The Report published by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza
    Conflict, better known by the name of its head, as the “Goldstone Report
    was a major breakthrough in three senses.   In the first place the Report was
    the most systematic, detailed study of Israeli violations of international law in
    its wars against the Palestinian people. Secondly it caught the attention of the
    broadest sections of world opinion and ignited a firestorm of disapproval of
    Israel from almost all of the worlds’ leaders.

    On the negative side the publication of the Report and the vehement rejection
    by all of the mainstream American Jewish Organizations, revealed their utterly
    craven disregard for human rights on the one hand and their absolute power
    and control over Washington’s policy toward the Middle East on the other. The
    US Congress voted by a margin of over ten to one to denounce the Report
    and instead support Israeli war crimes, as did the White House.

    The texts and illustrations in this book provide graphic accounts and visual
    evidence of why Israel has provoked a worldwide ‘Boycott, Divestment and
    Sanctions’ campaign by human rights activists, trade unions and a multitude
    of other groups, including individuals in Israel and Jewish organizations in
    Europe and North America. The Goldstone Report is an in depth case study of
    Israel’s war crimes in Gaza, including the blockade of such essential goods,
    as food and medicine, the systematic and deliberate targeting and
    destruction of civilian targets, including the murder of civilians in homes,
    schools and UN facilities; the use of weapons designed to inflect maximum
    pain and death to civilians (white phosphorous bombs); the gratuitous
    destruction of the foundations of civilian life including food production, water
    installations and sewage treatment facilities. Like their Nazi predecessors,
    the Israeli forces used Palestinian civilians as “human shields”, rounded up
    thousands of civilians, including women and children who were forcibly
    detained, humiliated and tortured. The Report concludes that the actions of
    the Israeli Government could lead to a “competent court finding that crimes
    against humanity have been committed.” The Report was approved by a vast
    majority in the United Nations General Assembly …

    While it was beyond the mandate of the UN to discuss other Israeli war
    crimes, the Goldstone Report did give fleeting reference to Israel’s use of the
    same methods during its invasion of Lebanon in 2006.

    What the Goldstone Report described with regard to Israel’s savaging of
    Gaza has a long and ignoble history, which needs to beaddressed, especially
    in light of what some liberal Zionists charge as “picking on” Israel.  

    Most critics especially on the Left condemn all brutal acts of war and torture
    whenever they are committed, so this charge is a phony cover-up of Israel’s
    especially brutal conduct from the founding of the state. .Israel holds ‘world
    records’ in the number of towns and villages ethnically cleansed (over 500
    and counting); number of refugees deported (4 million and counting); number
    of homes demolished (60 thousand and continuing); and has imprisoned
    more civilians per capita than any other country (250,000 and growing). Israel
    is the country with the highest number of protective US Security Council
    vetoes (over 100) preventing the world body from condemning Israeli war

    Here is the great political and moral challenge. How do we explain the US
    governments’ sustained complicity with Israeli war crimes in the face of
    worldwide reprobation? How do we explain the utterly depraved conduct of the
    Obama White House and nearly 90% of the US Congress in denouncing the
    Goldstone Report? These and other related questions are addressed in the
    chapters discussing the political, economic and cultural power of the
    Presidents of the Major American Jewish organizations, including but not
    confined to AIPAC.

    Even as I write these lines, April 25, 2010, the news from Washington is that
    Congress has passed a new war-sanctions act, by a 95% majority imposing
    a virtual blockade of Iran, authored by AIPAC and backed by all the major
    Americans Jewish organizations. With the exception of a handful of writers
    and anti-Zionist Jewish activists, the vast majority of the progressive leftist,
    Marxist, anti-war and Palestinian organizations and intellectuals, even those
    critical of the Congressional vote, in fear and cowardice, refuse to name the
    intellectual authors and political promoters of this vile act of Congress.

    The Goldstone Report energized many, especially young Jews who were
    reticent to criticize Israel, to speak out against Israeli war crimes. A few cracks
    appeared in the Zionist monolith, as liberal lobbyists like J Street,
    condemned the Jewish State’s excesses in Gaza. Hopeful signs, alas which
    were, in great part, dashed when it came time to raise a hue and cry about
    AIPAC and mainstream Jewish-organized backing for the war-sanctions act
    against Iran. The silence was deafening. The saying that the Jewish left’s
    opposition to Israel war policies ends when a war begins, applies to the
    present war-sanctions bill.

    The terrible power of the Zionist Power Configuration has run amok: the
    Jewish Congressional lobby, the liberals, progressives and neo-cons all
    together signed and promoted an act of Congress signed by over 330
    Congress people rebuking Obama for publicly disagreeing with Netanyahu
    over the land grab in Arab Jerusalem. This book not only provides a detailed
    account and illustration of Israeli war crimes in Gaza but equally important it
    provides a comprehensive analysis of the reasons why more and more
    people are recognizing that the US Congress and White House are zionized
    occupied territory.


    James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at
    Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books
    published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional
    journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal
    of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and
    Journal of Peasant Studies.  He has published over 2000 articles in
    nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian,
    the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left
    Review, Partisan Review, Temps Moderne, Le Monde Diplomatique,
    and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.   His publishers
    have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge,
    Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the
    Life Time Career Award, Marxist Section, of the American Sociology
    Association, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the
    Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968.
    Some recent titles include  Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of
    the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social
    Change in Latin America (2000), Unmasking Globalisation (2001),
    System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State
    Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)
    Multinationals on Trial (2006).  His most recent titles are The Power of
    Israel in the United States and Rulers and Ruled in the United States,
    (acquired for Japanese, German, Italian, Indonesian, Czech and
    Arabic editions), Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power, and
    Global Depression & Regional Wars. He has a long history of
    commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian
    Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a
    member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin
    America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, Le
    Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo.  He received
    his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of
    California at Berkeley.


    Preface / 11

    The Goldstone Report: Executive Summary / 13

    The Destruction of Gaza (photographs) / 45

    On Bended Knees:
    Zionist Power in American Politics / 69

    Trashing America for Israel: The Zionist Lobby
    Kisses Dual Loyalties Goodbye / 105

    Mossad’s Murderous Reach: The Implications
    of the Dubai Assassination / 120

    Israeli War Crimes:  From the U.S.S. Liberty
    to the Humanitarian Flotilla / 127

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