Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Facts Change Daily

 Re-examining Assumptions,

   Survivor of Hamas assault says Israeli army 'undoubtedly' killed their own civilians   (Thanks Gilad and Cat.)
The survivor of the initial attack by the Gaza resistance also says Palestinian fighters treated their captives 'humanely' before the arrival of the army
​  A survivor from the Palestinian resistance offensive on Israeli settlements on 7 October says the Israeli army is “undoubtedly” responsible for killing many of their civilians.
“They eliminated everyone, including the hostages, because there was very, very heavy crossfire,” 44-year-old mother of three Yasmin Porat told the Haboker Hazeh radio program on Israeli Kan radio last week.
​  When the interviewer asked if Israeli troops were responsible for civilian deaths, Porat said, “Undoubtedly.” Her interview has been scrubbed from the online version of Haboker Hazeh and the Kan website; however, Electronic Intifada procured a copy and translated it from Hebrew.​..
​..Porat says that, before the arrival of Israeli troops, she and other civilians had been held by the Palestinians “for several hours” and treated “humanely.”
“They did not abuse us. They treated us very humanely,” Porat said, adding, “They give us something to drink here and there. When they see we are nervous, they calm us down. It was very frightening, but no one treated us violently.”
She recalled one Palestinian fighter who spoke Hebrew saying: “Look at me well, were not going to kill you. We want to take you to Gaza. We are not going to kill you. So be calm, you’re not going to die.”
​  “I was calm because I knew nothing would happen to me,” she added.
Furthermore, during a lengthy interview on Israel's Channel 12, Porat speaks of intense gunfire after Israeli forces arrived and elaborates that, although the resistance fighters were heavily armed, she never saw them shoot captives or threaten them with their guns.
​  She also highlights that the Israeli army announced their arrival at the settlement “with a hail of gunfire,” catching the resistance fighters and their captives by surprise.​..
..The accounts from survivors stand in stark contrast to the widespread claims found in western media outlets that say Hamas forces did everything from “beheading babies” to torturing and raping settlers.

​  Chris Hedges has perspective:  This Way for the Genocide
  I have been in urban warfare in El Salvador, Iraq, Gaza, Bosnia and Kosovo. Once you fight street by street, apartment block by apartment block, there is only one rule — kill anything that moves. The talk of safe zones, the reassurances of protecting civilians, the promises of “surgical” and “targeted” air strikes, the establishment of “safe” evacuation routes, the fatuous explanation that civilian dead were “caught in the crossfire,” the claim that the homes and apartment buildings bombed into rubble were the abode of terrorists or that errant Hamas rockets were responsible for the destruction of schools and medical clinics, is part of the rhetorical cover to carry out indiscriminate slaughter.
​  Gaza is such a small area — 25 miles in length and about 5 miles wide — and so densely populated that the only outcome of an Israeli ground and air assault is the mass death of those Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant calls “human animals” and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls “human beasts.” Israeli Knesset member Tally Gotliv suggested dropping “doomsday weapons” on Gaza, widely seen as a call for a nuclear strike.

​  The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday condemned Israel for issuing evacuation orders in Gaza ahead of an expected ground invasion, calling it a “death sentence” for the sick and injured Palestinians in hospitals in the region.

Hundreds Reported Killed Following Strike On Gaza Hospital: Channel 4 UK Reports It As a "Devastating Israeli Strike;" Israel Says Palestinian Militants Misfired A Missile And Hit Hospital—WHO DID IT?​  

Sy Hersh: Israel Gearing Up to Flatten Gaza, Wants Egypt, Qatar to Handle Refugees
​  First, the Israeli Air Force would wipe out the “remaining structures in Gaza City.” Then, Israeli aircraft would start dropping US-made 5,000-pound bunker buster bombs in the “flattened areas” of the Gaza Strip in order to destroy the Hamas’ underground facilities hidden deep beneath the enclave.
​  An Israeli insider told Hersh that the “current Israeli war planners” believe such munitions – “upgraded version of JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) with larger warheads” – would be able to penetrate up to 50 meters deep before exploding and “killing all within one-half mile.”
​  After the bunker busters do their job, Israeli infantry forces would move in to conduct mop-up operations.
​  One Israeli Defense Force veteran, however, told Hersh that “the Israeli planners don’t trust their infantry,” with the journalist clarifying that the Israeli leadership is concerned about their soldiers’ potential “disastrous lack of combat experience.”
​  The Israeli planners thus seem reluctant to immediately send IDF forces into the Gaza Strip to engage in urban combat with Hamas militants, and seek to first flatten the city before commencing ground operations there.

  ​Pepe Escobar ,  The war against Russia in Ukraine and the Israeli “war on terror” in Gaza are just parallel fronts of a single, horrifyingly evolving, global war.
​  It’s by now confirmed that Egyptian intel warned their Israeli counterparts only 3 days before Al-Aqsa Flood that something “big” was coming from Hamas. Tel Aviv, its multi-billion dollar security apparatus and the IDF, “the strongest army in the world”, chose to ignore it.
​  That configures two key vectors.
1) Tel Aviv get its “Pearl Harbor” pretext to implement a remixed “war on terror” plus a sort of Final Solution to the “Gaza problem” (already in effect).
2) The Hegemon abruptly changes the narrative away from the incoming, inevitable, cosmic joint humiliation of the White House and NATO in the steppes of Novorossiya – a strategic defeat that configures the previous humiliation in Afghanistan as a masked ball in Disneyland.
​  The total blockade of “human animals” (copyright Israeli Defense Ministry) in Gaza, in fact a civilian population of 2.3 million, has been imposed this past Monday. No food, no water, no fuel, no essential commodities.
That’s a war crime and a crime against humanity.

​  M.K. Bhadrakumar, at Indian Punchline has lots of specific diplomatic details ,  US faces defeat in geopolitical war in Gaza
​  Meanwhile, the US project to resuscitate the Abraham Accords loses traction and the plot to undermine the China-brokered Saudi-Iranian rapprochement faces sudden death.
​  As regards the power dynamic in West Asia, these trends can only work to the advantage of Russia and China, especially if the BRICS were to take a lead role at some point to navigate a Middle East peace process that is no longer the monopoly of the US. This is payback time for Russia.
​  The era of petrodollar is ending — and along with that, the US’ global hegemony. The emergent trends, therefore, go a long way to strengthen multipolarity in the world order.

​Lots of countries support Palestine. This follows Bhadrakumar's insights well. 'Just struggle': Countries criticise Israeli atrocities in Gaza

Spanish Minister Says Netanyahu Should Be Brought Before ICC for War Crimes
"Using the horrific murders of Israeli civilians by Palestinian armed factions as an excuse to justify Israel's crimes in general and the massacre in Gaza in particular is unacceptable," said Spain's minister of social rights.

​  The perfect false flag attack to justify all-out war would be to have some target country "assassinate President Biden". No valuable US or Israeli assets would be lost. 
​  Biden To Make 'Solidarity' Visit To Israel On Wednesday
​  President Biden will travel to Israel and Jordan on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Monday night.
"The President will reaffirm the United States’ solidarity with Israel and our ironclad commitment to its security," said Blinken. "President Biden will again make clear, as he’s done unequivocally since Hamas’s slaughter of more than 1,400 people, including at least 30 Americans, that Israel has the right and indeed the duty to defend its people." ...
..Some observers speculate that Israel isn't likely to launch an anticipated ground offensive into Gaza while Biden is in Israel. The specifics of Biden's Israel itinerary have not yet been released. Biden's presence will set the stage for a major Hamas provocation, if the group wants one: Since the Oct 7 attacks, Hamas has demonstrated that Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are within its rocket range.
​  When he visited Israel as vice president in 2010, Biden was on the receiving end of a humiliation delivered by a previous Netanyahu government. With Biden still in the country, Netanyahu's interior minister blindsided the Obama administration by announcing the approval of 1,600 more housing units for Jews in hotly-contested East Jerusalem, where many Palestinians aspire to position the capital of a Palestinian state. Biden promptly condemned the announcement as “precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now.”
​  This week, after Israel, Biden will proceed to Amman, Jordan, for meetings with Jordan's King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

​Bernard @ Moon of Alabama has this:
​  That is why I believe that the real aim of this build-up is to finally 'regime change' Syria and to kick out the Russian forces who are there to support its government.
Israel Radar @IsraelRadar_com - 17:39 UTC · Oct 9, 2023
​  Israeli warning to Hezbollah: IDF will destroy Damascus, target Syrian President Assad if Hezbollah joins war; US warships will support Israel in war. Message relayed via France (@ynetalerts)
​  Israel Radar @IsraelRadar_com - Oct 9
IDF instructs Israelis to prepare for 3-day stay in bomb shelters/secure rooms, ensure supply of food, water, battery-run devices in case power is down. This is a clear indication of imminent escalation into larger war.
​  The recent Israeli bombing attacks on the airports of Aleppo and Damascus, disabling both of them, point into this direction.
The neo-conservative lunatics in the White House may well think that they now have a chance to eliminate Russia's presence in the Middle East.
They will think of this as a revenge for their loss of the the war in Ukraine. They also believe that it will prevent, or compensate for, their geopolitical defeat in Gaza.
​  Russia is undoubtedly prepared for that. Still, its contingent in Syria is too small. A combined attack by all U.S. forces in the area, more than 150 airplanes, would certainly defeat it.

​Ukrainian forces continue to prepare for a cross-Dnieper-river assault near Kherson:  
Preparations Have Begun For The Landing Of Troops On The Dnieper. Military Summary For 2023.10.17

​  Former ambassador and Assange advocate Craig Murray detained under UK terror laws
​  On the morning of October 16, counter-terror police in Glasgow Airport detained journalist, whistleblower, human rights campaigner, and former British diplomat Craig Murray upon his return from Iceland. After grilling him intensively about his political beliefs, officers seized Murray’s phone and laptop.
​  Murray, a proud Scottish nationalist, flew back to Glasgow after several days in Reykjavik, where he attended a popular Palestine solidarity event, and also met with high-ranking representatives of the Assange Campaign, which raises awareness about the plight of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Once his travel documents were processed at passport control, the officer informed him he would be detained for questioning. They then led him to a small backroom to be grilled by three nameless British counter-terror agents.​..
​..Murray has since consulted with lawyers, who informed him that according to Section 7 of the 2000 Terrorism Act — the draconian legislation under which he was subjected to the intensive questioning — he would be legally entitled to consult a lawyer if the interrogation lasted longer than an hour.
Once the hour of questioning was up, the officers sent him on his way, but failed to return his phone or laptop. “I’m used to the idea of British and American spies having my computers,” Murray said...
..Anyone who has agitated the British national security state and plans on traveling to the UK may want to be careful what they keep on their devices. As one of Ernest Moret’s interrogators boasted to him, Britain is “the only country where authorities can download and keep information from private devices” forever.

​This Chinese media interview with Russian President Putin is cordial, and is informative reading. No substantive talke with Xi Jinping until tomorrow. Putin has had lots of meetings with other leaders already. Thanks Christine.
Putin Interviewed by Chinese Media​ , Putin will attend BRI Summit in China this Tuesday-Wednesday

​  Israeli boy featured in COVID vaccine campaign dies of heart attack at age 8
​  An Israeli boy featured in a video used to push COVID vaccines on children in a nationwide campaign died tragically from a sudden heart attack in late September. The boy was only 8 years old.
​  According to reports, Yonatan Moshe Erlichman, grandson of a distinguished physician in Beit El, Dr. Mati Erlichman, “died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while taking a bath.”

  ​Sasha Latypova ,  Israeli government "found" lost Pfizer agreements!
​  Four agreements between Israel and Pfizer have been released via FOI lawsuit, still in a heavily redacted form. They prove that the Israeli government conducted forced experiments on people.​ 
​  The most important finding from these two documents is the real date of signing of this agreement. In the latest released version, (see link in this paragraph, p.4 of the pdf) the IMOH admits that this agreement was signed on December 1, 2020 - about five weeks earlier than was claimed before (i.e. January 6, 2021).
​  This proves that the IMOH actively concealed the true date of the signing of the agreement and lied about it while claiming a later date. This deception is important since the Israeli government relies entirely on FDA and EMA for approvals of medical products in the country and has little to no capacity to formally verify the completeness and rigorousness of the data used in making decisions by these ex-Israel government agencies. Thus, the Israeli public was entirely misled by the Israeli government.
​  The EUA was granted to Pfizer by the FDA only on December 11, 2020. An EUA by the FDA simply means “we have no real evidence this works or is safe, but you can use it if you are desperate” - an EUA product is unlicensed and unapproved for anything. Thus, "The Information Sharing Agreement" with Israel was signed about ten days before even an emergency permit was received from the FDA for this product, and the IMOH tried to hide it and lied about it.

​Thanks Christine. This is well researched and well written, but the view of how some of the wars are happening is rather "American". Others would see them differently.
10 Reasons Our Civilization Will Soon Collapse

​Trying to See (pictured with Jenny, eclipse glasses and eclipse, only reflected as green crescent on my knuckle, as sun overexposed camera)

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