CLIFF RICHARD ~~ SITTING ON THE FENCE OF APARTHEID

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When I posted THIS about Cliff Richard a week ago, I somehow misread the first paragraph of the report; Cliff Richard won’t only be performing onstage when he arrives in Israel next month. He’ll also be making an appearance on the tennis courts. I overlooked the key word, ONLY…
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I was shocked this morning when I read about his upcoming concerts in Tel Aviv. They say that ignorance is bliss, but it can also be very misleading. I apologise to my readers for giving the impression that this man was one to be  admired, nothing can be further from the truth.
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So yes, aside from the admirable work he will be dong on the tennis court to promote peace, he will also be playing two concerts in Tel Aviv, promoting apartheid by doing do.
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SHAME ON YOU CLIFF RICHARD!
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The following is an appeal that was sent to him, one that he chose to ignore completely …
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OPEN LETTER: Cliff Richard Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

Human rights groups, anti-apartheid activists and Christian campaigners from many churches have expressed grave concern over the sad news that contemporary Christian singer Cliff Richard (UK) is planning to give a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel this summer.
In an open letter, one group has written:

Dear Cliff Richard:
We read that you’re scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 11 this year. From the TV coverage of your 1988 birthday celebration for Israel, where you say that ‘as a Christian, Israel has special significance for me’, we understand your forthcoming show might have similar motivation.

It seems to us, however, that such automatic identification with Israel is increasingly questioned by Christians, who express concern about Israel’s racist actions in the Palestinian territories it illegally occupies and call for action against the Israeli government. We are writing to ask you to reconsider your decision to perform in Israel.

We wonder if you’ve read the letter from church leaders to the US Congress, published on 5 October last year. Fifteen senior Christian leaders, from the US Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic, United Methodist, American Baptist, and other churches, told Congress: ‘As leaders of churches and religious organisations committed to seeking a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians…it is our moral responsibility to question the continuance of unconditional U.S. financial assistance to the government of Israel’.

Their letter lists many human rights violations committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, including the killing of children, house demolitions, and the use of prohibited weaponry such as white phosphorus and flechette shells.

Perhaps you missed the press release issued in December last year by Southern African church leaders, including the heads of the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic churches and the Evangelical Alliance. From Jerusalem they reported: ‘Our exposure to [occupied] East Jerusalem and the West Bank was overwhelming, one which traumatised us. We did not expect the extent to which Israel violates international laws to oppress the Palestinian people. However, even though we experienced that Palestinians live in open-air prisons, they were still able to inspire us with their dignity and their commitment for a just peace based on human dignity for both themselves and the Israelis’.

Importantly, the Southern African church leaders renounced any kind of biblical justification for what is happening to the Palestinians: ‘We are conscious how a literal reading of the Bible, one where the Israel of the Old Testament is confused with the State of Israel, can result in the oppression of people’.
Sir Cliff, when you sang Yerushalayim, the anthem of the Israeli occupation forces in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, did you not realise – as the church leaders we’ve quoted do – that Israeli conquest means Palestinian dispossession and ongoing repression?

Palestinians under occupation are calling for a cultural boycott of Israel by international artists like yourself. The South African church leaders support the boycott call, as ‘a strategy that helped end apartheid in South Africa’. In response to an appeal from Kairos Palestine that describes the occupation as ‘a sin against God and humanity’, growing numbers of individual Christians and church groups around the world are engaging in campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

Your appearance in Tel Aviv, however, will reassure Israelis that ethnic cleansing and repression of the Palestinians are morally tolerable – to you, at least, if not to presidents and congregations of churches in the USA, South Africa, and elsewhere. Sir Cliff, we urge you to consider whether this is a message you want to give. Please don’t go.
Yours sincerely,

Professor Haim Bresheeth 
Mike Cushman 
Professor Adah Kay 
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead

London, 28 January 2013

THE UGLY AMERICANS IN OUR MIDST

 Remember this one?
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So concerned about America? How conveniently she forgets about THIS guy …
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Then there’s this one … Zionist Miriam Levinger is from the Bronx, New York and is living illegally as a colonial occupier in Al Khalil / Hebron, Palestine, fully supported for decades by the United States government to carry out genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people of the city. Miriam Levinger and her fellow colonial settlers work together with the colonial Israeli army and police to make the lives of the Palestinian families of the city into a living Hell, in an attempt to force them to leave their land.
This genocide is fully funded by the United States government through the stolen money of the U.S. people’s tax money to the tune of $11 -13 million dollars a DAY. Most people in the U.S. have no idea of the ongoing and constant genocide that is happening in Palestine, or that they themselves are paying for it, because they are lied to constantly by their government, who steals their money at the same time.
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Let’s not forget about this one ….
Would you want her as a neighbour? Surely the Palestinians don’t …
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Aside from the 30 Billion Dollars that the USA sends Israel annually, the above are some examples of other things they send here.
America’s loss? I think not, but definitely not Israel’s gain either.
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As a final note, let’s not forget the garbage that the US dumps on the streets of Jerusalem (extremely rude language) …. YouTube ‘cleaned’ it off their site, but here you can still find it on Vimeo …
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Despite the sentiments displayed above, Obama still sends those checks …

LIFE IS STILL TOO SHORT

Almost two years after this originally appeared, the subject of the post is still here, still mouthing off and definitely still bugging me.
I have mastered the art of blocking him out of my sight and hearing, but surely he knows after all this time that he just doesn’t fit in …. but the message of the post is an important one, hence the repeat.
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The time has come in my life where I just won’t waste it listening to certain opinions or be with the people that have them… call me closed minded if you wish, but you would be way off base.
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Case in point
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I live in a fairly mixed and progressive community in Jerusalem.  Mixed as there are both religious and secular Jews living here as well as hundreds of Palestinians. We have maintained our own level of Peace throughout what have been very turbulent years in the city. 
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English is the official ‘second language’ in this area which is a big attraction to new immigrants from the States. One such person moved in not too long ago…. one very strange person. He is the type that gets an idea in his head and proceeds to spout it out for the remainder of the week, literally ‘testing the waters’ to see if anyone was in agreement with him. People were tolerant towards him probably out of pity as he was here only with his wife and completely estranged from his children that remained in the States.
 
I was one that offered my ear to his ramblings, hardly ever agreeing with them….. BUT last week he crossed the line. He started spouting off about the violence displayed in baseball and how terrible that was….. but ended his rant with “Israel should learn something from that game, we should have bombed all of the ships in the Flotilla and killed them all”! I was beyond words, shocked would be too mild a word to express my feelings at the moment. I simply responded that “this is the end of this conversation” and walked away from him.
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Last night he approached me again …. but I cut him off before he started talking by telling him that “whatever friendship we might have had ended last week when you expressed the most outrageous opinion I ever heard”. He was not expecting that from me, but should have as he is aware of my views regarding the situation in general in this country. He silently walked away from me, probably with the hope that I won’t be telling others about his madness.
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Simply put, it’s bad enough having to witness the crimes against the Palestinians in this country, crimes that I can (and do) speak out against constantly…. but there is no reason in the world why I should have to listen to certain opinions regarding those crimes. Life is way too short to waste it on one ignorant person, there are others with open minds that one day might work together with us to make a real difference.
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Hopefully this person will have learned something about ‘resting his gums’ so to speak. Either that or realise that his views are totally unacceptable in certain areas and leave, in which case not a tear would be shed by anyone in the community.

INTRODUCING STEPHEN HAWKING

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We have been reading about this man’s position on Israel and the Boycott Movement for over a week now, but do we know who he is?
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A fair outline of his life can be found on Wikipedia. When most people hear his name they think of a shriveled up human being who is wheelchair bound. The man cannot utter a sound yet he speaks volumes …. volumes that rocked the foundations of zion this past week.
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Below is a video that demonstrates the man’s brilliance;
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From the bottom of our hearts Dr. Hawking, we thank you  for trying to include Israel in the universe as a part of humanity.
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A wonderful Editorial in The Boston Globe sums it all up …
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Stephen Hawking makes a peaceful protest

When the esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking announced his decision to boycott Israel’s Presidential Conference, a gathering of politicians, scholars, and other high-profile figures scheduled for June, the response was as predictable as the movement of the cosmos that inspired Hawking’s career. The conference chair, Israel Maimon, called the move “outrageous and improper,” while Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement that advocates protests against Israeli policies, declared, “Palestinians deeply appreciate Stephen Hawking’s support.”

In fact, the decision to withdraw from a conference is a reasonable way to express one’s political views. Observers need not agree with Hawking’s position in order to understand and even respect his choice. The movement that Hawking has signed on to aims to place pressure on Israel through peaceful means. In the context of a Mideast conflict that has caused so much destruction and cost so many lives, nonviolence is something to be encouraged. That is equally true of attempts to inspire cooperation on the Palestinian side.

Chances for a peaceful solution in Israel and Palestine are remote enough without overreactions like Maimon’s. Foreclosing nonviolent avenues to give people a political voice — and maybe bring about an eventual resolution — only makes what is already difficult that much more challenging.

 

BELLA CIAO TO ISLAMOPHOBIA

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It’s been a bad month for zionism and Islamophobia …. a great month for humanity!
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First this ….. Canadian Students Back Boycott Israel Movement 
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Then this ….. The Jimmy Carter Protests that Weren’t  
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And now this ….. Pamela Geller Speech Cancelled At New York Synagogue 
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Here’s the full report FROM …. it claims that the synagogue failed to take a stand, but I’m satisfied with the cancellation!
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Bella Ciao To Islamophobia!!
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Shul Cancels Pamela Geller — But Fails To Take Stand

By Nechama Liss-Levinson

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It was after 11 p.m. yesterday that I first heard the news that my synagogue, the Great Neck Synagogue, had announced the cancellation of a speaking engagement by Pamela Geller, founder of Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. I breathed a great sigh of relief. I quickly stopped writing the piece I was working on about how my heart was broken by the intransigence of the synagogue and its leadership in confronting a moral challenge.

Despite the cancellation, I am still filled with pain. When the synagogue announced its decision to cancel Geller’s talk, originally set for April 14, it cited “security concerns,” particularly for member families and their children. This indeed may be the reason that the executive board of the synagogue cancelled the event.


In my heart, I hope it was not the only reason. I hope the leadership was (at least unconsciously) influenced by the virtual flood of phone calls, emails, and private conversations in which Great Neck Synagogue members, as well as others, made the point that even though Geller has the right to speak, the synagogue does not have an obligation to offer her its pulpit.

I wish my synagogue had spoken of the moral question. I wish the leaders had stood up and said, “We didn’t initially realize what Geller represents. Now that we do know, we will stand proudly against hate speech.” I wish that they had noticed that Geller’s concerns about radical Islam often morph into a vilification of all Muslims and the Islamic faith. Her language encourages denigration and dehumanization, rather than constructive discussion and cooperation.

What is even more distressing to me is the reaction that the cancellation has engendered. The commentary on the blogosphere, including a statement posted on Geller’s website, now denigrates the synagogue and its leaders. The vitriol and hatred in these postings are frightening. Both sides in this conflict feel that they are right, that they own the moral high ground, and that an evil is being perpetrated. But a quick survey of these postings will find that the supporters of Geller have totally lost the capacity for civil discourse.

I had planned to use two quotes from Elie Wiesel in my original post about the Geller invitation. His most famous one is: “Indifference to evil is evil.” And then, just days ago, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a young friend posted this, also from Wiesel: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides.”

I feel that these quotes give me added strength to do what I think is right. And then I read scores of quotes online from supporters of Geller,also using the example of the Holocaust as a reason that she should be permitted to speak. Most used the phrase, “Never again.” Who knew that even the Holocaust can be used to justify such disparate viewpoints?

When I got into my car this morning at 8:00 a.m., a radio newscast informed me that Geller had declared that her talk was cancelled due to “relentless intimidation, bullying and threats.” In fact, she said, “leftist thugs, pushed and prodded by Islamist supremacist…… threatened a march on the shul.”

I sat in the car stunned. What was true was that my husband and I had petitioned the Village of Great Neck for permission for a peaceful demonstration, which would have taken place across the street from the synagogue on the Sunday morning of Geller’s talk. It was clearly written in the petition that the demonstrators would be “polite and law abiding.” There were no microphones or speeches planned for our event, just placards with messages like “Say NO to Religious Bigotry” or “Great Neck Synagogue Members Support Religious Tolerance.”

The organizers were all members of Great Neck Synagogue, parents and grandparents, community leaders and community activists. We wanted to show that not all members of the synagogue agreed with the decision to invite Geller. We wanted to be able to stand proudly. We wanted, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote, “to pray with our feet.” As of yesterday, we were the only group to file a petition to assemble on the day of Geller’s speech. I have been called many things, but this was the first time I have been branded a “leftist thug.”

Why did we plan to protest? We want our synagogue to be known for the many extraordinary programs in which we’ve participated: sending busloads of demonstrators to Washington D.C. to protest the genocide in Darfur; organizing a 25-person relief mission to rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; sending food for the holidays to impoverished Jewish families as well as to the food pantry sponsored by a local church; and being home base for a Women’s Tefila group, which offers meaningful rituals for many of the developmental milestones that Jewish girls and women face. And so it seemed untenable that this synagogue would be stuck in such a terrible morass, getting attention for offering a platform to hatred and bigotry.

I am thrilled that the Great Neck Synagogue has cancelled the event for Geller. I remain brokenhearted for the underlying anxieties, fears and hatreds that it exposed.

 

 

THE DEFAULT HOLOCAUST

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Tonight at sundown, Israel will mark what is known as Holocaust Memorial Day. If you Google the word ‘Holocaust’, THIS is what you will find on Wikipedia.
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Merriam-Webster offers the following definition …

Definition of HOLOCAUST

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: a sacrifice consumed by fire
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a often capitalized : the mass slaughter of European civilians and especially Jews by the Nazis during World War II —usually used with the
b : a mass slaughter of people; especially : genocide
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Wikepedia has no mention of other holocausts that took or are taking place throughout the world. Yes, what happened to the Jews of Eastern Europe is a crime that is totally unforgivable, but there are others that suffered the same fate during that black period in history…
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The following is a listing of non combatants that were killed during the holocaust; (From)
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Ukrainians      5.5 – 7 million
Jews (of all countries) 6 million +
Russian POWs    3.3 million +
Russian Civilians       2 million +
Poles   3 million +
Yugoslavians    1.5 million +
Gypsies 200,000 – 500,000
Mentally/Physically Disabled    70,000- 250,000
Homosexuals     Tens of thousands
Spanish Republicans     Tens of thousands
Jehovah’s Witnesses     2,500 – 5,000
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Yes, the holocaust must be marked and remembered, but more importantly the message learnt from it must be remembered as well …
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NEVER AGAIN!
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Yet, it continues right here in the land of Israel as can be seen in the following photos… photos that were not shown to President Obama when he recently visited Yad Vashem, The Hall of Remembrance in Jerusalem …
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Gunter Grass boldly penned his feelings for the world to see recently ….
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Notice that the video has been removed from YouTube,but the words remain on this site …
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What must be said
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Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
Our generals have gamed it out,
Confident the west will survive.
We people have not even been considered.

What is this right to “preventive war”?
A war that could erase the Iranian people.
Dominated by it’s neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
Who have the Bomb.

Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it’s name?,
Israel and it’s ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

We all know these things
Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
anti-Semitic
hateful
worse

Considering Germany’s past these labels stick
So we call is “business”, “reparation” take your pick,
As we deliver yet another submarine.
As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
I say what must be said.

Why did I stay silent until now?
Because I’m German, of course.
I’m tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
I’m silent because I want so badly to make it right
To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

Why did I wait to say it until now?
And write these words with the last of my ink?
Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
Because it is true and it must be said,
Tomorrow will be too late.

We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
Through the weapons we have sold
We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

It must be said. I won’t be silent
I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy;
Please shed the silence with me,
The consequences are all too predictable.
It’s time to demand free and permanent control
of BOTH Israel’s nuclear arsenal
AND Iran’s nuclear facilities
enforced with international supervision.

It’s the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
And we too, will survive.

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Yes, the silence must end for all of us. Yes, the holocaust must be remembered, BUT YES …. it must never be allowed to happen again,

TO ANYONE!!

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In loving memory of all who perished at the hands of evil …

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WHEN ‘ANTI SEMITE’ BECOMES A BADGE OF HONOUR

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In years gone by, an anti-Semite was a person that hated Jews. Today it has taken on a new meaning, an anti-Semite is a person that is hated by zionists. Their list is long and is documented on their hateful Websites and grows daily as more people awaken to the fact that zionism is evil. Their publications give us front page coverage.
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Their hate is communicated at every major university campus throughout the Western world as well as in the legislative bodies of those countries. Their tactics are no different than those used by the extreme right during the McCarthy period; the finger pointing, the harassment, the firings, the blacklistings, etc… It has truly become The New McCarthyism. They have become experts at scandalising our names.
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What they don’t seem to realise or care is that truth is on our side, truth is the biggest obstacle facing zionism today. They spend millions of dollars in ad campaigns, on speaking tours, on publications and on organising youth tours to their zionist paradise. They build walls in that very entity to hide the truth which would expose the injustice. They bar journalists, they deport anyone that dares to question their ways. But then, in an act of total desperation, they rely on their label, ‘anti-Semite’. This, according to their sick logic, is the ultimate ‘weapon’ that is used in an attempt to silence any opposition.
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In their desperation they scan the Web via their own Websites. CIF Watch concentrates mainly on the Guardian for their ‘information’ while others spend countless hours scanning the entire Web. One of their newer sites seems to take pleasure by adding one of our Associates to their list of ‘enemies’.  Fran Korotzer who was interviewed by Philip Weiss appeared on their site. The original video appeared on Weiss’ site Mondoweiss.
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Anti Apartheid = Anti Semitism? SICK!
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Another Associate, Carlos Latuff had many of his works cited by the ADL and The Simon Weisenthal Centre. He also had the entire ziomafia in a recent uproar with one particular cartoon he created. With every citing of his great works, another badge of honour is pinned to our lapel.
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Anti zionism = Anti Semitism?? SICK!!
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Still another favourite term used by the zionist is ‘self hating Jew’, after all how can a Jew be an anti Semite? THIS is by far  the best article I have seen on the subject.
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And let’s not forget the ultimate label used when all else fails; ‘holocaust denier’. Latuff wrote about that in THIS report. Interesting to note that the zionists are in the process of denying the Palestinians the right  to even live, yet they press for legislation throughout the world outlawing holocaust denial. Can we call this anti-Semitism (after all, Palestinians are true Semites)?
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Their goal is to discredit us, but in the final analysis they actually honour us with their labels. Without same it would be more difficult to get our message of truth out to the masses. We wear their labels as badges of courage as we are not afraid to speak the truth.
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WELCOME MR. PRESIDENT

Presented below are two posts which originally appeared a week ago …. in case you missed them, you can get a pretty good idea what awaits Mr. Obama on the streets of Jerusalem … and what we can expect from his visit.

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President Obama is due to arrive on a whirlwind visit to Jerusalem today … is the following the ‘welcome’ that awaits him from many of his own citizens? …..
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Oops …. the video I wanted to present here was removed by YouTube (surprise, surprise) but has been saved on the site of What Really Happened …. You can watch it by clicking HERE. Before you watch it, bear in mind that it contains shocking rude and racist language.
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YouTube has a policy of banning any video on their site that does not show a favourable view of zionism, obviously we do not adhere to that policy.
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Keep in mind that there was not one Palestinian in that video which leads to the following question; despite the animosity shown to President Obama by zionists, what will he do for the Palestinians while visiting here? 
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 OBAMA’S VISIT TO ISRAEL PROMISES NO CHANGE
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President Obama will be arriving in Israel for a whirlwind tour today. Below you will find a video of where he will be making stops ….
… But more importantly is where he won’t be making stops;
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He won’t be stopping at Sheikh Jarrah to take part in the weekly demonstration in support of families evicted from their homes by illegal settlers.
He won’t be stopping at Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday to see the restrictions put on Muslims who want to pray there.
He won’t be stopping at Bil’in on Friday to see the weekly protest against the wall of apartheid.
He won’t be visiting families of children massacred by the occupation forces.
He won’t be visiting Gaza to see the devastation there resulting from Israel’s attacks.
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No, there appears to be no interest in the results of US Tax Dollars being poured into the country used to destroy the little that is left of Palestine.
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Yes, this will be a visit that promises NO CHANGE to the region.
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Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes previews the President’s trip to Israel, The West Bank and Jordan
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NO WE WON’T!

 

TIME TO RID ISRAEL OF BREAD AND ARABS

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Passover comes early this year, starting a week from today. Observant households are in a frenzy of ridding their homes of all forms of leaven, in some cases even rice and legumes.
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The new Israeli government is also in a frenzy as to when to ‘lock the gates’ closing off all of Israel to its Palestinian residents for the duration of the 8 day holiday. President Obama’s visit to the region makes that a bit awkward, but the timing is perfect as he will be leaving a few days before the holiday actually starts as not to witness the true meaning of apartheid.
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Latuff”s view of the settlement’s new government …
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The Jewish ‘Festival of Freedom’ means that Palestinians lose whatever vestiges of  freedom they might have. They will be unable to go to work, unable to visit friends and family, unable to live, period! All in the name of ‘Freedom’ …. (sic)
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The following rap song appears on the FaceBook page of the US Consul General in Jerusalem … The US is obviously aware of the situation but chooses to be silent about it. ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose, Freedom ain’t worth nothing but it’s free’ … Yup, it’s free until you don’t have it!
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Below is a repost of my annual Passover message, unfortunately still valid today …
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CLEANSING THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS

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My maternal grandmother was a simple Shtetel Jew. She came from a place not much different from the small town portrayed in Fiddler on The Roof.
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Traditionally the womenfolk from those areas were uneducated in matters of anything other than home making and child raising, while the menfolk studied their Holy Books for hours on end. Life was simple for them, and they themselves were basically a very simple folk.
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I remember my grandmother going through the frenzy of cleaning the house this time of year…. the traditional Passover cleaning. All traces of leaven had to be removed from the home before the start of the Holiday. To her, that process included the removal of any trace of dust or smears on the window panes. The house sparkled when she was finished. Most of our non-Jewish neighbours were going through the same process, but simply called it ’spring cleaning’, ridding the house of all unwanted matter, including broken furniture and junk.
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I remember asking my grandmother why she was going through such a frenzy…. her answer was simple and to the point…. “If a Jew eats bread during Passover he will die!” That was what she was taught, that’s what she taught us….
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In Israel today, things are not much different from life in the Shtetel when it comes to Passover preparations. But today there is a growing number of non observant Jews as well as a growing number of non Jews. This is a threat to the lifestyle of the self-imposed Shtetel Jew living here today.
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Christian Pilgrims from abroad, as well as local Christians are denied access to their Holy Sites. Where is the uproar against this?
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Where is the uproar against the Neanderthal rabbis that have recently called for the expulsion or the genocide of the Palestinians? WHERE??? As in previous years, the Palestinians living on the ‘other side’ of the great wall of apartheid will be sealed in for the duration of the Holiday (8 days), literally making the State of Israel Arabrein for that period of time. Where is the uproar against this? WHERE???
Israel does need a cleansing… a good one; not only of bread during the Holiday season but also of hatred. Both are violations of the Holy Teachings.
 

SLICING PALESTINE IN HALF FOR A SETTLER BYPASS ROAD

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Construction has aready begun in the middle of Beit Safafa. Photo by Aviva Lev-David.
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The report that follows took me back to something that happened almost 30 years ago;

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I was a new immigrant to Israel and had to go to special classes to learn Hebrew. The students were divided into study groups of four to work together on special assignments. In my group, there was a young Palestinian man named Osama. We became close friends which continues until today.

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Our group took turns at working together in each other’s homes. There was some reluctance on the part of the others to go to Osama’s home despite his willingness for us to go there. He constantly referred to his village as “his country”. His home was in Beit Safafa, the village described below.

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Finally, the entire group agreed to visit ‘his country’. It was an eye opener for all of us. Here we were in an Arab village in the heart of Jerusalem, yet we were in a different country, a country called Palestine. We were welcomed into Osama’s home by his loving family and treated with the most delicious Palestinian dishes reserved only for special holidays.

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When I read the following report I wept for Osama’s family and neighbours. It brought to light the need for a Palestinian State which would put an end to the occupation and devastation of ‘THEIR country’.

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Beit Safafa to be sliced by settler only highway

By Anna Germaine

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“No, no Route 4!” a young Palestinian boy yelled out in Arabic.

His cries are directed towards the white washed Jerusalem stone walls and heavily tinted windows of the Jerusalem Municipality. He is speaking about Route 4, a controversial, illegal settler-only road that upon construction will slice directly through the predominantly Palestinian Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa, dividing the community in half. 

Wednesday’s protest at the Jerusalem Municipality has legally bypassed the typical procedures that require public inclusion on the plan, making it impossible for Beit Safafa’s many affected residents to formally object to the plan. So in addition to protesting in Beit Safafa, demonstrators also gather weekly in front of the municipality, voicing their opposition in alternating Hebrew and Arabic in one last effort to be informally, if not formally heard. 

Around 150 people gathered in front of the Municipality on Wednesday afternoon—the crowd is a mixture of both Palestinians front Beit Safafa and Israeli activists from Jerusalem. The Palestinian boy, Farook Salman, a young resident of Beit Safafa is at the very front, holding a sign that is taller than him. 

Although he is yelling in Arabic, the sign is in Hebrew, with a graphic that traverses the language barrier of a photograph of the pastoral landscape of Beit Safafa being sliced with a pair of scissors. 

“We want them to listen to us, so we write our signs in their language,” he tells me. 

Beit Safafa

Beit Safafa is a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem, just south of the area commonly known as “West Jerusalem.” However, its relationship to Israel and Jerusalem has been tense since the beginning of the occupation. In 1949, Beit Safafa was divided by the Green Line, putting the northern two thirds under Israeli control and the southern third in the Jordanian-controlled occupied West Bank. In 1967, Israel annexed the southern two thirds and united them as part of Jerusalem, giving all residents the blue Jerusalem ID cards. 

Now Beit Safafa is home to just under 10,000 Palestinians—some who are originally from Beit Safafa, and many others who re-settled after leaving Jaffa, Nazareth, Haifa and other cities inside of the ’48 territories.  

However, the Jerusalem municipality does not treat the predominantly Arab town of Beit Safafa as equal residents of Jerusalem. While a city park is being planned for the south of Jerusalem in Beit Safafa (after a long battle by the residents for a green space in this part of the city) the logical geographic continuation of the park is being eschewed for the highway. While the other two neighborhoods of the German colony and Katamon are predominantly Jewish, Beit Safafa is largely Palestinian.

If built, Route 4 will separate Beit Safafa’s residents from the mosque, bakeries, hospitals and schools that are part of their daily lives. In order to cross the highway, Palestinian residents will be forced to use overpasses, underpasses and long roads to get from one side to the other—turning what was once a simple journey into an extensive ordeal.

The width of the road planned will be 33 meters wide at its smallest and 78 meters at its largest—meaning that at points, it could have as many as 10 or 11 lanes. Even with the alternate routes, underpasses and overpasses that are being implemented to justify the highway, the amount of land taken by the highway alone is devastating.

“It will make it very hard to get to school,” Saga, a Palestinian student said. “I am sure there will be a way, but it will be much more difficult than it is now.”

For some residents, although the highway has not been completed—and theoretically there is still time to halt its construction—the effects of the highway on their daily lives are already beginning.

“The highway will go behind my house,” Farook, tells me while adjusting his sign. “It’s where I normally play football with my friends, but a few days ago a soldier with a gun told us we couldn’t be on that land anymore, so we had to stop.”

Route 4 for Israeli residents

In the same way that this highway slices through the daily life of its Palestinian residents, it facilitates life for Jerusalem’s Jewish—and surrounding Jewish settlements—population. If the road is completed, it will connect the Gush Etzion settlement cluster south of the city to the Givat Ze’ev cluster in the north. Ultimately, it would link Tunnel Road—which connects Gush Etzion to Jerusalem—to Route 443, which connects several settler roads to Tel Aviv, facilitating easy access between settlers, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, further fulfilling a vision of a “Greater Jerusalem”—a vision of the city as the undisputed “Jews-only” capital of Israel. 

In many ways, Route 4 echoes the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) which, through connecting Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem with Central Jerusalem, condoned Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, and uprooted and displaced many Palestinian families in the process. Once the train was finished, Israeli Jews living in settlements surrounding Jerusalem had an easy route into the city while—though it was ultimately decided that Palestinians could also use the train—it divided and uprooted Palestinian communities, and served as a permanent symbol of the occupation. 

“I’m against building the road in the middle of Beit Safafa,” Maya, an Israeli resident of Jerusalem who prefers not to give her last name tells me.

“Although in some ways I think Beit Safafa should be on its own, as part of the Palestinian Authority, then it would be even further under occupation which wouldn’t be good.”

“But with this street it is not hard to figure out who is right and who is wrong,” she finishes. “It’s obvious.”

 

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OBAMA’S VISIT TO ISRAEL PROMISES NO CHANGE

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President Obama will arrive in Israel for a whirlwind tour this coming Wednesday. Below you will find a video of where he will be making stops ….
… But more importantly is where he won’t be making stops;
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He won’t be stopping at Sheikh Jarrah to take part in the weekly demonstation in support of families evicted from their homes by illegal settlers.
He won’t be stopping at Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday to see the restrictions put on Muslims who want to pray there.
He won’t be stopping at Bil’in on Friday to see the weekly protest against the wall of apartheid.
He won’t be visiting families of children massacred by the occupation forces.
He won’t be visiting Gaza to see the devastation there resulting from Israel’s attacks.
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No, there appears to be no interest in the results of US Tax Dollars being poured into the country used to destroy the little that is left of Palestine.
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Yes, this will be a visit that promises NO CHANGE to the region.
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Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes previews the President’s trip to Israel, The West Bank and Jordan
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The new mantra…
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NO WE WON’T!

QUEEN OF THE HAS-BEENS TO PERFORM IN ISRAEL

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The Way We Were …
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When I look back at the long career of Barbra Streisand, one paricular film comes to mind, The Way We Were. In the movie she plays a young American Jewish woman very much involved in the anti war Movement, as well as other Progressive causes. It created an image in my mind that this was a true picture of Barbra Streisand, definitely fond memories.
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The Way We Are …
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That image was shatterered today when I read she is coming to Israel to perform at the 90th birthday of Shimon Peres. Celebration of the life of a war monger. Shameful! She apparently has been to Israel a few times but chose never to perform here. Why the change of heart? Why now when a growing list of top notch performers have decided not to play for apartheid, not to play for war?
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Is this how she wants to be remembered?
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I hope you will all remember to add her name to the growing list of artists and performers that should be boycotted. Remember as well to let her know her actions are totally unacceptable. Here’s how….
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Fan mail address:

Barbra Streisand
160 West 96th Street
New York, NY 10025

Management address:

Barbra Streisand
c/o Martin Erlichman Associates, Inc.
5670 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Why We Boycott …
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BECOME A JEWISH TERRORIST IN ONLY 2 HOURS

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I buy a hard copy of the Jerusalem Post on Fridays because they have a pretty good TV pull out section. The rest of the paper is good for training puppies. But this week there was a pamphlet enclosed which was called the OU Israel Pesach Guide (Passover guide). In the guide you can find what foods are Kosher for Passover, where to buy them and how to prepare your home for the holiday….
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BUT, on page 25 there is a full page advertising how to kill Arabs in only 2 hours! That’s kosher as well according to some rabbinical ‘authorities’.
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Author of ‘The King’s Torah’
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I can’t help but wonder if President Obama will stop in at Caliber 3 to see how the Israelis are using the billions he sends them….
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Here is what the ad looks like;

CALIBER 3


Learn to Shoot
with Top Israeli Anti-Terror Experts

  • Programs for Families, Groups and Individuals
  • Professional Handgun Training
  • Paintball
  • Live Anti-Terror Demonstrations
  • Speak with Top Anti-Terror Experts
  • Get an insider’s view of the immense security challenges Israel faces
  • Learn how we protect Israeli families from terrorists
  • Bodyguard and Security Services

Caliber 3 is a special Anti-Terror Training Site in the Beautiful Mountains of Gush Etzion

Please join us for an action packed two hour session.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Welcome to “Caliber 3″ 

Caliber 3 Co. was established in the year 2000 to design and apply effective security
solutions around the world. The company has set up security installations in order
to train both professionals and laymen in Israel as well as in Africa, Asia and Central America.

In 2007 the company established a major training facility and became Caliber 3 Co.

The company works in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
in the field of Counter Terrorism. This includes high level training operations against
potential terror attacks in civilian areas such as communities, schools, kindergartens,
shopping centers, public institutions etc.

The companies’ specialty is in developing emergency response systems.
These response systems are based on the specific community, its reactive force,
the security, civilian, and other various factors.

There is no wonder that when the IDF needed a special anti-terror system for high risk areas,
it used Caliber 3 to plan and effectively execute this system.

Note: All the materials in this site are actual Caliber 3 training methods and facilities.

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WHAT ZIONISM WANTS THE WORLD TO FORGET

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Yesterday, synagogues throughout the world commemorated Shabbat Zachor (Sabbath of Remembrance). On that day the first known enemy of the Hebrews, Amalek, is remembered. On that day as well the combined Hate Lists of the ADL and the Wiesenthal Centre are dug out to confirm that Amalek still lives today.
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Yes, Amalek still lives. There is no doubt in my mind about that, BUT NOT ON THOSE LISTS. Amalek lives right here in Israel. He is remembered every day of the year by Palestinians, but especially today, the 19th anniversary of the massacre in Hebron by a crazed American zionist.
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He is remembered every day that a Palestinian child is lowered into the grave, yet another victim of Israeli terrorism.
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He is remembered when a family in Gaza visits the graves of loved ones killed by Israeli soldiers.
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How quickly zionism forgets the war crimes committed daily against the Palestinians. How quickly the Western World forgets them as well, mostly due to media blackouts in the zionist controlled press in those countries.
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The fate of those who resist the above atrocities is also remembered …
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Yes, we remember those crimes every day of the year. And yes, we will never forget them or forgive those that committed them.
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‘A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS’ ….

… Yet, there was not a peep from the Israeli government or the ADL or the Wiesenthal Center labeling  Swedish photojournalist Paul Hansen an anti Semite for his winning photo in the World Press Photo Contest. Only the ultra nationalist Arutz Sheva ran THIS dribble about it. Their report starts with Israel is losing the war of images against liars who have set up an industry of blood libels ‘through the lens’ …. pretty pathetic argument in my opinion.
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Let’s have a look at the ‘blood libel’ referred to in this photo; just whose blood is staining the shrouds of the dead children in the image?
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Every zionist and his mother jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks ago condemning the cartoonist Gerald Scarfe for penning the following;
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Our own Carlos Latuff ‘won’ third place for the following on the Wiesenthal Hate List of 2012′
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So we can gather from the above that images penned by artists or cartoonists are a no-no, but photographs are OK. Perhaps because the photo in question shows the anguish of the mourners and the dead children themselves. Makes one think that these crimes against humanity are truly the pride and joy of zionism. It’s not blood libel at all, it’s a true picture of the evils of zionism. Perhaps zionism itself is a blood libel against all of humanity …. food for thought.

ISRAEL LOSES A POPE

 פתק בינלאומי בכותל. האפיפיור בנדיקטוס ה-16 (צילום: AFP)

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Chief Rabbinate officials on Sunday expressed sadness over the shocking resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, describing him as “the best friend the Rabbinate ever had in the Vatican,” but who they said suffered from bad publicity. (From)
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How quickly they forget that the last Pope, John Paul ll risked his life to save Jews in nazi occupied Poland when he was just a young man, while at the same time Pope Benedict XVl was a member of the Hitler Youth in his native Germany.
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The resignation as seen by Carlos Latuff
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT

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All young children have heroes …. mine was Abraham Lincoln. His name, as well as his image were very much a part of my childhood.
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There was a savings bank in my neighbourhood which carried his name. The upper wall was adorned with a mural of Lincoln leading the slaves to freedom, very much in the style of Moses doing the same thing.
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The local High School, which I attended, was Abraham Lincoln High School. The Brigade of brave American volunteers that went off to fight Franco and his fascists in Spain was named the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, definitely the bravest men I ever met.
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So, wherever I went, whatever I did, the image of Abraham Lincoln was forever present.
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Today, 204 years after his birth, he is still my hero,  a man whose visions of justice would be welcome in America today.

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Happy Birthday Mr. President!
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His famous speech in Gettysburg is still an inspiration for all who strive for Statehood and Freedom….
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The Gettysburg Address
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- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Nov. 19, 1863

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.

We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

 

 

Image of Lincoln by Charles White


THE EVIL CROWS THAT RULE IN ISRAEL

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They are not attractive or friendly. They are noisy and obnoxious, truly the zionists of the Israeli birdworld.
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The sweet, loveable sparrows are often attacked and killed by the evil crows for no reason at all …. Their nests are destroyed and their young eaten …
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…. The same with the sweet, innocent, peace-loving doves.
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Watching the birds in Israel is like watching the Knesset Channel on Israeli TV. Makes one wonder who learned from whom….
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FALSE FLAGS, HOAXES AND ZIO LIES

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Yesterday I posted a report from Ynet regarding a ‘cyberwar’ from Syria in retaliation to Israeli attacks.
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Nowhere on news sources is there mention of this. The Israeli government has not issued a statement about this. Both are reasons to believe that the entire story is one conceived in the minds of zionists who are trying to escalate the situation with Syria up to and including a full scale war.
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ANOTHER ‘JEWHAD’ DECLARED AGAINST A CARTOONIST

Carlos Latuff is not alone in his anti zionist works. As Israel continues with its genocidal policies against the people of Palestine, more works are appearing throughout the media condemning those policies.
But, Israel does not view these works as anti Israel or anti zionist, they view them as anti Semitic. This is one of zion’s oldest tricks …..
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Latuff’s image depicting a pre election, bloodthirsty Netanyahu won him third place on the Wiesenthal Centre’s Top Ten anti Semitic list’
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Just a few days before the Wiesenthal Centre’s list came out he was cited by the ADL for his works.
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Other cartoonists rocked the foundations of zion by depicting the truth in their works as well, among them was Pat Oliphant for depicting a nazi-like soldier going after innocent civilians in Gaza. Again, anti Semitism or truth?
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This week there was a new twist used by Israel, It is apparently strictly forbidden to criticise or condemn Israeli genocide on International Holocaust Memorial Day. The London Times of Britain ran a cartoon by Gerald Scarfe showing Netanyahu paving a wall with the blood and limbs of Palestinians. Once again, anti Semitism or truth? Apparently critics of Israel are expected to show some leniency on Holocaust Memorial Day…
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This latest work is the ‘talk of the town’ on the Zio Websites. Surely a work that will ‘win’ Scarfe a place on next year’s hatelist.
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Here’s what the zionists are saying about this latest cartoon (From)
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London Times Cartoon Depicts Benjamin Netanayahu Building Bloody Wall

Image Comes on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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An editorial cartoon showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement was published in London’s Sunday Times.

The caption on the cartoon reads: “Israeli Elections… Will Cementing Peace Continue?” The cartoon was drawn by Gerald Scarfe, who drew the cover illustration for Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has been a critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

The cartoon published Sunday – International Holocaust Memorial Day – is “sickening” and “offensive,” the European Jewish Congress said in a statement.

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor called for an apology from the Sunday Times on Sunday.

“This cartoon would be offensive at any time of the year, but to publish it on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is sickening and expresses a deeply troubling mindset,” Kantor said. “This insensitivity demands an immediate apology from both the cartoonist and the paper’s editors.”

“Amazingly, as this cartoon was published days after the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel, underwent fully democratic elections, as others in the Middle East were being butchered by the tens of thousands, the Sunday Times focuses its imagination solely on the Jewish State,” Kantor said in the statement.

HonestReporting called the cartoon “a blood libel on a day when the millions of victims of the Holocaust are remembered.”

“Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the most appalling atrocities carried out in modern history. It should also be a day when the media remembers that Israel’s actions to defend its citizens bear no relation whatsoever to the genocidal crimes of the Nazis. On any day, this cartoon’s imagery is an assault on the real victims of genocide, demeans their suffering and insults their memory. The Sunday Times should be mindful that what started as cartoons in the 1930′s ultimately led to violence and unspeakable tragedy. This is a lesson that The Sunday Times has clearly not absorbed,” said HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams in a statement issued Sunday by the organization.

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 Needless to say, the ADL was one of the first to join the chorus with the following (From) …

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ADL Slams Sunday Times ‘Blood Libel’ Cartoon Published on Holocaust Memorial Day, Calls for Immediate Apology

In an email to The Algemeiner, the Anti Defamation League has slammed Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper for publishing a cartoon  “with a blatantly anti-Semitic theme,” which appeared Sunday, on Holocaust Memorial Day, and has called for an immediate apology.

Raheem Kassam, Editor of The Commentator which first reported on the publication of the shocking image described the cartoon as depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “large-nosed Jew, hunched over a wall, building with the blood of Palestinians as they writhe in pain within it.”

“Penned by Gerald Scarfe (the cartoonist behind Pink Floyd’s The Wall), the caption reads: ‘Israeli Elections… Will Cementing Peace Continue?’” added Honest Reporting which also reported on the image.

“The Sunday Times has clearly lost its moral bearings publishing a cartoon with a blatantly anti-Semitic theme and motif which is a modern day evocation of the ancient ‘blood libel’ charge leveled at Jews,” Michael A. Salberg, ADL International Affairs Director told The Algemeiner. “There is nothing subtle about the caricatured image of Prime Minister Netanyahu using Palestinians and their blood to build a wall to ‘protect’ Israelis,” he added.

Salberg called for an immediate response from The Sunday Times saying, “The Sunday Times should be ashamed and should immediately apologize for its gross insensitivity.”

The ADL also made reference to the history of such gross portrayals of Jews and their role in fanning the hatred that led to their slaughter. “This is the stuff which historically justified hatred of Jews and led to the wholesale slaughter of Jews,” he said.

CEO of Honest Reporting, Joe Hyams, added criticism of the publication, saying, “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the most appalling atrocities carried out in modern history. It should also be a day when the media remembers that Israel’s actions to defend its citizens bear no relation whatsoever to the genocidal crimes of the Nazis. On any day, this cartoon’s imagery is an assault on the real victims of genocide, demeans their suffering and insults their memory. The Sunday Times should be mindful that what started as cartoons in the 1930′s ultimately led to violence and unspeakable tragedy. This is a lesson that The Sunday Times has clearly not absorbed.”

The Sunday Times of owned by News International which is in turn owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. In the past Murdoch has been recognized by a number of Jewish organizationsincluding the Anti Defamation League for his friendship to the Jewish community. Murdoch has been consistently listed by The Algemeiner as one of the “top 10 non-Jews positively influencing the Jewish future.”

When reached on the phone by The Algemeiner a representative of  the News International Press Office would not immediately comment on the cartoon.

UPDATE: The Sunday Times responded to The Algemeiner’s request for comment, issuing the following statement: “This is a typically robust cartoon by Gerald Scarfe. The Sunday Times firmly believes that it is not anti-Semitic. It is aimed squarely at Mr Netanyahu and his policies, not at Israel, let alone at Jewish people. It appears today because Mr Netanyahu won the Israeli election last week. The Sunday Times condemns anti-Semitism, as is clear in the excellent article in today’s Magazine which exposes the Holocaust-denying tours of concentration camps organised by David Irving.”

 

 

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