CRITICISM OF ISRAEL ~~ WHAT’S ALLOWED? — WHAT’S NOT??

When Palestinians fight against occupying troops on their soil, they are denounced — and often killed — as “terrorists.” Meanwhile, nonviolent campaigns to end the occupation through a South Africa-style boycott are demonized as “anti-Semitism” and officially barred — censored — in all sorts of ways, in numerous countries around the world.

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Fighting Israeli Occupying Forces Is “Terrorism.” Boycotting Is “Anti-Semitism.” What’s Allowed?

By Glenn Greenwald FOR

THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.

Israel has militarily occupied the West Bank for decades (it’s also still functionally occupying Gaza, as this two-minute video proves). The West Bank “occupation is illegal under international law and the United Nations has repeatedly told the country’s government to vacate Palestinian territory.” Even ardent defenders of Israel admit that “the West Bank is under a legal regime of belligerent occupation” and “Israel’s settlement enterprise is, and has always been, grossly illegal under international law.” Despite this world consensus, Israeli settlements continue to grow rapidly. Israel is not engaged in any meaningful efforts to negotiate an agreement to end the occupation, and leading Israeli ministers now openly oppose such efforts.

In response to this, there has been a series of attacks over the past year by Palestinians on Israeli occupying soldiers in the West Bank. In the Israeli and American press, the Palestinians attacking these occupying soldiers areinvariably calledterrorists” and their attacks are denounced as “terrorism” (“The two soldiers were stabbed while at a guard post at the Har Bracha settlement, located in the northern West Bank. … Troops were searching for the terrorists”).

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For those (such as myself) who have long contended that the term “terrorism” now has little meaning beyond “violence by Muslims against the West and its allies,” and no purpose other than to delegitimize violence by one side while legitimizing the other side’s, can there be any better proof than this?

There have been Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians of course (while far more Palestinian civilians have died at the hands of the Israeli army), but inthese specific cases, these Palestinians are attacking purely military targets, not civilians. Those military targets are soldiers deployed to their soil as part of an illegal occupying army. In what conceivable sense can that be “terrorism”? If fighting an occupying army is now “terrorism” simply because the army belongs to Israel and the attackers are Palestinian, is it not incredibly obvious how this term is exploited?

The U.S. has frequently done the same: invade and occupy countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan and then label anyone who fights their occupying armies as “terrorists,” even putting some in Guantánamo for that. Similarly,attacks against military bases of the U.S., U.K., and other Western countries are routinely labeled “terrorism.

Needless to say, both Americans and Israelis (along with most others in the world) reserve for themselves the absolute right to fight against any foreign army that occupies their land. Indeed, Hollywood, in the 1980s, produced a film called Red Dawn, which imagined an occupation of the U.S. by the Soviet Union and its Nicaraguan and Cuban allies. It told the story of the heroic U.S. citizens, led by high school students, who waged a guerrilla war against the occupying troops, killing dozens upon dozens of them. Imagine the widespread confusion, and outrage, that would have resulted if someone accused the filmmakers of glorifying “terrorism” by demonizing the fictional American resisters as “terrorists”:

The film was updated in 2012 with a sequel depicting “one group of unlikely [American] heroes” who waged guerrilla warfare against North Korean forces who had invaded and occupied the U.S. (the film originally depicted these American heroes attacking and killing an occupying army from China, but, in post-production, the producers changed the identity of the occupiers to North Korean in order to preserve access to Chinese theaters):

When Americans resist military occupation by fighting against occupying troops on their soil, they are noble heroes. But when Palestinians do this, they are “terrorists.” This discourse, by design, equates Palestinians resisting occupation by fighting against an occupying army with al Qaeda and ISIS, and thus posits that any use of force by Palestinians to resist Israeli occupation — even when done on Palestinian soil, aimed exclusively at Israeli military targets there — is illegitimate.

So if violent resistance is illegitimate “terrorism,” what about other alternatives for resisting the decades-old, still-expanding illegal Israeli occupation? The nonviolent route embraced by Palestinian activists and their anti-occupation allies around the world is a campaign of boycott, sanctions, and divestment (BDS) aimed at Israel, modeled after the campaign that helped end South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1980s (a regime that, just by the way, was a close ally of both the U.S. and Israel).

But there is a highly successful campaign by Israel and its U.S. allies not only to decree this nonviolent boycott campaign illegitimate, but literally tooutlaw it. Official bodies are enacting rules to censor and officially suppress it by equating the campaign with “anti-Semitism” even though, as fervent Israel supporter Eric Alterman wrote in the New York Times this week, “it is filled with young Jews.”

The Intercept and other outlets have repeatedly reported on official governmental and university actions to ban BDS activism by equating it with “anti-Semitism.” In California, the regents of the nation’s largest university system just enacted a resolution strongly implying that BDS activism is anti-Semitic and thus in violation of university rules. In New York last week, dozens of state legislators, from both parties, have demanded the de-funding of a pro-Palestinian group at CUNY, a move denounced by the campus free speech group FIRE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, when running for office, announced that BDS “has no place on Canadian campuses.” In France, people are literally arrested as criminals under “hate speech” laws for wearing T-shirts advocating BDS. Measures in the U.K. have been enacted to legally bar support for such boycott movements. Laws and proposed bills in Israel ban advocacy of the movement and bar supporters from entering Israel.

So look at what has happened here. When Palestinians fight against occupying troops on their soil, they are denounced — and often killed — as “terrorists.” Meanwhile, nonviolent campaigns to end the occupation through a South Africa-style boycott are demonized as “anti-Semitism” and officially barred — censored — in all sorts of ways, in numerous countries around the world.

If fighting Israeli occupying forces is barred as “terrorism,” and nonviolent boycotts against Israel are barred as “anti-Semitism,” then what is considered a legitimate means for Palestinians and their allies to resist and end the decadeslong, illegal Israeli occupation? The answer is: nothing. Palestinians are obliged to submit to Israeli occupation in a way that none of the people demanding that would ever themselves submit to occupation of their land. All forms of resistance to Israeli occupation are deemed illegitimate. That, manifestly, is the whole point of all of this.

AT AIPAC ~~ NETANYAHU MAKES TRUMP LOOK GOOD

Most people I spoke with energetically condemned racist statements attributed to Trump. However, when I revealed the statements had actually been made by Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, respondents immediately excused, justified or supported the rhetoric they had just condemned.

 

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AIPAC attendees slam Netanyahu’s racism when they think it’s Trump’s

And here’s how Katie Miranda of Mondoweiss sees ‘what if Bernie Sanders spoke at AIPAC ....

Unlike the other four presidential candidates, Democrat Bernie Sanders declined the invitation to speak at the AIPAC– American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference– in Washington on Monday, and instead delivered a foreign policy address in Utah. The speech has gotten wide circulation because of its affirmations of Palestinian human rights.

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IMAGES OF THE DAY ~~ LOOK WHO ELSE IS GIVING THE NAZI SALUTE

First a post from yesterday ….

Now the images of the day

Ironic?

Ironic?

And in Russia …

Statue of 'Mother Russia' guards the graves of those martyred in the Battle of Stalingrad

Statue of ‘Mother Russia’ guards the graves of those martyred in the Battle of Stalingrad

ISRAEL HAS BECOME A SEXUALLY CHALLENGED NATION

Sour grapes make vinegar, not kosher wine😉

Israel joined in marking International Women’s Day on Tuesday, the chairman of the Knesset House Committee announced that the Israeli parliament would also mark International Men’s Day.

“Men deserve to have a day dedicated to them, especially in a time when the discourse surrounding the Israeli man is non-existent,” David Bitan said of the initiative.

International Men's Day Symbol

International Men’s Day Symbol

As world honors women, Knesset moves to mark Men’s Day

As Israel joined in marking International Women’s Day on Tuesday, the chairman of the Knesset House Committee announced that the Israeli parliament would also mark International Men’s Day.

“Men deserve to have a day dedicated to them, especially in a time when the discourse surrounding the Israeli man is non-existent,” David Bitan said of the initiative.

“International Women’s Day is one of the most important days you can mark,” says Bitan, adding that “we must promote gender equality and reduce gaps on the matter, but also on the way we must not forget about the men.”

According to Bitan, a Likud MK, the government will observe the day in May with plenum discussions and special committee sessions dedicated to the well-being of men in Israel.

On Tuesday, the Knesset’s Committee for the Advancement of Women marked International Women’s Day with a special discussion on domestic abuse.

Bitan did not detail why the Knesset event was chosen for May, while International Men’s Day is generally observed on November 19.

Around the world and in Israel this week, public figures attended an array of events honoring women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

At the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Monday, President Reuven Rivlin’s wife, Nechama, hosted leading female figures in Israel.

A day later, Rivlin’s predecessor Shimon Peres played host to supermodel Naomi Campbell at a conference about women and change at the Peres Center, where he presented her an award in honor of her work for women.

The otherwise sober and politically correct day was disturbed when outspoken journalist and socialite Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes asserted that many professional women stay single because their male colleagues are too frightened of the prospect of sexual harassment suits to flirt.

“Too many managers refuse to hire women out of fear that if they fail and need to be fired, they [too] will complain about sexual harassment,” Shalom said in a string of tweets Tuesday. “They give preference to a man for the same position.

“Despite the fact that I feel equal to a man, I know that we’re different. I like it when a man opens the door for me, pays for a meal, I prefer that a man chase a woman. Sue me!” She wrote.

Shalom Nir-Mozes is married to the erstwhile Likud minister and vice prime minister Silvan Shalom, who resigned in December amid allegations that he sexually harassed women who had worked with him.

She caused a storm last year when she tweeted a racist joke about US President Barack Obama. She promptly deleted the post and apologized for the “stupid joke.”

 

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Meanwhile, here is how International Women’s Day was celebrated in the ‘other Democracies’ of the Middle East ….

Images by Carlos Latuff

In Egypt …

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AFTERMATH OF STUPIDITY ~~ ‘LEFTIST’ ARRESTED IN ISRAEL TRYING TO FLEE COUNTRY

Read THIS post first to get a background

Israeli Activist Says He Helps Kill Palestinians Who Sell Land to Jews

A man whose actions must not be condoned! Ezra Nawi. Photo from WIkimedia Commons

A man whose actions must not be condoned!
Ezra Nawi. Photo from WIkimedia Commons

‘Pot calling kettle black’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook Friday that the report “unmasked radicals among us, whose hatred for settlements has pushed them over the edge to the point of delivering innocents for torture and execution. Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide behind the hypocritical pretense of caring for human rights.”

Far-left activist at center of storm arrested trying to leave country

Ezra Nawi, filmed in television expose saying he helps Palestinian authorities find and kill those who sell land to Jews, is stopped at airport

A key figure from a left-wing Israeli group was arrested at Ben-Gurion airport on Monday as he tried to leave the country, days after being filmed in a television investigation that has rocked the halls of power.

Ezra Nawi, a Jewish far-left activist from the Ta’ayush group, is reportedly suspected of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Nawi, a prominent campaigner for Palestinian rights, featured in a television investigation last week in which he was recorded saying that he helps Palestinian authorities find and kill Palestinians who sell land to Jews.

Channel 2 reported Monday that during the afternoon police who were watching the suspect followed him to the airport. Although at first officers assumed he was going to meet incoming travelers, it soon became clear he was trying to leave the country as he tried to check in for a flight.

Police arrested Nawi and took him away for questioning.

Police confirmed they arrested a leftist activist but declined to give his name, though it was carried in several media reports and revealed by two lawmakers not bound by secrecy rules.

A recording of Nawi was aired on Thursday by the investigative television program Uvda, on Israel’s Channel 2.

In it, Nawi is heard speaking about four Palestinian real estate sellers, whom Nawi said mistook him for a Jew interested in buying their property.

“Straight away I give their pictures and phone numbers to the Preventive Security Force,” Nawi is heard saying in reference to the Palestinian Authority’s counterintelligence arm. “The Palestinian Authority catches them and kills them. But before it kills them, they get beat up a lot.”

The broadcast sparked a political storm, with right-wing politicians and activists pointing to it as proof that left-wing groups are not necessarily interested in human rights.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook Friday that the report “unmasked radicals among us, whose hatred for settlements has pushed them over the edge to the point of delivering innocents for torture and execution. Those who encourage murder cannot continue to hide behind the hypocritical pretense of caring for human rights.”

In the Palestinian Authority, the penal code calls for capital punishment for anyone convicted of selling land to Jews. This law, which Palestinian officials defended as designed to prevent takeovers by settlers, has not been implemented in Palestinian courts, where sellers of land to Jews are usually sentenced to several years in prison.

A number of murders in recent years have been rumored to be related to the sale of land to Israelis, though the murders have remained unsolved.

Nawi was also documented obtaining information from a Palestinian who believed Nawi was a Jew interested in purchasing land. Nawi is seen saying he intends to give that information to Palestinian security officials as well. According to Uvda, an activist with the human rights group B’Tselem helped Nawi set up the would-be seller in a sting operation in which the seller would be arrested.

The recordings and footage were collected by right-wing activists who secretly recorded Nawi.

 

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SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ THE IRONY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Image by Carlos Latuff

Does it Makes Any Sense to Have Saudi Arabia as Head of UN Human Rights Council?

Does it Makes Any Sense to Have Saudi Arabia as Head of UN Human Rights Council?

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Will POTUS release a statement condemning the recent executions in Saudi Arabia?

Will POTUS release a statement condemning the recent executions in Saudi Arabia?

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MOVE OVER OLMERT! ~~ MAKE ROOM FOR BIBI!!

Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert’s prison sentence has been reduced …. perhaps what follows might explain why. The space might be needed to soon house the Netanyahu family😉

Netanyahu family requested that state pay for their dog’s care

The Netanyahu family with their dog, Kaia

The Netanyahu family with their dog, Kaia

The latest installment in the ongoing saga of the Netanyahus’ dog arrived on Tuesday when it was discovered that the family had requested that the state pay for Kaia’s care and food.

The request, which would have essentially meant that expenditure for the dog would have been footed by the Israeli taxpayer, was refused by the Prime Minister’s Office on the grounds that it constitutes a personal expense, rather than a state one.

Full report HERE

Meanwhile, here is how Sara tried to make steal a few extra Shekels to feed the family ….

Image by Latuff

Sara Netanyahu pocketed bottle deposits cash

Sara Netanyahu pocketed bottle deposits cash

Sara Netanyahu To Be Questioned in Bizarre Bottle Deposit Scandal

JERUSALEM — Israel’s first lady will be questioned over suspected spending irregularities at the prime minister’s residence.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reportedly will be questioned Thursday, despite a request by her attorney to close the investigation.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein in February announced his recommendation of a preliminary investigation into allegations of overspending following the release of the comptroller’s report noting that expenditures at the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem “do not conform to standards of reason, proportionality, economical management and efficiency.”

Weinstein also took issue with expenditures at the family home in Caesarea.

He ordered that the probe be postponed until after last March’s national elections; the criminal investigation began in July.

Sara Netanyahu also is believed to have pocketed thousands of dollars from deposits on bottles paid for by the state.

She was sued in March 2014 by a family caregiver over claims that she was abusive and in 2010 by the family’s housekeeper for withholding wages and verbal abuse.

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Nice, trustworthy family, eh?

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THOSE WHO KILLED THE FAMILY OF JESUS

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What Netanyahu really meant …
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KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

US HONORS ITS WAR CRIMINALS AND TORTURERS

Yesterday, the U.S. government unambiguously signaled to the world that not only does it regard itself as entirely exempt from the laws of wars, the principal Nuremberg prohibition against aggressive invasions, and global prohibitions on torture (something that has been self-evident for many years), but believes that the official perpetrators should be honored and memorialized provided they engage in these crimes on behalf of the U.S. government. That’s a message that most of the U.S. media and thus large parts of the American population will not hear, but much of the world will hear it quite loudly and clearly. How could they not?

The unveiling ceremony came just one day after Human Rights Watch released a scathing report calling for the administration of President Barack Obama to file criminal charges for Bush era CIA torture. (photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
The unveiling ceremony came just one day after Human Rights Watch released a scathing report calling for the administration of President Barack Obama to file criminal charges for Bush era CIA torture. (photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Shields Its Torturers and War Criminals From Prosecution, Now Officially Honors Them

By Glenn Greenwald

 

s vice president, Dick Cheney was a prime architect of the worldwide torture regime implemented by the U.S. government (which extended far beyond waterboarding), as well as the invasion and destruction of Iraq, which caused the deaths of at least 500,000 people and more likely over a million. As such, he is one of the planet’s most notorious war criminals.

President Obama made the decision in early 2009 to block the Justice Department from criminally investigating and prosecuting Cheney and his fellow torturers, as well as to protect them from foreign investigations and even civil liability sought by torture victims. Obama did that notwithstanding a campaign decree that even top Bush officials are subject to the rule of law and, more importantly, notwithstanding a treaty signed in 1984 by Ronald Reagan requiring that all signatory states criminally prosecute their own torturers. Obama’s immunizing Bush-era torturers converted torture from a global taboo and decades-old crime into a reasonable, debatable policy question, which is why so many GOP candidates are nowopenly suggesting its use.

But now, the Obama administration has moved from legally protecting Bush-era war criminals to honoring and gushing over them in public. Yesterday, the House of Representatives unveiled a marble bust of former Vice President Cheney, which — until a person of conscience vandalizes or destroys it — will reside in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol.

At the unveiling ceremony, Cheney was, in the playful words of NPR, “lightly roasted” — as though he’s some sort of grumpy though beloved avuncular stand-up comic. Along with George W. Bush, one of the speakers in attendance was Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke movingly of Cheney’s kind and generous soul:

As I look around this room and up on the platform, I want to say thank you for letting me crash your family reunion. I’m afraid I’ve blown his cover. I actually like Dick Cheney. … I can say without fear of contradiction, there’s never one single time been a harsh word, not one single time in our entire relationship.

Leading American news outlets got in on the fun, as they always do, using the joviality of the event to promote their news accounts and generate visits to their sites: (See on Twitter)

As NPR put it, “This was not an event for Cheney critics — on the war or torture or related topics.” Totally: why let some unpleasant war criminality ruin a perfectly uplifting ceremony?

It is a long-standing trope among self-flattering Westerners and their allies that a key difference between “us” and “them” (Muslim radicals) is that “they” honor and memorialize their terrorists and celebrate them as “martyrs” while we scorn and prosecute our own.

Yesterday, the U.S. government unambiguously signaled to the world that not only does it regard itself as entirely exempt from the laws of wars, the principal Nuremberg prohibition against aggressive invasions, and global prohibitions on torture (something that has been self-evident for many years), but believes that the official perpetrators should be honored and memorialized provided they engage in these crimes on behalf of the U.S. government. That’s a message that most of the U.S. media and thus large parts of the American population will not hear, but much of the world will hear it quite loudly and clearly. How could they not?

In other news, U.S. officials this week conceded that a man kept in a cage for 13 years at Guantánamo, the now 37-year-old Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri, was there due to “mistaken identity.” As Joe Biden said yesterday, “I actually like Dick Cheney.”

TOONS ~~ #CharlieHebdoIsAtItAgain

Image by Carlos Latuff

or from his Twitter Page

Bonjour Charlie_Hebdo_ would you like to publish this cartoon about Israel boycott illegal in France?

Bonjour Charlie Hebdo would you like to publish this cartoon about Israel boycott illegal in France?

Instead they published this …

CharlieHebdo mocks 224 dead from Russia plane crash just like that time it mocked 1000+massacred protesters in Egypt

CharlieHebdo mocks 224 dead from Russia plane crash just like that time it mocked 1000+massacred protesters in Egypt

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FromSputnik  Charlie Hebdo mocks A321 plane crash in Egypt that took 224 lives

FromSputnik
Charlie Hebdo mocks A321 plane crash in Egypt that took 224 lives

#OperationOrganHarvest ~~ WHERE IS MY SON’S KIDNEY?

If it were any other country that was accused of this I would have doubts, but not in this case

"A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they  were missing organs,"

“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs.”

Palestinian UN observer: Israel is harvesting terrorists’ organs

Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour submitted a formal complaint against Israel on Wednesday, alleging that it had returned terrorists’ bodies with organs missing.

“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,” Mansour claimed in the letter. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon wrote a letter in response to the UN Secretary General, stating that “the Palestinian  representative’s anti-Semitic face has been revealed” and that the allegation was “blood libel”. Danon urged the UN to sharply condemn “the Palestinian representative’s inflammatory statements and remove anti-Semitism from the hallways of the United Nations.”

 

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ISRAEL IS BASKING IN A CULTURE OF HATE

Mother Palestine and the 3rd Intifada Image by Carlos Latuff

Mother Palestine and the 3rd Intifada
Image by Carlos Latuff

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What is
An Intifada?

An uprising
Against foreign rule
To achieve
Independence.

For example:
The Jewish uprising
Against the
British Mandate.

Published in Haaretz, October 9, 2015 By  Gush Shalom

YET …. Israel insists on blaming the victim as can be seen in the following video posted on extreme Right zionist sites

And daily denials that Israel is not an apartheid state …

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How quickly they forget they were once the victims …

The 'Warsaw Ghetto Boy' This photograph, perhaps the most familiar Holocaust image, shows seven-year-old Tsvi Nussbaum as he raises his hands in Warsaw in 1943.

The ‘Warsaw Ghetto Boy’
This photograph, perhaps the most familiar Holocaust image, shows seven-year-old Tsvi Nussbaum as he raises his hands in Warsaw in 1943.

Click HERE to see a photo essay of the ‘Comparative Holocausts’

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Others remember …

WHEN I SEE THEM I SEE US

Over 60 leading Black and Palestinian artists and activists affirm Black-Palestinian solidarity in our new video. Featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, DAM, Omar Barghouti, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Yousef Erakat, Annemarie Jacir, Boots Riley, Dr. Cornel West, and many others.

Black-Palestinian solidarity is neither a guarantee nor a requirement – it is a choice. We choose to build with one another in a shoulder to shoulder struggle against state-sanctioned violence. A violence that is manifest in the speed of bullets and batons and tear gas that pierce our bodies. One that is latent in the edifice of law and concrete that work together to, physically and figuratively, cage us. We choose to join one another in resistance not because our struggles are the same but because we each struggle against the formidable forces of structural racism and the carceral and lethal technologies deployed to maintain them. This video intends to interrupt that process – to assert our humanity – and to stand together in an affirmation of life and a commitment to resistance. From Ferguson to Gaza, from Baltimore to Jerusalem, from Charleston to Bethlehem, we will be free.

Angela Davis on the project: “Mutual expressions of solidarity have helped to generate a vigorous political kinship linking black organizers, scholars, cultural workers and political prisoners in the U.S. with Palestinian activists, academics, political prisoners, and artists.”

Organizations working in collaboration: The Dream Defenders, BYP 100, the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Arab Studies Institute-Quilting Point Productions.

WHAT ISRAEL CRIES FOR …. AND WHAT THEY DON’T

For this they cry for and open investigations ….

Dogs burnt to death in shelter arson

One of wounded dogs (Photo: Bashir Amin)

One of wounded dogs (Photo: Bashir Amin)

All the dogs that were found in the compound after the fire have been transferred to “Let the animals live” ambulances, which are now treating them on the scene according to the organization. The majority of the animals will spend the night in a different animal shelter.

As far as I know a ‘Let the Palestinians Live’ organisation DOES NOT EXIST

Vandals apparently set fire to dog shelter in northern Israeli town, killing two dogs and severely burning 13 others.

Full report HERE

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While THIS is almost a forgotten issue as the murderers remain protected by authorities

What remains of the  Dawabsha family (MaanImages)

What remains of the Dawabsha family (MaanImages)

The 27-year-old mother of two was buried in the village’s cemetery, next to her husband and son who were laid to rest last month.

Thousands of Palestinians mourn the death of slain infant’s mother

Report from the archives HERE

NASA FINDS WATER ON MARS AS PALESTINE REMAINS DRY

Tens of cattle owned by Palestinians died after Israeli water firm cut off water supplies for Palestinian village in Nablus. 

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New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

New findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

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Thanks to Shaul Hanuka for the above

ETHEL ROSENBERG EXONERATED AND HONOURED ~~ UPDATED WITH PHOTOS

Photos of the Ceremony © by Bud Korotzer

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Michael and Robert Meerapol

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Miriam Moskowitz was there as well at age 99

Miriam Moskowitz was there as well at age 99

More photos and links HERE

DesertPeace is proud to join in with the City Council of New York City as they celebrate the 100th birthday of Ethel Rosenberg.

After years of concealing the truth about the Rosenberg spy case, evidence came to light recently  proving the innocence of Ethel.

It was her brother that turned her in to save the life of his wife.

May he burn in hell for eternity!

Sketches of the Rosenbergs by Pablo Picasso

Sketches of the Rosenbergs by Pablo Picasso

A note from Ethel’s granddaughter Jenn …

After years of hard work by my father, RFC Founder Robert Meeropol, and others, I am delighted to announce that on Monday, September 28th, members of the New York City Council will issue a proclamation honoring my grandmother, Ethel Rosenberg, on what would be her 100th birthday. My father and I, and other members of our family, will be at the announcement at 11 am on the steps of City Hall in New York.

If you’re nearby, we invite you to join us for this historic occasion, which will be open to the public and members of the media. Whether or not you are able to be with us in person, please visit our website for further details, and to read the exact language of the proclamation once we are able to release it following the ceremony on Monday.

Thank you all for being part of the community of support which helped make this possible,

Sincerely,

Jenn Meeropol

OMG! ~~ POPE FRANCIS IS NOT JEWISH!!

One Yom Kippur, when I was about seven years old, I was walking to the synagogue with my grandfather. Suddenly the elevated subway we were under roared by …. I was shocked. I thought the whole world came to a halt on Jewish Holidays ….

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Apparently some people had that same reaction regarding the upcoming visit of the Pope to the White House on Yom Kippur …. such Chutzpah (sic). Looks like some minds stop developing at age seven.

Pope Francis’ visit to the White House will coincide with Yom Kippur, meaning that no rabbis likely will be in attendance at the arrival ceremony.

No mention of the fact that it will also be a Muslim Feast Day (Eid al-Adha) meaning there will be no representation of Muslim clerics as well. Obviously that does not matter to those who wrote the following;

Pope’s White House Visit Will Coincide with Yom Kippur

Pope Francis’ visit to the White House will coincide with Yom Kippur, meaning that no rabbis likely will be in attendance at the arrival ceremony.

More than 10,000 guests are expected at the ceremony, the Washington Post reported, adding that D.C.-area Jews on their way to synagogue will face traffic jams.

“The Holy Father has a very complicated schedule for this trip, so we worked with that schedule as best we could,” Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, told reporters last week in a preview of the visit. “Other parts of the Washington, D.C., visit won’t overlap with Yom Kippur. And there are also going to be opportunities for people of different faiths to participate in events in the New York and Philadelphia legs of the pope’s visit.”

The pope’s schedule was driven in part by the Conference on the Family in Philadelphia and the U.N. session on the Sustainable Development Goals, which both fall around Yom Kippur, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for Strategic Communications, said during the briefing.

“But I think the Vatican was very accommodating, and we were very focused on ensuring that the American Jewish community would be able to participate in important interfaith efforts to be a part of this visit of the pope,” Rhodes said.

Francis and President Barack Obama are scheduled to have a one-on-one meeting at the White House on Wednesday, and the pope will address a joint session of Congress the following day.

#JeSuisSyrian ~~ IT’S NOT JUST THE EU, NOBODY GIVES A DAMN!

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

I was not aware of the following but was truly revolted when I read this;

Syrians flee while Saudi tents sit empty

Saudi Arabia has 100,000 empty, air-conditioned tents sitting unused while thousands of Syrian refugees continue to bake in overcrowded camps, but refuses to make them available. The news site TeleSur reports that the 20-square-km tent city of Mina is used just a few days a year to provide beds for Hajj pilgrims and sits empty the rest of the year. It says the tents are laid out neatly, measure eight metres square, are fireproof, include a kitchen and bathroom, and could house three million people. According to the Brookings Institute, the wealthy Arab states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE have not taken a single refugee, while European countries struggle to deal with a flood in the hundreds of thousands.

AFP/GettyTent city in Saudi Arabia: air conditioned tents could hold three million refugees.

AFP/Getty  Tent city in Saudi Arabia: air conditioned tents could hold three million refugees.

Source of above

Israel has a history of contempt for refugees as can be seen in THIS report by Sam Bahour

The Sabra and Shatila massacre is personal

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Israeli contempt continues towards the plight of the Syrian refugees;

Israeli leaders delight in Europe’s cruelty toward refugees

As most of the world looks on in horror at Europe’s atrocious response to refugees escaping war and persecution in the Middle East and Africa, some Israeli officials are quietly reveling in the chaos.

Dore Gold, director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, expressed optimism that the refugee influx will shift Europe to the right, making it more sympathetic to Israel’s “security” justification for its ongoing colonization of Palestine.

“Israel always faced the problem in the past that its national security perspective was completely out of sync with how Europeans were viewing the emergence of the European community and the borderless world that was emerging,” the American-born hardliner toldThe Jerusalem Post.

“In the European models that existed 25 or 30 years ago, it is kind of difficult to hear an Israeli argument. But now things may be beginning to change a little,” posited Gold.

“The European perspective is beginning to sound a little bit more like Israel’s perspective on security issues, compared to what it was in the past.”

Echoes of the Holocaust

Images of refugees being corralled in trains, tracked with numbers on their forearms, locked away and fed like zoo animals in overcrowded camps and blocked with razor wire fences from entering Hungary have recalled memories of Europe’s darkest chapter.

All the while, refugees continue to die en masse on perilous journeys to Europe, sometimes drowning on rickety boats by sea and other times suffocating in trucks on the side of highways.

Frequently overlooked is the fact that these deaths are a direct consequence of European border policiesdesigned to make migration as unsafe as possible.

The only thing less acknowledged is the root catalyst.

Rapacious policies advanced by wealthy nations in the increasingly gated Global North have destabilized and fueled the very unrest that has produced the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

It’s no coincidence that many of the refugees at Europe’s doorstep are fleeing unrest in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan — all countries the US and its allies have directly and indirectly pillaged and destabilized.

Keeping Europe Christian

While there is plenty of blame to go around for the current crisis, Hungary’s actions — coupled with the jingoistic rhetoric of its right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban — have provoked the most widespread revulsion.

Muslim refugees must be kept out of Europe “to keep Europe Christian,” said Orban in an opinion piece urging Germans not to welcome Muslim refugees.

“We shouldn’t forget that the people who are coming here grew up in a different religion and represent a completely different culture,” he insisted. “Most are not Christian, but Muslim. … That is an important question, because Europe and European culture have Christian roots.”

A statement from Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, attributed Hungary’s “callous” and “illegal” treatment of refugees to “the xenophobic and anti-Muslim views that appear to lie at the heart of current Hungarian government policy.”

As it turns out, Orban’s ruling party, Fidesz, is smitten with Israel, particularly Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. During a visit to Israel in 2005, Orban reportedly declared, “Likud is our natural ideological partner.”

He has since adopted several Israeli practices.

Inspired by Birthright, a program that sends young American Jews on free trips to Israel in hopes they will immigrate, Orban launched a Hungarian Birthright program for North Americans of Hungarian descent.

Orban also tapped Netanyahu’s former political advisor, Arthur Finkelstein, to help him consolidate power.

Finkelstein is a mud-slinging Republican strategist from the United States who has advised countless rightwing candidates both domestically and abroad. They include the failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney and more recently Avigdor Lieberman, leader of Israel’s proto-fascist party Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home).

In recent years Fidesz has deepened ties with the far right and openly anti-Semitic Jobbik party.

Hungary is joined by Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic in refusing to take non-Christian refugees.

Leaders in Poland are said to be appealing to widespread anti-Muslim sentiment among the populace as election season approaches.

More than half of those polled earlier this month agreed that allowing Arabs and Turks into Poland would be “detrimental” to the country. Some people have even suggested reopening Auschwitz and sending the refugees there, prompting an investigation by Poland’s prosecutor general.

In Warsaw last weekend, thousands of right-wing protesters took to the streets, chanting, “Today refugees, tomorrow terrorists!“ and “Poland, free of Islam!”

To make their point, the rightwing demonstrators used a cartoon originally crafted by pro-Israel propagandists to portray Israeli soldiers as morally superior to Palestinians, who are shown using civilians as human shields. In reality it is Israel that uses Palestinians, including children, as human shields.

(Click HERE to see Twitter links)

Back in Israel, fans of the Maccabi Tel Aviv football team unfurled a giant banner that read, “Refugees not welcome!

Keeping Israel Jewish

As Hungary was making headlines for its racist pledge to build an anti-refugee fence, Netanyahu announced the construction of a wall along the Jordanian border to block a potential influx of Syrian refugees. Once the barrier is completed by the end of 2015, Israel will be entirely walled off.

Israeli officials claim they are helping Syrians by providing them with medical treatment instead of asylum. But this has only involved around 1,500 people, most of them fighters linked to al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria. In any case, patching up the wounded, fighters or not, and then sending them back into a war zone, as Israel has done, does not qualify as asylum.

Of the five states that border Syria, Israel is the only one that has not taken in any Syrian refugees for reasons identical to Hungary’s.

“Israel is a very small country. It has no demographic depth and has no geographic breadth,” Netanyahu has told his cabinet. “We must protect our borders against illegal immigrants and against the perpetrators of terrorism. We cannot allow Israel to be flooded with infiltrators.”

“Demographic depth” refers to Israel’s ideological imperative to maintain its Jewish majority, which was engineered by the premeditated mass expulsion of more than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians by Zionist militias in 1948. In turn, Israel barred Palestinian refugees from returning and labeled those who tried to come back as “infiltrators.”

That is why millions of Palestinians continue to languish in squalid refugee camps scattered across the Middle East nearly 70 years later, making it the longest running refugee crisis in modern history.

As “proud Zionist” Noah Arbit argued in The Jerusalem Post that “absorbing any amount of Syrian refugees will only increase this demographic threat.”

Israel’s refusal to grant asylum to non-Jewish refugees from African states is rooted in the same exclusivist logic.

Openly referred to as “infiltrators” by Israeli government officials, African refugees have, like Palestinians, been labeled a threat because they are not Jewish.

Israel not only denies them asylum, it imprisons and deports them back to the horrors they escaped, where some have since been tortured and even killed.

In 2013, Israel completed construction of a wall along its border with Egypt to block African refugees from entering the country. Hungary and Bulgaria have reportedly expressed interest in buying Israeli equipment for their own borders.

Slamming Netanyahu’s embarrassingly open indifference, Isaac Herzog, leader of the opposition Zionist Union, wrote on his Facebook page, “You’ve forgotten what it means to be Jews. Refugees. Persecuted. The prime minister of the Jewish people does not close his heart and the gate when people are fleeing for their lives from persecution, with their babies in their hands.”

It is difficult to take Herzog seriously given his party’s indifference towards Israel’s cruel treatment of African refugees, not to mention its refusal to allow Palestinian refugees to return, a policy Herzog’s Labor Party (part of the Zionist Union) instituted.

Zeev Elkin, Israel’s immigration minister, slammed Herzog’s appeal as an “attempt to bring the [Palestinian] ‘right of return’ through the back door. That is not responsible, and it is forbidden that it should happen.”

In the case of Palestinian refugees, the Israeli response is arguably more absurd. Israel is not denying Palestinian refugees asylum but rather their right to return to land from which they were violently expelled.

It’s hard to imagine anyone arguing against the right of Syrians to return to Syria should they choose to do so when the country is no longer engulfed in war. Yet the idea that Palestinians should have the right to return to their homeland is considered by many to be preposterous, even anti-Semitic.

Meanwhile, under Israel’s discriminatory Law of Return, the purpose of which is to boost the Jewish majority, a Jew from anywhere in the world with no connection to the land can immigrate to Israel.

In June, Elkin beseeched French Jews to “come home,” insisting “Anti-Semitism is growing, terrorism is running rampant, and according to reports, ISIS is committing murder in broad daylight.”

“We are prepared to open our arms to the Jews of France,” he said, adding, “This is a national mission of the highest priority.”

A month later, Elkin greeted 221 new Jewish immigrants who left comfortable lives in the United States and Canada to settle in historic Palestine. A total of 4,000 North American Jews are expected in Israel by the end of 2015.

The similarities between European far right and Israeli government policies were best distilled by Arnon Soffer, an Israeli demographer nicknamed the Arab counter due to his compulsive fixation on the “demographic threat” posed by Palestinian babies.

Bizarre paradox

Rejecting calls to accept Syrian refugees, Soffer explained, “We are a very small country … please leave me some space for additional Jews to come.”

He went on to relate Israel’s anti-refugee imperative with Europe’s.

“Europe potentially can open its doors and accept more and more refugees, but if Europe says no, I can understand because they are afraid [of] the Muslims,” said Soffer. “This is a clash of civilizations and it will not happen in Africa or Asia. It will happen in France, Hungary and will eventually reach England and Germany.”

Orban and Netanyahu share a clear affinity for jingoistic saber rattling against Muslims, but the same cannot be said for the response their behavior elicits.

While Orban has been likened to a Nazi, Israeli leaders have been granted special immunity from abiding by the most basic standards of equality, not in spite of the Holocaust but rather because of it. The US State Department has gone so far as to classify as a form of anti-Semitism “comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”

This has created a bizarre paradox where the Holocaust is invoked to demand inclusiveness and sympathy for refugees in Europe, while being simultaneously deployed to excuse racist Israeli practices. Indeed, Israel’s existence as an exclusionary settler state is deceptively justified as a necessary response to the world’s indifference to the Nazi genocide of European Jews.

Consequently, language that is being condemned when spoken by European leaders is routinely excused when uttered in reference to Israel and Palestine. When the subject matter is Palestinian refugees, liberal rhetoric on both sides of the Atlantic becomes indistinguishable from sentiments typically relegated to the far right.

Warning about the threat posed by “higher Palestinian population growth and fertility rates,” as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did in February, is perfectly acceptable mainstream discourse.

The same goes for describing Palestinian refugees as a “demographic death warrant,” as New York TimesJerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren did this past summer.

Hungary’s Orban would certainly approve.

A scene from Budapest earlier this month; Hungary has responded in a brutal manner to refugees fleeing war. (Michael Gubi/Flickr)

A scene from Budapest earlier this month; Hungary has responded in a brutal manner to refugees fleeing war. (Michael Gubi/Flickr)

My post from last week is a must read …. click on link

REFUGEE CRISIS ISRAELI STYLE ~~ “NONE IS TOO MANY”

TIMELY TOON ~~ WHAT IF I WERE A CHRISTIAN?

What if the Syrian refugees were Christian …. would the gates open for them?

Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

SHOW AND TELL BECOMES HELL FOR MUSLIM STUDENT

Remember the days of ‘Show and Tell’ from your early school years? Bet you never saw anything like this …

'Show and Tell' is supposed to be fun ... not hell

‘Show and Tell’ is supposed to be fun … not hell

Fearmongering isn’t Christian. Apologize for Ahmed’s arrest.

When a Muslim 9th grader brought his homemade clock, a circuit board wired to a digital display, to school in Irving, Texas, he was led out in handcuffs for creating a “hoax bomb.” Ahmed Mohamed now says he’ll never bring one of his inventions to school again.

This story has gone viral over the last 24 hours, and people are pointing fingers at Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne — a right-wing extremist who gives speeches at churches about how Muslims are “infiltrating” her suburban Texas community.

Mayor Van Duyne has misused Christianity to create a climate of fear and Islamophobia, and now that climate has resulted in the arrest of a 14-year-old boy for the crime of using his God-given gifts of curiosity and inventiveness.

The mayor needs to hear that fellow Christians are ashamed of her Islamophobia. And both Ahmed and everyone who stands with him needs to see how many Christians will stand up when our faith is twisted to promote intolerance.

Sign the petition: (Click HERE)

Read THIS updated report from Mondoweiss

#IStandWithAhmed: Story of Muslim-American teenager arrested for bringing clock to school goes viral (Updated)

 

And see the Twitter Page HERE

#IStandWithAhmed shows America at its best, and worst

 

REFUGEE CRISIS ISRAELI STYLE ~~ “NONE IS TOO MANY”

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

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

Read about the book HERE

Read about the book HERE

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And today in Israel …

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

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

 

Full report HERE

“NEVER AGAIN ….. UNLESS …”

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