US War Secretary Ausin Vows “Ironclad” Support for Israeli Aggression

US War Secretary Austin Vows “Ironclad” Support for Israeli Aggression 

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Both aggressors support each other, partnering in their preemptive wars on invented enemies.

During talks with his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz in April, US war secretary Lloyd Austin said the following:

The US “commitment to Israel is enduring, and it is ironclad” — including its illegal occupation, apartheid ruthlessness, and preemptive wars at its discretion.

On May 12, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said “Austin (repeated) the department’s ironclad support for Israel’s legitimate right (sic) to” smash, slaughter, and otherwise brutalize defenseless Palestinians.

State Department spokesman Price made similar remarks, saying “Israel has the right to defend itself (sic)” by preemptively attacking Al-Aqsa Mosque worshipers, terror-bombing Gazans, and brutalizing Palestinians throughout the Occupied Territories at its discretion.

In stark contrast — according to the US, West and apartheid Israel — Palestinians have no right of self-defense as guaranteed by the UN Charter and other international law.

Law Professor Francis Boyle, former Palestinian legal advisor — earlier drafting is Declaration of Independence, creating Palestinian statehood — said “Blinken gave (Israel) the green light to escalate” violence on Palestinians.

Commenting on Israel’s 51 days of Protective Edge aggression on Gaza in 2014, US human rights attorney Noura Erakat said the following:

“…Israel does not have the right to self-defense in international law against Occupied Palestinian territory,” adding: 

“A state cannot simultaneously exercise control over territory it occupies and militarily attack that territory on the claim that it is ‘foreign’ and poses an exogenous national security threat.” 

“In doing precisely that, Israel is asserting rights that may be consistent with colonial domination but simply do not exist under international law.”

Since its June 1967 aggression on defenseless Palestinians, Israel has done the above numerous times — again now against Occupied East Jerusalem and by preemptive terror-bombing of Gaza.

According to a White House readout, Biden — or his impersonator — affirmed “unwavering (US) support for Israel’s right to defend itself” — against long-suffering Palestinian men, women, children, infants, the elderly and infirm who seek liberation in their historic homeland — free from Zionist occupation, repression and aggression.

Round-the-clock IDF terror-bombing of Gaza continued on Thursday.

According to its Health Ministry early Thursday, 83 Gazans were massacred in cold blood so far, including 17 children and eight women, over 700 others wounded, many seriously.

The Palestinian Safa Press agency reported that extremist Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem neighborhoods on Eid al-Fitr (May 12) — the Festival of Breaking the (Ramadan) Fast, the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset abstinence from food.

Videos on social media showed Israeli security forces storming Palestinian residences and beating nonthreatening occupants with batons — while terrified women and children screamed for help not forthcoming.

Terrorizing Palestinians is longstanding Israeli policy.

The scourge of Zionism fosters militarism, belligerence, fascism, racism, state-sponsored terrorism, and collective punishment — while blaming victims for crimes committed against them.

A cancer infesting historic Palestine, it’s Israeli tyranny by another name.

Contemptuous of legal, moral and ethical principles, it’s a (US/Western supported) monster threatening everyone, a force for pure evil, not good.

The late Joel Kovel called Zionism “a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses” — what long-suffering Palestinians endure daily from Israeli state terror.

Discussing Israeli violence in East Jerusalem and days of terror-bombing Gaza, Al Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabani said the following:

What’s going on “is not going to be easy to stop, and it could go on longer,” adding:

“At this level and at this scope and duration, it certainly is unprecedented. I think it needs to be seen in the context of two factors:” 

“The first one is the almost 75 years of systematic dispossession, discrimination and racism by the state against Palestinians in Israel.”

Most prominently at this time “is the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah” residents of East Jerusalem, facing dispossession from their homes and land m — along with cessation of IDF terror-bombing of Gaza.

On Thursday, Safa Press quoted Hamas spokesman Hazen Qassem, saying its resistance is “expanding its response throughout the Zionist entity.”

According to the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), IDF terror-bombing and “collective punishment” continues relentlessly.

Gaza is an undeclared war zone, densely populated civilian areas terror-bombed.

In the past two days alone, IDF warplanes “carried out hundreds of airstrikes, while Israeli gunboats and artillery bombarded various targets in the Gaza Strip.”

On Thursday, the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel expressed support for “Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem and across Israel,” adding:

It’s “operating on an emergency footing to provide legal assistance to Palestinian protesters, and to counter the illegal (Netanyahu regime’s) actions…”

“The Israeli police’s dispersal of legitimate protests with brutal force, violent invasions of houses of worship, denial of access to emergency medical treatment, assaults on paramedics and medical personnel, and denial of freedom of movement and worship – these are all illegal practices.” 

“This is further evidence that Israel’s police forces view and relate to Palestinians in East Jerusalem and across the country as enemies.” 

“All Israeli police personnel – from the highest command level and down to the violent officers now operating on the ground – must be held accountable for their actions, which violate both Israeli and international law.”

The same applies to days of Israeli aggression against Gaza — terrorizing and traumatizing its residents, massacring scores of defenseless civilians in cold blood.

Since Gaza terror-bombing began this week, the IDF said it struck over 600 targets in the Strip. 

According to Israeli war minister Gantz, the Netanyahu regime’s security cabinet rejected a Hamas ceasefire offer, IDF aggression to “intensify.”

An unnamed Israeli security cabinet member said the following:

“The campaign is still far from over. (It) will not end in the next few days.” 

“Whatever we don’t do now, we will have to do in six months or a year from now.” 

“Israel will not stop and has no interest in stopping.”

“When we have hit all our targets and the other side has still not surrendered, we will launch a ground operation even though we do not seek it.”

Meaningless rhetoric aside, the world community has done nothing to formally condemn Israeli aggression in all its forms.

Nothing to hold the Netanyahu regime accountable for its high crimes of war and against humanity.

Nothing to aid long-suffering Palestinians.

Since the infamous 1917 Balfour Declaration — especially since Israel’s 1947-48, 1967 and other wars of aggression — nothing has been done to liberate Palestinians from the scourge of Zionist tyranny.

Like always for over a century, they’re on their own, the world community of nations largely indifferent toward rights affirmed them by the UN Charter and other international law.

VISIT MY WEBSITE: stephenlendman.org (Home – Stephen Lendman). Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

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“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”

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“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”

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