THE STAR OF OPPRESSION

The “Jewish State” has managed it to exploit its “right for self-defense” so that such violence licenses Zionist state terror regime to get away with anything. In all its wars of aggression, pre-emptive attacks, targeted homicides and raids, the Jewish State has abrogated international law including human rights. Is this the “Jewish ethics” the propaganda talks about? 

The “Jewish State” – a symbol of terror!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation – Milena Rampoldi

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Let us imagine the following scenario: Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish, Russian, or Iranian jets carry out surveillance flights over the “Jewish State.” The hypocritical world community would be up in arms and rush to support the “threatened” Jewish State. Since the Zionist regime has special rights at an international level and is allowed to violate all rules with impunity, a war could break out, and this war would be tolerated by the “world community.”
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The “Jewish State” has managed it to exploit its “right for self-defense” so that such violence licenses Zionist state terror regime to get away with anything. In all its wars of aggression, pre-emptive attacks, targeted homicides and raids, the Jewish State has abrogated international law including human rights. Is this the “Jewish ethics” the propaganda talks about? I cannot love a state, and I cannot love the “Jewish” State. How can you see something positive in a State that oppresses, denigrates, and ethnically cleanses Palestinians from even before its foundation, and maintains its policy of continues with this reason of state of the judaisation. For this reason we are forced to support Israel’s “security” which permits its policy of violating international law and human rights. Have we learnt absolutely nothing from history?  Can anyone claim they knew nothing about it!
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And the new political situation, the right-wing parties gaining strength in Europe, from France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Austria, and perhaps the future Kurz-Coalition, and the AfD in Germany, make the situation even worse. What do they all have in common? They support Jews and the “Jewish State”, and they struggle against the  alleged “Islamisation” of the “Christian Occident.” The increase of this terrifying policy is reached when right-wing and traditional German parties read from the same page.
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Russia is informed about the air strike against Syria, as it was the case on 7 September, when the Israeli Air Force had attacked a military plant in Hama. In the German media we read the justification of Israel,  based on the motto that “good” bombs are allowed to attack a Syrian chemistry plant of the “bad” Assad regime and to kill to Syrian soldiers. These attacks are part of a countless number, and one of the most sensational was the attack of 7 June 1981, when the IDF destroyed an Iraqi research plant near Bagdad. Not to speak of the regular strikes against Hezbollah convoys, and of drone attacks in Lebanon. What would have happened, if it was “Jewish defense soldiers” killed by Syrian fighter jets? Western value hypocrites would have condemned such barbarous acts and supported the Zionist regime.
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When Star of David jets attack an alleged chemistry plant, it is ok, and no journalists or politicians question such violations against international law, and the violation are not worth talking about in the State news of ARD. While in the news will discuss football and car racing, it will fail to mention how the “Jewish Defense Army” launches its attacks from the illegally occupied region territory. This is a deliberate, misleading, and brainwashing of the people.
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This “special” relationship stylizes the “Jewish Occupation State” as a “light among the peoples” and an illuminating model for questions about security, defense, and integration of refugees. In his new book Ilan Pappe describes this state as the “biggest prison” in the world. This State can act in a total freedom, can break all rules, and can continue its land grabbing, its occupation, the negation of international law and can be sure to get the support by the community of states. At the first front there is U.S. president Trump, the most dangerous of all U.S. presidents who actively supports this kind of policy. Trump threatens other countries and puts the world in danger of a third World War. Then you can be sure of one thing: Netanyahu will be his fan and supporter, and racism and Zionism will be their common objectives, even if they represent a big risk for the peace of this world.
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This risk is further increased by Trump who wants to destroy the tediously negotiated nuclear deal with Iran because he considers it a “bad deal” with a shameful state. In addition, Trump today threatens North Korea with “total” destruction. However, when you listen to his claim to put an end to the “bad” nuclear deal with Iran, you know very well who are his “whisperers.” And if you read certain Israeli newspapers and think thanks for the Netanyahu regime’s annulment of this deal, you should understand that is not enough because Israel wants to prepare an independent military attack against Iran to destroy the Iranian nuclear infrastructure by the use of all kinds of force and with “determination and creativity.” For many years this policy of pretension to power has been the result produced by Zionist “thought leaders” like, at the first front, the Bar-Ilan university, the Begin Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA Centre) or the Israel Project. Terms like occupation, nakba, cluster bombs, and Sharon’s slaughter festivity in Lebanon, the genocide in Gaza have been declared taboo. Also the countless verbal pirouettes which pursue the goal to let the occupation and the crimes under international criminal law disappear from the media are produced by these scientifically accompanied Israel lobby thought leaders. They ruthlessly exploit Holocaust comparisons, so as to demonize critics of the Israeli policy as anti-Semites. So they have successfully transformed peaceful states like Iran which has never attacked another country into demonized Holocaust players, and fighters of Hezbollah and Hamas, opposed to the occupation under international criminal law, are called terrorist organizations. This week, the Israeli war minister Lieberman will meet the Russian and US defense ministers to put them back on track. He wants to induce his US colleague Mattis to more actively engage in the struggle against Iran and in the Syrian war, because the Netanyahu regime considers itself as being “surrounded by enemies” (Iran, Turkey, Russia, Hezbollah, and Hamas!). It is also more than plausible that the Netanyahu regime and its co-puppet masters are behind the Qatar crises to weaken the big sponsor of Hamas in Gaza, Qatar.
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As a consequence, also the newly proclaimed unity between Fatah and Hamas has to be seen with some skepticism because it is a reconciliation agreement which will not have any sustainability. In the end, Hamas is completely right when it says that only the armed resistance can end the illegal occupation of Palestine, and that of course it will not accept to dissolve the Qassam brigades. As long as Palestinian President Abbas who contributed to all this to extremely worsen the situation in the occupation Gaza Strip even by encouraging the Jewish occupation power to cut electricity and by thinking of other harassments to overthrow Hamas. He acted based on the model of the Western “alliance of values” like in Egypt, Ukraine, Venezuela, just to mention some examples of (tried) regime changes. If now in the Gaza Strip Fatah will come back to power, this cannot go well in the long run. Only free elections would help both in the Gaza Strip and in the illegally occupied West Bank. Of course, this would be unconceivable for the Netanyahu regime because in that case it would have to negotiate with a legitimate Palestinian head of government and not with the legitimated collaborationist president Abbas who will do all in his power to avoid these elections because he would not win them.
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Alternatives would be Mohammed Dahlan, the former chief of the secret services of Fatah and Abbas’ mortal enemy, and Marwan Barghouti the “Palestinian Mandela,” in “eternal” Israeli solitary confinement, and symbol of the resistance against the occupation of Palestine! However, this is a dream worth fighting for, even if it is unconceivable thanks to the “Jewish occupiers’ regime.” Finally, Netanyahu does not want to recognize a Palestinian unity government in which Hamas co-governs. A small glimmer of hope is on horizon that Egypt as mediator will open the border crossing blocked on the Egyptian side, so to allow freedom to the imprisoned people of Gaza to leave their distress in the concentration camp. The “coup Pharaoh” al-Sisi pursues the goal to extend his power and to control the Sinai region.
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While the “Jewish State,” with all its Zionist power, has been trying for decades now to avoid the foundation of a Palestinian state, the Netanyahu regime was immediately ready to recognize “Kurdistan.” Imagine Netanyahu arming the Kurds to cause a further destabilization in the region. Probably this is exactly in the interests of the “Jewish State.”
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These new political constellations and power relations in the USA, Europe, and Germany may give cause for concern. Trump and Netanyahu are the embodiment of terror, and their common withdrawal from the UNESCO to protest against the alleged “Israel hostility” is ridiculous, if you consider that even calling the “Jewish State” an “occupation  power” is said to be anti-Semitic.
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However, it is extremely questionable whether the UNESCO President Audrey Azouley, the Moroccan-French Jewish woman, and former French minister of culture, proposed by Manuel Valls, will try to keep Palestine on the agenda. Azoulay narrowly beat Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari in the final 30-28 vote, after his being defamed as anti-Semite. And probably in spite of this “Jewish presidency” the U.S. and Israel will not revert their withdrawal. However, the USA still owes UNESCO 500 million US-Dollars.
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This “Jewish State” as “symbol of terror” cannot be internationally supported anymore. The BDS is an important objective in the struggle for a free Palestine.
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ASSORTMENT OF TOONS FOR TOOSDAY

Images by Carlos Latuff

What does helping hurricane victims in Texas have to do with supporting Israel?

Before you can get aid for hurricane relief you need to sign on the dotted line

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The West’s disturbing bigotry when it comes to the value of life

Who will the West choose to cry about this week and who will warrant no more than a shrug?

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How Turkey has showed its unwillingness to join the EU

Should I Go … or Not?

IN TOONS ~~ LOGO CONTEST TO ‘CELEBRATE’ 70 YEARS OF THE IDF

Submission by Latuff (via Mondoweiss)

Those once hounded mercilessly are the ones doing the hounding now.

Two submissions by Adel Sabaaneh

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THE PILLARS OF ISLAM HATRED

Israel calls itself “Jewish State” and wants to be recognised as such; it is a racist state, based on ethnic cleansing and occupation as reason of state. The government is openly based on a type of politics against human dignity, the segregation of minorities, and strikes up as master race.

The demonization of Islam (From a Latuff Cartoon)

The Pillars of Islam Hatred!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

I think Jewish umbrella organizations have lost their marbles when on 7 October 2017 in the magazine of the Springer Israel Friends they wrote: “Jews cannot cooperate with right-wing populists.” Are the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Schuster and his French counterpart, Francis Kalifat of the CRIF, the representative of the Council of Jewish Organisations in France, aware of what they publish? Since it has been their tradition since decades to follow the “good tradition” of being non-partisans.

Indeed, they are non-partisans, since their lobby work involves all parties and has a strangle hold on all of them so that nobody would ever dare to protest against the Israel lobby. At the moment, the main severe bogeymen of these umbrella organisations are Islam, and the left-wing Marxist Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD), engaged for Palestine. The “normal” left-wing party has already adapted itself to the German way of dealing with Israel, by avoiding to say anything wrong because otherwise it will be called “Anti-Semite”.

According to Schuster and Kalifat, the Jewish communities in Germany and France are politically pluralist and democratic and could not cooperate with the German right-wing party AfD and the French Front National. Because of their tragic history, Jews are very sensitive when populists start to split society and to attack minorities. However, this is exactly what AfD and Front National do! They campaign against Muslims and refugees. In addition, they criticize “the NAZI linguistic use” and many other points which at the moment focus on Muslims, but could also involve Jews in the next future. They speak about lists splitting French society into “real French people”, “new French people”, and “people with dual citizenship”, and add that “we, the Jews, are always involved”, when you start to write lists. These are just a couple of examples of this hypocrite article. (1)

Why did these representatives not say this before the elections? However, it is the same Schuster warning against Muslim Anti-Semitism and asking for a ceiling for refugees in Germany? (2)(3)

They did not say one word about the Jewish AfD representatives, like Wolfgang Fuhl or Alexander Beresowski. Unfortunately, many Jews feel “at home” in the AfD, because the AfD has never been against Jews. The AfD just wants to stop the Islamisation of society and “take Germany back home”. Germany is for the Germans, as the Jewish State is for the Jews. And these images are pretty similar.

Struggle Against Political Islam

The AfD successfully campaigned for Jewish voters, and this proves the “political reliability” of many Jews and their representatives towards the “Jewish State”. By a journey organised by an FPÖ representative to the Jewish State the former AfD chief Frauke Petry got her “kosher stamp”. In the meantime her actual husband, Marcus Pretzell, attacked political Islam in occasion of a meeting in Koblenz and mentioned the “Jewish State” as model of this struggle, having started since decades. (4)(5)

Where were the Jewish officials? They kept silent, because they were not involved! Instead, they warned against the “deeply ingrained” anti-Semite Muslim immigrants / young Palestinian men. This argument was even parroted by SPD candidate for chancellor, without bringing him votes. (6) In his speech on 3 October Steinmeier claimed that refugees have to accept German history and the responsibility for the security of the state of Israel as part of their new German identity.

What kind of German arrogance! What relation does a refugee or an immigrant have with the German guiltiness or with the questionable claim of caring about the security of this “Jewish State” being so unjust towards their Muslim brothers and sisters? Why does Steinmeier not speak about this injustice of the occupation of Palestine, violating international law?

The 3 October would have been the right date to do this, as the 3 October is the symbol of the fall of Berlin Wall and freedom. This German President, already involved in many questionable acts as SPD politician, does not cut a good figure as German President of all Germans. And it does not help if he holds preaches in churches or is received by the Holy Father at a private audience. In addition, I do not like this closeness between State and Church! For me being a German is another thing!

Where were these umbrella organisations before the elections, when it has been already known for a long time, how often right-wing populists had visited the “Jewish State”, and had affirmed their common goal of struggling with the “Jewish State” against the common enemy of “Islamic extremism”? (7) How can Schuster and his colleagues dare to write such wrong things about their politics of solidarity towards a “Jewish State” which is more right-wing than all right-extremist parties in Europe because it already concretely does what these parties would do, if they won the elections.

Israel calls itself “Jewish State” and wants to be recognised as such; it is a racist state, based on ethnic cleansing and occupation as reason of state. The government is openly based on a type of politics against human dignity, the segregation of minorities, and strikes up as master race. A state manipulating Nazi concepts, having prisons for asylum seekers, keeping thousands of Palestinian in illegal administrative detention without trial, denying Palestinians their legal right of return, and daily displacing Palestinians and Bedouins from their land, and building settlements violating international law. And in this situation these lobbyists speak about right-wing populists they do not want to cooperate with. In a state where people claim for the death for Arabs, right-extremist parties dominate the parliament, where racist expressions are considered as normal, the ministers of the Netanyahu regime want to exclude Arab parties, and call them the “fifth column”.

Right Extremism has almost involved the whole Israeli population

A “Jewish State” where Arabic parties should be prohibited and you openly speak about their transfer, and the word occupation is outlawed, because it does not exist and the whole land should belong to the “Jewish people”. And here rabbis call for the murder of Palestinians, because there is no room for others, since this “holy” land only belongs to the “Jewish people”. And here military rabbis during the Gaza War called for the murder of civilians if it served to save Jewish life. In this State, Palestinians are the enemy image and must be bloody opposed to as terrorists. In Israel almost the whole population is right-extremist.

These few examples are just a drop in the bucket and say nothing about the real suffering of the Palestinian society, about the hopelessness and powerlessness towards the Zionist occupiers, working on their “final solution”, supporting by the community of State. Everyone who dares to speak out is defamed, excluded, and destroyed by the Israel lobby. This can happen to anyone who dares to say the truth.

So if the representatives of the umbrella organisations want to struggle against right extremism in Europa by opposing to the forces threatening “our” European values, “our” freedom”, I would like to ask why they have not started this struggle in the “Jewish State”. This state has been denying freedom to a people for years now, and has been destroying the world peace for decades. Why did they claim for solidarity with the “Jewish State” instead, without opposing to its reprehensible right extremism?

When the President of the Jewish World Congress Ronald S. Lauder tells the entry of the AfD into the German Bundestag “repugnant”, by calling this party a “scandalous movement”, reminding the worst German history, I would like to ask him why it is not scandalous to him to have close relations to the Netanyahu regime by unconditionally supporting it, and by accepting personal gifts from Netanyahu? This regime, ethnically cleaning Muslims, reminds the German regime which at that time ethnically cleaned Jews. I do not want to put the two on one level, but we should at least compare these conditions which are unique in this world, while the “Jewish State” calls itself the “only” democracy in the Middle East. However, it does not want to be judged on this basis.

The poisonous seed sowing now

Jewish “philanthropists” like the US-Jews Nina Rosenwald, the “Sugar Mama”, the millionaire and mother of all Islam hatred, and the Gatestone Institute, one of many think tanks, have been strongly campaigned for hate against Muslims for years now. And as long as Jewish officials keep silent, they will remain implausible and complicit in these racist crimes! (8)(9)

As long as in Germany the freedom of opinion in politics and media will be ignored by the Israel lobby and its motivated philo-Semite supporters, as long as ant-Zionists are accused of anti-Semitism, and anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are put at the same level, as long as BDS representatives are defamed as anti-Semites, as long as right-wing Israel friends get solidarity, while Israel critics are treated like “leprous” patients…

As long as the attitude towards the “Jewish State” is considered as the standard to evaluate a political point of view ignoring illegal occupation politics…. As long as politics and media act according to the instructions of Jewish officials who determine German thinking, and decide “what is good for Jews and Israel”, the pillars of Islam hatred will stand on solid ground.

Footnotes:

(1) https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article169391130/Juden-koennen-nicht-mit-Rechtspopulisten-zusammenarbeiten.html
(2) http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/zentralrat-der-juden-warnt-vor-antisemitismus-durch-fluechtlinge-a-1100329.html
(3) http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/fluechtlinge-zentralrat-der-juden-fordert-obergrenze-a-1064054.html
(4) http://juedischerundschau.de/interviewreihe-parteien-vor-der-bundestagswahl-teil-2-frauke-petry-zu-ihrem-besuch-in-israel%E2%80%A8ein-gespraech-der-juedischen-rundschau-mit-der-afd-parteivorsitzenden-135910819/
(5) http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/gipfeltreffen-der-rechtspopulisten-in-koblenz-14717693.html
(6) https://www.rf-news.de/2017/kw37/palaestinenser-und-antisemitismus-wie-bitte-herr-schulz
(7) http://sicht-vom-hochblauen.de/rechtspopulisten-und-ihre-verbundenheit-zum-juedischen-staat/
(8) https://www.thenation.com/article/sugar-mama-anti-muslim-hate/
(9) https://theintercept.com/2017/09/22/german-election-afd-gatestone-institute/

 

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A LOOK AT THE NEWS IN TOONS

Images by Carlos Latuff

USA & Israel are leaving UNESCO! Two toxic governments & warmongering ‘countries’ that shouldn’t be there in the first place!!!

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Who’s the best mass murder after all?

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GERMAN MEDIA REACHES A NEW LOW IN REPORTING

German media have a “particular” responsibility to finally free themselves of Israeli lobby pressure and talk about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, as would be expected of   “genuine” journalism.

At Low Point of Media Reporting

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English translation by Milena Rampoldi
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I very well remember the weekly rallies of Pegida which failed to make any proposals, but just created blind hatred. The AfD party came from its lap and got its voter potential because of the numerous unsatisfied and excluded Germans. What happened in Europa much earlier, was also experienced, even if to a lesser degree, in Germany. 
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What is particularly alarming about this is that those right-wing populists support the “Jewish State” and venerate it as bulwark against Islam. They had already already been on a pilgrimage to Israel to support the Jews against the “Islamic terrorist threat” by forming an anti-Islamic front. And it is not without reason that today for the right-wing extremists the “Jewish State” is the outpost of the “Judeo-Christian Western World” which must be protected from the common enemy Islam and Muslim citizens. Consequently they made lots of friends in Israel who In fact shared their objectives.
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What we can see today, is the result of many failures by the media who ignored the burning problems and promoted this dangerous movement. For a long time now the “Jewish State” has been moving away from democratic values by developing into a more and more racist Apartheid State ignoring and determining media and official politics with certainty of its power because it is financially and politically supported. Critics of the “Jewish State” and BDS supporters are also strongly opposed.
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When it is about the reporting on the “Jewish State,” all journalists and the media tiptoe around the “minefield.” As soon as a journalist dares to write a non-compliant report the reaction comes from the Israeli Embassy or from the President of the Central Council of German Jews who is actually Josef Schuster, acting as the German mouthpiece of the “Jewish State.”
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At this point, let me tell you about a typically German panel discussion organized by the German Israeli Society (Deutsch-Israelische-Gesellschaft DIG) at the site of the radio-television Berlin Brandenburg rbb. This event exactly exposed this issue, even if were in a different way than was the organizers’ intention.
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It was an uncertain round table discussion titled “The image of Israel in the German media.” In the end they were “entre nous,” because only supporters of the “Jewish State” had been invited: the “steel helmet Jew” Michael Wolffsohn, the chairman and managing editor at BILD, Julian Reichelt, and the two editors-in-chief of ARD and Deutschlandfunk DLF, Rainald Becker and Birgit Wentzien.
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The so called “experts” of the Israel lobby invited to this event speaks volumes. The vice-chairman of the DIG made the welcoming speech, in which he criticized the “tendentious, anti-Israeli” media reporting, “emotionalizing“ one party and added that politics were also involved. So it is time for the German media to recognize itself as the “fourth estate” and debate how to deal with Israel.
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Then Gesine Palmer, a leading “Christian Zionist”, and Protestant theologian, who also studied pedagogy and Jewish studies, criticized the “Jewish State” by mentioning that it had more to offer than violence and terror. However, in this context, she forgot to mention the constant existence of occupation and settler terrorism which must never to be forgotten. This policy, recognized as a violation of international law, and consisting of the oppression of a people is unique.
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In fact it is already overdue to talk about this issue again, as the reporting about the “Jewish State” only consists of omissions and tendentious understanding of  Israel.
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It is understandable that this event was well-attended because in the meantime these facts have also been noted by the general “media consumer.” As friends from Berlin who visited this propaganda event told me, the discussion was just the mirror image of the more than sad journalism of our time. It was a unilateral and extremely unsatisfying evening. When the “steel helmet” Wolffsohn not just criticized the “lack” of empathy, but also – even more shameful – the “unilateral” reporting and “manipulation” and in particular the correspondents working in the “Jewish State.” And then the worm had turned!
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The atmosphere in the room was stretched to breaking point and was in danger of exploding, but nobody dared to openly oppose what was being said.
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Then the DIG presidential member and journalist Daniel Killy accused their colleagues of lacking sensibility and expertise because they chose the wrong terms that called for “negative” associations. 
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I think that this more than appalling event was extremely pathetic for both invited representatives of the broadcast stations. Becker and Wentzien defended themselves against sweeping criticism, but their defense was less than devout and insubstantial. They tried to justify their reporting.
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Then “colleague” Killy of DIG asked for “linguistic specifications” from the chief editorial team, and for a “list of terms editorial teams should avoid or restrict” in their Israel reporting as this would be a very effective step.
BILD editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt asked for more “empathy” because of the “special” responsibility of German national-socialism. 
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We see this “special” responsibility every day in the newspaper BILD! With this “sensitive attitude” German journalists make themselves complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and this is irresponsible!
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In fact, German media have a “special” responsibility to break free from the pressure of the Israel lobby and to report about Palestine as it is to be expected “genuine” journalism.
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How can editors-in-chief of public media and newspapers stoop to such a low level, by working according to such dictatorial targets and accepting them without any opposition just to keep their jobs? How bad does the situation need to get before they show open resistance? 
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I am asking myself how we can positively report about a “Jewish Apartheid State,” by considering what happens every day. I would say they should leave their jobs. I have been dealing for many years with this unpleasant issue, and have experienced a deteriorating situation when I think about German media and Israel.
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What is daily reported in serious foreign newspaper, from the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz to various British, English-speaking, and Scandinavian newspapers, is not echoed in German newspapers.
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It has always been common practice that representatives of the Central Council of Jews, the Israeli embassy, and the international organizations represented in Berlin romp about in editorial offices and broadcast stations. In the past it was about background conversations, while today it is openly celebrated and brazenly influenced reporting. In addition, journalists are continuously invited by Israeli government and the institutions connected with it. However, in comparison with today, in the past it was possible to hear a voice of criticism. At the moment, we are at a low point of media plausibility, which is a dangerous development. In the long run media consumers do not let themselves be fooled.

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AMERICAN LEGISLATION IS PROPELLED BY UNFOUNDED ANTI PALESTINIAN PROPAGANDA

The Taylor Force Act is based on smoke and mirrors. I would not lose any sleep if Congress totally stopped funding the Palestinian Authority. It would not make daily life easier under occupation, but maybe it would wake up enough American leaders to see the absurdity of their being dragged around like a flock of sheep by their Israeli herder.

Israeli police officers and Palestinians scuffle during clashes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood in this Sept. 8 file photo after Israeli officials evicted a Palestinian family from their home to make way for Jewish tenants, according to the Associated Press.(Mahmoud Illean, Associated Press)

The sadly misnamed Taylor Force Act is being propelled by unfounded anti-Palestinian propaganda

By Sam Bahour

On March 9, 2016, a 29-year-old American graduate student, Taylor Force, was tragically murdered in the Israeli city of Jaffa. Mr. Force was killed by a 22-year-old Palestinian named Bashar Masalha. There is no way for anyone to know what this crime’s motivation was because Israeli security personnel shot dead the perpetrator on the scene.

In any other place on earth, the victim would be mourned, the perpetrator condemned, prayers would be sent to both families, and life would go on. But not in Israel, where in minutes Israeli leaders blamed the Palestinian leadership for the incident, which took place under total Israeli security, legal and national jurisdiction.

More than a year and a half later, new U.S. legislation is in Congress. The legislation aims to cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority if it does not stop paying annual stipends to the families of those either killed by Israeli security forces or imprisoned in Israel.

With so much happening stateside, one would think that the U.S. Congress had its hands full this fall, and could, just for a moment, leave the Palestinians alone. We could only be so lucky. Rather, Congress is at it again, attempting to punish the people who have been struggling under Israeli military occupation for 50 years and counting.

The new piece of legislation, sadly named The Taylor Force Act, advanced through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this summer. Additionally, it has just been included in the U.S. foreign operations budget measure slated for a vote in December. Embedding the measure into a broader legislative package is aimed at giving it a second path to passage.

By naming the bill The Taylor Force Act, the presumption is that Congress has bought–hook, line and sinker–the Israeli propaganda that the Palestinian Authority was somehow responsible for the death of Mr. Force, albeit the substance of the bill is about something totally different. Such a presumption is not only utterly false, but after being made so many times by Congress, it smells like the witch hunt against Palestinians that it is.

U.S. legislators will not hear both sides of this story. No mention will be made in the argument on the Hill about this murder taking place inside Israel, where Israel is 100 percent responsible for security. The Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction, whatsoever, in Jaffa. Additionally, no hint will be made of Israel’s 50-year military occupation of neighboring Palestinians.

Although the specific Act addresses a single Palestinian Authority financial line item whose amount is unclear in general, the magnitude of U.S. tax dollars being dumped into the conflicting parties is many times ignored.

Israel has been receiving U.S. financial assistance since its founding in 1948.

“Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II,” according to a 2016 Congressional Research Service report. The total military and financial aid to Israel exceeds $3 billion annually, the largest recipient in the planned $25.4 billion U.S. foreign assistance budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

On the other hand, the Palestinian Authority came into existence in 1994. It, too, has received U.S. financial assistance since its inception, today receiving less than $400 million annually, excluding U.S. funds going to support the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is not part of the Palestinian Authority’s jurisdiction.

Inside the Washington, D.C., beltway, Palestinians can’t win no matter what they do. They simply don’t have the funds, political clout, organizing ability, leadership and lobbying savvy to make a dent in the U.S. Congress.

As an American, born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, I wish to ask the Palestinian leadership a simple question. Do you really need the U.S. funds? Of course, having more funds is always desirable, but in this case the funds are so small in the bigger picture, wouldn’t it make more sense to kindly ask the U.S. Congress to keep its money, all of it?

Given the blind battering of the Palestinian Authority by both sides of the congressional aisle, and given the fact that U.S. funds to Palestinians come with so many strings attached, wouldn’t it make sound political and public relations sense to relieve yourselves from all the negative publicity every few years?

The Taylor Force Act is based on smoke and mirrors. I would not lose any sleep if Congress totally stopped funding the Palestinian Authority. It would not make daily life easier under occupation, but maybe it would wake up enough American leaders to see the absurdity of their being dragged around like a flock of sheep by their Israeli herder.

Sadly, this legislation is carrying Mr. Taylor Force’s name. Instead of him resting in peace, there are those who are taking joy in being able to drag his memory through this political debate. I don’t.

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PHOTOS ~~ WHY ARE EYES CLOSED WHEN IT COMES TO PUERTO RICO?

Open your eyes and your hearts

Since hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico living conditions there are critical.  People have lost everything and now they are without water, without fuel to run generators, without medicine, and without electricity – which they will not get back for many months.  Supposedly there is food on the docks that cannot be distributed.  The response of the Trump Administration has been very slow yet there is much that can be done to alleviate the situation by using the National Guard and the military with their planes, helicopters, and vehicles to distribute the essentials.

10% of the people in NYC are either from Puerto Rico or have family there.  The Puerto Rican people are American citizens.  Because they see little being done the people in NY have reached out to their neighbors and collections of canned food, diapers, batteries, and other necessities are being gathered in homes all over the city.  They are then being brought to fire houses from which they will be transported to Puerto Rico.

Collecting aid in New York …

Photos © by Bud Korotzer Report by Chippy Dee

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TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE PALESTINIAN WAY

A poem about Truth and other thoughts from Palestine

TRUTHS

By Mazin Qumsiyeh

Truths became fragile outcasts
drowned refugees denied even their pasts
or those refugees silenced
by Zionist media murdered
Orphaned and denied futures
Tortured and robbed of cultures
kept behind ghetto walls
taboo subjects in conference halls
truths sinking?
rapidly shrinking?
becoming nameless?
faceless
powerless
mentionless
lies multiply?
occupy
people’s minds
flash that blinds
polarising
colonizing
calcified hearts
broken in parts
Standing with the persecuted truths
we are hunted by mean untruths
But it is our solemn option
to offer orphan truths’ adoption

Though numerous… all lies end
Truths return and never bend
truths humble and meek but remain here
loud for those who want or wish to hear
you can see them, hear them, taste them
feel them and know them
In helping a hungry child smile
in walking the extra mile
in a shared simple meal
in every emotion we feel
in a sparkle in a student’s eye
in the pain that we cry
in a lover’s embrace
in a friend’s grace
in generous giving
in gracious receiving
in never tiring
of true loving

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I wish that the US and the Western governments take care of their people in
need.  Instead of legislating to help Puerto Rico, the Israeli occupied US
Congress is trying to be an even more obedient "house slave" for the
Zionist masters by imposing more penalties on Hizballah (Lebanon) and Iran
and pushing for yet another devastating war (just like they did in Somalia,
Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya). Bernard Levy, the Jewish Zionist instigator
of the mayhem in Libya was in Northern Iraq building Zionist relationships
with the Kurdish region and instigating for dividing Iraq like the Zionists
did in Sudan. Other Zionists pour illegally acquired money in illegal
Jewish settlements and the largest terrorist organization in the world -
the Israeli army. Dividing the world and creating hatred and wars has been
a key pillar of global Zionist machinery for decades*. It is the old
colonial strategy of divide and conquer. As always many reject divisions
while some fall into this trap. Time to look in the mirror and time to turn
the tables. Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria are waking up. China and
Russia are finally showing some backbone. Even new understandings and
alliances are being forged against the wishes of the puppet masters. For
the sake of humanity, it is time to end the hate, the divisions and
conflicts.  The key to peace will be from here in Palestine. Once the
notion of a sectarian ("Jewish") state is abandoned, we transform to a
state of all its people, secular and democratic. It would have the ripple
effect of peace throughout the Arab world. Radical Islamists trying to
imitate Israel by having an Islamic state will no longer have a footing or
an excuse.

US Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel denounces racistposter campaign 
trying to silence truth tellers [In my opinion they should
sue these racist Zionists for defamation]


The Palestine exception to free speech


EDWARD SAID writing in 1993 with amazing foresight telling the truth that
should be read by all who had the Oslo delusion (“two state” road) then and
those who still have it now


*Ex-CIA official: America's Jews Are Driving U.S. Wars

BROWN-NOSING THE ISRAEL LOBBY

First you must read this post from yesterday (Click on link)

SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER

Silencing the freedom of speech of legitimate boycott supporters has occurred in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and more recently in Cologne.

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In the front line of those “brown-nosing” politicians are the members of the Social Party, the Christian Democratic Party, and of course, the Green philo-Semite politician Volker Beck who fervently wants to be the future leader of the campaign against “Anti-Semitism” which will be supported by his friends in the pro-Israel lobby.

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The Systematic Brown-Nosing of the Israel Lobby!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English translation by Milena Rampoldi

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Now that we are in the final run-up to one of the most boring and dirty election campaigns in Germany, fired by Islamophobic “nationalist” slogans by the AFD politician Gauland and copied by numerous other party campaigners, we should re-evaluate the reality of Germany.
Yes, Muslims and Islam are part of Germany, but so is freedom of opinion and Basic Law!
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In reality, the protection of such freedoms of opinion by Basic Law, has been suspended by the pro-Israel lobby with by politicians from all parties brown-nosing Israel when the subject concerns the illegal occupation and settlement policies of the Netanyahu regime.
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It is not Anti-Semitic to support the legitimate Palestinian struggle for freedom or to claim the right to boycott the “Jewish State” because it is a legitimate form of legal and non-violent resistance by that civil society with the BDS campaign — founded 12 years ago — being an important movement increasingly backed by people all over the world. (1)
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The reason why the “Jewish State”, its supporters, and brown-nosing friends strongly oppose BDS is because they more than anything else fear this peaceful and powerful movement which represents the truth. So while they spend their Shekels and US-dollars in counter campaigns,  the truth remains the truth, facts remain irrefutable, and money alone cannot forever quash the irrefutable truth.
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Following the total failure of all so-called “peace negotiations” which only served to increase the suffering, displacement, denigration, and sorrow of the Palestinian people, it is time for everyone to support the boycott of the “Jewish State of Occupation.”
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When it is about imposing U.S. boycotts against Russia, Iran, Venezuela or Cuba, our politicians couldn’t care less and do not share our concerns. We all know how important and effective the boycott was in Apartheid in South Africa where it is acknowledged by  former activists that the inhumanity of the Apartheid Jewish State is much worse. (2)
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Silencing the freedom of speech of legitimate boycott supporters has occurred in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and more recently in Cologne.
In the front line of those “brown-nosing” politicians are the members of the Social Party, the Christian Democratic Party, and of course, the Green philo-Semite politician Volker Beck who fervently wants to be the future leader of the campaign against “Anti-Semitism” which will be supported by his friends in the pro-Israel lobby.
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Do democratic citizens have to tolerate accusations of being  racists or anti-Semites by politicians only because they are legally and ethically struggling for the right of Palestinians to self-determination; because they  condemn the occupation of Palestine which  international law regards as illegal;  and because they do so within the parameters of civil law? The answer must be an emphatic “NO” because Zionism is a racist and inhumane ideology that has been calling for the denigration and displacement of the Palestinian people since the foundation of the State of Israel. Anti-Zionism on the other hand is a democratic and humane response to this form of racism.
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Can Germans vote for parties and politicians who feel obliged to support campaigns for the “new Anti-Semitism,” which is a philo-Semitism backing Israel’s illegal occupation? Can Germans vote for politicians who remain silent when they see how speakers, journalists, and professors in Germany are prevented from participating in conferences and events, or are banned from speaking about the almost seventy years of illegal occupation of Palestine which began with the  Nakba, or “Catastrophe?” This is not just disrespectful, it is also anti-democratic and unworthy of the so-called “community of values” repeatedly referred to by our politicians.
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In the meantime, the determined opposition to the alleged anti-Semitism has become an opposition by politicians and pro-Israel lobby to any kind of criticism of Israel.
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Imagery of the enemy helps to close their own ranks!
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I would have been happy to see the zeal of German election campaigners in the Social Party, when it was about the exclusion of Tilo Sarrazin from the party after his racist affirmations, and his unbearable and un-scientific books; but unfortunately I missed this zeal. My gloomy forecast is that any “Israel critic“ will be excluded in a blaze of publicity as an alleged anti-Semite, while an Islamophobic racist will not. This is an election campaign in the epoch of islamophobia! (3)
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I am really concerned by the fact that in the meantime all parties focus on the “distraction” tactic of anti-Semitism. This tactic omits focussing on the real, latent “anti-Semitism” because the concept is used in general terms against critics of Israel. And this is what the pro-Israel lobby wants, because it fully aware that it is not about “anti-Semitism,” but about the legitimate struggle for a Palestine free of illegal Israeli occupation.
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Is it not surprising that right-wing parties like the AfD in Germany or its “friends” in Austria, Hungary, France, and Belgium feel attached to the racists in the “Jewish Apartheid State.” What is particularly terrifying for me is fact that so many Jewish citizens vote for right-wing parties, and that a Jewish AfD candidate — with a leading position within the Jewish community — was presented in my Bundesland Baden-Wurttemberg which confirmed that all such parties regard  the “Jewish State” is a racist model whose unethical politicians consciously exploit Judaism to commit crimes against humanity! Let us not forget that almost the whole Jewish-Israeli population has voted for this racist state terror regime. Instead of being boycotted by allegedly free and democratic states, Apartheid Israel instead receives many expressions of solidarity, and in particular from Germany!
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Israel’s ethnic cleansing in Palestine has now also been exported to Myanmar with the supply of Israeli weapons with such activity becoming part of the “war on terror” soundbite that permits the perpetration of all kinds of crime with impunity.
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Is Israel to become a model? Yes, if Germany wants to be associated with exclusion, displacement, land grabbing, genocide, and even ethnic cleansing. The Israelisation of Germany must be stopped. The “Jewish State” even shows its racist face with regards to the treatment of refugees whilst Jewish citizens from all over the world are “welcome” to the empire “given them by God” to the exclusion of the Palestinian people who are not even allowed the right to return to their old homeland. Has a  German party ever shown any real interest in this?
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While the alleged “Muslim anti-Semitism” and the danger of Islam are constantly denounced, Judaic extremism remains unpunished.
While demonstrations of Palestinians against the genocide in Gaza are denigrated as anti-Semitic because of shouts like “Baby Murdering Israel”  despite the fact that many innocent and defenceless children are murdered with even whole families being eliminated by the “Jewish defence soldiers.” Meanwhile pro-Israel lobby groups supported by Jewish officials and brown-nosing politicians of all parties express their solidarity with the “Jewish occupiers’ state.” Is this fact compatible with the basic law? Is voting for such politicians and parties morally acceptable?
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When a couple of days ago in Cologne thousands of Kurds demonstrated for an independent Kurdish State, the PKK claimed having freed Öcalan, Turkey felt affronted and summoned the German ambassador! Imagine the opposite: Thousands of Palestinians – what a wonderful idea – demonstrate in a big German city for the freedom of Palestine, a Palestinian State, and the liberation of Marwan Barghouti, serving multiple life sentences in Israeli prison. What would happen? How would the Netanyahu regime react?
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If, as was recently the case, the Israel regime interferes in the German election campaign, this is not a problem at all. And even the illegal occupation of Palestine, the propagandistic appearances of Israeli Presidents or, as was recently the case, special interferences by the Israeli President with Chancellor Merkel because of the still pending U-boat supplies.
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But woe to Turkish politicians if they try to interfere. Then it is a completely different matter . . .
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If the “Jewish State” as a nuclear power attacks Syria; prepares potentially aggressive manoeuvres against Hezbollah, Lebanon or Syria; and violates the sovereign airspace of those countries, then it is certain that such activities will not be mentioned during German election campaign.
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However when Russia responds to aggressive NATO manoeuvres directly on its border, this is immediately presented as a threat of war. In the pseudo-duels of German election campaigns no real problems are discussed such as the increase in military expenditures, the delivery of weapons into regions of crisis, and the arming of Kurds in Northern Iraq?
What about Ramstein and the U.S., who have been delivering arms to Syrian Jihadists for years now. The German Federal Government pretended not to know anything about such events, in which U.S. authorities allegedly violated German Law. What kind of government is this if it gives U.S. law precedence over that of Germany by supporting regime changes originating from German territory? (4)
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The housing shortage, a basic income pension, pensions and fiscal policy are not discussed at all in TV programs with “invited” guests who are chosen to ask a couple of nice questions. Nobody asks about the Turkey bashing, islamophobia, occupation in Palestine, Russia bashing, separation between Church and State, influence of religions on our economic life, like the offer to open shops on Sunday or other matters endangering the “well-being election campaign.”
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And this way the more than unbearable election campaign of rushing “self-exposers” from  parties goes on, and sometimes it is not far away from the matters of the right-wing party AfD!
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It would be useful if together we could prevent the AfD of Gauland from entering the German Bundestag! (5)
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For sure, next Sunday will come wither without surprises, so let us pay attention for whom to vote. Let us penalise the politicians and parties brown-nosing the pro-Israel Lobby!
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Finally I would like to let Judith Butler speak in my name:
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“If I have succeeded in showing that one can fall back on the criticism of state violence, the colonial oppression of population groups, the expulsion and expropriation of Jewish sources, then I can show at the same time that a Jewish criticism of Israel is at least possible, if not ethical.”
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MIXED BAG OF TOONS FOR A MIXED UP WORLD

El mundo está loco, loco, loco 

It´s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

All images by Carlos Latuff

North Korea says it will use nukes ONLY in self-defense – will Trump push their button?

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Erdogan at United Nations

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Temer at the UN … BRAZIL IS NOT FOR SALE!

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UN Chief Confirms Myanmar Crackdown On Rohingya Is ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

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Israeli support for Myanmar is the natural alliance of regimes based on ethnic supremacy

Stop Israel from selling weapons to the regime of Myanmar!

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IN PHOTOS ~~ SUPPORT FOR ‘THE DREAMERS’ CONTINUES TO GROW

  On Sept 9th, once again,  4,000 DACA demonstrators flooded  New York City’s Columbus Circle across from Trump’s International Hotel.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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#NeverForget ~~ 911 IN TOONS

In memory of all the innocent victims …

A timely quote …

“In the 80’s they used to blame Russians for everything. Now they blame the Muslims. In the near future they will blame both”

Images by Carlos Latuff

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Chile also remembers

Chile also remembers (Click on link)

IS PALESTINE DOOMED FOR ETERNITY IN GERMANY?

What happened last Sunday during the so called “Chancellor-Duel” between the CDU chancellor and the Social Democratic challenger Schulz makes me speechless. In fact, the Social Democratic candidate just negatively focussed on Turks and Palestinians.

Palestine, doomed for all eternity? Remarks on the German election and Israel

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English translation by Milena Rampoldi

If Schulz becomes Chancellor (what I do not hope), he will claim for the end of the EU accession talks with Turkey. Didn’t Schulz, who is a former President of the EU parliament, know that these so called accession talks were just a Fata Morgana, just as the so called peace talks between the “Jewish State” and the Palestinians are? So what pushed Schulz to take this hardline demeanor? Does he really aim to get votes from far right and far left this way? Of course, this overconfident, now sober alcoholic and former bookseller from Würselen, desperately tries to improve his image to get a couple of percent points more than indicated in the catastrophic poll ratings.

What made  the Social Democratic candidate intolerable and ineligible to me was his statement about young Palestinian men. Asked by Maybritt Illner (ZDF) if “Islam belongs to Germany”, Merkel defended her statement by adding the words “in accordance with the Constitution”. However she invited Muslim scholars to distance themselves more strongly from “Islamic terrorism”.

However, I would have wished to hear this claim from the German Chancellor also towards the “Jewish Zionist occupyiers’ friends” in Germany who always express their solidarity towards the “Judaistic State terror occupying regime”. At this point I would like to ask her this: How is this attack against human dignity compatible with our Basic Law and its article 1? It states:

Article 1: “Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority”.

Article 2: “The German people therefore acknowledge inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world”.

I have had my doubts since a long time that German politicians acknowledge this and act accordingly, in particular after this extremely suspect TV duel that was prescribed as “obligatory program” on different TV channels. The only alternative was the switch-off button!

So my question is: How is this highest German constitutional principle compatible with the ongoing creeping attempt to undermine many fundamental rights? This applies to the questionable  expulsions, eavesdropping, new  face recognition scanners, restrictions to the right to demonstrate, reduction of freedom of assembly, barriers and blockades at state visits and summits, whose sole purposes  are self-celebration and exclusion of the people, treating it as  a leashed dog with  the slogan “You have to stay outside”.

How about the more than questionable arms supplies, including into crisis areas, and the growing cooperation with dictators and terror regimes, hence  the “Israelization” of Germany?

Now I can come to my main question: How is the basic law principle compatible with the additional passage that the “security of Israel” is part of the “German State Reason”, defended and supported by both candidates?

What I particularly criticise and what I found a brazenness  from the challenger Schulz was that he spoke about the “deep anti-Semitism” of young Palestinian men, to whom we have to tell that this protection of Israel is part of the German state reason.

I found a completely unnecessary derailment of the candidate. Instead, he should have supported the threatened, occupied, and dispossessed Palestinians, who have been mistreated by the Jewish state terrorism for decades (!) now. This obligation towards Palestine and the Palestinians must be on the agenda of a former Social Democratic EU-politician. Instead, Schulz offended a people under occupation. I am asking myself if he was “coached” by the representatives of the Central Council of German Jews and the Israeli Embassy.

And I negatively remember this former EU Parliament President Schulz when on 25 February 2014 I was invited by a friend (who at that time was still a member of the Social Democratic Party) and engaged struggler for the freedom of Palestine to come to the inauguration of the Nakba exposition at the Parliament in Strasbourg. There I heard that Schulz had refused to inaugurate this important and worth seeing exposition about the exodus and displacement of Palestinians in 1948.

This can be said about the so called “solidarity” of the Socialist and Social Democratic fraction in the EU Parliament with occupied Palestine. Once again, the old, a bit changed saying fits for Social Democrats: “Who betrayed the Palestinians: the Social Democrats”!

The Nakba exposition was made possible by the liberal Alde fraction, even if its liberal member, Graf Lambsdorff, vice-president of the European Parliament, is a “declared and unconditional” friend of Israel.

In my opinion, Schulz by denigrating a group of people has disqualified himself as Chancellor candidate!

Chancellor Merkel – I do not support for sure – would never bring off such a flop and shame. She would never have offended so much the weakest, the Palestinians, oppressed by the “Jewish State”, occupied, deprived from their rights and own state, just to get votes.

Schulz started indeed with this defamation without being asked and with no need. And this makes him unattractive for Palestinians, pro-Palestinian activists and for many Turkish voters as eligible alternative to Merkel.

Martin Schulz was made honorary Doctor of Philosophy by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014…
…but Angela Merkel was awarded this title already in 2007 and was made honorary Doctor of the Tel Aviv University in 2011
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What we can expect from the Green, left-wing and liberal politicians concerning Palestine, however, is not more promising and leaves me at the ballot box with great perplexity.

What surprised me a lot was that the media accepted without any criticism that the “Central Council” of the Jews in Germany, the newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine and Jerusalem Post interfered in the German election campaign by criticizing “radical Palestinians” in the lists of the Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD), with the philosemite Green politician Volker Beck in their wave.

Volker Beck even dared to ask why the Popular Front of Liberation of Palestine was not forbidden. The candidates are on the list of the PFLP which is on the “EU terror list” (because Israel requested it?). But fortunately and rightly it is NOT FORBIDDEN in Germany. The MLPD has a list with candidates  of the PFLP. And the MLPD has candidates of at least ten different nationalities and is the ONLY German party supporting the freedom of Palestine and standing for it in its election agenda.(1)

In the meantime, unnoticed by German politics and the German public, the Judaistic reprisals of the Netanyahu regime against Palestinians and Palestine go on. Netanyahu celebrates the 50 years of the occupation of Palestine on stolen Palestinian land in the Judaistic illegal settlement and guarantees to its illegal inhabitants that they have come to remain there forever. In addition, he promised that under his government not a single settlement will be dismantled, and that Jerusalem will forever be the undivided capital of the “Jewish State”. After his return to Jerusalem Billions of Dollars were given for new settlements in the illegally occupied Palestine! (2)

In this context, the Israeli hard-core Zionist and supporter of the occupation, Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, attacks the judges, saying that“Zionism will not lower its head” towards a universal system of individual rights. She proclaimed the new Law supported by her Party Likud and by Netanyahu and accepted by the Parliament, calling Israel a “Nation-State of the Jewish People”, as a „moral and political revolution“. This bill confers the “self-determination right” only to Jews. Arabic is not an official language any more, but is downgraded to a language with special status.

You can imagine what this means to more than 20% Non-Jews, mainly Palestinians with Israeli passports, to the dispossessed Bedouins, and to the few remaining Christians in the “Holy Occupiers’ Land”!

Anyone who until now didn’t want to acknowledge that the “Jewish State” is an Apartheid State, should now be taught better and finally support the boycott measures of the BDS campaign!

Precisely because of the German past, we are not allowed to ignore the injustice of the so called “only” democracy in the Middle East, the ethnocracy of the “Jewish State” committing land robbing, occupation, ethnic cleansing, and a racist judaization. I had other expectations from ALL German political parties: 50 years after the beginning of the second occupation, and 69 years after the foundation of the “Jewish State” at the expense of the displacement and occupation of a people, we have to speak out against this injustice!

I also appeal to German politicians and voters to think about how long this illegal and unbearable situation will be continued with German help.

Palestine,  doomed for all eternity?

Notes

 

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TOON OF THE DAY ~~ NETANYAHU’S IMPENDING ‘WELCOME’ IN ARGENTINA

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit three Latin American countries next week, as a part of his ongoing effort to boldly go where none of his predecessors has gone before.

Will the war criminal  be well received by the people of ?

Image by Carlos Latuff

Is the REAL purpose of the visit to learn how to make people disappear?

Here is the latest on that subject …

Latuff holds up sign …

From the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY)

SOLIDARITY DECLARATION FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE ARGENTINIAN YOUNG SANTIAGO MALDONADO

Since August 1st the Argentinian young Santiago Maldonado is disappeared. According to witnesses, Santiago was caught by the Argentinian National Gendarmerie while he was taking part in a manifestation in favors of the rights of the Mapuche community in the south of Argentina.

In spite of the media manipulation to reduce the importance of this serious fact, the Argentinian people claim the alive appearance of Santiago from the first moment, bearing the aggressive escalation in mind against the social protests and the freedom of expression that again the Argentinian people suffers.

The World Federation of Democratic Youths condemns Santiago Maldonado`s disappearance. In this way it adds also to the claim for a serious judgment that allows come to the material and intellectual culprits of the disappearance.

We demand the respect of the rights of the young persons and all the people to demonstrating and to express without exposing their physical integrity and their life. 40 years ago, Latin America suffered an imperialistic plan that during decades systematized the death and disappearance of hundreds of thousands of valuable young persons who were fighting to reach a just and inclusive society for the whole of the peoples of America.

It`s because of this recent history that we call the youth of the world to condemn the forced disappearance of young and people and to claim the alive appearance of Santiago Maldonado.

Santiago Maldonado, alive was taken, alive we want him!

On Behalf of WFDY
The HQ of WFDY
Moscow, September 2017

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM PALESTINE TO HELP YOU BE HOPEFUL IN BAD TIMES

To be hopeful in bad times
Compiled by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD


Simple facts that you can get documents for by searching

-The reasons we have high incidence of hurricanes, floods, and other
catastrophe is man made climate change
-The reason we are not doing much about climate change is that there are
greedy individuals who profit from the trends
-We have wars to distract us from the inequalities and injustices and to
make money for a few already very rich people
-There are no just wars. There are understandable and justified resistance
of native people to colonialism
- North Korea watched what the US did in places like Libya (after Libya
ended its nuclear program), in Syria and in Iraq. North Korea learned from
its own history (US committed near genocide in the 1950s) and from these
other attacks and acted in its best interests.
-Israel is not an asset to the US or to any other country but a liability.
It is a country that supported genocide and brutal dictatorships from South
America in the 1970s to Saudi Arabia and Burma/Myanmar today.
-A world Zionist network created Israel and supports it at the cost of
millions of native Arab rights
-An axis of resistance against US and Zionist imperialism does exist and
does have the support of most of the people (e.g. see growth of BDS
movement and public surveys)
-An axis of collaboration, lies, deceit, and murder does exist and has the
support of most of the regimes in the Arab world (e.g. Saudi Arabia,
Emirates, Egypt) as well as regimes in Western countries (US, Britain,
Australia, France)
-Demography has shifted around the world and thus most regimes move to
assert more government controls and less democracy. The best tool for
governments is to use perceived threats (previously communism, now Islam
and terrorism). False flag operations have thus gone dramatically up.
-For people to act is no longer a luxury but an existential need to protect
our species.The last two decades showed that the schemes of the rich and
powerful can delay freedom and damage sustainability. Yet, we the people
can and do succeed. People do make a difference. If you think on all
positive things in human history, they all happened by people acting
positively and challenging status quo or rising up to help those in need.

Apathy is an enemy of progress, action works. We are hopeful because as
Howard Zinn once wrote (and I quoted it in my book “Sharing the Land of
Canaan” in 2004):

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on
the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of
compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in
this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it
destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and
places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this
gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this
spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in
however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we
think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us,
is itself a marvelous victory.”

Israel Justice Minister Shaked said the truth loud and clear: Zionism
contradicts human rights, and thus is indeed an ultranationalist,
colonialist and perhaps racist movement


GAZA: 1 MILLION CHILDREN SUFFERING IN 'UNLIVABLE' CONDITIONS
One million Palestinian children are living in dire and deteriorating
conditions due to ongoing power shortages, with many celebrating Eid in the
dark.


As Violence Intensifies, Israel Continues to Arm Myanmar’s Military Junta



Issa Amro, persecuted by Israel, is arrested by PA

ACTION: Free Issa from PA arrest!


 

REVERSING ISRAEL’S DIVIDE AND CONQUER TACTICS

Palestinians are 12 million in number, and stuck in institutional paralysis. The nearly 25-year-old Oslo Peace Process successfully, and sadly, facilitated Israel’s strategic desire to utilize the age-old divide and conquer strategy to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive.

Palestinian youths force open a gate in the Israeli separation wall, built on land belonging to the village of Bil’in, which leads to the Israeli settlement of Modi’in Ilit, also built on village land, February 17, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

How Palestinians can reverse Israel’s divide and conquer tactics

Oslo allowed Israel to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time to reset that reality and view the Palestinians for what they are — physically fragmented, politically divided, but a whole people.

By Sam Bahour

Most veteran observers, including Israeli security authorities and Palestinian leadership, were dumbfounded by recent events in Jerusalem, where tens of thousands of Palestinians mobilized non-violently in response to the Israeli closure of the Old City and placement of metal detectors at the entrance of the Dome of Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What was the secret ingredient that made such a mass action take place and be a successful example in Palestinian non-violent resistance to the 50 years of Israeli military occupation? How did it happen so spontaneously, non-violently and with seemingly no leadership?

A new report by the group, titled, Relations Between Palestinians Across the Green Line (Arabic here, English translation forthcoming), in the works for over two years, may hold the answer to some of these questions. For months, a group of dedicated Palestinian analysts, activists, intellectuals and politicians working with the Palestine Strategy Group (PSG) have been meeting to explore an angle of the Palestinians reality that is many times ignored—the relationship between the Palestinians living inside Israel, today coined as Palestinian citizens of Israel, and Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Transcending artificial boundaries

The report identifies Jerusalem as a place where, paradoxically, the boundaries of Israel and Palestine collapse — a site for joint work, cooperation and struggle against Israel’s colonial policies. Many political leaders (Palestinian members of Knesset, as well as Jerusalemites, Fatah members, Hamas-affiliated academics, etc.) who were part of the group that produced the report testified to the existing, nascent cooperation and possibility and need to further develop it.

Even beyond the recent developments in Jerusalem, there are also indications of grassroots and bottom-up engagements transcending conventional and formal realms of political engagement elsewhere. The cross-border mobilization and cooperation to address the Prawer Plan, for instance, a 2011 Israeli government plan to forcibly relocate some 40,000 Bedouin citizens living in dozens of villages in Israel’s Negev desert, was identified as additional proof to this growing phenomenon of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line finding common ground.

The PSG report starts with stating an obvious, but no less bold, fact that “Fifty years after the Israeli occupation and forced annexation of Palestinians under Israel’s discriminatory ruling regime, political projects associated with ending the occupation and attaining full citizenship have ended in stalemate.”

That statement is not groundbreaking in and of itself. When coupled with the following realization, however, it provides more than just food for thought — it also sheds light on this rather invisible phenomenon which has the potential to rejuvenate the entire Palestinian national liberation movement. The report continues: “In light of different political projects, national cohesion among the Palestinian people on both sides of the Green Line is a key tool to create a unified, collective umbrella that allows networking, empowerment and development. While it does not abolish political specificities, this umbrella will seek to integrate political projects. Every component of these projects will support the other with a view to realizing respective demands, including ending the occupation of the 1967 territory, return of the refugees, full citizenship, and individual and collective equality inside the Green Line.”

A new Palestinian agency?

The strategy presented is premised on two hypotheses. First, is the need to maintain a clear distinction between the national and the political realms. That means an inclusive Palestinian national project that brings together all Palestinian people — those under occupation in the (New) State of Palestine, those in Israel, and those refugees and diaspora abroad. Secondly, discrepant political interests and perceptions of Palestinian groups need to be viewed as complementary, rather than contradictory to one another. Doing so means embracing diversity, transforming it from a source of divisions into a foundation for rebuilding a national project.

It is important to emphasize that support, networking and joint action of Palestinians across the Green Line have always been in place. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian party leaders inside Israel have acted in concert and coordinated with and supported each other on innumerable occasions. However, coordination always took place beyond any institutional frameworks. Oftentimes, the report notes, “collaboration was arbitrary, individual [and not] bona fide.” Today, this cross-border cooperation is not only targeted, collective and authentic, but has within it the seeds of a new type of Palestinian leadership.

In this context, namely the lack of institutional networking, PSG discussants proposed several potential options to institutionalize relations between Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line. A major thrust of the report entertains the “creating an inclusive, apolitical framework for all Palestinians.”

Palestinians are 12 million in number, and stuck in institutional paralysis. The nearly 25-year-old Oslo Peace Process successfully, and sadly, facilitated Israel’s strategic desire to utilize the age-old divide and conquer strategy to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time to reset that reality and view the Palestinians for what they are, physically fragmented, politically divided, but a whole people nonetheless, from Ramallah to Santiago.

Sam Bahour is a Secretariat member of the Palestine Strategy Groupand policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He blogs at www.epalestine.com. @SamBahour. The PSG report was implemented in cooperation with the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) and the Oxford Research Group (ORG). It was supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representative Office of Norway to the Palestinian Authority (2015-2017) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (2016-2017).  This latest report is the most recent of a series of important and influential documents the PSG has issued since its founding in 2008.

 

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