Start A Petition

Robert Fisk: Civilians Pay Price of War From Above


World  (tags: HumanRights, Middle East, US, NATO, Israel, Afghanistan, Gaza, Iraq, Serbia, Bosnia, War, Attacks, Innocent civilians, 'Collateral Damage )

Brigitte
- 3666 days ago - independent.co.uk
When the Americans destroy Iraqi homes, there is an inquiry. And oh how the Israelis love inquiries (though they rarely reveal anything). It's the history of the modern Middle East. We are always right and when we are not, we (sometimes) apologise and ...



   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

Brigitte T (69)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 1:14 am
Robert Fisk: Civilians pay price of war from above

Thursday, 7 May 2009



Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as "human shields" by the Taliban and we shall say that we "deeply regret" innocent lives that were lost. But we shall say that it's all the fault of the terrorists, not our heroic pilots and the US Marine special forces who were target spotting around Bala Baluk and Ganjabad.
(Related articles

* Afghan massacre overshadows US talks
* '120 die' as US bombs village
* Leading article: Air strikes will not bring stability to Afghanistan
* Letters: Aid for Afghanistan)

When the Americans destroy Iraqi homes, there is an inquiry. And oh how the Israelis love inquiries (though they rarely reveal anything). It's the history of the modern Middle East. We are always right and when we are not, we (sometimes) apologise and then we blame it all on the "terrorists". Yes, we know the throat-cutters and beheaders and suicide bombers are quite prepared to slaughter the innocent.

But it was a sign of just how terrible the Afghan slaughter was that the powerless President Hamid Karzai sounded like a beacon of goodness yesterday appealing for "a higher platform of morality" in waging war, that we should conduct war as "better human beings".

And of course, the reason is quite simple. We live, they die. We don't risk our brave lads on the ground – not for civilians. Not for anything. Fire phosphorus shells into Fallujah. Fire tank shells into Najaf. We know we kill the innocent. Israel does exactly the same. It said the same after its allies massacred 1,700 at the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982 and in the deaths of more than a thousand civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and after the death of more than a thousand Palestinians in Gaza this year.

And if we kill some gunmen at the same time – "terrorists", of course – then it is the same old "human shield" tactic and ultimately the "terrorists" are to blame. Our military tactics are now fully aligned with Israel.

The reality is that international law forbids armies from shooting wildly in crowded tenements and bombing wildly into villages – even when enemy forces are present – but that went by the board in our 1991 bombing of Iraq and in Bosnia and in Nato's Serbia war and in our 2001 Afghan adventure and in 2003 in Iraq. Let's have that inquiry. And "human shields". And terror, terror, terror. Something else I notice. Innocent or "terrorists", civilians or Taliban, always it is the Muslims who are to blame.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-civilians-pay-price-of--war-from-above-1680408.html
 

Pamylle G (458)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 8:49 am
This "surge" in Afghanistan is a disaster & a disgrace !
 

Amena Andersson (187)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 11:58 am
I agree...a disaster and a disgrace. It needs to stop now.
 

. (0)
Saturday May 9, 2009, 12:11 pm
peace for everybody stop killing animals and stop the wars
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 2:38 am
In this dreadfully uncertain world,
it is so nice to know that there are certain
things we can absolutely depend on, such as
having Joshco show up in news posts like these,
tightly wrapped in the American flag, with bullsh*t
dripping out of his deaf ears.

Joshco, my man, you make it so easy for me.
Here it is, 5:30 in the morning, I'm dead-tired
and in great physical pain, but still, I'll take the
time to (try to) enlighten you.
Are ya ready, Skippy?
Okay, here we go!

Shabra and Shatila were committed by the now
highly-vegetative Ariel Sharon, who has been
doing his impression of a turnip for the last
who-knows how long, and by-God, he deserves it.
I hope that somewhere in that coma he's in, he's
suffering.

Simply because the use of white phosphorus shells
has been approved for "illumination" (wink-wink,
nudge-nudge) doesn't make it right. Alberto Gonzales
and John Yoo told GWB it was okay-fine to torture,
but that didn't make the torture right.

Yes, let's evacuate the villages before murdering
the "terrorists"!
"Hello, um, could you folks leave town for a few
minutes, please, while we kill the 'terrorists'?"

Let them use small arms, medium arms, large arms
to kill "our" (your) soldiers, and the more the better.
The fastest way to stop this Godless war would be the
elimination of the invading military.
That would be YOUR military, Josh-Dude.

Terrorist:
What the big army calls the little army.
Learn it, Live it, Love it, Josh.
It'll be the salvation of the nation, man!
Can you dig it?

Thanks, Brigitte!
noted.
 

Trequl M (170)
Sunday May 10, 2009, 6:29 am
Noted and forward to all of my friends. Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 11, 2009, 4:22 am
well said josh..people think we can just leave the taliban/al-queda alone now? within weeks the trainng camps would multiply 10 fold and their plans to attack america and her allies would be in the works.we need evrything to properly supply our troops to keep the taliban/al-queda from there ultimate goals..which again is to target civlians in large numbers ..and people who dont realize this live in a fantasy world of peace and rainbows(pretty scary)...and remember throughout history many just wars have been fought because "FREEDOM ISNT FREE"
 

Brigitte T (69)
Monday May 11, 2009, 5:24 am
"During the week after U.S. missiles hit sites in Sudan and Afghanistan, some Americans seemed uncomfortable. A vocal minority even voiced opposition. But approval was routine among those who had learned a few easy Orwellian lessons.

When terrorists attack, they're terrorizing. When we attack, we're retaliating. When they respond to our retaliation with further attacks, they're terrorizing again. When we respond with further attacks, we're retaliating again.

When people decry civilian deaths caused by the U.S. government, they're aiding propaganda efforts. In sharp contrast, when civilian deaths are caused by bombers who hate America, the perpetrators are evil and those deaths are tragedies.

When they put bombs in cars and kill people, they're uncivilized killers. When we put bombs on missiles and kill people, we're upholding civilized values.

When they kill, they're terrorists. When we kill, we're striking against terror.

At all times, Americans must be kept fully informed about who to hate and fear. When the United States found Osama bin Laden useful during the 1980s because of his tenacious violence against the Soviet occupiers in Afghanistan, he was good, or at least not bad — but now he's really bad.

No matter how many times they've lied in the past, U.S. officials are credible in the present. When they vaguely cite evidence that the bombed pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum was making ingredients for nerve gas, that should be good enough for us.

Might doesn't make right — except in the real world, when it's American might. Only someone of dubious political orientation would split hairs about international law. "

[Orwellian Logic 101 — A Few Simple Lessons By Norman Solomon
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2312
Media Beat (8/27/98)].

...Still valid today!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 11, 2009, 3:24 pm
Timmy - buddy, why did you skip your history lessons, playing football or greeting first love? OK, back to business:

Shabra and Shatila were committed by Phalanginst under leadership of Hobeiko, who was running Lebanese Parliment soon after. Not by Israeilis, understand?

Simply because the use of white phosphorus shells
has been approved for illumination (wink-wink,
nudge-nudge) DOES make it right. Solders need
light to aim better ans save civilians while
killing enemies. Got it? Really Got it?

Torture to save American lives IS OK and is RIGHT.
Life is better than Death to those who value Life.

Yes, let's evacuate the villages before murdering
the "terrorists"!
"Hello, um, could you folks leave town for a few
minutes, please, while we kill the 'terrorists'?"
Baby, that's exactly what Israelis do: sat on
the phone and told Gazans: get out in 10 min,
we are bombing your place.

Let them use small arms, medium arms, large arms
to kill "our" (your) soldiers, and the more the better.
The fastest way to stop this Godless war would be the
elimination of the invading military.
That would be YOUR military, Josh-Dude.

Is the Army of YOUR country not YOUR Army?
Who will defend you when time comes?


Terrorist:
What the big army calls the little army DELIBERATELY killing CIVILIANS.

Timmy, have respect for those who do dirty work for you.


Josh.

 

Gorgeous H (142)
Monday May 11, 2009, 9:04 pm
I SEE MY COMMENT WAS REMED (NOTHING UNUSUAL FOR ME)

Anyway here it is for the second time. Care 2 is run by neo conservatives obviously!

Comment:






TORTURE IN ISRAELI PRISONS
By Rev. Ted Pike
29 Aug 07


Today, more than 8,000 Palestinians are locked in Israel ’s prisons, most without due process. For the majority, their crime is resisting a nation that violently stole 90 percent of their parents’ and grandparents’ land and possessions and expelled them to wretched detention camps in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon. (See, The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife) These sons and grandsons were imprisoned for crimes ranging from stone-throwing at Israeli tanks to violent terrorist activity. As prisoners, they have virtually no rights. Many are held without charge or trial. They can be legally tortured without restraint.

Since at least 1967, the government of Israel has vehemently denied that it uses torture, and Israel signed the 1987 Landau Agreement banning most forms of torture. 1 But in 1995 a secret government report (not released until 2000) admitted Israel does torture. 2 In 1999 Israel 's Supreme Court ruled that torture can be employed as a "necessity" in exceptional cases when officers have reason to believe they can prevent a crime. This has created a loophole, exempting interrogators/torturers from punishment as long as they claim they tortured in the national interest. 3

Since every Palestinian prisoner may be viewed as possessing information valuable to preventing terrorist attacks, virtually all have been tortured. The Palestine Monitor (www.palestinemonitor.org) reports that since 1987 the Israeli Security Agency has tortured at least 850 Palestinians a year during interrogations. Since the Supreme Court ruling in 1999, according to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselm, 85 percent of Palestinian prisoners are still subjected to torture. The Monitor asserts that during the first Intifada (1987-1993), Israeli security “interrogated approximately 23,000 Palestinians.” The Public Committee Against Torture (PCAT) estimates that almost all suffered some torture during interrogation. 4

The Palestine Monitor says that methods of interrogation and torture frequently used by Israeli security service include:

Tying up detainees in painful positions for hours or days.
Containment in tiny cramped spaces (for days, prisoners have been stuffed in boxes about 2 feet square and 5 feet high, often with spiked floors).
Prolonged beatings.
Enclosing the detainee's head in a sack (often soaked with urine and feces).
Violent “shaking” (Physicians for Human Rights says this has caused brain damage, even death). 5
Bending body in extremely painful positions.
Prolonged exposure to extreme cold or heat.
Sexual, verbal, and psychological abuse.
Threats against the individual’s life or family members’ lives.
Playing extremely loud music.
Choking and pulling out hair (prisoners have been forced to swallow hair).
Intentional tightening of handcuffs (According to Amnesty International, the handcuffs used by the Israeli Security forces are in themselves a form of torture, “…the plastic handcuffs tighten on the detainee's wrist, causing intense pain; former detainees describe their wrists becoming blue as a result of their tightening and adult men screaming with pain as they begged to be taken off.”
Putting head of prisoner in toilet bowl. 6
Some prisoners are guilty of terrorist acts, including attempted suicide bombings. As victims of injustice, they have also committed injustice. Yet international law forbids torturing prisoners, military or civilian, even to obtain vital information. The Old Testament, ostensibly respected by Israel 's government, also gives no sanction to torture, even of Israel 's bitterest enemies. The implicit message of the Old Testament is that torture is barbaric, unthinkable among God's chosen people. 7

Israelis Criticize Torture

For five months in 1977, the London Sunday Times investigative team worked inside the West Bank, Gaza, and surrounding areas to investigate evidence of torture. The team recorded 110,000 words of testimony and found proof of torture “‘…through the ten years of Israeli occupation since 1967’.” 8

The Times presented the cases of 44 tortured Palestinians. Some of these cases are included in three chapters of the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, p. 593-672. 9 They confirm that the following forms of torture have existed in Israel ’s prison system since 1967.

Prisoners were:

hung by their wrists for long periods.
beaten extensively, over periods of days and months.
struck in the genitals, and testicles twisted, squeezed, and crushed; testicles compressed around an iron ball placed between them.
sexually abused - sometimes through “anal assaults,” including homosexual rape and pushing of bottles up rectums.
attacked by dogs.
beaten on soles of feet.
hosed with icy water, forced to sit in blazing sun for hours.
penetrated in the penis with a ballpoint pen; metal rods up urethra, rupturing it.
exposed, blindfolded, to the wrath of a raging public, pelted with rocks and bottles at Israeli football games.
forced to drink urine and allow soldiers to urinate in their mouth.
forced to grasp barbed wire and endure electric shock, having electrodes attached to various parts of the body and enduring shocks so powerful they lift the victim off the ground; forced to stand in electrically charged water.
hung in crucified position for up to four days in the scorching sun.
hung by feet and used as punching bags for boxers.
forced to sit for up to a week with hands over head.
forced to “run the gauntlet” of beatings by 8 to 10 soldiers.
laid on the floor and jumped on by guards.
dragged by rope around neck.
beaten and tortured in front of family members, commanded to rape their daughters.
crushed under bulldozers.
blindfolded and hung from helicopter.
In addition, they had:

their teeth torn out with pliers; false teeth were smashed.
shards of glass pushed deeply into nostrils.
a tube pushed up nose with salt water forced into stomach; batons were jammed in mouth, rupturing throat.
ribs, bones, and teeth deliberately broken.
Red Cross Describes Torture

In Prisoners of Israel, Israeli civil libertarians Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone confirm:

…the pattern of torture repeated by the Sunday Times is similar to that found in the hundreds of testimonies published by Israeli lawyers, Felicia Langer and Lea Tsemel, by Palestinian lawyer Walid Fahoum, as the accounts we have heard from former prisoners.

…this pattern is documented in the West Bank as early as 1968, one year after the occupation began. Although the International Red Cross does not make public declarations, it had prepared in 1968 a finding of torture. Its “Report on the Nablus Prison” concludes:

“A number of detainees have undergone torture during interrogation by the military police. According to the evidence, the torture took the following forms:

1. Suspension of the detainees by the hands and the simultaneous traction of his other members for hours at a time until he loses consciousness.
2. Burns with cigarette stubs.
3. Blows with rods on the genitals.
4. Tying up and blindfolding for days.
5. Bites by dogs.
6. Electric shocks at the temples, the mouth, the chest and testicles.” 10

A report by Amnesty International of August 9, 1982 estimated the number of detainees in the large prison camp of Ansar at 10,000. According to the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, the total number of prisoners amounted to approximately 15,000, including children and elderly persons…”

As a result, the Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem tells us “there are many thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese who are disabled as a result of long years of imprisonment and torture.” (p. 599)

Women Don't Escape Torture

After 1967, the number of women incarcerated and tortured grew dramatically.

One such prisoner, Rasmiya Odeh, says: “The first time they stripped me and threw me on the floor, the room was full of men -- civilians and soldiers. They laughed at my nakedness and kicked me, beat me with sticks, punched me all over, especially on the breasts; my body was covered with bruises. Then they got a wooden stick, not a smooth one, and pushed it into me to break the hymen. They brought my father and fiancé to see me. I lost consciousness…

One time, an interrogator, Abu-Hani, sat me on a chair and sat himself opposite. He put his legs on the chair on either side of me and boxed me on the ears until I couldn’t hear anymore and brought in my father and told him to strip and make love to me. “She isn’t your daughter, she’s your wife, go on, sleep with her.” My father screamed and they beat him till he lost consciousness. Blood was pouring from my mouth and nose and I couldn’t hear anymore. They dragged him unconscious from the room. Another time, they stripped me and took me to a room where men were suspended from the ceiling. They handcuffed me to the hooks in the ceiling -- it was a pulley system which could be raised and lowered- and then chained my feet to the ground, wide apart, and raised me so only the tips of my toes touched the ground. They said they had been going to rape me, but I was too dirty for them and they would instead get some prisoners who hadn’t seen a woman for a long time." 11

The Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem says, “The tortures recounted in this chapter [such as the above] have been duplicated en masse on thousands of Palestinian women detainees of all ages.” (p. 671)

Isn't it significant that a number of Israeli torture experts instructed US interrogators at the US military base of Abu Ghraib in Iraq several years ago? They taught American soldiers the same torture techniques used in Israeli prisons. 12 It is also chilling that the Bush administration, allowing "coercion" torture of Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo, uses virtually the same evasive language as Israel. Bill Quigley, professor of law at Loyola University in New Orleans, says 44 detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan have died in U.S. captivity, having been hooded, strangled, gagged, or beaten with blunt objects. 13

All civil liberties/humanitarian groups that monitor Israeli torture indicate that the Israeli government at every level, from the premier and Shin Bet (equivalent to our FBI) down to the military police, colludes with torture. As a result, Ha'aretz says, "It is no surprise that no Shin Bet interrogators have been found guilty of torturing a suspect…" 14

Why Should We Care?

In Nazi Germany, Hitler’s SS tortured people “inferior” to the "master race." Similarly, Israel ’s torture of Palestinians is fueled by Talmudic teachings which assert that Gentiles are inferior to the “chosen race” … Jews. (See, The Talmud: Scalpel that Bleeds the Mideast)

Should torture in Israeli prisons concern us as Americans? What about the millions of evangelical Christians who staunchly support Israel ?

The Bible says someday Christians will also be incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Describing the events of the last days before His second coming, Christ said, “They will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons…” (Luke 21:12) During this future worldwide Jewish persecution of Christians, the same penal hellholes that now muffle the screams of thousands of tortured Palestinians will also cage Christians.

Why would Israel imprison Christians?

For anti-Christian Jewish activists, there is no greater criminal in history than Jesus Christ. Such Jews believe that, by vilifying the Pharisees (modern Judaism's greatest guiding lights), Jesus began an evil trend of suspicion toward Judaism, a movement that New Testament writers and later church fathers magnified through "anti-Semitic" depiction of Jews as "Christ killers." Many Jews believe that anti-Semitism comes from Christianity; they believe the New Testament "blood charge" that Jews had Christ crucified spawned nearly 2000 years of living hell for the Jewish people, culminating in the Holocaust. (See, ADL's Foxman: New Testament is Anti-Semitic)

When Sarah Silverman in her film Jesus is Magic said, “I hope the Jews did kill Christ. I’d f---ing do it again in a second," she expressed a historic Jewish point of view: If Jesus had been smothered in His cradle, a world of Jewish suffering would have been avoided. Activist Jews of ADL/B’nai B’rith consider the accusation that the Jews had Christ murdered so evil they have included it as one of the 14 criteria of anti-Semitism published by their Office of Global Anti-Semitism in the US State Department. (See, Global Hate Crimes Gestapo Being Created) Such “anti-Semitism” is now a hate crime punishable by the B’nai B’rith hate laws in Canada with huge fines and even prison. 15

Already, Jewish activists in high places can deport and imprison those who offend them. At the insistence of B'nai B'rith International, Holocaust reductionists Ernst Zundel and Germar Rudolph were extradited from Canada and America and imprisoned in Germany for violating Germany 's B'nai B'rith-inspired "anti-hate" laws.

Knesset can now demand from any nation extradition of those who publicly question the accuracy of the six-million figure of the Holocaust. 16 If nations accept this request and deport citizens to Israel, such victims may be tried there for "crimes against the Jewish people" and sent to Israeli prisons where they may be tortured alongside Palestinians.

Knesset is also deliberating legislation that would make it a federal crime for visiting evangelicals, and even resident Jewish Christians, to witness publicly for Christ in Israel. 17 Penalty: a year in an Israeli prison, again possibly facing the same tortures meted to Palestinians. In the book of Acts, Christians who publicly witnessed for Christ in the streets of Jerusalem faced imprisonment and possible flogging (torture). The same is becoming true today.

Ultimately, Christians may be “delivered” from the nations to Israel for the “crime” of supporting those who caused the Holocaust -- Jesus and the New Testament writers.

Time for Christians to Suffer

Today, few evangelical Christians have sympathy for Arab suffering. “ Israel first” evangelicals view Palestinians as Satanically driven opponents to God’s chosen people, Israel. They consider Israel the apple of His eye, blessed and intimately guided from above, especially in military victories. One pastor frankly told me God is really interested only in the Jews. “He’s pretty much written off the whole Arab world.” Reflecting this mentality, most evangelicals pledge themselves to unconditionally support Israel.

Yet when Christ's words are fulfilled and the church suffers imprisonment and torture at the hands of Jewish leaders, a few believers will suffer with a clear conscience. They did not assist, but resisted, the rise of the anti-Christ system that now oppresses them. They had compassion on its first victims, the Palestinians, as would the gentle Jesus.

Most imprisoned evangelicals will not have this consolation. They will remember how they and their fathers blindly encouraged the ascent of the Great Harlot, Israel, and stopped their ears from hearing the cries of her victims.

The Palestinians have suffered without mercy or justice from most evangelicals for at least 60 years. Someday it will be the turn of evangelicals to scream from undreamed of tortures in Israeli prisons and also be unheard by a hostile and indifferent world.





Endnotes:

1. In his 50-page report, the UN special investigator on torture, Nigel Rodley said Israel told him, "…that its law forbade all forms of torture or maltreatment and it was in full conformity with the 1987 Convention Against Torture which it has ratified." Yet, he goes on to relate how his investigations confirmed that practices amounting to torture, such as sleep deprivation, hooding, and violent shaking, were going on at the same time. Reuters, March 23, 1997, "UN Investigator Says Israel Tortures Palestinians."

2. "Israel Admits Torture," www.news.bbc.co.uk, Feb. 9, 2000.

3. Human Rights Watch, www.hrw.org, "Memorandum: Israel 's Second Periodic Report to the Committee Against Torture," May 1998.

4. www.palestinemonitor.org, Fact Sheet of Torture of Palestinians, Aug. 17, 2007. The Monitor says, "According to Amnesty International, since 2001, Israeli authorities '….have actually continued and intensified implementation of a policy of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and collective punishment against Palestinians…'"

5. " Israel and the Occupied Territories: Shaking as a Form of Torture. Death in Custody of Abdal Al-Samad Harizat. A Medicological Report by Physicians for Human Rights, October 1995," http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/library/documents/reports/israel-and-the-occupied.pdf.

6. www.palestinemonitor.org, Fact Sheet of Torture of Palestinians, Aug. 17, 2007.

7. The altruism of the Old Testament toward one's vanquished enemies is revealed in II Kings 6:22: "Would you kill those you have taken captive? Set bread and water before them that they may eat and drink and return." As a result of Israel 's kindness to a captured invading foe, "marauding bands of Arameans did not come again into the land of Israel."

8. Schoenman and Shone, Prisoners of Israel, Santa Barbara, CA, Veritas Press, 1984, p.13.

9. Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, Intercontinental Books, Nov. 1991. Edited by Christian Palestinian lawyer and diplomat Dr. Issa Nakhleh, this 2-volume work is available at most university libraries.

10. Prisoners of Israel, p. 594.

11. Encyclopedia of the Palestine Problem, p. 646.

12. Columnist Wayne Madsen writes, "According to a political appointee within the Bush administration and U.S. intelligence sources, the interrogators at Abu Ghraib included a number of Arabic-speaking Israelis… who also helped U.S. interrogators develop the 'R21' (resistance to interrogation) techniques. Many of the torture methods were developed by the Israelis over many years of interrogating Arab prisoners in the occupied West Bank and in Israel itself." www.counterpunch.org, "The Israeli Torture Template: Rape, Feces and Urine," August 17, 2007.

13. "Priests Expose Secret Cycle of U.S. Torture," Brenda Norrell, www.counterpunch.org, Aug. 13, 2007.

14. www.haaretz.com, "Torture in Israel Has Again Become Routine," Aug. 18, 2003. The Palestine Committee against Torture concludes, "….not a single GSS interrogator has been brought to trial since 1994," PCAP, Sept. 2004, cited by the Palestinian Monitor.

15. I asked a friend in Toronto what would happen if he publicly stated that the Jews had Christ killed. "Ted," he replied, "I'd be playing with fire. The police might come and arrest me."

16. On June 20, 2004 the Jerusalem Post reported that Israel 's Knesset empowered the State of Israel to criminalize anyone in the world who publicly reduces the six-million figure. The government is now authorized to request extradition to Israel of such alleged "hate criminals" from any nation. Israel can also seize, prosecute, and imprison them should they set foot in Israel.

17. Since 1977, Israel 's anti-missionary law has decreed 5 years in prison for any non-Jew who attempts to convert a Jew from his religion, making use of a material enticement (tract, cup of coffee, etc.). This law has not been strictly enforced out of fear of losing evangelical favor and tourist dollars. Israeli law also requires a 6-month prison term for anyone, Gentile or Jew, encouraging conversion of a Jewish minor. This spring, the Shas party (equal in votes to Likud) proposed that attempts to convert a Jew of any age in Israel should be punished by 1 year in prison. "Shas Seeks Harsher Penalties for Missionaries," Mar. 14, 2007, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3376215,00.html.





--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watch dog organization.

Let the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith teach you how they have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.

Learn how ADL took away free speech in Canada and wants to steal it now in the U.S. Congress. Watch Rev. Ted Pike's Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians at video.google.com. Purchase this gripping documentary to show at church. Order online at www.truthtellers.org for $24.90, DVD or VHS, by calling 503-853-3688, or at the address below.

TALK SHOW HOSTS: Interview Rev. Ted Pike on this topic. Call (503) 631-3808.



National Prayer Network, P.O. Box 828, Clackamas, OR 97015
 

Tsandi Crew (95)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 12:47 pm
There is so much that is wrong with War. It is only the handful of people who are power hungry who want any war.

There are always the forgotten. There are the 6 million Jews who were slaughered...but everyone forgets the 7 million gentiles who died to stop that war...

The lesson is never learned. The Whole story is not repeated over and over...do you ever hear of the ones who died to stop a war? No. The heroes are not mentioned. You hear about the victims.

As far as I can tell from all the chaos, war in the Middle East is a genetic problem. As soon as peace threatens, someone, afraid there will be a world in which they can no longer maneuver because they have never known peace, starts throwing rocks again.

It is all generation after generation has ever known. It is as if no one knows how to teach their children peace. So war gets passed down from one generation to the next.

Yelling at them to stop is of no use. The People there don't know what to do without war.

AND THE LEADERS WHO CRAVE POWER TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT FACT!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 12:54 pm
war is about defending your family and property..that is what american is doing in afghanastan..it is very simple..now thankfully pakistan realizes this..they must stop al-queda/taliban in their country which would aid us in afghanastan..or risk losing family and property..mankind defends itself when threatened..al-queda and the taliban threaten..its not about power
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 4:39 pm
Tsandi, total losses of WWII were about 60 millions, or even more. Only Russian losses were over 30 millions, though numbers vary.


Josh.
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)


Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in World





 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.