BY KATHRYN SHIHADAH,

Russia and Israel have something in common – both are invaders. But only one is facing consequences.

The Palestinians have every right to ask why Western leaders, led by Biden, are imposing crippling sanctions on Moscow and threatening more retaliatory action if it continues with its invasion of Ukraine, but don’t take similar action against Israeli colonialism.

In Scotland, when someone is on shaky ground or skating on thin ice they are said to be hanging by a “shoogly peg”. That is exactly where Israel has found itself over the crisis in Ukraine as the hypocrisy of Tel Aviv and its Zionist allies is exposed for the whole world to see.

According to them all — the US, the UK, the EU and Israel itself — Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are sacrosanct. Why, though, do each and every one of them not apply the same principle to Palestine and the Palestinians?

Aren’t the people of that occupied land not entitled to their own territorial integrity and sovereignty without the reality of daily armed incursions by the aggressively-colonial state of Israel, a country which has never declared where its borders lie because its founding Zionist ideology demands its constant expansion into neighbouring counties, not just the land of Palestine?

Until the UN and NATO roll out a level playing field when it comes to human rights, sovereignty and respect for borders, we can expect to witness more invasions and land grabs as powerful states continue to act with impunity.

The old adage that truth is the first casualty of war is playing out before our eyes. It is hard to know what is really happening in Ukraine, with Russia Today taking an obvious pro-Moscow position, while the BBC has gone “full tonto” to use the unfortunate, testosterone-filled, macho language of Britain’s Defence Minister Ben Wallace. Trustworthy sources of news are thin on the ground.

Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that his army is lending support to the breakaway republics of Donbass and Lugansk, but he would say that wouldn’t he? Meanwhile, his US counterpart, Joe Biden, is accusing the Russian leader of a full-scale invasion, but he would say that, wouldn’t he? With reckless calls on all sides inciting other powers to take military action, where is this heading?

The people of Taiwan must be very worried, in case China follows Russia’s example and invades the island, which Beijing believes is legitimate Chinese territory. On Thursday, fighter jets were scrambled because Chinese aircraft were in Taiwanese airspace.

The Palestinians have every right to ask why Western leaders, led by Biden, are imposing crippling sanctions on Moscow and threatening more retaliatory action if it continues with its invasion of Ukraine, but don’t take similar action against Israeli colonialism. These are the same leaders, remember, who turn a blind eye to Israel’s ongoing theft of Palestinian land, and its military offensives against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel stands accused of implementing the crime of apartheid in occupied Palestine by B’TselemHuman Rights Watch and Amnesty Internationalcommitting war crimes in Gaza; and using white phosphorous and other prohibited weapons in the heavily-populated civilian areas of the Strip. Moreover, the Zionist state has still to be held to account for bombing the Associated Press media centre in Gaza.

Without a hint of irony, though, the shameless government in Tel Aviv announced this week that, “Israel supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.” The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Israel’s involvement in Ukraine goes beyond mere rhetoric. It has never been too fussy about who it sells weapons to, but this could come back to haunt the Zionist state; the neo-Nazi Azov battalion, which has been on the front line in Ukraine’s war with pro-Russia separatists, is armed to the teeth with Israeli weapons. The battalion is one of many volunteer brigades to fight alongside the Ukrainian army in the east of the country, and has a reputation for brutality.

There are private concerns in the corridors of power that if the fighting against the separatists comes to an end, then the next big threat to the Ukrainian government and the state itself will be the far-right extremists in the Azov battalion. Their openly neo-Nazi leanings are there for everyone to see.

Many of the Azov fighters are anti-Semitic, Holocaust-deniers and admirers of Adolf Hitler, but we already know that Israel is more tolerant of the odious views of those who buy its weapons than, say, promoters of peace and anti-war supporters like the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Britain.

The current Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer is leading a witch hunt against party members who are pro-Palestine and anti-Israel, but has no qualms about backing Ukraine, neo-Nazi warts and all, just like his warmongering rival, Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They have both adopted pro-Ukraine postures this week, and yet have not only kept quiet about apartheid Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians, but also declared their active support for the Zionist state.

When we look at the West’s complicity over the humanitarian disasters in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Palestine, it’s no surprise that Starmer and Johnson have toed the Washington line like the dutiful lapdogs that they are. All of the aforementioned Muslim countries are victims of NATO aggression directly or indirectly; and all are victims of US imperialism.

This isn’t about taking sides or picking Putin over Biden; I am no fan of either. It’s about peace, which, from where I’m standing, looks to be a million miles away from both the White House and the Kremlin.

Clearly, the US has not lost its appetite for war, despite its humiliating defeat at the hands of the Taliban in Afghanistan last year. Indeed, the American economy thrives on conflicts around the world. The US has around 750 military bases in 80 countries, and Biden is happy to surround Russia with NATO bases and NATO-aligned countries. Putin has grown increasingly agitated about this, and has made his feelings known.

Back in December, the Russian leader initiated talks with America to diffuse the situation. The response from Washington was to kick sand in Putin’s face, the least diplomatic course of action when dealing with a leader whose ego is the size of Red Square. But maybe Biden planned it this way.

In the meantime, Palestinians can only look on in despair and wonder what it will take for the West to stop, pause and consider their territorial rights and sovereignty with the same compassion shown to the people of Ukraine. If, as former Prime Minister Theresa May said in Westminster the other day, it is important to stand up to Russia in “defence of democracy”, then surely that noble principle should be applied everywhere, Israeli-occupied Palestine included. It is hypocritical to do otherwise.

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Editor’s note: U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, a member of the notorious pro-Israel neocon Kagan family, was a major player in engineering the 2014 coup that overthrew Ukraine’s elected leader; more info here.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to find that sgc news website mentioned that this came from but getting no hits on it at all. What is the source of this video? thanks

  2. The historical false claims about this area has layers of deception, even from the Arab world. There was never a Nation called "Palestine." There was a Region that was referred to as Palestine, which Syria was making claims to from the former 'Ottoman Possession' in 1919 at the 'Paris Peace Conference.'
    If any one Ethnic group can make claims to settlements and infrastructure of this area, it would be the Germans. In 1868 George David Hardik purchased land on Mount Carmel, a Coastal Mountain Range in what we know as Northern Israel, stretching the Mediterranean Sea, towards Southeast towards what we know today as Haifa, Israel's 3rd largest city. Who did George Hardik purchase the land from? The former Ottoman Possession. At the time of this purchase there were nearly 4,000 Arabs living in the area of Haifa.
    In 1898 Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany visited the settlements and further infrastructure development continued in Haifa & spread to Jaffa, where 'Jaffa Oranges' still exist today. Kaiser Wilhelm offered low interest loans to further settlements that spread into Jerusalem and Sirona. Waves of Pioneer's followed in 1902-1907.
    After WW1 things changed when the British conquered the area in 1920 & confiscated German Property & Livestock and deported most Germans.
    The importance of this history lesson is that the German people, whom developed this area with Real Infrastructure cut their losses in 1920. Meanwhile we have a bunch of tent dwellers from the same time period still squatting on the land, trying to make claims off the Back of the Germans, just like everyone else!
    Now, Tel A Viv Israel in 2006 investigated & Recognized the Germans Contributions of the Development of these Cities. So now it is time for Israel to stand on your own and Stop Squatting Compensations based also on False Claims against our/your brothers and sisters, the German people. Enough Lies!

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