ARAB COMPLICITY IN THE LIQUIDATION OF PALESTINE

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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.

 

ISRAELI AGENTS USED TO SILENCE WEINSTEIN’S RAPE VICTIMS

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein employed former Israeli agents as part of an elaborate and aggressive effort to spy on and suppress the allegations by women who have accused him of sexual assault and rape.

Harvey Weinstein used Israeli spies in effort to silence victims

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein employed former Israeli agents as part of an elaborate and aggressive effort to spy on and suppress the allegations by women who have accused him of sexual assault and rape.

In an exposé for The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow reveals that among the web of private investigators and firms Weinstein enlisted was Black Cube, “an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies.”

According to its company literature, Black Cube says its operatives are “highly experienced and trained in Israel’s elite military and governmental intelligence units.”

Its advisory board is packed with present and former Israeli military and intelligence figures, including “the late Meir Dagan,” the former head of Mossad, and Giora Eiland, an Israeli general who habitually uses media to threaten death and destruction to Palestinians and Lebanese.

Tweeting her reaction to the story, Asia Argento asked rhetorically why she and other prominent actresses did not speak up earlier. She answered her own question: “We were followed by ex-Mossad agents. Isn’t that terrifying? Very.”

Farrow tweeted that this was the “craziest story I’ve ever reported, and a rare professional experience that made me fear for my safety.”

In a follow-up tweet he emphasized that “over the course of a year, elite Israeli intelligence agents using false identities insinuated themselves into Rose McGowan’s life.”

Mossad methods

Black Cube’s mission was to prevent actress Rose McGowan, who has also accused Weinstein of rape, and others, from ever being able to tell their stories.

Two Black Cube operatives met with McGowan. “One of the investigators pretended to be a women’s rights advocate and secretly recorded at least four meetings with McGowan,” according to The New Yorker.

The same operative using a different false identity contacted reporters pretending to be a victim of Weinstein.

Written into Black Cube’s contract was a bonus of hundreds of thousands of dollars if it provided “intelligence” sufficient to stop the publication of stories exposing Weinstein’s actions.

In May, McGowan was contacted by a “Diana Filip,” who claimed to be a women’s rights advocate working for a London-based investment firm called Reuben Capital Partners. She offered McGowan a $60,000 fee to speak at a London gala and over the course of several meetings suggested she’d invest in McGowan’s production company.

“In one meeting in September, Filip was joined by another Black Cube operative, who used the name Paul and claimed to be a colleague at Reuben Capital Partners,” The New Yorker reports. Their goal “was to pass McGowan to another operative to extract more information.”

It turned out, however, that “Diana Filip” was an “alias for a former officer in the Israeli Defense Forces who originally hailed from Eastern Europe and was working for Black Cube,” according to The New Yorker.

And Reuben Capital Partners turned out to be a front company – setting up fake firms is a well-known Mossad trick to create plausible identities for its agents.

“Filip” reappeared as “Anna,” a woman who got in touch with journalists and claimed to have allegations against Weinstein. This amounted to a perfidious effort to gain their trust by claiming falsely to be a victim.

One such spied-on journalist told The New Yorker that when “Anna” recounted her supposed experiences with Weinstein, “it seemed like soap-opera acting.”

Link to former Israeli prime minister

Israeli media reported Tuesday that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak provided Weinstein with the lead to Black Cube.

Citing Israel’s Channel 2, the Haaretz newspaper reported that “Barak unwittingly played a role in leading Weinstein to Black Cube” and that “Weinstein even invited Barak and the head of Black Cube to a Hillary Clinton fundraiser.”

According to Haaretz, Barak told media that “over a year ago, he was asked by Weinstein if he knows about an Israeli security firm that Weinstein had heard about and can help him deal with business issues he’s currently facing.” Barak provided Weinstein with contact information for the firm.

Dirty tactics

Although Weinstein did not use only Israeli agents or companies in his scheme, the Mossad connection is notable.

Weinstein has a record of supporting and fundraising for pro-Israeli organizations. He told one such fundraising event last year that he is “Israeli in my heart and mind.”

His use of former Mossad agents is yet another example of Israel’s supposed prowess – developed through decades of military occupation and violations of Palestinian rights – being marketed and deployed for nefarious purposes across the world.

Earlier this year, it emerged that Israeli malware sold to Mexico has been used in attempts to spy on journalists and human rights activists there.

Israel and its surrogates are also evidently using clandestine methods to spy on human rights defenders in an effort to prevent justice for the Palestinian people.

Sexual violence

It is also notable that sexual violence has been a routine part of the methods Israeli intelligence agencies have used against Palestinians.

In one of the more high-profile cases, Rasmea Odeh described in the course of her trial on US immigration fraud charges the rape and sexual torture to which Israeli agents subjected her after her arrest in 1969.

Human rights groups have also documented Israeli interrogators routinely using threats of sexual violence and rape against Palestinian children in detention.

There is also a long list of of senior Israeli officials, including members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s inner circle, who have been investigated and, in some cases, convicted for sex crimes against women and girls, amid a series of sex crime scandals involving the highest echelons of Israeli society.

But as David Sheen has written, Israeli politicians have attempted to deflect from this by making racially based false allegations of an epidemic of sex crimes committed by Palestinians and other non-Jews.

Israel’s global influence is invariably marketed in positive terms, as bringing “innovation,” “green” technologies, arts and culture.

But The New Yorker’s revelations about Weinstein’s employment of Mossad agents to target victims of sexual assault will likely awaken many to what Palestinians already know: where the dirtiest work is being done, Israel’s hand is often not far away.

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SILENCE IS AS DEADLY AS GUNS

The Palestinian cry for freedom and justice must not remain unheard, because silence is an accomplice!

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Silence is an accomplice

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

While the judaization of Palestine continues untroubled, the illegal occupation of Palestine is maintained, and the Haram al-Sharif and al-Aqsa mosque are deprived of all rights because of the Netanyahu regime, and politicians of the extreme right, from Lieberman to Bennett, already talk about the “transfer” of Palestinian citizens, by mentally sending more and more Israeli citizens to the illegally occupied West Bank, the Federal Republic of Germany is silent on all Jewish crimes.

After Chancellor Merkel’s visit to the Wagner Opera in Bayreuth, where this year a Jewish producer explicitly exposed Wagner as an Anti-Semite in a tasteless and more than questionable orchestration, the whole federal government disappeared on a silent vacation.

It is apparent that Merkel never names the “barbaric crimes” committed by the Jewish occupiers, when there are Palestinian victims, but it silences on these crimes, and what is even worse, she assures her solidarity to the occupiers‘ regime by support its alleged “self-defence”! The successors of the “Christian Fascists” became “Christian Zionist” and silence on the Zionist state terrorism. The wonderful poem by Erich Fried entitled “The Successors” and quoted at the end of this article perfectly fits in this picture.

It is utterly unbelievable that German politicians always declare solidarity with the Jewish occupiers while the legitimate struggle for freedom of the Palestinians is gelidly ignored. Is there another people than the Palestinian we should feel more empathy for as Germans? I do not think there is. In fact, after the Holocaust we abandoned this unspeakable suffering people. Again and again, Germany feels closely connected with the destiny of the “Jewish State”. However, this link should be interrupted in case of human rights and international law violations. And these violations began with the foundation of the State in 1948 and even before. How often do we have to repeat this to be heard? Apparently not often and loudly enough, because nothing changes, and if something changes, it is only to the detriment of Palestine and its illegally occupied population.

While politics is silent in alliance with the “Jewish State” and its “safety needs”, the responsibility for the Palestinian people is declined with payments to the Palestinian Authority cooperating with Israel. And this is an incredible defeat. Since all German payments should be made by the “Jewish State” of occupiers instead.

While the Netanyahu regime oppresses the illegally occupied West Bank supported by the Abbas Authority, and takes its freedom, dignity, and interrupts water and electricity, Germany and Europe continue to finance the illegal occupation. We submissively accept Palestinian property, paid by European tax payers, being deliberately destroyed by the occupiers, who are assured that things will go on this way, like a perpetuum mobile!

It is precisely Germany which on July 20 celebrated the resistance of a couple of questionable aristocratic officers and always stresses on the importance of moral courage and resistance against terror and occupiers’ regimes.

And this happens while Jewish occupiers immediately oppress any Palestinian – legitimate – resistance with irritant gas, stinking gas, rubber bullets and snipers, as it actually happens at the Haram al-Sharif. The planned detectors and cameras were disassembled, and for this purpose Netanyahu deployed masses of occupation police and soldiers who insulted Muslim religious freedom, and only Palestinian men over 50 and women were allowed to pray on the site, according to the occupiers’ will, and then the worm turned. When the Abbas Authority and the Fatah Party proclaimed the “Day of Rage”, it was as mendacious as the whole authority is. Abbas and Fatah fear the outbreak of a new Intifada, exactly like the Jewish occupiers-friends do. Even if this rage causes many victims on the Palestinian side, because of the unequal power of the Jewish potentates, it is an absolutely understandable rage against this hopeless life, and cannot be contained. What do these young Palestinians have to fear in this bleak life under Israeli and even under Palestinian reprisals? At least with the sacrifice of their lives they want to do something against their lack of freedom of decades of occupation, and they want to struggle for the liberation of Palestine.

Even Haram al-Sharif which is the most important Muslim sanctuary after Makkah and Medina is instrumentalised once again by Jewish occupiers by wrongly representing it as Jewish symbol. For sure there was a second Jewish temple on the “Temple Month” (Haram-al-Sharif), but it is completely improbably that there was a first one. And if right-wing politicians like Bennett and Glick plan the construction of a third temple, this surpasses provocation and conscious misleading of the global public.

Also the “Jewish Wailing Wall” in the illegally occupied Jerusalem is just a former delimitation wall, instrumentalised in the 19th century as Jewish symbol. Between 1928 and 1929 a rancorous struggle for the interpretational jurisdiction broke out; and this struggle caused heavy struggles with more than 250 victims. The Palestinian, Muslim local population always feared the judaization of its holy sites – and it was right! At that time, there was the British mandate which clearly defined the status quo as it had to be: the whole area, including the “Wailing Wall” belonged to the Muslims and was attributed to them. Also the decision of the UNESCO in 2016 defined the Haram al-Sharif as Muslim and recognised only the reality of history, and 2017, in its Jerusalem Resolution, the UNESCO finally defined the city as what it is: an occupied city. In fact, there is only one problem in Palestine, and in particular at Haram al-Sharif, and this problem is the illegal Jewish occupation; and almost nobody talks about it so that this main problem falls into oblivion.

The truth cannot be concealed for ever by lies of extremist rabbis and “Israeli Arabists” like  Mordechai Kedar who repeatedly assert that the Muslim claim for Haram-al-Sharif is a “falsification of history”. Since it is absolutely clear who falsifies history here. In this context I would like to recommend to read the book by Israel Finkelstein and Neil A. Silberman entitled “The Bible Unearthed”! (1)

This book objectively and knowledgeably dispels Jewish myths. Another book which is absolutely worth reading is Nell A. Silberman’s “David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible’s Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition”! (2)

We must put an end to the instrumentalization of Judaism by the Jewish occupiers and their Sayanim abroad to guarantee their eternal claim for whole Palestine. First the displacement, then the ethnic cleansing, and in the end the occupation. What will complete the final solution of Judaization? The final displacement and “transfer”?

Netanyahu claims for the death penalty for Palestinian resistance fighters while the Jewish “Defence” Army undisturbedly executes extrajudicial death sentences, and for Jewish murderer-soldiers and terrorists unbelievably “light” sentences are passed. Let us remember the murderer-soldier Azaria who shot death a Palestinian defencelessly lying on the ground. For this guy Netanyahu and colleagues asked for “grace”, while innocent Palestinians are often imprisoned for their whole life in the illegal Jewish administrative detention without charge. If this is the reality, there is something absolutely wrong in the “Jewish State”, the so called “only” democracy in the Middle East, which cannot be called democratic because it does not even try to cover up its crimes. Why should they do it? They are pumped up with weapons, financial support of billions, and from everywhere people declare their solidarity with their crimes.

If the new Israeli heroes like Gideon Levy say that they are murderers who only know and want one thing which is “killing Arabs”, and if more than 85% of the citizens in the “Jewish State” support these criminal and murderous expansion politics, then decades of Jewish-Zionist brain washing have reached their goal. (3)

The “Jewish State” is a closed and arrogant society with no relation to law and democracy. This is a particularly negative status quo, which was made possible thanks to the hypocritical community of states because of an eternal victim status after the Holocaust. This is the actual problem: When Anti-Semites become Philosemites and when Israel criticism or BDS supporters are denigrated as haters of Jews and Anti-Semites, then this is a crime against humanity because again Jewish citizens are marginalised and delegitimised. And this is something we cannot longer tolerate. Since not our defamers are right, but the ones who actively work for law, justice, and freedom in Palestine.

If the Western alliance struggles against terrorism (even if the majority of this terrorism is caused by this alliance which is responsible for it), but is blind when it is about the Jewish occupiers’ state terrorism, then something goes really wrong.

This alliance and the “Jewish State” are very fast when it is about boycotting and denigrating other states, like it is the case of present-day Iran. However, when it is about such an important boycott like the one against the “Jewish State”, the eternal boycotter of the Palestinian people (without freedom and land) draws the card of Anti-Semitism. Is the Jewish occupiers’ regime not the only one and the last one depriving a people of its rights under the benevolent protection of the international community, and whose aggressions cannot be surpassed?

The Netanyahu regime of occupiers rightly fears the BDS campaign and declares its war against its international supporters. BDS supporters like the “Jewish Voice for Peace”, “American Muslims for Palestine”, and several Christian and Jewish groups, supporters, and activists are denied entry to the “Jewish State”. If we look at the example of South Africa, we will understand how important civil society pressure is, when politicians completely fail.

The Palestinian cry for freedom and justice must not remain unheard, because silence is an accomplice!

Die Nachfolger

Weil christliche Faschisten
zu Hitlers Zeit in Europa
Juden getötet haben
bewaffnen im Libanon heute
Zionisten die Falangisten
die so christlich sind
und so faschistisch
wie damals die Judenmörder

Weil faschistische Mörder
Juden vertrieben haben
sollen jetzt faschistische Mörder
die Palästinenser
die unschuldig waren
am Tod der Juden Europas
so ermorden wie damals
die Juden ermordet wurden

Weil es Juden und Linke gibt
die das Wahnsinn nennen
und den Mördern nicht helfen wollen
bezeichnen die Zionisten
diese Linken als Nazis
und die antifaschistischen Juden
als „jüdische Antisemiten“
und „Verräter am eigenen Blut“

Erich Fried

THANK YOU AMERICA FOR THE OCCUPATION

Israel’s guilty but America made it possible: Thanks to the U.S., we’re celebrating the first 50 years of the occupation – and probably not the last

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian during clashes following a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, West Bank, May 19, 2017. AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS

Thank You, America
Gideon Levy

Thank you, America, for all of the good things that you have showered us with. Thanks for the money, the weapons and the support. Thanks also for the damage, the rot and the denial. Another American president will be arriving in Israel on Monday, one who is different and peculiar compared to his predecessors. But on one score, he won’t be any different. Donald Trump will continue to heap all of these good things upon us.

America will continue to be the senior partner in one of the basest of enterprises in the world at the moment: the Israeli occupation. Trump will provide financing and arms and defend Israel. Thank-you in advance, Mr. President, for all of these good things.

It is thanks to America that we have come this far, that we are celebrating the first 50 years of the occupation, and probably not the last 50. Israel is guilty but America has made it possible. It’s not just the money, the arms and the support. There is something else, something unforgivable overshadowing everything.

In a brilliant essay by the American intellectual Nathan Thrall that appeared last week on the website of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, (“Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s no peace”) and that is excerpted from Thrall’s new book “The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine,” the author puts his finger on the root of all of the reasons that there is no peace: The alternative to peace isn’t worth it for Israel.

The country has no rational reason to come to a peace agreement because the price that Israel will have to pay is higher than the cost of the occupation. And when it comes to that, America is a guilty party. The United States and its associate, Europe, are the ones that enable Israel to maintain the occupation at a bargain price.

America hasn’t lifted a finger to render the status quo intolerable for Israel, and as a result, Israel has no incentive to reach a peace agreement. So there won’t be a peace agreement, or even a “deal.” The only way to get to an agreement is by upping the cost of the existing situation, so that the status quo become too costly for Israel. Even the cliché that time has been working against Israel has not stood the test of reality, Thrall states. When the potential threats actually come to pass, Israel will always be able to end the occupation. Until then, it has no reason to rush into things.

America has repeatedly tried the “carrot” approach, without any results. Only on one occasion has an American president applied real pressure – and the results were immediate. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower threatened economic sanctions against Israel unless it withdrew from Sinai, which it did within days. The last time that the United States attempted to apply any kind of pressure was in 1991, when Secretary of State James Baker pushed Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir into agreeing to the Madrid Peace Conference by withholding $10 billion in loan guarantees. Since then, although it’s hard to believe, more than 25 years have passed and the Americans haven’t even made another attempt.

 
On the contrary, the United States is doing everything to make the occupation more comfortable for Israel. It has funded and trained the Palestinian Authority’s security forces – Israel’s security subcontractors. The United States has also defended Israel in the UN Security Council; it has blocked debate on regional nuclear disarmament; and has maintained Israel’s total military superiority. At the same time, the Americans have paid hollow lip service in their criticism of the settlements — “a façade of opposition,” as Thrall calls it — a façade that has become a bulwark of defense for the settlements. With the appearance of being “punitive,” the regular condemnations have let off steam and have taken the place of genuine pressure. And of course, the settlement enterprise has not stopped its advance.

 
Even the artificial distinction between Israel and the settlements, an approach that the United States has led, has freed Israel of its responsibility for the occupation. As a result, one can currently be a liberal, enlightened American (or European) and oppose the occupation and support Israel. The settlements and Israel welcome that and continue on their way.

 
Washington has never attached conditions, amazingly enough, on its financial aid. “Listening to [the Americans] discuss how to devise an end to occupation is like listening to the operator of a bulldozer ask how to demolish a building with a hammer,” Thrall writes. “The former Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan once said: ‘Our American friends offer us money, arms and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.’”

 
Nothing has changed since and apparently nothing will change in the future. Thank you, America.

 

 

From Ha’Aretz

ABBAS/TRUMP AND THE END OF A FREE PALESTINE

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

Trump praises Abbas following White House meeting

 

ABBAS, TRUMP AND MORE

By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

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

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

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

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

 

A FREE PALESTINES’ RIGHT TO EXIST

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

Right to exist for a Free Palestine!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore we have to oppose to the Israelisation of Germany!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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TRUMP FINDS COMMON GROUND WITH ZION

The unique in the world State which calls itself the “only democracy in the Middle East” and which since 1967 has been imposing military occupation on Palestinians with a system of illegal settlement policies and colonisation has continuously sought to emulate other  dictatorships such as North Korea. However, at least, North Korea does not claim to be the “only democracy” in Asia!

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What Zionists and Trump have in common: they cannot stand the truth!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, English Translation by Milena Rampoldi
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And as “involved“ people we have long known how the “Jewish State” uses violence against human rights activists and organisations who are critical and tell the truth about its human rights and international law violations. The way the “Jewish State” treats Jewish and foreign human rights organisations should prompt us to ask ourselves: How long should we accept our tax money being used to support the maintenance of this Zionist occupation and oppression? And how long should the double standard apply for the “Jewish State“? The “particular” relationship must finally be normalised!
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How should we react to the fact that German banks, under the threat of pressure from outside, cancel accounts of Jewish groups only because  they support the legal and non-violent BDS campaign? Jewish activists are denigrated by the representatives of the “Jewish State” as traitors and Capos! It is simply outrageous and unbearable that today again and again Jewish activists are denunciated by the Israel lobbyists and their political and “Christian-Jewish“ helpers as “bad Jews“. They are prohibited from speaking because the Israeli campaign journalists make sure that German politicians and bankers are opposed to BDS supporters and Israel critics. On the other hand, all politicians and supporters of the “Jewish State” are guilty because they defend an illegal occupation policy violating international law!
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In the meantime, Trump again and again goes away from the democratic rules of the game in the USA. After his lost court decision, he tried to impose an even harder entry ban against Muslims (let us hope that his jurists will not succeed!). In his dangerous national-socialist world order Muslims are divided into not convenient and convenient Muslims according to the principle: “We determine who is a Muslim, and who is not!” And the “Jewish State” and the Israel lobby follow the same patterns; to critics entry stops and deportation are imposed. And also Jews, if they criticise Israel or support the BDS campaign, are divided into “good” and “bad” Jews.
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The collision course started by the Netanyahu Regime also against U.S. organisations and U.S. citizens, and actually against Human Rights Watch (HRW), proves only how safe this regime feels, reinforced by the support of the Trump Administration. A particularly blatant case is the one of the regional director of Human Rights Watch, U.S. citizen and Muslim Omar Shakir being refused entry permission toIsrael. This case is a new dimension of the internationalisation of the Jewish occupation regime in its struggle against the U.S. human rights organisation.
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In the letter published by the Israeli Immigration Office about HRW, HRW is accused of being in the service of Palestinian propaganda while mendaciously working under the flag of human rights. (1)
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A speaker of the Israeli Foreign Ministry called HRW an “anti-Israeli organisation,” while HRW referred to the fact that it had just written critical reports about the Israeli human rights violations, but also about Hamas and the Palestinian Authority of Abbas.
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From this point of view, the “Jewish State” is seamlessly integrated in the list of countries, from North Korea to Sudan and Uzbekistan, also refusing working permits and visas to international human rights organisations. Also the “Jewish State“ violates all the democratic rules it never complied with. HRW works in more than 90 countries all over the world. This shows that Zionists are afraid of the truth proving their human rights and international rights violations.
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Also creative artists in the “Jewish State” have for a long time been persecuted by the Netanyahu regime and the Ministry of Culture’s Miri Regev. They face the threat of not getting subsidies if they do not parry, or if they refuse to perform in illegal settlements to entertain settlers.
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While Regev started a cultural war against artists and famous Israeli artists like Davi Tartakov who call the “Jewish State” a fascist country, the Netanyahu regime and its right-wing minister go on with their fascist laws and methods. The Ministry of Education’s Naftali Bennett even put the recommendable book Borderlife by Dorit Rabynian on the index and prohibited for discussions in class because  it talks about the love of a Jewish woman towards a Palestinian. Of course, Bennett considers this reprehensible because it promotes the assimilation, and so it is not acceptable! (2) (3)
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If the outrageous, right-wing, Zionist, extra-parliamentarian  movement “Im Tirtzu” (“if you will it”) wants to strengthen Zionism by offering a free interpretation of Herzl, by denigrating artists, authors, and intellectuals, this is more than alarming. Since “Im Tirtzu” finances fifteen colleges and is represented at universities in the “Jewish State.” The organisation is structured like a fascist organisation and has woven its Zionist spider web. One of the main objectives of „”m Tirtzu” is to present the Nakba — the catastrophe of the Palestinians — as a lie – and for that they should classified as holocaust deniers! As my friend Steve Amsel says: Zionists do not fear anything more than they fear the truth.
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Also the Israeli veteran organisation “Breaking the Silence” is persecuted by Regev. What happened recently in a small art gallery in the artists‘ quarter Nachlaot in Jerusalem, reminds me the procedure of the Israel lobby in Germany! There a representative of “Breaking the Silence” should make a conference about the anonymous statements of former comrades of the “Jewish Defence Forces.” It was about IDF soldiers who were not able to deal with their conscience and the crimes they had committed in the illegally occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Immediately Regev requested from the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, to prohibit this event in the Barbur Gallery because the speaker was the member of an “anti-Israeli” propaganda organisation spreading lies about the State of Israel and the IDF. Since the Likud member Nir Barkat could not find any reason, he invented that the municipality needed these gallery rooms for another purpose and therefore the gallery should be shut down. (4)
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However, what may be expected from a colonialist Apartheid State, whose leading politicians, from Netanyahu, Bennet, Shaked to Lieberman, defended the murderous “Jewish defence soldier“ who assassinated in cold blood a defenceless Palestinian lying on the ground with a headshot at close range. For this crime, he has been sentenced by the Israeli Military Tribunal ONLY for manslaughter for only 18 months, while Palestinian children throwing stones as an act of desperate resistance are punished more harshly than Jewish murderers! 
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Netanyahu, Bennett, and Lieberman asked for the murderer’s pardon, and it may be feared that Azaria will be pardoned after a short time in prison. More than 80% of the Jewish-Israeli population supports the IDF soldiers and call on these to immediately kill Palestinians because a “dead” Palestinian/terrorist cannot kill Jews any more, according to the Mossad principle “Kill as first!” Settlers from the illegally occupied West Bank came in droves  to free the “brave” soldier and per Internet a crowd-funding was organised for the defence of the hero, so that the parents could afford the most famous lawyers in Israel, Yoram Shettel who had already worked for the defence of the Ukrainian Demjanjuk, for the concentration camp supervisor suspect “Ivan the Terrible,” and the most spectacular case of the “rapist-President” Moshe Katzav. Azaria was even acclaimed as man of 2016. All this only shows the deep abasement of morality of this Jewish occupiers‘ regime.
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This was just the prelude, since when the Belgian Prime Minister Michel was visiting Israel, he “dared” to meet representatives of civil society, of B`Tslem and Breaking the Silence. For Netanyahu the red line was crossed, and he summoned the Belgian Ambassador on the grounds that Belgium had to decide if it would like to maintain the “anti-Israeli line.” Such a meeting organised by Merkel with the NGOs in the “Jewish State” would never be possible or desired! (5) (6)
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Since the Netanyahu regime is working on a law tightening, that obliges Israeli organisations which receive donations from abroad, to publish this in their budget every three months. This concerns in particular the left-liberal human rights organisations, in contrast with the right, subsidised organisations. Also the European government leaders like the British Theresa May and the Belgian Charles Michel, were called to do anything within their power to dry out these NGOs.
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How would it be if Jewish organisations in Germany and Europe would be obliged to publish their budget every three months and to make public their national and international donors?
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In the last edition of “Spiegel” I was alarmed by the interview with Amos Oz, who from the German point of view is the second so called peace activist after David Grossmann, and this gives me serious doubts about a normal “Jewish thinking.” Oz and Grossmann cannot imagine living as a “minority”in Palestine/Israel, and this deeply shocks me. And the frank commitment by Oz that after Trump’s election he wrote a letter to Chancellor Merkel to tell her that she is the “leader” of the free world, makes simply stuns me. This Israeli intellectual payed homage to a chancellor who made of the security of the “Jewish State” a state policy which showed solidarity with Netanyahu when he committed genocide in Gaza and whose party wants to criminalise the BDS movement and is overwhelmed with awards and honorary doctorates by the Israel lobby.
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Oz is right when he says that the Hitler-Stalin Pact has brought 60 years refusal of armament and violence. However, exactly in the “Jewish State” we have been experiencing 69 years of armament, violence, racism, and militarism. Oz is right only in one thing: the Israelis did not come as liberators, but as occupiers. If he still believes in the mantra of the Two-State-Solution because he cannot imagine a cohabitation in a State as Jewish minority, then we can imagine how beautiful the new future of Palestine will be under the guideline of Zionism over the head  of the Palestinian, local population. It will be the evil and it will be careless of the suffering of the others! (7)
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Trump and Netanyahu both use the vocabulary of totalitarian regimes, they both use compliant media for themselves, and silence “enemies” of their politics, they introduce legal entry bans, build walls, and promote racism. So it is time to be alert. Yes, the “leading media“ are right. Trump is a dangerous splitter and warmonger. Trump plans the “historical increase” of the recent military budget of 51 billion Euros, so that America will not just be great, but also the strongest nuclear power. This should make all his left and right supporters fear. It is planned to reduce international cooperation, the budget of the Foreign Ministry and the budget of the Environmental Authority EPA. The same applies to social support programs! Trump will also frustrate all those who would like to see him through the Putin glasses, since nothing will change with Russia. Also for Palestine no hope was born. On the contrary, thanks to Trump, Netanyahu feels winged to finally feel free to judaise Palestine and to engage for “Eretz Israel.”
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Also Chancellor Merkel has reacted with understanding to the request by the Trump Government to increase the German defence expenses. Germany has to meet its obligations.
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Which obligations does Merkel mean? To “lead” the provocations of the NATO in the frontline or to conduct military campaigns all over the world in order to bomb “our hypocritical values” into the world, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz?
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I am always critical towards media, if they write tendentious reports, or even worse, if they do not talk about something at all. For what concerns omissions, the German media are masters. In fact, US media, from New York Times to Washington Post, are definitively ahead of us in research and  clarification. Fake news media and fake politicians should be unmasked, since they are the enemies of the people. So what do Trump and Netanyahu have in common? They are dangerous racists and militarists, who cannot stand the truth.
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COMPLICIT HATRED IN ISRAEL

Remember this video?

Can you guess who else was at that wedding??

Relatives point to contact between security service coordinator and father of groom as evidence that Shin Bet was present at event but neglected to stop incitement.

‘Hate wedding’ family alleges Shin Bet involvement

The family of Shahar Eshbal, the groom whose wedding became a radical right-wing demonstration of hatred, said Monday that the Shin Bet was aware of the event and neglected to prevent incitement.

Relatives pointed to correspondence between the groom’s father and a Shin Bet coordinator in which the latter offered his congratulations ahead of the wedding. “It’s unclear why the Shin Bet didn’t stop the frenzy as it happened,” said a source close to the family.

Arrests are believed to be imminent in the case of the wedding, captured on video, in which young guests celebrated with Molotov cocktails, weapons, and a picture of slain Palestinian infant Ali Dawabsheh pierced with a knife.

In the wake of the public release of the videos, people close to the families involved asserted that the police and Shin Bet had prior knowledge of the wedding. They claimed messages between the groom’s father and a Shin Bet coordinator proved this and suggested that events were manipulated by someone with certain interests.

In correspondence, the coordinator congratulated the father, who responded: “Thank you very much. I’m sure we’ll see each other at the event, if I manage to recognize you. Just please don’t come with the ski mask, so people don’t get afraid – there are elderly people there.”

Meanwhile, rumors have spread in the past days that some wedding guests were unknown to the families and that these brought pictures of the Dawabsheh infant. The Eshbal family also declared that Shin Bet operatives visited families of those involved multiple times before the wedding.

The Shin Bet said in response that it occasionally contacts relatives of individuals suspected of radical, violent activity in the hopes of de-radicalizing the suspect.

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CHILD MURDERS CONTINUE IN ISRAEL ~~ SILENCE CONTINUES IN WESTERN MEDIA

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Not for the first time, Western media have been extremely accommodating to Israeli propagandists. The crocodile tears of Israeli politicians over one child’s death are treated as if they are genuine. Yet European and American journalists have not stopped to ask why the same politicians failed to condemn the killing of other young Palestinians on the same day.

If those journalists did some serious analysis or research, they would realize that the killing of baby Ali was not an aberration. Palestinian children and teenagers are regularly killed by Israelis.

A photo of Laith al-Khalidi posted on his Facebook page in December 2014.

A photo of Laith al-Khalidi posted on his Facebook page in December 2014.

After baby’s murder, Israeli sniper kills another Palestinian child

Israel responded to the widespread revulsion over the murder of 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabsha by fatally shooting a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank.

Laith al-Khalidi was “killed in cold blood,” according to Fadel, his father.

Fifteen-year-old Laith was in the vicinity of the Atara military checkpoint near Ramallah when a sniper in an Israeli watchtower shot him in the back on Friday last week. Laith was accompanied by four friends at the time he was shot.

“Perhaps he went to express his outrage at the killing of Ali Dawabsha, but when soldiers shot him from the checkpoint tower, he wasn’t throwing any stones whatsoever,” said Fadel.

The details obtained by Fadel of the incident sharply contradict Israel’s spin.

Israel has exploited the fact that Palestinian youth were involved in confrontations with its soldiers in its attempts to “justify” the killing.

An unnamed military spokesperson claimed that Israeli soldiers had opened fire on Laith as a “response to immediate danger.” Those comments were reported by The New York Times, which called Laith “an assailant who had thrown a firebomb.”

However, evidence in many other cases has shown that such routine claims by the army should be treated with the utmost skepticism. Last month, video evidence showed that an Israeli colonel had shot dead Palestinian teenager Muhammad al-Kasbeh, in the back, as he ran away, debunking the army’s claims that occupation soldiers were in imminent danger from the youth. Video also caught Israeli soldiers shooting dead two Palestinian youths in cold blood in Beitunia in May 2014.

Just this year, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says that it “has documented dozens of cases in the Ramallah area of the West Bank in which Palestinians were injured, some severely, by live ammunition fired by Israeli security forces.”

The group says that “the large number of persons injured and the types of injury, indicates that live ammunition was used against demonstrators even when security forces were not in mortal danger.”

The army’s depiction, moreover, does not tally with how Laith’s parents, who live in Jalazone refugee camp, remember him.

Ominous

As soon as they heard of baby Ali’s murder by Israeli settlers, Laith’s parents had an ominous feeling. Could something happen to their own children in the clashes with Israeli soldiers that would more than likely ensue?

It was not Laith, but his elder brother, Yazan, that they were really worried about.

Despite being two years his junior, Laith — who hoped to become a lawyer — was considered the more mature and reliable sibling. For that reason, their father asked Laith to make sure that Yazan stayed away from any clashes that day.

Laith had repeatedly urged his brother to stay safe.

“My son Laith wasn’t one of the kids who’d go to protests week in, week out and throw stones,” said Samar, his mother.

Even before Laith’s murder, the family had suffered heavily at the hands of the Israeli occupation. Fadel, now an assistant dean at Birzeit University, was involved in popular resistance during the first intifada. He was imprisoned for six years.

For three of those six years, he was held in administrative detention, under which Israel locks up Palestinians without charge or trial.

His mother, meanwhile, had been injured in her leg after Israel attacked a protest in 1994. The protest was held in response to that year’s massacre in Hebron, during which the US-born settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Although both his parents have been politically active, they were eager that no harm should come to their children. Their children were therefore discouraged from battling Israel’s forces of occupation.

“I wish they were different from us,” said Samar. She reacted with disbelief when she received a phone call at 5:30pm on Friday, telling her that Laith was injured.

“I initially asked, ‘Laith who?’” she said. “I couldn’t even contemplate the idea that they were referring to Laith, my son.”

Laith had told her that he had gone to Ramallah to play billiards.

“Hoping against hope”

After he was shot, Laith was taken to Ramallah’s hospital, where he underwent surgery that lasted six hours.

“We had hoped that he would somehow come through this alive,” said Fadel. “I was sitting next to the room where the surgery was taking place, hoping against hope that my son would survive. Around midnight doctors took him to intensive care and five minutes later he was gone.”

Samar is a nurse. As soon as she saw Laith, she could tell that his situation was critical.

“I cannot describe what I went through during those six hours,” she said.

There was a moment in their ordeal that Samar described as “ridiculous.” A doctor told Laith’s parents that if he survived the night, he would be transferred to Hadassah, an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem.

“How can those who kill our sons then go on to treat them?” Samar asked. “How can we agree to this? But I was ready to do anything to save my child’s life, even if that meant sending him to an Israeli hospital. I would have done anything.”

Mourners say farewell to Laith al-Khalidi during his funeral near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 1 August. The teenager died in hospital hours after being shot by Israeli occupation forces near the Atara military checkpoint on 31 July. (Shadi Hatem APA images)

Mourners say farewell to Laith al-Khalidi during his funeral near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 1 August. The teenager died in hospital hours after being shot by Israeli occupation forces near the Atara military checkpoint on 31 July. (Shadi Hatem APA images)

Yazan, Laith’s brother, had tried to persuade him that he should join Fatah. But Laith told him that his allegiance was to Palestine, not to any political party.

“Laith was everything to me,” said Yazan. “We did everything together, we shared the same room, used the same computer, played cards together, watched sports together. We fought, we laughed, we both liked Real Madrid. But Laith was better than me. If anyone had to die, it should have been me, not him.”

Crying, Yazan raised his voice to an almost piercing level. “Laith, why did you go away?” he asked.

Laith’s 7-year-old sister Lor will only stop crying when she is told that Laith would hate to see her so upset.

“They have taken our happiness”

After a moment’s calm, she broke down again when little things remind her of Laith — like the beautiful mirror and the toys he gave her on the first day of Eid.

“They [the Israelis] have snatched the smile from this girl’s face; they have taken our happiness away,” said Samar. “With Laith’s passing, I feel that a piece of me is gone.”

According to his father, Laith’s biggest dream was that the family could return to the village of Annaba. They were expelled from Annaba — located near Ramle, a city in present-day Israel — during the Nakba, the 1948ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

“Laith visited his village when he was a kid and since then he always asked me, ‘when will we return home?’” said Fadel.

It is instructive that Laith’s killing was only mentioned towards the end of the aforementioned report in The New York Times.

Another Palestinian teenager was also killed that day. Muhammad al-Masri was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in a watchtower on Israel’s boundary with Gaza.

Their deaths received just a fraction of the attention devoted to the condemnations issued by Israeli establishment figures following the murder of baby Ali.

Not for the first time, Western media have been extremely accommodating to Israeli propagandists. The crocodile tears of Israeli politicians over one child’s death are treated as if they are genuine. Yet European and American journalists have not stopped to ask why the same politicians failed to condemn the killing of other young Palestinians on the same day.

If those journalists did some serious analysis or research, they would realize that the killing of baby Ali was not an aberration. Palestinian children and teenagers are regularly killed by Israelis.

Occasionally, the killers are settlers, inculcated with the extremist ideology on which Israel was founded. More often, they are soldiers carrying out the orders of a racist state.

Budour Youssef Hassan is a Palestinian writer and law graduate based in occupied Jerusalem. Blog:budourhassan.wordpress.com. Twitter: @Budour48

Khalid Amayreh adds the following in THIS post

ISRAEL APPLAUDS THE WORLD’S SILENCE

In a statement Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the seizure of the Marianne, claiming that the “flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.”

Netanyahu insisted that “preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.”

“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”

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Israel seizes Gaza-bound boat in “act of piracy”

Palestinian children take part in a rally to show support for the latest attempt to break the siege of Gaza by sea, at the Gaza City port on 28 June 2015. (Ashraf Amra APA images)

Palestinian children take part in a rally to show support for the latest attempt to break the siege of Gaza by sea, at the Gaza City port on 28 June 2015. (Ashraf Amra APA images)

Israeli forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday, one of four boats that were bound for Gaza in the latest attempt to break the tight Israeli siege of the occupied territory.

At around 2 am Gaza time Marianne was surrounded by three Israeli navy boats while in international waters more than 100 miles off the coast of Gaza, organizers Freedom Flotilla III said in a press release.

“After that we lost contact with the Marianne and at 05:11 am (Gaza time) the IDF [Israeli army] announced that they had ‘visited and searched’ Marianne,” the press release states. “They had captured the boat and detained all on board ‘in international waters’ as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite the Netanyahu government’s recent denial that one exists.”

Organizers called the seizure of the boat and its passengers an “act of piracy.”

Israel’s Haaretzreports that the boat is being towed to Usdud (Ashdod), a port in present-day Israel, where the passengers “will be interrogated before being escorted to Ben Gurion Airport and flown out of Israel.”

The 18 passengers aboard the Marianne include Basel Ghattas, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and member of the Israeli parliament, former Tunisian president Moncef Marzuki, Spanish member of the European Parliament Ana Miranda and Professor Robert Lovelace, retired chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation in Canada.

Many Palestinians in had eagerly awaited the flotilla, hoping that it would call international attention to the siege which Israel imposed eight years ago.

Members of the crew of the Marianne, which was seized by Israeli forces in international waters early on 29 June as it headed toward Gaza. (Freedom Flotilla III)

Members of the crew of the Marianne, which was seized by Israeli forces in international waters early on 29 June as it headed toward Gaza. (Freedom Flotilla III)

Three other boats – Rachel, Vittorio and Juliano II – that also made up the flotilla have headed back to their ports of origin.

In total, 47 passengers from 17 countries were aboard the boats, which carried medicines, solar panels and above all a strong message of solidarity for the 1.8 million Palestinians still besieged in Gaza one year after Israel began its 51-day destructive assault that killed more than 2,200 people.

An independent UN Human Rights Council inquiry into the attack, published last week, found extensive evidence of war crimes approved by Israel’s leaders at the “highest level.”

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Ghattas joined the flotilla despite violent threats and incitement from fellow lawmakers in Israel to lift his parliamentary immunity so that he could be prosecuted.

Yair Lapid, head of Israel’s purportedly centrist Yesh Atid party, for instance denounced the flotilla as a “provocation against the state of Israel.”

“This is a flotilla of a group of terror supporters a heinous flotilla that needs to be stopped,” Lapid added. “We need to act against the flotilla the same way we do when dispersing a violent protest and these guys need to all be arrested.”

In a Huffington Post column on Sunday, Ghattas defended his right to take part in the flotilla.

Bigots in “a discriminatory Jewish state as a white Southern extremist in a Confederate state, seek to diminish the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and their representatives in the parliament,” Ghattas writes.

“More than anything, it is obvious that the situation of Palestinians in Gaza will inevitably lead to another round of bloody war, perhaps even more horrifying than the one we had less than one year ago,” Ghattas adds. “Still, my very outspoken colleagues in the Knesset would not even consider lifting the blockade as a means to avoid future war.”

“No siege on Gaza”

In a statement Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the seizure of the Marianne, claiming that the “flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organization and ignores all of the horrors in our region.”

Netanyahu insisted that “preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General.”

“Israel is the only democracy that defends itself in accordance with international law,” Netanyahu insisted, adding that “there is no siege on Gaza.”

The fact that 18 civilians aboard a yacht cannot sail to Gaza, and that there has been virtually no reconstruction in Gaza since Israel’s attack last year would tend to undermine Netanyahu’s contention.

According to Haaretz, after boarding the boat, Israeli army gunmen were “to hand out a letter issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, welcoming [the captives] to Israel and wondering why they sailed to Gaza and not Syria.”

“Perhaps you meant to sail somewhere else nearby – Syria, where Assad’s regime is massacring his people every day, with the support of the murderous Iranian regime,” the letter would reportedly state.

Netanyahu’s statement did not specify which UN “committee” he was talking about, but this was a likely reference to the 2011 “Palmer report” commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into Israel’s attack the previous year on the Mavi Marmara.

Turkey rejected the report into the assault that killed 10 of its citizens on the Mavi Marmara in international waters and imposed sanctions on Israel.

The inquiry was heavily criticized for bias. The four-member committee that wrote the Palmer report was chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer and vice-chaired by former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, a notorious human rights abuser close to Israel.

The inquiry commissioned by Ban was in addition to an official UN Human Rights Council fact-finding missionwhich found that Israel’s attack on the 2010 flotilla was illegal.

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“It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of ‘no tolerance,’ meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment against 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza,” flotilla organizers said in their statement.

“Israel’s repeated acts of state piracy in international waters are worrying signs that the occupation and blockade policy extends to the entire eastern Mediterranean.”

They also urged governments”to ensure that all passengers and crew from the Marianne are safe, and to strongly protest against the violation of international maritime law by the Israeli state.”

“We call on all civil society organizations to condemn the actions of Israel,” the statement concludes. “People all over the world will continue to respond and react to this injustice, as will we, until the port of Gaza is open and the siege and occupation is ended.”

This video, published on 20 June, shows Marianne calling at the Italian port of Messina for a solidarity visit.

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NETANYAHU’S TWO STATE SOLUTION ~~ ONE WITHOUT PEOPLE

zions mantra in establishing the State of Israel was “A land without a people for a people without a land”.

The mantra of today in reference to a State of Palestine is simply “A land without people”.

The Nakba of 1948 is an ongoing process

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Click on the following links to read what has been happening since Israel’s election …

The illegal settlers and the IDF are working hand in hand

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ASHAMED TO BE FROM OHIO

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner has made me embarrassed to be an Ohioan. His invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress breaks protocol, advances the foreign policy of an expansionist Israeli leader over that of our own president, and brings the United States closer to a war with Iran that most Americans do not want.

Now I know why I left ….

John Boehner makes me ashamed to be an Ohioan

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer recess. The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. Lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation's pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer recess. The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. Lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation’s pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite)

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner has made me embarrassed to be an Ohioan. His invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress breaks protocol, advances the foreign policy of an expansionist Israeli leader over that of our own president, and brings the United States closer to a war with Iran that most Americans do not want.

The Middle East is a powder keg, already sparking and on the verge of even further violent deterioration. How do I know? Because I live here. Actually, I live under the Israeli military occupation that has persisted for nearly 50 years due to the likes of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Boehner has been in public office for a long time, serving since 1991. That’s longer than most of the current Arab leaders. One would think that 24 years is long enough for him to understand that Netanyahu is no friend of America’s in the Middle East. Has Boehner been oblivious to the fact that at every turn in the U.S.-sponsored Oslo peace process, Netanyahu has been politically spitting in the face of U.S. officials?

When President Barack Obama was first elected to the White House, he demanded that Israel stop building illegal settlements in order to give a chance for the failed negotiations to restart. What did Netanyahu do? He carved out huge exceptions to a partial settlement freeze and then refused to renew the freeze. Worse, the pro-Israel lobby mobilized against Obama so he would no longer press so vigorously on the illegal expansion of colonies.

When Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Israel, what did the Israeli government do? Government officials announced new illegal settlement activity while Biden was still there. He fumed, but the U.S. government did nothing.

When Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to the region last year in a last-ditch attempt to save the two-state solution, what did Netanyahu do? He refused to stop settlement building and, in fact, a new Peace Now report indicates that tenders for housing in illegal settlements were at a 10-year high in 2014.

Kerry had to walk back his use of the “A-word” in reference to Israel traveling the path to apartheid, given its refusal to end the occupation of Palestinian land. Netanyahu and his Cabinet, of course, publicly refuse to admit to occupying anyone else’s land.

With his strikes on Gaza and Syria, Netanyahu risks igniting the region and dragging the United States to places that weaken it, undercutting U.S. strategic interests.

These violent and deadly attacks are above and beyond Israel’s never-ending battering of Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It is also above and beyond the institutional discrimination that Palestinian citizens of Israel must face every day.

Now Netanyahu is about to be given center stage yet again. As Israelis prepare for theirelections this month, Netanyahu could not have asked for a better present — the chance to address all of the lawmakers of the strongest country on Earth. Even better, for him, is that he can do this while beating the war drums over Iran. For Netanyahu to be elected, like so many Israeli prime ministers before him, electioneering on a platform of fear is the only way he can win.

His browbeating of Obama for new sanctions on Iran is a disgrace to our Congress — an institution already deeply unpopular with the American public. More strikingly, for the first time in many years, Israel may become a partisan issue, with the Democratic grass roots increasingly raising concerns about Israel’s violent and discriminatory actions against Palestinians. More than two dozen brave representatives and senators have announced they will not attend Netanyahu’s speech, indicating a glimmer of integrity emanating from our legislative branch of government.

If that partisan splintering happens, Boehner and Netanyahu inadvertently will have opened the door to a long-overdue American conversation about the propriety of U.S. moral and military support to a country that for decades has oppressed Palestinians in conditions reminiscent of apartheid South Africa. This budding discussion is the silver lining, however, in an otherwise disturbing incident.

These juvenile shenanigans serve only to bring the United States closer to war with Iran right in the midst of critical negotiations to avoid such an outcome. The new Republican Congress has no business elevating a modern-day apartheid leader over its own president.

 

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#JeSuisCanadien ~~ OY CANADA

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Canada Post has reached a new low by issuing a postage stamp honouring the dishonourable!
Oy Canada!

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On the eve of Harper’s visit to Israel, the Foreign Ministry in Ottawa issued an updated policy paper on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although many on the right believe the Harper government to be a full-fledged supporter of Israeli policy on the Palestinian issue, the policy paper states that Canada believes the settlements are illegal and an obstacle to peace.
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And being anti-Harper is not anti-Canadian!

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The Palestinian view …

“We regret the Canadian government’s decision to stand on the wrong side of history by blindly supporting the Israeli occupation and its apartheid policies.”

“Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has contributed to Israeli violations of Palestinian inalienable rights, including our right to self-determination, by systematically lobbying against all Palestinian diplomatic initiatives.”

“The Palestinian people as well as the rest of the Arab and Muslim countries deserve an apology from the Canadian government for years of systematic attempts at blocking the right of the Palestinian people to a state of their own.”

Angry Palestinians Hurl Eggs at Canadian Minister

The motorcade of Canada’s Foreign Minister John Baird was struck by eggs as he left a meeting with PA counterpart Riyad al-Malki.

US RANKS ISRAEL 4th MOST UNACCEPTABLE COUNTRY

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That wont stop it from sending Billion$ to them

"Stop Billions to Israel€ is a diverse group open to all who share the values of peace, freedom, equal rights, self-determination and justice for all. We strongly object when our tax money is spent in opposition to these values. See video at end of post

“Stop Billions to Israel€ is a diverse group open to all who share the values of peace, freedom, equal rights, self-determination and justice for all. We strongly object when our tax money is spent in opposition to these values.
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Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge.

All of which were funded by US Tax Dollar$

US finds Israel fourth most ‘unacceptable’ country

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Foreign Policy article examines number of times state department referred to ‘unacceptable’ behavior this year; Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan.

The US State Department described Israeli actions as “unacceptable” 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more “unacceptable,” according to a Foreign Policy article published last week.

Journalist Micah Zenko searched the State Department’s website for usage of the term, and his “top ten” list shows Israel sandwiched right between North Korea and Pakistan. Zenko pointed that the US officials regularly use the phrase “but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those actions from reoccurring.”

Most of the condemnations relating to Israel involved building in settlements or the announcement of plans to construct additional housing behind the Green Line. Government spokespeople also castigated Israel for civilian casualties during Operation Protective Edge.

US Secretary of State John Kerry recently used the “unacceptable” label to refer to North Korea’s alleged hacking of the Sony Corporation.

The US State Department is not the only entity in the international diplomacy arena that tends to recycle certain phrases. Ynet found that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used the word “concerned” 140 times in 2014 in statements responding to events. Israel and Palestine were the most concerning places of 2014, with 19 press releases using the term.

I AM NO LONGER ACCEPTING THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE

I AM CHANGING THE THINGS I CANNOT ACCEPT!
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As a society, we have been duped by the powers that be. We were told to chant the following …

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

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Yet, the President of the United States promised CHANGE …. and yes, he kept his promise. Things have changed from bad to worse!

Are we expected to accept that?

I SAY NO!

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Now that we are finally awake, let's get out of bed and get to work!

Now that we are finally awake, let’s get out of bed and get to work!

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Acceptance of what Obama calls CHANGE is complicity with the evils within those changes!

Let’s start with the erosion of our Academic Freedom …. students are no longer allowed or encouraged to think … or even hear opinions contrary to those of the Administration. The human brain has become as redundant as the appendix.

Black Americans have become mere targets for trigger happy police officers, especially the youth.

Muslim Americans have been classified as terrorists and are racially profiled in every aspect of their lives.

New wars are being waged throughout the world targeting self created enemies … soldiers are dying for no reason at all yet they continue to follow orders, truly ‘Waste Deep In The Big Muddy’ …

Attempts to change any of the above leads to arrests, loss of jobs, or even worse, loss of lives.

BUT IT MUST BE DONE!

The American nation has become a nation of Sheeple being led to slaughter.

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The outdated Serenity Prayer presented above has allowed the Administration to destroy the very fibers of our society. They have treated us as if we were all addicted to a substance  dangerous to our health … and yes we were, a substance we know as Capitalism! Don’t allow that substance to become fascism …. an evil even harder to cure.

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It can be nipped in its bud!

It can be nipped in its bud!

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Stop following that asshole in front of you! Become the CHANGE that will give us something to really be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving!

IN PHOTOS ~~ VIGIL IN NEW YORK TO STOP ARMS TO ISRAEL

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(As a preface, yesterday Mondoweiss posted a letter by Alan Levine written to Schumer & Gillibrand urging them to follow the Leahy law which states that countries who use arms against a people in a way that violates international law and creates war crimes will no longer receive arms or $ for arms from the US.  

On Monday, October 6th, Jewish Voice for Peace NY and Jews Say No, with the support of several other organizations that support justice for Palestinians, held an 8 hour demonstration in front of the offices of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand at 780 3rd Avenue.  Demonstrators came and went in the course of the day but there were always between 50 and 80 people there.  Palestinian food was served to the demonstrators and people passing by, many having questions to ask or just wanting to chat a bit. It was explained that welcoming with food was part of a strong Palestinian tradition.  Informational leaflets were also distributed.  Most participants carried signs throughout the day created by We Will Not Be Silent. 

There was also an educational/cultural program.  People read Palestinian poetry, songs were sung accompanied by a guitar, there was a humorous skit about a trip to Israel and another about a news conference for a newly reformed Senator Schumer,  a reading of the Carol Churchill play, 7 Jewish Children, by some very talented actors (done twice) and a concert from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.  Another participant read a  list of some of the horrible conditions that Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza are forced to live with, all imposed by Israel because of the occupation. 

At one point the Granny Peace Brigade came with some of the representations that they made of the 519 children murdered by Israel in Gaza this summer.  The people present held up each figure, read their name and age, and noted that they were murdered by Israel, some noting that this was done with the active support of the 2 New York senators and U.S. taxpayer funds.  Some people were brought to tears because the action felt very much like a funeral.  One of the participants noted, “These children are all our children and our grandchildren.” 

The 8 hours passed very quickly.  Many strangers in the street stopped to read the signs and leaflets and to listen to the presentations.  It is hoped that as people learn what Israel is doing they will urge Congress not to give Israel $8.7 million a day and a carte blanc to kill and destroy at will.

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THE US IS GUILTY OF CRIMES IN GAZA … BUT NOT YET CHARGED

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The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong.

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The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong.

While Israeli bombs were hammering Gaza, Alice Lynd with the assistance of Staughton Lynd, drafted a 32-page pamphlet which was published by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Historians Against the War (HAW) titled, Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement (August 2014). The policy paper places the U.S. in front of its own mirror and meticulously documents how one hand of the U.S. government systematically documents Israeli violations of U.S. law and international law, while the other hand unconditionally dishes out financial, military, and diplomatic support to Israel.

The study notes that “United States law states that no military assistance will be provided to a government that engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights. Yet the United States gives more military assistance to Israel than to any other country, currently in excess of $3.1 billion per year. The U.S. participates in joint military exercises, military research, and weapons development.”
This contradiction of its own policy would seem incriminating enough, but if all the other means of U.S. support to Israel are added—especially the U.S.’s unwavering role in the UN Security Council as a proxy for Israel’s interests by vetoing and thereby blocking international steps for justice—the evidence that the U.S. is an active player in Israel’s onslaught and continued military occupation becomes overwhelming.

It stands to reason that the U.S. very rightly fears that any step to hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity would ultimately incriminate the U.S. as Israel’s funder, diplomatic cover, political handler, and arms supplier for decades.

While this new document was being researched, the Historians Against the War circulated a letter to President Obama and members of Congress that begins: “We deplore the ongoing attacks against civilians in Gaza and in Israel. We also recognize the disproportionate harm that the Israeli military, which the United States has armed and supported for decades, is inflicting on the population of Gaza.” (July 31, 2014). The pamphlet’s contents strike this point home with incriminating details.

The pamphlet quotes historian Robin D. G. Kelley who recently said about the ongoing conflict, “Determining next steps requires that we go back many steps—before the siege, before the election of Hamas, before the withdrawal of Jewish settlements in Gaza, before the Oslo Accords, even before the strip came under Israeli occupation in 1967.” (“When the smoke clears in Gaza,” Aug. 8, 2014, Black Educator).

I had the honor of working with both authors of this pamphlet following the First Gulf War (1990-1991) when they suggested we co-edit an oral history of Palestine as a tool to understand the centrality of Palestine to the entire destabilization of the Middle East, a reality that is even more true today. Following several field visits to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel, and the Golan Heights, that effort resulted in the publishing of Homeland: Oral History of Palestine and Palestinians (1993). Their new effort revisits many familiar topics that we addressed in our book, with chapter headings such as International Agreements and U.S. Law, International Agreements on Human Rights, U.S. Law on Foreign Assistance, Violations of Internationally Recognized Human Rights, Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Arbitrary Arrest or Detention, Collective Punishment, among many more.

Perhaps the most important chapter in this brief pamphlet is “The Problem of Enforcement.” One need not be a historian or political scientist to understand that as long as global enforcement mechanisms of accountability are denied to Palestinians due to the political whims of a superpower, Israel has the green light to attack Gaza and the West Bank at any time with impunity.

Israel’s senseless military attack this summer (deceptively coined “Operation Protective Edge” in English, and more accurately “Solid Cliff” in Hebrew) left 2,168 Palestinians dead, more than 500 of them children. The Institute for Middle East Understanding compared the proportionate impact of these deaths to the population in the U.S. Gaza’s devastating human loss would be equivalent to 376,680 Americans killed in 51 days if such events were undertaken in the U.S. To put this in perspective, this number is slightly fewer than the 407,000 U.S. soldiers killed in World War II. It is not hyperbole to say that everyone in Gaza knows at least one person who died or was injured in this atrocity, with each person left wondering if he or she would be next.

If humanity is to be served, citizens who believe in equal access to international tools of justice must speak up and denounce the continued U.S. hegemony over Palestine. If you support nonviolent means for addressing crimes against humanity—especially if you are American or Israeli—act now by contacting your elected representative to demand a change in policy so that marginalized populations are not shut out of systems of justice when they are the victims of crimes against humanity. Holding individuals responsible for their crimes is a core American value; it’s a value we should not compromise for any country, especially our own.

 

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“This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel. Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press.”

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Hollywood support of Israel continues to grow

Among star signatories joining Schwarzenegger and Stallone are TV host Bill Maher, Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver, as well as major studio execs.

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WASHINGTON – After first expressing their support for Israel during Operation Protective Edge, members of the film industry posted an additional ad Saturday in the New York Times which included 300 of Hollywood’s most prominent figures expressing their “commitment to peace and justice.”

The stars have already planned their next target, setting their sights on Europe, particularly Germany and the city of London, where many they feel cultural figures operate against Israel.

“This is an unprecedented show of support by Hollywood for Israel. Not only does the list of signatories to our statement keep growing, their voice is being picked up by national, as well as international, press,” said CCFP (Creative Community for Peace) director Lana Melman.

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CCFP, an organization that brings together prominent members of the entertainment industry to counter the cultural boycott of Israel, applauded the hundreds of artists and executives who signed the statement.

Scores of celebrities and power-brokers from the Hollywood establishment have come out in support of Israel and a peaceful resolution to its conflict with Hamas.

Stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen expressed support for Israel and said Hamas “cannot be allowed to rain rockets on Israeli cities, nor … hold its own people hostage.”

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The statement comes after weeks in which a number of celebrities, including Penelope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem, condemned Israel for its handling of conflict, with Cruz and Bardem even accusing Israel of genocide. But with the notable exceptions of comedian Joan Rivers and actors Roseanne Barr and Mayim Bialik, few have expressed support for Israel.

Aaron Sorkin, Academy- and Emmy-award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright, commented on his own endorsement, stating, “The CCFP statement fully supports the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to live in peace and prosperity. We unambiguously condemn the values and actions of Hamas, a barbaric and brutal terrorist organization that is the enemy of basic human rights, equality, freedom, and peace.”

The statement has already run in major industry publications, including Billboard, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline Hollywood, as well as in mainstream national publications such as the Los Angeles Times. The ad was also sent to international publications from India to Romania, including the Times of India, the Latin Post, Italy’s Il Mattino, and Romania Libera.

“It is gratifying to see that recent events in Israel and Gaza have caused an outpouring of support for Israel in its fight against Hamas, whose founding charter calls for the death of all Jews and the obliteration of an entire nation,” said CCFP co-founder David Renzer.

“This support comes from all facets of the entertainment industry, including top musicians, actors, and executives. The unifying statement also comes at a time of growing concerns regarding the rise of global anti-Semitism, usually cloaked in anti-Israel sentiment,” added Renzer.

Among the signatories are veteran action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman, television host Bill Maher, Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver and owners of large Hollywood studios such as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, Chairman and CEO of MGM Gerry Barber.

 

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The ad itself …

COMMITMENT TO MURDER

COMMITMENT TO MURDER

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See the full list of signatories HERE

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And the faces …. REMEMBER THEM WELL

A MESSAGE TO WORLD JEWRY FROM PALESTINE

Shout this out .... LOUD AND CLEAR!

Shout this out …. LOUD AND CLEAR!

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In your name, Israel in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and now in 2014, dropped millions of bombs, bomblets and missiles all over South Lebanon and Gaza, exterminating thousands of innocent people, and destroying tens of thousands of homes. You have made Gaza look like Hiroshima in 1945.
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My Message to the Jews

By Khalid Amayreh

I realize very well that Jews are not carbon copies of each other. And I also know perfectly well that there are many Jews around the world who truly despise what Israel has been doing to the Palestinian people in your name.

I earnestly commend these conscientious Jews for their morality and human decency. It is these honest and honourable people that enable us to retain the hope that counting on Jewish morality is not a lost cause.

None the less, one must be faithful to one’s conscience and intellectual honesty. That is why we must recognize that there are huge numbers of Jews who have found themselves transformed thoroughly into soldiers of darkness and advocates of evil. Today, there are Jews, too many of them, who shamelessly advocate the total annihilation of the Palestinian people. We also know that yesterday, there were many non-Jews who shamelessly advocated the total annihilation of Jews.

We have seen some of many Jews celebrate the mass murder of Palestinian children. There is no point in denying the undeniable.

Unfortunately, these psychopaths don’t seem to be an isolated or marginal minority. I hope and pray they don’t represent a majority among Jews.

But I am afraid they really do. But even if they don’t, they can still bully whatever “silent majority” there is in Israel into doing their bidding.

Recent history taught us what an extremist vocal minority is capable of doing. You certainly understand what I am alluding to.

It is these misguided and misguiding Nazi-like multitudes of Jews I am addressing in this article. And, in truth, my ultimate goal is not to vilify and demonize, but rather to warn and admonish them to wake up from worshiping this modern Golden Calf, otherwise known as the State of Israel.

To begin with, I would like to remind you of a Talmudic story, which I believe is familiar to many of you. The story is told that a heathen came to Shammai with the request to be accepted as a convert on condition that he was taught the whole of the Torah while he stood on one foot. The Rabbi drove him away with the yard-stick which he was holding. He then went to Hillel with the same request; and he said to him: “What is hateful to you yourself, do not do to your fellow-man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go, learn it.”

Yes, yes, what is hateful to yourself, don’t do to your fellow-man. What beautiful words of light and wisdom!

Now are you mentally prepared to accept this universal law, which nearly every Jew on earth would agree encapsulates Jewish and universal morality?

If you are, then you should thoroughly examine your attitudes toward Israel, a state that has more in common with the ideas of Hitler than it does with the teachings of Moses Ben Maimon.

Israel is deceiving you, lying to you and betraying your moral legacy, the legacy bequeathed to all of us by the Israelite prophets, and their (our) forefather Ibrahim.

I am sorry to speak in such a harsh tone, but, in truth, Israel and Zionism succeeded through the years in transforming you from a people who believe in justice and value morality into murderers and justifiers of murder, into thieves and justifiers of theft, and into liars who have to change the black into white and the white into black in order to cover up their shame, and then call the lies strange names such as hasbara and public relations and political correctness and what have you.

In your name, Israel, knowingly and deliberately, is slaughtering innocent people, including children, en masse.

This is not done by mistake as Israeli leaders and spokespeople would falsely claim. When “mistakes” happen every day and every hour and every minute; these mistakes are no longer mistakes. They are policy. Besides the images are too graphic to be ignored and too obscenely brazen to be dismissed as “Arab propaganda.” They transcend reality.

In your name, Israel has been committing every conceivable crime against humanity. Don’t just invoke your usual defensive reflexes and claim that violence and oppression are not Jewish values. Your acquiescent silence in the face of Israeli crimes suggests that violence and oppression are totally compatible with Jewish values. After all, the pornographically Nazi-like oppression being meted out to the Palestinians is coming from the very people who claim to adhere to the Ten Commandments.

In your name, Israel in 2006, 2008-2009, 2012 and now in 2014, dropped millions of bombs, bomblets and missiles all over South Lebanon and Gaza, exterminating thousands of innocent people, and destroying tens of thousands of homes. You have made Gaza look like Hiroshima in 1945.

Is this the light upon the nations that you claim to be? Shame on you!

It is because of your crimes against man and God that we, the Palestinians, have effectively become “the Jews of our time,” while you have effectively transformed yourselves into the “anti-Semites or even the Nazis of our time.” You, the Jews, the premier victims of the holocaust, and the numerous pogroms and inquisitions, have turned out to be like all underdogs, when you get on the top, you become as murderous and as brutal to your victims as your former oppressors were to you when you were underneath.

The Nazis looked down on Jews and others as Untermensch, and you are looking down on us as “dirty Arabs”.!! The Nazis sought expansion at their neighbours’ expense and called it “lebensraum.” And you are doing the same, under the pretext of building “settlements for Jews.”

The Nazis carried out “pacification operations” in which innocent people were mercilessly killed; and you carry out rather routinely “defensive operations” during which you wreak death and havoc on innocent people. At least the Nazis didn’t lie about their criminality like you do about yours. The Nazis didn’t brag about their monstrous crimes like you gleefully do. You are not only evil murderers and child killers. You are also nefarious liars.

The Nazis believed in an Aryan “master race” and you, Zionists, are trying to make a “race” out of Jews. Your methods are similar and your goals are nearly identical.

You can’t deny this; we are not naïve North Americans or Europeans whom you think you can bamboozle very easily. We have been through it all, from creation to destruction.

I am saying this because in the final analysis when people, any people, including Jews, behave and act like the Nazis did, they themselves become Nazis. Evil, whether done by a “master race” or a “chosen people” is evil. Evil can’t be kosher. True, there are no gas chambers in Gaza and Hebron. But the Jews are bringing gas chambers to every Palestinian home, hospital, collage, mosque and neighbourhood.

Don’t say I am exaggerating. If you do, just try to have a fleeting look at your shame.

Too harsh?

In light of your criminal callousness to what you have been and are doing to us, it is immensely naïve to think that you will experience a moral awakening. At the very least, you should stop asking why the Germans were silent when Jews were being shipped to the concentration camps. Whether we like it or not, you are now in the Germans’ shoes. Don’t deny it; the images from Gaza are too graphic to be denied.

Many of you may be forgiven for being ignorant of Israel’s evil reality. But you are not a people of ignorance, which means you are doing and supporting evil knowingly and consciously. If so, you are no better than your past tormentors.

Don’t be so excited about America’s unlimited and unrestricted support and backing. America is not helping you to uphold your moral principles, America is “helping” you to destroy these principles, which you are doing anyway. And you are so happy about it!!!

Needless to say, when an evil power “helps” you corrode your moral system, this should not be a cause for joy and satisfaction. I am sure that wise men and women amongst you understand the meaning of my words.

Finally, I call on you to wake up from this toxic arrogance of power, this collective megalomania and false sense of triumph. You are actually experiencing a collective psychosis, a virtual moral meltdown. Hence, you are really in a big trouble.

If I were you, I would immediately stop killing and tormenting the helpless Palestinians for you had been helpless yourselves. Stop killing their children. Stop destroying their homes. Stop confiscating their land. Stop imprisoning their sons without charge and trial. Stop narrowing their horizons. Stop your mass murder, mass terror and mass oppression. Stop making turning our daily life into an unrelenting hell. Yes, stop it, if not for justice and human decency, then for your own safety. Oppression eventually boomerangs on the oppressors.

And remember, it is not an act of heroism to murder unprotected innocent civilians, using the state-of-the-art of America’s technology of death. History won’t be kind to you.

What heroism is there in having an F-16 fighter rain death on sleeping children and women in an apartment building? It is very much like sending trains, packed with people, to a concentration camp.

AMERICA IS QUICK TO ACCUSE, BUT SLOW TO PROSECUTE

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The US Government is usually silent when one of its citizens is either savagely beaten or even murdered by the Israeli establishment.

BUT ….

Finally they are talking about this;

BUT AGAIN ….

Let’s see what they do about it.

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US accuses Israel of targeting Abu Khdeir’s family

State Department says concerned ‘members of the Khdeir family appeared to be singled out for arrest’ by Israel, after 2 cousins arrested.

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The United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and killed in July along with two cousins, who are US citizens.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis in East Jerusalem plunged to a new low on July 2 when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was snatched from an East Jerusalem street and later found burned alive.

Israeli police arrested six suspects and on July 17 charged three, freeing the others.

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Mohammad Abu Khdeir, kidnapped and murdered.
Mohammad Abu Khdeir, kidnapped and murdered.

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The death of the Palestinian teen – thought likely in retaliation for the abduction and killing of three Israeli yeshiva students in late June – sparked rioting and helped unleash the conflict under way in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

Three days after his death, on July 5, the United States slammed Israel’s arrest of a 15-year-old cousin, Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, a US citizen. He said he was beaten in detention and has since been freed and returned to Florida.

Tariq Abu Khdeir after being released from Israeli detention (Photo: Reuters)
Tariq Abu Khdeir after being released from Israeli detention (Photo: Reuters)

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On July 28, another cousin of Abu Khdeir, also American, was arrested in Israel as well, the State Department said Wednesday.

Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf identified him as “Mohammed Abu Khdeir,” which would mean his name is the same as his murdered cousin’s.

“We can confirm that Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a US citizen, was arrested on July 28. The US consulate general in Jerusalem is providing consular assistance. A consular official visited him on August 14. The consulate is also in contact with Mr. Khdeir’s family and his lawyer,” Harf said.

Yet “we are concerned that the US consulate general in Jerusalem was not notified of his arrest by the government of Israel.

And “we are also concerned about the fact that members of the Khdeir family appeared to be singled out for arrest by the Israeli authorities,” Harf added.

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