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Rob Kall, the author is a Jewish man who founded, and has a talk radio show, Bottom Up in Philly. He does not like what Israel is doing in Gaza and first posted an article against Israel when the FreedFlotilla sailing to aid Gaza was attacked.

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Micahel D (1021)
Friday August 8, 2014, 12:31 pm
This photo is brutal and do hope Rob Kall who wrote this article does not mind me using it. But when the kids with no where to run, get killed in the slaughter started by insanity on all sides, so be it.

Anteater Ants (122)
Friday August 8, 2014, 1:29 pm
thank you

Angelika R (143)
Friday August 8, 2014, 1:32 pm
Thx Michael, another great article and great to see more standing up and speaking out! Psychopaths, that's a precise description! If only more Americans would DO what he is calling for, give Congress hell!

Olga Lustosa (194)
Friday August 8, 2014, 2:05 pm
Thank you for sharing your point of view. I will always stand for Peace anywhere in the World!

Richelle R (62)
Friday August 8, 2014, 2:53 pm
I do wish the US would stop supporting the violence.

David C (133)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:07 pm
just as our country a small extreme group of conservative christians think they should be in charge......agreed Peace should always be the answer, but it is apparently not in many places.....

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1067)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:29 pm
Certainly food for thought. Michael, my views are well known on this subject which I have studies for decades (Intl. Relations major) So many alternating currents of thought on this. I believe that original Zionism was the best model but I don't condone human rights abuses by anyone. I think that Hamas is similarly run by hateful extremists so I was hoping for the author of this article to acknowledge that but I get his point.

Micahel D (1021)
Friday August 8, 2014, 3:54 pm
For myself, all who do the deeds of Abraham are his children. For saying that, I do not see those in charge of Israel and neither Haas as being those children. From adding up a number of different articles the last month, looks to me like it will take massive investments, or rather jut donations to rebuild Gaza, which if on an International scale will break the blockade on Gaza, which is a start in the right direction. I am tired of only war types ways which solve nothing, and only brew more hatred.

Sue M (106)
Friday August 8, 2014, 4:29 pm
Noted!~ Thank you!~

Henriette M (154)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:26 pm
Thanks Michael, yes USA needs to stop sending money to Israhell & supporting their crimes against humanity!

Lois J (63)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:32 pm
Noted. Thanks so much for posting this, Michael. Rob Kall has written an excellent article here. Not being very familiar with this history, I wondered if the creation of Hamas was a response to AIPAC, or if it was created first. I have let my thoughts be known to my congress members that the U.S. should stop funding the Israel war machine. Many have made the point that Israel is economically better off that the U.S. at this point in time; while mentioning we are hurting for that money here in the U.S. I know there are several Jewish organizations pushing for peace and speaking out against AIPAC. I hope their voices become louder.

Carrie B (306)
Friday August 8, 2014, 5:57 pm
Why Do Palestinians In Gaza Support Hamas

Nancy Black (308)
Friday August 8, 2014, 7:09 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared. Both sides are responsible, but I have to agree or question as Carrie B does why do Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas. It would seem that they should learn from history. Sad that they are willing to allow the death of innocent children to make a headline that condemns the Jews.

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday August 8, 2014, 7:11 pm
Thanks Michael. Excellent read = Straight to the point and Truthful

Lynn Carin (409)
Friday August 8, 2014, 7:27 pm
Thank you, Michael - your views on this appreciated.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Friday August 8, 2014, 7:51 pm
Not in the name of any empathic being!
Thank you Micheal for sending this on.

greenplanet e (155)
Friday August 8, 2014, 10:25 pm

The paper ball and hammer analogy is apt.

The size of Gaza is also very small - approx 11km x 50km or 7mi x 32 mi.

fly b (26)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 1:40 am
Take action: Protests around the world respond to assault on Palestine

Michela M (3964)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 4:00 am
Thanks noted

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 4:01 am
"There's no other way to explain it. The Israeli leadership have become psychopaths, without conscience. I know that there are Jews who are bigots, who see the Palestinians as less than human. These are usually the same racist haters who listen to Rush Limbaugh like the Christian racist haters who treat all Muslims and blacks the same way. It's not a Jewish or Zionist thing. People who like to hate Jews tend to think that way. Sorry, It's not the case."
Thanks for posting this Michael.

Star S. (54)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 5:02 am
Thank you Michael.
I am glad to see that some of us can see that we are we are just all people, and that race and affiliation plays no role when it comes to human rights. Compassion and love are above all. Hopefully there are more of us than the bigots of this world who cannot or will not see that it it is not the survival of the fittest but the fittingest (harmony) as Bruce Lipton has written.

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 5:54 am
Thank you.

Marija M (32)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 6:15 am
Thank you Michael.

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Saturday August 9, 2014, 8:00 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 8:10 am
We need more people like Rob Kall...
Thank you Michael...

Sandi C (99)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 8:36 am
sadly noted

Sue M (79)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 10:43 am
Thanks Michael.

Alexa R (319)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 12:19 pm
If you bothered for the truth Michael, you would have realised that the killings were not done in any Jewish person's name or by any Jewish hand (how sadly antisemitic to believe lies instinctively, assuming the worst of Israelis, without trying to establish the truth first!), I quote:

Since the conflict in Gaza began, many in the media have become obsessed with publishing “body count” casualty statistics, especially showing the number of Gazan civilian casualties. This data has been used to support those accusing Israel of committing “war crimes.” They say that the huge numbers of “civilian” deaths proves that Israel is being indiscriminate in its military operations.

Now both the BBC and the New York Times (which has been particularly fixated on the daily casualty stats) are admitting that there are serious problems with these numbers.

The BBC’s head of statistics Anthony Reuben, asks:

If the Israeli attacks have been ‘indiscriminate,’ as the UN Human Rights Council says, it is hard to work out why they have killed so many more civilian men than women…
…In conclusion, we do not yet know for sure how many of the dead in Gaza are civilians and how many were fighters. This is in no sense the fault of the UN employees collecting the figures – their statistics are accompanied by caveats and described as preliminary and subject to to revision.
But it does mean that some of the conclusions being drawn from them may be premature.
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The New York Times did their own analysis.

The Times analysis, looking at 1,431 names, shows that the population most likely to be militants, men ages 20 to 29, is also the most overrepresented in the death toll.
Just one of the problems cites by the Times is that:

Human rights groups acknowledge that people killed by Hamas as collaborators and people who died naturally, or perhaps through domestic violence, are most likely counted as well.
But how many people who have been following the conflict in the Times and seeing every day the Gazan civilian casualty figures are aware that these include those killed by Hamas?

During the last conflict in Gaza, Israel was accused of war crimes. At the time, statistics had shown a disproportionate number of civilian casualties. But analysis done after the fact proved that these statics were incorrect. At least with stories in the BBC and Times, the media are already aware that these statistics should not be relied upon.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 12:22 pm

maybe the one or the other asked himself:

... why aren't ISIS and Al-Qaeda attacking Israel?

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday August 9, 2014, 7:46 pm
America should stop funding Israel's war against the people of Gaza. Israel is doing wrong and it is also wealthy enough to support itself without our help. If only American dollars could encourage peace I'd be willing to pour money into Israel, but for the actions happening now, we Americans must not support.

Alexa R (319)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 1:52 am
I agree Caitlin, the Israeli actions of expulsion of every single Jewish person in Gaza in 2005' leaving Gaza since to be 100% Judenrein, has not encouraged peace ..

American must certainly not support a Judenrein, 100% Jew-free Palestine .. It would be terribly antisemitic of the US ..

Israel have managed to live in peace and prosper having a variety of citizens (multicultural), so should Palestine ..!

Micahel D (1021)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 4:29 am
I think massive International investments to rebuild Gaza to a livable land will be the only way peace ever comes to that area.

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 5:42 am


Gary L (138)
Sunday August 10, 2014, 6:36 pm
thank you the truth hurts and the truth is that Gaza has no army no air force and no navy which puts to rest the lie and Israeli propaganda that this a war this is genocide

Genoveva M M (328)
Monday August 11, 2014, 2:33 am
Thanks Michael.
All too sad and a real mess.
I just feel sorry for the innocent children and yes, the animals too, always paying the price of humans stupidity.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday August 11, 2014, 2:41 am
Left-wing U.K. Jewish groups thrive during Israel’s Gaza war
Jews are highlighting the plight of the Palestinian victims and supporting what one outfit calls its 'welcoming anti-Zionist presence.’
By Daniella Peled | Aug. 10, 2014 | 2:26 PM |

British left-wing Jewish groups say they have experienced a “massive surge” of interest since Israel’s Gaza offensive began a month ago.

Jews For Justice For Palestinians, an advocacy group set up in 2003, says its social-media presence has overtaken established institutions such as The Jewish Chronicle, the U.K.’s largest community newspaper.

The group’s Facebook page, set up on July 9, had logged 27,500 visitors and 56,000 views by the end of the month and racked up more than 38,000 “engagements” – likes, comments and shares – compared with The Chronicle’s 167.

The group said it raised more than 2,500 pounds after adding a donate button to its redesigned website, and upgraded its hosting package twice to cope with the heightened traffic. On August 4, JFJFP held an event at Downing Street at which an Israeli citizen burned her passport, a gesture that further raised the group’s profile.

“Since the announcement of the passport-burning event we saw a much more extreme spike in traffic,” said Aaron Dover, who runs JFJFP's social-media strategy. “Our total page reach is now close to a million.”

Although many supporters of such groups on social media are not necessarily Jewish, Gaza solidarity protests in London have included a visible Jewish presence.

“There’s been a significant Jewish bloc on all the Gaza demos, which has been really nice,” added Ray Filar of Young Jewish Left, a loose grouping that has highlighted the plight of Palestinian victims during the war.

The group handed out a leaflet titled “How To Criticise Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic: A Primer,” noting anti-Jewish tropes while making clear that Jews “should not be expected to ‘prove’ themselves to be morally acceptable” by rejecting a connection with Israel.

Coordinating activities via Facebook, other direct action included reading out the names of the Gaza dead at pro-Israel meetings and a “die-in” outside the Board of Deputies, Anglo-Jewry’s main representative body, in response to the organization’s annual report on its Israel lobbying.

“There’s definitely been an increase in interest. We are a visible, open, welcoming anti-Zionist presence,” said Filar. “From my perspective, I have encountered a lot more vocally anti-Zionist Jews than in Cast Lead [the 2008/9 Gaza operation] and I meet a lot more Jews who are comfortable with an anti-Zionist or non-Zionist position.”

According to Annabel Cohen, a 28-year-old charity worker, “A lot of my non-Jewish friends at university were active Palestine campaigners, so I heard a lot about it, I agreed with a lot of what they said, but I still believed that Israel needed to defend itself.

“But when Cast Lead happened, I couldn’t understand Israel’s actions anymore, it made no sense to me how such terror could be used to counter terrorism, and it no longer looked like defense to me.”

The most recent violence, she said “had a similar effect on me — I couldn’t keep quiet. I was invited by someone to join the Jewish bloc, and now I am very active again, this time specifically within a Jewish group of activists.”

Kerry Lambeth, a 27-year-old information analyst, said that although she considered herself on the political left, “I haven’t been very involved in public activism until recently.” The Gaza war spurred her to action because “I don’t see any leftist Jewish voice in the way the ‘conflict’ is framed in the public perception.”

According to Lambeth, “For me it is important to be a visible voice that is pro-peace and Jewish; to remind both non-Jewish leftists and Jewish leaders across the world that not all Jews are uncritically pro-Israel.”

Yachad, a left-wing Zionist group set up in 2011, has also reported “a massive surge of support,” raising more than 22,000 pounds in a 10-day period, according to its director Hannah Weisfeld. British Jews were much more receptive to the group’s message than during the last round of Gaza violence in 2012.

“The 2012 war was much shorter and much less bloody,” said Weisfeld. “We have also been much bolder this time round and had a really brilliant response.”

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, Yachad has run three campaigns – a joint Muslim-Jewish fast for peace, a statement of support for peace signed by more than 1,000 people, and a letter to Britain’s UN representative, currently president of the UN Security Council, imploring him to broker a cease-fire.

“The Zionist Federation and associated groups, with all their resources, only managed to get 1,500 people to the pro-Israel rally,” Weisfeld said, referring to the event held on July 20. “For Yachad, which is a tiny operation, to achieve this is really reflective of where the mood is right now in Anglo-Jewry.”

For its part, the Zionist Federation – which said 5,000 people had turned up to its rally – also reported increased interest in its work.

The number of calls to its north London office had doubled since the Gaza war started, and it was receiving up to 100 items of mail weekly, a spokesman said. The federation was now trying to capture the support of the political center, he added.

“We are getting a lot of interest from the ultra-Orthodox and the Reform — groups who previously haven’t had strong ties with us,” he said. “This shows that the ZF is a centrist Zionist organization rather than right-wing, which is what we were previously painted as.”


Abdessalam Diab (145)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:38 am
Israel Trophy Kill Palestinians - Public Committee Against Torture Israel - Louis Frankenthaler

Craig Pittman (52)
Monday August 11, 2014, 2:47 pm
Thanks for your stand Michael.

Jose Ovidio P (50)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:10 pm
Thanks......I'm agree.!!!

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 1:17 pm
Thanks Michael for sharing this.

fly b (26)
Friday August 15, 2014, 3:58 am

Adam I (25)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:44 am
Thanks, Michael; may humaneness, wisdom, reason and just plain common sense indeed prevail also in The Holy Land.

Jane H (139)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:47 pm
Thank you , Michael---end the occupation!!

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 11:20 am
Great post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Michael
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