The Tonka Report

Real News In A Changing World

Archive for June 5th, 2010

The Iron Wall — History Of Israeli Oppression Against Palestinians

leave a comment »

June 5, 2010: A Film By Mohammed Alatar / Released In 2006

In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote:

“Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach.”

From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear – create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty nine years of occupation and the policy started showing results. There are now more than 200 settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank blocking the geographic possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory.

The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground; the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian people.

Settlements and related infrastructures are impacting every aspect of life for all Palestinians from land confiscation, theft of natural resources, confiscation of the basic human rights, creation of an apartheid-like system, to the devastating impact in regards to the future of the region and the prospect of the peace process.

Palestinians and Israelis began the peace process based on a very simple principle, land for peace. Settlements destroy that principle and create a land with no peace.

The Iron Wall – Part 1

The Iron Wall – Part 2

The Iron Wall – Part 3

The Iron Wall – Part 4

The Iron Wall – Part 5

The Iron Wall – Part 6

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This documentary is in response to the following comment posted on the article found at the link below the aforementioned comment in question

“I don’t get it. Aren’t these the same people who danced in the streets with joy on 9/11? Why doesn’t Egypt or some other Arab country take the Palestinians in and make them citizens. A population transfer would be the easiest and most humane solution.

By the way, why is there no international outrage of the Muslim persecution of Christians. Turkey, Sudan, Iraq, and Egypt for example…….”

This is not a chastisement. On the contrary, in light of the current events that have been unfolding in Gaza, this is a rather apropos time to post this very important documentary in order to shed light on the Zionist agenda and their relentless human rights violations and genocide perpetrated against the Palestinians… – SJH 

Links to all parts of documentary found below…

Oil Stains Beaches And Tourists As Slick Spreads To Florida Coast

leave a comment »

June 5, 2010: Melissa Nelson and Holbrook Mohr / Associated Press (AP) – June 5, 2010

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – Driftwood and seashells glazed with rust-colored tar lined the surf along the Gulf Coast’s once-pristine white sand beaches Saturday, the crude from a busted oil well deep underwater showing up in greater quantities and farther east.

A cap placed over the gusher was collecting some of the oil, which had stained beaches with a waxy mess of tar balls and created an unusual orange foam in the surf.

In Gulf Shores, Ala., wooden boardwalks leading to beachfront hotels were spotted with oil from beachgoers’ feet, and some condominiums were providing solvents for guests smeared with the brown goo. At Pensacola Beach, the retreating high tide left an orange stain in its wake. Erin Tamber moved to the beach area after surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where she had lived for 30 years. “I feel like I’ve gone from owning a piece of paradise to owning a toxic waste dump,” she said as she inspected the beach Saturday morning.

President Barack Obama pledged Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address to fight the spill with the people of the Gulf Coast. His words for oil giant BP PLC were stern: “We will make sure they pay every single dime owed to the people along the Gulf coast.”

Six weeks after an April 20 oil rig explosion killed 11 workers, BP has failed to significantly stem the worst spill in U.S. history. The government’s point man for the crisis, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said at a news briefing Saturday that the cap collected about 252,000 gallons of oil Friday, its first full day of use.

The device, resembling an upside-down funnel, was lowered over the blown-out well a mile beneath the sea to try to capture most of the oil and direct it to a ship on the surface. BP officials are trying to strike a delicate balance by capturing as much oil as possible without creating too much pressure or allowing the build-up of ice-like hydrates, which form when water and natural gas combine under high pressures and low temperatures.

Hydrates foiled an earlier containment box because the slushy mixture clogged pipes and threatened to make the massive box float away. The trick for BP is achieving the right balance of pressure so oil will come to the surface without spewing out of a rubber seal between the cap and a sheared-off riser pipe. Allen compared the process to trying to stop the flow of water from a garden hose with a finger. “You don’t want to put your finger down too quickly, or let it off too quickly,” he said. The goal is to gradually raise the amount of the oil being captured, Allen said. The device’s daily capacity is 630,000 gallons, and officials estimate oil is gushing out at a rate of about a half-million to a million gallons a day.

The well has leaked 22 million to 47 million gallons since the crisis began, according to government estimates. The widening scope of the disaster deepened the anger and despair just as Obama arrived for his third visit to the stricken Gulf Coast. On Obama’s trip to the Grand Isle on the Louisiana coast, his motorcade passed a building adorned with his portrait reminiscent of posters of him during his presidential campaign. Instead of “hope” or “change,” the words “what now?” were on his forehead.

The oil has reached the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. It has turned marshlands into death zones for wildlife and stained beaches rust and crimson. Some said it brought to mind the plagues and punishments of the Bible. “In Revelations it says the water will turn to blood,” said P.J. Hahn, director of coastal zone management for Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish. “That’s what it looks like out here — like the Gulf is bleeding. This is going to choke the life out of everything.” He added: “It makes me want to cry.”

As the operation went on at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the effect of the BP spill was increasingly evident. Swimmers at Pensacola Beach rushed out of the water after wading into the mess, while other beachgoers inspected the clumps with fascination, some taking pictures. Health officials said that people should stay away from the mess but that swallowing a little oil-tainted water or getting slimed by a tar ball is no reason for alarm.

On Saturday morning at a public beach in Gulf Shores, a long line of brown globs marked the high water line from overnight at the public beach. “This is disgusting,” said Macon Srygley, of McCalla, Ala. “I hate it for BP, but this has to be a lesson for anyone drilling in the ocean. We’ve got all this technology, but are we not smart enough to realize we can end ourselves with it?”

A total of 527 birds have been found dead from Texas to Florida since the start of the oil leak, according to a federal tally released Friday. The exact cause of death was not immediately known for all the birds, although more than three dozen were visibly oiled. Authorities said 235 sea turtles and 30 mammals have also been found dead.

Allen planned to meet later Saturday with Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, who has criticized Coast Guard decisions to send boom from Alabama to Louisiana and said he will consider closing beaches if the oil becomes a health threat. Oil hit Alabama before the boom could be returned, angering Riley and raising questions about Coast Guard management. “It’s like a battle; you have to move your resources,” Allen said in an interview. “You don’t always get it back in time, but you do your best.”

BP CEO Tony Hayward assured investors that the company had “considerable firepower” to cope with the severe costs. Hayward and other senior BP executives struck a penitent note in their first comprehensive update to shareholders since the explosion, promising to meet its obligations related to the spill.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Up to this point I’ve already said about all there is to be said concerning this intentional crime against humanity and the environment. Everything but the following that is… 

 Operation Deadly Tide – Forced Evacuation Of 40 Million People From The Gulf Coast

It looks more and more like Katrina was a beta test exercise for this catastrophic oil disaster. For more on this incredible development and the remaining 6 parts to the interview, click on the link below… – SJH

Link to original article below…

Confirmed: IDF Commandeers Gaza-Bound Aid Ship Rachel Corrie

leave a comment »

June 5, 2010: Anshel Pfeffer and Amos Harel / Haaretz Service and News Agencies – June 5, 2010

Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Saturday boarded the Gaza-bound aid ship “Rachel Corrie”, and directed it toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

The move came after warnings that Israel would not allow the vessel to reach Gaza, which is under blockade by Israel, and several days after an Israel Navy takeover of another boat headed for the Hamas-ruled coastal strip ended in violent clashes and the deaths of nine passengers. The Cambodian-flagged Rachel Corrie – named for an American college student who was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer in 2003 while protesting Israeli house demolitions in Gaza – was carrying hundreds of tons of aid, including wheelchairs, medical supplies and cement.

An IDF spokesman said Saturday that Israeli special forces soldiers used boats to board the ship, and were not air-dropped as in the nighttime takeover of the Mavi Marmara on Monday. The spokesman said the soldiers had boarded after receiving full consent from the Free Gaza activists on the ship. The IDF said earlier that the “Rachel Corrie” had ignored an invitation to unload its cargo at an Israeli port and chose to continue its trip toward Gaza. According to the army, the organizers “chose to ignore the invitation to dock at the Ashdod port where the cargo could be unloaded and transferred to the Gaza Strip upon inspection.”

The Cyprus-based Free Gaza group used micro-blogging website Twitter to announce that troops from three Israeli naval boats, which had been tailing the ship, had boarded peacefully at 5:50 A.M. Israel time, with no struggle or injuries. The activists’ latest attempt to crack the blockade was seen as a test of Israel’s resolve in the face of international condemnation over the takeover of the Mavi Marmara. Diplomatic fallout and protests across Europe and the Muslim world have increased pressure to end the embargo Israel imposed after the Islamic militant Hamas group seized power in Gaza three years ago.

American Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israel had been right to prevent the Mavi Marmara from reaching Gaza. He said that Israel had given the boat the option of unloading its cargo in Ashdod for delivery to Gaza, that Israel “has a right to know whether or not arms are being smuggled in” to the strip.

Shortly after 5 A.M. Israel time on Saturday morning, Greta Berlin of the Free Gaza movement that sent the 1,200-ton Rachel Corrie said the vessel was 35 miles from Gaza’s shores. “There were two warships in the back of them … and a smaller boat was approaching,” Berlin said from the movement’s headquarters in Cyprus, citing a passenger on board.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Thursday the Irish boat would not be allowed to reach Gaza. On Friday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the policy had not changed. “We have made it clear to the Irish and others, no ship will reach Gaza without a security inspection,” Lieberman told Channel 1 TV.

This latest attempt to breach the blockade differs significantly from the flotilla the Israeli troops intercepted on Monday, killing eight Turks and an American after being set upon by a group of activists. Nearly 700 activists had joined that operation, most of them aboard the lead boat from Turkey that was the scene of the violence. The Mavi Marmara was sponsored by an Islamic aid group from Turkey, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief. Israel outlawed the group, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, in 2008 because of alleged ties to Hamas.

By contrast, the Rachel Corrie was carrying just 11 passengers, whose effort was mainly sponsored by the Free Gaza movement, a Cyprus-based group that has renounced violence. Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan told The Associated Press from the ship Friday that the group would offer no resistance if Israeli forces came aboard. “We will sit down,” she said in a telephone interview. “They will probably arrest us … But there will be no resistance.”

Netanyahu has instructed the Israeli military to avoid harming the passengers on board the Irish boat, a participant at Thursday night’s Cabinet meeting said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.

Israeli Navy Contacts 7th Flotilla Ship Attempting To Break Gaza Maritime Closure

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Apparently Vice President Joe Biden believes that piracy and murder in international waters is perfectly legal if done by Israel. One of those murdered on the Mavi Marmara was a 19 year old American citizen who was shot at close range 4 times in the head and once in the chest.

Further investigation has proven there were no weapons aboard the Mavi Marmara and that the Israeli commandos fired upon the crew and passengers before rappeling from helicopters onto the deck. Also, the IDF has had to retract their ridiculous claims that passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara had terrorist ties to Al Qaeda, and notice that Israel’s claims that the IHH’s ties to Hamas are “alleged”, providing no proof to back their accusation.

This is a clear example of Israeli propaganda supported by this treasonous and utterly disgusting Obama administration that is purposely allowing the genocide in Gaza to continue…

Meanwhile, additional confirmation that the Rachel Corrie has been illegally boarded and commandeered to the Port of Ashdod comes from the London Guardian… – SJH

Israeli Forces Board The Rachel Corrie 

LATEST UPDATE: Israeli Naval Commandos Seize Gaza-Bound Aid Ship (AP)  

Link to original article below…

Breaking News: Rachel Corrie MV Has Been Boarded By Israel Navy

leave a comment »

June 5, 2010: Global Research Editors / Global Research – June 4, 2010

Latest news communicated to Global Research directly from the Rachel Corrie MV in the Eastern Mediterranean…

The Irish-flagged ship Rachel Corrie MV which is sailing towards the Gaza Coastline in international waters has, as of 3:15am GMT, June 5th, been approached by three Israeli patrol boats. No action has as yet been taken by the patrol boats. The ship is reported to be some 50 km off the Gaza coastline.

Message from Matthias Chang, head of the Malaysian delegation:

9:30am (KL Time) – Three Israeli patrol boats are now following Rachel Corrie. (2:30am GMT)

10:00am (KL Time) – Israeli boats coming towards our ship. Stay calm. Send out message. (3:00am GMT) 

Last contact, 10:35am (KL Time) – They have jammed our radar. (3:35 GMT)
(Note: KL Time approximately 5-6 hours ahead of Rachel Corrie) Please spread far and wide…

According the the Jerusalem Post, the Malaysian representative of the Perdana Global Peace Organization on board the Rachel Corrie: “[S]tated on its website Saturday morning that the ship’s passengers had agreed to let an international force search the ship, before it proceeds to Gaza. The statement said that, while the activists rejected Israel’s right to blockade Gaza, the activists ‘request and invite for an independent international body, preferably inspectors from the the United Nations to board the ship and do the necessary to certify as to the nature of the cargo on board.'”

LATEST: The Rachel Corrie MV was boarded by the Israeli Navy close to Gaza at about 5:50am local time. The passengers are said to be under arrest. We will provide updates as soon as more information becomes is available.

On board the ship, which is carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, are former UN Assistant Secretary-General Denis Halliday, Malaysian member of Parliament Mohd Nizar bin Zakaria and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and Malaysian barrister Matthias Chang.

RT Update

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: There are conflicting reports coming in at this point. The Jerusalem Post also reports that the Rachel Corrie has been boarded and the passengers are said to be under arrest

However, Haaretz and Sky News are both reporting via Twitter at Free Gaza Org that the Rachel Corrie has not been boarded and is closing in on the Gaza coast… – SJH

 Link to original article below…