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Palestinians in Gaza appealed directly to Italy not to allow the Israeli military to take part in exercises on its soil.

The Israeli air force has been removed from the list of armed forces now taking part in multinational military training exercises on the Italian island of Sardinia following a campaign by anti-war activists.

During Israel’s deadly 51-day bombing campaign on Gaza in July and August, anti-militarization and Palestine solidarity groups mobilized against the military drills in general, and Israel’s participation in particular.

Palestinians in Gaza, standing in the rubble of destroyed homes, posted photographs appealing directly to Italy not to “train the pilots who bombs us.”

The prospect of Israeli F-16s using the island to train for bombing missions, combined with the ill-timed delivery to Israel of two Italian trainer jets just after the attacks on Gaza began, created public outrage in Italy, with multiple calls for an embargo on weapons cooperation with Israel.

On 31 July, the Italian defense ministry, published a note in an attempt to calm the waters. Without mentioning Israel, the ministry note stated that the planning stages for the drills had not yet been completed and only upon completion would the participating countries be confirmed.

The drills started last month and are scheduled to run until December.

As speculation on the possible exclusion of Israel continued, so did the mobilizations. A demonstration on 13 September at the Capo Frasca firing range, where Israel was to train, saw large-scale participation.

More than 350 people broke into the military area in an act of civil disobedience.


Contradiction
On 25 September, Gioacchino Alfano, Italy’s deputy defense minister, responded to a parliamentary question by claiming that military drills with the Israeli air force were never in the plans and therefore could not have been suspended.

That statement contradicted a March 2014 document from the Capo Frasca firing range, which clearly indicated that Israel was to take part in drills during the second half of 2014.

Furthermore, Israel has participated in similar drills undertaken in Sardinia in recent years, as photographs posted by the Israeli military prove.

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Israeli air force jets take part in a 2010 military exercise on the Italian island of Sardinia.

A source at the Italian defense ministry told The Electronic Intifada that “no Israeli military personnel will be involved in the exercises.”

“We can consider this a small victory. It demonstrates that grassroots pressure can affect government decision-making,” commented Fawzi Ismail, president of the Sardinia-Palestine Friendship Association. “Public opinion had its say and apparently the Italian government and NATO felt it inopportune to have Israel participate after the attacks on Gaza.”

Ismail noted that the mobilizations against the training exercises will continue. The Italian, German and US militaries are all participating in the drills.

During the exercises, bombs, missiles and artillery rounds are being fired across the island from tanks, helicopters, combat jets and warships.


Power of action
Further demonstrations are planned over the next few weeks.

Sardinians have made it clear that they intend to continue campaigning against the takeover of their land by military forces.

A number of private firms are also involved in the exercises. Among them are Alenia Aermacchi, part of the Finmeccanica group, Italy’s top weapons manufacturer. Alenia will be testing its M-346 trainer jet.

Two of those jets were delivered to Israel in July. They were part of a consignment of thirty jets that Israel has ordered from the company as part of a $1 billion deal, which gives Italy the dubious honor of being Europe’s top weapons provider to Israel.

It would be naive to see the exclusion of Israel as a change in direction for the Italian government, considering the strong ties between the two countries. But it is a testament to the power of grassroots action.

Stephanie Westbrook is a US citizen based in Rome, Italy. Her articles have been published by Common Dreams, Counterpunch, The Electronic Intifada, In These Times and Z Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @stephinrome.

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Another non news. But you need to post Israel bashing threads every day at all cost even if u cant find anything at all. These international trainings are mostly waste of money. Meanwhile millions of Syrians, including Palestinians are daily barrel bombed for 3 years now:



And you don't even pretend that you care.
 

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Another non news. But you need to post Israel bashing threads every day at all cost even if u cant find anything at all. These international trainings are mostly waste of money. Meanwhile millions of Syrians, including Palestinians are daily barrel bombed for 3 years now:



And you don't even pretend that you care.
So Assad + Isis + Israel = terrorist shyt killing innocent = no problemo = shitty justification..
 

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Another non news. But you need to post Israel bashing threads every day at all cost even if u cant find anything at all. These international trainings are mostly waste of money. Meanwhile millions of Syrians, including Palestinians are daily barrel bombed for 3 years now:



And you don't even pretend that you care.

Why you always trying to divert the attention when it comes to Israel. The news talks about Israel what has Syria got to do with it !
 

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So Assad + Isis + Israel = terrorist shyt killing innocent = no problemo = shitty justification..
Assad kills 100 times more. If you whine about Israeli bombings u should at least pretend that you care about Syria.

Why you always trying to divert the attention when it comes to Israel. The news talks about Israel what has Syria got to do with it !
There is no news in Israel. But in Syria every day 150 people are killed. Looks like these people are bothered that after Hamas agreed to cease fire in Gaza no one is killed there. They need war.
 

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Assad kills 100 times more. If you whine about Israeli bombings u should at least pretend that you care about Syria.


There is no news in Israel. But in Syria every day 150 people are killed. Looks like these people are bothered that after Hamas agreed to cease fire in Gaza no one is killed there. They need war.

Israel n Assad both are assholez of the world.. Both kill civilians .. The only difference is thT Israel has been doing it since long..
 

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Assad kills 100 times more. If you whine about Israeli bombings u should at least pretend that you care about Syria.


There is no news in Israel. But in Syria every day 150 people are killed. Looks like these people are bothered that after Hamas agreed to cease fire in Gaza no one is killed there. They need war.
What about the killing of Palestinians by Ariel Sharon? They proudly called him bulldozer? The bulldozer got what he deserved being brain dead for several years...
 

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Another non news. But you need to post Israel bashing threads every day at all cost even if u cant find anything at all. These international trainings are mostly waste of money. Meanwhile millions of Syrians, including Palestinians are daily barrel bombed for 3 years now:



And you don't even pretend that you care.

oh how sweet of you to care about Syrians! before you mention Syria, next time make sure no Palestinians are getting killed by peace loving Israel... plus don't you even use the number of people killed in Syria for your agenda, because most of those who were killed are Pro Syria...

now end your trolling and stick to the topic instead of bringing Syria in every Israeli thread, try to justify what is going on this topic Israel and Palestine.. there is a whole thread for Syria @RFS_Br is trying to show the truth, since the media now is silent about Palestine, Israel made a great distraction by supporting terrorism in Syria and pro longing the war in Syria...
 

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Israel n Assad both are assholez of the world.. Both kill civilians .. The only difference is thT Israel has been doing it since long..
Israel is the only democracy of the middle east where Arabs live better than in their own countries. Assads killed civilians since long.

What about the killing of Palestinians by Ariel Sharon? They proudly called him bulldozer? The bulldozer got what he deserved being brain dead for several years...
Sharon was great general who defeated armies in 1956, 1967, 1973 wars. He called nickname bulldozer for being unstoppable.

There are plenty anti Israeli guys on this forum and I never accused anyone of them being propagandist. RFS is the only one who does not participate in forum and just spams Israel bashing threads on daily basis. Thats why I am exposing his hypocrisy.

oh how sweet of you to care about Syrians!
As I said I just expose RFS_false_flag hypocrisy, who spams daily against Israel even when absolutely nothing happens, but does not give a damn when same exactly Arabs and Palestinians are murdedred, bombed, tortured, starved to death just several kms away.
 

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As I said I just expose RFS_false_flag hypocrisy, who spams daily against Israel even when absolutely nothing happens, but does not give a damn when same exactly Arabs and Palestinians are murdedred, bombed, tortured, starved to death just several kms away.
non of your business, like I said before, he is trying to shed a light on a silent issue by the media, the Syrian crisis is on every news website and there is a thread for it...

he can open couple threads about Palestine... and he doesn't need to open threads about Syria it is already covered... do you want a link to the Syrian thread?
 

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Israel is the only democracy of the middle east where Arabs live better than in their own countries. Assads killed civilians since long.


Sharon was great general who defeated armies in 1956, 1967, 1973 wars. He called nickname bulldozer for being unstoppable.

There are plenty anti Israeli guys on this forum and I never accused anyone of them being propagandist. RFS is the only one who does not participate in forum and just spams Israel bashing threads on daily basis. Thats why I am exposing his hypocrisy.


As I said I just expose RFS_false_flag hypocrisy, who spams daily against Israel even when absolutely nothing happens, but does not give a damn when same exactly Arabs and Palestinians are murdedred, bombed, tortured, starved to death just several kms away in Syria.
I would suggest that instead of trying to justify Israeli atrocities, you can start by giving black Jews equal rights just like all White Israelis.. Buldozzing the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shateela had nothing to do with any wars. I read jpost..com regularly and have seen many articles over the years of Black Jews protesting for equal treatment. I just stated this so you do not respond that all Israelis get equivalent treatment. The scope of the thread is Israel being excluded by the Europeans in the war games in Italy. It is a result of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian civilians.
 

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Israel is the only democracy of the middle east where Arabs live better than in their own countries. Assads killed civilians since long.


Sharon was great general who defeated armies in 1956, 1967, 1973 wars. He called nickname bulldozer for being unstoppable.

There are plenty anti Israeli guys on this forum and I never accused anyone of them being propagandist. RFS is the only one who does not participate in forum and just spams Israel bashing threads on daily basis. Thats why I am exposing his hypocrisy.


As I said I just expose RFS_false_flag hypocrisy, who spams daily against Israel even when absolutely nothing happens, but does not give a damn when same exactly Arabs and Palestinians are murdedred, bombed, tortured, starved to death just several kms away.

Israeli democracy is a sham.. Tht only benefits you and marganilses and screws the Palestinians ..
 

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I would suggest that instead of trying to justify Israeli atrocities, you can start by giving black Jews equal rights just like all White Israelis.. Buldozzing the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shateela had nothing to do with any wars. I read jpost..com regularly and have seen many articles over the years of Black Jews protesting for equal treatment. I just stated this so you do not respond that all Israelis get equivalent treatment. The scope of the thread is Israel being excluded by the Europeans in the war games in Italy. It is a result of the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian civilians.
Arabs and Jews have same rights in Israel. In fact Arabs have even more rights since they dont have to serve in army (although some volunteer). No one bulldozed Sabra and Shatila.
 

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