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Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace

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Israeli State Terror Belies Wanting Peace - by Stephen Lendman

Israel and Washington deplore peace.

In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel called Israel "a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses" led by terrorists posing as democrats.

Throughout its history, Israeli policy toward Arabs has been corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful. 

It's leaders chose violence, not peaceful coexistence; confrontation, not diplomacy; and strength through militarism, intimidation, and naked aggression.

For over 63 years, Palestinians paid the price. They've suffered brutally at the hands of "God's chosen people," believing Jewish exceptionalism renders Muslim Arabs inferior legitimate enemies and terrorists for wanting to live free in peace on their own land in their own country.

Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir once explained that Israel's 1982 Lebanon war was launched because there was a "terrible danger....not so much a military one as a political one," so a pretext was invented to preemptively attack when no threat or justification existed.

On October 2, Israeli planes bombed an area east of Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Medical emergency spokesman Adham Abu Silmiyia said Israeli warplanes fired a missile, injuring three Palestinians. Israel said militants were targeted, providing no proof. They were nonviolent civilians.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reports continued "systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property...."

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