Another ‘Believe it or not’……

‘Goldstone Gaza claims will not reach war crimes court’

The claims of alleged war crimes committed, according to the Goldstone report, during fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in late 2008 and early 2009 will not reach the International Criminal Court at the Hague, a former ICC official told Haaretz on Sunday.

Legal attorney Nick Kaufman, who had served as a senior prosecutor at the ICC and a senior district attorney for the Jerusalem prosecution, said Israeli officials were likely safe from war crimes suits as the U.S. would probably veto such a move.

Until a month ago Kaufman, an expert on international law and rules of warfare, served as a senior lawyer in the Jerusalem prosecutor’s office.

The claims of alleged war crimes committed, according to the Goldstone report, during fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas in late 2008 and early 2009 will not reach the International Criminal Court at the Hague, a former ICC official told Haaretz on Sunday.

Legal attorney Nick Kaufman, who had served as a senior prosecutor at the ICC and a senior district attorney for the Jerusalem prosecution, said Israeli officials were likely safe from war crimes suits as the U.S. would probably veto such a move.

Until a month ago Kaufman, an expert on international law and rules of warfare, served as a senior lawyer in the Jerusalem prosecutor’s office.

– Nick Kaufman, do you think you will represent an Israeli official, who has been charged with committing war crimes following the Goldstone report, at the international court?

Kaufman: “I don’t believe so. I think the Goldstone report will receive a poor man’s burial.”

Read the rest of the report at the Source


Court ruling qualifies settlement products as not Made in Israel

Products from Israeli settlements on occupied territory do not qualify for preferential trade treatment under Israel’s trade agreement with the European Community, says European Court of Justice.

Based on the fact that Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that products from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are not to be regarded as Made in Israel. Therefore, they cannot qualify for falling under the trade agreement between the European Community and Israel, which normally allows Israeli products to be imported into the Euro-zone free of import duties.

The Middle East Monitor reports on the history of the case, which began with a German company.

This ground-breaking case began after the German company Brita told German customs authorities that its imports came from Israel and should therefore be exempt from import duties. The German authorities suspected that the goods actually originated from the West Bank and demanded Israel’s clarification. That then led to legal proceedings at the end of which the European Court of Justice was asked to give a preliminary ruling.

Although settlement products are often agricultural in nature, Israeli companies based in and around settlements do manufacture a variety of products including wine and cosmetics, even computer equipment.

Palestinians have long argued that Israeli goods made in these places should not receive trade privileges, as those settlements are not part of Israel. Pro-Palestinian campaigners have also regularly protested that European supermarkets even stock such goods with labels such as Made in Israel.

According the the BBC, Israel has not yet formally replied to the new ruling.

The full press release by the Court of Justice of the European Union can be found in this PDF file.


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

Demonstrations Proceed in Pouring Rain Friday, Sheikh Jarrah Demonstrates After Violent Attack Wednesday

Though pouring rain and even hail fell throughout the West Bank yesterday, demonstrations against land confiscation, the Annexation Barrier, and settler expansion in East Jerusalem continued on Friday.

In Nabi Saleh, which has been demonstrating for several weeks against a move by settlers from the nearby Halamish settlement to take over a a spring and other privately-owned Palestinian agricultural land, several dozen residents, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists, again marched from the village towards the land being annexed by the right-wing settlers. They were confronted by Israeli forces, who used tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets to deter the crowd. The army then invaded the village, using a jeep-mounted tear-gas launcher that shoots 30 canisters of gas at a time, into the built-up area of the village, affecting everyone in their homes. A young man was taken to the hospital with a moderate injury when he was shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet.

In Ni’lin, several dozen residents continued their weekly protest against the construction of the Annexation Barrier through their agricultural lands. Participants marched from the edge of the village into the olive groves, approaching the combined fence-wall. They were forced back by the Israeli military, who used large amounts of tear gas, including firing the tear gas at houses, affecting people not participating in the demonstration.

Hundreds of residents in Asira Al-Qyblia marched against land confiscation towards Ytzhar settlement, home to some of the most violent settlers in the entire Occupied Territories who have repeatedly destroyed trees belonging to Asira Al-Qyblia residents, and attacked the village and others in the surrounding Nablus District. The march was fired on by the Israeli military with tear gas and sound grenades, though no one was seriously injured.

In Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, 80 Jewish demonstrators, many dressed in costumes for the coming Purim holiday, joined over 100 Palestinians near the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah to protest the eviction of Palestinian families from their homes and the implantation of right-wing Jewish settlers. A festive demonstration, with chants, drumming, and songs, was held for over an hour as Israeli police and military border police sealed off the street to demonstrators.

Though this demonstration ended without confrontation or violence, it came in the wake of a riot Wednesday night, when dozens of settlers entered the partially occupied Al-Kurd family home to begin preparation for the celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday held Sunday, February 28, which traditionally includes drinking large amounts of alcohol, making it one of the most dreaded Jewish holidays for Palestinians, who often come under attack by intoxicated settlers on this day.

Sure enough, the settlers in Sheikh Jarrah began attacking the Palestinian residents of the same home. Israeli soldiers arrived and attempted to restrain the crowd but were unsuccessful and soon turned on the growing Palestinian, international, and anti-occupation Jews in the crowd, clubbing and pepper spraying them. Several were injured before the Israeli police escorted the settlers out of the area. One Palestinian man was arrested early in the evening; none of the settlers were detained.



Response to Nakba Law
Eitan Bronstein

The Nakba law is coming up again for consideration in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, in a more moderate version than before but with the same motivation:  to frighten everyone who wishes to commemorate the human and political tragedy that occurred in 1948, in which the Zionists expelled most of the Palestinian inhabitants of the country and the state of Israel destroyed most of the localities in which they lived.  Those proposing the law hope to mobilize Zionist patriotism by threatening to forbid commemorating Independence Day as a day of mourning.  They are blind, of course, to the historical context, and the development of that tradition among the displaced Palestinians who remained in Israeli territory.  Let us not forget that Arab localities in Israel were ruled by a military government until 1966.  Palestinian citizens were forbidden to travel “beyond the pale” without a permit from the military governor.  On Independence Day all the residents had a vacation, even the Arabs!  The most important place for them to visit was the one where they had lived, to which they were forbidden to return.  As the years went by, and they understood that the Jewish state would never allow them to return home, this event took on a national-political aspect, and in recent years it is celebrated with a “March home” to the remains of one of the localities captured during the nakba.  “Their independence; our Nakba,” became the main slogan of these events.

The government intends to impose economic sanctions on the organizers of these important commemorations, which will only increase the discrimination suffered by Palestinian citizens of Israel.  The economic sanctions contradict the state’s obligation to the welfare of all its citizens, regardless of their political beliefs or national identity.  In recent years, a growing number of Jews have participated in the return marches to Palestinian localities which Israel captured during the Nakba, and support for the right of return is increasing.  These Jews are undermining the ethno-national dichotomy of the slogan, recognizing that the tragedy which occurred in 1948 is part of their own history.  The participation of Jews in events commemorating the Nakba undermines the effort, which is as old as Zionism itself, to bring about confrontation and schism between Arabs and Jews in the country.

It may not come as a surprise that in this difficult time for Israeli public relations efforts, the government disseminates absurd “facts” about the Palestinian refugees.  For example, that they numbered only 320,000, not approximately 800,000, as a result of the Nakba, while 150,000 “were absorbed in Arab countries” and 50,000 “ returned to their countries.”  Such newspeak insults the intelligence of many Israelis, who have known for a long time that the official government explanations for the events of 1948 are intentional lies.

Hundreds of Israelis contact Zochrot every year.  Educators, students, journalists, directors and others who are interested request information which has been concealed for so long about what happened just outside the house where they were born.  The editor of the most comprehensive web site about the Nakba, reports that the number of Israelis entering the site is second only to the number of Palestinians.  These are dramatic developments which no law which tries to compel people to forget the Nakba will be able to stop.

The Nakba is increasingly present in Israeli cultural production, no longer ignored by best-selling books and films by young directors.  Even architects are beginning to show signs of addressing the traditions of local Palestinian architecture.

Despite these positive signs, it is impossible to underestimate the danger presented by the strengthening of anti-democratic currents in Israel.  The present government is acting to greatly restrict the freedom of civil society to negotiate with the regime over the most controversial topics.  Arbitrary arrests, outrageous investigations and draconic legislation are what you find in the toolbox of a government which knows that its survival depends on creating a “iron wall” that, for now, protects the Israeli colonial regime.

Source Via Palestine Think Tank

click on map below to enlarge…..


By Khalid Amayreh

Despite a slight improvement in the general humanitarian situation, the Gaza Strip remains a disaster area. In fact, in terms of the sheer destruction of homes and infrastructure, the coastal enclave can be compared to quake-stricken Haiti, with the main difference lying in the fact that while the Caribbean island’s calamity was a natural disaster, the Gaza disaster was inflicted by the criminal Israeli regime.

Today, Israel continues to prevent a large number of consumer products from entering Gaza. This policy, often justified by security considerations, has actually nothing to do with security. It is a deliberate measure aimed at further tormenting the inhabitants of Gaza by showing them that Israel has the final say and that they would have to submit themselves to the Zionist will. This is how the Nazis behaved toward the inhabitants of the Ghetto Warsaw, forcing them to smuggle food and other consumer products into the camp.

What is more scandalous is that the  Zionist regime is adamantly preventing the entry into Gaza of building materials needed for the reconstruction of the estimated 40,000 homes destroyed, either completely or partly during last year’s Nazi-like onslaught against the impoverished territory.

Unfortunately, this callous and criminal policy is not being challenged by the international community which keeps issuing platitudinous remarks about the need to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza,  this is while thousands of  Gazans, whose homes were destroyed by the Nazis of our times, remain without shelter and are totally exposed to the elements of nature.

In fact, the enduring nightmare in Gaza is beyond the pale of common sense. The Israelis, who killed more than 1400 Gazans, including more than 350 children last year alone, claiming they did it in self defense, are maintaining this suffocating blockade as an expression of sadism, callousness and hateful vindictiveness. What else can be said about a government whose ministers and spokespeople routinely appear on TV screens bragging and gloating over the suffering of Gaza children?

There is no doubt that the continued blockade of Gaza has exposed the brutal ugliness of Israel’s face, demonstrating that Israel and Nazi Germany are very much two sides of the same coin. Nonetheless, exposing Israel’s ugly face alone won’t save Gazan lives or enable the thoroughly tormented inhabitants of the largest detention camp in the world to rebuild their lives, torn into smithereens by a state that murders, steals and lies and then claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East.

Hence, it is important to make every conceivable effort and make every possible undertaking to help Gaza rebuild its life and restore a semblance of normal life. Undoubtedly admirable efforts have been made by courageous men and women from around the globe who often put their lives at risk in order to highlight the Gaza plight. However, it is imperative that more qualitative and pro-active efforts be made in order to make a real difference.

In short, Gaza must never be allowed to die quietly or silently. This was the message more than three years ago when the cruel blockade began. This is still the message today; because the overall situation in Gaza doesn’t really differ much now from what it was three years ago.

Unfortunately, we can’t rely much on the “good will” of most countries, perhaps with the exception of some magnanimous governments such as the Turkish government which has utilized much of the diplomatic weight of the Turkish state in order to help the just cause of the oppressed people of Gaza.

The Obama administration, which many people had given the benefit of the doubt when it came to power more than a year ago, has turned out to be quite important in the face of Israeli insolence and arrogance of power.

Similarly, Europe is doing nothing in real terms, apart from issuing nice-sounding statements about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the need to allow Gazans to rebuild their homes.

And Egypt, the supposedly brotherly neighboring Arab country which is supposed to hasten to aide Gaza is completing and perfecting a nefarious underground concrete wall along its borders with Gaza in order to prevent the smuggling of food into the blockaded region.

Even the Palestinian Authority (PA) is implicitly encouraging Israel and Egypt and the West to keep up the pressure on Gaza in the hope that this pressure would prompt the people of Gaza to rise up against Hamas.

Well, how can such an entity, which is colluding and conspiring with Israel against its own people, be a true party to any Palestinian national reconciliation?

In light, it is necessary to once again mobilize the peoples of the world to rise up and demonstrate loudly in order to exert pressure on their respective governments to pressure Israel to put an end to this shameful, sadistic and cruel collective punishment.

We need to see millions of peoples take to the streets everywhere to demonstrate for Gaza and for humanity. In the final analysis, Gaza has become the ultimate test for humanity’s moral commitment.

If we, God forbid, don’t succeed in saving Gaza from the claws of Zio-Nazism, the future of humanity itself will be bleak.


A Passover Seder without gefilte fish is like an Easter dinner without a baked ham. The prospect is unthinkable.

The US State Department, Hillary Clinton in particular, is leading the struggle to guarantee that gefilte fish will be on every Jewish table for the festive season….

Ummmmm….. what about the Palestinians that have NO FOOD on their tables? What about the Palestinians that do not even have tables to sit at in the tents they are forced to be living in because of illegal evictions from their homes?

Priorities?? DOWNRIGHT SICK!

Let my gefilte fish go!


Clinton promises to get Pessah shipment to Israel.

WASHINGTON – Add gefilte fish to the list of priorities championed by the US State Department.

Several weeks before Pessah, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would work to resolve a trade dispute preventing a huge shipment of gefilte fish bound for Israel that is stuck at a processing facility in Illinois.

“Passover is coming,” said Illinois Rep. Don Manzullo, a Republican, who asked Clinton to intervene on behalf of a gefilte fish factory in his district, Thomson, Illinois’ Schafer Fishery.

During a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, he said Israel had imposed a 120-percent tax on nine containers of Asian carp that had been made into gefilte fish patties.

“If there’s anything you can do to get the gefilte fish to Passover…,” he said.

The first Seder is March 29.

Drawing laughs, Clinton said she was up to a job that “sounds to me like one of those issues that should rise to the highest levels of our government.”

“If not, we’re going to have to figure out what to do with nine containers of it,” she said, prompting Rep. Howard Berman, chairman of the House committee, to quip that perhaps the fish would end up at the next state dinner.

Fresh and processed foods are subject to tariffs under the trade agreement between the US and Israel.

“Carp is not exempt from customs in the framework of the free trade agreement between Israel and the United States,” said Jonathan Peled, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington. “Having said that, we are obviously looking into the request by Congressman Manzullo and are trying to see whether something can be done.”

Peled said two containers of gefilte had already arrived at the port in Haifa.

“I don’t think there’s a lack of gefilte fish either in Israel or in the United States regarding Pessah,” Peled said. Nonetheless, he said, “we’re seriously looking at this request by a member of Congress.”

On Thursday, Manzullo adopted a serious tone, saying he was concerned about several hundred jobs at the fishery in his district.

“Congressman, I will take that mission on,” Clinton said.


This seems to be a never ending saga…. it’s obvious that sex is a great attention getter….

Plans are even underway to release a second video within the next few days. I’m not sure if it is the zionist campaign or those of us that find it vile that is responsible for that…

Israelis Prove That Size Doesn’t Matter


If sex truly sells, then the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy just boosted tourism in Israel. In conjuction with the Israel consulate in Toronto, CIJA recently released a 54-second spot as part of the Size Doesn’t Matter campaign, which aims to entice Canadian university students to visit the Middle Eastern country. The ad depicts a couple in bed, with the woman looking at the man’s crotch saying she can’t go there because “it’s too small.” The man replies, “I consider this a spot of worship. It may be small, but it’s brought the driest places to life. Baby, this is paradise.” The camera then pans to Israel maps and pocket guides placed strategically on the man’s lower body parts.

The video attempts to promote the more attractive side of Israel, but not everyone seem to be pleased. Jewish blogger Richard Silverstein thinks the ad was made in “bad taste” and says it ignores the cultural complexities any tourist will discover while visiting Israel. He says, “I’m simply flabbergasted that Israel would use the promise of fellatio and cunnilingus to promote itself.”

Writer Neal Ungerleider, who is based in New York but spent a good amount of time in Israel, believes the ad was humourous but completely missed the mark in promoting the country itself. He says, “It is hard to believe even a single viewer will show interest in visiting Israel or have a higher opinion of Israel because of the ad. As even a first year employee at an advertising agency will tell you, associating your country with small genitalia isn’t the smartest move to attract tourism.”

This is not the first time, however, that Israeli governing bodies have opted for sex-themed promotional material. In 2007, four bikini-clad women from the Israel Defense Forces posed in sexy army-wear for Maxim magazine’s July issue. David Saranga, consul for media and public affairs in New York, said to the New York Post that the spread was supposed to improve the image of Israel among men aged 18-38 years old. But the Maxim photos received a lot of backlash from critics and even Israeli female legislators who found the images to be pornographic. Fast forward to present times and Israel promotions continue to stir controversy with the Size Doesn’t Matter campaign.

Shalom Life made an attempt to contact the CIJA for comment, however no one was available. But since then, Shalom Life has gotten in touch with Maya Kadosh, spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Despite previous notions, Kadosh said that a conversation with the Israeli consulate in Toronto “indicated that the Consulate had no part in the movie, did not initiate it and did not participate in its planning or its distribution.”

Rebecca Cherniak, coordinator of the campaign and chair of Israel affairs for the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students also confirms that Size Doesn’t Matter is an initiative strictly run by students, not by CIJA. She said that they have not been in contact with any Israeli ministers or diplomats. Cherniak also clears up that the video was meant to change students’ views of Israel or perhaps know more about it. “We were very dismayed by the way that Israel is represented in the media,” she says. “We think students are more critical and want to understand more than the typical slogans they see. We put together a campaign that grabs people’s attentions.”

Since its release four days ago, the video has received 11, 000 clicks and the website has recorded 4,000 hits in the same amount of time. As for the controversy behind the video’s sexual content, Cherniak thinks people are taking it too seriously. She emphasizes that the demographic of the video was not meant to be religious groups. “It’s for the 80 per cent of students who have no connection with the Middle East and who don’t even know where Israel is on the map,” Cherniak says, “I think the majority of students are comfortable with that level of sexuality.”

The Size Doesn’t Matter video will premiere at various events in 20 different Canadian universities. CFJS also plans to release a second video within the next few days. For more information, visit


While one group of Canadians are involved in a vile sexual campaign to encourage tourism to Israel, another group is actively involved in fighting Israeli Apartheid.

500 Artists Against Israeli Apartheid

Artists Against Israeli Apartheid: Montreal, February 25th 2010

A call from Montreal artists to support the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid…

Today, a broad spectrum of Montreal artists are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and supporting the growing international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli state. Last winter, the Israeli state launched a violent military assault on the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip, leaving over 1400 Palestinians dead, including over 300 children. Despite the official end of military operations, the blockade continues to this day, with devastating consequences for Gaza’s residents.

Over 60 years from the beginning of the ongoing Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) in 1948, in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced from historic Palestine through Israel’s creation, Montreal artists are united in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice.

Montreal artists are now joining this international campaign to concretely protest the Israeli state’s ongoing denial of the inalienable rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties, as stipulated in and protected by international law, as well as Israel’s ongoing occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including Jerusalem) and Gaza, which also constitutes a violation of international law and multiple United Nations resolutions.

Palestinian citizens face an entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation, resembling the defeated apartheid system in South Africa. A matrix of Israeli-only roads, electrified fences, and over 500 military checkpoints and roadblocks erase freedom of movement for Palestinians. Israel’s apartheid wall, which was condemned by the International Court of Justice in 2004, cuts through Palestinian lands, further annexing Palestinian territory and surrounding Palestinian communities with electrified barbed wire fences and a concrete barrier soaring eight meters high.

Gaza remains under siege. Israel continues to impose collective punishment on the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza, who still face chronic shortages of electricity, fuel, food and basic necessities as the campaign of military violence executed by the apartheid state of Israel endures. UN officials recently observed that the “situation has deteriorated into a full-fledged emergency because of the cut-off of vital supplies for Palestinians.” As a result of Israeli actions, Gaza has become a giant prison.

The global movement against Israeli apartheid, supported by a large majority of Palestinian civil society, is not targeted at individual Israelis but at Israeli institutions that are complicit in maintaining the multi-tiered Israeli system of oppression against the Palestinian people.

In fact, the Palestinian civil society BDS call, launched by over 170 Palestinian organisations in 2005, explicitly appeals to conscientious Israelis, urging them to support international efforts to bring about Israel’s compliance with international law and fundamental human rights, essential elements for a justice-based peace in the region. The present appeal is also rooted in an active engagement with many progressive Israeli artists and activists who are working on a daily basis for peace and justice while supporting the growing global movement in opposition to Israeli apartheid.

During the first and second intifadas, Israel invaded, ransacked, and even closed down cinemas, theatres and cultural centers in the occupied territories. These deliberate attempts to stifle the Palestinian cultural voice have failed and will continue to fail. Around the world, the call for BDS is growing and is strongly rooted in the historic international solidarity movement against apartheid in South Africa.

In keeping with Nelson Mandela’s declaration that “our freedom [in South Africa] is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians,” we believe that international solidarity is critical to liberating Palestinians from Israeli colonialism and apartheid. This struggle will continue until all Palestinians are granted their basic human rights, including the right of return for all Palestinian refugees living in the Diaspora.

Today, a diverse array of artists in Montreal, from filmmakers, musicians and dancers to poets, authors and painters, are joining the international movement against Israeli apartheid. On the streets, in concert halls, in words and in song, we commit to fighting against apartheid and call upon all artists and cultural producers across the country and around the world to adopt a similar position in this global struggle.

to add your support to this letter or to present questions or suggestions please write to info(at)

To see the names of those that signed, click HERE


Zionism just doesn’t give a damn! It’s as simple as that. They do what they want, when they want and to whom they want to. No one has stopped them in their quest to rid the entire area of all non Jews. No one has made a move to create sanctions against the state that has violated everything sacred to humanity, including the Declaration of Human Rights. To them, it’s nothing but a joke whenever there is criticism of their foul deeds.

An image appeared on many of my posts that I was forced to remove due to copyright law, it simply stated that “zionism is unhealthy for children and other living things”. I would have used that for this post as well, but it is forbidden. But the message is not forbidden! Zionism is unhealthy! We know that now after almost 63 years of the most brutal occupation of another nation in the past century. We know that now after the massacre of thousands of Palestinians in the name of “fighting terrorism”.

As I write this, ‘Brown Shirts’ are gathering at the tomb of one of the most despicable zionists to ever live here. And what is being done about this? Aside from these fascists getting police escorts and protection, NOTHING IS BEING DONE! Not here, not anywhere!

Regarding the Goldstone report; The UN General Assembly approved Friday an Arab League proposal by which Secretary-Genral Ban Ki-moon will report on progress made by both Israel and the Palestinians in independent investigations of Operation Cast Lead, following the Goldstone report on the conflict.

The resolution is aimed mainly at keeping the Goldstone Report, which accuses Israel of war crimes, on the agenda. Three of the five permanent members of the Security Council – the US, Britain, and France – are opposed to its being brought before the council.

The above is an indication that not only is nothing being done, but that the West will not allow anything to be done.

Adding insult to injury 16 years to the day of one of the most brutal massacres inflicted on the Palestinian people, the Israeli Prime Minister announced his intention to add the scene of the massacre in a ‘Heritage Investment Programme’. Can you imagine the outrage in the United States if the Texas School Book Depository was turned into a national shrine?

But wait…… there are ‘concerns’…….. let’s wait and see if anything will come of them. Somehow I doubt it. These are concerns that the US taxpayers should be dealing with, it is them that will be ‘footing the bill’ of 107 million dollars.

Concerns over Israel heritage list

Al Ibrahimi mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, is one of the sites on Israel’s list [AFP]

The United Nations’ culture and education body, Unesco, has expressed concern about Israel’s plan to rehabilitate religious sites in the occupied West Bank.

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said he intended to include the Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Cave of the Patriarchs, and several other contentious sites in the West Bank in a $107m heritage investment programme.

The decision sparked anger in the Islamic world and drew international criticism, as it was seen as a move to stamp Israel’s authority on sites which are not recognised as Israeli under international law.

Irina Bokova, Unesco’s director-general, expressed her concern at the announcement that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, and Bilal bin Rabah Mosque (Rachel’s Tomb) would be included in the plan, the organisation said on Friday.

The European Union (EU) also voiced concern over the decision, saying the move would not help the peace process.

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign-policy director, “regards the recent decision…as
detrimental to attempts to relaunch peace negotiations,” her spokesman, Lutz Guellner, said in a statement.

The EU “calls on Israel to refrain from provocative acts …recognise the importance of these religious sites to all three Abrahamic faiths and support the principle of access for all,” the statement said.

‘Holy land-grab’

Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, speaking on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), also condemned the “illegality and illegitimacy” of the Israeli decision.

Mark Toner, a US state department spokesman, called Israel’s heritage site list on Friday a “provocation” and an obstacle to peace.

Palestinians are calling the move an attempt to seize land and holy sites on illegally-occupied land.

Osama Hamdan, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon, told Al Jazeera: “When it comes to religion, Israel has a plan in changing the nature of Islamic sites and turn them into Jewish sites in a way that serves what they call the Judaisation of the state (of Israel).

“The process of swallowing the Ibrahimi Mosque started with a request to put a candle holder inside it.

“After the massacre that took place in the mosque in 1994 by the Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein, they divided the mosque between them and the Palestinians. Today, they are confiscating the whole mosque. So we can see there is a pattern.”

The Cave of the Patriarchs is sacred to Jews and Muslims as the traditional burial place of important religious figures.

Hebron and the shrine itself have long been flashpoints of violence in the West Bank – territory Israel’s government calls by its biblical names Judea and Samaria.


Protests in Hebron on Thursday turned violent following Netanyahu’s announcement about the heritage programme.

Fayyad attended prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque to express Palestinian solidarity [AFP]

Clashes continued on Friday, with Israeli forces dispersing crowds with tear gas.

Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, attended prayers at the tomb of Abraham on Friday, in a symbolic move to assert a Palestinian presence there after days of violence.

Speaking to reporters after prayers, Fayyad accused Israel of “annexing” it.

Israel has said that it had added the sites to a list of Jewish shrines due for restoration. It promised that Muslims would still be free to worship there.

Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, said on Friday: “There are many places that are holy to all of us so we are not monopolising.

“And in the Cave of the Monarchs, a holy site for Jews and Muslims as they call it, we even made arrangements that everybody will pray.”



In loving memory of all victims of zionist terror

Hebron residents feared to leave their homes as Israeli settlers marched through the former downtown core from the Tel Rumeida settlement to the Beit Hadassah settlement, along Suhada street on Friday, witnesses said.

The settlers marched in support of the Sunday announcement by the Israeli cabinet to put the Ibrahimi Mosque, at the center of the Palestinian city of Hebron, on the list of Israeli heritage sites.

The group of settlers were accompanied by armed Israeli soldiers, and locals reported a palatable tension in the ancient quarters of the city.

(Taken FROM)

Normally, news such as the above would not get much coverage. BUT…. this is taking place on the anniversary of a massacre that took place in that very city 16 years ago.

Inspired by the Israeli government, which itself is guilty of even greater massacres in the past few years, the most extreme fascist elements in the settler movement plan to celebrate that massacre tomorrow.

On Saturday, as in every year, Baruch Goldstein followers will mark 16 years to the massacre of Muslim worshippers in the Cave of the Patriarchs. This year’s timing is especially sensitive, as it comes amidst renewed tensions in Hebron following the government’s announcement on the national heritage plan.

“We come here every year to show the Left that suppressing the Right will be met with opposition,” said Michael Ben-Horin, who edited a book about Goldstein titled “Baruch Hagever.” Recently, the book marked a victory when the District Court ruled that “Lauding Goldstein does not constitute incitement” – a decision that was not appealed by the state.

Ben-Horin, who has never hesitated to speak freely, was convinced of his hero’s virtue: “He prevented a large massacre in Hebron’s Jewish settlement, and we visit his grave in order to implicitly say – Jewish lives are not disposable.”

If sainthood existed in Judaism, these elements would surely have the murderer canonized, as can be seen below…..

Goldstein’s burial site has become a sort of spiritual center, where barren women and sick people come in order to ask for remedy. However, far-right activists reject this notion, claiming it resembles “Pagan practices.”

Either way, if weather conditions allow, dozens of followers will visit Goldstein’s grave on Saturday, where they will celebrate the memory of a man responsible for the lives of 29 Muslim worshippers and the further escalation of the conflict in Hebron. Police said they are prepared for the possibility of riots breaking out throughout the city, especially given this year’s sensitive timing.

The above in italics is taken from THIS article.

Goldstein legacy continues

Israel is probably the only country in the world that encourages a celebration of death and murder. The government seems to think it’s alright, so who’s to stop them? YOU can stop them! YOU can pressure your governments to stop funding these murderers.

To not do so makes you all celebrants of death in the Holy Land.


Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff


Settlement freeze: death by a thousand cuts
(Hassan Bleibel)

Israel planning to build 600 more homes in East Jerusalem

More homes are intended to be built near the Pisgat Zeev neighbourhood and the Palestinian area of Shuafat, but that the original plan had been scaled back to 600 from an original 1,100 when it was learned some of the land was owned privately by Palestinians.

More than 200,000 Israelis already live in East Jerusalem and nearby areas of the West Bank that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and considers part of the biblical city it sees as its it sees as its
eternal and indivisible capital.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as capital of a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu excluded Jerusalem from a 10-month moratorium in settlement building he ordered in November.

The World Court has ruled that all the settlements Israel has built in these territories are illegal.

The above is taken from THIS report….

Meanwhile, in Sheikh Jarrah the struggle continues…..

Once a vibrant Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah, through the Israeli government’s surrogate “settlers” and its corrupt judicial system is now receiving the full, virulent ethnic cleansing attentions of that rogue criminal state.

On 24 February 2010 Sheikh Jarrah witnessed a riot that resulted in the arrest of one Palestinian man, pepper spray of one Palestinian woman and her child and the injury of two Palestinian children.


Rachel Corrie Gets Her Day in Court

By Robert Naiman

On March 10, in the Israeli city of Haifa, American peace activist Rachel Corrie will get her day in court. Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, are bringing suit against the Israeli defence ministry for Rachel’s killing by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza in March 2003.

Four key American and British witnesses who were present at the scene – members of the International Solidarity Movement – will be allowed into Israel to testify, despite having been barred previously by the Israeli authorities from entering the country. This reversal by the Israeli authorities is apparently due to U.S. government pressure, the Guardian reports. (Three cheers for any U.S. officials who contributed to this pressure. What else could you make the Israeli government do?)

A Palestinian doctor from Gaza who treated Corrie after she was injured has not been given permission by the Israeli authorities to leave Gaza to attend. (This would seem to be important testimony concerning the nature of Rachel’s injuries – did U.S. officials exert pressure for his appearance?)

This case isn’t just about accountability for Rachel’s death. It’s a test case for the power of the rule of law in Israel, when the rule of law comes into conflict with the policies of military occupation.

When the rule of law in Israel comes into conflict with the policies of occupation, the rule of law often loses. But it does not always lose, particularly when the rule of law gets a boost from vigorous protest and political agitation. This month, Reuters reported, Israel began rerouting part of its “West Bank barrier” near the village of Bilin – the site of many Palestinian, Israeli, and international protests – in response to a petition filed in 2007 by Palestinians whose land was confiscated for the project. This was only a partial victory, because it only affected a minority of the confiscated land. But it shows that the rule of law in Israel is not totally impotent against the occupation, particularly when the rule of law is aided by protest and agitation.

It’s also a test case for the power of nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. It’s a commonplace among some poorly informed commenters – Edith Garwood of Amnesty International cites Bono, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and President Obama as recent examples – that Palestinians should “find their Martin Luther King.” But this commentary is foolish and retrograde, as Rahm Emanuel might say. A necessary condition for the ascendance of a King or Gandhi -type movement in Palestine is that if Palestinian nonviolence activists are killed by the Israeli occupation, the government of Israel pays a significant price for that killing. If the Israeli government can kill an American peace activist and pay little price, what chance do the Palestinian Kings and Gandhis have?

It’s instructive to do a press search on the recent developments in the Rachel Corrie case. Searching on Yahoo News, I found Israeli and Palestinian press, Jewish and Arab press, British and Australian press. But outside of the Seattle Weekly – Rachel is from Olympia, and Brian Baird is her Representative – I found no general US press. Isn’t it remarkable that we Americans have to read the British press to find out about developments in the case of our compatriot? Isn’t this state of affairs something that Bono, Nicholas Kristof and President Obama ought to reflect on, especially given the fact that they have significant ability to do something about it?

The persistence of Rachel’s case as a thorn in the side of the Israeli occupation authorities recalls the 1960s Costa-Gavras docudrama “Z,” about the political fallout from the assassination by the U.S. – supported Greek government of the Greek parliamentarian and peace movement leader Gregoris Lambrakis. There is a powerful scene in the movie in which one of Lambrakis’ associates visits Lambrakis’ widow to deliver the news that four high-ranking military police officers have been indicted in the killing. On the way to meet her Lambrakis’ associate passes a group of Greek students painting the letter “Z” on the sidewalk, meaning “he (Lambrakis) lives.” Marveling at the students’ determined activism in the face of mounting repression, Lambrakis’ associate says, “It’s almost as if he were alive.”

They murdered her, and yet she dogs them. It’s almost as if she were alive.

Originally appeared AT


Tormenting the dead

In a typical move, Israel is building a “museum of tolerance” right on top of an ancient Muslim cemetery, writes Khalid Amayreh

As if all the persecution and brutalisation meted out to the Palestinians were not enough, Israeli authorities are finalising preparations for the construction of a museum on top of an ancient Muslim cemetery in West Jerusalem.

The cemetery, known as Maamanullah (Sanctuary of God), contains the remains of over 70,000 Muslims. Some say many more are buried there. Some of the remains go back to the time of the great Muslim general Saladin. Some archaeologists believe the cemetery may even date to the time of the Prophet Mohamed.

In the early 1960s, the Israeli government — which then, as now, was trying incessantly to obliterate the historical Arab identity of the land — built a parking lot on a part of the cemetery, in disregard of Arab and international protests.

Now, on 10 February, the Israeli Court of Justice gave final clearance to the city of Jerusalem and the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre to build a complex with the name of the Centre for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance. Palestinians and Muslims in general are not impressed.

Rabbi Marvin Hier, a fanatical Chabadi leader and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, is claiming that the ancient cemetery is no longer a cemetery since people have been parking their cars there for over half a century. Seemingly proceeding from supremacist view that non-Jews, whether living or dead, have no sanctity, Hier sees no difference between parking cars on top of a graveyard and digging it out for the new construction site. What is important for Hier is that none of the dead are Jewish.

Hier, along with other Israeli apologists, has been searching for a Muslim religious edict that would allow authorities to obliterate Muslim graveyards after 40-50 years. However, while some edicts allow the relocation of the remains of the dead for necessity sake, no edict has ever been made allowing the construction of buildings on top of cemeteries. One Muslim scholar scoffed at Hier’s quest, arguing: “If we are to take Hier seriously, then according to him, it is permissible to destroy the graves of prophets and saints who have been dead for thousands of years. What he is saying is nonsense and reflects ignorance and arrogance.”

Rashid Khalidi, a prominent Palestinian scholar based in the United States, describes Hier’s allegations as “misleading and mendacious”. “This is a cemetery where people have been buried since the 12th century. People who fought with Saladin in the Crusades are buried there. The Israeli authorities are basically pushing ahead with the desecration of a cemetery that they have been, unfortunately, slowly nibbling away at for over three decades. We and other families are taking action as a group to try to stop this after other families failed in the Israeli Supreme Court.”

Khalidi dismissed Hier’s claims that no protests were made in the early 1960s when the parking lot was built on top of the cemetery. “This is not true. Many protests were made. There were protests from the early 1960s, when the first of these desecrations started. What Rabbi Hier said is false. And the fact that it was desecrated in the 1960s doesn’t mean that it is right to desecrate it further.”

In Jerusalem itself, the demolition of the Maamanullah cemetery is generating fury and indignation among Muslims. The Palestinian League of Muslim Scholars strongly condemned the “brutal ugliness” of the Israeli move. “This is an act of blasphemy. How would Jews react if they saw heavy machinery crush the bones of their dead?” asked Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, an imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque. “Besides, what kind of tolerance are the Israelis talking about when they build a museum on top of the remains of dead people?”

Another scholar remarked: “What can we say when you call cruelty ‘tolerance’? This is like building a museum at Auschwitz and calling it a museum of self-abnegation.”

Diana Butto, a lawyer representing several families and relatives of people buried in the cemetery, lamented the brazen disregard of Israel for the “very essence of human dignity”. “We have exhausted all our other legal means. Even what the UN can do is limited, but they can investigate and raise awareness.” Butto revealed that Palestinian families didn’t know what was being done with the human remains uncovered by heavy machinery.

Dalia Husseini Dajani, a middle-aged East Jerusalem woman, says many of her relatives were buried in the cemetery. “This is my history, my family, everything. One day, I want to be buried there, and I want my grandchildren to come and pray for me there.”

Michael Ratner, president of the US- based Centre for Constitutional Rights, which is assisting the legal case of families against Israel’s actions and plans, relayed the following after visiting the site: “I was really shocked by what I saw. I went into West Jerusalem, and I see a wall that’s probably 25 feet high, surrounded by surveillance cameras, which is where they’re building this so-called ‘Museum of Tolerance’. Right up to the edge of it, you see Muslim graves, Palestinian graves, all around it.

“And within even the part of the cemetery that still exists, which is only a few acres, because the Israelis have paved over other parts or built a park, it has been desecrated… [O]ne archaeologist called this an archaeological crime. This is an Israeli archaeologist. And you see they took out bones in cardboards boxes, relatives of the descendants of the people on this [legal] petition. The archaeologist said there’s at least 2,000 graves under this site. So to hear the rabbi from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre talk about ‘there’s no bones, there’s no bodies under here’ is just — it is just a lie. That is all I can say. That is what it is.”

Both Simon Wiesenthal and the centre named after him have been accused of flagrant lying, exaggeration and half-truths. One researcher contended that Wiesenthal’s confabulations were never discussed among scholars, but “he would rarely let the facts get in the way of a good story. In fact, many of the things he claimed to have done were fabrications.”

In June 2009, British author Guy Walters published a book entitled Hunting Evil in which he characterised Wiesenthal as “a liar — and a bad one at that”. “He would concoct outrageous stories about his war years and make false claims about his academic careers.” Walters found that there were “so many inconsistencies between his three main memoirs and between those memoirs and contemporaneous documents it is impossible to establish a reliable narrative from them. Wiesenthal’s scant regard for truth makes it possible to doubt everything he ever wrote or said.”


Also read these two articles that appeared in Al-Ahram. Both were written by Khalid Amayreh.




By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PHD
Bethlehem, Palestine

Every day here sees new injustices and no one escapes them. On Wednesday, my
wife, I, and a graduate student drove up to Salfit area where my student is
doing a master’s thesis on the impact of the Burqan Industrial settlements
on the health of the Palestinian villagers.  The Israeli industrial
settlement dumps daily hundreds of cubic meters of industrial waste water
laden with heavy metals and other chemicals down into the valley where
residents of Brukeen breath air, use the fields for raising crops and
feeding their animals.  This pollution of private lands has been going on
for years. For summary on this area

On the way back, a private car with yellow license plates (Israeli) cut in
front of me and I had to hit my brakes hard not to hit him.  He drove later
in front of me for bout a kilometer, stopped in front of me in the middle of
the road and then two heavily armed Israeli “police” walked out of the car.
Gruffly and in Arabic they asked for ID cards and from my wife they asked in
English for her passport.  They refuse to answer any questions after that in
any language and insisted on speaking only in Hebrew to give us two
violations 1) for me to go to a military court in the settlement of Ofer
(not even a simple fine) and 2) for my student for sitting in the back seat
without tying her seat belt (250 shekels, roughly US $70 for her, nearly a
month salary). I checked with a lawyer later who told me that the police
regularly pick on Palestinian drivers with extremely large fines; mine is
likely to be in the range of $500 if not more after the “trial” (or worse).
So we will get tos ee an Israeli military judge choose between believing
three in my car telling teh truth or two Israelis in the Israeli car with a
grudge against Palestinians (I will let you know) . When one considers the
average income of Palestinians in the West Bank is about $100 per month, you
can see how devastating these Israeli “traffic violations” can be.

Many Zionists still live in la la land thinking that oppression, including
war crimes and crimes against humanity, coupled with hasbara or Israeli
propaganda, will paper allow them to get away with the ethnic cleansing of
530 towns and villages in 1948-1949 and continued land theft ongoing to this
day (including in our village of Beit Sahour).  They thought that the
massacres in Gaza and the blockade and starvation of millions of people
living in concentration areas (ghettos or cantons) called “area A” will
cause us to kneel.   And: “Israel’s latest conscripts in the fight to
improve the country’s image have been unveiled: ordinary Israeli citizens.
Armed only with a government-issued hasbara pamphlet and a winning smile,
they will be sent to wage war with their detractors, in an effort to present
Israel as a benign, democratic utopia whose only Achilles heel is poor
public relations.”

I read the bizarre quote from a senile Shimon Peres (father of Israel’s
nuclear weapons arsenal) that: “There are millions of Indians who love us, a
billion Chinese who love us, and millions of evangelicals, who love us. We
have a problem with Sweden, but we’re working on it.”  A recent study shows
1.57 billion Muslims in the world and a survey in Europe shows most people
think the two countries that are most dangerous in the world are the US and
Israel (not Iran and North Korea!).  It is amazing that some delude
themselves to think the world can be molded to follow their racist agenda.
Instead of adjusing their racist behaviors they are desperate to get others
to become like them.  But with the internet, even their Zionist implants,
like Wolf Blitzer of CNN and Mort Zuckerman of Newsweek, don’t seem to be
able to stem the tide of truth.  Even our little humble video of Beit Sahour
attracted over 6000 of you…

The fact that the boycotts, divestments, and sanctions movement is spreading
rapidly despite all the hasbara (Israeli propaganda) is telling.  More and
more people wake-up and join the millions of us who are acting for justice
(realizing taht silence is complicity).  Just this week, the University of
Michigan’s Dearborn Student Government passed a divestment resolution and
starting Monday in over 40 cities around the world, Israel apartheid week
will mobilize thousands more for BDS …
see and ACT in your area.

In other good news, Europe’s highest court ruled on Thursday that Israeli
products manufactured in settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are
not exempt from paying EU customs duties. This essentially means the EU does
not consider the West Bank to be part of “Israel.”  The next step is that
enough Europeans would pressure their governments to revoke the
Europe-Israel association agreement which gives free access to European
markets.  When enough pressure built on those same governments, they stopped
supporting apartheid South Africa.

Locally, there were demonstrations against the Israeli government decision
to add two Palestinian holy sites to the “Israel Heritage Site list”.  There
is growth of resistance and if we just get better leadership that believes
in its people instead of believing in Oslo and the US vacant promises, the
upcoming and inevitable uprising will be the last one before we get our
freedom and return.  Join us Sunday at 11 AM in Ush Ghrab in Beit Sahour
for a land reclamation and protection activity.

Finally, my letter published in response to a misleading letter in Indian
Country Today

Claims are pure chutzpah

A letter “Remember who the real victims are,” from Elliot Kalman published
Feb.12 [Vol. 29, No. 37] stated that “The Jews, who only wanted to live in
peace with their neighbors, rightly defended themselves. Indians, who tried
to live in peace with the two-faced invaders they were faced with, rightly
defended themselves. Let’s remember who the actual victims are: American
Indians, European Jews, and the poor Gaza Palestinians who would live in
peace with their Israeli neighbors if not for Hamas, the religiously
motivated thugs who run Gaza.” I found these verbal acrobatics not only
factually wrong but rather offensive.

Hamas was established in 1988, 40 years after the ethnic cleansing that made
the Gaza strip hold nearly a million Palestinian refugees, and 22 years
after Israel occupied and economically destroyed this desert strip now
holding 1.5 million starving people living under an Israeli blockade.

There is no such thing as “the Jews” with a uniform agenda as there is no
such thing as “the Whites” or “the Blacks” with a uniform agenda. Not all
European whites decided to colonize the “new world” and not all whites in
South Africa supported apartheid. Similarly, not all Jews supported the
colonization of Palestine or claim eternal victimization and chosenness
(parallel to “manifest destiny”).

Zionism resulted in dozens of massacres and left two-thirds of the total
population of natives (Christians and Muslims) as refugees or displaced
people. Even Moshe Dayan stated: “Jewish villages were built in the place of
Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I
do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the
books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the
place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the
place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There
is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab

Rather than being a victim, Israel is in violation of dozens of UN
resolutions and has violated just about every article of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights per International human rights organizations
(and even Israeli ones like B’Tselem).

Thanks to the Zionist lobby, the U.S. government sent billions of dollars of
military aid to Israel every year and even went to wars to serve Zionist
narrow interests. Israel is now well recognized as the fourth or fifth
strongest army in the world. Israel was also shielded from international law
by more than 35 U.S. vetoes at the UN; 400 children were slaughtered in Gaza
only a year ago and our lands continue to be colonized, including here in
the Bethlehem district where we lost nearly 80 percent of our lands. After
all these and many other horrors, to cynically claim victimization and to
claim kinship to Native American struggles should offend any decent human
being. In Yiddish it is called chutzpah and what we call “aib” (shameful) in


I find it fascinating that something of this nature is actually making headline news in one of Canada’s most respectable newspapers. The Globe and Mail. This is one of the many commercial media outlets that have virtually ignored the plight of the Palestinian people for the past 62 years.

Interesting to see what sells best….. it’s obviously still sex, the world’s oldest profession.

Simon Houpt

Getting the big picture on a not-so-small country

Sexual pun goes to work for Israel

Can the prospect of oral sex deflate hardening anti-Israel sentiment?

As the Israeli government rolls out a PR offensive to combat what it believes are misperceptions, a new campaign on campuses across Canada is encouraging students to think of the Jewish state as a technologically and culturally advanced Mediterranean playground that can provide a lot of fun and excitement in a small package.

Visitors to the website are greeted with thumping dance music and a series of travel-brochure images of Israel: azure waters, hot bodies, packed clubs, and colourful open-air markets.

There’s also a 50-second commercial featuring a young man and woman talking in bed. “Don’t be mad, but it’s small … I just don’t know if I can go there,” she says, looking at his lap just off-camera.

“I consider this a spot of worship,” he replies, then adds: “It may be small, but it’s brought the driest places to life. Baby, this is paradise.”

What are they looking at? A map of Israel.

The video concludes with the tagline: “Israel. Small country, big paradise,” though the website has a different slogan: “Small country, big appetite for peace.” The site supplies facts about the country’s medical and communication-technology industries, its population, and its environmental efforts.

“Our students year-to-year on campus are so burdened by the politicization of the debate,” says Susan Davis, executive director of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy, an arm of the United Jewish Appeal, which backed the effort. “It’s the idea of hearing about Israel in the bigger picture, Israel outside the conflict, Israel as a complete country. And the students are the most excited.”

Pun intended? “Did I say that?” Ms. Davis replied.

Also see these related posts….




When many an outsider thinks of Israel, an image of a country inhabited by men in black hats and sidecurls comes to mind. Nothing is further from the truth about what Israel is. The ‘Holy Land’ today is a westernised secular country. McDonald’s and Coca Cola are the first words on the lips of many Israeli youngsters.

Part and parcel of the westernization is the rise of degeneracy. Degeneracy that is so subtle, most Israelis do not even notice it.

One example of what might have been noticed is Israel’s latest tourist campaign, one that uses sex and porn as the ‘calling card‘. This is a vile campaign that even some right wing settlers are objecting to.

The most popular cable TV company in Israel is called HOT. Their phone number is *6900.
How coincidental is that?

If you wander into West Jerusalem’s downtown area you will see ‘nice Jewish girls’ with their navels exposed, adorned with rings of gold or silver. When they pass you might notice a tattoo above their exposed ‘plumber’s crack’. Same with the guys…. not too much into the navel ‘rings’, but shaved heads and tattoos…. not unlike any skinhead one might see in Europe these days. This is the same downtown where the extreme rightwingers and the ultra orthodox protest every year during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, but remain silent at these everyday sights. Double standards or taking pleasure in what they see…. you decide.

Many of these youngsters ‘take a trip’ for a year after they complete their compulsory army service. They either wind up in remote parts of Asia or South America and become a part of the local drug scene or in malls in the United States where they illegally work selling beauty products from the Dead Sea or find employment in the various illegal locksmith scams that operate there. Their ‘stint’ abroad usually lasts a year unless they are lucky enough to ‘hook up’ with a mate willing to marry them in a ‘union of convenience’ (usually for a fee). This enables them to obtain a Green Card and stay as long as they like…. continuing to operate in whatever illegal business’ they are involved in. Some even stay long enough to obtain Rabbinical ordination which allows them to start up their own money laundering operation or get involved in the sale of human organs.

A newly exposed crime is the use of passports for the purpose of carrying out some of Mossad’s operations.

The list of criminal activities is endless…. But, let’s get back to the Holy Land itself….With innuendos such as the above it is no wonder that Israel has become the Middle East Capital of Sex Scandals… and crime.
The most recent in the rabbinical community itself.

Let’s have a look at some of the prominent leaders and former leaders of the Holy Land….. helps one understand what was discussed above, and how they assumed office…..

Let’s start with Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. People here seem more than willing to forget that he admitted to having an extramarital affair. In fact, he was unable to marry his third wife, Sara, until his divorce became final from his second wife. Sara was quite pregnant at the time.

Then there is the former President of Israel, Moshe Katsav. He was forced to leave office after being charged with rape and other sexual offences.

Let’s not forget a former Defense Minister, Yitzhak Mordechai who was convicted on charges of sexual assaults.

Today, Ehud Olmert became the first former prime minister in Israel’s history to stand trial  as he arrived at Jerusalem District Court for the opening of his trial for alleged corruption.

There are others…. the above examples are the best known ones.

The zionists in America view Israel as the perfect place…. given to the Jews by God Himself… the following video is a good example of how they ‘think’…..

The moral degeneracy in Israel today is not much unlike what was reality during the decline of both the Roman and Greek empires. Perhaps we are about to see the self destruction of Israel as well….. to be replaced by a REAL DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR ALL ITS CITIZENS!


I  Still Want Peace

By Ayman Quader

Having walked across the dead bodies of my relatives and people and having experienced their deaths; I still want peace, I still dream of peace and security for the families of Gaza and all of Palestine.

I come from an area of the world that has been violated; violated of our human rights for decades, which continues up to this very day, to this very moment as I speak these words. I have come from the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict to study, not necessarily to understand my conflict better, as I have lived the conflict my entire life, but to find a means to ending the conflict, and to attaining peace and justice for my people.

It was not easy for me to come here, as I struggled for many months with the idea, and the possibility, of not being able to make it through the Gaza Siege, the complete and total enclosure of Gaza from the rest of the world. Only through the efforts of many people, including those of you in my class that supported me in my time of need, was I able to break through the siege and ultimately make it here to Castellon where I share with you these words today.

I am sincerely grateful to my new university, the university of Jaume Primer, my classmates, professors and the administration for all of your support in making this master program a possibility for Ayman Quader. I believe that my experiences and hardships in Gaza will bring a fresh dimension and perspective to the study of conflict, development and peace studies.

It is my hope that my presence with you here today, and in the coming months, in this congress, might assure me that justice and peace will prevail one day in the near future. When I was initially stuck in the Gaza Strip and unable to travel hear and when my eventual presence in Castellon was still in doubt, I was really frustrated because I was just asking for a very basic right human right, which is the right of education. Such a right is guaranteed under international laws and conventions. After a long battle, which fortunately resulted in me being here, I can’t find the words to truly express to all of you how much it really means for me to be here; not only for me, but for my family and my friends that are still stuck in Gaza without any proper means to sustain themselves and their basic needs.

Coming from the conflict, and growing up in the conflict, it is difficult for me to step outside of the injustice that I have suffered and to glean differing perspectives on the situation in Gaza and in Palestine, and it is my hope that this program will give me the perspective to be able to do this, while applying an academic framework that incorporates the prospects of peace and development. This is truly what I feel Gaza needs at this point in time. We are a damaged people, an abused people; because of the injustice that is taking place in Gaza, it can be extremely difficult for many of us to break through the anger and pain of the occupation, and to seek a peaceful solution. Many of my brothers and sisters in Gaza have experienced so much injustice, that it is almost impossible to seek a solution to the conflict through peaceful means. It is especially for these people that I am here today.

While I hope to learn basic frameworks for applying peace and conflict resolution to my homeland of Palestine, without the end to the human rights violations that have occurred over the course of nearly 62 years, without the end to the oppression of my people and the hope for sovereignty and freedom for the future, such a conflict can never be solved. In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their ancient homelands, and to this day, no reparations have been made for this initial injustice, an injustice which continues to this day with the continued annexation, for colonial settlement, of East Jerusalem and the West Bank – contrary to international law and many UN resolutions – and the brutal siege on the Gaza Strip, which escalated to a full scale attack on civilian infrastructure in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009; an escalation in which 1,400 Palestinians lost their lives. The destruction in Gaza last winter was truly horrifying.

This is the basis of the Palestinian struggle, of my personal struggle; the struggle for justice in a land of injustice and personal struggle. It is my hope and my dream that I will be able to learn something over the course of the next two years that will help my people to overcome this struggle for justice and for peace.

Ayman maintains a Blog AT


The Status of Non-Jews Under the Halacha
By  Khalid Amayreh

Journalist — Occupied Palestine

Rabbi Abraham Kook, the religious mentor of the settler movement, taught that “the difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews — all of them in all different levels — is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.” (Reuters Photo)

Remarks by the Israeli Minister of Interior Yaakov Neeman suggesting that the Jewish religious law (Halacha) should be adopted as the “law of the land” in the Jewish state has drawn strong reactions from both Jews and non-Jews.

“Step by step, we will bestow upon the citizens of Israel the laws of the Torah and we will turn Halacha into the binding law of the nation,” Neeman told Rabbis at a Jewish law convention in occupied Jerusalem in December 2009.

“We must bring back the heritage of our fathers to the nation of Israel,” he said. “The torah has the complete solution to all of the questions we are dealing with.”

Neeman’s statements were met applauds from participants who included high-ranking Rabbis, as well as representatives of religious parties.

However, for non-Jews, who now constitute nearly 50 percent of the total population in occupied Palestine, Neeman’s remarks are a serious cause for concern since Halacha, at least according to the Orthodox Jewish interpretation, does not recognize the full humanity of non-Jews.

Hence, non-Jews living under Halacha must accept to live under a perpetual state of inferiority, if not persecution.

Lesser in Every Aspect

According to Orthodox Judaism, a non-Jew (goy) is inferior to a Jew in every conceivable aspect. This inferiority is absolute, inherent, intrinsic, and not subject to any related or unrelated factors.

Rabbi Abraham Kook, the religious mentor of the settler movement, taught that “the difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews — all of them in all different levels — is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.”

The teachings of Kook are based on the Lurianic Cabala (Jewish mysticism), which teaches the absolute superiority of the Jewish soul and body over the non-Jewish soul  and body. This means, according to one Rabbi who is member of the Chabadi  Lubovitcher sect, that “every simple cell in a Jewish body entails divinity and is part of God.”

In 2003, Rabbi Saadya Grama of the Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned Talmudic school of Lakewood, NJ, published a book in which he claimed that Gentiles were completely evil and that Jews constituted a separate, genetically superior species.

The book published under the Hebrew Title “Romemut Yisrael Ufarsahat Hagalut” quoted numerous classical Jewish sources to prove Jewish superiority over the rest of humankind.

The difference between Jews and gentiles, he argued, is not religious, historical, cultural, or political. It is rather racial, genetic, and scientifically unalterable. The one groups is at its very root and by natural constitution “totally evil” while the other is “totally good”

“Jewish successes in the world are completely contingent upon the failure of all other peoples. Only when the gentiles face total catastrophe, Jews do experience good fortune.”

“The Jews themselves brought about their own destruction during the Holocaust, since they arrogantly endeavored to overcome their very essence, dictated by divine law.”

While castigated by many Jewish figures, religious and secular, for its brazen racism, Grama’s thesis is not really in conflict with the Rabbis of Gush Emunim (the settler camp) and the rest of the National religious movement in Israel today.

He readily applies Torah passages against idolaters, other pagans to Christianity and Islam, and other monotheists who worship the God of Abraham, the very God proclaimed by the Torah.

He also ignores extensive Rabbinic deliberations during the medieval period, which concluded that both Islam and Christianity as “licit, monotheistic faiths.”

Hence, Muslims and Christians could not be lumped in one category with the idol-worshipers of earlier times.

Sub-human Slaves

If gentiles (goyem) are inherently inferior to Jews, and if their very humanity is presumed to be denied, it is axiomatically inferred from this that these gentiles have inherently lesser rights than Jews do.

Indeed, some Talmudic references do refer to gentiles as “animals walking on two feet instead of four”.

Even today, some Rabbis, such as David Batsri, invoke the “bestiality” of non-Jews, claiming that the Creator created them with two legs instead of four in deference to Jews, because it is not appropriate that Jews be served with four-legged animals.

It is true that this view is not shared by all Rabbis, especially the enlightened ones. However, it is also true that some prominent sages holding both Halachic and historical weight are among the main advocates of this pure racism.

For example, according to the code of Maimonides (Rambam): “A Jew who killed a non-Jew is exempt from human judgment, and has not violated the prohibition of murder.”

This code is implicitly practiced by Jewish settler judges when dealing with Jews convicted of killing Palestinians, which explains the extremely light punishments meted out to the perpetrators, especially in comparison to Arabs convicted of the same felony.

It also explains why Israelis in general and religious  settlers in particularly dwell so much upon “shedding Jewish blood” while never showing the slightest concern about Arabs killed by Jews.

Following the 1994 massacre of dozens of Arab worshipers at the Ibrahimi Mosque at the hands of an American-born Jewish terrorists, Moshe Levinger, a settler leader in the City of Al-Khalil (Hebron) was quoted as saying : “I am not only sorry for dead Arabs, but also for dead flies.”

The application of Jewish law in occupied Palestine (Israel plus  the West Bank and Al-Quds) would mean that Palestinians who do not convert to Judaism (at the hands of an Orthodox Rabbi) would have to be treated as “residents alien”.

According to Maimonides, a gentile permitted to reside in the land of Israel, “must accept to pay taxes and to suffer the humiliation of servitude.”

Such gentiles, some modern Rabbis insist, “must be held down and not raise their heads against Jews. Non-Jews must not be appointed  to any office or position of power over Jews. If they refuse to live a life of inferiority, then this will signify rebellion and the unavoidable necessity of Jewish warfare against their very presence in the land of Israel.”


This inferiority accorded to non-Jews, which is summarized by the phrase “water carriers and wood-hewers”, is actually an award for the submissiveness of the pacified and subjugated gentiles.

As to “restive” gentiles in the land of Israel, like those demanding equal human and civil rights as citizens, their punishment is usually  expulsion or outright extermination.

According to Shulhan Aruch, widely viewed as the most authoritative legalistic source of Jewish religious law, the murder of a Jew is a capital offence and one of the three most heinous sins (the other two being idolatry and adultery).

Jewish religious courts are commanded to mercilessly punish anyone guilty of killing a Jew. However, a Jew who murders a gentile, even deliberately, is guilty of committing a sin against the “laws of heaven” and ought to be published by God rather than man.

However, a gentile murderer living under Jewish jurisdiction must be executed, regardless of whether the victim is Jewish or gentile.

However, if the victim is gentile and the murderer is a Jew who had converted to Judaism, he is not to be punished.

Maimonides also rules that while Jews are forbidden to save the lives of non-Jews in peacetime, they are also forbidden to murder them outright.

“As for gentiles with whom we are not at war, their death must not be caused, but it is forbidden to save them if they are at the point of death; if, for example, one of them is seen falling into the sea, he should not be rescued, for it is written. Neither shall thou stand against the blood of thy fellow, but a gentile is not your fellow.”

Bluntly, anti-gentile codes are also proscribed against non-Jews living under Jewish (religious) rule. This covers the entire penal code. For example, there is an obvious discrimination against non-Jewish citizens in applying punishment for rape and adultery.

According to Israel Shahak’s classical book “Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years,” Halacha presumes that all gentiles are promiscuous and presumed not to have paternity.”

For an example, a sexual intercourse between a gentile and a married Jewish woman is a capital offense for both parties, which is punishable by death for both.

However, a sexual intercourse between a Jewish male and a gentile woman — it does not matter if she is married or not since the concept of marriage doesn’t apply to gentiles — is not viewed as gravely as the Talmud equates such intercourse with an intercourse with animals.

A Biblical verse states: “For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.” [King James Bible, the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 23:20]. That verse is presumably applied to non-Jews”

In this case, death is proscribed for the gentile woman, while the Jew, even if it is a case of rape, is given a much lighter punishment, like flogging.


Size Doesn’t Matter: Israel’s Porno Tourism Promotion

Israel has annexed the West Bank and Gaza in map featured in Size Doesn’t Matter video

Israel’s hasbara and tourism promotions are the gift that keeps on giving as far as this blogger is concerned.  I hope you’ve all seen the atrocious video I offered here a few days ago in which a lissome lass tells her lad she can’t possibly go “down” on him because it’s “too small.”  The up shot of all this double entendre is of course that Israel may have a small, er, no…rather that Israel may be small, but that it is MIGHTY!!

There have been some rather delectable developments in the aftermath of this viral video which seems to have infected all those involved with it in a case of the jitters.  Shalomlife, a Canadian Jewish news portal, followed up on the story and managed to get an MFA spokesperson to deny the Size Doesn’t Matter campaign has anything to do with it or the consulate:

Kadosh said that a conversation with the Israeli consulate in Toronto “indicated that the Consulate had no part in the movie, did not initiate it and did not participate in its planning or its distribution.”

As I noted in my earlier post, this is given the lie by a rapturous announcement by the very same MFA and consulate that they were partnering with three wealthy Canadian Jewish pro-Israel individuals in a long-term rebranding campaign on Israel’s behalf of which the Toronto Film Festival’s controversial fete of Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday was but the start.

The student ostensibly behind the Small Penises Aren’t That Bad campaign, Rebecca Cherniak, is falling all over herself to deny that the organized Canadian Jewish community had anything to do with the video:

Rebecca Cherniak, coordinator of the campaign and chair of Israel affairs for the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students also confirms that Size Doesn’t Matter is an initiative strictly run by students, not by CIJA. She said that they have not been in contact with any Israeli ministers or diplomats.

A few problems with that statement.  My trusty informal researcher Robin notes that Cherniak is president of McMaster University’s Israel on Campus chapter. On the group’s website it says clear as day:

McMaster Israel On Campus thanks the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) for their generous contribution, which made this website possible.

And if you need any further evidence that this campaign is tied directly into Canada’s Israel lobby, note that the Size Doesn’t Matter domain was registered to:

Domain name:
Domain number: 2929497
Approval date: 2009/07/13
Renewal date: 2010/07/13
Updated date: 2009/12/10

Name: Inc.
Number: 29

Name: Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc.
Number: 1262044

Administrative contact:
Name: Rob Hall

Canadian Jewish Public Affairs is an Israel advocacy outfit whose board chair is none other than Joel Reitman, of the famed Canadian Reitman real estate family. Reitman is one of the three gentlemen I mentioned above partnering in the MFA’s Canadian rebranding project. So much for plausible deniability. Size Doesn’t Matter is about as much of a student-run project as the old Mickey Mouse Club TV show was run by the mouseketeers themselves (sorry for dating myself).

Cherniak embarrasses herself further by actually claiming the reason she produced the video was because Israel’s image suffered among the general public (and this was going to make it right?):

“We were very dismayed by the way that Israel is represented in the media,” she says. “We think students are more critical and want to understand more than the typical slogans they see. We put together a campaign that grabs people’s attentions.”

So she made the video for all those students out there thirsting for critical thinking about Israel, which is why the underlying theme is oral sex.  As for grabbing peoples’ attention (and crotches?)–that she did.

I’m a little sorry that someone complained to Vimeo about the SDM video and it was inexplicably pulled due to “explicit sexual content.”  I could see if it’d been pulled due to excruciating bad taste.  But calling this “explicit” leads one to believe that Vimeo is run by some extreme prudes.  Does this mean, by the way, that hasbara is pornographic or just THIS hasbara?

Thankfully, YouTube isn’t quite as prudish (yet).  People, don’t complain about this video.  It’s a gift.  In fact, if any of you are Canadians and have any spare change you might want to make a designated gift to one of these two estimable pro-Israel organizations that will help fund more of these videos.

And on that note, there are future videos in store for us in this series including one that takes us “from the office to the bedroom.”  I can’t wait!

Crossposted FROM

The video used in the campaign follows….. THIS IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!

See my original post on this matter HERE.


Eugenio Merino’s sculpture “Starway to Heaven”

Sixteen years ago, on the 25th of February, 30 Muslim worshippers were slaughtered while at prayer. 270 were severely injured. This took place in one of the holiest sites in Palestine, a site revered by both Jews and Muslims. It is the resting place of our common Father Abraham and his family. The massacre was carried out by a crazed Jewish settler from Brooklyn.

The site itself is a unique structure as it serves both as a mosque and a synagogue. When one enters, it is difficult not to feel the thousands of years of common history that these two peoples share. Today, it is difficult not to feel the lingering hatred in the area as a result of the zionist occupation and harassment.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu literally slapped the entire Palestinian Nation on the face when the following was announced…. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem would both be added to the list of national heritage sites that the government plans to promote. A full report can be read HERE. This move is a definite indication and admittance of the influence the extreme right and fascist elements have on the government of Israel today. Literally making money at the site of such a horrible tragedy is nothing less that revolting.
THIS is also worth reading.

The site in question is in Hebron, in PALESTINE. This move by Netanyahu is also an indication that the Israelis have no plans to allow Palestine to declare it’s statehood.

The following is by far the best account of the massacre itself. It was originally posted two years ago…..

14 Years of Lessons after Al-Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre – A Memorial History for the 30 Palestinian Martyrs

The story:

The dawn of Friday 15 Ramadan 1414 a.h. / 25 February 1994 marked the first of three massacres perpetrated by Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli Army. There were more than 30 martyrs and 270 injured. The main massacre took place while the victims were performing al- Fajr (Dawn) Prayer at Al Ibrahimi mosque.

(Al-Ibrahimi Mosque – Al-Khalil, Occupied Palestine)

At 05:00 on February 25, around eight hundred Palestinian Muslims passed through the east gate of Al-Ibrahimi mosque to participate in al-Fajr prayer, the first of the five daily Islamic prayers. At that time of the holy month of Ramadan, there were many people who flocked the Ibrahimi Mosque to perform their prayers. The mosque was under Israeli Army guard.

Baruch GoldsteinThat same day, a Jewish American Zionist physician decided to materialize the dream of the typical Zionist movement of annihilating the Arab existence in Palestine. Dr. Baruch Goldstein prepared for the move. It was during Ramadan when Dr. Goldstein decided to execute his old plan of vengeance.

Goldstein passed two army checkpoints at the dawn of February 25, 1994 from the northeastern gate of the mosque near privy. That privy could be the reason why Goldstein decided on that gate because he, probably, received his contemplation about Arabs from the Rabbis of Kach in Kiryat Arab where the Arabs were described as the demons of the privy. The privy of the mosque is important not only because it has two Israeli army checkpoints on its nearby mosque’s gate, but also because it is surrounded by Israeli army posts from the east and army patrols in the west. So Goldstein was acting from the deepest parts of the Zionistic ideology in liquidating the demons.

ibrahimi_mosqueGoldstein walked at least 100 yards in the mosque before he decided to choose the exact location to liquidate his demons. He positioned himself at the last row of the main hall, just opposite to the Imam’s place (Manbar.) In this case and as a typical Zionist, shooting from the back was the style. The position was not arbitrary not only because it enabled him to shoot directly at the largest number of the backs of the worshipers but also because it was supposed to have enabled him to get a fast escape or protection from the Israeli soldiers who were scattered right behind him in the northern hall -the plate- of the mosque.

Goldstein was carrying his IMI Galil assault rifle, four magazines of ammunition, which held 35 bullets each and hand grenades. He thought about the best moment to execute the plan, maximize the number of casualties and secure the escape or rescue. The best moment, of course, was when the Muslim worshipers knelt on the floor with their backs towards Goldstein.

hebron_al_ibrahimi_massacreIt was first a hand grenade that he threw among the worshipers causing casualties, confusion, and possibly an invitation to the Israeli soldiers in the halls and outside of the mosque to intervene for rescue. And in no time, the automatic massacre took place with the same kind of mercy that other Zionists like Goldstein shows all the time toward Arabs.

Standing in front of the only exit from the mosque and positioned to the rear of the Muslim worshipers, he opened fire with the weapon, killing 29 people and injuring more than 125. He was eventually overwhelmed by survivors, who beat him to death.

An eyewitness said that when Goldstein was executing the massacre and people attacked him, there was a soldier who attempted to come closer to the scene. But instead of “rescuing” Dr. Goldstein, the Israeli soldier shot his bullets in the air and then escaped from the inside eastern door of the northern hall to the previously known “women praying area.” In the opinion of the eyewitness, the soldier could have rescued Goldstein by killing 5 or 10 more Palestinians, but it appeared that his personal safety was above any blood value.

Al Ibrahimi massacre (a.k.a Hebron massacre) is not the last one. Muslims and Jews are and will remain candidates for victimization. But the cause will always be the same: “The Nazi style laws of the Zionists occupation in Palestine.”

Reports after the massacre were inevitably highly confused. In particular, there was uncertainty about whether Goldstein had acted alone; it was reported that eyewitnesses had seen “another man, dressed as a soldier, handing him ammunition.” The Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said that the attack was the work of up to 12 men, including Israeli troops. However, Israeli Army denied that and confirmed that Goldstein had acted alone without the assistance or connivance of the Israeli guards posted at the mosque.

News of the massacre immediately led to riots in Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) and the rest of the occupied territories. Additional Palestinian Muslims were crushed to death in the panic to flee the mosque and in rioting that followed.

Now that was history, a bloody history that marked Feb 25 of every year with memorials of the Palestinian Martyrs massacred that day for nothing but being Palestinians. So, what are the lessons learned from this?

First we will look at the ideology behind this massacre (and all the Zionist massacres), then how it is treated among Zionists. And last but not least, how does the media look at Zionist (terrorists) and how do they handle such massacres compared to other terrorist acts and massacres.

Prof. Israel Shahak wrote – The Ideology Behind Hebron Massacre:

The sympathy which Baruch Goldstein enjoys among the Gush Emunim, whose influence is more pervasive than that of the Kahanists, can only be explained by a shared ideology. However, Gush Emunim leaders enjoy Rabin’s friendship and strong influence in wide circles of the Israeli and diaspora Jewish communities. Therefore it is their version of this ideology which is more important. Gush Emunim’s thinking assumes the imminence of the coming of the Messiah, when the Jews, aided by God, will triumph over the Gentiles. Consequently, all current political developments call be interpreted by those in the know as destined either to bring this end nearer or postpone it. Jewish sins, the worst of them being lack of faith in Gush Emunim ideology, can postpone but not alter the predestined course of Redemption. The two world wars, the Holocaust and other calamitous events of modern history serve as stock examples of such a curative punishment for Jewish sins. Such explanations can go into a lot of specific detail. The rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior (who attended Goldstein’s funeral and praised him), blamed Israel’s relative failure in its 1982 invasion of Lebanon on the lack of faith manifested through signing a peace treaty with Egypt and “returning the inheritance of our ancestors [i.e Sinai] to strangers”.[…]

The fundamental tenet of Gush Emunim’s thinking is the assumption that the Jewish people are “peculiar”. Lustick discusses this tenet in terms of their denial of the classical Zionist claim that only by undergoing “a process of normalisation”, by emigrating to Palestine and forming a Jewish state there, can the Jews become like any other nation. But for them this “is the original delusion of the secular Zionists”, because they measured that “normality” by applying non-Jewish standards. According to Gush Emunim, “Jews are not and cannot be a normal people”, because “their eternal uniqueness” is “the result of the covenant God made with them at Mount Sinai”. Therefore, according to Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of their leaders, “while God requires other normal nations to abide by abstract codes of ‘justice and righteousness’, such laws do not apply to Jews”.

Harkabi quotes Rabbi Israel Ariel, who says that “a Jew who kills a non-Jew is exempt from human judgement, and has not violated the prohibition of murder”. The Gush Emunim rabbis have indeed reiterated that Jews who kill Arabs should be free from all punishment. Harkabi also quotes Rabbi Aviner, Rabbi Zvi Yehudah Kook and Rabbi Ariel, all three of whom say Arabs living in Palestine are thieves because since the land was once Jewish, all property to be found on that land “really” belongs to the Jews. In the original Hebrew version of his book Harkabi expresses his shock at finding this out. “I never imagined that Israelis would so interpret the concept of the historical right.”

Gush Emunim’s plans for governing non-Jews in Israel are also based on “theological” principles. According to Rabbi Aviner; “Is there a difference between punishing an Arab child and an Arab adult for disturbance of our peace? Punishments can be inflicted on Jewish boys below the age of 13 and Jewish girls below the age of 12…But this rule applies to Jews alone, not to Gentiles. Thus any Gentile, no matter how little, should be punished for any crime he commits.” From this dictum, it is only a short step to slaughtering Arab children.

Even Israel’s Supreme Court compared Kahane to the German Nazis. The prominent Orthodox dissident, Professor Yeshayahu Leibovitz, said that the mass murder in Hebron was a consequence of “Judeo-Nazism”. But Gush Emunim’s ideology is no less like that of the Nazis than Kahane’s.

Celebrating the Hebron massacre:

Why do we hate them?

When you see the Israelis and Zionists from different parties and sections of the Israeli society, including their army, as well from around the world, gathering annually at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshipers in Al-Khalil (Hebron), how can you but “LOVE” them?

Here is a sample of the news stories from BBC – Graveside party celebrates Hebron massacre (21 March, 2000):

Militant Jews have gathered at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshippers in Hebron.

The celebrants dressed up as the gunman, wearing army uniforms, doctor’s coats and fake beards.

Goldstein, an immigrant from New York City, had been a physician in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Waving semi-automatic weapons in the air, the celebrants danced, sang and read prayers around his grave.

“We decided to make a big party on the day he was murdered by Arabs,” said Baruch Marzel, one of about 40 celebrants.

The tribute was a macabre twist on the Jewish festival of Purim, when it is a custom to dress in costume and celebrate.

Massacre in mosque

In 1994 on Purim, Goldstein stormed a mosque and fired on praying Muslims in the West Bank city’s Tomb of the Patriarchs – a shrine sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

Twenty-nine people died in the attack, and the angry crowd lynched Goldstein in retaliation.

Israeli extremists continue to pay homage at his grave in the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, where a marble plaque reads: “To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel.”

About 10,000 people had visited the grave since the massacre, Mr Marzel said.

Note: the above news story is eight years old.

Goldstein_graveNot only that. The Israeli government allocated a special site for the grave, in the Tourist Park in Kiryat Arba settlement. Over the years, the grave has become a site of pilgrimage. Tens of thousand people from all over the world go to pray and honor this terrorist memory. The local religious council of Kiryat Arba settlement declared the grave site a cemetery. During the Feast of Purim, Goldstein friends celebrate the feast near his grave to honor him, in appreciation of what he did!

Last but not least, on the biased media side, Leon T. Hadar wrote:

Following the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the arrest of several Muslims who were charged with the crime, the American media were flooded with news stories, analyses and commentaries that warned of the coming “Islamic threat.” “Investigative reporters” and “terrorism experts” alleged on television talk shows and op-ed pages that the accused perpetrators of the bombing were part of an “Islamic terrorism network” coordinated by Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, or other Middle Eastern bogeymen.
Contrast those reactions with the media’s response to the massacre in Hebron. No analyst suggested that the event reflected the emergence of a global “Jewish threat. ” No terrorism expert was invited to discuss on “Nightline” or the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” the rise of a “global Zionist terrorism” organization manipulated, say, by the Israeli Mossad. No scholar alleged that the massacre by a Jewish settler suggested that Western and Jewish values were somehow incompatible.

If one really had wanted to apply the journalistic methods that were used in the case of the World Trade Center bombing, it would not have been so difficult, after reviewing the biography of Rabbi Meir Kahane by Robert I. Friedman, to point to the strong ties between Baruch Goldstein and the other “fanatics” in the Jewish settlements and members of the Israeli political establishment, especially in the Likud party. One could even have reminded American readers that Kiryat Arba, where Goldstein resided, was actually the brainchild of a pre-1977 Labor government.

Any analysis of public statements and writings by some of the major political and spiritual leaders of the Jewish settlers, including the rabbis who head the movement, would reveal a fanatical hatred and racist attitudes toward non-Jews in general, and Arabs and Palestinians in particular.

Instead, most journalists and analysts adopted the official Israeli line and described the massacre as an “isolated” case of Jewish “extremism,” an act of a “lone gunman,” a “lunatic,” a “madman” who does not represent Israeli society or, for that matter, Jewish settlers in the occupied territories. Journalists, like the Israeli government, stressed that killing of innocent civilians violates the moral tenets of Judaism.

The above was originally posted by Haitam Sabbah two years ago.

HERE is a link to a post that appeared on this Blog the same day.

THIS appeared on Palestine Think Tank today.

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