EDITOR—Matt Orfalea in one of his inimitable spoofs demonstrates that for all its ostensible diversity, US media does not dare deviate from the official monotonic narrative on any of the important topics defining reality for most people in the West. This was seen, for example, with the phenomenon of Russiagate, still an unchallenged hoax now making a comeback with the expected victory of Trump in 2024, and currently the narrative gyrations covering the Ukraine fiasco, the imperial genocide of Palestinians, and the constant demonisation of Washington’s main designated enemies, Russia, China, and Iran.
RANIA KHALEK—Israel’s genocide in Gaza has shocked the conscience of the entire world, with an endless flow of videos and images of Palestinian children cut into pieces by American bombs dropped by Israeli warplanes deliberately intended to destroy a civilian population. Despite the explicitly genocidal rhetoric of Israeli officials, Western leaders continue to proclaim their support for Israel’s right to “defend itself.”
But this war on Gaza is different from past wars, not only in the level of Israeli aggression, but in the reaction on the street, from the Middle East to the United States. Israel is losing the narrative war.
George Galloway and Miko Peled discuss clear demands to save Palestinians from the approaching total genocide
EDITOR—George discusses the Gaza situation with Miko Peled, a distinguished veteran anti-zionist activist, and himself the son of a prominent Israeli general, and former member of an IDF special forces company. Peled is critical about the current resistance strategy. The people who wish to help Palestinians must make CLEAR demands. Asking for a ceasefire, he notes, is not a clear demand; asking to stop the genocide is NOT a clear demand. The Pro-Palestinian movement and international community must demand and impose specific objectives on Israel and its Western supporters, including an immediate embargo to the supply of weapons, fuel and munitions to Israel, without which Tel Aviv could not prosecute the war; perhaps impose a blockade on the country; kick Israel out of all international organisations, from the FIFA to the UNO—which Tel Avid clearly has never respected, anyhow; and it’s time to demand the unconditional release of all Palestinians held in Israeli jails, and perhaps the most obvious, a no-fly zone over Gaza.
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JAY JANSON—[The Hamas document] was sending a message to the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Hamas should not be judged solely by the events of October 7 without examining Israel’s conduct in the West Bank and Gaza over the past decades.
Hamas pointed to the historical origins of the conflict, saying “the battle of the Palestinian people against occupation and colonialism did not start on October 7, but started 105 years ago, including 30 years of British colonialism and 75 years of Zionist occupation.”
CHRIS HEDGES—Three months into Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, the atrocities the IDF has committed against Palestinians are too numerous to name. Israel is staging a prolonged assault on the Palestinian people’s very means of existence—destroying homes, hospitals, sanitation infrastructure, food and water sources, schools, and more. To understand the genocidal campaign unfolding before our eyes, we must examine the roots of Israeli society. Israel is a settler colonial state whose existence depends on the elimination of Palestinians. Accordingly, Israel is a deeply militarized society whose citizens are raised in an environment of historical revisionism and indoctrination that whitewashes Israel’s crimes while cultivating a deep-seated racism against Palestinians.