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Maisoon  ميسون
 
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in fact the number is around 91 now.

89 Palestine families wiped out by Israel’s Gaza campaign

At least 89 entire families have been killed in Gaza since Israel started its military campaign, Palestinian health officials said. The Judeh family, a woman and her four children, died after an airstrike hit their house reportedly without warning.
 
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"These Are War Crimes,"
 
Says Father of Gaza Family Wiped Out by Israeli Attack
 
 By Joe Catron
 
"They lay with shrapnel everywhere and a pool of blood around them. It's like they were swimming in it. There were six of them, five killed.
 
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Zionist Media
The children killed in Gaza by Israel :
The Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights has compiled a list of 504 children killed in Gaza, comprising almost quarter of the total Palestinian killed
 
Why Arabs Betrayed Gaza
By Ramzy Baroud
 
Some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance.
 
 
Ask any Arab ruler, and they will tell you of the great sacrifices their countries have made for Palestine and the Palestinians. However, both history and present reality are testaments, not only to Arab failure to live up to the role expected of them and stand in solidarity with their own oppressed brethren, but also to the official Arab betrayal of the Palestinian cause. The current war on Gaza, and the dubious role played  by Egypt in the ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel are cases in point.
 
Read this comments by Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington to appreciate the depth of the unmistakable Arab betrayal. “I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gaza and the pummeling of Hamas,” Miller told the New York Times. “The silence is deafening.”
 
Miller explains Arab silence in relations to their loathing of political Islam which rose to prominence following the so-called Arab Spring. Such rise saw the advent of movements like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and al-Nahda in Tunisia to the centers of power. The ‘Arab Spring’ challenged and, at least temporarily, disabled the hegemony over power by corruption-ridden, pro-western Arab elites, unleashing the energies of civil societies that have been historically marginalized.
 
Political Islam, especially that which is affiliated with moderate Islamic ideology known as al-Wasatiyyah (roughly translated as ‘moderation’) swept-up the votes in several democratic elections. Like Hamas’s victory in the Palestinian elections in 2006, other such Islamic movements followed suit the moment the ‘Arab Spring’ pushed open a small margin for democracy and freedom of expression.
 
The danger of political Islamic movements that don’t adhere to an extremist ideology like that of the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, for example, is that they are not easy to dismiss as ‘extremists,’ ‘terrorists’, and such. At times, in fact, often, they seem much more inclined to play the democratic game than self-proclaimed Arab ‘secularist’, ‘liberal’ and ‘socialist’ movements.
 
Israel’s most recent war on Gaza, starting on July 7, came at a time that political Islam was being routed out in Egypt and criminalized in other Arab countries. It was the first major Israeli military attack on Gaza since the ousting of democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013. Although the Israeli war morphed in the course of a few days to that of a genocide (thousands killed, thousands wounded, and nearly fourth of the Gazan population made homeless), most Arab countries remained mostly silent. They mouthed-off some random condemnations that meant so very little. Egypt, however, went even further.
 
Soon after the Israeli war ‘Operation Protective Edge’ began, Egypt proposed a most suspicious ceasefire, one that even the Times found peculiar. “The government in Cairo .. surprised Hamas by publicly proposing a cease-fire agreement that met most of Israel’s demands and none from the Palestinian group (Hamas),” wrote David Kirkpatrick on July 30. Hamas, the main Palestinian party in the conflict, which is also declared by Egypt’s government as ‘terrorist,’ was not consulted and only learned about the proposal through the media. But, of course, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Egyptian proposal; Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a main rival of Hamas, and a strong opponent of armed resistance (and arguably, any form of Palestinian resistance, really) welcomed the ‘brotherly’ Egyptian gesture; other Arab rulers rushed to commend Egypt’s Abdul Fatah al-Sisi for his astute regional leadership.
 
Of course, the whole exercise was a farce, meant to eventually blame Hamas and the resistance in Gaza for refusing an end to the conflict (which they didn’t start and were its ultimate victim), and to prop up Sisi as the new icon of peace and moderation in the region; the kind of ‘strong man’ with whom the United States government liked to do business.
 
It all failed, of course, for one single reason, the Gaza resistance held its ground, costing Israel serious military losses, and igniting worldwide sympathy and respect.
 
But no respect came from traditional Arab governments, of course, including those who praise the legendary ‘sumoud’ - steadfastness - of the Palestinian people at every opportunity, speech and sermon. The renewed success of Hamas, which arguably had been fading away into oblivion after the overthrow of Egypt’s brotherhood, and the severing of ties with Damascus and Tehran, was puzzling, and immensely frustrating to these governments.
 
If Hamas survives the Gaza battle, the resistance will promote its endurance before the Middle East’s supposedly strongest army as a victory. Netanyahu will suffer dire consequences at home. Ties between Hamas and Iran could be renewed. The ‘resistance camp’ could once more rekindle. The moral victory for the Brotherhood and the moral defeat of Sisi (and his prospected regional role) would be astounding.
 
An alliance of sorts was founded between several Arab countries and Israel to ensure the demise of the resistance in Gaza - not just the resistance as an idea, and its practical expressions, but also its political manifestations as well, which are felt far and beyond the confines of Gaza’s besieged borders.
 
Former Israel lobbyist and current vice president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, Martin Indyk has an explanation. “There’s an ‘alignment of interests’ between nations that aren’t allies, yet have ‘common adversaries’,” Indyk told Bloomberg. “As they see that the US is less engaged than it was before, it’s natural that they look to each other - quietly, under the table in most respects - to find a way to help each other.”
 
Naturally, the latest round of ceasefire talks in Cairo failed because the party that is hosting the talks deems the leading Palestinian resistance group Hamas, ‘terrorist’ and would hate to see a scenario in which Gaza prevails over Israel. If the resistance demand of ending the siege is met, especially the demand of reactivating the Gaza seaport and airport, Egypt would be denied a major leverage against Hamas, the resistance, and the Palestinian people altogether.
 
And if the resistance wins - as in holding the Israeli military at bay, and achieving some of its demands - the political discourse of the Middle East is likely to change altogether, where the weak will, once again, dare challenge the strong by demanding reforms, democracy, and threatening resistance as a realistic way to achieve such objectives.
 
Interestingly, the Hamas victory in the Palestinian Legislative Elections in 2006 had revived the possibility of political Islam in achieving its goals via the ballot box, which was a harbinger of the rise of political Islam throughout the region following the ‘Arab Spring.’ Any victory for Palestinian resistance can also be considered equally as dangerous for those who want to maintain the status quo throughout the region.
 
Some Arab rulers continue to declare their strong support of Palestine and its cause. ‘Operation Protective Edge,’ however, has exposed beyond a doubt that such solidarity is just a mere show of words; and that, although discretely, some Arabs wish to see Israel crush any semblance of Palestinian resistance, in Gaza and anywhere else.
 
Ramzy Baroud is a PhD scholar in People's History at the University of Exeter. He is the Managing Editor of Middle East Eye. Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press, London). http://www.ramzybaroud.net/

Maisoon Rice: Telling truths that even George Galloway can’t handle! — on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio

 
This show was broadcast on August 15, 2014.
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WHAT the HELL does the UN CARE about when its Human Rights Reports always shield Israel, when it allows the US to veto all resolutions and when Ban Ki Moon ordered his staff not to produce a damning report on Israel for its Genocide in 2008/9, ad when Ban Ki Moon expresses his sympathies for Israeli soldiers/civilians but remains silent on the murder of  nearly 2200 Gazans with well over 12000 injuries, and the wiping out of 91 entire families. But hey, Palestinians do not WARRANT such sympathies from the likes of Zionist installed weasel, Ban Ki Moon.
 
I hope Gazans refuse to allow him into Gaza. He should not be welcome at all- the man and his staff need to be shunned for their silent complicity with Israel
 
How Will Gaza's Children Carry Their Scars Into Adulthood? :
More than 326,000 Gaza children, according to the latest UN figures, need immediate, specialized psycho-social support after experiencing the deaths of family members, injury or homelessness.
 
 
 
Gaza Residents Share Allegations of Abuse, Claim Israeli Soldiers Used Them as Human Shields:
Mahmoud Abu Said could hardly speak about what happened to him when the soldiers first arrived to his neighborhood. His eyes filled with tears, the muscles in his face began to twitch, and his voice faltered.
 
 
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 ZIONIST MEDIA
 
Israeli source: US will back Israel in Security Council:
A government source in Jerusalem told Ynet, that the US would be looking out for Israel's interests among the international community, namely in the UN Security Council, where concrete decisions could potentially be made regarding the future of Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank.
 
 
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Gaza truce holds but Netanyahu under fire:
Israeli media commentators voiced deep disappointment over his leadership during the most prolonged bout of Israeli-Palestinian violence in a decade, echoing attacks by members of Netanyahu's governing coalition.
 
 
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Gaza Ceasefire: Hold the Cheers: Its lawfare strategy uses "new military ethics" to justify lawlessness. Analysis.
It's based on the notion that wrongdoing repeated often enough unaccountably will get nations worldwide to accept it or do nothing to stop it.
 
 
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·         'Palestinians, Israel agree on truce deal'
 
 
·         Palestinians celebrate victory in Gaza
 
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Zionist media
 
Why Israel's bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers 'stunned':
 
258 artillery pieces, according to the officer's estimate - pumped at least 7,000 high explosive shells into the Gaza neighborhood, which included a barrage of some 4,800 shells during a seven-hour period at the height of the operation. Senior U.S. officers were stunned by the report.
 
 
 
 
   
 
Israel-Gaza : No Victory for Israel Despite Weeks of Devastation
 
 By Robert Fisk
 
 
 
Mahmoud Abbas, needless to say, is grovelling to the Egyptians and Americans in thankfulness for the truce.
 
 
 
 
U.S. Senators Urge Ecuador to Restore Relations with Israel:
 
A letter by U.S. Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez, Mark Kirk and James Risch read, "Your actions send a troubling message to the United States about your government's commitment to long-lasting peace between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization."
 
 
 
 
Meshaal’s association with Qatar sickens me,  and is a betrayal. Plus Palestinian Factions must abandon the Muslim Brotherhood which still is a British Creation used by the West to sow divisions. People in Gaza should not follow Meshaal at all as he is NOT to be trusted
 

Is Hamas Leader Al-Arouri A ‘Double Agent’ for Israel?

 
Turkey has openly acknowledged that a top Hamas operative has been residing within its borders. The United States has also acknowledged this fact.
 
Saleh al-Arouri, one of the founding members of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades was exiled to Syria until the Arab Spring, quickly making his way to Turkey thereafter. Al-Arouri, formerly jailed in Israel for his Hamas membership has recently claimed that Hamas was involved in the deaths of three Israeli teens – without providing evidence.
 

Richard Falk - I'm disappointed

 
 
This piece is by Richard Falk. I don't know (Professor?) Falk but I thought he was someone I'd respect. For example, he publicly endorsed Gilad's "The Wandering Who" - no small thing in my opinion.

But here, I cannot agree with him. Actually, I more than cannot agree with him, here I'm disappointed. 

First, in my view, it's fine that Hamas don't seem to much care if they're accepted as 'a legitimate political actor', so long as they're accepted as 'a legitimate political resistor'.

Second, much of Hamas' resistance lies precisely in their abandonment of strategy. Who cares 'if-we-do-this-will-they-do-that', whatever the Palestinians do the Israelis will try to eliminate them. 

And who cares about the tone of their Charter? The Hamas Charter is about resistance, so what does it matter what the Israelis and the rest of the grovelling world think? And by the way, if Hamas uses the J-word for those slaughtering their children, then that's just about right. And if Hamas calls for the elimination of the Israeli state (not the people), that's fine by me. 

And as far as the recent summary execution of collaborators which Falk finds so objectionable - well, my understanding is that the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto did much the same. Would  Falk like to condemn that as well?

I'm afraid Richard Falk has fallen into the trap of so many of those Jewish sages to whom the Palestinian people are so indebted. He presides over the discourse, allocating moral brownie-points to all and sundry - but fails to see who is the perpetrator is and who is the victim.  
 
 
 

Gaza bloodbath brings shame on all Jews worldwide

 
 
Not all Jews bear the burden of guilt, James Petras argues, but most Jews are now rightly perceived as complicit in Israel’s war crimes.
 
Israeli Genocide and its Willing Accomplices
 
 
Legitimate’ targets
 

 

 
 
 
Home / Gaza / ‘Legitimate’ targets
 

‘Legitimate’ targets

 
in Gaza, Journals August 26, 2014
 
26th August 2014 | Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine
 
 
 
This article was published before the recently agreed ceasefire.
 
 
 
High-rise buildings have now been declared as legitimate targets for F-16 aircraft attacks. Yesterday evening a 16 story house called Little Italy, home to 100 families, was destroyed.
 
 
 
Photo by Charlie Andreasson
 
No one was killed, but around 20 people was injured, and in the few minutes between the order to leave by a recorded voice on the phone and the attack with at least six rockets, people had time to save themselves but hardly time to save any belongings. Important documents, furniture, valuables, clothing, memories – all crushed and destroyed. Likewise, the streets were filled with shattered glass caused by the shock waves several blocks away from the building.
 
 
 
Photo by Charlie Andreasson
 
Little Italy was not the first high-rise building in Gaza City demolished by the Israeli military, and already UN schools, hospitals and universities have been military targets. Maan News quoted the Israeli prime minister, in an article on 24/8, “I call on residents of Gaza to immediately leave any structure from witch Hamas carries out terrorist activity against us. All such sites are a target for us.”
 
 
 
Photo by Charlie Andreasson
 
That was after a 12 storey house was bombed to rubble. But it is possible to interpret the words a bit if you want, and it may also be deliberately. It is extremely difficult to refute allegations after a house has been turned to rubble, and false accusations have been thrown around before. The only thing one can be sure of is that there is a danger to stay in the same house as someone from Hamas, and given the fact that Hamas is the governing body, all public employees have their paycheques signed by Hamas.
 
Netanyahu has made the civilian population in Gaza, as well as civil infrastructure, legitimate targets for the Israeli military. It is no longer possible as a civilian to opt out of the war, to remain neutral. In Little Italy, it meant keeping track of what the other 99 families were, where they work, their political affiliations, choosing sides, and being forced to take an active position. That there is a war against the civilian population is more evident than ever. A civilian population that under the Fourth Geneva Convention must be protected during war.
 
 
 
Photo by Charlie Andreasson
 
There is now an additional 100 families who must seek temporary accommodation somewhere else. Somewhere where they think they know that n one is hired by those who were elected by the people, and where they can prove their innocence before those who receive them. They will be happy if they take care of their trash, teach their children or perform surgical operations on their parents, but living in the same building can be fatal. You cannot opt out of the war, it is no longer possible to remain neutral. You cannot as a civilian remain civil. Not for Israel.
 
 
 
I certainly don’t think we need to be lectured on immorality from Jews
 
I  guess this Talmudic Rabbi does not consider it immoral that the Israeli entity has just obliterated half of Gaza
 
Does not consider it immoral that Israel has slaughtered nearly
 
2200 civilians injured and maimed around 12000,creating a young population of paraplegics and blindness
 
Not immoral that around 567 of those deliberately butchered were children, and that includes babies in their mother's womb
 
Not immoral that nearly 300 killed were women.
 
Not immoral that Israel wiped out 91 entire Families, from Grandparents, parents to grandchildren,, Aunts, Uncles etc
 
Not Immoral that Hospitals and Ambulances were also attacked along with Mosques, clinics, Schools, Universities, Power plants, factories, Water Plants, Fishing boats, Residential Blocks
 
Not immoral that Israel uses unknown deadly WMDS of a chemical and biological nature.
 
Not immoral that Israeli 'spectators’ were taking front row seats to watch the Israeli immoral Army, Navy, Air Force pulverise Gaza, their personal Military Fireworks display aimed at Human Beings rather than the Skies.
 
Not immoral that Israeli soldiers posted messages and Photos boasting about their Kills, one case in point, stating he had shot 13 children
 
Not immoral that Israelis print T Shirts making a sadistic Mockery of killing Palestinian women, pregnant women who they see as 2 targets, and of course the biggest sport for these sadistic psychopathic Jews, killing young children, a lust that they have, the smaller the target the better.
 
Not immoral that their Rabbis proclaim it is OK under Halachic 'Judaic' Law to commit Genocide for the greater good of Israelis.
 
Not immoral that for 7 years Gaza was turned into an open air concentration camp, a Gulag, surrounded and controlled all around, with very few supplies coming in or allowed to go out.
 
Not immoral that 1.8 million Palestinians were caged in, thousands lost their jobs, no income coming in to feed and support their families.
 
Not immoral that Israeli ships fire on Gazan Fishing boats who are restricted eve more than ever
 
Not immoral that Israel illegally attacked 2-3 Boats, killing 9 Turkish Humanitarian Supporters, injuring and beating up other passengers
 
Not immoral that Israel is a Nuclear armed State, wealthy on its own sale of Weaponry and supplied to the hilt by its Zionist Allies
 
Not immoral that Israel uses Gaza as a Testing Ground for its new Weapons of War, its Drone Killing Machines and other WMDS
 
Not Immoral that Israel trades in Human Organ Trafficking, Drug Smuggling, Money Laundering, Human Trafficking.[women for prostitution, children for their Organs]
 
Not Immoral that Israel interferes in the Foreign Affairs of other nations, using bullying, intimidation, blackmail techniques
 
Not Immoral that Israel was created through Terrorism, blackmail, intimidation and bribery
 
Not immoral that Israel continues its tradition of Terrorism and Assassinations of all its Political enemies and carries out False Flag terror attacks which it then blames Arabs and Muslims for
 
Not immoral that Israel and Zionism have bought most of Western Governments lock stock and barrel
 
Does not consider it immoral that Israel's Eretz Israeli Empire is still not finished yet as it expands into more Arab Lands, killing its way as it goes along, of course using its Agents/proxies.
 
Not immoral that the Jewish Talmud is a filthy book that is not religious in any shape or form and is not Divine in anyway, not the words or teachings of God.
 
Not immoral that Israelis and in fact most Western Jews see themselves as some kind of divine Superior Beings, viewing the rest of Humanity, the Goyim/Gentiles, as subhuman, Subservient created by their 'yahweh' to serve the Jews can usurp anything from Gentiles because Jews have the right to do so under their Talmudic belief system that is so blatantly racist and violent.
 
Rabbi Lerner would do well to go and 'LEARN' a few things such as Humility, humbleness, true faith and observance to God rather than Lucifer or their Supremacist Selves even.
 
He would do well  to the LEARN the original ancient Judaic Torah religion of Moses rather than the concocted Talmudic one created by several arrogant racist and Devil worshipping rabbis  who admit their Yahweh is Lucifer, their words, not mine
 
Finally, Lerner should go and LEARN TRUE History and see just how much tragedy the Jews have inflicted upon the world of Nations, even upon their own kind and the Corruption and Evil that is associated with their practices, their domination, control and intimidation due to their financial superiority based upon their corrupt usurious techniques and the absolute IMMORALITY of their Talmudic Beliefs and Zionist Ideologies that is an insult to common decency, moral/ethical Values and a greater insult to God.
 
Lerner is no different to the over 95% of Israelis who wish to Holocaust ALL Palestinians and kill as many other Arabs and Muslims as they can because they view Islam as the greatest threat to their Eretz Israeli ZIONIST Pagan Empire. It is OK  and moral for Israel to bomb Gaza to smithereens
 
Lerner has as much understanding of the meaning of 'IMMORAL’ as Obama had of the word ‘Barbaric.’
 
They both should sit and see their own Ugly reflection in the blood stained Mirror that they see as their 'morality'
 
What is 'immoral' to Zionists and Jews is in fact IMMORAL to majority of Gentiles as it goes against GOD's LAWS.
 
Justifiable RESISTANCE is seen as Terrorism by Jews
 
But those who are occupied and oppressed see it as true Resistance for their ultimate goal, freedom from Israeli brutality and inhumanity
 
 
 
 
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Good news:
 
Ontario university students unions vote to join boycott against Israel:
 
The Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, representing more than 300,000 university students in the province, has unanimously passed a motion to boycott Israel.
 
 
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So here it is to those who call me Anti Semitic – it is ISRAEL that INVOKES its ‘Jewishness’, its Hebrew etc…. It does not refer itself as Zionist but  Jewish
 

SO MUCH FOR THE ONE STATE SOLUTION

 
Knesset members from Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi are pushing a bill to make Hebrew the only official language of the State of Israel.
 
Current Israeli law borrows from legislation from the British Mandate period, under which the government and local authorities must publish all announcements and forms in Arabic. The new bill would annul this stipulation, as well as the use of Arabic at government ministries and in the courts.
 
According to the bill, highway signs would still have Arabic, “and everyone has the freedom to use other languages in the private and public domains, to nurture them and teach them.”
 

Friends of Israel

 
On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The agenda of the meeting, which was attended by other Jewish leaders as well, was the war in the Gaza Strip. In the century-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the previous two weeks had been particularly harrowing. In Israeli towns and cities, families heard sirens warning of incoming rockets and raced to shelters. In Gaza, there were scenes of utter devastation, with hundreds of Palestinian children dead from bombing and mortar fire. The Israeli government claimed that it had taken extraordinary measures to minimize civilian casualties, but the United Nations was launching an inquiry into possible war crimes.
 
Webmaster's Commentary: 
 
It is very simple here: the current Israeli government, from Netanyahu to the Knesset, to the IDF, is a government of pure genocide against the Palestinian people.
 
The killing of innocent civilians is a war crime: Israel has been doing this with impunity, and should be brought up for war crimes by both the ICC and the UN. Of course, in the UN's Security Council, such a move will always be vetoed by the US.
 
But the next thing this Administration should do (IF it had any male attributes) is immediately stop all military and financial aid to Israel.
 
Just stop it and now, because such aid is illegal under the Symington Amendment, because Israel is a nuclear armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and refuses to allow its nuclear sites to be inspected. How can we respect a government which flouts the laws it has created by ignoring them?!? The short answer is, not much.
 
What may be in the best interests of the Israeli government may well NOT be in the best interests of this country. Let's say, a war by the US against Iran, in which Russia may well join on the Iranian side. Israel, even though it is not a party to the P5+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear energy program, is pushing as hard as possible for these talks to end in abject failure, opening the gap for a possible US/Israeli military action against it.
 
And by supporting Israel financially, economically, and militarily, Congress is putting a foreign country ahead of any of the true needs and concerns of American citizens. We have been sold out, and rendered irrelevant, because of all the huge amounts of money AIPAC spends to get their guys elected, so that they come to the "right decisions" concerning Israel.
Right now, Israel needs to become as isolated as humanly possible, to get the carnage in Gaza to stop. And as individuals, you have not only the right to boycott any Israeli products; it is also your responsibility right now.
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