Friday, May 14, 2021

Israeli aggression through the years, and US complicity

Star Online:

Israeli aggression on journalists in Jerusalem denounced by international news agencies

A member of Israeli police runs after a cameraman during clashes with Palestinians at the compound that houses Al-Aqsa Mosque, known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 10,2021.

REUTERS/Ammar Awad

ANKARA (Bernama): International news agencies on Thursday (May 13) expressed solidarity with Anadolu Agency following violent attacks by Israeli police on journalists in Jerusalem.

"While carrying out their professional duties, four of our reporters sustained serious injuries. Our journalists chronicling the events on the ground while abiding by the principles of journalism are facing a frightening situation," said Serdar Karagoz, the director-general of Anadolu Agency, in a letter to other news agencies.

The letter was sent to the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), and the Association of the Balkan News Agencies - Southeast Europe (ABNA-SE).

In response to Karagoz's letter, EANA called on Israel "to secure journalists' physical integrity and working conditions even during these hard times."

"The Board of EANA learned that four journalists of Anadolu experienced dangerous situations and injuries during a clash between Israeli police and protesters in East Jerusalem, and strongly calls on authorities to protect their physical integrity and working conditions," the European news agency said.

The agency noted that allowing journalists to perform their duties shows governments and states' "willingness towards transparency and manifest support of democratic values."

"Journalists should be allowed to do their jobs without fear of injury or pressure of any kind," it added.

Meanwhile, OANA President CHO Sung-boo, in a letter to Karagoz, said: "It is gravely disturbing and regrettable that Anadolu Agency journalists were seriously injured while carrying out their duties."

"Violence against journalists goes against our shared, cherished values and should never be tolerated," he said, while calling for solidarity to condemn "attacks against journalism."

Additionally, the Board of Directors of ABNA-SE expressed deep concern "over respect for press freedom to provide coverage of events."

"We have learned that some Anadolu Agency journalists have been injured while covering the security forces' assault on worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. ABNA-SE hopes for the speedy recovery of Anadolu Agency journalists and photojournalists," it added.

The international news agency also urged "authorities to allow journalists to carry out their noble mission of covering the truth."

Anadolu Agency, founded in 1920, is a leading global news agency operating across the world. It serves subscribers in more than 100 countries, reaching 6,000 news outlets worldwide in 13 languages every day.

Turgut Alp Boyraz, the agency's MENA news editor, was shot twice by Israeli police in two separate incidents while covering recent events.

Boyraz, a veteran journalist with eight years of experience with the agency, was shot in the foot with a plastic bullet last Friday while covering a raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque's Haram al-Sharif in occupied East Jerusalem. On Monday (May 10), he was shot in the leg with two rubber bullets in another Israeli police raid on the flashpoint mosque.

He was one of four Anadolu Agency journalists attacked by Israeli police.

Anadolu Agency correspondent Esat Firat, who has worked for the agency since 2016, and two photographers were targeted on Monday while covering Israeli security forces' attacks on worshipers at Al-Aqsa.

Fayez Abu Rumaila, an Anadolu Agency photojournalist in occupied East Jerusalem since 2018, was brutally attacked by Israeli occupation forces while covering clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex.- Bernama


kt notes:

The above is nothing compared to Israeli warplanes strafing and naval boats torpedo-ing a USN ship, the USS Liberty, in 1967. Wikipedia reports:

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War.

The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two marines, and one civilian NSA employee), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nmi (29.3 mi; 47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.

Israel apologized for the attack, saying that the USS Liberty had been attacked in error after being mistaken for an Egyptian ship. Both the Israeli and U.S. governments conducted inquiries and issued reports that concluded the attack was a mistake due to Israeli confusion about the ship's identity. Others, including survivors of the attack, have rejected these conclusions and maintain that the attack was deliberate.

In May 1968, the Israeli government paid US$3.32 million (equivalent to US$24.4 million in 2019) to the U.S. government in compensation for the families of the 34 men killed in the attack. In March 1969, Israel paid a further $3.57 million ($24.9 million in 2019) to the men who had been wounded. In December 1980, it agreed to pay $6 million ($18.6 million in 2019) as the final settlement for material damage to Liberty itself plus 13 years of interest. [...]

During the early part of the air attack and before the torpedo boats were sighted, Liberty sent a distress message that was received by Sixth Fleet aircraft carrier USS Saratoga. Aircraft carrier USS America dispatched eight aircraft. The carrier had been in the middle of strategic exercises. Vice-Admiral William I. Martin recalled the aircraft minutes later. [...]

According to some crewmen [from USS Liberty], the [Israeli] torpedo boats fired at damage control parties and sailors preparing life rafts for launch. A life raft which floated from the ship was picked up by T-203 and found to bear US Navy markings. T-204 then circled Liberty, and Oren spotted the designation GTR-5, but saw no flag.

It took until 3:30 pm to establish the ship's identity. Shortly before the Liberty's identity was confirmed, the Saratoga launched eight aircraft armed with conventional weapons towards Liberty. After the ship's identity was confirmed, the General Staff was notified and an apology was sent to naval attachΓ© Castle. The aircraft approaching Liberty were recalled to the Saratoga. [...]

From the start, the response to Israeli statements of mistaken identity ranged between frank disbelief to unquestioning acceptance within the administration in Washington. A communication to the Israeli ambassador on 10 June, by Secretary Rusk stated, among other things:

At the time of the attack, the USS Liberty was flying the American flag and its identification was clearly indicated in large white letters and numerals on its hull. ... Experience demonstrates that both the flag and the identification number of the vessel were readily visible from the air ... Accordingly, there is every reason to believe that the USS Liberty was identified, or at least her nationality determined, by Israeli aircraft approximately one hour before the attack. ... The subsequent attack by the torpedo boats, substantially after the vessel was or should have been identified by Israeli military forces, manifests the same reckless disregard for human life.

George Lenczowski notes: "It was significant that, in contrast to his secretary of state, President Johnson fully accepted the Israeli version of the tragic incident." He notes that Johnson himself only included one small paragraph about the Liberty in his autobiography, in which he accepted the Israeli explanation, minimized the affair and distorted the number of dead and wounded, by lowering them from 34 to 10 and 171 to 100, respectively. Lenczowski further states: "It seems Johnson was more interested in avoiding a possible confrontation with the Soviet Union, ... than in restraining Israel."

McGonagle received the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. medal, for his actions. The Medal of Honor is generally presented by the president of the United States in the White House, but this time it was awarded at the Washington Navy Yard by the Secretary of the Navy in an unpublicized ceremony. Other Liberty sailors received decorations for their actions during and after the attack, but most of the award citations omitted mention of Israel as the perpetrator. In 2009, however, a Silver Star was awarded to crewmember Terry Halbardier, who braved machine-gun and cannon fire to repair a damaged antenna that restored the ship's communication; in his award citation Israel was named as the attacker. [...]

Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State at the time of the incident, wrote:

I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. Their sustained attack to disable and sink Liberty precluded an assault by accident or some trigger-happy local commander. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn't believe them then, and I don't believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.


In 2002, Captain Ward Boston, JAGC, U.S. Navy, senior counsel for the Court of Inquiry, said that the Court of Inquiry's findings were intended to cover up what was a deliberate attack by Israel on a ship that the Israelis knew to be American. In 2004, in response to the publication of A. Jay Cristol's book The Liberty Incident, which Boston said was an "insidious attempt to whitewash the facts", Boston prepared and signed an affidavit in which he said that Admiral Kidd had told him that the government ordered Kidd to falsely report that the attack was a mistake, and that Boston and Kidd both believed the attack was deliberate. [...]

On 2 October 2007, The Chicago Tribune published a special report into the attack, containing numerous previously unreported quotes from former military personnel with first-hand knowledge of the incident. Many of these quotes directly contradict the NSA's position that it never intercepted the communications of the attacking Israeli pilots, saying that not only did transcripts of those communications exist, but also that it showed the Israelis knew they were attacking an American naval vessel.

Two diplomatic cables written by Avraham Harman, Israel's ambassador in Washington, to Abba Eban, Israel's minister of foreign affairs, have been declassified by Israel and obtained from the Israel State Archive. The first cable, sent five days after the attack, informs Eban that a U.S. informant told Harman there was "clear proof that from a certain stage the pilot discovered the identity of the ship and continued the attack anyway". The second cable, sent three days later, added that the White House is "very angry" because "the Americans probably have findings showing that our pilots indeed knew that the ship was American". Documents of the Israeli General Staff meetings, declassified in October 2008, show no discussion of a planned attack on an American ship.

On 30 October 2014, Al Jazeera broadcast a documentary film containing recent first-hand accounts by several survivors of the incident. The documentary argues that Israel knew the ship was American, and planned to blame its sinking on Egypt in order to draw the US into the war on the Israeli side. [...]

U.S. rescue attempts: At least two rescue attempts were launched from U.S. aircraft carriers nearby but were recalled, according to the Liberty's senior Naval Security Group officer, Lieutenant Commander David Lewis. Lewis made an audio recording and later wrote about a meeting 6th Fleet Rear Admiral Lawrence Geis requested in his cabins:

He told me that since I was the senior Liberty survivor on board he wanted to tell me in confidence what had actually transpired. 

He told me that upon receipt of our SOS, aircraft were launched to come to our assistance and then Washington was notified. He said that the Secretary of Defense (Robert McNamara) had ordered that the aircraft be returned to the carrier, which was done. 

RADM Geis then said that he speculated that Washington may have suspected that the aircraft carried nuclear weapons so he put together another flight of conventional aircraft that had no capability of carrying nuclear weapons. These he launched to assist us and again notified Washington of his actions. Again McNamara ordered the aircraft recalled. He requested confirmation of the order being unable to believe that Washington would let us sink. 

This time President Johnson ordered the recall with the comment that he did not care if every man drowned and the ship sank, but that he would not embarrass his allies.

As I mentioned numerous times, the USA was and still is a 'religious slave' to Israel. Every US President feared/still fears the powerful Christian Right votes, and we must bear in mind the Christian Right is devoted completely to Israel, the Holy Land where Jesus Christ will return when 'Hebrews walk that land'.
And that has been why Israel would always vet the Dead Sea Scrolls and such-likes to avoid disillusioning (religiously) the American Christian Right with revelations of radical contradictions to the Bible.

The Israeli know it, that the USA was and still is a 'religious slave' to Israel, and would never hesitate to eff the US when convenient, as it did on 08 June 1967 when its warplanes and warships strafed the USS Liberty with impunity, killing 34 crew members and wounding 171.

WTF had this man to do with Iraq that "justified" US invasion and occupation of a sovereign Iraq?


  1. The so-called powerful Christian Right failed miserably to get their preferred Presidential contender, Donald Trump reelected.

    Just another cartoonish portrayal of complicated US foreign policy objectives.

    1. that's only because Trump fook up. But the Christian Right bloc remains powerfully threatening to any president foolish enough to ignore the survival needs of Israel

  2. invasion n occupation more applicable to tibet n xinjiang, not iraq.

    1. What "invasion n occupation" r u farting about?

      Nightmare inside that fart filled well!

  3. Try to imagine for a moment the Holy City of Mecca is under Jewish control, and they demolished the Kaaba, built a giant Synagogue on top of it and restricted Muslims from going there to pray.

    Impossible? Well, that is what happened in Jerusalem.

    The Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of The Rock in Old Jerusalem was built in the 8th century AD by the Ottomans on top of Temple Mount (Mount of The House of God, that is God with a capital “G” ha ha ha). The Temple Mount is the HOLIEST place of worship for Jews, equivalent to the Kaaba for Muslims.

    The first Temple Mount was built around 1000 BC, ie 1,000 years before Christ and 1,600 years before the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. So the Jews were the BUMIPUTRA of Jerusalem so to speak heh heh heh, after them came the Christians and last of all the Muslims, who aggressively conquered Jerusalem from the Christians of the Byzantine Empire. Like the Chinese and Indians who came to Old Malaya long after Parameswara came from Indonesia.

    Jerusalem is the HOLIEST City for the Jews, just like Mecca is for Muslims. But to Muslims, Jerusalem ranks only number THREE in importance, after Mecca and Medina.

    Similarly the Al Aqsa Mosque is only the THIRD most holy place for Muslims, but to Jews the Temple Mount, which lies under the mosque, is their MOST HOLY.

    When Muslims pray they face the Kaaba in Mecca. Similarly when Jews pray they face the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (pray to the same God I might add, spelled with a capital “G” ha ha ha again).

    At least Once in their lifetime Muslims are obliged to perform a pilgrimage to Mecca, not Jerusalem. To Muslims Jerusalem is not as important as Mecca or Medina. Jews too, go to great lengths to perform pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and pray at the Wailing Wall, which is located near the Temple Mount, since the House of their God spelled with the capital “G” ha ha ha yet again is buried under the Al Aqsa Mosque.

    So why rebut rebut over your THIRD holiest site, one which you robbed from the Christians and Jews centuries ago, and don’t even have to perform pilgrimage, over someone else’s MOST holy site. Be kind and considerate lah, like what your religion teaches. And imagine if your MOST HOLY site is buried under somebody else’s THIRD most important place of worship some more. The indignity.

    Imagine if in Kedah, tepi longkang somewhere, a Chinese fler built a Latuk Tokong on top of a Hindu shrine. All hell will break loose. Vigneswaran will hentam Wee KHAT Siong. The PAS MB will rub his hands with glee. But fortunately the Jews don’t insist to roboh the Al Aqsa mosque to rebuild the Temple Mount, the House of their God spelt with a capital G. Or if in Penang the Kek Lok Si temple was demolished and they built a Church over it.

    No, the Jews quietly pray nearby, at the Wailing Wall. They don’t make any fuss. That should be the way.

    1. Wakakakakakaka…

      "Try to imagine for a moment the Holy City of Mecca is under Jewish control, and they demolished the Kaaba, built a giant Synagogue on top of it"

      What a display of total know-nothing!

      Blurred mfer, ain't u have just described EXACTLY the creation of the Al Aqsa mosque and the Dome of The Rock in Old Jerusalem built in the 8th century AD by the Ottomans on top of Temple Mount?

      Unfortunately for u, the Zionist Jews didn't & don't manage to do yr evil fart of demolished Al Aqsa mosque & built a giant Synagogue on top of it and restricted Muslims from going there to pray!

      Truly pariah & aneh to the nth for a well dwelling katak!

    2. U, f*cked blurred mfer have finally showing yr inherent evil nature by subconsciously scheming things that not even the contemptuous Zionist Jews would dare to plan!

      Mfer, just wait for yr turn of fate lah. It wouldn't be far. Hopefully not that SARS-CoV-2 that r raging now in yr aneh land!

  4. I don’t understand why 1,800,000,000 Muslims (one out of every four humans on earth) who occupy one third of the world’s land mass cannot accommodate 7 million Israeli Jews who only want a strip of land made up of rock, sand and nothing else the size of Perak to make as their home. It’s not as if the land had billions of barrels of oil buried underground. Yilek. Kosong. Air Pun Takde. It’s not as if they want to RAMPAS and create an independent country the size of Xinjiang. Religion teaches us to be kind, considerate and generous to our fellow human beings, especially if they are the minority, which the Israeli Jews clearly are (by a ratio of 260 to 1). Like MP Sim or Preacher Ebit; they are clear examples that we should follow, helping weak people of other faiths and background.

    1. "why 1,800,000,000 Muslims (one out of every four humans on earth) who occupy one third of the world’s land mass cannot accommodate 7 million Israeli Jews who only want a strip of land made up of rock, sand and nothing else the size of Perak to make as their home"

      Surely u won't understand that pommie political intricacy.

      U r born into it & meme-ed via yr elders' century of England indoctrination!

    2. Lol, TS is soo bloody stupid.

      The Zionist plan is to create greater Iarael covering some parts of Eygypt until Iraq.

      They plan to conquer the world through NWO plan and waiting for their messiah.

      They will treat all non-jew (called "goyim") as human slave (worst than animals).

      So, which part of Zionist plan that this stupid TS does not understand.

  5. Wow ! Ktemoc has been declared a phishing site. !

  6. Palestinians fighting for a homeland = OK
    Uighurs fighting for homeland = NOT OK.

    All this chest thumping over so-called Israeli atrocities is hypocrisy. It smells of anti-Semitism. Because when it comes to DaGe no problem if they mis-treat minorities. Or when Muslims deny fellow Muslim Kurds a homeland - oso no problem.

    Malaysia is scared to say anything about DaGe's treatment of Uighurs "because China is too powerful", so does this mean Israel is weak, therefore Muslim nations should unite to punish them?

    Silence on Uyghurs because China is powerful - Mahathir
    29 Sep 2019

    Muslim countries are silent about the persecution of Uyghurs "because China is a very powerful nation", said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

    Speaking to Benar News, Mahathir said other ways must be found to deal with Beijing so as not to suffer repercussions.

    "You don’t just try and do something which would fail anyway, so it is better to find some other less violent ways not to antagonise China too much because China is beneficial for us.

    "Of course, it is a big trading partner of ours and you do not want to do something that will fail, and in the process, also, we will suffer," he said.

    China is Malaysia's largest trading partner and, at the moment, the government is tied to Beijing over BN-era projects such as the East Coast Rail Link which Pakatan Harapan renegotiated.

    Mahathir's reply was to a question on why Muslim countries, including Malaysia, don't speak up for the Uyghurs as much as they speak up for the Rohingyas or Palestinians.

    The Chinese government has placed some 1.5 million Uyghur Muslims in "re-education camps", which it claims is necessary to combat Islamic extremism.

    The treatment of the Uyghurs has been heavily criticised, including by a Malaysian diplomat who reportedly said that Beijing was using the threat of terrorism as an excuse to “sanitise” the Uyghurs “until they become acceptable Chinese citizens”.

    The New York Times, which reported these remarks, said the diplomat's criticisms were never made public, and speculated that this was as it came during the period when Malaysia was in the midst of renegotiating infrastructure deals.

    Mahathir, in his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, said the organisation's silence on the crisis affecting Rohingya Muslims was "deafening", but made no mention of the Uyghurs.

    However, at a talk in New York later on Thursday, the prime minister did express concern over the safety of Uyghur refugees.

    "Some Uyghurs wanted to be independent and did take up arms. The Chinese government had to take steps.

    "Some (Uyghurs) ran to Malaysia. We allowed them to escape to other countries because we were concerned about their safety if they returned to China," he told members of the Foreign Relations Council (CFR).

    In October last year, Mahathir's government had also defied Beijing's request to extradite 11 Uyghur Muslims who had escaped from a Thai prison. The Uyghurs were sent to Turkey instead.

    Mahathir told reporters the Uyghurs were released as they had "done nothing wrong" in Malaysia.

    1. What Uyghur homeland r u farting about?