U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been one of the Biden administration’s most outspoken critics of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“You can’t simply go in and seize territory from another country,” Blinken said. “You can’t change the borders of another country by force, you can’t try to erase its independence and sovereignty from the map.”

Blinken made the comments during a Bloomberg event last week. He said the danger is that if the aggression goes unchecked, it opens Pandora’s box around the world for the would-be aggressors.”

Double Standard Hypocrite

While condemning Russia for going into to Ukraine to “seize territory from another country and to “change the borders of another country by force,” Blinken ignores Israel’s continued seizing of Palestinian “territory,” which the U.S. and Israel call “occupied territory” rather than stolen land. 

Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, told the General Assembly in a report last week that the Israeli military is guilty of pursuing the ‘de-Palestinianisation’ of the occupied territory.

Her report stated that Israeli occupation violates Palestinian territorial sovereignty by “seizing, annexing, fragmenting, and transferring its civilian population to the occupied territory.”

TRENDPOST: As we have reported in The Trends Journal, tension between Russia and Ukraine have been simmering for hundreds of years and the conflict is essentially a border war.

Illustrating his pure hypocrisy, Blinken is a fierce defender of Ukraine’s right to exist, but allows Israel to torment Palestinians, steal their land and become outraged when they fight back. Israel has been illegally occupying the West Bank, including East Jerusalem since 1967. 

The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the Israeli military and its recent deadly clashes with Palestinians. (See “ISRAEL KILLS 4 PALESTINIAN TEENS,” “4 KILLED, DOZENS WOUNDED IN ISRAELI WEST BANK RAID” and “ISRAEL RAIDS AND RANSACKS HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS AND CHURCH.”)

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, told a small group of Palestinians at the UN General Assembly in New York last month that he was not impressed with Blinken’s diplomatic effort.

The Times of Israel obtained a recording of the meeting and Abbas told the group that the U.S. continues to claim that Israel is not interested in peace and refuses to use its power to force Israel’s hand. He referred to Blinken as a “little boy.”

Abbas told the meeting attendees he once believed U.S. administrations that claimed that Israel does not want peace. But he now realizes that “it’s not that the Israelis don’t want peace but the Americans don’t want peace.”

Abbas called on the White House to intervene in the latest surge in Israeli violence before the situation gets out of control.

‘Suffocating’ Lockdowns

Reports have emerged from the West Bank that illustrate how the Israeli Army is cracking down on Palestinians, using minor offenses to warrant deploying its military. 

The New York Times reported last week that Israeli troops descended on the town of Huwara in the West Bank after a Palestinian child allegedly threw a stone at an Israeli bus. Israel deployed a front-end loader to block a key intersection there, a move the town’s mayor called “collective punishment.”

“You’re suffocating us,” Moin Damedi, the mayor, said. 

The paper said these moves have become commonplace in the northern West Bank in recent weeks during Israel’s crackdown. 

Don Davies, a Canadian federal member of the Canadian Parliament for the New Democratic Party, noted in Counterfire that the Western media has essentially turned a blind eye to the bloody crackdown. Israel launched Operation Break the Wave in March. 

Under the crackdown, Israel is targeting any “semblance of confrontation to its colonization of Palestine,” according to Mondoweiss. 

Israel has targeted anyone that “stands in the way of its territorial and political expansion, even journalists like Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed with a bullet to the neck on May 11 of this year in Jenin.”

Davies wrote that refugee camps have been subject to repeated raids that resulted in at least 5,000 arrests, including 766 children. At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year. Some are comparing the situation on the ground to the second intifada in the early 2000s, the Times reported.

The crackdown has led to the rise of Palestinian fighters called the Lions’ Den in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, where Israel has set up a blockade. There have been reports of these groups popping up around the occupied territory. 

Last week, Israeli forces conducted a midnight raid on a “militant hideout” in Nablus and killed five Palestinians who were allegedly members of the new group. About 20 people were injured.

“The thing that created the group was the occupation,” one store owner told the Times. “If the occupation ended today, this group would disappear.”

In the meantime, these blockades have cut off trade in the city and there has been a reported jump in settler violence in the city. Settlers claim that they have been forced to act because of the inaction by the Israeli army, the report said. 

Albanese said the international community’s political, humanitarian, and economic approach towards resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, “have failed without exception.”

TRENDPOST: The UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Court of Justice, and the High Contracting Parties to the Convention have all affirmed the Fourth Geneva Convention applies, that this is occupied territory, and Israeli settlements there are illegal. (See “ISRAEL’S NEW ‘SETTLEMENT’ PLAN CONDEMNED BY U.S., EUROPE,” “ISRAEL TO BUILD MORE ‘SETTLEMENTS’” and “ISRAEL ACCUSED OF APARTHEID BY HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH.”)

Furthermore, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Israel have stated that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians meets the internationally accepted definition of apartheid. (See “ISRAEL ACCUSED OF APARTHEID BY HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH,” “SHOOTING BREAKS OUT IN ISRAEL : REVENGE OR TERRORISM?” “AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: ISRAEL’S TREATMENT OF PALESTINIANS AMOUNTS TO APARTHEID” and “APARTHEID STATE OF ISRAEL CLAMPING DOWN ON PALESTINIANS.”)

TRENDPOST: While the Western media continually chastises Russia for its war against Ukraine and its intent to occupy Ukraine, those who note Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land are denounced as being “anti-Semites.”

In the 1967 six day war, Israel invaded and seized Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, the Syrian Golan Heights, expelling some 300,000 Palestinians from their homes, while gaining stolen territory that was three and a half times its original size.

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