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Israel's "Right to Exist" vs. Hamas' Right to Resist"

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The latest report from Gaza is that the U.S. has, according to IHT, “thwarted an effort by Libya on Saturday to persuade the U.N. Security Council to call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza after Israel launched a ground invasion.”

Stephen Lendman shows just how much the U.S. has been doing to stop the U.N. from issuing any statement that might end Israel’s act of aggression:

On December 28, the US vetoed a Security Council draft resolution to end Israel's "disproportionate use of force" on Gazans. The vote was 11 ayes, three abstentions (Britain, Germany and Bulgaria), and one nay - America. John Negroponte did the dishonor following a long-standing practice of blocking any UN condemnation of Israel, regardless of how justified.

The Security Council held an emergency meeting on New Year's Eve at which Negroponte again rejected a legally binding resolution condemning Israel and demanding its attacks stop. At the same time, Israel rejected pressures for a 48-hour ceasefire to allow in humanitarian aid. According to The New York Times, "The government said it would push ahead with its air, sea, and ultimately ground operation, which one senior military official described as 'making Hamas lose their will or lose their weapons.' "

The dramatic escalation---Israel’s decision to move forward with a ground offensive---has infuriated many Americans. Furthermore, Obama’s silence as he claims there is only “one president at a time” yet continues to feed the public more information on his economic plans for America has deeply troubled those wanting the philosophy of American leadership to change. (See Linda Milazzo’s “President-Elect Obama, You Must NOT Be Silent!”)

Concerned citizens gathered in Obama’s neighborhood in Chicago to protest Obama’s silence on Saturday in response to the dramatic escalation.

At one point during the protest, the protesters screamed and fell to the ground. This action meant to symbolize victims of an air strike was accompanied by "We won't be silent, we won't be tame…No more mass murder in our name."

On Friday, at least 4,000 gathered outside the Israeli consulate in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Actions have been conducted to not just send a message to Obama but to send a message to the American people to not “be complacent about what's happening in Gaza”, as one South Side resident said.

Media manipulation is at its highest levels. The images on the screen and the scant reports from victims of the air strikes who have lost loved ones or the constant barrage of Internet reports from places like OpEdNews may be what keeps the human conscience in America from slumping backward and letting the situation go on without outrage.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is running for election in Israel, has been a prime mouthpiece for Israeli propaganda, one Americans may have seen many times on various American newscasts since Day 1.

Livni said when she was in France addressing the idea of a 48-hour truce to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza, “"There is no humanitarian crisis in the Strip, and therefore there is no need for a humanitarian truce.”

Col. Moshe Levi, commander of the IDF's Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA), took the callous remark of Livni a step further and said, “Hamas is trying to create the appearance of a humanitarian crisis, but together with the international organizations, we are preventing this from happening.”

Such propaganda can be found coming from the mouths of progressives and conservatives throughout America. The American public is all too willing to put the responsibility for Israel’s act of aggression on Hamas.

Rob Kall, executive editor and publisher of OpEdNews.com suggested, the Palestinians are being “punked.”

Punked, for those of you unaware, is a term recently made famous by the MTV show Punk’d, which first aired in 2003.

The show, hosted by Ashton Kutcher, involves pranks being pulled on celebrities and bears a resemblance to classic television shows like Candid Camera and TV’s Bloopers & Practical Joke, which involve hidden cameras.

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