Israeli soldiers making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”

 The Electronic Intifada  Reported this first. Israeli soldiers had a “fun” time making what they called “Rachel Corrie pancakes.”Photos of the event were posted on the Facebook page of the “Heritage House,” a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem that houses so-called “lone soldiers,” men recruited from overseas to join the Israeli occupation forces.

Above the photos of young men, some in Israeli army fatigues or apparently carrying guns, is the caption “Afternoon of ‘Rachel corrie’ Pancakes and fun!”

Rachel Corrie is the young American woman murdered by an Israeli soldier who crushed her to death with a bulldozer as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family home in the occupied Gaza Strip on 16 March 2003.

The depraved joke that these men were presumably making is a play on the English idiom “flat as a pancake.” Their celebration and joking about Rachel Corrie’s death is utterly vile and reflects the culture of dehumanization inculcated into Israeli soldiers.


Ben Packer, the director and rabbi of “Heritage House,” hit back at some negative comments about the images, posting this response:

In honor of the all the hate messages from the anti-Israel/Jewish crowd, one of our supporters has pledged $5 towards Israeli settlements (maybe for additional bulldozers) for each additional comment. keep’em coming anti-semites! We love our Israeli soldiers and will not back down in the face of those who attempt to endanger them!

Packer added, “Anti-Israel activists are all in a tizzy about these pictures! makes them even funnier!!!”

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EU bans financial support to Israeli settlements


The European Union has decided to bar all 28 member states from using any EU funds for projects in Israel’s illegal settlements. Also beginning in 2014, all bilateral contracts must include a clause stating that East Jerusalem al-Quds, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Golan Heights are not a part of Israel.

The directive will primarily affect research projects and financial grants.

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Israel allegedly using Turkish military base to attack Syria


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A new report has been released by the Russian media claiming Israel used a Turkish military base to attack Syria on July 5th.According to the report published by Russia today, Israeli war planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached the Syrian city of Latakia from the sea. The report says Israelis used this route because they wanted to make sure they stayed out of Syrian air space, in order not to become a legitimate target for the Syrian army.

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Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque


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Several Israeli settler groups have stormed al-Aqsa mosque from the Moroccan gate in recent days, including youths, children, mentors and soldiers in their military uniforms. The settlers shout and laugh out loud and show no respect for the place. Palestinian officials say the break-ins are part of the Israeli plan to divide the mosque and to impose a fait accompli in the holy city.

Palestinian authorities have asked Israeli authorities to stop the break-ins during the fasting month of Ramadan. But they have said no. Sometimes the attacks provoke Palestinian worshipers and almost cause confrontations. That’s because settlers perform deliberate acts of disrespect with no regard to the sanctity of the mosque.

Many Muslim countries and organizations have condemned the violations against the Al Aqsa Mosque. They say the attacks are part of a series of continued Israeli violations against the sanctity of Islamic and Christian holy sites in the area. Israelis have made repeated threats to demolish the mosque, considered the third holiest site in Islam, in order to build a Jewish temple in its stead.

According to al Aqsa officials, the violations against the mosque occur on almost a daily basis, with a greater strategy of normalising Jews entering al Aqsa compound in a bid to eventually take over the site.

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Report unveils Israel-Argentina secret nuclear deal


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If you would get to know that Israel launched a secret plan to develop nuclear weapons under the strict protection of the United States, shouldn’t you wonder why Washington then pressures countries like Iran that has continuously worked to demonstrate the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program?

What if you learn Tel Aviv got the uranium from Argentina which has moved towards a new stance in relations with Tehran?

An investigation published by the online magazine Foreign Policy indeed shows how the US and Israel bought over 80-100 tons of uranium oxide or “yellow cake” from the South American nation back in the 60´s in order to fuel its Dimona reactor and produce plutonium that can be used for weapons development. Based on recently declassified US intelligence documents, the report also describes how the US confirmed the information and kept silent about it.

For the Argentine journalist and expert on geopolitical affairs Mr.
Carlos Aznarez, the answer starts with one firm conviction: “It is not the US that rules Israel, it is Israel that rules the US”.

The double standard of the White House over Israel also gets clear in the political arena. While the US denounces, opposes any single country with ambitions of progress, these intelligent reports clearly show to the international community that Washington has actually been fully aware for almost 50 years about the always-denied development of nuclear a weapons program by Israel and turned a blind eye because of its ever greedy economic and geopolitical concerns.

The then administration of Argentina took all the necessary precautionary measures to avoid the misuse of the yellowcake by signing a clear and specific agreement with Tel Aviv on the pacific purpose of the sale; however Israel breached that commitment finally and used the nuclear material for its goals.

The current government of Argentina has made yet no official comments on the 1964 yellow cake transaction, although a big part of the international community is eagerly waiting for those statements.

The report that unveiled Israel’s secret uranium purchase from
Argentina also says that Britain and Canada were fully aware of Tel Aviv’s nuclear ambitions. Israel has kept its Dimona reactor’s information highly classified since the facility became operational 50 years ago.

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Israel approves settlement expansion on Palestinian lands


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Israel has approved 69 new settlements in East Jerusalem al Quds.
The new plan seeks to expand the Har Homar Israeli settlement. However, Palestinian activist Daoud Hamoude says the move is part of a bigger plan to annex all settlements from the North of the West Bank to the E1 area in Bethlehem, ultimately turning the West Bank into a string of Palestinian ghettos.

Jamal Jumaa of the Stop the Wall also told Press TV that Tel Aviv has no interest in peace talks and will not cease settlement activities under any conditions.

The Palestinian activist also says he has serious doubts about the future of talks between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv.

Har Homa is an illegal settlement south of Jerusalem al-Quds, occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. The international community doesn’t recognize the settlement because it goes against international law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.

John Kerry’s optimism concerning the so-called peace-talks is being mocked by Israel through their acceleration in settlement expansion and the largest ethnic cleansing policy in the south of Israel, both acts violating the demands to re enter negotiations.

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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on border tunnels making life difficult for Gazans


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Egypt’s renewed crackdown on tunnels on its border with Gaza is causing a severe shortage in gasoline in the coastal enclave. People in the Gaza strip are now going through a lot of difficulty to secure fuel for their motor vehicles.

Most gas stations in this tiny coastal enclave are either closed or partially operating. Motorists can be seen waiting many hours for their turn to reach the pump and fill their cars

Long hours of power outages have also forced people young and old to queue for long hours to fill canisters of gasoline to use in their small electrical generators.

Fuel importers blamed the lack of fuel on the unstable security situation on the Egyptian side of the border.

People in the Gaza Strip have been grappling with fuel and power shortages and this new situation is not making their lives any easier.

Tunnels have for long been considered as a life -line for Gazans who have been under a choking Israeli blockade for several years.

With the renewed restrictions on fuel supplies some Palestinians in Gaza say they feel abandoned by their Egyptian neighbors.

Gazans have been struggling under the Israeli blockade for several years, now people here say that the Egyptian crackdown on tunnels will only make things worse.

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