for its actions, Israel should be condemned”, Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview with Deconstructed host Mehdi Hasan. “Innocent [Gaza Palestinian] people are being killed.”

In this short conversation, Sanders talks about the consequences of the U.S. pulling out of the Iran deal, the dire situation in Gaza, and the oversized military budget that fuels our endless wars.

This video from the USA says about itself:

John Bolton: We May Punish Europe If They Don’t Pull Out Of Iran Deal Too

14 May 2018

Donald Trump is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies that do business in Iran following his withdrawal of the US from the international nuclear deal, his administration reiterated on Sunday…

Read more here.

Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord and under conditions of US preparations for war with Iran, the German bourgeoisie is intensifying its campaign for militarism, rearmament, and war: here.

Will Germany buckle under Trump? VICTOR GROSSMAN wonders if the new US ambassador’s orders to German companies to cease trade with Iran has set the tone for the country’s compliance with imperial orders: here.

Two leading writers for the Financial Times have pointed to the far-reaching and, for them, worrying implications for the global political and economic order of the Trump administration’s “America First” agenda. Gideon Rachman, the newspaper’s chief foreign affairs commentator, has written a piece on Trump’s “New World Order” that examines the geopolitical content of Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which was drawn up in collaboration with the major European powers. Economics commentator Martin Wolf took up the question of the US ultimatum to China on trade presented by a high-level economic delegation at talks held in Beijing earlier this month: here.

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Israeli peace demonstration against Gaza bloodshed today


This video says about itself:

1 April 2018

Hundreds of Israeli protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in Tel Aviv on Sunday, to protest Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters after 16 protesters were killed and over 1,400 injured.

Since then, more Palestinians have died.

From עומדים ביחד نقف معًا, today, 15 May 2018:

Today, 7pm opposite Likud HQ in Tel Aviv: STOP THE FIRE! STOP PLAYING WITH LIVES! STOP THE BLOCKADE!

Tuesday, 15.5 at 7:00 pm, opposite Likud Party Headquarters (Metzudat Ze`ev) at 38 King George Street, Tel Aviv.

When Netanyahu and Trump play with fire, the fire flares up – and kills. This is what is happening now in the Gaza Strip. The same might happen also in Jerusalem and throughout the country, if this dangerous lighting of matches near the powder keg does not stop.

Instead of striving for Israeli-Palestinian peace, which is the only way to achieve a life of dignity and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike, the right-wing government prefers to drag us all into another round of violence and blood.

Instead of allowing them to continue with this reckless game, we must stand up and demand: Stop the fire, stop playing with the lives of the residents of this country, and make a complete change of direction. No more occupation, no more annexation and blockade! We demand Israeli-Palestinian peace!

PROTESTS AGAINST ISRAEL Hundreds of people marched through Tel Aviv Tuesday to protest Israeli troops firing on Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 60 people. Similar demonstrations were held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada and South Africa. [HuffPost]

Israeli peace movement solidarity with Gaza civilians today


This video says about itself:

Israeli Peace Demo Violently Disrupted, Dozens Injured as Counterprotesters Yell “Death to Arabs

21 July 2014

We look at the increasingly dangerous political climate inside Israel where several peace protests have recently come under attack. On Saturday, right-wing activists burned a Palestinian flag, chanted racial slurs, and threw stones at an antiwar protest in Haifa of Arabs and Israelis opposed to the bombardment of Gaza. Haifa’s deputy mayor, Dr. Suhail Assad, and his son were beaten.

On Sunday, the captain of a youth soccer team in Be’er Sheva wrote on his facebook page: “send left-wing voters to the gas chambers and clean this country of leftists.” The week before the Gaza invasion began, gangs were reportedly seen roaming the streets of Jerusalem and other towns shouting, “death to Arabs.”

We go to Israel to speak with Rann Bar-On, an Israeli peace activist and Duke University mathematics lecturer, who took part in Saturday’s Haifa protest. And we are joined by Max Blumenthal, senior writer for Alternet.org and bestselling author whose latest book, “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” documents the spread of right-wing Israeli extremism.

From Raluca in Israel today:

Millions of Gaza residents face an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. We must not stand idly by!

At the initiative of Zazim (“On the Move”), thousands of Israeli citizens signed a petition calling upon the government to avert the impending disaster and not to cut the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip. Now we have decided to increase the pressure, so that our call will resonate with the decision makers in Israel and internationally.

This evening, Monday June 19, we will gather near the Gaza border to launch into the air 150 sky lanterns (paper lanterns with candles). They would illuminate the sky in solidarity with the residents of darkened Gaza.

We will meet today at 19:45 in the Big Fashion Ashdod parking lot, near the Ad Halom Junction, and from there we will proceed to the exact location for launching the sky lanterns.

For further questions please contact
Gil +972-(0)50-6995265, Raluca +972-(0)50-6314848

Holocaust survivors oppose Gaza war, get reaction: ‘Hitler didn’t finish the job’


This video about Hitler’s mass murder of Jews is part of Shoah – a film by Claude Lanzmann, 1985.

By Bill van Auken in the USA:

26 August 2014

In a letter published as an advertisement Saturday in the New York Times, over 350 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and descendants of survivors issued a stinging condemnation of “the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine.” …

The correctness of this assessment found speedy confirmation in the form of Facebook postings by Israeli rightists telling those who had signed the declaration to “go back to Auschwitz” or “go die in the gas chambers,” and lamenting that “Hitler didn’t finish the job.”

These disgusting reactions to the Holocaust survivors prove that the extreme Right lunatic fringe in Israel, unfortunately, are not any better than the extreme Right lunatic fringe in some Arab countries, or among ‘white nationalist’ anti-Semites in the USA, in Europe or elsewhere.

Indefinite ceasefire commences in Gaza: here.

An Israeli reservist asks: What did I fight for in Gaza? For now, writes the soldier, the well-brought-up Zionist young people continue to show up dutifully for reserve duty. But they are also filled with despair: here.

Against Gaza war, demonstration in Israel tomorrow


This video says about itself:

A protest condemning the Israeli assault on the Gaza strip, held in Habima square, Tel Aviv on July 12, 2014. The protest was organized after Israel’s military strike against the Gaza strip, killing dozens. Israel stepped up its offensive on the Gaza Strip, pummeling scores of targets and killing more than 120 people as Israeli leaders signaled a weeks-long ground invasion could be quickly approaching.

The protestors were disturbed violently by demonstrators from the right wing that expressed support of the army actions in Gaza.

From the peace movement in Israel:

Demo against the Gaza War, against the blockade, against occupation

Tel-Aviv Sat. 23.8.2014 8pm at Habima Square.

About this demonstration, from the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel:

Stop the war! Protest demonstration – Saturday Aug. 23, 20.00, Habima Square, Tel Aviv

We must go on crying out. We must continue opposing the assault on Gaza and demanding the end of the siege. Only in that way can both peoples attain a secure life.

The brutal war in Gaza is a result of the dead end into which Netanyahu government led us, in its systematic avoidance of a just political solution for the two peoples.

Netanyahu chooses for a war of attrition and a continuation of the cruel siege imposed on the Palestinian people – a policy with no vision, nothing to offer, carried out at the expense of both peoples.

On Saturday we will call for an immediate end to the fighting, an end to the war and the bloodshed.

On the spot there will be demonstration stewards. Please follow their instructions regarding the conduct of the demonstration and its dispersion.

Maayan Dak
General Co-Coordinator
مركزة عامة شريكة
Coalition of Women for Peace
Mobile- 0508-575729

The indecisive manner in which the latest Gaza war has apparently concluded—leaving a horrific toll of death and destruction among the Palestinians and an unusually high number of dead Israeli soldiers—has left large sections of the Israeli population questioning what the war was all about and why it was waged: here.