Nov 18, 2023

Israel lobby in USA

By Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh

AIPAC ( ) has mobilized its vast resources to attack the few voices in Congress that piut US interests ahead of Israeli Interests (see for example So what is AIPAC and how was it founded and why? There is another and a bit more moderate pro-Israel lobby called J Street ( ). I will not cover the differences here (they both do not support a ceasefire while 120 countries do). There are also hundreds of pro-Israel organizations spending hundreds of millions to ensure the media and the officials walk lockstep with the Israeli government (e.g. Canary Mission, Zionist Organization of America, Anti-Defamation League etc). Here I will focus on the successful efforts of the lobby on shaping US foreign policy so that it is pro-Israel (which means pro-colonization, pro-apartheid, and now pro genocide see Similar articles can be written about the Zionist lobby in other "western" countries like UK, France, and Australia but here I focus on the US where I lived and worked for almost three decades before I returned to Palestine in 2008.

First a short element of history from my book “Sharing the land of Canaan”:

The events leading up to the early support of Britain, France and the US for Zionist colonization received little historical discussion. … This came in France first with a letter sent from Jules Cambon, Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry to Nahum Sokolow (at the time head of the political wing of the World Zionist Organization based in London) dated June 4, 1917: “You were kind enough to inform me of your project regarding the expansion of the Jewish colonization of Palestine.  You expressed to me that, if the circumstances were allowing for that, and if on another hand, the independency of the holy sites was guaranteed, it would then be a work of justice and retribution for the allied forces to help the renaissance of the Jewish nationality on the land from which the Jewish people was exiled so many centuries ago. … I am happy to give you herewith such assurance.” Some five months later, on November 2, 1917, the British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour conveyed to Lord Rothschild a similar declaration of sympathy with Zionist aspirations.  It stated that: “His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors 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.”… Lord Balfour wrote in a private memorandum sent to Lord Curzon, his successor at the Foreign Office (Curzon initially opposed Zionism) on 11 August 1919: “For in Palestine we do not propose to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants ... The four great powers are committed to Zionism and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land”….. As historians do, there is much argument about the factors and their relative importance that led to the decisions made by the governments in question.  Much is now written about how the US entered the war and the possible role of influential corporate interests and US Zionists in bringing the US media and government to support the war efforts. “

The correspondence of Weismann with Louis Brandeis (a Zionist and a friend of US president Woodrow Wilson) showed the machinations of a global movement that lobbied for US entry into WWI, and secured the tripartite (Britain, France, US) support of the Zionist project even against the wishes of many other Jews who opposed this (see; Halperin, 1986; Wier 2014).

President Eisenhauer in 1956 stood against the British/French./Israeli occupation og Gaza and the Snai., The very next year (1957), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was formed to ensure US Continued foreign policy alignment with the Zionist project. President John F. Kennedy tried to make AIPAC comply with US law and register as a foreign lobby. He alos tried to stop Israel’s development (with French help) of nuclear weapons (see He was assassinated.

 Admiral Thomas Moorer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in this regard: "I've never seen a president --I don't care who he is-- stand up to them [the Israelis].  It just boggles your mind. They always get what they want.  The Israelis know what's going on all the time.  I got to the point where I wasn't writing anything down. If the American people understood what grip those people have on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens don't have any idea what goes on." (Hurley 1999)  In a similar vein, Senator William Fulbright wrote: "For many years I have felt that the situation in the Middle East was very nearly hopeless.  The fundamental problem for us is that we have lost our freedom of action in the Middle East and are committed to policies that promote neither our own national interest nor the cause of peace.  AIPAC (the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and its allied organizations have effective working control of the electoral process.  They can elect or defeat nearly any congressman or senator that they wish, with their money and coordinated organization" (Fullbright 1989).

 A document sent by American Zionists to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in 1996 was titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" ( ).  The realm is the Israeli one in the Middle East.  They called for regime change in Iraq led by the US followed by acts directed at Iran and Syria and they spoke of "alliances" with Turkey and India.  Chaired by Richard Perle, chief architect of the most recent US war on Iraq, this group included James Colbert (from the "Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs"), Paul Wolfowitz (now Assistant Defense Secretary), David Wurmser, and William Kristol.  Another project of these "neoconservatives" who are so powerful in Washington is the so-called "Project for a New American Century" ( ).  Common denominators characterize these and similar plans: all written by neoconservative ideologues who either worked for or still work on behalf of Israeli and/or corporate interests, all predate 11 September 2001, and all call for reshaping the Middle East to enhance Israel's security by claiming aligned US and Israeli interests. Interestingly the original websites for both projects were removed perhaps because they did become US policy and there was no more need for them by their founders.

A number of scholars and those targeted by the lobby did detailed studies exposing its influence in US Foreign Policy (Findley 1985; Mearsheimer and Walt 2006, 2007). The Israeli lobby is rated as among the top 5 most powerful lobbies in DC overall, it would be a legitimate question to ask what this lobby was doing in the months and years leading up to the Iraq war and what (if any) influence does it have.  I think even a cursory review of the articles written in newspapers or “studies” done by think tanks would be sufficient to answer that question. Israeli apologists in these influential think tanks and in major editorial and columnist positions in mainstream media pushed for the war (Mearsheimer and Walt 2007).  But there were few Israeli apologists who either stayed silent on the war or even opposed it.  This latter group became active in the anti-war movement but wanted to make sure that there is no linkage between Iraq and Palestine.  They reacted vociferously and sometimes violently when writers brought up the role of the Israeli lobby and its extensions in pushing for the war on Iraq.

There are attempts to hide the evolution and increasing strength of this lobby in the US (and before that in British imperial designs in the Middle East). So let us review a few example of how this lobby operated over the years and even challenged imperial interests on some occasions.

1) In 1930 after career British diplomats issued a governmental backed white paper suggesting tying Jewish immigration to Palestine to Palestinian economic interests not just the Yishuv capacity, all hell broke lose.  Weissman and other British Zionist mobilized their forces en masse and the effort succeeded in reversing this policy quickly (well discussed in Tom Segev’s excellent book on this period).

2)  When there was strong sentiment in the US to help European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, the Zionist lobby both in Britain and the US lobbied to limit Jewish immigration to the west and keep the door open only for one destination: Palestine (Giladi 2006; Brenner 2010)

3) When the State Department, the Pentagon, and all major career diplomats in the US stood against support for establishment of Israel, President Truman explained his decision to his cabinet (privately) very clearly as relating to the lobby and voting adding that “I have no Arab constituency” (Truman papers and many history books).  The US went on to twist the arms of other countries to support partition and imposing of a Jewish state on Palestine.

4) When Israeli forces attacked the USS Liberty in International waters in 1967, the white house aided by Congress pushed the Navy to hide the facts.  Senior Navy officers (and all survivors of the attack) were angry but could do nothing in the face of a consorted media silencing campaign.   Even in 2003 when new evidence emerged little is reported on it (see

5) When George Bush 41 received a barrage of media questions in a Press conference in 1991 (after Baker earned the ire of the lobby by suggesting linking expending in growing settlements with foreign aid), Bush uttered his famous line“I am only this little guy in the white house …. there are these thousands on Capital Hill…” so much for the grand leader of the Military/Industrial complex.  Bush and Baker backed down and building went on to increase the number of  colonists/settlers on occupied Palestinian areas from <200,000 in 1991 to over 450,000 in 2000. This was the main reason for collapse of the peace process and increased resentment and anger in the world.

6) President Clinton brought to high office people who were previously employed by the various Israeli lobby groups. Dennis Ross who worked for WIMEP then appointed as US Envoy to the Middle East and then returned to work for WINEP .   Martin Indyk worked for AIPAC and to my knowledge is the only lobbyist for a foreign country ever appointed ambassador to that same foreign country.   These folks and many others made clear their interest in merging US policy and Israeli policy.  Thus it was not surprising that Clinton issued assurances saying that if the Camp David meetings fail, no one will be faulted.  But even as negotiations continued in Taba, Ross, Clinton, and Indyk blamed Arafat.  The Clinton administration under influence of these lobbyists continued to support aggressive policy in Iraq and tried valiantly to thwart the International community (and US businesses) who pushed for letting go of the sanctions that were killing 6000 children every month.

7) When GWB 43 appointed people like Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Douglas Feith, and Richard Perle to high offices, there was no questioning the affiliation of those folks to the Zionist lobby.  Cheney was for example in the board of the so-called “Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs” (JINSA).  Perle and Wolfowitz were active in Zionist think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute.  Those are the folks who pushed for war on Iraq and their paper records show their rationing includes supporting Israel.

Most of the time Israeli/Zionist interests and interests of weapons/oil companies are completely divergent See In fact many argue that without the lobby, there would not be support for Israeli colonization nor for an illegal and illegitimate war on Iraq and certainly not from companies that are suffering because of this close relationship.  Israel in fact is now directly competing with US Weapons manufacturers in exporting high tech weapons (most of it made possible by US transfer of military technology and money to Israel).  Congress and the White House frequently have had to interfere to protect Israel from any repercussions by its violations of US and international laws regarding proliferation, arms export, use of arms against civilians etc.

There were rare times when the lobby was not as powerful in pushing the myth of equivalency of US and Israeli interests.   In 1956, President Eisenhower listened to career diplomats and US elites, and pressed for Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza and Sinai despite rumblings from Congress (itself influenced by the lobby). But any such minor resistance vanished after 1967 when the lobby pushed the idea that US weapons in Israeli hands are keeping the Soviets/Communism out of the Middle East (a lie because communism could never get a hold in Arab society).  Now do not misunderstand anything I said.  It is misleading to say that Israel rules US foreign policy.  But it would be even more misleading to ignore the central role of this lobby in shaping US foreign policy in the Middle East and in building support by various means.  Nor would it be fair to ignore the PR aimed at exaggerating the “strategic use” argument to outright misinformation about threats and responses to promoting a particular and false view of Christianity (“Christian Zionism”).  For those of us interested in freedom and equality (i.e. human rights), it is simply not correct to try to ignore history and facts and accept the language of our oppressor.  It is playing into both Zionist and Imperial hands by accepting their claim that the reason for support of Israel (and for the war on Iraq) is a “strategic relationship” directed to serving only US elite interests (oil, military, and other corporate interests).  

The hypocrisy in US foreign policy is now visible to most people around the world and even here in the US with a self-censoring media it is hard to avoid it.  Take this simple Israel has WMD, has violated 65 UN Security Council Resolutions and was shielded from 35 others by a US Veto (because of the strong lobby), discriminates against people based on religion and the US supports it.   Iraq violated very few UN SC resolutions by invading Kuwait and the US bombed Iraq to a pre-industrial age (destroying water purification, sewage, electrical, transportation and other critical facilities), subjected it to sanctions (even after the withdrawal from Kuwait) that killed over 1 million civilians, and then bombed and occupied Iraq intending to build 14 permanent military basis in Iraq and installing a new Israel-friendly regime!! Is it any wonder that people ask why we have such hypocrisy and question the given answers formulated in Tel Aviv.  After all, Iraq will continue to be a magnet of resistance fighters pouring in from other Arab and Islamic countries as long as Israel is supported in its continued ethnic cleansing of Palestinians (i.e. As long as this hypocrisy is evident).

Some democrats believe the attack on Iraq was for corporate profits.  Some republicans believe it was WMD, defeating terrorism, and most lately bringing “democracy” and freedom.  Many US TV and newspapers consider a discussion outside this permissible duality as taboo.  But people are getting facts about the Israeli lobby from international media, books, and most importantly the Internet.  This explains why an increasing number of democrats, republicans, greens, and independents in the US asking some serious questions that go beyond this duality that misses so much.  More people are realizing that without explaining the role of the Israeli lobby in pushing for this war, the story would be very incomplete at best and misleading at worse.  

Many are also finally seeing the light and leaving that destructive work.  Thousands of Jews are now openly speaking about the destructive power of the lobby and they led the demonstration and civil disobedience associated with demanding an end to the ongoing genocide in Gaza.  The ground is shifting as Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others who believe in human rights and do not support Zionism join hands not only to point out the elephant in the room but also to take the old elephant out of the room and to an overdue retirement.

The importance of dealing with these issues is apparent as the US tried to claim it is trying to bring peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors, a claim belied by the US’s constant role as a defender and a lawyer protecting Israel from International law (see Aruri 2003; Chomsky 2003). The lobby ensures endless financial and diplomatic support to Israel contrary to US interests. According to the Congressional Research Service's annual report on conventional arms sales, the U.S. delivered $26.4 billion in arms to the Middle East in the 1997-2000 period, or just over 62 percent of all U.S. deliveries to developing countries. The events of 11 September 2001 was capitalized on by the Zionist movement (Netanyahu acutely stated then that this is good for Israel). The lobby started to link all their enemies under the umbrella of terrorism (see also Qumsiyeh 2004 chapter available here ). Thus US aid to Israel increased rapidly and it reached 3.8 billion annually in direct aid plus billions more in transfer of weapons and for contracts to develop anti-missile defenses that then are repackaged sold to foreign countries. The Israeli military industries thus competes with US weapons exporters by selling repackaged US technology (contrary to US law). Israel’s security and weapons related exports now stand at minimum $12.6 billion annually. The recent genocidal war on Gaza supported by the US is a pinnacle of this distorted foreign policy. The Biden administration asked for $14.3 billion more for Israel and congress duly approved it.  Israel thus gets more federal aid per capita than US citizens and more foreign aid than South America and Africa Combined!

As the US State Department is run by a committed Zionist (Blinken who emphasized his support as driven by his Jewish identity) became so obsessed with Israel, many career officials were disillusioned by the bias. A leaked internal memo signed by >100 staff members was scathing (see  ).  It worth reading why Josh Paul resigned as director in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. He emphasized the unusual support for use of US supplied weapons to target civilians and breech of usual procedures (see see also his candid and very revealing interview The lobby has mobilized its millions, its media arms, and its mouthpieces to remove the few dissenting member in Congress like Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Cori Bush (see also ). There is an awakening and the US government guided by the lobby is being challenged as noted above. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Washington DC and public opinion polls showed the US public is not in favor of US military aid to Israel. US Citizens should speak out against this very damaging foreign policy. Globally, the public is with human rights while Israel and its lobbies have little public support (see )

The Israeli /Zionist hold in Washington extends beyond Congress and the White House and is also in the Pentagon and the CIA where Israeli officers have access to classified information and use it to leverage more political power (see references below especially Shapira starting page 146 and the must read book by ex-Mossad agent Ostrovsky)

See also


Aruri, Nasser 2003 Dishonest Broker: The Role of the United States in Palestine and Israel, Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Brenner, Lenni 2010. 51 Documents: History of the Nazi-Zionist collaboration. Barricade Books

Chomsky, Noam 2003 Middle East Illusions, (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Dreptate, A., 2020. INTERNATIONAL INTELLIGENCE LIAISON: BENEFITS AND DANGERS. Romanian Intelligence Studies Review, (24), pp.6-19.

Findley, P., 1985. Congress and the Pro-Israel Lobby. Journal of Palestine Studies, 15(1), pp.104-113.

Findley, P. 1985 (other editions 1989, 2003) They Dare to Speak Out., Lawrence Hill and Co., Westport, CT 362 pp.

Fulbright, J. William 1989. The Price of Empire, Pantheon Books, p.183.

Giraldi, Philip 2017. America or Israel? Quislings in Congress and the Media need to decide which comes first.

Giladi, Naeim 2006. Ben Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated Jews. Dandellion Books.

Halpern, B., 1986. Brandeis becomes a Zionist. Modern Judaism, pp.227-243.

Hurley A. 1999. One Nation Under Israel. Truth Press, 309 pp.

Kahana, E., 2001. Mossad-CIA cooperation. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 14(3), pp.409-420.

Mearsheimer, J. and Walt, S., 2006. The Israel Lobby. London Review of Books, 28(6), pp.3-12.

Mearsheimer, J. and Walt, S., 2007. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Ostrovsky, Victor 1990. By Way of Deception : The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer. St Martins Press

Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. 2004. Sharing the Land of Canaan. Pluto Press, London/

Shapira, I., The Israeli Idea of Intelligence: Anatomy of the Israeli National Intelligence Culture.

Sims, J.E., 2006. Foreign intelligence liaison: Devils, deals, and details. International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 19(2), pp.195-217.

Sohnen, J., 2022. A Friendship Betrayed: The Jonathan Pollard Spy Case and American-Israeli Relations.

Tal, D., 2022. The Making of an Alliance: The Origins and Development of the US-Israel Relationship. Cambridge University Press.

Wier, Alison 2014. Against our better judgment: the hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel. If Americans Knew

Nov 17, 2023


(by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh - Bethlehem)

11800 murdered civilians: men, women, 4600 children
But the victim we are told is the villain
Many a death certificate written before birth certificate
Yet, rotten governments western and arab procrastinate
No point to count the thousands rotting under the rubble
For no one has tools or equipment to go to the trouble
No counting of "unknowns" burried in mass graves
For there are still living injured after each of the shockwaves
The 27,000 living dead are injured many cannot be treated
For hospitals were bombed, medicine denied, and they can't even be shielded
Hungry and thirsty they envy the dead
Children merely want to die having last meal fed
Or go to heaven where they can play
They hate the counting and feebly pray
To live to tell a story, realize dreams, maybe safety arrive
silence the bombs and keep hope alive

Tears stop

Facilities of medical service
Rendered out of practice
Al-Shifa (The cure) hospital was framed
With lies so it can be maimed
A pyrrhic "victory" for the offensive occupiers
Hapless patients, displaced people, doctors, nurses: all murders
Denied electricity, water, food, medicines, no place to go
Western hypocrites to a simple ceasefire, they say no
Many newborns off incubators die with feeble cries
Dialysis patients in agonies perish while humanity's conscience dies

Breathing stops

Cancer patients with no treatment and even no morphine to ease their pain
thousands of pounds of amputated legs
But the injured will not be saved
All watch others die and then their turns come
Sickening is the smell of death and rotting corpses
Streets filled with dust and pieces of flesh

Heartbeats stop

45,000 tons of bombs (2 nuclear bomb equivalents) are dropped
An Israeli picture of a scene pathetically photoshopped
10 kg per person in Gaza... every few minutes a US supplied JDAM
Politicians in shiny suits paid by lobbies talk a sham
US bombs kill one every four minutes, a child every ten minutes
Are there red lines. No we are told there are no limits
Homes, schools, water tanks, restaurants, streets destroyed
Hospitals, universities, office buildings, bakeries leveled
No contending armies - this is genocide
Even animals and plants not spared - this is ecoside
And there is the endless "depleted" uranium shells
New incendiary on baby flesh for revenge and war bells

Is God silent?

A girl begs God for martyrdom to join her family - I am alone she scream
Another child is asked what he would do when he grows up.. he says we don't dare dream
A burnt child trembles in shock voice quivering- her one eye to a doctor pleads
But the old Zionists watching stock prices care none but their greeds
Abducted men tortured naked and deprived of food, sleep, and water
Matter not to leaders interested in protecting the illegal squatter
Will the screams of mothers who lost their babies
Make men in 5-star hotels and conventions hesitate when they dip their pastries?
Make more than a statement of "concern"
For an ongoing holocaust to discern?
Let alone the drums of war on civilians stop?

Western media parrot endless lies
Pathetic talking points disproven yet fuel the slaughter as time flies
Massacres need a cover... Hamas will suffice
The truth we are told can be a sacrifice
For there are gas fields of Gaza to take
A new Middle East to make
Where there is no space for truth, justice, or even basic humanity
Where hubris replaces humility
Only space for greed, hegemony, and endless suffering
And the perpetuation of unipolar world worth ushering
Elbit systems worth more than the death of 13000
McDonnell Douglas worth the tiny death bags of 6000
When will the voice of jets scream
and the clank of money stream
get a ceasefire and make a child's hurt stop?
Lack of mercy stop?

Children of a lesser God must endure racism
A sacrifice at the feet of the Golden calf of Zionism
One more holocaust added to dozens before it for chauvinism
Crush the aspirations of 15 million Palestinians for the sake of imperialism
Remind me: Did the Nazis deny water and food to occupied cities?
Did the Americans besiege any Iraqi hospitals to make them cemeteries?
Is the new agent orange and napalm 'white phosphorous'?
Does history repeat itself once as tragedy once as farce?

Will oppression stop?

Will genocide satisfy the injured pride of the "chosen"
Will it satisfy the guilty feelings of those in colonial times frozen
Comfortable on top of the world with an 5th strongest military
Or is it a terror organized army with a fake state, WMD and artilleries
Deir Yassin, Tantura, Jabalia and hundreds of other massacres since 1948
State terror from a state built on terror of Irgun, Hagana and Stern since 1921
To facilitate ethnic cleansing with eight million refugees considered not enough
Having established a "Jewish state" by trying to destroy Palestine is tough
How dare us call for return to a pluralistic society
How dare us show extreme anxiety

Will we dare stop Jewish supremacy?

The West Bank already started to be destroyed
Jenin streets and homes and another hospital besieged
Our fate will be like Gaza, the terrorist army warned
Beirut too soon and other cities will also be damned
for our "new Middle East" with Starbucks
Grow General Electric and all war stocks
The USA has got Israel's back and gives the weapons to kill
American Taxpayers foot the bill

Will anyone signal stop?

Of the carnage, there will be survivors alive
They are also those who also watched it live
They will not be forgiving
They will not be forgetting
Keeping the hope alive for peace
They promise to work harder for the nightmare to cease

Who can make them stop?

Thank you Gaza for teaching us to care
Thank you Gaza for teaching us to dare
Thank you for awakening hearts and minds
Thank you for removing the blinds
Dropping the masks
Clarifying the tasks
Letting the sun shine through

Millions go out on streets, blocking roads and the US den of (Congress) thieves
For how can one stop anyone who believes
Some lose jobs and many get arrested
A small price to pay to get connected
Haunted by the pain of living
Feeling guilty when we are eating or drinking
As 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza denied such
And all they ask from us is not much
Stop your governments from supporting criminals
Who dare to call us human animals
(Actually animals are much kinder than many humans)

Genocide must stop

Until justice prevails
And the boat in Gaza sails
Until refugees return
And humanity gets a turn
Until apartheid is dismantled
And our olive trees get replanted
Until the Palestine Phoenix rises
Triumphant from the ashes
Keep the hope alive every day
We shall overcome someday
From the River to the Sea
Palestine will be free

Nov 14, 2023

Six unique things about Gaza genocide

 The genocide goes on: several babies died when taken out of incubators that had no power and many more cancer patients sent home died. Most injured people cannot be helped since the medical system is completely collapsed and there are 27,000 injured.  A friend I have in Gaza told me American flag was seen on a tank and unusual soldiers not Israeli are seen (wonder if these are the US Delta forces that Biden was photographed shaking their hands in this country). Rotting dead human bodies are all over Gaza. Stray hungry dogs are eating some!. Ofcourse Israel does not allow international observers or even international journalists to enter Gaza to check on its lies and distortions. They even killed 1 Lebanese and 37 Palestinian  journalists (majority reporting for international agencies). I do not know if sope people have yet thought of eating other humans to survive (at least in North Gaza were starvation and thirst are more since Israel carpet-bombed the area).  Now to be sure there are many genocides/holocausts in human history but there are six unique features of this ongoing one: 

1) It is so blatantly obvious and live broadcast live 24 hours a day and available for anyone willing to switch off the mainstream media and go to live footage like or almayadeen or even telegram, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok etc. The images and sounds are horrifying (imagine people there also feeling and smelling the death and dying)

2) It is self-admitted by the Zionists themselves including that they denied water, foo, medicine, fuel, electricity etc  to the 2.3 million inhabitants of Gaza and even proudly explained that there are “no civilians in Gaza” (Israeli president), and we deny food because we are dealing with human animals (Israeli minister of war), see 

3) It is accompanied by the highest number of LIES spoken by Israeli officials and parroted by those with no conscience. Is anything the Israeli government say to be believed after a long history of past and present lies challenged by facts- see )??,

4) Due to the money and resources of strong lobbies (most of it funded by Western taxpayer money), the colonization, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid are supported by a) many western and arab governments, b) the mainstream media parroting the Israeli (false) talking points

5) Palestinians are not only victimized (8 million are refugees/displaced people, millions who remain in Palestine stored in ghettos/Bantustans/concentration camps and subjected for decades to the most brutal oppression. Bu Palestinians and their supporters asking for human rights are also dehumanized and defamed as hating Jews etc (ironic since thousands of Jews were willing to be arrested and even brutalized for their support of Palestinian rights)

6) There is a vicious brutalization of people for being Palestinian by Israeli occupation forces (and here there is no distinction between settlers and soldiers since everyone serves in the army and all behave similar). Collective punishment and torture are rampant. Beatings of and shooting civilians happen regularly. The attempt to suppress free speech goes on, destroying any semblance or pretense of “democracy”. A new law in Israel forbids people from watching some videos considered “terrorist propaganda” (and of course anything against Israeli apartheid si considered such). People under Israeli rule lost their jobs, were jailed or tortured or all for social media posts even mildly speaking of the horrors of Gaza. In Gaza now, if you post message critical of Israeli actions your home can be bombed. In the Western countries also, citizens showing sympathy to Palestine or working against apartheid or colonialism are targeted. There are laws in some US states against engaging in Boycotts, Divestments, Sanctions and in some European countries working for freedom for Palestine is considered illegal.

On the positive side this injustice has garnered unprecedented public outrage around the world. Millions were in the streets protesting and hundreds of thousands are acting and engaged in civil disobedience, in boycott of Israeli and US products that support colonization etc. (see item #  21) . That is also unique!! Everything helps so please keep the pressure on the cheerleaders and participants in genocide.

I wrote some open letters before and here for the sake of those who missed some of those letters here are the links

Letter to Gaza

Letter to the world 

Letter to US Citizens

Letter to Israelis and Jews who support Israel

Letter to PLO

Letter to Mainstream media 

Update on numbers of victims from the UN

Chris Hedges The Horror

Israeli soldiers beat father in front of wife and child and mother tries to reassure child

Other interesting videos stripping prisoners (most with no charge or simple workers) and beating them while many are naked

My podcast on 100 years of injustice

An Open Letter from Palestinian Christians to Western Church Leaders and Theologians

Nov 12, 2023

هل يتم خداعنا للتركيز فقط على معاناة غزة؟

 إن الإبادة الجماعية التي ترتكبها إسرائيل في غزة مقصودة ومخطط لها ومستمرة دون أي علامة على التباطؤ، بل على العكس من ذلك، في ظل غياب الماء والغذاء والدواء فإنها في تسارع. يتباهى قادة إسرائيل علناً بأنهم لا يهتمون بما تقوله الأمم المتحدة أو ما يقوله زعماء العالم. ويقول القادة الفاشيون الإسرائيليون إنهم لا يهتمون بالبيانات التي تصدرها حكومات الدول الإسلامية والعربية. كما أنهم لا يهتمون إذا كانت الضغوط الشعبية قد دفعت بعض الزعماء الغربيين إلى تخفيف لهجتهم من الدعم غير المشروط لإسرائيل لإظهار القلق بشأن "الكارثة الإنسانية" التي تتكشف في غزة (دون تسمية مرتكب الجريمة). في الواقع، يمكن لإسرائيل أن تستخدم الكارثة الإنسانية (كما لو أنها قدر الله وليس تدبيرها) كورقة مساومة. ويمكن لإسرائيل أن تعرض وقفاً مؤقتاً للمذبحة مقابل الحصول على المزيد من الأسلحة من الحكومات الغربية وإطلاق سراح السجناء الإسرائيليين. وربما حتى وقف مؤقت لإطلاق النار وتوفير الوقود لأي مستشفيات متبقية مقابل دعم إضافي لمواصلة الاحتلال والإبادة الجماعية والإفلات من المحاكمة أمام محاكم جرائم الحرب والجرائم ضد الإنسانية.

إن القادة الإسرائيليين واضحون تمامًا فيما يتعلق بجرائمهم، ويصلون إلى طريقهم من خلال الإبادة الجماعية وإرهاب الدولة الشامل ضد السكان. إذا كان لديك أي شك، استمع إليهم (انظر الروابط أدناه). بل إنهم يقولون صراحة إنه إذا واصل حزب الله مقاومته في جنوب لبنان، فإن لبنان كله سيدفع ثمناً باهظاً وستكون بيروت مثل غزة (أي مدمرة تماماً). ووجه المتحدثون العسكريون الإسرائيليون نفس التهديدات لمدن في الضفة الغربية مثل جنين وطولكرم وحتى رام الله. هذه ليست تهديدات خاملة. إذا لم يكن العالم على استعداد لمنع إسرائيل من تدمير المدن في قطاع غزة، بل وإعطائها المزيد من الأسلحة لارتكاب جرائم الإبادة الجماعية هناك، فلماذا لا تدمر لبنان أو الضفة الغربية أيضًا. إذا أفلتّ من جريمة إبادة جماعية واحدة، فإنك تفلت من جرائم أخرى. بعد كل شيء، لا يمكن تطبيق القانون الدولي في هذه الحالة. وبحسب القادة الإسرائيليين، فإن الرأي العام العالمي والضغط "الدبلوماسي" لن يوقف مذبحتها. العديد من المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان في حيرة من أمرهم بشأن كيفية إنهاء المذبحة.

نفس الأفكار من الصهيونية والنازية

إسرائيل هي الدولة الوحيدة على وجه الأرض التي لم تضع أي حدود لنفسها. كما أنها القوة الاستعمارية الأولى التي لا تكون قاعدتها منطقة جغرافية بعيدة عن المنطقة التي استعمرتها (مثلاً فرنسا كانت قاعدة استعمار الجزائر). القاعدة الصهيونية هي أينما يتواجد الصهاينة في مواقع السلطة في الدول الغربية (في الأصل فرنسا وإنجلترا ولكن الآن الولايات المتحدة ودول أخرى). الخطة الصهيونية الأصلية هي إقامة أرض إسرائيل في المنطقة الواقعة بين نهر النيل في مصر إلى نهر الفرات. لكن هذا يتغير حيث تشمل الهيمنة الإسرائيلية، كما أظهر نتنياهو في خريطة الأمم المتحدة، شبه الجزيرة العربية ودول الخليج. لكن الخطط الصهيونية هي أكثر بكثير من مجرد جغرافيا. الجغرافيا قابلة للتفاوض إذا كانت هناك ضمانات للهيمنة الاقتصادية والاستعمارية. هناك حاجة إلى غزة بسبب حقول الغاز هناك التي تقدر قيمتها بمئات المليارات، لكن هذا جزء صغير من خطة أوسع يمكن الاستغناء عن 2.3 مليون شخص فيها.

إن الإمارات العربية المتحدة والمملكة العربية السعودية مستعمرتان اقتصاديًا بالفعل ويديرهما قادة يسهل السيطرة عليهم وينفذون أوامر الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل. إن القبضة الصهيونية على النظام الأمريكي واضحة في كل مكان، من هوليوود إلى وسائل الإعلام الرئيسية إلى الكونجرس الذي يخصص أموالاً لإسرائيل أكثر مما تخصصه أمريكا الجنوبية وأفريقيا مجتمعة. وفي العديد من الدول الغربية، نجح اللوبي الصهيوني في إسكات حرية التعبير، لذلك يتعرض المطالبون بالحرية في فلسطين للاضطهاد. هناك حرب على الحقيقة.

إذن ما الذي يجب فعله؟ أولاً، يرجى ملاحظة أنه في حين أن العديد من وسائل الإعلام مثل قناة الجزيرة تظهر معاناة الفلسطينيين، إلا أنها لا توفر تغطية للبيانات أو النوايا الإسرائيلية/الصهيونية. نادراً ما تُرى تصريحات الإبادة الجماعية في وسائل الإعلام الغربية والشرقية أيضًا. وهذا أمر مهم لأن المعاناة الإنسانية تثير التعاطف من أولئك الذين يهتمون بإخوانهم من بني البشر. لكن معظم الناس، وبالتأكيد معظم القادة، لا يرغبون في التحرك إلا إذا رأوا تأثيرًا مباشرًا عليهم. لسوء الحظ، فإن تصريحات القادة الصهاينة وأفعالهم المباشرة، بما في ذلك قمع حرية التعبير في "الدول الديمقراطية" المفترضة، إذا تم كشفها، فمن المرجح أن تحقق نتائج أكثر من المناشدة لإنقاذ الأطفال الفلسطينيين (على الرغم من أهمية ذلك). وبالتالي، يجب علينا أن ننفق على الأقل نفس القدر من الوقت في نشر الخطط والكلمات الصهيونية. يجب أن يكون توثيق الذبح مصحوباً بتوثيق نية الذبح وخططه. يجب علينا أن نكشف لماذا لا يتعلق الأمر بفلسطين فحسب، بل يتعلق بإيديولوجية قبلية شريرة تسمى الصهيونية التي لا تكتفي بفلسطين ولكنها تخرب وتؤذي الناس في جميع أنحاء العالم. على سبيل المثال، من المهم إظهار كيف تلحق إسرائيل الضرر بالمصلحة العامة للولايات المتحدة وتدمر الولايات المتحدة، بل وتفلت من العقاب بقتل مواطنين أمريكيين مثل بحارة السفينة يو إس إس ليبرتي (USS Liberty). يتم تعبئة الملايين من الناس، أي أن أفعالك تحدث فرقاً. كل الجهود الفردية مهمة. فيما يلي المواد التي يمكنك استخدامها ونشرها. قول الحقيقة هو عمل ثوري. القلم قد يكون أقوى من السيف أحياناً.

على أية حال، يرجى تخصيص الوقت الكافي للاطلاع على هذه المواد واستخدامها على نطاق واسع:

الرئيس الإسرائيلي يقول إنه لا يوجد مدنيون أبرياء في غزة وأنهم مسؤولون

"الحل الوحيد هو تدمير غزة بالكامل" موشيه فيجلين

الفكر الصهيوني عن الكنائس والمساجد

عن المدنيين

"عندما يعيش 2.5 مليون شخص في قطاع غزة المغلق، فستكون كارثة إنسانية. وسيصبح هؤلاء الناس حيوانات أكبر مما هم عليه اليوم، بمساعدة الإسلام الأصولي المجنون. سيكون الضغط على الحدود مروعا". "... ستكون حرباً فظيعة. لذا، إذا أردنا البقاء على قيد الحياة، فسيتعين علينا أن نقتل ونقتل ونقتل. طوال اليوم، كل يوم". أمنون صوفر، عالم ديموغرافي إسرائيلي 2004

"لن يكون هناك طعام ولا كهرباء ولا غذاء ولا وقود. كل شيء مغلق. نحن نقاتل حيوانات بشرية، ونتصرف وفقًا لذلك" يوآف جالانت، وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي في 9 أكتوبر 2023

"سنحول غزة إلى جزيرة خراب" بنيامين نتنياهو 8 أكتوبر 2023

"نحن نسقط مئات الأطنان من القنابل على غزة. التركيز على التدمير وليس الدقة" دانيال هاغاري، المتحدث باسم الجيش الإسرائيلي 10 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر في صحيفة هآرتس

"سيتم التعامل مع الحيوانات البشرية على هذا النحو، أنتم أردتم الجحيم، وسوف تذهبون إلى الجحيم" غسان اللواء في الجيش الإسرائيلي، 9 أكتوبر/تشرين الأول، منشور على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي

"هناك أمة بأكملها مسؤولة. هذا الخطاب حول عدم تورط المدنيين المفترض هو غير صحيح على الإطلاق (...) سنقاتل حتى نكسر ظهورهم" يتسحاق هرزون، الرئيس الإسرائيلي مؤتمر صحفي

"صاروخ جيريكو! سلاح يوم القيامة! هذا هو رأيي. صواريخ قوية يمكن إطلاقها بلا حدود. غزة ستُحطم وتُسوى بالأرض. بلا رحمة" تالي جوتليف حزب الليكود، 9 أكتوبر على X/Twitter

"أبيدوا عائلاتهم وأمهاتهم وأطفالهم. لا ينبغي السماح لهذه الحيوانات بالعيش لفترة أطول" عزرا ياكين، أحد قدامى المحاربين الإسرائيليين الذين شاركوا في التطهير العرقي عام 1948 (النكبة)

“الآن هناك هدف واحد فقط: النكبة. "نكبة في غزة ستقزم نكبة 1948" آرييل كيليت، سياسي من حزب الليكود 7 أكتوبر على X/Twitter

"الشيء الوحيد الذي يحتاج إلى دخول غزة هو مئات الأطنان من المتفجرات، وليس أوقية واحدة من الإغاثة الإنسانية" إيتامار بن جفير (الوزير الإسرائيلي المسؤول عن الشرطة ومسؤولي التسليح)

"عليهم أن يرحلوا، وكذلك البيوت التي قاموا بتربية الثعابين فيها. وإلا سيتم تربية المزيد من الثعابين الصغيرة هناك" أييليت شاكيد "يمكننا أن 

قد نسامح العرب على قتل أطفالنا، لا يمكننا أن نسامحهم على إجبارنا على قتل أطفالهم "غولدا مئير" (تصريح قديم ولكنه يظهر الفكر العنصري المتجذر)

"أنا هنا اليوم ليس فقط بصفتي وزير خارجية الولايات المتحدة ولكن أيضًا كيهودي ... طالما أن الولايات المتحدة موجودة، فلن تضطر أبدًا إلى القيام بذلك [بمفردك] لأننا سنكون معك دائمًا" وزير الخارجية الأمريكي بلينكن 12 أكتوبر (توجد بالفعل مئات من القوات الخاصة التابعة لقوات دلتا الأمريكية على الأرض).

ميخائيل بن آري، عضو الكنيست السابق: "لا يوجد أبرياء في غزة. اسحقوهم… اقتلوا الغزيين بلا تفكير ولا رحمة".

إسرائيل كاتس، وزير المواصلات: "يجب قصف غزة بشدة بحيث يضطر السكان إلى الفرار إلى مصر".

آفي ديختر، وزير الزراعة والتنمية الريفية الحالي، ومدير الشاباك السابق ووزير الأمن الداخلي: "يجب محو غزة بالقنابل".

الحاخام العسكري الإسرائيلي والجنود الإسرائيليون:

  وهنا على هذا الرابط يمكنك أن تجد المزيد من التصريحات الدامغة من القادة الصهاينة:

Are we being duped to focus only on Gaza suffering?

Israel's genocide of Gaza is intentional, planned and ongoing with no sign of slowing down. The contrary, with no water, food and medicine it is accelerating. Israel leaders boast openly that they do not care about what the UN says or what world leaders say. Israeli fascist leaders say they do not care what statements are issued by governments of Muslim and Arab countries. Nor do they care if public pressure causes some western leaders to moderate their language from unconditional support for Israel to show concern for the "humanitarian catastrophe" unfolding in Gaza (without naming the perpetrator). Israel actually can use the humanitarian catastrophe (as if it is an act of God not their agency) as bargaining chips. Israel can offer pauses in the slaughter in exchange for further weapons from Western governments and for release of Israeli prisoners. Maybe even a temporary ceasefire and fuel to any remaining hospitals in exchange for additional support to continue the genocidal occupation and for impunity from facing tribunals for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Extreme nationalism leads to genocide: Nazis and Zionists

Nov 11, 2023

Does the truth matter?

 The Israeli government just downgraded the number of those killed in October 7 attack to 1200 from 1400. Haaretz Newspaper was able to name less than 980 (some yet to be identified). George Galloway wrote: "The foul allegations of rape have been dropped by the Israeli government. The forty beheaded babies has been downscaled to one dead baby, not beheaded, and killed by persons unknown." Does the truth of what happened on October 7 matter? Yes it does because it is used to justify an ongoing genocide (of course nothing justifies genocide even exaggerated and fabricated stories). But why do many western leaders and western media parrot Israeli lies and not just about 7 October but for the past 75 years of committing atrocities against a largely defenseless Palestinian population? DOES THE TRUTH MATTER? The links below are a glimpse of the overwhelming body of evidence about Israeli/Zionist lies. You be the judge. In the end I will say why this is important if not CRITICAL to achieve peace.

The Zionist movement literally threw Palestinians into the sea (loading boats in Haifa and Jaffa) in 1948 to sent them to Lebanon and Gaza, Only AFTER this ethnic cleansing, they came up with the lie that Palestinians were going to throw Jews into the sea (see From these early lies sprung many others over the past 75 years. A book should be written about this as it is the most remarkable set of orchestrated lies in the history of global colonization. Here are some information and links from about lies and then I add a comment on why these lies will contribute to the end of the Israeli apartheid regime. Since western media puppets always start with the events of October 7, ignore history, ignore lies, and ignore preplanned and executed genocide, we can start with 7 October.lies about Hamas atrocities (beheading 40 babies, raping women, burning people alive etc.):
see also Why is Israel trying to HIDE this hostage interview?
Fabricating a picture of a burnt baby 
Israeli forces shot at their own civilians
also look up Hannibal doctrine.  

There were false flag operations like the Lavon Affair, or the bombing of Jewish community centers in Iraq to blame it on locals and scare Iraqi Jews to leave their country. Hasbara (propaganda) is a very common Zionist tactic to advance their project of colonization. During the October 2023 incidents Israeli leaders lied about Hamas killing and beheading babies, about Israeli soldiers killing Israeli citizens, or even about wanting peace and set the stage for ongoing genocide.

The Lavon Affair: Israel and Terror in Egypt
Three Worlds: Memoirs of an Arab-Jew (about Israel's false flag operations targeting Jews to drive them out of Iraq)
Israel killed an American citizen and lied about it
This UN report on the shelling of a UN Compound that killed civilians (Qana massacre 1996 that contradict Israeli lies

The current prime Minister Netanyahu is well known for lying to foreigners. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz (7/15/01) reported that: "... giving his audience (Likud leaders) a bit of advice on how to deal with foreign interviewers (Benjamin Netanyahu said): 'Always, irrespective of whether you're right or not, you must always present your side as right'".
In private and thinking he is not taped, he gives a more candid assessment of where he stands:

Israel's history of lies
Israel lies to manufacture a case for genocide
Taking responsibility and then lying

Israel lied when it said an errant Islamic Jihad rocket fell in Al-Ahli hospital courtyard killing 471 civilians:
Israeli history of attacking medical facilities
Hospital warned two and four days before it was targeted

UN says Israel intentionally and recklessly killed Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh (a US Ctizen)
Killing Aljazeera Correspondent’s Family Days After Blinken Demands the Channel’s Coverage be ‘Toned Down’
(Dozens of journalists were killed in 1 month in Gaza. Why target journalists and not allow others into Gaza if you have nothing to hide)

The self-declared “I am zionist” US president Biden questioned the number of people killed in Gaza as documented by the Ministry of Heath so in response, the ministry released the data with names, ages, and ID card numbers (Biden has no shame to dehumanize Palestinians and start to lie on behalf of his pimps. The list released did not include the names of the reported missing who are likely dead under the rubble.
You can find the list of names here but this grows daily by hundreds

Now I did not expect everyone to look through the above in detail because of its length. But it is actually a tiny glimpse of a 75 year history of lies and myths that are used by a movement that never had any moral or logical justifcation for its existence.  Zionists lie because they have to justify stealing land from indigenous people and to transform a multi-ethnic multi-cultural and multi-religious society to a Jewish state with countless laws that discriminate against the remaining Palestinians kept in Ghettos/concentration camps.  Truth matters because lies and myths justify colonization, ethnic cleansing, and now accelerated genocide (2.3 million without food or water or medicines while their hospitals are taken out of service). As the lies are exposed Zionists resort to their last card: weaponizing "anti-Semitism" but even this trick is not working as opposition to the apartheid colonial regime comes from every quarter including hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world. Here is Dan Lieberman explaining how Israel is using the last card it has to defend the indefensible genocide and see this on weaponization of anti-Semitism

Israel's Military Rabbi Amichai Friedman: "This is the happiest month of my life... We're finally realizing who we are. All of this land is ours. The entire land, including Gaza & Lebanon... We will destroy everyone" he said to cheering Israeli soldiers
see also
This and other genocidal statements listed at (39 in list) plus the history of lies to sugar coat genocide (of which a glimpse is above) should shed any remaining doubt about why we must utilize all possible tools of resistance (especially truth telling, boycotts, divestments, sanctions) to end the nightmare.

If Martin Luther King was alive today, would he have made a similar speech about the US support of the genocide in Palestine to the speech a he made about Vietnam? Read his speech and judge for yourself
But if not convinced, here is more about MLK Jr including his letter about Israel's aggression

Get a glimpse of Gaza that is now subject to genocide. Note that the photographer interviewed is a Christian Marwant Tarazi who was killed with his wife, a child, and many Chistians when Israel bombed of the church compound hey were sheltering in

A letter from a person who chose to stay in Gaza city despite the illegal and immoral order for ethnic cleansing of North Gaza

Remarks at media briefing by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk following visit to Rafah, Egypt.

Democrats are feeling the pressure of public sentiment in the US for ceasefire (will Biden sac his Zionist secretary of state and replace his his Zionist VP and change course to ensure a second term or will it be the orange monster Trump again?). Will the US and Israel implode anyway?

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home