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Abdessala
- 965 days ago - endtheoccupation.org
Two weeks after we were targeted in the West Bank village of Ni'lin, Tristan Anderson, a 37-year-old from California was shot with a high-velocity tear gas canister



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Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:41 am
Three years ago this week, a colleague and I were shot at and nearly killed by the Israeli military with a U.S.-supplied high-velocity tear-gas projectile. Had the canister been fired a few inches to the left, it would have done to one of us what it has done to so many Palestinian, Egyptian, Bahraini and U.S. civilians: cause severe, often permanently debilitating injuries, or death.








Above: Palestinian demonstrators in Bil'in marching against Israeli land confiscation.



Two weeks after we were targeted in the West Bank village of Ni’lin, Tristan Anderson, a 37-year-old from California was shot with a high-velocity tear gas canister while filming a Palestinian protest against Israel’s land expropriation. Tristan spent the next fifteen months in the hospital before being transferred back to the United States. He remains paralyzed on the left side and blind in his right eye.

In December of last year, Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was shot and killed by the Israeli military at close range with a U.S.-supplied tear gas canister.

Two siblings from the West Bank village of Bil'in, Jawaher and her brother Bassem, were both killed by tear gas during demonstrations against land theft and resource confiscation by Israel’s illegal settlement complex.







Above: Minutes after the photo above was taken, the Israeli military began firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators.



Israel has shown a clear pattern of misusing U.S.-supplied tear gas against Palestinian and U.S. civilians, so far, with total impunity. As U.S. taxpayers, we have the means and moral obligation to demand accountability, especially when these weapons are being used against people demonstrating for freedom, equality, and basic human rights.

In the recently passed 2012 budget, the Secretary of State is required to certify within 90 days that Middle Eastern countries are not misusing U.S. supplied tear gas against civilians and nonviolent demonstrators.

With your help, we can ensure that Members of Congress and the Secretary of State hold Israel accountable for the lethal and ongoing misuse of U.S.-supplied high-velocity tear-gas projectiles.

Send this letter to your Members of Congress to ensure that Israel, along with Egypt and Bahrain, are held accountable for grave violations of U.S. laws and fundamental human rights committed with these deadly high-velocity tear gas canisters.

 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:50 am
If you are not an American citizen,Pleasd forward to your American friends. Thank you.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:30 am
Thanks Abdessalam, I am forwarding to all my friends.
 

Sue D. (156)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:52 am
Signed and noted, Abdessalam. I will always sign in favor of human rights, civil rights, animal rights too. I am grateful to those who stand for the rights of all to be equal and treated fairly.
 

Calle J. (70)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:09 am

Thank you Abdessalam
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:14 am
Thank you Calle.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:41 am
Signed and noted dear asahabi.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:43 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
A gold star for you John
 

Judy C. (108)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:09 am
Signed. Thanks Abdessalam.
 

(0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:29 am
For a country who claims to be the moral right, the path, the beacon, they certainly behave quite immorally. Since when is it acceptable to shoot tear gas cannisters in the faces of peaceful protesters? Since when is it acceptable to claim that it is not peaceful (because someone threw rocks at tanks on occasion) and react so dispropportionately. Rocks v. Automatic weapons. Give me a break. I am tired of this bully, I am tired of the defenders of this bully either based on some biblical claim to land or just their intense dislike of people from the Middle East (except Jewish people from the ME).
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:33 am
A promise is a promise.

My Care2 friends who number over 700 will LARGELY understand that I have always stood up for human rights.I INVITE ALLOF THEM TO SIGN THIS PETITION AND OTHERS THAT I HAVE PROMOTED. I am in no way backing off my support of the right of the state o f israel to exist in peace with its neighbors. Those friends of mine who disagree with this have their right to protest accordingly. I have lost friends over this issue before and I hope this will not happen now but I have always acted according to my own conscience.

For the record, this petition is acceptable to me because of the following statement in the introduction toits preamble:
"Send this letter to your Members of Congress to ensure that Israel, along with Egypt and Bahrain, are held accountable for grave violations of U.S. laws and fundamental human rights committed with these deadly high-velocity tear gas canisters." The inclusion of Egypt and Bahrain is really important here.Civil and human rights for all or for none. I think petitions specifically directed to human rights abuses by Egypt and bahrain are also EQUALLY appropriate.

I have signed this petition and will circulate it as I said.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:00 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Margaret because you have done so within the last week
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:10 am
Thanks Cal for signing and circulating this petition. I am not asking you to back your support of the right of the state o f Israel to exist in peace with its neighbors.All I am asking for is also to support the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation and free their occupied territories(west bank including East Jerusalem together with Gaza) and to call on Israel to stop stealing land and building settlements on the Palestinians land.Is that too much ?
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:23 am
I am sending out the following e-mail to all of my Care2 Friends today:

My Good Friend,



I am honored to have you as my friend here at Care2.

I have always maintained that Human Rights are a universal standard and for everyone everywhere, no matter which culture or country we're speaking about . I have circulated peitions and stories advocating this for various peoples on six continents on Care2 at various times.

The author of this petition and i have frequently disagreed about all matters on Middle East politics and international affairs in the region. He has challenged me to enforce this central belief of mine: I have accepted this challenge. I have signed and am circulating this petition to all my Care2 Friends and I urge you to review this and act accordingly to your consience. Be fair in considering its content.



http://www.care2.com/news/member/602821732/3119553



I understand that not all of you will want to agree with its content and that you may not want to sign. BUt I do hpe that we can always be firends here. Good friends do not have to agree with everything and every issue.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:24 am
Also, It does not end the struggle for human rights for those who continued to be slaughtered in syria and against those who choose to falsely and perniciously call these protestors thugs and murderers instead of the victims of Syrian government persecution and genocide that they truly are.

You know who you are and your cowardice is noted here
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:35 am
will forward
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:48 am
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:45 AM
Subject: Friend Request from Cal Mendelsohn
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Cal Mendelsohn would like to link to you.


Cal
I was about to accept your friend request based on the fact that friends don't have to agree always on every thing.But when you write here addressing me saying
" You know who you are and your cowardice is noted here " thus showing how polite you are,I find myself saying SORRY Cal I am not accepting your friend request before you behave.At the same time I tell you that I have signed your force change petition since February 24 . I wonder now who you are and who is the one whose cowardice is noted here.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:48 am
Noted. Thank you.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:48 am
signed, noted and tweeted
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:51 am
Message received from Cal and letter sent to representatives of the state of Washington (the last place I lived in the US)
 

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:54 am
Signed Gladly TY Cal
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:00 am
Abdessalam, that comment was not directed to you and I'm surprised you didn''t know that.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:09 am
To whome was it directed then?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:20 am
I think it might've been directed at me. And I'm sure Cal will say "if the cap fits...". However, I disagree profoundly with Cal's characterisation of the armed (by the West, al-Qaeda, the Gulf States/KSA and Turkey) insurrection in peace loving Syria and my comments on it are available for all to see and judge on the various threads on Syria.
 

Terry King (109)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:24 am
Done
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:36 am
In Canada or US people get shot by police for much lesser offenses than throwing stones at other people - a stone is a legal weapon in Canada.

If Palestinian Arabs finally agreed to let Israel live as a Jewish state and decided to take care of their own affairs instead of jeopardizing others, this whole nonsense would not happen.

With all consideration to a guy hit by a rubber bullet, at the same time:
* 4 Americans were killed because somebody found burnt copy of Quran at the military base. No, these four Americans came to bring civilization and peace into Afganistan and were NOT the ones who burnt the Quran;

* Explosion in Pakistani mosque killed a number of people;

* Bus carrying Shia Muslims was ambushed by Sunni Muslims and 18 Shia were executed.

None of the above made it into popular news on Care 2.



 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:43 am
Margaret, the gas canister is hard to aim, it's supposed to disburse rioters. When people go to armed and violent confrontation, things happen even in "moral right" countries. Funny, that you still use "rock" when referring to Palestinian Arabs PA-Hamas with their fully armed armies, with rifles, mines and missiles.

In Iran they hanged protesters, just for comparison. In Syria they killed several thousands of them. That means, that Israel can in fact be called "moral right".

As for " just their intense dislike of people from the Middle East" - you have to be specific, if you are talking about people abusing others, extremists, chauvinists, or about their victims. Both categories related to "people of Middle East". Personally, I support rebels of Iran against religious tyranny there, and do not support crazy Ah. What about yourself, whom do you support when you can't support both?

 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:44 am
Bob A says:--

"If Palestinian Arabs finally agreed to let Israel live as a Jewish state and decided to take care of their own affairs instead of jeopardizing others, this whole nonsense would not happen. "

What part of "being occupied by the Zionist Entity" do you not understand, Bob? These atrocities occur in the OT, where people have a perfect right to protest against the theft of their land and property.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:49 am
Bob A. " 4 Americans were killed because somebody found burnt copy of Quran at the military base. No, these four Americans came to bring civilization and peace into Afganistan"
I don't think you even believe what you wrote.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:58 am
Thanks Abdessalam, I also receive their email and circulated this already yesterday.
Please also consider signing here >
Obama:Get out of bed with AIPAC
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:00 am
Bob
did you read this story in HAARETZ. If you have already read it,You must feel ashamed.The comments appeared after a bus crash in Jerusalem .Palestinians were on board.Read may be you can see the humanity of your beloved Zionist entity !!!!!!!

• Published 11:22 20.02.12 Latest update 11:22 20.02.12
After Jerusalem crash, racist comments appear on Netanyahu's Facebook page
Posts include sighs of relief that 'only Palestinians' were killed, as well as slogans such as 'Death to Arabs, Why do we help them?'
Racist comments appeared on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page after the school bus crash near Jerusalem on Thursday in which 10 children died and more than 40 were injured.
Satisfaction that "only Palestinians" were the victims and slogans such as "Death to Arabs, why do we help them?" were posted on the Facebook pages of Netanyahu, Wallah and the Israel Police.


Other comments included "Can we send another truck?" and "I'd send a double-trailer to wipe out all those shits" after the bus overturned when it crashed into a truck.
Netanyahu expressed sorrow over the accident, but his aides did not remove the racist comments from his Facebook page or denounce them.
"Relax, it's Palestinian children," someone wrote on Wallah's Facebook page. Others wrote "Great! Fewer terrorists" and "May there be such buses every day." Similar comments were posted on the police's Facebook page, including "When they grew up they'd be terrorists .... God nipped them in the bud."
Netanyahu's aides declined to comment. Wallah site editor Gadi Lahav said "we monitor the page every few minutes and delete unworthy comments like these."

 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:10 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last week.
A gold star from me instead.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:13 am
Bob said " a stone is a legal weapon in Canada."
What about the white phosphorus used by Israel against civilians in Gaza ?
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:14 am
Oh boy, what a heated up debate here... On a separate note I'd like to say that I had no problem interpreting Cals remark "You know who you are and your cowardice is noted here" as NOT directed at Abdessalam which he regrettably misunderstood. Hope you both are at peace again now! :)
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:35 am
I disagree with you Angelica. Cal was posting a message he,thankfully, sent to his friend. On the next post he wanted to confirm that " It does not end the struggle for human rights for those who continued to be slaughtered in Syria and against those who choose to falsely and perniciously call these protestors thugs and murderers instead of the victims of Syrian government persecution and genocide that they truly are." His comment was finished here.Then on an other line he posted " You know who you are and your cowardice is noted here ". I don't think he was addressing any of his friends at this point.He also didn't answer my question when I inquired to whom was this addressed.If you check our comments on the following link ,you will understand more

http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3112447
 

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:36 am
Signed!
Thanks for the forward, Cal.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:41 am
Congratulations! The Care2 Community has promoted your submission to
the Care2 News Network Front Page.

News: Help Stop Attacks on Civil RIghts Activists
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Thanks to all who noted and/or commented on this story
 

Patricia Cannell (754)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 6:41 am
Signed and noted. Thanks.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:19 am
noted. Good to know the difference between Israeli sabras (born there )and the hasidic immigrants.
BIG DIFFERENCE. Have visited Israel twice. The hasidic immigrants are running almost all the political policies.
 

Michela m. (3959)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:25 am
I WANTED TO SIGN BUT I'M NOT ALLOWED.........(US ONLY)
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:46 am
Your message has been submitted.
Thank you for helping to hold Israel accountable for misuse of U.S. supplied tear gas against civil rights activists. Your letters have been sent successfully.
TU
 

Teresa W. (692)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:46 am
Only for Americans...
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:48 am
Thank you.
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:56 am
Noted and signed. I might add the the land minds put all over the world are made right here in the US. And by a simple change in their make up, they could be made to break down after a year so they would not harm civilians. Our politicians won't change without a lot of public pressure.
 

Ben Oscarsito (316)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:58 am
Signed!
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/641/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9677
FYI; -I'm not US citizen, but "Zip/Postal Code 60601, Illinois" does it...
 

Alexa R. (333)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:09 am
Ah.. the 'rapist's rights' take precedence other the rights of the survivor of rape .. that figures ..

The biggest bullies often cry victim the loudest ..
 

Alexa R. (333)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:15 am
Cal : "For the record, this petition is acceptable to me because of the following statement in the introduction toits preamble:
"Send this letter to your Members of Congress to ensure that Israel, along with Egypt and Bahrain, are held accountable for grave violations of U.S. laws and fundamental human rights committed with these deadly high-velocity tear gas canisters." The inclusion of Egypt and Bahrain is really important here.Civil and human rights for all or for none. I think petitions specifically directed to human rights abuses by Egypt and bahrain are also EQUALLY appropriate.

I have signed this petition and will circulate it as I said. "

Thanks Cal .. !
 

Suzy F. (94)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:16 am
Thank you. Signed and posted to FB. Okay, will now fwd on care2...so all of you on my list already here, just bear with me!
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:30 am

Signed, without hesitation.

 

Lone Wolf (1400)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:30 am
letter sent
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:31 am
Abdessalam, I need more time (which I dont have right now) to go through that other post, so for the moment I can just congratulate to your golden note and thank you for the golden star.
But I still refuse to believe that Cal meant you for I cannot imagine that you would have spoken of the victims in Syria as "thugs and murderers".
 

Robyn M. (123)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:36 am
Being Canadian, I forarded this to my American buddies, however I did note it!
 

Bob P. (426)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:45 am
thanks
 

Beatrice B. (115)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:52 am
One of the biggest clues to understanding the connections among grassroots democratic uprisings across the world may be found by tracking connections among methods of repression.

We know that tear gas canisters, stun grenades and other so-called non-lethal crowd control technologies manufactured by U.S. companies have been used not only against the Occupy movements in the United States, but also by peaceful pro-democracy mobilizations in Egypt, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia, among many others. Corporations are reaping profit here and abroad from the repression of democracy.

We also know that the U.S. government knows about—and even promotes—these sales. It is clear that there is deep collusion and moral complicity between government policy and corporate profit. What’s not so clear are the mechanisms by which this actually works. The relationship is convoluted, and this is no accident. Much effort is made to keep the process opaque by limiting our access to detailed information.

Below, we have focused on the use of tear gas in the Middle East. We should note, however, that this is only one example of a much bigger phenomenon and a much longer history. It is emblematic of a pattern of militarized policing, corporate profiteering and governmental collusion that has been on the rise since at least the 1980s.

PROFILING THE COMPANIES

Here is an overview of some of the main tear gas manufacturers whose products have been documented in recent protest zones.
1. Defense Technology/Federal Laboratories/BAE

Defense Technology is headquartered in Casper, Wyoming. Along with U.S. company Federal Laboratories, with which it shares a product line, it is linked to the U.K. arms giant BAE Systems through BAE’s ownership of U.S. arms company Armor Holdings. Defense Technology and Federal Laboratories tear gas has been used in Oakland, Palestine, Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia and Yemen.

The Yemeni government regularly uses Defense Technology and Federal Laboratories tear gas against pro-democracy protesters, who have been demonstrating since February. On October 25, 2011, police used massive amounts of Defense Technology product against Occupy Oakland. Iraq Veterans Against the War member Scott Olsen was critically injured when police fired tear gas at close range, hitting him in the head. The police also fired tear gas directly onto the people who came to Olsen’s aid.

Defense Technology also provides tear gas to the Israeli police, and its canisters have been found in East Jerusalem. Previously, Federal Laboratories provided tear gas to the Israeli—this deal was the subject of protests and lawsuits during the first intifada.

2. NonLethal Technologies

Based in Homer City, Pennsylvania, NonLethal Technologies is the primary provider of tear gas to the government of Bahrain, a country which has just marked the first anniversary of its peaceful mass protests. Today, protests continue almost daily despite protesters having been jailed, tortured, killed, maligned, fired from work and expelled from school, according to Bahraini activist Fahud Desmukh (aka Chan’ad, in Jadaliyya, December 9, 2011).

In Sitra last August, fourteen-year-old Ali al-Shiekh was killed when police fired a tear gas canister at close range into the back of his neck. He died almost instantly. Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times observed that NonLethal Technologies canisters were regularly littered across the ground after pro-democacy demonstrations there.

3. Combined Systems, Inc.

Headquartered in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, Combined Systems Inc. (CSI)—often manufacturing under the brand name Combined Tactical Systems (CTS)—supplies Tunisia, Yemen, Germany, Netherlands, India, East Timor, Hong Kong, Argentina, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone, as well as its most high-profile clients as of late— Egypt and Israel. They are owned by Point Lookout Capital and the Carlyle Group, with the former, whose offices are located in New York City, holding the controlling shares. On Point Lookout’s portfolio page, the section on CSI reads: “The company’s CTS branded product line is the premiere less-lethal line in the industry today.”

CSI is the primary supplier of tear gas to the Israeli military as well as a provider to Israel’s police (and border police) for use in occupied Palestine. (CSI even used to fly the Israeli flag at its Jamestown headquarters, but in advance of the Martin Luther King Day protest there, the company replaced it with a Pennsylvania state flag.) There is extensive written documentation of CSI sales and shipments to Israel; moreover CTS-brand canisters are ubiquitous at Palestinian protests, including the regularly recurrent nonviolent demonstrations at Bil’in, Ni’lin and Nabi Saleh.

Palestinian protesters recently killed by tear gas include Mustafa Tamimi, from the small village Nabi Saleh, on December 9, 2011. An Israeli soldier inside an armored jeep fired a tear gas canister at close range directly into his face. Jawaher Abu Rahma of Bil’in suffocated on tear gas at a protest in January of last year. His brother, Bassem Abu Rahma, died in April 2009 when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly into his chest.

There have also been countless injuries. The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, a coordinating body for unarmed demonstrations in the West Bank, noted in a 2010 report: “According to Palestinian Red Crescent records in Bil’in and Ni’ilin, 18 people have been directly shot at and hit by the high velocity projectiles since their introduction, in these two villages alone.”

Photos and news reports have shown that CSI is a major tear gas provider for the Tunisian military. A Tunisian protester and a photographer from France were recently killed by impacts from tear gas canisters fired at close range.

The company’s tear gas is the primary one used by the Egyptian security forces in its attempt to crush demonstrations there, which still continue. Amnesty International documented three shipments of tear gas from CSI (in the U.S.) to Egypt in 2011 that were approved by the U.S. State Department, despite the Egyptian security forces’ record of using of tear gas to kill and injure protesters. In the months following Mubarak’s ouster, Human Rights Watch also reported excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrations, including illegally shooting tear gas into the crowd at shoulder height, on February 25, March 9, April 9, June 28 and 29, August 1 and October 9.

In the November protests around the election, tear gas was fired repeatedly—often into enclosed spaces, including into field hospitals. And again, canisters were fired directly at protesters. Egyptian human rights groups have reported that between November 19 and November 23, at least 40 protesters were killed and more than 2,000 injured. At least four people died from tear gas asphyxiation.

HOW DOES IT GET THERE?

How does tear gas get from American manufacturers to various governments overseas? You could see it as a sort of triangular relationship between the U.S. government, U.S. corporations, and other governments. These three points are always involved. The fungible path of money and weaponry follows various routes and takes different forms at different points in the process. One thing to emphasize here is the complicity between state and corporate interests: government policies actively work in war profiteers’ favor. Even when it’s a commercial sale, tear gas (like any other weapon) is subject to export controls, so U.S.-made tear gas cannot be shipped abroad without government approval.

Here are some of the ways by which tear gas moves from manufacturers to clients in different countries. The U.S. government’s role usually consists of one or more of the following: authorizing a sale, arranging a sale, subsidizing it, or funding it directly with taxpayer money.

1. FMS (foreign military sales)

These are government-to-government transactions, administered by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in the Pentagon. FMS requests are initiated by the purchasing country, and handled initially by the U.S. embassy in the client country. The Pentagon handles the entire transaction, but the State Department can also approve, reject or halt any purchase.

The military articles sold through this program can come from either Pentagon stocks or new production. In the latter case, the Defense Department contracts with U.S. arms manufacturers to actually build the weapons and, in some cases, provide related services. But the Pentagon takes care of all of the paperwork.

The top three buyers in FMS for fiscal year 2010 were Egypt ($2.45 billion); Israel ($3.95 billion); and Kuwait ($1.6 billion).

2. DCS (direct commercial sales)

These are purchases negotiated directly between the client country and the manufacturer. The U.S. State Department approves each and every DCS. Compared to FMS, this route is usually quicker, sometimes cheaper and always entails less government oversight. In addition, the State Department is much less transparent about DCS than the Pentagon is about FMS. Minimal information about price and quantity is classified as “confidential business information” and kept from the public. This secrecy undermines the ability of Congress and the interested press and public to exercise proper oversight on industry-direct arms transfers. The existence of these two separate programs also makes gaining an accurate count of arms exports in a given year exceedingly difficult. This is the best information we have:

The top DCS totals for fiscal 2009: Egypt ($458,000 for tear gas and other riot control agents, $101 million total); Israel ($1.05 million for tear gas and other riot control agents, $602.6 million total); and Kuwait ($1.24 million for tear gas and other riot control agents, $923 million total).



3. FMF (foreign military financing)

The U.S. government does more than just approve sales. American taxpayers directly finance foreign governments’ purchases of U.S. military products via “military aid”—essentially grants and loans to foreign governments for arms purchases. In most cases, financing is available only for the sale of U.S.-made products. So, in effect, these are taxpayer-financed subsidies of private weapons manufacturers and defense contractors. In some exceptions, such as those made for Israel, a recipient country can use the a limited portion of the aid to fund purchases of its own domestic products.

Foreign military financing is regularly applied to FMS purchases and is relatively well documented. But because transparency is lacking when it comes to DCS purchases, it’s harder to accurately associate FMF funds with these purchases.

In 2009 Egypt received $1.3 billion, Israel $2.55 billion. In 2011 Egypt requested $1.3 billion, Israel $3 billion. (A footnote in the available documentation suggests it’s assumed they will get the amount they ask for.)

How much of this applies to the militarized policing technologies, including tear gas, that are being used to suppress democratic movements? In other words, how much of our tax money is actually contributing to the use of tear gas by foreign governments against those with whom we feel affinity? That’s not easy to break down. But regardless of whether particular tear gas purchases are directly funded by taxpayer money, FMF contributes to the client countries’ military budgets, so even if it only funds fighter jets and tanks, it still frees up funds for them to purchase other weapons, including tear gas.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO?

On November 26, seven tons of CSI munitions arrived in Suez—the first of a three-part shipment, totaling 21 tons. Customs officials at the Adabiya port of Suez tried to prevent entry by refusing to complete paperwork.

This year, on Valentine’s Day, hackers associated with Anonymous claimed to have broken into CSI’s online systems and stolen personal information belonging to CSI employees and its clients. In a statement posted while the company’s website was down, Anonymous cited CSI’s sale of “mad chemical weapons to militaries and cop shops around the world,” and referenced the ongoing sale of tear gas and other weapons to Egypt during the repression of protest.

So what can we do here to support our comrades in Egypt, Bahrain, Palestine and elsewhere?

1. Contact the Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution, Witness Bahrain, and Adalah-NY to see what they’re up to and how you can get involved.

2. Target factories and headquarters of war profiteers. Target their main investors. There have already been several protests at Point Lookout Capital, including a die-in organized by the OWS direct action working group, the Ad Hoc Coalition and Adalah-NY. There were also protests at CSI’s headquarters on December 11, 2011, and Martin Luther King Day this year. According to Nora Barrows-Friedman’s blog on Electronic Intifada, CSI’s security director added that the company’s CEO and other officials “were unavailable as they were to attend the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas this week.”

Around the world, people are standing up for social and economic justice and political freedom. Meanwhile, those parties who are benefiting from the repression of protest are more or less the same ones who benefited from the conditions that sparked the protest in the first place. Quite simply, what the 99% want is diametrically opposed to the interests of the global military-industrial regime, both here and abroad. People-to-people solidarity will bring down and change that regime. And it’s within our power to do so.
 

Beatrice B. (115)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:57 am
So what can we do here to support our comrades in Egypt, Bahrain, Palestine and elsewhere?

1. Contact the Ad Hoc Coalition to Defend the Egyptian Revolution, Witness Bahrain, and Adalah-NY to see what they’re up to and how you can get involved.

2. Target factories and headquarters of war profiteers. Target their main investors. There have already been several protests at Point Lookout Capital, including a die-in organized by the OWS direct action working group, the Ad Hoc Coalition and Adalah-NY. There were also protests at CSI’s headquarters on December 11, 2011, and Martin Luther King Day this year. According to Nora Barrows-Friedman’s blog on Electronic Intifada, CSI’s security director added that the company’s CEO and other officials “were unavailable as they were to attend the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas this week.”

Around the world, people are standing up for social and economic justice and political freedom. Meanwhile, those parties who are benefiting from the repression of protest are more or less the same ones who benefited from the conditions that sparked the protest in the first place. Quite simply, what the 99% want is diametrically opposed to the interests of the global military-industrial regime, both here and abroad. People-to-people solidarity will bring down and change that regime. And it’s within our power to do so.

http://occupiedmedia.us/2012/02/tracking-tear-gas/
 

Emma S. (227)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:06 am
Thanks to Suzy for forwarding this, thanks Abdessala for posting, thanks Angelika for the other petition and thanks to Ben for the Illinois zipcode!
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:10 am
Abdessalam, you questioned my words: " 4 Americans were killed because somebody found burnt copy of Quran at the military base. No, these four Americans came to bring civilization and peace into Afganistan".

Do you think these four American servicemen deserved to die because somebody somewhere burnt a copy of Koran?
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:17 am
John, what exactly piece of The Land of Israel is "being occupied by the Zionist Entity"?

Needless to say, that Palestinian Arabs are the only minority to whom ruling majority is giving land to realize self-determination. Kurds, Druze, Bahai, others- they just suffer and war endlessly to get just a recognition. Israel agreed to give from its small proper land to Arabs. You should respect that.

II won't even mention, that Arab states keep Arabs from Palestine in concentration camps and without human rights, while Israel gave its Arab citizen full human rights.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:26 am
Abdessalam, racist comments left by some moron is one thing, and racist law is another.

You mentioned, that you support the Egyptian law, stripping citizenship from any Egyption marrying Israeli. citizenship from any Egyption marrying anyone else is left untouched.

If you want me to be ashamed because of a moron whose attitude I do not share, how should you be ashamed of yourself for supporting racist Egyptian laws?
 

Dave C. (216)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:37 am
willingly signed, but lets not forget that almost all conflicts in humanity have 2 sides and there is rarely one totally innocent and one totally inhumane side......

If we could all live truthfully in hope, faith and with courage we would stop living life so much in fear and anger and war.....

 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:51 am
Angelika R

"But I still refuse to believe that Cal meant you for I cannot imagine that you would have spoken of the victims in Syria as "thugs and murderers". "

The point is, Angelika, that no one has called them that. There are those, myself included, who disagree profoundly with the armed insurrection in Syria, but I have certainly called them different things than that.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:57 am
Bob A

"what exactly piece of The Land of Israel is "being occupied by the Zionist Entity"? "

There is, in my view, no legitimate entity in the ME such as you name. Are you attempting to assert that the whole of partitioned Palestine is that entity you named?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:01 am
Bob A

"Do you think these four American servicemen deserved to die because somebody somewhere burnt a copy of Koran? "

2 of them, if they weren't so stupid, might've realised that there could've been a severe reaction when they actually mocked Afghans protesting and gloated in the government building about the burning.
 

Kristina C. (73)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:02 am
Thank you for the article.
I am very torn about the articles portrayal of Israeli troops and their usage of U.S. issued weapons. But I am positive that the weapons were not fired because of the human rights demonstrators but rather where the activists were marching. If you live in the West Bank you know exactly where to march without causing a response from the Israeli Army. In my opinion – although the demonstrations cause may have been a noble one – the location and the way it was handled was provoking. The ‘confiscated’ land has been occupied since 1967 as a result of the newly created Israeli state – and is not a newly development.
There are countless outbreaks of Palestinian violence over most weekends throughout the West bank, and just to point out one specific: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, where tourists were attacked by Muslim rioters. But it appears that the Palestinian Prime Minister has lately become a favorite of Western Politicians, and with the encouragement pretends that Palestinians are not responsible for aggressive attacks on civilians and soldiers.
I am very cautions here to point fingers – and to accept news that are out of context.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:09 am
Thank You Abdessalam and Cal...I will contact my members of Congress and do whatever I can and I will forward this to as many as I can...
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:37 am

Thank you for helping to hold Israel accountable for misuse of U.S. supplied tear gas against civil rights activists. Your letters have been sent successfully.

I may be wrong but this seems a simple and direct cause of human rights. Being a Texan I remember only too well the massive damage caused in minutes by the use of tear gas {WACO] so this bickering about other political issues is nonsense. Tear gas is a deadly, highly flammable, incendiary device, it should not used.
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:38 am

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Abdessalam because you have done so within the last week.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:04 am
Signed Abdessalam and shared. Also made copies of this letter/petition to hand out to others in my community.

I also added this to the 4 page notice I will be handing out:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Distributed by: www.RumbleofthePeople.com "It's Time "We" understand what's being done in our name. Even here in America these projectiles have caused bodily harm to Americans at protest.

Scott Olsen, Iraqi vet, survived Iraq but was almost killed when he suffered a brain injury
after Oakland, Ca. police, used these very same gas canisters.

(OUR tax dollars make this abuse of power possible. The United States sends Israel over 3 billion dollars a year) Barbara

Americans are under further attack with "The National Defense Authorization Act" Petition link. Please sign...

https://secure.aclu.org/site/SPageServer?s_subsrc=SEM_Google_search-indefinite-detention_National-Defense-Authorization-Act_national+defense+authorization+act_p_9703059382&pagename=SEM_NDAA_indefinite_detention
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:07 am
Thanks for the post Abdessalam and Henriette for the fwd. I don't believe in attacks on civil rights activists, nor do I believe that people sjhould die for burning a copy of the Koran. Thank God that you and your friend were not hurt. We live in a very sad and unstable world..as we all know
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:53 am
John, Palestine is just another name for The Land Of Israel, given by Romans trying to obliterate the Jewish character of the land.

I am saying, that while Jews agreed to share land with Arabs, Arab states refuse to share it with Jews and even with Arabs who moved out of that land.

Even if someone is gloating in his building about the rioting mob, it gives noone a right to go and kill him. The killing of people, traning Afgan army, bringing huge aid and delivering humanitarian help violates ALL rules of human interaction, let alone traditional hospitality.

Killing of American soldiers was barbarism in its worst.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:07 pm
noted, signed and shard, thanks Cal for the forward and Abdessala for the post
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:54 pm
John D

"The point is, Angelika, that no one has called them that. There are those, myself included, who disagree profoundly with the armed insurrection in Syria, but I have certainly called them different things than that."

You have already stated this in your previous comment above, no need to repeat. In no way was I refering to you, in fact it was yourself who assumed being addressed by Cal's remark.
MY understanding of his sentence was a quite different one from the start:
He says "...and against those who choose to falsely and perniciously call these protestors thugs and murderers instead of the victims of Syrian government persecution and genocide that they truly are.

You know who you are and your cowardice is noted here "

There is no indication of the last sentence being directed at any C2 member in the first place.
But the Syrian regime and its supporters have always been speaking of the protesters as "terrorists", and probably also called them thugs and murderers. Is it not cowardice to shift the atrocities onto others' shoulders instead of confessing their own responsibility and guilt? THIS cowardice and lies about the genocide has certainly been noted (over)here.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:01 pm
In all likelhood there are also others, - I wont rule out C2 members included- who twisted things around and called the protesters what is said above, so "YOU"(know who you are) is plural and not necessarily meaning one particular indiidual.
 

Barbara W. (342)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:12 pm
From a friend.. Thank you for standing with us.

We know your time is limited, and we appreciate your efforts to protect civil liberties.

Which is to say, I signed Barbara, Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:13 pm
Signed & sent!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:35 pm
Signed and tweeted. Thank you for posting.
 

Diane Piecara (14)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:47 pm
I signed. As a tax payer, I am appalled that my hard-earned tax money is being used to harm others who are simply protesting for the right to live.
 

Tinkie K. (71)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:14 pm
Israel has been 'hijacked' by an evil little group. Such a pity. They meanwhile destroyed society and ruined the country. Please read this article which is quite interesting.

http://www.greanvillepost.com/2011/09/02/israel-capitalists-and-fundamentalists-won%e2%80%99t-succeed-in-derailing-revolutionary-movement/
 

Rita De Vos (87)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:21 pm
Noted. Thanks for the post in here Abdessalam. It's a pity that I am not allowed to sign :(
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:26 pm
Ah, Angelika, das ist vielleicht das Problem, dass wir nur ein Formular für "you" auf Englisch haben, anders als auf Deutsch!
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:08 pm
Jus to clarify rather than speculate (though speculation is riveting to some), my comments on Syria and those who have their own mistaken thoughts on the nature of the Assad regime, it was directed at those whose comments regularly back that view and those people only. It was, as is some frequent on these posts, a slight topical diversion to make a separate point and only toi indict the positions of those who think that Syria is not a human rights issue but rather an internal rebellion issue and an outside intervention issue only. The se latter fly in the face of the facts and daily goings on there largely.

I'm still glad that Abdesalam and I were able to do this. I have received very little negative press on this among my firends and others. I try to keep as open a mind as possible on things gneerally.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:10 pm
Thanks Abdessalam! Action taken. Green star for you as well.
 

Betsy Bee (1048)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:38 pm
Noted, signed, sent.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:46 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:13 pm
Signed and sent. Thanks, Abdessalam.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:26 pm
Look Cal. You can't have it all ways. As far as I know, no oine has called the armed Syrian rebels "thugs and murderers", yet you seem to be edging towards identifying these people. Could you possibly do so so that they can acknowledge that they did so or tell you that they didn't?
 

Carmen S. (612)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:40 pm
thanks Abdessalam
 

Michael Carney (211)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:42 pm
Noted, and signed...
 

. (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:21 pm
Letters sent. Thank you.
 

MmAwayAwhile M. (456)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:44 pm
Thank you Abdessalam ~ also, Cal for the forward!
 

Dandelion G. (380)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:52 pm
Thanks! Your form has been submitted.
Thank you for helping to hold Israel accountable for misuse of U.S. supplied tear gas against civil rights activists. Your letters have been sent successfully.
 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:05 pm
Thanks Abdessalam - will forward this.
 

I Care For The World (30)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 10:14 pm
This affects the World it should be World Wide Zip's
 

Shirley S. (174)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:39 pm
Letter sent TY
 

Fran F. (113)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 11:57 pm
Signed, shared and noted. Thanks for posting this, Abdessalam.
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:09 am
My rep will recieve your letter.
Thank you
 

Judy C. (108)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 1:23 am
I sent the signed letters before reading the message from Cal in my inbox. So, I will say thanks also to Cal for this petition. I think this stoking of the hate and death machine by the U.S., through Israel, is a key issue in making life a horror show for countless innocent people.
 

. (0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 1:41 am
Signed.... No group of people should ever be let to oppress another group of people. There needs to be a compromise between Israelis and Palestinians. Thie violence has to stop.

Why is it that persecuted people often feel the need to persecute others? Didn't they learn from the past? Persecution of any people causing death is horrific and needs to be stopped.
 

JOHNLEWIS HODDINOTT (77)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 3:06 am
NOTED, THANKS
 

(0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 3:35 am
Bob, what country do you live in? You cannot get shot legally by throwing stones. The burden of proof in cases of self defense in Canada is extremely tough. The bar is very high for it to be considered self defense and you, as a Canadian, should actually know what the laws of your country are. Our laws specifically address the issue of proportionality.

Proportionality is a requirement of self defense in the use of lethal force. You cannot disproportionately respond to a threat to bodily harm.

With the possible passing of C26 which extends the rights to citizen arrest and . Even in this legislation it is noted and mentioned that " Deadly force, whether used by the police or by the citizen, can only be justified where human life is at risk. These rules are clearly set down in section 25 of the Criminal Code. Bill C-26 makes a reference to section 25 so that it is clear to everyone which rules apply." (Brent Rathgeber, Edmonton-St.Albert Riding)

Gas Canisters are hard to aim? That is your answer. THAT IS WHY YOU DON'T AIM THEM AT PEOPLE, Bob. They are just as effective if you don't use people as a target. The purpose is to disperse gas, not shoot people with them.

Nope Bob, I think that this is the issue, especially with you. There is no differentiating between people. They are either a big Muslim collective or a big (non Christian or non Muslim) Arab collective painting everyone with a broad brush and defining its population by the people who also deny their human rights. When did I ever support the Iran regime Bob? This is the problem with people who discriminate against people to begin with, they just throw everything into one big pot, give it a stir and call it good.
 

ellen m. (222)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 3:49 am
Abdessalom, I have gladly signed this petition, and will make phone calls on the matter in the morning.

Human rights are the issue here, and i know that the great majority of care2 members are for promoting the equality of all, and while that doesn't always seem to extend to all issues, when it comes to people being maimed and killed, there is no way in Hell any of us should sit by and do nothing, i don't care where your loyalties lay as to your personal feelings.

My sister and a friend went to Palestine right before the first gulf "conflict", about 25 years ago.to give aid help.
They paid their own way and expenses, and went without either having what one might call a "dog in this fight" as to loyalties of ancestry. My sister was Irish Catholic, her friend Jewish ( a fact she did have to hide for safety while traveling.
My sister also helped with a world wide organization as head of the Seattle chapter, trying to raise both money and medical supplies.

And still nothing changes. Well, that's not all together true. My sister converted to Islam. And thanks to her i was able to get an understanding, basic and limited as it is, to the plight if the Palestinian people.
and i can no longer say i am without the proverbial dog in this fight, for that is not, and know i know, was never true.
My "dog" in this fight is any and all people, wherever they are, to not be oppressed, and to be able to live in peace without fear.

And it is not, has never been, "My country right or wrong".
My country has stuck it's nose into far to many countries politics for it's own personal gain, and countless lives have been lost in the process, as well as destinies altered that were not ours to interfere in.
So now my country is still doing what it has done for so long, only in this instance they feel that are on some sort of moral high ground because it is not us using those weapons, but rather the Israelis.

Wrong United States. You manufacture them, you know where they are going, you okay the sales. So now you own it, and i am not willing to be a party to it with my votes or my tax dollars,

As to your comments to Cal, I personally take offense to what has been said because of all the people i know that post their news here on care2, i have always found him to be both fair and diverse in his coverage, and one who is committed to the rights of all humans, despite his personal feelings.
And he has always been more than accommodating when it comes to the "agree to disagree" adage, which i cannot say about everyone on this page. "they: are the ones you should be concerned about by what they DON'T say, and "they" definitely know who they are!

There are so many people to thank here, Suzy for forwarding Cals letter, Beatrice for the added info, Dave C. for saying what i started off to say, but having the ability to do it using far fewer words, and to you, Abdessalam, for the petition itself and helping start yet another dialogue people need to be having if we are all ever to live as brothers in this world. 1love
 

Vivien Green (150)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:43 am
Noted cannot sign as I live in the UK.
Have posted on FB for my American friends to take action.
 

Rob and Jay B. (121)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:02 am
This article appears disengenuous as the petition in the end is only against Israel and does not mention Egypt or Bahrain, among others. Typical. Thus, we will not sign it.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:10 am
Rob and Jay. Why don't you sign this one and start one about Egypt and Bahrein for us all to sign too?
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:18 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
Of cours I can.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:26 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to T away because you have done so within the last week.
Yes I can.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:36 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Judy because you have done so within the last week.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:56 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.
Of course I can
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:18 am
Thanks and informed...
 

Naoko I. (262)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:20 am
I'm in Japan, but signed the petition, by simply putting my name, email address and zip code. If the petition doesn't ask me to fill in the full address, for me it's OK.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 8:39 am
NOTED
 

Barbara W. (342)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 9:05 am
A link was added to one of my friends, Abdessalam's post
by Care2 member Tinkie K,
I thought it worthy of it's own post so others may comment....Thank you Tinkie and Abdessalam.

Israel: Capitalists and Fundamentalists Won't Succeed in Derailing Revolutionary Movement

http://www.care2.com/news/member/101960828/3121311
 

Kristina C. (73)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 9:13 am
NO COMMENTS ON MY PREV. MESSAGE ??????
:
If you live in the West Bank you know exactly where to march without causing a response from the Israeli Army. In my opinion – although the demonstrations cause may have been a noble one – the location and the way it was handled was provoking.
It appears that the Palestinian Prime Minister has lately become a favorite of Western Politicians, and with the encouragement pretends that Palestinians are not responsible for aggressive attacks on civilians and soldiers.
***I am very cautions here to point fingers – and to accept news that are out of context ***
In 2011: Palestinian organizations fired 173 rockets and 192 mortar shells from the gaza Strip into southern Israel that were aimed on innocent civilians, women, children and a hand full of soldiers.
In 2010: 146 rockets and 211 mortar shells
In 2009: 566 rockets and 287 mortar shells
In 2008: 2048 rockets and 1672 mortar shells
In 2077: 1276 rockets and 1531 mortar shells
In 2006: 1722 rockets and 55 mortar shells
All confirmed reports by international peace and security agencies: http://www.shabak.gov.il/english/enterrordata/pages/default.aspx
 

Kristina C. (73)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 10:30 am
John thank you very much for your well thought off comment!
I is very obvious that you let biased news that were taken out of context give you a mirage of a so called noble mission – gone wrong. I am not saying that it was right that the Israeli soldiers fired – what I am saying is that it was to be expected! And I am saying that the other side is not so innocent. Which you probably do not wish to see since your cause is “to end Zionism” = to deny the Jewish people their homeland.

In anderen Worten: es ist sehr deutlich, dass deine Motive tief in Judenfeindlichkeit gepflanzt sind. Waehrend meine Meinung sehr neutral ist, und nicht nur informierte Daten enthaelt, sondern Tatsachen beschreibt die nachgeprueft werden koennen!
 

Kristina C. (73)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 10:36 am
I am sorry – the German comment translation is:
In other words: it is very clear that your motives (your opinion) is based on anti-Semitism (evidence is on your care2 page). While my opinion is rather neutral, and supported by actual data and facts that are proven to be true.
 

Calle J. (70)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 11:12 am

Kristina - Nur die Wahrheit wird uns befreien
Zu lange haben wir der Lüge geglaubt und andächtig zugehört.
Und deren Lektionen - bis ins innerste unserer Zellen hinein - gelernt.
Nun sind wir so weit um die Lüge abzuschütteln und für immer los zu werden.

Trage Du Deinen Teil dazu bei, dass die Menschen endlich aufwachen können aus ihrem Dämmerzustand.
Danke

The Truman Show
 

Calle J. (70)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 11:14 am

THE HAMAS-ISRAEL CONNECTION: This is what Israel don´t tell you about Hamas…

MORE ON THE HAMAS-ISRAEL CONNECTION

Richard Sale. In: United Press International, June 18, 2002 (on indirect financial aid from Tel Aviv to Hamas)

Jeffrey Steinberg in: Executive Intelligence Review, 20 July 2001. Original-Link

The Hamas-Likud Pairing Jerusalem Post 08/25/95. Original-Link

Puppet On A String: Hamas Dances To Israel's Tune

Israel’s Sacred Terrorism Livia Rokach Israels holy terror

Watch out! Palestinian Terrorists

Ron Paul - Israel Created Hamas

Israel Created Hamas to Avoid Peace

Israel created Hamas - Cutting through the confusion about Israel/Palestine

Hamas is a Creation of Mossad

The Hamas-Israel Connection: This is what Israel doesn't tell you about Hamas - more evidence

No wonder why there CAN' T be Peace in the ME!
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:28 pm
Send a Green Star to Kristina C.

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kristina because you have done so within the last week.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:30 pm
John D, you should apologize to Kristina for attacking her personally.

 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:35 pm
Calle, Israel brought back Arafat and Fatah from Tunisia, hoping to make peace. Both potential peace partners - Fatah and Hamas can't stop their built-in terrorism.

Did Israel made a mistake? May be. But there are no serious peace partners on Palestinian Arab side anyway. Those brave souls that show up get stunned by Hamas and Fatah. The only honest and somewhat moderate Sayad is gone by Hamas request.

Therefore, the West Bank and Gaza go back to Islamic winter. And, of course, it's all Israel fault.
 

Alexa R. (333)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 1:07 pm
Send a Green Star to Kristina C.
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Kristina because you have done so within the last week.
 

Terrie Williams (774)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 2:23 pm
Thank you for helping to hold Israel accountable for misuse of U.S. supplied tear gas against civil rights activists. Your letters have been sent successfully.
Signed, noted and frwrd.
 

monka blank (81)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 2:32 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Abdessalam because you have done so within the last week.
I'm not US citizen, but "Zip/Postal Code 60601, Illinois" does it.....
FREE PALESTINE !!!
 

(0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 4:55 pm
I responded to Bob's post this morning because it was the only post I had time to read. Now I will finish my post.

Cal To boast about how many friends you have on a public forum speaks volumes. Are we going to be castigated also because we just don't do as much as you, etc., etc. I find it offensive that prior to anyone posting anything which would lead to your comment about directed to those who "know who you are and your cowardice is noted here ". I find it pretty cowardly to make veiled passive aggressive references which you claim are not made to Abdessalem. John at that point has posted nothing other than that he had signed it and this one you cannot peg on me, because I have posted anything in regard to what you are referring to. So it seems you were just mentioning to stir the pot, yet when called on it by Abdessalem, you back off. What the problem is Cal, who other than you would post a whole series of comments which are intended to do what? Have us pay hommage to you for your 700 Care 2 friends? What never ceases to amaze me is there you are again sitting in the middle of the fence. You keep on claiming that you don't agree with the settlements, but then justify the actions of the State of Israel and the IDF.


Rob/Jay - "This article appears disengenuous as the petition in the end is only against Israel and does not mention Egypt or Bahrain, among others. Typical. Thus, we will not sign it. "

I wouldn't expect any different from you. I also see you have no problem signing petitions of Muslim countries that don't mention Israel.

Kristina - |But I am positive that the weapons were not fired because of the human rights demonstrators "but rather where the activists were marching. If you live in the West Bank you know exactly where to march without causing a response from the Israeli Army."

It is Palestinian land, it is not Israeli land. What about when they IDF chases them right into the village and throws cannisters right into people's homes? Why should people hav eto be careful where they walk when they are on THEIR OWN LAND?

Where do you see that anything in this article I think that you fail to realize that a) perhaps if a population wasn't oppressed for over four decades (some for over 6 decades), no one would be throwing anything over the fence, which, btw, cuts deeply into Palestinian land leaving nothing for a viable state.

You claim you don't want to point fingers, but but failing to even acknowledge Palestinian deaths and instead just post how many rockets and mortar shells are shot into Israel. You are pointing fingers when you give justification for the actions of the Israeli government and the IDF. In addition, have we counted how many missiles (which are a hell of a lot more accurate than what the Palestinians have) were shot into Gaza? How many mortal shells has the IDF shot into the OPT? You didn't even make mention of this.

I don't support any violence, but if you want to call the Palestinians terrorists and if you are a fair, just person, you better be prepared to be call the State of Israel a terrorist state. How can you justify breaking a ceasefire which even the IDF said was working well in order to go into Gaza and mow down 1,400 people? How can you explain why the IDF refused to renegotiate the ceasefire they broke? How can you explain Tzipi Livni stating that the purpose was to "demonstrate real hooliganism during the course of the recent operation, which I demanded" and as reported by a former Secuirty Official to the Crisis Group, for Israel |to play the role of a mad dog for the sake of future deterrence"?

Are you aware that the IDF killed approximately 1,400 people (300 of which were children) in something that cannot even be described as a war. There was no battle, there was an assault on a populatoin who were entrapped and had no place to go. As B. Michael so eloquently stated (the day before he got fired from YNet), ""there is not too much glory and valor involved in flying over a giant prison and firing at its people using helicopters and fighter jets".

While you had no problem posting the statistics for what was sent into Israel, you certainly failed to note that the rate of killing Palestinians is much greater than the rate of killing Israelis. In fact, it is shocking to see how little value is given to the Palestinian life. Every life has equal value and to try and claim that the victim is actually the aggressor is unjust and certainly far from principles of human rights and equality.

Stephen is biased? I don't think so, when you make claims that you are not pointing fingers and then do exactly that, you have lost all credibility. To even claim that his post is antisemitic is obscene. You have provided nothing that is even significant. You claim that this is data how many missles were lobbed over the fence. I doubt you know what the statistics were of fatalities either Palestinian or Israeli. I do know the statistics, I actually know the names of every Israeli child killed and unfortunately cannot do so for Palestinians because THERE ARE TOO MANY.


Bob - you are really pathetic. You are now telling John to apologize. Why don't you apologize for all the Jihadwatch bs you post, your claims of the $10 billion dollars in aid per annum to Pakistan by the US and now your complete ignorance to the law practiced in your own country.

 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:55 pm
Oh Margaret, stirring the pot again won't do anything to make your posts more attractive, now will they?
 

(0)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:39 pm
Cal - You are accusing people of behaviour where no one had posted anything other than signing this petition. You deliberately sought out to make sure you added some little qualifier so your friends who would not appreciate you signing this, wouldn't be mad. Remember Cal, you were the one who was complaining with your disgust that they failed to come to your call. The ones you were disgusted with are the ones on this post. Do you remember that Cal?

To try to claim that this has been done out of conviction, any credibility to this claim evaporated when you had to get a dig in to an unnamed party which hadn't posted anything questionable or debatable. Prior to your comment, we have you, you and your self promoting post and then you and your nice little barb referring to Syria where no discussion of Syria had taken place.

Then to actually post a history of your emails to your 700 friends with your little passive aggressive jabs are childish. I am certainly not the only one who noted this. Really, Cal, while your shameless self-aggrandizing posts provide much levity, does this level of self promotion ever embarass you?
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:58 pm
You should be embarrassed by your pitiful attempts to stir the pot and make mountains out of verbal mole hills Margaret,You don't have to like me or my style, and the same is true in the reverse.

I really don't care at all if you like my style,me personally or anything else about what I do here at Care2.You just have to express your opinion, which is fine and dandy, but alas, I don't give a rat's behind about your feelings on me--how sad!
I say let's live and let's live--vive le difference when it comes to our differing styles and that's how it should be!
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:47 pm
Noted only. Sorry, Cal. They couldn't find my zipcode. I wish I could do something to hold the attack.
 

(0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 4:50 am
Wasn't me that had the need to make snide little comments when no one had said anything at all to offend you. You want to make little veiled comments and expect no one to stand up against your bs? The worse part of it, you cannot even have enough courage to actually stand by what you say, you instead have to make your little digs at "those who know you they are".
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:01 am
20008 Washington DC and/or 22204 VA can also do it.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday March 2, 2012, 5:19 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Margaret because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:46 am
Help here:

Free the Children of Palestine!

From Steve Lendman Blog: Khader Adnan's Struggle Continues

Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine) is a child rights organization and movement. Past reports disc/aussed how young Palestinian children are tortured and otherwise ill-treated during arrests, interrogations, and detentions.

Since 2008 alone, it documented 38 cases of Palestinian children brutalized in solitary confinement, despite international law and repeated UN statements prohibiting it.

On January 12, it issued an urgent appeal for children then held. It listed them by first name/last initial only, their age, when arrested, prison location, and length so far in isolation.

It also explained terrorizing middle-of-the-night arrests and horrific treatment during interrogations and detentions.

All detainees are brutalized to extract confessions. Young children, of course, are most vulnerable. Nearly all face real or contrived stone-throwing charges. Guilt by accusation follow. So do detentions and often fines.

On February 18, DCI-Palestine complained to Israeli authorities on behalf of 16-year old Rasheed J. It requested an investigation of mistreatment in custody. On November 4, 2011, he was arrested and taken to Al Jalame interrogation center charged with stone throwing.
 

MmAwayAwhile M. (456)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:47 am
Calle J. Thank you for all of the informative links you provided - Tried to send you a star! Goodness, this has some of the best comments I have seen in a long time. Again "Abdessalam" thank you for the news/petition. Not tracking this.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Friday March 2, 2012, 8:14 am
Congratulations. You have successfully signed the petition:

Free the Children of Palestine!


You are signer #2343 [?]

Thanks Jelica R for the link. I call on every human to sign this petition to free the Palestinian children.
 

MmAwayAwhile M. (456)
Friday March 2, 2012, 9:03 am
Jelicia R...got your Go petition " Free the Children of Palestine" done! Also....Abdessalam put it here so you would know as well instead of letting Jelica know by message.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday March 2, 2012, 12:50 pm
You are signer #2346 , thanks very much Jelica!
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:28 pm
What part of just don't care what you think of me and my posts and work here at
care2 don't you exactly get, Margaret. I don't care what you write or think of me...period!!


You always have to be right and you aways have to get the last word on everything--now that's annoying, folks!
 

(0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:36 pm
If it was something that you had posted, this petition, you would be kicking myself off. As for being right, I didn't start making a commentary about people who hadn't said anything questionable. You did it all by yourself and when I object to it, you accuse me of stirring the pot? Really Cal.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:44 pm
Margaret, I'lll write what I want on posts in the news sections within the guidelines set out by Care2 and you can do that too without being condescending or judgmental, which I know may be a tall order for you, but do try!
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:51 pm
And I still don't care about what you think of me and my posts Margaret.

Have a nice life!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 2:55 pm
You are signer #2347 [?]
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 2, 2012, 3:44 pm
Cal.

"[You] doth protest too much, methinks."
 

ellen m. (222)
Friday March 2, 2012, 8:13 pm
Jelica, #2349, and thanks so much for letting us know about this petition
 

Marty H. (119)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 4:59 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

brittany h. (16)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 9:07 pm
Signed and noted
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:47 am
Noted ,signed and sent to Senators and Representative :-0 Thanx
 
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