Wednesday February 12, 2014, 1:14 pm
Invisible killings: Israel’s daily toll of Palestinian children
When your land has been occupied by a foreign army as long as your children have been alive, and this occupying army regularly brutalises and humiliates the friends and relatives of these children, stopping kids from confronting the invaders is naturally going to be very difficult. Convincing the Israeli adults in control of this weaponry in civilian areas that they should not be using it to kill children who are merely stone throwers should not be difficult. The statistics sadly tell a different story, of a deep-rooted Israeli contempt for the lives of Palestinian children that should inspire Western outrage. Photo by Musa Al-Shaer.
When Israelis are killed and injured by a Palestinian attack, the TV news networks are quick to cut to “breaking news” reports. Harrowing footage from the scene and interviews with outraged Israeli government officials are swiftly broadcast, and harsh statements are quickly issued by government and UN officials to appear in tomorrow’s front page newspaper stories.
Meanwhile, the steady killing of Palestinian civilians, many of them children, by the Israeli occupation army goes largely unnoticed and unreported.
By consistently emphasizing the suffering of Israelis, and downplaying or ignoring the killings of Palestinians, the media convey a false impression that Palestinian “attacks” are the principal feature of the conflict.
Statistics unambiguously clarify that this impression is the exact opposite of the reality on the ground.
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 9:27 pm
Up to 20 now
One has to keep trying, and balances are slowly tipping as people within and outside Israel wake up to the fact that aid from the US is being used in ways contrary to US law, international law and principles of human rights.
Thanks David - for the petition and for continuing to draw attention to human rights abuses
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:03 am
To all signers above and future signers of this petition; I can understand US citizens (I am one) being against money being "poured" into a foreign country, where a lot of it goes to the settlements in Palestinian territories, settlements which prevent peace, cause me much anger and frustration, and are a result of Israel's terrible right winged government! But we couldn't survive one day without US aide!! The only democracy in the area (look at what is happening in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon), if we do not get American aide we will be destroyed, cease to exist. Is that what you want? If we lose our ability to defend ourselves we will be murdered in our beds by our neighbors who have stated so many times that this is what they would do! A left winged government, consisting of less religious parties, would put the American aide to good use and not channel it to the settlements. I hope I making my feelings clear. I could never sign a petition like that, because as an Israeli citizen, I would be signing my death sentence!
Thursday February 13, 2014, 4:10 am
Why indeed, as long as Israel bullies and tortures Palestinians and deprives them of their right to an own country, they should not be able to rely on help from anyone.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 4:50 am
The only legitimate target of ANY US foreign aid to ANY country (other than short term food and medical) is for family planning. Believe it or not, Israel at 3.0, has a significantly higher Total Fertility Rate than any other developed country. The Arab population is only 20% so would not account for this. Israel encourages this irresponsible population growth by bullying others and taking over their land.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 8:32 am
If America did stop all aid, what would happen? I'll tell you, there would be another unprovoked invasion of Israel by her Arab neighbours and there would be a bloodbath with hundreds of thousands, even millions dead.
Probably Israel would use their nuclear weaponry to defend themselves.
Is this what you want?
if you want peace, try promoting peace and brotherhood, not stirring up hate.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 8:34 am
Why does the petition omits help to Arab countries? Israel gets American-made equipment valued at 3B, while Arab and Islamic countries get 10 times more - $30 BILLION bucks a year - CASH $$$.
That is where the real losses are.
Besides, Israel at-least provides back technology and full support for US Navy. The only thing coming from many Arab states are screams "Death to America" and terrorists. Why give them money? They are the ones which have to be weaned off US taxes.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 8:38 am
John, you can see sets of similar anti-Israel campaigns starting on lots of different web sites at the same time.
Posters often use English-speaking or even Jewish speaking names to get a better credibility.
Spreading such hate campaigns is one of the forms of Jihad. It is ranked below going into a battle or giving money t others to go to battle, but is still on the list. When religious duty calls, "Davids" could do more than 52 anti-Israel posts in 5 days.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 8:42 am
Giana, do you really think that if Israel would release the whole West Bank, Arab states would want peace?
Palestnians in Gaza are still living in "refugee" camps while under Hamas rule on UNWRA dime. As long, as they receive money from UNWRA they will NOT be interested in peace. Because then they will have nothing to live on.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 12:15 pm
giana, you ain't gotta give any excuses to these guys. it's always the same gang.
we're never gonna stop giving israel money because it would be stupid to do so. and it would hurt national security in great measures. and the the bottom of all reasons and the end of every single day, it is always, ALWAYS about us.
israel is coming up with too many new scientific creations for us to ignore. if we stop bankrolling them by the next day putin or china will sitting in our chair.
and besides, eventually those idiot right wingers will draw israel into a untenable war (iran) and that will be the end of right wingers in israeli politics. when people look at israel they can't see the forest fr the trees. look beyond their leaders, israel is filled with a wonderful cutting edge society with a lot to offer us. we not going anywhere. and as long as new toys keep coming out of their labs we're gonna keep giving them money.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 2:40 pm
If we are to stop aid to Israel, then we need to stop aid to almost every other country we supply. At least Israel doesn't hate the US, all the others we give aid to do. There is no need to aid all the other countries as all they do is use it to produce weapons and sponsor hate for us. All the messages you see are hate messages wanting to stop the aid and annilihate Israel. After Israel, comes the USA. Don't let our government tell you otherwise. They simply don't care.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:53 pm
Well, David perhaps we really have to stop all aid to Egypt who has murdered hundreds of its citizens and gets billions from the US annually.. Now THAT Would be a truly worthy petition
Thursday February 13, 2014, 3:58 pm
This is a difficult petition for many people, as the comments so far show. In the end, we all must sign, or not sign, as our conscience and beliefs dictate. There's no strongarm tactics, at least there should not be...if you feel bullied, by anyone, to sign any petition, please report it.
As to so many articles on this topic, I find that there is a decided lack of articles and/or news reports on this very same thing, anywhere. There seems to be many other topics lacking reports nowdays, especially on any kind of controversial subject. Also lacking are unbiased political news. Wonder why? Who is paid to ignore certain topics?? Who is strongarming the free press??? Who owns the network and cable news stations???? What happened to Freedom of the Press - it has been bought, bullied, or thrown in jail...
We all have a right to express our opinions without recourse, without name-calling or recriminations...wonder where I've heard that before.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 8:25 pm
NOT SIGNED. The anti Israelists and David's syncophants have a gala day with his posts.It give them a chance to express their bias.I wonder how many of them subscribe to Hiba magazine.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 9:20 pm
NOT SIGNED. Ridiculous to single out Israel when so many other countries are much more deserving of no aid. If Israel gets no aid, ( which we all know will never happen, despite this misguided and self indulgent petition), then the Palestinians surely deserve the same.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 9:26 pm
Keep in mind that those, who choose to denigrate those that support a petition to stop aid to Israel and try to discount it with red herrings are, in fact, attempting to shift focus off Israel's human rights' abuses and violations to distract from the real issues.
Israel ranks at the top of U.S. arms and military aid recipients over the past decades, and since 1948.
The statistics are readily available for anyone, who wants to see for themselves.
Egypt, and other countries, in contrast, have received a very small percentage of U.S. aid afforded Israel for the past 67 years or so.
There is absolutely no comparison in the amounts, the types of aid and loans, nor the conditions.
Israel receives $Billions annually. Other countries, like Egypt, have not.
The amounts of U.S. aid to varying countries over the decades to the present, clearly show the disproportionate aid given to Israel - much of which, will never be paid back.
I have seen the statistics. Israel has used the U.S. to finance and carry out human rights' abuses, violations under International Law, and crimes against the Palestinian people.
Thursday February 13, 2014, 11:04 pm
you're denigrating yourselves. i don't see anybody else doing that. and besides we don't spend enough on israel to begin with. we only spend 3 billion and a couple more billion for r&d. and what are we getting for it?
among a lot of things star wars is finally gonna become a reality. those jewish scientist are developing a system that will be able to knock down supersonic fruit flys. and it's all ours. and for what? a few billion? we have a budget in the trillions. and speaking of trillions, how much have we as a nation spend on star wars since reagan thought it up? in 2014 money. how much? a trillion? maybe two trillion? it's been over 30 years. and we failed.
we gettin it for a couple of billion now. just a few billions and we get a system way better than anything we ever dreamed of. america outspends the rest of the world combined in r&d. but we spend nowhere near what we should be spending on israeli science. that place is filled with wizards. wizards working in tiny cramped labs always begging for supplies.and they come up with magic. our labs have the best of everything. but we produce no where near their levels.we should actually go in and take them all as a matter of national security. but we won't. and we should.
Friday February 14, 2014, 5:15 am
If you consider all the facts you can see that the Muslims opposed the existence of Israel from the start because they could not tolerate the existence of any country in the Middle East that is not run by Muslims. They were willing to do anything to destroy Israel and that includes surrounding themselves with women and children while they sent all kinds of bombs etc. into Israel. They have also made it known that if they ever succeed in destroying Israel they will want to continue their violent actions to eventually see to it that all the countries in the entire world are run by Muslims and also by what they consider it be the "right" kind of Muslim religion. In addition, Israel has been very important to the U.S. because they have been able to get information about terrorist attacks being planned against us etc. that we could not get. We learned that when we had the 9/11 terrorist attack against us. Israel had warned us that a terrorist attack was being planned against us, but we ignored that warning. Now we know better. I also want to add that the terrorist attack against us on 9/11 had nothing to do with Israel. It was done because with the permission of Saudi Arabia we had some of our troops in the Middle East to protect Saudi Arabia from Iraq. The fanatic Muslims could not tolerate the fact that those U.S. troops were not under the control and authority of Muslims. Oh and I want to add another fact, fortunately for us and other countries before that Iraq attack on Kuwait etc. Israel had taken action to destroy the place in which Iraq had been producing WMDs (including nuclear bombs). If Israel had not done so, that war we and other countries had to get involved in defense of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Iraq would have had those WMDs to use against us.
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:19 am
A couple of years ago aid to Israel was around 6 billion dollars PER ANNUM! THIS AIDS THE ISRAELIS TO OCCUPY PALESTINIAN LAND & KILL PALESTINIANS INCLUDING CHILDREN! AMERICANS HAVE BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS JUST AS MUCH AS THE ISRAELIS.
Friday February 14, 2014, 9:32 am
3 Billion worth of equipment manufactured in USA is given to Israel per year. Saudi Arabia is allowed to BUY the very same equipment in volume given to Israel. More Israel gets, more Saudis buy. The result: Buy One - Get One Free formula, and US economy keeping 100,000 well-paid manufacturing jobs.
Who in his sound mind will want to do double wrong, to offend a proven US ally Israel and to terminate 100,000 jobs just to please Palestinians, who and not US allies and who won't be pleased anyway?
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:17 pm
"One thing I know for sure: this incessant trashing of Kerry by Israeli ministers, and their demand that Palestinians halt all "incitement" - but that Israel be free to keep building settlements in their face - is not winning Israel friends in Europe or America."
-- New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, February 4, 2014
Thursday February 20, 2014, 11:36 am
"Between 2009-2018, the United States is scheduled to give Israel--the largest recipient of U.S. aid--$30 billion in military aid. Through it's illegal 42-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, Israel misuses U.S. weapons in violation of U.S. law to kill and injure Palestinian and other civilians, destroy Palestinian infrastructure, blockade the Gaza Strip, and build illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
How much of this total will your community provide? Is this a good use of your tax dollars? What else could your taxes be used for in your community?
This money could have been spent instead to provide affordable housing grants, green jobs training, early reading education and primary health care.
Sunday December 7, 2014, 4:59 pm
The USA has enough weapons to blow up the Earth up thousands of times over. Not funding Israel will not pave the way to the rest of the world being annihilated. This is one big game and the children losing their lives in the Middle East are the ones paying for the greed and folly of the supposed adults on planet Earth. All funding for weapons should be stopped - we know we can blow ourselves up. How about see if we can live in peace and cooperation and what the world would look like if we worked together!?
Petition gladly signed.
Sunday December 7, 2014, 8:40 pm
Definitely not signing this nonsense. Israel is America's only true ally in the Middle East. I'd like to sign a petition diverting all American aid in this area to Israel.
It makes complete sense to me.
Sunday December 7, 2014, 11:09 pm
Makes zero sense to me, killing and marginalizing Palestinians for almost 7 decades, oppressing people, with funding on the backs of hard working Americans, who would be appalled, if they were aware of these abuses and crimes against humanity.
Word gets round .. hasbara and all.
Monday December 8, 2014, 3:05 am
Signed, noted. Thank-you, David.
Some here have asserted falsely that if the U.S. stopped giving Israel aid, then Israel would be crushed by surrounding states. Even if the U.S. stopped all aid today, Israel would still be the 4th most powerful military in the world. Its military would still continue to be vastly superior to any regional threat. And just what nation is going to attack Israel, anyway? The answer is no nation in the foreseeable future.
Someone else made a false assertion about WMD's. Like the illegal invasion by the U.S. on the false premise of destroying Iraq's WMD's that didn't exist, and a WMD program that didn't exist? The only nation with WMD's in the area is Israel, which has nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities. Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons, but they are not considered a threat to Israel. Another reason Israel has no reason to fear any existential threat from anyone.
Stopping all aid to Israel would very likely put a quick stop to illegal settlements and illegal population transfers to territory Israel brutally occupies, however. It would force Israel to get serious about the peace process and ending its nearly 50-year long occupation. The rest of the Chicken Little sky-is-falling fear-mongering by pro-Zionists is just that--BS for the uneducated and ill-informed.
Monday December 8, 2014, 3:15 am
Somebody's been reading too much cheap Tom Clancy pulp fiction and visiting too many Islamophobia sites.
Who is going to destroy Israel? How are they going to manage that?
Who is this mysterious enemy that is going to take the entire Earth for their religion? We talking about Christians? Seems like they got most of the world already. You looking to ignorantly start a religious war?
Why should the U.S. continue to fund Israeli apartheid, illegal settlements, racist treatment and oppression of Palestinians?