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Israel Aimed to Keep Gaza on the Brink of Collapse

Wikileaks: A cable from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.

Cables from WikiLeaks have shown that Israel told U.S. officials in 2008 that it would keep Gaza's economy "on the brink of collapse" while avoiding a humanitarian crisis.

"As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed to (U.S. embassy economic officers) on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."

Read the full report on Haaretz.com

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damien flinter

briefly.That ignorant and presumptious stream of vitriol indicates which of us is closer to the nazi reactionary mindset.
I will leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions.

damien flinter

briefly.That ignorant and presumptious stream of vitriol indicates which of us is closer to the nazi reactionary mindset.
I will leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions.

Gabriel Schenker

Attention Ladies and Gentleman! Let's not confuse three distinct things:

1. The State of Israel
2. Zionists
3. Jews

If I'm to add something personal, as for illustration, I'm of Jewish upbringing but never identified with Zionism and, as a Brazilian born in the US and currently living in Belgium, I have absolutely nothing to do with the state of Israel. Actually I'm a fierce critique of it.

The first step is to know your enemy.

Gabriel Schenker

Attention Ladies and Gentleman! Let's not confuse three distinct things:

1. The State of Israel
2. Zionists
3. Jews

If I'm to add something personal, as for illustration, I'm of Jewish upbringing but never identified with Zionism and, as a Brazilian born in the US and currently living in Belgium, I have absolutely nothing to do with the state of Israel. Actually I'm a fierce critique of it.

The first step is to know your enemy.

Gabriel Flores

Whether or not you are a "fierce" critic of "Israel" you have your facts horribly wrong.

1.The state of "Israel" is not at all distinct from Zionism.
Zionism is the belief that it's perfectly legitimate for colonialist Europeans to steal Arab lands - namely Palestine which is precisely how "Israel" was invented in 1948. Zionism is "Israel".
2.The Jewish Establishment makes very little distinction between "Israel" and Judaism which leads many to wonder if there is really any distinction between Jews, Zionism and the State of "Israel". The author whose post was suspiciously censored by Adbusters had it right. Finkelstein does indeed speak to this very fact in The Holocaust Industry. It's not exactly a secret and seems strange that Adbusters would remove the post. One wonders who might have gotten to Adbusters...

It's grand that your a critic of "Israel" and shows that you have some shred of intelligence. It's not really a stretch to imagine that anyone would be critical of "Israel" though given it's appalling record of genocide, apartheid, occupation, etc.

Just be sure you don't use your alleged "fierce" criticism as caveat to undermine truly fierce deconstruction of the pernicious colony by playing the "Jew card". As though only jews can criticize "Israel" and the extent to which they criticize it is the limit to beyond which anyone else's criticism is deemed offensive or, dare I allude, "anti-semitic."

Gabriel Flores

Whether or not you are a "fierce" critic of "Israel" you have your facts horribly wrong.

1.The state of "Israel" is not at all distinct from Zionism.
Zionism is the belief that it's perfectly legitimate for colonialist Europeans to steal Arab lands - namely Palestine which is precisely how "Israel" was invented in 1948. Zionism is "Israel".
2.The Jewish Establishment makes very little distinction between "Israel" and Judaism which leads many to wonder if there is really any distinction between Jews, Zionism and the State of "Israel". The author whose post was suspiciously censored by Adbusters had it right. Finkelstein does indeed speak to this very fact in The Holocaust Industry. It's not exactly a secret and seems strange that Adbusters would remove the post. One wonders who might have gotten to Adbusters...

It's grand that your a critic of "Israel" and shows that you have some shred of intelligence. It's not really a stretch to imagine that anyone would be critical of "Israel" though given it's appalling record of genocide, apartheid, occupation, etc.

Just be sure you don't use your alleged "fierce" criticism as caveat to undermine truly fierce deconstruction of the pernicious colony by playing the "Jew card". As though only jews can criticize "Israel" and the extent to which they criticize it is the limit to beyond which anyone else's criticism is deemed offensive or, dare I allude, "anti-semitic."

Steven B

1) Calling Israel a European colonialist power is absurd, considering that Israel is, believe it or not, an Arab country. Arabs make the majority of the Israeli citizenry; 20% are Palestinian Muslim Arabs, 40% of the remaining 80% Jewish population are native Arab Jews, for a total of 52% Arab.

2) Israel has never been charged of genocide, by any respected government or international body. Also, funny how people who hate Israel so much also tended to oppose any intervention against Serbia, which actually DID commit genocide against Bosnian Muslims, according to the World Court.

Steven B

1) Calling Israel a European colonialist power is absurd, considering that Israel is, believe it or not, an Arab country. Arabs make the majority of the Israeli citizenry; 20% are Palestinian Muslim Arabs, 40% of the remaining 80% Jewish population are native Arab Jews, for a total of 52% Arab.

2) Israel has never been charged of genocide, by any respected government or international body. Also, funny how people who hate Israel so much also tended to oppose any intervention against Serbia, which actually DID commit genocide against Bosnian Muslims, according to the World Court.

U.N.196/242

Oh little Stevie B - Adbusters troll extraordinaire.

"Israel" is without question a European/American religious colony. The vast majority of Jews who renamed the section of Palestine they stole in 1948 are unequivocally of European descent. The 20% of "israelis" who are Arabs (Palestinians allowed to stay and do the menial labor for the wealthy Ashkenazi Jews) are second class citizens who are not allowed to run for public office among other limits on their freedom - they are effectively not citizens.
your patently inane argument that because there are some Arabs in "israel" it is an Arab country or state is fitting of someone who is so profoundly undereducated and wantonly flaunts their arrogance with racist relish.

"Crimes against humanity", "war crimes", 60 years of scoffing at the Geneva Convention. One doesn't really need to have this charged as genocide by any "respected" government to know what is going on here. "Israel" has never been charged with any of the millions of crimes it has committed every day for the past sixty years precisely because organizations and governments such as yours quake in their boots at the wrath of the rabid Jewish Establishment who will handily terminate anyone from office who opposes their sick designs.
Witness what happens to respected people who do make such claims as in the case of one highly "respected" Judge Richard Goldstone in his official appraisal of the massacre on Gaza (effectively a defenseless prison or concentration camp) by the occupying Jewish Storm Troopers.

Your blatant Zionist apology has been noted on countless occasions on this site and one wonders at the desperation with which you troll here. Could it be that you too feel the inevitable crumbling of your beloved Apartheid state? Has its irrelevancy finally sunk in as "israel" becomes, with every day, an even greater liability not only for it's host the U.S who is sucked nearly dry by the parasite, but indeed for the bloodied, sullied name of Judaism held up in defense against any legitimate criticism of the rogue state.
Your profound knee-jerk apology for genocide and crimes against humanity is what's absurd here Stevie boy. You wont find much sympathy on this site for such racist hate-speak. Maybe Foxnews.com would be a better place for your bigoted vitriol.
Good luck to you sonny boy!

U.N.196/242

Oh little Stevie B - Adbusters troll extraordinaire.

"Israel" is without question a European/American religious colony. The vast majority of Jews who renamed the section of Palestine they stole in 1948 are unequivocally of European descent. The 20% of "israelis" who are Arabs (Palestinians allowed to stay and do the menial labor for the wealthy Ashkenazi Jews) are second class citizens who are not allowed to run for public office among other limits on their freedom - they are effectively not citizens.
your patently inane argument that because there are some Arabs in "israel" it is an Arab country or state is fitting of someone who is so profoundly undereducated and wantonly flaunts their arrogance with racist relish.

"Crimes against humanity", "war crimes", 60 years of scoffing at the Geneva Convention. One doesn't really need to have this charged as genocide by any "respected" government to know what is going on here. "Israel" has never been charged with any of the millions of crimes it has committed every day for the past sixty years precisely because organizations and governments such as yours quake in their boots at the wrath of the rabid Jewish Establishment who will handily terminate anyone from office who opposes their sick designs.
Witness what happens to respected people who do make such claims as in the case of one highly "respected" Judge Richard Goldstone in his official appraisal of the massacre on Gaza (effectively a defenseless prison or concentration camp) by the occupying Jewish Storm Troopers.

Your blatant Zionist apology has been noted on countless occasions on this site and one wonders at the desperation with which you troll here. Could it be that you too feel the inevitable crumbling of your beloved Apartheid state? Has its irrelevancy finally sunk in as "israel" becomes, with every day, an even greater liability not only for it's host the U.S who is sucked nearly dry by the parasite, but indeed for the bloodied, sullied name of Judaism held up in defense against any legitimate criticism of the rogue state.
Your profound knee-jerk apology for genocide and crimes against humanity is what's absurd here Stevie boy. You wont find much sympathy on this site for such racist hate-speak. Maybe Foxnews.com would be a better place for your bigoted vitriol.
Good luck to you sonny boy!

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