No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

16 Jul

 

(Prefatory Note: this is a modified version of a post published online, July 15, 2014, at the recently established very informative website, Middle East Eye; as the casualty totals continue to mount while the world looks on in stupefied inaction, the attacks go on; at the very least, from a humanitarian perspective,there should be a global outcry demanding that children, mothers, and those sick and disabled be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip until current hostilities end. Yet this is a gap in international humanitarian law, refugee law, and the moral sensibilities of the combatant states.)

 

 

As the hideous Israeli assault on Gaza, named Operation Protective Edge, by the IDF enters its second week, overdue international appeals for a ceasefire fall on deaf ears. The short lived July 15th ceasefire arranged by Sisi’s Egypt had many accompanying signs of bad faith from its inception, including the failure to allow Hamas to participate in the process, insultingly conveying the proposed terms of the ceasefire through public media. The vague terms depicted, alongside the failure to take any account of Hamas’ previously announced conditions, suggest that this initiative was not a serious effort to end the violence, but rather a clever ploy to regain moral credibility for Israel thereby facilitating the continuation and even intensification of its violent military campaign that was never defensive in conception or execution. Rather than being a real effort to end the violence, such a ‘ceasefire’ seems best understood as a sophisticated for form of escalation produced by a descent into the lower depths of Israeli hasbara. Such an Israeli tactic was facilitated by the active complicity of the Egyptian government that shares with Israel an undisguised wish to destroy Hamas. Cairo regards Hamas as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has been criminalized and viciously repressed, and has collaborated with Tel Aviv ever since Sisi took over control of the Egyptian government.

 

Throughout Protective Edge Bibi Netanyahu has been telling the world that no outside pressure will alter Israel’s resolve to reach its military and political goals to disable Hamas for the indefinite future. The main official justification for such aggression is to make sure this time that Israelis will never again have to seek shelter from Hamas rockets, an elusive result that Netanyahu acknowledges could require a prolonged military campaign combining ground forces with a continuing air and naval assault. Others claim on Israel’s behalf that this attack on Hamas is a just response to its involvement in the kidnapping incident a month ago in which three Israeli settler teenagers were seized by two Palestinians, and soon afterwards brutally executed. Such a rationale would still be a hyperbolic form of collective punishment directed at the entire civilian population of Gaza, even if there had been a Hamas connection to the earlier crime, an involvement alleged from the very first moment, and yet up to now not substantiated by evidence even in the face of Hamas’ denial of any involvement. The internationally respected human rights and international law specialist resident in Gaza, Raji Sourani, has written that the scale and ferocity of Protective Edge is an application of what he labels the ‘Gaza Doctrine,’ a deliberate reliance on disproportionate force in any encounter in Gaza. The Gaza Doctrine is a renewal of what was originally known as the ‘Dahiya Doctrine’ after the destruction of the Dahiya residential neighborhood in south Beirut, where many of Hezbollah’s faithful were living, during the 2006 Lebanon War. The inability of Hamas to mount any sort of defense for the people of Gaza or even to provide protection via shelters and the like, epitomizes the criminal nature of Protective Edge, and more generally, of totally one-sided warfare.

 

Leaving aside the debate on causes and justifications, the civilian population of Gaza, estimated to be about 1.8 million with women and children comprising 75% of the total, are trapped in an overcrowded war zone with no shelters and no apparent exit from terrifying danger. Even if families are lucky enough to avoid direct physical injury, the experience of screaming jet fighters attacking through the night, targeting, attack, and surveillance drones flying overhead 24 hours a day, sustained naval artillery barrages, not to mention the threats and warnings of an imminent ground invasion combine to create a nonstop horror show. It has been convincingly confirmed by mental health specialists that these realities result in a trauma inducing phenomenon on a massive scale with prospects of lasting and irreversible psychological damage, especially to children.

 

With these elements in mind, the idea of fulfilling the basic objective of international humanitarian law to protect civilians caught in a war zoneis being violated by Israel, although not altogether. Israeli officials claim that leaflets dropped on some intended targets, otherwise forbidden, that give residents a few minutes to vacate their homes before their living space is reduced to rubble, exhibits a humane intent and satisfies the requirements of international humanitarian law. Such a self-sanitizing gesture fails to discharge the obligations of an Occupying Power under international humanitarian law.

 

In a further escalation of the attacks, perhaps the prelude to a ground invasion, residents of northern Gaza are being told to flee the area, and tens of thousands have apparently done so. Hamas apparently urged these same people not to leave their homes dismissing Israeli threats as intimidating propaganda. Cynically interpreted, Hamas appears to be informing Israel that if they go ahead and invade, there will be responsible for causing many Palestinian civilian casualties, and the shock caused by such carnage will help eventually swing the international balance of opinion strongly in their favor.

 

The entrapment of the Gazan population within closed borders is part of a deliberate Israeli pattern of prolonged collective punishment that has for the past several years been imposed on Gaza. This amounts to a grave breach of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and as such qualifies as a potential Crime Against Humanity. The morbid clarity of criminal intent is further disclosed by Israel’s willingness to allow 800 or so Gazans who have dual citizenship and hold a foreign passport to leave Gaza by entering Israel at the Erez Crossing, including 150 with American passports. No other Palestinian residents of Gaza have the option of leaving even if disabled, sick, elderly, or young. The civilian population of Gaza is denied the option of seeking refugee status by fleeing Gaza during this time of intense warfare, and there is no space available within Gaza that might allow Palestinian civilians to become internally displaced until Protective Edge completes its dirty work.

 

In countries such as Iraq and Syria we grieve appropriately for the millions becoming refugees or ‘internally displaced,’ compelled by the dangers of the raging conflict to seek refuge somewhere in the country that is removed from the immediate dangers of inhabiting the war zone. We can sense the extremity of the humanitarian tragedy in Gaza by realizing that these people whose lives are being acutely jeopardized, have no place to hide from the brutalities of war. There is no doubt that the whole of the Gaza Strip is a war zone. Gazans who have endured many mortal threats and a siege since 2007, currently find themselves in situations of extreme hazard, and yet have no possibility of seeking temporary safety as refugees by crossing an international border. The idea of internal refuge is almost inapplicable given the ferocious nature of Protective Edge that has spared not one corner of the tiny and overcrowded Gaza Strip. To be sure, in response to Israeli warnings to abandon their homes tens of thousands of Palestinians are fleeing south from north Gaza. At present writing , an estimated 17 thousand Palestinians have obtained refuge in the 20 UN-run schools situated throughout Gaza. UNRWA is doing its heroic best to handle these desperate people but its buildings have limited space and lack the facilities to handle properly this kind humanitarian emergency–insufficient bathrooms, no beds, and not enough space to meet the demands.

 

This is not the first time that this exit challenge has been posed in Gaza. Back in 2008-09 and 2012, Israeli launched major military operations in Gaza, and the issue of the entrapped civilian population was brought to the attention of the UN and the international community, a challenge met as now with scandalous silence. The encirclement of Gaza by Israeli controlled crossings and fences, even worse than in the past due to an Egyptian political leadership that makes no secret of its hostility to Hamas. The overall humanitarian crisis is catastrophic in the risk it poses to the totally vulnerable Gazan social reality.

 

For some perspective, it is useful to recall that just prior to the Kosovo War in 1999, up to a million Kosovars crossed into Macedonia to escape anticipated NATO air strikes and because of a credible fear of an imminent ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by Serbian forces then controlling the country. As soon as the war was over and Serbia abandoned Kosovo, these refugees returned, having safely navigated the dangers of the war.

 

In Libya, too, the international community meaningfully responded in 2011 to the urgent crisis of an entrapped civilian population. In the Libyan crisis Security Council members talked piously about relying on the emergent norm of international law known as the Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, that validated intruding on Libyan sovereignty by way of a No Fly Zone that was established to protect the civilian population of Benghazi facing the vengeance of Qaddafi’s forces. This 2011 intervention has been much criticized because the humanitarian justification on which authorization for the undertaking was transformed immediately into a controversial regime-changing intervention that raised many objections. What is most relevant here is that the UN and the member governments of the Security Council acknowledged their responsibility to do something to protect a civilian population unable to remove itself from a combat zone. It should not be forgotten in comparing Libya with Gaza that humanitarian appeals seem much more effective when the country in question is perceived to have strategic value, especially large oil deposits.

 

The UN , aside from the admirable field efforts of UNRWA noted above, and the international refusal to adopt measures protective of the people of Gaza is unforgiveable, particularly as Gazans are being subjected to severe forms of violence that are approaching genocidal thresholds. Even so the UN and its leading member governments turn their heads and look away. Some do wors by actually endorsing Israel’s aggression. This pattern of behavior exhibits either a sense of helplessness in the face of Israel’s military juggernaut or even more disturbingly, a silence that can be construed as tacitly blessing this infernal entrapment of innocent and a long victimized people.

 

International law has little to say. International refugee law avoids issues associated with any right to escape from a war zone and does impose a duty on belligerent parties to provide civilians with an exit and/or a temporary place of sanctuary. International humanitarian law offers little more by way of protection to an entrapped people, despite the seeming relevance of the Fourth Geneva Convention devoted to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War. There is accorded to foreign nationals a right of departure with the onset of war, including even repatriation to an enemy country, but no right of nationals to leave their own country if under attack. And the generalized obligation of an Occupying Power to protect the civilian population is legally subordinated to its security needs, including military necessity, and so is generally of little practical use during an ongoing military operation.

 

What is evident in relation to the entrapped civilian population of Gaza is that no legal obligation exists to provide for safe havens either within the country experiencing the warfare or beyond its borders. At minimum, this horrible cauldron of violence and vulnerability reveals serious gaps in international humanitarian law, as well as the absence of self-imposed moral constraints that might limit belligerent violence. Such unattended vulnerability to atrocity urgently calls for a supplemental international agreement, perhaps taking the form of a treaty protocol to the Geneva Convention conferring an unconditional right of exit on civilians entrapped in a war zone. There is also a need to make any denial of the right of exit a species of war crime within the purview of the International Criminal Court. It should also be considered whether there should be conferred a right of internal displacement, imposing an obligation upon the Occupying Power, a territorial government, and insurgent actor to establish and respect enclaves set aside for displaced persons and to allow unimpeded civilian departure from war zones so as to take advantage of internal displacement. There are further complications that need to be addressed including whether the territorial government or Occupying Power can invoke security considerations to deny exit and displacement rights to those it has reason to believe are entitled to respect as civilians.

 

For the present it is enough to observe that the civilian population of Gaza finds itself totally entrapped in a terrifying war zone, and that Israel, the UN, and neighboring governments have refused to accept responsibility to offer some form of humane protection. It is one aspect of the unacceptability of the Israeli military operation from a moral/legal perspective and the related failure of international humanitarian law to lay down suitable rules and procedures that respect the human dignity of civilian innocence so entrapped. Yet, as almost always in such situations, it is the presence or absence of political will on the part of leading geopolitical actors that is the decisive factor in determining whether victimized people will be protected or not.And so it is with Gaza.

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65 Responses to “No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?”

  1. Gene Schulman July 17, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Richard, your description of what is taking place in Gaza at the hands of Israel reminds one of a similar genocide which took place in the Ukraine in the 1930s. Reading Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodlands” over the past days shows the parallels with Stalin’s mass starvation and murder of Ukraine’s population in order to provide grain for export. And I haven’t even got to the part where Hitler enters the scene. One day, Israel will get its comeuppance. We can only hope it doesn’t take as long as it did for Stalin and Hitler. When will we learn our history so we don’t have to repeat the past? Today’s folks seem to be as ignorant and apathetic as those who suffered then. O, Palestine!

  2. Fred Skolnik July 17, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    Your first paragraph stopped me cold. Are you not even aware that Hamas is forcing civilians to stay in their houses? Do you not know why?

    I am not going to repeat what I’ve already written about the Hamas attacks. Obviously it made no impression on you and you are intent on criminalizing Israel when it is acting as any other country would act under such circimstance, and with far greater care to avoid civilian casualties.

    Your basic error is to create a false equation where the Israeli government and army are on the one side and the Palestinian people are on the other side. The real equation is between the Israeli government and army on the one side and the Arab governments and armies (including the terrorists) on the other side. The Palestinian people, to use the commonplace phrase, are caught in the middle. They are the victims of war, not of Israel. They are the victims of the wars brought to the Middle East by the Arabs themselves.

    Now there is a new cease fire set to go into effect at 6 a.m local time tomorrow morning, under the same conditions (or “clever ploy”) that Hamas initially rejected. Have they had enough? You had better hope so. I am no longer going to justify Israel’s right to defend itself, since you do not wish to recognize it. I will only state inequivocally that as long as Hamas keeps firing rockets at Israel’s civilian population, Israel will fire back. When the rocket fire stops, Israel will stop. That is the message you should be reinforcing on behalf of the Palestinian people.

  3. Stop the Genocide July 17, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Why are Americans silent when their government is committing genocide in Gaza? Israel is expanding by killing mothers and their children of native people. The Zionists are COLONISTS who were living around black sea adopted Judaism in 8th century. They are from a Turkic tribe (khazari) and have NO relation with the land of Palestine. Palestine is the land of Palestinians and those Hebrews living side by side together for a long time. Ashkenazis are colonists and the process is similar to AmiriKKKan colonists who took over AmericKKKa by committing genocide.
    It has been reported that:

    {A well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.
    Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”
    “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists,” Shaked said, adding, “They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.”}

    This is genocide, pure and simple. Netanyahu and Obama both are war criminals and must be prosecuted even if they face death sentences.
    Where is the “lawyer” of the evil empire, Payam Akhavan, a CIA asset, where Richard Falk worked with him against Iran acted as a prosecutor in a Zionist show by the name of “Iran Tribunal” for regime change?
    Payam Akhavan is a servant of Zionist lobby and a CIA servant who prosecuted the VICTIMS of evil empire in Euguslavia and went after Al-Bashir in Sudan, and Gaddafi and demanding Dr. Al Assad to be prosecuted but leave all the REAL war criminals alone because he is their agent. Shame on such a ‘lawyer’ where Falk worked with him. He is totally Silent, like always, on crimes against humanity in Gaza by Israel – US- Canada (his country) – Britain and other western criminals
    It has been reported that:
    A well-known Israeli politician and parliament member has branded Palestinians as terrorists, saying mothers of all Palestinians should also be killed during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.
    Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party called for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”
    “They have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists,” Shaked said, adding, “They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.”

    https://halifaxtheforum.org/2011-forum/2011-speakers/

    • Fred Skolnik July 18, 2014 at 1:18 am #

      If you are an Arab, I understand you. If you are not, I don’t. Two hundred dead in a war of this kind, probably half of them Hamas terrorists, is not genocide. The only colonists in the Land of Israel are the Arabs who came out of the desert in the seventh century and conquered it. They also conquered Spain. Does that make the Spanish people colonists? The Khazar fiction was popularized by Arthur Koestler and eagerly picked up by the same kind of people who believe that 4,000 Jews didn’t show up for work at the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. But if you’re an Arab I understand you. Many Jews feel about Arabs what most Arabs feel about Jews, but many, many more don’t.

      • Kata Fisher July 18, 2014 at 6:24 am #

        This is what I understand:

        People such as Ayelet Shaked are not Jews.

        They should not be confused with Jews and by that disrespect Old Testament and Jewish name.

        People like Ayelet Shaked are false-Jews, and are Synagogue of Satan – they are uncultivated fascist pagans – just as Hitler was uncultivated fascist pagan that applied Christianity to himself – when in fact he was of the devil – a false Christian.

        Arab women are offspring of the ancient prophets, in the Holy Land –for that reason they and their children are targeted by the brood of vipers (that are here in US and also in Israel)!

        Jews should take people like Ayelet Shaked and throw them into the sea – they are so evil for them, in fact, they are treason filled traitors to the Holy Land!

        I experienced US church in Nazi spirit (Church of Nazis) and their silent and vibrant Anti-Semitic/Anti-church hate on my own skin that I could barely go about my day and take care of my children– I understand the enemy to Arab women, at its best, and it is worse.

        When they touch you, they are the enemy to you—that is how evil and spirit-of- Satan-filled/ defiled they are! They are accursed pagans in spirit of Satan.

        There is really no other way to regard them—or talk about those things.

        This is what Church Charismatic Catholic understands.

      • Kata Fisher July 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

        I just came across this report:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/world/middleeast/through-lens-4-boys-dead-by-gaza-shore.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=WO_TL4_20140717&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000&_r=2

        the wrath is resting with me and I hear harsh curses against wicked in the realm of the Spirit.
        I speak the death to the womb of the woman Jezebel and curse her mind, and cut her off –the womb of Israel state is accused in the name of God of David the King, and we will curse them by the wow of destruction that is in the Church Charismatic Catholic — an irrevocable curse by Gods Spirit — that is exactly what is coming trough my mind right now, and as I am writing this I am praying in the language of God’s Spirit.

        This is just awkward because I supposed to be in perpetual prayer chapel for my spiritual development, and all I can do is curses by Spirit.

        I know that this is harsh on human spirit — but not for the prophetic anointing — to curse them by the wow of destruction, without mercy we give them over to Satan. As long as they kill they will be cursed in the name of God of Israel, the Holy One, Jehovah – Shalom whom they hate by their works in Satan.
        I want my land back.

      • Taylor Brown July 23, 2014 at 11:43 am #

        “If you are an Arab, I understand you. If you are not, I don’t.”

        Because the comprehensibility of an argument depends on ethnicity of the person giving it? :)

        Incidentally, if Mr. Stop the Genocide is an Arab, what in fact is it that you would then understand?

  4. ray032 July 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Richard, perhaps you know Jeremy Hammond or know of him, but yesterday I read this excerpt from his book, ‘The Rejection of Arab Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Arab-Israeli Crisis.’

    Now I imagine you read a lot of material, and I’m hesitant to put more on your plate, but I would respect your opinion of this excerpt since you would be able to confirm or question the information.

    If Jeremy is correct, the Palestinians were shafted by the powers who didn’t want to take in the Jewish refugees into their own countries after WWII even before Israel was recreated from the Bible after an absence of 3000 years, and they are still being shafted to this very Day.

    http://jeremyrhammond.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=4b72d5f5ad0adc5fc9fdac2fe&id=ad25e2284c&e=1ed79f1ae5

    • Gene Schulman July 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Ray,

      Forgive me for interceding here, and not wishing to preclude an answer from Richard, but I am in contact with Jeremy, and have reviewed the first chapter of his new book. For what it’s worth:

      “Summary review:

      Not long ago I became acquainted with Jeremy R. Hammond, the author of a new book on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. I had logged onto his website and read his plug for this book, entitled “Obstacle to Peace: The U.S. Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. The title intrigued me because I had recently read Rashid Khalidi’s “Brokers of Deceit: How the US has Undermined Peace in the Middle East”. So I wrote to Hammond asking if his book adds anything new to the subject that Khalidi may not have covered. He kindly replied with a rather long essay explaining how his book differs from Khalidi’s, and why what he has to say is important. When I asked if his book was yet available, he told me it was in the process of being edited for publication. Meanwhile, he could send me a PDF of the first chapter if I was interested. I have just finished reading it, consisting of forty pages, including ten of very detailed notes.

      This first chapter tells the story of the rise of Hamas as a major force in Gaza. Hamas was formed as a split-off from the Palestine Liberation Organization, critical of it under the leadership of Yasser Arafat. In this first chapter, Hammond explains this split and describes how Hamas grew as a force; how it won the democratic election for leadership of Palestine in the occupied territories; the conflict with Fatah under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas.

      We learn the aftermath of the 1967 War, when territories captured and occupied by Israel were supposed to be returned to the subjugation of administration by Jordan and Egypt, but continued to be occupied by Israel forces contrary to many UN resolutions.

      An important part of this chapter, which many followers of this conflict may be unaware is the description of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 which developed from Great Britain’s attempt to extract itself from the conflict.

      From there, Hammond goes on to describe how Israel ended up with the majority of the land while being the minority of the population in the mandated area. Though the General Assembly had recommended two states, only Israel succeeded in becoming a state, while Palestine remains an occupied territory.

      There is so much documented detail crammed into the pages of this first chapter, that it would be difficult to review everything without repeating it verbatim. It is an overview of the conflict leading up to the commencement of “Operation Cast Lead”.

      I have read many books about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but none that supplies so much information so objectively, laying certain blame on all parties, while remaining above monocausal accusations. Hammond’s is a book that, assuming the rest is as informative and well written as this first chapter, will be a must read for those who want to understand the many causes for, and inability to solve this continuing dispute.

      Watch for it!”

      Regards,
      Gene

      • ray032 July 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

        Thank you Gene for this book review. I learned about Jeremy last year, reading his ‘Top Ten Myths about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ and was impressed with the information. I wrote him as well and he was kind enough to reply.

        http://jeremyrhammond.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4b72d5f5ad0adc5fc9fdac2fe&id=4c7324b593&e=1ed79f1ae5

      • Richard Falk July 20, 2014 at 12:15 am #

        I share Gene’s assessment of Jeremy’s work, and his appreciation of its contribution. I await the published version, as well.
        The only comparable work that narrates the conflict from its roots in the Zionist movement of the late 19th century is Victor
        Kattan’s very good historical presentation.

      • Gene Schulman July 20, 2014 at 2:43 am #

        Richard, that’s high praise for Jeremy’s book, given that you wrote the forward to Kattan’s. This book is unknown to me, but I’ll get myself a copy if only to read your forward ;-)

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 12:56 am #

        To label the conflict as having its roots in the Zionist movement is as dishonest as refusing to condemn Hamas as guilty of war crimes in the present round of fighting, or even the suicide bombings as war crimes, blandly and off-handedly acknowledging their “illegality” and immediately rationalizing them (“Do they have a choice?”). Lauding the work of a Jeremy Hammond, who does not understand a single language relevant to the documentation of the conflict other than English and gets all of his information at second hand, is worse than a bad joke.

  5. Sergey July 20, 2014 at 12:50 am #

    Dear Dr. Falk,

    Thank you for your yet another perceptive and poignant assessment of the tragic situation in Gaza. It is heart-breaking to see history repeat itself as Israel’s military unleashes its force against people of Gaza with complete impunity and nominal concern for the safety of innocent people.

    • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 1:01 am #

      The concern is more than nominal and Israel’s force is being unleashed against a terrorist organization that numbers 40,000 “fighters” and has already fired over 1,000 of its 10,000 rockets at Israel’s civilian population. Unless tou made yourself heard when Israeli women and children were blown to pieces in buses and restaurants and murdered in there homes by Arab terrorists, you are a hypocrite.

      • Gene Schulman July 20, 2014 at 3:04 am #

        One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter (Ramzy Baroud). As a matter of fact I did make myself heard then, and deplored the Palestinian tactics as counterproductive. But what Israel has done in retaliation to those tactics, which, by the way, have not recurred in years, is even more deplorable.

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 3:17 am #

        Deplored? I have already characterized these gentle slaps on the wrist.

        If Hamas is prevented from murdering Israelis, it is precisely because of Israel’s security measures. Whether you know it or not, they are always trying.

        I have also characterized the fighting in Gaza. Since you would rather not hear it, I can only repeat myself:

        All damage to life and limb inflicted by Hamas on Israel’s civilian population, from the suicide bombings on down, are intentional. All damage inflicted by Israel on the civilian population of Gaza is unintentional, a direct and tragic result of the actions of Hamas.

        Returning fire emanating from a built-up area is recognized in international law as legal, with the proviso that every effort be made to avoid civilian casualties. This is exactly what Israel is doing by announcing in advance which Hamas installations are going to be attacked and giving civilians time to evacuate the area.

        Rocket attacks intentionally directed against a civilian population such as Hamas is engaged in carrying out is a war crime.

        Using civilians as human shields, by storing and firing rockets in proximity to schools, hospitals, mosques and residential buildings such as Hamas is doing, is a war crime.

      • Gene Schulman July 20, 2014 at 3:27 am #

        I will reply to your Alice in Wonderland scenario with a copy of my letter to the NYT, yesterday, criticizing their similar attitude:

        Editor
        New York Times

        Sir,

        Re your Editorial Board’s “Israel’s War in Gaza” (June 19, 2014), I would like to bring a few errors to your attention.

        I agree about the tragedy of innocent victims being killed, except that I don’t believe there are any innocent victims on the Israeli side. The whole of the Israeli racist population applaud the killings on the Gaza side, even to the point of sitting on hills as spectators screaming “Kill the Arabs”. That hardly makes them innocent. There have been no victims on the Israeli side save the two your editorial mentions. While on the Gaza side there is no place to hide or seek refuge.

        I also agree that PM Netanyahu should not tolerate Hamas bombardments, but there would be no bombardments if Israel hadn’t begun this stupid war in the first place. Hamas is not trying to terrorize the Israelis, it is retaliating against Israel’s asymmetric Nazi-like tactics to ethnically cleanse the Arabs from its illegally occupied territories with the only weapons it has – impotent hand-made rockets.

        Why should Hamas be condemned for storing its weapons in heavily populated areas? There are no areas in Gaza that aren’t heavily populated. There is nothing cynical about Hamas tactics, they are the only ones it has. One could turn Mr. Obama’s statement around; no nation should accept being closeted in a ghetto with no defense against US delivered weaponry bombing them without mercy.

        You are correct to advise that military action is not a long term solution, but since Israel refuses political negotiations, they will continue to punish Palestinians to the end until they are all gone, or all dead.

        Finally, you state that Hamas rejected a cease-fire offer proposed by Egypt (lol). That cease-fire proposal was drawn up by the US and Israel, itself, without consulting Hamas, or even showing it to them. So, it never had a proposal to reject.

        I am afraid this editorial is again just another slanted opinion favoring Israel and condemning the hapless, innocent Palestinians.

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 3:41 am #

        My apologies, Gene. I misread what you wrote, I missed the “counterproductive” remark. Is that what troubles you, not that the suicide bombings are heinous and barbaric acts but that they are counterproductive? And if they were “productive”? Would they be all right then? Normally, I would be saying that you simply don’t understand the implications of what you are saying, but in your case, I’ll take you at your word. I think the loss of Israeli life means nothing to you, and that is where we part company, because the loss of Arab life certainly means something to me, just as it does to the Israeli army and that is why it tries to avoid the loss of life. But someone who doesn’t value life selectively most likely doesn’t value it at all. That is how you are representing yourself. I’ll say it one last time: It is not the Palestinians as victims that concerns the Israel haters but Israel as the culprit.

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 3:43 am #

        You are just ranting, Gene. Send the letter to Mondoweiss, or maybe rehmet or ray will print it on their websites.

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 4:32 am #

        And finally, for your next letter, just so you won’t lose your credibility, only around 10 percent of the Gaza Strip consists of built-up areas. Sorry about that. Don’t you know how to read maps?

      • Gene Schulman July 20, 2014 at 4:48 am #

        I wish every site would reprint my letter. The fact that it has raised your hackles to the point of responding with nothing but repetitive hasbara, with no consideration of other points of view, only confirms to me the validity of my remarks. Thanks for that, at least. Please don’t bother responding unless you have something new or original to say. I’m really tired of you.

    • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 5:04 am #

      OK, I’m through, but do correct that built-up area nonsense. You don’t want to make a fool of yourself. And try not to use the Nazi-rascist-ethnic cleansing catch phrases. No one will take you seriously except people like yourself. And I think I saw the same video as you but I didn’t hear anyone say “Kill the Arabs!” Maybe your Hebrew is better than mine. Or maybe you’re quoting someone like yourself. Actually you can find Israelis in Tel Aviv watching the incoming rockets the same way. That’s how people are.

      • Gene Schulman July 20, 2014 at 6:06 am #

        Can’t resist re-posting this beautiful article here, especially for your edification. “Truth is beauty, beauty is truth.”

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/18/israel-and-the-psychological-dynamics-of-totalitarianism/print

      • Fred Skolnik July 20, 2014 at 6:31 am #

        I don’t know which one of you is a clone of the other. At least get your own facts straight and speak in your own name. The sequence of events is easy enough to establish, as is Israel’s right to defend itself. Throwing around curse words is not an argument. Pretending that Hamas isn’t committing war crimes or calling them “counterproductive” only exposes the bankruptcy of your moral values.

      • Kata Fisher July 20, 2014 at 8:27 am #

        It was British who has gladly put poisonous vipers on the tables of the people in Holy Land – that is what church of evil Jezebel woman / evil kingdom has prepared for them and has put on their tables, all together.

        Eccalisticaly evil kingdom has always worked in power of evil one, the Satan, and for sure has accomplished satanic strife in Holy Land.

        As long as Israeli do not realize the works of unclean women Jezebel /evil kingdom which is the church Satan (now corporate one/ their world-wide associations) they will be in the same filth of her blood. Many nations are of the same evil eccalisticaly kingdom of Satan / the same kind of churches / of women Jezebel, and unless Charismatic are spiritually excommunicated and spirit in Satan – or after it, all together.

        It was them that have written down “Kill Arabs” and still write that down “kill each other –since we cannot colonize and kill you: do us service!” That exactly how it is “Do them service? –since they can’t kill you so go on and kill each other.”

        “Don’t you love economy of a colonized apartheid–as you enjoy your war crimes!?” we say that to evil Israeli who have led laypeople astray by their accursed minds in Satan.

        They come at old age and can’t die – their soul in hell and their spirit would like to grasp for some life, so they lay in their death beds like undecomposing but rotten reptile. It was always like that — they are living hell on planet, as they move, live, and die everlastingly in condemnation of hell.

  6. rehmat1 July 20, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Netanyahu says no to a Palestinian state. American Rabbi Michael Lerner accuses Hamas being friend of Netanyahu and Jewish settlers.

    Don’t you love the Hasbara spin?

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/07/18/rabbi-lerner-hamas-is-a-friend-of-netanyahu/

    • Kata Fisher July 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      I do not like that article. This is why: racism is racism – you can’t justify it regardless is in one’s own personal blood or blood-line of his/her ancestors.

      If Palestinian people believe that the only language that Israelis understand is shooting rockets – then they should start meditating on things what their ancestors had done against inhabitants of Holy Land before they arrived, and why their ancestors have done that? Bad faith.

      Israelis are now in bad faith, too.

      I tell you the truth that God did not write down any racist instruction in any of the Scriptures. But who did? And why?

      I believe in all of the Scriptures, but I can just look and see what is written down in the “spirit of a heretic” or a mere error of a human/a human under spiritual attack while rewriting the Holy texts.

      By the Scripture, you know that God allows evil and good twirl in together, and be twilled in next to each other! However, why would God allow this? To show His glory in spite of the wicked –to the wicked!

      In stubborn will pursuing only two-state solutions, is not the perfect will of God. Only racism would demand such things; it is a false democracy – just as Israel as a state is false and racist. What then?

      Learn from the field and the crop’s you may find in it: that what enemy has sown let be it! However, this is too difficult for a busy-body?

      When you think on all things – you understand that lay-people are misled in Holy Land. All they need is few sincere one to put obnoxiousness to the end. The Rabbi was not all that wrong, considering many shifts in approach that took place in the last few decades.

      There has to be enough shifts that will balance out evil works of British and Israelis – that which Israelis are doing right now. Two-state solutions can be allowed; however, in long-term it may tempt a psychopath to wipe out “State of Israel” from the map in violent ever raising jihadist-Islam region/s who abuse and misinterpret secret text of Holy Quran.

      While Hamas is not jihadist-Islam – still they can not desire to kill anyone and have to use rockets only for self-defense; meaning, if Israeli would directly shoot at them. In no other way than that –otherwise, that too is a crime.

      Hamas/Palestinians is not smart enough to make a peace with the wicked and move on? They do not mind being sexually immoral with sexually immoral Western and non-Muslim women, right?

      …then why would they hate Jews in Holy Land so not to make peace with Jews, as well?

      Imagine the wheat and tare in a field—the wind blow back and forth, and the storm crash it down (for good or for bad?).

      Just allow to grow together because they feed off each other, right?

      Moreover, for sure that God can use them both: the wheat and the tare…for His purpose.

      Anything but one-state solution–why? I can tell you why: mere irrationality. That is why.

      Palestinians should approach Israel state just as issues with South Africa, just as issues with US and slavery of African-Americans, just as bloody separatist inclinations betwixt Catholic and Protestation tribes: burn the witch whenever you can?

      No — do her no harm and just watch her burn in hell during descendant of righteous prospers in all ways. Palestinians and Israeli lack faith to reconcile and hope for a better future with each other. Pampered Jezebel was a vicious one toward many nations and tribes.

      • rehmat1 July 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

        Palestinians were in Holy Land 2000 years before the first Hebrew person arrived there. Palestinian nation is not based on racism like the Jews. Palestinian have Jews, Christians and Muslim among them.

        Christians believe in all the Biblical prophets, while Jewish Talmud curses Lord of Christians, Jesus including his mother Mary.

        Holy Qur’an calls the followers of Moses Law as “People of the Book”. Based on that command Muslims are to respect and honor Torah and all its prophets. It was this Divine Command which guided Muslims to liberate Jews from Christian slavery in Spain (711 CE), Sicily (820 CE), Palestine (1186 CE) and Germany (1938-41).

        Palestinian did approach Israeli occupiers in goodwill – however, Israelis are not occupiers like South African Afrikans. The later never expelled natives to make space for the European Christians. In fact, Afrikans were more pro-Jews than South African Christians and Muslims.

        Ever wondered why a great majority of South Africans hate Israel?

        http://rehmat1.com/2013/02/05/why-south-africans-hate-israel/

      • Kata Fisher July 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

        Dear rehmat1,

        This is what I understand:

        Talmud Rabbinic is not the part of the Scriptures; it is heretical interpretations of the Scripture. Its origin is believed to be from defiled Jews who have generational practiced things forbidden by the Law — things such as illicit defiling orgies/pagan rituals, as they were abusing Holy Scriptures. As they were behaving — so did they write things down (Talmud Rabbinic), as we understand this.

        Devout and/or righteous Jew do not believe in any of that Talmud Rabbinic intepretation.

        I heard before that people were cursing Jesus and Mary and actually were Christians; it is all unbelievers in Anti-Christ spirit; it is not just defiled Jews, however. Or they are unbaptized/ in invalid Baptism as Jews-Christians or Non-Jewish / Gentile Christians in generational sins and never sanctified/set apart for God by the Baptism in God’s Spirit.

        Christian Scriptures and writings were written down by Church-Charismatic (the first generation of Christians over the period of their life span).

        Talmud Rabbinic is delusional in essence.

        According to the Books of Acts, which was written down by Luke (one of the disciples of Jesus Christ,) we understand the way in which they wrote things down in the Church.

        Luke himself has sat down to document accounts of things that took place. Paul did not always write his letters, but he has a sign them/indicated that they were from him (it is believed that Greek language in which the letters of Paul were received/written were somewhat broken grammatically and/or in meaning of that).

        However, Paul’s letters / writings are authentic interpretation of the Old Testament Law and the Prophets and teaching / intepretation of the Apostolic teachig that was given to Paul. He/Paul Apostle teaches accurately, but he is misunderstood and misinterpreted.

        Heretic Christianity has misapplied writings of Paul to them selfs, first just because they are not Charismatic Church — that what Paul Apostle was. In fact, there is such abuse of Christian Scriptures by heretic Christianity that has caused judgment of God upon them.

        Holy Quran is the part of the Scriptures (a prophetic writing in the Church age that was not written directly by the prophet Muhammad). Meaning, it was not given in the exactly the same order as were other by the prophets during the Time that Old Testament was written down.

        During the Church age, any prophesy has to be discerned by the Church-Charismatic in prophetic anointing (this is the Church Order).

        Further,

        Palestinians are Hebrew and Jewish Diaspora in Holy Land, regardless timeline of their settling, but the nature of Muslim conquests has caused generational problems/sins for Hebrew-Arabs/Jews in Holy Land. There was / is a problem with religious-racism/invalid Faith that is confused in writing / interpretations of the writings with true addressing about problems with corrupt Christianity and Judaism in that point in time.

        Some writings of Holy Quran are not for this point in time, and when applied it equals to heretical interpretations / applications of the Islamic Holy Scriptures.

        A Note:

        In essence, Israelis were not and are not occupiers in Holy Land – British were/are; it is their doing—their mandate, all together. Their works were problem because they impose irrational demands (Scripturally irrational and evil demands in Holy Land and people in the Land–South Africans hate heretical establishment of Israel by God’s Spirit – just because of that).

        British and other nations only caused grave harm for Palestinian and Jews in Holy Land then and now.

  7. ray032 July 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Richard, I just learned of Stephen F. Cohen Today on CNN Fareed Zakaria’s GPS. He was a dissenting voice in the chorus of media experts accusing Putin of practically giving the order to shoot down the passenger plane over The Ukraine, inciting for war.

    ‘The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities’

    The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.

    For months, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been committing atrocities against its own citizens in southeastern Ukraine, regions heavily populated by Russian-speaking Ukrainians and ethnic Russians. While victimizing a growing number of innocent people, including children, and degrading America’s reputation, these military assaults on cities, captured on video, are generating intense pressure in Russia on President Vladimir Putin to “save our compatriots.” Both the atrocities and the pressure on Putin have increased even more since July 1, when Kiev, after a brief cease-fire, intensified its artillery and air attacks on eastern cities defenseless against such weapons.
    Stephen F. Cohen

    http://www.thenation.com/article/180466/silence-american-hawks-about-kievs-atrocities

    It seems to me Western media are being orchestrated to incite to WWIII/Armageddon being so one sided. Russia is guilty because Washington says so. No evidence needed! This is a dangerous course for all Peace loving people.

    I have not seen any Western news media remind the public the US Navy shot down a civilian passenger plane 26 years to this month just to balance the extremist hawks seeing this as an opportunity to press for war with Russia.

    Oftentimes I feel afflicted with Cassandra’s curse. You know in the past I have referred to the record of The Kansas City Times, September 13, 1976 as being Prophetic. I think we are entering the final phase printed that 1976 record, “we have to get prepared for a war with Russia.”

    http://ray032.com/2013/09/01/signs-of-the-times/

    Now back to the original intent for making this comment.

    I suspect you already know Stephen F. Cohen and I thought as the media incites for war, you should join with Mr. Cohen and go on a speaking tour to incite the Peacemakers to raise their voices as the war hawks now seem to have dominance in media coverage.

    Blessed ARE the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God.

    • Richard Falk July 20, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      Thanks, Ray, for this important comment with which I agree. This whole effort to raise the tension level
      with Russia seems to serve many purposes at present, including drawing attention away from the unspeakable
      crimes committed daily by Israel in Gaza, and the continuing abuses in the West Bank.

      Yes, Stephen Cohen is a longtime friend. We were colleagues for many years as members of the same department
      at Princeton University, and he was widely admired for the clarity and depth of his lectures on Russia, then the USSR.

      We do need an emergency pushback on behalf of peace & justice.

      Richard

      • ray032 July 21, 2014 at 6:21 am #

        Richard, I am quite serious about the suggestion. Recently I paid $15 admission to an Ottawa Church to hear Jonathan Cook, the Independent British Journalist reporting from and living in the original Nazareth, not the Jewish settlement of Upper Nazareth.

        The need and imperative is NOW. A speaking tour of Universities and Churches could be easily arranged with the right Agent and Publicist.

  8. Israel has no right to exist - Kick Israel out of UN July 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Majority of people whose comments are printed, like falk , are rabid zionist racists or closet zionist like Kata Fisher. Stop presenting the zionist colonists as indigenous population. Ben Gorion said: we know we have stolen Palestinian land that’s why we have to wipe them off the map by force. Stop your garbage and lies at once. Ricahrd falk, USG agent cannot be trusted.

    • Kata Fisher July 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      This fellow has made me laugh.

      Talking to myself: “I can appreciate this unwanted Charismatic- ordination in times such as this: I am not sure what to say.”

      its a lay-people talking to me here — what do you say to lay -people when you ordained?

      His claims against me are abnormal. His approach is as twisted as Psychological warfare is. Or he must be in sexually immoral marriage/s and is twisted just by that.

      This is what I say to this fellow:

      What don’t you like: the Fulfillment of the Scriptures–but which one, right?
      If you cannot believe in all of the Scriptures you are most likely an Atheist, all together in this point in time.

      A messed up version of Zion of Israel exists – we not sure what we can do about that? The right is there; it is full in existence.

      Well, we know that Holy Land is under Spiritual authority of Old Testament and Church Charismatic & prophets that are Muslims. Are you one of the prophets? No. You are very partial / imature…and /or doing what ever.

      What makes indigenous population indigenous peoples/population?

      Say that one descendent of King David is a person who happened to be a Jew, who settled few days ago in Holy Land – he can do whatever he wants in Holy Land by the authority of Old Testament and Spirit of God; that is, by authority of God along with his lay-people–he can do whatever he wants by Spirit of God. Now do not confuse te Scriptures with your ideas of Zionism and apply it to my faith. Indigenous population: descendent of King David in Holy Land.

      Authority of the Church Charismatic and Household of David is not just an idea.

      When you are lay-people, you may well just mind your own business and/or enjoy your sexual immorality /orgies of your way. Meaning: do whatever.

      Israel should not be kicked out of UN – let all civilly and ecclesiastically lawless and lawful exist right there, and excommunicate them when ever you can.

      I was never disrespected like this about my faith, and I do not like it.

      • Kata Fisher July 21, 2014 at 12:17 am #

        Nonsense is on your part—I laugh about that.

        You are politically correct about some liberal hawks who are Atheist just as you are.
        You are confused about Professors Falk’s work.
        Moreover, you are misapplying things of twisted works of British and Zionism to me – to Church-Charismatic and ordained, too. To me it means: “I do not know you.” Meaning, you are psychologically unacceptable to my spirit by your void arguments.

        Occasionally, I will go about teaching of the Gospel according to the Law and Prophets. I feel provoked in Spirit…omg — I came across an actual Athiest.

        I feel at worst odds then Paul while in Athens among Greeks, who actually were not Athiest because they believed in many gods’s and an unknown God — yea at worst odds than Paul was. Awww…

    • ray032 July 21, 2014 at 6:14 am #

      Who are you? You make me laugh with this ridiculous comment, “Majority of people whose comments are printed, like falk , are rabid zionist racists or closet zionist”

  9. Israel has no right to exist - Kick Israel out of UN July 20, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    {This fellow has made me laugh.}

    You can laugh only at you nonesense.

    {Richard, I just learned of Stephen F. Cohen Today on CNN Fareed Zakaria’s GPS. He was a dissenting voice in the chorus of media experts accusing Putin of practically giving the order to shoot down the passenger plane over The Ukraine, inciting for war.}

    I don’t know which planet Ray032 lives that do not know who Stephen Cohen is. He is one of few rational voices among warmongers on Russia. He is not a warmonger like resident of the black house and the congress. He is not a neocon pro imperialist/Zionist war. He does not advocate for military action against Syria, Libya or Iran, for the interest of Israel, like many phony ‘liberals’ do. He could be more rational if he knew it would not cost his job. US are a police state and the majority of ‘intellectuals’ are in the service of the USG promoting government lies to keep their jobs. You cannot trust those intellectuals who pose as ‘anti imperialists’ either. Remember George Orwell, who painted himself as ‘anti imperialist’, but later he was exposed as an agent working for British government as MI6 Propagandist against ‘big brother’ and ‘totalitarianism’. Now it is obvious which country is the police state and ‘big brother’. Majority of the ‘intellectuals’ in the west including US, contrary to developing countries who are against their government siding with the people, are embedded in the government media, university, think tanks for foreign policy, and foundations to justify USG propaganda lies against the ‘imagined enemy’ to keep the gullible population in check to help USG government carry out its genocide in other countries such as Libya, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and maintain 1000 military bases for torture and rape in foreign countries to maintain hegemony worldwide. They are brain washed from the early ages through education especially ivy universities such as Harvard University, where they are trained as empire builders, like Obama, Samantha power, Susan Rice, Clinton and the many more. Some of the ‘intellectuals’ are embedded in government but pose as ‘dissidents’. They can fool no one except themselves.

  10. benewitten July 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    This is easily the most horrifically biased thing I have read on the current conflict. I hope everyone that reads this takes it with a grain of salt and doesn’t blindly believe this. Do your research and take an educated stance.

    • ray032 July 23, 2014 at 6:08 am #

      Too bad, benewitten, your link leads to nowhere. I went to it to read if you had anything substantial to say on the matter other than this Ad hominem comment

      • Gene Schulman July 23, 2014 at 6:19 am #

        I didn’t even see a link on benewitten’s comment. He is obviously just another troll out to denigrate Richard. He should take a bit of his own advice and do some research for an “educated stance.”

      • ray032 July 23, 2014 at 6:30 am #

        The link is his name as ray032 leads to my Blog.

      • Gene Schulman July 23, 2014 at 6:44 am #

        Not everyone’s name links to a blog. Mine doesn’t. Actually, clicking on yours told me more than I wanted to know about you. Reborn, indeed!

      • ray032 July 23, 2014 at 7:00 am #

        Your name doesn’t have a live link in it, Gene.

        My last article was written February 1. With all the red lines being drawn in this world, maybe or maybe not you saw the red line in the last article, ‘I AM THAT I AM’ out of the 50+ I posted.

        Since February 1, there has been a noticeable increase in violence in this world in the spirit and temper of this letter;

        And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth
        Revelation 11:12

        Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
        Revelation 12:12

        Everyone can see the Nations are angry and getting angrier, as this incident confirms, but do you know which wrath is which?

      • Kata Fisher July 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

        Gene and Ray: It is just a youth; he really does not understand. No need to be upset just let him be. Eventually, the grain of salt will be it all to his educated stance.

      • Kata Fisher July 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

        Ray,
        I just read these things that you wrote down – I do not understand any of it. What are you talking about?

      • ray032 July 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

        I’m sorry, Kata. I wrote a lot. What don’t you understand?

      • Kata Fisher July 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

        Dear Ray,

        I do not understand this translation; it is like I cannot read it so to understand it.

        I am thinking on this:

        “Everyone can see the Nations are angry and getting angrier, as this incident confirms, but do you know which wrath is which?”

        There is definitely a vicious realm of the spirit/s (nations). However, what I understand is that the wrath of God is because His holy things are not on tap, as well.

      • ray032 July 24, 2014 at 2:51 am #

        Kata, the literal words from Revelation 11:18, “And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come” describes what everyone can see increasingly developing in this world.

        In my understanding, it equates the wrath visible in the Nations with the wrath of God, (strong vengeful anger or indignation ;retributory punishment for an offense or a crime : divine chastisement)

        In the next chapter of Revelation, 12:12 it says the increase of the wrath is due to the Devil being kicked out of Heaven and the cause of the increased hostility on this earth.

        The question is which wrath is which? the Nation’s anger being a reflection of God’s wrath? or the anger and wrath of the Devil in this world knowing his Time is up?

        Hope this clarifies the matter for you.

        In my view, with the exception of those who have accepted the new deal in Christ, this whole world is still living under the terms and conditions of the Old Testament notwithstanding this is the year 2014 of the Common Era of Christ..

      • Kata Fisher July 24, 2014 at 9:09 am #

        Dear Ray,

        I understand that Revelation 11 has described things of the Heavens. The prayers of the twenty-four elders appear to be perpetual prayers in essence, and v. 18 is part of that. It is describing in part the Church age, right there.

        During the Church age, the strength of evil is overcome with the strength of the servants the prophets (God’s Spirit). It is definitely that power of God (God’s Spirit) is in parallel sequence against evil as it becomes great as we see and (as you write).

        According to Revelation 12.12, it is describing excitingly exasperate nature of evil that is coming against earth and the sea.

        I am thinking on this: The nations are angry (they are already in spirit of Satan). The God’s Spirit is restraining force against this evil power (spiritual and natural) so that that almost only thing in which destruction for Satan is to be manifested is no longer man-kind but the creation itself? Mnakind is given over to Satan.

        A note: (Look and see what Paul Apostle wrote about humanity that rejected Natural Revelation / see epistle/ letter to Romans. Moreover, just imagine what happens to humanity that rejects Special Revelation—as we see in this point in time?)

        If you note rebuke to the Churches, you will understand that this rebuke is chronological in order. Meaning, the Churches went from losing the first love (way of the Church/the first generation of Christianity) to completely corrupt Church. With that, it may be chronological in essence with part of the Scripture that we find in Revelation 12.12.

        It also appears to me that point in time that Satan is thrown out of heaven is when he bound to that which belongs to him (humanity that is in his spirit) and has almost nothing else to go about and that Church age is almost over; it is at almost at complete.

        Is this an accurate outline for the point in time? I think it is.

        Also about this:

        “In my view, with the exception of those who have accepted the new deal in Christ, this whole world is still living under the terms and conditions of the Old Testament notwithstanding this is the year 2014 of the Common Era of Christ..”

        This is what I understand:

        One can read and accept the Scripture, and be filled by Spirit of God by the Word of God. However, also, one can be filled by Spirit and accept the Word of God. We know that none of the Scripture passes away because the Law cannot pass away because of the Spirit of God’s Truth is not passing away.

        However, the Law of the Spirit that is in the Church accepts no other Law of Faith in the Church itself, except, by the Law of Christ.

        Law of God Spirit that is in Old Testament will point to Jesus Christ in accordance to John 15.

  11. Taylor Brown July 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    I try not to comment blogs as a general rule of personal conduct, but for once I just want to say thank you, Mr. Falk, for your writings here. You’ve demonstrated true resilience and stamina to the unrelenting harassment, often times reaching comical levels of absurdity, that you’ve been subjected too. Your integrity over the years has not gone unnoticed.

    One more thing. To all the readers of Falk’s blog who, after reading Mr. Falks writings, want to do something, you can donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross link here:

    http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/index.jsp.

    There is no shortage of options in ways in which to help the people of Gaza, only willingness to make sacrifices. (I hope you permit that little bit of spam on your blog :) )

  12. Ishmael July 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Richard, excellent peice touching the current yet critical issues that has been hanging on balance. As much as Isael with her allies running a successful diplomatic and media campaign, which not only influencing the policy makers but in fact up to an extent influencing some influential Arab players in terms of lying the blame entirely on Hamas. It’s seems poor Palestinians either aren’t doing enough or don’t have the scope or expertise to run a successful campaign to draw true objective picture. Sadly the outcome would get from bad to worse, hatred, extremism and whatever small remaining goodwill liberal minded Muslim or Arab has towards Jew is gradually fading away and instead making them move towards a hardline position.
    Can only hope the best.

  13. Michael K. Kallstrom August 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    J. Hammond’s work seem have ignored plenty of information about the intent and purposes of the British during the partition discussions, from after the fall of the Ottoman Empire till 1948. Perhaps some folks would kindly enlighten, for instance, about the writings over here? http://www.eretzyisroel.org/~jkatz/jordan.html It seems the Arabs had transJordan (about 77%), and both Jews and “non-native” Arabs were displaced from there after its formation.

    • ray032 August 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      It’s you who leaves out plenty of Information, Michael.

      By 1938, the British, who did not yet see they had arrived at the end of the 247 year British Empire, realized the grave mistake in pushing the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

      WWI was not even over and already the spoils of war were being decided. I suppose that’s because the Rothschild’s financed the British in WWI

      The British White Paper of 1938 effectively abrogated the Balfour Declaration which read as follows:
      Foreign Office
      November 2nd, 1917

      Dear Lord Rothschild,

      I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

      “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

      I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

      Yours sincerely,
      Arthur James Balfour

      From that 1938 White Paper:
      It has been urged that the expression “a national home for the Jewish people” offered a prospect that Palestine might in due course become a Jewish State or Commonwealth. His Majesty’s Government do not wish to contest the view, which was expressed by the Royal Commission, that the Zionist leaders at the time of the issue of the Balfour Declaration recognised that an ultimate Jewish State was not precluded by the terms of the Declaration. But, with the Royal Commission, His Majesty’s Government believe that the framers of the Mandate in which the Balfour Declaration was embodied could not have intended that Palestine should be converted into a Jewish State against the will of the Arab population of the country. That Palestine was not to be converted into a Jewish State might be held to be implied in the passage from the Command Paper of 1922 which reads as follows

      “Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that `Palestine is to become as Jewish as England is English.’ His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated …. the disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the (Balfour) Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded IN PALESTINE.”

      But this statement has not removed doubts, and His Majesty’s Government therefore now declare unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State. They would indeed regard it as contrary to their obligations to the Arabs under the Mandate, as well as to the assurances which have been given to the Arab people in the past, that the Arab population of Palestine should be made the subjects of a Jewish State against their will.

      The conclusion was the British was going to impose a One State Solution based on proportional representation with the Arab population being the majority.

      The Imperial Mantle was transferred to the USA before the British could impose their solution in Palestine.

      http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/brwh1939.asp

      • Kata Fisher August 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

        Ray,

        A note:

        I have looked at these writings over the time, and they were so deluding (from the Biblical perspective). These writings were non-spiritual, and with that without substance—they were religiously ethical/ artfully, and in the conscience; however, are null and void based on the spiritual essence. In essence, all has to be corrected, and again, in line with God’s purpose. It was allowed to be as it was and is now…

        I am telling you this: the entire English ruling line/families are spiritually excommunicated, and all of them need a valid Baptism in God’s Spirit – they are not inheriting anything, but everlasting fire and condemnation, even until this generation.
        They did too many ecclesiastically dangerous things, generational.Their works were in essence as same as a false prophet…those writings are non-Spirit/no Law of God’s Spirit.

      • Michael K. Kallstrom August 15, 2014 at 9:11 am #

        Ray, despite your impolite connotations, you still hadn’t addressed the reasons for the formation of trans-jordan, since Palestine extends beyond the east of the river. .And with your jibberish rant, you’re suggesting as well Jordan should’nt exist? Thanks for nothing.

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