Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Common Dreams:
" 'There Will Be Bloodshed': Warnings as Israel Tightens Grip of Occupation. 'What was winked and nodded about before is now being acknowledged publicly: We have no intent of sharing this land with anybody else except as a barely tolerated minority.'

The right-wing Israeli legislature approved a law on Tuesday that increases the number of votes required to cede control of any portion of Jerusalem to 'a foreign party,' in a move that journalist Glenn Greenwald characterized as the government 'candidly and explicitly admitting its real policy of apartheid' and shattering any remaining pretense 'that Israel is working in a peace process toward a two-state solution.' "

-- >Israel has never wanted a two state solution, and even the NYT is giving up on this 100 year old myth. When will our Congress get the hint? Maybe when they stop accepting millions from the Israel Lobby.


"Leaked memo schooled Tillerson on human rights. A tutorial from policy aide Brian Hook followed the secretary of state's controversial remarks about balancing U.S. values and interests. ...

The May 17 memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. ...

Hook’s memo 'tells Tillerson that we should do exactly what Russian and Chinese propaganda says we do—use human rights as a weapon to beat up our adversaries while letting ourselves and our allies off the hook,' said Tom Malinowski, who served as an assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the administration of former President Barack Obama."

-- >No mention of this in the NYT, which treats human rights in much the same way. Cry crocodile tears about protesters in Iran or Venezuela, and completely omit the last 100 years of Palestinian suffering.


The Intercept:
"Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments. In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted 'incitement.'

The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

The predictable results of those meetings are now clear and well-documented. Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders."

-- >The NYT, and therefore much of the US media, did not cover this story. Our newspaper of record is just as obedient to Israel's right wing as Facebook.

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