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NO mention of their GAZA holocaust or their nuclear weapons stash
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UK artists call for immediate sanctions on Israel
The actors Maxine Peake and Miriam Margolyes, rock musician Brian Eno, and film director Ken Loach, are among those who have joined Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s call for immediate sanctions to be imposed on Israel.
The call follows Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments, made one day before Israel’s elections, that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. Netanyahu also made it clear, in the same televised interview, that settlement construction would not be halted.
In a letter published in the Guardian this week, Peake and her fellow signatories wrote: “Without sanctions on Israel, Palestinians cannot see a future free of occupation, apartheid and, in Gaza, crippling siege.
“The next UK government must push the EU to impose immediate sanctions on Israel until it abides by international law, ends settlement building, and ends the occupation and the blockade of Gaza.”
Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, novelist Ahdaf Soueif, scriptwriter Paul Laverty and Palestinian writer and academic, Dr Karma Nabulsi, are also signatories to the letter.
They join nearly 10,000 others who have signed a petition on Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s website in less than a week, calling for the next UK government to push for sanctions.
In addition, nearly 28,000 emails have been sent to Parliamentary candidates using a Palestine Solidarity Campaign e-tool, asking if they would support an immediate arms embargo on Israel if elected to Parliament in May.
The question is one of several designed to uncover where Parliamentary candidates stand on the issue of freedom, justice and self-determination for the Palestinian people.
Their answers will be published on Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s website at the end of March, providing an important resource for voters.
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
UK: February 23-28
US: Feb 26-March 12
Europe: March 2-9
Palestine: March 1-8
South Africa: March 2-8
Ireland: March 7-14
Canada: March 9-14
South America: March
Check out the list of events to find out what is happening in your city, read the full call out
or find out more about how to participate.
Drawing Fire: Benjamin Pogrund investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel
Drawing Fire: investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel (Published July 2014)
Benjamin Pogrund, who spent 26 years as a journalist in South Africa investigating apartheid and who has
been living in Israel for the past 15 years, investigates the accusation that Israel is practicing
apartheid and the motives of those who make it. His study is founded on a belief in Israel,
combined with frank criticism, to provide a balanced view of Israel's strengths and problems.
To understand Israel today, one must first look at the past and so the book first outlines key foundational
events to explain current attitudes. It then explores the contradictions found in the region,
including discrimination against Israeli Arabs and among Jews, before concluding that it is wrong to
affix the apartheid label to Israel inside the Green Line of 1948/1967.
It also deconstructs the
criticisms of Israel and the boycott movement before arguing for two states, Israeli and Palestinian,
as the only way forward for Jews and Arabs. This detailed and balanced study offers a unique
comparison between South Africa and Israel and explains complex political and social situations
in language accessible to all readers.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, of course. WRONG.
The real ruler of Israel is one Sheldon Adelson, 81, American Jew, Casino king, who was rated as the world’s tenth richest person, worth 37.2 billion dollars at the latest count. But who is counting?
Besides his casinos in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Macao and Singapore, he owns the US Republican party and, lately, both Houses of the US Congress.
He also owns Binyamin Netanyahu.
Adelson’s connection with Israel is personal. On a blind date, he fell in love with an Israeli woman.
Miriam Farbstein was born in Haifa, attended a prestigious high school, did her army service in the Israeli institute which deals with bacteriological warfare and is a multifaceted scientist. After one of her sons (from her first marriage) died of an overdose, she is devoted to the fight against drugs, especially cannabis.
Both Adelsons are fanatical supporters of Israel. Not just any Israel, but a rightist, supremacist, arrogant, violent, expansionist, annexationist, non-compromising, colonialist Israel.
In “Bibi” Netanyahu they found their man. Through Netanyahu they hope to rule Israel as their private fief.
To assure this, they did an extraordinary thing: they founded an Israeli newspaper, solely devoted to the furthering of the interests of Binyamin Netanyahu. Not of the Likud, not of a specific policy, but of Netanyahu personally.
Years ago I invented a Hebrew word for papers which are distributed for nothing. “Hinamon” translates, roughly, into “ragratis” or “gratissue” and was intended to denigrate. But I did not dream of a monster like “Israel Hayom” (“Israel Today”) – a paper with unlimited funds, distributed every day for nothing in the streets and malls all over the country by hundreds, perhaps thousands of paid young persons.
Israelis love getting something for nothing. Israel Hayom is now the daily paper with the widest distribution in Israel. It drains readers and advertising revenue from its only competitor – Yedioth Ahronoth (“Latest News”), which held this title until then.
Yedioth reacted furiously. It became a ferocious enemy of Netanyahu. Yossi Werter, a commentator of the center-left Haaretz (which has a far lower circulation) even believes that the present election boils down to a contest between the two papers.
That is vastly exaggerated. Judged by political and social content, there is little to differentiate the two. Both are super-patriotic, war-mongering and rightist. That is the journalistic recipe for attracting the masses anywhere in the world.
Yedioth is owned by the Moses family, a business-minded clan. The present, third-generation publisher is Arnon (“Noni”) Moses, the publicity-shy boss of a large economic empire based on the paper. The paper serves his business interests, but he has no special political interests.
Adelson is unique.
In Israel, betting is forbidden by law. We have no casinos, and secret gambling dens are raided by the police. In our early youth we were taught that casino moguls are bad people, almost like arms merchants. They take the money off poor addicted people, throwing them into despair, even suicide. See Dostoyevsky.
Israelis read Israel Hayom (it’s something for nothing, after all), but they don’t necessarily like the man and his methods. So some members of the Knesset were encouraged to enter a bill forbidding gratis newspapers altogether.
Netanyahu and the Likud party did everything to obstruct this bill. But in the preliminary vote (necessary for private members’ bills) they were beaten in an amazing way. Even members of Netanyahu’s governing coalition voted for it. The cameras caught Netanyahu literally running in the Knesset plenum hall to gain his seat before the voting started.
The vote was 43 to 23. Almost half the Likud members absented themselves. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his party voted for the bill. So did ministers Ya’ir Lapid and Tzipi Livni.
From the preliminary vote to the final adoption, such a bill has to pass several stages. There was plenty of time to bury it in one of the committees. But Netanyahu was furious. A few days after the vote, he dismissed Lapid and Livni from the cabinet, causing the government coalition to break up and the Knesset to disperse.
Why did Netanyahu do such a foolish thing less then half way through his (third) term of office? There can be only one logical explanation: he was ordered to do so by Adelson, in order to prevent the adoption of the law.
If so, Adelson is now our chief lawmaker. Perhaps he is also our chief government-maker.
Money plays an ever-increasing role in politics. Election propaganda is made on television, which is very expensive. Both in Israel and the US, legal and illegal funds pour into the campaign, directly and indirectly. Corruption is abetted or tolerated by the courts. The very rich (known euphemistically in America as the “wealthy”) exercise undue influence.
In the last US presidential elections, Adelson poured rivers of dollars into the contest. He supported Newt Gingrich, and then Mitt Romney, with huge sums of money. In vain. Perhaps Americans don’t like to be ruled by captains of casinos.
For the next US presidential elections, Adelson has started early. He has summoned to his Las Vegas casino HQ all leading Republican candidates, to grill them on their allegiance to him – and to Netanyahu. Nobody dared to refuse the summons. Would a Roman senator refuse the summons of Caesar?
In Israel, such rituals are superfluous. The Adelsons – both Miri and Sheldon – know who their man is.
The Israel Hayom newspaper is, of course, a big propaganda machine, totally devoted to the re-election of Netanyahu. All quite legal. In a democracy, who can tell a newspaper whom to support? We are still a democracy, for God’s sake!
It seems to be strange for a country to allow a foreigner, who never lived in the country, to have such enormous power over its future, indeed, over its very existence.
That’s where Zionism comes in. According to the Zionist creed, Israel is the state of the Jews, all the Jews. Every Jew in the world belongs to Israel, even if temporarily residing somewhere else. A few days ago, Netanyahu publicly claimed to represent not just the State of Israel but also the entire “Jewish People”. No need to ask them.
Accordingly, Adelson is not really a foreigner. He is one of us. True, he cannot vote in Israel, though his wife probably can. But many people, including himself, believe that he, being a Jew, has a perfect right to interfere in our affairs and dominate our lives.
For example, the appointment of our ambassador in the US. Ron Dermer is an American, born in Miami, who was active in Republican politics. To appoint an American functionary of the Republican Party as ambassador of Israel to a Democratic administration may seem strange. Not so strange if Netanyahu acted under the orders of Sheldon Adelson.
It was Adelson who prepared the witches’ brew that is now endangering Israel’s lifeline to Washington. His stooge, Dermer, induced the Republicans in Congress – all of them dependent on Adelson’s largesse or hoping to be so – to invite Netanyahu to give an anti-Obama speech before both Houses.
While this intrigue was in preparation, Dermer met with John Kerry but did not tell him of Netanyahu’s coming. Neither did Netanyahu inform President Obama, who, in a fury, announced that he would not meet with the Prime Minister.
From the point of view of Israel’s vital interests, it is sheer madness to provoke the President of the United States of America, who controls American’s flow of arms to Israel and the American veto power in the UN. But from the point of view of Adelson, who wants to elect a Republican president in 2016, it makes sense. He has already threatened to invest unlimited sums of money to prevent the reelection of any Senator or Representative who is absent from Netanyahu’s speech.
We are nearing open warfare between the Government of Israel and the President of the United States.
Is someone playing roulette with our future?
Zionist Israel's none to cosy connection to Britain's zionist controlled legal mafia
UK Lawyers For Israel
UKLFI is a voluntary organisation of lawyers who support Israel using their legal skills.
Our members and supporters employ advocacy, legal research and campaigning in order to combat attempts to undermine,
attack or delegitimise Israel, Israeli organisations, Israelis, and/or supporters of Israel.
UKLFI’s objects, as set out in our Articles of Association, are:
To provide, assist in providing, procure or promote the provision of legal support including advocacy, research, advice and campaigning in combating attempts to undermine, attack and/or delegitimise Israel, Israeli organisations, Israelis and/or supporters of Israel
To organise basic training for lawyers on international law and Israel, to enable them to engage in a balanced way in public debates
To provide, assist in providing, procure or promote the provision of assistance to students at university who require protection against anti-semitism, hate speech, et cetera, to help them to exercise their rights under the general law and the regulations of their universities
To enable networking among like-minded lawyers in the UK and the efficient sharing of resources, experience and best practices
To foster links with, support and cooperate with like-minded groups from the USA, Europe, Israel and other countries
To contribute generally as lawyers to creating a supportive climate of opinion in the UK towards Israel
We are honoured by the support of our patrons:
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Carlile CBE, FRSA, QC
The Rt. Hon. Lady Cosgrove CBE, QC
Baroness Deech DBE, QC
Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE, QC
Sir Ivan Lawrence QC
Sir Gavin Lightman QC
The Lord Pannick QC
Professor Richard Susskind OBE
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Trimble PC
Meanwhile jewish rabbi ignores Israeli terrorism in Gaza and West Bank VIDEO
Warning to Nations: Don't Cross Israel
With France taking measures decisively sympathetic to Islam,
why would Muslim zealots suddenly choose THIS MOMENT to
murder a dozen French citizens, an act that would
certainly turn French public opinion against Muslims and in
favor of Israel?
"Wake up, my fellow Christians. You are under insidious attack by the Illuminati: a secret oligarchy of Jews and Freemasons. Don't be deceived by the media which they own."
by James Perloff
It seems like they're spinning out PSYOPS these days faster than the writers of plots for a daily soap opera. Ottawa and Sydney are already old news.
The three latest headlines have probably been: the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France, the downed AirAsia plane, and "North Korea hacks Sony."
While no conclusive explanations have yet been reached, these three seemingly distinct events all have something in common: running afoul of Israel.
On December 2nd, the France Parliament passed a resolution asking that France recognize a Palestinian state. And just a week ago, Israel informed France that it was "deeply disappointed" with France's vote on a UN resolution that would have required Israeli forces to withdraw to their pre-1967 borders by 2017.
With France taking measures decisively sympathetic to Islam, why would Muslim zealots suddenly choose THIS MOMENT to murder a dozen French citizens, an act that would turn French public opinion against Muslims and in favor of Israel? We are told the motive for the atrocity was publication of cartoons satirizing Islam and Muhammad. What Muslim would consider cartoons more important than Palestinian rights, which Muslims have spent decades earnestly striving and bleeding for?
Clearly, the beneficiary of the Charlie Hebdo incident is neither France nor Islam, but Israel.
This was equally true of 9/11. Though allegedly carried out by Middle Eastern Muslims, they did not benefit - the U.S. has been making war on them ever since, and the Middle East has descended into chaos. Americans did not benefit - they have suffered the casualties and enormous costs of multiple wars, to say nothing of a growing police state at home. 9/11's SOLE BENEFICIARY is Israel - her enemies neutralized one by one, courtesy America.
We will not repeat here the widely discussed Israeli connections to 9/11. However, let's at least quote Francesco Cossiga, former President and Prime Minister of Italy: "All of the democratic areas of America and of Europe . . . now know full well that the disastrous attack [9/11] was planned and executed by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world, to falsely incriminate Arabic countries and to persuade the Western Powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The Charlie Hebdo shootings show some of the same "MO" as 9/11. A key 9/11 clue was Mohammed Atta's passport, found intact and unburned outside the World Trade Center. Supposedly it somehow survived the explosion unscathed and floated to the ground. (Atta had reported his passport stolen in 1999.) Then, of course, there were the Koran and flight training manual found in a car at Boston's Logan Airport. And the terrorists who visited a Daytona Beach strip club the night before the attacks, and bragged that America was about to see "bloodshed," conveniently leaving behind a Koran, a business card and other forms of ID.
Likewise, in the recent Paris shootings, police have identified the alleged perpetrators by means of an ID card which one of them CONVENIENTLY left in the getaway car.
Analysts have pointed out that the attack was carried out with military precision and skill. If you watch the footage of the getaway (shot by Amchai Stein, deputy editor of Israel's IBA Channel 1, who "just happened" to be on the scene), the perps wore hoods over their faces: they clearly did not want their identities known. Why, then, after all this precision, did they carelessly leave identification in the car? Could it be that the masked shooters were NOT the same men whom the ID card has sent the police chasing after? (Perhaps the Mossad believes all French detectives are Inspector Clouseaus, but more likely they rely on compliant Freemasons within Law Enforcement who will obey their Masonic oaths of absolute obedience and secrecy in exchange for promotions and other material rewards.)
A detailed, ongoing debunking of the Charlie Hebdo shootings may be found at: http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/.
AIR ASIA CRASH
Next, AirAsia. In a single year, 2014, Malaysia lost three airliners: MH370, MH17, and AirAsia 8501. All three were lost under very controversial circumstances.
Malaysia is also one of just four countries in the Far East that doesn't recognize Israel. More significantly, in late 2013, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, chaired by Mahathir Mohamad (Malaysia's former prime minister), declared Israel guilty of war crimes and atrocities.
The other three Far Eastern countries that don't recognize Israel? Well, there's Indonesia, and Brunei (a small country on the island of Borneo, which is otherwise divided between Malaysia and Indonesia). 155 of Air Asia 8501's passengers were Indonesians.
Are France and Malaysia the victims of sophisticated Israeli vengeance? If such an idea seems farfetched, is it no more absurd than the government/MSM claim that MH370 simply "disappeared." If such brutality by Israel seems unthinkable, remember its slaughter of Gaza's civilians only last summer.
And the fourth country of the Far East that doesn't recognize Israel? It's North Korea, who is now being punished with economic sanctions after its crackerjack team of computer geeks ran circles around the hayseeds in charge of Sony's security. And why shouldn't we believe the claims of government and mainstream media about that? After all, if Muslims will commit mass murder over a cartoon, wouldn't North Koreans hack us over a movie?
Wake up, my fellow Christians. You are under insidious attack by the Illuminati: a secret oligarchy of Jews and Freemasons. Don't be deceived by the media which they own. The political Israel of today is not the Israel of the Bible. It is a Luciferian counterfeit, engineered by the same Rothschild bankster cabal that has financed communism and world government. Ultimately, they want their beast to rule his totalitarian world from a throne in Jerusalem, pretending to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
5yr old Palestinian boy shot in face by Israeli cops VIDEO
Zionist Israel's 'worst nightmare' is Obama VIDEO
Israel’s worst nightmare is an American president, who is not pressured by the powerful Zionist lobby and can act without any restraints, says a political commentator.
Following the midterm elections in the United States, there is no real constraint on US President Barack Obama or the US administration, Edward Corrigan told Press TV on Wednesday.
“The Israelis are always afraid of an American president that they don’t have any leverage over who’s in his final term, there’s no elections, he really could do whatever he wants,” Corrigan said.
He argued Israel’s worst nightmare is that they will have no constraints on Obama with regard to political pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.
According to a poll released on Monday, the relationship between the United States and Israel is in a crisis and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has harmed those ties.
Nearly 62 percent of Israelis said “yes” when asked if there was a crisis in US-Israel ties, while 22.8 percent said the relations were “stable and good,” according to the poll that was commissioned by J Street, a pro-Israel lobby group in Washington.
The poll found that 60.4 percent of Israelis think Netanyahu’s regime has “harmed” US-Israeli ties, while 9.8 percent said he has “strengthened” them. About16 percent said he had no influence on the relationship.
An equal number of respondents in the survey said Obama and Netanyahu are both equally responsible for the crisis.
Israeli media reported earlier this month that senior US officials were considering imposing sanctions on Israel to halt its illegal settlement activities on occupied Palestinian territories, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
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Israel continues its crackdown on Palestinians VIDEO
Are people ignorant of Israeli crimes in al-Quds VIDEO
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EU to impose sanctions on Israel over settlement activities VIDEO
Israel stops Norwegian doctor from entering Gaza VIDEO
Israel denies entry to members of UN inquiry panel VIDEO
Stone throwers face 20 years in Israeli jail VIDEO
The Israeli government has changed its criminal code, to make stone-throwing punishable by up to 20 years in prison.It is the latest step in Israel's "zero tolerance" policy against Palestinian demonstrations.Political analysts, however, warned that Israel's policies including the expansion of illegal settlements could only ignite more anger among Palestinians
I.S.I.S. Could Stand For... Israeli Secret Intelligence Service VIDEO
Israel closes its border crossings with Gaza VIDEO
UN condemns Israeli settlement expansion VIDEO
Israel planning mass segregation of Palestinians from jewish areas VIDEO
Israel is planning to build a city exclusively for Palestinians in the northernmost part of Israel. The aim of the measure is to decrease the number of Palestinians living in mostly Jewish-populated areas.
According to Israeli media outlets, the city is to be constructed near the coastal city of Acre at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. Officials say that the plan calls for the new city to have a population of forty thousand. But many Palestinians have condemned the plan. They say the establishment of a city for a specific population group is not ethical, and it should be open to all ethnic groups. Israel’s Housing and Construction Ministry has been working on the plan for the past four years. The decision to build the city was made during a cabinet meeting in 2008.
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Gardeners discover bag of ISIS flags in northern Israel
Gardeners in the Israeli city of Nazareth Illit discovered a bag containing about 25 ISIS flags.
Israel Police have opened an investigation into the discovery of the flags on Tuesday in an industrial area of northern Israeli city. The possession of materials from the jihadist group was outlawed in Israel several weeks ago.
“When something like this is discovered in the heart of a Jewish city, it needs to light up many warning signs,” Nazareth Illit Mayor Alex Gadalkin told Ynet.
In late September, a 24-year-old Arab-Israeli from Kfar Kana who was suspected of being associated with ISIS was arrested and questioned.
Earlier in the month, another Arab-Israeli was arrested for allegedly traveling to Syria and training with ISIS. Contact with the group also was made illegal.
Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories
Forty-three veterans of one of Israel’s most secretive military intelligence units – many of them still active reservists – have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories because of the widespread surveillance of innocent residents.
The signatories include officers, former instructors and senior NCOs from the country’s equivalent of America’s NSA or Britain’s GCHQ, known as Unit 8200 – or in Hebrew as Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim.
They allege that the “all-encompassing” intelligence the unit gathers on Palestinians – much of it concerning innocent people – is used for “political persecution” and to create divisions in Palestinian society.
The largest intelligence unit in the Israeli military, Unit 8200 intercepts electronic communications including email, phone calls and social media in addition to targeting military and diplomatic traffic.
The signatories say, however, that a large part of their work was unrelated to Israel’s security or defence, but appeared designed to perpetuate the occupation by “infiltrating” and “controlling” all aspects of Palestinian life.
Written in uncompromising language the letter states: “We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories.”
They add: “The Palestinian population under military rule is completely exposed to espionage and surveillance by Israeli intelligence. It is used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself. In many cases, intelligence prevents defendants from receiving a fair trial in military courts, as the evidence against them is not revealed.”
Accompanying the letter – published in the Israeli media on Friday, and organised several months before the recent Gaza war – are a series of testimonies provided by the signatories to Yedioth Ahronoth and shared with the Guardian.
A common complaint, made in both the testimonies and in interviews given by some of the signatories, including to the Guardian this week, is that some of the activities the soldiers were asked to engage in had more in common with the intelligence services of oppressive regimes than of a democracy.
Among allegations made in the statements are that:
• A significant proportion of the unit’s Palestinian objectives “are innocent people unconnected to any military activity. They interest the unit for other reasons, usually without having the slightest idea that they’re intelligence targets.” According to the testimonies those targets were not treated any differently from terrorists.
• Personnel were instructed to keep any damaging details of Palestinians’ lives they came across, including information on sexual preferences, infidelities, financial problems or family illnesses that could be “used to extort/blackmail the person and turn them into a collaborator”.
• Former members claim some intelligence gathered by the unit was not collected in the service of the Israeli state but in pursuit of the “agendas” of individual Israeli politicians. In one incident, for which no details have been provided, one signatory recalls: “Regarding one project in particular, many of us were shocked as we were exposed to it. Clearly it was not something we as soldiers were supposed to do. The information was almost directly transferred to political players and not to other sections of the security system.”
• Unit members swapped intercepts they gathered involving “sex talk” for their own entertainment.
The letter has been sent to the chief of staff of Israel’s armed forces and also the head of military intelligence.
Unit 8200 is one of the most prestigious in the Israeli public’s mind, with many who serve in it going on to high-flying jobs after their military service, many in Israel’s hi-tech sector.
According to an article this year in Haaretz, former unit members include a supreme court justice, the director general of the finance ministry, an internationally successful author, the chief executive of one of Israel’s largest accountancy firms and the economy ministry’s chief scientist.
Operating a signals interception base, the unit is also at the front of Israel’s cyberwar capabilities. According to some reports – never confirmed – it was involved in developing the Stuxnet virus used to attack Iran’s nuclear programme.
Most of those who signed the letter have served in the unit in the last decade – as recently as three years ago in full-time military service – with the majority still on the active reserve list, meaning they can be called up at any time.
All of those who spoke said they were “highly motivated” to join the unit and had volunteered to serve extra time in it beyond their national service.
Although there have been “refusenik” letters before – most famously more than a decade ago when a group of reserve pilots refused to participate in targeted assassinations – such detailed complaints from within Israel’s intelligence services are highly unusual.
Three of those involved, two sergeants and a captain who gave interviews to the Guardian and a handful of other foreign media before the letter was released this week, were at pains to make clear they were not interested in disclosing state secrets. They had engaged a high-profile lawyer to avoid breaking Israeli law – including by identifying themselves in public. Copies of the letter sent to their unit commander, however, use their full names.
Those involved said they were proud of some of the work they had done, which they believed had contributed to Israel’s security.
In their interviews, they described a culture of impunity where soldiers were actively discouraged in training lessons from questioning the legality of orders, and of being deliberately misled by commanders about the circumstances of a case in which one member of their unit refused to cooperate in the bombing of a building with civilians in it in retaliation for an attack in Israel.
They added that there were in effect “no rules” governing which Palestinians could be targeted and that the only restraint on their intelligence gathering in the occupied territories was “resources”.
“In intelligence – in Israel intelligence regarding Palestinians – they don’t really have rights,” said Nadav, 26, a sergeant, who is now a philosophy and literature student in Tel Aviv. “Nobody asks that question. It’s not [like] Israeli citizens, where if you want to gather information about them you need to go to court.”
He said: “The intelligence gathering about Palestinians is not clean. When you rule a population that does not have political rights, laws like we have, [then] the nature of this regime of ruling over people, especially when you do it for many years, [is that] it forces you to take control or infiltrate every aspect of their life.”
“D”, a 29-year-old captain who served for eight years, added: “[That] question is one of the messages that we feel it is very important to get across mostly to the Israeli public.
“That is a very common misconception about intelligence … when we were enlisting in the military [we thought] our job is going to be minimising violence, minimising loss of lives, and that made the moral side of it feel much easier.”
He added: “What the IDF does in the occupied territories is rule another people. One of the things you need to do is defend yourself from them, but you also need to oppress the population.
“You need to weaken the politics. You need to strengthen and deepen your control of Palestinian society so that the [Israeli] state can remain [there] in the long term. We can’t talk about specifics … [but] intelligence is used to apply pressure to people to make them cooperate with Israel.
“It’s important to say, the reason I decided to refuse – and I decided to refuse long before the recent [Gaza] operation. It was when I realised that what I was doing was the same job that the intelligence services of every undemocratic regime are doing.
“This realisation was what made me [realise] personally that I’m part of this large mechanism that is trying to defend or perpetuate its presence in the occupied territories.”
The last major refusenik episode in Israel to grab the public’s attention was in 2002 when 27 reserve pilots published a letter refusing to fly assassination sorties over Gaza after 14 civilians, including children, were killed alongside Salah Shehade, the leader of Hamas’s military wing, in a bombing.
Nadav made a reference to the killing – and the outcry that surrounded it. “When you look at what happened this summer, when building after building were destroyed and the inhabitants and hundreds of innocent people were killed and no one raised an eyebrow, as opposed to just one decade ago when the killing of a family of a commander of Hamas shocked people. It was a huge story in Israel.”
Replying to the refusenik letter and the allegations, a spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces criticised the soldiers for making their complaints public, and attempted to cast doubt on the claims.
“The intelligence corps has no record that the specific violations in the letter ever took place. Immediately turning to the press instead of to their officers or relevant authorities is suspicious and raises doubts as to the seriousness of the claims.
“Regarding claims of harm caused to civilians, the IDF maintains a rigorous process which takes into account civilian presence before authorising strikes against targets.”
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EU Delegation: Israel has committed genocide VIDEO
These members of the European Parliament are calling on the European Union to break diplomatic ties with Israel and implement sanctions against the country because of the war crimes it has committed against the people of Palestine.
The delegation of 13 MEPs has just returned to Brussels from the Middle East and played a video to journalists showing a Palestinian child dying in the back of an ambulance. The delegation describes what Israel has done to the people of Gaza as genocide. The 50-day Israeli war on Gaza left thousands dead and tens of thousands wounded.