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My last post was about Israeli leaders calling for a holocaust against the Palestinians….

This was reported throughout the world…. upsetting the zionists. Rather then get Israel to call off it’s stormtroopers… they merely call it all a ‘bad translation’ of what was actually said….

Read about it here…..pathetic as it might be.

Friday, 29th February 2008

Ye gods. The BBC has put out this story:

Israel warns of Gaza ‘holocaust’Israeli leaders are warning of an imminent conflagration in Gaza after Palestinian militants aimed rockets at the southern city of Ashkelon. The deputy defence minister said the stepped-up rocket fire would trigger what he called a ‘bigger holocaust’ in the Hamas-controlled coastal strip.

This reported remark by deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai caused widespread shock and absolute horror. For an Israeli minister to use the word ‘holocaust’ to describe a limited war of Israeli self-defence, when for Jews of all people the ‘Holocaust’ means one thing: genocide — and this at a time when the calumny of the ‘Jews as Nazis’ is rampant around the world, putting Israel and the Jewish people at risk — was simply beyond belief.

It was indeed without any credibility — because Vilnai never said it. It was an appalling mistranslation by Reuters, the source of the BBC story. Vilnai said:

‘The more Qassam (rocket) fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger “shoah” because we will use all our might to defend ourselves’.

Reuters translated the Hebrew word ‘shoah’ as ‘holocaust’. But ‘shoah’ merely means disaster. In Hebrew, the word ‘shoah’ is never used to mean ‘holocaust’ or ‘genocide’ because of the acute historical resonance. The word ‘Hashoah’ alone means ‘the Holocaust’ and ‘retzach am’ means ‘genocide’. The well-known Hebrew construction used by Vilnai used merely means ‘bringing disaster on themselves’.

As a subsequent Reuter’s story reported,

Vilnai’s spokesman said: ‘Mr. Vilnai was meaning “disaster”. He did not mean to make any allusion to the genocide.’ Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arye Mekel, added: ‘Deputy Defence Minister Matan Vilnai used the Hebrew phrase that included the term ‘shoah’ in Hebrew in the sense of a disaster or a catastrophe, and not in the sense of a holocaust.’

But this grotesque mistranslation has given Hamas a propaganda gift which they lost no time exploiting:

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Vilnai’s comments: ‘We are facing new Nazis who want to kill and burn the Palestinian people.’
At a time when the rockets continue to rain down on the southern Negev and Israel is being forced to contemplate stepping up its incursions into Gaza because of the truly genocidal assault upon its citizens by Hamas, such a mistranslation is more than an unfortunate slip. In the present explosive atmosphere, it can lead directly to an enormous escalation of violence by the Palestinians.
It is not enough for Reuters to try to cover its backside in subsequent stories. It must issue an explicit retraction, and so must the BBC. Instantly.


MKs call for Gaza invasion in wake of escalation

“The Israel Defense Forces must reoccupy part of the Gaza Strip for an unlimited time and overthrow the Hamas government, the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said Friday, in the wake of escalating rocket attacks that peaked Thursday with a direct hit on a home in Ashkelon.

“The State of Israel must make a strategic decision to order the IDF to prepare quickly to topple the Hamas terror regime and take over all the areas from which rockets are fired on Israel,” MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Kadima) told Israel Radio. He said the IDF should prepare to remain in those areas for years……

Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai went as far as threatening a “shoah,”
the Hebrew word for holocaust or disaster. The word is generally used to refer to the Nazi Holocaust, but a spokesman for Vilnai said the deputy defense minister used the word in the sense of “disaster,” saying “he did not mean to make any allusion to the genocide

“The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, [the Palestinians] will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our might to defend ourselves,” Vilnai told Army Radio on Friday.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said of Vilnai’s comments: “We are facing new Nazis who want to kill and burn the Palestinian people.”……”


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Israeli Democracy: Israel kills a baby, 9 children out of 33 victims in 24 hours!



The Crime in Pics:


One Palestinian has been killed and three others injured in a raid against a police station in the west of Gaza City. The station is located next to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh’s house.

Dr. Mu’awiya Hassanain, head of emergency and ambulance services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that ambulances transferred the dead body and the casualties to a hospital in Gaza.

Four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli air raid in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon, bringing the number of those killed in the Gaza Strip to 27 in the last 24 hours. Eight of the dead are children.

 Hasanain said the bodies of 11-year-old Deib Darduna and 14-year-old ‘Umar Darduna arrived at the Kamal Udwan hospital in Beit Hanoun torn to pieces. Meanwhile, the bodies of 7-year-old Muhammad Hammuda and 8-year-old Ali Darduna were taken to Ash-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

A short while later, an Israeli unmanned reconnaissance plane launched a missile at a car in Beit Hanoun injuring two people, one of them seriously.

Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip have been continuous throughout Thursday.

On Thursday afternoon Palestinian medics found the dead body of 12-year-old Amjad As-Sakani in eastern Gaza City.

Meanwhile 25-year-old Hamas activist Rami Khalifa died of wounds he sustained on Thursday morning.

Israeli warplanes launched a raid on Thursday afternoon on the northern Gaza Strip killing 23-year-old Al-Qassam Brigades member Abdullah Zuwaidi.

A few minutes later, the Israeli warplanes launched another raid near the agricultural college in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Several Palestinians were injured in the attack.

At around 9:30 on Thursday morning local time, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Palestinian civilians in eastern Gaza City killing senior Hamas leader and Palestinian Legislative Council member and Hamza Khalil Al-Hayya and 23-year-old Jawad Tafish. Several others were also injured.

Mu’awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian health ministry told Ma’an that Ash-Shifa hospital in Gaza City had received one of the dead and several people who had sustained serious injuries.

On Wednesday evening, three Palestinian children were killed and six others injured in an Israeli air strike on the Al Taw’am area close to the Khazandar gas station, north of Gaza City. One of the dead was 5-month-old Muhammad Nasser Al-Borey, who was in his family home when a missile struck the building.

Mu’awiya Hassanain, said that ambulances transported the injured and dead children, including the headless body of a child, to the Shifa’ and Kamal hospitals.

He added that five children were rushed to the intensive care unit and the operating room, with one clinically dead.

Witnesses said that those involved were passing by a local-made missile launcher that was struck by the Israeli forces.

Earlier on Wednesday, two Palestinians were killed and two others injured when Israeli artillery targeted an orange grove in the Ash-Shuja’iyya neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City.

Hassanain said that one of the dead was identified as 27-year-old Minwir Abu Mandeel, who worked as a guard at the grove. The second victim’s identity remains unknown as the corpse arrived at the Kamal Udwan Hospital so badly damaged that it was not possible to identify the victim.

On Wednesday morning, five Al-Qassam Brigades activists were killed, and several bystanders were injured, after Israeli helicopters launched two missiles at a car in western Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

From Ma’an News Agency…

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an’s reporter that the car was targeted near Al-Aqsa University.

In another Israeli raid on Wednesday morning an Islamic Jihad activist was killed and two others injured when an Israeli unmanned drone targeted two sites east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

A spokesperson of the the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, said that the victim was Zaky Abu Zaid. The wounded were evacuated to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital for treatment.


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A few weeks ago Coulter gave Ms. Clinton the ‘kiss of death’ by even alluding to the fact that she would support her if McCain was nominated by the Republicans….

Now we have Louis Farrakhan, the Black man’s answer to Abe Foxman, praising Barack Obama….truly a kiss of death considering the abuse his campaign has endured over the past few days…

Farrakhans praise could cost Obama many Jewish votes if Foxman and company get to work on the issue….

Speaking of ‘ISSUES’…… I’d love to see some raised during this campaign…. real ones that are opposed to policies of the Bush administration and McCain’s support of them.

The following report deals with the latest ‘blow’ to the Obama camp…. and his pathetic reply.

Obama tells Jewish leaders: I have never been a Muslim
By The Associated Press

For Barack Obama, it is an ember that he has doused time and again, only to see it flicker anew: links to Islam fanned by false rumors, innuendo and association.

The Democratic presidential front-runner and his campaign reacted strongly this week when a photo of him in Kenyan tribal garb began spreading on the Internet.

And the praise he received Sunday from Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the black Muslim group Nation of Islam, prompted pointed questions during Tuesday night’s presidential debate and in a private meeting over the weekend with Jewish leaders in Cleveland, Ohio.

During the debate, Obama repeated his denunciation of Farrakhan’s views, which have included numerous anti-Semitic comments. And, after being pressed, he rejected Farrakhan’s support in the presidential race.

The Democratic candidate says repeatedly that he is a Christian who took the oath of office on a family Bible. Yet on the Internet and on talk radio, and in a campaign introduction for Republican candidate John McCain this week, he often is depicted, falsely, as a Muslim with shadowy ties and his middle name, Hussein, is emphasized.

“If anyone is still puzzled about the facts, in fact I have never been a
Muslim,” he told the Jewish leaders in Cleveland, according to a transcript of the private session.

The photo of Obama wearing Kenyan tribal raiment, taken by an Associated Press photographer during his 2006 visit to the country where his father was born, resurfaced on the Internet amid unsubstantiated claims that it was being circulated by members of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign. Clinton and her aides said they had nothing to do with it. The Obama campaign accused them of shameful, offensive fear-mongering.

On Tuesday McCain denounced the introduction he got in Cincinnati that
criticized Obama in vivid terms. Talk show host Bill Cunningham referred to Obama three times as Barack Hussein Obama and called him a hack, Chicago-style politician during Cunningham’s introduction of McCain.

The Obama campaign is closely attuned to the rumors and insinuations.
Information on Obama’s Christian faith is prominently available on the Know the facts page of his Web site. The campaign has distributed flyers to churches in states with presidential contests. It encourages supporters to flag any attack that may make its way into cyberspace.

“Our campaign is vigilant in quickly responding to any information about
Senator Obama that surfaces, be it on the Internet, in the media or from our opponents,” spokesman Bill Burton said Wednesday.

“If there is confusion – and opportunity for political mischief – it derives at least in part from Obama’s rich cultural background. His mother was a white woman from Kansas, his father was Kenyan, and he spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, a largely Muslim country.

“My grandfather, who was Kenyan, converted to Christianity, then converted to Islam,” Obama said Sunday. “My father never practiced; he was basically agnostic. So, other than my name and the fact that I lived in a populous Muslim country for four years when I was a child, I have very little connection to the Islamic religion.”

Obama has become careful in denouncing the links, lately noting that some
rumors about him also have been insulting to Muslims. Jim Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, said many Arab Americans are drawn to Obama because of his cultural background.

“It is clear he wants to have a broader relationship with the Muslim world,” Zogby said. “He has a biography that connects him to the Muslim world.”

Obama, though in the presidential limelight now for more than a year, is still introducing himself to voters. An AP-Yahoo poll in January asked people to volunteer the first few words that came to mind about each of the candidates, and 4 percent of the respondents, unprompted, mentioned the word Muslim when describing Obama.

Some of the rumors and allegations about Obama clearly are not true yet still spread, often anonymously:

-A debunked chain e-mail circulating widely on the Internet suggests he is hiding his Islamic roots. It says he was sworn into the Senate on the Quran and turns his back on the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance.

He took his Senate oath with his hand on a family Bible, and he says, “Whenever I’m in the United States Senate, I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. In fact, no candidate could survive if he publicly spurned the pledge.”

-Another false report says he attended a Muslim madrassa school as a child in Jakarta. Obama was born in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia when he was 6 to live with his mother and stepfather. He returned to Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his maternal grandparents.

Interviews last year by The Associated Press at the Catholic elementary school in Jakarta found that it is a public and secular institution and has been open to students of all faiths since before Obama attended in the late 1960s. Said vice principal Akmad Solichin: “Yes, most of our students are Muslim, but there are Christians as well. Everyone’s
welcome here.”

-Obama also has faced questions about his pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he has been a member for 20 years. Trinity calls itself Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian. But it accepts nonblack congregants. The United Church of Christ’s president and general minister, the Rev. John H. Thomas, was quoted in a church publication as pointing out that the Rev. Jane Fisler-Hoffman, Illinois Conference Minister, who is white, has been a member of the congregation for years.

-Obama has been asked about Farrakhan’s words of praise and Farrakhan’s
receipt of an award from Trumpet Newsmagazine, a Trinity church publication last month. Obama told Jewish leaders Sunday: “An award was given to Farrakhan for his work on behalf of ex-offenders completely unrelated to his controversial statements. And I believe that was a mistake and showed a lack of sensitivity to the Jewish community, and I said so.”

Farrakhan did not endorse Obama but said Sunday: “This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better.”

Asked Tuesday night whether he would accept support from Farrakhan, Obama said: “I live in Chicago. He lives in Chicago. I’ve been very clear, in terms of me believing that what he has said is reprehensible and inappropriate. And I have consistently distanced myself from him.”

Following an exchange with Clinton, he then added: “There’s no formal offer of help from Minister Farrakhan that would involve me rejecting it. But if the word ‘reject’ Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”


Bella Ciao Dear Comrade …. you’ve earned your rest. May you remain healthy and strong and be with us for many years to come….

Thanks for everything!

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The population of Gaza was about 1.5 million as of yesterday morning… there are 13 less this morning. Last night Israel murdered 13 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including the gorgeous baby in the photograph above. The child had a name, it was Muhammed Al-Bura’i. He was six months old. Israel felt the need to kill him as he might have been responsible for a Qassam rocket that was fired into Sderot killing an Israeli civilian.

Moments after the Qassam attack Israel filed a complaint with the United Nations … a report of that can be read HERE.
Whether that complaint was filed before or after Israel’s attack is not known.

Thirteen Palestinians massacred, mostly civilians… on this, the eve of the Nakba…a catastrophe of 60 years ago… a catastrophe that continues to this day.

The thirteen can be added to the following count of this month’s dead…
taken from THIS Legal Report.

GAZA, (PIC)– The IOF troops killed 51 Palestinians including seven children and two women mostly in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of February, according to a report issued by the Nafha society for the defense of human and prisoners’ rights.

The report said that 46 victims were only killed in Gaza most of them during Israeli air strikes

In another context, the IOF troops acknowledged that three Israeli settlers at least were injured during rocket attacks at noon Monday carried out by the Palestinian resistance on the Israeli Sderot settlement in the Palestinian lands occupied in 1948.

For its part, the Salahuddin Brigades, the armed wing of the popular resistance committees, announced its responsibility for firing two homemade rockets on Sderot, adding that this operation came in retaliation to the ongoing Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank.


Israel is complaining.

Israel is protesting to the UNited Nations.





Should the truth be hidden from children? What do we say to a child whose father or brother were just brutally murdered by enemy troops? What do we say to a child whose best friend was just gunned down in a playground by those same troops?

Hamas Television deals with these questions through what they call ‘educational children’s television’…. using cartoon characters that are not as cuddly and lovable as the ones we might be used to in the West.

Their first character was a Mickey Mouse lookalike named Farfur… he didn’t last very long, he was beaten to death by Israeli troops…. ‘live’ on camera.

Then there was a Bumble Bee, Nahoul, who was very angry at the situation…. he too died because of the Israeli siege on Gaza…. he was not able to get to a hospital.The children watching these shows also get angry as their questions get answered… they realise that their suffering is a result of the occupation…

Nahoul was replaced on the show by Assud the Rabbit. Assud ‘snuck’ into Gaza when the wall was knocked down a few weeks ago. He too is angry at the situation and carries a symbolic key with him to open the doors to Jerusalem.

The political message the show tries to give is that the occupation is evil…. and should be fought against. Would it be better to teach the acceptance of the situation? Would it be better to lie to the children about the situation?

In my previous post I spoke about how the ending of the occupation would end the anger… would end the terrorism… Would that not be better than lying to the children? Don’t they have the right to know the truth? I think they do….. but I also believe that the truth can be changed…. when that happens the little Bunny can continue on the show as a truly cuddly character… just like our dear old ‘Bugs’….

Until that happens, here is the situation…. Click HERE to see a video of the show in question.


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“As long as there is occupation, there will be terrorism”….. sounds allot like “Fear leads to anger. anger leads to hate, and hate leads to misery.”

Both of the above are true… Palestinians are angered at the occupation of their land, have come to hate the occupier and are striking back in every way possible. Simple!

Therefore, we now can see that to end the terrorism (on both sides), the occupation must end. Simple!

Not so….. we are not in a Star Wars movie… we are in reality…. we are in Israel/Palestine…. a land long involved in a conflict which has cost many lives and untold misery on both sides….. but it seems there is a solution…. a simple one…

Take away the cause for anger, it will end the hate which will end the terrorism. Simple? It seems so…

A South African lawyer, John Dugard, is an independent investgator of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for the UN Human Rights Council said the following in his report… “Acts of terror against military occupation must be seen in historical context. This is why every effort should be made to bring the occupation to a speedy end. Until this is done, peace cannot be expected, and violence will continue.”

The report will be handed in next month but, needless to say, was already rejected by Israel for the following reason…”enflaming hatred between Jews and Palestinians. ” Do you see the hatred? I see an attempt to eliminate hatred… why does Israel see hatred written in this report?

Where is Yoda when we need him????
The following AP Report deals with the question of the report…

UN expert: Palestinian terror ‘inevitable consequence’ of Israeli occupation

Palestinian terror ‘inevitable consequence of Israeli occupation and laws that resemble South African apartheid,’ report authored by investigator for Human Rights Council says

Associated Press

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The report by John Dugard, independent investigator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the UN Human Rights Council, will be presented next month, but it has been posted on the body’s website.In it, Dugard, a South African lawyer who campaigned against apartheid in the 1980s, says “common sense … Dictates that a distinction must be drawn between acts of mindless terror, such as acts committed by al-Qaeda, and acts committed in the course of a war of national liberation against colonialism, apartheid or military occupation.”

While Palestinian terrorist acts are to be deplored, “they must be understood as being a painful but inevitable consequence of colonialism, apartheid or occupation,” writes Dugard, whose 25-page report accuses the Jewish state of acts and policies consistent with all three.

He cited checkpoints and roadblocks restricting Palestinian movement to house demolitions and what he terms the “Judaization” of Jerusalem.

‘Professor Dugard not objective’

As long as there is occupation, there will be terrorism, he argues.

“Acts of terror against military occupation must be seen in historical context,” Dugard says. “This is why every effort should be made to bring the occupation to a speedy end. Until this is done, peace cannot be expected, and violence will continue.”

Israel’s UN Ambassador in Geneva slammed Dugard’s analysis.

“The common link between al-Qaeda and the Palestinian terrorists is that both intentionally target civilians with the mere purpose to kill,” Itzhak Levanon said. “The fact that Professor Dugard is ignoring this essential fact, demonstrates his inability to use objectivity in his assessment.

“Professor Dugard will better serve the cause of peace by ceasing to enflame the hatred between Israelis and Palestinians, who have embarked on serious talks to solve this contentious situation.”

Dugard was appointed in 2001 as an unpaid expert by the now-defunct UN Human Rights Commission to investigate only violations by the Israeli side, prompting Israel and the US to dismiss his reports as one-sided. Israel refused to allow him to conduct a UN-mandated fact-finding mission on its Gaza offensive in 2006.

The report will be presented next month at the 47-nation rights council’s first regular session of the year. The new body has been widely criticized – even by its founder, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan – for spending most of its time criticizing one government, Israel’s, over alleged abuses.


The news report that follows is just SICK! It is an indication of the non issue campaign being run today for the upcoming Presidential election.

The photo at the left is the one that caused the ‘stir’, the others were posted by Michael Rivera at What Really Happened… with a question mark… An AP report follows….

Nobody seemed to get upset by THIS photo!

Or this one…

Or …

Or …

And here is Dick Cheney…

Where is the stir?

Obama photo in turban, robe causes stir

Picture allegedly circulated by prospective Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Hillary Clinton’s staffers; Obama: Voters saddened by these kinds of politics

Associated Press

A photograph circulating on the Internet of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama dressed in traditional local garments during a visit to Kenya in 2006 is causing a dustup in the presidential campaign over what constitutes a smear.

The Associated Press photograph portrays Obama wearing a white turban and a wraparound white robe presented to him by elders in Wajir, in northeastern Kenya. Obama’s estranged late father was Kenyan and Obama visited the country in 2006, attracting thousands of well-wishers.

The gossip and news Web site The Drudge Report posted the photograph Monday and said it was being circulated by “Clinton staffers” and quoted an e-mail from an unidentified campaign aide. Drudge did not include proof of the e-mail in the report.

“I just want to make it very clear that we were not aware of it, the campaign didn’t sanction it and don’t know anything about it,” Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a teleconference with reporters. “None of us have seen the e-mail in question. If anybody has independent reporting that they’ve done on it I would welcome it.”

Obama, in an interview with WOAI radio in San Antonio, Texas, said voters are “saddened when they see these kind of politics.”

“Everybody knows that whether it’s me or Senator Clinton or Bill Clinton that when you travel to other countries they ask you to try on traditional garb that you have been given as a gift,” he said. “The notion that the Clinton campaign would be trying to circulate this as a negative on the same day that Senator Clinton was giving a speech about how we repair our relationships around the world is sad.”

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused Clinton’s campaign of “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”

Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams said the Obama campaign’s reaction was inflaming passions and distracting voters.

“Enough,” Williams said in a statement. “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.
“This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry.”
In a teleconference with reporters, retired Air Force Gen. Scott Gration, an Obama adviser who accompanied the Illinois senator to Kenya two years ago, said the senator was there to learn how tribes were organizing themselves.

“And in the course of this, Senator Obama was given an outfit and as the guest that he was, the great guest, he took this outfit and they encouraged him to try some of it on,” Gration said. “It was a thing that we all do.”

In December, two Clinton Iowa volunteers resigned after forwarding a hoax e-mail that falsely said Obama is a Muslim possibly intent on destroying the United States. Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ and says he has never been a Muslim, but false rumors about Islamic ties are circulating on the Internet.


The Palestinian General Intelligence has been using various types of torture during the interrogation of prisoners. The death of one of the prisoners last week did not result in an investigation as one might think, rather it led to the authorities lying about the situation.

The prisoner was a local religious leader, Majd al Barghouthi, an imam in his mosque in a nearby village to Ramallah. His death, due to torture, raised many questions in the community…. questions that still remain to be answered.

Details of the incident can be read in the following report just sent to me by Khalid Amayreh.

A Police State without a State
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah

A government that murders its political opponents, by way of torture or assassination, and then tries to cover up the crime, or mitigate its gravity, is a criminal government, pure and simple.

As Palestinian citizens, we are worried that the Ramallah-based government is effectively becoming just another Arab police state, to be added to the other 22 other police states in the Arab world. But there is a very a conspicuous difference, because in our case, the Palestinian “state” is obviously a police state without a state.

Two weeks ago, the Palestinian General Intelligence, also known as Mukhabarat, arrested, reportedly in a brutal manner, eight people from the village of Kober near Ramallah. Among the detainees was the imam of the local mosque, Majd al Barghouthi, 45, and father to eight children. The main charge leveled against him was related to a firearm he allegedly was hiding somewhere. Al-Barghouthi denied that he possessed or knew of any firearm.

For eight successive days, al-Barghouthi was subjected to harsh physical torture, including severe beating, burns, sleep deprivation, and the so-called hooding technique, virtually the same types of torture employed by Israeli domestic intelligence apparatus, the Shin Beth, against Palestinian inmates.

On Wednesday, 20 February, al-Barghouthi lost consciousness and was unceremoniously taken to a hospital in Ramallah. The treating doctor told the Mukhabarat agents that the man was in critical condition and that he needed urgent hospitalization.

However, the Mukhabarat agents didn’t heed the doctor’s advice, and decided to take him back to the torture chamber.

On Friday, 22 February, al Barghouthi died, reportedly during an extended torture session.

According to inmates, who were being held in a neighboring chamber, he cried out for help for several hours to no avail, and then his voice got weaker and weaker, until he died.

Following his death, Mukhabarat officials as well as some PA and Fatah spokespersons switched into the “damage-control mode,” claiming that the man had been ill and that he had had a heart problem.

His family and relatives have vehemently denied that he had had any serious health problems. They insist that their son was simply murdered by the ruthless Mukhabarat apparatus.

This writer has had the opportunity to observe the body of the victim and can testify that the man had indeed been subjected to extremely savage and beating, strangulation, and administration of electrical burns.

Dozens of physicians, journalists, lawmakers and ordinary people have seen with their own eyes the extent of the torture the victim had undergone.

These are not allegations, but facts.

Now, the ball is undoubtedly in Mahmoud Abbas’s court. As President of the Palestinian Authority, he is legally and morally responsible for what happened.

The Palestinian people expect him to behave and act, not like a head of the Fatah organization, but as President of all Palestinians. This is indeed the ultimate test of the credibility of Mr. Abbas, and if, God forbids, he fails this test, he won’t be taken seriously ever after.

This means that he must order a truly neutral and professional inquiry commission to look into what exactly happened and establish the truth within a reasonable period of time.

The Palestinian people must be assured that there will be no foul-play and no whitewashing and no cover-up. After all, we are not a group of imbeciles and simpletons whom the so-called “government” can easily deceive and bamboozle. In the final analysis, the raison d’etre of any government is to serve the people, not kill them.

Indeed, if it turns out that al-Barghouthi died as a result of torture, which is very likely, the PA chairman and his government must have the courage to address the Palestinian people and tell them the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about what happened.

And then, we, the people of Palestine, will expect his Excellency, to immediately fire the Head of the General Intelligence, Mr. Tawfiq al Tirawi, for violating the law which prohibits the practice of torture and for being instrumental to a homicide.

We will also expect him to prosecute the person or persons directly and indirectly involved in the death of al-Barghouthi.

But there are certain tasks Abbas doesn’t have to wait for the results of the investigation to carry them out.

President Abbas should immediately instruct all his security agencies to stop the employment of torture in their dungeons and interrogation chambers. It is really a disgrace that while we complain about the rampant use of torture by Israel, we ourselves are using it against our own people, against ourselves. Shame on us.

More to the point, Abbas should issue a timely decree outlawing all political arrests, that is arresting people because of their political views. This decree should make it sufficiently clear to all these young and mostly uneducated or undereducated security cadres that they are not above the law and that they will be punished severely if they indulge in torture again.

I know we can’t possibly bring al-Barghouthi back to life. However, for the sake of his family and friends and the Palestinian people as a whole, we can prevent the recurrence of this crime. But this is only if we have the will to do what is right.

Finally, a word to the European Union and other donors who are keeping the PA afloat.

You are not completely innocent of this crime. You know well the men who may have killed the victim receive their salaries from you. You are their bankrollers.

And I am sure that the European peoples you represent don’t accept that their tax-payer money is used to effect serious human rights violations, including the right to life, of the Palestinian people.

Hence, it is extremely important that you make all your financial aid to the PA conditional upon its observance of human rights in the occupied territories.

I am not even alluding to the American role in this macabre quagmire in the West Bank for obvious reasons, for the US, which practices renditions and torture, is part of the problem.

I am addressing the Europeans, especially the European parliament, because they still have a semblance of civility and decency.

Hence, the hope that the EU will tell the Ramallah government to stop it now.


“Olmert, I Want My Daddy!”

By Mohammed Omer

Young Maria Ismail Abu Jaser holds a picture of her imprisoned father at a Dec. 3 demonstration in front of the International Red Cross office in Gaza City. (Photo M. Omer).

STRETCHING HER short arms above her head while balancing on a chair, 7-year-old Jumana Abu Jazar struggles to loop the picture wire around a rusty nail protruding from the wall. Shifting her weight, she spoke, her delicate voice amplified as it bounced off the wall.

“My mother died and I have no brothers and sisters,” she stated matter-of-factly, biting her lower lip and cocking her head to match the picture’s tilt. “My father is in jail, in an Israeli jail where he is forced to live in a dark cell.”

She paused for a moment to inspect her handiwork, caressing an embroidered pendant hanging around her neck, a gift her father made her.

“I saw my daddy once,” she chimed, satisfied she had hung the picture of her father straight. Kissing it lightly, she continued, “But now I can’t see my daddy for security reasons.”

Her eyes clouded over and her voice sank into a puzzled whisper.

“When I go to see him,” she repeated in semi-disbelief, “I’m always denied for security reasons.”

Guilty of Being Palestinian

Together with her grandmother, Umm Ala’a, who is in her late 60s, Jumana lives in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. According to Umm Ala’a, Jumana’s father “was arrested by Israeli occupation forces in 2001 on his way back through the Rafah border. He was accompanying his father, who had received medical treatment abroad. An Israeli judge sentenced him to 18 years.

“He is accused of being Palestinian,” she said raggedly, the tears falling freely as she attempted to regain her composure. “This [arrest and imprisonment] is a ‘life tax’ that almost everyone must pay in Palestine.”

If her father serves his full sentence, Jumana will be 19 years old when Israel releases him. Six years after his arrest, the charges against him remain ambiguous.

The Palestinian life tax refuses to play favorites—snaring diplomats, leaders, professors, doctors and others in its net. Even journalists are not immune. In May 2005, while traveling to work in the West Bank, Ahmad Abu Haniyah, youth coordinator for the Alternative Information Center, a 20-year project of Israeli and Palestinian journalists, was arrested by Israeli occupation forces and imprisoned for two years under administrative detention—meaning he was neither charged nor tried, and had only minimal visits with an attorney. Abu Haniyah was fortunate, however, since he was not subjected to torture and interrogation during his incarceration. In May 2007 he was finally released, but to this day, Israeli authorities have given no reason for his arrest.

Orphans of Israel’s Life Tax

Whether for a few weeks, several years, or a decade or more, the removal of parents from their children’s lives for no reason by occupation authorities deprives Palestinian spouses, children and grandparents of essential familial support. Many children are rendered quasi-orphans and plunged further into poverty. Most often it is fathers and eldest sons—the family heads and primary wage earners—who are detained and whisked off to prisons. Nearly every Palestinian family has experienced the detaining by Israeli occupation forces of a family member or close friend. Few ever learn why their loved ones are taken, and many of the released prisoners return as mere shadows of their former selves, damaged psychologically or physically. Some, of course, never return.

Although Israel occasionally releases a few hundred prisoners as a “gesture of goodwill,” it typically selects prisoners due to be released shortly anyway. This plays well internationally, but benefits few Palestinians. Indeed, the number of prisoners arrested and detained continues to increase on a weekly basis, and by December 2007 had reached 10,400.

Vigil for the Interned

Arrested when he was 21, Atia Abu Mussa has lost the past 14 years of his life, interned at Nafha desert prison. His mother hopes for his release. Each Monday, prisoners’ friends and family members gather outside the International Red Cross office in Gaza City to hold a nonviolent vigil for their loved ones. Abu Mussa’s mother comes as often as possible. Today she clutches her son’s photo to her chest. “I would love to see him, if only for a moment,” she pleaded. “We haven’t been allowed to visit him for many years now,” she explained, still unsure why he’s been sentenced to 99 years.

A few meters away, Ramdan Al Baba, 60, stood with a photo of his 29-year-old son Shadi. “My son was arrested,” Al Baba stated. “He worked at President [Yasser] Arafat’s compound in Ramallah in 2003. There are no accusations. His crime is his job. He was a guard for President Arafat.”

His frustration at Israel’s Kafkaesque system was evident on his face as Al Baba continued, “Since last week my son has been on a hunger strike in prison—since last week. They are living in dire conditions.”

Standing next to him, Zaki Al Masri interjected, “Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, our sons were given only bread and tea to eat.”

Like Al Baba, Al Masri joins the protestors each week, hoping to free his son Rami Al Masri, interned without charges or trial in Israel’s notorious Ashkelon Prison since the spring of 2006. At home his son’s wife and three children struggle to survive. “I have not seen him at all,” the father lamented. “I can’t even send him a letter.”

Administrative Detention vs. Habeas Corpus

The principle of habeas corpus (literally “bring forth the body”) is a right guaranteed by the Geneva Convention regarding prisoners of war—which is why Israel describes the thousands of Palestinians it has detained as security threats. That is also the reason it cites for its border closures, incursions and targeted assassinations. According to habeas corpus, a person detained or arrested must be told what they are accused of and why they are being held, and to be given the opportunity to retain and meet with counsel. Essentially, habeas corpus ensures due process. If the charges are valid—i.e., if there is sufficient evidence—the accused person goes to trial. If not, he or she must be freed.

Israel circumvents granting the right of habeas corpus to Palestinian prisoners via a draconian measure euphemistically described as administrative detention, whereby it can arrest, torture and imprison a person without cause, without trial and without conviction. A person can be held for six months under administrative detention—but the sentence can be renewed indefinitely. Currently 863 Palestinians have been held for 15 years or more under administrative detention.


Torture and confessions obtained through torture are still common practice in Israel. According to Israeli human rights groups, Shin Bet security forces regularly use torture on Palestinian prisoners. A report published recently by B’Tselem and HaMoked, The Center for Defense of Individuals, documented the experiences of 73 prisoners arrested between July 2005 and March 2006. It found that the Shin Bet routinely used “beatings, painful binding, back bending, body stretching and prolonged sleep deprivation” on Palestinian prisoners. Each of these tactics, according to the report, constitutes torture under international law.

In a telephone interview Yezekhel Lein, author of the report and head of B’Tselem’s research department, addressed the issue of disparate treatment of those incarcerated in Israeli jails and prisons.

“Factually, the conditions are different,” he stated. “There is discrimination in how Palestinian prisoners and Israeli prisoners are treated.”

Meanwhile, 7-year-old Jumana anticipates the day of her father’s release, writing “I love you daddy” over and over in her notebooks. Looking up for a moment at the adults conversing with each other, the little girl casually inquired, “Why is my daddy in jail?”

Drawing in her breath, her grandmother whispered, “He’s in jail because of the Israeli occupation.”

The young girl sat up, her eyes expressing her confusion.

Her grandmother clarified, “It is Israel, Olmert’s occupation.”

“Olmert?” the 7-year-old child repeated. “Olmert, I want my daddy!”


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

Fourteen years ago today, in the Tomb of Abraham Our Father, thirty innocent Palestinians were brutally murdered while at prayer. The pain is still felt by the families of these martyrs, a pain that is intensified with each brutal action of the zionist regime against the people of Palestine.

The murderer was a doctor, one that was supposed to heal… but instead chose to spread the vileness of the cancer known as zionism.

The victims must be remembered, the act must never be forgiven nor forgotten, an act against the entire nation of Palestine.

Zionism is a blight on the Jewish people, if left untreated it will continue to kill.

An Original report of the massacre in Hebron can be read HERE from the BBC.

Also read THIS brilliant tribute posted by my dear Brother Haitham.


Palestinians should seek reparations from Germany

By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

In the early months of the Aqsa intifada against the Israeli occupation, an Israeli officer in the Nablus region told dozens of handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees that “we are treating you like the Nazis treated us, and maybe when you are free from our grip, you will find another people whom you will treat the same way we are treating you.”

These were not facetious remarks. That officer was actually displaying definitive symptoms of a chronic collective psychosis permeating through the Israeli Jewish society. It is this collective mental sickness that make Israelis commit the most heinous crimes without feeling the slightest shred of guilt.

Didn’t Dan Halutz, the former Israeli air-force commander and later chief of staff boast that he slept well at night and felt no compunctions after he ordered an F-16 fighter warplane to drop a one-ton bomb on a residential apartment building in downtown Gaza , killing sixteen sleeping people, including 11 children.

In truth, there is an umbilical relationship between the holocaust and Israel’s nefarious behavior toward the Palestinians. In the final analysis, the Palestinians are the victims’ victims as the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said put it.

In fact, one would not cross into the realm of the absurd by arguing that had Jews not been victims of the holocaust, the Palestinians would most likely have not been victimized by Jews in such a diabolical manner and for that long.

In a certain sense, one can say with very little exaggeration that it was Nazi Germany that created Israel. Yes, Zionism predated the holocaust; but it was the holocaust that gave Zionism the ultimate argument for Jewish statehood.

Not only that, the holocaust proved to be, even today, the ultimate blocker of any meaningful objections to Israeli criminality against the peoples of the Middle East. This explains why and how Israel, which can be viewed, more or less, as an incarnation of Nazi Germany, is treated by the world community as above the laws governing the rest of the world.

Moreover, Israelis continue to evoke the holocaust to justify their harsh repression of Palestinians. Even calls by Jewish settlers for “sending the Arabs to the oven” (which any visitor to Hebron can see scrawled on the walls at the Jewish settler enclave in the city) are justified by the holocaust. Every criticism of Israeli criminality and supremacy, every legitimate objection to the wanton repression meted out to the Palestinian, every criticism of the marauding settlers is always met with the holocaust mantra.! In short, every Palestinian, man, woman, and child, is made to suffer and die because of the holocaust.

Today, every conscripted Israeli soldier, especially those serving in the West Bank, is made to visit the Yad va Chem holocaust museum in Jerusalem right before he or she is deployed to Palestinian population centers to repress and torment these helpless people who had nothing to do with the holocaust.

And one doesn’t have to be a great psychologist to connect the dots and understand the real ghoulish implications of associating the Nazis, the tormentors of the Jews, with the Palestinian, the victims of Zionism

For most Israeli soldiers, the mental message is unmistakable. The Palestinians are today’s Nazis…and by killing and brutalizing them in the harshest of manners, the Jews are only preventing the recurrence of another holocaust. Some Israelis feel that by savaging the Palestinians they are actually avenging the holocaust vicariously, which gives them immense psychological satisfaction.

In their subconscious thinking, many Israeli Jews actually admire the Nazis and their brutality. This is why some of these soldiers and officers often seek to emulate Nazi brutality and project it on Palestinians, since for them might is always right.

Moral blindness

This brings us to post-war Germany and its moral surrender to Zionist blackmail. For nearly sixty years now, Germany has been trying to atone for the holocaust by enabling Israel to commit another holocaust against the Palestinians, never mind that it is a holocaust without gas chambers.

Germany from Konrad Adnauer to Angel Merkel behaved toward Israel in a manner that callously and completely disregarded the monumental oppression meted out by Israel to the Palestinian people.

Germans in general and the German political elite in particular passively watched Israel commit every conceivable crime against the helpless Palestinians, but turned their faces away for fear of displeasing their powerful former victims who came to be in control of powerful nations, such the United States.

Germany was always afraid and reluctant to call the spade a spade, especially when the spade happened to be in Jewish hands, lest it be reminded of the brutal ugliness of its recent past.

Germany, an economic and political giant, but obviously a moral dwarf, actually not only kept silent in the face of Israeli crimes all these years. Germany gave Israel the technical wherewithal to murder Palestinian children. Germany also gave Israel, reportedly free of charge, state-of-the art submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

I don’t know when Germany will wake up from its long moral slumber and deliver itself from the sinister stranglehold of Zionism.

Is it not the time Germany realizes that the holocaust was diabolical in itself, , not necessarily because its victims were primarily Jewish? Would a holocaust against any other ethnic or religious group have been less diabolical? Would Germany have behaved differently had the holocaust targeted non-Jews? Are Germans absorbed so much in the holocaust because of its moral enormity or just because of the post-war Jewish power?

Such questions are vital and relevant since they can eventually contribute to liberating Germans from this haunting moral dilemma whereby they are morally bound to help their former victims savage, murder and brutalize another helpless people that had nothing to do with the holocaust, a people whose sole crime is their weakness and helplessness and determination to be free.

It is probably useless to appeal to the political establishment in Germany, which like its equally evil sister in the United States, is not based on morality but sheer immediate political expediency.

Non the less, one is encouraged by certain recent indications that Germany might finally be getting sober from decades of moral blindness and criminal indifference toward the Palestinians, its ultimate victims.

According to media report, a group of German intellectuals have called on Berlin to change the holocaust-rooted blind support of Israel, arguing correctly that the creation of the Jewish state turned the Palestinians into victims of the Nazi holocaust as well.

The intellectuals, who include 25 prominent figures, argued that it was the holocaust which Germany perpetrated that brought about the suffering that has persisted in the Middle East for the last six decades and has at the present become unbearable.

Furthermore, these intellectuals argued that “without the holocaust of the Jews, Israel wouldn’t see itself as entitled, or forced to ride over the human rights of the Palestinians and the inhabitants of Lebanon.

Of course, the language used here is extremely mild since what Israel has been doing in Palestine and Lebanon goes far beyond merely riding over Palestinian and Lebanese human rights.

Israel is effectively committing genocide. For example, the dropping of 2-3 million cluster bomblets over populated areas in southern Lebanon is par excellance a genocidal act of the highest order since 2-3 cluster bomblets are sufficient to kill 2-3 million children. The same can be said about the ongoing blockade of Gaza which is killing innocent Palestinians in the hundreds.


In light of the proven umbilical relationship between the holocaust and the ongoing Palestinian plight, one can say that the Palestinian people have a legitimate moral right to demand holocaust reparations from Germany.

The Palestinians nearly lost everything. And every Palestinian under the sun has a story of suffering. This writer for example lost three paternal uncles to Zionist bullets on a single day. And up to this day, there has been no acknowledgment of guilt, no compensation, nothing! from Israe.

I know such talk is likely to raise many eyebrows in Germany. However, if Germans have the moral courage to look deep into their souls, they undoubtedly will discover that the Palestinians are more than justified in seeking adequate and just reparations from Germany for the enormous calamities Nazi Germany had inflicted on us.


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ is one of the most famous children’s stories of our time. It has taken on a new meaning these days with the likes of the Foxmans and others connected to various AIPAC affiliated organisations… they don’t cry ‘wolf’, they cry anti Semitism.

Just as the wolf wasn’t there until the end of the story, neither are the anti Semites. Those that criticise or condemn the genocidal policies of the State of Israel are not anti Semites. Those that speak out against apartheid and the building of a wall to separate Arab from Jew in Israel are not anti Semites. Neither are those that demand an end to the siege of Gaza. All of these people are humanists, good people speaking out against something evil. Where is the anti Semitism?

The term has been used and abused by the zionists for over 60 years to the point of ridiculous. Proof of this is the fact that hundreds of thousands of Jews speak out against these atrocities, as well as millions of Arabs, who also just happen to be Semites.

Rather than get Israel to abandon the aforementioned practices, they defend them with the label of anti Semite, a sign of the bankruptness of those polices. There is no way to justify murder, there is no way to justify the occupation of one nation by another, and surely there is no way to justify zionism today. As was the case in the ‘wolf story’, he did appear for real at the end and no one believed the little boy, the same might happen to the zionists one day and no one will be there to protect them.

Khalid Amayreh just wrote the following brilliant essay on this subject… it’s a must read.

Distorting anti-Semitism

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem

25 February, 2008

Zionist apologists and hasbara doctors have been trying of late to convince the European public opinion that opposition to Israel’s brutal treatment of the Palestinian people amounts, more or less, to a new form of anti-Semitism.


This week, the Israeli foreign ministry, in cooperation with Zionist circles in North America, announced the creation of the so-called “International Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism.”


“We’re witnessing a new, global, virulent and even lethal anti-Semitism without parallel or precedent since World War II,” said Canadian MP Irwin Colter, one of the organizer. “It is not only essential to sound the alarm, but it’s time to act.”


However, from reading in between the lines, it becomes amply clear that the real target these Zionist supremacists have in mind is not the morbid hatred of Jews for being Jews, otherwise known as anti-Semitism. It is rather the growing global awareness of and opposition to Israeli apartheid, criminality and genocidal policies being pursued in the occupied Palestinian territories.


In fact, it is not anti-Jewish racism that these liars are really seeking to fight; it is rather anti-Palestinian Israeli racism that they are trying to defend and protect. Racists, after all, are qualified to combat racism as much as pyromaniacs are qualified to fight fires.


Today, Israel, more than any other country on earth, is the number-1 generator, inducer and encourager of anti-Semitism.


Israel calls itself “the Jewish state” and claims to represent the Jews of the world. And as such, Israel’s Nazi-like actions and behaviors are bound to boomerang in one way or the other.


In the years following its misbegotten creation, Israel sought largely successfully to induce hatred for Jews in their respective places of residence in order to get them to fulfill Zionism and emigrate to a land made unholy by decades of lies, oppression and murder.


Now, Zionism is trying intimidate Europeans, especially European states, into endorsing Israeli Nazism, or at least playing deaf and dumb and looking the other way while generations of helpless Palestinians are murdered on a daily basis as the entire future of the Palestinian people is being decapitated in full view of the entire humanity.


In so doing, Israel and its hasbara mouthpieces is actually seriously cheapening anti-Semitism and helping, knowingly or unknowingly, the true haters of Jews.


True anti-Semites used to be those who hated Jews for being Jews. Today, the rabid dogs of Zionism would want us to believe that anti-Semites are also those who speak up in defense of human rights in Palestine, people, like Christian peace activists in Hebron, who escort terrified Palestinian kids to their schools, lest they be attacked by a ghoulish breed of Zionist Jews called “hilltop settlers.”


Well, who do these depraved Zionists think they are any way? Do they think they have a license from the Almighty to murder, lie, and steal, and when people speak up against these evils, all they have to do to stop them is to shout anti-Semitism! Anti-Semitism!


It is therefore imperative that all men and women of conscience, including thousands of honest Jews whose devotion to justice and morality always comes first, make clear to Israel and her tribal supporters that anti-Semitism will no longer be allowed to be used to justify genocide and ethnic cleansing in Palestine.


In the final analysis, we should be living in a moral universe, and if rejecting Israeli crimes in Palestine is anti-Semitism, which of course isn’t , then this proverbial “anti-Semitism should itself become a moral obligation of the highest order upon all conscientious men and women around the world.


It may well be true that there are those who utilize legitimate criticisms of Israel to promote real anti-Semitism. But who is to blame for this outcome? The Palestinians, the victims of Zionist racism, or the child-killers in Gaza and the West Bank who want the world to atone for one holocaust by allowing and enabling Israel to obliterate an entire people, the Palestinians, just as the Nazis had wanted to obliterate another entire people, the Jews, more than six decades ago.


But, likewise, is it not also true that “anti-Semitism” is often utilized to the fullest by many Zionist Jews to silence legitimate criticisms of this evil state that murders, lies and steals and then claims to be the only true democracy in the Middle East and a light upon the nations.


Some Zionist propagandists, who lie as often as they breathe, are also trying to make analogies between classical European anti-Semitism and the so-called Islamic anti-Semitism.


This is a cardinal lie as many honest Jews would readily admit. Muslims don’t hate Jews for being Jews. And Judaism enjoys a clear historical and religious legitimacy in Islam.


In fact, the Quran, Islam’s holy book, challenges Jews to live up to the sublime teachings of justice and morality that the Israelite prophets preached.


In recent history however, Zionism nearly succeeded in alienating hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world who share with Jews many fundamental beliefs, including the belief in the oneness of God and the centrality of justice and morality to human behavior.


Moreover, many Zionists Jews these days, especially in North America, are making strange bed-fellow with Pseudo-Christian lunatics who claim that Muslims have no souls and ought to be wiped off from the face of earth.


So, how does Zionism expect Muslims to react to this venomous enmity? Can Muslims, or indeed the rest of decent human beings, give Israel the benefit of the doubt under these circumstances?


To be sure, real anti-Semitism, along with Islamophobia and other forms of racism, should be rejected and fought relentlessly.


However, Israel and Zionism can’t create and consolidate the “cause” and then complain vociferously about the “effect.”


Besides, the time when Zionism could easily manipulate and blackmail the collective conscience of humanity is over for good.


Yes it’s true!! Palestinians are second class citizens in Israel even if they hold Israeli citizenship. Finally an admission of this by a leading member of the Israeli Parliament…

Hopefully this will be a step towards changing the situation… recognition of a problem is often the road to eliminating it…. we can hope.

Racism against Palestinians inside Israeli boundaries admitted by Speaker of Knesset

Jerusalem / Kristen Ess –Knesset Speaker of the House, Dalia Itzik, recognized discrimination against Palestinians living within Israeli boundaries. This may seem an obvious fact: that Palestinians face racism in myriad forms within the boundaries of Israel, but for the Speaker of the Israeli Parliament to admit to such a thing is newsworthy.

Palestinian members of the Knesset have been driven from their posts for making similar statements, while one such as Azmi Bishara is now living in exile after facing prosecution for visiting Arab countries and holding meetings with Syrian and Lebanese leaders.

In reasonable fear for his saftety and freedom, Bishara now moves from one place to another within the Arab world. His family remains in historic Palestine.

In 1992 Bishara was accused by the Knesset of “endangering the security of the Israeli state,” for remarks made in Syria. He supports the international right of the Palestinian people to oppose Israeli occupation.

After weeks of speculation in the press last year that he would resign from the Knesset due to heavy harassment, he spoke publically on Al Jazeera. The date was 15 April, nearly one year ago. He told the Arab satellite channel that he was being severely targeted by the Israeli state security service, which was levying serious security related charges against him with plans for his arrest. He resigned within that month.

Bishara was the leader of the National Democratic Assembly in the Israeli parliament. Not recognized as Palestinian, he and other Palestinians in the Knesset, and citizens living within the “Jewish state,” are referred to as “Israeli Arabs,” further taking away the identity of the original population.

On 3 May 2007 Bishara said, “The government of Israel is accusing me of aiding the enemy during Israel’s failed war against Lebanon in July.” He said that he faced “martyrdom, exile, or prison,” and was restricted under an Israeli imposed “gag order.”

Under Israeli law, anyone, including personal friends and journalists doing their jobs by reporting the news, are defined as a “foreign agents” by Israeli security – if the Israelis so chose. These types of charges lead to either life in prison or the death penalty; again if the Israelis so chose. This is the same type of treatment that all Palestinians and supporters face: the Israelis amend their laws within their minds and depending on mood at any given time. None of these “Israeli laws” follow international law.

This is just one of myriad examples of the intense racism faced by Palestinian members of the Israeli Parliament, so one can only imagine what the average citizen faces.

Therefore, Speaker of the House Dalia Itzik’s recognition of “discrimination against the Arab population in Israel” is making the news today.

This came in response to correspondence with the Chairman of the Islamic Movement inside the Green Line regarding the proposal to establish a special committee in the Knesset to follow-up on Palestinian issues within the Israeli boundaries, such as the killing of Palestinian children for which the killers went free.

Itzik “does not believe that the establishment of a Commission concerned with the affairs of a particular minority can contribute to the eradication of discrimination, but rather may contribute to increased friction between the Committee and other committees dealing with the affairs of other citizens.”

Regardless, any move on the part of the Israeli government to recognize its draconian treatment of the Palestinian population, while still referring to itself as the “only democracy in the Middle East,” and the “most moral army in the world,” is something to take note of, regardless of how little too late.

As a member of the Kadima party, Itzik assumed the position of acting President of Israel while former President Moshe Katzav took a leave of absence upon facing sexual harassment charges last year.” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said, “For the first time in 60 years of Israeli history, a woman is president of Israel for a period of time.”

This is the year that marks 60 years of Al Nakba, “the catastrophe,” for Palestinians, meaning the establishment of the Israeli state.

Today’s plans for demographic separation and ethnic cleansing are now called “peace initiatives.”


The press is full of lies about Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians in particular. This is nothing new…. how can Israel and the West continue to dehumanise these people if they show the true picture?

For 60 years Israel has claimed that the Palestinians are the enemy, that they are surrounded by enemy nations, that they, and only they, are the only ‘true humans’ in the Middle East. This claim, along with all the other lies spread by the zionist regime get front page publicity in the Western press… but when something like the following gets published it either winds up on the back pages or nowhere…

One really has to ‘read between the lies’ to get at the truth… The FOLLOWING is just one example of what I’m talking about…

An Open Letter to Palestine

Drop the Gun, Lift the Olive Tree, Speak to the World’s Heart
by Mohamed Khodr

“The Arab world has failed for 60 years to liberate one inch of Palestine. It’s time for a new, different, and media based strategy.”

Peace and Freedom Be with You, God’s beloved Palestine!

No one earth can possibly imagine what our beloved Palestinians, especially those in Gaza, are enduring or feeling every day and every night of their lives under the brutal illegal and evil occupation by Israel, an Apartheid Zionist state forcibly imposed on an indigenous population by colonial powers who today proclaim themselves the guardians of democracy, freedom, human rights and the military exporters of liberty to an Arab world they mapped and installed autocratic puppeteers.

I am among the millions around the world who are pained daily by the suffering of men, women, and children in Palestine. I am more angry and in greater despair at the internal discord that is often violent amongst the already suffering Palestinians.

It is hard to imagine a competitive disaster to the occupation, but the Fatah and Hamas infighting comes close. It is hard for the world that empathizes with Palestinians, often in silence and often outside the Arab and Muslim world, to see precious Palestinian blood shed by Palestinians themselves.

Isn’t the daily death and destruction committed by Israel sufficient for your minds and hearts? Must you add your guns to an occupier’s tank and missile already aimed at a child’s heart? Are you heartless and mindless too?

This is pure madness, beyond human comprehension. Israel is laughing at you all the way to the morgue, a morgue you compete with your occupier to fill.

Palestinians have never been blessed with an intelligent, savvy, military or media sophisticated leadership. I lived in Beirut during the tragic flaunting of Palestinian power that turned the Lebanese, even those who supported your cause, against the innocent Palestinian refugees far removed from the wealth and corruption of their alleged leaders and defenders.

My beloved Palestinians, you know more than anyone else on this planet that you have no one to depend on for your freedom but yourselves. The Arabs sold you , their souls, and their people for a dollar and a chair of power.

Israel and its powerful lobbies have succeeded in monopolizing the history and narrative of your existence.Neither you, nor the Arabs, nor the Muslims in the entire world have had the mindset to understand the western psyche, a psyche whose lifestyle, attitudes, and opinions are shaped by the multi-national entertainment and media industry. What comes out of the television box emanates from the western mouth the next day.

While in the west image is everything, in the Arab world pathetic hollow and grandiose lies and lip service to Islam, Muslims, and oppressed Arab and Muslim populations are the norm.

The entire Arab and Muslim world is lost given its divided subservient and dictatorial leadership. While American politicians out Jew and out-Israel each other, Arab leaders out Bush each other. To American and Arab leaders Palestine is remembered during times of political expediency such as a prospective bombing or invasion of an Arab country, or during conferences, summits, meetings, and celebratory occasions. They sell Palestine words while they sell Israel oil, protect America’s interests, and buy their weapons, the same weapons that massacre our beloved Palestinians on a daily basis.

Paradoxically, while Israel has defied every U.N. Resolution and International Law, the Arabs in their impotence still adhere to such international measures as their political strategy.

How shameful that the Arabs plead and beg the very superpower that supports and arms Israel to do its killing of Arab “brethren?

Stop the bellicose speeches. Stop the charade of photo op meetings, handshakes, and smiles across Europe and the White House. Stop betraying your faith and your people for a joke of government power. None of your leaders can leave his office or home without permission from Israel or fear of being killed. How dare you imprison and torture your own people? Palestine, you have way too many political parties and militias, and for what? Rather than dedicating yourselves as one people to free Palestine from bondage you’ve all become bonded and hostages to outside influences playing you against each other for their own agenda, certainly not to your benefit.

For God’s sake, stop the internal strife. Stop the useless rockets. Just stop all these failed strategies.

First unite. Then lay down your arms and launch daily peaceful protests throughout Palestine, but without guns and the idiocy of shooting them in the air for any excuse imaginable, remove all masks, and refrain from hot blooded speeches and loud speakers. Simply carry banners of peace and flags of the U.N. Security Council nations. Invite all religious and civic leaders in Israel and in your territories to march with you.

Stop the hysterical media pronouncements that the entire Arab world is sick of. We’ve had enough of long meaningless speeches whose only intent is to bow and praise the useless leaders. It is incredulous that our media in the G.C.C. nations proclaim that their kings, emirs, and sultan are worthy of human sacrifice. May Allah (swt) forgive their stupidity and arrogance. Do such leaders deserve to be called Muslim leaders or is it the fault of the brainwashed demoralized masses who accept their life long hold on power?

Palestine will be liberated through intelligent strategies, peaceful protests, and a brilliant media and public relations campaign and not through the childish futile Qassam rockets or counterproductive suicide bombers.

The Arab world has failed for 60 years to liberate one inch of Palestine. It’s time for a new, different, and media based strategy. The west lives, dies, fights, buys, and elects according to media hype, the Delphi oracle of the western hemisphere.

Thus start an image campaign. Begin with a professional makeover of all governmental websites that are poorly designed and developed, usually written in poor Arabic fonts, rarely translated into proficient English, and often under eternal construction. Imagine the world’s most worthy humane cause is disconnected from a world eager to know more about official Palestine.

Rarely, if any, are eloquent personalities and speakers traveling across America to present the historical and humane Palestinian perspective.

From my own observance I would highly recommend that such laudable individuals as Drs. Hanan Ashrawi, Nabil Sha’ath, and Moustapha Barghouti.

Where are the Palestinian Christian leaders? They carry the greatest weight in this country given that many American churches are struggling alone to present your story, to divest from Israel, boycott Israeli products as well as Caterpillar whose bulldozers are demolishing your homes and building extravagant Arab cities and projects.

Where are your artists, dance troupes, musicians, products such as dresses, embroidery, jewelry, and artifacts that the west so admires and needs to see?

Fifty seven Arab and Muslim Ambassadors are totally non-existent, much like ghosts, in the American media. They live for parties, receptions, photos ops and as you’ll understand–Non-Islamic behavior.

You need to come here in force and populate the television and print media. Rarely does one see an op-ed or letter to the editor from a Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim leader in western newspapers or magazines.

Perhaps I’m being idealistic, far fetched, and unrealistic to hope for a new strategy for Palestine’s independence, a nation stolen under the very eyes and feet of Arabs. But what is the alternative other than the status quo?

Does anyone actually believe that this year’s Bush driven to make up for Iraq peace process will amount to anything? No one should be this delusional.

Nothing is ever given by superpowers only taken. The question is the path and strategy to reclaim one’s freedom, rights, and stolen land.

In today’s world, especially after 9-11 violence is dead on arrival and only peaceful protests and a media savvy campaign gets results.

I pray to God that Fatah and Hamas will see the folly of their ways and together work toward the light of independence. You both struggle for a sense of false power in a land not under your control. Yet none of you are able to feed a single hungry Palestinian child living in total darkness in Gaza who’ll awaken tomorrow to play in contaminated water and sewage.

The world supports and loves you but you must earn this love and support and not lose it through your arrogance and failed strategies. It must be said that in modern history perhaps the most misguided resistance movement has been the Palestinian movement.

To Fatah and Hamas, may God help your hungry, sick, and unemployed people if you as alleged leaders are unable to unite for the freedom and welfare of your people.

The fastest way to your independence is by talking and touching directly the hearts of the western masses and not through photo-op meetings with politicians. Western politicians are beholden to their domestic constituencies and not to any foreign cause. You must come here and impact the citizens who vote for these politicians. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the reservoir of good will many Americans have toward Palestinians. They just need to see and hear your narrative told in a most compelling manner.

For once our beloved Palestine take the initiative from Israel, hold the upper hand and place your destine in the hands of God.

Begin by announcing to the world that you abandon all military resistance and seek a peaceful two state solution as called for in U.N. Resolution 242: 2 states– 4–2 peoples.

Proclaim that Israel has one year until Bush’s term ends to reach a final settlement based on United Nations Resolutions and the Arab League Peace Plan presented for the third time and rejected by Israel. Place the onus directly upon Israel in the court of world opinion.

If Israel fails to accept the plan after one year than for God’s sake UNILATERALLY DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE. Whatever happens can’t be worst than what’s happened to you for sixty years. What else can Israel do, invade and occupy your lands?

Many in the world will fill the streets in your support beginning with the oppressed and suppressed one and a half billion Arab and Muslim masses.

Declare your independence on January 20, 2009, the day a new American President is inaugurated. A new President will have no choice but to flaunt his power to gain worldwide credibility and will halt any Israeli onslaught. There will be victims for sure but Palestine has given up thousands of its children for decades and has never achieved independence. In due time many nations from South America, to Africa and Asia, will recognize Palestine after such a dramatic and potentially risky endeavor.

The world is sick of superpower hegemony and fear of American retaliation against those who speak or act ill toward Israel. Your declaration of liberation will reverberate and liberate the world once and for all from Israel’s political hegemony and intimidation.

Do it and only fear God, not America and not Israel. The Arab leaders will react to your declaration after first checking with the new President, most likely Barack Obama.

God be with you our beloved Palestine.


A worldwide 5-minute-darkness for Gaza Strip

Palestinian Committee Against Siege (PCAS)

Millions of people in the participating countries of the Global day for Gaza Strip lived in darkness for 5 minutes in solidarity of with poor besiege people.

Around 86 cities and towns involved in this step to help the civilians in the Gaza strip.

Reporters of PCAS in UK, France and some European countries reported that most of the main cities, completely or partially switched the lights off in a response of PCAS’s call for a global day of actions to end Gaza Siege.

In France, around 10 cities marked the occasion today to convey their full support for the people of Gaza and they turned the lights off to experience what Palestinians are living now.

Michelin Gurege, ISM member and PCAS coordinator in France said that all people across French cities showed that the Palestinian cause is one of their common concerns.

“My spirits became high while I was having a tour in these cities seeing Palestinian flags everywhere,” Michelin said.

It’s remarkable that around 70 countries took part in this Global day and actions are still ongoing till this moment (CET 20.00).

Russia and France witnessed ten actions of protests in nearly 10 cities for each. In Ukraine about 9 cities participated as well.In Europe, 2 or 3 cities in most of the countries marked the occasion.



History repeating itself?

A Palestinian demonstrator hurling rocks at IDF troops during an anti-separation fence protest in the West Bank  on Friday. (Reuters)

Painting by Keith Newton
“And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.”


‘Nakba + Sixty Years’ ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

The following paragraph is taken from THIS document… just one of thousands of such reports of how Israel nearly succeeded in cleansing Palestine of it’s population 60 years ago. The cleansing continues to this day…. under the watchful eye of the silent world.

“The occupation forces searched the village dignitaries, including my father, and told them that the people had to leave for two weeks for ‘security reasons’, because the village is located near the Lebanese border. I escaped into the mountains for two days because my father told me: ‘Run to the mountains! The army wants to kill the youths.’

Those ‘two weeks’ have stretched into SIXTY years… sixty years later millions are still running.

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