Prepared by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
The manufactured hysteria about the bombing in Paris will expand weapons manufacturing and sales around western countries. Arms manufacturer stocks are already booming and the Zionists and neoconservatives who own and run these companies will get even richer. Liberty and democracy will suffer as new freedom-restricting laws are passed using manufactured fear (like in the US after September 11, 2001). Politicians like Netanyahu and Holland enjoy this and consolidate their grip on power. Common people pay the price. Israeli authorities took the opportunity of this manufactured mass hysteria to ban the moderate Islamic movement and to jail its popular leader Raed Salah (a most kind and gentle person). Seventeen civil society organizations working on areas ranging from health to empowerment to education were closed by the apartheid regime. Civil society organizations and political movements of various political and religious affiliations in 1948 areas (including leadership of the Arab communities inside “Israel”) were furious and declared a strike Thursday. The cynical racist Israeli policies times to take advantage of tragedies elsewhere indeed promote extremism and fundamentalism and if there is not enough extremist or fundamentalist groups, the Western and Israeli spy agencies create them (false flag operations are very common). Only a highly educated public can challenge this new globalized system of terror-racism-militarization leading to more of the same. The best way for Americans to defeat the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism SEE Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring an end to the movement, they are dead wrong. SEE Quotable Quotes 'Today, in a world convulsed by violence and unbelievable brutality the lines between 'us' and 'the terrorists' have been completely blurred… We don't have to choose between Imperialism and Terrorism, we have to choose what form of resistance will rid us of both. What shall we choose? Violence or non violence? …We have to choose knowing that when we are violent to our enemies, we do violence to ourselves. When we brutalize others, we brutalize ourselves. And eventually we run the risk of becoming our oppressors'. Arundhati Roy "To solve our problems, then, we certainly need to learn, but what we need to learn is not so much new knowledge as new actions- new, more cooperative, wiser ways of living. Above all we need to learn how to resolve our conflicts in more just, humane, and nationally cooperative ways." Nicholas Maxwell, Wanted: a new way of thinking, in New Scientist 14 May 1987 (author of "From knowledge to Wisdom") "Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the Warsaw Ghetto I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve with. I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis ". Yonatan Shapira former Israeli Air Force captain and now refusnik and BDS activist "All oppression creates a state of war.” ~Simone de Beauvoir "Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here, that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?" Former US President Woodrow Wilson, 1919 "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience, therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950 "The efficiency of the truly national leader consists mainly of preventing the people's attention from becoming divided, and of always concentrating it on a single enemy." Adolp Hitler, 'Mein Kampf' 1924 "First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me." Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was arrested by the Nazis in 1937 "I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime." Albert Einstein, 1947 "One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about everything that's come before them, where we're involved, and it didn't upset my breakfast at all." Ronald Reagan, former US President, basking in the triumph that was the US invasion of Grenada, 1983 "Britain has been a major force in world affairs for several centuries. No British Patriot should be willing to give up that status." Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, 1997 "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." Archbishop Desmond Tutu "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- Gerorge Orwell "Action is the antidote to despair." Joan Baez "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing." Edmund Burke "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand" Chinese Proverb "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Oliver Wendell Holmes "It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty. It is innocence that wins and experience that loses." -Charles Peguy "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." –Shakespeare
And by Khalid Amayreh
Israel is world’s premier producer and generator of terror
“Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel does,” the head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, reportedly said this week.
With all due respect, the German official is wrong for the following reasons.
Israel, itself a gigantic crime against humanity by any moral standard imaginable, can never be considered part of the solution for the terror epidemic now hitting many countries. The naked facts on the ground lead to the ultimate and inevitable conclusion that Israel is one of the major root causes of terror and violence in our world today.
In 1948, Jewish-Zionist gangs coming from Eastern Europe ganged up on the peaceable people of Palestine, arrogating their homeland, slaughtering their children, destroying their homes, bulldozing their villages and dispersing the bulk of Palestinians all over the world.
This gigantic crime against humanity occurred thanks to concrete military and political support by the West.
The Palestinian people, a largely pastoral people lacking the advantage of powerful international connections, have been crying out for justice ever since, but to no avail.
In 1967, Israel completed the occupation of the Palestinian homeland, claiming that some Jews had been living in the country several thousand years ago.
Israel has had nearly 50 years to accommodate the Palestinians like Germany accommodates the millions of refugees arriving in Germany, fleeing death and persecution in countries like Syria and Iraq…and also Palestine.!
But Israel chose the racist way, viewing the Palestinians as sub-humans with utterly no rights, even no humanity.
Again, the Palestinians tried every possible avenue to free themselves from the diabolical clutches of Jewish oppression but to no avail.
And when they resorted to armed struggle, because every other door was slammed against their faces, they were called “terrorists and criminals.”!
Her Maassen, what are we supposed to do to liberate our country and free our people from this evil, called Zionism, which is based on the same elements that gave Nazism its evil essence?
Nazism was based on criminal racism (the master race), Zionism is based on criminal racism as well, namely the concept of the Chosen people. This is not an abstract idea which we can dismiss as a form of philosophical illusionism.
It is rather practiced every hour and every day on the hills of the West Bank as Palestinians are assaulted, humiliated and even killed (even burned alive) because they are not members of “the holy tribe” and don’t worship the specific deity of that tribe.
It is this sick ideology that prompted the late mentor of Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to declare that non-Jews, people like me and you, were donkeys or like donkeys, whom the Almighty created in a human shape in deference to Jews in order to serve Jews.
Needless to say, this poisonous racism was by no means an unrepresentative feature of the religious Zionist mindset. The opposite is actually true.
Herr Maassen: I want to remind you of the feelings permeating throughout Germany following the Versailles Treaty following the First World War.
Though Germany was widely perceived as the aggressor, many Germans felt German honor was deeply injured by the draconian sanctions and punishments imposed by the victorious powers.
We all know the rest of the story.
Herr Maassen: Israel, ever since the first day of its establishment, has committed every conceivable crime against our people. I myself lost three uncles to Zionist barbarianism even before I was born.
In fact, terror has always been and continues to be the official or unofficial modus operandi of Israel’s policies.
This is why you can’t understand the Palestinian question in the absence of this context. The Palestinian grievances are too real and too legitimate to be swept under the carpet.
I say this because Israel continues to be the main producer and manufacturer of terror in our region and in the world at large.
Remember, Herr Maassen, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.
Maybe doing evil, even in return is not the ideal behavior, but it is often inevitable.
Wishing you good luck in fighting and defeating terror.