TOONS OF THE DAY ~~ WITH TRUMP: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

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The message of the Orb

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US and UK Complicity in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

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As always, the world turns a blind eye

#NotMyPresident ~~ PEACE OR PIECES IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

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Irony: Trump said Iran ‘fuels terrorism’ in speeches given in terrorist regimes of Israel & Saudi Arabia

From Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

President Trump was in Saudi Arabia where he  instructed his puppets. Now
he is in apartheid Israel where he will get further instructions from his masters. 
He will do a token visit to Bethlehem Tuesday and desecrate the city of the
Prince of Peace with his entourage of racist Zionists.

Everyone now knows that the US government, Israel, and the Saudi
regime have been the biggest perpetrators of terrorism and genocide in the
world. This is to serve one interest and one interest only: money.  Just to
emphasize this, the US arms industry (owned largely by Zionists) will get
110 billion deal (bribe) from the Saudis. Kushner is very happy as are all
the rich profiteers around Donald Trump. The neoconservatives in Washington
may have some differences among themselves (hence the frenzy by the
establishment media around Russia-Trump connections). But make no mistake
about it, it is a difference as between rival gangsters. Meanwhile the
price of getting the rich richer grows in human lives. Thousands of
civiians are killed in places like Yemen, Gaza, and Syria.

The big problem with Trump’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia: Continued devastation of Yemen

 

THE RIGHT TO DISOBEY INJUSTICE IN OUR NAME

Nobody has the right and obligation to obey, when injustice happens in our name!

Nobody has the right and obligation to obey, when injustice happens in our name!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,. English Translation by Milena Rampoldi
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According to Sascha Stawski, one of the most active representatives of the Israel Lobby and the organizer of “Honestly Concerned” of the so called Israel Day “I like Israel,” in the interview entitled “Jews can also be anti-Semitic” in the Frankfurter Neue Presse, the Court Decision of the Frankfurt District Court for the free opinion expression and the right of the conference must be criticized. In this interview Stawski shows his “democratic” credentials! The most important conference with the motto “50 years of Israeli occupation“ to be held on 9-10 of June at the Ökohaus in Frankfurt-Bockenheim. Stawski really thinks that this Court Decision can be legally challenged. He also tries to accuse the conference and the speakers of anti-Semitism, because they criticise Israel’s illegal occupation policy and support the BDS movement. We have to strongly oppose to this.  In fact, Stawski has organised a counter event with the Israeli lobby “riots.” The protest speakers for this “event” which should be held during the conference in front of the Ökohaus will be the CDU major Uwe Becker, who unsuccessfully (!) tried to avoid the conference, Michael Engelmeier of the German Socialist Party, and the city councillor Jutta Ditfurth, of the ecological left and philo-Semite like Volker Beck of the Green Party! Here the Crème de la Crème of the German party Israel expert will meet to support the “Jewish  occupiers’ Apartheid State!” (2) (3) (4)
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In fact, the members of the Green Party should critically questions how certain protagonists, like Volker Beck with his exaggerated support of the “Jewish State” and other colleagues with their continuous anti-Russian and anti-Turkish hatred have damaged the party with their moralising politics. Such politics clearly show what makes the election results to go south. However, also the Social and the Christian Democratic Party have to think about how long they want to tolerate the illegal violations of international law by the “Jewish State” in the name of “our special” relationship to Israel.
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Will the coming election campaign fill the summer slump between leading culture, burka prohibition, double passport, Turkey and Russia bashing, anti-Semitism? Is a further Israelisation waiting for us? Shackle, facial recognition, flight data authorisation: these are all provisions to foment the fear of terrorism. But in reality they want to start a new Cold War to distract from our own omissions. What has happened to Germany? Lobbyists, US think tanks, and the Israel lobby have the media under control. There is a new, promising and expanding movement “critics of Islam.” However, critics of Israel have no such promising prospects. In fact, they do not exist anymore, because they are denigrated as “haters of Israel” or anti-Semites.
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The EU has just decided to adopt a new resolution against the illegal occupation and settlement policies of the “Jewish State.” But, if this just another empty gesture from a toothless tiger and does not adopt boycott provisions, it will be useless resolution! (5)
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A good start would be a ban of the “Jewish State” from the European Song Context. The “Jewish State” is neither part of Europe nor does the Netanyahu regime meet the criteria of the membership of the European Broadcasting Union EBU. However, the correctness of the EBU raises doubts because it accepted so many expectations. And in the end the ESC became a sad, political farce in the more than corrupt Ukraine! (6) (7)
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What is behind the actual Israel lobby campaign that is always trying to denigrate Muslim refugees and students as anti-Semites and see anti-Semitism everywhere. Nothing is further from my intention than playing down the real anti-Semitism, but we have to oppose to people who lump together anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. This unjustified equation only helps people like Lagodinsky, Volker Beck, Jutta Ditfurth to denigrate Germany as a stronghold of anti-Semitism and to denigrate as anti-Semites all who dare to criticise the “Jewish State” and its illegal occupation politics. And this cannot be! Jews should not have a special status, a special protection, or hypocritical solidarity. Coexistence is only possible on equal terms and without a bad conscience for an injustice the actual generation did not commit!
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With new injustice it will never be possible to hide, silence, tolerate, or what is even worse to show solidarity with it.
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It is true that we all have an important responsibility, but that also involves the German responsibility for Palestinian people and Palestine which is illegally occupied by Jewish settlers. We must not allow German politicians to always try to belittle this injustice with hesitant criticism. These “slimy traces of submission“ wind their way through all parties. However, in the meantime these slimy traces have already become a Tsunami which will hopefully be dangerous for many of Israel’s friends!
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Almost daily we are flooded with articles of this kind, while the crimes of the Jewish Apartheid State are silenced. In the German press, homicides are belittled as self-defence by  “Jewish defence forces,” while Palestinians are always stigmatised as terrorists!
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I say that they are a people who are resisting, who are so in despair and without hope that they do not hesitate to risk their poor lives under occupation with legal resistance. They are deprived of everything, of their property, their land, their culture, and now even of their language. Every memory and commemoration is prohibited to them and has to be eliminated, while the Jewish occupiers regularly celebrate commemoration days and holidays. In the meantime, the hypocrite community of states has accepted this situation so that the Netanyahu can relax and openly dupe German politicians! All this in the name of the “special” relationship among friends.
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However, enough with the special relations and friendships. There is no reason of state for the safety of the “Jewish State,” as long as this Judaisation is written on the bloody Star of David Flag of Israel as being part of its reason of state!
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In this context, the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe by making reference to the Nakba, after detailed researches of Israeli military archives, speaks about “ethnic cleansing,” committed by the Jewish militias. Today, to the narrative maintained by Israel of the “land without people for a people without land” more than 12 million Palestinians are opposed. And 5.49 million of them are refugees registered at UNWRA.
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The UN Resolution 194 (III), article 11, of 11 December 1948 guarantees Palestinian refugees and their offsprings the right of return and the corresponding compensation. However, this resolution has not been adopted up till now. There are still 58 Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, in the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. The situation in the densely populated refugee camps is characterised by poverty, missing infrastructure, and unemployment. The right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland and property, and to get compensation for damages, as agreed in the UN Resolution 194, must not be forgotten, but must be respected, protected and supported.
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The Nakba is not a single event, as it has been maintained up to now.
Even 69 years later, the Palestinian people are oppressed by the Israeli occupation and its mechanisms like expulsion, dispossession, colonisation, apartheid and other, daily violations of human rights. (8)
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Brutal crimes were also committed in Gaza, when the “Jewish defence army” exterminated whole Palestinian families and committed deadly attacks on civilians in the densely populated residential areas with air strikes – always under the pretext of “struggling against terrorism.”  Not even hospital ships or other humanitarian support was sent to the blocked population in Gaza during this dirty “Jewish massacre”! Was this not an omitted assistance beyond any civilised behaviour? Is this the “Christian-Jewish community of values”?
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Walter Herrmann was accused because according to the Court of Cologne he had “allegedly” shown war crimes opposed to international law and humanity in an exposition of images from the “Israeli-Palestinian regions of conflict” by showing dead, heavily injured and bleeding children and young people from Gaza. At that time already I had written to him that it was not Walter Herrmann and the Wailing Wall of Cologne which offended human dignity, but the crimes against international law and humanity committed by the “Jewish Defence Soldiers,” responsible for the murder of thousands of civilians, who killed 450 Palestinian children in Gaza. (9) (10)
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What can we learn from this? If the media show them useful images of the horrors of the war, then it is legitimate, but if it is about photos showing the crimes of the “Jewish Defence Forces,” then this offends youth protection and human dignity, to say nothing of an “unconditioned solidarity” with the Palestinians! (11)
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It is all about the political knockout argument  of the anti-Semitism accusation which in particular in Germany is very successful. With dirty lies and defamations it opposed to ethical people who do not want to be intimidated. And the result is always the same: the pseudo-Zionists are heard, and control the media, while the critics of Israeli politics are pilloried, and not even heard “publicly or legally.”
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However, regarding the “Jewish occupiers’ state” the facts speak for themselves and are undeniable. And this is the reason why the Israel lobby and its supporters avoid dealing with critics who just show them facts! Let us stay on track! There is no “balance” when it is about crimes against international law and humanity. And genocide is a crime to oppose and which must not to be silenced only because it is the “Jewish defence army” is involved.
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This State must not be remunerated with cooperation, youth exchanges, and armament donations.
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And again, we come back to the German “special treatment” when it is about the “Jewish State” and the regime of occupation. In the meantime, the long arm of Netanyahu and the Israel lobby has extended to a media medusa expanding and acting powerfully. In the meantime, philo-Semitism has gained such proportions that every kind of criticism against Israel is interpreted as Jewish hatred so as to gain control of public opinion. A new, additional and profitable field was discovered for the Israel lobby: the Muslim refugees. And they warn us against them because they are “anti-Semites.” What this means and the damage is has caused is clear from the increasing prejudices against Islam and Muslims amongst much of the German population. The creeping poison of prejudices produces its effects, reinforced by politics and media.
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What is presented to German readers about Israel, Russia, Syria, and Turkey, has already become a criminal act of news mutilation. What is recognisable as aggressiveness and war-lustfulness, journalistic trolls, who work according to the politicians’ will. While Erdogan and Putin are the enemy image, Israeli politicians are always welcome.
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Always with the “scissors in the head” and only a very “soft” criticism towards the Jewish occupiers, and never too much, otherwise there is the threat of anti-Semitism accusation or – what is even worse – the expulsion. It is therefore not surprising that German media are losing readers and subscribers. It pains me a lot that things have changed so much because I have known and appreciated the printed media from my childhood. But how did media change? How did my “beloved” Tagesschau changed? We cannot believe in anything, we have to question everything. Political souffleur and lobbyists have radically changed German media. They have the power. And they envoy it and do not mind paying for it.
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While critical voices have no chance when it is about the Jewish State” to be heard by the  main media because the Israel lobby does a good job to avoid it, for supporting voices for the reporting about Russia or Turkey it is increasingly difficult to attract people’s attention.
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Nobody has the right and obligation to obey, when injustice happens in our name!
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THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WEST BANK

The tallest man in Ramallah offered to give us a tour of his cage. We would not even have to leave our table at Rukab’s Ice Cream, on Rukab Street; all he needed to do was reach into his pocket.

The Tallest Man in Ramallah

MICHAEL CHABON ROAMS THE WEST BANK WITH SAM BAHOUR

By  Michael Chabon

At nearly two meters—six foot four—Sam Bahour might well have been the tallest man in the whole West Bank, but his cage was constructed so ingeniously that it could fit into a leather billfold.

“Now, what do I mean, ‘my cage?’” He spoke with emphatic patience, like a remedial math instructor, a man well-practiced in keeping his cool. With his large, dignified head, hairless on top and heavy at the jawline, with his deep-set dark eyes and the note of restraint that often crept into his voice, there was something about Sam that reminded me of Edgar Kennedy in the old Hal Roach comedies, the master of the “slow burn.” “‘Sam,’” he said, pretending to be us, his visitors, we innocents abroad, “‘What is this cage you’re talking about? We saw the checkpoints. We saw the separation barrier. Is that what you mean by cage?’”

Some of us laughed; he had us down. What did we know about cages? When we finished our ice cream—a gaudy, sticky business in Ramallah, where the recipe is an Ottoman vestige, intensely colored and thickened with tree gum—we would pile back into our hired bus and return to the liberty we had not earned and were free to squander.

“Yes, that’s part of what I mean,” he said, answering the question he had posed on our behalf. “But there is more than that.”

Sam Bahour took the leather billfold out of the pocket of his dark-blue warm-up jacket and held it up for our inspection. It bulged like a paperback that had fallen into a bathtub. When he dropped it onto the tabletop it landed with a law-book thump. It was a book of evidence, proof that the cage he lived in was neither a metaphor nor simply a matter of four hundred miles of concrete and razor wire.

“In 1994, after Oslo,” Sam said, “my wife and I decided to move back here.” They had been married for a year, at that point, and decided to apply to the Israeli government for residency in Palestine “under a policy they called family reunification.” He flipped open the billfold and took out a passport with a familiar dark blue cover. “As an American citizen, I entered as a tourist, on a three-month visa.”

Sam Bahour was born in Youngstown, in 1964. His mother is a second-generation Ohioan of Lebanese Christian descent; his father immigrated to the United States from the town of Al-Bireh, then under Jordanian control, in 1957. After spending a few unhappy years working for relatives as a traveling salesman in the rural south (“basically a peddler,” in Sam’s words, “selling cheap goods to poor people at like a two hundred percent markup, it really bothered him”) Sam’s father settled in Youngstown, with its sizable Arab population. He bought the first of a series of independent grocery stores he would own and operate over the course of his career, got married, became a citizen, had a couple of kids, worked hard, made good.

A few things Sam said about his father seemed to suggest that though the elder Bahour settled and prospered in Ohio, he did not entirely lose himself in the embrace of his adopted country. When Sam was born his father had named him Bilal, after the most loyal of the Prophet’s Companions. But when non-Muslim neighbors in Youngstown shortened Bilal to “Billy,” Sam’s father—whose name was the American-sounding but authentically Arabic Sami—had his young son’s name legally changed to match his own. The freedom to return home that an American passport would afford, if only for three months at a time, had been among his motivations for marrying Sam’s mother and becoming a naturalized citizen. Some key part of the man—words like heart, mind, and spirit are only idioms, approximations—never left the house on Ma’arif Street where he had been born and raised, in the Al-Bireh neighborhood of Al-Sharafa, which belonged not to the Ottomans, the British, the Hashemites or the Israelis but only to the people who lived in them.

“I was brought up in a household that lived and ate and slept Palestine,” Sam would tell me, a couple of days after our first meeting over ice cream at Rakub’s. “I lived in Youngstown, where I didn’t know most of my neighbors, but I could tell you everybody in my neighborhood here in Ramallah. That’s an odd kind of way to grow up.”

That enchanted blue American passport, part skeleton key, part protective force-field, could work powerful three-month spells, both for Sam’s father and for Sam, once he and his Jerusalem-born wife, Abeer Barghouty, decided to try to make a life in Al-Bireh. For 13 years after his application for a residency card under the Israeli-controlled Family Reunification policy, Sam raised his daughters, built a number of businesses (telecommunications, retail development, consulting), worked for himself and his partners, for his clients and for the future of his half-born country, and lived a Palestinian life, all in tourist-visa tablespoonfuls, 90 days at a time. But in 2006, for reasons that remain mysterious, the magic embedded in his US passport abruptly ran out. Returning to the West Bank from a visa-renewing trip to Jordan, Sam handed over his passport to an Israeli border officer, expecting the routine 90-day rubber stamp. But when the passport was returned to him Sam saw that alongside the stamp, in Arabic, Hebrew and English, the officer had hand-written the words LAST PERMIT. Once this final allotment of 90 days ran out, Sam would no longer have permission to stay in the West Bank or Israel, and when he left—left his home, his family, his business, his community and everything he had worked to build over the past 13 years—he would not be permitted to return.

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EVERY DAY IS MOTHER’S DAY IN PALESTINE ~~ TOONS OF THE DAY

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

from Carlos Latuff

Steadfastness, courage and resistance.. this is Mother’s Day in Palestine.

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Mrs. Zarefa, Marka/Shnillar refugee camp, Jordan, 2009, the woman that inspired me to create Mother Palestine.

STARVING FOR JUSTICE ~~ THE LATEST IN TOONS

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Netanyahu can use all methods; torture, solitary confinement,propaganda & fake videos, but will NEVER break the will of a free Palestinian

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Also in Turkey

International support for the strikers growing daily

Xristoforos Triantafillos II holding my toon in a protest in Athens calling for Pizza Hut boycott after mocking Palestinian hunger strikers

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“We are not in search of death. We are looking for real life.”
.Free Palestine from Israeli terrorism.

ABBAS/TRUMP AND THE END OF A FREE PALESTINE

Oppressors and enablers of oppressors use the same language. Clinton used
it 20 years ago for Arafat. This is the usual carrot and stick approach.
                                        Images by Carlos Latuff

Trump praises Abbas following White House meeting

 

ABBAS, TRUMP AND MORE

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas both accomplished what they wanted to
accomplish from the meeting at the White House. I could only think of the
statements of Martin Luther King Jr and of Edward Said as I watched the
theater unfold in DC. Just a reminder of what MLK Jr said 50 years ago as
leaders of South Vietnam trashed leaders of North Vietnam: Their questions
hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the
violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken
clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own
government.  This was one of his most analytical and important speeches
which should still be read carefully today (full text at). 

Little changed in those 50 years since then and Trump (like Obama and
other presidents before him) gave green light to his military to bomb poor
neighborhoods around the world (killing hundreds of civilians mostly
children in Mosul alone) while hosting compliant leaders and speaking of
“peace” (like fucking for virginity!?). Excuse my language. Let me step
back into analytical mode. In meeting with Abbas, Trump wanted to get the
aura of working for a peace process so that when he goes to Saudi Arabia
and Israel later this month they can be more comfortable increasing the
wars on Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Iran (the remaining axis of rebel states
in an otherwise US/Israel dominated Middle East). This public relations
ploy worked historically. Trump and his advisors praised Abbas for the
continued close security cooperation with Israel (the main function for
keeping the Palestinian Authority in the past 24 years). Trump said that
cooperation between “Palestinians” (the PA) and Israel is “working
beautifully” and encouraged further emasculation of any potential future
leverage for the Palestinians (I cringe when I hear terms like “incitement”
used for native people who want their rights back).

Oppressors and enablers of oppressors use the same language. Clinton used
it 20 years ago for Arafat. This is the usual carrot and stick approach.
Trump asked Abbas to stop the verbal acrobatics of appearing to support
“terrorists” (resistance) pushing him strongly in private and nudging him
gently in public. Husam Zomlot (PLO representative in Washington) tried his
best to facilitate and get some productive outcome but the decks are
stacked and the PLO has long been stripped by the PA of its original role
as a “Palestine Liberation Organization” (it neither reflects all of
Palestine nor Liberation and no longer an organization but a club). It
cannot apply any pressure since it has been stripped of all such cards and
there is little prospect of democratizing it now (I hope I am wrong).
Abbas got what he came for: appearing “presidential” and relevant to the
future, international visibility, and most importantly continuation of the
status quo that guarantees continued “financial support” that allows the
system to go on.

When u r fighting a brutal occupation, u don’t beg your oppressors to recognize a tiny state 4 you on your own land.

 

A FREE PALESTINES’ RIGHT TO EXIST

Once again  Netanyahu has terrifically succeeded in distracting from Zionist crimes when he kept the public in suspense  by announcing his refusal to meet German foreign minister Gabriel. Nobody speaks about the crimes human rights groups have exposed in the “Jewish State”. And foreign minister Gabriel was absolutely right when he decided to meet them. 

Right to exist for a Free Palestine!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

While the media were full of articles about Netanyahu and Gabriel, the hunger strike started on 17 April with an actual participation of about 1800 Palestinian detainees got lost. The Palestinian detainees protest against the actual practices of the „Jewish State“ like solitary confinement, torture, mistreatments, negligences in medical aid, the refusal of internationally guaranteed rights, including the right to a fair trial. Many of these hunger striking detainees were transferred to solitary confinement. And they are deprived from their right to be visited by their families and to get in touch with their lawyers. “Currently the state of Israel holds more than 7150 Palestinian political prisoners of which approximately 6300 are male political prisoners, 300 male children and approximately 56 females (including 13 female children) as well as an estimated 500 Palestinians in administrative detention (including 2 children), held for indefinite periods without charge or trial.Israeli military courts in which Palestinians are tried have a 99.7% conviction rate.”(Source: ECCP). According to Amnesty International these court proceedings for Palestinians do not meet international standards for fair trial.

Another matter for the media would be the following: Just on the Holocaust commemoration day and at the beginning of the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Day of Independence and the 69th year of the „Jewish Apartheid State“ and the celebration of Yom Hazikaron, the commemoration day for the killed IDF soldiers and the (Jewish!) victims of terrorism, the construction of 15.000 new residential units in illegally occupied Jerusalem was announced, and because of these „celebrations“ the Palestinians territories were closed down. Of course, you have to fear protests when  you have loaded so much guilt onto yourself as the „Jewish Occupation State“ did! (2)

Between the Holocaust Commemoration Day, days before the celebrations of the soldiers‘ commemoration day and the coming 69th Independence Day, the world only speaks about the sensitivities of a prime minister, juggling between corruption charges and right-wing politics.

It is indeed appalling  that Germany still applies special standards when criticism against the „Jewish State“ is at stake! This philosemitic action is an anti-Semite crime ostracizing Jewish citizens by considering them as „special“. In this vision, Jews are always seen as victims because of the Nazi past and are never seen as perpetrators. And we have to counter this  misguided policy!

After a 50-year occupation of Palestine and 70 years after the Nakba we must not remain silent any more in front of this injustice! It is about a „second guilt“ we are loading onto us!

The antidemocratic Transparency Law adopted last summer by the Netanyahu regime against human rights groups like B`Tselem, Breaking the Silence and Zochrot opposes to messengers of unbeloved truth. As we already know there is nothing Zionists fear more than the truth.

In fact, the truth about the violations against human rights committed by the „Jewish Defence Forces“ are so horrifying that for the government it would be difficult to bear, if they became public. „Breaking the Silence“ was founded in 2004 by former ID soldiers to reveal the numerous violations and crimes committed by the IDF in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories. Hatred struck against them when in 2009 after brutal testimonies about the attacks against Gaza a smear campaign of an incredible degree was started.

In the meantime, the „settlers‘ king“ and „Minister of Education“ in the „Jewish State“, Naftali Bennett, the Minister of „Justice“ Ayelet Shaked, and the Minister of Culture Miri Regev, began their war against this NGO by using all means. This organisation was banned from the schools. They were denied to access to all institutions of the army. They are insulted as “moles“, “runner-down of their own country“, and as „traitors“ paid with foreign money to defame the „Jewish State“. However, this law  only affects „left-wing“ organizations helped by foreign aid, while right-wing organizations like „Im Tirtzu“ openly offer financial support to murderous Israeli soldiers and their families, and start hatred and smear campaigns against the liberal NGOs, and make fascism fashionable in Israel. (3)

Gabriel did the typical things a foreign minister does: a meeting with human rights groups, an important factor in Israel because they are a light in the fascist and Zionist obscurity. On his/her journey to Israel, every German politician should not just obligatorily visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, but should also recognize the reality of the illegal occupation of Palestine and openly talk about and criticize it.

Netanyahu staged such a domestic show to strengthen his power among corruption affairs and political rivals. So he used every mean to stage a scandal. And then he piled the fire up with the accusation that Gabriel had just met with the „enemies of Israel“ one day after the Holocaust memorial day. And so the worm was turned! Gabriel answered that on journeys abroad it was a good democratic practice to meet with critical organizations. And in this case, he knew that not just Chancellor Merkel was there to support him.

It is about time to start a rethink in German policy. The Holocaust memorial day should give a clear signal to allow crimes against humanity „never again“.

Since years, indeed decades, the German foreign policy has omitted to behave „normally“ when it was about criticising Israel. And this criticism should be obligatory if a “Jewish State”  defining itself the “only” democracy in the Middle East, commits illegal occupation, ethnic cleansing, and judaisation. I am really curious how the future visit to Israel by President Steinmeier will be. It is well-known that Steinmeier has a particularly good relationship with the Jewish friends. Both parties repeat all the time how “special”  their relation is. And this is exactly the reason why President Steinmeier should have his doubts about this democracy.

Chancellor Merkel expressed her solidarity with the Israeli aggressions, because they were conducted for “self-defence”, and she ordered to include the security of Israel into the German reason of state. And up to now, she has been talking about the mantra of the “two-state-solution”.

When Chancellor Merkel cancelled the governmental consultations with the Israeli cabinet, primarily because of timetabling reasons during the election year, even if, as it was expressed by governmental circles in Berlin, it was more because of the continuous settlement politics violating international law, Netanyahu had to find a tit-for-tat response. And there was no better chance than targeting German foreign minister Gabriel.

How long can and will the German government  continue this „special“ relationship to the “Jewish Apartheid State”?

In fact, in Israel people fear that Germany could stop its unlimited blind support to Israel. However, this would be an important step to achieve a “normal” relationship.

Unfortunately, this pipe dream seems to me more than ulikely. The Netanyahu regime still tries to instrumentalize the Holocaust for its own interests. And this still works out in Germany. The Israel lobby and the Central Council of Jews in Germany still instrumentalise Anti-Semitism for their interest, and start targeted campaigns to detract from the Israeli occupation crimes. In German policy for too long it has been accepted that in the meantime also in Germany this lobby work has assumed alarming shapes by denigrating all critics of Israel.

If in the “storming” battle organ of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine, which declares that the “ethics of the preventive attack” as Jewish tradition is admissible as preventive self-defence strategy, then this Judaist ethics is all-day life in the “Jewish State”. In the meantime, the Netanyahu regime does not even conceal from military attacks against sovereign states like Syria, Lebanon, or wherever, and the hypocrite community of values accepts it… what to say about this “Jewish ethics” of the “11th Comandment”: Israel is allowed to do everything“! (4) (4a)

Therefore we have to oppose to the Israelisation of Germany!

The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany has just said in an interview: “The new anti-Semitism is the anti-Semite Israel criticism”. In addition, there is the blow against Muslim immigrants carrying the gene of “Muslim anti-Semitism”. And so the Zionist poison soup is cooked. Schuster could not help but support the Israeli policy of Netanyahu in Germany when he accused Gabriel for not having met the organizations suggested by the Netanyahu regime.

Why all what comes from Jewish organizations is accepted without any critics? When will a representative of the government ask the Central Council or other lobby organisations the right questions? When will these representatives distance themselves from the illegal occupation policy of the “Jewish State”? Why are Jewish citizens treated differently from others? If German Turks engage for Erdogan, then all fill with indignation, but if German Jewish citizens, who have only a German passport, engage for Netanyahu, this is accepted without any criticism, or considered as normal because of their past. How can it be that young German Jews want to engage as volunteers in the “Jewish Defence Forces” to openly fight there, and to stabilise the illegal occupation or to attack sovereign states declared as “enemies”? Please note that it is about German citizens acting this way. If this does not raise questions? I was surprised when the former “Bundeswehr Professor” Wolffsohn in an interview attacked the Bundeswehr for being right-wing, after the abolition of the compulsory military service and when he explained how before his assignment he was asked about his contacts with communists, but not about his voluntary service in the IDF; finally, it would have been a logical questions to check his loyalty towards the German State. However, what is normal in these relationships?

Is it normal that a German minister of Interior writes 10 points for a German leading culture, by using the slogan: “We are not the Burka”, by asking for strange things, like shaking hands, open face, and of course, the commitment to the “special” relationship and to the existence right of Israel. This minister of Interior is a very heavy charge for all democrats in Germany, and has very few supporters, like the CDU talk show speaker Bosbach and the CDU number two Klöckner…

However, it seems to me that this more than embarrassing and inadequate advance is just a deviation manoeuvre from the right-wing trends in the Bundeswehr and the incredible case of the German Bundeswehr wing commander Franco A. who impersonated a Syrian refugees without any knowledge of the Arabic language. (5)

After all these mishaps and embarrassing incidents in the Bundeswehr, the German “war minister” Ursula von der Leyen should draw the conclusions …

When German President Steinmeier sees democracy in danger, and calls the Germans for more engagement, he should ask himself what democracy means to him and what is dangerous to democracy. Do the arbitrary actions of the Chancellor in all issues like the reason of state for the security of Israel, the existence right for a state without borders, the obstruction of the right for freedom of expression are democratic, when it is about the criticism against the “Jewish State” and 80 events like conferences, meeting, and expositions are cancelled or hampered by the municipalities or by Church institutions, when they critically deal with the Palestinian policy of the “Jewish State” or when the words occupation and BDS support are mentioned? Is this a democracy? It is alarming when 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, also Jewish speakers are denied to speak. If this is not anti-Semitism! Weapon sales and presents to the “Jewish State”, always new military operations for the Bundeswehr, the arbitrary refugee policy, visa freedom for the Ukraine, and sanctions against Russia, while Turkey has been stalled for decades with wrong promises. The claim for a German role as leader in Europe, under the leadership of a EU commission and a President who had been involved into a tax avoidance scandal in Luxembourg, a EU, which has become a luxury retreat of broken down politicians, the massive financial aid to Greece, the support of banks at charge of the tax payers, the training of German soldiers in Israel, the training of Saudi soldiers in Germany, a more than questionable anti-terror alliance, refugee deals of questionable kind, abolition of the compulsory military service, energy revolution, foreign policy according to despotic ruling, domestic policy at charge of Muslims, and leading culture ideas of the most anti-democratic type, all this decided in an arbitrary way, without asking us with a popular referendum. Yes, Mr Steinmeier, this creates democratic frustration, and does not promote democracy.

Therefore, I would like to conclude the present article with a quotation from the Jewish sociologist Judith Butler who expresses so well what impresses me and what I support from the deepest of my heart:

Butler opposes to the equation between Jewishness and Zionism to declare the anti-Zionist resistance as Jewish obligation:

“So, though one needs to contest the hegemonic control Zionism exercises over Jewishness, one needs, equally, to contest the colonial subjugation Zionism has implied for the Palestinian people.”

The “dismantling of political Zionism” is the prerequisite for coexistence. A new post-Zionist era could be the basis for a time after the occupation – and for Butler, not just Gaza and the West Bank are considered as occupied, but whole Israel because she considers also the foundation of the State of Israel as illegal.

In the end, I would like to accentuate that I will recognise only the existence right for a Free Palestine on an equal footing, for all its citizens, ethnical groups, and religions. And for what concerns this point, I fully agree with the new Hamas Charter. (6)

 

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IN PHOTOS ~~ MAY DAY IN NEW YORK

What was thought of as a forgotten day came to life once again in New York’s Union Square Park …. May Day still lives in the hearts of working men!

Image by Hugo Gellert

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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Monday, May 1st was the 131st anniversary of the first May Day. A Holiday born in the United States of America, but officially celebrated in most countries EXCEPT the United States.

The Brief Origins of May Day

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Jack London’s The Iron Heel. As early as the 1860’s, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn’t until the late 1880’s that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.

At this time, socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control over the production and distribution of all goods and services. Workers had seen first-hand that Capitalism benefited only their bosses, trading workers’ lives for profit. Thousands of men, women and children were dying needlessly every year in the workplace, with life expectancy as low as their early twenties in some industries, and little hope but death of rising out of their destitution. Socialism offered another option.

A variety of socialist organizations sprung up throughout the later half of the 19th century, ranging from political parties to choir groups. In fact, many socialists were elected into governmental office by their constituency. But again, many of these socialists were ham-strung by the political process which was so evidently controlled by big business and the bi-partisan political machine. Tens of thousands of socialists broke ranks from their parties, rebuffed the entire political process, which was seen as nothing more than protection for the wealthy, and created anarchist groups throughout the country. Literally thousands of working people embraced the ideals of anarchism, which sought to put an end to all hierarchical structures (including government), emphasized worker controlled industry, and valued direct action over the bureaucratic political process. It is inaccurate to say that labor unions were “taken over” by anarchists and socialists, but rather anarchists and socialist made up the labor unions.

At its national convention in Chicago, held in 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which later became the American Federation of Labor), proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The following year, the FOTLU, backed by many Knights of Labor locals, reiterated their proclamation stating that it would be supported by strikes and demonstrations. At first, most radicals and anarchists regarded this demand as too reformist, failing to strike “at the root of the evil.” A year before the Haymarket Massacre, Samuel Fielden pointed out in the anarchist newspaper, The Alarm, that “whether a man works eight hours a day or ten hours a day, he is still a slave.”

Despite the misgivings of many of the anarchists, an estimated quarter million workers in the Chicago area became directly involved in the crusade to implement the eight hour work day, including the Trades and Labor Assembly, the Socialistic Labor Party and local Knights of Labor. As more and more of the workforce mobilized against the employers, these radicals conceded to fight for the 8-hour day, realizing that “the tide of opinion and determination of most wage-workers was set in this direction.” With the involvement of the anarchists, there seemed to be an infusion of greater issues than the 8-hour day. There grew a sense of a greater social revolution beyond the more immediate gains of shortened hours, but a drastic change in the economic structure of capitalism.

In a proclamation printed just before May 1, 1886, one publisher appealed to working people with this plea:

  • Workingmen to Arms!
  • War to the Palace, Peace to the Cottage, and Death to LUXURIOUS IDLENESS.
  • The wage system is the only cause of the World’s misery. It is supported by the rich classes, and to destroy it, they must be either made to work or DIE.
  • One pound of DYNAMITE is better than a bushel of BALLOTS!
  • MAKE YOUR DEMAND FOR EIGHT HOURS with weapons in your hands to meet the capitalistic bloodhounds, police, and militia in proper manner.

Not surprisingly the entire city was prepared for mass bloodshed, reminiscent of the railroad strike a decade earlier when police and soldiers gunned down hundreds of striking workers. On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

The names of many – Albert Parsons, Johann Most, August Spies and Louis Lingg – became household words in Chicago and throughout the country. Parades, bands and tens of thousands of demonstrators in the streets exemplified the workers’ strength and unity, yet didn’t become violent as the newspapers and authorities predicted.

More and more workers continued to walk off their jobs until the numbers swelled to nearly 100,000, yet peace prevailed. It was not until two days later, May 3, 1886, that violence broke out at the McCormick Reaper Works between police and strikers.

For six months, armed Pinkerton agents and the police harassed and beat locked-out steelworkers as they picketed. Most of these workers belonged to the “anarchist-dominated” Metal Workers’ Union. During a speech near the McCormick plant, some two hundred demonstrators joined the steelworkers on the picket line. Beatings with police clubs escalated into rock throwing by the strikers which the police responded to with gunfire. At least two strikers were killed and an unknown number were wounded.

Full of rage, a public meeting was called by some of the anarchists for the following day in Haymarket Square to discuss the police brutality. Due to bad weather and short notice, only about 3000 of the tens of thousands of people showed up from the day before. This affair included families with children and the mayor of Chicago himself. Later, the mayor would testify that the crowd remained calm and orderly and that speaker August Spies made “no suggestion… for immediate use of force or violence toward any person…”

As the speech wound down, two detectives rushed to the main body of police, reporting that a speaker was using inflammatory language, inciting the police to march on the speakers’ wagon. As the police began to disperse the already thinning crowd, a bomb was thrown into the police ranks. No one knows who threw the bomb, but speculations varied from blaming any one of the anarchists, to an agent provocateur working for the police.

Enraged, the police fired into the crowd. The exact number of civilians killed or wounded was never determined, but an estimated seven or eight civilians died, and up to forty were wounded. One officer died immediately and another seven died in the following weeks. Later evidence indicated that only one of the police deaths could be attributed to the bomb and that all the other police fatalities had or could have had been due to their own indiscriminate gun fire. Aside from the bomb thrower, who was never identified, it was the police, not the anarchists, who perpetrated the violence.

Eight anarchists – Albert Parsons, August Spies, Samuel Fielden, Oscar Neebe, Michael Schwab, George Engel, Adolph Fischer and Louis Lingg – were arrested and convicted of murder, though only three were even present at Haymarket and those three were in full view of all when the bombing occurred. The jury in their trial was comprised of business leaders in a gross mockery of justice similar to the Sacco-Vanzetti case thirty years later, or the trials of AIM and Black Panther members in the seventies. The entire world watched as these eight organizers were convicted, not for their actions, of which all of were innocent, but for their political and social beliefs. On November 11, 1887, after many failed appeals, Parsons, Spies, Engel and Fisher were hung to death. Louis Lingg, in his final protest of the state’s claim of authority and punishment, took his own life the night before with an explosive device in his mouth.

The remaining organizers, Fielden, Neebe and Schwab, were pardoned six years later by Governor Altgeld, who publicly lambasted the judge on a travesty of justice. Immediately after the Haymarket Massacre, big business and government conducted what some say was the very first “Red Scare” in this country. Spun by mainstream media, anarchism became synonymous with bomb throwing and socialism became un-American. The common image of an anarchist became a bearded, eastern European immigrant with a bomb in one hand and a dagger in the other.

Today we see tens of thousands of activists embracing the ideals of the Haymarket Martyrs and those who established May Day as an International Workers’ Day. Ironically, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but rarely is it recognized in this country where it began.

Over one hundred years have passed since that first May Day. In the earlier part of the 20th century, the US government tried to curb the celebration and further wipe it from the public’s memory by establishing “Law and Order Day” on May 1. We can draw many parallels between the events of 1886 and today. We still have locked out steelworkers struggling for justice. We still have voices of freedom behind bars as in the cases of Mumia Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier. We still had the ability to mobilize tens of thousands of people in the streets of a major city to proclaim “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!” at the WTO and FTAA demonstrations.

Words stronger than any I could write are engraved on the Haymarket Monument:

THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.

Truly, history has a lot to teach us about the roots of our radicalism. When we remember that people were shot so we could have the 8-hour day; if we acknowledge that homes with families in them were burned to the ground so we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; when we recall 8-year old victims of industrial accidents who marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor only to be beat down by the police and company thugs, we understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people can not be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.

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REMEMBERING PALESTINE ON ISRAEL’S DAY OF REMEMBRANCE ~~ IN TOONS

As Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers today, and its day of Independence tomorrow, we mourn the death of a wonderful nation.

Images by Carlos Latuff

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Today’s reality of the Nakba

The video about the new novel by author William Hanna entitled Ezekiel’s Temple Prophesy
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IN PHOTOS ~~ WEEKLY SUPPORT FOR PALESTINE IN NEW YORK

A WEEKLY EVENT WE HOLD AT UNION SQ. IT’S CALLED SAMIDOUN[FREENALL POLITICAL PRISONERS]. THIS WEEK IT WAS GEARED TO THE HUNGER STRIKERS.

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IN PHOTOS ~~ THE ROAD TO FREEDOM COMES TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

We must not co-exist but rather co-resist 

On the evening of April 24th an auditorium at Barnard College/Columbia University was packed to capacity with students waiting to hear Omar Barghouti, one of the originators of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, speak.  Earlier in the day he was given the Gandhi Peace Prize at Yale University and all were aware that the Israeli government had tried to interfere with him taking this trip.  There was also interference from the university which was not pleased to have Barghouti at Columbia that evening.

When he entered the room he was given a loud, long and enthusiastic standing ovation.  Two other speakers were on the program, Professor Premilla Nadasen, of the Barnard History Department and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace.  Both spoke well, Nadasen described her experiences growing up in an apartheid South Africa which she  said was not as bad as the apartheid in Palestine.  Vilkomerson discussed the new tactics that Israel was using, “lawfare”, in an attempt to defeat the growing BDS movement.  When Barghouti stepped up to the podium there was another lengthy standing ovation.  He began by giving the history of the non-violent BDS movement and explained their 3 demands – ending the occupation and the wall, equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel (there are currently 61 laws in Israel that favor Jewish citizens over Palestinian citizens), and the right of return for all Palestinian refugees in the diaspora as guaranteed by the UN.  He said that the Nakba had never ended and that there was a continual effort to colonize the minds of the Palestinian people by destroying all hope.  But hope was not destroyed.  There is still strong resistance and the success of the BDS movement has raised hope even higher.  He added that we must not co-exist but rather co-resist.  To boycott or not to boycott is a moral choice that we must all make.  And when, not if, freedom, justice, and equality exist there the BDS campaign will come to an end.  And then there was another lengthy standing ovation for Barghouti and, by extension, for the Palestinian people.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Report by Chippy Dee

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ON SUNDAY OMAR BARGHOUTI WAS PRESENTED WITH THE GANDHI PEACE AWARD AT A CEREMONY IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT

GOOD MORNING FROM A HUNGRY PALESTINE

Today all of Palestine is on strike in solidarity with the fasting prisoners and tomorrow is a day of indignation, demonstrations, and confrontations with the occupiers. Bethlehem is a ghost town and all shops and public transportation are closed and Israeli helicopters are in the skies. [Volunteers came to museum and we are taking a group on tour of the wall and impact of settlements n the environment because this is not work but resistance]. Tomorrow is a day of demonstrations and confrontations. In this message I just want to reflect on why this is very important.

More than 1800 of our freedom fighters are on their 11th day of Hunger Strike inside Israeli occupation jails.

 Salt and water is all they will take until their just and rightful demands are met

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Every day we encounter greedy people focused on their own needs and unhealthy desires. How many cheated us? How many come around us because they want some material interest? How many corrupt politicians we know? How many people we know turned out to be kinder and gentler and more self sacrificing than we thought? How many turned out more mean, more selfish, more sadistic? Looking at the world in this fashion (some would claim it is seeing reality) can be truly dispiriting. It can remove any remaining humanity in many people. But then comes a prisoner hunger strike! It sounds small but it touches a cord in human beings bigger than any other and I will argue it is the way to reclaim our humanity.

Today, Palestinians and their friends around the world show solidarity with over 1800 Palestinian political prisoners who are on their 11th day of hunger strike. Salt and water is all they will take until their just and rightful demands are met (basic decent treatment in prison based on international law). It sounds simple but this is a profound even in Palestinian and human history. The price one pays for resistance is injury, death or imprisonment. It is the antithesis of selfishness and greed.

800,000 Palestinians tasted life in prison and today almost 7000 are there in the colonial apartheid Israeli prisons. While everyone knows this, the hunger strike brought the prisoners’ message home to all – rich and poor, greedy and self-sacrificing, honest and liar. This message is nothing short of that we humans must reconnect to our humanity and that caring for others is the way to save humanity. In this 21st century with weapons of mass destruction and climate change, we cannot afford as a species to do otherwise. Prisoners show us the way like many decent human beings showed us the way before (think of Jesus and prophets and revolutionaries like Che Guevera). But the alarm bells for us are now alarm bells for a dying species unless we act. It is more urgent than ever in our short history on earth. We really have a choice to make and it is both an individual and a collective choice. That choice is to either accept war and greed as “natural” and follow the other human lemmings over the cliff OR resist and give of ourselves as a way to save humanity.  Mahatma Gandhi used hunger strike to refocus people away from greed and selfishness to caring for each other. Hunger is painful and people will die sooner or later unless we all act. What is at stake is very high: our own self-respect (dignity) as human beings. But as the world changed, the danger is that we can also go extinct as a species unless we manage to collectively transcend a huge baggage of greed, colonialism, and  capitalism that cannot be sustained in the 21st century. Palestinian prisoners by their silent deeds of self-sacrifice have shown us the way. As did martyrs like Basil Al-Araj who simply noted that in his extremely short last words on paper: there is no more eloquant speech than the deed of the Martyr.

Kkalil Gibran wrote in “The Prophet” 1923: “You give but little when you give of your possessions; it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?  And what is fear of need but need itself.” The prisoners and the martyrs gave silently of themselves. For the rest of us, where we stand today and tomorrow will say a lot about who we are.

Here is a relevant article I wrote seven years ago “The Savior in Each of Us”

FAKE NEWS IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM

Now, almost every day inflationary targeted pro-Israel articles are published in different German media. They voluntarily hide the word “occupation” and Zionist crimes. Apparently, the more than 45 million US-Dollar spent by the Israeli ministries for the Hasbara propaganda are worth it. It is understandable that a right-wing regime like the Netanyahu regime makes use of these methods as there is nothing Zionists fear more than the truth.

Facts, instead of the diffusion of political fake news!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English translation by Milena Rampoldi

Again these days, where the Jewish Passover celebration almost coincides with the Christian Easter, the international values hypocrites use fake news to hide their mistakes and the bombs violating international law.

In this case it is useful for politicians, churches, and media to have an enemy image they can work on together. And this enemy image is “Islam” and the “Muslims” against whom prejudices and fears are created. And all the time it is “Islam” and the Muslims who are regularly connected to “terrorism”. Who wonders if in the German/European population hatred against Muslims increases?

What the Jews were in the past, today Muslims and Islam are.

Can this kind of politics where Western values politicians whitewash the state terrorism against Muslims, masked as “defence from terrorism”, last for a long time? All is authorised, because we are the “good ones” defending “our” values, while “Islam” and Muslims murder barbarically!

What a horrible “order of values” turning all upside down what makes up real values. Since a long time German politics have abandoned peaceful values. However, these values are always indicated by politics when it is about the implementation of more than questionable objectives suggesting us that only “our” way of life is the ONLY  right one.

This kind of colonization of the “Christian-Jewish community of values” has already caused so much sorrow to mankind. It does not distinguish itself from the previous crusades but it is technically more elaborated and more efficient and adapted to the contemporary epoch.

Hypocritical “Christian” German politicians, from Merkel to von der Leyen, try to justify and legalize the US aggression against Syria violating international law. Our minister of war put herself in the frontline by supporting the US propaganda which grants itself the right to bomb another country, without research and proofs concerning the alleged poison gas attack. She supports the NATO and Trump. In the Anne Will program of last Sunday, 9th of April, the minister praised the US strikes and called this brazen violation of international law a necessary “warning” against Assad. Fortunately, the former biological weapon experts and foreign politics spokesperson of the left party Die Linke van Aken was appalled because the minister applauded this aggression against international law, even if there are no proofs that Assad committed the offence. This TV program is another example of the decline of German television culture and its presenters.

What Miss Will did on that occasion, was to oppose to ANY kind of clean journalism, when she tried to discredit Michael Lüders, one of the few competent Middle East experts, by de-qualifying him as a paid “lobbyist”. However, the “steel helmet Jew” and former Bundeswehr Professor Michael Wolffsohn, a well-known lobbyist of Israel and among others a member of the advisory board of Deutsche Bank, the former US ambassador in Germany, John Kornblum, also a lobbyist for Israel and consultant of financial economists, law offices, and banks. Politics. (1) (2)

Do we deserve such politicians and presenters who lie to us in more than controversial talk shows? If German President Steinmeier attacks the brutalization of the language on the net, he should care about the brutalization of the language of politicians of all parties telling us fake news and dismissing us as conspiracy theoretics if we do not accept them as the truth!

Of course, we still have the opportunity to go to the elections. However, also this “agony of choice” is getting more and more difficult because the parties are increasingly resembling each other. And all resembles the great coalition when also SPD foreign minister Gabriel and the defence expert Arnold speak up for the US aggression against Syria, violating international law. From the left to the right, from red to green: there is not so much the party landscape can offer. Only the brave “old Green” politician Ströbele condemns the US aggression. (3) (4)

At the moment, German politics offer very few essential contents, like the woolly statement of the “SPD Shooting Star” Schulz, who even wants to be congratulated on doing it. Even SPD Federal President Steinmeier begins to flutter by asking for more German responsibility, also in the military field. While the Green Party, from Cem Özdemir to Rebecca Harms, wallow in the anti-Erdogan and anti-Putin smear campaign, Göring-Eckardt has specialised in waste separation and the elimination of the yellow bag. (5)

Under Trump, the “father of all bombs”, for the first time in Afghanistan the “mother of all bombs” was dropped. Perhaps, the Netanyahu regime has already ordered this “mother” at the US Pentagon to quickly implement the final solution of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and its Judaization. The Minister of Education and the “Settlements King” Naftali Bennett has already threatened to commit genocide in Lebanon, and this without the so loud outcry of the Western world value community staying silent about it! (6) (7)

Trump seems to have reached  the point to be supported by official politics; now  “Kosher Nostra” guided by his daughter Ivanka, the converted wife of Jarred Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law and main consultant of Trump has taken over the White House. (8)

In this situation the Netanyahu regime can relax, and praise further US aggressions against Syria or other countries of the Arabic-Islamic world. This is the only way for the Jewish regime to further exacerbate the eternal illegal occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan Hills; and in addition, shortly the US embassy guided by the hard-core Zionist Friedman will reside in Jerusalem as the official “eternally undivided“ capital of the “Jewish State”.

Again, this year, which will be the fiftieth year of the illegal occupation of Palestine, the Federal Government will celebrate the Independence Day, the “Birthday of the Jewish State”, together with the officials of the Central Council of Jews and the representatives of the “Jewish State”. This proofs the repeated total failure of democracy in Germany, since up to now all German governments and politicians of all parties have only supported the legalization of internationally condemned international law violations committed by the Zionist occupiers.

72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz this is really a shame.

If the chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, Lau, misuses the holocaust to distract from his own crimes, this is a crime all survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants should oppose to, instead of defending these crimes of the “Jewish State”! As long as Jewish citizens do not take their distance from the Zionist occupation crimes, they will never been considered as trustful. We need same rights for all: what we pretend from Muslims, should apply to ALL religions! (9)

While German politicians and the group media bash Putin and Erdogan, regimes like the ones of al-Sisi, the Saudi Kingdom or Netanyahu can continue committing their crimes against humanity and putting all “our” values upside down!

The hypocrisy has taken such incredible forms, in particular for BDS activists and their supporters, that we have to ask ourselves how this will go on and end.

Philo-Semite politicians set the tone. And a special emphasis should be put on the “Philo-Semite Anti-Semite” Volker Beck, who really seems to smell Jewish hatred and as tracking dog of the Green Party opposes to all kind of Israel critics. However, this is only possible because there is no real opposition. Like in the Nazi regime, fear, moral cowardice, and limitless gutlessness dominate when it is about critics against Israeli politics!

Would it not be adequate to take Mr Beck to the court on the basis of the article 5 of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany because of his unjustified attacks against the freedom of opinion?

However, in the meantime it seems to be part of the political tone to silence all honest Israel critics and to try to intimidate them by defamation.

Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, Article 5

(1)   Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing and pictures, and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship. (…)
Of course this right also applies to supporters of the BDS campaign and to Israel critics!
More than six thousand Palestinian prisoners are in arbitrary and unjust detention. Many of them are in administrative detention without accusation. On Easter Monday, after a call by Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian “Nelson Mandela”, 1300 of them started a hunger strike to struggle for better detention conditions and their liberation. This Palestinian new hope would be the right candidate for the Presidential Office in a free Palestine! However, the Jewish occupiers and the “moderate” collaborators and the PA and Abbas would like to stop him because he would question and challenge their status quo. Therefore Barghouti must remain in Judaistic detention. For Barghouti unfortunately there is no lobby and no German politicians or media engaging for him as they do it for the prisoners in Turkey … and in a particularly media-effective way for the reporter of the newspaper “Die Welt” Deniz Yücel – no wonder if we read his fervent article supporting the Israel lobby opposing to the Germans‘ right to criticize Israel, and as a consequence the right for freedom of opinion! For his work, Yücel got the Theodor Wolff Prize for Press Freedom. Remember: If you are supported by a lobby, prizes are distributed like counterfeit money. However, the numerous Palestinian journalists in Israeli detention rot down, without any award! (10) (11) (12) (13) (14)

Now, almost every day inflationarily targeted pro-Israel articles are published in different German media. They voluntarily hide the word “occupation” and Zionist crimes. Apparently, the more than 45 million US-Dollar spent by the Israeli ministries for the Hasbara propaganda are worth it. It is understandable that a right-wing regime like the Netanyahu regime makes use of these methods as there is nothing Zionists fear more than the truth.

The power of images is enormous in our time. While fake images of small, probably Syrian children are diffused all around the world, the murdered Palestinian children never get a place on the cover page of our brave media. Walter Herrmann, this unforgotten Kölner Klagemauer fighter for the justice in Palestine, who wanted to remember photos of the Gaza genocide of barbarically murdered children in Gaza, was brought to justice!

Do not let us permit to substitute the power of facts with the diffusion of political fake news!

Unfortunately, all is repeated, and about this matter the poem by Erich Fried Nicaragua is everywhere says it all.

(In German)

Wo liegt Nicaragua?

by Erich Fried

Wo liegt Nicaragua?

Dort wo Reagan seine bezahlten
Mörder hinschickt
oder seine Agenten.
Es liegt also in Angola,
wo er mit seinen weißen
politisch verlässlichen südafrikanischen Freunden
die Banden der Unita
bewaffnet und unterstützt.

Wo liegt Nicaragua?

Am Horn von Afrika,

wo er zahlt für seinen Stützpunkt
in Mogadischu.

Wo liegt Nicaragua?
Es liegt in Palästina,
es liegt im Staat Israel
dem er Geld gibt und Waffen
für den Kampf
gegen die Palästinenser
und den er zu seinem Sprungbrett
im Nahen Osten gemacht hat.

Wo liegt Nicaragua?
Nicaragua liegt in Europa
das aussätzig ist
von seinen Atomraketen
und das Kriegsschauplatz sein soll
im nächsten Krieg.

Wo liegt Nicaragua?
Nicaragua liegt in England,
aus dem er Flugzeuge
aus dem er Flugzeuge aufsteigen ließ
gegen Libyen?
Wo liegt Nicaragua?
Es liegt in Libyen,
in Tripolis und Benghazi
auf die seine Bomben fielen.

Wo liegt Nicaragua?
Es liegt überall dort,
wo die Vereinigten Staaten Geheimdienstleute einschleusen
zur Verteidigung der Freiheit der freien Welt.
Und weil Nicaragua überall ist, darum muß man
endlich etwas von Nicaragua wissen:
Daß es in Nicaragua um alle Welt geht,
und dass man Nicaragua überall helfen muß
gegen Reagen und Weinberger und ihre Agenten und Söldner
und nicht vergessen soll, dass der Internationale Gerichtshof
im Haag die Vereinigten Staaten verurteilt hat
als Angreifer und als Verletzer des Völkerrechts,
als das, was man Kriegsverbrecher genannt hätte und
Friedensverbrecher, wenn die Vereinigten Staaten
etwas kleiner wären und nicht so mächtig.

Und weil Nicaragua überall ist, darum stehen die Menschen
überall, wo sie für Nicaragua stehen,
auch für sich selbst und ihre eigenen Kinder,
für ihr Leben und gegen ihren Tod.

Und wer in Deutschland am Leben bleiben will,
soll bedenken:
Nicaragua liegt in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland,
die alle Hilfe für Nicaragua gesperrt hat,
die aber Geld schickt an die Mörderbanden der Contras.
Nicaragua liegt in Deutschland, das Asylanten
In ihrer Herkunftsländern abschiebt zu Tod und Folter
Als wären noch nicht genug Todestransporte gerollt

über deutsche Geleise
zur Erledigung jenseits der Grenzen.

Erich Fried

Zur Zeit der Verleumder

Sie nennen mich
Verräter an meinem Volk
Sie nennen mich
Jüdischer Antisemit
weil ich spreche von dem
was sie tun in Israels Namen
gegen Palästinenser
gegen Araber anderer Länder
und auch gegen Juden
die totgeschwiegen werden

Später einmal
werden Juden die übrigbleiben
wenn dieser Wahnsinn vorbei ist
zu suchen beginnen
nach Spuren von Juden
die nicht mittaten
sondern warnten

So haben Deutsche gezeigt
nach dem Untergang Hitlers
auf Deutsche die tags zuvor
noch verfolgt wurden oder getötet
Die sollten nun Zeugen sein
daß Deutsche auch anders waren

Ob dann ein Wort
noch nachlebt
von meiner Warnung
Wichtiger aber:
ob dann in Palästina noch Juden leben
entronnene jener Vernichtung
die sie selbst herbeiführen halfen
durch ihr Unrecht
zu meiner Zeit?

 

Originally appeared AT

ASSORTED TOONS FOR THE WEEK’S END

Images by Carlos Latuff

Uncle Sam’s Impending War on North Korea

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Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike!

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Instead of giving French weapons to “moderate” head-choppers in Syria, how about you protect your own citizens from terrorism, eh Hollande?

Assorted ‘Free Turkish Media’ by various artists

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The eternal love affair continues …..

IN PHOTOS ~~ THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DEATH AND TAXES

Tuesday April 18, 2017, in the United States this is TAX day. Thousands of people will rush to get their taxes in to the Internal Revenue Service on this final day.  But on Saturday, April 14th, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, in all the major cities, put their feet on the streets demanding Trump release his tax returns. This was a massive national political action protesting Trump’s resistance to make his tax returns public. All presidents for the last forty years have done so. This demand is important because the public has no way of knowing if his policies will benefit the American people or his international business interests.

On a beautiful spring day  New Yorkers also put their feet to the streets protesting Trump’s resistance. The rally began at New York City’s Bryant Park 6th Avenue. The police cordoned off an entire traffic lane for blocks to accommodate  the thousands prepared to march up 6th Avenue to Trump Towers on 5th Avenue and then to Trump’s International Hotel at 59th Street Columbus Circle after the speeches at the park. It took well over an hour for the parade of people to finally pass Bryant Park.  

Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Report by Chippy Dee

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More Photos by Matthew Weinstein HERE

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATES ~~ 1500 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS ON HUNGER STRIKE

Today 17 April 2017, nearly 1500 political prisoners in Israeli jails went
on an open-ended hunger strike until their demands of basic humane
treatment in prison are met. 

Image by Carlos Latufff

 

HUMAN RIGHTS UPDATES

Compiled by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD


Today 17 April 2017, nearly 1500 political prisoners in Israeli jails went
on an open-ended hunger strike until their demands of basic humane
treatment in prison are met. This includes family visits, stopping abuse,
availability of medical treatment, knowing their sentence (administrative
detainees held for months and sometimes years without charge or trial),
etc.  There were many activities to honor them and show solidarity. For
example we in Al-Rowwad Culture and Art Society held the festival of return
(3aidoun) in their honor, there were demonstrations at the wall (inhaled
much tear gas) and we have a candle-light vigil later tonight in
Bethlehem’s manger square. Please keep prisoners issues alive so that they
stay alive and are treated with dignity they deserve. These events happen
in between our usual work at the museum (research, education,
conservation). 15 elementary school children visited as did several local
people. Our team of international volunteers (seven today) continue and are
working hard. Look for us on facebook under Palestine Museum of Natural
History.

Why we are on hunger strike in Israel's prisons (more)


U.S. Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by
Decades of War. In Afghanistan on Thursday, the United States military
dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever—the Massive Ordnance Air
Blast, or MOAB, nicknamed "The Mother of All Bombs." The 21,600-pound bomb
reportedly unleashed an explosion equivalent to 11 tons of TNT with a
mile-wide blast radius…..

[They keep telling us it is “non-nuclear” (why not non-biological,
non-chemical?). It was described the Afhani officials as devastating to
people and the environment. This came after Trump refused independent
investigations and claimed he knows Syrian government used chemical weapons
and bombed Syria. He is now the typical neocon….]

American police are now regularly getting training from Israeli apartheid
officers. Is it any wonder then they drag people out of airplanes and shoot
blacks in the street? Here is an interesting opinion piece in the
Washington Post. Crucified man had prior run in with authorities:

I guess this is how we are writing up the victims of crimes now. I did not
realize that when you boarded a plane you gave away the right to have your
past remain your past, but a theme of life these days is that only people
who have never done anything wrong, or are in some way related to Donald
Trump, deserve to go through their lives unmolested. In accordance with
this new house style I am writing up an incident whose anniversary some
people are celebrating this week.  The gentleman arrested Thursday and
tried before Pontius Pilate had a troubled background.


Open Secrets: The UAE’s Deals With Israel

 

A LOOK AT TURKISH ‘ELECTIONS’ IN TOONS

Erdogan Declares Victory In Widely Contested Referendum

Monitors Say Turkish Referendum Neither Fair Nor Free

Images by Carlos Latuff

Sound familiar?

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Congratulations for “electing” me as your dictator.

TOONS FOR THE END OF THE WEEK, PERHAPS EVEN THE END WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

BREAKING: U.S. drops the the largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. It’s the first time the GBU-43 bomb has been used in combat.

Images by Latuff

U.S. just dropped the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan, and I can only remember this cartoon I made in 2007

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MOAB: Mother of All Bombs dropped by the U.S. in Afghanistan
WAR: Mother of All Business

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday that US forces dropped a GBU-43 bomb on a system of tunnels and caves in Afghanistan.

SWOONING OVER WAR IN SYRIA

Image by Carlos Latuff

More HERE

Not everyone is swooning ……

HANDS OFF SYRIA DEMONSTRATION @ UNION SQ. NYC

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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Mazin Qumsiyeh PhD, adds the following from Palestine …..

The attack on Syria by the United States while illegal per international
law (not sanctioned by the UN Security Council and opposed by Russia and
China) comes to remind as all of four basic facts of geopolitics:

1-US Presidents no matter how “unconventional” must always obey the rules
set for them. Trump came to office opposing intervention in Syria and is
now directly siding with the “rebels” and has accepted the 1990s neocon
strategy of regime changes across Western Asia that are supposed to benefit
"Israel".

2-As Henry Kissinger said: “all foreign policy is domestic policy”. With a
strong Zionist lobby in the US and absence of any counter lobby that
watches over US (let alone world) interests, we have a push for wars
supposed to help apartheid Israel whether in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, or Syria.

3-Modern warfare kills far more civilians than military (the ratio now is
>10 to 1). War is immoral, illogical, and criminal and has no “good side”
or “bad side”. The only positive thing now is that countries that use wars
as their main tools (Israel, US being the key ones) will lose because wars
have now become also illogical in terms of achievement of policy. Just take
as examples in the past 20 years: the US attack on Iraq and Israel’s attack
on Gaza and Lebanon. It is now almost a given like the Newtonian laws of
physics.

4-People still have the power to change things. Governments regularly lie
to their own people (all governments). But their biggest tools are to a)
create fear, b) create apathy (powerlessness). Getting people to be good
consumers (of propaganda and products) is key to government “success”
(short term as it may be and to enrich politicians and their backers). Key
to human rights advocate success is getting people to be good involved and
informed citizens. The conflict between the two (governments and people) is
the real consequential conflict we face. It is between short term greed and
long term planetary interests. It is an existential conflict for humanity.

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