#Israel’sShame ~~ OK TO RAPE FEMALE DETAINEES IF CAMERAS ARE TURNED OFF

A prominent Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, has reportedly called for raping and sexually harassing Palestinian females detained in Israeli jails and interrogation centers.

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Rape is but one war crime committed off camera

Israeli Journalist calls for raping Palestinian female detainees “but away from cameras”! Where is the outcry?

By Khalid Amayreh

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A prominent Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, has reportedly called for raping and sexually harassing Palestinian females detained in Israeli jails and interrogation centers.
 
“In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, he wrote in Hebrew. See Link: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/prominent-israeli-journalist-calls-rape-palestinian-women/
 
Although, the Hebrew article was published more than three weeks ago, it failed to generate any real outcry in the Israeli Jewish society or indeed among Israeli intellectuals, politicians and government officials.  The media treatment of the ghoulish remarks was minimal.
 
For several years, the Israeli Jewish society has been drifting to extreme chauvinism, jingoism and fascism as centrist and leftist political parties and organizations nearly disappeared from the public scene.
 
A few decades ago, a newspaper article encouraging rape would have landed its writer behind bars, and   turning him into a real pariah.
 
Now, with the fire of Jewish fascism spreading uncontrollably throughout Israel, racist and fascist-minded writers are looked upon as respectable role-models to be emulated rather than shunned or condemned.
 
Israel claims to be a democratic and civilized state. However, the fact that a prominent journalist can easily incite interrogators and security personnel to rape female detainees, and his call is treated just another piece of banal news, means that Israel has effectively entered the Nazi sphere.
 
This is why I feel I must appeal to all decent Jews to denounce, in the strongest terms, the obnoxious remarks attributed to Ben Caspit. Moreover, the American media, always shamelessly busy praising Israel, should condemn the hateful remarks reported. 
 
I won’t appeal to Netanyahu, Bennett and other Israeli leaders to confront this fascist trend, which really reminds us of the anti-Jewish discourse prevailing in Nazi German prior to the Holocaust. Indeed, Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, Dachau, and  Treblinka didn’t really begin  in 1943 and 1944. They started much earlier, even before Kristalnacht, with the virulently racist anti-Jewish speech, which is very similar to what we hear and watch here in Israel today.
 
In the final analysis, Netanyahu and ilk are the paragons of fascism and racism. Hence, appealing to them to crack down on fascism in Israel would be as futile and pointless as having  urged Hitler, Himmler, Eichmann, and other Nazi leaders to stop the wave of hatred flooding Germany and much of Europe 80 years ago.
 
None the less, as it was clear then that not all Germans were Hitlers, Himmlers and Eichmanns, it is clear now that not all Jews are Netanyahus, Bennets and Liebertmans.
 
Needless to say, it is to these conscientious voices that I appeal to make a real stand against the wave of fascism now inundating Israel, an entity that falsely pretends to be Jewish and democratic.

TO SAY TRUMP IS NOT A RACIST IS LIKE SAYING A ROSE IS NOT A FLOWER

A reader, apparently a Trump’s fan, has voiced consternation at my description of the American President as racist following his scandalous remarks about African countries and Haiti last week. See THIS post …

Mr. Trump: you are a cancer upon the conscience of Christ
By Khalid Amayreh
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“There are many things about Trump that I don’t like, but to call him a racist is stupid and dishonest,” wrote the reader.
 
Well, I would like to say to the esteemed reader that I am not particularly eager to call people, even those who disagree with me, bad names and epithets.  People might thoughtfully and sincerely hold different views, even sharply different, views, without being racist or bigoted.
 
In many countries, including the U.S, even voicing manifestly-racist speech is not illegal.    
 
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression from government interference. However, constitutional protection of “hate or racist” speech expires once that kind of speech crosses the verbal sphere, the ultimate red line!
 As a Muslim, I am against giving legal protection for hate speech this is because words can kill and do kill.  Bloodshed, even genocide, originates in the verbal sphere.
 
As to Trump, I wouldn’t call him “racist” solely because of the S-hole gaffe, even though what he said seems to epitomize his entire mindset. It is very hard for me to give him the benefit of the doubt. There are actually prima facie evidence that would incriminate and criminalize Trump as well as virtually all American presidents I know.  
 
In fact, Trump is more than just racist. He is a murderer who carries on his hands the blood of so many innocent people from many parts of the world, including my own country.
 
Don’t raise your eye-brows in disbelief. When a person, let alone the President of a powerful country like the United States,  helps, enables, encourages or abets a murderer to murder an innocent victim, the helper, enabler or a bettor is treated as murderer or co-murderer, and rightly so.
 
True, apologetics might cite certain “extenuating” circumstances such as non-awareness to mitigate the gravity of he crime… But can any honest person under the sun argue that Trump is not aware  that innocent people, including hundreds of children, have been killed and are being killed as a direct result of his ignorant policies and ignorant decisions.
 
In Palestine, my country, Israel, the brazenly racist military  occupier Trump embraces “soul and heart,” trigger happy-Israeli soldiers have murdered and maimed hundreds of Palestinians since his  scandalously short-sighted decision to recognize Jerusalem as Capital of the apartheid state of Israel several weeks ago.
 
The same story of death and maiming is repeated, almost on a daily basis, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and other Muslim countries America is hell-bent on destroying under the false rubric of fighting terror.
 
Don’t tell me Trump could have done nothing to stop the rampant murder. He could have but he chose not to because the lives of Muslims, Christians and others who dare say “No” to America’s hegemony and imperialism apparently  have no sanctity and mean very little to him and his administration. Which prompts me to ask: what sort of a Christian is he and what sort of Bible and Ten Commandments does he follow?
 
Mr.  Trump: you are a cancer upon the conscience of Christ.
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TWO FOOLS THAT RULE THE WORLD

2  Articles by Khalid Amayreh …..

“The heart of the fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. ….”

The Loquacious fool at the White House

“The heart of the fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. ….”
 
On Thursday, President Trump questioned why the US would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, suggesting instead more immigrants should come from Norway, whose prime minister he had met on a day earlier.
 
Trump reportedly said: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The White House did not deny the account, instead highlighting Trump’s hardline immigration stance.
 
Well, who would say it better? The mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.” This is exactly describing Donald Trump.
 
 I surely don’t know if King Solomon had Donald Trump in mind when he uttered these words of infinite wisdom. But I am completely sure that each of these golden words of wisdom  applies rather squarely to the idiot  of Washington or, probably more correctly, the fool of the White House, the very man who has brought indignity, dishonor and disrepute to the office he holds.
 
Sometimes, the dignity of the office gives honor to a mediocre officer, enabling him or her to give some of the best they could offer. History is rife with examples to that effect.
 
Sometimes, it is the officer that gives the office the dignity and honor by way of displaying lofty characters like love, grace and wisdom.
 
In Trump’s case, however, it is obvious that the officer is bringing dishonor and disgrace to the office., It is not only that he is less, much less, than mediocre.  His insidiousness leaves no possibility for rehabilitation.  How could you rehabilitate a fool who insists he is a genius?
 
Trump has repeatedly proved himself to be a loquacious, abusive idiot who is also thoroughly odious, mean-spirited and arrogant. The scatological language he used in reference to black people is not only an insult to the office (the President of the United States of America), but also to the entire American people, especially those who elected him to lead their country.
 
The use of this contemptible language to put down hundreds of millions of people spells racism, hatred, incivility and intolerance. After all, these people, like all of us, never chose to be who they are, nor did they choose the countries where they were born. You claim you are a genius! How come you can’t comprehend this most axiomatic fact of life in this world?
 
The Nazis did agree with you in case you don’t know. They called the people you now call “shithole ” untermenschen, the inferior masses of the east! You see you and the Nazis have much in common. Halleluiah!
 
And perhaps you would try to bring Benyamin Netanyahu, Nafali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman along with you. They, too, would fit in perfectly.
 
Indeed, just as you want to keep “Shithole” people out of the US, Netanyahue, Benette and Lieberman,  presumably your ultimate role models,  want  to expel, sorry transfer,  millions of Palestinians from Palestine\Israel because they are not Kosher! Because they are not bona fide members the holy tribe! Because they are goyem! Because they are children of a lesser God
 
You see, it’s the same racism, same sickness! Same madness.  You call Africans shithole people  just as Netanyahu, et al, want to expel Palestinians from their ancestral homeland  or  force them to accept apartheid so that he could realize his sick mantra,  a pure Jewish state….just as Hitler wanted to realize his mantra,   a pure Aryan state,  “undefiled” by Jews, non-Aryans and other inferiors! You see! It is the same thinking, same ideology, same words, same arguments, and same goals!
 
Mr. Trump: You are a real malignant cancer upon the conscience of your people just as Netanyahu and ilk are a real cancer upon the conscience of Judaism and its true adherents who value humanity, justice and peace.
 
So, are you, too, trying to realize your mantra? I am afraid; actually I am sure, you will fail.
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Is India’s Modi rewarding Israel’s Netanyahu for his slow-motion holocaust against the Palestinians?

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, received a cordial welcome upon their arrival in New Delhi Sunday.
 
 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to welcome them in person, even though the foreign minister is normally the one greeting dignitaries to the country.
 
India has been widely lauded  for voting at the United Nations last month n favor of a  UNGA resolution considering President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as  capital of the apartheid state of Israel as null and void. That is what all people of moral conscience had expected India to do. And, thankfully, India didn’t betray them.
 
Now, however, India is giving a red-carpet welcome to a repugnant symbol of fascism and racism that shamelessly enjoys watching his trigger-happy soldiers showering school children and peaceful protesters with bullets.
 
I do realize that nation-states have political and economic interests that must be promoted and maintained.  But, India, the de facto leader of non-allied nations,   has moral principles that should be maintained as well, even at the risk of losing some economic and other benefits.
 
Netanyahu is seeking to sell India Israeli weapons and military technology. However, Indian leaders, especially those still valuing human rights and dignity ought to understand that every dollar paid to Israel means more Palestinian blood will be spilled, more Palestinian homes demolished, and more Palestinian land stolen by Israel. India,   a country of a thousand million people, should never allow its basic moral stance against racism and apartheid to compromise by a cold-blooded criminal who carries on his hands the blood of thousands, of children and other innocent people. We have their names and pictures, so let no one assume me I am making a hyperbole.
 
True,  Modi is no Mahatma Gandhi, or Jawaharlal  Nehru or even Indira Gandhi, who would internalize and act upon a moral appeal. However, India is not Modi and Modi is not India. This is why the  ultimate target of my appeal is by no means the current Prime Minister of India, who is very much part of the problem than part of the solution, but  the collective conscience of all Indians, irrespective of their religions and sects.
 
Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of an insidious apartheid regime that torments, persecutes and discriminates against millions of people because of their different ethnicity and religion.  Don’t let him defile your country’s moral integrity.

IN TOONS ~~ FACEBOOK JOINS THE WAR AGAINST PALESTINE

Facebook has been on a censorship campaign against Palestinian activists, deleting accounts at the direction of the US and Israeli governments.

Images by Carlos Latuff

The ‘War’ was started by the Israeli government issuing a blacklist …..

Omar Barghouti: “By waging an all-out war on the peaceful #BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.”
More HERE

IMAGES THAT GO VIRAL

We seem to be used to cruel images showing children in the middle of wars, misery, and starvation. Calls for donations for children in Yemen, Syria, or Africa are often made. But what has become more apparent is that images of Palestinian children under Jewish occupation are almost never shown, and calls for donations are never made.

An image is doing the rounds!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English translation by Milena Rampoldi

We seem to be used to cruel images showing children in the middle of wars, misery, and starvation. Calls for donations for children in Yemen, Syria, or Africa are often made. But what has become more apparent is that images of Palestinian children under Jewish occupation are almost never shown, and calls for donations are never made.

After the cruel images of the 50-days Israeli orgy of violence against Gaza “Protective Edge,” during which among the 2.205 murdered Palestinians there were also 480 children to be mourned and thousands of others injured including hundreds severely injured to the extent of being handicapped for the rest of their lives. These children never made the news headlines. Not to mention the countless orphans and half-orphans!

Even if the tragedy of the predicted uninhabitability of the destroyed Gaza Strip becomes apparent — the promised reconstruction by the “community of values” has yet to happen — the urgent necessity for medical aid is anotherdisaster, the school education system remains under the Israeli blockade and at the hands of the Israeli regime, but only a small part of the media covers this reality.

Another reality is the military detention of Palestinian children who are exposed to physical and psychological violence without any protection. For the Israeli military law, the compliance with children’s rights during interrogations in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories does not exist at all. Children who are arrested because they throw a stone, are exposed to the occupation power without any protection and may get maximum penalties up to 20 years because of their resistance.

The “Jewish defence soldiers” treat Palestinian children without any respect. These children are just struggling for their freedom. The shameful occupation policy of collective punishment does not exclude children and is applied with brutal force. For this purpose, also dogs, in particular German shepherds, are used to chase frightened children. This reminds me the stories of my father of his times in the Nazi concentration camp. There similar methods were used against frightened Jewish prisoners.

While Judaic settlers are protected by “Jewish defence soldiers,” defenceless Palestinian children are exposed to settler violence. All additional announcements of authorisations of new settler home units is exacerbating thesituation.

Violence, intimidation, and humiliation in the illegally occupied Palestine happens daily and is accepted by the hypocritical “community of values” without any criticism. Even statements by the activists of “Breaking the Silence,” which should shake everybody, have remained without any consequences up to now.

The systematic policy of arbitrarily imprisoning Palestinian children is horrifying and is not restricted to minors. According to the Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghuti, since 2000, 12.000 Palestinian children between 12 and 17 have been arrested by the “Jewish security forces,” for minor offences like throwing stones and that number has since dramatically increased by.

Organisations for the protection of children such as DCIP (Defence for Children International-Palestine) have published research studies which prove that children’s rights are violated after their arrest and interrogation as for example with regards to information about their rights including the right to have a parent or solicitor present.

Even though according to the UN children rights convention every child has the right to be visited by the family, this right can also be denied for weeks to the Palestinian kids in prison. The child welfare organisation UNICEF, which referred to “children’s mistreatment” in 2013 as a “diffused, systematic and institutionalised phenomenon,” with theadditional damning verdict that: “there is no other country in the world where children are systematically brought before the military tribunal.” B`Tselem has also denounced the double standards in the treatment of Jewish/Israeli and Palestinian children. Israeli children are not sentenced to prison.

This state of affairs is reflected in the racist discrimination in the illegally occupied West Bank where there are two parallel “legal systems”: while for the Judaic settlers and land occupiers the Israel civil law is applied, the Palestinian occupied population is sentenced according to military law. According to the Israeli civil law, children are criminally responsible from the age of 14, while according to the military law, Palestinian children are criminally responsible from the age of 14. While an Israeli guy is treated as an adult before the civil court at the age of 18, a Palestinian is treated as an adult before the military court at the age of 16. Welcome to the “Jewish Apartheid State”!

Human rights organisations have been criticising this treatment for a long time, by pointing to the traumas of children and young people because they are almost always arrested during the night, when hordes of “Jewish defence soldiers” surround houses to attack them, to arrest the alleged stone-thrower, by denying parents to accompany the kid.

They also do not stop at the destruction of Palestinian property and in 20% of the cases violence is applied. As Palestinian solicitors regularly report, during interrogations a confession is forced. In some cases, Israeli authorities do not even stop at threats of sexual violence. With this threat, for Israeli security forces it is an easy game to force a confession. After up to 6 months provisional detention according to military jurisdiction the frightened kids and young people confess to almost anything, if you consider that they are also without legal assistance.

The presumption of innocence does not apply to Palestinians and the release on bail is denied in the majority of the cases. What remains, are traumatised children. The “Jewish State” signed the children’s rights convention, but this convention is just valid for Jewish-Israeli children, while Palestinian children living under occupation are defenceless.

Since their childhood, Palestinian children have known nothing apart from a horrifying daily life under occupation with check points, humiliations, arbitrariness, and indignity. If they oppose the arbitrary confiscation of Palestinian property, land, or houses of their families by throwing stones, they are put into jail.

Now an image is doing the rounds: the photo of Ahed Tamimi, a wonderful Palestinian girl, defying the ugly symbol of injustice, by slapping the face of an Israeli “defence soldier,”  Ahed Tamimi comes from a famous family of the Palestinian resistance against Zionist occupation: parents, uncle and aunt have been arrested; another uncle was killed, and a cousin lays in a coma after a headshot. This last person was the trigger of the actual resistance actions. However, the story had already begun in 2009, when the inhabitants of the Palestinian village Nabi Saleh protested against the land and resource grabbing for the illegal extension of the Jewish settlement of Halamish.

The “balanced” representation in the German media of the heroic family with their unbending resistance against the illegal Jewish occupation cannot be taken seriously. The “slapping” Ahed Tamimi is the pure image of the resistance. And neither the media nor Israeli right-wing extremist politicians can drag it through the mud.

After this slap, in the night, the henchmen of the occupation, dragged this brave, courageous girl from her bed. They arrested her like a criminal. And up to today, she has been in prison. She has to appear before a military court. While war minister Lieberman is foaming with rage, and wishes her, her parents, and her “environment” all imaginable penalties, the uneducated minister of education Bennett calls for “life imprisonment.” A real state under the rule of law, this Israeli state of occupiers!!

In this context, I recommend the Guardian comment by Harriet Sherwood, in contrast to the German media report. (1)https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/ahed-tamimi-israel-occupation-palestinian-trauma

The same can be said about the homicide of the wheelchair user Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, who lost both legs during an air raid of the “Jewish Star of David bombers” in 2008, and was shot to death by “Jewish defence soldiers” in December, after the protests in the Gaza Strip. The inhuman response of the army after the investigation succinctly read: “No moral or professional error was determined.” Like Ahed Tamimi’s photo, also this image did the rounds as symbol of Palestinian heroism against the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

I would like to know how long it will take for the German government and the EU to oppose these Israeli crimes including crimes against international law and human rights, committed by the so called “only” democracy of the Middle East, and by the so called “most moral” army of the world.

After Trump’s Jerusalem decision, every day the Netanyahu regime announces new violations against international law and human rights, the construction of thousands of new settler units, the elimination of the relief organisation of Palestinians and the travel bans for representatives of NGO like “Jewish Voice for Peace” and of the BDS movement (2)http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/boycott/israeli-government-publishes-full-anti-bds-blacklist/2018/01/07/.

It is surprising that considering this horrifying Israeli cabinet, the CDU/CSU faction is inclined to submit a decision to the Bundestag, exactly on 27 January, to threaten with expulsion all Muslim immigrants who call for Jewish hatred, refuse Jewish life in Germany or doubt about the existence right of Israel.

In my opinion, this is just shameful  news that avoids any criticism against Israel! As expected, the president of the Central Council of German Jews Schuster was excited. He supports the request and thinks that such a law will protect democracy in Germany.

Mr Schuster, I can do without this “protection,” since democracy in Germany is at risk because of Jewish officials like you, who do not dissociate themselves from the Jewish anti-democratic crimes, committed in the “Jewish State” and turn the mood against Muslim refugees. You are a shame for all other Jewish citizens in Germany who still have some decency.

And you, Chancellor Merkel, defending “Jewish-Christian values”, stand for democratic values in the “Jewish State,” since the crimes committed in the Jewish State are not “self-defence,”, but Israeli cruelties you cannot blandish!

After Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh’s image, the photo of Ahed Tamimi is also doing the rounds. The legitimate Palestinian resistance is unbroken, and we will support it!

 

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AND I THOUGHT WE WERE RID OF THIS BEAST FOREVER …

Once viewed as a pariah by the so-called Nationalist camp in Israel, Kahana has effectively become a symbol of pristine  ideology as his ideas are being adopted  as a manual for action by the entire right camp in the Jewish state.

Evil is written all over his face

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The Return Of Kahanism in Israel
 
By Khalid Amayreh
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Meir Kahana- the Nazi-like American-Israeli militant rabbi, who in the 1970s advocated mass expulsion of Palestinians from mandatory Palestine, must be dancing in his grave as his brand of  insidious Talmudic Jewish fascism has now come to dominate and shape Israel’s political and ideological landscape. Once viewed as a pariah by the so-called Nationalist camp in Israel, Kahana has effectively become a symbol of pristine  ideology as his ideas are being adopted  as a manual for action by the entire right camp in the Jewish state.
 
Kahana, it seems,  not only has succeeded in conquering  Israel. He has also conquered the White House as apparent from president Trump recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. So, has Trump converted to Kahanism or Jewish Nazism?  This is not a facetious question by any means and the answer is a clarion yes.   
 
Now with the final collapse of the so-called Middle-East “peace process,”  mainly  as a result of Israel’s aggressive Lebensraum in the West Bank, and President Trump’s brazen embrace of the Nazi-like policy, it should be sufficiently reasonable, at least at the academic level, to argue that that the Israeli Jewish society is undergoing a really ghoulish transformation,  which prompts some avid  observers , like this writer, to foresee conclusions that were considered  unthinkable only a few years ago. 
 
For example, can we really rule out the occurrence of  a possible  Israeli holocaust of some sort against the Palestinian people in the  not-too-distant future? I am asking this hair-raising question  in light of the ascendancy to prominence and  leadership by the forces of fascism throughout Israel?  After all, it is these forces that stress day and night that ethnic cleansing (they use a plethora of euphemisms to denote their nefarious objective).
 
 I am not a prophet of doom and gloom, nor am I particularly  skilled in the art of clairvoyance or obsessed with prognosticating the future. However, there are certain worrying signs occurring in Israel now which really show that true fascism has become the main gravitating point throughout the Jewish state.   
 
Indeed, the skyrocketing growth of vindictive anti-Palestinian racism, the nearly daily promulgation and hasty approval by the Knesset of manifestly racist laws, invariably intended to harm Palestinians and narrow their horizon, and especially the virtually daily preventable and unjustified killings of young Palestinians  at the hands of trigger-happy Jewish  settlers and soldiers should remind us of the dark clouds which descended  over Europe prior to the Holocaust.. And just as the figurative clouds then were a definitive admonition that something very dreadful, was going to happen, the current toxic discourse spreading rather rampantly in Israel should serve as a real harbinger portending a huge evil in the offing.
 
How can a writer with a keen eye to the future  feel otherwise when I watch young Israeli Jews in the thousands fall into gleeful hysteria over the murder of a Palestinian child? Or Israeli lawmakers vowing to grant monetary awards to an Israeli soldier who finished off” a dying and harmless Palestinian in Hebron about a year ago. Or the Minister of justice in a state that pretends to be democratic who  had the audacity to claim that the life of a Jew, even a Jewish murderer, is worth more  and has more sanctity than that of a non-Jew!
 
Last week, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a draft bill imposing death penalty on Palestinians convicted of killing a Jew.
 
 In fact,  Israel has been carrying out extrajudicial executions of Palestinians since time immemorial. More to the point, the Israeli occupation army has unwritten instructions urging soldiers to shoot to kill Palestinian (but not Jewish) would- be- killers.
 
When pressed to explain how Israel would justify the scandalous duplicity to an increasingly critical international community, a co-sponsor of the draft law said rather laconically “don’t worry about that.” When further asked whether the draft law would be carried out against Jews convicted of murdering Arabs, the same official resorted to prevarication and equivocation, saying, also tersely. “Don’t worry about this either.”
 
This draft bill per se doesn’t make Israel particularly fascist, but it is undoubtedly an additional sign underscoring the trend Israel is drifting to. In fact, Israel already has a bloated body of manifestly racist laws each of which is sufficient to eviscerate the Israeli myth of being a liberal democracy of any truth.
 
I don’t know for sure when Israel will reach the point of no- return as far as its current fascist modus operandi is concerned.   What I do know, however, is that the absolute, unconditional and unlimited support and backing Israel is receiving  from ignorant friends, such as Donald Trump, is inducing Israel to pursue the path of fascism and shun the path of reason and moderation.

WARS ~~ FROM HEAD TO TOE

Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.

As long as the “Jewish State” is focusing on war, from head to toe, we will be obliged to oppose to it!

Image by Carlos Latuff

All with the blessings of the White House

Focusing on wars, from head to toe!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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Apparently in Germany, Europe and the USA it is not even permitted to talk about what the illegal occupation of Palestine stands for.
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Punctually, for the New Year 2018, at the 70thanniversary of the foundation of the “Jewish State” at the expense of the local Palestinian people, the governing Likud party announced that more parts of the illegally occupied West Bank will be annexed soon. What is surprising is that this decision of the Party Committee was taken in absentia of Prime Minister Netanyahu, even if it perfectly corresponds to his political view.
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This annexation deliberation is not obligatory, but it focusses on the objective of “Eretz Israel”, pursued from the beginning. And after the shameful Jerusalem decision taken by Trump, while the Western “community of values” remains silent about this provocation concerning the annexation of Palestinian land. 
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This silence in particular permits the more than 600.000 Judaic settlers and land grabbers residing in the illegally occupied Palestine, and that approximately 2,9 million Palestinians are entirely at the mercy of these settlers “moving” on their land.
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When the young Palestinian Ahed Tamimi is brought to justice because she desperately tried to oppose the illegal occupation, then she is a hero and a symbol of this struggle for freedom and should be supported by the whole community of states! (1)
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The reactions following Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the “undivided” capital of the “Jewish State” were too moderate, apart from a couple of desperate reactions ending with murdered Palestinians. At the moment his announcement to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is just a symbolic act, but one of big entity! It does not just reflect a violation against international law, but it also does not care about any UN resolution. Neither the USA nor the Netanyahu regime, accept internationally recognised rules, because they are sure they will never be held responsible for their arrogant and illegal way of acting.
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Jerusalem may be the undivided capital of Palestine in a future-oriented model of a free State for all citizens and ethnic groups, having the same rights and obligations. For this objective it is worth to struggle.
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However, Trump and his “Kosher Nostra” create facts which do not even consider the oppression of people living under occupation in Palestine, and do whatever is required to establish the “Jewish State” as absolute ruler. The game of power-politics violating human rights is facilitated by the increasing support offered by many Arab nations, in particular by Saudi Arabia, to the USA and the Netanyahu regime. Let us not deceive ourselves: there is only one loser, and it will be Palestine and its people.
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While the Saudi regime commits its crimes against humanity in Yemen and the desperate population in the blocked Gaza vegetates in a more and more merciless way, in the German media the “Jewish State” celebrates itself for supporting Syrian fighters. While Gaza does not get almost any medical aid, Syrian jihadists are treated by the Netanyahu regime, after having been massively supported by the “Jewish State”.
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If the “model Jew” Rafael Seligmann publishes his comment in the FAZ whose warmongering and distortions of facts cannot be outdone, and who indirectly calls for the German reason of state related to the security of the “Jewish State” and even does not shy away from the war against Iran, then the red line has already been crossed. In fact, the real background of the riots in Iran, is connected with the struggle against Hezbollah and Hamas.
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So we have to ask who are the real agitators and who controls them. (2)
If Palestinian President Abbas uses the Gaza population as pledge for his own power without paying their wages and starves them out, and if the Netanyahu regime wants to avoid democratic elections, this will only promotes the total destruction of Palestine.
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Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.
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While every week in Tel Aviv thousands of protesters oppose Netanyahu and his corrupt affairs and nobody calls for the end of the occupation, then something is really wrong in this State! However, Netanyahu declared that even in the case of a trial against him, he will not resign. In the meantime, the Knesset already passed a law trying to cancel justice and to protect politicians from trials.
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Last week, again 14.000 new settler units were announced, but this was not worth one line for the media. German politics and media are adapted from head to toe to the Jewish occupation of Palestine. While Germany is very quick with sanctions against Iran, Russia, and other “evil” States, when it is about Israelis crimes against international law, Germany does not even consider them, but just shamefully accepts the injustice committed.
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In addition, at this time the “Jewish State” intervenes all over the world, in particular at U.S. universities to oppose the important and efficient BDS campaign. It invests millions of dollars and is supported by dedicated helpers in countless Jewish organisations and think tanks, from the Jewish Agency to the Reut-Institute and the Hasbara opinion manipulators of the “Israel Project.” In addition, Israel is supported by countless Christian-Zionist evangelicals, consolidating these conditions. Even if so much donations are used for this doubtful lobby work, and for new laws to silence all criticism, we have not to give up and continue to support the BDS movement. It is a war which has already started.
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In the meantime all is superimposed by an evil diversionary tactic which is anti-Semitism, Muslim anti-Semitism and the nomination of a representative for anti-Semitism. This is a master propaganda performance behind which all true intentions are hidden.
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In my opinion, we urgently need a racism representative overseeing media debates who would certainly not be cowed by countless threats from the Israel lobby.
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It is not acceptable that the term “anti-Semitism” superimposes on everything, while the term occupation is not even mentioned.
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The number of Jewish critics dealing with the subject is increasing, and the same can be said for non-Jewish critics. This kind of marginalisation, also including professional consequences, is a power factor which reminds me of the age of totalitarianism. And if this marginalisation is not stopped, it will extend to become of catastrophic dimensions. What about the freedom of opinion guaranteed to us all according to our constitution, if by one measure only we have all to be silenced?
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This cannot be a democratic world view, if the loyalty towards the “Jewish State” is like a brand label, and there are only two categories of Jews: the first one are the Jews who are in solidarity with the illegal occupation and support it; the second Jews are the rebels who do not want to accept this injustice and do not want to be held responsible for it.
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In fact, I am concerned that certain Jewish officials, organisations and politicians always try to represent themselves as something ‘special” to avoid any criticism. While in the past it was reprehensible to accentuate the religion of a Jewish citizen, today it has become a normal propaganda practice to put “Jew” before the nationality. The reason is that this way you can reactivate “tribalism” and “Jewishness” to be displayed everywhere. Of course, this behaviour just applies in case of successful people, athletes, artists, authors, while in case of unsuccessful people or criminals this fact is ignored, and they are marginalised.
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Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, but means criticism against the Jewish Apartheid State, and this is increasingly important. Defamation campaigns against critics will be reinforced this year on the occasion of the “70 anniversary celebrations” of the “Jewish State.” The public pressure against us will increase, and it will be more difficult to act, because also within the group of pro-Palestinian activists there are many enemies. People try to pursue their own goals, and so in the end this will just be an advantage for the Zionists themselves.
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If right and left-wing activists support the “Jewish State” against other activists, then the final point will be reached, because there is only one path in Germany which should be followed by the whole society: we have to struggle for the freedom of Palestine.
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I feel ashamed and it hurts me when Muslim refugees are called anti-Semites, and when Muslim citizens and Islam are increasingly offended.
How can it be that Arye Shalicar, an actual Israel government official of the Israeli Intelligence Ministry and former gang member in Berlin, on Facebook openly calls for the hunting of Palestinians in Germany? (in the meantime, the call has been deleted) (3)
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Does this not exactly fit with the research conducted by The Intercept which concluded that Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) increasingly resigns to Israeli and US orders? (4)
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In 2018 the criticism against the “Jewish State” will gain importance: it has to focus on the racist Apartheid politics of the “Jewish State,” and oppose  the illegal occupation of Palestine, the violation of international law, to illegal construction of settlements, and to the oppression of all Palestinian rights. In particular Germany is responsible for the Palestinian people, the last victims of Nazi Germany. If Star of David flags are burnt, then this only prove the pent-up anger looking for an escape valve, which is more than understandable.
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Unfortunately, in Germany there is only one Party, the MLPD, supporting the unshakeable and legitimate struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Its party chairman, Gabi Fechtner, was the only party chairman in Germany participating to the 50thanniversary of the foundation of the PFLP. Gabi Fechtner personally, the Internationalist League and the MLPD have already offensively supported the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people during the Federal Election Campaign. Thank you, MLPD!
We have to hope that the Turkish President Erdogan will continue to engage for Palestine and build up the axis Iran/Russia/Syria. This would be an important start into the New Year, and an important signal for Palestine!
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IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS BRAVE THE COLD TO FREE AHED TAMIMI

JVP NYers and 100s of others showed up at Grand Central Station to support Ahed Tamimi, her mother Manal, and all children being held in military detention by Israel.

Free Ahed!

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IS ISRAEL A SPADE OR A SHOVEL?

I know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse.  An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade.  If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

‘Respect, Past and present’

Israel is a Nazi-like state with a potent public relations machine
By Khalid Amayreh
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 I believe that we Palestinians who live under the yoke of Zionism here in Occupied Palestine know Israel better than anyone else. That is why we tend to reject with utter contempt lectures by condescending outsiders, irrespective of their intentions, on how we ought to relate to our tormentors and the choice of words we use in describing the killers of our children.
 
I am not calling Israel a Nazi-or Nazi-like entity because I am convinced that Israel used the very same tools in effecting the Nakba that the Third Reich used in effecting the Holocaust against European Jewry in the course of the Second World War.  No, Israel, which for me and my people is and will always be a gigantic crime against humanity, has not perpetrated a holocaust in the classical sense against my people.
 
But Israel has been adopting Nazi-like policies against my people. The Lebensraum policy is referred to here as settlement-expansion policy. The ubermenschen-untermenschen doctrine finds a real expression in the Jews-vs-goyem perceptions transcending every conceivable aspect of life in Israel-Palestine.  In Germany there was the Master race; here in Israel-Palestine we have “God’s chosen people. Versus the water carriers and wood-hewers!
 
“It is  like tweedledum and  tweedledee!
 
 Yes, numerous massacres have been committed and continue to be committed, even on a daily basis, by Zionist Jews against virtually unprotected Palestinians who are also betrayed by the world, including their impotent brethren.
 
 Nonetheless, no Palestinian would candidly claim that Israel is adopting the same crimes against the Palestinians that the Nazis had used against European Jewry.
 
But, if so, what then justifies calling Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like entity? Well, Israel is a Nazi entity because it employs the very same perceptions and doctrines against its victims (the Palestinians) that the Nazis had used to demonize and dehumanize their victims (e.g. Jews). I am alluding to cruel dehumanization that eventually created the mental underpinning among the Nazis which eventually made the Holocaust possible.   Needless to say, the Holocaust would have never occurred had it not been for that underpinning.
 
Today, most Israeli Jews hold extremely racist (even criminally) racist perceptions of the Palestinians. The Palestinians, if only for being Goyem,  are viewed as children of a lesser God, whose lives are therefore worth less!  Whether we like it or not, this malignant combination of hatred, racism, and dehumanization constitutes the mental underpinning of a possible Zionist Holocaust against the Palestinians.  
 
Just ask an average Israeli whether he or she thought that murdering Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, the legless and harmless Palestinian demonstrator, by an Israeli army sniper a few weeks ago,   was right or wrong, and you would be surprised to hear the hair-raising answers as the otherwise normal-looking young man or woman would tell, almost innately and without batting an eyelash, that “it is right, it is right, he deserves it, he was a terrorist!”
 
Terrorist!  It is now the mantra the invoking of which justifies anything, including of course, the cold-blooded murder of a handicapped person whose legs had to be amputated as a result of another previous Israeli action. I remember that the T-word was often used to describe a person who killed an innocent person. Today in Israel, anyone advocating basic human rights, especially for Palestinians, is a terrorist or a potential terrorist. Just ask Naftali Bennett or Avigodor Lieberman! Or probably Donald Trump!
 
To conclude, a state can be Nazi even without carrying out a holocaust against another people. Being mentally prepared to carry out a holocaust is sufficient to qualify for the Nazi title.  This is because the rest (the modalities of executing the decision) belongs to the realm of possibilities and circumstances. It is very much like taking the decision to murder someone. the decision is the essential part whereas carrying it out is just a detail.
 
I know that some Zionist hasbara operatives will rile, rant and rave against any comparison between Zionists and Nazis. And the readily-available charge of anti-Semitism will be their ultimate weapon of choice to shut critics up and keep the sacrosanct heifer unscathed. Well, I don’t give a damn about either the heifer or its defenders. I have been through it all, from creation to destruction and one more barrage of abuse by the shipyard dogs of Hasbara wouldn’t harm much.
 
 But before I go,  I do want to quote Santiago Alba-Rico, the Spanish philosopher,  who adamantly refused to be silenced or intimidated by Zionist hasbara doctors  who are  prompted to think that no other pain should be compared to the calamity of the  Holocaust and therefore Israel must remain above the laws of men and  never be criticized  regardless of whatever it does to the Palestinians. 
Perhaps Palestinians are not the most punished people on earth, but they are indeed the most openly punished people on earth; perhaps they are not the people who have suffered the most but they are the people whose sufferings are the most uninterruptedly visible. Paradoxically, this visibility (beyond the lies) makes the victims even more vulnerable; it confers a kind of biblical dimension to the aggression.”

THE GARGANTUAN BLUNDER OF 2017

I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive.
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Trump‘s gargantuan blunder
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In order to endear himself to organized Jewry and especially to Israel Firsters among evangelical Christian Zionists on the American arena, President Trump issued earlier in December a formal executive decree, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision has been widely considered a drastic departure from long-standing American policy regarding the town which Israel seized from Jordan in 1967. Moreover, the audacious feat is considered a gigantic insult and brazen defiance and provocation to the sensibilities of hundreds of millions of Muslims and, although to a lesser extent. Christians around the world. More to the pointy, the fateful decision seems to underscore many facts, including  the President’s over-reliance on a group of mostly ignorant advisors who had apparently convinced him that the Palestinians would eventually come to terms with the decision, a view whish I am sure is grossly inaccurate.
 
The truth of the matter is that Jerusalem is and will always remain  paramount for Palestinians as the vast majority of them would rather keep the cause of the holy city alive, even without a state,  than having a state, even on the entirety of the remainder of the West Bank, but without Jerusalem.
 
Another bad advice that Trump received from his ignorant advisors had ostensibly swayed him into thinking that if the US administration  exerted  some bullying and arm-twisting with Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, he should be able, at least in the long run,  to pacify his people and get them to accept the fait accompli. This is also a misleading notion.  In fact, a people who defied history by surviving as a people, despite the immense Savagery of the Nazi-like onslaught of the Zionist movement are unlikely to be cajoled or coaxed into agreeing to liquidate their national cause (heart and soul) just to please the proverbial monkey of the Israeli organ grinder, aka the United States of America. We Palestinians are not and won’t ever be a herd of two legged human-sheep that our current or future leaders can conduct us as they wish. I can even dare say that any Palestinian leader who might venture to play the collaborationist game with our enduring cause wouldn’t live to regret the utter foolishness of his folly. In short, Trump ought to eject from his mind, if he still has one, the illusion that the Palestinian people will one day backtrack on Jerusalem.  I also say to Trump if he is willing to listen, don’t listen to the bigot named Netanyahu. He has the tongue of a liar and the mindset of a dishonest person. Lying is his policy and dishonesty is his shield.
 
I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive. It is also expected to give a new life and vigor to violent groups as it will enable them to claim that they are fighting for the honor of Islam and standing in the face of neo-Crusades, hell­ bent on harming Islam and usurping its holy places such as the Aqsa Mosque. But the most enduring impact   of the millenarian stupidity coming from the White House will undoubtedly manifest itself in prolonging or even perpetuating the conflict and causing more suffering, bloodshed and violence.
 
Two weeks ago, the elderly Israeli journalist Uri Avnery wrote an article  in which he pointed out that within mandatory Palestine (between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean) now live 7.8 million Israeli Jews and 8.2 million Palestinians, whose numbers  (the Palestinians) are expected to reach 25 million in less than three  decades. These people will not just accept the status of children of a lesser God. They won’t settle for a life of water carriers and wood hewers. The writing is on the wall, and denial won’t help either the fool of Washington or fool of Jerusalem!
 
  I also know the fool of Jerusalem is having morbid dreams these days about possible ways and means to expel us or the bulk of our people from our ancestral homeland, probably using an updated version of what Zionist thugs did to us in 1948. But we have learned the lesson rather well, and we won’t male the same mistakes again!

FEAR THEE NOT!

Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth.

Do Not Be Afraid!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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This Angels’ speech from the Gospel of Luke even impresses me as an Atheist because it expresses something that involves us all. We should not be afraid to say the truth, even if it is about the “Jewish State”; the illegal Jewish occupation of Palestine; and the new laws are being prepared to philosemitically put the Jews on a higher level, on a pedestal of uniqueness and special status and to designate all criticism against the Jewish occupation politics as “hatred toward Jews.”
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The aim pursued by the representatives of the Israel Lobby and its active supporters in politics and media is to refer to us as Anti-Semites. However, the problem is not about the legitimated rallies against Trump’s “Jerusalem Decision” and the burning Star of David symbols. Schuster, the President of the Central Council of German Jews asking Europe and Germany to recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the “Jewish State.” The impudence of this representative of the Jewish community in Germany calling with shameful openness for the violation of international law, takes your breath away! Does he not feel committed to the German Constitution, or has he lost any sense for law since he has become a famous spokesman for the “Jewish State”? What he says is an affront against the German government which should immediately and unequivocally reject his speech. Or is the Merkel government afraid of responding? Merkel who is a “Bible-friendly Christian Zionist” should follow the imperative of the Gospel of Luke without being afraid to duly react.
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If he behaves like this, Schuster should not to wonder if Jews outside the “Jewish State” are blamed for Israeli politics. And exactly the Central Council and other organised Jews who support the Israeli occupation regime with all this commitment are perceived as “secondary ambassadors.” In addition, there is the impudence of affirming that Judaism and Zionism are exactly the same so that they can denounce anti-Zionism as Anti-Semitism.
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President Schuster, if you do not see the connections and you do not understand that the burning the Star of David is the burning visible symbol of the illegal occupation of Palestine and you think that it is the Israeli right for existence burning, there is no remedy for you. You lack any ability to feel empathy for the Palestinian population which has been suffering for decades because of the arbitrariness of Zionist occupation. I do not know if you lost this empathy as descendant of racially persecuted people, of if you never had it. Finally, we should never forget that the Palestinians – who have not committed the crimes of the Holocaust – have been the victims of the Nazi regime and its consequences up to now. Their land has been stolen from them, hundreds of thousands of their people have been displaced, and thanks to the hypocritical politics of the so-called “community of values” any chance to find a “two-state solution” has been lost because Israel does not want two states, and Israel does not want peace. Israel just wants an empty country, a country without people.
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If Schuster also calls for a legislative change to declare the burning of pseudo flags and flags as criminal offence, then he should be stopped in his overbearing eagerness since he should first of all start to deal with international law and human rights. We do not have to focus on the right of existence of the “Jewish State,” but on the recognition and the creation of a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.
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Against this background, it is hardly surprising that among the 9 small states depending on the USA and which have voted for Trump’s Jerusalem decision there was also Guatemala, whose President Jimmy Morales unfortunately follows the USA and wants to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In this context, I remember that Israel was a well-known engaged arms smuggler delivering weapons to the former dictator’s regime to destroy the native population of Guatemala. “Israel, whose role in the dirty war in Guatemala, which caused more than 200.000 deaths, is well-documented was not brought to trial.” The “Jewish Apartheid Regime” is an expert in the field of export of its tested arms. (1) (2)http://www.gegenfrage.com/israels-buergerkrieg-guatemala/https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/52236-israel-fast-100-prozent-waffenexporte/
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For what concerns the “Golden Calf Jerusalem” I would like to recommend to read the exceptional guest article by Omri Böhm on “Zeit online”. He gets rid of the “enthusiastic identification of the Israelis with their capital, as it is more about the opposite, an idolatrous messianism”. (3) http://www.zeit.de/2017/53/israel-jerusalem-hauptstadt-theologie
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Schuster also plays a more than dangerous role in the refugee crises because he early on accepted the CSU position of a “maximum limit” and warned against the allegedly “imported” Muslim anti-Semitism. The consequences of the Islam hatred and the Islamophobic atmosphere against Muslims have been experienced for a long time now. Schuster shares the position of the right-wing party AfD and imitates “Gauland!” In contrast to the Christian representatives still keeping their moderate position, the Central Council of Jews and the other Jewish officials play a more and more dangerous role stirring up prejudices.
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While for Schuster Christmas is “not a complicated” event, because Jesus was born as a Jew, and then started to see Judaism from a critical point of view, so Schuster, for me Christmas is a symbol of the fact that Jesus was the first dissident and Palestinian who would not fear to criticise the actual illegal Jewish occupation of Palestine.
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Pope Francis expressed my thoughts when he compared Jesus’ parents with the actual refugees. Then the question came into my mind, whether Maria and Joseph would have reached the occupied Bethlehem by going through the Israeli checkpoint, and what would have happened to Jesus. (4)http://noch.info/2015/12/wenn-maria-und-josef-heute-auf-den-weg-nach-bethlehem-waehren/
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The “Jewish State” denying Palestinians their legal right to return and deporting black refugees into their countries of origin, has lost any right to be recognised as a model. However, President Schuster does not deal with these subjects and prefers the glorified image of the “Jewish State” and calls for the “Judaisation” of Germany which we have to oppose.http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-11/israel-benjamin-netanjahu-fluechtlinge-abschieben-asylpolitik
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Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth. This is why they want to avoid any kind of discussion. They fear that their poor statements will be unmasked.
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On Christmas Eve I had the chance to express my music desire in a short conversation in the SWR2 classic broadcast. It was the song by Mahler “Verfolgten im Turm” with the text “Die Gedanken sind frei,” and would like to dedicate it to all persecuted friends in Palestine for this Christmas. (6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA2YgL4mvdc
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On Christmas Eve I contacted many Christian-Palestinian friends in the occupied Bethlehem, in Beth Sahour and Beth Shala, and in particular my friend Mazin Qumsiyeh, and author of the book „Kanaan: Ein gemeinsames Land. Menschenrechte und der israelisch-palästinensische Konflikt,” published in the German translation with my preface by Zambon, an important and highly recommended book. (7) http://zambon.net/index.php?id=38
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For me, Mazin Qumsiyeh is an illuminating example and model for a socio-political work in the illegally occupied Palestine. He dedicated all his life to the struggle for a free Palestine and for a Palestinian State. And Mazin is not afraid! (8)http://www.schattenblick.de/infopool/politik/redakt/intv0003.html
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Christmas 2017 was a sad symbol of the on-going occupation and the arbitrary separation of families living in Gaza from the families living in the remaining occupied Palestine. Many Christians and also Muslims tried to get travel authorisations from Gaza to Bethlehem, in most cases without success. In the past, it was easier to reach Ramallah or Bethlehem from Gaza. But now, because of increasingly worse harassment by the Netanyahu regime this has become impossible. Frustration and hopelessness are voluntarily promoted to force all Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, to give us and to support the planned “Eretz Israel” to gain the “final victory.” This is what we have to avoid all together!
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Die Gedanken sind frei (Thoughts a free)
Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten, sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten. Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket, doch alles in der Still‘, und wie es sich schicket. Mein Wunsch, mein Begehren kann niemand verwehren, es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker, das alles sind rein vergebliche Werke. Denn meine Gedanken zerreißen die Schranken und Mauern entzwei, die Gedanken sind frei!
Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen entsagen und will mich auch nimmer mit Grillen mehr plagen. Man kann ja im Herzen stets lachen und scherzen und denken dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Ich liebe den Wein, mein Mädchen vor allen, sie tut mir allein am besten gefallen. Ich bin nicht alleine bei meinem Glas Weine, mein Mädchen dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Old traditional song
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THE BEST AND WORST PERSONS OF 2017

These are the picks of Carlos Latuff

First, the best …… Ahed Tamimi

 

And the worst ……. Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

 

Beauty and the beast …..

 

She can’t be broken!

Lawyer asks Ahed during her hearing: are you ok? Ahed replies: yeah [& a victorious smile]

IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS STAND TO FREE PALESTINIAN PRISONERS

Scores of New Yorkers gathered together in a demonstration to show support for Ahed Tamimi and all other Palestinian political prisoners held illegally by the occupation.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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NOT ALL CARTOONS ARE MEANT TO BE FUNNY ~~ A SAD CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM THIS YEAR

One day we WILL celebrate!

BURNING PALESTINE FOR CHRISTMAS

This image reminds me of the genocide in Gaza during the last offensive war by the Netanyahu Regime against the defenceless Palestinian population, and which killed hundreds of innocent Palestinian children. What more needs to happen so that German and European politicians react to support the Palestinian people, living under occupation for decades?  

Advent, Advent, Burning Palestine!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi
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This image reminds me of the genocide in Gaza during the last offensive war by the Netanyahu Regime against the defenceless Palestinian population, and which killed hundreds of innocent Palestinian children. What more needs to happen so that German and European politicians react to support the Palestinian people, living under occupation for decades?  (1) http://www.badische-zeitung.de/ausland-1/rechnung-an-netanjahu–146449683.html
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Despite the decades-long illegal occupation, Netanyahu is apparently welcome as guest in Brussels for breakfast with the EU foreign ministers. However, 56 members of the European Parliament presented the representative of the occupiers‘ regime a bill for 1,2 million Euros to compensate for humanitarian projects financed by the EU and destroyed by the Israeli occupation army in Palestine. This bill is a joke i considering  that since Netanyahu’s coming to office in 2009, almost 400 buildings of all kinds were destroyed; settlements have massively expanded; almost every day there are new construction notifications; and Palestinians and Bedouins are dispossessed and expelled from their land.
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While the German and European tax payers continue to finance Israeli crimes against international law and the violation of human rights, the EU is still hesitant to finally draw consequences from this crying injustice and to adopt BDS measures. It would be an ideal opportunity to put wood behind the arrow and to act after this incredible Jerusalem provocation declared by Trump. While Federica Mogherini clearly stressed that for the EU only a “two-states-solution” should be supported – even if she does absolutely nothing to support it – some Eastern European countries stepped out of line. Even the right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Orban, who is a personal friend of Netanyahu, toys with the idea of moving his embassy to Jerusalem. Also the Czech Republic, Poland, and other Eastern European countries could move this direction. Netanyahu saw his chance and impudently urged all EU states to recognise Jerusalem as capital of the “Jewish State.” At the moment, this step appears inconceivable for the EU, but after such a pressure, and the lack of a common position between Eastern and Western EU, unanimity is over. So there is a reason to fear that the more Eastern European countries are taken over by right-wing governments, the easier the game will be for Netanyahu and his politics.
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Following the triumph Netanyahu felt after Trump’s speech about Jerusalem as the eternal and united capital of the “Jewish State,” the peace talks and the two-state solution died. While the Arab League offered a very poor condemnation, the Turkish President Erdogan — who called the “Jewish State” by its name when he said that it is a terrorist state, killing children — wants to oppose to the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the “Jewish State” with all means. Germany and the EU should decide to support him!
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We see the erosion of international law when we look at German politicians who get more upset over the burning of Star of David flags of the Occupiers’ state than for the decade-long illegal Israeli occupation and deprivation of rights of the Palestinian population and Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as capital of the “Jewish State.” When the German minister of interior de Maiziere gets upset because Star of David flags are burnt because they stand for the illegal Jewish occupation and oppression of Palestine, then something is completely wrong because  this has absolutely nothing to do with “Anti-Semitism.”
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The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany directly asked to nip things in the bud and to generally stop “anti-Semitic” rallies. However, by supporting the illegal occupation of Palestine, he clearly violates the law. He does not like slogans like “baby killer Israel” and accuses critics of Israel of anti-Semitism, even though that slogan is absolutely true, considering the genocide in Gaza. Again: Rallies against the occupation are legitimate and have nothing to do with Anti-Semitism. (2)https://www.nwzonline.de/politik/zentralratspraesident-den-anfaengen-wehren_a_50,0,1448745492.html
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It is time that Germany and its political representatives started putting the connection with Jewish citizens and the “Jewish State” to a normal level, away from a philo-Semite transfiguration, overlooking Jewish injustice, and unjustly reinterpreting legitimate Palestinian resistance. De Maiziere condemns criticism against the State of Israel – not against the Jews! And foreign minister Gabriel promptly follows him. It is simply shameful that German politicians do not condemn the real cause of evil, the anger over the incredible decision and in particular over the decade-long occupation, but support it. Palestinians were shamefully offended and overrun by Trump’s decision. German politicians have the duty to support Palestinian citizens in Germany. And burning this Star of David flag, the symbol of the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, is more than obvious!
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Furthermore, according to the police, burning these flags is not a violation against penal law, as long as they did not hang on public buildings before. It is also part of the freedom of opinion and assembly that also emotions like the burning of these hated symbols must be tolerated. It was an important sign, that in Berlin more than 2500 people assembled to protest against the decision of a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as capital of a “Jewish State.” When the governing mayor Müller declared that he will not tolerate any anti-Semitism and racism during rallies, I asked myself why he remains silent when it is about the racism and the occupation of the “Jewish State” violating international law which is the real cause of these rallies?
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Why do German politicians say nothing about what happens in the Jewish Apartheid State, about the illegal blockade of Gaza and the inhuman occupation crimes, like the constant land grabbing, the dispossession, the razzias, tortures, desecration of mosques, discrimination, harvest and water theft, and so forth. Has the red line not been crossed since long a go? What has still to happen?
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The olive-green politician Özdemir condemns anti-Semitism at the Anne Will Talk Show. However, he cowardly remains silent about racism in the “Jewish State.” And he is as unreliable as the majority of our politicians of all orientations, which all produce the same inedible philo-Semite mash.
Also the AJC (American Jewish Committee) asked for a prompt political reaction against these rallies, by remaining silent about Trump’s affront and its consequences. The Central Council of Jews did not comment on Trump’s declaration: Its former president Knobloch made a remark about the “gallows” sentence about Merkel, without saying one word about Trump.
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All condemn the burning of the hated Star of David flag as symbol of the occupation, but when Palestine burns, they only see the so called “right for self-defence” of Jews.
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What about the constant effort to silence us all, by defaming all criticism against the “Jewish State” as anti-Semitism and Jewish hatred, while the crimes of the “Jewish State” are legitimised as self-defence.
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In any case, with this deal opposing to international law, the USA and Trump have definitively disqualified themselves as “peace mediators”!
Now even the Israel war minister screams “do not buy from Arabs” by repeating Goebbels’ slogan against Jews. And by “Arabs” he meant the Palestinian citizens in Northern Israel who had dared to demonstrate against Trump after his Jerusalem decision. He accused them of being “unwanted persons” who have no connection with the “Jewish State.”
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Lieberman has already passed the red line. An Israeli minister dealing with wars and weapons and make such racist declarations should make us and our politicians all upset.
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The helpless anger of young Palestinians is absolutely understandable. They grew up under occupation, without any freedom, always experienced harassment, abuse, fear, and Jewish occupiers’ despotism. The only weapon against the illegal Jewish occupation which now also wants to take their capital Jerusalem from them are stones and knifes. Who wants to mind them if they defend their rights by the exercise of legitimate violence? They are left alone in their struggle, instead of being supported. We should never forget them in their resistance struggle and never leave them alone, but express our deep solidarity with them as the victims of a brutal occupation.
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In this context, resistance is a duty, when occupation becomes the law.
In fact, the Israeli army, armed to the teeth, and co-financed by the USA and Germany, has nothing to fear from resistance by Palestinian who have neither an army nor weapons. It is not the burning of Star of David flags that should be condemned, but the burning of the Palestinian population, left alone by the so-called community of “values.”
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Palestine should become a free homeland for all ethnic groups and religions, instead of being the start of the Zionist objective of “Eretz Israel” by violating the local Palestinian population.
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We have to join the violence-free BDS campaign until the “Jewish State” stops the violations its of international law; ends the occupation and colonisation of Palestine; demolishes the Apartheid wall; and recognises the total equality of basic rights of the Palestinian citizens in Israel and the legal rights of Palestinian refugees in their homeland Palestine according to the UN resolution 194. The BDS movement opposes the occupier state Israel and has absolutely nothing to do with the slogan “do not buy from Jews.”
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It is not our campaign which is racist, but the “Jewish State” with its racism!
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Advent, Advent, burning Palestine!

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Then, to all of you, a pleasant Advent Season.
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IT’S NOT JUST THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM THAT’S AT STAKE

It’s ALL of Palestine, Gaza in particular as can be seen in the following ….

By Carlos Latuff

One artist and one bull artist

IN PHOTOS ~~ SAYING NO TO BIRTHRIGHT

On Sunday, Jewish Voice for Peace held a demo at the office of the Israeli Birthright Program …. in protest of that program ….

 

In case you don’t know what Birthright is ….. HERE’S a description

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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TOOSDAY’S TOON …. US EMBASSY MOVING TO JERUSALEM

Image by Latuff

Might as well just blow Palestine off the map completely

WHEN RESISTANCE BECOMES A DUTY

The occupying “Jewish State’s” politics of discrimination is something you are not allowed to talk about in the German media, in public, or in political events.

Resistance becomes a duty, if freedom of opinion is threatened!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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The occupying “Jewish State’s” politics of discrimination is something you are not allowed to talk about in the German media, in public, or in political events. Thanks to the Israel lobby the term “occupation” has become a non-existent bad word not to be mentioned. What we experience at the moment and is particularly present here in Germany is the fact that the term “occupation,” when it is about the “Jewish State,” is substituted by “anti-Semitism.” This creates an oppressive fearful mood which is intended to stop our engagement for the liberation of Palestine from the illegal Jewish-Zionist occupation. The Israel lobby and its numerous sayanim use all means to get the prerogative of interpretation in the media and in official politics; they determine what has to be said and pillory alleged anti-Semites.
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That goes so far that Jewish and Jewish-Israeli lectors and activists of obscure Israel supporters are labelled as anti-Semites and “State enemies.” This new German anti-Semitism against Jewish citizens should be a horrifying déjà-vu for everyone. A couple of days ago, a “Young Forum” of the German-Israeli Society in Heidelberg forced the cancellation of an invitation to the known Israeli peace activist and founder of the Israeli Committee against Home destructions (ICAHD), Prof. Jeff Halper, with infamous defamations and scurrilous accusations of anti-Semitism, to the “Forum of International Security” at the University of Heidelberg. We have to hope that the adult evening classes will not also bow to these occupation lobbyists. https://icahd.org/
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This is just one of many similar cases here in Germany. The whole thing seems to be epidemic. Self-proclaimed hunters of anti-Semites act in a targeted manner and try to attack Jewish activists in particular. And this is more than logical, because Jewish activists from the “Jewish State” like Jeff Halper, Gideon Levy, Moshe Zuckermann or Palestinian activists like Ahmed Schokry know perfectly what they are talking about.
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Even if the “Jewish State” and its international lobby would like to avoid it, we have to speak the truth about the internationally shunned crimes against international law and human rights, committed by the Zionist occupiers‘ regime, and this without being defamed as anti-Semites. And who, if not Jewish and Jewish-Israeli activists are obliged to do this? We have to keep in mind that Zionists do not fear anything but the truth.
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Therefore they avoid discussions between Israel critics and Israel supporters. While Israel lobbyists find their voice in the press and in the public media, even known and famous critics of Israeli occupation prefer not to speak because they are afraid of being called anti-Semites.
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This makes me think about the President of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster. Last Sunday, 27 November, he called the general manager of Axel Springer SE, Mathias Döpfner, to support “non-Jewish Zionists.” This “highest” decision-making committee of the Central Council is so unified to try to lump anti-Zionism, “anti-Israeli,” and anti-Semitism together.
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Döpfner distracted from the right anti-Semitism and fantasized a left-wing anti-Semitism, often camouflaged as “anti-Zionism.” With this declaration he accused critics of Israel and Zionism of having basic anti-Semitic emotions and resentments. Of course, according to him, even the BDS movement and the product boycott is nothing else than “pure anti-Semitism!” Clearly, he did not spend one word about the decade-long illegal occupation, the daily land grab, and the deprivation of rights of the Palestinian people.
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It is really touching how sensitive his reaction is when it is about the occupiers‘ state, while his “Armada” is on the front side when it is about his favorite enemies Russia or Iran to implement boycott calls and measures.
So there is nothing to wonder about if the general manager then talks about the “phenomenon” of Muslim anti-Semitism as an alleged development having reached a totally new dimension after the immigration from Muslim countries. He talks about it by calling it an alleged political taboo subject almost never discussed in Germany. Of course, this is totally wrong, because the Springer media synchronically defame Muslim immigrants as anti-Semites. However, refugees coming from Muslim countries exactly know how their brothers and sisters are treated by Israel. This is not anti-Semitism, but a totally legitimate anti-Zionism, and an opposition to occupation! Your reminder, Mr. Döpfner, that Germany has to deal with this reality and that there is no tolerance towards intolerance, is an insult!
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At the moment in Germany I just know one TABOO SUBJECT; and it is the “Jewish State” and its illegal occupation politics and the international Israel lobby pretending to talk for all Jews. In the meantime, the  particularly contagious and dangerous  virus of the “accusation of anti-Semitism” has also involved politicians and parties just repeating without any reasoning what is told to them. In the meantime, it is not just the right-wing party AfD diffusing this right-wing ideology together with other spiritual arsonists like Beck, Broder, Weinthal, Sarrazin, Pirinci, Hamed Abdel-Samad, IM-Victoria=Anetta Kahane and many others. And more and more supporters come from media and politics so that we should ALL worry about this situation.
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The right-wing party AfD strongly supports Israel and the Jews. The liberal party FDP is getting closer to the AfD. The President of the Central Council of the Jews in Germany was one of the first to warn about refugees and Muslim anti-Semitism. So this Republic has become a country of moral cowards. Mr. Döpfner, if you call for a hard line of the constitutional state and a strong political leadership within society which do not show any spirit of compromise concerning this matter, then your attitude is more than hypocritical.
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However, your media try to intimidate and stigmatize people with moral courage. Brave and moral citizens struggling for freedom of opinion are defamed and denigrated when it is about the “Jewish State.” And also your love for Jews has its limits because you distinguish between good and bad Jews. Newspapers like Bild, Welt and Co. have always been dangerous propaganda papers in Germany. This philo-Semite brain washing has already caused enough trouble. It is true that Germany has developed into a tolerant and multi-cultural country where also Jews can live again . . .
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Just think about Berlin . . . However, this tolerance is in danger because of your attitude! This uncritical closeness to the “Jewish occupiers’ state” and to the Israel lobby is dangerous and easily comprehensible. Let us hope that readers will think and not fall into this propaganda trap as they can get their information elsewhere. There are many serious sources.
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After your performance in the Jewish council board the “big chief” of the Central Council Schuster repeated that the media are also responsible for the “increasing” hatred of Israel, and that Germany has to comply with its “historic responsibility” towards the “Jewish State.” In addition, he said that the double standard of many media and the “Israel-related anti-Semitism” are insufficiently perceived and that hatred of Israel is not sufficiently dealt with.
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Mr. Schuster is seriously concerned about it. It is a fact that actually there is a concerted action of media defamation against Israel critics, BDS supporters and events dealing with this matter. Let us just think about the Karlspreis award to journalist Ken Jebsen in Berlin the left-wing politician Lederer, a strong supporter of the Israel lobby, is trying to avoid with all means by opposing to freedom of opinion!
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For decades now, the representatives of the “Jewish State” and their diaspora supporters, who were always involved into background discussions in editorial departments, have been swearing media to the “love of Israel.” And this situation has enhanced so much that in the meantime no public channel dares to oppose this lobby. So the director of the channel feels more obliged towards the lobbyists than towards the paying public. Just let us think about the WDR director Tom Buhrow who felt obliged to cancel the broadcast of a Roger Waters (a wonderful musician and a very famous BDS and Palestine activist) concert because the Israel lobby had called for it. Tom Buhrow bowed to the Israel lobbyist Malca Goldstein-Wolf who normally moves under obscure blogs like Buurman’s blog “Tapfer im nirgendwo,” the infamous “Broder Achse,” and cancelled the presentation of Roger Waters. In Germany, we have already sunk so deep that only because of malicious suspicions of a lobbyist a music event is cancelled. Buhrow’s “clear attitude” should really give us all food for thought: Instead of researching about Roger Waters and his political ideas and then drawing his own conclusions, he just cowardly backed away because of malicious suspicions of a lobbyist. This is the situation of our public television citizens pay for to get one poor opinion instead of a variety of opinions! In the meantime, various ARD sections have become part of this boycott initiative. Here clear positions for the Israel lobby are taken. And this is scandalous. Roger Water’s actions are an important sign and not anti-Semitic at all, but the artistic and political engagement for freedom in Palestine and for the end of the illegal occupation. It would be a dream if we had similar initiatives and artists in Germany! (1) https://www.express.de/koeln/antisemitismus-vorwuerfe-koelnerin-ueberzeugt-buhrow–wdr-stoppt-support-fuer-roger-waters-28960396(2a)http://www.zeit.de/kultur/musik/2017-11/ard-pink-floyd-roger-waters-boykott
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We see the effects of this strong pressure by the Central Council and its many motivated supporters. When Schuster expressly thanks Döpfner for his constant solidarity with Israel and his continuous engagement against anti-Semitism, he is insurmountable in his hypocrisy. In fact, the Springer group is a typical German example about how people try to compensate the old anti-Semitism with a philo-Semitism which is nothing else than a new anti-Semitism!
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Exactly, President Schuster, we have a historical responsibility including the Palestinian people who were not responsible for the Holocaust and despite of this have been living for decades under a merciless Israeli occupation.
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We have had enough of your calumny campaigns against critical Jews. We also do not need any person in charge for “anti-Semitism” or a strange definition of anti-Semitism, criminalizing any Israel critic defined as hater of Jews. We do not need any new ban on speaking against Jewish speakers, no withdrawal of public spaces, by the successors of the perpetrator generation, as we had all that in the past of our German cities already.
We have to put an end to the reason of state to support Netanyahu’s state terror regime driving the “Jewish State” and Palestine to a murderous edge to save its own corrupt hegemonic power.
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Resistance is an obligation if freedom of opinion is threatened, and if Islam hatred, anti-Muslim racism and philo-Semitism becomes German reason of state and the media.
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ARAB COMPLICITY IN THE LIQUIDATION OF PALESTINE

If you do not want to read and consider difficult political issues, please
ignore this post (it is merely an opinion which you may not share).
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Will Palestine be liquidated with Arab complicity?

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Zionism is a colonial movement invented in the 19th century to transform a multi-religious Palestine to the apartheid “Jewish state of Israel”. It was to be “a rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilization against barbarism” (Herzl in the Jews’ State). This colonial racist idea remained unchanged since founding of the “Jewish Colonization Association” in 1891 and the World Zionist Congress in 1897. Like all colonial movements, it focuses on the dual task of destroying native life and creating new exclusivist racist regimes and it gets support from empires and from complicity.

Britain put the Al-Saud family in charge of the area of Hijaz (which was to become the kleptocracy of “Saudi Arabia”). Abdul Aziz Al-Saud responded in 1915 to British requests by writing in his own hand: “I the Sultan Abdel Aziz Bin Abdel Alrahman Al-Faysal Al-Saud decide and acknowledge a thousand times to Sir Percy Cox the representative of Great Britain that I have no objection to give Palestine to the poor Jews or to others as seen [fit] by Britain that I would not go outside [disobey] its opinion until the hour of calling [end of the world].” The good relations at the expense of Palestinians by the Saud ruling family remained to this day with a brief period when Arab nationalism was strong and the Royal family suspended oil shipments to the US in the October 1973 war.

The PLO began its long process of “compromise” with colonizers in 1974. Israel then signed a “peace treaty” with Egypt in and had good working relations including cooperation in crimes against humanity in isolating and besieging the Gaza strip. There was a brief period when Morsi was elected President of Egypt when there was the potential of relieving the blockade but that soon ended when the military retook power in Egypt. Egypt is however trying to play a role in mediation between Hamas and Fatah now which could help end the blockade and may help reclaim a liberation struggle.

Israel has maintained efforts to break-up the (already fragmented) Arab world for example in developing proxy militias and aligning with extremist right wing Christian leaders in Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s. Working through proxies or directly, Israel and its Arab stooges committed massacres such as at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. “Israel” maintained good relations with separatist movements in Northern Iraq and in South Sudan and helped arm the South Sudanese army. Israel’s relationship to Barazani and attempts to break-up Iraq is now well known. In the 1990s at the behest of the Israel lobby, Iraq was subjected to sanctions led by the US and Arab regimes that resulted in the death of one million Iraqis half of them children. At the same behest, the US attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen (see http://qumsiyeh.org/connectingthedotsiraqpalestine/).

In 1986, King Hassan II of Morocco invited the Israeli Prime Minister for talks and following the Oslo disastrous accords, Morocco accelerated its economic ties and political contacts with Israel opening of bilateral liaison offices in 1994. As the late Edward Said showed eloquently that the Oslo Accords were a second Nakba for the Palestinian creating a Palestinian authority whose task was designated as protecting the occupiers from resistance and normalizing the occupation. After Arafat and Abbas signed these surrender treaties, Israel’s economy and its foreign recognition grew rapidly. The agreements also gave the occupying power the green light to grow its illegal activities in the occupied areas not turned over to the Palestinian authority (area C is the majority of the land).

Economic relations existed between Qatar and “Israel” between 1996 and 2000. In 2005, Saudi Arabia announced the end of its ban on Israeli goods and services. Diplomatic and other ties between Tunisia and Israel fluctuated between strong ones in the 1990s to weaker ones during 2000-2005 to pick up again until the Tunisian revolution. In 1919 King Faisal Al-Hussain (Hashemite leader) signed an agreement with Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann but one of his sons was later removed (by France) from power in Syria because of his opposition to Zionism. Israel signed a “peace treaty” with Jordan in 1994. However public sentiment in Jordan (among Jordanians of Palestinian or of Trans-Jordan heritage) remains strongly opposed to normalization efforts including in saddling Jordan with huge debts that serve Israeli interests (e.g. of the Red Sea-Dead Sea canal).

The CIA and the British intelligence services toppled the elected Mosaddaq government in Iran in 1953 to bring a more Israel friendly regime. This lasted until the Iranian revolution ended the Pahlavi criminal regime in 1979. Israel had good working and cooperation with Turkey from 1949 to 2011 when Israeli leaders engaged in a series of affronts and blunders including murdering Turkish citizens on the Mavi Marmara ship in International waters.

In 2015 Israel opened a diplomatic mission with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has helped Saudi Arabia and the UAE launch the war on Yemen in order to control the strategic Bab Al Mandeb strait (Red Sea to Indian Ocean). Egypt has also agreed to give two of its Islands in the Strait of Tiran to Saudi Arabia on Israel’s behest.

The above is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of Zionist collusion with Arab leaders to destroy Palestine. Much remains hidden. Yet, understanding this history helps understand why rulers of “Saudi Arabia” and the UAE and others are colluding with Israel and the USA in a feverish attack on resistance forces in the Arab and Islamic world. While such collusion with colonialism is common in all parts of the world, the collaborators fail to read history to understand the fate of all tools of colonialism. They will face the same fate as other collaborators. As tools of colonialism, they are discarded as soon as they fulfil their designated roles.

Much of the developments after 1973 would not have happened had the PLO remained true to its principles. This is indeed a historic moment in our part of the world. Zionists feel emboldened like never before and intend on ending the Palestine question once and for all with collusion especially the key issue of refugees (would be forced to settle outside of Palestine). Developments in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, and the rest of our region need to be watched in the context of this struggle and with the centrality of the issue of Palestine since it is the reason for all this. It is a struggle between those who think they can guarantee their thrones and positions by dong Zionist bidding and those who challenge colonialism. The choice is between mayhem that will spare no one (including those who collaborate) or rejection of division and then unity to fight imperialism, colonialism, and Zionism. Palestine remains the litmus test, the Achille’s heel of imperialism, and the key to peace. Each of us should take a clear stand. I am optimistic because 12.7 million Palestinians and hundreds of millions of others who follow their conscience will not let Zionism (and its complicit Arab and American rulers) liquidate the most just cause in human history. It is wise of complicity leaders to rethink their positions if for nothing else than for their own interests since colonial powers use tools and discard them and are never true to their words to those that do not belong to their “tribe”. This is amply illustrated with history of Israel itself and its collaborators (e.g. in Lebanon in the 1980s). Now we need to all work together towards a peace with justice, the inevitable outcome.

 

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