ELIE WIESEL ~~ THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR THAT WASN’T

“Where’s Wiesel’s Tattoo?”

Incredibly, there apparently is no existing image of Elie Wiesel’s alleged tattoo.

This is the only known footage of Wiesel with both sleeves rolled up, and no tattoo is visible anywhere on the left arm, which is where Wiesel claims he still has this tattoo.

For over 70 years Elie Wisel conned the world with tales of his suffering in Auschwitz. He managed to make million$ with his ‘Holocaust Bu$ine$$’ without ever proving that his stories were true.

Elie Wiesel has stated it in interviews …

March 25, 2010, University of Dayton: A student asked Wiesel if he still has his concentration camp number and if it serves as a reminder of those terrible experiences. “I don’t need that to remember, I think about my past every day,” he responded. “But I still have it on my arm – A7713. At that time, we were numbers. No names, no identity.”

Where is the tattoo?

Where is the tattoo?

Yesterday he took his secrets to the grave ….

World laments death of Holocaust survivor, author Elie Wiesel

Israeli leaders past and present, world leaders, Jewish organizations and even celebrities all lamented the death of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, whose passing at the age of 87 was announced Saturday by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

Full AP Report HERE

The world will never really know the truth about this man

You may ask why I even care about the above….

Here’s why;

While Wiesel lived a life of luxury, better than many Kings, below is how real survivors struggle with their day to day lives.

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS IN ISRAEL ARE NOW THE VICTIMS

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ISRAEL DENIES HOLOCAUST (SURVIVORS)

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PULL OUT THE HOLOCAUST CARD

Bibi’s song and dance on Iran wasn’t going too well …

In fact, the video shows how his opposition cashed in on the speech.

… So, it was time to pull out the Holocaust Card by acknowleging Elie Weisel in the audience.

As if that wasn’t enough, our dear Shmuley (Boteach) pulled the card out a little more afterwards by devoting his weekly Jerusalem Post column to Weisel.

Before I post his words, I must state that I am not in the camp of holocaust deniers as some may think. I also do not have to be reminded by the likes of a Weisel, Boteach or Netanyahu that it occurred. I lost the entire Paternal side of my family in Auschwitz and am reminded of this daily as I carry the name of my Grandfather who was one of the victims. Unlike Weisel, who made and continues to make million$ through his writings and guided tours through the various camps, I have dedicated my entire life to ensure that those horrors never happen again TO ANYONE. Boteach and Weisel both limit the ‘Never Again’ only to members of his own tribe.

The day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s masterful oration to Congress, our organization, This World: The Values Network, held one of its most moving events yet, “The Meaning of ‘Never Again’: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran,” in Washington. Elie Wiesel joined me along with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to discuss the genocidal threats from Iran and the rise of global anti-Semitism.

No Holds Barred: At Bibi’s speech with Elie Wiesel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with author Elie Wiesel after speech to US Congress in Washington. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with author Elie Wiesel after speech to US Congress in Washington. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

This week I traveled with Prof. Wiesel and his wife, Marion, and my wife, Debbie, to the prime minister’s speech as guests of Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

Elie Weisel and I took out ads in America’s major newspapers supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right to speak to the American Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat. The ads were beautiful and biblical, retelling the story of Esther and the choice she was given between alienating her king by speaking up for her people and remaining silent. She chose to save her people from annihilation.

The speech was magnificent and did much to vindicate those who put their reputations on the line to support it.

The day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s masterful oration to Congress, our organization, This World: The Values Network, held one of its most moving events yet, “The Meaning of ‘Never Again’: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran,” in Washington. Elie Wiesel joined me along with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to discuss the genocidal threats from Iran and the rise of global anti-Semitism.

The event sought to lend support to Netanyahu’s campaign for a tougher stance against the Iranians’ nuclear program, particularly in light of their genocidal threats against the Jewish state; it was Elie Wiesel at his most eloquent.

We had scheduled the event to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the murder of Anne Frank, who died in the first week of March 1945 in Bergen-Belsen. The exact date is not known.

The most famous survivor of the Holocaust would commemorate its most famous victim.

And what better way to respect her memory than in protecting her people from the threat of yet another genocidal regime, yet again from Persia.

The event got off to a heated start as protesters from Code Pink stormed the floor, trying to disrupt the procession with banners and screams. From the time the event began, though, and from the time Wiesel began to speak, there was barely a sound. All were entranced by his soft-spoken, yet all so powerful, words of wisdom.

Wiesel spoke of the differences between today and his years in the Nazi death camps.

Today, we have friends who will protect us.

Back then, he lamented, America did far too little to protect the Jews of Europe, a failure which Cruz said underscored the importance of acting against Iran today. More important, Elie Wiesel pointed out that today we have an army dedicated to the protection of the Jewish People. Indeed, he spoke of the sense of wonder that overcame him the first time he saw an IDF uniform. Yet he also lamented the key similarity between now and then – the presence of anti-Semitism. It is the eternal companion of the Jewish People, yet, the professor offered, it can be ameliorated through education.

Wiesel spoke of how he truly believed that after the unspeakable crime of the Holocaust anti-Semitism would die down, perhaps be purged from the earth forever. Surely now the nations of the world, having seen where their hatred can lead, would forgo revulsion for the Jews. But there was no such thing. Wiesel said he was horrified to see it all return so viciously.

Wiesel stated his absolute support for the prime minister’s speech. He said that we must rely as much on the threats of our enemies as we do on the promises of our friends. We dare not downplay the danger posed by Iran. “Especially when their threats are repeated, we have to take them seriously,’’ he said. “I need proof that Iran has changed its policy. If the evil begins its work, don’t give it another chance.”

Cruz, too, took a hard line on Iran. The prime minister’s speech had been become mired in politics, yet “politics are not what matters now,” he asserted. “What matters now is the single greatest national security threat to the world today – and that is preventing a nuclear Iran.” Tehran could not be trusted in negotiations, he said, and “those who are negotiating with Iran fundamentally don’t understand who they are dealing with.

“History may well record it as a mistake and a catastrophe on the order of magnitude of Munich,’’ said Cruz, referring to the failed 1938 “peace” deal that allowed Hitler to annex parts of Czechoslovakia. “When our negotiators return with a promise of ‘peace in our time,’ we should believe this no more now than we should have believed it then,” he said.

The most moving part of the event came at the end. Wiesel told the spellbound audience: “Everything I have endured could have led me to choose despair… I could have said, ‘Goodbye world, you’ve rejected me. You’ve killed off my father and mother, and everyone I’ve loved.’ I could have moved to the desert. I could have chosen to forget and just to enjoy my life; after all, I deserved it. And yet, I rejected that.

I chose to remember and to teach.” He said that he rejected that path because he could not live a life of loneliness. “Only G-d is alone.”

He needed to embrace others, and help them when he could.

And indeed, he stood before us having just flown in to Washington at this critical moment, all to support the Jewish People in its time of need.

Right after the prime minister’s speech, Wiesel and I went to a reception with prime minister Netanyahu where the prime minister thanked him warmly for attending. In the speech itself he had been the only person the prime minister welcomed personally. As we left the reception, and Debbie and I escorted the Wiesels to their car, it was freezing cold with a snowy breeze. I saw Wiesel huddled against his overcoat as the wind blew around him. Before me I saw the great hero of the Jewish People, prepared to meet any threat his people faced, prepared to always speak out.

Prepared to speak truth to power. Adamant that Never Again must mean exactly that.

And as he left, I told him, in the endearing term I’ve used for him for 25 years, “Reb Eliezer. You are our prince and our great light to the nations. God bless you with long life and the best of health. I cannot imagine a world without you.”

‘HOLOCAUST BUSINESS’ REACHES FOR THE SKY

Some 25,000 Israeli teenagers visit Nazi death camps in Poland annually in trips organized since 1988 by Israeli high schools and Israel’s Education Ministry, according to The Marker financial news daily. Parents pay about $1,500 per student, with some $580 going to cover flight costs. In 2010, the ministry spent approximately $30 million on trips to Poland.
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Low-Cost Airline Mulls Israel-to-Auschwitz Flight

Tel Aviv Link to Krakow Would Cater to Death Camp Visitors

By JTA*

The low-cost airline Ryanair announced it was considering flying a route from Tel Aviv to Krakow, the southern Polish city situated near the former Auschwitz death camp. The announcement Monday came one month after Israel’s government decided to allow new flights to Europe. “It seems that every Israeli child has to go to Poland to go and see Auschwitz. We can help them with that,” the Dublin-based carrier’s deputy chief executive, Howard Millar, said at a news conference in London. A Ryanair spokesman on Tuesday confirmed to AFP, the French news agency, that the airline “has had discussions with a number of Israeli airports, but they are purely exploratory at this time.” Some 25,000 Israeli teenagers visit Nazi death camps in Poland annually in trips organized since 1988 by Israeli high schools and Israel’s Education Ministry, according to The Marker financial news daily. Parents pay about $1,500 per student, with some $580 going to cover flight costs. In 2010, the ministry spent approximately $30 million on trips to Poland. A spokesperson for Israel’s education ministry said the ministry uses Israeli airliners as well as LOT, the Polish carrier. On April 21, Israel’s Cabinet approved an open skies agreement to boost airline traffic to and from Europe. Set to go into effect next April, it will ease restrictions and quotas on flights between Israel and European Union countries and likely will increase competition and lower prices.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE NAZIS GONE?

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…. They’re in the graveyard (almost) every one …. (Borrowed FROM)
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So what is a nazi hunting organisation supposed to do now? Since its founding, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has been actively hunting throughout the world for former nazi war criminals. It has become one of the most profitable branches of the holocaust industry, probably only second in line to the ADL itself. In an attempt to continue ‘cashing in’ ‘Operation Last Chance’ was launched in 2002.
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But ‘business’ has been slow so a new scheme had to be developed …. why not create new enemies?
Why not make noise about everyone and anyone that dares criticize Israel. Why not refer to them as anti-Semites and ‘go after’ them as if they were nazis?? In doing so, it diverts the world’s attention from the ongoing genocidal polices conducted by Israel itself, including their system of apartheid which is gaining publicity via the international boycott campaigns. Israel is losing friends daily because of their policies. Ways had to be found to reverse this trend.
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Among those ‘cited’ was our esteemed associate Carlos Latuff, first by the ADL, then just days later by the Wiesenthal Center itself. Needless to say, these ‘charges’ were highly publicized throughout the ziopress, the latest being the following blurb from the Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s prime supporters of the fight to RID THE LAND OF ITS ORIGINAL PEOPLE. Here it is …
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Wiesenthal ranks top 10 anti-Semites, Israel-haters
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Here’s the part about Carlos; Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff was listed as No. 3 for “slandering Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu for doing what every world leader would do against the onslaught of rocket attacks targeting innocent civilians” from the Gaza Strip.
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The article can be found HERE
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Here is the cartoon in question, can you think of any other world leader that would do this as suggested in the article? 
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Carlos prepared a petition which he requests you all sign and spread as widely as possible ….
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In December 2012, the Simon Wiesenthal Center published a ranking of the “top ten anti-Semites of the world”, citing me, the cartoonist Carlos Latuff, as third on the list for charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s bombing of Gaza .There is much that organizations and individuals try to associate legitimate criticism of the state of Israel and hatred of Jews. Figures as writer José Saramago, the Nobel Peace Prize Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter has been taxed by their anti-Semitic positions regarding the conflict in Palestine.Enough of trying to silence the voice of those who stand up against apartheid imposed by Israel on the Palestinian people. Anti-Semitism can not and should not be used as a political tool. If you are against this manipulation, sign the petition and declare: NO anti-Zionism and antiSemitism!
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To access the petition, go to THIS site.
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Getting back to the Wiesenthal Center, it must be noted that their own record over the past few years has not been a clean one. They have themselves been conducting a Lebensraum campaign around what they call the Museum of Tolerance. A Palestinian cemetery in Jerusalem was totally destroyed to make room for this. Is that the zionist definition of tolerance?
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See for yourselves….
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They themselves have been doing exactly what the nazis would have done. Perhaps they should look within their own organisation to find the real enemy rather than wasting our time the way they have been doing.

CHUTZPAH OF THE DECADE ~~ ISRAEL CASHING IN ON FLOTILLA PIRACY

The Israeli government has not yet decided what to do with the ship, which is presently docking in Haifa under guard, but Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav showed creativity and did not wait for a decision by the political echelon. He recently sent a letter to the defense ministry calling on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to confiscate the Turkish ship and turn it into a tourist attraction.

Not only did Israeli military personnel kill and maim crew members of the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara, confiscate the materials aboard the ship, they are now considering confiscating the ship itself.

There is talk of turning it into a floating hotel for tourists….. talk about the holocaust industry….. are we seeing the start of the Palestinian Holocaust Industry?


Haifa Mayor wants to turn Mavi Marmara into “floating hotel” so it can become a “symbol of reconciliation and hope”
By Didi Remez

Cruiseship Marmara

Mayor of Haifa Yonah Yahav has a creative idea: to turn the Turkish ship into a floating hotel

While Turkey is demanding Israel apologize over the flotilla to Gaza, the mayor of Haifa has an interesting idea: in a letter to the defense minister he asks to turn the Turkish ship Marmara into a floating hotel opposite the shore of Haifa.

*After the 13 Israeli commandos took control of the ship and killed nine extremist activists who had tried to kill the soldiers, the ship was brought to Haifa. Since then defense officials are waiting for a decision by the political echelon about the future of the ship.

The Israeli government has not yet decided what to do with the ship, which is presently docking in Haifa under guard, but Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav showed creativity and did not wait for a decision by the political echelon. He recently sent a letter to the defense ministry calling on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to confiscate the Turkish ship and turn it into a tourist attraction.

“If Israel decides to confiscate the Turkish ship, I ask for it to be given to the city of Haifa to turn it into a floating hotel opposite the city’s shore,” Mayor Yahav wrote in his letter.

Yahav added, “I feel that Haifa, a symbol of coexistence and cooperation between all religions, would be the appropriate home for this ship, which will turn into an international symbol of reconciliation and hope.”

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*The opinion expressed above does not reflect the thinking of this Blog’s Administration. The activists that were brutally murdered were humanitarian aid workers from Turkey… NOT extremists.

‘HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY’ UNDER ATTACK

HATE SPEECH OR TRUTH?
And just who is doing the hating??


German legislator: Stop ‘thriving Holocaust industry’

Extreme right leader carries hate speech against Israel; calls to cut ties, issue economic sanctions

Dor Glick


BERLIN “Stop cooperation with the state of Jewish scoundrels”, “Don’t give in to the thriving Holocaust industry.” These statements were not said in the Tehran parliament, but in the German city of Dresden, during a parliament meeting in the state of Saxony.

Leader of the extreme right National Democratic Party (NPD) Holger Apfel stirred up a storm in the parliament on Thursday when he carried a speech titled “no to cooperation with scoundrel countries – and end cooperation between Saxony and Israel.”

Most parliament members urged Apfel to change the title, fearing it would damage Saxony’s image – but to no avail. Apfel, a former neo-Nazi, stepped up to the podium and carried out his hate speech, while being booed by other parliament members.

Even after his time was up, Apfel refused to step down from the stage and continued to denounce the “Jewish terror state.” His speech was finally stopped after the chairman turned off his microphone and instructed ushers to escort Apfel out of the hall.

President of the Saxony Parliament Matthias Roessler instructed to keep Apfel out of parliament hearings until December.

This is not the first time Apfel has expressed his harsh feeling toward Israel, and the need to cut ties with it. On NPS’ official website, the former neo-Nazi published his reaction to the recent flotilla incident, saying: “Today’s attack, with at least 10 fatalities, demonstrates a new ‘characteristic’ of ‘state terror’ employed by Israel.

“Since the establishment of the state in 1948 and the expulsion of millions of Palestinians – the history of Israel has been accompanied by bloodshed.”

Apfel called to “cut off Germany’s political ties with Israel and issue economic sanctions against it.”


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NOTE FROM DESERTPEACE…..

The above in no way is meant to applaud the neo nazi that uttered those words…. it is posted here to point out that EVEN the neo nazis in Germany and elsewhere, who have until now been ardent supporters of the zionist state no longer do because of the policies practiced in Israel.

SHITHEAD OF THE YEAR AWARD

Pardon my English in the above title, but there are no other words suitable to describe the recipient of this ‘award’…..

It goes to (another) Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Elie Wiesel….

You might ask why….

When Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a “messenger to mankind”, noting that through his struggle to come to terms with “his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler’s death camps”, as well as his “practical work in the cause of peace”, Wiesel had delivered a powerful message “of peace, atonement and human dignity” to humanity. (From)

From the same source…. Wiesel is highly criticized by Norman Finkelstein in his book The Holocaust Industry. Finkelstein accuses Wiesel of promoting the “uniqueness doctrine” which holds, according to Finkelstein, the Holocaust as the paramount of evil and therefore historically incomparable to other genocides. In the book Wiesel is also lambasted for playing down the importance of other genocides, especially the Turkish Holocaust on the Armenians, and thwarting efforts of raising awareness of the genocide of the Romani people executed by the Nazis. These claims are exemplified by Wiesel’s lobbying for commemorating Jews alone (not the Romani people) in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in addition to numerous Wiesel quotes on the “uniqueness of Holocaust”.

One can say that Wiesel has raked in millions of dollars as one of the leading players in the Holocaust Industry mentioned in Finkelstein’s book. Weisel could have used his ‘position of power’ to have made a difference. He could have stressed the supposed ‘lessons’ of the holocaust of which one is NEVER AGAIN…. but he chose to ignore the FACT that it IS happening again…. with the aid of many of the survivors he speaks of and their offspring.

His most recent crime against humanity was his open position opposing divestment. It would have been a perfect opportunity for him to ‘repent’ his ‘sins’ of the past to have spoken the truth, but he chose to join in with other pro Israeli individuals and groups and lie about the situation in Palestine today. The following in italics shows their positions…..

On the pro-Israel side, a wide swath of Jewish organizations spanning the political spectrum – including J Street, Hillel, the American Jewish Committee, local rabbis and figures including Elie Wiesel, A.B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz – wrote letters opposing divestment.

In an April 5 letter to the university chancellor and provost, a coalition of groups, including Hillel and the American Jewish Committee, argued that the bill “unfairly targets” Israel and marginalizes Jewish students.

Wiesel, in a note to student leaders, dismissed the comparison of Israel to South African apartheid.

“Israel is not pre-Mandela South Africa,” he wrote. “One may disagree with certain decisions of its government, but they don’t constitute a policy of Apartheid… In the case of Israel, divestment would be inappropriate and totally unjust.”


Another survivor spoke on divestment….. BUT SHE SPOKE THE TRUTH…..

This is an emotional speech by Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein speaking out in support of Divestment at the University of California at Berkeley, California.

How often do we have 12 hour teach-ins, with Holocaust survivors and Nakba survivors speaking out about war crimes in the presence of representatives from the Israeli consulate? How often do student governments hear testimonies from refugees, from people who lost relatives in the assault on Gaza, from Israeli and Palestinian activists committed to human rights?



The following video shows some of the ‘doings’ at the USBS Senate debate…..


Hopefully all of the above answers the question as to why Elie Wiesel is the SHITHEAD OF THE YEAR.

Adding insult to injury, Wiesel paid for a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal yesterday regarding the status of Jerusalem. The vile text of his submission can be read HERE.

I get the impression that he is already campaigning for next year’s award.

CA$HING IN ON PALESTINE’S SUFFERING

Needless to say, that we won’t be using this group as a source of information…..

Making a business out of Palestine’s struggle
By Yaman Salahi
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Soliciting the support of people in the US-based Palestine solidarity movement, Palestine Note recently launched a new website that aspires to become the online hub for all things Palestine. While the website announces its dedication to “news, stories and views about Palestine and Palestinians,” and its aspiration to become a “cultivator of community,” my brief interaction with its personnel revealed that there is more behind the enterprise than meets the eye.

“A business, not an NGO”

As its CEO Fadi Elsalameen explained to me by email, Palestine Note is “a business, not an NGO [nongovernmental organization], not a political party.” More and more, it seems, people are attempting to monetize both the occupation of Palestine and the so-called peace process. But can the profit-logic of a business really play a positive role in the Palestinian struggle?

When it comes to Palestine, the discourse of “economic peace” or “economic development” represents the perspective of business elites and entrepreneurs who do not see why military occupation or a liberation struggle should be an obstacle to profit. A vehemence protecting the principal on investments has pushed principles of liberation out of the realm of institutional politics. It has been suggested that even Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah, unforgivably let the international solidarity embodied in the Goldstone report slip away

for the sake of a cell phone company.

There are things, however, that cannot be sold. Even a cursory investigation of Palestine Note’s founders should give pause to anyone working toward justice in Palestine.

Follow the money

Hani Masri and Abul Huda Farouki founded Palestine Note in early 2009. Masri and Farouki are two businessmen and Democratic Party fundraisers with connections to the PA, as well as the lobbying group the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP).

The two men epitomize the kind of Arab-American political strategies that have created few benefits for Arab-Americans as a community, and achieved almost no benefits to the Palestinian people — even if they have been personally beneficial for the two men themselves. Further, the tactics they have adopted have flouted the very principles that create the basis of the Palestine solidarity movement.

Masri has been an active donor to the Democratic Party. In addition to a $5,000 donation to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, in January 2009, Masri donated $2,000 to Representative Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY) (see Center for Responsive Politics,

search for “Hani Masri”). Weiner is the Congressman from the 9th district of New York who is notorious for his anti-Palestinian views. In 2007, Rep. Weiner tried to outlaw the Palestine Liberation Organization in the United States (HR 2975, 110th Congress). In September 2009, progressive Jewish blogger Philip Weiss documented a town hall meeting where Weiner “trash[ed] Jimmy Carter” for his mild criticism of Israel, said that “Israel has no partners in Palestinians, who vote for terrorists,” and denied that settlements were problematic in the so-called peace process (MondoWeiss, “Anthony Weiner Goes From Right Wing Thug to Brilliant Populist in a New York Second“). Weiner ended his meeting uttering the words “am yisrael chai,” a slogan meaning “the Jewish nation is alive” and which is particularly associated with right-wing extremists in Israel. Weiner’s open and proven anti-Palestinian views and politics did not stop Masri, who is on the Board of Directors of ATFP, from donating to the campaign.

Sadly, Abul Huda Farouki’s money trail is hardly cleaner. Farouki recently donated $50,000 to former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor. More troublingly, Farouki apparently had business connections to the Bush Administration. In 2004, a contract worth $327 million to equip the Iraqi army-under-occupation was awarded to Nour USA, Farouki’s company, before it was rescinded due to controversy about the assignment procedure (“Tank Armaments Command Reissues Contract to Equip Iraqi Army,” Inside the Army, 31 May 2004. Arnaud de Borchgrave, “Iraq power grab,” The Washington Times, 7 March 2004). Incidentally — or not — Palestine Note’s domain name is registered to the same firm (see

WHOIS Information). Contracts awarded to Farouki’s firm were criticized by those who suspected he won them as a result of his friendship with Ahmad Chalabi, the controversial Bush Administration protege at the center of the rush to invade Iraq; the Bush Administration vigorously denied the claim (Borchgrave). Farouki’s connections to the occupation of Iraq might explain why the Palestine Note staff member who originally contacted me, soliciting my participation in the publication, had a history of working with the US-sponsored al-Huriyyah satellite channel and various USAID occupation projects in the country.

The rescinded contract did not end Farouki’s relationship with US occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as he later signed a deal with Oshkosh Truck to “invest in infrastructure and training to support possible future sales of Oshkosh trucks in Afghanistan and Iraq” (“Terrorism Sparks Surge in Special Ops Market,” Defense News 3 April 2006). These dealings came under scrutiny once again when questions emerged about fraud in Iraq (Christian T. Miller, “Evidence of Fraud Found by Iraq Audit,” Los Angeles Times, 30 April 2006). Farouki, like Masri, is connected to the Democratic Party fundraising machine, giving $10,000 to the Clinton Legal Trust in 1999 (“Virginia No 6 in Donations for Clinton’s Legal Defense,” The Daily Press, 26 February 1999). Finally, Farouki is a founding member of the ATFP.

With friends like these

There is an errant school of thought prominent amongst some wealthy Arab Americans that regards political donations and active participation with US government foreign policy as an effective and sufficient means of shaping US policy. Aside from the tremendous ethical problems posed by this strategy (one wonders if Masri or Farouki would pursue it if war and occupation were not so profitable), it simply has no formidable record of results for the people it purports to champion.

Masri, it turns out, was also a friend of Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee Chairman to whose unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign Farouki donated. In his 2007 book What a party!, McAuliffe recalls Masri as a “good friend” who was “close to [Yasser] Arafat and in April 2000 … hosted a small dinner for him at the Prime Rib restaurant in Washington” (p. 250).

While the Palestinian Authority and vocal supporters like the ATFP boast that this sort of access can be considered a success in and of itself, McAuliffe’s memoir draws a startlingly different picture. Sitting next to Arafat at Prime Rib, McAuliffe calls the dinner “comical,” describing how whenever Arafat “was making a point, he would lean over and rub my leg under the table.” Apparently homophobic, McAuliffe comments that it was “not something that men normally do to me,” and that he “just couldn’t visualize [his] friend Ariel Sharon rubbing [his] leg when [he] talked to him” (McAuliffe, p. 251). While this is precisely the kind of “access” that the ATFP promotes and almost exclusively pursues, McAuliffe — mentioning the leg rub for the fourth time within the span of eight sentences — apparently “looked forward to the end of the meal” because “it started getting awkward having my leg rubbed so much.” If the homophobia is not forceful enough already, McAuliffe muses: “What would the nuns at St. Ann’s think?”

While Ariel Sharon of the Sabra and Shatila massacres is described as “my friend,” Arafat is slandered as a clueless or lecherous old man, practically harassing McAuliffe at the dinner table. Contrary to what we are told about the importance of access to high level US authorities, McAuliffe sees in Arafat and the other PA contacts only an ineffectual laughingstock, even while bragging about his friendships with Israeli leaders and pro-Israel lobbyists.

Worse still, McAuliffe’s recollection suggests no sophistication whatsoever in understanding the Israeli occupation or the history of the Palestinian struggle. McAuliffe repeatedly characterizes Palestinians as harboring disagreements for the sake of disagreement, rather than for any substantive reasons. He criticizes Arafat for “reopening negotiations on specific details,” disapprovingly pointing out that Arafat was “under pressure … to fight for the best deal possible,” as if these were not the normal goals of any strong negotiator (McAuliffe, p. 252).

If Masri can dine with McAuliffe, if Masri can create “back channels” between the PA and minor figures in the Clinton Administration, if begging and pleading can win a meeting or phone call, perhaps such humiliation might be worth it — but only if it ended up having a positive impact on either the Clinton Administration’s understanding of the situation or the results of talks. Instead, with Masri’s friend McAuliffe writing about contacts with Palestinian leaders as if apologizing for them, justifying diplomatic contacts with Palestinian leaders by balancing them out with a history of friendship with Israeli leaders and lobbyists, the misguided efforts created an enduring impression that Palestinians were to blame for what transpired after the creation of a Jewish supremacist state on their own land.

We should not validate McAuliffe’s impressions, but that kind of reception should give us pause when we consider that the PA and supporters like the ATFP continue to plead for our faith in their ability to produce results out of an old strategy that has never brought success to the Palestinian struggle, even if it has enabled self-aggrandizement and facilitated the business interests of a small elite.

A line must be drawn

Palestine Note has only recently opened its doors but its first decisions reflect poor judgment and call into question whether it intends to be anything more than a cynical business venture — whether it intends to place itself in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle by honoring Palestinian civil society’s call for a boycott of Israel.

Its editor, for example, is none other than Lisa Goldman, the Israeli blogger who drew attention when she entered Lebanon under false pretenses on behalf of an Israeli television channel. Failing to identify herself as an Israeli working for Israeli television, Goldman allegedly endangered the welfare of those who agreed to interviews, many of whom later lost jobs or were marginalized by friends and family because of their appearance on Israeli television (see the Angry Arab blog,

Lisa Goldman and the media award). When I wrote to Palestine Note CEO Fadi Elsalameen criticizing Goldman’s appointment, Elsalameen responded that the company is “above everything objective” and that the team is “hired based on their skills not backgrounds.” Elsalameen’s sanitized response dodges the question, and implies that no one but Goldman was available for the job. How can it be the case that no one with a more credible record of supporting the Palestinian struggle was available for a website about Palestinians?

Furthermore, Palestine Note is structured in a way that undermines Palestinian civil society’s call for a boycott of Israeli institutions. It is intent on legitimizing the Palestinian voices on its site — indeed the very subject of Palestine — with the simultaneous presence of Israeli voices, a framework that directly contradicts the spirit of Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for a boycott (“… events and projects involving Palestinians and/or Arabs and Israelis that promote ‘balance’ between the ‘two sides’ in presenting their respective narratives or ‘traumas,’ as if on par, or are otherwise based on the false premise that the colonizers and the colonized … are equally responsible for the ‘conflict,’ are intentionally deceptive …” (Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, ”

Guidelines for Applying the International Cultural Boycott of Israel, 20 July 2009). That framework is one of Palestine Note’s key strategies in “creat[ing] a forum for the engaged, informed discussion of vital cultural, social and political issues facing Palestine and the Palestinian community” — strangely absent from its mission statement is a hint that those issues facing Palestinians are related to different manifestations of Israeli oppression. That Israeli bloggers are very prominent on a site about “Palestine and the Palestinians,” not “Israel and Palestine” or “Israelis and Palestinians” suggests that Israelis should have a privileged and authoritative role in talking about Palestinians.

Moreover, this framework of “symmetry” or “balance” appears to constitute Palestine Note’s profit model, as it is one of the site’s distinguishing characteristics. That the site presents these Israeli/Palestinian perspectives as equal, overlooking the difference between oppressor and oppressed, and failing to address the privilege that Israelis exercise as a result of their government’s dispossession and oppression of Palestinians (regardless of whether they personally agree or disagree with the government’s actions) is even more troublesome given the apparent exploitation of these disparities for profit.

Palestine Note undermines the boycott and its goals not because it offers a platform to Israeli writers, but because its mode of presentation appears to base the validity of Palestinian grievances on their consonance with Israeli or Jewish criticisms, in much the same way that the American Task Force on Palestine ensures that its public messaging is within the parameters of US State Department policy. That the editor of a website explicitly “about Palestine and the Palestinian community” is Israeli is troubling, especially when depriving Palestinians of the ability to speak for themselves has been a historical characteristic of Israeli oppression. One can only imagine the curious reaction a magazine dedicated to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa would receive if its editor-in-chief benefited from the apartheid regime yet had never renounced it.

That is why the framework and those who employ it are subject to the boycott, which targets “not only the complicit institutions but also the inherent and organic links between them which reproduce the machinery of colonial subjugation and apartheid” (

PACBI Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel). Certainly, that the most frequent critics of Israeli policy on Palestine Note are presently Israeli and Jewish writers is a fine development for Israelis — but Jewish and Israeli writers rarely face difficulty publishing such critiques in mainstream English-language media. It is the Palestinians, and others who voice more systematic critiques of the Israeli state, who are rarely afforded entry into English-language media.

Palestine Note’s existence must be read against the backdrop of ATFP’s failure to win the support of Palestine solidarity activists, as well as the PA’s dramatic decline in legitimacy post-Goldstone. When a lobby organization has more support in Washington, DC than amongst Palestinians or their supporters, it is staring at its own irrelevancy. Now, it seems, the PA and its satellites must take cover under a platform like Palestine Note. As Mahmoud Abbas’s apologists begged for “unity” after selling out the Palestinian people in the Goldstone affair, those involved in Palestine Note resort to this umbrella platform for grounding.

While the money trail behind Palestine Note — a war profiteer like Abul Huda Farouki and a misguided political fundraiser like Hani Masri — is cause enough to object to the site, its breach of Palestinian civil society’s call for a boycott is another forceful reason for skepticism. These are among the reasons why I felt that, to be consistent with my personal commitment to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, I could not work with Palestine Note.

Yaman Salahi is a first-year student at Yale Law School.


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HOLOCAUST DENIAL; ZIONIST STYLE

002carlos-Latuff-(12) Being a ‘page one’ entry on the  S H I T List gives me special privileges. One of them is being the recipient of almost every piece of zionist hate mail that is written.

Yesterday I was sent a zionist position on the speech President Obama made during his recent trip to the Middle East…..         ************************************************

In his talk, Obama spoke of the Holocaust, and the suffering Jews endured.  In practically his next breath, however, he said:

“On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people…have suffered in pursuit of a homeland….”

And, following this observation, he went on to say:

“For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history…”

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This is deeply troubling — offensive! — and must be challenged at several levels.

There is, first, the unacceptable moral equivalency of his statement:  The Jews suffered in the Holocaust…the Palestinians suffered the “nakba” — as if the historical experience of pain of the Palestinians in being “dislocated” is as great as what we endured in the Shoa (Holocaust) when six million died.

Within this formulation is a libelous implication: That just as we endured the Holocaust, we then brought commensurate suffering on another people.  But I won’t go in that direction now.  For there is more that is unacceptable:

What is also implied in Obama’s statement is that we are entitled to a Jewish state BECAUSE there was a Holocaust.  And this too, fits with Palestinian mythology.  See, they say, it is because of the Holocaust that they suffered dislocation — the Jews who had nowhere to go came here and pushed them out.  Obama doesn’t say, as the Palestinians do — when they lament that they shouldn’t have to suffer because of our problems — that we are not entitled to a state, but his approach leans in this direction.

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What Obama misses, when he focuses on the Holocaust as the reason we have a claim to a state, is the entire religious and historical basis for our claim here.

He says not a word about this land as divine Jewish inheritance, and this is critical.  From the time of the Patriarchs, we Jews have been tied to this land.  But the Muslims say today that we have no religious connection here.  They have written us out in their falsified version of things, they have attempted to destroy ancient archeological evidence, and they call this land a Muslim wakf (trust) for eternity.  It has gotten so bad that they call the Kotel (Western Wall ) an exclusively Muslim site: the place where Mohammad tied his horse.  (Arafat denied there was a Temple on the Mount, ever, and Abbas has made similar statements.)

Make no mistake about it.  The battle for the Land of Israel is at heart a religious battle,  not a political one.  By not acknowledging the Jewish connection to the land, Obama has left room for the Arabs to continue to make their claims.

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OFFENSIVE????? TO WHOM?????

I am not in the camp of ‘Holocaust Deniers’ after having lost the entire paternal side of my family in the camps. I do, however, resent those that are cashing in on the Jewish suffering that took place during the last World War. I resent that those who are involved in the ‘Holocaust Industry’ ignore the fact the millions of others suffered as well…. it wasn’t only Jews.

Those that suffered were not given a ‘green light’ to inflict suffering on others…. BUT, that is exactly what the case is in Israel today. Jewish survivors of the Holocaust receive a cheque every month from the German government. Palestinian survivors of the Nakba receive NOTHING from the government of Israel. THAT I find offensive.

Any Jew, living anywhere in the world, has the RIGHT to ‘return’ to Israel…. even if he was never here before. Palestinians living anywhere in the world do NOT have the RIGHT OF RETURN to the homes they were driven away from during the Nakba. THAT I find offensive.

The zionists get offended if anyone denies the Holocaust ever took place. Yet, these very same people deny the Holocaust of the Palestinian people. They also use similar methods to continue their policies of genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Territories and Gaza, the largest concentration camp in the world today. THAT I find offensive.

The United States GIVES Israel 30 BILLION dollars a year in aid…. there is no indication yet that this will stop under Obama’s leadership. Yet, the following video represents the ‘thinking’ of many ex-Americans living in Israel today. The language used in the video is the rudest, most disgusting I have heard in years…. be warned!

THAT I find offensive!

The last words spoken by Julius Fučík before he was executed by the nazis wereIn life there are no spectators, we are all participants.

THAT is NOT OFFENSIVE! Perhaps the zionists can learn from that quote.

THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF ELIE WIESEL

One would think that a man that supposedly suffered would be the first to speak out against others suffering….. but one would be wrong to assume something like that when the person involved makes his living by wailing about his own suffering…. caring nothing about the plight of others.

This is what the ‘holocaust industry’ is all about….. it’s all about money and the hell with everyone else! Below is one person’s opinion on this matter…..

An open letter to author Elie Wiesel regarding Gaza

Dear Mr. Wiesel,

First time I read Night, your memoir that describes your horrific experiences during the Holocaust, was in 2003. In my opinion, two books everyone in the world should read are Night and Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom.

I also suffered in my childhood. In 1992, my life was turned upside down when the civil war broke out in Bosnia, my country. At this time, I was thirteen and my sister was eleven.

My family is Serbian and we stayed in our city, Gorazde, which was held under siege by the Serbian forces. Overnight, many of our Muslim neighbors and even some friends began seeing us as the enemy. For two years, my family endured treatment that no human being should ever be subjected to. We were shot at, terrorized, put in a detention camp, starved, and eventually stripped of everything we owned. All this because of our ethnicity.

When I was seventeen, I almost killed a man who had attempted to kill my family during the war. After years of emotional struggle when I considered revenge as the only way to move on with my life, I was blessed to get involved in a youth program designed to help young people in Bosnia to become leaders in their communities. I worked with “former enemies” and this helped me open up my mind.

Over the years, yours and Nelson Mandela’s books, experiences, and work for peace made me think about my wartime experience and subsequently led me to a complete personal transformation.

I went from a teenager seeking retribution to a person seeking healing, reconciliation, and peace. I wrote about my wartime experience and search for peace and reconciliation in Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia, published in March 2008 by AMACOM Books.

I found somewhere a quote where you say: “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

I completely agree with you.

I tried to find an Op-Ed, an interview, a statement made by you, in which you say something about the current conflict in Gaza and condemn the killings of innocent people.

I couldn’t find anything.

Like you, I dedicated my life to peace building and conflict transformation and management worldwide and promised to never be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.

I am not influential like you, but I still do everything I can to voice my opinion. I write and publish articles. Over the years, I wrote extensively about Rwanda, Darfur, Zimbabwe, and other places where people suffer.

I’m currently writing about the crisis in Gaza and condemning killing of over 300 innocent Palestinian children who were brutally murdered by the Israeli forces in three weeks.

Will you?

Sincerely,
Savo Heleta

Savo Heleta is the author of Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia (March 2008, AMACOM Books, New York) and a postgraduate student in Conflict Transformation and Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.