Welcome to Sott.net
Mon, 04 Dec 2023
The World for People who Think

Puppet Masters

Star of David

IDF knew real Hamas HQ while lying about al-Shifa

hurt child
© Wafa/APA Images/Wikimedia Commons
Wounded Palestinians wait for treatment at the overcrowded emergency ward
Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City
While telling the world that Hamas HQ was under al-Shifa Hospital, the IDF had already found the actual command center 8.5km away, reports Gareth Porter.

Although corporate news media have made it clear they don't buy the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claim that al-Shifa Hospital has been a cover for a Hamas command and control center and weapons armory, Western media have failed to report a much bigger story.

The IDF and the Israeli government already knew when they launched their propaganda campaign about al-Shifa that Hamas had no military command and control facility hidden there because it had already found the complex kilometers away.

As Consortium News reported last week, for 15 years the Israelis claimed Hamas was operating its primary command and control base from a tunnel underneath al-Shifa. After the Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza began in October, the Israeli military amplified that message to press its contention that by hiding the Hamas high command, al-Shifa Hospital had lost its immunity from military operations under the law of war, and could now legitimately be taken over by force.

On Nov. 11, IDF spokesman Richard Hecht declared that al-Shifa was the "main hub of Hamas activity;" Newsweek reported the IDF regarded al-Shifa Hospital as "Hamas's main command post" and the Times of Israel headlined "Hamas leaders again hiding under hospital".

The crescendo of Israeli propaganda about al-Shifa being a "human shield" for Hamas came with a long report published by The New York Times on Nov. 14. It was based on interviews with eight present and former intelligence and defense officials, describing a vast military command complex under al-Shifa with multiple levels.

But something quite unexpected had happened during this new round of press stories on al-Shifa that completely demolished the entire IDF story line: the IDF had gained control of the real Hamas command and control center in an area where the Hamas leadership had previously had their above-ground offices in the Al Atatra neighborhood, in the extreme northwest of Beit Lahiya city, 8.5km away from al-Shifa.

Comment: In the eyes and heart of the world, what Israel has done to the Palestinians, it has done to itself.


'F**k the EU': Nuland's decade-old Maidan quip has never been more true

© Andrew Kravchenko/AP
U.S. Asst. Sec. European-Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt
Independence Square • Kiev, Ukraine • Dec. 11, 2013
At the height of the 2014 coup in Ukraine, Washington's 'Maidan midwife' uttered a phrase that has held true ever since...

This week, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky - and his Western backers - celebrated the tenth anniversary of the start of the Maidan protests in Kiev. Of course, they led to a US-backed coup and, ultimately, the current conflict with Russia.

Zelensky tweeted:
"Ten years ago, we began a new chapter in our struggle. Ten years ago, Ukrainians launched their first counteroffensive. Against lawlessness and an attempt to rob us of our European future. Against unfreedom. Year after year, step by step, we make every effort to ensure that, among the other stars on the EU flag, which represents the unity of European nations, our star shines as well. The Ukrainian star."
Except that, in reality, it's been a full ten years now of "f**k(ing) the EU," as US State Department fixture Victoria Nuland was caught saying back then in a leaked conversation with then ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.

"F**k the EU," she demanded. And, well, they sure did exactly that.

Comment: To express a universal directive via an economy of phrase, three-ish words distinguish the message.


Putin was declared a war criminal for 'relocating' the same number of children Israel just 'killed'

ICC building
© Unknown
It's probably worth noting at this point in history that the total number of children killed in Gaza has just surpassed the number of children the International Criminal Court indicted Russian president Vladimir Putin for relocating out of a war zone.

A recent estimate by Gaza authorities puts the number of Palestinian children killed by Israel's bombing campaign over the last seven weeks at just above the six thousand mark. This number comes from the Gaza Media Office, which is only able to make unconfirmed estimates since the Gaza Health Ministry who normally reports such numbers has lost the ability to count the dead effectively due to communications collapse caused by the bombing.

In March of this year — ironically on the 20th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq — ICC judges issued an arrest warrant charging Putin with war crimes in Ukraine. The allegations? The "unlawful deportation" of some six thousand Ukrainian children to a network of "re-education" camps inside Russia.

Comment: See also:

Star of David

Eyewitnesses reveal Israeli October 7 posterchild was killed by Israeli tank

Liel Hetzroni Kibbutz Be'eri israel tanks shelled house
© The Grayzone
Liel Hetzroni, 12, and the Kibbutz Be'eri house shelled by Israeli tanks.
Eyewitnesses to the October 7 hostage standoff in Kibbutz Be'eri have exposed Israel for misleading the world about the killings of 12-year-old Liel Hetzroni, her family and her neighbors.

In a desperate bid for international sympathy, the Israeli government has sought to stir outrage over the killing of a 12-year-old girl during the Hamas-led attack on southern Israel on October 7.

"This little girl's body was burned so badly that it took forensic archeologists more than six weeks to identify her," the Israeli Foreign Ministry declared on its official Twitter/X account. "All that remains of 12 year old Liel Hetzroni is ash and bone fragments. May her memory be a blessing."


Lies, Lies, and More Lies

© Off-Guardian
I was eight years old when John Kennedy was murdered. I remember getting the call from my dad, telling me rather flatly, "the president is dead." We were living in Puerto Rico at the time, my dad being a US Naval officer and was stationed there. Even though I was quite young, I knew the gravity of such an event, and as these sorts of experiences typically do, the moment was etched in my memory — I remember every tiny detail.

Over the years since, I have heard many stories relating to "that moment." One in particular that stands out is a story my sister tells. While attending a high school assembly that infamous day, the American flag on its stand in the school auditorium fell over with no provocation and rolled off the stage. Everyone attending the assembly that afternoon thought it a very odd event, but had no idea it was correlated to anything happening in the world until it was announced an hour later that Kennedy was dead. The flag fell over precisely at the time he was shot. Many of these events I have heard are similarly paranormal in nature, and often are attributed to the energy generated from the enormity of an assassinated president of a great country.

If such a "comment from God" is the actual reason for these strange anomalies, I would say it was not so much due to the death of a president, but more a comment on the great lie and betrayal leveled against the American people. JFK was murdered by his own government.

The JFK "conspiracy theory" was my first foray into the world of government deceit and treachery. Although at the beginnings of my personal investigation I was not so much invested in the idea the entire government was dishonorable and malfeasant, but maybe only a few individuals were guilty of such. In fact, at the time, I wondered if JFK's assassination was instigated by some outside faction such as the American Mafia.

Whatever the reason, I became convinced that the Warren Commission was a joke (again, maybe a joke only because it was incompetently put together) and there was far more to the event than what the public was officially told.

I donned the tinfoil hat and at that moment became the proverbial conspiracy theorist.

Eye 2

Israel and its allies are repurposing the goals and lies of 1948 - in Gaza in 2023

Palestinians in Gaza flee Israeli bombing
© Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu via Getty Images
Palestinians in Gaza flee Israeli bombing towards the south, 7 November 2023.
Israel is openly carrying out ethnic cleansing inside Gaza, driving Palestinians outside their homeland as happened in 1948. And yet, just as during the first "Nakba", Israel's lies and deceptions dominate the West's media and political narrative.

History is repeating itself - and every politician and establishment journalist is pretending they cannot see what is staring them in the face. There is a collective and wilful refusal to join the dots in Gaza, even when they point in one direction only.

There has been a consistent pattern to Israel's behaviour since its creation 75 years ago - just as there has been a consistent pattern to the "see no evil, hear no evil" response of western powers.

In 1948, in events the Palestinians call their "Nakba", or Catastrophe, 80 percent of Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their lands in what became the self-declared Jewish state of Israel.

As Palestinians maintained at the time - and Israeli historians later confirmed from archival documents - Israel's leaders lied when they said Palestinians had fled of their own volition, on the orders of neighbouring Arab states.

Star of David

Biden rating worst ever - NBC poll

US President Joe Biden addresses the CEO summit at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Week in San Francisco, California, on November 16, 2023.
Joe Biden's approval rating has reached the lowest point of his presidency, with more than half of voters unhappy with the way he is handling the conflict between Hamas and Israel, according to an NBC News poll released on Sunday.

With less than a year to go before the 2024 presidential election, just 40% of American voters approve of the job Biden is doing in his post, compared to 57% who disapprove of his performance, the poll found. While Biden's overall approval rating dropped only 1% from September numbers, there was a seismic shift in support among voters ages 18 to 34, which plummeted from 46% to 31%.

In another low for Biden, only 33% of Americans are satisfied with his foreign policy, down from 41% in September. When it comes to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, which started in early October, only 34% approve of the way the US president is handling the crisis, while 56% disapprove. People aged 18-34 were again the most unhappy with their president on this issue, with a whopping 70% saying Biden is doing a poor job.

Comment: And it's not just the US where Biden is unpopular due to his stance on the Palestinian genocide, see also:

Eye 1

Neil Oliver: The state we're in!

Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver
Toxic masculinity, climate crisis, Net zero, 15-minute cities - it's all part of an anti-human poison being spread by the likes of the World Economic Forum, huge transnational corporations, the WHO, the Bank for International Settlements and the military industrial complex....


US, Germany 'secret plan to force Zelensky to negotiate' with Russia - BILD

While outwardly expressing full support for Ukraine, behind closed doors in Berlin and Washington plans are being hatched to force Ukraine into talks with Russia to freeze the war on its current front lines, German newspaper BILD said in a report published on Nov. 24.

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis warned of this yesterday, Bloomberg reported.

The German federal government has now set itself the main goal of putting Ukraine in a "strategically good negotiating position," BILD said.

Comment: The Kiev-junta are in no position to 'negotiate' anything, and any talks would mostly involve them accepting Russia's conditions. And some analysts think that rather than enter into any agreement right away, Russia has a few more objectives of its SMO to achieve.

"The country should negotiate with Vladimir Putin's regime about its 'sovereignty and territorial integrity.' The White House and the Chancellery are coordinating on this," government sources told BILD.

Comment: Comment: In newly released footage a Zelensky aide admits that the UK sabotaged the possibility of peace deal back in 2022, and, as other analysts note, he fails to mention the 'Bucha massacre' which was one of the professed reasons for rejecting negotiations:

With the Kiev-junta having lost upwards of 500,000 troops in the West's proxy-war, more women are being seen on the frontlines:


The Evidence Israel Killed Its Own Citizens on 7 October

Israeli veteran
© Legacy Conversations/CNN
An Israeli veteran has admitted his forces may have killed Israelis.
A retired Israeli army major has admitted Israel probably killed some of the 1,200 Israelis the government claims Hamas murdered on 7 October.

The confession, discovered by The Electronic Intifada, is one of the highest level confirmations to date that Israel killed many, if not most, of the civilians that died during the Palestinian offensive.

On Saturday, it was revealed that an official Israel source had concluded for the first time that Israeli fire hit at least some Israelis.

This growing body of evidence undermines the official Israeli narrative of savage Palestinian terrorists invading Israel bent on slaughtering civilians. Hamas maintains that its targets were military and that it did not intentionally kill civilians.

The Israeli officer's admission came in a series of videos about 7 October posted by Legacy Conversations, an obscure YouTube channel run by military and police veterans of South Africa's apartheid regime.

Their star guest is a South African-born man who settled in Israel aged 18 and spent 29 years in the army. He took part in the 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2014 invasion of Gaza.

The veteran is named as "Major Graeme," using the apparent pseudonyms "Graeme Ipp" and "Graeme I."

In a video posted only one week after 7 October, Major Graeme said that Israeli detainees in Palestinian custody were "possibly killed by Israeli airstrikes when the Israeli Air Force attacked vehicles that were returning into Gaza."

Speaking almost two weeks before the start of Israel's wider ground incursion into northern Gaza, Major Graeme explained that after the airstrikes "there was some bodies there that the special forces went and collected."