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.


Published by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, and 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.

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 be addressed, 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 crimes.

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), A 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. Previously, he wrote a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, Le Jornada, and  the Spanish daily, El Mundo.  He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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War Crimes in Gaza and the Zionist Fifth Column in America by James Petras

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  1. Debbie on the 29. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Q. So, how does Prof. James Petras pump out a book so quickly?

    A. That is what he does as a passtime in his profession… write books on what he knows about.

    Yes, Prof. Petras is good. We have known that for sometime now.

    James Petras does not only have a PhD, as the other guys do, but he is a professional academic and Professor who actually teaches, and runs constant research programs in what he does which, for Petras, is political analyses of the situations in and the relationship in other places.

    He may be a South American Scholar, but political BS in one place is pretty much like political BS in any other, and nothing is really happening in the ME between Israel and Palestine which has not happened on one scale or another, greater or smaller, elsewhere, and many of times.

    Only the scale, the accessibility to the information, and the graphics might change, but the underlying principles are the same… power, real-estate, dominance, resources, money and how many you may have to kill to achieve your objectives… as well as how you kill them I suppose.

    The index of his new book look like he is playing-on all 88 keys, including the black ones as well.

    Good for him.


  2. Petras is good, so I have one question: on the 29. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Mr. Petras, I have one question for you and actually, it’s pretty involved so I want you to take your time answering it:

    Q:) With the U.S. on the brink of war in Iran for Israel, and the potential ‘blow back’ to Israel and the U.S. for attacking Iran, which of course will be based on pretenses and lies as usual, just HOW DOES ISRAEL THINK THEY CAN WEATHER THE STORM IN THE AFTERMATH OF THIS ATTACK ON IRAN??”

    The reason I ask you this question, is that you perhaps better than a lot of us, may have an answer that makes the most sense, if any answer could make any sense here. From my viewpoint, the about to happen attack on Iran by Israel and the U.S. will have to be thermonuclear in nature, and this means, that the U.S. will have to use tactical nuclear weapons on more than a handful of Iranian targets in Teheran and outlying areas where their facilities are known to be. In light of this, I do not see the rest of the Arab world sitting idly by in the aftermath of such an attack without forming alliances and then counter-attacking Israeli cities and American forces wherever they may find them.

    Let’s face it, the U.S. so far is the ONLY nation on this earth that has used nuclear weapons on anyone, and unbelievably as this may sound, both times were wholly unjustifiable and, in fact, WAR CRIMES.

    So, second part of the question then is; “how does the rest of the world square itself in the aftermath of a THIRD U.S. NUCLEAR STRIKE on yet one more country that ostensibly has not posed a threat to either the U.S., or Israel, as it is a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, and it is in total compliance of that, and yet the U.S. and Israel will in fact, attack without just cause.

    Your comments are appreciated, Mr. Petras! Thank you for the excellent article, by the way!

  3. zoom on the 29. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    When will we Americans realize the war on terror is a false war only created to make an imaginary enemy that will guarantee the war profiteers business indefinitely. When will we Americans realize that our government is no longer serving us but serving lobbies and special interest groups. When will we Americans realize that our government was best friends with Saddam, Taliban, Iran, Saudi and many other dictatorships that only existed because America helps keep them in power to serve the interest of big Oil and other profiteers?

    Wake up already, it is time for a clean house and a new America, the one that is built on morals, ethics, care, freedom and compassion. Not built on greed, money, hate, and racism. I miss the old America, how things were, it was safe and people were kind. Now thanks to TV and bias media, homosexuality is flaunted as if it is the norm, killing and torture is legitimized and freedom of speech is muffled.

  4. Ray O Hope on the 29. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    People without a voice, We all (people of the world) have become voiceless, they (controllers and governors)have all the say,they control our media and our very own life’s as if they own us all, we have become a commodity to those powerful selfish people that rule us all, our future and that of our kids is nothing but a game they play with, our death is meaningless to them, the way they see it, we belong to them, they think that they own us all, we have become the slaves of this age, and they are our masters.
    We are now living in the new DARK AGE’s.

  5. Earlaiman on the 30. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Palestine: “A land without a people for a people without a land.”

    The United States: “A voice without a people,for a people without a voice.”

    May the ideals of Thomas Jefferson rest in Peace.

    They won’t, but that is a nice sentiment, anyway.


  6. Earlaiman on the 30. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Zoom: that was never “how things were,” although you may have believed so at the time.

    Life in the land of American Mythology is over! Welcome to Reality, Square One.

    Now, sit down, shut up, and wait until they come and tell you where to go.

    The Free Ride is over, and this is where the skin meets the cutting edges.

    Abandon all hope ye who pass through these portals.


  7. Rehmat on the 26. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Anthony H. Codesman writing in the ‘Israel-First’ think tank CSIS had admitted that “US support to Israel is not based primarily on US strategic interests” – but it’s the western guilt of centuries-old anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. It’s these two WMD which are used by the Israel Lobby and most of the pro-Israel Christian groups to blackmail American politicians and the rest of western leaders.

    Interestingly, Martin Van Creveld, an Israeli strategist have admitted that he will be doing the same things if he was in Ahmadinejad’s position…


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