Biden, busy arming Israel, and calling Trump a threat to US democracy, has condemned the violence. Netanyahu, who is funding Trump’s re-election campaign in exchange for even bigger US bombs, is hugely concerned his investment could be wasted. As you can see, this is an emotional time for everyone. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Yesterday, a monster armed with a gun shot former US president Donald Trump in the ear, leaving him bleeding and disproving the claim he has green blood. Thankfully, the rich white man is going to live long enough to regain the presidency from the guy who is indistinguishable from him, but the total opposite.

Poor Melania hasn’t stopped crying since hearing the news that her husband is going to be okay. Her dream of starting a new life with the hot pool cleaner and a massive inheritance is going to have to wait.

The attack against Trump was so brutal that politicians who’ve spent nine months carpet-bombing Gaza agree this was the worst act of violence they’ve ever seen. Their advisors had to explain this is what “empathy”, a common human emotion, feels like, and also what “fear”, an emotion they often provoke in others, feels like.

Moments like this are great at unifying people by reminding them that people who look like them matter, regardless of their political differences. Politicians from both sides of the aisle, who love to send massive bombs to Israel, agree what they do to others should never be done to them. This is truly the message of Jesus ❤️

Democrats, who spent four years spreading Russiagate conspiracy theories and calling Trump the next Satan because of what he did to children at the border, agree the divisive rhetoric of the “radical left” has led to this moment. The US officials who were okay with Trump assassinating Iranian officials have insisted assassination attempts are always wrong.

Rich white Americans unanimously agree that violence against rich white Americans is never okay.

Even President Biden, who has resumed sending 500-lb bombs to Israel, and has been calling Trump a threat to US democracy all year, has condemned the violence. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is funding Trump’s re-election campaign in exchange for even bigger US bombs, is hugely concerned his investment could be wasted. As you can see, this is an emotional time for everyone.

Israel just attempted a targeted assassination of a Hamas leader near Khan Younis, and blew up a few hundred civilians in a refugee camp. If one of the victims owned Trump Towers, this would have been a crime against humanity, but thankfully, the victims were living in tents so it’s no biggie. We totally have our priorities in order.

One prominent US commentator broke down when she heard of the injury to Trump’s ear and wailed: “This is not the American way!” and “What are we, Hamas?” because America, the country that has carried out targeted assassinations in Japan, Vietnam, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, China, and Afghanistan, among others, is totally above this kind of behaviour, as is Israel, the country which has 292 assassination attempts listed on Wikipedia.

If you thought this was all just white people caring about other white people, you would be wrong because Barack Obama, who once ordered the drone-bombing of a teenage boy and his family in Yemen, thinks nicking Trump’s ear is much worse than what he did. If Obama apologised for one civilian that he drone-bombed every day, it would take him only three years to get through them all. Thankfully, drone-bombing counts as non-political violence.

The British politicians who didn’t care when the British army was shooting pictures of Jeremy Corbyn’s face are distraught now that someone with similar politics to them has become the target. Sir Keir Starmer, who spent four years treating Jeremy Corbyn as a racist and a threat to national security, is appalled that a man he is much more closely aligned with was almost killed.

Kate Andrews, the UK’s most beloved private healthcare lobbyist, was so emotional she wrote an article entitled: “Today, we are all MAGA”. Somehow, I can’t imagine a similar headline reading: “We are all Corbynistas” if the worst had happened to the former Labour leader, can you?

It’s not just political types who’ve been distraught by what has happened to Trump, it’s decent ordinary folks too. For example, the Metropolitan Police officer who punched a pro-Palestinian protester in the face explained what separates us from them is that we behave like civilised human beings. I think it’s great that we’re standing in solidarity with American fascists in a way we never do with the regular people America kills.

Political violence and targeted assassinations might be America’s national sports, but only the NATO countries and Israel are allowed to play these games. If anyone else tries to play, we suddenly remember how to feel the human emotions that you feel every time a brown child is reduced to tomato puree. I can’t believe you lot feel this emotion every single day. How do you even cope?

Idolizing Israel and demonizing Russia have been 2 major components of constructing establishment-friendly Western political consciousness for many decades. Both are based on lies. It is not enough to reprogram yourself from the Israel part. Do this alone and you'll still be mostly controlled. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Let me put it this way: idolizing Israel and demonizing Russia have been two major components of constructing establishment-friendly Western political consciousness for many decades. Both are based on lies.

It is not bough to reprogram yourself from the Israel part of the propaganda. Do this and you'll still be mostly controlled. You need to reprogram from Russophobia and Putinophobia as well (and Islamophobia, Chinaphobia, Africanophobia and all other forms of white supremacy and corporate gluttony masqueraded as security concerns and cultural/religious observations).

It does not mean that Russia is all good and Putin is a savior. It just means you were lied to in a certain way to instill in you an understanding of the world that will never threaten the rule of the CIA and the military-industrial complex.

Brother of an Israeli captive violently removed from an Israeli parliamentary committee session for (gently) protesting Netanyahu's government's lack of interest in promoting a deal. He needed medical attention for a dislocated shoulder. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Believe it or not, some family members of some captives who belong to the religious right-wing pressure the government to not make a deal. Netanyahu's coalition of psychos, naturally, seizes the opportunity to display this as popular support for its anti-human conduct.

The Talmud says that god gave them not only the power to overcome the ways of the world but the power to overcome god himself. And much more from the Talmud. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Every religion has some absolutely psychotic shit in their scriptures.

Fortunately not all adherents live it.

How much of this insanity does Israel live out daily?

Israel must go. Israeli capture of western governments & the submission of international institutions & regional governments to western power mean that the cause of freedom falls to civil society & movements of people around the world, in solidarity with Palestinians. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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After decades of colonialism, apartheid, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, genocide & aggression, there is no doubt that the fundamentally racist, violent & heavily armed Israeli regime must go.

Israeli capture of western governments & the submission of international institutions & regional governments to western power mean that the cause of freedom falls to civil society & movements of people around the world, in solidarity with Palestinians.

Build the anti-apartheid movement everywhere. Boycott, divest, sanction, prosecute, protest & educate, until there is one state with equal human rights for all.

Sniping operations in general take place after tracking and monitoring, and take hours or days after the resistance sniper chooses a specific place based on IOF movements. In March, Al-Qassam Brigades hunted and killed the officer responsible for the storming of Al-Shifa Hospital in November 2023. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Why did Al-Qassam Brigades announce the name of an IOF soldier who was killed by a sniper in Rafah?

Yesterday, the Al-Qassam Brigades broadcast the sniping of an IOF soldier in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and said it was Sergeant Eyal Shines (19 years old), after the occupation army acknowledged his death on Friday morning, indicating that he was from the 931 Battalion in the Nahal Brigade.

According to military and strategic expert Major General Fayez Al-Duwairi, Al-Qassam's announcement of the name of an IOF soldier and his killing by a sniper carries specific messages.

Al-Duwairi said that the Palestinian resistance records the names of “israeli” soldiers who committed significant criminal acts in the Gaza Strip through videos published on social media platforms. He pointed out that these "israeli" soldiers committed heightened levels of crimes, such as stealing from Palestinian homes or killing children and women, "so the resistance tracks them as individuals when it has complete information."

He warned that these people are placed under surveillance and follow-up, “and they are sniped when the opportunity comes for retaliation,” concluding that Al-Qassam Brigades announcing the name of the IOF soldier in the sniping operations indicates the bad criminal record of that dead man.

For example, in March, Al-Qassam Brigades hunted and killed the IOF officer responsible for the storming of Al-Shifa Hospital in November 2023.

Sniping operations in general take place after tracking and monitoring, and take hours or days after the resistance sniper chooses a specific place based on IOF movements. Most of the sniper operations of the Palestinian resistance have been successful.

Either enough of us want a world in which people’s lands, homes and liberty cannot be stolen and sold to the highest bidder, and we come together and reject this status quo of Western exceptionalism — where the US and it’s lapdogs can break every law in the book — or we don’t, and the world is lost. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The battle for Palestinian liberation is the battle in the hearts and minds of our collective consciousness for a fair and just world.

Either enough of us want a world in which people’s lands, homes and liberty cannot be stolen and sold to the highest bidder, and we come together and reject this status quo of Western exceptionalism — where the US and it’s lapdogs can break every law in the book for economic gain — or we don’t, and the world is lost.

There is no ‘just world’ that contains colonialism, imperialism, and the deprivation of basic rights and freedoms from millions of people simply because it serves the power-hungry whims of a bunch of tyrants.

The question of Palestine is a question of world-building proportions. It posits:

‘Do we want a global society free from the tyranny of empire, within which the institutions we rely on are based on justice, dignity, liberty, self-determination and universal human rights, or do we want to maintain this descent into chaos all for the sheer psychopathic greed of those whose bootheels are on all our necks?’

And this question is not merely academic, nor does it only concern Palestinians.

The question of justice is one whose answer we all must bear, because justice is universal — or it’s nonexistent. History is littered with meek and embittered souls who upheld tyranny because they held the sword, only to find themselves impaled by that very same sword later.

And so, collectively, we will build a just world — for Palestine and for us all — or, collectively, we will suffer the consequences of our shared failure.

In a highly antisemitic incident that has sent shockwaves throughout the Jewish community, a Jewish woman was prevented from murdering a 3-year-old Palestinian child in Texas, USA. The ADL has called it "one of the most concerning cases of antisemitism in decades". by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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According to reports, the Jewish woman was stopped from murdering the child by an antisemitic Black man who harboured a deep hatred for Jews.

He was apparently heard shouting antisemitic slogans and a copy of Mein Kampf has been found in his house, according to sources.

"As a Jew and a descendant of Holocaust survivors, I have never felt this unsafe. First they stopped us from killing children in Gaza. Now they're stopping us from killing children even in the US! How can this be allowed?" said a Jewish protestor at a rally for Jewish rights.

Julian Assange is free. He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, after having spent 1901 days there. He was granted bail by the High Court in London and was released at Stansted airport during the afternoon, where he boarded a plane and departed the UK. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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I think his story backs up my assertion that you should never put yourself in the hands of the English. Never trust the English.

I wouldn't get out of an English prison and then go to Australia.

But all the best to Assange in any case.

Julian Assange is free. He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, after having spent 1901 days there. He was granted bail by the High Court in London and was released at Stansted airport during the afternoon, where he boarded a plane and departed the UK. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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JULIAN ASSANGE IS FREE

Julian Assange is free. He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, after having spent 1901 days there. He was granted bail by the High Court in London and was released at Stansted airport during the afternoon, where he boarded a plane and departed the UK.

This is the result of a global campaign that spanned grass-roots organisers, press freedom campaigners, legislators and leaders from across the political spectrum, all the way to the United Nations. This created the space for a long period of negotiations with the US Department of Justice, leading to a deal that has not yet been formally finalised. We will provide more information as soon as possible.

After more than five years in a 2x3 metre cell, isolated 23 hours a day, he will soon reunite with his wife Stella Assange, and their children, who have only known their father from behind bars.

WikiLeaks published groundbreaking stories of government corruption and human rights abuses, holding the powerful accountable for their actions. As editor-in-chief, Julian paid severely for these principles, and for the people's right to know.

As he returns to Australia, we thank all who stood by us, fought for us, and remained utterly committed in the fight for his freedom.

Julian's freedom is our freedom.

[More details to follow]

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been summoned to the Vatican to be excommunicated. He courageously spoke out about how Jeffrey Epstein ran a blackmail operation on his island, collecting evidence of well-known people committing heinous ritual crimes against children while working for the Mossad. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has been summoned to the Vatican to be excommunicated by Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope.

As seen in this video, he courageously spoke out against child trafficking and named individuals such as Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, and former editor of The Recount, Slade Sohmer, who was arrested for child p*rnography.

He went on to speak about how Jeffrey Epstein ran a blackmail operation on his island, collecting evidence of well-known people committing heinous ritual crimes against children while working for the Israeli Mossad.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò also spoke out against the following:

  • Stolen elections
  • COVID mandates
  • Corruption of the church
  • Israel killing civilians in Palestine
  • Against the World Economic Forum

He is now being charged with denying the legitimacy of “Pope Francis” and breaking communion “with Him” and of having rejected the Second Vatican Council.

In July 1997, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported remarks for Dalia Itzik, chairman of a parliamentary committee, acknowledged that the Israeli Ministry of Health had given pharmaceutical firms permits to test their new drugs on inmates, noting that 5,000 tests had already been carried out. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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🚨Israel pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian hostages🚨

5,000 tests on Palestinian hostages

In July 1997, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported remarks for Dalia Itzik, chairman of a parliamentary committee, acknowledged that the Israeli Ministry of Health had given pharmaceutical firms permits to test their new drugs on inmates, noting that 5,000 tests had already been carried out.

Robrecht Vanderbeeken, the cultural secretary of Belgium’s ACOD trade union, warned in August 2018 the population of the Gaza Strip is being “starved to death, poisoned, and children are kidnapped and murdered for their organs.”

This follows previous warnings from Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour who said the bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces “were returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

Report by Middle East Monitor

The single most idiotic talking point: “If Myanmar really wanted a genocide, they would’ve killed all Rohingyas instead of only 25,000 🤡” “If Serbia really wanted a Bosnian genocide, they would’ve wiped them all off instead of killing only 8,000 in Srebrenica 🤡” by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Full tweet:

The single most idiotic talking point:

“If Myanmar really wanted a genocide, they would’ve killed all Rohingyas instead of only 25,000 🤡”

“If Serbia really wanted a Bosnian genocide, they would’ve wiped them all off instead of killing only 8,000 in Srebrenica 🤡”

That’s NOT how it works! States carry out genocides within the limitations of the most they could do & get away with.

If Israel nukes Gaza, it’d harm Tel-Aviv as well.

If they kill Gazans on an industrial scale, the Western world would find it impossible to defend them.

So Israel has been:

1- Killing as many Gazans as they can get away with. The first few months in the war, Israel’s killing rate of Gazans relative to the population size surpassed most conflicts worldwide in the last 40 years, including the Cambodian genocide per the UN’s Martin Griffith. Once the international pressure (ICJ, ICC… etc) got too heavy, Israel merely slowed down the killing machine to about a 100 killed per day.

2- Starving the rest of the population as a weapon of war to inflict permanent damage on the population’s survival, especially children & infants.

3- Destroy & burn everything literally to make sure Gaza would become uninhabitable for generations to come (70% of all buildings in Gaza fully destroyed or heavily damaged as to not allow human survival).

The single most idiotic talking point: “If Myanmar really wanted a genocide, they would’ve killed all Rohingyas instead of only 25,000 🤡” “If Serbia really wanted a Bosnian genocide, they would’ve wiped them all off instead of killing only 8,000 in Srebrenica 🤡” by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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"If Nazi Germany really wanted a genocide, they would've killed all Jews instead of letting so many of them leave before they started the Holocaust."

Hizbullah's swift and devastating multi-pronged attack on Israel today appears to be more than just a response to the assassination of its senior commander, Abu Taleb, but primarily a deterrent strike aimed at discouraging Israel from embarking on a path of mutually assured destruction. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Hizbullah's swift and devastating multi-pronged attack on Israel today, the likes of which have not been seen since the 2006 War, appears to be more than just a response to the assassination of its senior commander, Abu Taleb. The sheer scale and intensity of this attack, coupled with Hizbullah’s recent attempts to establish aerial deterrence with Israel, suggest that the movement isn’t taking Israeli decision-makers' rationality for granted or dismissing the possibility of an all-out war initiated by Israel. As such, Hizbullah’s attack today was not merely a punitive retaliation for Taleb or just a coercive strike to break the deadlock in the cease-fire talks by strengthening Hamas’ position, but also, primarily, a deterrent strike aimed at discouraging Israel from embarking on a path of mutually assured destruction.

The UN just released its first actual investigation into 10/7 and Gaza genocide.... no proof of any rape, let alone "mass rape", or that it was "ordered by Hamas"... also Israel does actually engage in a systematic campaign of sexual and gender violence against Palestinian children, women and men. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The investigation by the UN's Human Rights Office also concludes the Israeli regime does actually engage in a systematic campaign of sexual and gender violence against Palestinian children, women and men, rooted in the very nature of the occupation and can only end with it.

A colonizer is always angry, because a colonizer is always guilty. A colonizer is always violent, because a colonizer is always afraid. A colonizer is always angry and afraid because a colonizer is never home. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Alon is still working on his thoughts on this subject. I read his earlier thoughts, and I've thought about them lately.

It actually took a fair bit of thought for me when applied to the USA. I thought it was essentially true, but more complex.

Today I realized, I was making it hard when it's very obvious and simple.

How many Americans today are terrified of Mexicans?

Guilty? Angry? Afraid?

Check check check.

Violent?

Check.

It's still deserving of further thought. But, yeah.

A colonizer is always angry, because a colonizer is always guilty. A colonizer is always violent, because a colonizer is always afraid. A colonizer is always angry and afraid because a colonizer is never home. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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A colonizer is always angry, because a colonizer is always guilty. A colonizer is always violent, because a colonizer is always afraid.

A colonizer is always angry and afraid because a colonizer is never home.

Lately I started getting words for it, this colonizer homelessness, the fact that colonizers look and feel like aliens to natives not only because they don't belong, but because the colonizers themselves feel the same way.

Think about it: wherever a colonizer goes, whatever they see, smell or taste, it is never theirs, or completely natural. It is not organic to them, but engineered; their whole existence is.

Whatever sustains and nourishes the native, threatens the colonizer and reflects their strangeness: the food, the music, the landscape, the flora and fauna. the sounds and smells, everything.

Whatever comes naturally to the native is a great effort for the colonizer: they don't understand the codes, and never will. They can't be still.

Aa colonizer is not an immigrant, a tourist or a guest, they have to find meaning for their stay. It must be a higher purpose, a higher calling, else what can explain both their presence not home, and the violent means they always need to maintain it? We are not designed to inflict pain and injury for comfort. We need a story to put us in a positive light.

So much of the western world's anxiety, I think, is just a colonizer's latent, repressed homelessness. Because colonialism is not just taking other people's home, it is also, and forever, being without one yourself.

Israel is fake... created without any regard for the land and people, slapped rootless atop an ancient civilization with deep roots. It cannot exist without being artificially propped up by nonstop propaganda, lobbying, online influence operations, and mass military violence. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Everything about Israel is fake. It’s a completely synthetic nation created without any regard for the organic sociopolitical movements of the land and its people, slapped rootless atop an ancient pre-existing civilization with deep roots. That’s why it cannot exist without being artificially propped up by nonstop propaganda, lobbying, online influence operations, and mass military violence.

Israel is so fake that its far right minister of national security Itamar Ben-Gvir has been stoking religious tensions by encouraging militant Zionists to pray on the Temple Mount — known to Muslims as Al-Aqsa. This is an illustration of how phony Israel and its political ideology are because Jews were historically prohibited from praying at the Temple Mount under Jewish law; a sign placed there in 1967 and still upheld by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate reads, “According to Torah Law, entering the Temple Mount area is strictly forbidden due to the holiness of the site.” It’s just this weird, evangelical Christian-like thing that Zionists have started doing in contravention of their own traditions and religious texts to advance their nationalist agendas.

Journalist Dan Cohen explains on Twitter:

“ ‘Prayer’ on the Temple Mount is 100% a Zionist invention in total contravention of Jewish law. Jews don’t step foot onto the Temple Mount, let alone 'pray' there. That’s why the sign below is posted at the entrance non-Muslims use.

“Ben Gvir publicly announced this in order to provoke a reaction to use as a pretext to restrict and expel Muslims from the site, explode Jerusalem and the West Bank, and expand the regional war.

“Ben Gvir holds Netanyahu hostage. Together, they’re leading Israel to self-destruction.”

There’s no authentic spirituality in such behavior. It has no roots. No depth. No connection. It’s the product of busy minds with modern agendas, with nothing more to it than that.

Israel is so fake that Zionists artificially resurrected a dead language in order for its people to have a common “native” tongue for them to speak, so that they could all LARP as indigenous middle easterners together in their phony, synthetic country.

Israel has no real culture of its own; it’s all a mixture of organic Jewish culture brought in from other parts of the world by the Jewish diaspora, culture that was stolen from Palestinians (see “Israeli food”), and the culture of indoctrinated genocidal hatred that is interwoven with the fabric of modern Zionism. The way Israel has become a Mecca of electronic dance music points clearly to an aching cultural void that its people are trying desperately to fill with empty synthetic pop fluff.

Even international support for Israel is fake, manufactured astroturf that has to be enforced from the top down, because it would never organically occur to anyone that Israel is something that should be supported.

The phenomenally influential Israel lobby is used to push pro-Israel foreign policy in powerful western governments like Washington and London. Just yesterday US Representative Thomas Massie told Tucker Carlson that every Republican in Congress besides himself “has an AIPAC person” assigned to them with whom they are in constant communication, who he describes as functioning “like your babysitter” with regard to lawmaking on the subject of Israel.

The Israel lobby exists with the full consent of the western imperial war machine and its secretive intelligence cartel, because western military support for Israel is also phony and fraudulent. The western empire whose strategic interests directly benefit from violence and radicalism in the middle east pretends it’s constantly expanding its military presence in the region in order to promote stability and protect an important ally, but in reality this military presence simply allows for greater control over crucial resource-rich territories whose populations would otherwise unite to form a powerful bloc acting in their own interests. The Israel lobby is a self-funding consent manufacturer which helps the empire do what it already wants to do.

Support for Israel in the media is also phony and imposed from the top down. Since October outlets like The New York Times, CNN and CBC have been finding themselves fighting off scandals due to staff leaks about demands from their executives that they slant their Gaza coverage to benefit the information interests of Israel. Briahna Joy Gray was just fired by The Hill for being critical of Israel as co-host of the show “Rising”, a fate that all mass media employees understand they will share if they are insufficiently supportive of the empire’s favorite ethnostate.

Israel’s support from celebrities is similarly forced. A newly leaked email from influential Hollywood marketing and branding guru Ashlee Margolis instructs her firm’s employees to “pause on working with any celebrity or influencer or tastemaker posting against Israel.” As we discussed recently, celebrities are also naturally disincentivized from criticizing any aspect of the western empire by the fact that their status is dependent on wealthy people whose wealth is premised upon the imperial status quo.

Support for Israel on social media is likewise notoriously phony. For years Israel has been pioneering the use of social media trolls to swarm Israel’s critics and promote agendas like undermining the BDS movement. After the beginning of the Gaza onslaught Israel spent millions on PR spin via advertising on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, and The New York Times has just confirmed earlier reports that Israel has been targeting US lawmakers with fake social media accounts to influence their policymaking on Israel.

In truth, nobody really organically supports Israel. If they’re not supporting it because their lobbyists and employers told them to, they’re supporting it because that’s what they were told to support by the leaders of their dopey political ideologies like Zionism, liberalism and conservatism, or by the leaders of their dopey religions like Christian fundamentalism. It’s always something that’s pushed on people from the top down, rather than arising from within themselves due to their own natural interests and ideals.

Israel is not a country, it’s like a fake movie set version of a country. A movie set where the set pieces won’t even stand up on their own, so people are always running around in a constant state of construction trying to prop things up and nail things down, and scrambling to pick up things that are falling over, and rotating the set pieces so that they look like real buildings in front of the camera. Without this constant hustle and bustle of propagandizing, lobbying, online influence ops, and nonstop mass military violence, the whole movie set would fall over, and people would see all the film crew members and actors and cameras for what they are.

Clearly, no part of this is sustainable. Clearly, something’s going to have to give. Those set pieces are going to come toppling down sooner or later; it’s just a question of when, and of how high the pile of human corpses needs to be before it happens.

Colonel Doron Hadar was the commander of Israel's military negotiation unit with 27 years of experience. The story he tells is detailed and decisive: Israel had many chances to do so but chose not to free its hostages. Netanyahu's office decided to focus instead on its 'human animals' campaign. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Israeli Colonel Doron Hadar was the commander of Israel's military negotiation unit with 27 years of experience, which included some of the most sensitive negotiations and prisoner exchanges (some probably still secret). Last week he retired, and this weekend Israel's YNET (a large mainstream media outlet and newspaper) publishes an extensive interview with him.

Doron Hadar says clearly: before the ground invasion there was an opportunity to get all Israeli women and children held by Hamas for a very modest price (namely without releasing Palestinians with blood on their hands). Netanyahu's office dismissively rejected all such opportunities and decided to focus instead on its 'human animals' campaign.

We are given to understand that Israel chose escalation, genocide, and crazy incitement over sanity, de-escalation, and healing. Israel basically gave up its own people to expand and prolong the genocide, based on deeply-rooted right-wing worldviews.

Doron Hadar is the utmost authority on what happened on the Israeli side of any negotiations. The story he tells is detailed and decisive: Israel had many chances to do so but chose not to free its hostages.

In addition to getting a heavy burden off his chest and maybe paying an honorable debt to his people in the military, Doron Hadar's interview needs to be seen as part of the last-ditch liberal Zionist campaign to remove Netanyahu. But it will be to no avail. The Israeli public has been fatally poisoned. Equally tragic: the socioeconomic class Doron belongs to never did and never will refuse to carry out any orders.

They are the backbone of Israeli establishments.

For months I've been saying: there will be no deal. Israel does not want a deal that will both allow Hamas to present an achievement, and confuse the Israeli population ('If you can negotiate with them, how are they absolute evil?'). Now this sad prognosis has been confirmed in full.

Gone the self-assured (at least externally so) empire, gone even the similitude of common sense. Enter a US that expresses the mentality of a desperate rebel band from the edges of society that knows it's in the wrong, and knows that everybody knows it, but will take its chances regardless. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Let me tell you something that will make the big picture a little clearer. It is something I like to do.

Now, let there be no doubt that the US has done crazy atrocious things before. We all recognize that. For centuries, the US made life on Earth a living hell for an incalculable number of people.

What we never had before is a US that sounds frowningly defiant of normal expectations of normal society to the point of suicidalism.

The US sounds and acts more and more like Israel: gone the self-assured (at least externally so) empire, gone even the similitude of common sense. Enter a US that expresses the mentality of a desperate rebel band from the edges of society that knows it's in the wrong, and knows that everybody knows it, but will take its chances regardless.

How does it all connect to AIPAC?

This is the juicy part. You see, the AIPAC set of people have nowhere left to go. America is their last stand.

They went from Eastern Europe to Central Europe, and from there to Western Europe and the New World.

With every such move, they became more powerful, more AIPAC. Oh, and they also went to the Middle East, with which they had absolutely zero familiarity, and for which they've had absolutely zero respect.

With every such move, hostility, or actual fierce hatred, in both the old and new host societies, was directed at them.

Now this is not Jews (though there is nothing they want more than for you to think that). First, this history has absolutely nothing to do with Arab Jews and most Sephardic Jews. Second, even among Ashkenazi Jews, neither the AIPAC way of being nor Zionism was the model to follow. Even in the US, where Zionism is the law of the land, there are many Jews who don't like and don't want to be associated with it, and whom you wouldn't find in an AIPAC convention even under the threat of being shot.

This is a group of people who use their ethnic identity as a weapon. And their actions put the entire Jewish people (myself included) at risk.

So this group of people moved westward till it gained its peak historic riches and influence in the US. The only problem is, they have nowhere to go from there.

Their problem (which is a problem of greed and lust for power and nothing else) is exacerbated by the fear that if the US loses its power, AIPAC means nothing (AIPAC losing power will be great news for Jews, as it will remove them from extreme public attention, but they don't care for that).

AIPAC only means something in an empire, but the US is gradually losing its empirical position. They cannot go back to Western or Eastern Europe: there is nothing for them there, and the changing demographics and political tastes guarantee they would not be able to have AIPAC levels of power there.

They cannot move to China. It doesn't need them and probably doesn't want them. China will by no means allow the formation of a Chinese equivalent of AIPAC.

Israeli and American dominance is the only way for AIPAC people to remain powerful, exceedingly rich, and dominant culturally and politically.

In their quest for power and money, they cannot imagine a simple existence: it feels like death to them. They don't want to be normal people. They want to be exceptional and have superpowers.

So they decided, collectively, that if the US and Israel cannot dominate, and if they cannot dominate them, and as they have no place else to go, they might as well make them their Alamo, or Masada (this mentality is where 'The Samson Option' stems from).

This historical-psychological process explains the shift to utter madhouse defiance we see in the language and conduct the US chooses to use these days.

This is a very short executive summary of sorts of this issue, about which books can be written. But I think you'll get its essential truth and power in elucidating things.

The only purpose of talking about 'a deal' to end a genocide (!) is to fool soft Democrats into believing their country, party, congress, and president do not intentionally murder 10s of thousands of children, with intent to slaughter 100s of thousands more. They are lying to support a holocaust. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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If the US wanted to stop it, all it would take is a phone call. Instead, it is gaslighting the whole world with 'a deal', as if 'a deal' is required to stop the mass murder of civilians and the complete destruction of a strip of land.

The only purpose of talking about 'a deal' to end a genocide (!) is to fool soft Democrats into believing their country, party, congress, and president do not intentionally mass murder tens of thousands of children, of which they intend to slaughter hundreds of thousands more.

Look at what they do, not what they say.

They are lying to support a holocaust. Yes, your government, your party, your president, your universities and your media

Methinks the Captain is straining just a bit hard to reassure everyone that "there is nothing to see here" in terms of the Eisenhower having taken a missile strike from the Yemenis last week. Meanwhile, it's been 5 days since Ike's regular 2-a-day cargo deliveries via C-2 transport have taken place. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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🤔 Captain Soggy Cookie Checks the Scores

This short video clip, shot from the bridge of the USS Eisenhower, is obviously meant to suggest that "all is well" with the "Ike".

We see an aircraft being recovered; the camera pans the full length of the deck, and a voice (voice-over?) conveniently announces the score of the Red Sox / Tigers baseball game that took place June 2nd.

To me, this is as shady as can be. It adds to the suspicions rather than eliminates them.

Methinks Captain Soggy Cookie is straining just a little bit hard to reassure everyone that "there is nothing to see here" in terms of the Eisenhower having taken a missile strike from the Yemenis last week.

Meanwhile, it's been five days since the Ike's regular twice-a-day cargo deliveries via C-2 transport have taken place.

Very curious indeed ...

It's quite damning that the USS Eisenhower turned around and withdrew north at flank speed immediately after the Houthis announced they had attacked it two days ago... sharing an old video as “proof of wellness”... then sharing a video that cuts out most of the ship... makes it even more suspect. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Last word is that it is so far north that it's actually out of range of its air group and effectively out of action.

He is packing it in and packing it up And sneaking away and buggering up And chickening out and pissing off home, Yes, bravely he is throwing in the sponge!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwuTo7zKM8

Yemeni forces have hit a US aircraft carrier in the Red Sea with missiles & drones in response to the bombardment of their country. Respect to Yemenis that don’t hesitate to respond to any aggression 🫡 by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Looks like unrelated video, not video from the Yemenis, unfortunately.

Our only way out of this is creating new political structures, new media structures, new education structures, new everything. The old system is dead and dysfunctional as a certain president. We must divorce our hopes, intentions, and activism completely from it. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Trump's trial and conviction, on accusations no one can even explain or understand (who isn't an establishment figure we want nothing to do with), brings home a truth that I think many of us feel in our bones, which can be stated as

We are living in a simulation.

I don't mean scientifically, I mean politically and culturally.

You see, Hamas' October 7 operation has become a catalyst in the greatest unmasking event in modern history. It didn't only show us how Zionist the West is, it is increasingly showing us that the whole power structure in the West is an empty, meaningless simulation and that the power really resides somewhere else entirely.

Many of us have been feeling this, vaguely or explicitly, for a long long time. But now understandings are coming to fruition. If the behavior of the US, UK, or France looked strange yesterday, today we begin to grasp that the whole 'government' thing is a hoax: a sting operation, or a pyramid scheme.

If we had our doubts about whose interests this or that figure in power really serves, now we are closing in on the realization they are all just hired actors.

The whole thing - the elections, the courts, the media, the education system, the economic institutions - none of those actually serves its stated purpose, or is as advertised. Their main objective is not to fulfill any pragmatic objective, or solve any real problem: their only reason for existing is to fool us into believing they have any real-world (as in: the external layer of reality we think is the real thing) related considerations.

We are beginning to understand that power is not generated by popular consent, which means power has fabricated an entire field of pseudo-processes to basically bullshit us into cooperation in what is slavery, or subjugation, presented as democracy.

The only way out of this is out of this. No elections or media coverage will ever change this reality: those mechanisms cannot operate in a way that contradicts their hardware settings.

It is not that this side or that side failed: it is the whole system. And it is failing not because of bad policy or bad decision-making. It is failing because it was constructed to fool people, not to govern them properly.

We have never been able to influence how our countries work through voting, or appeals to courts. None of us, ever: show me whoever voted even one and doesn't feel jaded (the more you vote, the more jaded you become, unless you belong to an establishment-privileged group and you try to bullshit society into believing your privilege is the result of the free choice of the people).

Our only way out of this is creating new political structures, new media structures, new education structures, new everything. The old system is dead and dysfunctional as a certain president. We must divorce our hopes, intentions, and activism completely from it.

One day, I’ll be teaching an auditorium full of undergrads about Nazism and Zionism under the same module. I’ll show them a documentary about 5/26/24 - when Israel dropped several 2k ton bombs on sleeping refugees in a tent, the students will lament on how the world could possibly remain silent. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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One day, I’ll be standing in an auditorium full of undergrads teaching them about Nazism and Zionism under the same module.

I’ll show them a documentary about May 26th 2024 - when Israel dropped several 2 thousand ton bombs on sleeping refugees in a tent, the students will lament on how the world could possibly remain silent if we had video footage from months of similar carnage.

We’ll sociologically analyze how global consent and complicity is manufactured through propaganda, and then students will be asked to write a 1000 word essay on the fake beheaded babies story.

And this is how history simply repeats itself, unless the cycle is broken by a few brave souls.

Are you one of them?

Adolph Hitler said: "Among them there was a great movement, quite extensive in Vienna, which came out sharply in confirmation of the national character of the Jews: this was the Zionists." The same dynamic exists today as the grandchildren of Nazis support the Zionist genocide. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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" Anyone today interested in genociding someone? 'Cause we got some serious issues to work out by backing you up on that!"

Adolph Hitler said: "Among them there was a great movement, quite extensive in Vienna, which came out sharply in confirmation of the national character of the Jews: this was the Zionists." The same dynamic exists today as the grandchildren of Nazis support the Zionist genocide. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Imagine their grandchildren:

"My great-grandparents were Nazis, complicit in Germany's genocide, and my grandparents were Zionists, complicit in Israel's genocide."

Since Palestine acceded to the ICC war crimes court in 2015: *Israel has been spying on the court continuously, and trying to hack its databases *Israel has directly threatened ICC officials and their families. Various plots have included smearing and intimidating the previous chief prosecutor... by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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A major investigation reveals that since Palestine acceded to the ICC war crimes court in 2015:

  • Israel has been spying on the court continuously, and trying to hack its databases;

  • Israel has directly threatened ICC officials and their families. Various plots have included smearing and intimidating the previous chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, trying to 'recruit' her, and launching a sting operation against her husband;

  • Israel has designated several Palestinian legal and human rights groups as 'terrorist organisations' for assisting the ICC;

  • Israel has intercepted all calls made between the ICC and Palestinians in the occupied territories, following a ban on ICC investigators entering the territories to conduct research.

That not only explains why the ICC has been so incredibly slow in bringing any war crimes charges against Israeli leaders – it finally did so last week.

It also indicates that Israel's strikes on Gaza might not only be targeting Hamas fighters. Palestinian witnesses to Israeli war crimes may have been priority targets for execution too.

More here: https://archive.ph/83wqp

Now that we now Israel blackmailed & intimidated the ICC prosecutor for years & threatened her family to stop her investigation (& they initially succeeded), imagine what they have against Uganda's disowned ICJ Judge Sebutinde who's been voting against every single measure on the Gaza Genocide? by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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One quick read through her dissenting opinions would promptly tell you there's no way on earth this moral carcass wrote any of this! She cites nitty gritty details of Israel's talking points that most outsiders never heard of.

Celebrities who support Israel by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The inferno unleashed upon Rafah this evening is going to accelerate and exacerbate some processes we started seeing: The US is going to unleash unprecedented violence and censorship against pro-Palestine protesters. They will be declared and treated as enemies of the state... by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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And as everything is connected, especially in everything US and Israel (now fully one country), the inferno unleashed upon Rafah this evening is going to accelerate and exacerbate some processes we started seeing:

The US is going to unleash unprecedented violence and censorship against pro_palestine protesters. They will be declared and treated as enemies of the state

Apart from more recognizing of Palestine, We are going to start hearing talk of severing ties with Israel. Ambassadors will be called home (Spain and Brazil: I'm looking at you).

The internal rift in the West between the ZDS (Zionist Derangement Syndrome) block and the few isles of normalcy is going to widen.

People who support this genocide and those who are torn apart by it are going to find out they cannot be in the same room together, and cannot run anything together

Testimony by one of the Israeli activists arrested yesterday in Jerusalem, while blocking the American consulate in protest of the US involvement in the genocide - ZioPig: "I wish they would replace you with the female soldiers who are being raped now in Gaza." by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Testimony by one of the Israeli activists arrested yesterday in Jerusalem, while blocking the American consulate in protest of the US involvement in the genocide:

"As we were all sitting outside the US consulate, with the signs and chants, the main policeman came to assess the situation. As he approached us, face to face, I quietly said "don't touch me". "You would love for me to touch you, look how ugly you are" I immediately shouted, in front of the demonstrators and the photographers, his full name, his senior position and the exact sentence he told me. A policewoman yelled at me, "Shut up, you idiot, be quiet!". When we arrived at the Jerusalem Center Police Station, a policeman and a policewoman took me out of the cop car. They held me and I walked with them, but the policeman tripped me with his leg. I fell down and the policewoman shouted, "Don't play games, do you want me to beat you?" while she gives me a kick. We reached the stairs while the policeman was still holding me. He shook me again and again and said "In a second I'm rolling you down the stairs", while the policewoman shouted "stinking leftist", "whore" and "why are you here while our female soldiers are being raped in Gaza". The last sentence was repeated as a rhetorical tool by almost every policeman at one point or another during the arrest. Especially in the moments when I was alone with them, for example on the way to photographing and taking fingerprints, or to the interrogation: "I wish they would replace you with the female soldiers who are being raped now in Gaza."

During the hours we spent in the holding cell, we wondered why the police were telling us to go all the way to Gaza in order to get raped? During our stay there they did two searches on each of us, and in my second search there were no less than three policewomen present. Between the bars we asked each other - in the eyes of the cops, when the attacker is Jewish, does that mean it is consensual? Or perhaps I even enjoy it?"

You have managed to achieve a great and overwhelming victory in revealing the true face of crime and terrorism of your fleeting entity, which we would have been unable to expose even if we spent years trying. Your terrorist behavior has given us a gift by showing your true nature to the entire world by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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But our question to you is:

Can you stay a moment in your occupied territories or continue your ground operations safely?

Can you build fortifications that protect you from our resistance, or live a moment of safety in our land?

We will not answer you, but our response will be what you see, not what you hear, and then the believers will rejoice in Allah’s victory and heal the hearts of a believing people.

﴿وَاللَّهُ غَالِبٌ عَلَى أَمْرِهِ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النّاس لَا يَعْلَمُونَ﴾

"Notwithstanding any military goals they may have, the means Israel chose to achieve them in Gaza – namely, intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population – are criminal." by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Interestingly, if you read the ICC statement, the crimes that Israel is found to be committing fit perfectly with the legal definition of genocide.

Here's what the ICC says: "Notwithstanding any military goals they may have, the means Israel chose to achieve them in Gaza – namely, intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population – are criminal."

They also write that "Israel has intentionally and systematically deprived the civilian population in all parts of Gaza of objects indispensable to human survival."

Here's the legal definition of genocide from the Genocide Convention (https://un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/atrocity-crimes/Doc.1_Convention):

"Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

The ICC, by saying that Israel is "intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population" as well as writing that Israel has "intentionally and systematically deprived the civilian population in all parts of Gaza of objects indispensable to human survival", implies that first of all, intent is there (notice the "intentionally") and secondly that the points a, b and c of the definition are met. Bear in mind that you only need to meet one point for it to be considered genocide as it's "any of the following acts".

Inescapable conclusion: it absolutely is a genocide.

Having rubbished the ICJ as a "foreign court" (despite being members of it) today in the House they slaughtered the ICC. The Court has "no jurisdiction" you see, because Israel doesn't recognise it. Yet they supported the same Court's action against Russia even though they don't recognise it either! by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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You've got to hand it to the Friends of the Rules Based International Order. Having rubbished the #ICJ as a "foreign court" (despite being members of it) today in the House they slaughtered the #ICC as "unhelpful" "wrong" and covered in the "stench" of "moral equivalence" as between the Palestinian resistance and "democratic" #Israel The Court has "no jurisdiction" you see, because Israel doesn't recognise it. Yet they supported the same Court's action against #Russia even though they don't recognise it either! Their rules based order is a farce, lipstick on the pig of brute force, double standards and vomit-inducing levels of hypocrisy. #Gaza has been the graveyard of many. But the deaths include the last ragged remnants of Western moral authority.

In 1961 Eisenhower gave a farewell speech warning about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex. This post sums up what happened from 1961 to today, and explains why we are where we are now. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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In case u are American and wondering wtf is going on - here is a quick summary

In 1961 Eisenhower gave a farewell speech warning about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex.

He knew they could get so powerful they completely submit the will of the American people and the globe.

He was right.

The Military Industrial Complex quickly grew into the Military congressional media intelligence industrial complex completely pre occupied with subjugating most of the globe.

When JFK became president he meant to deal with the problem by getting rid of the CIA.

By this time the CIA was already responsible for wrecking havoc in the global south - particularly South America and West Asia.

All for the benefit of US capitalists and backed by the military power of the MIC.

Instead JFK was assassinated and the enemies of America got their way.

When the Soviet Union collapsed they totally lost it!

US started talking about full spectrum dominance and the end of history.

As far as US leaders were concerned they had won and could subjugate the entire planet if they wanted to.

And they did want to!

After enjoying full spectrum dominance for about 20 years the architects decided it was time to weaken Russia and maybe divide it up into easily exploitable sections like they did the rest of the planet.

Only this time Russia said not today satan!

U see the neocons had gotten cocky and hadn’t done their homework.

They thought they could quickly collapse Russias economy but that failed. Instead it weakened the Europeans.

So Russia sick of the Wests lies and deceit pivots East to the economic giant that is China.

A colossal foreign policy failure on the part of the neocons.

So now Russia is stronger than ever. Able to stop the US’s worse impulses in Syria and West Asia in general.

While the neocons where handing out sanctions like skittles, nations where looking for alternatives to the Wests system. They found it in BRICS.

Now the major powers are in an economic alliance. And they r more powerful than the Western alliance.

This threatens dollars role as the reserve currency of the world which the US benefits from. Illegally confiscating peoples reserves didn’t help either.

So here we r. US has been utterly horrid to absolutely everyone on the planet

Treating only the golden billion (Western citizens (as humans) the rest of the globe could be kept poor and wretched via bombs or debt traps for the benefit of the golden billion.

Specifically the 1%.

So now Russia is the strongest military on the planet.

China is everyone’s most important trade partner.

And Iran is now the undisputed giant of West Asia.

US has 3 enemies on 3 continents and it isn’t in the position to defeat a single one of them militarily.

Yes! Not even Iran! Not without bringing a world of pain on itself anyway.

So what is a cruel and dying empire to do?

Well thats where we r now.

In order to get away with all of this the US had to completely destroy the anti war movement.

But right now that is our best shot. Revive the anti war movement. Amplify the voices of the anti imperialists.

The populists are racists and will lead to problems at home. Though their nationalism is well timed and why they r so popular.

But I write this because the US is in deep shit and the truth is being hidden from u.

It’s important that we all wake up because a scorched earth policy is not impossible.

The Neocons are stuck and they have no reverse gear.

I don't spend my time attacking the US war machine because I have any special love for Hamas, Iran, Russia, China, or any other power. I do it because the US empire is quantifiably the most destructive and tyrannical force on this planet, by an extremely massive margin. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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In my own words -

I'm sorry that the USA doesn't offer us something better. I'm sorry that it has become beyond obvious that it is not the force for freedom and democracy it promised it was. I couldn't be more sorry that it has proven itself to be unquestionably worse than Hamas, Iran, Russia, and China.

The US (along with most of the West) is currently waging war against humanity. Choosing a side in that war should be easy.

The USA doesn't necessarily need to be destroyed completely... but it cannot win a war against humanity. Again, easy.

If it wins, we lose all options. Multipolar > unipolar. Yet again, easy.

What Caitlin said:

I don't spend my time attacking the US war machine because I have any special love for Hamas, Iran, Russia, China, or any other power. I do it because the US empire is quantifiably the most destructive and tyrannical force on this planet, by an extremely massive margin.

No other power has spent the 21st century killing people by the millions and displacing them by the tens of millions. No other power is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, starving people around the world with blockades and economic sanctions, staging proxy wars, color revolutions and coups all over the earth, and working to destabilize and destroy any nation anywhere on this planet who dares to defy its dictates.

Only the US empire is doing this. No other power comes anywhere remotely close.

That's as murderous and tyrannical as it gets. Propaganda-addled empire simps sometimes try to act like it's strange and suspicious that I spend all my time criticizing the US war machine, when what's actually strange and suspicious is that everyone else does not.

It's like we're going, "Oh my god, civilians are being massacred on a daily basis by a racist apartheid regime!" And they're going, "Oh yeah well you know what we should really be worried about? Sauron, the Dark Lord." by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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It's insane how we're talking about actual children getting killed by the thousands, and they're talking about an entirely fictional "antisemitism" crisis that exists nowhere outside the imagination. It's like responding to warnings of another holocaust by babbling about Sauron.

It's like we're going, "Oh my god, civilians are being massacred on a daily basis by a racist apartheid regime!" And they're going, "Oh yeah well you know what we should really be worried about? Sauron, the Dark Lord."

You'd be like "What?? I'm talking about a real thing that's actually happening to actual real-life human beings! You're talking about a work of fiction by JRR Tolkien."

"Oh so you're just going to dismiss Sauron's plan to overrun Middle Earth with orcish hordes as soon as he recovers the One Ring?" they'd say. "What are you, some kind of Mordor lover?"

"What the hell are you babbling about??" you'd protest. "We're talking about actual, physical people being ripped apart by actual, physical military explosives, and you're talking about some imaginary fantasy land like it's a real thing! How are we supposed to address this actual real-life problem when you only want to talk about something that has no existence outside the realm of the imagination?"

"I guess you just hate hobbits," they'd say.

I mean, how would you even argue with someone like this? How do you debate someone about a real-life problem of unparalleled urgency when all they want to talk about is a completely made-up crisis that absolutely is not happening on this material plane? It's the most frustrating thing in the world.

If too many people wake up from the propaganda matrix it won't have any effect any longer, and without their propaganda our rulers cannot rule, because that's the entire control system upon which their rule is premised. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The imperial murder machine has many strengths, but it also has weaknesses.

The globe-spanning power structure that is loosely centralized around Washington has invested in perception management more heavily than any other empire in history — that's what you're seeing with all the mass media propaganda, Silicon Valley algorithm manipulation, oligarch-funded think tanks, and mainstream culture manufacturing in New York and Hollywood. By using mass-scale psychological manipulation via the most sophisticated perception management system that has ever existed, the US-centralized empire is able to manufacture support for its agendas at home and abroad while dissuading the public from protest and revolution.

This is an immense strength, but it's also a weakness. Its so-called "soft power" narrative manipulation systems allow for an immense amount of control while still creating the illusion of freedom and democracy, thereby suppressing public desire to overthrow what would otherwise be perceived as a murderous and exploitative oppressor, but its heavy reliance on perception management means it can't afford to be seen in too negative a light without causing widespread distrust in its propaganda machine.

If too many people realize that their government is psychopathic and their news media and other indoctrination systems have been lying to them about it all their lives, the empire will lose the ability to propagandize them, because propaganda only works if you don't know it's happening to you. If too many people wake up from the propaganda matrix it won't have any effect any longer, and without their propaganda our rulers cannot rule, because that's the entire control system upon which their rule is premised.

The empire therefore needs to tread very carefully when public opinion starts to turn against it, and retreat whenever public trust in imperial institutions would be compromised too severely for the empire to continue on a given path. It simply cannot afford to wake the public up from the propaganda-induced coma it has spent generations lulling them into.

What this means is that the empire can be pressured into retreat simply by spreading enough awareness and sowing enough opposition to its depraved actions. If enough eyes open to the truth of what's happening in Gaza for example, there's no amount of geostrategic middle east agendas or Israel lobby funding that can outweigh the empire's existential need to prevent a mass-scale awakening from the mainstream imperial worldview and a transition into widespread revolutionary consciousness. The empire would necessarily need to step back before things reached that point, because its very existence depends on it.

The empire has been walking that line this entire time. Whenever you see it doing things like stepping back from invading Cuba or Syria or refraining from going as authoritarian as it could go on a given issue, it isn't because the empire suddenly evolved a conscience. It's because it hasn't yet succeeded in manufacturing public consent for such agendas, and imposing them before the public has been manipulated into accepting them would snap them out of the matrix of psychological control. They work so hard to manufacture public consent because they absolutely need it.

So the empire can be pressured on Gaza and on every other issue if enough people put enough energy into spreading awareness of the truth. That's why the empire managers are freaking out about this new protest movement right now; they understand the absolutely fundamental role that narrative control plays in the existence of imperial power structures, and how much they stand to lose if it is taken away.

And hopefully it will be. Hopefully one day, maybe even soon, we will see people begin unplugging their brains from the matrix of imperial mind control at so widespread a scale that no amount of retreating and backpedaling can save the empire from the people collectively deciding they'll have none of its murderous tyranny anymore. From there it will lose its allies and assets abroad, it will succumb to revolutionary sentiments at home, and the people can start working toward building a healthy world together.

UN General Assembly (not the Security Council, so no veto possible) will vote on a resolution that grants Palestine almost the full rights and privileges of a member "EVEN if the UNSC fails to admit Palestine". Designed to bypass US veto, virtually guaranteed to be approved. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The Israeli UN ambassador has already said that “if it is approved, I expect the United States to completely stop funding the U.N. and its institutions, in accordance with American law."

Alan Dershowitz vows he will engage in "massive offensive lawfare" against allegedly "anti-Semitic" student protesters. He threatens to have their dorm rooms taken away, take their cars and boomboxes, and "bankrupt" them. He says this is necessary to "deter" the return of Hitler by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Why is he making himself look like one lawyer determined to do what he can, when he's part of the establishment machine that is already doing these things?

CNN Compares Campus Protesters To Nazis In Stunning Propaganda Segment - “Again, what you just saw is 2024 in Los Angeles. Hearkening back to the 1930s in Europe, and I do not say that lightly. The fear among Jews in this country is palpable right now.” - Dana Bash by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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CNN Compares Campus Protesters To Nazis In Stunning Propaganda Segment

In one of the most appalling propaganda segments I have ever seen in my life, CNN’s Dana Bash launched into a fire-and-brimstone sermon on Wednesday comparing anti-genocide university protesters to the brownshirts of Nazi Germany — doing so in defense of a fascistic police crackdown against those very same protesters.

After playing a clip of Zionist activist Eli Tsives theatrically claiming campus protesters at UCLA were blocking him from his classroom, Bash solemnly said, “Again, what you just saw is 2024 in Los Angeles. Hearkening back to the 1930s in Europe, and I do not say that lightly. The fear among Jews in this country is palpable right now.”

According to journalist Jeremy Lindenfeld — who happens to be Jewish — Tsives wasn’t even being denied access to his classroom, but was only being denied access to the protesters’ encampment which he’d conveniently decided he wanted to walk through in order to get there. Dana Bash makes no mention of this, framing this instead as a terrifying attack on Jews which could soon see them being loaded onto trains headed for extermination camps.

Bash played a clip of New York City Mayor Eric Adams saying “There is a movement to radicalize young people, and I’m not going to wait until it’s done,” as though preventing the spread of radical political opinions is something a mayor is elected to do in the United States.

“They’re calling for a ceasefire,” says Bash. “Well, there was a ceasefire on October 6, the day before Hamas terrorists brutally murdered more than a thousand people inside Israel and took hundreds more as hostages.”

This is a brazen propagandistic lie. Israeli forces had been routinely murdering Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank in the weeks and months preceding the October 7 attack. On October 6 2023, The New Arab published an article titled “2023 is ‘deadliest year’ for Palestinian children say human rights groups,” citing the Defence of Children International — Palestine along with other sources.

“This hour, I’ll speak to an American Israeli family whose son is still held captive by Hamas since that horrifying day, that brought us to this moment,” said Bash, adding, “You don’t hear the pro-Palestinian protesters talking about that. We will.”

Ah yes, such brave, up-punching journalistic integrity for you to talk about the Israeli hostages, Dana. Not like we haven’t been hearing about them every single day from the imperial media for the last seven months while orders of magnitude more Palestinians are butchered by US-supplied war machinery.

“At UCLA, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups were attacking each other, hurling all kinds of objects, a wood pallet, fireworks, parking cones, even a scooter,” Bash says.

Another lie. The footage going around makes it abundantly clear the violence is being consistently instigated by Zionist counter-protesters, with videos of pro-Israel thugs launching fireworks and hurling bottles of chemicals into the encampment, ganging up on a protester on the ground and beating him with sticks, and tearing down parts of the encampment while screaming “Second Nakba!”

Later on in the same segment of Bash’s own show, CNN’s Stephanie Elam contradicts Bash’s both-sides lie by commenting on some of this footage, saying, “And you can see that in the video, it looked like people from this side were breaking down the encampment from the pro-Palestinian side last night, throwing objects in there. As well as it looks like some sort of maybe pepper spray or something coming from the other side over here.”

It should here be noted that Dana Bash gets her surname from her first husband Jeremy Bash, who went on to serve as the chief of staff for both the CIA and the Pentagon. The woman is pure swamp.

It should also be noted that CNN’s own staff recently leaked to The Guardian that they have been pressured to report on the Gaza onslaught with an extreme pro-Israel bias, attributing the pressure to the network’s new CEO Mark Thompson.

I for one think it’s great that the imperial media are becoming so transparently obvious about their propagandistic nature, and I hope they keep exposing mainstream westerners to the fact that the primary purpose of these outlets is to promote the information interests of the US and its allies.

Propaganda only works if you don’t know it’s happening to you, so hopefully they keep going mask-off like this for everyone to see.

Re: The softening and backtracking by many Zionists who are calling out the situation in Gaza “sickening, horrifying, unthinkable” now and disassociating from an “extremist government” that they apparently never supported. As though we don’t have receipts (lol). by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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I’m a researcher, so I spend more time asking questions and listening than speaking. I have engaged with hundreds of Zionists in the last 10 years and most in the last 7 months. Every single one of them were filled with vengeful rage after Oct 7 and most are now indicating an interesting level of satisfaction and softening.

The number of deaths seems to have satisfied a “lesson” taught to Palestinians. Hence, the softening and backtracking by many Zionists who are calling out the situation in Gaza “sickening, horrifying, unthinkable” now and disassociating from an “extremist government” that they apparently never supported. As though we don’t have receipts (lol).

Netanyahu was always meant to take the fall. In fact, his personality type of insatiable greed, toxic ego, and unhinged leadership is what Zionism needed, so it becomes easier to throw him under the bus at the right time.

Don’t be fooled by their newfound morality. Zionists will do anything to protect the Zionist project because colonizers are only loyal to the colony, not its people.

The likes of @amyschumer spent months fuelling the flames of “war” and genocidal revenge in the guise of “Israel has the right to defend itself.” If it was about self defence, why change your stance now? Is there no longer a threat of “terrorism”?

Simple logic would suggest there’d be even more threat of Palestinians becoming “radicalized” after Israel murdered their children. But this was never about safety, it was always about power.

More worrisome is the fact that every Zionist I have ever spoken to has revealed a level of hatred towards Palestinians that I have never seen in ANY community (hate crimes is my area).

You see, Zionism has entire families, communities, a nation convinced of their racial religious superiority, even little old ladies doing interfaith work in 🇨🇦 are willing to defend the human rights of anyone, BUT Palestinians 😉.

The Zionists I have engaged with have never shown hatred towards me as a Muslim, just towards Palestinians. In fact, they have tried hard to convince me that they (🇵🇸) don’t deserve me, suggesting I am more like them (🇮🇱) - “civilized” and “better”.

This is NOT a religious war. This is NOT a war on terror. This is very simply a colonial land grab. And the only way they can convince themselves they have the right to eliminate those existing on that land before them is to treat them as sub-human and less deserving of life.

And what better way to convince the world to look away than to lean on the “war on terror” and make it about those “inherently violent Muslims” at a time when hating Muslims is the only acceptable hate entrenched in policy and discourse.

We need an exodus from Zionism | Naomi Klein | ‘Zionism has brought us to our present moment of cataclysm and it is time that we said clearly: it has always been leading us here.’ by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Zionism is a false idol that has taken the idea of the promised land and turned it into a deed of sale for a militaristic ethnostate

It is a false idol that takes our most profound biblical stories of justice and emancipation from slavery – the story of Passover itself – and turns them into brutalist weapons of colonial land theft, roadmaps for ethnic cleansing and genocide.

It is a false idol that has taken the transcendent idea of the promised land – a metaphor for human liberation that has traveled across multiple faiths to every corner of this globe – and dared to turn it into a deed of sale for a militaristic ethnostate.

The audacity of a foreign agency, Mossad, threatening US students and citizens shows exactly who is in charge in this toxic relationship. Thankfully for the rest of the world the influence of America is deteriorating and Israel is an illegitimate nation who very few take seriously anymore. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Facial recognition can determine whether you participated in the pro Hamas protests at the universities. Your jobs and your degrees will be worthless. Your hiring opportunities will be limited.

Iran is definitely Israel's mightiest military threat, but the truth of that matter is Israel doesn't have a viable way to deal with Hizbullah militarily. Hizbullah can escalate from 0-100 in two minutes... thousands of rockets, missiles, and drones will make their way to Israel within minutes. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Iran is definitely Israel's mightiest military threat, but the truth of that matter is Israel doesn't have a viable way to deal with Hizbullah militarily.

In the past 48 hours or so, Hizbullah inflicted 20-30 casualties on Israel's northern front - all wounded, but some in critical condition.

Hizbullah has perfect visibility into northern Israel. It is equipped to precisely hit targets deep into Israel's north, all along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Hizbullah has hundreds of thousands of precise missiles, and it has excellent intelligence on Israeli positions and infrastructure. It has fighters who undergo some of the best military training available, and it has 30 years of guerilla warfare experience fighting against all relevant units of the IDF - including the absolute best.

Hizbullah has advanced weaponry for intercepting sea and air targets, and one of the biggest anti-tank arsenals in the world.

What complicates things much further is the fact that Hizbullah can escalate from 0-100 in two minutes. If the right order is given, thousands of rockets, missiles, and drones will make their way to Israel within minutes.

It doesn't need to mobilize and get reserves ready. it is war-ready at every minute. The IDF needs an extended period of time to prepare a major offensive: Hizbullah can do it in the time it takes you to make coffee.

And how will Israel prepare an offensive when Hizbulla tracks every movement many kilometers into Israel? How will the IDF get tens of thousands of soldiers to the northern border under an extremely heavy storm of precise missile and drone attacks, and shelling? Israel cannot do a wide reserve mobilization quietly. Once it even begins to prepare to attack Lebanon, Hizbullah will launch its own attack, wreaking havoc on civilian life and infrastructure, and making the mobilization effort a huge and bloody challenge.

Israel's air force is very powerful, but it doesn't win wars anymore. It didn't win the 2006 war with Hizbullah, and it will not be able to paralyze Hizbullah today. And, with heavy targeting of air bases expected as part of any major conflict, and with new air defense systems and strategies at play, Israel cannot rely on its air force to give it time to prepare a ground offensive.

Traditionally Israel played the role of the neighborhood bully that no one can stop. But now, facing tough competition for the first time in two generations, it is fast losing much of its invincibility aura. The stupid and inhumane Gaza campaign really only weakened Israel militarily, leaving it wounded, tired, and with almost zero room for maneuver of any kind.

Israel is pushed into a corner. Wisely, Iran did not make it quite existential as yet. It is playing a long game, acting like it knows it has the upper hand, but also knowing its position, relative to Israel's, is always getting more advantageous for Iran.
- Israel is paying now for the mistake it made by invading Lebanon and trying to colonize it in 1982. That vain attempt created Hizbullah. What the Gaza genocide will birth into existence, we can only guess.

What empire does is make you so arrogant that you think you can say anything and squash anyone that opposes you. It becomes a game to see what you can say that's so outrageous but so authoritative that you can get away with it. And so, the British are the most hypocritical country in modern times. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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It becomes a game to see what you can say that's so outrageous but so authoritative that you can get away with it.

It's also an assertion of dominance.

What empire does is make you so arrogant that you think you can say anything and squash anyone that opposes you. It becomes a game to see what you can say that's so outrageous but so authoritative that you can get away with it. And so, the British are the most hypocritical country in modern times. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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🇺🇸JEFFREY SACHS:

[Commenting on remarks by UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron regarding the Iranian response to the Israeli attack on the Iran's Consulate in Damascus.]

"I've learned something over the years—I know David Cameron personally, and I know a lot of British leaders.

For a long time, I just loved listening to them because they speak English so beautifully.

But what they say is so absurd, so stupid, yet it's so beautiful that it really had me fooled for many decades.

The British are the worst at this; they're even worse than the Americans because they had a longer imperial reign.

What empire does is make you so arrogant that you think you can say anything and squash anyone that opposes you.

It becomes a game to see what you can say that's so outrageous but so authoritative that you can get away with it.

And so, the British are the most hypocritical country in modern times.

They're not the most powerful—they used to be the most powerful—but they're the most hypocritical because they had the most violent, militaristic empire in the modern world.

They left behind all of these problems.

Now, they want to be a sidekick of the United States, cheerleading on but with their good old imperial ideas.

It's a kind of absurdity at this point, but it's a lot of nerve because—why are we in such a crisis in the Middle East?

Because Britain wrecked the Middle East after World War I."

The US, GB and France, in fact, refused to confirm that the basic principles of international law are valid for and apply equally to all states. The parade of hypocrisy and 'double standards' that is unfolding in the Security Council today is so gross that even being an onlooker feels embarrassing. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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🇷🇺VASILY NEBENZYA:

"What was it that we heard from Western delegations? That everything was not 'so obvious' to them and that it was still necessary to weigh up whether such a signal from the Council would help to stabilize the situation in the region.

The United States, Great Britain and France, in fact, refused to confirm that the basic principles of international law on the inviolability of diplomatic and consular facilities, enshrined in the relevant Vienna Conventions, are valid for and apply equally to all states.

You see the result.

You are aware that an attack on a diplomatic mission is a casus belli under international law.

And if Western missions were under attack, you would not hesitate to retaliate and then you would be proving your case in this chamber.

Because for you everything that concerns Western missions and Western citizens is sacred and must be protected.

But when it comes to other states, their citizens and their rights, including the right to self-defense, then 'it’s different', that’s what you say. And you use your favorite arguments about 'a lack of information', invoke legal casuistry, etc.

The parade of hypocrisy and 'double standards' that is unfolding in the Security Council today is so gross that even being an onlooker feels embarrassing.

Russia has repeatedly warned that failure to resolve the numerous crises in the Middle East, primarily in the area of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which are often fueled by irresponsible unilateral provocative actions, will trigger an increase of tension in the region.

We have repeatedly said that no country in the Middle East and North Africa should become an arena for regional and international confrontation or for settling political scores.

What happened on the night of April 14 did not happen in a vacuum.

Iran's steps were a response to the UN Security Council's shameful inaction on Israel's blatant attack on Damascus (not the first one, for that matter). Syria is being constantly bombarded by Israel.

Many of you did not have the courage to point out directly that the current outbreak of escalation in the Middle East is unfolding against the backdrop of West Jerusalem’s operation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which has been going on for more than six months on an unprecedented scale, despite the unequivocal demand of UN Security Council resolution 2728 for an immediate ceasefire.

We consider such 'silencing' of the root causes of the current crisis unacceptable, all the more so against the background of the situation around Iran, which is being escalated by our American and other colleagues.

And Israel's failure to fulfill the requirements of the UNSC resolution (which I mentioned) is an obvious disrespect for the Council – for all of you sitting in the chairs of member states – and a complete disregard for the decisions of the Security Council.

No one should be able to get away with non-compliance with UNSC decisions. This is fraught with sanctions against the violators.

We all remember the dangerous escalation in January 2020, when the region was almost on the verge of conflict after the illicit killing of Qassem Suleimani and a number of Iraqi officials committed by the United States on the territory of Iraq.

Washington failed to draw the right conclusions.

And now its allies, too, commit irresponsible actions that undermine the stability, security and sovereignty of Iran's neighbors in the region."

Iran’s attack, the diversity of locations it targeted, and weapons it used, forced Israel to uncover the majority of anti-missile technologies the US and it have across the region. The Iranians did not use any weapons Israel didn’t know it had, it just used a lot of them. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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On Iran’s strike:

At Stanford, I attended a masterclass on military strategy led by a person with decades of experience, including serving at the highest levels in the military and government.

One lesson he thought that I always remember was this:

He asked us:

“Say the US decided to attack Iraq with a new stealth jet it hadn’t used before that evaded all radars? The attack was a success. Was it strategic?”

Many in the class raised their hands to say “yes, it achieved its goal”. But the professor said: “It may not have been”.

Why?

“Because now your adversaries know your capabilities and it’s a matter of time before they find ways around them. If this attack could be done with conventional weapons, it’s better to keep your top weapons until you need them. Using them creates a disadvantage.”

My analysis is that the scale of Iran’s attack, the diversity of locations it targeted, and weapons it used, forced Israel to uncover the majority of anti-missile technologies the US and it have across the region.

The Iranians did not use any weapons Israel didn’t know it had, it just used a lot of them. But the Iranians likely now have almost a full map of what Israel’s missile defence system looks like, as well as where in Jordan and the Gulf the US has installations. It also knows how long it takes to prepare them, how Israeli society responds…etc

This is a huge strategic cost to Israel, while Arab regimes now are being blasted by their peoples, particularly the Jordanian monarchy, for not doing anything to protect Gazans but then going all out to protect Israel.

Crucially, Iran can now reverse engineer all the intel gathered from this attack to make a much more deadly one credible. While the US and Israel will have to re-design away from their current model which has been compromised. Its success in stopping this choreographed attack is thus still very costly.

Moreover, with the threat of a regional war that neither the US nor the Arab regimes want feeling nearer, it’s likely their pressure on Israel to back down will increase, making a ceasefire more feasible.

Anyone assuming this is just theatrics is missing the context of how militaries assess strategy versus tactics. Theatre is an important factor, but gathering intelligence of the “enemy’s” posture is more valuable, especially if one believes they’re in a long war of attrition.

Netanyahu and the Israel government prefer a quick hot and urgent war where they can pull in America. The Iranians prefer a longer war of attrition that bleeds Israel of its deterrence capabilities and makes it an ally for Arabs and the US that’s too costly to have.

Lastly, if you are a person who hates war, if you want peace, the best and only way to get there in the region is to support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and dignity.

There is no sustainable peace possible as long as Palestinians live under an oppressive system of apartheid.

The destruction of Gaza appears to be a moment in history where humanity is collectively mulling over whether it wants to keep buying into the lies and propaganda and tacitly consenting to the psychopathic murderousness of the powerful, or let the light of truth shine in. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The main reason I’ve focused so hard on Gaza these last six months isn’t so much because of how evil and horrific Israel’s mass atrocity is in and of itself, but because it’s so intimately intertwined with all our world’s other problems, and with the future of the human species.

In a very real way, the destruction of Gaza appears to be a moment in history where humanity is collectively mulling over whether it wants to keep behaving in a crazy, self-destructive way and continue along its trajectory into dystopia and toward self-inflicted extinction, or abandon this madness and push for something better. Whether it wants to keep buying into the lies and propaganda and tacitly consenting to the psychopathic murderousness of the powerful, or let the light of truth shine in.

A live-streamed genocide happening right out in the open forces a civilization to start asking questions about itself. If something like this can happen in plain view of everyone, and the people in charge not only do nothing but actively facilitate it, then you have to start wondering if everything about your entire nation is deranged, and if everything you’ve been told about the world is a lie.

If something so nakedly evil — undisguised by anything besides a thin veneer of Zionist gaslighting telling us we’re not seeing what we’re seeing — can be allowed to stand by those we’ve entrusted to run things, then it means our entire society is diseased. Our government. Our political systems. Our media. Our education systems. Our worldviews. Our culture. It’s all rotted and corrupted, right down to the core.

The future we are being shown through the window of Gaza is dark. Dark, dark, dark, dark. They’re currently using artificial intelligence to create kill lists and to determine when its targets will be at home with their families to ensure maximum civilian deaths. We used to worry about a dark future where humans send machines to go kill people indiscriminately, but it turns out it’s actually happening the other way around — we’re programming machines to tell us who to kill. The horror in our present dystopia isn’t so much autonomous murderbots as ethical decisions about killing being outsourced to AI.

We’re being asked to accept this and move forward in this direction into the future. We’re being asked to walk into the future holding the assumption that it’s fine and normal for our governments to knowingly support an unforgivable act of mass slaughter upon the inhabitants of a giant concentration camp. We’re being asked to walk into the future holding the assumption that it’s fine and normal for the mass media to lie and distort and misinform the public about a matter of such urgent importance day after day, month after month. We’re being asked to walk into the future holding the assumption that it’s fine and normal for a blatant genocide to take place right in front of our faces, and then move on as though nothing happened.

And right now we’re collectively ruminating on the question of whether we’re going to decide to do those things, or if we’re going to decide to do something else instead.

The Gaza genocide is such a massive thing in and of itself — the injustice, the murder, the loss, the unfathomable suffering. But what’s happening in Gaza is also about so much more than Gaza. It’s a moment in history where humanity is thinking seriously about real revolutionary change, and weighing the options between that and continuing along this tired old blood-soaked path we’ve been travelling on for millennia.

Gaza proves that our entire civilization is cancerous, and that everything we’ve been doing has failed. When you come across information which blows apart your worldview in your personal life, you can either collapse under the weight of cognitive dissonance until you find some way to plug yourself back into the comforting lies, or you can set about the hard work of forming a new way of looking at things. That’s the sort of moment we’re being collectively offered with Gaza. We’ll either accept the invitation, or continue our slide into darkness.

Ignore the "blame it all on Netanyahu" and other delusions, this Israeli, and others in the comments, understand just how fvcked they are. Hit translate, or read my comment in the discussion. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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There are growing signs that Iran will respond militarily to the blockade in Damascus. It is difficult to overstate the significance of this moment. Israel is at the greatest strategic disadvantage in its history. But the government responsible for this brings us, in a promiscuous and shocking manner, to the brink of degenerating into a war with an enemy more powerful, sophisticated and sophisticated than anything we have known in the past -

In the political dimension - a rift with the US and the administration's complete lack of trust in the government and its leader. A rift with the European countries who see the war as an injury to their strategic agenda, and an opening to a dangerous regional deterioration for them as well. A crisis also with the Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan and the Emirates, who understand that Netanyahu thwarts their initiatives to end the war, and to alleviate the humanitarian disaster. Israel's international image is at a historic low, and it is seen by large publics as conducting a war of extermination against innocent civilians, for reasons of "revenge", and for reasons of religious-Christian-racist fundamentalism. Israel is also in the midst of unprecedented legal proceedings in their severity and scope at the ICJ and ICC. The Israelis are still far from understanding the depth of the blow that will be suffered by hundreds, perhaps many thousands of officers, soldiers and civilians who will face the threat of international arrest in any democratic country they try to set foot in. In the military dimension - the IDF is in the most serious crisis in its history. The Chief of Staff, the entire General Staff, and most of the senior officers are responsible and guilty for the failure of the 7/10. And since investigations have not yet been carried out, and there is real difficulty in carrying them out, the failures that led to the failure are still there. The Americans and the rest of our friends in the world are shocked by the depth of the military failure, and the manner in which unrestrained force is used in Gaza. Their professional assessment of the IDF was greatly damaged. The fighting force is very worn out after an intense six months. The reserves are under an unprecedented load, and the IDF claims that it lacks forces. All this, of course, before opening a full front in the north, and/or against Iran.

In the managerial-strategic dimension - the decision-making processes have been corrupted, eradicated and distorted beyond recognition. The lack of trust between the military and political ranks is enormous and unprecedented. All decision-making processes are infected, diseased, and abnormal. Starting with the prime minister, who assumes illegal powers, and uses extraneous and criminal considerations. Go to the irreparably damaged relationship between the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, who do not speak to each other unless they have no choice, and without a doubt every exchange between them is recorded and lawyers are consulted. Continue to the fictitious "War Cabinet" which has no legal authority, and among some of its members Hostility and suspicion prevail. Come to the statutory cabinet, where the transcripts of the discussions are transmitted almost in real time to the media, when the ministers compete among themselves who will leak louder and faster, and the exchange of words is reminiscent of Opira and Barko in their less good days. The cabinet and the government plenum have been emptied of all content and meaning. Most of them function as "Norwegian ministers", empty suits, weightless, place holders. The critical professional elements - the military, the intelligence, the political, the legal, the economic - have been destroyed by Netanyahu and his partners, castrated and deterred. Some of them enslave their judgment, only a minority still try to fulfill their professional and ethical mission, under impossible conditions.

Economically - Israel is in a severe and unfolding crisis. The deficit is spinning, the budget is fictitious, the financial management is extremely irresponsible. The costs of the war are astronomical, and if God forbid it expands, they will bring the economy to unknown regions. Hundreds of thousands are evacuated from their homes. Abandoned tracts of land. Public morale is low. The majority of Israelis understand the seriousness of the situation, are disillusioned with the illusion of "absolute victory", feel abandoned by the government, and demand its replacement.

Against the background of all this, the decision to carry out the countermeasures in Damascus, which was apparently taken with the knowledge that it would result in a fairly high probability of an Iranian response, and could degenerate into a direct war between Iran and Israel, appears to be one of the most promiscuous and scandalous in Israeli history.

Therefore, at this moment, even before Iran reacts, if it does react, it is necessary to look at the difficult reality. Israel is being led from disaster to catastrophe, from a terrible historical low, to a much deeper and worse low. Netanyahu and his clearly incompetent government must not be allowed to continue spinning the country into the abyss. Israel needs responsible, professional, balanced leadership, connected to reality and the international arena. A leadership that recognizes the limitations of power, and that is able to design a realistic strategy to get out of the crisis. It is a huge challenge, which requires the best minds and forces. In our most difficult hour, we are led by the person least qualified for the task, our national systems are damaged, strained to the limit, and in part mismanaged. Under Netanyahu and his dysfunctional government, it is forbidden to degenerate into a war with Iran and/or Hezbollah. This is a war that will start with very bad opening conditions, and will only deteriorate from there. Even if there is an Iranian response, it is necessary to reach a hostage deal and a ceasefire immediately. to replace the government, to negotiate the end of the war, and to enter into procedures for the restoration and rebuilding of the state's systems and infrastructure.

“We were not interested in killing Hamas operatives only when they were in a military building or engaged in a military activity. The IDF bombed them in homes without hesitation as a first option. It’s much easier to bomb a family’s home. The system is built to look for them in these situations.” by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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THIS IS TERRIFYING and without a doubt one of the most IMPORTANT pieces of reporting on Gaza, and one of the most disturbing:

Based on whistleblower accounts from within the IDF and six Israeli intelligence officers, who have all served in the army during the current Genocide:

The Israeli army developed an artificial intelligence program known as 'Lavender' to generate KILL LISTS, with no human verification to check the targets selected by the machine: only a “rubber stamp” check of about “20 seconds” just to make sure the AI target is male.

These Intelligence sources claim that the Israeli military officials permitted large numbers of Palestinian civilians to be killed.

The ratio revealed in the report says: 'for every junior Hamas operative that Lavender marked, it was permissible to kill up to 15 or 20 civilians. In the event that the target was a senior Hamas official, the army on several occasions authorized the killing of more than 100 civilians in the assassination of a single commander."

A ratio of 20 civilians killed for one target works out to about 95% civilian deaths.

Its influence on the military’s operations was such that they essentially treated the outputs of the AI machine “as if it were a human decision.”

The army gave sweeping approval for officers to adopt Lavender’s kill lists, with no requirement to thoroughly check why the machine made those choices or to examine the raw intelligence data on which they were based.

At one stage, Lavender identified 37,000 potential targets.

The Israeli army "systematically attacked the targeted individuals while they were in their homes, usually at night while their whole families were present, rather than during the course of military activity."

Israel also developed another automated system called “Where’s Daddy?” used "specifically to track the targeted individuals and carry out bombings when they had entered their family’s residences."

One of the intelligence officers is quoted: “We were not interested in killing Hamas operatives only when they were in a military building or engaged in a military activity. On the contrary, the IDF bombed them in homes without hesitation as a first option. It’s much easier to bomb a family’s home. The system is built to look for them in these situations.”

This industrialized extermination is the likes of which we haven't seen before.

The testimony from the six intelligence officers, all who have been involved in using AI systems, was given to the journalist @yuval_abraham for a report published by +972 Magazine and Local Call

It's a chilling read.

🚨 Moments ago, the IOF officially decided to call up reserve soldiers for air defense systems "due to the security situation." For several hours, the IOF's air force and defenses have been on high alert and full readiness, fearing an Iranian response to the IOF's bombing of the Damascus consulate. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Sounds like another gut punch to the Zionist economy. Iran really doesn't have to do much, it's current strategy is working. Keep the embargo on Zionist / US / UK ships, keep resistance chucking missiles, help the Jordanian people overthrow the monarchy. Let the ZioScum keep spending money and keep them alienating their friends.

🚨 Moments ago, the IOF officially decided to call up reserve soldiers for air defense systems "due to the security situation." For several hours, the IOF's air force and defenses have been on high alert and full readiness, fearing an Iranian response to the IOF's bombing of the Damascus consulate. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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🚨 Moments ago, the IOF officially decided to call up reserve soldiers for air defense systems "due to the security situation."

For several hours, the IOF's air force and defenses have been on high alert and full readiness, fearing an Iranian response to the IOF's bombing of the Damascus consulate, according to Zionist media. Simultaneously, War Minister Gallant made a speech stating the operations will increase on the northern front.

In light of this fear of a response or an expanded war, the central bank of "Israel" is requesting banks to stock up on large amounts of cash, due to a potential increase in demand through ATMs.

Additionally, local sources in #AlQuds reported that schools will switch to remote learning at the end of Ramadan for at least a month, coinciding with a state of emergency to evacuate the schools and turn them into shelters for displaced settlers coming from the north.

6 months of this now. Half a year. Half a year of genocide apologia. Half a year of the most outrageous lies you can possibly imagine. Half a year of seeing children's bodies ripped to pieces and starved to skeletons... of insulting our intelligence... of insulting our humanity. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Six months of this now. Half a year.

Half a year of genocide apologia.

Half a year of the most outrageous lies you can possibly imagine.

Half a year of seeing children's bodies ripped to pieces and starved to skeletons on our social media feeds.

Half a year of atrocities justified by something that happened way back in October, and didn't even happen the way the news media tell us it happened.

Half a year of western government officials pretending obvious evidence of war crimes is just some ineffable mystery that we'll hopefully have answers to someday.

Half a year of Israeli officials openly stating their genocidal intentions in Hebrew for their Israeli audience and paying lip service to human rights and compassion in English for their western liberal audience.

Half a year of seeing reports that the IDF did something unbelievably evil, thinking "That can't be right, let me check it out," and then going "Oh, nope, it's actually even more evil than I thought."

Half a year of the western political-media class trying to frame the direct sponsorship of an active genocide as something other than what it is.

Half a year of passive-language "Palestinian child walks into bullet" headlines from the mainstream press.

Half a year of insulting our intelligence.

Half a year of insulting our humanity.

Half a year of unfathomable suffering.

Half a year of irreparable trauma.

Half a year of irreplaceable loss.

This fucking sucks, man. It sucks so bad. I've always enjoyed doing commentary on the crimes of the empire, but these last six months have been truly harrowing. It's awful having to stare directly at hell on earth from day to day with compassion in your heart. The only thing keeping this project going is the fact that it needs to be done, and the knowledge that my own suffering isn't the faintest shadow of what the Palestinians are going through right now.

This needs to end. It needs to end with desperate urgency. But we're seeing no signs that it's about to.

I don't have anything wise or insightful to add to any of this right now. Some days all you can do is point to the nightmare and call it what it is, and we can all just be real about reality and feel our feelings about that.

I guess all I can really say is that at least we're not alone in seeing what we're seeing. The whole world is watching Israel commit a horrifying mass atrocity backed by the full might of the empire, and more and more eyes are opening to the reality of what this means for their society and everything they've been told to believe about it.

Every positive change in human behavior is always preceded by an expansion of consciousness, and Gaza is expanding western consciousness like nothing ever before.

So at least there's that. At least there's the possibility that something good might one day grow out of this steaming pile of shit.

And that's all I've got for you. That's the best I can do right now.

Israel is engaged in a deliberate and systematic effort to destroy existing laws and norms around warfare. Even during wartime, embassies are off-limits. Israel just bombed an Iranian diplomatic compound in Damascus. Bombing hospitals is a war crime. Israel has bombed EVERY hospital in Gaza... by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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An important aspect of Israel's conduct - and Biden's acquiescence to it - that has gone largely unreported:

Israel is engaged in a deliberate and systematic effort to destroy existing laws and norms around warfare.

Even during wartime, embassies are off-limits. Israel just bombed an Iranian diplomatic compound in Damascus.

Bombing hospitals is a war crime. Israel has bombed EVERY hospital in Gaza. It has even assassinated patients inside hospitals.

The ICJ just obligated Israel to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Israel actively prevents aid from coming in.

Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited under international humanitarian law. Israel has deliberately created a famine in Gaza.

Indiscriminate bombings are illegal under international humanitarian law. Biden himself admits that Israel is bombing Gaza indiscriminately.

And the list goes on.

Presuming that Israel simply is breaking international law as part of the war but with no larger intent no longer holds IMO.

Rather, Israel is seeking to either destroy these norms or create a new normal in which it - much like the US - will be untouchable above these laws and norms.

This is the exact type of conduct that usually prompts the US to label a country a pariah or rogue state. The US accuses such states of seeking to destroy the "Rules Based Order."

But so far, Biden has acquiesced to Israel's conduct in this area as well as all other aspects of Israel's slaughter in Gaza.

The Zionists take a long view of history, understanding that all the outrage and backlash they're facing over Gaza right now will one day be irrelevant if they can carry out their plan for the territory today. That's why it's so important to oppose this thing now. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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The Zionist plan for the Palestinians is to kill them and drive them off their land by whatever cruelty is necessary, with the understanding that one day people will look back on it like the genocide of other indigenous populations saying "Yeah it was bad, but it's in the past."

The Zionists take a long view of history, understanding that all the outrage and backlash they're facing over Gaza right now will one day be irrelevant if they can carry out their plan for the territory today. They know that future generations of Israeli settlers will be able to say "Sure there was an ethnic cleansing in Gaza and a bunch of mass atrocities were committed, but that all happened before I was born; I had nothing to do with it. What do you want me to do, give up the home I've lived in all my life? That's nuts."

And they're absolutely right: if Israel succeeds in driving the Palestinians out of Gaza (and assuming humanity doesn't wipe itself out via nuclear armageddon or environmental collapse), that is exactly the future they can expect to have. The genocidal atrocities against the Palestinians will be something kids learn about in history class. Israel itself might even be able to be a lot more honest about what happened, once the Palestinian problem has been fully resolved and the threat of a Palestinian state no longer exists.

So they do what they need to do in the meantime, with the understanding that this will one day all be rubbed away by the sands of time. They commit what atrocities they need to commit, they lie in whatever ways they need to lie, and they exert influence wherever they need to exert influence until they can get this thing locked down. Once they have, they can sit back and let old father time do the work for them.

That's why it's so important to oppose this thing now: because once Palestine is erased, it's highly unlikely that it can ever be restored. We see what an uphill battle it is to obtain any rights at all for indigenous populations in other nations founded on genocidal settler-colonialism, and they haven't even been driven out of their national borders into foreign countries.

The sins of the present and the recent past are much, much easier to correct than the sins of the distant past. That's why the Zionists are so keen to move these atrocities into the "sins of the distant past" category.

"They believe that there is no power in the world that will hold them to account. But they are wrong. They and their children’s children will be haunted by what they have done. They will have to live with the loathing and the abhorrence the world feels for them.” - Arundhati Roy by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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“ Even though the highest court in the world believes that almost every indicator seems to meet the legal definition of genocide, IDF soldiers continue to put out their mocking “victory videos” celebrating what almost look like fiendish rituals. They believe that there is no power in the world that will hold them to account. But they are wrong. They and their children’s children will be haunted by what they have done. They will have to live with the loathing and the abhorrence the world feels for them. And hopefully one day everybody – on all sides of this conflict – who has committed war crimes will be tried and punished for them, keeping in mind that there is no equivalence between crimes committed while resisting Apartheid and Occupation, and crimes committed while enforcing them.”

NETANYAHU:✅No amount of international pressure will prevent us from achieving the war goals of eliminating Hamas, freeing the kidnapped✅We will work in Rafah. This is the only way to eliminate the rest of the Hamas brigades and to exert the necessary military pressure to release the kidnapped people by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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✅ We succeeded politically in allowing our forces to fight in an unprecedented way for a full 5 months

✅ It is no secret to anyone that international pressure is increasing on us

✅ There are international parties trying to stop the war now before all of its goals are achieved by making false accusations against the army and the prime minister

✅ There are international parties seeking to hold elections now in Israel because they know that the elections will stop the war and paralyze the country for at least 6 months

✅ If we stop the war now, this means that Israel has lost, and we will not allow that and we will not surrender to these pressures

✅ No amount of international pressure will prevent us from achieving the war goals of eliminating Hamas, freeing the kidnapped, and making Gaza no longer a threat.

✅ We will work in Rafah. This is the only way to eliminate the rest of the Hamas brigades and to exert the necessary military pressure to release the kidnapped people.

✅ We approved the executive plans for work in Rafah, including strengthening the steps to evacuate civilians from combat areas

✅ I say to our friends in the international community, have you forgotten October 7 so quickly, and are you prepared to deprive Israel of the right to defend itself?

One myth Ukrainians keep telling the western audience is that Nationalists are in minority! They are not! Banderovtsy are in super majority in Ukraine! 74% of Ukrainians see Stepan Bandera the rabid Nazi ideologue in a positive light and as a Ukrainian national hero! by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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(Of course NATO fluffers love to repeat it as well.)

The support for the recognition of the OUN-UPA as " freedom fighters " stands at 81% and only 10% are against. This support has increased 4 times since 2010, and doubled since 2015.

"In the West, Israeli universities are considered bastions of pluralism and democracy" but they are "a central pillar of Israel's regime of oppression against Palestinians." Hebrew Uni is helping define targets. Tel Aviv Uni is developing arguments against human rights... by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Details: https://twitter.com/JKSteinberger/status/1769477235516289150

Sharvit Baruch, a military leader now at lecturer and program leader at Tel Aviv Uni, defined Gaza police cadets as combatants instead of civilians since "potentially Hamas" for purposes of the 2008 massacre.

Another Tel Aviv Uni prof, "ethicist" Asa Kasher, teamed up with the Israeli military to estimate how many dead Palestinian civilians were worth it to save one Israeli, averaging 3.14. That would mean Palestinians are 1/3 human, less than the 3/5 of African American slaves.

Kasher seems to be quite the ethicist indeed, inventing new categories of unpersons, apologies, "third persons" to justify slaughtering Palestinian civilians.

The logical conclusion is hardly mysterious, but is Israeli policy: "As a result, they argue that it is in fact immoral for Israel to endanger its own soldiers in order to safeguard the lives of Palestinian civilians."

According to Maya Wind, researchers at Hebrew University are helping the military identify "targets" in Gaza.

Maya Wind explains that Hebrew Uni researchers are collaborating with Israeli military to create "target banks" in Gaza. This level of complicity is staggering, and our own unis have institutional links with them.

Back in October already, I said that the powers that be were trying something out in Gaza that they wanted to roll out to the rest of the world. I didn't realise academic colleagues were at the forefront of the legal and ethical arm of this effort.

Israeli companies continue to go bankrupt. The DIMAR company, located in Shlomi near the border with Lebanon, urgently requested a hearing after facing a debt of 24 million shekels, to issue an order for handling and halting proceedings for the recovery and revival of the company. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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📝Israeli companies continue to go bankrupt

The DIMAR company, located in Shlomi near the border with Lebanon, urgently requested a hearing after facing a debt of 24 million shekels, to issue an order for handling and halting proceedings for the recovery and revival of the company to be presented to the Haifa District Court.

This company was founded in 1960 and is one of the most well-known manufacturers in the world of cutting equipment, products, and tools used for processing other materials such as plastic, aluminum, complex materials, etc.

With the start of the Al-Aqsa Flood and the opening of the northern front, constant barrages of fire began from Lebanon, which affected Shlomi. According to the emergency guidelines, the settlement was evacuated in a way that hindered the factory to continue its operations, effectively bringing an abrupt end to the company's activities.

The complete cessation of factory operations led to most factory workers (about 60 people), locals of the area, to collectively lose their jobs. The war turned the company into its worst crisis in history, as since then, due to the security situation, access to the factory has been restricted and its operations have been completely halted.

The Houthis announced cooperation with Russia and China to weaken the West by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Houthi spokesman al-Kahum tweeted on his X account:

There is constant interaction and development of relations between Yemen, the Russian Federation, China and the BRICS countries, as well as the exchange of knowledge and experience in various fields. This is necessary in order to drown the US, Britain and the West in the swamp of the Red Sea, so that they become bogged down, weakened and unable to maintain unipolarity.

"Our politicians are owned by Israel" and "Our politicians are 100% dedicated to Israel in every way, but for their own reasons, not because of anything Israel does" is a distinction without a difference that is worth anyone's time. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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It's also absurdly naive because every country in the world that has any capability to influence the US does so.

And to deny that Israel can do so effectively is also absurd.

Admitting the completely obvious is not anti-Semitic any more than criticizing Israel is anti-Semitic.

If you're calling someone anti-Semitic because they say what is obviously true, you should ask yourself:

What are the relevant distinctions between you and a Zionist?

This is an immensely satisfying must-watch: extraordinary rebuke of Scholtz by Malaysia's Prime Minister, while standing right next to him. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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"You cannot find a solution by being so one-sided, in terms of looking only at one particular issue and erase 60 years of atrocities.

The solution is not just releasing the hostages. What about the settlements? What about the behavior of the settlers now? It continues daily!

What about the dispossession? Their land, their right, their dignity, their men, their women, their children? Are these of no concern? Where have we thrown away our humanity? Why this hypocrisy?"

The TikTok ban - what it means, why it’s important, and what are its implications. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Also, while this thread raises some important issues, it doesn't address every way that the bill is dangerous and an attack on freedom of expression, and is therefore incomplete.

The TikTok ban - what it means, why it’s important, and what are its implications. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Something I didn't know:

Interestingly, in 2022, Meta hired a company called Targeted Victory which then contracted with dozens of public relations firms across the U.S. to help “sway public opinion against TikTok” by planting local news stories and helping place op-eds targeting TikTok around the country.

To say Meta would benefit from TikTok’s demise is an understatement but also concerning, especially in light of Meta’s censorship of pro-Palestinian content in the last several months.

Everyone scoffs at the idea of revolution but what is the alternative? Seriously, what other option do we have? We can’t rely on politicians or the political parties. None will stop the war machine. Genocide will continue. And not just in Gaza. How can we accept this? by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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I don’t currently nor ever have advocated for violence.

I advocate, very specifically, for organization towards various forms of direct action, including but not limited to general strikes, mass boycotts, and funding of mutual aid.

Our rulers dictate if this can be peaceful.

"This is a situation in which the sanctions were imposed by one important sector of the world economy which then cut itself off from resources that it needs - and that's particularly true of Western Europe - in return for cutting Russia off from various things that Russia doesn't really need." by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Economist James K. Galbraith, professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

"If you go back to the period before the introduction of the sanctions [...] the Russian economy was very heavily colonized by Western firms. That was true in automobiles, it was true in aircrafts, it was true in everything from fast food restaurants to big box stores. Western firms were present all throughout the Russian economy. A great many of them [...] either chose to exit Russia or were pressured to exit Russia after early 2022. So on what terms did they leave? Well, they were required, if they were leaving permanently, to sell their capital equipment, their factories and so forth, to let's say a Russian business which would get a loan from Russian banks or maybe have other sources of financing, at a very favorable price for the Russians. So effectively a lot of capital wealth, which was partly owned by the West, has been transferred to Russian ownership. And you now have an economy which is moving forward and has the advantage compared to Europe of relatively low resource costs because Russia is a great producer of resources, oil and gas and fertilizer and food stuff and so forth. And so while the Europeans are paying maybe twice in Germany what they were paying for energy, the Russians are not, they're paying perhaps less than they were paying before the war. So again I characterize the effect of the sanctions, in fact as being in certain respects a gift to the Russian economy. And this is, I think, quite different from what the authors of the sanctions expected. [...] And the essence of the situation is this would not have happened without the sanctions. You could have had the war, and it would have gone pretty much as it has gone. But the Russian government in 2022 was in no position to force the exit of Western firms. It didn't want to, wouldn't have done that. It was in no position to force its oligarchs to choose between Russia and the West. It didn't wish to do that. These choices were imposed by the West, and the results were actually, in many respects, favorable to the long-term independent development of the Russian Federation's economy."

A big part of how delusional our discourse is right now relates to Biden himself. Think how many people are involved in the deception operation called Biden - thousands know what we can clearly see - that this old, feeble man cannot by any stretch of the imagination fulfill the office of president. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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And I also insist that a big part of how delusional our discourse is right now relates to Biden himself.

Think how many people are involved in the deception operation called Biden. Think how many people know that he is not well - Secret Service and advisors, staff of all kinds, journalists, make up artists, plastic surgeons, medical staff, family members, high ranking officials - thousands of people know what we can clearly see - that this old, feeble man cannot by any stretch of the imagination fulfill the office of president.

Yet no one speaks. Not a soul. And in the future this, too, will puzzle people: they will not understand how that old and confused man was believed to actually be able to command full days on intense meetings, with a plethora of details and in-house power struggles.

No one thinks that Biden is capable of running this, and it doesn't make an iota of sense to claim that he does. Yet everybody acts like this is fact.

When such a clear lie is allowed to live in the open, no wonder people feel a bit crazy. You have to be crazy to believe such nonsense.

And by never talking about this, we have no conversation about those who actually run things, and what their plans are for the next 4 years that Biden is extremely unlikely to complete even seemingly alive.

Kamala Harris will be boss? That utter buffun? How come there's no conversation about this?

Israel is the enemy of mankind. It represents the deepest form of evil, white supremacy, colonialism, suppression, and terrorism. They bomb children in school. They destroy hospitals and leave babies decaying in their incubators. Then they argue that they’re the victim and they’re killing for peace! by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Israel is the enemy of mankind.

It represents the deepest form of evil, white supremacy, colonialism, suppression, and terrorism.

They shoot at fathers trying to get food for their starving families.

They bomb children while they’re in school.

They destroy hospitals and leave babies decaying in their incubators.

They dig up graves as a form of punishment in the afterlife.

Then they argue that they’re the victim and they’re killing for peace!

⚡The US is preparing 1000 troops to send to Gaza. The "temporary" port is the excuse... for a US military base... to protect extraction of stolen Gaza oil. The same Israelis that are blocking aid and starving 2.2 million people will be commissioned to secure the transfer of aid through that port. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Today, Israeli media also wrote that the invasion of Gaza has stalled and there is no progress. Hamas hold their positions firmly. Therefore, it is not excluded that these troops join the IDF.

Israel to the UN: If UN does not activate Article 99 in favor of our abductees and bring the Security Council into a discussion on the sex atrocities committed by Hamas, Israel should take severe action, close the UN headquarters in Jerusalem, deport Senior UN officials and evacuate UNRWA compounds. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Strategically Israel is getting on the offensive and ahead of what’s to come with the UN.

This is a move to try and severely discredit the UN and ahead of future actions the UN members are being forced to take.

Could it be that Israel sees the writing on the wall and the coming ICJ ruling, and any future ICC cases brought against Israeli war criminals - I’m looking at you Netanyahu. And strategically it’s best play (albeit sociopathic one) is to extinguish any remaining cooperation it has in place with the UN.

https://twitter.com/MawdaDawda/status/1765511709475618830

Zionists tell us they find concern for the welfare of Palestinians “offensive”, and that they feel “unsafe” when others raise such concerns. The question for the rest of us is: How do we deal with those “sensitivities”, and how much do we prioritise the “offence” taken by hardline Zionists? by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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My answer:

They don't feel unsafe, they're lying. Lying to manipulate. Which is their primary MO. We should not believe them. Ever.

If we were to give them benefit of the doubt, for some absurd reason, we should tell them to think harder about the actual reasons they feel unsafe.

But there is no sane reason to believe them. We should be offended by the way they lie to us and attempt to curtain our basic rights.

And of course by the way they cheat, steal, rape, murder and genocide.

And for these reasons they do not deserve one iota of our concern.

And we should not just be offended, we should be working to bring justice down upon them.

The full question:

We all understand that, shamefully, a number of Zionist Jews and non-Jews identify so completely with Israel that they are not only willing to excuse the mass slaughter and starvation of civilians in Gaza but think others should not even be allowed to express disquiet at the slaughter.

Hardline Zionists tell us they find concern for the welfare of Palestinians “offensive”, and that they feel “unsafe” when others raise such concerns or call for a ceasefire to end the bloodshed.

The question for the rest of us is: How do we deal with those “sensitivities”, and how much do we prioritise the “offence” taken by hardline Zionists?

Not unreasonably, most ordinary people place very little weight on the “sensitivities” of those who believe mass slaughter and the starvation of children should be allowed to proceed, at least when weighed against the sensitivities of those opposed to mass death.

What’s so weird is the way, as far as official bodies and the western media are concerned, those priorities have been turned upside down.

In an article titled 'Arsenal criticised after Jewish fans walk away over pro-Palestine rally outside stadium', the Guardian in typical fashion falls over backwards to indulge the “feelings” of a few Jewish Arsenal fans. They apparently “felt unsafe” and “betrayed” by their club for not more aggressively stopping protests last weekend at a Women’s Super League game by other fans over the complicity of the UK government in Gaza’s genocide.

No evidence is produced by either the fans or the Guardian that any Jewish fan was in any danger whatsoever. Just that a few Palestinian flags were smuggled into the stadium, that leaflets and stickers were handed out, and that some protesters tried to 'engage' with fans as they arrived at the stadium – presumably in that dangerous tradition of trying to persuade others of the validity of one’s position.

But the Guardian sympathetically dedicates a great deal of space to relaying the concerns of the handful of Jewish fans who “believe their safety was compromised by security staff not curtailing the protest” – that is, those who wanted to prevent an entirely peaceful demonstration taking place in a public space outside the ground.

The story is risible. It is news as therapy for Zionists and gaslighting for the rest of us.

But it is decades of nonsense journalism about Israel and its apologists of precisely this kind that has led us to the dismal place we are today.

The constant indulgence by the political and media class, the constant elevation of these kinds of ugly, ignoble “feelings” – feelings that dehumanise and vilify Palestinians, as well as anyone acting in solidarity with their suffering – the constant treatment of Zionist bigotry as warranted, as justified, as normal, that has gotten us to a position where Israel can commit genocide and its western allies and parts of their Jewish populations can treat it as “offensive” to raise the matter.

If we had not got so entirely used to it, we would immediately understand how completely nuts – and catastrophically inhumane – the coverage is.

trying to change a mainstream political party in the western empire by putting nice people in it is like trying to change an abusive cult by putting nice people in it: the cult doesn't change, the people who go in just get indoctrinated. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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Over and over you see well-intentioned people enter western mainstream political parties with the intention of changing them from this inside, but instead it changes them. They think the problem is that the party just doesn't have enough nice people in it, but it turns out trying to change a mainstream political party in the western empire by putting nice people in it is like trying to change an abusive cult by putting nice people in it: the cult doesn't change, the people who go in just get indoctrinated. The cult isn't bad because there aren't enough nice cult members, the cult is bad because its entire purpose, function and founding doctrine is bad.

A mainstream political party in the imperial core exists solely to promote the interests of the empire. Everything in it is geared toward this purpose. That is its nature. If you join it, you either embrace its doctrines and help it act out its foundational purpose, or you get kicked out of the cult. You cannot change it. It can only change you. How many times does this have to happen before people learn the lesson?

There's an infuriatingly common kind of liberal who purports to oppose Israel's actions in Gaza while also saying they support "Israel's right to exist", as though Israel's existence is somehow separable from its genocidal murderousness. It literally cannot exist without nonstop violence and tyranny by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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There's an infuriatingly common kind of liberal who purports to oppose Israel's actions in Gaza while also saying they support "Israel's right to exist", as though Israel's existence is somehow separable from its genocidal murderousness. This is a state that literally cannot exist without nonstop violence and tyranny, as demonstrated by its entire unbroken history since its inception. It was set up as a settler-colonialist outpost for western imperialism from the very beginning, and that's exactly what it's been ever since.

History has conclusively established that it is not possible to drop an artificial ethnostate on top of an already-existing population in which the pre-existing population is legally subordinate to the new one without tremendous amounts of warfare, police violence, mass displacement, apartheid, disenfranchisement and oppression. This is not actually debatable. It is a settled matter (no pun intended).

Is it possible to have a nation in which Jews are welcomed and kept safe? Of course. Many such nations exist outside of Israel, and the majority of the world's Jews live in them. What isn't possible is a Jewish ethnostate in historic Palestine in which the pre-existing population is treated as less than the Jewish population that does not necessarily entail nonstop violence, tyranny and abuse. This is self-evidently a direct contradiction in goals, but it's what the liberals I'm we're discussing here pretend to believe is a reasonable possibility.

There absolutely could be a state in that region wherein Palestinians and Jews coexist peacefully, but it would be so wildly different from present-day Israel that you can't pretend it would be the same state as the one we see now. It would entail such a radically dramatic overhaul of Israeli civilization, such a comprehensive dismantling of deeply ingrained racism, such a drastic restructuring of governmental and living systems, so much labor, sacrifice, humility, inner work and reparations, that to call it by the same name as the state that presently exists would be nonsensical.

And that isn't what the liberals in question are talking about instituting when they say they oppose Israel's atrocities in Gaza but "support Israel's right to exist". What they are saying is they want Israel to remain the unjust and tyrannical apartheid state that is has always been, but for the killing to stop. They want the injustice to continue, but they want its most overt manifestations to stop causing them cognitive dissonance. They want to status quo, without the murderous savagery that is necessary for the status quo's existence. They want to pretend they live in an imaginary fantasyland where such a thing is possible.

And to be clear this isn't just what liberals want with regard to Israel-Palestine; it's their whole entire position on everything. On every issue their position is little more than "Maintain the status quo, but make it pretty and psychologically comfortable for me." They never want to do what's right, they just want to feel like they are right. Theirs is an imperialist, militarist, tyrannical oligarchic ideology with a bunch of feel-good social justice bumper stickers slapped on top of it. A boot on your neck and a flower in its hair.

That's who liberals are. It's who they've always been. Phil Ochs released the song "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" in 1966, and they haven't changed one iota ever since. The issues change, their arguments change, but their "maintain the status quo but let me feel nice about it" values system has remained exactly the same for generations.

At some point, the Jewish community will need to reckon with the fact that the majority of our community backs genocide. I know most Jewish people don’t see it yet, but it’s very clear to anyone who is not ingrained in Zionist ideology. A reckoning is coming & it’s long overdue. by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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At some point, the Jewish community will need to reckon with the fact that the majority of our community backs genocide.

I know most Jewish people don’t see it yet, but it’s very clear to anyone who is not ingrained in Zionist ideology. A reckoning is coming & it’s long overdue.

There will need to be a thorough accounting of every individual, institution and organization that has backed this 76+ year genocide of the Palestinian people, and reparations/accountability will be due however Palestinians see fit.

I was taught about ethics & justice in the context of my Jewish identity: I was raised to hold our moral principles in the absolute highest regard & understand that part of this process is holding my own community accountable.

Dismantling Zionism & Israel is a moral imperative.

Feldman's core argument is that that old European antisemitism has evolved into a "new antisemitism," one which calls Israel a colonial, imperial, & white supremacist project. His argument relies on misinformation & obfuscation. I'm going to focus on 5 claims he makes - by FreedomUltd in AskALeftist

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(1): Feldman writes that "the application [of settler-colonial theory] to Israel is a secondary development."

This is misinformation. The founder of settler colonial theory, Patrick Wolfe, treated Palestine as a paradigmatic example of settler colonialism. From his 2006 piece "Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native": (image of text)

(2) Feldman writes "whether early Zionist settlers should be conceived as colonialists is a hotly disputed question." He claims that they didn't see themselves as part of a colonial project.

If only early Zionists had written about how they saw themselves--oh wait! they did.

Early Zionist leaders Jabotinsky & Herzl wrote openly about Israel being a colonial project (see photos)

The primary group coordinating Jewish settlement of Palestine in the late 1800s & early 1900s called itself the "Jewish Colonization Association"

More importantly: "I know that Zionists have colonized Palestine without the need to cite Herzl. I know this because I live it, because the ruins of countless depopulated villages provide the material evidence of calculated ethnic cleansing." -@m7mdkurd https://t.co/eY5puNs6Uk

It's true, as Feldman writes, that frameworks like 'colonialism' are "often used today to make moral judgements."

And Palestinians use them precisely. It is Zionists who confound, it is Zionists who hide from the moral stigma that now follows the words they once openly embraced

(3) Feldman writes one of the most inaccurate, ahistorical, and intellectually dishonest descriptions of the Nakba that I have ever read: (image of text)

He inverts the Nakba--the ethnic cleansing of over 750K Palestinians

Feldman somehow starts the clock of the Nakba at the "nascent Jewish state" not at the violence that founded this state.

In other words, he defines our ethnic cleansing as our RESPONSE to our ethnic cleansing.

For a brilliant definition of Nakba [as not just a historical event, but as an organizing structure of Palestinian life], read this piece by Palestinian human rights lawyer Rabea Eghbariah--who Feldman actually supervises. He knows better. https://t.co/6F26TJFyrd

(4)Then, Feldman, from his "office in leafy Cambridge Mass," claims that Israel's genocide is not a genocide.

Sure, he says, there's evidence of genocidal statements by Israeli officials and genocidal actions in alignment w those statements...but Israel SAYS it's not a genocide

This point isn't even worth disputing. It is a genocide. We know it. He knows it. Israel knows it. Here's a database of Israeli incitement to genocide, but we don't need Israeli leaders to tell us what our 30,000 dead already do.

(5)He then argues that even if it was a genocide, we shouldn't call it that...because then it could make Jewish people look bad

1- Insane for him to center Judaism as the primary victim of a genocide when 30000 Palestinians have already been murdered in cold blood.

2- Wrong of him to use Judaism as the analytical frame for understanding Israel's violence rather than Zionism & to project responsibility for Israel's genocide onto all Jewish people.

In conflating judaism & zionism, he's perpetrating the harm he claims to write against.

3- His argument reminds me of this piece by @m7mdkurd , about the absurd expectation that Palestinians suffer silently under the weight of a genocidal ethnostate for fear of committing semantic violence when speaking about the systemic violence they face: https://t.co/nlBhXVYd2A

To Feldman, Palestinian suffering is illegible. It is a secondary phenomenon, notable only for the imagined negative consequences that acknowledging this oppression can have on him and his vaunted status as the "archetypal victim"--whatever that means.

He invisibilizes the Palestinian experience. He erases the checkpoints, the seige, the apartheid, the genocide. He cannot see past his own ego. That's fine. We don't need him to. Palestinians will continue to narrate our struggle. We will not apologize for doing so precisely.

"There’s no escaping being accused of antisemitism. It’s a losing battle and, more importantly, a glaring red herring. . . There are better things to do: we have coffins to carry. We have kin in Israeli mortuary chambers that we must bury." -@m7mdkurd