ISRAEL’S DYNAMIC DUO ‘SAVING THE WORLD’ FROM A FREE PALESTINE

I am referring to none other than Netanyahu and Israel’s official President, Obama. It matters not what the people of Palestine want, it matters not what most of the world wants, it all comes down to what Israel wants.
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Here’s the lesson that Obama learned to recite by heart… he never seems to forget who butters his matzo despite it being the other way around in reality.
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Netanyahu thanks Obama for supporitve UN address
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During joint press conference with American president, prime minister says direct negotiations is only way to achieve a stable Middle East peace; Obama notes that ‘recent events in the region remind us how fragile peace can be’
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Moments before his joint meeting with US President Barack Obama in New York, Netanyahu lauded the American leader for reiterating the unwavering US commitment to Israel during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
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“Peace cannot be imposed – it has to be negotiated. Israelis and Palestinians sitting down together and working through these very difficult issues that have kept the parties apart for decades now; that is what I know is the ultimate goal for all of us – two states, side by side, living in peace and security,” he added.

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Their talks can be seen in this video, ironically called Netanyahu Says Obama ‘Wearing Badge of Honor’ , A badge that I would not want to wear…
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President Obama’s speech can be read HERE.

STRANGE SENSE OF EQUALITY IN AMERICA AS TROY DAVIS IS LEGALLY MURDERED IN GEORGIA

… BUT RACISM PREVAILS!
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Despite worldwide demonstrations to stop the legal lynching of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia, he was put to death by lethal injection late last night.
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There was a glimmer of hope moments before the scheduled execution when a reprieve was ordered by the the State …. a reprieve that allowed him to live for another three hours.
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Davis Is Executed in Georgia
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Grant Blankenship for The New York Times

Protesters outside the prison after Troy Davis was executed on Wednesday night. Reporters who witnessed his death said Mr. Davis remained defiant about his innocence until the end.

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JACKSON, Ga. — Proclaiming his innocence, Troy Davis was put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday night, his life — and the hopes of supporters worldwide — prolonged by several hours while the Supreme Court reviewed but then declined to act on a petition from his lawyers to stay the execution.

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Full report from the New York Times HERE

This final chapter before his execution had become an international symbol of the battle over the death penalty and racial imbalance in the justice system.
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Ironically, in a move to counter such thoughts another execution took place in Texas … White Supremacist Executed for Texas Dragging ( Report HERE)
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There was no public outcry against this particular execution, neither was there the mass mourning that followed it as was the case in Davis’ MURDER.
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One White and guilty, one Black and innocent, is this what the Administration calls equality?

PERHAPS AMERICANS SHOULD ALSO ASK THE UN TO DECLARE THEIR COUNTRY INDEPENDENT ~~ PHOTO ESSAY

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The defenders in action…
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Palestine is not the only nation presently under occupation …. America is being $trangled by the very same de$pot$.
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The Wall Street encampment and occupation is just the beginning …. hopefully not the end.
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And a march to save Troy Davis… A victim of the State.
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Here’s when it all started on Saturday…

FINAL COUNTDOWN TO PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD ~~ WHY NOT WAIT ANOTHER YEAR?

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It’s only been 63 years since Palestine was occupied …. why can’t they wait another year before asking the UN to recognise them as a sovereign nation? That’s the logic of the Obama administration as can be seen in THIS AP Report….
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US presents plan for PA to defer UN bid for one year

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Washington aims to salvage Mideast crisis aversion plan, suggests PA be allowed to deliver statehood bid to UN but defer acting on it for 12 months

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Meanwhile, Netanyahu is on his way to thwart Palestine’s’ RIGHT to FREEDOM as can be seen in THIS Report from HaAretz….

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Netanyahu to meet world leaders in bid to thwart Palestinian statehood

Prime minister heads to UN, will meet with U.S. President Obama; says Abbas turned down his repeated requests to meet, ‘road to peace through direct negotiations, not unilateral decisions’.

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Does anyone give a damn what the Palestinians themselves have to say about all this? Here’s two opinions…
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After Sixty Three Years of Occupation Israel still does not understand

By Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad
 
Palestinians wave Palestinian flags at a protest in Ramallah, West Bank, to show solidarity with Egyptian anti-government demonstrators
After sixty-three years of occupation and conflict, Israel still does not understand what is the cost of its daily occupation of the Palestinian lands and continues to go in the wrong way to gain temporary security benefits.

The recent Palestinian efforts to bid for a Full Membership state at the United Nations resulted in a wide International diplomatic movement that most of it is in favor of supporting a Palestinian state declaration. On the other side a different kind of movement is going on; a movement that offered everything possible to prevent the Palestinian leadership from bidding for an International recognition of the Palestinians right of living in a state of their own. This declaration became a nightmare for some politicians and leaders who are acknowledged of the price of their rejection of it. They are dealing with this declaration as if it is a threat on their national security and stability of the region and forgot about the essence of the meaning of democracy, freedom and right of self-expression.

Israel from its side continued to deal with the declaration by asking one question and one question only: Will there be a new Intifada? How will the army deal with the possible demonstrations? Is Israel security forces ready to shut the Palestinians down? What about activating emergency laws that allow the Israeli security forces to imprison Arabs and put them in new isolated areas? These are the questions that the Political and army analysts were trying to find answers for.

Others in the Israeli Media decided to go to Ramallah and report from its streets trying to calm down the Israeli public opinion that the streets are empty and no one cares for the Palestinian leadership Diplomatic battle at New York.
This is what Israel have been doing since sixty three years; making sure that it can control the security situation and can continue in directing the conflict rather than solving it. The only difference is that Prime Minister Netanyahu failed in directing the conflict smartly and this caused a public international exposure of his governments will and desire in settling more and more in the Palestinian occupied lands and erasing the Palestinian legacy in Jerusalem.

Israel does not understand until now that with every improvement it makes in its army, economic and desire to bring more Jews to live inside it, it is also increasing its chances of losing everyone in the area. Israel’s government still does not understand that it lost all of its historical allies in the area and is causing real damage to the picture of the its other allies outside the area. Israel is still convinced that only by maintaining the occupied Palestinian lands and putting its army forces on borders it will continue to enjoy a “guaranteed” security. This kind of security is the one that was broken thousands of times on all the sides of Israel’s borders.

Israel still does not understand the reason that keeps the Palestinians standing everyday despite all the obstacles that they have to face whether while standing in line to pass through a checkpoint that is run by Israeli teenagers soldiers who come to live their instable teen life while oppressing the Palestinians, or while having to live in an economy that is ruled by the will of the occupier and does not assure that the salary will be paid in the end of the month, or while living under-siege as in Gaza with food and life needs coming through tunnels, or by staying apart from the 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners, or while having to remember the yearly memorial of those who they lost and scarified their life’s.

The reason that Israel does not understand until this day the secret of the Palestinians determination is either because of the naivety of those who lead it or because of a denial status that Israel is living. To my mind, it is a denial status because in the field everything can be seen. This denial is the reason why Israel shows as if it does not care for the Palestinians’ bid for a state or continue its peaceful people struggle every week in the West Bank.

This denial cannot be a reason to prevent the Palestinians from seeking their freedom. No nation under occupation showed true intentions and readiness to compromise as the Palestinian people gave in the last eighteen years and the only response was more settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, a denial of the Palestinian right of return and responsibility of the occupation of expelling thousands of Palestinians who until now live in refugee camps and an Israeli determination to empower its war machines rather than investing in a real peace process.

For this reason, the International community must prove that it is a real authority that can lead in solving the case of an occupied people that has been suffering for sixty three years…For this reason the world must vote in favour of a Palestinian state and act to end an occupation that brought enough trouble for the world and will bring more disasters soon.

After Sixty Three Years of Occupation Israel still does not understand

Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad

A Palestinian-Arab living in East Jerusalem, Ziad graduated from College Des Freres in Jerusalem in 2003. Ziad finished his major in International Relations and English Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ziad is a former President of the Watan student movement at the university. He is interested in Middle Eastern political issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Founder of the Middle East Post and MEL (Middle East Future Leadership Network), he represents Palestinian youth at several international conferences.

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If Israel acts unilaterally since 63 years, why shouldn’t we  

by Khalid Amayreh

Statehood Must Mean Liquidation of the Israeli Occupation

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Palestinian Authority (PA) President, Mahmoud Abbas, has assured the Palestinian masses that a possible recognition of statehood by the UN won’t be at the expense of other fundamental Palestinian rights, including the paramount right of return for Palestinian refugees, uprooted from their homeland at gunpoint by Jewish invaders from Eastern Europe some 63 years ago.

Speaking during a speech in Ramallah on 17 September, Abass reiterated Palestinian grievances, reminding the international community that the Palestinian people were the only people under the sun still languishing under a foreign military occupation.

“There is not a territory, or an island, or a region that has not gained its freedom and independence, except us. Our freedom, independence and statehood are therefore long overdue.”

Abbas said the occupation was becoming anachronistic and it had to go by whatever means necessary.

The speech, described by PLO officials as land-mark, contained few surprises. Abbas said the PLO would remain the sole and only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people regardless of the formation of statehood. The statement is seen as a necessary assurance to those who are worried that statehood would be at the expense of the right of return for the refugees.

Mr. Abbas also exhorted the Palestinians not to be lured by violence “because this is exactly what the Israelis want.”

If all goes well, and the Abbas leadership does approach the UN, including the Security Council, it will be the first time the Ramallah leadership refuses to budge to American-Israeli pressure. In this case, a certain credit should be given to Abbas.

However, much attention ought to be given to political and diplomatic theatrics and other forms of wheeling and dealing expected to ensue a possible unbinding UN resolution recognizing a state of Palestine based on the pre-1967 borders.

First of all, the PA must realize that satisfying American demands would effectively mean contenting ourselves with a deformed state on isolated parts of the West Bank, probably with some East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

This should be absolutely unacceptable since liberating the land from the clutches of Zionism is far more important than statehood.

Moreover, the PA leadership should absolutely reject any American efforts, by Congress or the administration, to blackmail the Palestinians by way of financial or political pressure to make them reconsider or deviate from pursuing manifestly legitimate rights.

Congress, as we all know, is always at Israel’s beck and call and would go to any extent to prove its loyalty and cheap subservience to the apartheid regime in occupied Palestine.

More to the point, certain European states, such as Germany, won’t abandon the disgusting idea that the Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims of the world must have to pay the price for whatever Adolph Hitler and his thugs did to Jews in the course of the Second World War. We must not succumb to this contemptuous stand on the part of the Merkel government.

It is probably premature to predict the ultimate net-outcome of the Palestinian bid at the United Nation. The Obama administration, always in the grip of the Jewish lobby, will most likely veto any draft resolution at the UN Security Council recognizing a Palestinian state based on the 1967-borders.

Moreover, a Palestinian achievement at the UN, such as gaining membership of the international organization, would have only symbolic importance, especially in the short run.

In the final analysis, a real success will depend on the ability, willingness and determination of the international community to transform diplomatic achievements into tangible facts on the ground in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. This would require more determined and concerted efforts, with the collaboration and coordination of our many allies on the international arena.

This is especially significant since Israel, which controls American politics and policies, can always fly in the face of the international community by seeking to abort and crush Palestinian independence efforts. Such a blunt disregard for international legitimacy would undoubtedly cost Israel and its guardian-ally, the United States, a lot of diplomatic and political capital.

So the question that begs itself is whether Israel would be willing to sacrifice her international standing for the sake of crushing aspirations, even for a temporary period.

Moreover, an extremist Israeli stand is likely to be strongly rejected by regional powers, including Turkey, Egypt and Iran. Even traditionally pro-western regimes such as the regimes in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates would come under internal pressure to display their rejection of Israeli insolence. Jordan in particular could face violent and sustained protests demanding the removal of the Israeli ambassador, the severance of relations with Israel and even the abrogation of the 1994- Wadi Araba Peace treaty between Jordan and the Jewish state.

As to the apartheid Israeli regime, it is quite apparent that the Jewish state will continue to play the role of the victim, mainly in order to blackmail the Palestinians and the international community for maximal concessions.

This is the reason Israel is relating to the Palestinian bid to seek UN recognition as if a Third World war were about to breakout or as if a superpower were threatening Israel with a devastating nuclear attack.Israel is reiterating the same old mendacious mantra that Palestinian “unilateralism” won’t bring peace and that negotiations were the only route that could lead to the materialization of Palestinian statehood.

This argument is, of course, bereft of honesty and truth since the PA-PLO has been negotiating with Israel in vain for close to 20 years, while the Jewish state Israel was exploiting all these years to build more Jewish settlements and obliterating the Arab-Islamic identity of occupied East Jerusalem.

Hence, the argument that only negotiations would lead to peace is a characteristic Israeli lie that is meant to confuse and mislead international public opinion.

Moreover, Israel, which has built hundreds of Jewish-only colonies on occupied Arab land and transferred hundreds of thousands of its fanatical Jewish citizens to live on land that belongs to another people, is the last country on earth that is qualified to complain about unilateralism.

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, a man notorious for his dishonesty, has also been repeating his many mantras about Hamas, urging the PA to terminate its partnership with the Islamic movement.

Netanyahu comfortably ignores and forgets his own alignment with Judeo Nazi groups such Gush Emunim, Shas and other ultra-fascist Jewish parties which advocate enslavement, expulsion or even outright physical extermination of non-Jews living in occupied Palestine.

This unholy partnership between the Likud and Judeo-Nazi groups explains the virtual silence and shocking inaction of the Netanyahu government towards the latest unprovoked wave of arson, vandalism and rampage carried out by Jewish settler terrorists against Palestinian targets, including mosques, all over the West Bank.

To conclude, there is a zero per cent probability that negotiations with Israel, even if such negotiations lasted for a hundred years, would achieve positive results.

Hence, the remaining alternative is that the Palestinian people must act independently, even unilaterally to achieve their legitimate goals. After all, If Israel acts unilaterally as it has been doing since its misbegotten creation 63 years ago, why shouldn’t we.

Besides, the Arab, regional and international situation appears to be more adequate than ever for pursuing Palestinian statehood even without sacrificing or compromising other legitimate rights, including the right of return, the soul and heart of the Palestinian cause.

SARAH SILVERMAN LIVE ~~ A FINE LINE BETWEEN COMEDY AND RACISM

America’s ‘comedy queen’ recently visited Israel. Below is a clip from a ‘comedy show’ she took part in on a local cable channel. Perhaps it’s good she refused to heed the call to Boycott Israel, how else would we find out how stupid she really is … the show she appeared on is as stupid as she is needless to say.
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Interview with Sarah Silverman

MAJOR SYNAGOGUE IN NEW YORK OCCUPIED BY CATHOLICS

For the third time this year the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in upper Manhattan was invaded and occupied by parishioners from the nearby St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This disturbance made it impossible for the observant Jewish congregants to take part in pre New Year Selichot, special prayers for forgiveness.
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The outside walls of the building were spray painted with anti-Semitic slogans reminiscent of a previous era;
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It is believed that those responsible chose this particular time because the police are tied up at Wall Street protecting the interests of the ruling class as the occupation by workers continues.
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It is hoped that this crisis can be solved before the onset of the Hebrew New Year next Wednesday night.
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All except the link to the Wall Street occupation and references to the upcoming Jewish Festival is fabricated …. NOT TRUE!
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Ultra-orthodox Jews enter Al-Aqsa Mosque
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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM,  Tension ran high in Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning after Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) opened the holy site up to ultra-orthodox Jews.

The Israeli police stood guard to protect batches of Jews who continuously entered the mosque, the third holiest in Islam, throughout the day, in the framework of a “foreign tourist program”.

Occupation troops were deployed heavily at the compound’s gates as well as in the nearby Arab Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli forces set up new checkpoints on the roads leading to the mosque and stopped and searched Palestinian buses.

The unwelcomed entry has drawn condemnation from the Palestinians.

In a joint statement, Hamas politicians in the West Bank said the string of entries was aimed at challenging the Islamic identity of the mosque and claiming it as Jewish, calling on the masses and officials to act urgently to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ AN OCCUPATION WE CAN LIVE WITH

Wall Street under siege ….. FINALLY!
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On September 17th, 2011, approximately 2,000 of us marched on the Financial District. At twelve noon, a detachment of us marched on the head of Wall Street and formed a spontaneous blockade, prompting the New York Police Department to threaten arrest. Speakers including the Reverend Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping, and actress Rosanne Barr spoke on the steps of the American Indian Smithsonian Museum to the crowd, which included conscious rappers Lupe Fiasco and Immortal Technique.

Over 1,000 of us marched from Bowling Green Park amid heavy police presence, across the Financial District and chanting “Wall Street is our street” and “power to the people, not to the banks.” Many stayed at One Liberty Plaza, where later in the evening a meal was served and water was distributed. Song, dance, puppetry, and other art added cheer across the plaza.

Two thousand strong, we held a general assembly, based upon a consensus-driven decision-making process. Decisions were made for the group to occupy One Liberty Plaza in the Wall Street corridor through the evening, bedding down in sleeping bags and donated blankets. Another assembly is scheduled for 10 AM ET today.

We speak as one. All of our decisions, from our choices to march on Wall Street to our decision to camp at One Liberty Plaza were decided through a consensus process by the group, for the group.

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LEARNING ABOUT AMERICA via PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

Americans should be leading the effort to support this nonviolent Palestinian move toward independence, not leading the effort to thwart it. “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Americans should read the Declaration of Independence. It offers the redress of grievances when a people — having lived too long under “absolute despotism” — decides that enough is enough.

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Palestinian U.N. bid teaches us about America

Sam Bahour

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Tara Todras-Whitehill, Associated PressChildren wait before a demonstration in support of the Palestinian bid for statehood, outside the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

El Bireh, West Bank — The case of Palestine’s bid for U.N. membership is teaching us more about the United States than it is about the stubborn Middle East. Sadly, the United States, my country, heads the list of member nations making a mockery of the international venue founded to intervene in exactly the type of crisis now facing Palestinians and Israelis.

The Palestinian case for full U.N. membership is rather simple. After 20 years of fruitless negotiating, championed by the United States, the talks have come to a screeching halt. From his first day in office, President Barack Obama sought to restart the talks between Palestinians and Israelis and failed. The Palestinians, meantime, are paying the price of that failure with every single additional day spent in the cross hairs of Israeli military rule. At long last, the Palestinian leadership has chosen to do what any other people would have done years, even decades, ago: to seek redress back where it all began, at the United Nations. Addressing the most multilateral venue in the world, Palestinian leaders have a simple request: Take a stand.

The Palestinian action is not really news. Far more newsworthy is how the United States and Israel have reacted — with total hysteria.

I don’t expect much from Israel, as perpetrator of the dispossession of, discrimination against and four-decade-long outright military occupation of Palestinians — especially after witnessing how they operate, from up close, for nearly 20 years. Israeli policies have proven, year after year, that Israel prefers to wage war and colonize our territory more than pursue a just peace.

Given that the anticipated substantive U.S. policy change regarding Palestine and Israel under Obama has not materialized, it would seem that strategic U.S. interests have again been hijacked by the Israel lobby.

The U.S. executive and legislative branches have overwhelmingly and publicly chosen to stand by Israel in its attempt to thwart Palestinian freedom and statehood. Has the entire U.S. political leadership read no Middle East history? Have U.S. public figures not the slightest understanding of the transformations currently shaking the Arab world? They evidently cannot see that U.S. strategic interests in one of the world’s oil-rich regions have yet again been seriously jeopardized by the misguided U.S. bias favoring blind support of Israel–. The urgent need to resolve the most pressing issue in the region, if not the world, does not move them, apparently.

September will pass, Palestinian state or not. What may persist, however, is the self-inflicted and possibly irreversible damage to U.S. interests generated by its refusal to join the rest of the world in backing Palestinian self-determination.

For many of us, this is not an academic exercise. I have a family, two beautiful daughters regarded as inferior under Israeli law, a business threatened by military occupation and many friends, both Palestinian and Israeli. I fear that the United States is recklessly putting all of us in serious danger.

Americans should be leading the effort to support this nonviolent Palestinian move toward independence, not leading the effort to thwart it. “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Americans should read the Declaration of Independence. It offers the redress of grievances when a people — having lived too long under “absolute despotism” — decides that enough is enough.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY ~~ REJOICING IN FREEDOM

Rejoicing in the FREEDOM that’s coming soon!
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Photograph: David Levene
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Source and more photos
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Photos 7 and 8 are of Areen Bahour (Sam’s beautiful daughter)

IF I WANTED TO LISTEN TO AN ASSHOLE I’D FART!

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I heard that line in a movie a few weeks ago, I thought it most appropriate for the report that follows …
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The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the earth, the Israelis involved in this project could not have sunk lower if they tried 😉
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In all seriousness, I find it amazing that at a time when a nation’s right to exist is at stake, 1000 Israeli assholes concerned themselves with the following;
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Dead Sea hosts mass nude photo shoot

Dawn over the lowest spot on earth illuminated a Dead Sea very much alive on Saturday, as more than 1,000 floating nude Israelis posed for a mass shoot by US photographer Spencer Tunick.

The project, Tunick’s first in the Middle East, is part of a bid to boost Israel’s campaign to have the salt-saturated feature recognised as one of the world’s seven natural wonders in a global online vote in November.

Experts warn that the Dead Sea could dry out by 2050 unless urgent steps are taken to halt its demise.

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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS JOIN IN WORLD PROTESTS TO SAVE TROY DAVIS

Amnesty International and the NAACP have been leading the movement to stop the legal lynching of an innocent man, Troy Davis, this coming Wednesday…
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PREMEDITATED POGROMS THE DAY PALESTINE IS DECLARED FREE

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But by right wing illegal settlers.
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Settlers threaten to march into PA territory
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West Bank settlers, radical rightists, prepare for ‘sovereignty marches’ into PA land to protest against UN bid, saying they ‘won’t hesitate to use live ammunition.’ Police, IDF gear for expected riots

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HaAretz confirms that the Israeli police will be a part of these actions…

On Saturday, the ministry confirmed that in preparation for possible unrest this month emergency law regulations are being considered in order to give the police forces the necessary means to regain control. It is thought that the regulations anchored in the law governing arrests do not allow police to deal with massive violent disturbances.

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IDF arming and training Israeli settlers as ‘mass disorder’ expected in September

West Bank settlers to receive tear gas and stun grenades to prepare for ‘Operation Summer Seeds’.

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Read my post HERE

The Western media (fed by zionist lies) has been reporting on planned Palestinian unrest after the UN vote, just the opposite is what seems to be happening.

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Keep this in mind on the 23rd of September when you watch the news reports of the UN Vote for Palestinian Statehood. Watch carefully who tried to prevent this with violent means.

Don’t say you didn’t know! Don’t become a victim of the media lies!!

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What do you think the chances are of the UN sending in observers the day of the vote? And what do you think they might report?? Food for thought….

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How much longer are Palestinians expected to wait for FREEDOM?

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UNITARIANS SUPPORT PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

I always thought Unitarians were special, now I KNOW it!
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As peoples throughout the Middle East mobilize to take control of their own destinies, the United States must not continue to stand in the way of Palestinians’ efforts to control theirs.
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Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
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On or about the 23rd of September, the Palestinian Authority is expected to seek United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state in the Palestinian Territories defined by the 1967 borders.  The PA has decided to take this step after years of failed peace negotiations and the inability of the US and international community to stop the ongoing Israeli colonization of Palestinian land.
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There has been intense debate within the Palestinian community about the possible risks of the statehood move to the rights of Palestinian refugees and Palestinian citizens of Israel, and as to whether the overall situation for Palestinians would be improved or worsened by, among other concerns, what some believe would be a largely symbolic exercise since a vote alone will not end the occupation or create a state for Palestinians.  While Palestinians are divided over the statehood initiative, the Israeli and US governments have emphatically opposed it.   Indeed, the Obama administration has threatened to use the US’s veto to block the statehood petition in the Security Council, while legislators in Congress have introduced a bill that would withhold US aid to the PA if it proceeds with its plan to seek a UN vote.
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While UUJME has not taken a position on the merits of the statehood initiative itself, we believe Palestinians have the right to take their case to the UN for consideration by the international community, and we oppose the US government’s intention to block or punish their efforts. 
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As peoples throughout the Middle East mobilize to take control of their own destinies, the United States must not continue to stand in the way of Palestinians’ efforts to control theirs.
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UUJME remains steadfast in our belief that, whatever the outcome of the UN vote, the obligation to uphold international law and respect the human rights of all peoples involved, including the refugees, remains as integral and vital as ever to the prospects for a just and lasting peace.
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UUJME requests that you contact President Obama and your Senators and Representatives in Congress via fax or mail, phone, or email (in order of effectiveness) to express your opposition to US interference in the Palestinian statehood recognition request.  For more information on the issue, please read the statements of Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
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Contact the president:
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comment line:  202-456-1111
Fax:  202-456-2461
Contact your Congressional officialshttp://www.contactingthecongress.org/

PALESTINE’S OBSESSION WITH ITSELF

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Psycho Gal, herself, has the most amusing analysis starting with; In a nutshell, the PA initiative of asking the UNSC, General Assembly to upgrade its status is an act of diplomatic aggression.
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That paragraph starts the dribble of this week’s column. Referring to the Obama administration (which is doing everything in its power to block Statehood) she writes And yet, the Obama administration and the EU have made the establishment of a racist, homophobic Palestinian state the greatest aim of their policies in the Middle East.
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For this the woman gets a salary while the good writers at the Post are out collecting Unemployment Insurance at the moment…
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Her ultimate hope is that Netanyahu will ‘save the day’ next week…… On Thursday, Netanyahu announced that he will address the UN General Assembly in New York next week and put the truth about the Palestinian cause on the table.
Perhaps someone will be moved by his words.
Perhaps not.
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If you want to read her column in its entirety, HERE IT IS
I always think of it as the weekly comic section, hopefully one day we’ll see the likes of a Carlos Latuff in her place editing the comic section.
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Here’s just one example of Latuff’s great work…

SABRA AND SHATILA ~~ ZIONISTS CHANGING HISTORY BY ERASING IT

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The Jewish Internet Defence Force does not want you to see the following video.
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We do! You must not forget the horrors of Sabra and Shatila. You must not forgive the zionists for what they did there 29 years ago today. You must not allow them to make us forget.
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History cannot be changed, but the future can be!
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PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS MARCH FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

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Palestine will soon be FREE!!
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THE QUEEN HAS LOST HER ROYAL MARBLES

Red Carpet treatment for Israeli war criminals visiting Britain…
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Britain has amended a law that allowed for issuing arrest warrants against Israeli politicians who visit the country, British Ambassador Matthew Gould announced Thursday. Gould called opposition leader Tzipi Livni, against whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, and told her the Queen has signed the amendment “to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons.”
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Britain changes law that enabled war crime charges against Israelis

Reform began after arrest warrant issued in 2009 against opposition leader Tzipi Livni; British Ambassador says change in law means it ‘can no longer be abused for political reasons.’

Britain has amended a law that allowed for issuing arrest warrants against Israeli politicians who visit the country, British Ambassador Matthew Gould announced Thursday. Gould called opposition leader Tzipi Livni, against whom an arrest warrant was issued in 2009, and told her the Queen has signed the amendment “to ensure that the UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons.”

Lawyers working with Palestinian activists in recent years have sought the arrest of senior Israeli civilian and military figures under terms of universal jurisdiction. This legal concept empowered judges to issue arrest warrants for visiting officials accused of war crimes in a foreign conflict, under the principle of universal jurisdiction which holds that some alleged crimes are so grave that they can be tried anywhere, regardless of where the offences were committed.

After the warrant was issued against Livni in 2009, Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced that Britain would no longer tolerate legal harassment of Israeli officials in that fashion.

Ambassador Gould added Thursday that the change in the law will ensure that people cannot be detained when there is no realistic chance of prosecution, while ensuring that we continue to honour our international obligations.

Livni welcomed the amendment, and told Gould that she is “pleased that the warrant issued against me opened Britain’s eyes and will put a stop to the cynical use of British legislation against IDF commanders and soldiers.”

Livni added that “real justice has been done, and it will distinguish between leaders and commanders who defend their country against terrorism, and real war criminals.”


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Also see THIS Ynet report

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UK amends law that allows arrest of Israeli officials

 

Queen of England signs amendment to bill that enabled to issue arrest warrants against foreign officials, prevented IDF commanders, Israeli politicians from visiting UK. British ambassador to Israel: UK’s justice system can no longer be abused for political reasons

ROUNDUP OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM DOWN UNDER

 Prepared by Antony Loewenstein
Palestine and faux outrage
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*September 11 and the terror war ever since

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 should have been a moment to reflect on the disastrous decade of war and trauma. Fear has become the default setting of many in the political and media elites. The victims of our crimes, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Israel/Palestine and beyond, are often forgotten and America has been a nation that embraces disaster capitalism and outsourcing to the highest bidder.

Mature democracies would not excuse torture, extraordinary rendition and endless war, or simply ignore it. We have often been told since September 11 that, “they hate us for our freedoms”. As Noam Chomsky correctly argued this week, “it would be more accurate to say we hate their freedoms.”

In my news:

Interview with Radio Farda, Iranian Branch of Radio Free Europe, on reactions to the 9/11 anniversary.

Essay for ABC online on the destructive Israeli/American relationship post 9/11.

Appearance on ABCTV News24’s The Drum talking human rights, Murdoch thuggery, refugees and climate change.

Investigation in Australian magazine Crikey on the toxic role of private contractors in Afghanistan.

Review in Sydney’s Sun Herald on former Labor politician Lindsay Tanner’s book on the media and politics, a book by a think-tanker on Australia and the Asia-Pacific that ignores human rights and a book on Australia’s racist past and present.

Interview on Sydney radio about the role of aid to Palestine.

Response to attack in Murdoch’s Australian newspaper for defending Palestinian human rights.

Comments at the Australian Law Students Association national conference about online censorship and free speech.

Essay in Australian magazine New Matilda on the false equivalence between Nazi Germany and BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] against Israel by the Jewish community and political and media elites. A full archive of this ongoing story is on my website.

Interview on international channel news channel PressTV on BDS and Palestine.

– Interview with Green Left Weekly on BDS and attempts to criminalise pro-Palestinian activism (here and here).

Interview on Sydney radio explaining why BDS is legitimate tactic.

For the daily dose, see Twitter, Facebook and my recently re-designed website with the sharpness of steel.

 

COUNTDOWN TO PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD ~~ 8 DAYS AND COUNTING ~~ THE ‘FLYING CHAIR’

 Almost as if the UN never had intentions of accepting Palestine as a full member, there never was a chair prepared for their delegate to be to seated on….
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They are bringing their own furniture for that glorious day …. 8 days from today!
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‘Flying UN chair’ lands in Moscow
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BETHLEHEM  — The handmade Palestinian UN chair continues its world tour in Moscow on Monday, where it was displayed at the Hall of the Warrior Glory.

Hosted by Palestinian embassy staff, activists from the “Palestine deserves” campaign presented the chair at a reception attended by the ambassador of Costa Rica.

“We seek to present this hand-made symbolic UN chair for Palestine to the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, chairperson of the UN Security Council, and the General Assembly,” said Ayman Subeih, a coordinator of the campaign.

Palestine’s ambassador to Russia Faed Mustafa welcomed the activists as “ambassadors of Palestine to the whole world since they deliver a message from a people seeking to obtain its freedom and establish an independent state of its own,” a campaign statement said.

“The Palestinian people are seeking to establish an independent state on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. It will be a state which respects the human dignity of the Palestinians, their legitimate rights, and the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their lands in accordance with the UN resolution number 194,” he added.

The chair was commissioned by a Palestinian NGO which is hoping to rally support for the campaign to secure full UN membership for a Palestinian state when the General Assembly meets in New York later this month.

Made from Jerusalem olive wood and upholstered in crushed velvet in the UN’s trademark air force blue, the chair is embossed with the words: “Palestine’s Right — A full membership in the United Nations.”

“The wood came from an olive tree in Jerusalem, the olive tree being a symbol of Palestine, while the blue upholstery with white writing came from Nablus,” said Sufian al-Qawasmi, the Hebron-based designer who supervised the project.

Russia has announced its support for the Palestinians’ UN bid.

“We will, of course, be voting for any of the Palestinians’ proposals,” Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

“But I must say that we are not pushing them into it. We are saying that ‘Whatever you decide to do, we will support you’,” Churkin said.

COUNTDOWN TO PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD ~~ 9 DAYS AND COUNTING …

Remembering The Horrors Of The Past 64 Years …

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The State of Palestine Never Forgets Its Own

By Joharah Baker

In just over a week’s time, the Palestinians will have made their request to the United Nations to recognize them as a state. Part of this bid is to guarantee that international law is applied to the Palestinians, including laws that guarantee the right of refugees to return to their homes or be compensated for the years of exile and loss of property.

Also, before week’s end, the Palestinians will commemorate an event not entirely disconnected with their UN move. Actually, it is very relevant and is the perfect example of why refugees must not be forgotten. Sabra and Shatilla, the two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon that were the scene of one of the most horrific massacres in Palestinian history, will be remembered and honored by us all, followed by that harrowing vow of “never again.”

Between September 16 and 18, some 800 to 2,000 people were estimated to have been murdered in the camps by Lebanese Phalangist forces in a 62-hour rampage of rape, murder and terror under the watchful eye and directives of the occupying Israeli army. Dozens of Palestinian men were never accounted for after being taken away and never seen again.

That was in 1982, almost 30 years ago, but the events that eventually created what is commonly known as the Palestinian refugee problem are still in place today, just as unresolved as they were in the days following Israel’s creation in 1948. Back then the 800,000 or so Palestinians who fled their homes eventually settled in camps inside the West Bank, Jordan Syria and Lebanon. Sabra and Shatilla are just two of hundreds.

However, it is difficult not to single these two out because of the horrific events that transpired all those years ago. The details of cold-blooded murder, rape, executions of babies and the elderly are too stark of images to let pass into oblivion. For Palestinians, it is impossible.

The fact that the massacres even happened stems from the vulnerability of the refugees’ status, both in Lebanon and within the perimeters of world citizenry. They were expelled from their homes, thus losing residency in their rightful country, they were not welcomed in their host countries, which did not grant them citizenship and they were perceived overall as a burden to the international community, which did not know how – or perhaps did not want – to solve their predicament at all.

And so, in Israel’s eyes, they were expendable and the world, it was sure, would do little more than slap its hand in reprimand. Unfortunately, Israel was right. Although then Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was found to be “indirectly responsible” for the slaughter and consequently resigned, the camps were left to heal their own wounds – not only those terrible gaping injuries left by death and mutilation but by the drawn out wound of abandonment. The victims were never honored, the Phalangists and Israelis never made to pay a cost for their atrocities and the Palestinian refugee issue was no closer to resolution than it was before.

That is why today, as the Palestinians prepare to make their case before the world’s nations – many of whom have been complicit in keeping the refugee problem unresolved – it is unthinkable that the right of return be disregarded.

The refugees have every right to return, to be compensated for the injustices rained down upon them since 1948 and to be allowed a life of freedom and dignity. Sabra and Shatilla will always remain a stark reminder that the world failed the Palestinians. It is too late for those whose lives were lost 30 years ago. For the living, however, there is never a wrong time to make things right.

Joharah Baker is Director of the Media and Information Department at the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH). 

Posted at Uruknet

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