stephen clark

anti-capitalist // austin, tx

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay: World must hold Israel accountable for deliberate violations of international law

'The same pattern of attacks is occurring now on homes, schools, hospitals, U.N. premises. None of this appears to me to be accidental.'

US citizens need to look at what Israel is doing in Gaza and accept we have urgent ethical responsibility to take whatever political actions are necessary to stop our government from arming brutal war criminals who are openly in front of the world commiting cold-blooded mass murder against civilians, women, the elderly, children.

People should read this: Israel attacks UN school providing shelter for evacuees, UN condemns attack as a war crime

Israel’s actions in Gaza are despicable even by the standards of recent modern warfare. Israel is repeatedly deliberately attacking neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, shelters, and electricity-providing facilities with heavy weaponry, provided to it by the United States. The 2014 Gaza massacre committed by Zionists appears to be the singular worst event of sustained military mass killing of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure in the Middle East region in the last 20 years. In magnitude and sheer criminality, what’s happening in Gaza now is even morally worse than the two previous major Israeli Gaza operations during the last 6 years. Cumulatively the US killed more people in Iraq and Afghanistan; at no point in either war is the US documented as killing and maiming so many civilians in one urban area in such a short time as Israel is doing right now. Israel’s sustained/expanding pace of killing civilians, in such a short time period, in such a small space (blockaded Gaza Strip was already smaller than Chicago; Israel has in these operations further reduced area civilians are allowed in Gaza Strip by 44%, ordered mass-evacuation of those areas and commenced shelling of neighborhoods and mass destruction of houses — this may itself legally constitute ethnic cleansing) is unparalleled in the recent past in that region. Someone might bring up Syria — just seeing numbers and qualitative aspects, no single sustained military attack against a civilian urban area within a comparable time frame during that conflict would equal in severity what’s happening now in Gaza.

Straight up, Bibi Netanyahu is a worse war criminal than Bashar Assad.

Mass ethnic violence committed by a high-tech military in aggressive colonial contexts isn’t very morally complicated to assess.

I’ve had problems with Israeli military intelligence in Austin, Texas and will assert some direct personal familiarity with Israeli criminality. Right now they’re putting their own inhumanity on display through a fascist bloodletting in action.

UN releases preliminary assessment of destruction in Gaza — satellite images show extent of damage to civilian targets; as of July 26, UN counts more than 167,000 internally-displaced Gazans at its shelters; UN says 94 of its shelters have been damaged by Israeli military attacks, sometimes by repeated attacks

In a public statement, the Head of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, said ‘The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanoun were so appalling and intolerable, that it is difficult to find the words to convey adequately my indignation. As has happened so many times in this pitiless conflict, civilians are paying the highest price of the current military escalation’. Displaced Palestinians had sought refuge in this school that had been designated as an UNRWA Emergency Shelter.

View from Gaza: Blockade creates subhuman conditions for life, and death has more dignity than acceptance of subjugation

'We don't target civilians,' Israel tells us. 'You're simply lying' should be a sane person's response

Lebanon formally files request that ICC launch war crimes probes against Israel and ISIS

Bassil equated ISIS with Israel, saying both sides refrain from recognizing international law and that the Jewish state sought to ‘replace the Palestinian, Arab, Levant identity in the east — where diverse groups have lived together and recognized each other’s freedoms — with the Jewish identity of elimination.’

Word. Something maddening is the social power of ‘Christian Zionism’ in the United States, seeing that when Zionists have always oppressed Palestinian Christians, themselves the most ancient Christian communities in the world in the place Christianity originated? Specifically, Bethlehem and Nazareth were majority Christian cities for more than 1500 years until Zionists arrived.

"Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!"

Habakkuk 2:12
On Hamas: Describing Hamas rocket attacks as ‘terrorism’ seems inappropriate when one considers the actual probabilities of civilian deaths involved. What does Hamas rocket fire do? It disrupts Israeli society and ordinary economic activity. It stops Israelis from going about their lives. This is going on as the Zionist settler colonialism is based on active, forward slow-genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel doesn’t allow (never allowed) Palestinians to go about their own lives and so what are appropriate responses to that, really? What are appropriate responses to colonial violence and ethnic cleansing? So few civilians are killed in response by Hamas rocket fire that looking at the actions of both sides, the rocket attacks should be morally seen as something closer to civil disobedience than ‘terrorism’. I’m not defending everything about Hamas, I’m saying that what the situation actually has been during the last decade is not security-vs-terror, it’s genocide-vs-disruption. I would side with disruption against settler colonial genocide, and wouldn’t hesitate to express total solidarity with Hamas in their armed struggle against Israel.

On Hamas: Describing Hamas rocket attacks as ‘terrorism’ seems inappropriate when one considers the actual probabilities of civilian deaths involved. What does Hamas rocket fire do? It disrupts Israeli society and ordinary economic activity. It stops Israelis from going about their lives. This is going on as the Zionist settler colonialism is based on active, forward slow-genocide and ethnic cleansing. Israel doesn’t allow (never allowed) Palestinians to go about their own lives and so what are appropriate responses to that, really? What are appropriate responses to colonial violence and ethnic cleansing? So few civilians are killed in response by Hamas rocket fire that looking at the actions of both sides, the rocket attacks should be morally seen as something closer to civil disobedience than ‘terrorism’. I’m not defending everything about Hamas, I’m saying that what the situation actually has been during the last decade is not security-vs-terror, it’s genocide-vs-disruption. I would side with disruption against settler colonial genocide, and wouldn’t hesitate to express total solidarity with Hamas in their armed struggle against Israel.

Israel is attacking an enclosed, blockaded ghetto with advanced US-calibre arms, killing a lot of children in that process and maiming and disfiguring many times more, repeatedly attacking medical facilities with heavy firepower.

US and Egypt empower atrocities. Israel has absolutely no valid security narrative in this case; Zionists initiated war against Hamas, first in the West Bank and then in Gaza, during a time of relative peace to break the Palestinian unity government. Anyway Israel has no valid security narrative in any case because it’s a colonial settler state which has been engaging in colonial abuses and demographic warfare for its entire existence (the Zionist colonial settler demographic warfare predating the formal founding of Israel by decades).

Victory to Palestine!

Victory to Palestine!