RACISM FINDS A HOME ON NETANYAHU’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Re: yesterday’s post regarding racist comments after 9 Palestinian children were killed in a bus accident …
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Wallah site editor Gadi Lahav said “we monitor the page every few minutes and delete unworthy comments like these.”
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Netanyahu expressed sorrow over the accident, but his aides did not remove the racist comments from his Facebook page or denounce them.
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After Jerusalem crash, racist comments appear on Netanyahu’s Facebook page

Posts include sighs of relief that ‘only Palestinians’ were killed, as well as slogans such as ‘Death to Arabs, Why do we help them?’

Racist comments appeared on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page after the school bus crash near Jerusalem on Thursday in which 10 children died and more than 40 were injured.

Satisfaction that “only Palestinians” were the victims and slogans such as “Death to Arabs, why do we help them?” were posted on the Facebook pages of Netanyahu, Wallah and the Israel Police.

Other comments included “Can we send another truck?” and “I’d send a double-trailer to wipe out all those shits” after the bus overturned when it crashed into a truck.

Netanyahu expressed sorrow over the accident, but his aides did not remove the racist comments from his Facebook page or denounce them.

“Relax, it’s Palestinian children,” someone wrote on Wallah’s Facebook page. Others wrote “Great! Fewer terrorists” and “May there be such buses every day.” Similar comments were posted on the police’s Facebook page, including “When they grew up they’d be terrorists …. God nipped them in the bud.”

Netanyahu’s aides declined to comment. Wallah site editor Gadi Lahav said “we monitor the page every few minutes and delete unworthy comments like these.”

 

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THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE TELLS YOU ZIONISM IS NOT RACISM…..

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SHOW THEM THE PROOF THAT IT IS!
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Start with these links….
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ISRAELI RACISM MUCH WORSE THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS

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The above are all recent examples … now watch the following video;
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Don’t miss the comment at 1:02 (might be official US policy one day)
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Still convinced that zionism is not racism?

ISRAELI RACISM MUCH WORSE THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS

SHAMEFUL!
UNBELIEVABLE!!
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See below for the responses to this horrific tragedy that hit this morning…
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10 killed as Palestinian children’s bus, truck collide near Jerusalem

Nine of the 10 fatalities were kindergarten children on their way to a field trip near the West Bank town of Ramallah; dozens reportedly injured. (Full report HERE)

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An Israeli Website carried the following…
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Witnesses to the road accident north of the capital described the difficult scenes. “The bus was completely crushed, there was nothing from him. God help us”. Others are still searching for relatives in hospitals

These are some of the comments that appeared on the Website, which are being circulated via FaceBook  … (click on image to enlarge). It was sent to me by a Sister Associate in Ireland, it made her sick to see how low so-called humans can fall when such horrors take place.
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Children….
Kindergarten aged children….
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May the families of these poor victims be comforted with the knowledge that some of us do care as if they were our own children… those that don’t can go to hell!

THE ONLY DEVIANT DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

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Israel is gearing up to its 64th birthday celebrations. It is traditional among Jewish people to wish the celebrant ‘ad mea v’esrim’ (until 120).
Does this mean that Palestine has to wait another 56 years to be free?
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Israel prides itself on being ‘the Only Democracy in the Middle East’. There is a Yiddish expression that goes ‘es’redt zich azoi’ (say it enough times and you will believe it). That’s exactly what Israel is doing, as in reality, the ‘Democracy’ that (does not) exists there is  deviant one. A year ago, Israel’s right-wing daily, the Jerusalem Post published an interesting piece they titled ‘Israel’s democratic veneer’. It’s worth reading and can be accessed HERE.
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Interesting to see that even Israel’s ‘right’ have their doubts about it’s Democratic character.
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But, overlooked by them and many others is at whose expense this is at … the following video might help explain that. Listen carefully to the words of Mahmoud Darwash’s poem.
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A Land that was Abducted by Myths
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THE LATEST FROM THE GREATEST ~~ CARLOS LATUFF

No Revolution or Struggle could be complete without Carlos Latuff’s input ….here’s the latest from the greatest!
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The Israeli Welcome…
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The Malvinas (Falklands), 30 years later…
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Bahrain Revolution, 1 year later
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American ‘Democracy’ by leaps and bounds…
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Recent demos in Egypt … Carlos’ works were there as always…*

Egyptian students hold a portrait depicting a wounded revolutionary protester as they protest against the military rulers of the country in Cairo on February 11, 2012. Egyptian people mark first anniversary of the resignation of the former president Hosni Mubarak after his 30-year term. (Getty Images)

CAIRO, EGYPT – FEBRUARY 11: Students carry a symbolic coffin in rememberance for student who was killed in Port Said during the recent football match clashes on February 11, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian people await the upcoming first anniversary of the resignation of the former Muhammad Hosni Mubarak after his 30-year term on 11 February last year. The poor economic condition of the country and the unrest in the past are a threat to the transition to a democracy. (Getty Images)

DYING SO THE NATION CAN LIVE

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Khader Adnan like Bobby Sands are names you might not be acquainted with. However, if you are involved in any way in movements to liberate humanity, you know who these people are and what they represent.
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Bobby died at age 27 on the 66th day of his hunger strike. Khader is 33 years old and approaching the 60th day of his strike. We do not want Khader to die because he deserves life – probably even more than the rest of us for the simple reason that he would sacrifice it in the name of his people. As his hunger strike closes in on 60 days we offer prayers to whatever and whoever we believe in to spare him. He deserves life because he refuses to live it without dignity. And that is a lesson in gold.
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We did not want Bobby to die either, but his death was also a lesson in gold. When we look at these two individuals, we might understand better the special ties that the Irish people have with the people of Palestine. Both nations share a common history of oppression and struggle against it.
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Clicking on the link in the first sentence will tell you about Bobby Sands, the following will bring you up to date on Khader’s situation. We all wish for his release, his recovery and his reunion with his family. We all think about Khader Adnan because even though we do not know him personally, he embodies all that we love about being Palestinian – the pride, the determination and the loyalty to the land.
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Image ‘Copyleft by Carlos Latuff
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Khader Adnan…A Portrait of a Lion

By Joharah Baker

They say internal organs begin to shut down around day 50. Forget about the hunger, which has probably subsided by now. The excruciating pain of liver, kidneys, heart and lungs not able to function properly must be unbearable. Severely deprived of nutrients, 33-year old Khader Adnan is now starving to death.

This fierce, faith-injected and conviction-filled battle that the lone Adnan is waging is one of a kind for Palestinians. Hunger strikes have been a part of the Palestinian struggle for years but this is unprecedented, in its length, its determination and the fact that he is waging it alone. But what Khader is protesting is hardly foreign to Palestinians, especially prisoners, and it is a pride felt across the board for the Palestinians that someone is speaking up with the voice of a lion against these horrible injustices, even at the risk of his own life.

This life we might add, is hanging by a thread as we speak. But unlike the rest of us who may pass on at any given moment, should Adnan perish, his mark on this troubled world will be indelible.

In a rare statement two days ago, Adnan explained why he would not relent. “I am defending my dignity and my people’s dignity and not doing this in vain,” he said.

“The Israeli occupation has gone to extremes against our people, especially prisoners. I have been humiliated, beaten, and harassed by interrogators for no reason, and thus I swore to God I would fight the policy of administrative detention to which I and hundreds of my fellow prisoners fell prey,” Adnan wrote in a letter.

For those less versed in the Israeli occupation’s evil machinations, administrative detention is the imprisonment without charge of a prisoner based on so-called “secret files” from the Israeli intelligence services. A person can be sentenced to up to six months administrative detention, a sentence which can be renewed repeatedly at the military judge’s discretion. During this time you are given no explanation for your incarceration. Khader Adnan is one of 315 administrative detainees currently in Israeli prisons according to Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization. Over the 45 years of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, thousands of Palestinians have been in and out of Israel’s jails under this same arbitrary and unjust policy.

And while Adnan has been tortured, beaten, insulted and threatened by Israeli interrogators, he made it clear that he is not standing up only for himself but for an entire people. His courage and determination has sent tremors throughout Palestine and beyond, with a group of prisoners declaring an open hunger in solidarity with Adnan, some already into their 20th day. Solidarity protests and sit-ins are taking place and international calls are being heard for Adnan’s release as his body begins to collapse in total starvation.

Israel is very unhappy with the situation, that’s for sure. According to his wife Randa, when she visited her husband in the Zif Hospital in Safad, an Israeli interrogator pulled her to the side to try and persuade her to convince him to stop his strike. “For you, for your children and for the baby growing inside you,” he told her. “Tell him to stop.”

Even if she wanted to, she would not have been given a private moment with her husband, anyway. Shackled to the bed, there are Israeli security guards at all times in his room. According to one Israeli human rights physician who saw Adnan, the man could not even lift his head. But he is shackled to the bed nonetheless. Still, Israel does not want Adnan to die because it knows his death may ignite a brushfire of solidarity that will be very hard to smother.

To date, Khader Adnan has lost close to 45 kilograms, literally half his weight. His hair is falling out, he hallucinates and the color has drained completely from his face. These are typical symptoms of a starving body but what most starving bodies do not have is the iron determination that illuminates from within. It is a sheer miracle that Adnan has made it this far, not only because of the lack of food but because of the terrible and humiliating conditions he is forced to live in. Irish Republican Army volunteer Bobby Sands lasted 66 days without food before he perished in 1981, followed by nine others protesting British measures against them. Khader is a mere hairsbreadth away from that fateful number.

We all wish for his release, his recovery and his reunion with his family. We all think about Khader Adnan because even though we do not know him personally, he embodies all that we love about being Palestinian – the pride, the determination and the loyalty to the land.

We do not want Khader to die because he deserves life – probably even more than the rest of us for the simple reason that he would sacrifice it in the name of his people. As his hunger strike closes in on 60 days we offer prayers to whatever and whoever we believe in to spare him. He deserves life because he refuses to live it without dignity. And that is a lesson in gold.

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STAND WITH US
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Khader Adnan has been held under Israeli administrative detention without charge or trial since December 17, 2011. He has been on hunger strike since that day as well, becoming the longest hunger striking Palestinian prisoner in history.
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ON VALENTINES DAY // A LOOK AT LOVE UNDER APARTHEID


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Each one of the videos posted is about 5 minutes long…. all are worth watching.
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love (n)
1. Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
 

apartheid(n)

1. A policy or system of segregation or discrimination

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Taiseer from Akka and Lana from Jenin worry the Citizenship Law will separate their family of four. Even a quick drive to grab coffee can lead to major issues for the couple.
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Dramatized for privacy and anonymity (but in his own words): Amer from Gaza was engaged to a woman from the West Bank, but Israeli restrictions on freedom of movement made it difficult for the two to get married.
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Layla and Hesham have two wonderful young children. Layla has an ID issued for Gaza, where her family is from, that allows her to visit family there regularly. She’s secured this for her kids, but when they take a trip to visit her family, baba (dad) just can’t come.
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Toine van Teeffelen from Holland lives with his wife Mary in Bethlehem. Their lives are severely restricted due to Israel’s occupation.
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Samer from Jerusalem had his ID stripped away by Israel, and was prevented by Israel from seeing his mother when she was extremely ill.
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Sirene, a Palestinian citizen of Israel engaged to a Palestinian from Gaza, is uncertain of their future given that neither one of them can ever make it to the other’s hometown.
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LESSONS THE GODFATHER TAUGHT ME

Is the new ‘Kosher Nostra’ learning ‘tricks’ from the Cosa Nostra?
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Israeli occupation soldiers savagely beat up a Palestinian child after breaking both his legs.
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IOF soldiers break the legs of Palestinian minor

RAMALLAH, The international organization for the defense of children has said that the Israeli occupation soldiers savagely beat up a Palestinian child after breaking both his legs.

The organization quoted the 16-year-old boy Mahmoud Qatna as saying that he was heading to an area near the separation wall in his village Beit Sorik along with a number of his friends when the soldiers surprised them.

He said that the soldiers arrested him along with two of his friends, threw him on his stomach on the ground and started beating him savagely, adding that before that he was hit with a rubber bullet in his left leg fired by those soldiers.

Qatna said that he was screaming out of pain and told the soldiers that his leg had broken but they did not heed his screams and continued to beat him.

He said that the soldiers took him to an asphalted road where he was beaten anew then he was carried to a roadblock where he was held blindfolded and handcuffed under the rain for half an hour.

The boy said that he was taken to an army base where an interrogator questioned him about going to the wall, adding that the questioning took place at midnight. He said that the interrogator accused him of throwing stones at the soldiers, which he absolutely denied.

Qatna said he was then taken to Ofer jail then to hospital the next morning where the doctors discovered that both his legs were broken and where he was served food and allowed to the bathroom for the first time since his arrest.

Qatna was returned to Ofer jail where he was beaten on the way back then held for 16 days during which he was taken to court five times. In the fifth hearing he was released on bail pending trial.

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WHAT ZIONISM SAYS ABOUT THIS AND THAT …

We at DesertPeace never ask zionists what they have to say, but we asked some people to  “Say something a zionist has said to you”….
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SYSTEMATICALLY KILLING THOSE DYING TO LIVE

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks is being kept shackled to a hospital bed by the Israeli authorities, despite warnings that he may be close to death.
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Israel shackles Palestinian hunger striker

Khader Adnan, detained without charge for two months, may be close to death say human rights groups

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
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Khader Adnan protest
Khader Adnan’s face appears on posters during a protest by Palestinians outside the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for more than eight weeks is being kept shackled to a hospital bed by the Israeli authorities, despite warnings that he may be close to death.

Khader Adnan, 33, has been held without charge under “administrative detention” since mid-December. The Israeli military authorities have refused to tell his lawyer what he is accused of or disclose any evidence against him.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for Israel to either charge or release Adnan. “He may be approaching death from his hunger strike, and yet Israel is chaining him to his hospital bed without bothering to even charge him with any wrongdoing,” said Sarah Leah Watson, HRW’s Middle East director.

HRW cited a 2006 study by the British Medical Association based on a study of the Northern Ireland hunger strikes in 1980 and 1981, in which 10 republican prisoners starved themselves to death. “Death generally occurred between 55 and 75 days,” the BMA said. Bobby Sands, who was elected as a member of the British parliament during the strike, died on the 66th day.

Adnan was arrested at 3.30am on 17 December at his home near the West Bank city of Jenin. His wife, Randa, who is expecting the couple’s third child, said no reason was given for his arrest. Adnan was later given an administrative detention order for four months, and is currently being detained in an Israeli hospital in Safed.

Adnan has previously been arrested nine times and was convicted of being a spokesman for Islamic Jihad, a militant organisation banned by Israel, his wife told HRW.

According to his lawyer, after his arrest Adnan was kept in solitary confinement for four days, and was subject to physical and verbal abuse, threats and prolonged interrogation.

His family visited him last week, reporting that he appeared to have lost around a third of his body weight. The family, his lawyer and doctors from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) all said he was shackled to his bed. According to PHR, he has been transferred to five different hospitals over an eight-day period.

A protest over Adnan’s detention and in solidarity with his hunger strike at the Ofer military court and prison near Jerusalem on Saturday was met with teargas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli border police. Sixteen people were injured by rubber bullets.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli prison service said Adnan was being dealt with in accordance to his “definition as a security-administrative prisoner” and with humanitarian sensitivity. “As an exception, the IPS allowed the prisoner’s family members to visit as well as religious figures and allowed several meetings with representatives and doctors from Physicians for Human Rights. The prisoner is hospitalised in a public hospital and is co-operating with doctors.”

More than 300 Palestinians are being held by Israel under administrative detention orders, according to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ support group.

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RACISM WILL DESTROY ISRAEL, NOT IRANIAN NUKES

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Israel is self destructing. The hatred, the settlement expansions, the racism, the ‘price tags’ are all part and parcel of the enemy. Iran is not the enemy, it is merely the one to point fingers at for the moment.
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If the truth is to known, the real enemy of Israel is the United States as it is they that support all of the self destructing policies.
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Just today, the following reports appeared in the Israeli press…
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From Ynet…
   Jerusalem: Racist graffiti daubed at Jewish-Arab school

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Israel bars Al-Quds University doctors from practicing in East Jerusalem
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From the Jerusalem Post…
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(Defamation of hatred is criminal)
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From the American Jewish press…
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The Forward…*

Building Barriers to Two-State Solution

The Jewish Week…
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(Attempting to justify the unjustifiable)
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The Godfather of hatred himself, Alan Dershowitz
had his feathers ruffled early last week…
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Alan Dershowitz speaks at U. Penn, in efforts to counter BDS; becomes target of Max Blumenthal’s undue slander
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To condemn hatred is to slander???
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Max Blumenthal | Torture, violence advocate to keynote anti-BDS event

Alan Dershowitz, supporter of bulldozing Palestinian towns and torturing criminal suspects, is coming to campus

KAHANE WAS RIGHT

Vandals also attacked the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education elementary school in the Patt neighborhood, where they spray painted “Kahane was right” and “death to Arabs” on the wall in large letters.
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Let me start off by apologising for the crudeness of some of the language used in the text, but there is not a civil or genteel way to deal with the topic at hand, that being racism.
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Once again, via a report in the Jerusalem Post, I  was reminded of a telephone call I received at 2 A.M. twenty some odd years ago. The call was short and sweet from a dear friend in London…. it went as follows; “You will have a grave to piss on tomorrow”. You will understand the significance of that call when you read further into this post…..
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The McCarthy era was techniclly over but it seemed to have given some a justification to carry on with fascist and racist activities. One in particular justified his actions by claiming he was acting in the name of the Jewish people. One that was called meir kahane, the vilest most dangerous individual that graced our planet since hitler himself.
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In the late 1950s to early 1960s Kahane led a life of secrecy. His strong anti-Communist views landed him a position as a consultant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His assignment was to infiltrate the right-wing John Birch Society and report his findings back to the FBI. For this position Kahane took on the false name Michael King and spent nearly two and a half years posing as a Christian, learning all he could about the John Birch Society. (From) ….. So you can see he received his ‘training’ from the best….
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Soon afterwards he founded the Jewish Defense League. The group was started to serve as an ‘escort service’ for Jews having to walk through predominantly Black neighbourhoods in Brooklyn on their way to their synagagues on Friday nights. In reality it was a group of stormtroopng thugs that terrorised those neighbourhoods with weekly pogroms.
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I had my first personal encounter with kahane in 1960 when I was taking part in a Civil Rights demonstration at the construction site of the Brooklyn Downstate Medical Centre. My involvement led to me being arrested. As I was being dragged off to the ‘paddy wagon’ kahane himself was standing there cheering the police on. This resulted in a personal vendetta against the bastard, one that lasted till the day he was murdered.
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From that day on I did everything in my power to disrupt and try to stop any activity sponsored by him. I was part of  a group that removed posters put up by his goons, disrupted his meetings and did everything in our power to keep his message silent. In many cases we were successful. His message was not limited to being anti Black, it soon expanded, in true McCarthyite fashion to anti communism and anti Sovietism.
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He carried his hatred with him when he immigrated to Israel where he founded the (soon to be outlawed) Kach Party. He was successful in winning a seat in the Knesset in 1984. By that time I was living in Israel, continuing my protests against him and his group.
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The last time I saw him was at a street rally held in Jerusalem. We had enough people with us which made it impossible for him to speak. When it was over he approached me, pointed his index finger at me and said “after I get rid of the Arabs I’m coming after you” My response was “you won’t be getting rid of anyone, and I’ll piss on your grave before you get me”! (Hence the phonecall from London mentioned earlier).
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From the grave and hell itself his words are being kept as are mine… read the following report from the Jerusalem Post’s weekend edition to see how and why;

Peace Now office site of latest extremist attack

Right-wing extremists spray painted “no leftists, no terror attacks” on left-wing group’s Jerusalem offices

Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post
By Wikimedia Commons

Right-wing extremists struck again on Thursday, with the latest graffiti attack against Peace Now’s Jerusalem offices.

The extremists sprayed “No leftists, no terror attacks” on the fence outside of the office, located in the German Colony neighborhood.

Police opened an investigation.

The attack came on the 29-year anniversary of the murder of Emil Grunzweig, an activist who was killed by a grenade thrown at a protest outside Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s residence in 1983. Peace Now executivedirector Yariv Oppenheimer said he doubted the vandals knew the anniversary, but it was still symbolic.

“On this date, it shows even more clearly our feeling that the violence from political right and the price tag attackers won’t stop,” said Oppenheimer. “Without taking care of this problem from the root and dealing with the hilltop youth, the problems will just continue to develop.”

This is the fifth time this year that Peace Now has been vandalized by right-wing extremists. One Peace Now staff member has had graffiti sprayed outside her apartment twice, and the offices have had racist messages three times.

Oppenheimer worried that the attacks will only get worse. “Now we’re in a quieter period and [price tag attacks] are still happening.

Just think about what they will do if the government stands by their decision to evacuate Migron, the violence will just continue to get worse,” he said.

Due to the general strike, the graffiti will most likely stay there over the weekend, according to a municipality spokeswoman.

The attack at Peace Now came two days after the most recent price tag incidents in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, two cars and a stone fence at the Valley of the Cross Monastery, below the Israel Museum, were covered with anti-Christian graffiti, and the cars’ tires were slashed. The vandals wrote “Jesus drop dead,” “Death to Christians” and “Kahane was right.” They called themselves “The Maccabees of Migron” and left the words “price tag.”

Vandals also attacked the Hand in Hand Center for Jewish-Arab Education elementary school in the Patt neighborhood, where they spray painted “Kahane was right” and “death to Arabs” on the wall in large letters.

There are no suspects in the events from earlier this week, police said on Thursday.

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BDS; OUTLAWED IN ISRAEL, GOING MAINSTREAM IN AMERICA

For the Israel advocacy community, BDS represents a threat to Israel’s sovereignty as a Jewish state. The movement was founded by Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005 after the International Court of Justice, the judicial body of the United Nations, deemed Israel’s separation barrier to be illegal.

BDS Movement Hopes To Go Mainstream

National Boycott Israel Conference Uses Language of Left

Showing ‘Human Face’: Organizers encourage boycott Israel activists to frame their push in the language of the mainstream American left. They hope to avoid being marginalized as a radical fringe group.
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Showing ‘Human Face’: Organizers encourage boycott Israel activists to frame their push in the language of the mainstream American left. They hope to avoid being marginalized as a radical fringe group.

The movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel — long painted as a fringe group by the Israel advocacy community — is seeking to wrap itself in the mantle of the mainstream American left. At the movement’s first-ever national conference, presenters and attendees compared BDS to the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, the Cesar Chavez grape boycott and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, from which it draws inspiration.

They also worried about how to brand themselves in easily accessible sound bites.

“Palestine has to become part of the American vocabulary in the way Americans learn about and digest information, like in the kinds of magazines you read in the laundromat,” said Sarah Schulman, a professor of English at the City University of New York who spoke at the conference, held at the University of Pennsylvania the first weekend in February. “We have to brand BDS as something alive, progressive, increasingly available, with a human face, something Americans can relate to.”

But Penn’s Israel advocacy community greeted all this with a cold shoulder. Rather than protest the event, Rabbi Mike Uram, director of Penn Hillel, urged the group’s pro-Israel member organizations to steer clear of the program, lest they legitimize the BDS movement by drawing attention to it.

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“On Penn’s campus, people don’t know what BDS is,” Uram said. “To engage in a conversation is to raise them to a level that they are not at.”

“Spending our time and resources and efforts standing outside, protesting the event, says that this is mainstream political discourse,” added Noah Feit, a sophomore who is president of Penn Friends of Israel. “We decided not to stage a protest, because we prefer not to legitimize radical political discourse. We think there are better and more effective forums to express our opinions.”

This contrast — a nascent pro-Palestinian movement craving legitimacy, with the Jewish establishment ignoring it — was a surprising outcome of what some had expected to be a volatile few days on an Ivy League campus with a large percentage of Jewish students and graduates. Area Jewish leaders had signed on to advertisements decrying the conference; some criticized the university for even allowing it to occur.

For the Israel advocacy community, BDS represents a threat to Israel’s sovereignty as a Jewish state. The movement was founded by Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005 after the International Court of Justice, the judicial body of the United Nations, deemed Israel’s separation barrier to be illegal. The barrier, which Israel justifies as a security measure, departs at numerous points from Israel’s pre-1967 border to take in land deep in the occupied West Bank. BDS centers on three demands: an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories and the dismantling of the barrier, the recognition of rights of Palestinians living in Israel proper and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

To Israel’s supporters, this third stipulation would tip the demographic balance of Israel’s population, spelling demise for a Jewish state. Israel advocates also balk at the comparison to apartheid-era South Africa, saying that BDS’s focus on Israel alone presents a perilous double standard, giving other Middle Eastern countries with poor human rights records a free pass.

At the conference, which was organized by the 15-member Penn BDS group, there was talk of positioning the initiative as a democracy movement. A student activist media handbook circulating at the conference admonished BDS proponents to “infuse our language with values like freedom, equal rights, democracy, etc. This allows you to speak to Americans in terms they understand. Most can’t define Zionism, but freedom and equality are easy terms for most people to conceptualize. Emphasizing shared values also allows you to connect with Americans on both an emotional and intellectual level.”

That message was echoed by Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian rights activist and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada website. “We are fighting for rights people have fought for all over the world,” Abunimah said in his well-attended keynote speech. “We have to link this struggle to so many other struggles in this country and around the world.”

In formulating a response to Penn BDS, Philadelphia’s Jewish community at first split on whether it should ask the university to reject the conference outright or counter the initiative with its own programming.

Some, like Rabbi Neil Cooper of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood, railed against the university for allowing BDS to come to campus. “I believe that, in the future, this conference at the University of Pennsylvania will be identified not only as a political gathering but as a movement grounded in and supported by the worldview of academia,” he wrote in an email to his congregants. According to Penn’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, several major donors threatened to withdraw their support of the university should the conference go forward there.

Though a staunch supporter of Israel, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz affirmed the BDS movement’s right to be on campus, saying that had the university rejected it, he would have defended it on free speech grounds.

Dershowitz spoke before an audience of 900 people at Penn the night before the BDS conference was scheduled to begin, in an event hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia along with several other on- and off-campus Jewish groups. “We are going to win this encounter,” with BDS, he said.

After the Dershowitz speech, Penn Hillel threw a fundraiser for an Israeli charity at a bar near campus; the next night it ran a series of dinnertime conversations about Israel, “Israel Across Penn.”

A brief flare-up occurred when Ruben Gur, a Penn psychiatry professor, wrote an op-ed in The Daily Pennsylvanian, calling the BDS proponents “Nazis” and their Jewish backers “Capos”— a slam that Abunimah and others said only distracted from the issues.

But when Penn BDS kicked off, there was nary a protester in sight. And that was a good thing, said Geri Palast, head of the Israel Action Network, a group countering delegitimization on campus and beyond. “While we may disagree with people, it is not in our interest to try to squelch the speech,” she said. “It really turns the opposition into a martyr, and we don’t need that.”

Even Cooper has since changed his tune, writing about BDS in another upcoming newsletter that he shared with the Forward: “When our enemies attack, we might, at times, be better advised to strengthen and build up ourselves rather than engaging in battle.”

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PALESTINIAN ‘BAR MITZVAH’ PRESENT

When a Jewish boy turns 13 he becomes a man in the eyes of his community. When a Palestinian boy turns 13 he gets beat up by that same community.
Basel Abdul Ilah Tamimi.
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Israeli forces assault 13-year-old boy, relatives say

RAMALLAH- Israeli forces beat a teenage boy from Nabi Saleh while under interrogation, the boy’s father said.

Basel Abdul Ilah Tamimi, 13, was detained in the village last Thursday by undercover Israeli forces and taken to Hallamish settlement.

His father told Ma’an that Israeli forces had threatened to kill him and had beaten him while being interrogated.

He was released on Thursday evening but summoned again for questioning at Beit El DCO on Wednesday, his father said. He was reportedly arrested for participating in the weekly demonstration at Nabi Saleh village.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, was killed in Nabi Saleh in December when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister at him from point blank range.

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‘ANONYMOUS’ CYBER WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

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Over the past month, pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers have been battling in cyberspace. Starting on January 3, the hackers group, “Group-XP”, claimed it had obtained personal information of about 400,000 Israelis, but checks carried out by the credit card issuers and the Bank of Israel determined that the details of between 14,000 and 15,000 active cards had been exposed. According to Maglan Internet Defense Technologies, a total of 31,000 credit card numbers had been exposed in all, some of them belonging to foreign nationals.
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‘Anonymous’ hacker group threatens ‘reign of terror’ against Israel

Group uploads video blaming Israel for committing ‘crimes against humanity,’ and criticizes its treatment of Palestinians.*

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The hacker group “Anonymous” released a video Friday threatening to begin a ‘reign of terror’ against Israel, in the latest round of cyber warfare between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers.

The video, which was posted on YouTube in the early hours of the morning, blamed Israel for committing ‘crimes against humanity,’ and criticizing it for its treatment of Palestinians.

“Through the use of media deception and political bribery, you have amassed the sympathies of many. You claim to be democratic, yet in reality this is far from the truth. In fact, your only goal is to better the lives of a select few while carelessly trampling the liberties of the masses,” says the clip’s computer-generated narrator over ominous background music.

The video also makes reference to the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran, claiming that Israel has “taken steps to ensure a nuclear holocaust,” and that it will not be allowed “to attack a sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies.”

Moreover, the video threatens to start a crusade against Israel that will take the form of three steps, only revealing that the first of these steps will attempt to systematically remove Israel from the internet.

It must be noted that, to date, not all of the group’s threats have been carried out. Anonymous has previously threatened to attack the Knesset website, although the site did not suffer any damage. Furthermore, due to the decentralized nature of the group, previous hacking threats on sites such as Facebook were later discovered to be the result of misunderstandings between members of the group. 

Over the past month, pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers have been battling in cyberspace. Starting on January 3, the hackers group, “Group-XP”, claimed it had obtained personal information of about 400,000 Israelis, but checks carried out by the credit card issuers and the Bank of Israel determined that the details of between 14,000 and 15,000 active cards had been exposed. According to Maglan Internet Defense Technologies, a total of 31,000 credit card numbers had been exposed in all, some of them belonging to foreign nationals.
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CITIZENS OF NOWHERE

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REVISITING SABRA AND SHATILLA 30 YEARS LATER
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This past Monday evening the Hunter College branch of Students for Justice in Palestine held a commemorative gathering, to recall the horrors of the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla. The meeting was addressed by Hunter College student volunteers who spoke about their experiences with Palestinian children in Shatilla. They took part in a Leap Programme, Summer 2011. They are planning on returning this coming summer and hope other students will join them.
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Commentary by Chippy Dee, Photos © by Bud Korotzer
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We were shown a film with one of the young men living at Shatila giving a guided tour.  It is a horrible, ugly, dirty place with many problems, social and physical.  However people there, including the very young, are dedicated to moving back to Palestine, “home”.  The kids are like all kids, they laugh and play.  The young Americans participating in the program as teachers are very enthusiastic and dedicated.
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In the video that was shown, the sense of Palestine was displayed when the oldest of the young people explained that even though they had never lived in Palestine, but born in Lebanon, the sense of being Palestinian was passed on through the generations, directly from the grandparents and parents. As one participant said; “Lebanon was a second home, but Palestine was the first home”.
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They made it perfectly clear that ‘The Right of Return’ was not being abandoned, rather it was the hope that keeps them going.
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ZONE OF INSANITY

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1. Does Israel have the ability to cause severe damage to Iran’s nuclear sites and bring about a major delay in the Iranian nuclear project? And can the military and the Israeli people withstand the inevitable counterattack?

2. Does Israel have overt or tacit support, particularly from America, for carrying out an attack?

3. Have all other possibilities for the containment of Iran’s nuclear threat been exhausted, bringing Israel to the point of last resort? If so, is this the last opportunity for an attack?

For the first time since the Iranian nuclear threat emerged in the mid-1990s, at least some of Israel’s most powerful leaders believe that the response to all of these questions is yes.*

The above is taken from an article posted in the Magazine Section of the New York Times on the 25th of January. I assume, that just in case some Americans are not aware of Israel’s positions, the Times will make sure there is enough room to fit them in. After all, it has become a known fact that the New York Times is one of the official spokesmen for the Israeli government in the West.*

Today, the Times reports about a new phrase coined by Israel’s Defense Minister, that being  “zone of immunity” . The meaning is to define the circumstances under which Israel would judge it could no longer hold off from an attack because Iran’s effort to produce a bomb would be invulnerable to any strike. But judging when that moment will arrive has set off an intense debate with the Obama administration, whose officials counter that there are other ways to make Iran vulnerable.*

In actuality, all of the above indicates one thing, and one thing only… that the New York Times and the government of Israel have entered into the “zone of insanity”, a much more dangerous zone than the Twilight Zone.*

A related article from today’s HaAretz can be read HERE.

Report: U.S. believes Israel sees Iran nuclear problem ‘too narrowly’

A New York Times report says Obama administration see approach of Defense Minister Ehud Barak for stopping the Iranian program as ‘too narrow.’

IS THE UNITED STATES STIRRING UP DEMOCRACY OR TROUBLE WORDLWIDE?

Hillary at her best
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KILLING FIELDS OF THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION

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How a Tragic Soccer Riot May Have Revived the Egyptian Revolution
Dave Zirin 

There are no words for the horror that took place in Port Said, Egypt last week. A soccer match became a killing field, with at least seventy-four spectators dead, and as many as 1,000 injured. The visiting Al-Ahly team lost to Al-Masri, and what followed will stain the sport forever. Al-Masri fans rushed the field, attacking the Al-Ahly cheering section after Al-Masri’s 3-1 upset victory. People were stabbed and beaten, but the majority of deaths took place because of asphyxiation, as Al-Ahly fans were crushed against locked stadium doors. It was so unspeakably traumatic that beloved Al-Ahly star Mohamed Aboutreika, who famously revealed a “Sympathize with Gaza” shirt during the 2008 Israel bombardment, immediately announced his retirement after the match. A distraught Aboutreika said, “This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances. I call for the league to be canceled. This is a horrible situation, and today can never be forgotten.”

This carnage, however, has produced profoundly unexpected results. The shock of Port Said hasn’t produced a political coma but instead acted as a defibrillator, bringing a revolutionary impatience back to life. Instead of starting a wave of concern that “lawlessness” was spreading in post-revolutionary Egypt, the anger and sadness seem to be reviving the revolution. The Western media immediately used the shock of the tragedy to call for a crackdown on the hyper-intense fan clubs, the “ultras”. As the New York Times wrote, “The deadliest soccer riot anywhere in more than 15 years, it also illuminated the potential for savagery among the organized groups of die-hard fans known here as ultras who have added a volatile element to the street protests since Mr. Mubarak’s exit.”

Other Western observers, sympathetic to the revolution, feared with good cause that the riots would strengthen the hand of a military dictatorship slow to transfer power to civilian rule. But on the ground, a new reality quickly took shape. This might be news to the Times, but the reaction in Egypt has been rage at the military, fueled by a widespread belief that, either through benign neglect or malignant intent, the authorities let the killings happen.

The witness reports of the Port Said survivors are scandalous. They describe a situation where exits were blocked by military police. The stadium lights were turned off, adding to the sense of panic. Hundreds of riot police can be clearly seen in amateur videos, standing around and doing nothing, as if ordered to remain passive.

Every political sector has spoken out against the military police in Port Said. Abbas Mekhimar, head of the Parliament’s defense committee, said, “This is a complete crime. This is part of the scenario of fueling chaos against Egypt.” Diaa Salah of the Egyptian Football Federation was even more pointed, saying, “The government is getting back at the ultras. They are saying: ‘You protest against us, you want democracy and freedom. Here is a taste of your democracy and freedom.’ ”

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has set itself in opposition to the ultra clubs for much of the year, stated that “the lack of security in the Port Said stadium confirms that there is invisible planning that is behind this unjustified massacre. The authorities have been negligent.”

The Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt were more blunt, saying, “The clumsily hatched plot, which could not conceal the shameless complicity of the police, who stood watching the slaughter and killing for hours did not even attempt to protect the victims, carries only one message to the revolutionaries: the revolution must continue…. The ultras groups that joined the ranks of the revolution early on… are still proving every day that they are an integral part of our revolution. “

(See this blog post for video analysis inside the stadium that argues how authorities are to blame for Port Said.)

Chris Toensing, the Editor of The Middle East Report, said to me, “Indeed, many Egyptians consider the ultras uncouth. And some may also say that the real revolutionaries are demonstrating peacefully in Tahrir Square, rather than throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails. But lots of Egyptian activists argue that in 2011—and maybe today as well—the ultras have been key protectors of the revolution, both physically and structurally, in the sense that they keep intense pressure on the state to listen to popular demands.”

The people also know that the presumed target of the soccer riot—the Al-Ahly ultras—after being a leading street fighting force during the revolution, have become a leading target of the military. The Al-Ahly ultras wear that target proudly, chanting at games, (I’m told this rhymes in Arabic):

Oh you MPs
You turned out to be more rotten than the Police
Raise the prison walls higher and higher
Tomorrow the revolution with lay them to waste
Oh brother, write on the cell wall
Junta rule is shameful and treasonous
Down Down with Junta rule!

Now not only are many Egyptians coming to the defense of the ultras but, remarkably, ultra groups from opposing clubs have pledged to join forces, seeing the attack on Al-Ahly as an attack on all of them. Their unity was sparked when the Al-Ahly ultras themselves released a statement where they didn’t go after Al-Masry but the military, proclaiming, “They want to punish us and execute us for our participation in the revolution against suppression.” The ultras then vowed a “new war in defense of the revolution.”

This proved to be more than just words. On Wednesday, February 1, the military leader Tantawi seemed blasé about the anguish, anger and accusations arising from Port Said, saying, “Egypt is going down the path we planned, We will continue down this path and we will get through this transition.”

On Thursday, protests against military inactivity in the Port Said stadium deaths exploded in Cairo, Suez and Port Said itself. The clashes also marked the one year anniversary of the Battle of the Camels, when Mubarak sent armed thugs riding into Tahrir Square on camels and ultras had their most shining moment, credited with incredible bravery standing in their charging path and forcing them out of the square.

This year, in Cairo, at least 10,000 protesters marched to the Interior Ministry building near Tahrir Square. The battle that followed according to Health Ministry official Adel Adawi, resulted in 388 protesters’ injuries.The flags unfurled were the ultra flags of traditional rivals, Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

But most significant were the thousands of Al-Masry fans who gathered in Port Said, demanding answers from police for their passivity during the stadium violence and why the doors of the stadium were closed.

The reemergence of the ultra clubs as a united force against the military regime should send shivers from Cairo to Washington, DC. Last year, as one Egyptian activist said to me, “Getting the ultras to work together in Tahrir might have been the toughest part about deposing Mubarak. They really hate each other. They would spit when saying the other club’s name.” He spoke to me about the need at times to physically force the ultras to stop squabbling and focus on the task of challenging Mubarak.

But after Port Said, it took no effort. An injury to one group of ultras was seen as an injury to all. As James Dorsey, who writes the indispensable blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, wrote that the aftermath of Port Said has sparked “a reconciliation among once implacable foes while at the same time solidifying emerging fault lines in Egyptian society.”

Throughout the past year, as Dorsey writes, the ultras have fought together on numerous occasions, mostly at anti-military protests, in opposition to the Egyptian Football Association, or against the presence of the Israeli embassy. They bled and even died together even as they became more politically isolated by the military’s promise of an orderly and peaceful transfer of power to an elected parliament. Now the Port Said carnage has broken the ultras out of their isolation and raised the question openly about what it will really talk to see the military finally out of power. The prospect of united ultras, remarkably, challenges the politics of dead-end gradualism and brings to the forefront the prospect of dramatic change.

Zamalek winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek also known as Shikabala, Egypt’s top player, said, “Despite the cruelty of what happened in Port Said, this disaster played a role in uniting the fans of all clubs. It might be a turning point in ending intolerance and hatred in Egyptian football. I will go to the Ahly club along with my teammates to offer our condolences to the families of Port Said martyrs. The fans of Ahly are my brothers. I hope Ahly and Zamalek fans can sit together in the stands without barriers.”

Al-Ahly midfielder Mohamed Barakat, has also spoken out, refusing to play ever again until there is true“retribution for those that were killed.”

There have been continuous efforts to marginalize the ultras. Now they are, unbelievably, on the center stage of history. The ultras have done nothing less than propel the Egyptian Revolution back into the Egyptian streets.

 

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THE UNSPOKEN ABOUT WAR WITH IRAN

There is zero tension in the air, and awfully little interest in the subject as far as I can gather. There are the usual red-headlined stories in the tabloids about what Iran might be building or planning or saying, and warnings by Israeli military/intelligence people, and skepticism about America’s determination, not to mention the rest of the world’s. But the question of what Israel may do about Iran, of whether we’re going to start a war or not, is not really in the air.
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Israel’s Silent March to War With Iran

Little Chatter on the Street About War Few Will Oppose

Drumbeat for War: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has suggested that war is coming, saying that Iran must be stopped from continuing with its nuclear program.
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Drumbeat for War: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has suggested that war is coming, saying that Iran must be stopped from continuing with its nuclear program.

By Larry Derfner

The atmosphere in Israel is pretty surreal these days. The whole world seems to be asking whether we’re going to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities this year — the whole world except this Israeli part of it.

There is zero tension in the air, and awfully little interest in the subject as far as I can gather. There are the usual red-headlined stories in the tabloids about what Iran might be building or planning or saying, and warnings by Israeli military/intelligence people, and skepticism about America’s determination, not to mention the rest of the world’s. But the question of what Israel may do about Iran, of whether we’re going to start a war or not, is not really in the air.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In the final week of January, Ronen Bergman, Israel’s best-known intelligence reporter, wrote a New York Times Magazine cover story based on interviews with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other top security officials, in which he predicted that Israel would attack Iran this year. The day afterward, Time magazine came out with a big story that leaned toward the opposite conclusion.

Meanwhile, former Israel Defense Forces chief, Gabi Ashkenazi, who was thought to oppose an attack, said, “When the moment comes, I don’t know if we won’t be alone, and for this reason Israel must also rely on itself” — a pretty clear indication of battle-readiness. Then The New York Times published a story titled “Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation,” which further reinforced the idea that Israel is preparing for war.

Then Barak gave reporters in Davos a capsule version of what he told Bergman — that it was “urgent” to stop the Iranians because they are “deliberately drifting into what we call an immunity zone where practically no surgical operation could block them.”

All this was in the space of a few days. And in the most watched, most influential Israeli news show of the week, the Friday night Channel 2 news magazine, none of it was mentioned. The lead stories were the sex scandal in the Prime Minister’s Office, a case of infanticide and finger pointing over the Mount Carmel Fire.

After all the juicy stuff was done, the subject of Iran did come up — from the angle of what the Iranians might be planning and what the Americans might be planning, but only one brief sentence was mentioned in passing about what the Israelis might be planning.

I think a clue to understanding this strange, sleepy quiet over the imminent prospect of war came in a question that the Channel 2 reporter asked Dennis Ross. If the sanctions didn’t succeed in stopping Iran’s push for nuclear weapons, the reporter asked, did President Obama “have the determination and leadership to go after Iran all the way?” (I don’t remember Ross’s reply; I imagine it was that “the president has said that all the options are on the table.”)

Not a very objective question, was it? But when an opinion is unanimous, it can be easily mistaken for objective fact, and in Israel the opinion seems virtually unanimous: The best course of action, naturally, would be for America to bomb Iran, but if America doesn’t do it, Israel has to.

With the conspicuous exception of former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, no prominent public figure here has made the argument that Israel can live with a nuclear Iran, while everybody and his mother has made the argument that we can’t. We’ve been hearing it constantly for a decade or longer.

So what is there for the public to think about? Either the Americans are going to bomb Iran and we’ll catch the blowback, or we’ll do it ourselves and we’ll catch the blowback. We certainly can’t let the Iranians get the bomb — they’re Nazis, they’re Shaheeds, they all want to die, they’re having kids and going to work and investing their money with one thing in mind: annihilating the Jews, after which the Jews will annihilate them, all 75 million of them, and they’ll all go to heaven and get their 72 virgins each. We can’t let these kinds of people have nuclear weapons. Only us.

This may be a caricature of Israeli thinking, but it’s based on reality. Between the endless Holocaust analogies; the habit of seeing and hearing only the worst, the scariest, in Muslims anywhere, and the near-total absence of influential dissenting voices, the Israeli public’s mind has been made up on Iran for a long time.

Three years ago, opinion polls during the war in Gaza showed 80% to 90% Israeli Jewish support. One poll, from a company called TNS Teleseker, registered 94.2% approval. That’ll be a hard record to beat if, and when, we start dropping bombs on Iran. Hard, but from the looks of it, not impossible.


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