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“Israel has been criticized for its discriminatory policies against both its non-Jewish citizens and the non-Jews who live under its occupation. That is not a discussion the supporters of Israel want to have because the country’s fundamentally discriminatory policies disqualify it from being a true democracy. A country can’t be a democracy if it discriminates against some of its citizens on the basis of their race or religion. In Israel, Christians and Muslims are treated differently than Jews.” – Ray Hanania, “Israel’s supporters attack critics to avoid the issues – OpEd” – Eurasia Review, February 25th, 2021.
“Those who have followed developments in the Middle East would likely agree that Israel covers up its war crimes and other human rights violations by regularly invoking its own victimhood. Whether the subject is U.S. aid to the Jewish state or media coverage of the illegal expansion of Israel into the West Bank, one will always find references to the so-called holocaust or claims of anti-Semitism to discredit any criticism.” – Philip Giraldi, “The intellectually superior perpetual victim again on display” – Unz Review, March 16th, 2021.
“In December 2019, (International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou) Bensouda intimated that there was ‘a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip’. Of interest was the 2014 Israel-Hamas conflict, Israel’s policy of settlements in occupied territory and aggressive responses to protests on the Gaza-Israeli border starting in March 2018.” – Binoy Kampmark, “Let the investigation begin: The International Criminal Court, Israel and the Palestinian Territories” – Scoop, February 7th, 2021.
“As a final observation, one might only suggest that three additional bastions of ‘Israel-first’ think that need to be assailed to permit any rational discussion of an appropriate U.S. role in the Middle East. They are the deeply flawed accepted holocaust narrative, which is used to grant Israelis and Jews special exemption due to their status as perpetual victims; the cynical use of the label anti-Semitism to silence critics; and the still undisclosed role of Israel in 9/11, which has never been adequately addressed.” – Philip Giraldi, “More suggestions for dealing with Israel recusal and banning dual nationality good places to start” – Unz Review, March 2nd, 2021.
“The drum roll includes ‘fake war crimes,’ ‘Nazi Holocaust,’ ‘pure anti-Semitism,’ ‘defend itself against terrorists who murder our children,’ and ‘brutal dictatorships like Iran and Syria who commit horrific atrocities almost daily.’ The reality is quite the reverse with the Israelis committing real war crimes by attacking its neighbors almost daily to include frequently killing Palestinian children. The horrific atrocities are being committed by the Israeli Army and the armed monstrous settlers against helpless Palestinians on both the West Bank and in Gaza. One might add the theft of Arab land, the destruction of their houses and livelihoods, and the lack of any due process for those who live and die under the brutal occupation.” – Philip Giraldi, “ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes” – Unz Review, February 16th, 2021.
“How can Israelis close their eyes to the violent abuses inflicted by Israel’s military against the Palestinians? They live in an artificial world of denial – bolstered by a mastery of communications and the dysfunctionality of Palestinian activists – in which abuses against Palestinians such as racism, land theft, physical violence and killings take place every day. These actions do not even provoke a whimper from the majority of Israel’s Jews… They have come to accept the fact that their country is one built on the oppression of others, while going to great lengths to separate its viciousness from that which fueled the Holocaust, which brought many of them into the initially welcoming arms of Palestine’s Christians and Muslims.” – Ray Hanania, “Oppression and land theft bring shame To Israel” – Eurasia Review, March 19th, 2021.