A LOOK INSIDE THE US IMMIGRATION DETENTION SYSTEM

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Ghost town detainees: inside the US immigration detention system

After a detention centre was built in one of Georgia’s poorest towns, the promised financial benefits never arrived. Instead thousands of immigrants are locked up, awaiting deportation

By Antony Loewenstein FOR

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The operators claim the facility isn’t run like a private prison. In reality it operates like one.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

‘The operators claim the facility isn’t run like a private prison. In reality it operates like one.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

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Stewart immigration detention centre is situated on the outskirts of Lumpkin, Georgia, a ghost town seven days a week. Visitors and detainees arriving at the centre – capacity: 2,000, all male – are greeted by a huge painted sign on a water tank: “CCA: America’s Leader in Partnership Corrections.”

I toured the centre, with the exception of the isolation ward, when I visited Georgia in August. Five men followed me everywhere: one from the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the centre operator, and the rest from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It felt like overkill. They looked nervous the entire time, worried about my questions, worried something unexpected could happen and worried that I’d see something that would embarrass them. Down a long hallway, lit brightly with neon lights and smelling of paint and detergent, lines of inmates walked past me – some smiling, some waving and some looking forlorn.

Since October last year, ICE has removed more than 100,000 people from the US.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

‘Since October last year, ICE has removed more than 100,000 people from the US.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

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Despite the White House this year describing the surge of immigrants as an “urgent situation”, and privatised detention centres opening across America, Barack Obama continues to postpone his long-awaited immigration reforms, leaving many feeling betrayed. Since October last year, ICE has removed more than 100,000 people from the US. They are mostly Guatemalans, Hondurans and El Salvadorans who were in the US unlawfully – the three countries comprise roughly 29% of ICE removals federally. Just this year 70,000 children will arrive alone on America’s border, fleeing poverty and the US-led drug war in Central America.

The average inmate stay at Stewart is only 38 days, far less than most prisons. It’s virtually impossible for the detainees to establish any sense of permanence. It’s positive that long-term detention is largely avoided, unlike in detention centres in Britain, Greece and Australia, but inmates are often moved from one facility to another while others with deep roots in America are deported back to their country of origin without transparency. They are numbers to be processed.

Many inmates live in large, barred pods, with a maximum occupancy of 62. Others live in smaller rooms or the segregation unit. I spotted a few female CCA staff inside the pods with the male inmates. A sign next to one of the rooms read, “Upon Entering Detainee Pod All CCA Female Staff Will Announce Female in POD.”

Another pod had its lights dimmed because the inmates started working in the kitchen at 5am and were resting. CCA pays US$4 per day for inmates to perform kitchen duties, and less for other jobs (barbers receive $2, for example). ICE was proud to tell me that the law only mandates the state paying $1 per day, so CCA is doing a fine job.

‘Keep Detention Safe: ICE has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and assault.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

‘Keep Detention Safe: ICE has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and assault.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

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Men in a different, brightly lit pod were laying on their bunk beds under blankets and sheets. A microwave, cable TV, sink, Playstation and Wii were inside. One man was wearing headphones to listen to the TV in front of him. Basins and toilets were behind a curtain. Metal tables and seats were fixed to the floor. “I’m not saying it’s like the Hilton here”, an ICE manager said. Signs in English and Spanish read, “Keep Detention Safe: ICE has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and assault”.

A notice listed a phone number for inmates to call if they needed assistance. Telephones are available for inmates to call lawyers, embassies and friends, but the cost is exorbitant because of price gouging from companies making a fortune selling phone cards to inmates. It’s ahugely profitable business, just one of many markets to be exploited inside America’s incarceration system.

The library was stocked with countless Bibles and romance novels. Detainees played soccer and basketball, both inside and outside under the bright, blue sky. They have two hours daily to enjoy the outdoors. In the medical centre I saw an inmate in an orange jumpsuit and orange Crocs shoes hooked up to a drip. The medical offer refused to tell me about his condition. I wondered if it’s sickness or something worse; a few months before my arrival detainees went on hunger strike after complaints about rotten food. As soon as I see him we’re moved on.

I then passed a guard staring into a darkened cell. He was looking through a small window at an inmate sitting, looking straight ahead, with eyes wide open. He wasn’t handcuffed, but sat perfectly still in a flame retardant suicide smock, like a straitjacket. What exactly could he use to light himself when locked in a cell on his own, with the guard watching him like a hawk? The medical officer said that suicide watch wasn’t always necessary, but with the high rate of removals from Stewart a detainee’s state of mind was often fragile.

Another door led to the centre’s own court, where claims by immigrants who wish to remain in the country were assessed. The courts are under the executive, not the judicial branch of government, and serious questions exist over their lack of accountability. Many decisions aren’t even written down, hearings are secretive and access to lawyers is difficult. Almost every immigrant brought before the court is issued a deportation order.

Unlike America’s prison population, where drug and alcohol use and abuse are common, ICE told me that these problems don’t exist at Stewart. Throughout the visit I never saw any abuse, violence or racism. It was the ideal tour. My hosts were friendly and attentive, and dismissed the numerous inmate claims. One detainee I spoke to told me of racist taunting and abuse by guards, and boredom. He had heard about maggots in the food from a fellow detainee but hadn’t seen it himself. His own story was troubling, a migrant from Guyana in the 1970s facing deportation to a nation he hadn’t seen in 40 years.

Although both CCA and ICE claim the facility isn’t run like a private prison, in reality it operates like one. But according to Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network, CCA and other operating companies have only so much power. “They don’t have complete control,” she says. “Decisions are being made by politicians.” She is campaigning against a Congress-mandated quota that dictates 34,000 immigrants must be imprisoned in ICE centres nightly; CCA is effective at lobbying to ensure ongoing contracts.

A report released recently by some of America’s leading advocacy organisations found that ICE arrests in Georgia increased by “at least 953%” between the 2007 and 2013 financial years. Georgia’s rate of imprisoning immigrants was directly related to the colour of their skin: over that same period of time, only 1.6% of those detained by ICE were of “fair or light complexion”.

Huge numbers of families have also been separated, including individuals who had been living in Georgia since at least 2003. On the day I arrived at Stewart, 1,766 detainees were behind bars, the vast majority from El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala, with 60 other countries represented.

Shah’s organisation believes that “private interests should not be involved” in the detention business. But privatised incarceration is only one profitable area of commerce. She worries that companies selling ankle monitoring and surveillance will benefit if Obama even moderately reduces the number of people in detention.

“We believe in abolishing all detention centres in US”, Shah says. “At the moment, the burden is on the detainee to prove why they should stay but the burden should be on the government to justify expulsion. They should assess if the immigrant has community support.”

‘CCA’s strong financial performance never arrived in Lumpkin.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

‘CCA’s strong financial performance never arrived in Lumpkin.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

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Out in Lumpkin, the streets were deserted. The shops on Main Street were mostly empty, paint fraying on the window panes. A taxidermy outlet was one of the few open businesses. The town, in one of America’s poorest counties, is all but unknown to most Americans. Its population barely breaks 1,000.

I met a man in his 20s, either high or drunk, who was hanging out at a petrol station with his friends. He had a tattoo on his bare chest: “Me Against The World.” He told me he’s been living in Miami. “It’s so much better there,” he said. He was only there for a short visit.

The town’s dwindling youth population are leaving for greener pastures in bigger cities nearby. CCA started building Stewart in 2004, and sold the idea to ICE and the local community years later as both an economic benefit for local residents and a deterrent in a state traditionally hostile to immigrants.

Although the company’s 2014 financial results were strong, the benefits never arrived in Lumpkin. Many staff members don’t live in the town, but commute from more viable cities. Lumpkin reminds me of crumbling towns next to other detention facilities I’ve seen in Australia, Britain and Greece. The same failed promises from the same centre companies and state authorities were made in those nations too. The economic promise of a local detention centre is usually a lie.

Even in the detention centre itself CCA’s own employees struggle financially. I met one guard who was selling potato crisps, bottled water and chocolates to raise money from staff to support struggling CCA employees around the country. Although it’s admirable that people want to help, it’s revealing that the company doesn’t raise wages, but instead facilitates the sale of junk food.

In tough circumstances this kind of charity is often all people have. In Lumpkin, a small, Christian-run volunteer group, El Refugio, supports the visitors and families of detainees coming to the town. They operate a house over weekends very close to Stewart detention centre and offer free meals, accommodation, clothes and shoes – and comfort.

When I pay a visit one Saturday, a few days before my official tour inside Stewart, people from Atlanta and Columbus are providing a compassionate ear to an inmate. The conversation goes on for around an hour, with some hearing horrific stories. One man, Greg, tells me that “many Americans think anyone who enters America ‘illegally’ should be deported but we want to show a different side of people.” One of the group’s founders, Katie Beno Valencia, says El Refugio remains committed to shutting down any facility that makes money from misery.

This kind of humanity is sorely missing from America’s immigration debate, defined by toxic rhetoric from many Republicans and timidity from Democrats. Adelina Nicholls, executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights, doesn’t believe America wants to solve its immigration issues. “US people often care more about hunger in Ethiopia then poor Guatemalans here”, she told me at her office on the outskirts of Atlanta.

‘The economic promise of a local detention centre is usually a lie.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

‘The economic promise of a local detention centre is usually a lie.’ Photograph: Antony Loewenstein

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As a key representative of the large Latino community in Georgia, Nicholls sees the effect immigration detention has on individuals and families. “Stewart detention centre hurts us deeply and many detainees inside have been in the US for years,” she says. “They ask, ‘Why are gringos doing this to us?’ These workers have been employed for years in farms and restaurants and anger is growing. We are trying to mobilise resistance and civil disobedience.”

Her organisation receives at least 600 calls a month on its hotline, mostly Latinos asking for help. “It’s hard getting effective pro-bono lawyers here”, she tells me. “There are overly high bails for our clients … it’s a racist mindset [in Georgia]. It’s white supremacy with its concerns over brown people. It’s more profitable to behave this way.”

I saw just how profitable the industry can be when I visited the American Correctional Association conference in Salt Lake City in August. The five-day event brings America’s prison industry, wardens, county officials and lobbyists under one roof. As America shifts slowly but noticeably away from mass incarceration towards privatised probation, half-way houses and surveillance, new markets emerge. CCA’s CEO, Damon Hininger, has noted that his company is “well-positioned for growth opportunities”.

At Salt Lake City everything is on show: surveillance devices, Swat team uniforms, weapons, plastic e-cigarettes for inmates, drug-testing kits and prisoner-made furniture. Green prison designers and service contractors offer their services to public officials eager to spend tax dollars.

These are people who look at America’s prison and immigration system and see dollar signs. One night at an outdoor rooftop party I spoke to a man who works at GTL, a provider of communication and technology to prisons. The company’s website describes itself as a “corrections innovation leader”. He said he loves his job because he embraces new technology and revels in the chance to promote it.

“This industry hasn’t changed for over 100 years because of men who didn’t see any need to do so”, he said. “But new technology is forcing these shifts and my generation is at the forefront of it.”

A STORM OF DISSENT HAS TAKEN ISRAEL BY SURPRISE

The refusal of 43 men and women to continue their reserve duty in Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence-gathering unit has taken Israel by storm.

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Meet the ‘Good Kids’ Who Refuse To Spy for Israel

By Elisheva Goldberg FOR

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The refusal of 43 men and women to continue their reserve duty in Israel’s elite 8200 intelligence-gathering unit has taken Israel by storm. The group published a letter on Friday, and it made its way quickly into the Israeli, American, and international headlines. The letter stated that these soldiers and officers are no longer willing to serve in their capacities as occupiers. In their words: “We refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to serve as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories… We cannot continue to serve this system in good conscience, denying the rights of millions of people.”

The response in Israel has been deafening. Members of Knesset who are also former members of the 8200 unit have spoken out. Likud MK and Coalition Leader Yariv Levin announced that “those who refuse to help defend our country cross the line between supporting the Israeli democracy and the freedom it represents to supporting Palestinian terror…” Labor MK and Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog rebuked the letter-writers and emphasized that there were other ways to generate discussion. Not long after it was published, 150 members of Unit 8200 wrote a response letter, calling the move a “cynical use of politics in their legal and moral duty to serve in the reserve unit.”

The question everyone is asking now is — is it? Is this explosive letter a mere political stunt designed to aim more antagonism at a 47-year occupation? Or is it, as the signatories claim, something deeper — an attempt to take responsibility for the unnecessary invasion of privacy of a people who have no civil or legal recourse. It’s hard to tell, and, as with most sticky moral issues, likely a bit of both.

When I sat down with three of the original 43 signatories — a philosophy student, a technology and communications employee, and a computer science doctoral candidate — my first impression was one of earnestness: these were the “good kids.” As an Israeli 18-year-old, you don’t get into Unit 8200 by being a slacker. You get in by doing well in school and by showing flexible thinking, confidence and the ability to work well with others. The hope is that these qualities, plus training, will give these young people enough dexterity and thoughtfulness that they can be trusted with the secrets of Israel’s deep state. Unit 8200 graduates go on to found and power Israel’s innovative start-ups, and these three were likely to be no exception.

The first thing R, G and Y told me was that there were rules that I would need to abide by: first, that the army required I not use their full first names, second, that they wouldn’t be able to tell me much beyond the Information Security-approved testimonies they had already sent me, and that they’d have to check on whether or not I was allowed publish these rules (they did, and it was fine). Then, after explaining the rules, they stuck to them.

I asked questions — “what were some of the extortionist tactics you used against Palestinians?” and “You mention in one of the testimonies that there was a particular instance that ‘shocked’ you, can you expand?” and “What does intelligence gathering look like around Palestinian citizens of Israel?” — but their answer was often a shy and sheepish “we can’t answer that.”

What was clear is that they were not there to expose 8200, the IDF, or the State of Israel as the bad guy — they were there to expose the occupation as the bad guy. R made this point to me: “We’re not deluding ourselves — intelligence is a dirty business, we know that. The point is that in this specific instance, we’re holding millions of people under military rule that isn’t necessary. It’s a [policy of] choice… We, on a moral level, are refusing to take part in that.”

Here, some context is necessary: Unit 8200 is the army’s signal intelligence gatherer and interpreter. It’s a spying operation. Unit 8200, in its original manifestation, was responsible for gathering only external intelligence. This was helpful defense information about enemy countries, and it was clearly distinct from the internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet. This division of powers existed to protect Israeli citizens who were, by law, entitled to privacy. However, when the Oslo process began in the 1990s, 8200 began gathering intelligence on Palestinians — after all, they were about to become a sovereign entity, a potentially enemy state.

Two decades later, the Palestinians remain stateless non-citizens, and Unit 8200 is still gathering (sometimes very personal) information about them. One motivator behind the letter was that “there is no procedure in place to determine whether the violation of the individual’s rights is necessarily justifiable.” And there can’t be. To paraphrase Dr. Hillel Ben Sasson, a Research Fellow and Program Manager at Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israel Democracy (full disclosure: Hillel was a colleague at Molad and is a friend):

This is a gray area, and this gray area is not only dangerous but it also puts IDF soldiers in situations that they are not meant to be in. The Letter of Refusal that was published this weekend is another symptom of Israel’s stale political status quo. The country’s leadership needs to decide: Annex the territories and transfer the intelligence authority to the Shin Bet, or generate a two-state solution and have the intelligence authority rest with the Army. Until then, the soldiers of 8200 who deal with the Palestinians are no different from soldiers who stand at a checkpoint — both have been sent by a feeble leadership to engage in activities they were never meant to engage in. As long as these young people remain trapped like this, it is only a matter of time until the next refusal [to serve]…

Refusal — “insubordination” — and particularly this elite refusal, is not something Israelis take lightly, nor should they. Barak Ravid, Haaretz’s diplomatic correspondent and a Unit 8200 alum, went on Army Radio yesterday morning to explain his strong opposition to the letter. One of the reasons he gave for why this letter troubled him was because “none of them [the signatories] had the guts to be the Snowden of Israel.” In other words, instead of going after a very specific problem like Snowden — say, Unit 8200’s raw data sharing program with the United States — they went after the far more general “occupation,” which, Ravid said, is “a part” of Israel. “If the problem is really the occupation,” he said, “then your taxes are also a problem — they fund the soldier at the checkpoint, the education system… and 8200 is a great spin.”

Both Ben Sasson and Ravid are right. Both point out that the occupation has put Israel in an incredibly tight spot, both morally and technically.

Even if refusal is unconscionable to the vast majority of Israelis — for reasons of security, social configurations, or integrity — this refusal will not be forgotten quickly. These Unit 8200 reservists have generated a tremor that is being felt under our feet, if not heard above ground. Americans who refused to serve in Vietnam were few at first, but their numbers quickly swelled, and a fringe movement morphed into a force that could not be ignored. Israel is nowhere near that yet, but if some of the “good kids” are already saying no, Israel’s fissures are only likely to deepen further in the days and wars ahead.

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WHY DID THE WEST CREATE ISIS WHEN THEY ALREADY HAD ZIONISM?

Even Jon Stewart can’t take the ISIS ‘threat’ seriously …. why should we? More and more people are waking up to the fact of who the real enemy really is.

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ISIS: ‘American-Zionist Tool’ for Dismembering Iraq (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)

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 If America had been truly serious about putting Iraq on the right path and instituting a genuine democracy, it would have issued legislation to protect human dignity and the right of the people to live within a framework of liberty, peace, security and safety! Instead, the United States did just the opposite, disrupting Iraq’s civilizational project.

“Strangely enough, America today is fighting ISIS, and has sent experts to Iraq for that very purpose. For whom? For the love of Iraqis? And for whose benefit does America support ISIS and provide it with weapons in Syria? For whose benefit does it support the al-Nusra Front? … Today it is essential for us to stand against, pay careful attention to, and analyze carefully, all American and Israeli plans. We must all join to defeat their criminal designs for undermining Iraq, and their tool of implementation, ISIS.”

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Globe & Mail, Canada

Globe & Mail, Canada

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By Ali Abed Al Ghazzi 

Translated By Lina Barakat-Masroujeh

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No observer of events can justifiably describe America’s role in the Middle East as one of a neutral advocate of liberty and peace, because the U.S. shows no concern for Arabs or Islamic interests. It is entirely concerned with securing its hegemony over the entire region to ensure the protection of its own economic interests and the security interests of Israel.

Following the 2003 occupation of this ancient society, which has well-established roots and stretches far back in history, America employed a reckless and cunning policy of spreading sectarianism in order to dismember and dissociate Iraq’s social and intellectual fabric.

The United States knew how to sow its malicious ideas with the rules and regulations imposed by the notorious [U.S. Proconsul] L. Paul Bremer. Bremer dissolved the Army, and his de-Baathification allowed militias to integrate into the armed forces, which fostered sectarianism and religious, ethnic and racial strife, establishing a system that encouraged the division of Iraq. Ultimately, that was the key objective.

If America had been truly serious about putting Iraq on the right path and instituting a genuine democracy, it would have issued legislation to protect human dignity and the right of the people to live within a framework of liberty, peace, security and safety! Instead, the United States did just the opposite, disrupting Iraq’s civilizational project.

Strangely enough, America today is fighting ISIS, and has sent experts to Iraq for that very purpose. For whom? For the love of Iraqis? And for whose benefit does America support ISIS and provide it with weapons in Syria? For whose benefit does it support the al-Nusra Front?

Everyone should be aware that America, with its policies of double standards, its purely demagogic methods, and its changing of colors in the region, are in place only to serve its own special interests. What does America and its Zionist and Freemason allies want from Iraq after the catastrophes of Mosul and Tikrit? [ISIS overran both cities and continues to occupy them].

Today it is essential for us to stand against, pay careful attention to, and analyze carefully, all American and Israeli plans. We must all join to defeat their criminal designs for undermining Iraq, and their tool of implementation, ISIS. And we much take special care not to exclude any of Iraq’s religions, ethnicities, or races. Iraq is in dire need of a nation that stands with our armed forces to deter these traitors and ISIS scum.

For the sake of protecting Iraq’s land, sky, and water, and maintaining the cohesion of the nation, remember that Allah never forsakes those who believe in Him, and that defending the homeland is a sacred duty in all religions.

 

Original report in Arabic HERE

 

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ZIONISM Vs ACADEMIC FREEDOM

The likes of Alan Dershowitz might be retired, but his legacy of hate lives on ….

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Zionist group publishes target list of “anti-Israel” US professors

A display at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign protests the firing of Steven Salaita and limits on academic freedom. (Ali Abunimah)

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The Amcha Initiative, the Zionist organization that has repeatedly intimidated, spied on and harassed students and faculty, appears to be escalating its campaign by publishingwhat amounts to a target list of “anti-Israel” professors.

Amcha says that the list is made up of “218 professors identifying themselves as Middle East scholars, who recently called for the academic boycott of Israel in a petition.”

It links to an item at Jadaliyya titled “Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions.”

“Students who wish to become better educated on the Middle East without subjecting themselves to anti-Israel bias, or possibly even antisemitic rhetoric, may want to check which faculty members from their university are signatories before registering,” Amcha says.

It urges people to “Share this list with your family, friends, and associates via email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, or word-of-mouth.”

“Thank you for your actions to protect Jewish students!,” Amcha’s posting concludes.

In the wake of the University of Illinois’ firing of American Indian Studies professorSteven Salaita over his opinions critical of Israel, Amcha’s move can be seen as a renewed effort at intimidation.

Amcha states that it is “troubling” that “many of these patently biased boycotters of Israel are affiliated with government-designated, taxpayer-funded National Resource Centers (NRC) on their campuses.”

It alleges that those pledging to boycott Israeli institutions complicit in Israeli crimes against Palestinians “have violated both the letter and spirit of the federal law which funds their teaching and research.”

Anti-Palestinian groups have previously tried to use the presence of public funding as a pretext to try to suppress free speech and academic freedom.

In one such effort tied to Amcha, a pro-Israel group tried repeatedly to persuade the State of California and other government bodies to prosecute California mathematics professor David Klein for supposedly “misusing” state resources by using his university-hosted personal website to criticize Israel and call for boycott.

Amcha’s claim that disseminating a list of professors calling for Israel to be held accountable can somehow “protect Jewish students” is based on the anti-Semitic stereotype that Israel represents all Jews and that all Jews identify with Israel or are collectively responsible for its actions.

This is exactly this kind of bogus association that lay behind the University of Illinois officials’ justifications for their firing of Salaita.

What is Amcha?

Amcha was founded by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a Hebrew lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Rossman-Benjamin is a notorious anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim activist with a history of litigious threats against students and faculty.

An exclusive investigation by The Electronic Intifada earlier this year revealed that Amcha had infiltrated a student trip to Palestine in 2012, confirming long-held activist suspicions that anti-Palestinian political groups are spying on student activists.

An attorney told The Electronic Intifada that such surveillance could be in violation of several laws.

Rossman-Benjamin herself has been caught on video making virulently racist statements against students involved in Palestine solidarity activism on campus.

But despite protests by students, the University of California has taken no action in response to Rossman-Benjamin’s activities.

This type of complicity by university administrations has sadly been the norm and undoubtedly emboldens groups like Amcha to escalate their attacks on academic freedom and those who practice it.

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The ‘Targets’

Universities marked with an asterisk (*) receive federal funding to support programs in Middle East or Near East studies

Bard College
Dina A. Ramadan, Assistant Professor of Arabic

Boston University
Irene L. Gendzier, Professor Emeritus, Political Science

Brown University
Bashir Abu-Manneh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
Ariella Azoulay, Professor, Comparative Literature
Beshara Doumani, Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History

Bryn Mawr College
Peter Magee, Professor, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

California Institute of Integral Studies
Sahar Driver, Anthropology and Social Change

California State University Sacramento
Ayad Al-Qazzaz, Professor of Sociology

California State University San Bernadino
Jamal Nassar, Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Central Michigan University
John Robertson, Professor of History

Clark University
Anita Fabos, Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment

College of New Jersey
Miriam Lowi, Professor, Departmet of Political Science

* Columbia University
Nadia Abu El-Haj, Professor of Anthropology
Lila Abu-Lughod, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Gil Andijar, Professor, Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)
Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature
Wael B. Hallaq, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Rhoda Kanaaneh, Adjunct Associate Professor, Middle East Institute
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies and Professor of History
Mahmood Mamdani, Professor, Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies
Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology
Timothy Mitchell, Professor, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
George Saliba, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures

College of the Holy Cross
Sahar Bazzaz, Associate Professor, Department of History

College of William and Mary
Mumtaz Ahmad, Professor of Political Science, Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Stephen Sheehi, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies

Colorado School of Mines
Hussein Amery, Associate Professor, Division of Liberal Arts and Intl. Studies

CUNY Graduate Center
Anthony Alessandrini, Associate Professor
Talal Asad, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Marilyn Hacker, Professor
Samira Haj, Professor of History
Christa Salamandra, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dartmouth College
Lara Harb, Assistant Professor
Christopher MacEvitt, Associate Professor of Religion

Denison College
Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of International Studies and Women’s Studies

* Duke University
Miriam Cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures
Frances S. Hasso, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies and Sociology
Engseng Ho, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Abdeslam Maghraoui, Associate Professor of Practice, Political Science

Evergreen State College
Sarah Eltantawi, Assistant Professor

Farleigh Dickenson University
Riad Nasser, Professor

Florida International University
Cheryl Rubenberg, Retired Professor, Political Science

Fordham University
Aseel Sawalha, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Frostburg State University
Haiyun Ma, Assistant Professor, Department of History

George Mason University
Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs

* Georgetown University
Osama Abi-Mershed, Associate Professor, Department of History, Director, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
Fida Adely, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
Halim Barakat, Retired Professor
Jonathan Brown, Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
Elliott Colla, Associate Professor, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Rochelle Davis, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Susan Douglass, Education Outreach Director, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
John L. Esposito, University Professor & Founding Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Yvonne Haddad, Professor of History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Michael C. Hudson, Professor Emeritus, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Laurie King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Lama Abu Odeh, Law Professor
Judith E. Tucker, Professor of History

* George Washington University
Mona Atia, Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs
Ilana Feldman, Associate Professor, Anthropology, History, and International Affairs
Dina Rizk Khoury, Professor of History
Shira Robinson, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History

Georgia Tech
Laura Bier, Associate Professor of History

Gettysburg College
Karen Pinto, Assistant Professor
Janet M. Powers, Professor Emerita

Hampshire College
Omar Dahi, Associate Professor of Economics

* Harvard University
Ousmane Kane, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School
Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Emeritus Professor of Middle East History

Hunter College (CUNY)
Alexander Elinson, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, Department of Classical and Oriental Studies
Christopher Stone, Associate Professor

Illinois State University
Issam Nassar, Professor of Middle East History

Indiana State University
Glenn Perry, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Christine Baker, Assistant Professor

James Madison University
Manal A. Jamal , Associate Professor of Political Science

John Hopkins University
Todd Shepard, Associate Professor, History

Long Island University
Harriet Malinowitz, Professor of English

Loyola Marymount University
Najwa al-Qattan, Associate Professor

Marquette University
Louise Cainkar, Associate Professor of Sociology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sharon C. Smith, Program Head, Agha Khan Documentation Center

Michigan State University
Salah Hassan, Associate Professor

Montana State University Bozeman
Joan Hoff, Research History Professor

Montclair State University
Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies

Morgan State University
Mary Ann Fay, Associate Professor of History

New School for Social Research
Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies

* New York University
Bassam Abed, Clinical Professor of Social Science, McGhee Division
Sinan Antoon, Associate Professor
Tamer El-Leithy, Assistant Professor of History, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Finbarr Barry Flood, Professor of Art History
Michael Gilsenan, David B. Kriser Professor in the Humanities
Arang Keshavarzian, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Josefina Saldaña, Professor, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
Ella Shohat, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Professor, Art and Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts
Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor

North Carolina State University
Anne Clement, Assistant Professor of History & International Studies

Northeastern University
Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, Associate Professor of History

Northern Arizona University
Yaseen Noorani, Associate Professor, School of Middle East and North African Studies
Scott Reese, Professor of History

Northern Illinois University
Tomis Kapitan, Professor (Emeritus), Philosophy Department

Northwestern University
Katherine Hoffman, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Uri Horesh, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Middle East and North African Studies
Jessica Winegar, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Ohio University
Louis-Georges Schwartz, Associate Professor

Pennsylvania State University – Altoona College
Beth Seymour, Instructor of Anthropology, Communications, History and Women’s Studies

* Princeton University
Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus
Molly Greene, Professor
Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies

Queens College – CUNY
Ammiel Alcalay, Professor, Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures
Ron Hayduk, Professor, Political Science

Rutgers University – New Brunswick
Toby Jones, Associate Professor
Yasmine Khayyat, Assistant Professor, African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures
Elektra Kostopoulou, Lecturer
Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor
Samah Selim, Associate Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures

Sacramento City College
Riad Bahhur, Professor, Department of History

St. Lawrence University
John Collins, Professor of Global Studies

St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Betul Basaran, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

St. Olaf College
Linda Mokdad, Assistant Professor

San Francisco State University
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies
Dina Ibrahim, Associate Professor, Media and Communication

Scripps College
Lara Deeb, Professor of Anthropology

Simmons College
Elaine Hagopian, Professor Emerita of Sociology

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Steve Tamari, Associate Professor

Stanford University
Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History

SUNY-Plattsburgh
Simona Sharoni, Professor

Swarthmore College
Farha Ghannam, Associate Professor, Anthropology

Syracuse University
Carol Fadda-Conrey, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
Amy Kallander, Associate Professor of Middle East History

Texas State University
Elizabeth Bishop, Associate Professor

Trinity College
Zayde Antrim, Associate Professor of History and International Studies
Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies

Tufts University
Kamran Rastegar, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures

University of Arizona
Linda T. Darling, Professor of History

* University of California, Berkeley
Hatem Bazian, Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies
Samera Esmeir, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric
Gretchen Head, Visiting Assistant Professor
Charles Hirschkind, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Saba Mahmood, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Laurence Michalak, Emeritus Vice Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Smadar Lavie, Scholar in Residence, Beatrice Bain Research Group
Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies
Stefania Pandolfo, Professor, Department of Anthropology

University of California, Davis
Omnia El Shakry, Associate Professor, Department of History
Sunaina Maira, Professor
Suad Joseph, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies
Noha Radwan, Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature

University of California, Hastings College of the Law
George Bisharat, Professor

University of California, Irvine
Mark LeVine, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History

* University of California, Los Angeles
Khaled Abou El Fadl, Distinguished Professor of Islamic Law
Nouri Gana, Professor
Sondra Hale, Research Professor/Professor Emerita, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies
Gabriel Piterberg, Professor of Middle East History
Aamir Mufti, Associate Professor
Susan Slyomovics, Professor Anthropology

University of California, Riverside
Sherine Hafez, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies and Middle East & Islamic Studies
Jeffrey Sacks, Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego
Michael Provence, Associate Professor of History

University of California, San Francisco
Claudia Chaufan, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Sociology

University of California, Santa Barbara
Nancy Gallagher, Research Professor, Department of History
Adam Sabra, Professor of History and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies
Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor, History

University of California, Santa Cruz
Jennifer Derr, Assistant Professor, Department of History
Camilo Gomez-Rivas, Assistant Professor

* University of Chicago
Fred M. Donner, Professor of Near Eastern History, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Lisa Wedeen, Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science and the College

University of Colorado, Boulder
John Willis, Associate Professor

University of Connecticut
James C. Faris, Professor Emeritus, Anthropology; Director Emeritus, Program in Middle East Languages and Area Studies

University of Dayton
Ellen Fleischmann, Professor, Department of History

University of Delaware
Muqtedar Khan, Associate Professor

University of Hartford
Robert Lang, Professor of Cinema

University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Ibrahim Aoude, Professor
Farideh Farhi, Lecturer and Affiliate Graduate Faculty of Political Science

University of Illinois at Chicago
Nadine Naber, Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
Asef Bayat, Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies
Wail S. Hassan, Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Linda Herrera, Associate Professor
Susan Koshy, Associate Professor
Faranak Miraftab, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University of Iowa
Yasmine Ramadan, Assistant Professor of Arabic

University of Louisville
Julie Peteet, Professor of Anthropology

University of Maryland
Charles Butterworth, Emeritus Professor

University of Mary Washington
Farhang Rouhani, Associate Professor
Ranjit Singh, Associate Professor

University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Laura Doyle, Professor of English

University of Massachusetts – Boston
Leila Farsakh, Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Miami
Christina Civantos, Associate Professor

* University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Evelyn Alsultany, Associate Professor, American Culture
Kathryn Babayan, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center of Armenian Studies
Rima Hassouneh, Lecturer II, Near Eastern Studies
Khaled Mattawa, Associate Professor, Department of English
Anton Shammas, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature
Ronald Grigor Suny, Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History

* University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Cemil Aydin, Associate Professor of History
Juliane Hammer, Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department
Sarah Shields, Professor
Nadia Yaqub, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies

University of North Texas
Nada Shabout, Professor of Art History

* University of Pennsylvania
Anne Norton, Professor of Political Science

University of Pittsburgh
Mohammed Bamyeh, Professor of Sociology

University of Richmond
Sheila Carapico, Professor of Political Science and International Studies

University of Southern California
Sarah Gualtieri, Associate Professor of History and American Studies

* University of Texas at Austin
Kamran Asdar Ali, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Barbara Harlow, Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature

Univesity of the Pacific
Ahmed Kanna, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, School of International Studies

University of Wasington-Bothell
Karam Dana, Assistant Professor

* University of Washington – Seattle
Arzoo Osanloo, Associate Professor, Law, Societies, and Justice
Chandan Reddy, Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Samer Alatout, Associate Professor, Department of Community & Environmental Sociology

Virginia Commonwealth University
Faedah Totah, Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Wake Forest University
Michaelle Browers, Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Charles Wilkins, Associate Professor, History Department

Wayne State University
Barbara Aswad, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, and Past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America
May Seikaly, Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History

Wellesley College
Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Art Department
Lidwien Kapteijns, Professor of History
Sima Shakhsari, Assistant Professor

West Chester University
Lawrence Davidson, Professor of History, Department of History

Whitman College
Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History

* Yale University
Zareena Grewal, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies, Faculty at Council on Middle East Studies
Dimitri Gutas, Professor of Arabic

APPLE WATCH IS A HAZARD TO YOUR SEX LIFE

Some ‘facts’ to ponder …

A July 2013 survey of British women found that that 62% of women have interrupted sexual intercourse to check their cell phone. Some 48% of men admitted to doing the same.

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Here’s What Dr. Ruth Thinks of The Apple Watch

By Anne Cohen FOR

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No one is immune to the lure of the Apple Watch. Not even Dr. Ruth.

The Jewish sex therapist took to Twitter to give potential customers a valuable piece of advice:

The Apple Watch can do a lot of things & so will be big distraction. Take it off before having sex!

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She’s not kidding. As Mic points out, people can’t seem to put down their mobile devices long enough for — well, you know:

  • A July 2013 survey of British women found that that 62% of women have interrupted sexual intercourse to check their cell phone. Some 48% of men admitted to doing the same.
  • A March 2014 survey by condom maker Durex found that 15% of those surveyed “would answer the phone or read a text while otherwise engaged in a sexual act.”
  • The same Durex survey found that 5% of British respondents admitted to browsing Facebook while having sex.

Listen to Dr. Ruth. She knows best.

 

GAZA BECOMING A TRAILER PARK

Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused Saturday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis.*

Bombed out Gazans move into mobile homes

View of mobile homes in the Khuzaa neighbourhood of Khan Yunis,
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KHAN YUNIS (AFP) — Fifty Palestinian families made homeless by Israeli bombing during the summer’s fierce offensive on the Gaza Strip were rehoused Saturday in mobile homes in the southern town of Khan Yunis.

During the 50-day conflict, 9,800 homes were totally destroyed and another 8,000 left uninhabitable, according to data from the housing ministry in Gaza.

Imad al-Haddad, Gaza head of a United Arab Emirates association providing these 50 mobile homes, told AFP that, in the town’s Khuzaa neighborhood alone 500 families lost the roofs over their heads.

Mohamed al-Najjar, 60, whose three-story house was crushed by an Israeli air strike, is one of those moving into the UAE accommodation, which he described as an “excellent initiative” for the near term.

“We expect to rebuild our house; we do not just want a temporary solution,” he said.

Al-Haddad said each unit — comprised of two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen — could accommodate six people and cost an estimated 5,400 euros.

He said his association would donate 50 more before the onset of winter.

According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, 65,000 homeless Gazans are still sheltering in UN schools awaiting accommodation, and thousands more have sought refuge with relatives.

HOLLYWOOD BEGGING TO BE BOYCOTTED

STAND WITH PALESTINE AT
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“This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel. Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press.”

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Hollywood support of Israel continues to grow

Among star signatories joining Schwarzenegger and Stallone are TV host Bill Maher, Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver, as well as major studio execs.

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WASHINGTON – After first expressing their support for Israel during Operation Protective Edge, members of the film industry posted an additional ad Saturday in the New York Times which included 300 of Hollywood’s most prominent figures expressing their “commitment to peace and justice.”

The stars have already planned their next target, setting their sights on Europe, particularly Germany and the city of London, where many they feel cultural figures operate against Israel.

“This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel. Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press,” said CCFP (Creative Community for Peace) director Lana Melman.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Silvester Stallone (Photo: MCT)

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CCFP, an organization that brings together prominent members of the entertainment industry to counter the cultural boycott of Israel, applauded the hundreds of artists and executives who signed the statement.

Scores of celebrities and power-brokers from the Hollywood establishment have come out in support of Israel and a peaceful resolution to its conflict with Hamas.

Stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen expressed support for Israel and said Hamas “cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor … hold its own people hostage.”

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Comedian Sarah Silverman (Photo: Ayelet Yagil)

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The statement comes after weeks in which a number of celebrities, including Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem, condemned Israel for its handling of conflict, with Cruz and Bardem even accusing Israel of genocide. But with the notable exceptions of comedian Joan Rivers and actors Roseanne Barr and Mayim Bialik, few have expressed support for Israel.

Aaron Sorkin, Academy- and Emmy-award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright, commented on his own endorsement, stating, “The CCFP statement fully supports the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to live in peace and prosperity. We unambiguously condemn the values and actions of Hamas, a barbaric and brutal terrorist organization that is the enemy of basic human rights, equality, freedom, and peace.”

The statement has already run in major industry publications, including Billboard, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline Hollywood, as well as in mainstream national publications such as the Los Angeles Times. The ad was also sent to international publications from India to Romania, including the Times of India, the Latin Post, Italy’s Il Mattino, and Romania Libera.

“It is gratifying to see that recent events in Israel and Gaza have caused an outpouring of support for Israel in its fight against Hamas, whose founding charter calls for the death of all Jews and the obliteration of an entire nation,” said CCFP co-founder David Renzer.

“This support comes from all facets of the entertainment industry, including top musicians, actors, and executives. The unifying statement also comes at a time of growing concerns regarding the rise of global anti-Semitism, usually cloaked in anti-Israel sentiment,” added Renzer.

Among the signatories are veteran action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman, television host Bill Maher, Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver and owners of large Hollywood studios such as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, Chairman and CEO of MGM Gerry Barber.

 

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The ad itself …

COMMITMENT TO MURDER

COMMITMENT TO MURDER

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See the full list of signatories HERE

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And the faces …. REMEMBER THEM WELL

TIMELY SPOOF ON THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT

"Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

“Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

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See  reactions to Salaita’s firing HERE

IMAGE ~~ WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE IF GAZA WAS THE UNITED STATES?

Do people understand the magnitude of what just happened in Gaza?

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What would it look like if Gaza was the USA?

What would it look like if Gaza was the USA?

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A MESSAGE TO WORLD JEWRY FROM PALESTINE

Shout this out .... LOUD AND CLEAR!

Shout this out …. LOUD AND CLEAR!

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In your name, Israel in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and now in 2014, dropped millions of bombs, bomblets and missiles all over South Lebanon and Gaza, exterminating thousands of innocent people, and destroying tens of thousands of homes. You have made Gaza look like Hiroshima in 1945.
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My Message to the Jews

By Khalid Amayreh

I realize very well that Jews are not carbon copies of each other. And I also know perfectly well that there are many Jews around the world who truly despise what Israel has been doing to the Palestinian people in your name.

I earnestly commend these conscientious Jews for their morality and human decency. It is these honest and honourable people that enable us to retain the hope that counting on Jewish morality is not a lost cause.

None the less, one must be faithful to one’s conscience and intellectual honesty. That is why we must recognize that there are huge numbers of Jews who have found themselves transformed thoroughly into soldiers of darkness and advocates of evil. Today, there are Jews, too many of them, who shamelessly advocate the total annihilation of the Palestinian people. We also know that yesterday, there were many non-Jews who shamelessly advocated the total annihilation of Jews.

We have seen some of many Jews celebrate the mass murder of Palestinian children. There is no point in denying the undeniable.

Unfortunately, these psychopaths don’t seem to be an isolated or marginal minority. I hope and pray they don’t represent a majority among Jews.

But I am afraid they really do. But even if they don’t, they can still bully whatever “silent majority” there is in Israel into doing their bidding.

Recent history taught us what an extremist vocal minority is capable of doing. You certainly understand what I am alluding to.

It is these misguided and misguiding Nazi-like multitudes of Jews I am addressing in this article. And, in truth, my ultimate goal is not to vilify and demonize, but rather to warn and admonish them to wake up from worshiping this modern Golden Calf, otherwise known as the State of Israel.

To begin with, I would like to remind you of a Talmudic story, which I believe is familiar to many of you. The story is told that a heathen came to Shammai with the request to be accepted as a convert on condition that he was taught the whole of the Torah while he stood on one foot. The Rabbi drove him away with the yard-stick which he was holding. He then went to Hillel with the same request; and he said to him: “What is hateful to you yourself, do not do to your fellow-man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go, learn it.”

Yes, yes, what is hateful to yourself, don’t do to your fellow-man. What beautiful words of light and wisdom!

Now are you mentally prepared to accept this universal law, which nearly every Jew on earth would agree encapsulates Jewish and universal morality?

If you are, then you should thoroughly examine your attitudes toward Israel, a state that has more in common with the ideas of Hitler than it does with the teachings of Moses Ben Maimon.

Israel is deceiving you, lying to you and betraying your moral legacy, the legacy bequeathed to all of us by the Israelite prophets, and their (our) forefather Ibrahim.

I am sorry to speak in such a harsh tone, but, in truth, Israel and Zionism succeeded through the years in transforming you from a people who believe in justice and value morality into murderers and justifiers of murder, into thieves and justifiers of theft, and into liars who have to change the black into white and the white into black in order to cover up their shame, and then call the lies strange names such as hasbara and public relations and political correctness and what have you.

In your name, Israel, knowingly and deliberately, is slaughtering innocent people, including children, en masse.

This is not done by mistake as Israeli leaders and spokespeople would falsely claim. When “mistakes” happen every day and every hour and every minute; these mistakes are no longer mistakes. They are policy. Besides the images are too graphic to be ignored and too obscenely brazen to be dismissed as “Arab propaganda.” They transcend reality.

In your name, Israel has been committing every conceivable crime against humanity. Don’t just invoke your usual defensive reflexes and claim that violence and oppression are not Jewish values. Your acquiescent silence in the face of Israeli crimes suggests that violence and oppression are totally compatible with Jewish values. After all, the pornographically Nazi-like oppression being meted out to the Palestinians is coming from the very people who claim to adhere to the Ten Commandments.

In your name, Israel in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and now in 2014, dropped millions of bombs, bomblets and missiles all over South Lebanon and Gaza, exterminating thousands of innocent people, and destroying tens of thousands of homes. You have made Gaza look like Hiroshima in 1945.

Is this the light upon the nations that you claim to be? Shame on you!

It is because of your crimes against man and God that we, the Palestinians, have effectively become “the Jews of our time,” while you have effectively transformed yourselves into the “anti-Semites or even the Nazis of our time.” You, the Jews, the premier victims of the holocaust, and the numerous pogroms and inquisitions, have turned out to be like all underdogs, when you get on the top, you become as murderous and as brutal to your victims as your former oppressors were to you when you were underneath.

The Nazis looked down on Jews and others as Untermensch, and you are looking down on us as “dirty Arabs”.!! The Nazis sought expansion at their neighbours’ expense and called it “lebensraum.” And you are doing the same, under the pretext of building “settlements for Jews.”

The Nazis carried out “pacification operations” in which innocent people were mercilessly killed; and you carry out rather routinely “defensive operations” during which you wreak death and havoc on innocent people. At least the Nazis didn’t lie about their criminality like you do about yours. The Nazis didn’t brag about their monstrous crimes like you gleefully do. You are not only evil murderers and child killers. You are also nefarious liars.

The Nazis believed in an Aryan “master race” and you, Zionists, are trying to make a “race” out of Jews. Your methods are similar and your goals are nearly identical.

You can’t deny this; we are not naïve North Americans or Europeans whom you think you can bamboozle very easily. We have been through it all, from creation to destruction.

I am saying this because in the final analysis when people, any people, including Jews, behave and act like the Nazis did, they themselves become Nazis. Evil, whether done by a “master race” or a “chosen people” is evil. Evil can’t be kosher. True, there are no gas chambers in Gaza and Hebron. But the Jews are bringing gas chambers to every Palestinian home, hospital, collage, mosque and neighbourhood.

Don’t say I am exaggerating. If you do, just try to have a fleeting look at your shame.

Too harsh?

In light of your criminal callousness to what you have been and are doing to us, it is immensely naïve to think that you will experience a moral awakening. At the very least, you should stop asking why the Germans were silent when Jews were being shipped to the concentration camps. Whether we like it or not, you are now in the Germans’ shoes. Don’t deny it; the images from Gaza are too graphic to be denied.

Many of you may be forgiven for being ignorant of Israel’s evil reality. But you are not a people of ignorance, which means you are doing and supporting evil knowingly and consciously. If so, you are no better than your past tormentors.

Don’t be so excited about America’s unlimited and unrestricted support and backing. America is not helping you to uphold your moral principles, America is “helping” you to destroy these principles, which you are doing anyway. And you are so happy about it!!!

Needless to say, when an evil power “helps” you corrode your moral system, this should not be a cause for joy and satisfaction. I am sure that wise men and women amongst you understand the meaning of my words.

Finally, I call on you to wake up from this toxic arrogance of power, this collective megalomania and false sense of triumph. You are actually experiencing a collective psychosis, a virtual moral meltdown. Hence, you are really in a big trouble.

If I were you, I would immediately stop killing and tormenting the helpless Palestinians for you had been helpless yourselves. Stop killing their children. Stop destroying their homes. Stop confiscating their land. Stop imprisoning their sons without charge and trial. Stop narrowing their horizons. Stop your mass murder, mass terror and mass oppression. Stop making turning our daily life into an unrelenting hell. Yes, stop it, if not for justice and human decency, then for your own safety. Oppression eventually boomerangs on the oppressors.

And remember, it is not an act of heroism to murder unprotected innocent civilians, using the state-of-the-art of America’s technology of death. History won’t be kind to you.

What heroism is there in having an F-16 fighter rain death on sleeping children and women in an apartment building? It is very much like sending trains, packed with people, to a concentration camp.

THE OTHER 9/11 ~~ IN CHILE

The CIA seems to be infatuated with the date ….

Image 'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

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To read the last words of Salvador Allende, Click HERE

ISRAEL’S POST WAR WINE LIST

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Listed below are Israel’s favourite new wines WHINES

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Israel’s security problems require unique solutions – and a lot of money

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Israel August Tourism Numbers Take a Sharp Downturn From Last Year

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Human Rights Watch: Israeli attacks on Gaza UN schools are war crime

Like we didn’t know?

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After Gaza offensive, West Bank boycott of Israel gains strength

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Meanwhile, the people in Gaza are still faced with REAL problems …

They don’t whine about them because they know no one is listening

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Only the living dead ignore the cries of the living

Only the living dead
ignore the cries
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Israeli navy forces open fire at Gaza fishermen

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Israeli bulldozers enter Gaza border area

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Over 200,000 Palestinian laborers unemployed in Gaza

POST 9/11 ~~ THE FORBIDDEN PHOTOS ON MY FATHER’S PRISON WALL

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Through my father’s story, I honor him. I bring back to light his unjust imprisonment, which has only grown more punitive 13 years after 9/11. This fallout has lead to a seemingly endless incarceration of my father who–in addition to remaining behind bars for his global humanitarian work–has to deal with his pictorial account being confiscated as contraband.

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Remember the Photos on My Father’s

Prison Walls

By Noor Elashi*

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Yesterday, on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, I received an email from my father saying that the photos affixed to the walls of his prison cell were ripped down and called “contraband” by the officer who took them.

My father is a political prisoner, convicted of terrorism charges in the vacuum of post-9/11 hysteria and incarcerated at a federal prison in southern Illinois–all under allegations stemming from his indisputable philanthropic work.

Until recently, the walls of my father’s 9-by-5-foot cell were covered with eleven photos of children from all over the world–children who were injured or killed during recent political events. My father wrote my family, heartbroken, to say that even though he had collected these images from The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and other publications, they were still seized–with no notice.

My father, Ghassan Elashi, is currently serving a 65-year-prison-sentence at the Communications Management Unit in Marion, Illinois for conspiracy to send Material Support in the form of humanitarian aid to charities in the West Bank and Gaza that prosecutors claimed were associated with designated terrorists; our biggest defense thus far (and the reason my father may be vindicated in due time) is that his charity, the Holy Land Foundation, used the same exact Palestinian charities that our own government agency –the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)–used to distribute its aid.

In his note, my father described the eleven photographs to me, images that we may have all seen during one time or another, images that we often glance away from because they are so hard to look at. My father brought back each photo to life in the order that he remembered it:

Image one. Afghan children, wrapped in colorful clothing, lay in rubble after their village was bombarded. According to news reports, they suffocated to death along with their mothers while attempting to seek shelter.

Image two. A young girl in Yemen stands on the street with a paintbrush in her hand. Behind her is a street graffiti drawing of a massive drone and a statement that reads, “Why did you kill my family.”

Image three. A Syrian toddler pulls away from the camera after being rescued from a building where his family once resided. The building was destroyed by a barrel bomb. The child, masked in dust, tightly hugs the man who rescued him.

Image four. Two preschool-aged brothers, also from Syria, sit on a bench with wounds on their faces. Inside a makeshift clinic in the war-torn town of Homs, the older boy cries while the younger one–despite his inability to comprehend his reality–attempts to console his brother.

Image five. Nearly 200 Uighur refugees occupy an asylum camp in the forests of southern Thailand. The camp, surrounded by a razor-wire fence and guarded by a local army unit, was created to help women and children flee oppression in China and immigrate to Turkey.

Image six. Two Palestinian children are captured at a Gaza beach a few weeks ago. One was running away from the shore and the other one’s body was strewn on the sand after being shot by an Israeli naval ship.

Image seven. Also captured recently, teary-eyed children from Gaza are crammed in the back of a truck after being displaced from their homes.

Image eight. A Palestinian child sits on a hospital bed, with his face burned and covered in white powder. He is weeping as he looks up at his mother who is beside him and also covered in white powder.

Image nine. A group of children from Myanmar (Burma) stand in a concentration camp, where they have been imprisoned for two years.

Image ten. A young man is injured on the streets of Egypt as a bulldozer moves towards him. A woman is yelling nearby, presumably pleading with the driver and pointing at the injured youth.

Image eleven. A Palestinian boy climbs the separation wall between Bethlehem and a Jewish settlement. The boy appears hesitant near the top, as he risks being shot by the guards in the towers.

These images covered my father’s prison cell walls until last Wednesday. After being away from his cell all morning, my father returned to his room to change into his exercise clothes. When he entered, he was shocked to find that all eleven pictures that he had carefully collected during the past two years were not on his walls anymore. When he learned that it was the prison guards who had confiscated the images, my father asked them to return them.

That is when a guard told him they are “contraband.”

“But they were newspaper clippings,” my father said. Still, the guard only repeated his claim, saying that it was too late anyways; he had already shredded them.

To my father, these images were more than just anonymous faces of damage and pain. He had photocopied each image while reading the news, he had plastered them on his wall, and as months passed, every child and mother became familiar to him. They became part of his confined space, characters from his abstract community –and a loud reminder that there were still so many people in the world in need of urgent help.

At the end of his email, my father told me that he wished he’d made two copies of each photo instead of one. It’s too late now, he admitted, but he reassured me that he will never forget their faces. The prison guard may have shredded the physical prints, but my father insists he could still see them and that they will forever remain imprinted in his heart. As I share his careful descriptions of them, I honor the people in these images for the world to remember.

Through my father’s story, I honor him. I bring back to light his unjust imprisonment, which has only grown more punitive 13 years after 9/11. This fallout has lead to a seemingly endless incarceration of my father who–in addition to remaining behind bars for his global humanitarian work–has to deal with his pictorial account being confiscated as contraband.

Noor Elashi is a writer based in New York City. She has written for McSweeney’s, The Huffington Post and other publications. With a Creative Writing MFA from The New School, Noor is currently writing a memoir chronicling her father’s decade-long prosecution.

ISRAEL WANTS ITS CAKE AND WANTS TO EAT IT TOO

Love that wine cake

Love that wine whine cake best of all

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They wage war and then they whine that there was a drop in tourism as a result. If only the people of Gaza had such ‘problems ….

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“The tremendous blow to tourism suffered by the Israeli economy in all areas of Israel as a result of canceled visits is a factor in the economic slowdown,” Tourism Ministry director general Amir Halevy said in a statement. “Everyone understands the importance of rehabilitating tourism as an engine for economic growth.”

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Israel August Tourism Numbers Take a

Sharp Downturn From Last Year

182,000 Visitors Recorded in 2014, Down 36% From 2013

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GETTY IMAGES

By JTA

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Israel’s August tourist numbers took a sharp downturn from the previous year’s figures.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 182,000 visitor entries were recorded for the month in Israel, down 36 percent from August 2013. Of the visitor entries, 164,000 were tourists staying more than one night, 32 percent less than August a year ago.

During the month, hundreds of rockets were fired at Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, amid the Israeli military’s operation in Gaza. Foreign airlines canceled flights for at least two days after a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport in central Israel.

It is estimated that Israel’s tourism industry generates about $11 billion annually and is responsible for creating 200,000 jobs domestically.

“The tremendous blow to tourism suffered by the Israeli economy in all areas of Israel as a result of canceled visits is a factor in the economic slowdown,” Tourism Ministry director general Amir Halevy said in a statement. “Everyone understands the importance of rehabilitating tourism as an engine for economic growth.”

It is not unusual for Israel’s tourism numbers to dip during times of violence. This year’s August statistics were lower than all the August statistics from 2007 to 2013, but 49 percent higher than August 2006, the time of the Second Lebanon War, with 122,000 entries.

This week, the Tourism Ministry is convening all the Israel Government Tourist Office directors from around the world to formulate a plan for attracting tourists to Israel.

9/11/14 ~~ THE BAR MITZVAH OF ISLAMOPHOBIA

Goldstone barred from grandson's Bar Mitzvah Published in Mail & Guardian on 22 Apr 2010

Goldstone barred from grandson’s Bar Mitzvah
Published in Mail & Guardian on 22 Apr 2010

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Actually, the demonization of Islam started earlier than 13 years ago, but 9/11/01 was the official date that it became America’s ‘proud baby boy’. Islamophobia took its place in history to replace the Cold War which ended shortly before the demise of the Soviet Union itself. America needed a new enemy so it created one, with a little help from its friends.

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'Demonization of Islam' "Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

‘Demonization of Islam’
“Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

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Some of those friends were even caught dancing in the streets of New York in celebration of the Twin Towers’ attack …

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The mentally challenged US President at the time of the attack was seen reading a book to children … UPSIDE DOWN!

Duh!

Duh!

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We still do not have the answers to the role he played in the attacks … but he had enough warning  not to be in the White House when they occurred.

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"Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

“Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

There are still over 100 unanswered questions that can be found HERE

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Why does America refuse to admit that others are victim to the same forces of hatred and terrorism that attacked them thirteen years ago today? Worse yet, why does America continue to hide the fact that it is they who are orchestrating those very forces?

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'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

 

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Thirteen years ago today America was attacked. Civilians died. Thirteen years later it is still making headline news….
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Gaza is attacked every day. Civilians die every day. It never makes headline news in the West. It’s as if it never happens…. BUT IT DOES.
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A pro Palestinian blogger posted the following a few years ago, it says it all!

Dear America, your 9/11 is our 24/7.

Sincerely, Palestine.

That’s the entire post, short and very much to the point.
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The plight of those in Gaza and the rest of Palestine is not only omitted in the media, it is hidden from the eyes of the Western population altogether. Palestine, Gaza in particular, simply does not exist.
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To date, one of the best reports I have seen regarding 9/11 was written by my son Peter six years ago …
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I am Not a Conspiracy Theorist: 9/11 Facts or Fictions?

By Peter Amsel

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Living in the world today can be quite difficult, especially if you feel the need to avoid the moral and intellectual pitfalls that “modern” life provides. However, this is something that only becomes difficult if you feel a need to avoid compromising your moral compass (assuming such exists), otherwise it should not be a serious impediment. There are many things about myself and my character that I like to believe are true and reasonably noble, amongst that list would be that I am willing to take correction from others when I make mistakes and that I try to be as generous of my time, energies and resources as much as I am able. While these are not the only traits that I would like to trumpet, humility is also a trait that I am aware that I have, but am in need of more.

Having said that, there is one thing that I am truly thankful that I possess, and that is the ability to reason. This is by no means a unique gift as it defines our species in our ability to look at information and make decisions based on the facts that have been presented to us. Being reasonable means that we are able to look at information and ideas even if they come to us from people and sources that we may not immediately trust and assess that information. We look at material without prejudice, allowing the truth to be revealed, allowing the obfuscations and machinations of the special interest groups, lobbyists and anyone else with something to gain by the perpetration of lies to be shut out through the acknowledgement that the truth shall, indeed, set you free.

Unfortunately, alas, that is not how the “real world” seems to operate. Alas, that seems to be just the opposite as to how things work. Before anything else is said, there is one other trait that I am very proud to possess: I am not, in any way, shape or form, a conspiracy theorist. I believe that men walked on the moon. I believe that a lone man, using a single rifle (having been trained as a Marine by the United States and having attained sharp shooter status) assassinated JFK. I believe that Area 51 is, in fact, a Top Secret (UMBRA) Military Base used for the testing and development of new aircraft for the USAF (including the U2, SR71, B1, B2, F117, F22, F35, and the UCAV’s that are currently being deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan).

I am not a believer in conspiracies.

We have not been told the truth about 9/11; we have been lied to and the people that have told the lies know that the truth has been concealed from the public; furthermore, they know that the truth is not “out there”, it has been examined by experts in their field, experts that are willing to openly dispute the “findings” of the “9/11 Commission”, a work of fantasy and fiction that fed the American people a pile of obfuscation that stank of the stench of the rotting corpses trapped in the rubble of Ground Zero.

I will never be able to forget that morning; I was in the basement working on the computer when the phone rang. My step-father’s frantic voice told me to turn on CNN; a plane had just crashed into the WTC. The rest of that day I watched. I watched, prayed, wept, cried, sobbed, prayed, and cried some more. My parents are from New York and I spent the majority of my summer vacations visiting family there; even though I had been born and raised in Canada, this felt like an attack on my own home. I was talking to a friend in Toronto when the first tower collapsed. It seemed wrong then, too fast, too symmetrical … too … perfect. Then the second tower fell.

 

Continue reading this at his BLOG

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There are still other unanswered questions …. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?

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Uncle Sam still wants us to believe that 9/11 is a thorn in his side

'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

IMAGINE HAVING A PRESIDENT THAT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOU

Unfortunately Palestine is not alone with that situation …

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Whose side are you on?

Whose side are you on?

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As Abbas busies himself with non existent Egyptian promises, the following has been going on in Palestine. Seems he has no interest in any of it. (Click on links to see reports)

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Jerusalem teen shot by Israeli soldier a week ago dies of his wounds

Ma/an Images

Ma/an Images

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Watch: Israeli soldiers arrest 2 young boys in Silwad

(MaanImages/File)

(MaanImages/File)

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Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian near Ramallah

Issa Khaled al-Qatri, 22, was killed by Israeli forces early Wednesday (MaanImages)

Issa Khaled al-Qatri, 22, was killed by Israeli forces early
Wednesday (MaanImages)

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Israeli forces detain, assault Palestinian near Bethlehem

(MaanImages/File)

(MaanImages/File)

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Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians in West Bank overnight

(MaanImages/File)

(MaanImages/File)

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And the pièce de résistance

Abbas may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance

A woman waves the national flag as she celebrates the agreement to form a unity government in Gaza on April 23, 2014. (AFP Mahmud Hams)

A woman waves the national flag as she celebrates the agreement
to form a unity government in Gaza on April 23, 2014.
(AFP Mahmud Hams)

SALAITA BREAKS THE SILENCE ON HIS SILENCING

Steven Salaita broke his silence today for the first time since administrators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) fired him from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program more than a month ago.

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Breaking silence, Salaita calls on Univ.

of Illinois to rescind his firing over

Gaza tweets

A LIFELONG ZIONIST’S DREAM THAT TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE

It took a lifetime of 90 years for this man to wake up from his nightmare ….. others are sure to follow.

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<em>Theodore Bikel, Photo courtesy of Bikel</em>

Theodore Bikel, Photo courtesy of Bikel

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The shameful apologies trying to justify the death of Arab children with trite explanations of ‘collateral damage’ and ‘use children as shields and they will die’ fill me with anger. Yes, a Jewish child’s life if precious to me but how dare anyone suggest that another child’s life is less precious, less deserving of a future? What is most frustrating is that those who place lesser values on non-Jews are supposed stalwarts of a community that I can no longer rightfully call mine. Where is the commitment to open dialogue, the respect to hear out opposing ideas, where is the dictum that commands us to listen, to debate, to agonize with each other rather than hurl epithets of disloyalty?

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Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism

by Theodore Bikel FOR

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Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.

Rachel mebaka et baneha, Rachel mourns her children. With her I weep for the children knowing that they are all her children, our children, every one of them.

The shameful apologies trying to justify the death of Arab children with trite explanations of ‘collateral damage’ and ‘use children as shields and they will die’ fill me with anger. Yes, a Jewish child’s life if precious to me but how dare anyone suggest that another child’s life is less precious, less deserving of a future? What is most frustrating is that those who place lesser values on non-Jews are supposed stalwarts of a community that I can no longer rightfully call mine. Where is the commitment to open dialogue, the respect to hear out opposing ideas, where is the dictum that commands us to listen, to debate, to agonize with each other rather than hurl epithets of disloyalty?

People see suffering and unless it is Jewish suffering they are silent. How dare they? Many years ago, at the famous March on Washington, Rabbi Joachim Prinz declared that the crime of the century was silence, silence in the face of injustice. I say it now to my own community; Jewish silence in the face of injustice is intolerable because Jews are commanded to live by a moral code that calls such silence not only wrong but makes it a crime.

My father has been gone for many years now but he left me to be the guardian of his dream, a dream of a Zionism whose engine to fulfillment would be the socialism of the kibbutz movement. Both have now been corrupted and made irrelevant in a land that practices capitalist consumerism and allows children to go to bed hungry.  In my mind I have been offering my father apologies that his dream has been thwarted and that both he and I are left with the sadness of frustrated hope.

I am an old man now but I know how to grieve over a boyhood dream that has gone.

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Enjoy his music ….

RADIO DAYS AND ISIS

A glimpse at yesteryear …

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Last night I watched a film on TV produced by Woody Allen. It was called Radio Days. I’m not a great fan of Allen’s, but this was a brilliant production.

The movie took me back to my younger years when we were glued to the radio on Sunday nights to listen to The Shadow.

It was meant to be fiction, but it made me realise that those very same forces of evil are at work today …. for real.

Last week I posted a piece where Fidel Castro made the following claim … Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group,AFP reports. To date, I have not read one denial of that accusation.

Makes one wonder about a few other unanswered questions; as we approach the 13th anniversary of 9/11 …. WHO WAS REALLY BEHIND IT?

Who created Al Quaida??

Who created Taliban???

And finally, who really created ISIS???

Obviously, ‘The Shadow’ knows, but we want to know as well…

One hint was produced by Carlos Latuff a few days ago in the following …

Al-Quaida – Taliban – ISIS

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Still another hint …

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Do we have to wait until Sunday night to get the answers?

WE DEMAND TO KNOW
THEM NOW!

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