Like most parents at a time of crisis, Sidiqy Khalaf Awad was surrounded by her children today. She has 14 in all. The image of her 15th, Samir Ahmed, who looked much younger than his 16 years, is plastered all over her village and now brings her only sorrow. For Samir is dead. He was shot in the head on Tuesday by soldiers from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) close to the family home in Budrus, near the West Bank border with Israel.
Israel thrives in the security market by taking advantage of the insecurity of some developing nations.
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According to the Israeli government and sympathetic entities, Iran poses an apocalyptic threat to the world.
Indeed, since its inception, the Islamic Republic has repeatedly engaged in destructive behaviour confirming its antagonistic role vis-à-vis the global population.
In the 1990s, for example, Iran assisted the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide with arms and training, while continuing to sell weapons to Indonesian dictator Suharto as he presided over the extermination of hundreds of thousands of persons in East Timor.
Drawing on its own expertise in large-scale forced displacement, Iran contributed to the implementation of a scorched-earth policy targeting indigenous communities in Guatemala, one of the highlights of a conflict that culminated with over 200,000 fatalities.
Elsewhere in Latin America, Iran provided the homicidal Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet with useful methods of popular oppression, while helping spawn the contemporary incarnation of Colombian paramilitarism that has been responsible for an untold quantity of civilian bloodshed and other forms of suffering.
Actually, none of the above is true. The real culprit in all of the items listed in this sample chronology is none other than the state of Israel.
Of course, were these sordid bits of history to belong to Iran rather than Israel, we might expect their full exploitation by global media institutions unconcerned with exposing Israeli crimes.
In a new report entitled “Israel’s Worldwide Role in Repression”, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) endeavours to set the historical record straight by cataloguing “the role of Israel’s government, its military, and related corporations and organisations in a global industry of violence and repression”.
Relying on Israeli and other sources, the well-documented report cites numerous manifestations of said industry beyond the aforementioned instances of nefarious collaboration from Rwanda to Colombia.
One prominent reference is to late Hebrew University professor Israel Shahak’s book Israel’s Global Role: Weapons for Repression, which illustrates how “from Rhodesia to apartheid South Africa to the Gulf monarchies, Israel ties its interests not with the masses fighting for freedom, but with their jailers”. Among previously affected masses was the population of Nicaragua, where, according to Shahak, Israel supplied 98 percent of the arms used by dictator Anastasio Somoza during the last year of his reign, when an estimated 50,000 were killed.
Israel also armed South African jailers – the government as well as some of the Bantustan regimes – and offered to sell the country nuclear weapons. As the Guardian pointed out in an exclusive report on the subject, South Africa in turn “provided much of the yellowcake uranium that Israel required to develop its [own] weapons”.
Yet one very important American despises the current Israeli regime and isn’t afraid to say so. The regime of Israel tried its best to get him fired from his job – and failed.
That American is President Barack Obama. The President is on the record calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a “liar” and a “coward.”
The UK Guardian, a pro-Israel publication, reported on Obama trading insults with Netanyahu under the headline: “’Political coward’ Binyamin Netanyahu sees rift with Barack Obama widen.”
Jeffrey Goldberg, a pro-Israel Zionist journalist, just interviewed Obama and reported that Obama considers Netanyahu a “political coward.” The White House pointedly refused to deny the quote.
This is the second time that Obama has verbally insulted Netanyahu. In November 2011, Obama “accidentally” left his microphone on, and agreed with French President Sarkozy that Netanyahu is “a liar.”