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The literal translation of the above is Good MorningIt is commonly used when the obvious is finally realised by the ignorant such as the following…
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Our laws favor Jews

 Only now, when the radical, violent rightists are hurting IDF soldiers we take notice

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One cannot argue with the facts. Serious, in-depth examinations undertaken many years ago already proved that there are no equal laws for Jews and Arabs in the territories conquered by in 1967.

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What happens when Arabs are detained on suspicion of hurling stones at vehicles traveling on a main road? They are suspected of attempted murder, the incident is described as a terror attack, and nobody has any doubt that this is part of Palestinian terrorism. Such suspects will likely spend a long period of time in an Israel Prison Service facility.

Yet when rightist suspects are detained after hurling stones at vehicles or at IDF officers, or after mosques are torched, almost always it turns out that there isn’t enough evidence, or that the suspects pose no danger and can be freed on bail.

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We can only blame ourselves  

How many Jews were convicted of hate offences in recent years? How many are in prison at this time? Every one of us knows the answer: There are almost no convictions. There are almost no arrests either.

When someone is arrested, a great onslaught follows against law authorities, someone gets scared, and the door revolves again. Within a few days, the suspects are again walking among us and complaining that it’s the Jews who are being discriminated against.

To be honest, we can only blame ourselves. Were we horrified when thugs entered Arab villages, torched vehicles, and fired at boilers just for the sake of amusement? Did we remember that innocent Arab shepherds were murdered in the fields, with nobody being detained for years?

Only once a rightist Jewish suspect was detained (Yaakov Teitel, who only recently was found fit to stand trial) and confessed to murder, we suddenly realized that a person’s life was taken yet nobody reported it.

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But now, only when Jewish lawbreakers are hurting IDF soldiers, suddenly we woke up and are addressing this issue. So do our law authorities favor rightist activists? The answer to this question is clear.

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Now that a zionist periodical made us aware of the obvious, let’s see how long it takes them to  make any changes…

CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM: THEN AND NOW

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Christmas in Bethlehem … Sometimes, the Christmas spirit is also a part of the struggle
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By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
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[this article was published reflecting on the Christmas holidays in
Palestine ten years ago.  Sadly it is relevant today but now with an
addition of a wall started in 2002, Bethlehem is isolated from Jerusalem and
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A Season of Mayhem

(title inserted by editor, not the original title)

Boston Globe January 4, 2001
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Beit Sahur (where I was born) and Beit Jala (where St. Nicholas was believed to have been born) are suburbs of Bethlehem. The Palestinians there, both Christian and Muslim, have not seen “peace on earth” or “good will” this Christmas and Ramadan season, but only more blood and mayhem. Recent “peace overtures” by President Clinton do not offer a reasonable framework for a just solution.

My mother’s side of the family is Lutheran, and my father’s side is Greek Orthodox. My hometown was an idyllic place, a place were Christians and Muslims lived and worked side by side for centuries. The main town mosque and church are still in the same block both in Bethlehem and Beit Sahur. Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahur have been relentlessly bombed by Israeli occupation forces, and hundreds of families had to desert their homes. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B’Tselem (Israeli Human Rights Organization), and the World Council of Churches have called this “excessive use of force” and “collective punishment” (banned by International law).

My parents tell me they feel lucky since the level of atrocities is still small compared to those faced by other places such as Ramallah, Gaza, Rafah, and Husan. A siege on all towns is also in effect, and the United Nations has warned of potential starvation. In some places (e.g. Hebron) curfews are in effect for weeks with no school, no work, and no supplies.

In these times of crisis and renewal, I reflected on the Palestine of Jesus’ day. Like today, the picture in the Holy Land was less than idyllic 2,000 years ago. The similarities are astonishing: a brutal military occupation supported both by resources extracted from the natives and by funding and weaponry from the west, rulers using collective punishment against the inhabitants, grinding poverty of the natives, wealthy overlords using self proclaimed divine authority to do what they please, soldiers killing children, selfish collaborators, parents grieving over the loss of their children, attacks on houses of worship, and an organized public relations campaign to justify the atrocities.

Differences exist. Gunship helicopters and tanks are used today to bomb neighborhoods and kill individuals in lieu of Roman crucifixion or feeding them to the lions. And instead of public pronouncements by scribes, we have sophisticated media tools used to show that two undercover soldiers killed by a mob are more precious than the deaths of 150 Palestinian children and injuries to thousands. Blaming the victims for their own killing, the current occupier has produced a new logic. Instead of chariots, spears, and swords, the occupier has 400 nuclear weapons and a modern US-equipped army.

I also reflect on what Jesus recommended to his followers. Better yet, he set the example for them when he went into the temple grounds, turned the tables of the money-changers, and chastized those who have turned the house of the Lord to suit their own personal benefit.

Americans today know very little about what is happening to their co-religionists in the Holy Land other than the distorted snippets seen on TV. Sure, the Catholic bishops issued a statement denouncing the excessive use of force by the Israeli Army, as did the World Council of Churches. They did this on the heels of similar reports from six human rights organizations.

But are words enough while the killing and oppression continue? Are words enough when our own US government gives money to Israel to continue its policies? Policies that include land confiscation, home demolitions, and construction of colonies and settlements? Policies that have resulted in a huge refugee problem? Cynically, Clinton proposes solutions that will set a precedent in implementing a forced peace without return of refugees to their homes. No Palestinian, Israeli, or American leader can sign away human rights, including the rights of refugees.

Words are not enough for a small group of Christians and Jews working in the occupied territories. A group called the Christian Peacemaker Teams sometimes put themselves in front of Israeli bulldozers to prevent the demolishing of Palestinian homes. This Christmas the group was in Beit Jala and Hebron. A group of Jews called the Israel Committee Against Home Demolitions is also working hard to protect Palestinians from the brutal Israeli policies.

For these initiatives to succeed, the US government should stop blaming the victims and join with the over 150 other governments calling for justice and implementing international law. We all would do well to remind our government that our tax dollars are better spent here at home rather than supporting Israeli apartheid policies.

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Beit Sahour, A Living Heritage
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May we all rediscover and apply the original message of Christmas, a message
of peace and joy to the world.  May you all have a Merry Christmas.



CHRISTMAS IN THE LAND OF JESUS

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Jewish Extremists Attack Christmas Carolers

Bethlehem Bible college choir performs next to Israel’s separation wall in Bethlehem. (MaanImages/Munther Isaac, HO)

BETHLEHEM- Settlers attacked a Palestinian choir bus returning from a carol concert in Nablus on Saturday evening, choristers told Ma’an.

The singers, from Bethlehem Bible college, said five men attacked them on a quiet road outside of the northern West Bank city.

“A rock smashed through the window, and glass shattered everywhere inside,” chorister Saleem Anfous told Ma’an, adding that none of the 25 carol singers was injured.

“We kept driving and starting singing to cheer ourselves up and encourage the choir members,” he said.

“Tomorrow we will continue our carol tour of the West Bank in Jenin, using the same road, and we are afraid. But we are trying to convince the families that God will protect us.”

Hardline settlers have torched mosques near Ramallah, Jerusalem and Salfit since last Wednesday. The latest string of attacks included a rampage on an army base, sparking condemnation in Israel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu to vow stronger enforcement against lawlessness.

But he rejected a recommendation to classify the Jewish extremists as terrorists, and Israeli lawmakers were set to discuss a law to legalize settlement outposts built on land owned by Palestinians on Sunday.

Extremists amongst Israel’s 500,000 strong settler population in the West Bank and Jerusalem reference Israel’s measures against outposts in their revenge ‘price tag’ attacks, usually directed at Palestinians in the West Bank, but recently spilling over into Palestinian sites in Israel and army targets.

Israel distinguishes between state-sanctioned settlement building on occupied Palestinian land and the wildcat outposts, but the international community says all settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem break international law.

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A photo provided by Isaac of the bus after the attack.


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Choir bus hit by settlers on way back from Nablus

I was hoping to write about something more pleasant regarding our Christmas ministry in Nablus. I was hoping to write about the usual; singing and rejoicing with the believers there. As always, Nablus concert was special. The Anglican church where we usually go was full. There was joy. The choir really did well. It was a real blessing!

On our way there I remembered the first time the choir went to Nablus in 2007. Back then it was really difficult to enter Nablus as it was under Israeli military siege. We had to change buses and go through many checkpoints. It took us about three hours. This time is was much easier to get into Nablus. The way back was a different story.

The road to  Nablus goes through many “shared” roads. These are roads inside the occupied West Bank that Israeli settlers use. The best and high land is occupied of course by settlers. Recently, the settlers have become increasingly violent, even attacking their own military – that military that is there to protect them. As we were passing by the illegal settlement of Ofra, we were attacked by a small group of settlers who were standing by the street. One big rock hit the front shield of the bus causing a big hole and cracks and miraculously the shield did not go down. I was in the front seat with Rudaina and we were hit by many small pieces of glass but thankfully we were not hurt – just terrorized! We were all shocked when it happened. We all thanked God for his protection and for the bravery of the driver who simply kept driving in very high speed. God protected us. But what if …

Settlers violence is becoming the norm. We became yesterday one more victim of the “price tag policy.” The question is for how long will it go unpunished? Had it been the oposite, I mean if Palestinian young people threw rocks at an Israeli bus and then hid in a Palestinian village, the Israeli military would have turned the village upside down until it finds the “terrorists”.

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How long will settlers activities go unpunished? How many more mosques will be burnt? Cars hit? People killed? What if the driver yesterday lost control of the bus? What if the rock went through the bus? When will Israel treat these settlers equally as they treat Palestinians who do violence (or nonviolence)? Will Mr. Natanyahu – who just last week refused to call these settlers terrorists – take action?

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Tomorrow we will go to the village of Zababdeh to sing and will we take the same road. We want to go. We must go. Life in Palestine is not easy or safe, but God never promised us safety.We will continue to sing and praise. We will continue to pray for peace and justice. We will continue to celebrate the Son of God who came to Bethlehem to reconcile us to God and to one another. We continue to hope. It is Friday … but Sunday is coming.

PALESTINIAN CRIMES COMMITTED UNDER THE OCCUPATION

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Palestinian grape farmers attempting to sell their produce abroad….
Palestinian tomato growers having the chutzpah to water their crops with water belonging to THEM….
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BUT ….. in all seriousness, the biggest crime of them all is the fact that the West is aware of Israel’s crimes and yet it continues to allow them to continue… their watchful eye sees all.
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The following video is a must watch, hopefully what will become a wakeup call to end the occupation once and for all.
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Ali’s tale is that of a life-long struggle with the Israeli occupation: Arrests, violence, road-blocks, water restriction and economical hardship, a struggle to maintain the life of a Palestinian grape farmer.
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JERUSALEM: NEWS FROM THE FRONT OF THE BUS

Fifty six years later…. On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. (From) … It happened in Jerusalem today …
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Israeli woman refuses ultra-Orthodox dictate to move to back of bus

When the passenger refused to move to the designated back seats, even when police arrived, the bus continued on its way, despite her refusal.

A woman passenger on a public bus from Ashdod to Jerusalem Friday was told by an ultra-Orthodox male passenger to move to the back of the bus. The man held the door of the bus open and would not allow it to move for approximately 30 minutes.

When other passengers began to complain about the delay, the driver called the police. The policeman who arrived on the scene spoke with the man and then also asked the woman, Tanya Rosenblit, to move to the back of the bus. When she refused, the man who had been holding the door alighted and the bus continued on its way.

Rosenblit, who said she was dressed modestly, was traveling on Egged bus 451 to get to work in Jerusalem. She said a Haredi man, who boarded two stops after she did, refused to allow the driver to close the door after he saw Rosenblit. Rosenblit said the man called her a derogatory word for a non-Jewish woman, and told the driver it was his right to have her sit in the back and that he had paid to be able to do so.

At that point, Rosenblit said other passengers called on the driver to intervene because they were late. Some wanted to get off the bus and have their money refunded. At that point, Rosenblit said, the driver called the police.

The policeman who arrived on the scene took the man aside for “a pleasant conversation,” Rosenblit said, after which the policeman asked her if she would move to the back of the bus.

After Rosenblit refused, the man who had held the door got off and Rosenblit continued on her way. “The reason I am posting this story is not to declare that Orthodox Jews as pure evil … I want to point out that this is a social and educational problem,” Rosenblit wrote on her Facebook page.

Egged spokesman Ron Ratner condemned the incident, but said such incidents were increasing and that Egged’s directives clearly prohibit the driver from “permitting or creating any separation on the bus unless it is voluntary,” and instructing to call the police in such cases. Ratner advised Rosenblit to submit a complaint to Egged’s ombudsman so the incident could be scrutinized more closely.

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AN ‘INVENTED STATE’ GANGS UP ON PALESTINE

One Republican presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, has told a Jewish American audience that the Palestinians were an “invented people”. The obscene canard was apparently meant to procure votes and especially money from the powerful Jewish community.

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Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

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Israel gangs up on Palestinians

By Khalid Amayreh
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Despite knowing that settlements have broken the peace process, Israel is forging ahead with plans to build new Jew-only colonies on Arab land, writes Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
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Taking advantage of the ongoing turbulence in the Arab world, the proximity of the US presidential elections, and the international community’s manifest powerlessness to check aggressive Israeli unilateralism, the Israeli government has been stepping up hostile measures against the largely unprotected Palestinian community.The measures, which include the seizure of a large swathe of Palestinian-owned land for settlement expansion, wanton home demolition as well as unrelenting attacks and acts of vandalism against Palestinians and their property, are aimed at rendering unrealistic and impossible the goal of establishing a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state on the West Bank.

The latest colonialist Israeli scheme would confiscate thousands of acres of mostly privately owned Arab land south of Bethlehem. This week, the Israeli occupation army approved the establishment of a new permanent settlement south of the Biblical city. The new settlement would include a large farm as well other infrastructure. It would also cut off the southern West Bank — the Hebron region – from the Bethlehem and Ramallah regions, putting an end to Palestinian demographic continuity in the vicinity.

Virtually powerless Palestinian Authority (PA) officials described Israel’s plans to build a new settlement as “outrageous”. One PA official labelled the new expansion scheme as anact of rape”.

PA spokespersons appealed to Egypt and the European Union to condemn and actively oppose Israeli plans, rightly described as “effective decapitation of the last hopes for a dignified peace in the region”.Israel has already seized numerous square kilometres of land throughout the West Bank, especially in the Jerusalem region and Jordan Valley. According to the Israeli human rights organisation B’tselem, the Israeli government built as many as 2500 settler units in 2011 on land occupied in 1967.

Israel has established as many as 270 settlements of various sizes in the West Bank, which many cartographers, demographers and political experts contend has killed any realistic prospect for the implementation of the two-state solution.

Israel, observers opine, feels safe and nearly immune from American pressure in light of the approaching election season in the United States where criticism of Israel, even if justified, could mean political suicide for the Obama administration as well as other presidential hopefuls.

One Republican presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, has told a Jewish American audience that the Palestinians were an “invented people”. The obscene canard was apparently meant to procure votes and especially money from the powerful Jewish community.

Israel seems also convinced that the EU, thoroughly preoccupied with its own financial and economic woes, is not in a position to exert meaningful pressure on Israel. Some EU member states, such as Germany, are considered among the closest allies of Tel Aviv.

In addition to stealing more Palestinian territory in broad daylight for settlement expansion, Israel has also been demolishing more Arab homes in various parts of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

One of the homes demolished in Beit Hanina, a Jerusalem neighbourhood on Sunday, 11 December, belonged to the sister of one of the Palestinian prisoners recently freed as part of the Gilad Shalit swap deal between Israel and Hamas.

The homeowners, the Al-Razem family, accused the Israeli government of punishing the former prisoner by “destroying our home”.

“There can be no justice for non-Jews in Israel. I think the Jews have learned the worst thing possible for their former oppressors. Justice for non-Jews doesn’t exist in the Jewish lexicon,” said Umm Nidal Al-Razem, the sister of the freed prisoner Fouad Al Razem. “They just want to expel us from our land; they want an Arab-free Israel.”

According to reliable Jerusalem sources, Israel expelled as many as 800 Palestinian families from East Jerusalem in the past two years. The expulsions, says Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official Ahmed Qurei are tantamount to silent ethnic cleansing.

Meanwhile, Nazi-like Jewish settlers attacked and vandalised several Palestinian villages and hamlets in the northern West Bank, including Aseera Al-Qibleya near Nablus. Locals and eyewitnesses reported that as many as a hundred heavily armed settlers, dressed in black uniforms, attacked village homes, smashing windows and car windshields. The attackers also fired heavily into the air.

The settlers who had arrived from the nearby Yetzhar settlement went on terrorising Palestinians and vandalising their property for more than 30 minutes before withdrawing to Yetzhar. The Israeli army did very little to restrain the settlers. Palestinians often accused the Israeli army of using the settlers as a paramilitary force to attack and persecute the Palestinian population.

The settlers espouse an extremist doctrine that stipulates that non-Jews living under Jewish religious law, or halacha, ought to be enslaved as water carriers or wood hewers, expelled or physically exterminated.

In another twist of events involving Jewish settlers, scores of settlers, known as hilltop youths, crossed over the River Jordan and seized an old building before returning to the western bank of the river. An Israeli spokesman said the setters were protesting Jordanian pressure on Israel to reconsider plans to destroy a bridge in East Jerusalem, near Al-Aqsa Mosque, known as the Maghariba Bridge, which the Palestinians and Arab states consider a serious alteration of the status quo in the city.

Israel is claiming the wooden ramp leading from the Buraq Wall, known in Jewish phraseology as the Wailing Wall or Western Wall, may collapse and will have to be replaced. However, Muslim officials have condemned Israeli plans as part of Israeli efforts to obliterate the Islamic identity of East Jerusalem, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Aqsa Mosque, along with its large court and esplanade, is considered the third holiest shrine in Islam.

“This is a violent act that amounts to a declaration of religious war on the Muslim holy place,” said one Hamas official in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli government has asked the municipality of Jerusalem, which is controlled by Talmudic and right-wing Jewish groups, to postpone work on the wooden bridge, apparently due to Jordanian and Egyptian pressure.

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NOT ONLY CAN WE DO IT, WE DID IT!

 THE PROTESTER: PERSON OF THE YEAR!
Thank you Time Magazine!!
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THE NEGATION OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN LIVING COLOUR

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On December 15, 1791 the Bill of Rights was added to the new American Constitution to protect the rights of Americans. On December 15, 2011, Bill of Rights Day, 220 years later, the United States Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) already passed by the United States House of Representatives

 

The NDAA, in effect, negates the Bill of Rights. From now on Americans, with a President’s approval, could be designated as a suspected terrorists and be held in indefinite detention without due process, trial or even knowing what she/he is suspected of. Obama is not expected to veto this legislation.

 

Such legislation further drives what is left of this Republic into  a tyranny of the right.

 

Carl Becker, American historian, in his book on the Declaration of Independence noted the American Revolution was a civil war. That besides the issue with England of home rule, the question of who was going to rule at home (the “1%” or the “99%” in today’s parlance) was also at issue. This issue is still in contention. And on Bill of Rights Day representatives of various civil society organizations, Moslem, legal and others gathered at the Federal Court House building in Foley Square NYC to speak of the threat to American democracy and demand Obama veto NDAA.  

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ROADBLOCKS SET UP IN NEW YORK TO LIMIT NUMBER OF JEWISH WORSHIPPERS AT MAJOR SYNAGOGUES

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For security reasons, only those between the ages of 35 and 40 will be allowed through the roadblocks, as well as a limit of only 600 people.
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This apparently is in response to a recent criminal investigation within the Jewish community in Brooklyn where 83 men and 2 women were charged with child sex abuse. The Brooklyn District Attorney refuses to release the names of those charged. As a result, all Jewish comings and goings will be restricted.
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Abe Foxman was the first to issue a statement referring to these actions as collective punishment. He said it will be devastating to the children that will not be allowed to participate in Chanukah festivities.The ADL plans mass demonstrations at all government offices in the New York area to protest these new policies.
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All of the above is a fabrication … none of it is true except the part about child sex abuse, but ALL of the following is TRUE and the ADL does not give one damn!
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Israel to Allow 600 Christians from Gaza to Travel to Bethlehem, If They’re Between 35 and 40

Khlil Faraj, the director of the Civil Coordination Office in the Gaza Strip, confirmed that an Israeli government contact said they would allow 600 Christians from Gaza to go to Bethlehem to participate in Christmas ceremonies. 

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Scenes from the 2010 Christmas service in Bethlehem’s Nativity Church (Fabian Stamm, PNN).
Faraj told PNN that the one condition Israel imposed was that the travellers must be between 35 and 40 years, the first time such a specific age limitation has been in place. The Palestinian side rejected the condition.

The Civil Affairs Association in Ramallah told PNN on Tuesday that it would allow a number of Christians who do not hold Palestinian IDs to come through the Allenby Bridge, which is controlled in part by the PA.  

Bethlehem Civil Administration head Iyad Sarhan said that security coordination with Israel would prove to be one of the most important obstacles concerning Christmas.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NEWT

 Makes Garp look like a genius ;)
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BTW…. Please note that according to Wikipedia, Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predatorsTaricha newts of western North America are particularly toxic.
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And the quotes…
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“Is what I said factually true? Yes,”
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“Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists,it’s fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, ‘Enough lying about the Middle East.”
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“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state – (it was) part of the Ottoman Empire. I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places.”
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The Florida Family Association believes that “All-American Muslim” is educationally harmful to America’s belief structure.

You will get a kick out of THIS video… I’m sure that Newt took it very seriously, he might even be a Board Member of the Florida Family Association.
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How others view his ridiculous statements …
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Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan sharply criticized Gingrich’s comments as cynical attempts to curry support with Jewish voters and unhelpful to the peace process.

“The vast majority of American Jews (including this one) and the Israeli Government itself are committed to a two-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians live side-by-side as neighbors and in peace,” Levin said in a statement. “Gingrich offered no solutions … just a can of gasoline and a match.”

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Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, a top official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, said that Gingrich was seeking a “cheap way” to win Jewish and pro-Israel voters in next year’s election.

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Some Israeli politicians on the margins of the Israeli consensus welcomed Gingrich’s stance. Danny Danon, deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, and a minority voice among his hawkish Likud party, said Gingrich “understands very well the reality we live in in the Middle East” and said his statement on the Palestinians is shared by “most of the Jewish people, not just in Israel.”

Israeli historian Tom Segev, however, said the argument about the existence of the Palestinian people is a thing of the past.

“There is no intelligent person today who argues about the existence of the Palestinian people,” Segev said.

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The AP report that all of the above quotes are taken from can be read HERE.

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The controversial video that started this all can be seen below…

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Whenever an idiot opens his mouth, people start probing into their past….
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Here you can see what the Huffington Post came up with this week… If Palestine is an invented nation, was Yasser Arafat Newt’s imaginary friend?
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On Monday, a political operative who has been working on Palestine-Israel policy for the past 20 years sent The Huffington Post a picture of Gingrich, then the House minority whip, grasping the hand of longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat immediately following the September 1993 Oslo peace accords.


The embrace, the source said, came after Arafat met with 20 to 25 House leaders over coffee. Jotting notes down in a yellow pad, Gingrich used the meeting to pitch Arafat on how best to actually construct a Palestinian state. “He said, ‘Look, here is what I think you need — an economic plan – and here is how it will work,'” the operative recalled. “It was a very positive contribution at the time and as they stood up, there were pictures.”

PALESTINIAN MARTYR MOURNED IN NEW YORK CITY

Murdered by Israel, paid for by the USA …
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Mustafa Tamimi’s American cousins…
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How many more corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see before acting? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Laws are needed before there is an intervention to stop these ongoing war crimes once and for all?
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The Candlelight Vigil
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CENSORSHIP BY THE ISRAELI ‘LEFT’? ~~ OR IS IT JUST BU$INE$$ A$ U$UAL??

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There have been strange goings on at the Editorial offices of HaAretz, Israel’s ‘supposedly’ left wing newspaper. Aside from wonderful writers, the likes of Amira Hass, Gideon Levy and a ‘left’handful of others, they are falling into the same category as the other commercial news outlets in the country,  censoring much of what is going on in the country today.
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Newspapers and television networks have one major purpose of existence; to create profits for the shareholders. In that way, they are no different from any other commercial entity. Reports have appeared in the news the past few weeks regarding the impending demise of Israel’s ‘alternative’ News Network known as Channel 10. This is what happens when ‘the boat gets rocked’…
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Israel’s Channel 10 faces closure after Knesset rejects delay of debt repayment  (Full report can be read HERE)

Move comes less than three months after affair in which Netanyahu ally and billionaire Sheldon Adelson pressured the station into apologizing for a piece it aired on him.

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Is that what worries HaAretz? Do they fear closure for publishing the truth and ‘rocking the boat’?
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The Blogesphere has no such worries, we are here to present the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! Yesterday Mike Rivero of What Really Happrened sent me the video that appears below. He wanted me to verify the translation that appears on it, which I did. I  sent it back to him and included a  related article and video from the Israeli Press which he published; This one, and this video. The Blogesphere thrives on rocking the boat! Kudos to Michael! May he continue to roar!!
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The censored video is an embarrassment to the State of Israel’s image of a Democracy. It shows their true colours, a racist society based on the hatred of all that are not of the ‘chosen people’. It is presented here followed by a report from The Electronic Intifada.
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Israeli Jewish hate rally against Africans in Tel Aviv caught on video as Haaretz deletes article about it

Submitted by Ali Abunimah

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz mysteriously removed from its website an article exposing atrocious Israeli racism against black people just hours after it was published.

The article by David Sheen – a copy of which was made by The Electronic Intifada beforeHaaretz deleted it – reported on a rally by Israeli Jews on Sunday in Tel Aviv against African immigrants, demanding that they be sent home because Israel is a “Jewish state.” The rally was addressed by Michael Ben-Ari, a member of the Israeli parliament from the National Union party which also favors expelling Palestinians.

We have come to expunge the darkness

The deleted article stated:

The demonstrators chanted “The people demand the expulsion of the infiltrators,” “We have come to expunge the darkness,” and “Tel Aviv is for Jews, Sudan is for Sudanese.”

Ben Ari criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu for allowing African migrants to remain in the county after they had already entered in recent years. He called Netanyahu’s cabinet “the blackest government ever for Tel Aviv.”

Shocking video of hate rally

Video taken at the rally and posted on YouTube by Sheen, shows some of the vile racism, including by Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari.

Protesters can be heard chanting such slogans as, “Sudanese to Sudan, Tel Aviv is for Jews” and “Their place is in Sudan, not here. This is a Jewish state!”

“Restrict their movements”

Ben-Ari apparently referring to some nearby counter-demonstrators said: “I can see them over there, those who want to destroy our country. I see those who are setting up a welcome tent for the millions of Africans who are on their way here and I tell them it’s no use, our response is the Jewish nation lives!”

Ben-Ari and several protesters then broke into singing the nationalist refrain, “The Jewish nation lives.”

Ben-Ari then praised the mayor of the Red Sea port city of Eilat for his alleged harsh treatment of Africans. The mayor, Ben-Ari said, “is doing a great job with the Africans there. I only wish we did the same here in Tel Aviv. He doesn’t allow them to attend schools, he restricts their movements, he knows what to do.

Africans ‘bad for property values’

The handful of counter-demonstrators calling for an end to racism are confronted by some of the protestors and one woman shouts: “Disgusting! Why should my son go to school with 30 Sudanese in a class?

The same woman adds, “Let’s see you take them back home to your neighborhood and then we’ll see you complain that your property values are dropping.”

Why did Haaretz delete the article?

It is very unusual for a publication to delete an article without explanation after it is published. Responding to my questions on Twitter, Sheen suggested it was because the article was no longer “newsy,” coming 24 hours after the rally.

While this may be what the Haaretz editors told Sheen, it is far from convincing. In a professional publication, such decisions are made before an article appears, not after.

AN ISRAELI HERO HONOURS A PALESTINIAN MARTYR

Jonathan Pollak, the author of the report below, is no stranger to Israeli prisons. He started off this year serving a three month sentence for caring …. and obviously he still does!

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The photo of Jonathan was the court’s evidence of his ‘crime’, riding a bike through the streets of Tel Aviv in protest against the atrocities being committed in Gaza  …. The real criminals continue to murder without ever serving jail time.

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A courageous Palestinian has died, shrouded in stones

The army spokesman was right – Mustafa died because he threw stones; he died because he dared to speak a truth, with his hands, in a place where the truth is forbidden.

By Jonathan Pollak
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Mustafa Tamimi threw stones. Unapologetically and sometimes fearlessly. Not on that day alone, but nearly every Friday. He also concealed his face. Not for fear of the prison cell, which he had already come to know intimately, but in order to preserve his freedom, so he could continue to throw stones and resist the theft of his land. He continued to do this until the moment of his death.

According to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, in response to the reports about the shooting of Tamimi, the spokesman of the GOC Southern Command wondered on his Twitter account: “What was Mustafa thinking running after a moving jeep while throwing stones #fail.” Thus, simply and mockingly, the spokesman explained why Tamimi was to blame for his own death.

Mustafa Tamimi, from the village of Nabi Saleh – son to Ikhlas and Abd al-Razak, brother to Saddam and Ziad, to the twins Oudai and Louai and sister Ola – was shot in the head at close range on Friday. Hours later, at 9:21 on Saturday morning, he died of his wounds. A gas grenade was fired at him from an armored military Jeep at a distance of only a few meters. It was not out of fear that the person who did fired the shot hit him. He poked the barrel of the rifle through the door of the armored vehicle and fired with clear intent. The shooter is a soldier. His identity remains unknown and perhaps it will always remain unknown. Maybe this is for the best. Identifying him and punishing him would only serve to whitewash the crimes of the entire system. As if the indifferent Israeli civilian, the sergeant, the company commander, the battalion commander, the brigade commander, the division commander, the defense minister and the prime minister had no part in the shooting.

The army spokesman was right. Mustafa died because he threw stones; he died because he dared to speak a truth, with his hands, in a place where the truth is forbidden. Any discussion of the manner of the shooting, its legality and the orders on opening fire, infers that the landlord is forbidden to expel the trespasser. Indeed, the trespasser is allowed to shoot the landlord.

Mustafa’s body is lying lifeless because he had the courage to throw stones on the 24th anniversary of the first intifada, which begot the Palestinian children of the stones. His brother Oudai is imprisoned at Ofer Prison and was not allowed to attend the funeral, because he too dared to throw stones. And his sister was not allowed to be at his bedside in his final moments, even though she is not suspected of having thrown stones, but because she is a Palestinian.

Mustafa was a brave man killed because he threw stones and refused to be afraid of a soldier bearing arms, sitting safely in the military jeep covered in armor. On the day Mustafa died, the frozen silence roaming the valley was only slightly less chilling than the shrilling sound of his mother’s laments which fell upon it occasionally.

Thousands of stone-throwers followed him at his funeral. He was lowered into his grave and stones covered his body. Soldiers stood at the entrance to his village. Even the anguish and solitude of separation was intolerable for the army, who set their soldiers and arms to shower mourners with teargas as they went down to village lands following the funeral. While the soldier who shot Mustafa is at large, six of the demonstrators were put behind bars.

Mustafa, we walk behind your body with our heads bowed and eyes full of tears. We cherish you, because you died for throwing stones and we did not.

 

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LET’S REOCCUPY WALL STREET!

Why Wall Street MUST BE REOCCUPIED …. It’s your duty as an American!
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Take Back The Commons!

Join artists, musicians, and local community members for an all-day performance event in support of Occupy Wall Street and the occupation of space and reclaiming of the commons.

Freedom of expression and the right to assemble are sacred human freedoms. Through bold, courageous actions, Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope, revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced. To Occupy is to embody the spirit of liberation that we wish to manifest in our society.

On Saturday, December 17th – the 3 month anniversary of the birth of this movement, we will gather to celebrate Occupy Wall Street and to occupy space together.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 12PM
DUARTE SQ. PARK, 6th AVE & CANAL,
PROTECT & CELEBRATE THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT
FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
OCCUPY

 

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Don’t let Bloomberg claim victory!

Fill the park again!!

This is what it looks like today :(

BRING LIBERTY BACK TO LIBERTY PARK

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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ISRAELI ARMY BASE ATTACKED

Not by Palestinians! By right wing illegal settlers.
Is this the thanks they get for their actions just a day earlier (see report below)?
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Dozens of settlers break into IDF base in West Bank, vandalize property

Settlers acted following rumors IDF planning to evict West Bank settlement; no one arrested; earlier, right-wing activists arrested on Jordan border.

Some 50 settlers and right-wing activists entered a key West Bank military base early Tuesday morning and threw rocks, burned tires, and vandalized military vehicles.

The settlers were acting in response to a rumor that the IDF would act to evict a West Bank settlement in accordance with an August Supreme Court ruling.

The attack on the Efraim Regional Brigade’s base near the West Bank city of Tul Karm, included the pelting of the deputy Regional Brigade commander with stones, setting fires, and the throwing of paint.

The youths were repelled by security forces. No arrests were made.

Earlier during the night, the IDF and police rushed to the otherwise quiet border with Jordan after a group of 17 right-wing activists, three of them minors, occupied structures near the border. The activists said the action was intended as a message to Jordanian authorities to keep out of Temple Mount affairs.

The IDF and police surrounded the activists, who were hilltop youth, and prepared to evacuate. Four other activists were arrested before joining the group on the border.
The activists seized abandoned churches near the Qasr al-Yahud holy site, which is the believed site of Jesus’ baptism.

The activists, accompanied by television crews, cut their way through a fence that used to protect a minefield surrounding the area, before it was cleared by Israeli security forces. The activists danced near the structures, entered one of the churches and chanted songs. They were all arrested.

In another incident overnight Tuesday, a group of five Breslov entered Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank to pray without permission. Palestinian security forces opened fire, but no one was hurt.   

A similar incident took place in September,  when unknown perpetrators infiltrated a base in the Binyamin region and snuck their way to a mechanics workshop on site, where they slashed the tires and cut the cables of twelve army vehicles.

The settlers were galvanized into action by rumors that the eviction of several West Bank settlements was imminent. The Supreme Court ruled in September that the state must destroy Migron, the largest outpost in the West Bank. Forty-five families live in Migron, which has a total population of 280 people.

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Just a day earlier …. IDF protects settlers as they attack occupied village …

Hundreds of settlers attack Nablus village

An Israeli soldier stands guard near a Jewish settler during skirmishes
near the West Bank village of Immatin.(MaanImages/file)

NABLUS  — Hundreds of settlers stormed the Nablus village of Asira al-Qibliya overnight Sunday, causing damage to Palestinian property.

Witnesses told Ma’an that around midnight more than 200 settlers from the notorious Yitzhar settlement entered the village and threw rocks at Palestinian homes.

Local resident Ibrahim Makhlouf said that the settlers smashed the windows of a bus and tried to set it on fire.

“They were armed and wearing black uniform as if it was an organized militia,” he told Ma’an.

The attackers smashed the windows of three other houses belonging to Basim Salih, Jamil Abdullah and Khalil Mahmoud Salih, Makhlouf added.

Settler-related incidents resulting in Palestinian injuries and damage to property are up more than 50 percent this year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which documents violence in the Palestinian territories.

Last week, a mosque was set on fire by settlers in the West Bank village of Bruqin, near Salfit, local officials said.

A report released by The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees found that in October, over 53 percent of settler attacks had taken place in the Nablus district.

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ISRAELI HARASSMENT CONTINUES TO THE GRAVE

Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral in Nabi Saleh Photo: REUTERS
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One would think murder would be the final act of terrorism and harassment…. not so when it comes to Israeli army’s attitudes… It was reported in the British Daily Telegraph that the murder of Mustafa Tamimi was a source of mockery among some IDF officers …

You can read the report HERE

Israeli military spokesman accused of mocking dead Palestinian protester

The Israeli army was at the centre of controversy on Sunday after a senior military spokesman was accused of mocking a dead Palestinian protester on the social networking website Twitter.

Ynet didn’t seem too thrilled about the foreign coverage and tried to whitewash their reporting…. Their views can be seen HERE

 

British media storm: IDF officer ‘mocks’ protestor’s death

 UK’s Telegraph reports that IDF officer ‘mocks’ death of Palestinian protester on Twitter with his use of word ‘fail'; IDF says sources with a vested interest focused on isolated tweets rather than entire timeline

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IDF fires tear gas, beats mourners after Tamimi funeral

By Mya Guarnieri

On Sunday morning, thousands of mourners lined Ramallah’s streets for the funeral procession of Mustafa Tamimi, a 28-year-old Palestinian who was killed by the Israeli army this weekend. The procession continued to Nabi Saleh, where hundreds attended Tamimi’s burial. The army reportedly fired tear gas on some of the mourners, beat unarmed demonstrators, and arrested seven activists

Mourners carry Mustafa Tamimi’s body through Ramallah (photo: Activestills)

Hundreds of mourners proceeded to Nabi Saleh, Tamimi’s village and the place he was shot by a tear gas canister during the weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and the illegal settlement encroaching on Nabi Saleh’s land. Tamimi was shot in the face at close range on Friday and died of the injuries Saturday morning.

Mustafa Tamimi’s funeral procession (photo: Activestills)

Those attending the funeral in Nabi Saleh reported that the Israeli army gathered on the hills nearby. They also said that an armored military jeep used to shoot tear gas–a “tear gas jeep” as Abir Kopty put it–was waiting at the entrance of the village when the funeral procession arrived.

When the mourners shouted at the soldiers for killing Tamimi, soldiers cursed them.

After Tamimi’s burial, local youth headed in the direction of the spring that belongs to the village but has been appropriated by the neighboring settlement, Halamish. The army fired tear gas and skunk water on the unarmed demonstrators.

Soldiers and protesters clash in Nabi Saleh Sunday (photo: Activestills)

“In Palestine, even anger is not allowed,” Abir Kopty remarked on Twitter.

Fearful of violent clashes with the Israeli army, some residents of Nabi Saleh called on the youth to stop the protest. They attempted to go on with their demonstration, however, and witnesses on the ground in Nabi Saleh said that soldiers beat a protester to the point that an ambulance was needed.

After an ambulance arrived, Diana Alzeer reported on Twitter that the army continued to beat the unarmed demonstrators.  Emilie Baujard, a French journalist, reported that seven protesters were arrested. Leehee Rothschild noted that several Israelis were among those detained.

Several witnesses said that soldiers attempted to choke Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, who was evacuated to the hospital.

Abir Kopty and other witnesses reported that of the seven who were arrested, three were Israeli, one was Palestinian, and the rest were internationals.

A mourner confronts a soldier with a poster commemorating Tamimi (photo: Activestills)

Here are a few additional photos that Joseph Dana, who attended the procession in Ramallah, put on his Twitter account, @ibnezra, shared with permission:

Mustafa Tamimi’s body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag and keffiyeh, being carried in Ramallah (photo: Joseph Dana)
A child overcome by grief as Mustafa Tamimi’s body is loaded into a car to be taken to Nabi Saleh, where he will be buried (photo: Joseph Dana)

BEST VIDEO OF 2011

This has got to be the best video of 2011 with the most meaningful message…
A must watch from beginning to end.
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Dedicated to All people who fight For Freedom and Justice
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Produced by friends in Venice,Italy,
 Linda and Maurizio Morselli

IMAGE AND VIDEO OF THE DAY ~~ STONES vs BULLETS

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
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How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene before this ongoing warcrime is stopped once and for all.
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HEY NEWT ….. WATCH THESE BEFORE YOU MOUTH OFF AGAINST PALESTINE!

Are these the people you want to support?
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Now look at this one Newt!
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Palestine has FRIENDS …. more than you can imagine!
Rachel Corrie’s dream WILL come true Newt …. your’s WON’T!!
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Palestinians are NOT the invented people you claim they are…. YOUR IGNORANCE IS INVENTED!
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Newt Gingrich: Palestinians are an ‘invented’ people

U.S. Republican presidential candidate differs with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust himself into controversy on Friday by declaring that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives predictably sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

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The cable station posted online its interview with Gingrich, who has risen to the top of Republican polls with voting to start early next year to pick a nominee to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Gingrich differed with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said.

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich along with other Republican candidates are seeking to attract Jewish support by vowing to bolster U.S. ties with Israel if elected.

Gingrich said the Hamas militant group, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians’ governing body, the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, represent “an enormous desire to destroy Israel.”

The U.S. government has sought to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate with Israel but has labeled Hamas as a terrorist group.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has long forsworn violence against Israel as a means to secure an independent state, pinning his hopes first on negotiations and more recently on a unilateral bid for statehood via the United Nations.

Gingrich said he would be willing to consider granting clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard, who has been serving a life prison term since 1987 for passing U.S. secrets to Israel. Successive U.S. presidents have refused Israeli entreaties to free him.

“If we can get to a point where I’m satisfied that there’s no national security threat, and if he’s in fact served within the range of people who’ve had a similar problem, then I’d be inclined to consider clemency,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich sharply criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Middle East diplomacy, saying it is “so out of touch with reality that it would be like taking your child to the zoo and explaining that a lion was a bunny rabbit.” 

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NEVER BEFORE SEEN PHOTOS OF LIFE IN GAZA TODAY

Despite every attempt by the Israelis to destroy life in Gaza, the people never gave up hope as can be seen in the following photo essay…
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Israel wants you to believe there is a terrorist hiding out in each of the photos … do you see any?
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Photostory: The brighter side of Gaza

Sami Kishawi*

This summer Palestinian American student Sami Kishawi traveled to the Gaza for the first time since 2004, expecting to see war-torn buildings and a “collective sense of devastation.” But as his photos show, he saw a Gaza which is not depicted in the media.

Kishawi told The Electronic Intifada: “The vibrancy of the photos depicts the vibrancy of the way of life there, despite the siege and occupation. … I’m hoping to give people a sense of the humanity of Gaza, beyond statistics.”

A street vendor sells candies along the Gaza coast from a cart reading “Freedom to Palestine.”

Male family and friends host a sahra for a groom on the eve of his wedding. Festivities, which include singing, dancing, food and live music, last until the wee hours of the night.

A healer practices traditional medicine on a patient suffering callous-like spots on his arm. Using a sharp blade, the healer swipes the tops of the bumps, splits open a small seed, and inserts the split seed into a sliced eggplant. The eggplant is hidden in dense foliage and as it rots, the callous-like spots are said to heal.

A street vendor prepares shawarma sandwiches at the Friday market in Gaza City.

A cake shop in Gaza City offers cakes, pastries and party supplies.

A neighborhood toy store in Gaza City.

A man places his sandals at the entrance of a Gaza City mosque.

A street vendor sells FC Barcelona flags and trinkets at the Friday market in Gaza City. The football club has a large following in Gaza.

Pickled condiments on display at al-Thailandi restaurant in the Rimal district of Gaza City.

The gold market in Gaza City.

A donkey-pulled cart is used to collect and distrubute gas canisters in Gaza City.

The recently expanded and ever-popular Kazem ice cream and barrad (a frozen drink special to the Gaza Strip) shop stays busy past midnight.

A soccer team prepares to play a rival team at one of Gaza City’s two grass fields.

A small boat takes leisure-seekers half a mile or so into the Mediterranean Sea for a small fare.

*Sami Kishawi is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. He is an active member of Students for Justice in Palestine and Chicago Movement for Palestinian Rights, two youth-led movements advocating for Palestinian rights through direct action. He is not allowed into the West Bank.

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