Where Israeli Escalation Will Go, No One Knows
In June of 1967, Israel attacked the USS Liberty. The brutal attack resulted in the death of 34 soldiers and over 170 injuries. The Pentagon immediately covered-up this attack, depicting it as an unfortunate accident. But it wasn’t an accident. Israel intended for this attack to be blamed on Egypt to lure the US into the 6 day war. Luckily members of the USS Liberty crew were able to get a distress signal out. Here is an excerpt from a book examining the politics of anti-semitism:
In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel’s attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship.
Only hours after the Liberty arrived it was spotted by the Israeli military. The IDF sent out reconnaissance planes to identify the ship. They made eight trips over a period of three hours. The Liberty was flying a large US flag and was easily recognizable as an American vessel.
A few hours later more planes came. These were Israeli Mirage III fighters, armed with rockets and machine guns. As off-duty officers sunbathed on the deck, the fighters opened fire on the defenseless ship with rockets and machine guns.
A few minutes later a second wave of planes streaked overhead, French-built Mystere jets, which not only pelted the ship with gunfire but also with napalm bomblets, coating the deck with the flaming jelly. By now, the Liberty was on fire and dozens were wounded and killed, excluding several of the ship’s top officers.
The Liberty’s radio team tried to issue a distress call, but discovered the frequencies had been jammed by the Israeli planes with what one communications specialist called “a buzzsaw sound.” Finally, an open channel was found and the Liberty got out a message it was under attack to the USS America, the Sixth Fleet’s large aircraft carrier.
I bring up this false flag attack because it’s evidence of what Israel is capable of to further its agenda.
Two days ago, the Washington Post reported on a “chilling recording” that allegedly implicates Hamas in the abduction and murder of 3 Israeli teens:
The night of June 12, the phones didn’t stop ringing at the West Bank police emergency hotline. Police later said 757 calls lit up the lines. Of those, 155 were pranks. So when another call came – this one two minutes long and filled with singing, shouting and loud booms — the cops didn’t think too much of it.
“They’ve kidnapped me,” whispered a young man, later identified by his parents as Gilad Shaar, one of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped that night and later killed.
“Hello?” the operator replied in an emergency recording, as described by the Times of Israel.
“Head down!” a man authorities suspect is a member of Hamas yelled in the background. “Head down!”
“Hello?” the operator said again, voice getting louder. “Hello?”
“Heads down, down this! Hands down!” the man yelled as groans sounded in the background. “Take the phone phone from him.” Seconds later, the men begin to cheer and sing a song in Arabic.
What exactly would Hamas gain by committing this horrendous act of violence? The Israeli response is predictable—the murder of these Israeli teenagers has provided Israel with an opportunity to unleash more collective punishment against Palestinians, and that is precisely what is happening, and it’s spiraling out of control.
Details of the revenge-killing of 16 year old Mohammad Abu Khdeir are now coming to light, and I should warn readers the details are gruesome. The autopsy of the charred body indicates Mohammad Abu Khdeir was forced to ingest gasoline then burned alive:
Saber Al-Aloul, the director of the Palestinian forensic institute, attended the autopsy which was carried out by Israeli doctors in Tel Aviv.
Al-A’wewy said Al-Aloul had reported fire dust material was found in Khdeir’s respiratory canal which meant “the boy had inhaled this material while he was burnt alive.”
Another incident of violence may have wider implications because it involves an American-Palestinian teenager nearly beat to death by masked IDF soldiers:
Fifteen-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abukhdeir, cousin of recent lynching victim Muhammed Abu Khudair, was brutally beaten by masked Israeli police on Thursday evening in the Shuafat neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. He has since been arrested and held without charge and denied medical treatment, according to his family and the rights group Addameer.
Tariq’s family lives in Tampa, Florida and have been on vacation in Palestine since early June. They are scheduled to return to the United States on 16 July. Tariq’s next court hearing is scheduled for Sunday, 6 July.
As photos of Tariq’s horrific facial bruises surfaced, so did two videos that show masked Israeli officers punching, kicking and dragging a handcuffed Palestinian in Shuafat.
I’m not going to include the videos here. If you want to see them, go to the link.
How will the US respond? This is an American teenager beat and held without charge by IDF thugs. Will John Kerry make some impotent statement?
How did the US respond when IDF thugs executed a Turkish American teenager on the Mavi Marmara?
The report of the fact-finding mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla released last week shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.
The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.
The report says Dogan had apparently been “lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time” before being shot in his face.
Three years after that incident, Obama helped broker a deal between Turkey and Israel:
Israel issued a formal apology to Turkey and agreed to pay compensation over the Mavi Marmara killings of 2010 on March 22 after a phone conversation between the two countries’ premiers, Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that was brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Turkey accepted Israel’s apology, sources from the Prime Ministry confirmed, underlining that Israel had also agreed to ease its blockade on Gaza.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed an apology to the Turkish people for any error that may have led to the loss of life and agreed to complete the agreement for compensation,” the Israeli statement said. The statement said Netanyahu agreed with Erdoğan to normalize ties between Turkey and Israel, while Ankara agreed to cancel legal proceedings against Israeli soldiers who committed the raid against the Mavi Marmara vessel.
The problem with Netanyahu’s statement is there was no error that may have led to the loss of life. Those IDF commandoes intended to kill:
The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Sunday that the Palmer report on last year’s Gaza-bound flotilla is expected to be released this week. According to the newspaper, the UN-appointed panel to investigate the raid on the Mavi Marmara vessel has ruled that IDF soldiers boarded the ship with an intention to kill.
At what point will the US stop enabling the apartheid state of Israel?