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The Israel Narrative Is Crumbling Because Of Phone Cameras And The Internet

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“Twenty-four people, including nine children, were killed in Gaza overnight, most of them in Israeli strikes,” reads a new report from AP.

Nine children, killed with the help of United States funding to the tune of $3.8 billion a year.

Remember kids, the US loves Muslims and just wants to protect their human rights.

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The Monday night airstrikes were in response to rocket attacks by Gaza resistance groups which had reportedly injured six Israelis, and those rocket attacks were in turn were a response to a deluge of Israeli police brutality footage in Jerusalem in preceding days. Electronic Intifada reports:

This came at the end of a day of violence that began in occupied East Jerusalem, where Israeli forces assaulted worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, injuring hundreds.

 

Scenes of brutality in Jerusalem generated outrage and solidarity among Palestinians and around the world.

 

The military wing of the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas issued an ultimatum giving Israel an hour – until 6 pm local time – to withdraw its forces from al-Aqsa and the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and free detainees.

 

When the deadline passed, resistance groups in Gaza fired volleys of rockets towards Jerusalem for the first time since the summer 2014 war, prompting celebrations from some Palestinians.

The mass media are working furiously to spin this in a way that rivals my satire piece from the other day. The New York Times has been cartoonishly re-writing its own reporting in a desperate attempt to make Israel look like an innocent victim of unprovoked attacks instead of the obvious aggressor against people protesting a brutal apartheid regime backed by an entire empire. The New York Post falsely reported that the deaths on Monday were caused by “Airstrikes from Hamas militants” (when did Hamas get an air force?) when sharing an article which falsely implied that those fatalities were inflicted by both sides. DW News framed its headline in a way that suggested the nine children killed had been involved in “fighting” against Israeli forces, and the word “clashes” is being thrown about willy nilly to describe a very one-sided assault.

But it isn’t working.

Social media is teeming with viral video footage of police assaulting peaceful worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, of Israelis cheering and chanting “Yimach shemam (may their names be erased)” at the sight of a fire near the mosque, of Israeli soldiers arresting Palestinian protesters using the signature knee-on-neck maneuver made famous by the murder of George Floyd, many of which have millions of views. Mainstream politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are putting out statements explicitly condemning Israel as the aggressor in these attacks, and the White House is facing some actual adversarial journalism for once regarding its refusal to denounce the killing of Palestinian children and its absurd position that Palestinians have no right to defend themselves.

This is the most mainstream that criticism of Israeli apartheid oppression has ever been in my lifetime, and as more and more mainstream human rights groups begin acknowledging the reality of that oppression it’s only getting more so.

Whenever I say something critical of Israel I always get readers saying “Oh man, you’re going to get attacked so bad for this, dissent on Israel is not tolerated,” but quite honestly that hasn’t been my experience at all and I think it’s an outdated perception. In the few years I’ve been at this commentary gig I’ve found I get far more aggressive pushback when I criticize establishment narratives regarding Russia or China, or even Syria and Venezuela, than I do when I criticize Israel. The pushback is there of course, but it’s not nearly as virulent as what I’m used to.

There are a lot of factors contributing to the growing awareness of Israel’s brutality, but I think the main reason is very simple: there are only so many viral videos of unconscionable acts that can be dismissed with “Actually this is way more complicated than it looks.” It is not more complicated than it looks. Clearly. It looks bad because it is bad.

At a recent video appearance for the International Festival of Whistleblowing, Dissent and Accountability, Israel-based journalist Jonathan Cook described the changes he’s seen as smartphones and internet access made Palestinians less dependent on the work of sympathetic activists and gave them the ability to directly share footage of their own abuse. Cook says the following:

Sadly most corporate journalists paid little attention to the work of these activists. In any case, their role was quickly snuffed out. That was partly because Israel learnt that shooting a few of them served as a very effective deterrent, warning others to keep away.

 

But it was also because as technology became cheaper and more accessible – eventually ending up in mobile phones that everyone was expected to have – Palestinians could record their own suffering more immediately and without mediation.

 

Israel’s dismissal of the early, grainy images of the abuse of Palestinians by soldiers and settlers – as “Pallywood” (Palestinian Hollywood) – became ever less plausible, even to its own supporters. Soon Palestinians were recording their mistreatment in high definition and posting it directly to YouTube.

Seeing is believing, and a video is difficult to narrative manage. The dominant narrative is no longer solely in the hands of propaganda outlets like The New York Times which can spin everything that happens with a pro-Israel slant, it’s being spread all over the internet in a medium that is far more objective than print.

This is so effective because, unlike so many other ugly aspects of the US-centralized power alliance, Israeli apartheid is not some covert government operation being run by highly trained agents and manipulators. Those responsible for carrying out its day-to-day abuses are just ordinary civilians, police and soldiers who have not been trained on the sinister craft of perception management. Who aren’t acutely aware that it’s bad optics to tell a Palestinian family on camera that if you don’t steal their house then someone else will. Who don’t have bad PR at the forefront of their attention when they’re cheering as they shoot Palestinian protesters. Who just react to the racist nationalist propaganda they’ve been ingesting all their lives instead of considering how difficult it will be to narrative manage a video of them cheering and chanting “may their names be erased” at the sight of flames.

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Awareness is spreading of Israeli apartheid brutality for the same reason awareness is spreading of US police brutality: the internet combined with smartphone cameras. Seeing is believing. Seeing brings change.

This is why the powerful are working so hard to censor the internet. If they can’t control what our dominant narratives are going to be, they will not be able to rule us.

Will they succeed? Jonathan Cook’s aforementioned speech concludes with some words of hope and encouragement:

The establishment are being forced into a game of whack-a-mole with us. Each time they bully or dismantle a platform we use, another one – like Substack – springs up to replace it. That is because there will always be journalists determined to find a way to peek behind the curtain to tell us what they found there. And there will always be audiences who want to learn what is behind the curtain. Supply and demand are on our side.

 

The constant acts of intimidation and violence by political and media elites to crush media pluralism in the name of “democratic values” will serve only to further expose the hypocrisy and bad faith of the corporate media and its hired hands.

 

We must keep struggling because the struggle itself is a form of victory.

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  • Israel is actually a very good, current example of a society where the majority of the populace has been programmed to be eagerly on board with dehumanisation and the most heinous crimes.

    Of course this has been done before with great success in many countries and in many historical periods, obviously including Nazi Germany as a classic example, so it is in no way peculiar to Israel (or News).

    When you succeed in getting people so bloody minded, you only have to hide your crimes from other nations, but not from your own populace.

    I would consider getting the majority of an entire population to openly and eagerly support genocide to be a bigger success than getting more public outrage against Israel thanks to the Internet (which will do nothing to change the fate of the Palestinians).

    I definitely DO think Israel’s policy contributes to them probably eventually getting overrun and genocided themselves (again), after the US can no longer protect them (would still take a long time, certainly long enough for all the evil old sacks of shit controlling Israeli politics today to long have peacefully died in bed, and probably their children as well, non the least for the reason that no current Arab goverment gives a shit about the Palestinians either).

    But that will still only be heaping evil upon evil.

    Evil wins, Internet is not gonne change that.

  • It has been a long, long time since I have seen anyone look as uncomfortable as Ned Price did in that State Department presser.

    Honestly, it is no wonder he couldn’t string a coherent sentence together; he was much too busy praying that the ground would open up beneath him and swallow him whole.

  • Even McCollum’s bill providing that no US aid funds may be spent in support of the occupation is toothless because money is fungible. Israel can simply take our aid money and spend it elsewhere while taking money from that bucket and dumping it into the “supporting apartheid” bucket. This is not met to criticize Betty McCollum, who I support and who does as much as she can. My intent it to instruct Americans that nothing will change unless ALL US aid is conditional upon Israel respecting Palestinian human rights both within and outside the “green line.” Same is true of Yemen and US aid to Saudi Arabia.

  • Caitlin, Well done for criticizing Israeli apartheid brutality. You will be the target of underhand, hidden attacks by pro-Zionist agents which makes you a hero. Thanks!

  • Israel will never have peace until it stops electing hard-right people like its present government. This administration wants war so it can claim more land. America has always supported this by never criticizing any action taken by Isreal.

    Yes, both sides can claim the other has committed acts of aggression, but who is the strongest? Isreal could lay down its arms and call for peace today with no real threat to its existence. Yes, the Palestinians will break the peace, because they have war-mongers also, but in the long run, Isreal is safer with peace than with its constant state of war.

  • Thank you as always Caitlin.
    Wildly off-topic but might you mention Craig Murry some time? I know it is the other side of the world but his 8 month jail sentence is state terrorism, and I would like more people to be aware of what is happening in the UK

  • • Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
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    https://www.donaldjtrump.com/news/statement-by-donald-j-trump-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america-05.11.21-2
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    “When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked. Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies. America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself. Unbelievably, Democrats also continue to stand by crazed anti-American Rep. Ilhan Omar, and others, who savagely attack Israel while they are under terrorist assault.”

    • Thank god that effer is gone. Beholden to money.
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      Now we have somebody beholden to back-scratching and dick sucking and bloated confused schoolboy bullshit to the extreme. Blinking stinking DNC are so corrupt they are gonna rot from the inside out. Oh, and after they will do, as they are on their death bed, guess what they will say? “The Russians did it.” Just goes to show sometimes smart folks can’t see the difference between their anus and………forget it. Once an ass always an ass who gets full of power they lose sight of what matters.
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      That is why I didn’t vote for either of them fuckers.
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      BK
      1,2,7 traffic lights (I think they all were red), 3×3 grid

  • This is based on a legal dispute over land and properties ( in Sheikh Jarrah)that was legally purchased by Jews When Jordan invaded Israel and captured the land in 1948, they kicked out all the Jews and seized their land renting out the buildings. In 1967 Israel liberated the land and the owners of the properties in Sheikh Jarrah reasserted their property rights through the courts in 1973, but the squatters living there refused to leave. This is a 48 year old court battle that has been dragged out and has repeatedly found in favor of the legal owners. (Even in 1982 the Arab squatters admitted in court that they were in fact there illegally.) It appears that the only reason for denying the owners their rights is because they are Jews.

    • More legalism to rationalize the brutality of the Israeli state against Palestinian Arabs, who were displaced post-WWII.

      I still maintain that it would have been more just to set up a Jewish state in Bavaria or Austria than to appropriate land belonging to the people of Palestine as reparations for the oppression wrought by the NAZI’s.

      • I think what you suggest, J. Rockhill, is truly a good idea.
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        Too bad they didn’t think of it back then.
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        Now, I reckon it is too late.
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        For the sake of the Zionist leaders (whomever they are…I don’t know), I hope they realize there are precise missiles out there, missiles of defense, that will outsmart any system they think they have in place that can stop them. Somebody in an obscure place whispered this in my ear and I believe what they said was true.
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        I suspect these missiles are so precise that they could choose the window of the house they were directed towards. Send enough of them and for sure a few will get through.
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        Something to think about you Zionist who seem to have gone all crazy. I don’t consider you representative of the Jewish faith and so I think it is time for your days to diminish. We all do. Those of us who advocate for peace. I’d advise you to creep back into the corner of your own making and beg for forgiveness, but I don’t know what is gonna happen.
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        If you think you are going to kill all of us, then get ready for a fight that you will lose!
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        I defend. I’m a defender.
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        BK
        boats 1,2,7 3×3

      • More Jews were displaced from Arab lands following the establishment of Israel than Arabs were displaced from their homes in Palestine.

        • After living as culturally Arab speaking, Jewish religionists, in many diverse Arab lands, for unbroken centuries, was it not reasonable for some Arab countries’ populations to show some antipathy towards their own Judaism practicing fellows, at the time of the establishment of the Zionist State of Israel in 1948; in what had been until then Arab land, for unbroken millennia;
          Arab Palestinians – the historically indigenous people of the land – were not ‘displaced’ of their own free will, to escape the magic of persecution, because of some justified Arab backlash from their homes since time immemorial.
          They were forcefully, at the point of guns and a conscious determination, ejected by people practicing the Jewish religion, from their ancestral lands.
          The outbreak of the hostilities we, in the spectator global community, are witnessing today, is a result of the same malicious illwill of ‘a people” who see today see themselves as the sole rightful owners of all of ancient Palestine.
          People such as yourself are the cloud rather than the silver lining.
          Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    • Give the Palestinians all the land the settlers stole, then give the Palestinians a million dollars each, plus a full apology, and then you can talk credibly about justice.

    • “This is based on a legal dispute over land and properties ( in Sheikh Jarrah)that was legally purchased by Jews”

      Immaterial. This is occupied territory. The IDF (not Israel, btw) is the occupying power. For as long as it remains the occupying power it is prohibited from allowing the colonization of occupied territory by Israeli citizens.

      So there is only one question to answer: are these Jews that you are so concerned about ALSO citizens of Israel?

      The answer is “Why, yes. Yes they are”.

      “When Jordan invaded Israel and captured the land in 1948”
      Jordan has never “invaded Israel”. Not once. Not ever.

      “they kicked out all the Jews and seized their land renting out the buildings.”

      You might like to acquaint yourself with the paramount principle that guided where the boundary line was drawn between the “Jewish state” and the “Arab state” in the Partition Plan.

      Hint: it was drawn to ensure that only a handful of Jews would be left inside the “Arab state”.

      And this is undeniably true: Jordan only invaded into the territory that was allocated to the “Arab state” or the unincorporated territory of “Jerusalem”. It never once step foot into the territory that had been allocated to the “Jewish state”.

      “In 1967 Israel liberated the land and the owners of the properties in Sheikh Jarrah reasserted their property rights through the courts in 1973”

      Not “liberated”, because the territory that was seized by the IDF in 1967 was never allocated to the “Jewish state”.

      It was therefore “occupied”, and (did I mention this? I think I did) an occupier is unconditionally prohibited from colonizing an occupied territory with its own citizens.

      So, once more, yet again: would these “Jewish property owners” also happen to be “Israeli citizens”, by any chance?

      The answer is “yes”.

      Which leads to an inescapable conclusion: FOR AS LONG AS THIS OCCUPATION CONTINUES then the IDF is unconditionally prohibited from allowing those citizens to colonize that territory, irrespective of the “property ownership” of the land.

      It doesn’t matter if they “own” the property (that ownership survives this occupation, and can be exercised AFTER THE OCCUPATION ENDS).

      It doesn’t matter if they “purchased” the property either now or in the past (they can move into the property AFTER THE OCCUPATION ENDS).

      But not before.

      Because this never gets old, and has no expiry date: FOR AS LONG AS THE IDF IS THE OCCUPIER then it is unconditionally prohibited from allowing the colonization of this occupied territory by its own citizens.

    • “It appears that the only reason for denying the owners their rights is because they are Jews.”

      Such nonsense.

      The only reason for preventing these “Jewish property owners” from moving into those properties is this: each and every one of them is ALSO an “Israeli citizen”, and an occupier is unconditionally prohibited from colonizing occupied territory with its own citizens. That prohibition is unconditional, and it exists for as long as the occupation exists.

      Note that any “property ownership” rights survive an occupation i.e. the moment that the Israeli occupation ends then nothing prevents these “Jewish property owners” from attempting to reassert their legal claim to these properties through whatever courts have jurisdiction over this territory.

      But WHILE the occupation continues then, no, they can’t.

      And the reason why is simplicity itself: the prohibition on the colonization of an occupied territory is unconditional.

    • Gee, I wonder if there were any laws in this area prior to 1948. Probably no laws there for thousands of years.

  • Suddenly we get a lot more MSM coverage that is unfavourable to Israel and Human Rights Watch, a known CIA front say Israel is an apartheid state. What’s the psy-op?

    • Maybe the truth is creeping through to a few who has a conscious.
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      I say, lets get rid of the worst offenders one at a time, and then we can worry about the details.
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      I’ve got a next target in mind, but I’m a defender, so I reckon it depends on how offensive they act.
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      BK

      • Oh, on the last message, it was a 4×4 grid with tricky traffic lights 5 on the bottom 2 on row three on the right and 3 on the next row also on the right.
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        Then I got passed on to another image with a grid that I had to dismiss.
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        It is so easy to play defense and so much less costly.
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        That is why the US $ is fixing to be a thing of history of there is no wisdom left in the country’s so-called leaders who seem clueless about what we claim to be. We sure as hell ain’t the land of the free and seems to me we ain’t never been.
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        Still, Australia and New Zealand could make a difference for the better very rapidly if they considered who is their friend and who ain’t.
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        Some things are obvious and defending is easy, so why not do that versus being a bully?
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        BK
        traffic lights, 1,5,7,11 4×4

  • Psychos haunted by their own techno fetish.
    Cosmic justice?

  • Don’t forget that BIBI has 75% of Israeli’s ‘jabbed’ with the Pfizer mRNA gene therapy !

    Now he wants to start on the kids !

    The current chaos is probably created to cover up the massive upcoming deaths – especially if the ‘shedding’ science is proved to be correct !

    I actually feel sorry for Israeli’s at this stage because ‘Atheist Khazarian Gentiles’ like the Rothschilds and BIBI – don’t give a FVCK about the Jewish people !

    THAT is a FACT !

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-set-to-vaccinate-12-to-15-year-olds-after-fda-okays-pfizer-shot/

  • Wait! You haven’t heard Anthony Blinken’s scathing condemnation! He said that nations don’t have “a blank check to enslave, torture, disappear, ethnically cleanse their people, or violate their human rights in any other way” and warned against nations that “purport to redraw the borders of another ”country, spread disinformation, undermine elections and go after journalists.”
    What? He was talking about the alleged (by the US) treatment of the CIA-backed Uyghur islamists in China and the referendum organized by Russia in Crimea after the US-sponsored coup in Ukraine?
    But he’ll come up with something scathing for sure because he’s a good guy (registered trade mark). Have faith :o)

  • CENSORSHIP! My gmail will not even let me open the email you sent me with this article, Ms. Johnstone! And I tried every which way! I can open the email I received just before and just after this one, but NOT THIS ONE. No matter what. Scary times indeed.

  • Biden’s been awful quiet about this. I’m pretty sure he’d find something to say if this was happening in Russia.

  • Israel and the US might as well be one, and each is imperialist to the core and utterly amoral in the way it manages rebellion.

    Each is, it should be noted, happy to help Moslems do all kinds of things – just not in are near Israel or at the expense of the elites who control the West.

  • The Israel Narrative Is Crumbling?

    Wakey – wakey! (“wake the f*** up”!!!). Have they just recently become aware of how many times we have been here before?

    Narrative crumbling, and actuality on the ground, are not necessarily the same kettle of fish, nowhere!
    In the Palestine/Israel genocidal quagmire, the situation – as some may be aware by now, has been going on way past five decades – has only deteriorated for the Arab Palestinians, since at least 1967.

    Today’s piece reflects the retelling of the same story, applying, perhaps, more consciously up to date vocabulary, nothing more! Rome is burning and we’re still gawking at the gladiators!
    The kids in the streets, on both sides of the conflict, have had the narrative dropped on them since they were born; long after the conflict began; and the narrative is crumbling? The narrative may be crumbling, but was it ever worth the paper it was written on?

    Get real! What fantasy are you living in? Not dissimilar from the one about Musk and cohort escaping the planet, going to remake life from scratch with the assist of A.I. and ‘living’ in a tube in outer space.
    How about we begin to travel a little deeper into our more finite inner space with the ingenious tools already at hand?

    ‘News’ is a capital generating business. ‘News’ is permitted because it is the valve that releases the pressure from the ever-boiling cauldron of reality.
    ‘News’ is neither permitted, nor is considered to be news, when it causes pressure to the powers that be. When NEWS becomes the explosive that can tear the cooker to shreds, it must be taken off the range.

    What Julian Assange and Wikileaks was reporting, was factual, documented, self-incriminating evidence against the perpetrators, and this is not permissible. It is simply not tolerated – “under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force, if necessary.” The power structure, regrettably, has better learned and heeded Karl Marx’ caution; namely, that to do so IS a direct threat to itself. Six global news corporations own the production of all the narrative weaponry.

    Repetitive storytelling, about the egregious nature of this cultural aberration, serves only as the medicinal palliative of the addict who wonders about, bewildered by the dream state he is unable to extricate from.

    Global society at large has been weaned on propaganda, to the point where it is drugged to addiction – literally and figuratively, and ‘news’ is but another addictive substance. What is hallucination and what is not, is now indistinguishable from reality.

    How many drug addicts are even capable of acknowledging that they are addicted, and harming themselves by continuing to use only his route, to escape the circumstances of reality, mostly especially their own internally fabricated monologue.

    “We must keep struggling because the struggle itself is a form of victory.” And there are those now on the planet whose blind faith belief in the status-quo form of life, believe that the promise of a life in heaven is worth the struggle, so long as the guiding rule is obeyed.

    • Uh, EM, your post is all over the place.
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      What are you trying to say?
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      Seems hopeless.
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      The narrative is crumbling, so get with the game.
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      BK
      It’s two panels out of nine…bottom left side….motorcycles

  • So, I’m pondering something here. In the video, I believe I heard her call him by his first name. “Jacob” or something similar to that.
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    So this suggest that they already were acquainted with each other. At least she knew his name.
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    Now, somebody could speculate that the whole video was fabricated, and this speculation might have merit, but the reality I suspect is the facts on the ground PROVE otherwise. I don’t think that is really in doubt. So taking that as a given, who the eff does fat-bellied “Jacob” think he is that he can walk on her land, that presumably has been in her family for so many generations, and demand she give it to him kit and caboodle? Does she not have a effing “right” to defend her land? If she don’t, then I reckon none of us do.
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    There is so much precedence of injustice occurring these days, that it is not a stretch to realize just how precarious everything is. Once again, let me say consider Julian Assange, and then lets add the dignified Mr. Craig Murray on that as well. It is all a spectacle of injustice.
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    Regardless, do you not see how the actions of these Jewish settlers denigrates Yahweh? Or is it, Yahweh really does advocate suffering of innocence for the exclusive sake of his chosen ones? I prefer to believe that is not the case, but if it is, Yahweh is a false god. I don’t think that is the case, therefore, I think these Jewish settlers are so obviously in the wrong and we all FUCKING know this, so when is the shit going to stop happening?
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    I pray for the Palestinian families who have lost loved ones once again. I’m sick of it.
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    BK
    crosswalks on the bottom of 4×4 move on to the traffic lights and they were all in the same row as well, the 2nd one I think. 4 of them.

  • When the moratorium is lifted, millions of Americans will either be thrown out into street or debts will be forgiven, they will be given UBI and they will never be allowed to own anything again, including themselves. Failure to comply with the numerous and ever-changing rules will result in returning to option #1.

    America will continue to experience pretty much the same fate as the Palestinians. But at least the Palestinians have the good sense not to follow a religion supporting their oppressors.

  • By Israel’s own count 50 million of its passport holders live in the U.S., in all likelihood the real number will never be known, because like all good business owners, two sets of books are kept one for them and one for us. When I went to school I took a course in what I thought was Russian literature, but as I learned years later was really works by Jewish authors, no Russian authors whatsoever, in hindsight it was a great slight of hand in my favor.

    • King Von – that was funny!
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      Ain’t it ironic?
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      The teacher had an “agenda” but in the end it just backfired.
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      I hope Kropotkin was one of the authors in that class, but I doubt it!
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      ha, ha…
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      BK
      4×4 grid this time, 3 traffic lights…..near the bottom 2 on one side and 1 on the other. Easy and annoying.

    • There are approximately 6-7 million Jews in Israel and 6 -7 million Jews in the U.S. your ‘math’ doesn’t add up.

      • Yeah, cuz Israel only ever issues passports to resident citizens and does not permit dual-nationality, so there!
        Math is not an opinion and as we all know 2 + 2 can equal any effin’ thing you like …

        • LOL!
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          I thought the 50 million seemed a tad high, but I got King Von’s point, and I really appreciated it……just like your message Victor….I’m laughing as I type this. Literally….well, maybe not at the very end.
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          Peace,
          BK
          stairs, panels 1, 2, and 7 on 3×3 grid

          • Incidentally, with respect to the grid that is going from left to right, but no reason not to go the other way. It is like many choices – it makes no difference – just establish a protocol, and then if their ain’t nothing better, why change? Sometimes it is just a random selection. Nothing wrong with that in and of itself.
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            Now however, for the fun of it, I’m going to try to type the words from right to left. Here goes:
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            revo gnipeerc…..
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            That ain’t easy, but peace sure is.
            BK
            Stairs again, 1,2,5 3×3

    • Oh crap – and I have just spent hours reading and listening to Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol and Solzhenitsyn.

      … What? not even Dostoyevsky
      https://archive.org/details/the-diary-of-a-writer/The-Diary-Of-A-Writer

      or Solzhenitsyn … Two Hundred Years Together?

  • When the common viewer starts to realize how conditioned and propagandized the “American Mind Is”, How this conditioning has been a serial mind _uck from the” Rockefeller Foundational Education Systems think tank” and of course all propagandizing thinks tanks with a mission to destroy the critical minds of the masses… Then, and only then, will the so called “WOKE” awaken from the slumber of premeditated mental dystopian dementia! True awareness is not for the faint hearted!
    Why… is obvious to me, because every time I mention anything that pops the bubble of, “We live in the best country in the world” and why should you live in your mind with the things you cannot change????? This is the retarded voice of history without a critical thought in the minds of the conditioned educated masses living the so-called middle class good life… These folks are the targets of the main stream media that capitalizes, $$$$, on pay as you go urban class mental illness. Yes, pay your unentitled government income tax… laws that have been drawn up to control us and strip us of the fruits of our labors, that allows the Bad side of the governments monopolistic and politicly correct rich monarchs to ignore the “GOLDEN RULE”.
    If I am rich and upper class to middle class, I can ignore the Golden Rule with impunity! Yes this is a blanket statement to get our attention about the Blind following the Blind into the pits of hell on earth… when it could be a truly a heavenly place, if realistic behaviors were followed by all the psychopathic and delusional conditioned minds, that are propagandize, and the under educated masses in the simplest forms of human and spiritual awareness.
    Behavior is classless and not racial as far as the wisdom that we are all human beings with experiential growing to do from the first breath we take and until the last breath we take! Elite special interest and educational formats rule the planet. We must all strive to invest in each other and disregard the foundation of educational propaganda as just that. Any religion or governmental format that leaves out the golden rule has nothin but trouble to deal with as the masses of underprivileged revolt against psychopathic tranny and the fascist corporate world of winner take all mentalities.
    History indeed repeats itself because of mental tranny in the form of conditioning of the minds of men and woman to see and believe in the altered consciousness of the so called educated woke, as well, the propagandized media distortions of media advertised psychopathic reality …. The big “Sale” that ends today, starts tomorrow, so you must buy in now… or forever lose more of your spirit that buys nothing and returns nothing to the power of human self-awareness! Logic is distorted by mysticisms derived from the minds of the priest of false heavens and hells…
    The hereafter is today, for the living… when the dead awake from their sleep walk of the here and now, then life will change with the following of correct behaviors that instills kindness to the forefront of human spirituality. The god in us that we were modeled after in the creation of the cosmos… sorting out the universe’s chaos of chaos, with momentary sprinkles of human intellect that standardized the calm of making life livable without so much strife. This is the good of invention that we all take part of to make our lives better on Planet Rothschild… the latter greed to rule the masses needs to be ignored as we strive to think for ourselves and huddle together in human spiritual solidarity, rather than allow the Media Narcissistic narrative to control our lives and separate us as racial impurity that only creates human strife and cultural insanity.

  • Craig Murray has been sentenced to eight months. The case is ostensibly unrelated to Julian Assange, whose trial he covered extensively; however, “Murray must surrender his passport making it impossible to travel to Spain on May 20 to testify in the case of UC Global spying on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the Ecuador embassy in London.”
    https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/11/murray-sentenced-to-8-months-in-prison/

    • It’s always been about Julian Assange. The entire attack and bogus charges against Murray were about Julian Assange. The U.S. Empire is determined not to let anyone get away with opposing their persecution of Julian Assange. What they don’t realize is that we, the people, are aware of their duplicity and are continuing to spread the word.

  • The truth is, the people of the fraud known as Israel are NOT Jews , they are Sabbataen Frankists; a delusional and degenerate cult that is the opposite of true Judaism.
    Neither are they Semites as it was proven several years ago that 97.5% of Israeli people have no Semitic DNA.
    They are all descendants of the Kazarian race of people who made their living mostly by theft and murder. They’ve been kicked out of Russia and nearly every other country in Europe and are just as despised now as they ever were.
    Israel is not Jewish state, never has been and never will be. It is a Zionist state based on the Sabbataen/Frankist degenerate philosophy that will lead to its own destruction….and possibly ours.
    It is a state supported by theft, blackmail and extortion. It is a state that threatens the lives of every human on this planet unless it gets its way.
    The time has come for the destruction of Israel as we know it. Netenyahu needs to be arrested, tried for war crimes and hung as all the other leaders should be.

    • ….how dare you expose biden and trump supporters to reality!… no more twitter for you!…

  • “This is why the powerful are working so hard to censor the internet.” How long (far back) has this been going on? Since even before the following: Obama Confidant’s Spine-Chilling Proposal
    https://www.salon.com/2010/01/15/sunstein_2/
    In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites – as well as other activist groups – which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government.
    George Orwell (updated): “In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words [or Medium] in which to express it.”
    https://seaclearly.com/2021/05/01/a-final-warning/

  • For generations since the close of WWII, media has knocked us over the head with indoctrination of how the Jewish people have historically been oppressed. Yet, when a state is set up specifically for Jewish people to be free of oppression, that state becomes a major oppressor of other minorities.

    Two observations/opinions: 1. White supremacists see this and get the feeling that when European-Americans become the minority in the USA, the people who they have been beating down will turn the tables on them.

    2. Following the crushing of NAZI Germany, justice might have been better served by setting up a Jewish state in Bavaria or Austria instead of going with the ancient scriptures purportedly authored by an invisible omnipotent deity, and displacing the indigenous Arab population.

    • Jewish people are very intelligent and talented people so they became very influent in many nations.

      So it is no surprise if they control the information.

      Since they have a great talent for marketing and spreading information, it is no surprise that God chose them to spread Christianity to all corners of the earth. One of the most gifted among the Jewish people was surely Saint Paul. He was such a great apostle of the Gospel of Jesus and one of the most famous Jewish guy of all times.

      But we are in the return of the days of Noah just before the return of Jesus and the end of the world. So these days, people are not always using their talents in the right way.

      Keeping my Rosary on hand!

      I

      • It seems fairly obvious reading between the lines that Saul of Tarsus/Paul had an epileptic or schizophrenic episode on the road to Damascus and opportunistically spun it as a sign from the Jewish god to begin hijacking the new christian religion to advance his views of right and wrong.

        He was mentally ill. Not his fault, but ours for venerating him and following his rantings.

        • I’ve heard it conjectured that Paul spelled the end of a possible form of Christianity. Of course, the conjecture was made in a Unitarian Universalist church, so I suppose you can take it with a grain of sand.
          ~
          Personally, I have no freaking idea, but if you listen to the heart of Jesus’s message, I don’t think it is complicated and I ascribe to it. As for organize religion, I think the evidence is overwhelming. They have caused so much harm and often act in ways that denigrate what they claim as their basis.
          ~
          It is all pretty effed up.
          ~
          BK
          (free pass again…

      • I am an Atheist and deplore all religious mysticism. Your comment is a major turnoff.

        • -I basically concur with this sentiment of your Ms. Zaremba.
          – I too get tired of too much imagery in the written word.
          -Actions speak with definition and without action ain’t shit gonna change for the better.
          -Awareness is truly no longer the issue anymore cause that seed has been planted and it is growing.
          -The time for action is NOW!
          ~
          Peace,
          BK
          (got a free pass on this one……hmmm)

        • That guy is always on about his version of Christianity and keeping his idiotic rosary on hand! Some sort of Christian Dominionist eagerly awaiting Armageddon and conditioned to venerate all Jews because they must have full control of Israel before Jesus returns. By default, he can’t give one damn about Palestinians.

          • I often feel quite confused by those who ascribe omniscience, omnipotence and whatever omni means all-wise to Jehovah, yet follow with prayer begging him to see the error of his determination of fate in their lives.

            Of what matter is it to such a being that a person doesn’t like everything to which he has been fated? And if your god is all-wise, etc., how is it that you are so filled with hubris to presume to substitute your judgment for his?

        • My, oh, my…how ‘open-minded and tolerant’ you are(n’t)….your comments reveal your bs elitist, bigoted ignorance not to mention your hypocrisy.

        • Your elitist, bigoted and ignorant comments are offensive. They reveal your lack of tolerance for people who think differently than you. At your age you’d think you’d have gained some wisdom.

          • Sorry your feels are bruised by another person typing his comments on the internets.

        • Atheism, like religion, requires a belief in not believing.
          Atheists are as dogmatic as God botherers.
          To dismiss Love, Truth and awareness as constructs of the mind is utterly absurd and illogical.
          Please do some research Carolyn.

          • Atheism merely requires non-acceptance of mythology: non-acceptance of unproven assertions of the supernatural.

            Atheism has no equivalence to religion.

      • The dude with the belly is a striking example of intelligence and talent all right …
        And his logic is impeccable! I plan to use it this afternoon at the supermarket.

      • “So it is no surprise if they control the information”
        .
        You just answered all my questions – who the Hell is behind all the Lies of the past century(?) and more …
        .
        Arthur Ponsonby – Falsehood of War-Time
        .
        http://www.vlib.us/wwi/resources/archives/texts/t050824i/ponsonby.pdf
        .
        “… the injection of the poison of hatred into men’s minds by means of falsehood is a greater evil in wartime than the actual loss of life. The defilement of the human soul is worse than the destruction of the human body.”

  • I am sorry but I see a conflict in your previous logic. You say that mass media indoctrinates us and dissent is controlled by twitter, facebook, google etc. If the government truly support Israel, then they would not allow the video to appear on platforms they supposedly control or heavily influence. If your logic is correct however, we are seeing the pump being primed for a major war in the middle east by the US using Israel as the focal point. I believe this will begin when Israel destroys the temple mount to make room for the third Temple. The recent fire was just a preview to open the mental dialogue for destruction.

    • The US gov’t can’t literally censor everything on social media, not yet anyway. The Biden and Netanyahu administrations will engineer their war on Iran and Syria one way or another and justify it all by referring to an ancient text thousands of years old authored by mythical sponsors of an invisible omnipotent mythical deity. All corporate media will support and cheerlead the likely coming atrocities as they invariably do.

  • No, Caitlin, the Israeli narrative is NOT crumbling. The US will continue to give uncritical support to the Zionist state.

    • MOI – Are you willing to put your money where your typing is?
      ~
      Are you willing to make a bet on your proposition?
      ~
      I bet you are wrong and I’m willing to back that up with some silver coin.
      ~
      So is it a bet, or not?
      ~
      BK
      Triangle of crosswalks coming from the top row that faded followed by checking position 4.

    • Kind of funny, isn’t it? About 500-years-ago Spain was were the U.S. is today, in 100 years they had stripped both the Myan and Aztec empires of their gold and other such wealth, yet the country went bankrupt 3 times in that same time span, plus foreign banks installed their agents as Inquisitors for the Inquisition that decimated the population. The U.S. hasn’t lost millions of lives yet, but it’s on the agenda. Though even in death, even here, I doubt that many will recognize it.

    • Just as the US continued to give uncritical support to the Apartheid state of South Africa as a brave opponent of Soviet infiltration of the African continent.

      Until they didn’t and then, gosh, whatever happened to those Afrikaner overlords?

      Just as the US continued to give uncritical support to the Ba’athist regime in Iraq in its brave, brave, brave fight against the mad mullahs of Iran.

      Until they didn’t, and Saadam ended up swinging from the end of a gibbet.

      I could go on, but history is littered with tinpot upstarts who assumed that the uncritical support of Uncle Sam is as unquestioned as it is eternal.

      Until, that is, Uncle Sam discards them like a used condom.

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