ETHNIC CLEANSING: ISRAEL’S ULTIMATE STRATEGY TOWARD THE PALESTINIANS

The ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish settlements in the West Banks has simply made the establishment of a Palestinian state, one that is worthy of the name, quite impossible.

Ethnic cleansing: Israel’s ultimate strategy toward the Palestinians

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine

In a farewell speech, outgoing UN Special Coordinator for the so-called “Middle East peace process” Robert Serry has warned the apartheid state of Israel that continued settlement building in the West Bank was killing any remaining chances for the two-state solution.

Serry said the killing of the two-state solution strategy would transform Israel into a bi-national state.

Israeli leaders, with the exception of some isolated voices, scoffed at Serry’s remarks, with some spokespersons calling these remarks “stale and stupid.”

It is widely believed that Israel has already killed any remaining chances for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, especially one with Jerusalem as its capital.

The ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish settlements in the West Banks has simply made the establishment of a Palestinian state, one that is worthy of the name, quite impossible.

PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has met virtually all Israeli demands, including putting tens of thousands of Palestinian security personnel in the service of Israeli security whims.

Moreover, Abbas’s Gendarme has killed, tormented and repressed Palestinian citizens on Israel’s behalf. Moreover, PA security agencies seriously violated Palestinians’ human rights and civil liberties in order to receive a certificate of good conduct from Israel and her guardian-ally, the United States.

In fact, on numerous occasions, Abbas humiliated himself and his people by pandering to Israeli insolence and arrogance, in the hope that this would make Israel relent and come to terms with legitimate Palestinian rights.

However, every time Abbas made a concession to Israel, without any Israeli reciprocation, of course, the Israelis would humiliate him even further.

For example, for many weeks now, Israel has adamantly refused to transfer to the PA coffers hundreds of millions of dollars of Palestinian customs’ revenues levied by Israel pursuant to the hapless Paris Protocol of 1994, which effectively enabled Israel to hold the Palestinian economy hostage to Israeli whims and blackmail.

As a result, more than a hundred thousand Palestinians have not received their meager salaries for the third consecutive months, causing a virtual widespread suffering to tens of thousands of Palestinian households.

The Israeli message to Abbas and his people is amply clear: Either you do what we order you to do or else you will suffer, you will starve.

For their part, the Americans know the facts very well. But they feel too week to even rebuke Israel, thanks to the overwhelming domination of the Jewish lobby over the American government, especially Congress.

One Israeli commentator told this writer recently that Binyamin Netanyahu had more clout in Washington D.C. than did Barack Obama.

Ethnic cleansing

A few days ago during an acrimonious Tel Aviv debate involving Israeli intellectuals on the various platforms presented by Israeli political parties contesting the upcoming elections, slated to take place on 17 March, a leftist college professor tried to challenge the mostly right-wing audience on the issue of bi-national statehood. One right-wing leader from a settlement near Hebron in the West Bank responded to the leftist’s remarks. And without patting an eyelash, he said Israel would eventually expel the Arabs.

“We will expel them when the time for that comes. We will never allow the perceived Arab demographic advantage to destroy Zionism. Call this apartheid or even Nazism, I don’t care.”

“Do you think the world would allow you to get away with this,” retorted the leftist.

“The world would be furious initially, but eventually it would come to terms with reality. The world is hypocritical. Eventually, the world would side with the strong, and we are the stronger side in this conflict.”

I believe I wouldn’t exaggerate much if I claimed that the settler leader’s remarks more or less encapsulate the ideology and political program of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Yes, Netanyahu doesn’t spell out his views publicly. But all his actions and behaviors, including the seizure of huge areas of West Bank territory, vindicate the view that Netanyahu and peace are an eternal oxymoron.

As a Palestinian who has been observing Israeli conduct since 1967, I am inclined to believe the above-mentioned settler leader rather than the leftist intellectual.

Yes, the world probably wouldn’t move to rein in Israeli Nazism. Yes, it might issue strong-worded condemnations, but it wouldn’t go any further.

As to the US, the most it would probably do is to call on the two sides to show self-restraint.

#IsraeliElectionUpdates ~~ RACISM UNITES BOTH THE ‘LEFT’ AND RIGHT

An issue finally emerges in Israel’s ‘non-issue’ election campaign … one that both the ‘Left’ and the Right agree on … RACISM.

Be it from the Left or the Right

Be it from the Left or the Right

Zionist Camp reveals its true, racist face

The party that some hoped would defend Israeli democracy from attacks by the right wing has now joined the assault.

Shimon Peres is back, his name is Isaac Herzog. The evil wind of Mapai is also back, it’s called Zionist Camp. Appease, appease, appease everyone; set your sights on the right, only on the right, emulate it, stay away from any courageous step. Sometimes one unfortunate decision is enough to learn how the whole thing works. In the case of Zionist Camp it’s the decision to support the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) from running for the Knesset. With a left like this, we don’t need Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman anymore; Likud’s Yariv Levin will do just fine.

The only hope that Zionist Camp had managed to create was that at least it would stop the crushing of democracy by the right wing. People like Herzog, MKs Tzipi Livni, Shelly Yacimovich, Merav Michaeli and Stav Shaffir know a thing or two about the dangers to democracy that lurk here. They also know that democracy’s real test is in its attitude to the Arabs and the radical left. Now this last hope has been dashed.

If Zionist Camp disqualifies Zoabi, a brave, authentic and legitimate candidate who hasn’t hurt a fly and who reflects the views of her voters, the Arabs of Israel and lovers of democracy will know: On this issue too, there is no difference between the right wing and this left wing. After Herzog announced that “in the war on terror there is no difference,” now there’s no difference in the war on “Zoabis.” So what do we have this whole camp for? For Manuel Trajtenberg [the economist identified with the 2011 social protests, now on the Zionist Camp ticket]?

The first thing the Arabs of Israel and their representatives in the Knesset must conclude is: No cooperation with Zionist Camp, not during the election and not after it. No voting for it and no recommending to the president that Herzog form the next government. Herzog signed the divorce decree himself, having already announced the exclusion of Joint List from his government. He has to pay the price.

But in its decision, Zionist Camp proved something much deeper and more significant: In Israel of 2015, Zionism and democracy cannot go hand in hand; there is an inner contradiction, inherent and unavoidable, between contemporary Zionism and the rights of Israel’s Arab minority, and there is of course also a deep contradiction between “Jewish” and “democratic.”

From that point of view, Zionist Camp has made a great contribution to the truth: There is no such thing as “Jewish” and “democratic.” In its decision, Zionist Camp has chosen “Jewish” at the expense of “democratic”: Zionist Camp knows that behind the decision to disqualify Zoabi is the transparent desire to remove all the “Zoabis” from the Knesset. There is no such thing as a democracy, where elected officials are prohibited from criticizing, as Zoabi is accused of doing, a member of their own people for serving in a police force that kills other members of their people.

But a party that has chosen to call itself “Zionist Camp,” spitting in the face of the Arabs, some of whom supported it in the past, cannot but back the disqualification of an individual who threatens the Zionist order and challenges Jewish privileges in a distorted democracy. Zoabi should be disqualified, according to Herzog-Livni, because she endangers the tottering ideological structure on which their camp relies, which offers no solution to the Palestinian problem nor an answer for the Arabs of Israel. This camp knows only how to trick and mislead, in the best of its tradition. Livni wants to reach a settlement, but only to realize her dream of a Jewish state, a nationalist dream in every sense of the word. And Herzog only wants more negotiations, so there will be peace and quiet.

Aware of the slight damage the Zionist Camp could incur, it hastened to “balance” its decision: It will also support disqualification of ultra-right-winger Baruch Marzel. This preposterous balance, so typical, is even worse in its hypocrisy. The serial criminal, the violent, convicted thug is to the Zionist Camp comparable to Zoabi, who has never been convicted of anything. But trust Zionist Camp and the Arab sycophants. Soon enough we’ll certainly see Herzog and Livni touring the Arab communities, eatingknafeh, having photo ops with kafiyyeh-wearers and uttering pithy slogans about democracy, peace and equality.

#IsraeliElectionUpdates ~~ THE LEFT IS AS WRONG AS THE RIGHT

Both the left and the right are correct in what they say about each other; but both sides are also mistaken and misleading.

Both sides are equally wrong

Both sides are equally wrong

Continuing with the upcoming ‘non issue’ election, here is the latest from an Op-Ed in today’s Ynet …

The right and left, the right and wrong

 Both the left and the right are correct in what they say about each other; but both sides are also mistaken and misleading.

I really envy those who already know who they will vote for in the Knesset elections in about a month and a half. Electing a government is not just about electing a prime minister and his ministers. From many aspects, it’s almost a matter of life and death.

Both sides, the left and the right, are correct in what they say about each other. But both are also mistaken and lost and misleading. People often quote Israel’s late President Chaim Herzog, who apparently said once that “the trouble in our country is that the left has no heart and the right has no brains.” Is that so? Here’s an interim summary.

The lost ones in the right: They are hanging on to something which is out of this world. God. Faith, a promise that has come down from Heaven. We are the chosen people. The Land of Israel was promised to us in the Book of Books and in its statements. How many times does the word “Jerusalem” appear in the Koran? And in the Bible? We wandered in the Diaspora for 2,000 years and we always dreamed and prayed for Zion.

The right also bases its explanations on facts from the ground: The Arabs have at least 22 countries. The Zionist Movement is the physical embodiment of the Return of Zion. As Jews, we have no other land to safely lay our head on to establish Jewish life. There is no room for two people on the same piece of land. It’s either us or them. The Arabs have lost the wars and the losing side must pay. All the Arabs want and will always want to destroy us. Arab terror will never stop. They are brutal. They will never forgive us. Arabs cannot be trusted. A good Arab is a dead Arab. The IDF will always win and is the best army in the world. The world never loved Jews. We have always done things our way and the world has come to terms with our moves. The world was anyway always against us. Faith is the most important thing. We are right.

And the left? It’s destroying the state. A fifth column. It’s willing to give the Arabs everything. The Arabs will never accept peace. Death to the Arabs and, at the same occasion, to the leftists too. And so on and so forth.

The mistaken ones in the left: We won’t be able to live on this piece of land without peace. Shall the sword devour forever? There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world who will defeat us by the power of their number alone. The world’s countries only have interests, and the Israeli interest is not their main concern. We cannot and are not entitled to control 3.2 million Palestinians who don’t want our rule and are seeking freedom and liberty and the right of self-determination. The occupation is corrupting us. the Arabs want peace. It’s a fact that our peace with Egypt has lasted for more than 35 years. Our peace with Jordan is 20 years old. Even if some of the Arabs want to destroy us, the majority of Arabs recognize our military power and are deterred by it. The Arabs dream of peace and fight for peace. Only few engage in Arab terror.

After we return the territories as part of a peace agreement, Arab terror will die out. The Arabs also want to rest and want peace and tranquility for their children. The Israelis stole their lands in the War of Independence and the following years, and built dozens of settlements on lands which belonged to the Arabs. They should be returned. The world’s nations does not approve of an Israeli government in the territories. We are losing whatever legitimacy we have left in the world. The world is no longer doing us a favor following the Holocaust, and sees the Palestinians as its subsequent victims.

That’s enough. It reminds me of the joke about the husband and his wife who got into a fight and went to see the town’s rabbi, who ruled that the husband was right and that the wife was also right. And when the caretaker asked how it was possible that they were both right, the rabbi said: You’re also right.

This shabby and worn-out joke would make us laugh if it weren’t on us.

 

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

JON STEWART’S FAVOURITE GOVERNOR IN ACTION

If this is the best the GOP has to offer we’re in BIG trouble …

There is nothing more sacrilegious than a sitting New Jersey governor cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and when Chris Christie did such an evil thing last month, a Jersey radio host got his revenge. During 94WIP’s annual Wing Bowl, The Morning Show‘s Angelo Cataldi released video from a June interview his show did with Christie, in which the governor completely missed his chair and fell flat onto his backside.

According to 94WIP, Cataldi was “appalled” by Christie’s Judasing of the Dallas Cowboys, and took it one step further during Wing Bowl by bringing in a Christie lookalike, as well as a doppelganger of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Both were vociferously booed.

Sports talk radio, ladies and gentlemen.

And here he is at his best …. it’s no wonder that the Daily Show loves him as much as they do ;)

Watch Jon Stewart Call Chris Christie A D**k!

Click HERE to watch

LATUFF’S SPOOF ON ISRAELI BOTTLEGATE SCANDAL

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

Read about it in THIS post

Read about it in THIS post

THE IMAGINARY FEAR FACTOR IN THE ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

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OR … A PATHETIC TALE

ABOUT A PATHETIC FASCIST

CANDIDATE

Another non issue circulating in the Israeli election arena ….

The only issue being why a candidate belonging to an outlawed terrorist organisation is even allowed to run for the Knesset in the first place.

The tale follows … as found in my ziocrap file

Most surveys show that Yishai’s party will earn enough votes, with the help of Marzel’s die-hard supporters, for Marzel to enter the Knesset.

Needless to say, MOST of the Israeli electorate did not participate in any of those imaginary surveys.

The Lost Phone and Why Arabs Fear Baruch Marzel

Baruch Marzel of Hevron is number 4 on Ha’am Itanu’s list, and one story going around explains how he’s viewed in his hometown.

With the entry of Hevron loyalist and activist Baruch Marzel into the Knesset election race, a story of his “correct” relations with his Arab neighbors in Hevron has been making the rounds.

Marzel’s daughter Racheli, 16 years old at the time of the story, had lost her cell phone. As is customary, she dialed the number to see if it would be answered, and  possibly the phone could be recovered.

In this case, however, an Arab man answered the line, and explained that he would be glad to return the phone – for a payment of 1,000 shekels (over $250). The young owner, who grew up in a house where “fear of Arabs” was not readily tolerated, reportedly shot back, “I wouldn’t give you money even if you cleaned my house for a month!”

She then added the kicker: “I’ll just let my father, Baruch Marzel, take care of this.”

At this point, the “finder” changed his tune. Though Racheli had hung up, he called her back several times, offering to return the phone free of charge. “I don’t want any trouble with Marzel,” he reportedly said. “He’s like your Sheikh. I don’t want any money, I’ll return the phone to where I found it, just take it! I don’t want a curse on me!”

Young Ms. Marzel was not impressed, and hung up.

Finally, in desperation, the Arab brought the phone in person to the Hevron police station, saying he had found it. The police were so surprised – they later said that it had never happened before that an Arab had returned a lost phone – that they suspected that the phone had been booby-trapped – and they detonated it in a controlled explosion. No explosives had been placed in the phone.

Baruch Marzel himself had a simple explanation for what happened: “This just shows that the Arabs of Hevron respect those who stand up for themselves, and they scorn those who are weak. We in Hevron live amongst a large Arab majority without fences and without protection – the Arabs respect our strong stand, but look down on the leftists who come to pander to them.”

Baruch Marzel is number four on the party list of Eli Yishai (Yachad – Ha’am Itanu). He has run for Knesset in the past, but did not succeed. He gave up a fair chance for a seat two elections ago when he allowed Dr. Michael Ben-Ari – considered by some as less “extreme” – to take his place on the National Union party list.

Ben-Ari returned the favor just last week when, apparently considered too “extreme” by Eli Yishai, he agreed to have Marzel run instead of him.

Most surveys show that Yishai’s party will earn enough votes, with the help of Marzel’s die-hard supporters, for Marzel to enter the Knesset.

HERE you can read a short bio of the American born Israeli fascist

ATTACKS RATHER THAN ISSUES DOMINATE ISRAELI ELECTION CAMPAIGN

When most of the major players refuse to raise issues, what else could be expected?

As things stand now, the only losers in the upcoming election will be the electorate themselves.

Anyone thinking that Pretty Boy Lapid or War Criminal Livni would make a difference is barking up the wrong tree.

Anyone thinking that Pretty Boy Lapid or War Criminal Livni would make a difference is barking up the wrong tree.

 

In an OP-Ed in today’s Ynet, this dilemma is dealt with …

It seems that the left-wing Israeli media and opposition parties have decided that the only way they can defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections is through personal attacks to humiliate and ridicule him, as well as by fear mongering the Israeli public by arguing that his so-called offensive and embarrassing behavior will have harsh consequences for Israel.

Left’s shameless attacks on Netanyahu

Op-ed: Attacking the messenger instead of the message is an easy strategy when the center-left camp lacks any credible alternative message or leader.

Shoula Romano Horing

It seems that the left-wing Israeli media and opposition parties have decided that the only way they can defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections is through personal attacks to humiliate and ridicule him, as well as by fear mongering the Israeli public by arguing that his so-called offensive and embarrassing behavior will have harsh consequences for Israel.

Attacking the messenger instead of the message is an easy strategy when the center-left camp lacks any credible alternative message or leader and is still perceived by most Israelis as too weak on security and too apologetic and appeasing on foreign affairs.

While most French Jews were cheering and chanting Bibi’s name in the synagogue in Paris after the supermarket terrorist attack, the left began criticizing his so called“shameless” behavior in Paris.

When he received the great honor of being invited a third time to speak in front of an adoring US Congress, and was personally criticized by the shameless Obama administration, the left was eager to join in the personal attacks.

It should be clear by now that US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as the French and the Europeans, wish to have an Israel without Netanyahu and want Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog, the leaders of the opposition camp, to be the prime ministers.

They desire their dream of a Palestinian state as well as a “make believe” negotiated diplomatic agreement with the Iranians over their nuclear program to become a reality, despite the fact that this dream will lead to another Hamastan and a threshold nuclear Iranian state.

Like all bullies, they know they cannot intimidate Netanyahu to fulfill their wishes, but they know from past experience that Livni and Herzog will be naïve and weak enough to follow in the footsteps of their previous leaders and mentors from Kadima and Labor, such as Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Ehud Barak, Shimon Peres, Ehud Olmert and Ariel Sharon.

In Paris, the only shameless party was the French government for its rude treatment of the prime minister of the only Jewish state following the brutal massacre of Jews. The clueless leftists embarrassed themselves by taking the side of the French and joining them in criticizing Bibi for “offending” the French.

The facts show otherwise. Initially, French President Francois Hollande suggested that Netanyahu, who has been at the frontlines of the international campaign against Islamic terrorism, absent himself from the global leadership gathering because his presence would introduce the “divisive Israeli-Palestinian” issue, while inviting the Turkish prime minister who has been the main supporter of the terrorist organization Hamas.

To make matters worse, when Netanyahu made clear his intention to attend, the head of the French National Security Council threatened that the Jewish state would face harsh consequences. Immediately, the French president himself, in the midst of a terrorist siege in Paris, found the time to personally invite Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to demonstrate “even-handedness,” the same Abbas who was the assistant to the notorious terrorist, Yasser Arafat, and who has been inciting anti-Jewish hatred and violence.

While the media complained that Bibi pushed himself to the front row, they ignored the fact that both the Turkish prime minster and Abbas were given the honor by the French to walk at the front of the demonstration. Moreover, Hollande subsequently was rude when he and his government delegation departed from the Grand Synagogue just prior to Netanyahu’s comforting address.

Since his acceptance of the Congressional invitation, the Israeli leftist media and opposition have criticized Netanyahu, saying that his acceptance of an invitation by Republican-controlled Congress shows that he is willing to meddle in US politics and undermine the strategic alliance with the US to win an election.

The leader of the Labor Party, Herzog, said that “Netanyahu is directly harming the president of the United States. What Netanyahu is doing with this thuggish behavior is to harm Israel’s security interests?”

The facts show that these accusations are baseless and politically motivated. Netanyahu has long been loved by the bipartisan US Congress. It would be Netanyahu’s third speech in front of Congress and in 2011, after a publicly tense meeting at the White House with Obama over policy disagreements, Netanyahu got 29 standing ovations by both Democrats and Republicans.

Moreover, Netanyahu’s stand on additional sanctions is not partisan, and many Democrats in the Congress side with his position and against Obama’s stand. Just last week, Bob Menendez, the highest ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, condemned President Obama’s State of the Union talking points on Iran, saying “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Teheran.”

It was reported that the Obama administration is fuming over Netanyahu’s plan to address Congress regarding the Iranian threat, saying that “he spat in our face publicly.”

On January 16, British Prime Minster Cameron admitted in a joint conference with Obama that he has been directly contacting some US senators to advocate against further sanctions on Iran. Cameron said that his calls were not “in any way to tell the American Senate what it should do or should not do.” Instead, he wanted to tell the US Senate the UK’s opinion. Condemning Netanyahu for doing the same thing is shameless and hypocritical.

Anonymous White House threats that “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half to his presidency and there will be a price” will backfire. Israelis have only one Jewish state and they are not willing to rely on Obama or the French against Bibi to ensure its survival.

 

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

Considering the fact that he's paying for the election, he has a right to interfere ;) From

Considering the fact that he’s paying for the election, he has a right to interfere ;)
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And …. Bibi’s Likud Party ‘fights back’ with their own attacks …. again, no issues involved

The Likud party accused the Zionist Camp and Meretz on Sunday of breaking election fundraising and propaganda laws by receiving donations raised by NGOs funded by foreign donors.

Likud accuses Zionist Camp of breaking election funding law

Petition filed by ruling party claims NGOs OneVoice and V15 are indirectly contributing to left-wing parties’ elections campaign, using funding from foreign donors.

 

See full report HERE

BIBI’S WIFE CASHES IN ON HOUSEHOLD TRASH

Photo by Eran Wolkowski

Photo by Eran Wolkowski

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How much could a washed up old war criminal be worth?

Bottles-for-cash corruption scandal embroils Netanyahu family
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday dismissed as “false” reports that his wife Sara had pocketed at least $1,000 worth of public money by returning empty bottles to supermarkets.The reports, which were cause for ridicule in local media, come as the head of the rightwing Likud party prepares to seek re-election in a snap March vote.

In a long Facebook post, Netanyahu hit out at “false accusations against me and my wife that seek to topple the Likud and bring the left to power.”

“All of this aims to detract attention from what is really important — who will lead the country,” he wrote.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Sara Netanyahu had during her husband’s second term as prime minister (2009-2013) collected a vast amount of empty bottles bought by the premier’s office and returned them to supermarkets, pocketing the money herself.

Over several years, the Netanyahus through this practice earned at least 4,000 shekels ($1,000, 885 euros) of what should have been public money, the reports said.

They returned $1,000 to the state in 2013, the Haaretz website reported.

But Haaretz also cited a former employee of the Netanyahus as saying that the figure was in fact thousands of shekels higher.

The matter is being turned over to Israel’s attorney general’s office, Haaretz said.

Local media were quick to ridicule Sara.

Haaretz published a cartoon featuring her sitting in her living room, surrounded by empty bottles and pointing at a TV showing the latest frontier flare-up between Israel and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

“I need them to take something to the supermarket,” she barks down a telephone, pointing at attack helicopters shown on the TV.

Pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom slammed the reports as “defamation” as the country’s political parties prepared for the campaign trail.

The snap vote on March 17 will pit Netanyahu’s Likud and other possible rightwing allies against a united center-left front that includes former justice minister Tzipi Livni’s Hatnuah and the Labor party.

BIBI’S FALSE FLAGS AT HALF MAST

Slowly but surly the world is waking up to the lies of zionism

Slowly but surly the world is waking up to the lies of zionism

But we should not forget what France, the first European country to bestow full legal rights on Jews, still offers them: vibrant Jewish institutions and a government that sees their presence as integral to the French future. The French president and prime minister, along with the mayor of Paris, have been steadfast in their support of Jews on French soil.

Don’t Believe Hype of ‘Anti-Semitic’ France

By Richard H. Weisberg*

A woman holds a sign reading “I am Jewish from France” / Getty Images

(JTA) — Three weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in a Parisian kosher butcher store several miles west of the supermarket where four Jews were murdered on Jan. 9. The shop in our neighborhood was well patronized, with lines stretching out to the sidewalk before Shabbat.

We were staying in an apartment in Paris’ 12th district while I promoted a new book about the treatment of Jews in France during World War II. During our stay, we spoke with dozens of our Parisian friends, including some who are Jewish, about whether the year 2015 evokes for them at least some of that dark anti-Semitic history. It was a time when a French government that became known as Vichy promulgated 200 anti-Semitic laws — with little German pressure — that eventually sent some 75,000 Jews “to the East” and almost certain death in the concentration camps.

In those weeks of what we now know was the “calm before the storm,” our friends confessed to some fears about a combined resurgence of both old and new forms of anti-Semitism in France. The far-right National Front party under Marine Le Pen barely hid its old-style anti-Semitism under the ugly mask of anti-Arab xenophobia. And the party was gaining strength in the polls.

Meanwhile, individual Jews were sporadically attacked, frequently by disaffected French Muslims. In some areas of Paris, one friend said, it might be unwise to wear a yarmulke outdoors. But in their own neighborhood, in the 15th district, they said they would have no such fears and did not counsel their nephew, an observant Jew in his 20s, against wearing a kippah.

In fact, a cross-section of my Parisian friends agreed that American talk of France having become anti-Semitic was grossly exaggerated. So in polite conversations back in the States, my wife (a French teacher in Manhattan) and I had already noted what we felt were overstatements, given our own experiences and observations during frequent visits in various parts of France. We chalked up some of the feverish American talk to the persistent Francophobia that too often marks political commentary about France in the United States. The French, after all, have long been targeted for American criticism.

We tried to curb this talk of French anti-Semitism, the supposed droves who were leaving for Israel — some 7,000 French Jews in a population of approximately 500,000 made the move last year, though some have since returned for economic and other reasons — and what we knew were exaggerated American images of French Jews living in constant fear. We did this, recognizing that Europe is perennially at some risk of returning to its traditional anti-Semitism — a risk I consider more fundamental even than Muslim extremism fueled by events in the Middle East.

My attitude about France has not changed even since the latest spate of deadly violence. There is nowhere in the world that is safe. But in many ways it is as safe for Jews in Paris as it is in Tel Aviv or Brooklyn, or Budapest.

Of course the prudent increase in security, as long as it does not turn France into a police state, will be necessary for a while, as it has been periodically for the past few decades. French schoolchildren need to be protected (and, truthfully, the same could be said for American kids). The kosher butcher shop we patronized now is on high alert. This makes sense.

But we should not forget what France, the first European country to bestow full legal rights on Jews, still offers them: vibrant Jewish institutions and a government that sees their presence as integral to the French future. The French president and prime minister, along with the mayor of Paris, have been steadfast in their support of Jews on French soil.

During my recent trip, we saw a performance at a 100-seat theater of a French version of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” The audience, a broad cross-section of ordinary Parisians, seemed immensely sympathetic to the plight of Shylock the Jew as a representative of the persecuted European “other” through the centuries.

Attitudes toward Jews are changing for the better in France. There will be tragic eruptions to the contrary. But France is not an anti-Semitic country. It remains, as it finally comes to grips with its Vichy past, a bastion of equality and hope for its Jewish population.

*Richard H. Weisberg is Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University. For his work in righting some of Vichy’s wrongs, he won the Legion of Honor in 2009. His recent book, “In Praise of Intransigence,” and his “Vichy Law and the Holocaust in France” both discuss French anti-Semitism.

You can see here what French Jewry thinks of Bibi’s pathetic attempts to get them to immigrate to Israel…

Read THIS post where that video was published

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Here you will find reports on recent lies made by Netanyahu publicly (Click on links)

Netanyahu’s AIPAC Speech: 5 Lies

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A couple of Netanyahu’s not-so-white lies to Americans

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Whether Lies or B.S., Netanyahu’s Interviews Pose Special Challenges for Journalists

What makes him think the US Congress or the French Jewish Community would believe him now? ‘The wolf is obviously out of the bag.’

CHARLIE ON THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

From cartoons to reality

From cartoons to reality

Is the above what the Moldavian fascist wants to see on the streets of Jerusalem?

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on party activists Sunday to buy “thousands” of copies of the controversial “Mohammed edition” of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which they will then distribute to Israelis on a mass basis.

We can make cartoons also ...

We can make cartoons also …

Liberman: Threats Won’t Stop Hebdo Distribution

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday called on party activists to buy, and distribute, the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman called on party activists Sunday to buy “thousands” of copies of the controversial “Mohammed edition” of theCharlie Hebdo satirical magazine, which they will then distribute to Israelis on a mass basis.

Liberman called for the mass purchase after bookseller Steimatzky decided to cancel an in-store event celebrating the sale of the issues on Monday.

“We will not allow Israel to be turned in to an ISIS-style fundamentalist state,” said Liberman, before embarking on a state visit to Russia and China.

“Warnings by Arab MKs that the state would be ‘responsible’ for the results of the sale of the magazine by Steimatzky constitutes the crossing of a red line by the Israeli Arab leadership.”

Liberman was referring to a letter sent to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by Masud Ghnaim, the head of the United Arab List, who called the proposed sale by Steimatzky “dangerous and stupid.”

The feelings of Muslims would be badly hurt, he said, and “no one can predict what will happen” as a result.

Israeli book chain Steimatzky dropped plans for an in-store promotion of the Charlie Hebdo edition depicting the Prophet Mohammed in what Muslims consider an offensive manner.

Israel Radio said over the weekend that the chain had intended to hold a promotional event in a branch in the Tel Aviv area but later decided that orders for the issue – which has sparked sometimes deadly protests across the Muslim world – would now be taken only through its website.

In a statement, Steimatzky said that it believed in freedom of speech, and that it has been selling Charlie Hebdo for years and would continue to do so.

 

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UNITED FRONT AGAINST ZIONISM

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Sometimes repeating history is a positive thing …

In the summer of 1935, the leader of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Georgi Dimitrov, delivered a speech calling for a united front against fascism in Europe. Today, on a smaller scale that is what is happening in Israel as the Palestinian parties, including Hadash, finally agreed to run on a united list in the upcoming election.

It was the Moldavian fascist, Avigdor Lieberman, whose calls to force these parties out of the Knesset altogether that resulted in this united front against zionism.

The Government Act passed in March 2014 raised the election threshold for political parties from 2% percent to 3.25 percent (about four seats), adding an impetus for parties that might no longer be eligible to unite.

After the Knesset officially disbanded in December, MK Tibi said that “Lieberman, who raised the electoral threshold, wants to force the Arab parties out of the Knesset,” and that this called for a united list.

Arab parties to run as one list in upcoming elections

After weeks of discussions, politicians agree to run together; move follows earlier passing of law to raise election threshold.

The Arab factions in the Knesset will run together on a united list, it was announced Thursday after serious political arguments that occurred over the last month.

An external committee was appointed by the Arab parties to deal with uniting the factions and forming a list.

The committee held meetings over the last few days in Kafr Qara in the Wadi Ara area. The meetings all went on for over five hours.

The most dramatic meeting occurred on Thursday, when arguments escalated into shouting over the list’s composition. Some participants walked out of the talks in anger, returning only after dignitaries intervened.

Hadash and Balad held their primaries on January 17. Arguments broke out among Hadash delegates after the party’s chairman, MK Mohammad Barakeh, announced officially that he would not run in the upcoming election, as some supported his decision while others opposed it.

The members finally arrived at the following list:

1. Aiman Uda (Hadash)

2. Masud Ganaim (Islamic Movement)

3. Jamal Zahalka (Balad)

4. Ahmad Tibi (UAL-Ta’al)

5. Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash)

6. Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya (Islamic Movement)

7. Hanin Zoabi (Balad)

8. Dov Khenin (Hadash)

9. Taleb Abu Arar (Islamic Movement)

10. Basel Ghattas (Balad)

11. Yosef Jabareen (Hadash)

12. UAL-Ta’al – Balad (rotation)

13. Hadash – Balad (rotation)

14. Hadash – Balad (rotation)

In December, MK Zoabi called for the creation of the united list, saying it would raise Arab representation from 11 to 16 seats.

A poll that same month said almost half of Israeli-Arabs wanted MK Ahmed Tibi to lead a united Arab faction, and found that 62 percent of Israeli Arabs planned to vote in the upcoming elections, compared to 56 percent who voted in 2013, and 53 percent who voted in 2009.

The Government Act passed in March 2014 raised the election threshold for political parties from 2% percent to 3.25 percent (about four seats), adding an impetus for parties that might no longer be eligible to unite.

After the Knesset officially disbanded in December, MK Tibi said that “Lieberman, who raised the electoral threshold, wants to force the Arab parties out of the Knesset,” and that this called for a united list.

 

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FROM TEL AVIV TO PARIS TO CASABLANCA … MY PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO GO!

This was not the first attempt to get the French to leave France …

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Netanyahu finishes his speech  proclaiming that Israel is the only home for Jews, and his supporters are chanting …

Netanyahu was asked by Hollande  not to go to Paris. He went  anyway and was placed in the second row behind the President of Mali. He maneuvered himself into the front row, deliberately attempting to displace the Mali President. Then he goes uninvited to the Paris Synagogue and tells the Jews of Paris that they should all emigrate to Israel . At the end of his speech exhorting French Jews to leave their homeland for Israel, his “people” start chanting, only to be over sung by the Marseillaise.

The speech was followed by singing of the French national anthem. The first video does not include this ... The zionists obviously do not want you to see this.

Hence, the flashback to Casablanca …

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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!

Oy Canada!

See THIS related report
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The following is from the archives
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Despite the 30 Billion a year that the US taxpayers send to Israel, Netanyahu considers Harper his best, perhaps only, friend among today’s world leaders, and to be a wholehearted supporter of his government’s policy.
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Neither seem aware of the Canadian Government’s policy …
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 being against Canada!

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.

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DEFENDING FREE SPEECH BY DENYING IT IN FRANCE

Who’s a Charlie? France cracks down on free speech in order to defend it

An image posted on his official Facebook page shows the French comedian Dieudonné being arrested at his home this morning in connection with comments he made on Facebook.

In grim and supreme irony, French police have fanned out to suppress free speech in order to defend it.

“France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing Wednesday that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses” since last week, the Associated Press reports.

The news of the arrests comes a week after the murders of 17 people at and near the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and at a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

It also comes days after dozens of world leaders, led by French President François Hollande, gathered in Paris to demonstrate in support of free speech and in defiance of the killers who sought to silence it.

The most high-profile arrest is undoubtedly that of the comedian Dieudonné, allegedly on grounds of “justifying terrorism,” for a comment he made on Facebook.

I do not find Dieudonné funny and I find much of what he says offensive. In my reading, he and his supporters deliberately blur a line that must be kept sharp between criticizing Zionism and Israel, on the one hand, and attacking Jews as Jews on the other.

This is something I have always spoken against clearly and therefore I do not see Dieudonné as someone in solidarity with Palestinians.

I also do not find Dieudonné’s defense that his bigotry is just “humor” any more convincing from him than when it comes from Charlie Hebdo.

“Justifying terrorism”

But I do not think that the Facebook comment for which Dieudonné was reportedly arrested can by any stretch be described as “justifying terrorism.” Nor do I think that if the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who were murdered were held to the same standards that much of their work would be considered any less offensive or racist than Dieudonné’s.

And of course the implications go far beyond the personal situation of Dieudonné.

The French daily Le Figaro reports that Dieudonné was arrested by judicial police at his home near Paris for investigation of “apologie de terrorisme” – justifying or making an apologia for terrorism.

Le Figaro published this screenshot of a posting on Dieudonné’s Facebook page that apparently precipitated the arrest. It is dated 11 January, the day of the Paris march.

It states:

After this historic march, what do I say… Legendary! A magic moment equal to the Big Bang that created the universe … or at least (more local) comparable to the crowning of [Gaulish king] Vercingétorix, I’m finally back home. Know that this evening, as far as I am concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly.

Amedy Coulibaly was the gunman who killed a police officer and then took hostages and killed four people at a Jewish grocery store.

Who’s a “Charlie”?

By creating the term “Charlie Coulibaly,” Dieudonné is obviously mocking the slogan “Je suis Charlie” heard all over the world in recent days. His words might be objectionable, but are they grounds for arrest for justifying terrorism?

Dieudonné’s meaning becomes clear in a letter he sent to French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve the day after the march.

It begins: “Yesterday we were all Charlie, marching and standing tall for liberties. So that we can all continue to laugh at everything.”

“After coming home from this march I felt quite alone,” Dieudonné writes.

“For a year I have been treated as public enemy number one, even though all I’ve done is try to make people laugh, and to die of laughter, since death is laughing at us, as Charlieknows all too well alas,” Dieudonné states.

He then refers to a “peace” proposal he sent to the government weeks ago to which, he says, he has received no response. And then he says:

“As soon as I speak, you do not try to understand me, you do not want to listen. You look for pretexts to ban me. You consider me to be an Amedy Coulibaly, even though I am no different from Charlie.”

Again, I don’t buy Dieudonné’s line that much of his racist bile is misunderstood satire and humor, but the valid point he is making is that his speech is treated as violence and terrorism and he is treated like a terrorist, while those whose speech is just as disgusting were and are treated like heroes of the republic.

Dieudonné’s arrest this morning ironically vindicates his claim that he is a “Coulibaly” in the eyes of the state.

French “war on terror”

Launching the French government’s newly declared (or re-declared) “war on terrorism,” and its crackdown on dissent, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that “racism, anti-Semitism and justifying terrorism” were “not opinions.”

The arrest of Dieudonné shows that the government will decide what constitutes an “opinion.”

We can be sure that many others whose opinions the state does not like will also be treated as “Coulibaly.” And where France goes, Europe will follow.

France, Germany and other European countries already have “hate speech laws” and it has been much remarked upon how unevenly they are applied.

Why, for example, has a Germany so concerned about “extremism,” and whose leader Angela Merkel marched in Paris, not banned the growing anti-Muslim marches in its own cities?

Europe’s politicians and elites (along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) joined hands to celebrate the vile bigotry of Charlie Hebdo, while Dieudonné was taken away in a morning police raid.

Capitalizing on division, pandering to bigotry and fear

If the French state is looking for a way to increase the influence of and sympathy with Dieudonné, it could not have come up with a better strategy.

Meanwhile, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been tweeting comments in the wake of the attacks that can only be taken as a dog whistle to the bigots and ultra-nationalists he hopes will put him back in office at the next election: “The questions of immigration and Islam have been clearly posed. They must be asked calmy, involving everyone.”

Les questions de l’immigration et de l’Islam sont clairement posées. Elles doivent être posées calmement en associant tout le monde.

Sarkozy has proposed a host of repressive measures from arming local police to “expelling any imam who holds views that do not respect the values of the republic.”

Could anyone imagine Sarkozy, or any politician, demanding “expulsion” of French Jewish or French Christian clerics if they espouse views that are antithetical to the republic likebelieving that Israel should be “Jewish” or that France should be “Muslim-free?”

Sarkozy’s clear implication – although he doesn’t say it – is that every Muslim cleric is always already foreign and has some other place outside France to which they more properly belong.

The government’s crackdown appears to be an effort to pander to this authoritarian sentiment and head off Sarkozy’s challenge.

Crackdown on Palestine solidarity

What will happen next? The French state will solidify its alliance with those who claim that criticism of Israel and solidarity with Palestinians is “anti-Semitism” and therefore “not an opinion.”

It was already on such bogus grounds that France banned rallies during the summer protesting Israel’s massacre in Gaza. And for years, France has been prosecuting activistsin the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

There will be many more people who are treated as Coulibalys instead of Charlies for what they say.

It now remains to be seen if those who adopted the slogan “Je suis Charlie” and insisted on republishing Charlie Hebdo’s racially denigrating and satirically worthless cartoons will rush to declare “Je suis Dieudonné” and repost his most vile and objectionable material.

Background on Dieudonné

French courts have banned Dieudonné from performing because the comedian “frequently sprinkles his act with diatribes against Holocaust remembrance,” as The New York Times’ Robert Mackey reported last year.

He has also been put on trial and fined dozens of times for things he has said.

Dieudonné “invented an obscene salute popular with anti-Semites” known as the “quenelle.” As Mackey reported, the comedian “insists” that the quenelle “was not inspired by the Nazis, but is a gesture of obscene disdain for the French establishment.”

However, Mackey adds, “anti-Semites who read his anti-Zionist rhetoric as a kind of code to skirt French laws against inciting racial hatred now frequently do it at Holocaust memorials and other Jewish sites.”

AWARD WINNING BLOWJOB

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened,” Lewinsky wrote in her essay, which earned Vanity Fair its sole 2015 nomination.

Monica Lewinsky Nominated For National Magazine Award

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Monica Lewinsky has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for her Vanity Fair essay commenting on her relationship with Bill Clinton.

In “Shame and Survival,” published in June, broke Lewinsky’s near-ten years of silence about the affair that nearly brought down a president:

“I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened,” Lewinsky wrote in her essay, which earned Vanity Fair its sole 2015 nomination. “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position… . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”

Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors since 1966, the awards “honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction.”

The winners will be revealed on February 2 at a ceremony held in New York at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

ISRAEL TRIED TO CASH IN ON FRENCH VICTIMS’ FUNERAL

The burial in Jerusalem of four French Jews murdered in last week’s terror attacks in Paris turned into an embarrassment when the victims’ families and the French Jewish community were asked to pay tens of thousands of shekels for the graves while the burial site itself was changed three times.

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GETTY IMAGES Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin at funeral for kosher grocery victims.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin at funeral for kosher grocery victims.

Sad-But-True Farce Behind Israel’s Funeral for Paris Kosher Market Terror Victims

Musical Burial Plots, 5-Figure Bills and Bullying of Relatives

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History or Farce? A woman mourns at the funeral for four French Jews killed in the terror attack on a kosher grocery in Paris.

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History or Farce? A woman mourns at the funeral for four French Jews killed in the terror attack on a kosher grocery in Paris.

The burial in Jerusalem of four French Jews murdered in last week’s terror attacks in Paris turned into an embarrassment when the victims’ families and the French Jewish community were asked to pay tens of thousands of shekels for the graves while the burial site itself was changed three times.

Because the victims weren’t Israeli citizens, the burial wasn’t paid for by the National Insurance Institute. Nor, despite the funerals’ semi-official character, did the government ever declare them state funerals. Only after a day of discussions and farce was it decided that the state would cover the cost.

But according to Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, chairman of the Zaka rescue and recovery organization, the government wanted the victims interred in Israel and even pressured one family, which initially preferred to hold the funeral in France, to hold it in Jerusalem.

Once the decision was made to bury all four victims in Israel, the embarrassments proliferated. First, the Yemenite community’s burial society suggested that the four be buried on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, but it demanded 15,000 euros per grave.

Moreover, when Meshi-Zahav examined the proposed site, he concluded that it was “the worst one on the Mount of Olives” — a remote part of the cemetery that also suffers from security problems.

“There was a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, and I told them, ‘You’ll be ashamed; it’s impossible to bring guests from abroad there,’” Meshi-Zahav said.

Due to his intervention, the deal with the Yemenite burial society was canceled.

Next, businesswoman Eva Zarfati, who owns a private plot at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery, offered to donate four grave sites in her plot. But problems were discovered in the legal permits for her plot, so the offer was rejected.

Finally, negotiations began with the Sephardi community’s burial society. Initially, the society offered to inter the victims for free on the Mount of Olives, but the government refused, possibly for security reasons. Later it offered a site at Har Hamenuhot.

But according to people involved in the issue, the asking price was 50,000 shekels ($12,700) per grave – 40,000 for the grave site and 10,000 for the funeral. The Sephardi burial society in Jerusalem negotiated over this with the Jewish burial society in France, and the money will apparently be paid by the French Jewish community rather than the families.

“There are no orderly regulations for who can order [a burial plot] on the state’s behalf or how much they pay, so all kinds of fixers come in and want to make a killing,” said Meshi-Zahav. “It’s a disgrace that the state announced the funeral and even pressured the families to have the burials in Israel, but in the end, for the most basic thing, the grave, they asked payment.”

Avraham Gilo of the Sephardi burial society responded that the society “buried them without settling the account. The price for this plot, for foreign residents, is around 90,000 shekels. We’ll ask 50 percent less, and maybe even less than that. But in the meantime we buried them without asking for money. They deserve it; they were murdered because they were Jews.”

Avraham Malachi, of the Yemenite burial society, denied that his society sought 15,000 euros. “There was a price, but not like that; we gave a fair price,” he said.

Jerusalem has very few cemetery plots left; most people today are interred in niches in multistory walls. Thus the few plots remaining sell for very high prices.

Avi Zana, director of the AMI foundation who was helping the families, described the situation as unpleasant. “When the decided on a state burial, they realized that everything was in the hands of the state and then they were asked to pay, it’s very hurtful and makes no sense.” According to Zana, two of the four families had a hard time deciding whether or not to go ahead with burial in Israel. “This is not an easy decision. Muslims who were killed in the attack were buried in France, if we decide to bury in France, then it is clear that our future is in France. There were senior members of the community who were asking if the Jews of France have two states. This is a crucial question, and the families took time to decide.”

Before the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Eli Ben-Dahan announced Tuesday night that his ministry will bear the expenses, the Ministry of Religious Affairs stated that “further investigation by the ministry revealed that the victims’ families in France refused cost-free options,” and added that the could that the amount would have been paid by the French Jewish community, and not the families.

ISRAEL EXPLOITS THE EVENTS IN PARIS

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Needless to say, the ADL was quick to deny any 'Jewish' involvement

Needless to say, the ADL was quick to deny any ‘Jewish’ involvement

While Netanyahu was certainly playing to a domestic audience, his presence in Paris is also part of Israel’s swift move to capitalize on the horror in France on a number of fronts: to attack the Palestinians, to sharpen the dangerous discourse of a “war of civilizations” and to speed up the population transfer of Jews from Europe.

Israel moves quickly to exploit Paris attacks

After hesitations reportedly over cost and security, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally decided to attend the “solidarity” march in Paris on Sunday, ostensibly in support of “free expression” and other “Western values.”

The march had been called in the wake of the attacks in Paris last week in which two gunmen murdered twelve people at the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a third murdered four people at a Jewish grocery store.

Netanyahu evidently could not resist the publicity given that it is election season in Israel, and he would not want to risk being upstaged by political rivals who had announced their attendance, including such violent racists as foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and economy minister Naftali Bennett.

(Update: Israeli media are reporting that Netanyahu gatecrashed the march, defying a request from French President François Hollande that he stay away –– more below).

Many people circulated images like the one above of world leaders linking arms with Netanyahu, noting the perverse irony of a march for such things as “freedom” and against “terrorism” being led by such figures, including the man who ordered the bloodbath in Gaza last summer.

As people in the Gaza ghetto continue to die of cold as a direct consequence of the destruction and ongoing siege, one observer in Gaza, Dima Eleiwa, had a wry explanation for why the leaders embracing Netanyahu have kept silent about their ordeal:

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Gaza writer Ayah Bashir asked poignantly:

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While Netanyahu was certainly playing to a domestic audience, his presence in Paris is also part of Israel’s swift move to capitalize on the horror in France on a number of fronts: to attack the Palestinians, to sharpen the dangerous discourse of a “war of civilizations” and to speed up the population transfer of Jews from Europe.

Jews out of Europe?

As I’ve written previously, Israel has a long-term goal of transferring France’s half-million-strong Jewish population to Israel as part of its effort to counter the so-called “demographic threat” from Palestinians.

In this context, the horrifying anti-Semitic murders in the Jewish supermarket, like previous attacks on Jews, are a boon for Israeli officials “excited” by the resulting exodus of some Jews who fear remaining in France.

Netanyahu immediately seized on the attacks to press the message home, tweeting: “To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home.”

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Israeli politician Yair Lapid, upped the ante, declaring, “I don’t want to speak in terms of Holocaust, but … European Jewry must understand that there is just one place for Jews, and that is the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu, Israeli daily Haaretz reported, is setting up a “special ministerial committee” that “will convene next week to discuss steps to encourage immigration from France and from Europe in general.”

Understandable fear

The horror and fear that attacks like the ones in Paris and the 2012 murders at a Jewish school in Toulouse generate are real. Jewish communities in France understandably want to put their safety first.

But to leap from these – thankfully rare – attacks to the conclusion that all Jews must leave France and even Europe is not an obvious step. And it is a dangerous and drastic one.

When is it anti-Semitism?

Recall that immigrants and their European-born descendants from Muslim-majority countries are routinely accused by those who hate and fear them of “refusing to integrate” in Europe – this was an accusation leveled by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among many others.

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By the same token, those who say that Jews must leave Europe for their own safety are saying in effect that it is impossible for Jews to integrate and ever be safe in their home countries.

The idea that Jews are always alien and that hatred against them is eternal and immutable – as opposed to being created and conditioned by contemporary politics and racist discourses in which Israel, among others, participates – is a fundamentally anti-Semitic one.

If French President François Hollande said that France is not the home of the Jews and they should leave to their “real” home, people would correctly understand that as anti-Semitic.

But when Netanyahu makes the same declaration, it is called Zionism.

It is not just critics of Israel who understand – at least implicitly – the tacit alliance between anti-Semitism and Zionism – but many European Jews themselves.

Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the director of the European Jewish Association, described byHaaretz as “the largest advocate for the Jewish organizations and communities in Europe,” sharply criticized Netanyahu’s latest exhortations on Jews to abandon France.

Margolin said he regretted that “after every anti-Semitic attack in Europe, the Israeli government issues the same statements about the importance of aliyah [immigration to Israel], rather than employ every diplomatic and informational means at its disposal to strengthen the safety of Jewish life in Europe.”

(Update: An Israeli official source told Israel’s Channel 2 that the French had wanted Netanyahu to stay away from Paris precisely out of fear that, as Haaretz put it, the Israeli prime minister “would take advantage of the event for campaign purposes and make speeches, especially about the Jews of France. Such statements, the Elysée Palace feared, would hurt the demonstration of solidarity the French government was trying to promote as part of dealing with the terror attacks.” Netanyahu’s defiance, according toHaaretz, has deeply angered Hollande, who “got up from his seat and made an early exit” when Netanyahu rose to speak at a memorial ceremony at the Paris Grand Synagogue.)

Another future

Israel promotes a future in which the possibility of coexistence and transcending current political and politico-religious antagonisms is impossible, and in which Jews have no future in Europe. Instead it invites them to decamp to a region where, Israel insists, they will be surrounded by hostile and bloodthirsty Palestinians, other Arabs and Muslims.

Yet we did not have to peer into a crystal ball to see the alternative to Zionism’s dystopic future. It was tragically embodied in the words of the brother of Ahmed Merabet, the French police officer – a Muslim – slain by the Charlie Hebdo attackers.

“I am now telling all racists, Islamophobes and anti-Semites that one must not confuse extremists with Muslims,” an emotional Malek Merabet told a press conference on Saturday.

“Stop mixing things up, starting wars, burning mosques and synagogues.”

The alternative, then, is solidarity in the face of the racism and bigotry that are generated and perpetuated by the murderous global wars the leaders marching in Paris insist are necessary for our safety.

This solidarity was also embodied in the exemplary actions of Lassana Bathily, the Muslim immigrant worker from Mali, who saved lives at the Jewish supermarket.

Bathily has been hailed as a hero for leading customers in the Hyper Cacher Jewish supermarket to hide in a cold store where they were safe from the murderer.

Bathily’s religion and national origin ought not to have to be remarked upon, but in this moment where once again Muslims are being collectively blamed, his action was an important reminder that human solidarity can and does cross all artificial lines of division.

Smearing Palestinians

Sadly, Israel is unlikely to get the message. Its propaganda apparatus immediately went into action to tar Palestinians with the Paris attacks.

On Saturday, the Israeli Government Press Office sent out an email to journalists in the name of the “Prime Minister’s Media Adviser.”

It included this screenshot from the Facebook page of the Palestinian publicationAlresalah.

The Israeli government email claimed that the screenshot “is a post from the Facebook page of ‘Al-Rasalah,’ [sic] a Hamas publication from yesterday evening … featuring photographs of the three terrorists who were eliminated in Paris. The caption reads: ‘The shahidim [martyrs] who were dispatched by God, the heroes of the raid in Paris.’”

In fact, Arabic speakers who look at the screenshot will note that across the image in barely legible red script are indeed words praising the three killers. But there is absolutely no indication that these were the words or opinions of Alresalah.

The caption provided by Alresalah states only the following, making clear they were not the authors of the montage: “Image disseminated on social media sites of those who carried out the attack on the French publication and who were killed this evening. From right to left, Amadou Coulibaly, Cherif and Said Kouachi.”

Alresalah, in its own words, pointedly does not call the men “martrys” or “heroes.” This is not surprising since Hamas itself strongly condemned the attack in Paris.

But the misleading Israeli propaganda is part of an ongoing effort to justify oppression of Palestinians by demonizing them. This is similar to Israel’s infamous “Hamas is ISIS” propaganda as Israeli warplanes were slaughtering civilians in Gaza.

Alresalah has apparently removed the post from its Facebook page.

Israel’s dangerous and exploitative antics recall the words of Netanyahu on 11 September 2001, when asked what the attacks on the United States that day meant for US-Israeli relations.

It’s very good,” he said, hoping that the unfolding horror in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania would “generate immediate sympathy” for Israel.

ALL OF FRANCE MUST SHARE THE GUILT

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I must view with utter contempt the claim that the Paris incident was an attack against press freedom and freedom of expression. We all know that the attack was actually a revenge for France’s military aggression against Muslims. Calling it an attack on press freedom and western liberalism is therefore childish and stupid.

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is not innocent

By Khalid Amayreh

To begin with, I unhesitatingly condemn the attack on the Charlie Hebdo Satirical weekly magazine in Paris. I believe it is always wrong and unforgivable to kill innocent people. Moreover, this sort of actions, besides being morally wrong, also harms French and other Western Muslims enormously

True, the act of mocking the Prophet of Islam is not a cause worth defending. It did hurt the feelings of hundreds of millions around the world.

However, murdering people is not exactly the right response to the French magazine’s blasphemy. In the final analysis, one can’t fight a crime by committing a greater crime. It is also never sufficient to have a rightful cause to respond in an uncalculated manner. It is never enough to be right; one has to be wise as well, especially in this complex world.

I realize that many writers are under an immense pressure to go with the flow, namely denounce “the evil terrorists” while expressing empathy and solidarity with France. I do sympathize with the families of the victims, but I admit I have no sympathy with the French government. In the final analysis, one must be faithful to one’s conscience and intellectual honesty and France is never innocent especially in its approach to Muslims, past and present.

In fact, I dare claim that French behavior has made this terrorist act inevitable, however outrageous it may be.

France, after all, has been murdering Muslims in droves since time immemorial.

France killed at least two million Muslims in North Africa and a third million in Sub-Saharan Africa. France, which is now complaining about beheadings by IS, beheaded thousands of Moroccans between 1920-and WWII.

In recent months, France effectively enabled barbarian Christians to carry out a shocking ethnic cleansing genocide in Central Africa.

About two decades ago, France collaborated with the Algerian military to decapitate the country’s nascent democracy, triggering a protracted reign of terror that claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent Algerians. Unfortunately, this reign of terror is yet to come to an end.

In the mid-1950s, France gave Israel the Dimona atomic reactor which enable the Nazi-like Zionist entity to manufacture numerous nuclear bombs and warheads and therefore hold the entire Middle East hostage as well as pursue a policy based on lebensraum vis-à-vis the Palestinians and other peoples of the Middle East.

Indeed, it was mainly French weapons that enabled Israel to occupy the rest of Palestine as well as the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula in 1967.

Now, as I write these words, French warplanes are raining death on Muslims in Syria and Iraq, while allowing murderous Iran-backed militias to annihilate Muslims villages.

Despite all this evil legacy, the vast majority (99%) of   Muslims are still against terror in the name of Islam or in any other name.

Today, Muslims are more or less the premier victims of terror and mass murder. They are being murdered every hour, every day, every week and all year long because they want to be free.

They are being murdered in Palestine, Myanmar, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. And when some stray Muslims carry out a terrorist act here or there out of desperation, the entire west loses its composure, ignores its own mega terror against Muslims, and starts making its usual hypocritical outcries, very much like Binyamin Netanyahu does, when he calls Palestinian freedom-fighters “terrorists and murderers”, while forgetting what his own shitty country did and is doing to them.

Do not get me wrong. I am against all acts of violence and terror, especially those targeting innocent people.

However, it is an expression of utter hypocrisy and dishonesty for the French and other westerners to claim a higher moral-ground in comparison to al-Qaeda or IS, or indeed mainstream Muslims.

Nay, you have been far more evil and diabolical. You have destroyed nations and killed millions.

The Americans, who murdered 15 million native Americans in north America and called the genocide “Manifest Destiny” didn’t content themselves with murdering two million Iraqis, they saturated the Iraqi environment with depleted uranium that will continue to kill Iraqis, young and old, and even the yet-to-be be born, for 50,000 years to come.

So, please! We have had enough of your hypocrisy and mendacity.

A final word; I must view with utter contempt the claim that the Paris incident was an attack against press freedom and freedom of expression. We all know that the attack was actually a revenge for France’s military aggression against Muslims. Calling it an attack on press freedom and western liberalism is therefore childish and stupid.

Besides, since when did the West really care about human rights and civil liberties, including press freedom.

Doesn’t the West, with all its strength, stand behind states that deny their people even the most elementary human rights and freedoms?

Even in the West itself, we are very familiar with the scandalous double standards related to this false mantra.

Thus, mocking the Prophet of Islam is considered part of the sacred traditions of press freedom.

However, questioning the authenticity of Holocaust narratives or criticizing Israel’s Nazi-like crimes against the helpless Palestinians is an expression of virulent anti-Semitism, the practitioner of which must be hounded like pariahs, imprisoned or forced to resign from his job.

Well, there are always people on the Muslim side who would argue rather convincingly that if the West has the right to be enslaved by the Golem of Anti-Semitism, Muslims worldwide likewise have at least an equal right to defend their religious symbols.

Well, how about mutual respect?

ZIONISM IN DENIAL

Don’t be fooled by the heading …. this is not about driving Israel into the sea. Charlton Heston showed us all on the big screen what happened the last time it was tried.

This is a post about both criticizing and attacking zionism from within … specifically about Avraham Burg,  ANOTHER ZIONIST WAKES UP TO REALITY. Zion sees this man as a traitor, we see him as a mentch and welcome him into the ranks of reality.

In an OP-ED from today’s Ynet, the following report follows. Instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the horrors of zionism, they try to find fault with Burg’s decision about leaving their ranks.

Burg’s claims against Israel are so unfounded that it’s hard to believe they are coming out of the mouth of a person who was the Labor Party’s whiz kid. 

The Avraham Burg syndrome

 How did one of Zionist left’s leaders, a former Jewish Agency chairman and Knesset speaker, move to margins of anti-Zionist camp?

We are witnessing a man who has come a long and fascinating way, from the leadership of the Zionist camp to the margins of the anti-Zionist camp.

He was once a talented young man, a wonderful rhetorician, a television presenter, a Peace Now activist who quickly became the Labor Party’s rising star, and later the Jewish Agency’s chairman and Knesset speaker. He was the embodiment of the Zionist left. Both leftist and Zionist.

The year 2000 was one of the most fascinating years of the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Camp David talks failed, despite a first-ever Israeli willingness to divide Jerusalem. One of the strongest opponents was none other than Avraham (Avrum) Burg.

At the end of that year, on December 23, the Clinton outline was put on the table and approved by the Israeli government. The Palestinians’ response was a big and clear “no,” which included their insistence on the “right of return.”

Burg speaks at a Hadash meeting. 'Intellectual lack of integrity, wild exaggerations and double standards towards Israel'
Burg speaks at a Hadash meeting. ‘Intellectual lack of integrity, wild exaggerations and double standards towards Israel’

And what happened at the time to the wonder child of the left and Labor Party? He pointed an accusing finger at Israel. In September 2003, on the backdrop of the intensifying Palestinian terror, Burg published an article titled “The end of Zionism” in British newspaper The Guardian, and later in French daily Le Monde, in which he mainly provided justifications for the Palestinian murderousness.

“Israel, having ceased to care about the children of the Palestinians, should not be surprised when they come washed in hatred and blow themselves up in the centers of Israeli escapism,” he wrote. “They spill their own blood in our restaurants in order to ruin our appetites, because they have children and parents at home who are hungry and humiliated.”

Burg should have known that the Palestinians had rejected a proposal for a state. The leaders of the Arab world supported it, but then-Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat preferred the road of violence.

Burg knew, and definitely should have known, that the suicide bombers’ hatred was not the result of Israeli oppression but the result of incitement and brainwashing. The terror, already then, was not against the occupation – but against Israel’s actual existence.

That was Burg’s contribution to the demonization process, the dehumanization and delegitimization of Israel. It was a huge contribution. Because the article was written by a person who had served as the Jewish Agency chairman and as the Knesset speaker, and for several weeks in 2000 he was even Israel’s acting president.

The deterioration continued. Burg became one of the camp’s darlings. He was elected, for example, as chairman of the New Israel Fund’s International Council, precisely because of his new views.

One can take a different road of course. Former Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich went the opposite way. She voted for Hadash in the past. She sobered up. The facts affected her. She is not against equality for Arabs, but she is also in favor of a Jewish nation state. She proves that one can be both leftist and Zionist.

One can and should criticize Israel. The policy includes mistakes as well. But what happened to Burg – a complete denial of the right for a Jewish nation state, using the excuse of “the need for equality” – has happened to many people in the left. The struggle for equality is justified. But does the fact that there is a Slovakian minority in the Czech Republic deny the right for a Czech nation state?

Burg’s claims against Israel are so unfounded that it’s hard to believe they are coming out of the mouth of a person who was the Labor Party’s whiz kid.

If there is anything which characterizes demonization, it is concealed, among other things, in intellectual lack of integrity, in wild exaggerations, in double standards towards Israel. this is the syndrome which drove Burg crazy. This is the syndrome which is driving many in the left crazy.

Now Burg has now landed in the Hadash party whose secretary-general, Ayman Odeh, heads the committee against national service, which was established by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee. There is no difference between opposing duties and opposing rights. It’s of course the best way to increase the alienation between Jews and Arabs.

But don’t worry, we are talking about Avrum Burg here. He will soon find excuses and justifications.

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