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I understand why Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Erdogan is only protecting his friends...

I understand why Turkey shot down a Russian plane. Erdogan is only protecting his friends…


During his meeting with Netanyahu in West Jerusalem, Kerry, probably out of naivety, asked the Israeli premier if there was still any possibility Israel could temporarily freeze the unrelenting settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Netanyahu’s reply came soon. “No, there will be no settlement freeze.”!!

Kerry’s half-hearted visit, another exercise in futility

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

The latest visit to Israel-occupied Palestine by US Secretary of State John Kerry this week is a clear-cut exercise in futility.

It is also inconceivable that Kerry himself had not realized the futility of his visit, even before it began.

I really feel sorry for the American tax-payers who get robbed by an administration whose policy in the Middle East is based on cheating the American people as well as pandering to a criminal racist state, 10,000 kilometers away, a state that teaches its people that non-Jews are virtual animals, created by God for a sole reason, namely in order to serve the Jews.

While in West Jerusalem, Kerry babbled the few usual platitudes which he and other American officials babble in such circumstances.

He called on both Israel and the Palestinians “the criminal and the victim” to exercise self-restraint. He also reiterated his country’s commitment to Israel’s security.

However, during his meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Kerry made no such commitment, as if only Israel, a nuclear power which also is in tight control of US domestic politics, deserved and needed security.

Kerry renewed his support for the two-state solution, giving the impression that such a solution was still possible or feasible, especially in light of the cancerous growth of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Needless to say, all meaningful observers now agree that this expansion of Jewish colonies has killed any realistic prospects for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

I don’t know why Kerry is still insisting on regurgitating this stale lie every time he comes to the region. Do his advisors not tell him that the two-state solution is dead?

Or Does he invoke the lie deliberately and knowingly in order to boost the morale of  the likes of Mahmoud Abbas and Sa’eb Ereikat in order  to  keep their futile day- dream alive, even if that dream is no better than chasing the mirage of  the desert?

I don’t know why Palestinian and Arab leaders continue to view Kerry and his boss in Washington as capable of recovering Palestinian rights from Israel’s criminal hands. Are these so-called leaders idiots or imbeciles? Haven’t they learnt from more than 60 years of experience with US policy in the region? Haven’t they internalized Walid Khalid’s iconic remark that “America is the ultimate tormentor of the Palestinian people?”

Indeed, if successive and more powerful administrations from Nixon’s to Bush’s couldn’t convince Israel to keep the purported two-state solution alive, is it logical to expect this impotent administration to do it?

After all, Obama has been standing silent, watching Bashar Assad murder nearly half a million of his own people rather passively, pretending that the slow-motion holocaust was occurring on a distant planet.

Similarly, the Obama administration is the same administration that has been watching Israel decapitate whatever chances there may have been for the establishment of a true Palestinian state.

In fact, the Obama administration, far from punishing Israel for its aggressive anti-peace policies, rewarded the criminal entity by providing it with the latest and most advanced aircraft in the American arsenal.

During his meeting with Netanyahu in West Jerusalem, Kerry, probably out of naivety, asked the Israeli premier if there was still any possibility Israel could temporarily freeze the unrelenting settlement expansion in the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s reply came soon. “No, there will be no settlement freeze.”!!

I don’t know if Kerry felt he had to apologize for having had the audacity to ask the question in the first place. He must have felt his utter insignificance vis-à-vis Netanyahu whose behaviors vis-à-vis Washington often gives the impression that the US is actually Israel’s vessel state.

But this is an old story which was explained in meticulous details by the late American Jewish author and intellectual Alfred Lilienthal in his book of the century, the Zionist Connection.

In fact, I invoked this story in order to remind a new generation of Palestinian leaders that things pertaining to the US, Israel and the Palestinian issue have effectively remained unchanged.

Israel remains the proverbial organ grinder and the US remains the proverbial monkey. (The adage goes “why speak to the monkey when you can speak to the organ grinder.”)

And, as we all know, the Palestinians remain the proverbial day-dreamer who cry out for justice, thinking that the two devils will eventually come to their senses and internalize the language of justice.

But they will not.


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A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.


Pollard's useless Israeli passport

Pollard’s useless Israeli passport


Prepared by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD


Spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard was released from US prisons. He did so
much damage to US security and could still do more damage that he should
have never been released. He is to stay in the US for five years and then
want to move to Palestine to settle on stolen lands as part of apartheid
colonial regime. He divorced his American wife while in prison and married
an Israeli wife. I would not be surprised to see him become an Israeli
minister. After all, Israel rewarded those who even killed US Citizens 
(see for example and). 
Yet, Israel continues to infiltrate the US 
at the highest levels 
(see for example these troubling incidents )

Sunday as almost every day, Palestinian natives were murdered by colonial
settlers. In an incident Sunday morning Israeli colonial settlement leader
Gershon Mesika rammed a teenage girl with his car, claiming 'she had a
knife'. When the girl, Ashraqat Taha Qatanany, 16, from Nablus, fell to the
ground, another Israeli paramilitary settler pulled over and shot her
multiple times.As in many similar incidents, eyewitness (and in some cases
video evidence) showed there was no knives and knives are planted later
near the victims. Later Sunday Taxi driver  Shadi Mohammad Mahmoud Khseib
from al-Bireh was killed when he had an accident and he was murdered by
colonial settler as soon as he stepped out of his car to deal with the
accident. A third Palestinian was also murdered. Several young people were
kidnapped by occupation forces and children continue to be held and abused
in Israeli gulags.

In other news, the Israeli Knesset is considering more racist laws to add
to the dozens of laws already making life hell for us native Palestinians.
One new law will allow actual prison sentences for children under age 14
(ofcourse only if they are Palestinian and do something to resist colonial
occupation). Another law will force taxation of Israeli non-governmental
organizations and apply draconian measures to them if they speak out for
human righst and receive funding from abroad (of course Zionist
organizations will be exempt from this law).


One Hundred years later New Yorkers remember …

Photos © by Bud Korotzer




You too can keep his memory alive!

Remembering the Life and Music of Labor Agitator Joe Hill, Who Was Executed 100 Years Ago Today


He was killed by firing squad in the state of Utah on November 19, 1915.

He was killed by firing squad in the state of Utah on November 19, 1915.

Joe Hill saw his music as a weapon in the class war, composing songs to be sung on soapboxes, picket lines or in jail. And 100 years ago today, the forces of capital and the state of Utah executed him.

Chicago musician and scholar Bucky Halker is honoring the centennial with a CD of new interpretations of Hill’s music, “Anywhere But Utah—The Songs of Joe Hill,” taking his title from Hill’s dying wish that his remains be transported out of state because he didn’t want “to be found dead in Utah.” The album includes such familiar Hill classics as “The Preacher and the Slave,” “There is Power in a Union” and “Rebel Girl” as well as some surprising obscurities, like the wistfully romantic “Come and Take a Joy-Ride in My Aeroplane.”

Born Joel Hagglund in Sweden, Hill immigrated to the United States in 1902, changing his name to Joseph Hillstrom, which would eventually be shortened to Joe Hill. Working his way across the country, Hill became politicized, eventually joining the Industrial Workers of the World. Popularly known as the Wobblies, the IWW sought to organize those workers more mainstream unions avoided—the unskilled, migrants, immigrants, minorities—in an effort to combine the entire working class into One Big Union.

As a Wobbly, Hill was active in free speech fights in Fresno and San Diego, a strike of railroad construction workers in British Columbia and even fought in the Mexican Revolution.

In 1914, Hill was arrested in Salt Lake City and charged with killing a storekeeper, allegedly in a botched robbery. Despite the flimsy nature of the evidence, Hill was convicted and sentenced to death, with the prosecutor urging conviction as much on the basis of Hill’s IWW membership as any putative evidence of his involvement in the crime. An international amnesty movement pressed for a new trial, but the Utah governor refused and Hill was executed by firing squad on November 19, 1915. In a final message to IWW General Secretary Bill Haywood, Hill urged, “Don’t waste any time in mourning—organize.”

Since his death, Hill has been immortalized in a wide variety of cultural expression, including poetry by Kenneth Patchen, fiction by Wallace Stegner, and a song by Alfred Hayes and Earl Robinson, popularized by Paul Robeson, promising “where workingmen are out on strike, Joe Hill is at their side.”

I talked to Halker about Hill’s music, politics and legacy. Halker is the author of the seminal work on Gilded Age labor music,For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-95, and has previously released a tribute album to Woody Guthrie.

For one who was not a native English speaker, Joe Hill had a keen understanding of American slang, humor, and various folk and popular song forms. How did he become such a master of the American vernacular? How does he compare with other folksingers closely associated with insurgent movements, such as Woody Guthrie?

Hill is part of a long tradition of “organic” intellectuals in the USA. He was also just plain smart, which you can tell from reading his lyrics and other writing. He was self-educated, with an appetite for ideas. And remember that the labor movement was filled with men and women of this sort, dating to the early 19th century. Unions, of course, often had their own libraries, so workers could check out literature related to everything from poetry to economics. Also, cheap pamphlets on the issues of the day, including Marxism, were extremely common in the years after the Civil War and well into the 20th century. If you look at the people who wrote labor music and poetry, they typically share this kind of background.

Hill and Guthrie also share a tremendous skill in the realm of vernacular speech. He mastered all this hobo and Wobbly slang of the era and the latest music-hall, vaudeville lyrics of the day. Also, Hill’s work is filled with humor, irony and sarcasm—hardly easy skills to gain in your second language. No doubt he picked all this up from hobos, labor activists, and Wobblies, but I also believe his ear for music helped him in this effort.

Hill had some musical training and a passion for music that is obvious in his lyrical approach. You can tell from his lyrics that he paid close attention to the musical hall and Tin Pan Alley writers of the day. Most of them were also immigrants or children of immigrants and were very skilled at slang, lyrical twists and clever use of idioms. Indeed, Hill’s lyrics and choice of tunes have much more in common with music hall composers than the folk or county models that Guthrie and others made use of in the years of the great labor uprising of the 1930s and which became the template for labor songsters thereafter.

Hill and other Wobbly bards and writers should get some credit for their use of sarcasm and irony in the development of American literature. They had sharp wits and tongues that worked deftly and quickly, which only pissed off the lunkhead bosses, the law and the ruling elite even more. The authorities and their lackeys dislike radicals even more when they’re much smarter than they are.

What was the role of music in the creation of the Wobbly movement culture?

Music was a centerpiece of the Wobbly “movement culture.” However, I wouldn’t say this came into existence with the IWW. Earlier, the abolitionists and the Gilded Age labor movement made singing, songwriting, poetry and other forms of writing a key part of their efforts. Coal miners and Jewish textile workers had already developed a strong working-class poetic and musical tradition, as did the Knights of Labor. So Joe Hill and Woody Guthrie were standing on big shoulders.

Having said that, the IWW took the music and poetry to new heights and cleverly used singing and chanting as a way to garner attention from workers, the media, and the authorities. Fifty workers singing makes a lot more noise at a rally or in a jail cell than one speaker on a soapbox or one person ranting in the joint.

What kinds of considerations did you take into account in updating Hills music?

I quickly decided I wanted to record a couple of the sentimental love songs because that part of Hill’s personality had been neglected. They read like old vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley lyrics, so I worked on melodies and chord changes that were common to those types of pieces. I also decided that on songs like “Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay” and “It’s A Long Way Down to the Soupline” that I wanted to use a brass band that had the flavor of the music hall that Hill was leaning on. I hoped to make it a bit like a drunken Salvation Army band in the process, which fit the brass band sound anyway.

I knew he’d been to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands too, so I decided to do a couple songs with the ukulele at the center, which was appropriate given some things I’d read on Hill and the music he heard on that trip (plus the ukulele had become popular at the time).

I wanted to make a record that Hill would like. That was my priority from the beginning. I don’t think he’d like a straight folk revival, strumming acoustic guitar approach, as that has nothing to do with most of his material. He played the piano and the fiddle, after all. The folk revivalists did a great service by keeping Hill’s work in circulation, but trying to keep him in that small musical box is way off the mark. So, I borrowed from vaudeville and the music hall, piano blues and early jazz, alt-country, swing, punk and gospel.

I think Joe would be very happy with this recording—more so than what’s preceded.

What sorts of musical choices did Hill make? What kinds of influences did he draw on?

Hill came from a music-loving family and he also had some musical training as a child before his dad died and the family fell on hard times. He heard a lot of religious music, as his family were strong Lutherans and sometimes attended Salvation Army gatherings. Since hymns were well known, even across sectarian religious (and political) lines, hymn tunes were often used by labor songwriters going back to the mid-19th century. Hill’s use of “In the Sweet By and By” as the tune for “The Preacher and the Slave” was very much in a labor tradition, as was “Nearer My God to Thee” for his “Nearer My Job to Thee.”

Hill also wrote his own music for some of his songs—for his classic “Rebel Girl,” for example. And though he leaned heavily for the music of the “Internationale” for his “Workers of the World Awaken,” he did include clear pieces of his own work in writing that one, too.

But most often he drew on the vaudeville, music hall, early Tin Pan Alley songs that were popular with workers at the time. For “Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay” he took the tune from a music hall hit by the same name. For “Scissor Bill” he took the tune from “Steamboat Bill,” which was a huge hit at the time and a best-selling early recording.

With all his tune choices, he was like other working-class writers and had the same goal—use tunes that workers knew already for labor songs and then they’d be easy for workers to sing.

Can you give the background of some of the other songs?

“Der Chief of Fresno” grew out of the IWW’s free speech campaign. Fresno was a place where the police were notably confrontational. Hill added his voice to the mix with a piece that appears to have been a chant of sorts. That’s why I added the multiple voices on the words “der chief” whenever it comes around. I like the use of the German “Der” in the title, as if the chief might make a good member of the oppressive Prussian army.

“Stung Right” represents the strong anti-military bent of the IWW, even before the outbreak of World War I. Many immigrant workers had already come from regions of the world where they were drafted and made to fight the battles for the ruling class and were determined to stay out of future such wars. What’s more, many working-class groups saw war as a senseless ruling class fight that only pitted workers against each other. Nationalism was seen as suspect.

Little wonder, then, that after the Spanish-American War in 1898, and the needless slaughter it entailed, anti-war and anti-military sentiments found welcome ears. Hill was aware that workers also signed up with the military when their economic situations were difficult. At least they gave you a bit of cash and some food in the army. In this piece, he’s warning workers not to fall for it

“Rebel Girl” is another of his best efforts. Hill wrote it himself for Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Hill followed her career closely and admired her work on behalf of labor. They frequently corresponded while Hill was in prison. He even wrote a cute little song for her son called “Bronco Buster Flynn.” Flynn had visited Hill while he was awaiting execution and sent him a photo of her son Buster.

One song that struck me was “Come Take a Joy Ride in My Aeroplane.” As you say in your liner notes, that seems to represent a “romantic and carefree side” that we don’t typically associate with Hill.

There were three of these romantic, sentimental songs that Hill wrote, all of which were discovered after his arrest and none of which had music or tunes for them. Of course, there may be more, but we haven’t yet found those. They weren’t typical of Hill’s writing, which is generally focused on labor and political issues. But you can find some of this same sentiment in his letters, so it clearly was a key component of who Joe Hill was.

Frankly, I think historians and musicians have missed the boat in not addressing this romantic impulse. I suppose it seems counter to our image of the left-wing radical. But hell—I’d rather hang out with a person with strong romantic tendencies and a left-wing leaning personality, than some dour old sourpuss like Marx or Lenin, wouldn’t you? I also think within the IWW there was a strong sense of romance about the world. This can be found clearly in Wobbly writers like Haywire Mac or Ralph Chaplin. Some of this could be channeled toward a utopian impulse, as in the classic IWW song “Big Rock Candy Mountain.”

Hill just gave it a more personal twist. Why shouldn’t he want to fall in love and be carried away for a while in the reverie of romance? Don’t we all? Here’s a guy who went to work at age nine, contracted tuberculosis, went on the tramp to survive and worked an endless stream of low-paying jobs. Why not dream of taking flight above this dreary earth with your gal and soar above the troubles below? Sounds like fun to me.

What is it about Hill that makes his legacy resonate so widely?

Obviously, the injustice of his arrest, trial, and execution continues to resonate, especially when a day doesn’t pass without some prisoner being released from prison after new evidence or DNA tests exonerated him or her.

Beyond that obvious point, I think there are many people who hear his songs and immediately sense that the issues raised by Hill and other Wobbly bards remain important to our national discussion, including decent wages and working conditions, immigrant rights, discrimination based on race, the oppression of women, the right to form a union and the right to free speech.

I have to admit, however, that I’m often bewildered by conservative labor leaders in the USA who pull out Hill’s legacy when it’s convenient and make positive comments about him. If he were around today, they’d throw him out of their conventions in a minute.

I also think there’s considerable appeal to Hill’s personal demeanor throughout the trial. He died a heroic, noble death—something few people can claim for their lives. He gave his life for the cause, and his trial and execution played out in the international media of the day. He’s a romantic character of the type that is more common in early movies than in reality.




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 Darkness Falls Across Paris Image by Carlos Latuff

Darkness Falls Across Paris
Image by Carlos Latuff

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

"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

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

“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.



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Israeli Goods KILL! Boycott NOW!

Israeli Goods KILL! Boycott NOW!

Israel’s fightback begins …

War against EU settlement products labeling begins

A week after European Union’s decision to label goods produced in the settlements, Israel announces gloves are off and that it is taking steps against 16 European countries that supported the initiative.

Full report HERE


Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quoted as saying that the Paris bombings should make France and other countries understand Israel’s war on Palestinian terror.

Israel tries to reap propaganda benefits from Paris bombings

Jerusalem's city walls illuminated with colors of French flag

Jerusalem’s city walls illuminated with colors of French flag

From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

As usual in these circumstances, Israel is trying to exploit the Paris bombings for its propaganda purposes.

Israeli and Zionist officials have been insinuating that the widely condemned terrorist bombings in Paris, for which the ISIS took responsibility, justified Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian resistance against Jewish colonialism, especially Israel’s lebensraum policies in the West Bank.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quoted as saying that the Paris bombings should make France and other countries understand Israel’s war on Palestinian terror.

Netanyahu’s opportunistic remarks seem to have been motivated by two main considerations.

First, is the desire to alleviate international pressure on Israel to terminate the decades-old occupation of the Palestinian homeland and allow for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

And, second, Israel is always eager to see as many French Jews as possible immigrate to Occupied Palestine in order to augment the ranks of a dwindling Jewish population due to comparatively higher demographic growth among Palestinians.

As a pathological liar, Netanyahu understands the Palestinian cause as a matter of propaganda and public relations quagmire, not as real problems requiring real political solutions.

This is one of the main reasons that the conflict in Palestine has remained unresolved and blood on both sides continues to be spilled on a daily basis.

Indeed, hasbara, media lies, carefully produced sound-bites may help the Zionist state reap some short-term political capital in the capitals of the West. But it will never succeed in bringing the conflict even one centimeter closer to a historic solution.

I am quite sure that many wise people on the Jewish side of the isle realize this equation.

However, it seems that Netanyahu and cohorts are too insolent and too arrogant to listen to the voices of wisdom.

He thinks that brute military power alone guarantees Israel’s future, forgetting the fact that entire empires collapsed for reasons, not including military weakness.

Netanyahu, in a cynical way, always tries to lump Israel in the company of civilized countries.

But the peoples of the world do know too well Israel’s criminal credentials and that this state is actually a crime against humanity.

Have the peoples of the world forgotten Israel’s genocidal crimes against the people of Gaza in 2008-9, 2012, and 2014?

Does the world need to be reminded that the number of Palestinian children murdered by Israel in one month exceeds the number of civilians killed by ISIS ever since its appearance a few years ago?

Do we have to remind the world that unlike terrorist entities, Israel dropped heavy bombs on apartment towers packed with terrified women and children in Gaza, causing hundreds of civilian casualties.

In fact, in 3 hours, the Israeli army killed and maimed more innocent civilians at the Shujaiyya in Gaza than the victims of the Paris bombings last night.

My point here is not to belittle the criminal nature of the Paris bombings.

My point is rather to caution the world against hard criminal states such as Israel which is routinely perpetrating ethnic cleansing and other genocidal crimes against the Palestinian people and then plays the self-righteous card of identifying with the victims of the terrorist bombings in Paris.

In fact, Israel is behaving very much like the little Hitler of Damascus who has murdered and maimed a million Syrians while forcing more than 15 million others out of their homes, forcing them to flee death and seek safety all over the world.

Still, Assad has the audacity to shed crocodile “tears of sympathy” with the victims of terror in Paris, ignoring the fact that his genocidal terror against the innocent civilians of Syria made the terrorist bombings in Paris inevitable.

Likewise, Netanyahu and his “shitty state”, as a French diplomat referred to Israel a few years ago, goes on murdering Palestinians, murdering their children, destroying their homes, stealing their land, bulldozing their fields and narrowing their horizons. Netanyahu is raising his eyebrows every time he watches a Palestinian child throws a stone on Israeli military vehicle patrolling the West Bank.

And instead of honestly trying to find out what makes that child behave as such, the Israeli premier closes his mind and opens his big mouth, complaining about “Arab terror” and concocting corrupt analogies between the Nazis and Zionism’s victims.

But the world, including France, yes France, the US, Britain and Russia, is hypocritical par excellence.

Otherwise, Israel the perpetual crime against humanity should have been declared as such from the first moment it was created.

Indeed, had the world behaved moralistically then, the world would have been spared the terror of ISIS and other similar groups, whose violence, however despicable it might look, is an ultimate product or by-product of the much greater terror and violence committed by criminal players such as Israel, the US, France, the UK and now Russia.

Can there be a scandal more scandalous than the seizure and usurpation of Palestine by Zionism?

So to the West in general I say, please, don’t pretend to be innocent because you are not innocent.




#TodosSomosParis (From)

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Blaming Muslims/refugees/Russia/Iran for Paris attacks, EXCEPT Hollande's policy on Syria

Blaming Muslims/refugees/Russia/Iran for Paris attacks, EXCEPT Hollande’s policy on Syria

Don’t tell me we gonna have another “peace” march with Hollande, Netanyahu, Merkel and stuff?



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 Explosive Foreign Policy of Hollande

Explosive Foreign Policy of Hollande


Darkness Falls Across Paris

Darkness Falls Across Paris


 Paris Mourns Its Dead

Paris Mourns Its Dead

#RecognisePalestineNow ~~ A MUST FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

If the U.S. wants to save Palestinian and Israeli lives, it is time to put real political capital on the table. Recognizing the state of Palestine, next to the already recognized state of Israel, would be an act of leadership, a commodity sorely missing for so many years on this issue.

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President Obama, recognize Palestine now!

The absurd notion that, during his current trip to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now signed on to a two-state solution after only eight months ago saying that he would never allow a Palestinian state to emerge is material for George Orwell’s book, 1984.

The recent outbreak of violence in the streets of Israel and Palestine is a wake-up call to all those who seek peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The United States holds a key to bringing the violence to an end and putting the parties on the road to realizing, what the U.S. and virtually every other nation in the world has called for, the implementation of two states, Israel and Palestine. We call on President Obama to act now and recognize the state of Palestine, a process started by Republican President George W. Bush. This single act is urgently needed in order to provide the next U.S. president with a platform that places both Israel and Palestine on equal footing, at least in terms of formal U.S. recognition.

The urgency of taking such an elementary political step was amplified a few days ago by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, writing in The Forward in an article titled, How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel — and Benjamin Netanyahu (November 4, 2015). She wrote, “Ever since President Truman waited only 11 minutes to recognize the new nation of Israel in 1948, Americans have believed that Israel is more than a country — it’s a dream…” Palestinians have been waiting 48 years and the inability for the U.S. to act to recognize Palestine speaks volumes. As candidate Clinton revels at Israel the “dream,” Palestinians and Israelis are living Israel, the nightmare, with deadly results.Palestine’s application for full membership in the United Nations still awaits a vote of the Security Council, where only a United States veto stands in the way. Likewise, the United States remains one of the few states that has not yet recognized Palestine. Palestinians have reached a point of total despair given the world’s superpower has paid lip service for 48 years to a solution to the conflict based on two states, but has refused to recognize Palestine. This single political act is the only meaningful one at this late stage in the conflict and in Obama’s administration. Anything less, even a new UN resolution against the continuing illegal Israeli settlement building, will be placed on the bookshelf with the dozens of past similar resolutions.

Where many are grasping at straws for new strategies to compensate for so many past diplomatic failures, the only real strategy left is the realization of the state of Palestine on the ground. This is the missing link to get negotiations back on track and to give Palestinians hope for the future, not to mention saving the two-state solution from total collapse. U.S. recognition of Palestine would be the first concrete political step that would open the way to an entirely new dynamic upon which the end game would no longer be an unknown, allowing all stakeholders to focus on state building instead of ideological debate.

We call on President Obama to recognize Palestine and support its full membership in the United Nations, an act in total alignment with U.S. foreign policy in support of two states for two peoples. Such recognition would place both Israel and Palestine on equal political ground, with both states given recognition, and both states needing to define their borders based on the 1949 Armistice Agreement (1967 borders), as articulated in numerous U.N. resolutions.

Yesterday, Netanyahu addressed the liberal think tank Center for American Progress (CAP). Haaretz Columnist Peter Beinart suggested several choice questions he should be asked at the event, among them, “How gullible do you think we Americans are?” Mr. Beinart rightfully answers, “Not gullible enough, I hope, to let Bibi leave CAP without being confronted about what he really believes.” Regrettably, these were ignored. Netanyahu should have heard a clear and loud voice that his statement during his last election campaign that there will be “no Palestinian state on [his] watch” must not only be retracted, but the time has come for Israel to understand that recognizing a Palestinian state and removing the boot of military occupation from Palestinians’ necks so they can actually build a free state is necessary.

If the U.S. wants to save Palestinian and Israeli lives, it is time to put real political capital on the table. Recognizing the state of Palestine, next to the already recognized state of Israel, would be an act of leadership, a commodity sorely missing for so many years on this issue.

Bahour is a Palestinian-American business consultant living in Ramallah and chairman of Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy. Lewis is an American attorney and has been active in a number of Jewish organizations both in Boston and nationally. Zion is a resident of Sderot, Israel and a member of Other Voice, an organization of Israelis that engages in dialogue with the people of Gaza and seeks a political solution to the conflict.


In fact, it was all about how much more money Israel can steal from the US Taxpayer!


I am quite sure that a few decades from now, many Jews will look back to this period with utter regret and remorse because they didn’t seize the opportunity to reach peace with their neighbors.

Netanyahu-Obama meeting won’t revive moribund “peace process”

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

It should be amply clear that the latest meeting in Washington between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu won’t have any tangible effect on the already moribund peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Hence, the claims that the meeting will revive and expedite the process, wrongly called peace process, are void of any credibility.

After all, we have been living with the same sort of talks for over two decades, and the net result remains as it was when the Oslo process began more than two decades ago, namely a very fat zero.

Netanyahu, a sly and dishonest  politician who lies as often as he breathes the oxygen of life knows too well that he has killed any remaining chances for a genuine peace with the Palestinians.

He also knows that there are no other real chances left for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, given the ubiquitous expansion of Jewish colonies in the West Bank, especially in occupied East Jerusalem.

It is also highly likely that Obama knows these facts too well as well.

However, it is clear that neither Netanyahu nor Obama is willing to free himself from the clutches of dishonesty simply because dishonesty represents the main content of their policies.

On the one hand, Netanyahu is so arrogant and insolent and would never tell the truth. That is why he behaves like a slut who gives lectures on morality and chastity.

On the other hand, Obama is already behaving like a lame duck does.
In fact, the Obama administration has now an ignominious record of failure and impotence, almost everywhere in the world.

In Syria, Obama has been acting very much like a passive spectator, watching a bigger thug and a smaller thug (Putin and Assad) carry out a real holocaust against helpless Syrian civilians.

And in the Ukraine, he contented himself with watching rather blithely the Russian bear devour, swallow and digest large parts of the former Soviet of Republic

And, of course, in Palestine, Obama has been watching Netanyahu and cohorts, who tightly control the American government, especially Congress, decapitate whatever chances there may have been for the establishment of a truly viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian state.

I do believe that Netanyahu and his entire government look on Obama with utter contempt.
A few years ago, one Israeli politician, whom I had a debate with, remarked that “the US is very much our whore, it gives us all we demand and request, not because it should but rather because it must. It is America that grovels at our feet, not the other way around.”

Frankly, the man was telling the truth and there was no way I could prove him wrong.

Netanyahu is returning to Israel-Palestine, not only with an American undertaking to supply Israel with several squadrons of the most advanced aircraft in the American stockpile, but also with a renewed and reasserted assurance that no matter what Israel does, including killing the two state solution, Israel will continue to receive whatever Israel requests and demands from its guardian-ally (and whore according to the above mentioned Israeli politician).

Now, given Obama’s pathetic helplessness in the face of Netanyahu, it is very likely that Netanyahu will have his way, as Putin has had his way in Syria.

After all, it is the Netanyahu who tells the Obama what to do, not the other way around.

Hence, it is probably safe to assume that Israel will be further intoxicated by its arrogance of power.

But intoxication by arrogance of power spells neither smartness nor wisdom.

It rather spells impetuousness and lack of wisdom. It may eventually spell disaster.

I am quite sure that a few decades from now, many Jews will look back to this period with utter regret and remorse because they didn’t seize the opportunity to reach peace with their neighbors.

But by then it will be too late for Israel and for peace..


​ACT NOW – Support Palestinians’ economic steadfastness

Prepared by Sam Bahour

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While President Obama is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House today, there is no need to hold your breath for results, rather, there is a need to act. One way to make your actions heard is to support Palestinians’ economic steadfastness by helping us link Palestinian businesses to American businesses by making a U.S. tax-deductible donation and sending this request to your friends. We all have a role to play to end this occupation.

Here is a short (less than 4 min) video that was made last week when the AVPE Board met in Ramallah, despite the current volatile situation on the ground:

Here is my part of the campaign, help me reach my goal

Also see THIS related post by Nur Arafeh, Wassim F. Abdullah, Sam Bahour

TOONS ~~ #CharlieHebdoIsAtItAgain

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or from his Twitter Page

Bonjour Charlie_Hebdo_ would you like to publish this cartoon about Israel boycott illegal in France?

Bonjour Charlie Hebdo would you like to publish this cartoon about Israel boycott illegal in France?

Instead they published this …

CharlieHebdo mocks 224 dead from Russia plane crash just like that time it mocked 1000+massacred protesters in Egypt

CharlieHebdo mocks 224 dead from Russia plane crash just like that time it mocked 1000+massacred protesters in Egypt


FromSputnik  Charlie Hebdo mocks A321 plane crash in Egypt that took 224 lives

Charlie Hebdo mocks A321 plane crash in Egypt that took 224 lives


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On this issue there is total agreement with the West ... Image by Carlos Latuff

On this issue there is total agreement with the West …
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Netanyahu is not a liar who thinks he is honest and telling the truth. He knows deep in his heart that he is dishonest and not telling the truth.

Netanyahu invokes Muslim extremism but ignores Jewish extremism 

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine

During a visit to the town of Affula, north east of Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blamed Muslim extremism for “this wave of violence and terror that Israel is witnessing today.”

Netanyahu, a habitual liar who thinks mendacious PR comes first before everything else, ignored the legitimate causes that made Palestinians, especially youngsters, risk their lives and get murdered by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Netanyahu is not a liar who thinks he is honest and telling the truth. He knows deep in his heart that he is dishonest and not telling the truth.

Otherwise, he would have alluded to Jewish extremism which not only produced his own government, evidently the most extremist in Israel’s history, but is morphing the entire region into a powder keg as a result of tampering with the sensitive issue of Jerusalem, especially the Aqsa Mosque.

No one is denying the existence of extremists among the followers of all religions.

However, blaming Muslim extremists for all the trouble in the world is beyond the pale.

In the final analysis, it is mostly Muslims who are being victimized, even exterminated, in many parts of the globe at the hands of those self-righteous states that claim to be fighting terror.

Just consider the genocidal anti-Muslim pogroms in places like Myanmar and the Central African Republic where Muslim civilians have been burned to death very much like Jews were in concentration camps in Europe in the mid-forties of the past century.

Or consider Afghanistan and Pakistan where civilians are haphazardly and blithely murdered under the rubric of fighting Taliban.

Or in Syria, where superpowers that are supposed to maintain world peace, are conducting a slow-motion holocaust against the people of Syria, triggering massive waves of refugees, fleeing death and terror.

Or in Iraq, where vengeful sectarian gangs are carrying out murderous ethnic cleansing against Muslims.

Or, indeed, in Palestine, where the grandchildren and great grand-children of the Holocaust victims and survivors are murdering (and burning alive) Palestinian children, on no other accounts than the victims want to be free from Zionist oppression and racism.

So, it is mainly Muslims, not Jews, or Christians or Buddhists, who are bearing the brunt of terror and religious intolerance in the world today.

True, with the help of modern media, a highlighted criminal act by violent groups such as ISIS might give impression that the group represents ultimate evil whereas truly criminal entities such Israel and the Assad regime stand out as more reasonable.

But this is not true.

In the final analysis, Israel stole Palestine from its legitimate owners, the Palestinians, murdered them, destroyed their homes, bulldozed their fields and then dispersed them to the four winds.

And at the top of this, Israel added insult to injury by calling its victims “terrorists.”

It is really sad and lamentable that Netanyahu leads Jews, a people who once valued truth, honesty and justice before Zionism led many them astray, transforming them into land thieves and child killers.

Today, the Netanyahu government is the biggest sponsor of extremism in Israel-Palestine.

The Netanyahu government is the sponsor, enabler and ultimate protector of Messianic Jewish thugs who are ganging up on helpless Palestinians on the hills of the West Bank.

Today, the Netanyahu government, which has effectively killed any remaining realistic chances for a just and durable peace in Palestine-Israel is encouraging Jewish fanatics and Gush Emunim gangs to trigger a religious war with the Muslim world by tampering with the delicate status quo at the Haram al-Sharif  (Noble Sanctuary) in Jerusalem.

Today, the Netanyahu government is suffocating or trying to suffocate every legitimate expression of Palestinian grievances, pushing them to the squares of despair, frustration and violence.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was once quoted as saying that had he been born a Palestinian, he would probably have become a “terrorist.”

Barak was by means a paragon of honesty, but his unintended remark was a slip of a tongue that spelled volumes.

But Netanyahu is much worse. What else can be said of a leader whose policy is mendacity and whose shield is dishonesty?

Yes, the Palestinians are undergoing hard times. They have always found themselves facing hard times.

But Jews should also brace for harder times ahead.

Now, with the two-state solution practically dead, the consequences of decades of stone-walling, intransigence and arrogance of power will soon begin to reveal themselves. But it would be too late for Israel and the Jews.


“If Palestinians redefine their self-determination away from statehood and toward civil rights, the game is over – even if the struggle for full civil rights lasts another 50 years.” ~Sam Bahour


Palestinian Political Activism Could Push Toward a One-state Solution

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and beyond, could look over the wall for leadership and political agency.

Sam Bahour

Most Israelis seemed nonchalant about the recent Knesset election, held last March. The outcome was totally expected. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected and the overall political pendulum moved even further to the right. But one dynamic produced some shock and awe in the Israeli political system: For the first time ever, a political alliance of four Palestinian-dominated parties in Israel – Hadash, the United Arab List, Balad and Ta’al – joined forces in a Joint Arab List and became the third-largest faction in the 20th Knesset.

Just as the Israeli political right-wing thought it had squeezed Israel’s Palestinian citizens out of the national governance equation by raising the electoral threshold from 2 percent to 3.25 percent, these minority Palestinian parties joined forces. The Joint Arab List is not a strategic political platform (not yet, at least), but political survival dictated electoral unity, since several of these parties did not reach 3.25 percent in the previous Knesset election.

The significance of this historic political initiative by Palestinian citizens of Israel far exceeds the Joint Arab List’s 13 Knesset seats. The move brought greater focus to a potent strategic asset of the Palestinian struggle on both sides of the nonexistent Green Line; it highlighted, yet again, a still under-utilized source of Palestinian political agency.

A country for all its citizens

The first time Palestinian citizens of Israel displayed this mode of proactive political agency to such an impressive degree was back in 2006-2007 when the Palestinian community in Israel produced “future vision” documents, such as “The Haifa Declaration,” published by Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa, and “The Democratic Constitution,” published by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, describing how Israel can and must change to be a country for all its citizens, Jews and Arabs alike.

The collective challenge these documents posed to the particularistic Jewish foundation of Israel was so shocking that mainstream Israeli society, after an initial frenzy of outrage, opted mostly to ignore it altogether.

All of this happened inside Israel proper, not in the Israeli-occupied territory of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
With sound visions for a better future in place and an electoral victory in Israel, Palestinians living under Israel’s nearly five-decade-old military rule in the territories are now poised to make a game-changing strategic shift that would render Israel’s regime of force as naked as the proverbial emperor with no clothes.

Instead of frantically trying to revive the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to represent all Palestinians – those under occupation, citizens of Israel, refugees and those in the diaspora – Palestinians can simply look west, to the Palestinian political parties inside Israel and already represented in the Knesset.

In a way, this would actually be a wholly unexceptional act, since Israel, as the sole sovereign power between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, governs all three constituencies: Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, as well as Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

As the two-state solution recedes toward historical footnote status, Palestinians have been left with a defunct national liberation movement (the PLO), an aging leadership fraught with disunity, and two long-term strategies that have failed utterly: armed struggle and bilateral negotiations.

Meanwhile, the success of Israel in creating facts on the ground – notably the ever-growing Jewish-only settlement enterprise, which buried the two-state solution – does not mean that Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are going to vanish into thin air. Nor does it mean Palestinians will resign themselves to living under military occupation or as refugees forever. Instead, they can make common cause with their brethren in Israel through the Palestinian-Arab political parties in Israel. These are led by accomplished women and men who operate expertly inside the Israeli political system, speak Hebrew, are veterans of Israeli political culture, and are clear on their right to their national and political identity.

When Joint Arab List leader MK Ayman Odeh gave his inaugural speech in the Knesset after his alliance’s victory, he reiterated his electoral platform based on universal human and civil rights, and for equality for all citizens of Israel. In fluent Hebrew, he noted:

“Mr. Speaker, distinguished Knesset, the year is 2025, the 10-year plan to combat racism and inequality has borne fruit. Hundreds of thousands of Arab employees have been integrated into the private sector, the high-tech economy and the public service.

“The social gaps between Arab and Jewish citizens have been reduced remarkably and the economy has been prosperous for the benefit of all residents.

“Jews are learning Arabic, Arabs are diligently honing their Hebrew skills. Jewish and Arab students are being introduced to the great thinkers and philosophers of both peoples.”

Buying into the vision

Neither Odeh, nor his Joint Arab List, have spoken out concerning the potential application of this approach to all Palestinians, including those across the Green Line. But Palestinians under occupation or living as refugees may surprise him and buy into his vision without even asking his permission.

As Lisa Goldman wrote in +972 Magazine last May, “Implicitly, [Odeh] is describing the emergence of the assertive and self-confident third generation of Palestinian citizens of Israel. The first generation lived under military rule [inside Israel from 1948-1966]; the second was afraid and kept its head down; and the third is ready to take its place, unapologetically, as equals in Israeli society.”

The fourth generation, I suspect, will reawaken the greater Palestinian collective by reuniting the Palestinians under Israeli rule and those living elsewhere – mobilizing them to realize the full spectrum of rights to which all are entitled equally, by demanding their free exercise from the state that withholds it. This, indeed, may already have become both more important and more practical than realizing a state of their own.

If Palestinians redefine their self-determination away from statehood and toward civil rights, the game is over – even if the struggle for full civil rights lasts another 50 years. One day, Jewish Israelis and Jews around the world could find themselves gazing at the erstwhile “Jewish State” and admiring (in spite of themselves) Israel’s new, grand, pluralistic incarnation, while perhaps wondering nostalgically why they failed to encourage the emergence of an independent state of Palestine when they had the chance.

Written for HaAretz

Read in Arabic HERE

In Hebrew HERE

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Some older related toons …

Turks have been fooled and will always be while buying Erdogan's fake rethoric on Kurds and Palestinians

Turks have been fooled and will always be while buying Erdogan’s fake rethoric on Kurds and Palestinians




Ruthless, corrupt leaders always seduce the masses, like Erdogan and the Turks

Ruthless, corrupt leaders always seduce the masses, like Erdogan and the Turks


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Only "good" thing about Turkey's election is that, since Erdogan remains in power, I will continue having inspiration for toons :)

Only “good” thing about Turkey’s election is that, since Erdogan remains in power, I will continue having inspiration for toons :)

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