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

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

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But they will not.


Pollard's useless Israeli passport

Pollard’s useless Israeli passport


Prepared by Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD


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

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

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


Allow me to start this post with some reflections on a past incident …..

The year was 1962. It was October, the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was invited one evening to attend a performance of Swan Lake. The Bolshoi Ballet Company were the stars. I was invited by a Soviet friend of mine who was working as a press agent in New York.

When we arrived at Madison Square Garden I was seated next to the Soviet Foreign Minister, Anastas Mikoyan. He was in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly during the crisis.

A few minutes after we were seated another guest arrived, Adlai Stevenson, the US Ambassador to the United Nations.

He walked up to Mikoyan with arms outstretched and they both hugged and kissed each other like long lost brothers.

That very afternoon the two of them ‘went at each other’ in scenes watched by millions on TV.

Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban missiles to the United Nations, October 25, 1962.

Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban missiles to the United Nations, October 25, 1962.

Stubborn person that I am I refused to even shake the hand of Stevenson. I remember Mikoyan whispering in my ear at that point that ‘I would never become a diplomat’. He was right, but in all these years I never lost my integrity either, which is more important.

All of the above prove the immortal words of William Shakespeare;

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then, a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then, the justice,
In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

And now, the above connection to today’s post ….

Note that the stage settings are different today and there are new ‘script writers, but all else remains the same.

The following is a headline from today’s Ynet News

Labour boycotts company with Israel ties

That’s fine ….. but the rest of the article leaves much to be desired. Hopefully it is merely a zionist initiated BEX Alert and not true, fabricated because of his expressed support for the Palestinian Struggle. Otherwise, The Labour Party will definitely not receive any forthcoming endorsement from this Website.

UK’s second-largest party voted to boycott a major company with commercial ties to Israel while party head Jeremy Corbyn calls for negotiations with ISIS.

Negotiations with ISIS???? Does he not know who they are? Does he think we don’t know either??

Made in Israel and the USA ... Believe it or don't!

Made in Israel and the USA …
Believe it or don’t!

One does NOT negotiate with the likes of ISIS. One exposes them which will lead to their eventual destruction!

As was posted a few days ago, The best way for Americans to defeat the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism SEE

Shame on Jeremy Corbyn for thinking otherwise.

While the party was busy boycotting a company for its ties to Israel, the party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was calling for negotiations with the Islamic State terror organization. We should not be “drawn into responses that feed a cycle of violence and hate,” Corbyn said yesterday.

“The dreadful Paris attacks make the case for a far more urgent effort to reach a negotiated settlement of the civil war in Syria and to end the threat from ISIS,” he concluded.

Full Ynet Report HERE


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

Israel tries to reap propaganda benefits from Paris bombings

Jerusalem's city walls illuminated with colors of French flag

Jerusalem’s city walls illuminated with colors of French flag

From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


First they came for the Arabs …. 

Then they came for the gays ….

Now they are after my cat!

Israeli minister weighs population transfer — of kittens

Arguing that spaying and neutering violates Jewish law, Israel’s agriculture minister proposes a crime against humanity — against cats.

My precious Katyusha … (she flies across the room like a rocket) Photo © By Steve Amsel

My precious Katyusha … (she flies across the room like a rocket) Photo © By Steve Amsel

We knew it would happen sooner or later. The occupation has finally come home to roost. The darkest of Israel’s injustices, mass displacement and population transfer, is now threatening the Tel Aviv left-wing establishment’s holiest of holies — cute, little kittens.

Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel is proposing a full-fledged population transfer of Israel’s stray feline population, or rather all of its males, or females. No, seriously. We’re not making this up.

The transfer plan was revealed in a letter from the minister that was published by Yedioth Ahronoth on Monday. According to the report, Ariel, a religious Jew, is looking for alternatives to spaying and neutering the cute little creatures because he believes doing so violates Jewish law.

In the letter, Ariel suggests taking the budget for neutering and spaying and instead using it to “transfer dogs and cats of a single gender (all the males or females) to a foreign country that is willing to accept them.”

The wording, “finding a foreign country that would agree to take” them, is, of course, reminiscent of Israel’s efforts to deport African asylum seekers to third countries, often times in exchange for weapons or other unpublished quid pro quo arrangements.

Many asylum seekers who took part in such “voluntary deportation” programs were sent to Uganda and Rwanda, and have reported that they were left with no money or legal status, many being forced to live on the streets.

One must seriously question whether Israel will be able to negotiate a better, more humane deal for its unwanted feline infiltrator population. Even more worrying: will tabbys and white cats receive better arrangements than their darker-furred brethren?

Click HERE to hear Arlo Guthrie sing about deportees

Click HERE to hear Arlo Guthrie sing about deportees

And then there is the question of how to actually get the cats on planes? Will Ariel hire trappers? Will he leave a trail of cat nip or canned tuna? Or maybe he’ll just line the streets of Tel Aviv with cardboard boxes?

Zehava Galon, head of the left-wing Meretz party, responded to the forced transfer plan by suggesting “this is the time to find a foreign country that will agree to take [Minister Ariel].”

Which begs the question, what country would actually agree to take in the kittens? If no sovereign country is found to take in the feline exiles, Israel could always build them their own settlement somewhere in the West Bank.

Ariel, usually known for trying to spark intifadas and religious wars with his Temple Mount activism, is now making new enemies — Israel’s animal rights movements.

“Does Uri Ariel think that transferring [the cats] from here will cause them less suffering,” preeminent animal rights organization “Let the Animals Live” asked in a Facebook post Monday morning, in which it promised to challenge the population transfer in Israel’s High Court.

At least there’s that. The cats will have their day in court.

Written FOR By  Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man


All images by Carlos Latuff



Some older related toons …

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

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




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

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


Image by Carlos Latuff

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

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


Netanyahu obviously doesn’t say what he means and doesn’t mean what he says.


Netanyahu cannot be trusted

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

Suddenly there is a modicum of optimism in some quarters, especially in Amman and Ramallah, over Binyamin Netanyahu’s reported willingness to defuse tension in Occupied Palestine.

Since the beginning of October, as many as 60 Palestinians, including more than 20 children, have been killed, many in a cold-blooded execution-style, by trigger-happy Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Around ten Israeli soldiers and settlers were also killed in the same period.

The Israeli policy to kill first and ask questions later was effectively, though not formally, adopted in an effort to crush Palestinian protests over reasserted attempts by government backed Messianic Jewish fanatics to arrogate a foothold at the Aqsa Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest places.

Israeli circles though obviously mistakenly thought that political turmoil in much of the Arab world presented a golden opportunity for Israel to drastically alter the status quo at the Mosque and its spacious courts, including allowing Jews to hold Talmudic rituals, which effectively means partitioning the exclusively Islamic shrine.

Indeed, in addition to killing and maiming hundreds of Palestinians, Israel took draconian measures to crush what seemed to be a renewed Palestinian intifada.

The stringent measures included, inter alia, cordoning off Arab quarters and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, carrying out sweeping arrests, demolishing homes of suspects accused of trying to stab Israelis, and imposing hefty financial fines on the families of Palestinian youngsters involved in the protests.

By way of deception

Unable to crush the protests, which the Israeli media referred to as “Lone-wolf attacks”, Netanyahu has been trying to use sly diplomatic ploys to achieve the same goal.

He repeatedly declared the willingness of his government to maintain “the status quo” at the Aqsa Mosque.

But Netanyahu obviously doesn’t say what he means and doesn’t mean what he says.

He simply lacks the goodwill to pursue any confidence-building measures that would defuse the powder keg at the Haram al-Sharif.

Indeed, when Netanyahu speaks of the status quo, he has in mind something entirely different from what the rest of the world understands.

In fact, Netanyahu’s status quo includes organizing daily or regular encroachments by fanatical Jewish millenarians into the Islamic holy place, escorted by crack soldiers and heavily-armed para-military police units.

Needless to say, we are not talking here about innocent visits or innocent visitors.

Instead, we are talking about conscious and malicious efforts to gradually desensitize Muslim objections to attempts by the Israeli authorities to partition the Aqsa, probably in preparation for a more daring feat, e.g. demolishing the Mosque entirely.

This is not a phobic reaction on the part of the Palestinian community.

Messianic Jews, including members of the Israeli cabinet, make nearly daily statements about the need to achieve “Jewish spiritual  fulfillment” by way of “restoring the Temple Mount” to the Jews.

So, Netanyahu is not being honest. The opposite is exactly correct.

Second, the Israeli premier cannot be given the benefit of the doubt in case there is any doubt about his intentions.

In fact, the Israeli government which adopts daily decisions to expand Jewish settlements all over the West Bank can’t really be trusted to pursue just peace.

This week, that government took a decision to build thousands of new settler units in the West Bank, which begs the following question:

Does a government that builds more and more settlements on occupied land and transfer hundreds of thousands of its settlers to live on land that belongs to another people really desires peace with these people?

This is why the relative optimism that Israel will agree to take genuine measures to defuse tension should be viewed with great caution.

Besides, we all know that the ongoing escalation of violence is a mere symptom of the decades-old occupation as well as the de facto elimination by Israel of all realistic chances to establish a viable and territorially-contiguous Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Needless to say, this creates a real dilemma for the Palestinians and forces them to either rise up against Israeli oppression and ethnic cleansing or struggle for equality with Jews in the context of a unitary and truly democratic state.

But equality between Jews and non-Jews doesn’t really exist in Zionism’s lexicon. More to the point, Democracy and Talmudic Judaism are an eternal oxymoron.

Hence, the dilemma, which has become conspicuously acute in light of the decapitation by Israel of all realistic efforts to establish a true Palestinian state, worthy of the name.



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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

















It is the time of year when observant Jews beg their Creator to forgive their sins of the past year …


But what are they to do when the transgressions are uglier than sin itself?

“An excuse that is uglier than a sin”

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Jerusalem

Israeli “Defense” Minister Moshe Yaalon has admitted that his country’s domestic security apparatus knows the identities and whereabouts of the Jewish terrorists who a few weeks ago burned a Palestinian family to death at a village in the northern West Bank.

The still-unidentified terrorists set the Dawabsheh family home, at the village of Doma, south of the City of Nablus, on fire, burning to death three members of the Palestinian family, the father, Saad, aged 34, the mother Reham, aged 27, and their 18-month-old toddler Ali.

The fourth and last member of the family, a male child, is fighting for his life in hospital. His conditions have been described as stable.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yaalon said the Israeli security authorities were reluctant to arrest the suspected murderers in order to protect the identity of their sources.

Yaalon refused to say why he thought the protection of the “security sources identity” was more important than arresting the murderers of three innocent human beings and the attempted murder of a fourth.

Yaalon’s remarks drew furious reactions from Palestinians as well as some Israeli commentators.

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, a renowned advocate of human rights, described Yaalon’s remarks “as very strange coming from a strange minister.”

“These are strange statements coming from a strange minister,” Levy said in a telephone interview with this reporter Saturday.

Levy described Yaalon’s remarks as “beyond Chutzpah.”

“I don’t think he would behave this way if the suspects were Palestinians. He would move to get them arrested immediately.”

Levy described the murderers as “mentally sick people who have served time in mental hospitals, adding that it was very dangerous to keep these people at large.

“They could embark at a new crime at any moment.”

Another Israeli commentator, Danny Rubenstein, rejected Yaalon’s rationale for not arresting the suspected murderers of the Dawabsheh family.

“These are unacceptable excuses. This justification constitutes a real insult to the most elementary principles of justice.”

Rubenstein, who was speaking on the Aljazeera English channel, said the suspected killers would have to be arrested and prosecuted in order to prevent the recurrence of the heinous crime.

Palestinian condemnations

Palestinian spokespersons strongly condemned Yaalon’s remarks as “a clarion proof of the Israeli government’s complicity in terrorist crimes committed by Jewish terrorists against our people.”

“What Yaalon is effectively saying is that Jewish terrorists are having an open license to murder Palestinians and burning them to death,” said Ahmed Tamimi, a Hamas spokesman in al-Khalil (Hebron).

“I have no doubt that the Israeli army and intelligence connived and colluded with the murderous terrorists in carrying out the horrible crime”

Tamimi described Yaalon’s rationale for not arresting the suspected murderers as “a cheap excuse.”

“Just imagine how Yaalon would have behaved if Palestinians were the perpetrators and Jews were the victims. Would he have waited any time before arresting the suspects?”

Tamimi said Yaalon was behaving quite characteristically, given his “criminal record” as Chief of Staff for the Israeli army.

“Yaalon believes deep in his heart that a Palestinian is guilty and ought to be killed even if proven innocent, and that a Jewish murderer is innocent even if proven guilty.”

Muhammad Yousef, a Palestinian professor of science from Bethlehem, described Ya’alon’s statements as “an excuse that is uglier than a sin.”

“Imagine how Israeli and Zionist circles would react if a European minister of interior justified the failure to arrest a terrorist suspected of murdering a Jew on the ground that arresting the suspect would have exposed the identity of a police agent and compromised vital security information.

“I imagine Jewish circles everywhere would have left no stone unturned in order to demonize and vilify the European minister. Israel would also ask the government of that minister to immediately fire him for his anti-Semitic discourse.”

Earlier, PLO spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced Yaalon’s remarks, saying the remarks amounted to encouraging Jewish terrorists to carry out hideous crimes and atrocities against innocent and unprotected Palestinians.

The settlers who perpetrated the shocking crime are believed to be messianic Jews affiliated with an underground terrorist group that is devoted to driving non-Jews away from Israel-Palestine in order to establish a Talmudic Jewish kingdom ruled by Jewish religious rule, known as Halacha.

Some messianic Jews believe that the “age of redemption” and appearance of the Redeemer, or Jewish Messiah, must be preceded by worldwide tribulations and bloody violence in which numerous people would lose their lives.

Messianic Jews also believe that non-Jews living under Jewish law ought to be treated as “water carriers” or “wood hewers.”

In the past, leaders of the settler movement, known as Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) wrote that non-Jews living in a “truly Jewish state ruled by Halacha” would have to be enslaved, expelled or physically exterminated.


The above quote is the title of a book published in Canada in 1983.

The title is based on an anecdote recounted in the book. Early in 1945 an unidentified immigration agent was asked how many Jews would be allowed in Canada after the war. He replied “None is too many”.

Read about the book HERE

Read about the book HERE


And today in Israel …

PM: Israel not indifferent, but ‘too small’ to take in refugees

Netanyahu says Jewish state must protect itself from influx of ‘illegal immigrants and perpetrators of terrorism’


Full report HERE



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For Lebanese residents, street trash becomes a symbol for government cleanup

Think back a few months to a dark time in Lebanon this July, when a sanitation worker strike led to literal piles of trash throughout the capital Beirut. 

But for thousands of Lebanese protesters who took to the streets of downtown Beirut Saturday, the trash crisis is only the most obvious sign of an ineffective government wrought with corruption and in need of change.

Though the stinky saga lasted only a week until sanitation workers resumed pick up, Beirut residents are still dealing with its after-effects over a month later, a slow response they say stems from a government body that’s as stale as the situation itself.

What transcended was the most violent demonstration Lebanon’s seen in years. Some 75 protesters were injured when police responded with water cannons, rubber bullets and teargas, according to the Daily Star, while some witnesses even reported live fire. Meanwhile, security forces said some 35 of its members were also injured, but rights groups say this is a gross exaggeration. Human Rights Watch condemned what it deemed excessive force on the part of the government, saying it ‘failed to uphold human rights standards’ during an otherwise peaceful demonstation.

The action on the ground were backed online by the worldwide trending hashtag #طلعت_ريحتكم (#You_Stink) on Twitter. By Sunday, an English equivalent had taken form.

Whether this foreshadows a larger political change isn’t clear yet, but it does show that after months of stink in the streets and — according to some — in government offices, Beirut’s not quiet.

Here’s some of the Twitter responses below.

Click HERE to see Source and Twitter responses


Rosa sat so Martin could walk …
Martin walked so Barack could run …
Barack ran so all our children could fly …
There is no doubt in my mind that Martin Luther King would have rejoiced the day Obama was elected President of the United States. His dream was finally realised ….
Or was it??
The dream did not include the continuation of illegal wars …
Nor the racial profiling and hate crimes in the streets …
Nor the use of drones against innocent civilians …
Nor the erosion of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The dream spoken about above was supposed to set us free, but we still have a long way to go.
Don’t Give Up The Fight!
This could be the end result …


We Palestinians don’t expect miracles from the Arabs. We don’t expect them to liberate Palestine from the River to the Sea. We don’t even expect them to liberate al-Quds Ash-sharif and al-Masjidul Aqsa from the clutches of Zionism.

However, there are certain tasks the Arabs could easily do to enable our people to survive and be steadfast as we have done since the Nakba 67 years ago.

Rich Arab states, such as the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, can and should allow more Palestinians to seek employment opportunities in their respective countries. The Palestinians are skilled, educated and can be trusted to perform their duties without endangering the internal security of these states.


Palestinians need support to remain steadfast

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

Nothing could help the Palestinian cause more than enabling ordinary Palestinians to put up a resilient steadfastness in the face of a sinister Zionist strategy aimed at uprooting the national existence of the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland.

Yes, steadfastness is the name of the game in Palestine, especially in light of the virtual liquidation by Israel of any remaining realistic prospects for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

Steadfastness is therefore the crux of the matter in Occupied Palestine because without it, Israel would be able in a matter of few years or decades to drive many or most Palestinians into a permanent exile.

Needless to say, the Jewish state has failed to achieve this criminal goal not because it refrained from employing the most nefarious means imaginable to “get the job done,” but rather because Palestinians consistently showed an extraordinary level of endurance and steadfastness in the face of Zionist-Jewish oppression, which in many cases transcended reality.

Hence, the same level of steadfastness and resilience that enabled the Palestinian people to survive all these years, despite the enormity of Zionist repression, must be maintained and consolidated rather constantly.

Easier said than done

But withstanding Israeli oppression and maintaining the required level of steadfastness have certain requirements which must be met and maintained.

Otherwise steadfastness, and therefore national survival, would remain confined to the theoretical or even rhetorical sphere.

Yes, the unwavering will to remain steadfast in the face of Israeli brutality is an almost built-in character among most Palestinians. Indeed, many would say Palestinians are innately steadfast and inherently resilient, irrespective of Israeli brutality and terror.

None the less, even this legendary “innate steadfastness” cannot always be taken for granted. That is why effective measures ought to be taken to maintain, enhance, and even maximize the Palestinian ability to remain steadfast as well as shield this steadfastness from unrelenting Israeli measures intended to extinguish every Palestinian light and kill every glimmer of hope amongst a people that has survived in spite of history.

What are the Palestinians’ needs?

We Palestinians don’t expect miracles from the Arabs. We don’t expect them to liberate Palestine from the River to the Sea. We don’t even expect them to liberate al-Quds Ash-sharif and al-Masjidul Aqsa from the clutches of Zionism.

However, there are certain tasks the Arabs could easily do to enable our people to survive and be steadfast as we have done since the Nakba 67 years ago.

Rich Arab states, such as the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia, can and should allow more Palestinians to seek employment opportunities in their respective countries. The Palestinians are skilled, educated and can be trusted to perform their duties without endangering the internal security of these states.

Palestinians are Sunni Muslims and wouldn’t be duped or used by sectarian regional powers to undermine the security of the Gulf States.

On the contrary, Palestinians could be utilized to safeguard the security of the Gulf and Saudi Arabia and they would happily agree to contribute to the consolidation of that security.

At the end of the day, the Palestinian national cause would eventually benefit from the stability and security of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.

And certainly the opposite is also true.

Besides helping Palestinian find employment opportunities, either inside Palestine or in the region, oil-rich Arab states should help subsidize college education in the occupied territories. We all know, for example, that college tuitions constitute a huge financial burden for many Palestinian families which are often forced to exhaust their savings and assets to send their children to college.

Indeed, there are many painful stories about Palestinian college-age students who have been forced to work at Jewish settlements because their poor families couldn’t afford to send them to college.

We must not hide this embarrassing fact from our rich Arab and Muslim brothers because in the final analysis, the consequences of poverty often override national commitment.

Moreover, helping poor college students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip get undergraduate education doesn’t mean a huge financial burden for oil-rich Arab states.

In fact, a modest sum of 20-30 million US dollars per year would resolve the entire problem of college education in occupied Palestine. More to the point, it would allow the young Palestinian generations to remain in their ancestral homeland, thus scoring a definitive historical victory over Zionism.

I realize that there are voices unenthusiastic about invoking anything Palestinian these days.

But such voices are likely to be plagued with ignorance, maliciousness, ill will or moral and religious bankruptcy.

I say this because the Palestinian issue remains and will always remain the core national and Islamic problem for Arabs and Muslims everywhere. It is the mother of all problems, par excellence.

In fact, the Palestinian issue is too paramount to be marginalized, or left to “others” who would exploit it for their own sectarian ends.

In the final analysis, Arab states (and peoples) would succeed in everything else if they succeeded in carrying out their duties and commitments toward the Palestinian cause but would fail in everything else if they failed in shouldering their duties toward the Palestinian cause.

Indeed, sixty-seven years of official Arab failure should be more than enough to indict the Arab regimes.


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As with every struggle for Justice, our dear Pete was with us in spirit to remind us all which land belongs to you and me ;)

On August 13th  scores of people gathered to protest vulture Hedge fund investors buying up the Puerto Rican debt crisis which will result in austerity measures to pay the debt. The militant slogan is “PUERTO IS NOT FOR SALE”.

These are the slime that buy up defaulted debts for a few cents on the dollar and then turn around and try to collect the full debt from the people.  This has become a common practice.  PR is in the same economic condition as Greece but their situation largely comes from being colonials.


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As the Presidential campaign goes forward, I look backwards to a post I wrote during the last campaign …. it is as valid today as the day I wrote it.

Aside from the racism and arrogance displayed by this man (see video below) the following makes it pretty clear why I would never vote for him …

The smuggest shmuck in America!

The smuggest shmuck in America!

We all had our favourite ‘hang outs’  when we were teens. In my High School community it was a place called ‘The Sweet Shoppe’. It was across the street from our school and was the place to be after classes (sometimes even during classes).
One day it was gone. Nothing left but a hole in the ground. For many of us, this was the original ‘Ground Zero’. Within weeks, the entire block was gone, including one of our favourite movie theatres. All that remained was a Catholic church, which was then surrounded by piles of rubble.
It didn’t take long to find out what was going on, it was the beginning of the end of our childhood. It was the site of the newly planned multi storey condos which would take on the name of Trump Village. This was the creation of a man known as Fred Trump, the father of Donald Trump. I refer to the project as a creation, it was actually the destruction of our lifestyles and community. It was a demonstration of ‘money talks’ and nothing or no one else matters.*
I have harboured these bitter feelings against the Trump family for over 50 years. These feelings got a rude awakening as Donald Trump arrogantly made his announcement that he seeks the office of President of the United States.
Don’t allow this to happen. Let this man know that America is NOT a stage for him to act out his fantasies. Say to him in unison, in the loudest voice possible,
Don’t allow him to turn the entire country into a pile of rubble as his father did on only one street in Brooklyn.


This past Friday was the Hebrew version of Valentine’s Day in Israel …. a day of love that turned into a day of hatred.


And the forces behind the madness ….

As we all know, the apple does not fall far from the tree, the same is true of rotten apples as can be seen in the following report …

From ‘online incitement to the ‘real thing’


Shin Bet arrests Kahane’s grandson, online incitement continues

Far-right activist Meir Ettinger suspected of involvement with extremist Jewish organization; police opens investigation into videos of Netanyahu, Rivlin wearing Nazi uniform.

Far-right activist Meir Ettinger was arrested on Monday on suspicion of involvement with an extremist Jewish organization, while police opened an investigation into videos posted on YouTube of President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Nazi uniform.

Ettinger, who was barred from entering the West Bank or Jerusalem for a year, was arrested by the Judea and Samaria Police and transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.

He is the grandson of far-right late US-born rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated expelling Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Ettinger in previous arrest (Archive photo: Ehud Amiton, Tazpit)

Ettinger in previous arrest (Archive photo: Ehud Amiton, Tazpit)

In a blog he runs, Ettinger wrote on Thursday, a day before the terror attack in Duma in which a Palestinian baby was murdered, that “the truth must be told – there is no terror organization, but there are a whole lot of Jews, a lot more than people think, whose value-system is completely different than that of the High Court or the Shin Bet, and who are not bound by the laws of the state, but by much more eternal laws, true laws.”

Under the blog post titled “Terror organization,” he went on to say that “as part of the boastful statement by the Shin Bet about the organization it ‘exposed,’ things I wrote in this blog several weeks ago were quoted as things from ‘the head of the organization.’ To tell you the truth, I don’t know what they in the Shin Bet wanted me to organize, and they should definitely look for other people to cast for the roles they need in their show for the media, but this urge of the Shin Bet to create an atmosphere, to put up appearances as if there is some ‘organization’ it exposed, clearly illustrates to us what those in the Shin Bet understand and are so afraid of.”

Under a veil of secrecy, new cells of “hilltop youth” have been formed across the West Bank over the past few months. These groups seek to commit “price tag” attacks, which they say will inflame the situation in the Middle East, and bring redemption and the coming of the Messiah closer.

The “hilltop youth,” which the Shin Bet’s Jewish division nicknamed “happy Jews,” believe that exacting a price from the establishment will allow them to form a Jewish state based on Jewish moral values that appear in Jewish holy and literary sources.

Netanyahu and Rivlin as Nazi officers

The Israel Police has opened a criminal investigation against a man who calls himself “Asheriko from Facebook” who posted videos on YouTube that portray Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Nazi uniform and supposedly talking in German.

The State Attorney’s Office authorized the investigation “on suspicion of insulting a public official.”

The video shows Rivlin in Gestapo uniform giving the Hitler salute and saying: “I am a bootlicking president and a self-hating hypocrite. When Jews are murdered, I don’t really care. I love licking Muslims’… I am a Jew-hating Nazi. Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil!”

Netanyahu and Rivlin in Nazi uniform. These same forces of hate did the same with Rabin's photo before his assassination .... (see below)

Netanyahu and Rivlin in Nazi uniform.
These same forces of hate did the same with Rabin’s photo before his assassination …. (see below)



A caption at the end of the video declares: “Protest!!! Jewish blood is not cheap. Asheriko from Facebook.”

The man, who also calls himself Oshri, uploaded the videos from his home in New York, and admitted in a conversation with Ynet that he created them.

“No one told me I’m being investigated. There is no crime in this,” he said. “I made the videos and Rivlin’s photo with the kaffiyeh and Hamas’ logo.”

What are you? A Kahane supporter?

“No, I’m just a secular man who has had enough of Jewish blood being treated as cheap. There hasn’t been such a fuss when the Fogel family was slaughtered. Some Muslim was burned, probably a future terrorist, so there’s a big fuss, and our president accuses the entire Jewish nation of the crime. It doesn’t make sense. Where is the president when Jews are murdered every other day?”

Last year, he admitted, he uploaded photos of Rivlin, then-justice minister Tzipi Livni, then-finance minister Yair Lapid and other Israeli officials in SS uniform, in protest of their objection to the nationality bill. He uploaded the photos under the name “Natan Zoabi” and accompanied them with the text: “The anti-Semites who oppose a Jewish state in the Land of Israel.”

Police also arrested Gilad Kleiner from Kiryat Malachi on Monday after he incited against the LGBT community on Facebook on Friday, and praised Yishai Shlissel, who is suspected of murdering 16-year-old Shira Banki during the Jerusalem Pride Parade.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that “we intend on waging an uncompromising battle against Jewish terrorism. This is a fight for the state’s image, and we have no intention of giving up on this fight.”

He talked about the cabinet’s decision to allow administrative arrests for Jewish suspects. “This is a drastic measure we will use sparingly,” he vowed.


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Just 2 days ago I stated that Jonathan Pollard will continue to rot in prison …. where he belongs.

Unfortunately, that will not be the case.

The US parole board has decided to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard from US prison on November 20, 2015.

Banner calling for Pollard's release during a visit by US President Barack Obama in Israel (Photo: AP)

Banner calling for Pollard’s release during a visit by US President Barack Obama in Israel (Photo: AP)

Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to be released in November

Parole board decides to release convicted spy after 30 years; Israeli officials deny claims that development is linked to the deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

The US parole board has decided to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard from US prison on November 20, 2015, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Tuesday.

Pollard’s attorney said he must remain in the United States for five years as part of his parole, but noted President Barack Obama has the authority to allow him to move to Israel sooner.

The attorney noted the release was made possible after the US Justice Department has agreed not to work to stop Pollard’s parole.

American officials told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that Pollard’s release was planned in the coming weeks or months. The White House was quick to make clear that the parole board would make the decision, and the Justice Department said Pollard would have to finish serving his full sentence.

“Mr. Pollard’s status will be determined by the United States Parole Commission according to standard procedures. There is absolutely zero linkage between Mr. Pollard’s status and foreign policy considerations,” said Alistair Baskey, an NSC spokesperson.

The newspaper’s report cited US officials who said they hoped that Pollard’s release would help smooth US-Israeli relations, which have been rocky since six world powers recently signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

Israeli officials, meanwhile, stressed that there was no link between preparations to release Pollard and a desire to assuage Israel after the agreement with Iran.

They said that a hearing on Pollard’s release occurred three weeks ago. “There is no involvement by the American or Israeli government; it’s a usual legal procedure,” they said.

Pollard has been in American prison for 30 years after being accused of spying for Israel on the Jewish nation’s ally.

Recent reports in the Jewish-American publication Algemeiner also cited sources who claimed that Pollard’s release was imminent upon the completion of his 30-year sentence in November.

Israel acknowledged that Pollard had been a spy in 1998, requesting a number of amnesty requests – which were rejected. In recent years, reports have repeatedly surfaced regarding Pollard’s declining health. It was occasionally reported that the US might release him as a gesture towards Israel, but these reports always proved false.

Former minister Rafi Eitan was the head of Lekem (the Bureau of Scientific Relations) when Pollard was arrested in 1985, and was in essence his handler. Eitan resigned from the intelligence community after Pollard was discovered, Lekem was disbanded, and Pollard and his associates accused Eitan of abandoning him.

Following reports of Pollard’s impending release, Eitan told Ynet on Saturday: “Whatever I say, I have no influence on that. Like every Israeli citizen, I hope and believe he’ll be freed, but beyond that I have no knowledge of the subject, only a prayer and a plea that he is released.”

MK Nachman Shai of the Zionist Union, chairman of the Knesset lobby for Pollard’s release, said: “Pollard is not a political card and the attempt to turn him into one and bind him to the Iran deal or the release of Arab prisoners is ridiculous, embarrassing, and humiliating. The time has come to release Pollard. He has earned his freedom on right and not on sufferance. Thirty years in jail, more than any American prisoner for a similar offense. Pollard will be released, now.”


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