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Israel claims success in the PR war, The Jewish Chronicle

While you're watching Israeli flaks on TV, or reading their crap in the paper, keep this article, penned by a sympathetic journal, obviously, firmly in mind.

Incidentally, one thing you can always depend on: scumbag PR whores will eventually brag (e.g., Wolfowitz bragging to Vanity Fair that Iraqi WMD was invented for bureaucratic reasons), and thus undermine their own lies.

Note bolded part below, among the rest of this truly amazing article. Yes, this invasion of Gaza was just cobbled together in retaliation against Hamas' post-truce rocket fire. Uh huh. Better control the messages just a tad more tightly next time, huh? Scum.

Israel claims success in the PR war

From The Jewish ChronicleAnshel Pfeffer December 31, 2008 Fewer military officers; more women; tightly controlled messages; and ministers kept on a short leash. This was Israel’s new media game-plan in Operation Cast Lead. The Gaza attack is the first major demonstration of Israel’s total overhaul of its ‘hasbara’ operatio…

Gaza Emergency Appeal: United Palestinian Appeal

Emergency Appeal for Gaza
UPA, January 1, 2009



January 1, 2009 - The death toll in Gaza surpassed 400 people today, as Israeli warplanes continued to inflict horrific suffering on a people already facing "a crisis of human dignity," according to the United Nations.

"In little more than a day, as many people had been killed as in the worst year of the first Intifada," said UPA's Samer Badawi. "The difference this time is that the people of Gaza have virtually zero resources to cope."

On the morning of December 27, Israeli warplanes unleashed what the Associated Press called "unprecedented waves of airstrikes" on Gaza. At least 225 people were killed, including women and children, with more reportedly buried beneath the rubble of targeted buildings.

"We are depending on you on the outside to tell the world what is happening," said Dr. Hamdi Khalouf, a volunteer physician who saw some of the most gruesome effects of the day's aerial b…

If Gaza falls . . . By Sara Roy, LRB

Israel’s siege of Gaza began on 5 November, the day after an Israeli attack inside the strip, no doubt designed finally to undermine the truce between Israel and Hamas established last June. Although both sides had violated the agreement before, this incursion was on a different scale. Hamas responded by firing rockets into Israel and the violence has not abated since then. Israel’s siege has two fundamental goals. One is to ensure that the Palestinians there are seen merely as a humanitarian problem, beggars who have no political identity and therefore can have no political claims. The second is to foist Gaza onto Egypt. That is why the Israelis tolerate the hundreds of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt around which an informal but increasingly regulated commercial sector has begun to form. The overwhelming majority of Gazans are impoverished and officially 49.1 per cent are unemployed. In fact the prospect of steady employment is rapidly disappearing for the majority of the population.…

From the ashes of Gaza, Tariq Ali

In the face of Israel's latest onslaught, the only option for Palestinian nationalism is to embrace a one-state solutionThe assault on Gaza, planned over six months and executed with perfect timing, was designed largely, as Neve Gordon has rightly observed, to help the incumbent parties triumph in the forthcoming Israeli elections. The dead Palestinians are little more than election fodder in a cynical contest between the right and the far right in Israel. Washington and its EU allies, perfectly aware that Gaza was about to be assaulted, as in the case of Lebanon in 2006, sit back and watch. Washington, as is its wont, blames the pro-Hamas Palestinians, with Obama and Bush singing from the same AIPAC hymn sheet. The EU politicians, having observed the build-up, the siege, the collective punishment inflicted on Gaza, the targeting of civilians etc (for all the gory detail, see Harvard scholar Sara Roy's chilling essay in the London Review of Books) were convinced that it was th…

Howard Zinn on “War and Social Justice”

Speech at SUNY-Binghamton right after the election. Zinn is usually on the ball, but his take on Obama is naive. It's irrelevant what Obama's "instincts" are -- we don't know. What matters are his actions. Period. Thus far, worse than even I expected. Happy to see something different come January 21. Don't expect it.

Emergency Conference Call & More Action to Take on Gaza

Through six days of attacks on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel has killed at least 430 Palestinians and injured at least 2,250 with U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law.Israel now stands ready to invade the Gaza Strip with troops at any moment.
Israel's attacks come on top of a brutal siege of the Gaza Strip, which has created a humanitarian catastrophe of dire proportions for Gaza's 1.5 million Palestinian residents by restricting the provision of food, fuel, medicine, electricity, and other necessities of life.

Make no mistake about it-Israel's war and siege on the Gaza Strip would not be possible without the jets, helicopters, ships, missiles, and fuel provided by the United States.

From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's and more than $100 million worth of helicopter spare parts for its fleet of Apaches. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviati…

Mark Steel: So what have the Palestinians got to complain about?

To portray this as a conflict between equals requires some imaginationWednesday, 31 December 2008 When you read the statements from Israeli and US politicians, and try to match them with the pictures of devastation, there seems to be only one explanation. They must have one of those conditions, called something like "Visual Carnage Responsibility Back To Front Upside Down Massacre Disorder". For example, Condoleezza Rice, having observed that more than 300 Gazans were dead, said: "We are deeply concerned about the escalating violence. We strongly condemn the attacks on Israel and hold Hamas responsible." Someone should ask her to comment on teenage knife-crime, to see if she'd say: "I strongly condemn the people who've been stabbed, and until they abandon their practice of wandering around clutching their sides and bleeding, there is no hope for peace."The Israeli government suffers terribly from this confusion. They probably have advert…

An Example of Antonioni's Subtle Direction

From what little I know of criticism on Antonioni (third-hand), the emphasis has been on the inspired use of interior or exterior space to show alienation and isolation. Those static shots are definitely typical, but what seems less appreciated is Antonioni's unobtrusive but deft camera moves which compress an amazing amount of meaning into one image.

At the end of La Notte, an estranged couple finally come together (perhaps only for a moment) in a long-delayed release of raw emotion. How this is shown is typical of how Antonioni finds poetry in starkly realistic settings, how he uses locations, movement, and framing to tell a story on several levels simultaneously.

Check the scene out here:



Note the trees at 0:19. At far left is a sole tree; at the right, two more. At about 0:44, there is a cut to a frame which excludes the sole tree stage left. Jeanne Moreau then tells Mastroianni about the death of their mutual friend, Tommaso.

Around 1:57, you see Moreau and tree in the frame as …

Letter to Bush on Gaza Crisis, Ralph Nader

Dear George W. Bush---

Cong. Barney Frank said recently that Barack Obama’s declaration that “there is only one president at a time” over-estimated the number. He was referring to the economic crisis. But where are you on the Gaza crisis where the civilian population of Gaza, its civil servants and public facilities are being massacred and destroyed respectively by U.S built F-16s and U.S. built helicopter gunships.

The deliberate suspension of your power to stop this terrorizing of 1.5 million people, mostly refugees, blockaded for months by air, sea and land in their tiny slice of land, is in cowardly contrast to the position taken by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. That year he single-handedly stopped the British, French and Israeli aircraft attack against Egypt during the Suez Canal dispute.

Fatalities in Gaza are already over 400 and injuries close to 2000 so far as is known. Total Palestinian civilian casualties are 400 times greater then the casualties incurred by Israelis. B…

Why I Am a Socialist, Chris Hedges

The corporate forces that are looting the Treasury and have plunged us into a depression will not be contained by the two main political parties. The Democratic and Republican parties have become little more than squalid clubs of privilege and wealth, whores to money and corporate interests, hostage to a massive arms industry, and so adept at deception and self-delusion they no longer know truth from lies. We will either find our way out of this mess by embracing an uncompromising democratic socialism—one that will insist on massive government relief and work programs, the nationalization of electricity and gas companies, a universal, not-for-profit government health care program, the outlawing of hedge funds, a radical reduction of our bloated military budget and an end to imperial wars—or we will continue to be fleeced and impoverished by our bankrupt elite and shackled and chained by our surveillance state. The free market and globalization, promised as the route to worldwide pros…

Updated Action Alert on Gaza: We Need "Sustained, Determined Political Action"

Updated Action Alert on Gaza:
We Need "Sustained, Determined Political Action"


December 29, 2008

As of this writing, a third consecutive day of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have killed an estimated 315 Palestinians and injured more than 1,400.According to the UN, at least 51 of the victims were civilians and 8 were children.Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has vowed ominously "a war to the bitter end."

Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip are being carried out with F16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, and naval gunboats all given to Israel by the United States with our tax dollars.

From 2001-2006, the United States transferred to Israel more than $200 million worth of spare parts to fly its fleet of F16's and more than $100 million worth of helicopter spare parts for its fleet of Apaches. In July 2008, the United States gave Israel 186 million gallons of JP-8 aviation jet fuel and signed a contract to transfer an addition $1.9 billion worth of…

Gaza War Info, Information Clearing House

Slaughter In Gaza More Than 200 Killed As Israel Drops 100 Tons Of Bombs In Gaza City

The BBC Video Report

Israeli F-16 bombers have pounded targets across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 200 people, according to local medical workers. Click to view Israeli Attack on Gaza, Kills 205

Israeli warplanes have carried out a massive airstrike on the Gaza Strip
By Press TV [Iranian TV -- Doug]

Video footage showed the bodies of dead people including men, women and children on Gaza streets. Continue Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza

By BBC

We can see from our office here in Gaza, in the middle of Gaza City, ambulances are still evacuating the injured from buildings and school kids are trying to find secure places.Continue Hamas Press Conference After Israeli Attacks On Gaza

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