DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS ON THE RISE

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Hmmmm…. is America trying to hide something from you?
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Is it just a coincidence that both What Really Happened and Uruknet cannot be accessed by your computer?
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OR…. is it a Denial of Service Attack (DOS) to keep you from learning the truth…. in this case about Bin Laden’s most recent death.
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Don’t give up…. keep trying ….. THEY SHALL RETURN!

THE DAILY TOON ~~ FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN EGYPT

Or…. the Freedom to beat them up!

Image ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

ROYAL ORDER OF ZIONISTS CONDEMNS THE GUARDIAN FOR PUBLISHING LATUFF’s TOONS

The Brits, trying their darndest to outdo the American zios, have set up  a ‘Monitor’ called CiF Watch ….. ‘watching’ the ‘Comment is Free’ section of the Guardian…. looking for anti-Semitism….. BUT actually creating it where it doesn’t exist.

Case in point is the following report from their site …..

It’s reports such as these that makes DesertPeace MIGHTY PROUD of having Carlos Latuff as an Associate.

How low will they go? Guardian publishes cartoon by notorious anti-Semite, Carlos Latuff

by Adam Levick

Today’s Guardian “Palestine Papers” update included the following illustration by one of the most prolific anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic cartoonists, Carlos Latuff – depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a sinister looking (gun wielding) Orthodox Jew.  (The Guardian casually referred to Latuff as “a Brazilian based cartoonist.”)

As I noted previously (in a piece for the JCPA, as well as a guest post for Elder of Ziyon), Latuff is a Brazilian political “activist” and cartoonist with an impressively large portfolio of work – much of which openly express anti-Semitic themes. Some of his caricatures seem to suggest that Israel is a unique and immutable evil in the world.  His work includes imagery frequently suggesting a moral equivalence between Israel and Nazi Germany – and he has explicitly acknowledged that this is indeed his political view.

Latuff’s work has been posted on various radical left websites and blogs, as well as several terrorist affiliated websites such as ‘The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance’ (JAMI) magazine. Norman Finkelstein’s official website has also featured Latuff cartoons. As I noted in my Elder of Ziyon post, a blogger at the site, Mondoweiss, made use of one of Latuff’s cartoons during the flotilla incident. (Scroll down to bottom to see link to Latuff‘s cartoon)

Latuff’s notoriety includes his participation in the 2006 Iranian International Holocaust Cartoon Competition – for his cartoon comparing the Israeli West Bank security barrier with the Nazi concentration camps. Latuff placed second in the contest.

In their 2003 Annual Report, the Stephen Roth Institute compared Latuff’s cartoons of Ariel Sharon to the antisemitic caricatures of Philipp Rupprecht in Julius Streicher’s Der Stürmer.

Even the Guardian’s Ian Black noted that Latuff was among those cartoonists “drawing, without inhibition, on judeophobic stereotypes in the service of the anti-globalisation movement.

Latuff also has employed racist themes in service of his critiques of President Barack Obama.

Here is some of Latuff’s work:

The Latuff cartoon above, showing Sharon kissing Hitler, appeared on the (Washington) DC Indymedia site.

The above Latuff cartoon was published by Indymedia on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The above is yet another Latuff cartoon on Indymedia.  It makes sure there is no doubt that the Jewish state has morphed into the new Nazi Germany by showing the tracks of the Israeli tank shaped like swastikas.

 

The cartoon above by Latuff, depicting former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert cradling a dead Palestinian baby, was published on Indymedia. It suggests that not only do Israeli leaders intentionally kill Palestinian children, but also that such child murder is popular among the Israeli public and helps Israeli politicians get elected.

 

 

And, finally, an Israel so evil as to douse gas on a burning Lebanese child.

Their decision to employ the services of an extremist such as Latuff is a reminder that the most important story pertaining to the “Palestine Papers” is not the contents of the documents as much as it is the lengths the Guardian is willing to go in service of their viscous anti-Zionist agenda.

HaARETZ FINALLY TELLS IT AS IT IS

A post I wrote yesterday was fairly critical of Israel’s ‘Left’ newspaper HaAretz, accusing them of allowing McCarthyism to dictate what to print or not. They changed their tune a bit and finally got back to telling it as it is…..

Haaretz Knocks Haaretz On Israeli Coverage of Death of Bil’in Woman

by Alex Kane

Two days ago, the Israeli daily Haaretz added to the Israeli media’s shameful reporting on the death of Jawaher Abu Rahmah, a Bil’in village resident who was killed at last Friday’s anti-wall demonstration due to Israeli Defense Forces-fired tear gas.  Ironically, in a separate article today on Abu Rahmah’s death, the paper slightly knocks Israeli media coverage that repeated the IDF’s claims as fact–something that Haaretz did itself.

On January 3, 2010, Anshel Pfeffer wrote:

The Israel Defense Forces said on Monday that the medical report on the death of a Palestinian woman said to have been killed at a West Bank protest contains significant inconsistencies regarding the circumstances of her death…

Military sources said, however, that there was no evidence that Abu Rahmah even participated in Friday’s demonstration against the security barrier in Bil’in – nor that she died from inhaling tear gas.

The army’s claims have quickly been discredited by eyewitnesses who were at the demonstration against the separation barrier.  Haaretz catches on today with a stellar piece of reporting by Avi Issacharoff:

The Palestinian woman who died last weekend from smoke inhalation was indeed hurt by tear gas in Bil’in, according to new evidence provided to Haaretz. The evidence has also made it clear that the woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, had been standing near youths throwing stones at Israeli soldiers on Friday.

This new information runs contrary to claims made in the media, which are allegedly based on military sources.

Haaretz should stop repeating the IDF’s claims as fact in articles until they do their own investigation.  What a difference two days makes.

 

 

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IS THE ISRAELI PRESS CAVING IN TO McCARTHYISM?

The Israeli army has claimed that the woman killed in last Friday’s demonstration against the wall did not die as a result of inhaling lethal tear gas, going as far as to claim she wasn’t even at the demonstration.

Let me state here that Palestine does not want martyrs. Palestine wants FREEDOM! Palestinians want STATEHOOD!!

Israel will and is doing everything in its power to prevent either from becoming a reality. Now the Israeli press is following suit by joining the chorus of lies being sung by the IDF and the government itself.

HaAretz which is supposedly the voice of the Left in Israel has also joined in as has YNet which normally publishes opinions just left of centre. Perhaps this is a result of fear stemming from a Bill which most likely will pass in the Knesset today, a proposal by Yisrael Beiteinu to establish a parliamentary committee of inquiry into Israeli organizations it says participate in delegitimization campaigns against Israeli soldiers.

YNET ends an OpEd today by writing; The Palestinians have already exploited human tragedies in the past in order to fabricate harm to residents supposedly done by Israel. Hence, it is no coincidence that security officials believe that the latest incident is the most up-to-date version of the Muhammad al-Durrah case. The report, How did Abu-Rahma die? can be read HERE.

HaAretz was no better by publishing a report containing the following; Among the soul-searching discussions taking place in the media over the circumstances of how Bil’in resident Jawaher Abu Rahmah died, one element is notably missing: proven and established facts.

This did not particularly trouble the Palestinian Authority, which rushed to describe Abu Rahmah as the victim of an Israeli war crime. And it also did not seem to disturb the Israeli media from ruling that Abu Rahmah died of leukemia and that the whole affair is a new Palestinian conspiracy aiming to transform a cancer victim into the separation fence’s Muhammad al-Dura, who was killed in Gaza at the start of the second intifada. The report that was taken from, Has Israel lost the battle to convince the world it did not kill Bil’in activist? can be read HERE.

Whatever happened to the concept of honest reporting? What ever happened to the concept of Freedom of the Press? Are both newspapers mentioned above more concerned with staying on the ‘good side’ of the bad guys that they are willing to give up whatever principles that might have had at one time?

Not surprisingly, it was the Jerusalem Post that took the initiative, almost a year ago, of making McCarthyism its official policy with the crucifixion of one of its staff members, Naomi Chazan. The prospect of seeing HaAretz go this road is frightening as there are some honest, Left voices still being heard on their pages. For them to stay in the good graces of the government will we see the likes of an Amira Hass or a Gideon Levy silenced? The very thought of that happening would truly establish the state of Israel as a fascist state. Everything must be done not to allow that to happen.

I stated above what I think Palestine wants, let me end by saying that Israelis also want FREEDOM, …. INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DEFEND IT!
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Just off the press……………………….

Israeli police raid leftist homes

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli activists who participate in protests against their country’s separation barrier came under state attack on Wednesday, with special forces entering homes in Tel Aviv. 

Israeli special police forces showed up outside one home in central Tel Aviv, shared by a number of left-wing activists. After spending some time outside the residence, forces attempted to enter and conduct a search. Activists said that they were not shown a search permit and refused to submit to the search.

 


Full report HERE


‘DON’T TELL THE WORLD WHAT REALLY HAPPENED HERE’

Slowly but surely, the ‘only Democracy in the Middle East’ is turning into the only fascist state in the Middle East.

Israeli soldiers confronting the media at a protest in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh. Credit:Mel Frykberg/IPS

Israel Gets Brutal With Media

By Mel Frykberg


NABI SALAH, Occupied West Bank,  Palestinian activists are being jailed, Israeli activists are under surveillance, and the Israeli military is increasingly targeting journalists who cover West Bank protests.

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) in Israel issued a statement recently condemning what it sees as a change in Israel Defence Forces (IDF) policy in their treatment of journalists covering the growing number of West Bank protests against Israel’s separation barrier, illegal settlements and land expropriation.

“We would appreciate it were the authorities to remind the various forces involved, that open, unhindered coverage of news events is a widely acknowledged part of the essence of democracy.

“Generally speaking this would not include smashing the face of a clearly marked photographer working for a known and accredited news organisation with a stick, or for that matter aiming a stun grenade at the head of a clearly marked news photographer or summarily arresting cameramen, photographers and/or journalists,” said the FPA.

The release of the statement followed an attack on three journalists as they covered a protest march near an Israeli settlement built illegally on land belonging to the Palestinian village Beir Ummar in the southern West Bank.

Several weeks ago in the village Nabi Salah, north of Ramallah, two Israeli activists were roughed up and arrested after criticising Israeli soldiers for shooting at Palestinian boys throwing stones.

One of the Israelis, Yonatan Shapira, 38, an ex-Israeli Air Force (AIF) pilot and member of Combatants for Peace, (a group comprising former Palestinian and Israeli fighters) earned the wrath of the Israeli authorities when he authored a “pilot’s letter” in 2003 signed by 27 AIF pilots.

The pilots refused to fly over the Palestinian occupied territories and take part in the deliberate targeting of Palestinian civilians, particularly in Gaza.

Shapira was recently interrogated by Israel’s domestic intelligence agency Shin Bet over his participation in anti-occupation protests and his support for the BDS movement.

In what appeared to be a veiled threat the Israeli activist was warned that his presence at anti-wall demonstrations was in defiance of the areas being declared closed military-zones on Fridays.

Shapira believes his phone has been tapped. “Nothing we are doing is illegal and I’m not afraid, but I’m uncomfortable about my country turning into a fascist state,” said Shapira.

“The Israeli authorities are trying to intimidate Israelis who engage in political dissent. We present no security threat. But the line between political activism and security is becoming increasingly blurred by the authorities who are trying to criminalise dissent,” Shapira told IPS.

“Sometimes when we come to demonstrations we have been stopped en route by the IDF who have taken down our details and appear to have prior knowledge of our movements,” Israeli activist Shy Halatzi, 23, a physics and astronomy student at Tel Aviv University who served in the Israeli military told IPS.

Israel has become alarmed at growing international support for a boycott campaign against the country as its right-wing government increasingly tramples on civil liberties. Hundreds of Israeli college professors signed a petition recently denouncing the threat by Israeli education minister Gideon Saar (a member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party) to punish any lecturer or institution which supports a boycott of Israel.

Saar supports Im Tirtzu, a right-wing nationalist movement, which demands that Israeli education professionals be required to prove their commitment to Zionism.

Neve Gordon, professor of politics at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva, received death threats after he wrote an editorial last year in the Los Angeles Times explaining why he supported a boycott on Israel.

Meanwhile, Palestinian grassroots activists involved in non-military popular committees, which organise non-violent activity against the occupation, continue to be arrested and jailed on what they say are trumped-up charges involving forced confessions under duress.

The IDF carries out nightly raids in West Bank villages where demonstrations take place regularly on a Friday and where villagers have been particularly active.

Wael Al-Faqia from Nablus in the northern West Bank was recently sentenced to a year’s prison for “belonging to an illegal organization.” Al-Faqia was arrested with eight other activists in December last year.

Musa Salama, an activist with the Labour Committee of Medical Relief Workers and associate of Al-Faqia, was sentenced last December to a year’s imprisonment on identical charges.

Abdullah Abu Rahme from the head of the Popular Committee Against the Wall in Bili’in village near Ramallah continues to languish in detention following his arrest in December last year.

Some of the allegations against him include incitement for planning the peaceful protests and “being in possession of arms.” The latter referred to his collection of used teargas canisters and spent bullet cartridges, fired by Israeli troops at unarmed protestors, into a peace sign.

“What we as Israeli activists endure is a fraction of what Palestinians are subjected to. They are subjected to harsher and much more brutal treatment than we are,” Shapira told IPS.

Source via Uruknet

SUNDAY’S NEWSTOON ~~ CNN GETS NEW LOGO

Image by Pete Pasho

Be sure to read THIS report about the situation

THE ISRAELI STRANGLEHOLD ON CNN

The Israeli stranglehold on CNN

Commentary by Khalid Amayreh

In 1978, the famous American Jewish author Alfred Lilienthal wrote his masterpiece book “the Zionist connection: what price peace?”, in which he  described in great detail the Jewish-Zionist stranglehold on the American media, especially the so-called agenda-setters.

Lilienthal, who died two years ago, knew what he was talking about. He explained that the Zionist cabal controlling the American media had only one mantra to invoke, one cause to serve, and one goal to achieve, namely Israel. Every other consideration, whether professional ethics or simple honesty, was subject to Zionist expediency.

Lilienthal used strong terms to describe the Zionist-Jewish  octopus plaguing the American media discourse.  I have no doubt that he would have cited the sacking by CNN this week of its senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs, Octavia Nasr,  as a classical and scandalous example of how the American media is decidedly  at Israel’s beck and call.

Nasr was sacked after  she published a twitter message saying that she respected the Shiite cleric the Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Hussein Fadlullah, who died on Sunday.

She reportedly wrote in her twitter message  “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlullah … One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

Fadlullah was a man of dignity who  enjoyed a lot of respect throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world. He didn’t hesitate to  call the spade a spade, which earned him the hostility of many parties, including Israel and some extremist pseudo Islamic groups.

A religious moderate,  Fadlullah supported the just Palestinian struggle against Israeli Nazism, arguing that supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom and justice was a paramount moral duty  incumbent upon all Muslims.

In the mid 1980s, Fadlullah narrowly escaped death when  CIA-agents  detonated a huge-car-bomb at the Bir al Abd neighborhood in southern Beirut, killing dozens of innocent people.

However, the attempted assassination of Shiite scholar  didn’t succeed in silencing the Sheikh, who continued to speak up against Israeli Nazism and America’s  embrace of it. In fact, it was largely thanks to Fadllullah’s preaching that Lebanon didn’t become  the American-Israeli colony that  influential  Zionist circles in Washington and elsewhere had been planning for decades.

The decision by the CNN administration to fire Octavia Nasr, a secular and thoroughly westernize woman, underscores the ethical bankruptcy of the leading  American media, especially its harsh intolerance of non-conformist  perceptions and convictions.

We all know that had Nasr voiced admiration for Meir Kahana, the notorious racist American Jewish rabbi,  or Ariel Sharon, the certified Israeli war criminal,  or other Judeo-Nazi thugs, no measure would have been taken against her.

Needless to say, in a healthy democratic  atmosphere, people may freely  sincerely and thoughtfully express their views and feelings. This is what Nasr exactly did. In so doing, she was only voicing the feelings of millions of people around the globe.

To CNN, her views may be viewed as controversial or non-conformist or even repugnant. However, her right to express her views, however objectionable, via a twitter message, not CNN screen,  is absolute. In the final analysis, freedom of speech is a fundamental human right for all people, including CNN journalists. Even CNN’s own employment charter doesn’t stipulate that applicants must be dedicated  Islamophobes or  firm believers in Israeli Nazism and in the legitimacy of Israel’s Nazi-like occupation of Palestinian land.

But the problem at CNN is neither philosophical nor academic, but rather  ideological and political. Israel is CNN’s ultimate idol-god. And any shred of thought, or view, or gesture that can be construed to imply criticism of Israel will not be tolerated.  Ultimately, a pro-Israeli slant is the ultimate qualification that overrides any other qualification.

I am glad that the tight enslavement of the American information consumers by such Zionist-run outlets as CNN is beginning to disintegrate. Thanks to the proliferation of the Internet, people around the world, including millions of Americans, are discovering the truth which the likes of  CNN had made tremendous efforts to obfuscate and hide.  Indeed, it was thanks to the largely  silly, superficial and ignorant discourse adopted by the agenda-setter media in the US that the bulk of the American people became thoroughly ignorant and  shamefully misinformed about foreign affairs. And when it comes to Israel-Palestine, the enormity of ignorance and stupidity  is conspicuous.

It is this  enormity of ignorance and naivety  that has allowed successive US administrations to beguile  the  American public by waging wanton and unnecessary wars that destroyed entire  nations and claimed the lives of millions of victims, including tens of thousands of Americans.

This is why the American people and other western people do need an alternative media to tell them the real  facts, not the facts according  to the Zionist robber barons in New York and London.

In the final analysis, how can the American people, who are thoroughly preoccupied with their daily affairs and making a decent living, know the truth about what is going in Gaza, for example, when major American  media networks, such as CNN, refuse to report on Israeli atrocities in the coastal enclave or in southern Lebanon on the ground that the scenes are too gruesome for the viewers’ feelings?

Knowing what goes on in Gaza, for example, may seem a secondary preoccupation for many Americans. However, with the US waging two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with Israel constantly instigating the US  to wage total war against the entire Muslim world, mainly in order to promote Jewish territorial aggrandizement in Palestine, knowing the truth about  Israeli Nazism may play a key role in saving the lives of thousands of would-be victims, Americans and non-Americans alike.

After all, Americans have a right, indeed a duty, to prevent Israel and its agents at the US arena, from leading their government to  wage stupid and disastrous wars for Israel. And there is no reason why America’s young must die a painful death  for the sake of Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank.

One more thing. The American media claims independence from government. However, the latest scandal involving CNN shows that the American media nearly sheepishly  follows the government line, which shows that freedom and US media are an oxymoron.

The shipyard dogs of Zionism, who constantly seek  more and more control over the information industry in the West, would bark uncontrollably when their designs are exposed.

However, when a journalist working in “the land of liberty” is fired from her job for merely saying she respected an elderly man, who had just died, and  who happened to be a critic of Israel and the US policies , one is prompted to feel  that the “Nazi experiment” can and may experience a certain reincarnation, somehow,  somewhere.

McCARTHYISM SPREADING TO THE WEST BANK

CRACKDOWN ON PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS BY THE PA

Under the (mis)leadership of the Palestinian Authority in the Occupied West Bank, Freedom of the press is becomming a thing of the past….

If you are outspoken against the Israeli Occupation
or against the terror and criminality against the Palestinian peeople
or against the repressive tactics against its own people by the Palestinian Auuthority…..
…..you could land in  jail!



Khalid Amayreh to be interrogated by Preventive Security Force

Palestinian writer and journalist Khalid Amayreh has been summoned to the Preventive Security Apparatus in al-Khalil (Hebron) for interrogation.

Amayreh, widely-viewed as a non-conformist journalist, has been an outspoken critic of Israeli occupation  terror and criminality against the Palestinian people as well as Palestinian Authority (PA)  repressive tactics against its own citizens.

Amayreh has been detained several times by the various PA security and intelligence agencies, largely for saying or writing things deemed nonconformist and harmful.
It is not clear yet why Amayreh has been summoned for interrogation or if he will be detained.

Please write to the PA to protest the illegal interrogation and possible incarceration.

Palestinian General Delegate to the UK
5 Galena Road, London W6 0LT, UK
Tel: (020) 8563 0008.

PLO Mission to the USA
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Tel: (202) 974 6360.
Website:
www.plomission.us


HYPOCRICY IN MOTION ~~ THE TWISTED LOGIC OF THE JERUSALEM POST

In reference to Noam Chomsky being barred entry to PALESTINE,…. NEVERTHELESS, WHILE one might empathize with an instinctive response to bar Chomsky – a response apparently shared by the Interior Ministry officials who initially denied him entrance to the West Bank – blocking free speech is the wrong approach. That freedom is too precious to sacrifice in circumstances such as this one.

I never saw such ramblings in the form of an editorial. The title they choose as the heading is ironic considering the recent fiasco involving Naomi Chazan. I am sure they would have fired David Forman as well if he was not literally on his death bed at the time of the witch hunt. Even after death, it was HaAretz that published a more glowing tribute to the man than the Post did.

One can’t help but wonder if the following is nothing more than an attempt to keep the handful of Progressive readers they still might have. But, if that were the case why would the following appear in the same issue?…

Elvis, you’re singing for the rejectionists

‘We are not done with Goldstone’

The answer is obvious! The Jerusalem Post is the English language mouthpiece for the Israeli government. Free Speech and Democracy are the last two issues on their agenda.

The editorial follows…..
Photo by: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The value of free speech

By JPOST EDITORIAL

Blocking Chomsky makes it easier for him to win over new critics.

Though an Interior Ministry spokesperson later called it a “misunderstanding,” the blocking of Noam Chomsky’s entrance to the West Bank by an Israeli border official earlier this week has been hailed by some prominent Israelis. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union), for instance, has argued that an incendiary anti-Zionist like Chomsky should not be permitted to further exacerbate anti-Israeli sentiment among the Palestinians.

Chomsky, 81, had been on his way to Ramallah’s Bir Zeit University to lecture. A day after he was prevented from entering, the Interior Ministry denied that the linguist had been blacklisted and announced that if he still wished to cross into the West Bank, he would be allowed to do so.

Chomsky, who in the 1970s publicly defended French neo-Nazi Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson, represents a particularly pernicious strain of anti-Zionism. He embodies the “proud to be ashamed to be a Jew” figure, so unfortunately rampant in recent years in certain academic circles.

Not much is more attractive to extremist Palestinians and their supporters than a respected Jewish professor from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology vocally delegitimizing the Jewish state.

Chomsky, to some extent, is the intellectual grandfather of a growing number of Jewish university professors and intellectuals who link anti-Zionism to anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-globalization and anti-racism.

Others plowing a similar course include Jacqueline Rose, professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, who has defined Zionism as “a form of collective insanity”; Michael Neumann, professor of philosophy at Trent University in Canada, who has accused Israel of waging a “race war” against Palestinians; historian Tony Judt, who has called for dismantling Israel and replacing it with “a single integrated, binational state,” and Joel Kovel, professor at Bard College, who claimed that “to be a true Jew,” an Israeli had to “annihilate the Jewish Zionist state.”

Chomsky, in short, should not be seen as an isolated eccentric. Any country with a healthy instinct for survival would want to protect itself against the likes of him. And it is not inconceivable that his opinions, expressed among Palestinians, could lead to violence. Consider, for instance, remarks he made in Boston in January of last year.

“In the West Bank by now there’s very little resistance, because of Israeli violence which has indeed subdued the population,” said Chomsky then. “And by now, because of collaborationist Palestinian forces, as I’m sure you know, Israel, the US, with its allies, the Arab dictatorships – Jordan, Egypt – have trained security forces, Fatah security forces, whose main task is to subdue the population.

“If they have a demonstration, you know, against the atrocities in Gaza, instead of the Israeli army going in, they’ll do it. That’s a typical colonial pattern.”

Given statements like that, indeed, it would not be surprising were the Palestinian Authority, not Israel, primarily interested in blocking a Chomsky visit to Ramallah.

NEVERTHELESS, WHILE one might empathize with an instinctive response to bar Chomsky – a response apparently shared by the Interior Ministry officials who initially denied him entrance to the West Bank – blocking free speech is the wrong approach. That freedom is too precious to sacrifice in circumstances such as this one.

If Chomsky had been allowed to pass freely into Ramallah and to speak, the attendant risks notwithstanding, his visit would have received just a fraction of the media attention he ended up enjoying. His lecture, incidentally, was relayed by video-conference from Amman to Bir Zeit University anyway.

But more substantively, Chomsky should be allowed to voice his crackpot claims – such as that Fatah is collaborating with the US, Jordan and Egypt to subjugate its own people – so they can be scrutinized for their veracity and logic, or lack thereof. The marketplace of ideas should be open to Chomsky and others like him. In the end, reason will win out.

Our dismay and fury at Elvis Costello for canceling his appearances in Israel next month stems from the correct conviction that, had he come here and seen our country for himself, he would never again be fooled by those who distort and manipulate our reality to peddle false stereotypes and advance rejectionist boycotts.

Chomsky is doubtless far too set in his hostility to internalize that reality and be swayed by it, but in blocking him, Israel makes it easier for him to win over new critics.

In contrast, by ensuring Chomsky’s civil liberties, as Israel did when he visited in 1997 and spoke freely at Israeli universities, the Zionist state that Chomsky so vilifies helps prove to a watching, uncertain world just how baseless are his attempts at delegitimization.


IT’S NOT ONLY ISRAEL THAT PERSECUTES JOURNALISTS

Another Palestinian Journalist persecuted for criticizing the PA

Muhannad Salahat Victim: Muhannad Salahat

By Khalid Amayreh

Muhannad Salahat, 32, is another Palestinian journalist victimized by the Palestinian Authority Mukhabarat or General Intelligence. Earlier this month, Salahat, who lives in Amman, Jordan, but has a home in the northern West Bank town of Nablus, had to spend 14 nightmarish days in the custody of the Palestinian Mukhabarat in Jericho where he was thoroughly  abused for criticizing the PA, especially its so-called security coordination with Israel.

Following his release, Middle East Monitor had the chance to interview Salahat. The following is a verbatim translation of his testimony on the treatment he received  during his detention in Jericho. Salahat can be contacted on the following email address, salahatm@hotmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“On 18 March, as the bus I was riding from Amman arrived at the Allenby Bridge, which is under Israeli control, we proceeded to the Palestinian Authority Inspection Terminal where the minibus stopped for identity checking. Soon, I saw the bus being surrounded on all sides by policemen. One of them boarded the bus, carrying my passport in his hand and shouting “Where is  Muhannad Salahat.” As I said “yes,” the policeman asked me to disembark and accompany a number of other policemen to a nearby room where all my personal items and luggage were taken from me. Then I was taken rather unceremoniously to another room without being informed why. However, I understood that I was being pursued by the PA General Intelligence. At that point, I was able to call my family to tell them that I was being arrested. As soon as I ended the call, which lasted only for one minute, my mobile phone was confiscated.

Then I was taken to a third room, and a large Ford van stopped nearby and three armed young men dressed in plain clothes, got off the car, and asked me to stand up with my face toward the wall. They warned me  against  looking at them. A fourth person, armed with an Ak-47, stood behind, training his gun toward me.

After thoroughly checking my luggage, which they did  rather provocatively and in disorganized manner, they asked me to stuff them back randomly, after which I was led to the white van. A young man sat at the vehicle’s door and kept screaming abusive language at me. He told me that “you should sit down properly because this is a Mukhabarat car not a casino”.

After half an hour of driving, occasionally on a rugged road, we arrived at a large, white building, and as soon as I got off the car, I was blindfolded and the ten Intelligence agents kept screaming at me, ordering me to lower my head and not look around. One of them handcuffed my hand to his. As we arrived at the room, all my luggage, including the two laptops I had with me, were carelessly thrown on the ground. They meticulously inspected and examined every item of luggage and piece of paper I was carrying.

Then I was asked anew to stand up with my face toward the wall. Then I heard one of the agents say the following “this person is a kafir” (disbeliever or atheist). I tried to protest the verbal abuse, but to no avail as I was told threateningly to “shut up and keep your face toward the wall.”

Afterwards, with my hand tied to the hand  of one of the Mukhabarat’s personnel, I was taken in a humiliating manner to the doctor’s  room for a routine  checkup. The doctor asked that no one carrying firearms should get inside his room. However, they disregarded his request. Then they took me back to another room where three officers began interrogating me.

The first interrogation room, apparently the director’s room, was luxurious. The other room was dirty, slimy and had a rancid smell.

I was affronted with all sorts of strange questions accusing me of committing crimes, including murder. “Finally, we have captured you,” they would say, with a sigh of relief. The first interrogation session lasted for three hours and the questions centered on trivial matters and did include some scolding, berating, and offensive language.

Thoroughly exhausted, I then was taken  to the dirty, slimy room, where I had no choice but to sleep on a filthy, smelly mattress.

The next morning I was once again taken for interrogation, but the questions they asked were unclear and extremely general. They would tell me “you sure know why you are here, we would like to know from you why you are being detained, and don’t pretend that you don’t know.” Indeed, whenever I demanded to know why I was being detained, they would say “you sure know the reason.”!

Then I was taken back to the room only to be subjected to a new session of  interrogation for two hours. After  asking me virtually the same questions asked repeatedly before, and without telling me why I was being held, I was taken back to the  dirty room. There I found a dirty metal dish  containing a few pieces of fried potatoes. They told me that this was my lunch.

As I began feeling the utter injustice of my detention, I decided to go on a huger strike at least until they tell me why I was arrested and on what charges. Seeing me refrain from eating,  a guard came to me, advising against entering into  a hunger strike, and warning that  that I would starve to death like a dog.

Similarly my cell-mate tried to convince me to abandon the notion of the hunger strike, saying that they had tried this method before but to no avail.

None the less, I insisted on the hunger strike, and in the evening  of that day they (the Mukhabarat agents) came to me asking that I  sign a piece of paper stating that I bear full responsibility for ramifications of  the hunger strike. On the third day of my strike, an officer came to me, suggesting  that if I  agreed to reconsider my hunger strike, they would inform me why I was being detained.

However, I refused to break my (extended) fasting until I was taken to a special interrogation room with three interrogators, including a chief interrogator, who asked  me questions pertaining to my personal  life, including professional career. Soon, they wanted me to tell them what ‘crimes, mistakes, and excesses , I committed against the Palestinian national scheme as embodied by the Palestinian National Authority.’ They wouldn’t tell me what ‘crimes, mistakes and excesses they were alluding to,’. Then they asked me to tell them every conceivable detail about my family, brothers,  sisters, their husbands, what  they do for  living and what political parties or groups they were affiliated with.

They also asked me if I had worked with the Jordanian Intelligence, arguing that it was perfectly logical for a person like me to be working with the Jordanian Intelligence. However, after several hours, they just told me that ‘we were only having acquaintance sessions.’

Another Palestinian Journalist persecuted for criticizing the PAOn the same evening, and as I refused to terminate my hunger strike, They summoned me again and began a new spate of aggressive questioning on the nature of my work as a journalist and filmmaker and also on the nature of my work for the al-Jazeera network and the Emirate of Qatar. The interrogators concentrated on a newspaper report I had prepared in 2007 on the state of lawlessness and chaos in the West Bank and also Gaza following the Hamas’ takeover. The report was still on the internet under the Arabic title “A little of what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.” It was clear that they were disturbed by the report. I asked them why I was being asked about the report three years later. They didn’t answer.

They also questioned me on the documentary films I was making for al-Jazeera. I told them that I was working for a Jordanian company that had a working relationship with al Jazeera and that I was not myself  directly working for al Jazeera.

On the fourth day of my hunger strike, one officer undertook to tell me why was being held  if I ended my hunger strike. I concurred, and they gave me a cigarette but no lighter. I asked for a glass of water, but was told that I could only drink water from the cell’s lavatory’s faucet.

Again, as I was taken for a new interrogation session, I was affronted with the same general insinuations  and questions asked ad nauseam in the previous days of my arrest. Feeling that they lacked any rationale for a genuine case against me, one officer started indulging in  abusive language against me, saying that I was a silly person and a  mercenary.

The insults continued until shortly before dawn. On the fifth day, I was told to write down all my email addresses and webpage(s). They also asked me if I had ever  castigated and smeared  the PA and its officials on my website, they mentioned some specific officials, asking me if I had ever vilified them. I refused to mention any person. They continued  their efforts to extricate confessions from me, regarding indulging in  incitement against  the PA, but without succeeding in extracting confessions from me.

On the sixth day, their treatment worsened dramatically as they began restricting my physical movement. For example, they wouldn’t allow me to access the bathroom and toilet whenever I needed to.

During the first week of my detention, ten officers interrogated me alternatively, with four, three, two, or even one officer interrogating me once at a time. Then I  was subjected to solitary confinement inside a small cell, with a slimy bed, and a  rancid smell wafting around. They wouldn’t allow me to wash my clothes, nor take a shower. Only five days later did  they allow me to change my clothes.

I asked them repeatedly to allow me to clean the room, but they wouldn’t agree.

The interrogation continued, normally from 10 pm to around dawn. They once asked me about a visit to Syria where we filmed a documentary, and then they asked me about my friends in Jordan and why I was residing in that country  rather than in the West Bank

On the 12th day, they placed me in a room which they could constantly monitor. They would not leave even a Quran on the table  there. They demanded that I open my email, saying rather threateningly that if I didn’t, they would treat me “differently.” (probably an allusion to violence). They saw all the incoming  messages but found nothing objectionable, which frustrated them.

On the 13th day, a young but  ill-behaving man came, and asked me to write down  my complete CV. However as I began writing the CV, he would insist that I add  certain words that would indict me. I refused, which upset him and made him make threatening remarks.

On the 14th day, they asked me to collect my belongings because I was about to be released. At around midnight, a Mukhabarat car took me to the  Travelers’ station in downtown Jericho where I boarded a taxi  bound for  Nablus.

I was surprised by the huge amount of disinformation disseminated by the Mukhabarat with regard to my arrest while in their custody. They claimed that my arrest was motivated by criminal rather than political considerations. They hinted that my arrest had to do with uncovered checks and unpaid alimony, which is totally false.

Similarly, it was clear that some people had sent messages to my employers, informing them that the background of my arrest was criminal, not political.

After my release, I contacted Adnan Dmeri, the official spokesman of  PA security agencies, and asked him about the disinformation disseminated against me for the purpose of defaming me and smearing my image, he told me that the security agencies were not responsible for this  since the defamatory materials were not posted on the official website of the Palestinian police.”

Note: Salahat was rearrested on his way back to Amman on 18 April, apparently  by the same people who had arrested him before.

HAS MOSSAD ISSUED A ‘FATWA’ AGAINST ISRAELI JOURNALIST?

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau

British author Salman Rushdie no longer fears for his life because of the death threats issued against him by Islamic clerics in response to his book “The Satanic Verses” nearly 20 years ago.

Rushdie was forced into hiding for a decade after Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini issued a 1989 fatwa, or opinion on Islamic law, ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie because the book allegedly insulted Islam.

Is this what we see happening in this case?

Journalist threatened with extradition, arrest by Mossad
Jonathan Cook

An Israeli journalist who went into hiding after writing a series of reports showing lawbreaking approved by Israeli army commanders faces a lengthy jail term for espionage if caught, as Israeli security services warned at the weekend they would “remove the gloves” to track him down.

The Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, said it was treating Uri Blau, a reporter with the liberal Haaretz daily newspaper who has gone underground in London, as a “fugitive felon” and that a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

Options being considered are an extradition request to the British authorities or, if that fails, a secret operation by Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, to smuggle him back, according to Maariv, a right-wing newspaper.

It was revealed yesterday that Blau’s informant, Anat Kamm, 23, a former conscript soldier who copied hundreds of classified documents during her military service, had confessed shortly after her arrest in December to doing so to expose “war crimes.”

The Shin Bet claims that Blau is holding hundreds of classified documents, including some reported to relate to Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008 in which the army is widely believed to have violated the rules of war.

Other documents, the basis of a Haaretz investigation published in 2008, concern a meeting between the head of the army, Gabi Ashkenazi, and the Shin Bet in which it was agreed to ignore a court ruling and continue carrying out executions of Palestinian leaders in the occupied territories.

Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet, who has said his organization was previously “too sensitive with the investigation,” is now demanding that Blau reveal his entire document archive and take a lie-detector test on his return to identify his sources, according to Haaretz. The newspaper and its lawyers have recommended that he remain in hiding to protect his informants.

Haaretz has also revealed that, in a highly unusual move shortly before Israel’s attack on Gaza, it agreed to pull a printed edition after the army demanded at the last minute that one of Blau’s stories not be published. His report had already passed the military censor, which checks that articles do not endanger national security.

Lawyers and human rights groups fear that the army and Shin Bet are trying to silence investigative journalists and send a warning to other correspondents not to follow in Blau’s path.

“We have a dangerous precedent here, whereby the handing over of material to an Israeli newspaper … is seen by the prosecutor’s office as equivalent to contact with a foreign agent,” said Eitan Lehman, Kamm’s lawyer. “The very notion of presenting information to the Israeli public alone is taken as an intention to hurt national security.”

The Shin Bet’s determination to arrest Blau was revealed after a blanket gag order was lifted late last week on Kamm’s case. She has been under house arrest since December. She has admitted copying hundreds of classified documents while serving in the office of Brig Gen Yair Naveh, in charge of operations in the West Bank, between 2005 and 2007.

Under an agreement with the Shin Bet last year, Haaretz and Blau handed over 50 documents and agreed to the destruction of Blau’s computer.

Both sides accuse the other of subsequently reneging on the deal: the Shin Bet says Blau secretly kept other documents copied by Kamm that could be useful to Israel’s enemies; while Blau says the Shin Bet used the returned documents to track down Kamm, his source, after assurances that they would not do so.

Haaretz said Blau fears that they will try to identify his other informants if he hands over his archive.

Blau learned of his predicament in December, while out of the country on holiday. He said a friend called to warn that the Shin Bet had broken into his home and ransacked it. He later learned they had been monitoring his telephone, email and computer for many months.

In a move that has baffled many observers, the Shin Bet revealed last week that Blau was hiding in London, despite the threat that it would make him an easier target for other countries’ intelligence agencies.

Amir Mizroch, an analyst with the right-wing Jerusalem Post newspaper, noted that it was as if Israel’s security services were “saying to Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Hizballah and Iranian intelligence agents in London: ‘Yalla, be our guests, go get Uri Blau.'” He added that the real goal might be to flush out Blau so that he would seek sanctuary at the Israeli embassy.

Kamm is charged with espionage with intent to harm national security, the harshest indictment possible and one that could land in her jail for 25 years. Yesterday another of her lawyers, Avigdor Feldman, appealed to Blau to return to Israel and give back the documents to help “minimize the affair.”

“The real question is whether this exceptionally heavy-handed approach is designed only to get back Kamm’s documents or go after Blau and his other sources,” said Jeff Halper, an Israeli analyst. “It may be that Kamm is the excuse the security services need to identify Blau’s circle of informants.”

Blau has already published several stories, apparently based on Kamm’s documents, showing that the army command approved policies that not only broke international law but also violated the rulings of Israel’s courts.

His reports have included revelations that senior commanders approved extrajudicial assassinations in the occupied territories that were almost certain to kill Palestinian bystanders; that, in violation of a commitment to the high court, the army issued orders to execute wanted Palestinians even if they could be safely captured; and that the defense ministry compiled a secret report showing that the great majority of settlements in the West Bank were illegal even under Israeli law.

Although the original stories date to 2008, the army issued a statement belatedly this week that Blau’s reports were “outrageous and misleading.” No senior commanders have been charged over the army’s lawbreaking activities.

B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said its research had shown that “in many cases soldiers have been conducting themselves in the territories as if they were on a hit mission, as opposed to arrest operations.”

It added that the authorities had “rushed to investigate the leak and chose to ignore the severe suspicions of blatant wrongdoings depicted in those documents.”

A group of senior journalists established a petition this week calling for Blau to be spared a trial: “So far, the authorities have not prosecuted journalists for holding secret information, which most of us have had in one form or another. This policy by the prosecution reflects, in our view, an imbalance between journalistic freedom, the freedom of expression and the need for security.”

However, media coverage of the case in Israel has been largely hostile. Yuval Elbashan, a lawyer, wrote in Haaretz yesterday that Blau’s fellow military reporters and analysts had in the past few days abandoned their colleague and proven “their loyalty to the [security] system as the lowliest of its servants.”

One, Yossi Yehoshua, a military correspondent with the country’s largest-circulation newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, who is said to have been approached by Kamm before she turned to Blau, is due to testify against her in her trial due next month.

Chat forums and talkback columns also suggest little sympathy among the Israeli public for either Kamm or Blau. Several Hebrew websites show pictures of Kamm behind bars or next to a hangman’s noose.

A report on Israel National News, a news service for settlers, alleged that Kamm had been under the influence of “rabidly left-wing” professors at Tel Aviv University when she handed over the documents to the Haaretz reporter.


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GAGGING THE ‘WHISTLEBLOWERS’

In the ‘criminal justice system’….. who are the criminals, the ones committing the crimes or the ones exposing them?

This is not a battle for Israel’s image; it’s a battle for what is left of its soul.


The Anat Kamm Affair – The Dark Underbelly of Israel`s Security State

By Jonathan Cook, in Nazareth

Next week 23-year-old Anat Kamm is due to stand trial for her life — or rather the state’s demand that she serve a life sentence for passing secret documents to an Israeli reporter, Uri Blau, of the liberal Haaretz daily. She is charged with spying.

Blau himself is in hiding in London, facing, if not a Mossad hit squad, at least the stringent efforts of Israel’s security services to get him back to Israel over the opposition of his editors, who fear he will be put away too.

This episode has been dragging on behind the scenes for months, since at least December, when Kamm was placed under house arrest pending the trial.

Not a word about the case leaked in Israel until this week when the security services, who had won from the courts a blanket gag order — a gag on the gag, so to speak — were forced to reverse course when foreign bloggers began making the restrictions futile. Hebrew pages on Facebook had already laid out the bare bones of the story.

So, now that much of the case is out in the light, what are the crimes committed by Kamm and Blau?

During her conscription, Kamm copied possibly hundreds of army documents that revealed systematic law-breaking by the Israeli high command operating in the occupied Palestinian territories, including orders to ignore court rulings. She was working at the time in the office of Brig Gen Yair Naveh, who is in charge of operations in the West Bank.

Blau’s crime is that he published a series of scoops based on her leaked information that have highly embarrassed senior Israeli officers by showing their contempt for the rule of law.

His reports included revelations that the senior command had approved targeting Palestinian bystanders during the military’s extra-judicial assassinations in the occupied territories; that, in violation of a commitment to the high court, the army had issued orders to execute wanted Palestinians even if they could be safely apprehended; and that the defence ministry had a compiled a secret report showing that the great majority of settlements in the West Bank were illegal even under Israeli law (all are illegal in international law).

In a properly democratic country, Kamm would have an honorable defence against the charges, of being a whistle-blower rather than a spy, and Blau would be winning journalism prizes not huddling away in exile.

But this is Israel. Here, despite a desperate last-stand for the principles of free speech and the rule of law in the pages of the Haaretz newspaper today, which is itself in the firing line over its role, there is almost no public sympathy for Kamm or even Blau.

The pair are already being described, both by officials and in chat forums and talkback columns, as traitors who should be jailed, disappeared or executed for the crime of endangering the state.

The telling comparison being made is to Mordechai Vanunu, the former technician at the Dimona nuclear plant who exposed Israel’s secret nuclear arsenal. Inside Israel, he is universally reviled to this day, having spent nearly two decades in harsh confinement. He is still under a loose house arrest, denied the chance to leave the country.

Blau and Kamm have every reason to be worried they may share a similar fate. Yuval Diskin, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, which has been leading the investigation, said yesterday that they had been too “sensitive to the media world” in pursuing the case for so long and that the Shin Bet would now “remove its gloves”.

Maybe that explains why Kamm’s home address was still visible on the charge sheet published yesterday, putting her life in danger from one of those crazed talkbackers.

It certainly echoes warnings we have had before from the Shin Bet about how it operates.

Much like Blau, Azmi Bishara, once head of a leading Arab party in Israel, is today living in exile after the Shin Bet put him in their sights. He had been campaigning for democratic reforms that would make Israel a “state of all its citizens” rather than a Jewish state.

While he was abroad in 2007, the Shin Bet announced that he would be put on trial for treason when he returned, supposedly because he had had contacts with Hizbullah during Israel’s attack on Lebanon in 2006.

Few experts believe Bishara could have had any useful information for Hizbullah, but the Shin Bet’s goals and modus operandi were revealed later by Diskin in a letter on its attitude to Bishara and his democratisation campaign. The Shin Bet was there, he said, to thwart the activities of groups or individuals who threatened the state’s Jewish character “even if such activity is sanctioned by the law”.

Diskin called this the principle of “a democracy defending itself” when it was really a case of Jewish leaders in a state based on Jewish privilege protecting those privileges. This time it is about the leaders of Israel’s massive security industry protecting their privileges in a security state by silencing witnesses to their crimes and keeping ordinary citizens in ignorance.

Justifying his decision to “take the gloves off” in the case of Kamm and Blau, Diskin said: “It is a dream of every enemy state to get its hands on these kinds of documents” — that is, documents proving that the Israeli army has repeatedly broken the country’s laws, in addition, of course, to its systematic violations of international law.

Diskin claims that national security has been put at risk, even though the reports Blau based on the documents — and even the documents themselves — were presented to, and approved by, the military censor for publication. The censor can restrict publication based only on national security concerns, unlike Diskin, the army senior command and the government, who obey other kinds of concerns.

Diskin knows there is every chance he will get away with his ploy because of a brainwashed Israeli public, a largely patriotic media and a supine judiciary.

The two judges who oversaw the months of gagging orders to silence any press discussion of this case did so on the say-so of the Shin Bet that there were vital national security issues at stake. Both judges are stalwarts of Israel’s enormous security industry.

Einat Ron was appointed a civilian judge in 2007 after working her way up the ranks of the military legal establishment, there to give a legal gloss to the occupation. Notoriously in 2003, when she was the chief military prosecutor, she secretly proposed various fabrications to the army so that it could cover up the killing of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy, Khalil al-Mughrabi, two years earlier. Her role only came to light because a secret report into the boy’s death was mistakenly attached to the army’s letter to an Israeli human rights group.

The other judge is Ze’ev Hammer, who finally overturned the gag order this week — but only after a former supreme court judge, Dalia Dorner, now the head of Israel’s Press Council, belatedly heaped scorn on it. She argued that, with so much discussion of the case outside Israel, the world was getting the impression that Israel flouted democratic norms.

Judge Hammer has his own distinguished place in Israel’s security industry, according to Israeli analyst Dimi Reider. During his eight years of legal study, Hammer worked for both the Shin Bet and Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

Judge Hammer and Judge Ron are deeply implicated in the same criminal outfit — the Israeli security establishment — that is now trying to cover up the tracks that lead directly to its door. Kamm is doubtless wondering what similar vested interests the judges who hear her case next week will not be declaring.

Writing in Haaretz today, Blau said he had been warned “that if I return to Israel I could be silenced for ever, and that I would be charged for crimes related to espionage”. He concluded that “this isn’t only a war for my personal freedom but for Israel’s image”.

He should leave worrying about Israel’s image to Netanyahu, Diskin and judges like Dorner. That was why the gag order was enforced in the first place. This is not a battle for Israel’s image; it’s a battle for what is left of its soul.


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Also see THIS article by Uri Blau

THE NEW McCARTHYISM DENIED

There is an old adage that goes “those that can do, those that cannot teach”. One can add another sentence to that, ‘ Those that cannot teach do research’. I added that after reading the post that follows, written by a PhD researcher at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In my opinion, he’s nothing more than a moron that mastered the English language well enough to get published in the Jerusalem Post.

The Post has proven many times that they believe that anyone with an opinion about anything is an expert on the subject. (as long as it is an opinion from a Right Winger)

Perhaps this ‘expert researcher’ should study the situation a bit closer and open his eyes before he jumps to the conclusions he arrived at in the following……

Terra Incognita: McCarthyism!

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN


For all the hysteria, no government is behind the “campaigns against groups and people on the Left.”

Hardly a week goes by here without the claim, usually by groups on the Left, that people are being silenced and censored by McCarthyism. In an October 2009 article, Benjamin Pogrund claimed that university groups such as Isracampus and Israel Academic Monitor were attacking leftist professors in “classic McCarthyite style.” David Newman of Ben-Gurion University has written that “the academic McCarthyism of the right endangers Israeli democracy and society. It threatens the very basis of freedom of speech.”

The hullabaloo over Naomi Chazan, former Knesset member, professor and chief of the New Israel Fund, in early 2010 resulted in a wave of claims of McCarthyism. An interview with her by Donald Macintyre in The Independent was titled “The new McCarthyism sweeping Israel.” Hagai El-ad of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel claimed “these are classic McCarthy techniques, portraying our organizations as enemies of the state.”

Then earlier this month, the Education Ministry ordered its logo removed from a Web site called Common Ground that is supported by the Abraham Fund, an organization that claims it supports “coexistence.” In response, a senior official at a non-governmental organization claimed that “this is a McCarthyist period we’re going through.” Prof. Daniel Bar-Tal and many others have, in recent years, joined the chorus claiming McCarthyism is growing in Israel.When Joel Kovel, author of the anti-Israel book Overcoming Zionism, was sacked at Bard College, one commentator claimed it was a sign of “McCarthyism.” In a 2007 article in The Nation, Larry Cohler-Esses argued that Nadia Abu el-Haj, a Barnard professor, was a victim of McCarthyism because pro-Israel groups were angered that someone they perceived as a radical ideologue was up for tenure; “This is the modus operandi of the New McCarthyism. It targets a new enemy for our era: Muslims, Arabs and others in the Middle East field who are identified as stepping over an unstated line in criticizing Israel.”

IT IS obvious that a lot of people think that McCarthyism is in the air. But do their fears and claims truly illustrate knowledge of what McCarthyism was? The use of words like “McCarthyism,” “apartheid” and “Nazism” in contemporary parlance should require that those using them and those reading them at least have a modicum of understanding of what they originally described.

Joseph McCarthy was born in 1908 and raised on a farm in rural Wisconsin. At 33 he served as a Marine Corps officer in World War II and was decorated. McCarthy was elected to the US Senate in the postwar Republican landslide. He came to the nation’s attention in 1950 with his speech at Wheeling, West Virginia in which he claimed that “the State Department is infested with communists.”

In 1953, after winning reelection, McCarthy was made head of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, an obscure body that he transformed into a center of investigations into communist influence in the US administration. He used this committee and his legal lieutenants, such as Bobby Kennedy, to go after government bodies such as Voice of America and the International Information Agency (an overseas library program).

In 1954 McCarthy laid into the US Army and ran afoul of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had so recently left the service to become president. By this time, the American public had tired of McCarthy’s claims and outbursts and famed journalist Edward Murrow noted, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

By December 1954 it was all over. McCarthy was censured by the Senate and he died two and a half years later.

The irony of McCarthy’s life is that his activities became associated with “McCarthyism.” In fact it was the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the House of Representatives that became infamous for blacklists and subpoenaing civilians, such as Hollywood writers. It was this committee that demanded to know: “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?”

The blacklist was a series of directives by Hollywood studio executives in which they refused to hire communists. Many of the Hollywood directors affected were Jewish. Never did the US government order people to be fired.

The truth about McCarthyism is that while originally some people had their careers harmed or ruined by having been, or accused of having been, communists, the claim of being a “victim” of McCarthyism has been far more helpful to people’s careers than actually being a victim was ever harmful. Those who today claim they are victims of McCarthyism dream of being victims; they want to be the lone voice standing up to the government.

But theirs is a fantasy, no government is behind the campaigns against Haj, Chazan or the Abraham Fund. Instead, private individuals, expressing their right to freedom of speech, have condemned the activities of those they disagree with. When, several years ago, a student at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School penned an editorial on Ynet about how his professors were using the classroom to spread anti-Israel propaganda, he was called in by administrators to explain himself; “they basically made me promise not to write anything else.”

He didn’t cry “McCarthyism!”

Those who cry McCarthyism want attention. They are fear-mongers and extremists with little understanding of the concept of free speech and less understanding of history.

The writer is a PhD researcher at Hebrew University.

JERUSALEM POST LIES TO JUSTIFY ITS WITCH HUNT AGAINST THE LEFT

‘Post’ stops Chazan column after threat

The Jerusalem Post has canceled Naomi Chazan’s biweekly column, after she and the New Israel Fund of which she is president threatened legal action against the paper over a recent advertisement.

The decision was taken by Jerusalem Post management after a legal threat was received at the paper from the NIF and Chazan’s lawyers.

Along with other publications, the Post last Sunday carried an advertisement criticizing Chazan and the New Israel Fund in the context of the Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead.

In Friday’s paper, the Post carried an advertisement defending the NIF and Chazan against their critics.

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Do you see a threat here?

naomichazan

“I’ve seen everything,” she said in a phone interview this week of the posters released by the movement depicting her with a horn emerging from her forehead and labeling her Naomi Goldstone Chazan. “I don’t know why they chose me – I can think of plenty of human rights supporters they could pick on. But I’m ever so proud to be a symbol of Israeli democracy. No doubt about it.”

“They’re using me to attack in the most blatant way the basic principles of democracy and the values of the Declaration of Independence: Values of equality, tolerance, social justice and freedom of speech,” she added.

Or anywhere in the Blog I posted yesterday??

An excerpt of the NIF Statement….

A number of the civil and human rights organizations that are funded and supported by NIF have written challenging, thoughtful criticisms of how the Israeli military behaved during Gaza Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9.  The most recent attacks on NIF claim that if only we didn’t exist, if only we didn’t support these organizations in their work, Goldstone would not have had the evidence needed to come to the conclusions presented in his report.

The ugly language and personal threats against NIF and our President are all too reminiscent of the atmosphere of incitement and hatred that preceded the Rabin assassination.  Sadly, these vicious attacks are being launched against the very organizations that protect Israel and its international reputation as a vibrant democracy.

The human rights organizations that examined and reported on human rights concerns during and after the Gaza operation were the first to declare that the Israeli government must launch an independent inquiry into the events of Gaza. They were acting out of a profound sense of patriotism and love of Israel.  They are not monolithic and differ on many issues, including the conclusions of the Goldstone report.

Full Statement HERE

WHERE IS THE THREAT????

The threat is from the Jerusalem Post and its fellow right wing newspapers in Israel. They, and only they, are a threat to any positive change ever taking place in Israel. They are a threat to Peace, Justice and Freedom.

Zionism is the threat, not Naomi Chazan and not the New Israel Fund.

WITCH HUNT AT THE JERUSALEM POST ~~ NEW ISRAEL FUND UNDER FIRE

Some Background info first…… Just who is the New Israel Fund?

What the Israeli Right says about them

What rocked the boat?

And what were the manifestations? ……

The Im Tirtzu pro-Land of Israel group is opening a campaign against the New Israel fund, headed by former Meretz Member of Knesset Naomi Chazan, in conjunction with Israel’s response to the Goldstone report on last winter’s Cast Lead counter-terror operation in Gaza. Im Tirtzu will present a mock Hamas demonstration of support for the fund in front of Chazan’s Jerusalem home Saturday night.

According to Im Tirtzu, the fund – under Chazan’s leadership – funds the organizations that were cited in the Goldstone report, which accused Israel of war crimes during the campaign. Those citations contributed to an accumulation of libels against the Israel Defense Forces and a negative attitude toward Israel in the wake of the report.

And what has the NIF itself said about all of the above?

Now, back to the headng of this post…. WITCH HUNT AT THE JERUSALEM POST

Just how did the official English language mouthpiece of the ‘Only Democracy in the Middle East’ react?

Amid row over contentious ad, Jerusalem Post fires Naomi Chazan of New Israel Fund

The broadside campaign by the Im Tirtzu movement against the New Israel Fund caught its president, Professor Naomi Chazan, in New York, where she traveled to chair a meeting of the fund’s board of trustees, scheduled months in advance.

“I’ve seen everything,” she said in a phone interview this week of the posters released by the movement depicting her with a horn emerging from her forehead and labeling her Naomi Goldstone Chazan. “I don’t know why they chose me – I can think of plenty of human rights supporters they could pick on. But I’m ever so proud to be a symbol of Israeli democracy. No doubt about it.”



“They’re using me to attack in the most blatant way the basic principles of democracy and the values of the Declaration of Independence: Values of equality, tolerance, social justice and freedom of speech,” she added.

Caught its president”??? They make it sound like she is a criminal on the run….The editor of the JP didn’t even have the guts to confront Chazan personally or by phone….On Thursday, Chazan received an e-mail from Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz, informing her the newspaper would cease publishing her column.


And just who are the supporters of these Im Tirtzu people? …

Meanwhile, the Hebrew news Web site Walla! revealed this week that one of the donors to Im Tirtzu is CUFI, Christians United for Israel, led by evangelist preacher John Hagee. CUFI’s Web site stated it had given Im Tirtzu $100,000.

Hagee achieved notoriety in 2008, when saying that Hitler carried out the will of God, to return the Jews to Israel in accordance with the biblical promise. Then-presidential candidate John McCain responded by renouncing Hagee’s support. Walla! said that in one of his books, Hagee also claimed that Hitler was half-Jewish, a descendant of Jacob’s brother Esau. He added that the Holocaust took place because the Jews rebelled and renounced the true God. Hagee claimed the Jews’ rebelliousness was the reason for anti-Semitism and the persecutions they suffered through the years.

And that is OK with the editors of the Post?

The paragraphs in parenthesis were taken from THIS report in HaAretz.

So we see in action a good, old fashioned, witch hunt reminiscent of those that took place in the States during the McCarthy Era.

Bottom line is….. if you want to read the truth about what is going on in the world today, stick to the Blogesphere. If it’s the truth you are after as far as the Middle East, Israel and Palestine in particular are concerned, you have come to the right place! The links provided at the left are all wonderful sources as well.

If you want to continue living in the fantasy world of the Hasbara, then the Jerusalem Post is for you, but remember….. IT’S ALL LIES!


THE TRUTH IS HARMLESS IF IT IS CENSORED

Look at the photo of the man below…. does he look dangerous? Well, he is! He is a Jewish journalist that dares to speak the truth about Israel. That is FORBIDDEN according to the 11th Commandment….’Thou Shalt Lie In Order To Protect The Occupation’.

Jared Malsin refused to do that. He wrote the truth…. read below what the consequences were….

The case of Jared Malsin – expelled by Israel

By Ayman Mohyeldin

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It probably has not made the headlines in most press around the world, but Israel has recently decided to expel an American journalist working for the respected Ma’an News Agency, based out of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

For the first time in a week, journalist Jared Malsin was allowed to use his mobile phone on Wednesday morning to inform Ma’an that he was being placed onto an El Al flight to Prague

The case of Jared Malsin has implications for foreign journalists who work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). When the story of his detention first emerged, I spoke to a diplomatic source with knowledge of the case. He told me, Jared’s deportation was politically motivated based on his work.

Israeli officials I have called regarding this case have provided any explanation regarding the deportation. From court documents attributed to the Ma’an News Agency, Israel is deporting Jared on “security” grounds that stem from his political beliefs.

Interrogators gathered online research into [Jared’s] writing history, which the transcripts indicate included news stories, “criticizing the State of Israel” among other allegations that he “authored articles inside the territories”

This could have serious ramifications for journalists who work and cover the OPT, and who are sometimes critical of the policies carried out against Palestinians by the self-proclaimed Jewish State.

International journalists have come to Jared’s defense.

As if the daily physical risks of working in Israel/Palestine were not hard enough, now the Israeli government is willing to go to greater lengths to silence those who are critical of its Occupation.

Source via Uruknet

Related article from Ma’an News Agency

Malsin: No such thing as voluntary deportation

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“I thought it was a formality. In retrospect I wish I hadn’t signed it. I believe the prison guards were extremely manipulative, misleading, mendacious in the way they dealt with me,” stated Jared. (Maan Images)
Upon landing in New York on Thursday, Ma’an News Agency’s Jared Malsin, a US citizen, said Interior Ministry staff pressured him into dropping a legal challenge against his deportation order just two hours after his lawyer left for the day.

After signing a hand-written letter that Malsin said he believed was a “formality,” ministry staff sent the paper to District Judge Kobi Vardi, who had presided over Malsin’s case, and the judge decided to lift the stay of deportation order.

A motion from Ma’an attorney Castro Daoud, requesting that his client’s hearing continue in his absence, was filed and pending decision as the ruling to expel the journalist was made.

Malsin was subsequently placed onto an El Al flight to New York. “None of this was my decision,” he emphasized in a phone interview minutes after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport early Thursday morning local time, rejecting reports that he left Israel voluntarily. “There’s no such thing as a voluntary deportation. I was deported, period.”

Hours earlier, in an armored car en route to the plane, Malsin said he was unaware there were legal implications to the paper. “I had no idea I was waving anything, no clue,” he said, explaining how Interior Ministry officials coerced him into creating a legal document to withdraw his case without an attorney present, and offered a misleading explanation over what he was signing.

The document apparently indicated Malsin was leaving the facility “without personal coercion.” But Malsin said he was under the impression that the papers he signed would allow him to simply leave the airport while his case continued in Israel.

Indeed, Daoud had filed such a motion in Tel Aviv shortly before Malsin was instructed to sign the papers. Justice Vardi had called for a hearing on Malsin’s case on Tuesday, and when no date was set for the proceedings by the afternoon, Malsin and Daoud decided to seek permission for him to leave the detention center as the hearing went forward. Daoud had previously indicated concern that Malsin’s case was being dragged out, putting pressure on the journalist to leave before a legal decision was made.

In an e-mail from Malsin to Ma’an staff sent upon his arrival to his parents’ home in New Hampshire, he said, about the paper, “I thought it was a formality. In retrospect I wish I hadn’t signed it. I believe the prison guards were extremely manipulative, misleading, mendacious in the way they dealt with me,” he said, but “I’m just so relieved to be out.”

Israel’s explanation

Malsin’s deportation was met with mixed reactions from Israeli officials.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad told The Associated Press that Malsin raised security suspicions during an investigation upon his arrival. Hadad told the AP it was for these reasons that Malsin was being deported.

Then she told Israel’s Hebrew-language Yedioth Ahronoth that he had voluntarily left Israel, adding, “I guess he didn’t like it [detention] and chose to leave the country.”

Allegations of Malsin being a security risk were made even at the start of the deportation process, with documents alleging Malsin’s failure to cooperate with Israeli intelligence officers constituting such a threat.

The same day Hadad told the AP Malsin was a security threat, however, she was quoted by Reuters and the Washington Post as denying Malsin was refused a visa for political or security reasons.

Both rationales fit with some of the allegations in the court documents filed by the attorney general, but neither explanation took the full range of charges into account. Among the Interior Ministry’s complaints were that Malsin had authored articles “inside the [Palestinian] territories,” including some “criticizing the State of Israel.”

Early in Malsin’s detention, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, told the BBC that the allegations Malsin was being held because of his status as a journalist were “absurd.”


Support for Malsin’s case

While Regev denied Malsin’s deportation had anything to do with journalism, international press associations condemned the detention as a violation of press freedom from the beginning.

“We condemn this intolerable violation of press freedom,” said Aidan White, the head of the International Federation of Journalists, the largest union of media professionals worldwide.

“The ban of entry in this case appears to be as a reprisal measure for the journalist’s independent reporting and that is unacceptable,” he said. “This kind of interference has no place in a democracy.”

THE GREATEST THREAT TO ZIONISM IS THE TRUTH

Zionism can only survive if the lies continue. Its greatest threat is the TRUTH. Israel is now safe as can be seen in the following….

Israel suddenly expels detained Ma’an journalist

For the first time in a week, journalist Jared Malsin was allowed to use his mobile phone on Wednesday morning to inform Ma’an that he was being placed onto an El Al flight to New York.

He sounded shaken and confused. He said he did not know why he was not being flown to Prague, where he was expected to be sent, saying only that flying there “would create problems.” He said he was in an armored vehicle that was transporting him to the airport gate.

On Tuesday, Tel Aviv District Judge Kobi Vardi ordered that a hearing be scheduled to consider the Israeli Ministry of the Interior’s decision to deport the journalist. Following the call, lawyer Castro Daoud went to the airport detention facility where Malsin has been kept for the past week to deliver the news.

At about 2:30 pm, Daoud left the detention center and filed a motion requesting that Jared be permitted to leave the country while the hearing and case proceed in his absence. As the Attorney General’s Office insisted that Malsin not be permitted to attend his hearing, Daoud argued that it was no longer necessary to keep him confined to his cell in the detention center.

At about 4:30pm, staff from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv notified Malsin’s parents in the US state of New Hampshire that he would be on the next flight to Prague, even though Justice Vardi had not ruled on Daoud’s motion to let Malsin travel and still pursue the case.

At about 7:30pm, Daoud expressed shock after he received notification that a motion was signed by Malsin requesting his deportation challenge be annulled. Justice Vardi has closed the case on Malsin’s deportation order one week after it was filed.

Ma’an is deeply concerned that there was no lawyer present when Malsin apparently filed this independent motion, which was sent from the Ministry of the Interior and not his legal representative, who had just left. It is inexplicable that Malsin would knowingly drop the legal challenge after his first major success.

Without jumping to conclusions, Ma’an wants to be sure these events did not take place under duress, and is consequently concerned that Malsin’s lawyer and parents were prevented from reaching him during the 24 hours before the deportation to clarify what happened between 2:30 and 4:30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

See the following for more information:

On the reaction of international press associations:
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=254583
On Jared’s fight to overturn the deportation order:
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=254021
On the timeline of Jared’s detention and questioning:
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=254589

For the most updated version of this news release, click here:
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=253864


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TRUTH DETAINED AT THE AIRPORT IN TEL AVIV

There seems to be a revision in the making to The Law of Return in Israel….. ‘Any Jew that speaks the truth about the occupation is not welcome here!

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Israel Cracks Down on the Press

By Mya Guarnieri*

Jared Malsin, the editor of the English edition of Maan News Agency, has been detained by Israeli authorities.

Malsin, a Jewish-American who lives and works in the West Bank, was picked up on Tuesday at Ben Gurion International Airport, as he and his partner returned from vacation in the Czech Republic. After being subjected to eight hours of interrogation, Malsin was deemed a security threat and was slated to be deported to Prague Thursday morning.

Why?

Maan states: Hebrew-language interrogation transcripts obtained by Ma’an reveal that Malsin was deemed a security risk on the apparent basis of his political beliefs. Interrogators gathered online research into the journalist’s writing history, which the transcripts indicate included news stories “criticizing the State of Israel,” among other allegations that he “authored articles inside the territories.”
Although Bethlehem-based Maan is identified as a Palestinian news service, it is widely known as an independent media outlet–free of political agendas and noted for its unbiased reporting. As such, it is attracting a steadily growing readership, receiving over 3 million visitors a month.

Malsin appealed the deportation order and was scheduled to stand before a judge in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning. But according to Maan’s lawyer, Castro Daoud, the hearing has been delayed until Sunday for unknown reasons.

In the meantime, Daoud says, Malsin remains in the custody of Israeli authorities.

Since his detainment, which Israeli officials initially denied, Malsin has had little contact with the outside world. Daoud has had only one brief meeting with his client and Malsin has made a short phone call to Maan staff writer and sub-editor, George Hale.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, Hale reports that Malsin was shocked by the detainment. Malsin was also surprised that Israeli security officials were questioning him about the International Solidarity Movement, an activist group that Malsin has no affiliation with.

“He [Malsin] is the last person who would be involved with the ISM. He is a journalist,” Hale says, “and his reporting is impartial.”

Hale adds: “I think that there are a lot of assumptions about Maan and the people who work here–that we’re here to demonize Israel. We’re not.”

Despite the fact that the Israeli Government Press Office [GPO] refuses to issue press passes to Maan employees, Hales says that both Malsin and Maan enjoy good working relationships with the Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] and other governmental bodies.

“We [Maan] talk to the IDF and include the Israeli point of view [in our articles],” Hale says, “Destroying our English department is destroying [that] side of the story.”
Hale states that Malsin’s partner, Faith Rowold, who does not have legal representation, was deported to Prague.

When considered within a larger context, Malsin’s detention seems to point to a government intent on silencing dissent.

In September, the prominent Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions [BDS] activist Mohammed Othman was picked up by the IDF as he attempted to enter the West Bank via Jordan. Othman was returning from a visit to Norway, a country whose government had recently divested from an Israeli corporation directly involved in the occupation. Othman was widely credited as having been a crucial player in Norway’s decision to divest.

After months in administrative detention without charges, held on the basis of evidence that neither Othman nor his lawyer was allowed to see, Othman was finally released yesterday, January 13.

Recently, the IDF has also arrested various leaders of non-violent grassroots movements against the separation barrier. In December, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall was arrested on charges of incitement and stone throwing. Abu Rahmah is also accused of arms possession for displaying empty tear gas canisters and discharged rubber bullets–both shot at him and other protestors during the weekly non-violent demonstrations held in his village.

On January 12, Ibrahim Amirah, the coordinator of the Ni’ilin Popular Committee Against the Wall was arrested. Amirah has been detained and released without charges twice in the past.

Additionally, the IDF conducted a night raid on the West Bank home of the ISM’s media coordinator, Eva Novakova. While Novakova was arrested and deported on the grounds that she had overstayed her visa, critics of her deportation point out that it’s unusual for the IDF to go to such lengths due to an expired visa.

Hale says that, to the best of his knowledge, Malsin has a valid Israeli visa. Malsin’s detention is “arbitrary,” Hale says. “It’s a violation of press freedom.”

* Mya Guarnieri is a Tel Aviv-based journalist and writer. A regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post and The National, her writing has also appeared in Outlook India– India’s Newsweek subsidiary– as well as Haaretz, The Jewish Daily Forward, Maan News Agency, Common Ground News Service, Mondoweiss, Zeek, Daily News Egypt, and The Khaleej Times amongst other international publications. Additionally, her creative work is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online.

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Following are links to related articles…
15/01/2010
16:56 International Press Institute to Israel: Press freedom applies to all

15/01/2010
16:49 Committee to Protect Journalists: Release Malsin immediately

15/01/2010
13:35 UNESCO urges ‘Malsin’s immediate and unconditional release’

15/01/2010
12:44 National Arab American Journalists Assn condemns Malsin detention

15/01/2010
03:13 PJS denounces Israel over journalist detention

THE VIDEO ISRAEL WON’T LET ME WATCH

I went to the What Really Happened site
and clicked on the following…..


Fake Al Qaeda Actors EXPOSED! Adam Gadahn & Yousef al-Khattab

and this is what I got….

This video is not available in your country!

WHY???
What is Israel so afraid of?

I was able to view the video with the help of a friend by downloading it from THIS

Censorship in the ‘Only Democracy in the Middle East’?
Unheard of!

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