ISRAELI JOURNALISTS MUST WRITE OR SAY WHAT THEY ARE TOLD

This is seen as the latest evidence of Israel’s attempts to silence anyone who criticises its army or politicians.

Israel journalist facing trial for calling soldiers who beat Palestinians ‘animals’

An Israeli journalist who called Israeli army soldiers “animals” for beating a Palestinian father and son in custody is to face trial.

Oshrat Kotler, a journalist with Israel’s Channel 13, is to face trial on charges of incitement, incrimination of suspects, failure to grant a right of reply and more after she called several soldiers accused of beating two Palestinians in custody “human animals”, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Speaking on the channel’s news programme in February, Kotler said:

When you send your children to the [Israeli] army, they are kids. You send them to the [occupied Palestinian] territories, and they come back as human animals. This is the result of the occupation.

Her comments allegedly prompted complaints from thousands of viewers, as well as complaints to Israel’s Press Council, an independent body established to safeguard press freedoms and outline journalism ethics. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also responded to Kotler’s comments, saying her words “deserve every condemnation” and that he is “proud of the [Israeli army] soldiers and loves them very much.”

She now faces trial and will appear at a court hearing, though it is unclear when she will be summoned.

The Israeli soldiers to whom Kotler referred were last week convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated battery for beating a 50-year-old Palestinian and his 15-year-old son who were detained in custody. The soldiers were suspected of beating the father and son as revenge for a December attack on members of their battalion, since both sets of soldiers belong to the same unit – the ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, which is stationed in northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Details of the brutal beating emerged during February’s court proceedings, with the 15-year-old boy telling the court: “I was lying on my back, with hands cuffed behind my back and a blindfold over my eyes. I was kicked by four soldiers – who used their hands, feet and the barrels of their M16 rifles – in the face, chest, abdomen, legs, and testicles […] I couldn’t open my left eye and my mouth was filled with blood.”

Despite the severity of the crimes and the Netzah Yehuda battalion’s history of anti-Palestinian violence, the soldiers reached a plea bargain and will serve only 190 days in prison. They were sentenced yesterday by an Israeli military court.

The bid to take Kotler to court will be seen as the latest evidence of Israel’s attempts to silence anyone who criticises its army or politicians. Journalists in particular have come under attack, with Netanyahu slamming the “left-wing media” for conspiring against him and the country’s interests ahead of the upcoming election on 9 April.

Netanyahu drew criticism in January when a billboard appeared outside Tel Aviv showing a number of prominent journalists who have been critical of his premiership with the words “they will not decide”. The four journalists had been closely covering the corruption scandal in which Netanyahu has long been embroiled, and it was thought his Likud party was behind the campaign to discredit them. Netanyahu’s rivals lambasted the move, with head of the Yesh Atid party and Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) co-leader Yair Lapid labelling the move incitement.

Netanyahu has also tried to side-step the mainstream media by creating his own TV channel, dubbed Likud TV. Launching the channel on his official Facebook page with the slogan “we’re throwing the ‘fake’ out of the news,” Netanyahu said that “whoever the media praises is bad for Likud and usually whoever it crucifies is good for Likud”.

Commentators were quick to point out the similarity between Netanyahu’s campaign and that of US President Donald Trump, noting that Likud TV “seems to follow the model of [Trump’s] Real News Update” ahead of the US elections due to be held in 2020. Trump has championed the “fake news” narrative, labelling journalists the “enemy of the people” and taking aim at some of America’s biggest news outlets.

Journalist Oshrat Kotler [Wikipedia]

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IT’S TIME TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT CRITICISM OF ISRAEL

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, was unfairly being singled out. The split within the Democratic Party forced the leadership to withdraw its initial resolution and then present a much broader one. Congressmember Ilhan Omar voted for and praised the new resolution in a joint statement with fellow Muslim lawmakers Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and André Carson of Indiana. We speak with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper’s editorial board. His latest piece is headlined “Keep It Up, Ilhan Omar.”

Full show can be seen by clicking HERE

Both images by Carlos Latuff

THE UNIVERSAL THREAT OF ZIONISM

If Zionist fascists today join forces with Europeans to fight Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting terror, then we should stand up together and defend ourselves against this kind of racism to save the last of democracy.

Zionism threatens all of us

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

When the “Jewish State” ambassador, Jeremy Issacharoff, launches, we know what to expect: fake news and hasbara (propaganda). But what he now said in the “Jumping Picture” was not to be beaten. (1) No, certainly not Hezbollah threatens Europe, but it is undoubtedly its representative Zionist state terror regime. And certainly not threatened by him hallucinated “anti-Semites from Gaza to Tehran” – the nuclear power (!) – Israel with death, but it is still his state, which is constantly threatening, this supports with arbitrary bombing, air surveillance and See, which does not shy away from targeted killings or extrajudicial executions. While Israel is trying to destabilize Lebanon,

 

German submission to Zionist state terrorists

 

Issacharoff attacks not only the UNO for innumerable, absolutely legitimate resolutions, but also criticizes Federal President Steinmeier because of his congratulatory telegram to Iran for the 40th national holiday. Even Josef Schuster, the German governor of the “Jewish State”, had already given his mustard via this jumble in this Cause.

 

It is more than presumptuous that a German President, who is so closely connected with the “Jewish friends”, has to be reprimanded by representatives of an international law-violating regime like Israel, and certainly he does not have to justify himself for usual diplomatic practices!

 

Where the German political submission has led, we experience in this case particularly blatantly. The more German politicians covet the Zionist state terrorists, the more demands are made.

 

Distraction from daily peoples and human rights crimes – hell on earth

 

No, Hezbollah and Hamas are not our enemies. They are resistance organizations, formed from the founding of the “Jewish state” and the illegal occupation of Palestine. By constantly demonizing these important organizations, Israel is only trying to divert attention from its daily genocide and human rights crimes. Who led the war against Lebanon, regardless of the civilian population, with dirty weapons that today still painfully remind the people of Lebanon of the war and the atrocities of the “butcher” Ariel Sharon?

 

Or take Gaza, where the Jewish “defensive army” committed genocide, until today, and week after week the Palestinians trying to break out of this concentration camp are insidiously murdered by snipers. With combat helicopters responding to balloons, and constant drones monitoring the trapped trying to wear down everything that happens under the eyes of the so-called Western “community of values” which the Palestinian people and the illegal occupation of Palestine except hypocritical pronouncements unmoved in the prepared them by the Israelis hell to languish on earth.The Netanyahu regime has achieved virtually no international criticism of the occupation. (2)

 

No, not Hezbollah, Hamas or Iran are terrorists, but in the truest sense of the word are the state terrorists of the “Jewish state” and its regime. They can not be our allies in the terror fight. Instead, we should finally see who brings us this terror. Nothing leaves the “Jewish state” untrammeled to drive a wedge between the EU states.

 

The “Jewish state”: Zionist-fascist schizomycete of the region

 

If the ambassador speaks of how Israel has recently discovered six “terror tunnels” that have led from South Lebanon to Israel, then that is more than implausible. After all, Netanyahu had known this fact for a long time, but it only became useful to him in his election campaign. I have seen with my own eyes the desolate situation of the Palestinian refugees in the camps in Lebanon, who must live there unworthily, 71 years after the Nakba, the catastrophe. In recent years, due to the Syria war, the situation of the refugees has worsened further, which plays into the hands of the “Jewish state”. Just as the Netanyahu regime is diligently involved in the Syrian war, supporting terrorists and the more than dodgy “white helmets” to weaken the Assad government, affirming the eternal garrison of the Golan Heights.

 

Although Israel repeatedly emphasizes defending the security of its people, it very deliberately weakens the security of its citizens with this type of policy. How sure could the “Jewish state” live if it were not for the occupation and Zionist fascist fission fungus of the region, because without keeping its population in fear and with the repeated pretense, surrounded by enemies in the whole world to be alone and alone. Only then can they govern by putting the population in constant fear of imaginary enemies and attacks. At the same time, the Netanyahu regime does not shy away from subordinating Iran to a planned Holocaust against the “Jewish state”.This instrumentalization of the Holocaust is a particularly perfidious kind of hasbala “warfare”,

 

So it does not make much difference which regime is coming to power in the “Jewish state” because they all have one purpose only: to achieve the fight against Palestinians / Muslims and the final solution of the Judaization of Palestine, by all means. This dirty election campaign, which Netanyahu has completely tailored to himself, with provocations from Haram al-Sharif to the “eternal capital” of Jerusalem, with the strong help of the Trump government. Netanyahu, who is threatened with corruption charges and is so up to his neck, tries to prevent his resignation by attacking the judiciary and the media. With this aggressive, racist policy, which does not shy away from cooperation with fascists, he actually knows a large part of his Jewish followers behind him. There can be no talk of an opposition, after all, the party alliance Blau-Weiss, under the former Chief of Staff Gantz and companions of Netanyahu, as well as a former television presenter and finance minister Lapid, offers neither an alternative nor a useful program.It’s all state terrorists who seek to power, with blood on their hands. There is nothing left for the Palestinians except ethnic cleansing and advancing Judaization at the expense of their last rights. Everything is reminiscent of friend Trump and his choice, as well as various far-right European leaders.It’s all state terrorists who seek to power, with blood on their hands. There is nothing left for the Palestinians except ethnic cleansing and advancing Judaization at the expense of their last rights. Everything is reminiscent of friend Trump and his choice, as well as various far-right European leaders.It’s all state terrorists who seek to power, with blood on their hands. There is nothing left for the Palestinians except ethnic cleansing and advancing Judaization at the expense of their last rights. Everything is reminiscent of friend Trump and his choice, as well as various far-right European leaders.

 

Germany coldly denies human rights under the boot of lobbyists

 

If the Israeli ambassador criticizes Germany for daring to abstain or vote against Israel in a very few resolutions, it sounds like a threat that has already fallen on fertile ground thanks to the FDP, which in turn is putting pressure on the federal government and wants to prevent Israeli-critical resolutions. If this is your program for upcoming elections, then good night you liberals! What remains is a jumble of miserable self-promoters, voluntarily under the boot of lobbyists who are icy refusing to enforce international law and human rights when it comes to the “Jewish state”.Perhaps this kind of cowardly appeasement policy is a late reappraisal of the Nazi past of the Mende period? Meanwhile, the entire German party landscape has lost all scruples, when it comes to the “Jewish state” and its unconditional support. This is a dangerous development of the “new anti-Semitism” that is omnipresent in philosemitic effusions, and if this continues, criminalizing and making impossible any criticism of Israel, and thus voluntarily discarding the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Basic Law.

 

To the Ambassador, who sees in the interview the time for congratulations to people in Iran, when the “ayatollahs and terror regime” will come to an end, I answer for my part, with his words:

 

“The time will come for congratulations to the people of Palestine when the Zionist-fascist regime of state terror, which they spread internally and externally, comes to an end.”

 

Germany is openly supporting the transatlantic war policy of NATO

 

It will not succeed in destroying the BDS movement and silencing award ceremonies to Jewish human rights activists and critics of the “Jewish state” policy, even though the scroungingly-scientifically-crafted Hasbara propaganda tries and supports this with millions of dollars.

 

If Zionist fascists today join forces with Europeans to fight Islam and Muslims under the guise of fighting terror, then we should stand up together and defend ourselves against this kind of racism to save the last of democracy.

 

If the coming elections in the “Jewish State” bring politicians to the government, who are actually all members of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, then Germany is guaranteed, as always, to support them unconditionally. The credibility and integrity of such nefarious policy expires visibly – if Germany and its armaments industry now unscrupulous arms to Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the “Jewish State” sell – if Bundeswehr soldiers worldwide participate in military conflicts and that is also rated positively, the Sanctions against Russia and Iran, and that after the attempted and failed US overthrow attempt in Venezuela, which backfired, was immediately recognized by order of the US a Venezuelan puppet as president, which culminated in that the German ambassador Daniel Kiener provided the self-styled “interim president” Guiado as Bodygard at the “lovely” reception on his return to the airport in Caracas. Thus, German foreign policy has openly supported the transatlantic war policy of NATO.Since the former SPD Foreign Minister Gabriel, who will soon be the successor to Friedrich Merz, the Atlantic Bridge and already “moved” looking forward to the post, doubly pleased, with so much grafting to the “US Friends” (3) Thus, German foreign policy has openly supported the transatlantic war policy of NATO. Since the former SPD Foreign Minister Gabriel, who will soon be the successor to Friedrich Merz, the Atlantic Bridge and already “moved” looking forward to the post, doubly pleased, with so much grafting to the “US Friends” (3) Thus, German foreign policy has openly supported the transatlantic war policy of NATO. Since the former SPD Foreign Minister Gabriel, who will soon be the successor to Friedrich Merz, the Atlantic Bridge and already “moved” looking forward to the post, doubly pleased, with so much grafting to the “US Friends” (3)

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/israels-botschafter-warnt-die-hisbollah-bedroht-auch-europa-60432196.bild.html

(2) http://www.trt.net.tr/english/world/2019/02/28/israelische-gewalt-in-gaza-in-2018-1154393

(3) http://www.schweizmagazin.ch/nachrichten/ausland/33092-Venezuela-Deutscher-Botschafter-spielt-Bodyguard.html

 

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IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ YOUR TAX DOLLARS PAID FOR THIS

Disturbing image …. do not scroll down if you are weak at heart

A Palestinian family, victims of white phosphorus bombs (banned by the UN) and widely used by Israel in Palestine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THERE IS NO PALESTINE UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY VISIT IT

Upon arrival …

Three friends from Colombia visited me this week. Upon their arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv they were completely body searched. It seems that it is assumed by many that all Colombians are smuggling drugs into whatever country they are visiting.

After about a two hour search and interrogation (and not finding any non existent drugs) they were finally allowed to leave the airport….

 

Some Background on the three

One of them spent a few years here earlier. The other two were visiting for the first time. They wanted to see as much of Israel as possible in their short (1 week) visit. They also wanted to visit Bethlehem and Nazareth. Being Christians, it seemed natural to visit the birthplace and home of their Lord.

This apparently is one big NO NO as far as the Israeli Authorities are concerned.

Leaving for home …

Not as easy as you might think! When they presented their passports to the Airport Security people they were immediately taken out of line and sent to what is commonly called ‘the bad room’.

The following questions and answers …

Security …. Do you have any Palestinian friends?

Answer … We have Palestinian friends and Jewish friends.

Big Brother is following you on your visit

Security …. We saw on your FaceBook Page and in other places (Click on link) photos of you visiting Palestine, is this a fact?

Answer … Yes it is a fact. We went to visit the Church of Nativity where Jesus was born. We also visited Nazareth where He spent most of His short life.

Security … Did any of your Palestinian friends give you gifts or put anything in your baggage?

Answer … No

At this point they were all forced to strip and full body scans were performed. Everything in their baggage was removed and checked carefully. Nothing suspicious was found as there wasn’t anything to find.

The procedure, except for the body scan, was repeated by other personnel two more times taking three hours in total.

One of the three had a laptop with him. Security confiscated it as well as his Smartphone. They told him it would be sent to his home in Colombia within a few days.

They were finally allowed to leave the room and head towards the gate to catch their plane (which they almost missed).

So why all the fuss?

So, suddenly there IS a Palestine. Go figure!

Bottom line is … if you visit Israel with the intention of visiting Palestine as well, DO NOT POST ANYTHING ON ANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITE UNTIL YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

Hassles such as the above can be prevented.

WHY NO DEMANDS FOR CHANGE IN THE “JEWISH STATE”?

It becomes criminal when everything that concerns criticism of the “Jewish state” turns into anti-Semitism and is not stopped even by Jewish critics…

Netanyahu laid out his rationale for the change at the cabinet meeting. “The state of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state.

 

Where is the demand for a change in the “Jewish state”?

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is interesting to see how German politicians feel called upon to demand sanctions against the legitimately elected Venezuelan President Maduro.The leading candidate of the European People’s Party for the European elections, Manfred Weber, announces in the Bild Zeitung: “The world community must not watch as the situation in Venezuela escalates more and more” and calls for a unified EU line, “which does not shy away from sanctions, as a signal the unity of the Europeans “. Similarly, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, David Mc Allister, in the “central organ of democracy”, the “cancerous ulcer” of the German media landscape to speak with the statement: “The humanitarian situation in Venezuela is catastrophic and continues to worsen daily”.

 

On the side of the coup

 

The FDP foreign policy expert Count Lambsdorff wants to continue to watch as “Maduro starves his people”. Of course, the CDU General Secretary Paul-Zimiak does not want to stand aside and condemns that “Maduro shoot at people”. Of course, there could also be missing the green-outdoor expert Cem Özdemir, who also called for the EU pressure to move Maduro to give in; He urged the Left Party and its European allies to opt for the people and the dictatorship of ideology.

 

This shows us once again how implausible these politicians are, for these cowardly hypocrites are more than eloquent when it comes to the illegal occupation of Palestine and the daily Israeli human rights violations; All of them are loyal to the “Jewish Occupying State”, which unites all parties, from left to right-wing extremists.

 

It is frightening how quickly German policy has sided with the coup leader Guaidó, a US puppet that does not shrink from incitement to civil war and US intervention. But this does not trump Trump poodle-pack: the Germans are again squeezed on the side of injustice, despite the opinion of the Scientific Service of the Bundestag, which leaves little doubt that “the recognition of Juan Guaidó by the federal government in violation of international law.” , (1)

 

Fatal tendency to disregard international law

 

In sharp contrast to this fatal tendency to disregard international law, Merkel again and again emphasizes that she does not want to interfere in the “internal” affairs of the Zionist regime when it comes to the decades of violations of international and human rights by the Jewish state. But she is in a hurry when it comes to interference in Venezuela or Syria.

 

From the painful experience with US interventions in Latin America, it is also the right of the Venezuelans to refuse aid supplies, especially from the US, which link them with their sinister political goals. Hardly any of our so-called quality media reports on relief supplies, including from Cuba, China, Russia, India, Turkey.

 

Was not Ukraine also the victim of US intervention policy, which will continue to burden us for decades? And who does not remember Nuland’s “Fuck the EU”? Oh, and how willingly he gave himself to that … (2)

 

The US blackmail of the sanctions policy against Russia and Iran is fatal and we should defend against it, because our natural neighbor is and remains Russia. The surveys also show a blatant disproportion of the folly of the rulers to the reigned voting cattle, which is mostly against it, but ignored!

 

Shameless mendacity and sad cynicism

 

Now, Merkel is at the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, calling for more tolerance and change among the participating Arab states, not shying away from communing with dictators such as the host al-Sisi and the Saudi king; one is stunned by such shameless mendacity. It was an embarrassing performance by an EU that sees itself as a “community of values” but has been fooled by dubious rulers in order to achieve cooperation promises.Human rights, democratic governance or the involvement of civil society are no longer on the agenda.

 

In reality, all we have to do is keep the refugees off our backs and stop the mass exodus from the Arab and African areas. However, whoever is responsible for this situation, as we see it in Syria, Libya, Iraq or Yemen, namely interference and interventions contrary to international law, is silent about this summit. It can not be overstated by sad cynicism if AA Maas “substantially” (100 million euros?) Appeals to the upcoming Yemen donors conference without commenting on who the perpetrators and profiteers of this genocide are! All we can see is that US welfare and democracy bring the desperate people in refugee boats across the ocean.And NATO can not keep its throat full: more weapons, more war, more destruction,

 

If Merkel thinks that she can ignore everything, just to mention human rights, but not too much, so as not to upset, that is the “Christian Zionist value policy”, which is forever in Merkel’s reign bad memory will remain.She has managed to stage herself again and again as a “compensatory politician,” but in reality pursues an ice-cold industrial policy. Whether it is the softening of the determination of armaments deliveries or the increase of the defense budget. Let’s ask ourselves, what happens to all the arms exports, and how are they used? More and more new wars and armed conflicts with millions of refugees are the result.

 

Shame on an EU Commission President

 

Indeed, if al-Sisi at the summit actually calls on the EU to intensify the fight against terror, which spreads like a harmful plague, then one must be surprised at its own terror against critics. In fact, when al-Sisi was asked if he was aware that the EU was in disagreement with the human rights situation in his country, it was still a scandal. As Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abu Ghait asserted, “Not one of those present expressed” dissatisfaction “with the human rights situation, EU Commission President Juncker fought to clarify that human rights were well spoken. Well roared, lion, and so what, with what consequences? Further deepening cooperation in the fight against “terror and terrorists”? What a shameful performance by an EU Commission President.

 

I ask myself, if it had been a conference in the “Jewish State”, if there would have been the word “human rights”? Would not the Netanyahu regime have canceled the conference immediately? One is stunned by such shameless sanctimonious mendacity.

 

Supporting the right-wing Zionist regime and the US coup policy

 

Have all these politicians ever called for a change in the “Jewish occupation state”? Not at all, because the Zionist regime is free to pursue an ethnic cleansing policy that is unparalleled. We see that right-wing regimes and structures are courted and allegedly leftist are vilified. We have a situation that should make us more than worried. If such tendencies dominate the entire EU and the European Parliament, then good night Europe! If “democratic socialism”, which finally brought South and Central American states to freedom, becomes an enemy because of the US coup and regime change policy and supports Europe and Germany in particular, this inhumane policy, then we should finally respond. We have to prevent

 

Is not all about it in reality: namely, the Western, especially US economic interests in Venezuela and its oil and the demonization of the left?

 

It seems as if the US-led coup attempt in Venezuela this time fails, the miserable end to a US-led “coup revolution” on schedule. But will the Trump Pompeo government give up? Did not the self-proclaimed interim president maneuver into complete US offside by holding all “options open” to his coup attempt to succeed yet. Further proof that the US and its helpers are all about oil wealth. The people are little interested in them.

 

Mantle of Silence on the Crimes of the “Jewish State”

 

There was a wave of solidarity for Venezuela, around the world, which I would like to see Palestine as well. One wonders why it was only Roger Waters again, who made a name for himself as a famous artist and Palestinian and BDS supporter, why he stands alone. Where are the intellectuals and artists, especially in Germany, who work for human rights also for Palestinians and against the occupation of their homeland? Since the infamous hate against the last upright German voice Günter Grass silence in the woods is announced! For this we experience a more than embarrassing performance of female singers singing their trivial ditty songs for Israel. This republic has become as full and hollow as their talk shows and “sieved” news. Only shallow news broadcasts, who prefer to talk about football rather than about weekly murders and child murders of the “most moral” of all Jewish “defensive armies” on the border with illegally occupied Gaza. While the Israeli newspaper Haaretz publishes more than critical articles on a daily basis and is not afraid to publish the naked truth, and clearly calls the crimes of the state by its name, in this country they graciously spread the mantle of silence over the crimes in the Jewish Country”.

 

However, it becomes criminal when everything that concerns criticism of the “Jewish state” turns into anti-Semitism and is not stopped even by Jewish critics – as is currently the case with the “Jewish voice for just peace in the Middle East” – who have the decency, to work for the freedom of Palestine and the occupation. To work for international law and for peace in this country means that one has to reckon with massive reprisals. This is incompatible with the Basic Law and the right to freedom of expression, but recalls the times when Jews were once excluded and defamed in Germany. In this form of new hatred of the Jews, Jewish officials and politicians nowadays are in the same boat.

 

The leading candidate of the conservative EPP, Manfred Weber, does not demand an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, but rather cheap as the voice of his Mr. Schuster a Europe pact against hatred of the Jews.Should he be elected President of the European Council, we must be very concerned about this, as this would be another step towards the end of freedom of expression and eternal silence on Zionist terror in illegally-occupied Palestine.

 

Liberality and intellectual freedom delivered to the Central Council garment

 

The FDP chairman Lindner still sets one on it and how the shoemaker orders the anti-Semitism that “comes under the guise of criticizing Israel” and demands the cessation of the financing of NGOs that support BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions). Hard to imagine that Lindner and the FDP come with such “un-liberal” demands in the “double-digitity”, because such theses certainly attract no liberal voters, and certainly none that give something to international law.

 

The opinion of the curious “Liberal” Lindner is completely irrelevant to us, as Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU, affirms the right to BDS: “The EU protects the freedom of expression and assembly in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, applicable in the territory of all EU Member States, also with regard to the BDS measures implemented in that area. “(3) (3a)

 

Miserable this FDP, which, at the pressure of lobbyists, gives up its liberality and intellectual freedom at the Central Council wardrobe.

 

Israel: a racist apartheid state that needs to be protected from itself

 

Again and again one tries to pull the so successful nonviolent boycott movement with lies in the dirt. It’s not about “Do not buy with the Jew,” but “Palestinian civil society calls for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and the universal principles of human rights.” No central council yet bans this important document read and freely form your own (!) Opinion. (4)

 

Meanwhile, even the powerful Israeli-loyal US organizations, the pro-Israeli AIPAC and AJC, are getting cold feet because they suspect what the policies of the right-wing Netanyahu regime are doing. More striking than the “world” can not be expressed: “They made the state of Israel thanks to their influence in the US Congress again and again significant strategic support.” In fact, Israel is a racist apartheid state, which must be protected from itself. (5)

 

Unfortunately, this has not yet penetrated to the German governor of the “Jewish State”, Josef Schuster. He has the chutzpah to criticize President Steinmeier for having congratulated Iranian President Rohani on the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution – “also in the name of his compatriots”. In fact, Steinmeier, as Federal President, has practiced diplomatic practices that are expected of a Federal President. What Schuster did this time surpasses everything in his infatuation. He misses “clear” words of criticism and actually means to speak on behalf of the Germans. No, he speaks in the name of the “Jewish State” and that is unbearable and proves the dependence of the Central Council of Jews on the “Jewish State”. Conversely, let us imagine that Steinmeier, in a congratulation to the 70th anniversary of the “Jewish state”, criticized the violation of human rights and international law and called for an end to the illegal occupation? What would have been an outcry from Schuster, probably the German President would have mutated to “supreme” anti-Semites. Addressed to Steinmeier’s address, it has not paid off for him to speak to the “Jewish State” about the mouth, maybe this central behavior finally promotes a “rethinking” in the Bellevue! (6) probably the German Federal President would have mutated into the “top” anti-Semite.Addressed to Steinmeier’s address, it has not paid off for him to speak to the “Jewish State” about the mouth, maybe this central behavior finally promotes a “rethinking” in the Bellevue! (6) probably the German Federal President would have mutated into the “top” anti-Semite. Addressed to Steinmeier’s address, it has not paid off for him to speak to the “Jewish State” about the mouth, maybe this central behavior finally promotes a “rethinking” in the Bellevue! (6)

 

Fight against any kind of slander

 

In these times of anti-Islam and hatred of Muslims, refugees and migrants, we should fight together against any kind of defamation. When is finally called for a change in the “Jewish state”?

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://english.rt.com/inland/83963-science-of-the-countries-to-recognition-guaidos-voelkerrechtlich-fraglich/

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV9J6sxCs5k

(3) http://bds-kampagne.de/2016/10/28/hohe-vertreterin-der-eu-frederica-mogherini-bestaetigt-das-recht-auf-bds/

(3a) http://dipbt.bundestag.de/doc/btd/19/075/1907560.pdf

(4) http://bds-kampagne.de/aufruf/aufruf-der-palstinensischen-zivilgesellschaft/

(5) https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article189377953/Israel-Netanjahus-gefaehrlicher-Deal- mit-der- racist-Partei.html

(6) https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/politik-inland/josef-schuster-zentralrat-der-juden-kritisiert-steinmeier-telegramm-60342870.bild.html

 

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THE HUMANISM OF ANTI ZIONISM

Supporting Palestine is an indication of your humanity not a sign of anti-Semitism. Opposing Zionism is not anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic.

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Opposing Israeli Brutality Against Palestinians Makes You Human Not Anti-Semitic

Tommy Sheridan

Writing columns often involves difficult choices. What you write about reflects your opinions and priorities. Every time I sit down at my laptop to construct a column I agonise over what to write about from a huge list of worthy topics and current affairs issues.

Today I simply cannot ignore the corrosive effect of the very powerful and well financed pro-Israel lobby which is at the heart of the concerted campaigns of vilification against Jeremy Corbyn over the last four years and is responsible for the ridiculous association of Corbyn and socialists within the Labour Party with anti-Semitism.

Every newspaper, news bulletin, political TV show and newspaper review segment on Sky News, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and other mainstream outlets associates Corbyn, his Labour Party leadership and rifts within the Labour Party with anti-Semitism. It is sickeningly inaccurate, bereft of evidence, informed by political bile and promoted by imbeciles with an agenda. That agenda is not to oppose anti-Semitism, racism or Islamophobia but to fuel popular belief that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and a racist. The idea that a man whose whole adult life has been devoted to politically campaigning against racism, Semitism, injustice and inequality is actually a racist and anti-Semite is so pathetically untrue that the only way it can gain a morsel of traction and credibility is through a powerful and deceitful campaign of lies and distortions via the mainstream media and paid for idiots and bought off lackeys.

It is a matter of debate whether it was George Orwell or Antonio Gramsci who coined the phrase about it being ‘a revolutionary actto tell the truth during times of reaction’ but regardless of its origin let us be courageous enough to truthfully state categorically and without fear of contradiction or reprisals that Israel is a rogue nation which daily subjects the Palestinian people to brutal repression. Israel has created and developed an apartheid system of state terror which should be categorically exposed, condemned and campaigned against by any human being with a belief in democracy and freedom. The Boycott, Disinvest and Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law. It is a movement which deserves support but is instead attacked and even outlawed in 24 States of America.

Expressing opposition to what the Israeli state is doing to the Palestinians and supporting the increasingly popular BDS Movement does not make you an anti-Semite it makes you a compassionate human being.

The ridiculous allegations of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn are the thin end of a very thick wedge. The narrative which is promoted daily and consistently by the billionaire owned press and media across the West is of an Israeli state under constant fear of attack and forced to defend itself and its borders with whatever means and force necessary. It is a false and deceit laden narrative that is rarely if ever deviated from by the mainstream media. America has designated Israel as its puppet state in the Middle-East and therefore it is showered with aid, arms, missiles and a blank cheque to commit human rights abuses in abundance without fear of condemnation or reprisals.

The truth about Israel and its illegal, immoral and illegitimate actions must be spoken on behalf of the Palestinian people and all who adhere to the human values of compassion, fairness and justice.

In discussing the works of Israeli historian and avowed Zionist, Benny Morris, the American academic Norman Finkelstein quotes directly from his work;

“The conclusion of Righteous Victims, Benny Morris’s sweeping “history of the Zionist-Arab conflict,” opened with a quote from Zionist leader (and Israel’s future first prime minister) David Ben –Gurion.”

“The “conflict” with the Arabs, Ben-Gurion said in 1938, “is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.”

“Morris then observed: Ben-Gurion, of course, was right. Zionism was a colonizing and expansionist ideology and movement…. Zionist ideology and practice were necessarily and elementally expansionist.”

“Insofar as “from the start its aim was to turn all of Palestine…. Into a Jewish state,” he went on to elaborate, Zionism could not but be “intent on … dispossessing and supplanting the Arabs”.

In black and white from the words of one of Israel’s foremost historians and defenders of Zionism we have the truthful admission that Zionism was indeed from its inception ‘expansionist’ and intent on the creation of a Jewish state through the ‘dispossessing and supplanting’ of the indigenous Arab population who would have no choice but to defend themselves against the occupiers and colonisers. That historical reality of Zionism and then Zionist Israel being the aggressor, occupier and dispossessor is conspicuously absent from the Israel/Palestine conflict narrative promoted by today’s mainstream media.

In order to further underline my argument in this column please forgive me for presenting even more extensive quotations from another well-known Israeli citizen and man of considerable insight and knowledge in relation to Israel. Gideon Levy is a distinguished author, writer and political commentator who was born in Tel Aviv, served for several years in the Israeli army and worked for four years with Shimon Peres while he was leader of the Israeli opposition before going on to serve as Israel’s prime minister twice between the 1970’s and 1990’s and Israel’s President between 2007 —2014.

Addressing a National Press Club event in Washington DC, April 2015, under the title; ‘Does Unconditional Support for Israel Endanger Israeli Voices’? Gideon said:

“The Israeli society has surrounded itself with shields, with walls, not only physical walls but also mental walls. I don’t want to get into it because it’s another lecture. But I’ll just give three principles which enable us Israelis to live so easily with this brutal reality;

A) Most of the Israelis, if not all of them, deeply believe that we are the chosen people. And if we are the chosen people, we have the right to do whatever we want;

B) There are more brutal occupations in history. There were even longer occupations in history, even though the Israeli occupation gets to quite a nice record. But there was never in history an occupation in which the occupier presented himself as the victim – not only the victim, but the only victim around. This enables any Israeli to live in peace, because we are all victims ….

C) … And here, I get to the third set of values that enable us Israelis to live in peace with the occupation. This is maybe the most crucial one and the worst one. We say victimisation, we say chosen people. When I say victimisation, it goes without saying, we have to mention the Holocaust and the unforgettable Mrs Gold Meir that the American jury had exported to Israel. She said once – this unforgettable woman- that after the Holocaust the Jews have the right to do whatever they want. But the third set of values is the most dangerous one. This is the systematic de-humanisation of the Palestinians, which enables us Israelis to live in peace with everything, because if they are not human beings like us, then there is not really a question of human rights. And if you scratch under the skin of almost every Israeli, you will find it there. Almost no one will treat the Palestinians as equal human beings like us.”

Please if this column makes you do nothing else go and read the whole of Gideon Levy’s presentation to the National Press Club in Washington DC in April 2015. It will hopefully open your mind to what is really going on in Israel and Palestine but which is hidden from our view or distorted beyond recognition by the compliant mainstream media.

Think about the statement from Gideon Levy above, “the systematic de-humanisation of the Palestinians”. That is indeed what Israeli apartheid, brutality and distortion of the truth via the mainstream media is all about. I defy you to watch the videos which are posted daily on Twitter and Facebook which involve Israeli Defence Forces shooting unarmed civilians, torturing and beating up children and elderly Palestinians for no cause other than perverted fun and not be convinced that such depravity on a daily basis can only be conducted by a group of individuals who have indeed been convinced by the ‘systematic de-humanisation of Palestinians’ that their actions are acceptable because their victims are less than human.

Read Norman Finkelstein’s account of what Israel Defence Forces did last May alone:

“ISRAEL HAS ONCE again conducted a premeditated, full-scale massacre in broad daylight, in front of the cameras of the world. Once again, it took place in Gaza.

On  14 May, Israeli snipers and other forces gunned down more than 60 Palestinians, and wounded thousands of others, including civilians, journalists, and paramedics. “You try nonlethal means and they don’t work,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “So you’re left with bad choices. It’s a bad deal. You know, you try and you go for below the knee, and sometimes it doesn’t work, and unfortunately these things are avoidable.”

It appears that the only way not to be killed, according to Netanyahu, is to meekly accept imprisonment inside the prison of Gaza. Among those killed by Israeli forces was an 8-month-old infant. Her name was Laila al-Ghandour. They also killed at least seven other children and a man in a wheelchair, and that man had lost his legs after they had to be amputated following an earlier Israeli attack.

Israel has made it clear that it believes that it has the right to systematically murder Palestinians for the crime of continuing to exist”.

The article above was written under the title: “BLACKLISTED ACADEMIC NORMAN FINKELSTEIN ON GAZA, ‘THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONCENTRATION CAMP”. Please go and read it in full and then ask yourself why on earth does the state of Israel get away with such indiscriminate murder and brutality and why does a man who spends time and energy to courageously expose such human atrocities find himself ‘blacklisted’ when his work should be promoted and made required reading in schools, colleges and households across the world.

You probably don’t know that an incredibly strong defence of Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership of the Labour Party was penned by 200 Jewish members and supporters of the Labour Party on Wednesday last week. Two hundred Jews, including 16 Professors, 9 doctors and a QC wrote of their support for Jeremy Corbyn, the apparent ‘anti-Semite’, to the Guardian newspaper. Part of the letter stated:

“We believe that the Labour party under the progressive leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is a crucial ally in the fight against bigotry and reaction. His lifetime record of campaigning for equality and human rights, including consistent support for initiatives against antisemitism, is formidable. His involvement strengthens this struggle”.

Compare those words with the shrill and pathetic assaults on his credentials and integrity as a committed anti-fascist and campaigner against anti-Semitism by the Democratic Charlatans with zero credibility who left Labour last week but refuse to face the public accountability of by-elections. They are cowards with agendas dictated by their allegiance to the Israeli Labour lobby and they should be called out as the cowards, democratic charlatans and mouthpieces for Israeli brutality that they are. The 200 Jews who wrote to the Guardian last week had it spot on. Corby is an “ally” in the fight against racism, reaction and anti-Semitism not an enemy of that fight.

United Nations Reports have labelled the Israel state as “racist” and an “apartheid regime” and Nelson Mandela’s grandson has condemned the rogue nation for subjecting Palestinians to “the worst version of apartheid” so we will take no lectures from the political pygmies that have finally left a socialist party they did not belong in last week, or from those like Margaret Hodges, John Mann and Ian Murray MPs who will surely follow, on anti-Semitism and how to confront it.

Racism, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are all on the rise across the UK, Europe and the world. That is a consequence of the capitalist economic system that necessitates division and hatred between different races and cultures promoted and stoked by the boss class who understand full well from history that the way to maintain the status quo of obscene inequality of wealth and power is to divide the working classes and get them fighting each other instead of the economic system and boss class that abuses and exploits them. The way to conquer such racist division and anti-Semitic hatred is the promotion of genuine socialist policies which deliver real and fundamental improvements in the lives of ordinary people through real and sustained redistribution of wealth and power from the billionaires to the billions.

The tenor of this article has been serious and sober given the subject matter but let me give the last word to a comic and author who has the unique ability of being able to mix humour with hard hitting social comment. Alexei Sayle is Liverpool born and bred and his mother and her family were of Jewish stock. His support for Jeremy Corbyn and opposition to the manufactured witch-hunts against the likes of Marc Wadsworth, the black anti-racist expelled by Labour last year, and the black Jewish socialist Jackie Walker, suspended by Labour and facing a final hearing on March 26th has been exemplary. Here is what he has had to say about the anti-Semitic slurs cast against Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party:

“… the search for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is the Weapons of Mass Destruction of our age. I think there is the same absolute lack of evidence; there is the same substitution for emotion rather than rational debate and in many cases it’s the same fucking people doing it … Tony Blair weighing in to support Tom Watson’s call for the Wavertree CLP to be suspended…”.

Alexei is spot on. Anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn are as synonymous as Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction. They are both fake and manufactured narratives to serve the purposes of the ruling classes. And Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, is proving as useful as a chocolate teapot and loyal as a scorpion in the midst of the attacks on his leader Jeremy Corbyn. He really should shape up politically and start supporting Corbyn or re-visit his former Blairite allegiances and ship out.

In the name of compassion and basic human justice keep attacking Israel for its racist apartheid policies and brutal treatment of the Palestinians. Support the BDS Movement and various ‘Solidarity with Palestine’ campaigns. Supporting Palestine is an indication of your humanity not a sign of anti-Semitism. Opposing Zionism is not anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic.

SELECTED HATRED OF THE JEWS

It is not us, the BDS supporters, who are anti-Semitic, but the supporters of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, after all, they are harming the Jewish citizens worldwide.

 

Selected hatred of the Jews

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

I would never have thought it possible to experience such targeted campaigns against Jews in Germany. What is currently happening in this country fatal reminiscent of bygone times. Has not there ever been the extermination of Jews in Germany by the state and the media? Existence was destroyed, all this is repeated, fortunately not physically, but only mentally. Can Jews, who are committed to the observance of international law in the “Jewish State” and the non-violent BDS movement, still feel secure in Germany? They are still not threatened with the loss of their lives, but their economic existence and their vested right to freedom of expression are threatened. How long have I been writing about the loss of freedom of expression when it comes to criticizing Israeli politics. A hypocrite than in Germany can not be a policy when it comes to the concerns of the “Jewish state”. It is not the Jews who campaign for the freedom of Palestine or BDS that should be isolated internationally, but the Jewish occupying regime.

 

Jews become the fair game of the rulers

 

While Muslims and the “wrong” Jews have now become the fair game of the rulers, the Jews, who despise international law and human rights, are courted with benevolence. By what right do the factions of the parties, from CDU / CSU, FDP, SPD, to the Greens and the Left, condemn the BDS campaign and its supporters as anti-Semitic? Doubt is appropriate that they actually know what antisemitism is! They do not count themselves, although they defame critical Jews and deny them premises for events.

 

Right-wing extremist cliques and parties are currently uniting Europe-wide with the “Jewish state”, and this will be tolerated. Even if the “jumping hard-core Zionist” HM Broder meets with AfD or FPÖ party members, then this is registered, but remains without consequences. Obviously Broder’s Zionism did not work so well, after all he returned to Germany from the “Jewish State”, where he is one of many and meaningless, and perfects his role as Sayan. And after St.Pauli-Nachrichten and Spiegel he landed on Springer’s “Gnadenhof”. No wonder that Broder defames the “Jewish voice” as a “gang of anti-Semites”, a very poor hate polemic of a failed porn writer.

 

Jewish citizens are showered with a hatred of Jews

 

It is unbelievable that it is already possible again in Germany to overflow a club of committed Jewish citizens with a hatred of the Jews, to whom they want to refuse a prize from the highest official. If someone has earned the “Göttingen Peace Prize”, then it is this “Jewish Voice for Just Peace in Middle East – European Jews for a Just Peace Germany”. As a co-founder and no longer a member, I would like to express my solidarity with this important “Jewish voice”! (1) If critics of Israeli occupation policy are marginalized, then it is high time to denounce these German and European selectors, who today again spread the hatred of the Jews that we once had. Was it right-wing National Socialists then,

 

When the President of the Central Council of Jews, Schuster, with the Mayor of Göttingen Rolf-Georg-Köhler, the chairman of the FDP parliamentary group in the Göttingen city council, Felicitas Oldenburg, and the FDP member of parliament Konstantin Kuhle against Jews join forces and ally for the award ceremony on March 9, 2019, it is anti-Semitism.

 

The now more than 30,000 Jewish Israelis living alone in Berlin would be well advised to wonder if it was really the right decision to live in Germany, which now celebrates a new hatred of the Jews, and Jews who favor freedom of expression and the right of Palestinians enter into self-determination, have “released”. Does that not remind you of the “Jewish state” and its dealings with critics of racist apartheid and occupation politics? What is Israeli hostile about advocating for a free Palestine?

 

Hostile to the Jews are the supporters of the Zionist occupation of Palestine

 

Especially the BDS movement, founded as a voice of the Palestinian civil society, which was based on the model of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, is a role model for us all and should be supported by all of us.More and more prominent Jews support this BDS movement. And that scares the Zionist regime and the global Israel lobby. It is not us, the BDS supporters, who are anti-Semitic, but the supporters of the Zionist occupation of Palestine, after all, they are harming the Jewish citizens worldwide.

 

Let’s ask why alleged “Muslim” and “left” anti-Semitism is repeatedly condemned, even though it is clearly positioned as anti-Zionism and Israel criticism. If Muslims are today’s Jews and are showered with hatred and xenophobia, that’s just a way to cover up the crimes of the “Jewish state.”

 

If you look at the media, for months now we have been dealing with targeted campaigns against alleged anti-Semitism that has nothing to do with reality. In progress is a propaganda wave, led by the scientifically sophisticated Hasbara the Israelization of Germany and Judaisierung Palestine operates. And with the help of “Christian-Zionist” allies. The murderous crimes during the Gaza demonstrations, the many child murders, house demolitions and the constant land grabbing do not come to the light of the German public, which in turn is duped with the constant repetition of the mantra of the actually no longer realizable “two-state solution”, a long-written illusion.

 

Finally “tacheles” talk!

 

It must finally be “tacheles” talked about the true conditions in the “Jewish state”. In addition to settlement construction, discrimination and exclusion of Muslims / Palestinians and Christians, Israel can no longer be seen as a democracy, even if in this country is repeatedly raved by a “Christian-Jewish community of values”. What are these values? Also in Germany exclusion of “false Jews” who dare to oppose the illegal occupation of Palestine? Against Muslims and Islam, who do not fit into this “community of values” and want to exclude them? Do not you have to be ashamed to belong to this “community of values”?

 

While the images of the enemy, Turkey and Russia, continue to be blown up, and Iran – which has not yet attacked any other country than Israel – is being lied to by US politicians and Israel lobbyists as “Holocaust planners”, it is the “German fear” that always pulls. In the meantime we should be more worried about the “german hate propaganda”.

 

“Yellow vests” defamed as anti-Semites

 

Now even the “yellow vests” in France are being defamed as anti-Semites.Because the right-wing provocateur Alain Finkielkraut was called a “dirty Zionist”? Was it not he who had warned against the consequences of mass immigration in a more controversial essay entitled “The Unfortunate Identity” published in 2013 and the inclination of the left to deny anti-Semitism in immigrant youth. He has long been known for his fervent love of Israel. Now the judiciary and France are very excited that the “Immortal of the Academie Francaise”, who had come so “by accident” into a yellow-veined demonstration, was not received there with sympathy.

 

There is nothing more effective than working with anti-Semitism as a battle concept! Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust are the stimulus words that use instrumentalization to silence those who are not “state-compliant”. This will soon hit critical writers, intellectuals and critics. This French development is more than worrying. Marine Le Pen, leader of the Rassemblement National, also finds the verbal attacks on Finkielkraut “shocking” and suspects an infiltration of the yellow-west demonstrations of “anti-Semitic extreme leftists”. Here again we have to deal with the right and Zionist complicity, which has a firm grip on Europe. Instead of discussing the yellow vests and the provocations of Finkielkraut, the problems should finally be on the table,

 

If politics consists only of enemy images and distraction maneuvers

 

Why do not we learn about the supplementary agreements with France that Merkel and Macron have signed in Aachen? All these distraction maneuvers are only intended to mask the problems and upgrades. If politics consists only of foes, distractions, and inequalities, then we will soon have to prepare ourselves for even rougher times, and that will be really dangerous for democracy. (4)

 

As long as the democratic minimum demands on the “Jewish state” are not fulfilled, one can not recognize the “existence” of this state without defined borders. Only in the 1967 borders does Israel have a right to exist.

 

As long as there is this selected new hatred of Jews in Germany, politicians who exercise it are by no means eligible. In addition, we have to protest again and again if we want to deny us freedom of expression, a fundamental right of the constitution. It’s not us who are on the wrong side, but those who make that selection, and you can not repeat that often enough for it to be internalized.

 

Not in our name!

 

We are not anti-Semites, but the “Jews haters and Muslim haters” of the “right” kind who support the “Jewish state” and its policies that violate human rights and international law. We say: Not in our name!

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.juedische-stimme.de/2019/02/17/hetz-pamphlet-der-goettinger-rechtsanwaeltin-f-oldenburg-erwiderung/

(2) https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article188980051/Alain-Finkielkraut-zu-Antisemitismus-Das-the-Rhetorik-der-Islamisten.html

(3) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/ein-jude-in-der-akademie-alain-finkielkraut-veraergert-die-franzoesische-linke-14037770.html

(4) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Paris-und-Berlin-stimmen-Waffenexporte-ab-article20860302.html

 

DON’T EVEN THINK OF MAKING MY HOUSE YOUR HOME!

Heartbreaking. “Get out of my house!” Palestinian woman after being expelled from her home by Israeli settlers in the Old City in occupied Jerusalem.

THE REAL ‘OPERATION PROTECTIVE SHIELD’

Palestinians in Hebron are taking new steps for their community’s safety under constant settler attacks.

IT’S NOT ONLY ABOUT THE BENJAMINS

 It’s not just the Benjamin’s. Ilhan Omar was wrong. It’s the pervasive, often subconscious anti-Palestinian racism.

Ilhan Omar is wrong: Anti-Palestinian racism, not money, makes the special relationship special

Donald Johnson

The defenses of Rep. Ilhan Omar have centered on the fact that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, really does wield power through money, as lobbies do, and they even brag about it. But in the New York Times, David Leonhardt writes that Omar’s tweet is antisemitic because not all the support for Israel is paid for by money. Much of it is sincere, he says.

He is probably right. But it isn’t a trail of logic he wants to follow to the end.

At this stage, no educated person can buy into the pro-Israel mythology unless they simply choose to ignore the ugly facts. And that’s what many do. They do this because they don’t think Palestinians have the same right to live in their own homeland as Israeli Jews. In fact, most see the right of return solely through Zionist eyes, as a demographic threat to majority Jewish rule. They might say they support a two-state solution, but they aren’t even serious about that, because they will support Israel no matter what and put no pressure on Israel to achieve this goal.

Fundamentally they think Palestinian human rights are of no importance compared to the need to make Israel feel supported. That is the driving force behind support for Israel. Money (Benjamin’s) alone doesn’t explain what is going on. Racism does. Or if the word offends, and golly, everything offends on this subject, call it apathy towards Palestinians when set against the desire to support Israel.

I don’t really see how anyone could deny this. Our political class, including the mainstream press, cares about Omar’s tweet and will go on at length about the dangers of antisemitism, but the apathy and indifference to Palestinian oppression never causes similar outbursts of moral outrage. The New York Times itself published four opinion pieces supporting the shooting of Palestinian demonstrators last year. The writers — 1, Bret Stephens; 2, Matti Friedman; 3, Shmuel Rosner; and 4, Thomas Friedman— had no qualms whatsoever about what Israel did. The editors clearly had no qualms printing those pieces. Most politicians had no qualms with the shooting.

Shooting Palestinians and support for shooting them is entirely mainstream in the United States and in the pages of the Times. Nobody (or nobody who matters) stops to think about how outrageous this is.

A snarky tweet, though— that is serious business.

So it’s not just the Benjamin’s. Ilhan Omar was wrong. It’s the pervasive, often subconscious anti-Palestinian racism.

APARTHEID CAUGHT ON VIDEO

A trip down Israel’s new Apartheid Road

Last month, Israel opened what has been dubbed by locals and activists as the ‘Apartheid Road’. The four-lane highway features two separate roads divided by a concrete wall – one for Israeli settlers and the other for Palestinians.While the Israeli lane allows settlers quick and easy access to the center of Jerusalem, the Palestinian lane is designed to separate Palestinians off through an underpass, diverging to different areas of the West Bank. Despite Israeli claims that the road “eases traffic congestion” for both Palestinians and Israelis, locals maintain that it is just another step by authorities to further divide the occupied Palestinian territory.

Video by: Yumna Patel

Saleh Zghari

Ahmad al-Bazz

 

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THE BLINDNESS OF ZIONISM

While “alleged” anti-Semitism is becoming more and more exaggerated in the media, and anti-Semitism officials will soon be sitting in every town hall, but in fact the racist attacks against Muslims are on the rise.

Not seeing everything through the “Jewish-Christian” glasses

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is scary that the German government and politics are always happy to seek human rights, but in fact has long ago stepped into the bin. The demonization of Putin, Erdogan, Maduro are special examples of the political and media power of the rushing misinformation. While spiritual arsonists continue to focus on the media and try to emphasize the transatlantic friendship, the majority of German citizens have long since developed in a different direction. They now distrust the US more than China (!), A country that also violates human rights. Dissidents sit in prisons, and criticism is fiercely opposed. Turkey has rightly accused China of operating concentration camps for the Uyghur Muslim minority and accusing it of it is eradicating religion and culture. The “Jewish state” in Palestine does not try anything else. As an occupying power, the “Jewish State” also runs the Gaza concentration camp and carries out genocide and reprisals against Palestinians. Week after week, Palestinians are brutally murdered by the Israeli authorities in an effort to flee this confinement.

 

Egypt, which holds more than 60,000 political prisoners in inhumane prisons, is praised by Chancellor Merkel and German politicians and industrialists, as well as the Egyptian “leader” al-Sisi. Everything is done to keep these countries happy, so that German industry and its export flourish.

 

To disrespect disrespect for Muslims living here

 

What has become of German politics? If the Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Widmann-Mauz, calls for “respect for the way we live” and strives for the “Judeo-Christian tradition that has marked the value of humanism”, then that is particularly disrespectful not to outbid the Muslims living here.

 

What does she want to achieve with it? That migrants feel marginalized and are told how to recover from the “German nature”? What has this “Jewish-Christian” tradition brought us? An exaltation of this culture, which always turns into “Un-culture”, as we are currently experiencing. So when the cultures collide and are not taken as they are then a bang will come.

 

Whenever we read one-sidedly about the “negative sides of Islam”, about so-called honor killings, women’s oppression and medieval structures, and the fear of “Islamist terrorism” is constantly raised, an Islam incitement is deliberately fostered. Why was the only Muslim kindergarten closed? With flimsy arguments that the bearer of the day-care center, the mosque association Arab Nile-Rhine, which bears the Mainz Al-Nur Kindergarten “represents the contents of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism and thus no longer stands on the ground of the Basic Law? Counter question: Are Jewish day-care centers still on the ground of the Basic Law, if they represent contents of the “Jewish state”, which clearly violates international law and human rights? Clear double standards and discrimination!

 

Defamatory intimidation symbiosis

 

While “alleged” anti-Semitism is becoming more and more exaggerated in the media, and anti-Semitism officials will soon be sitting in every town hall, but in fact the racist attacks against Muslims are on the rise, the post of racism officer is still vacant.

 

However, this does not seem to interest politics any further, as it tries with all its might, together with the Israel lobby, to focus exclusively on the allegedly rising anti-Semitism, which in reality has not risen, but with targeted actions in the foreground is written. Every day, new articles and TV programs appear that outdo each other in pointing out the increase.What does that suggest? First of all the danger of “Muslim immigration” and secondly the “anti-Semitic” of any criticism of Israel. It’s amazing how the defamation of anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism has become a bullying symbiosis. New formulas for allegations are used to point out the danger.While right-wing extremist hordes are now mobbing villages and towns and there are AfD tendencies that clearly fish in anti-Semitic waters, while the AfD, as a party, quite explicitly affirms that it is on the side of the Jews and of Israel. I can only warn again and again to vote for this party, even if the understandable disenchantment with politics over the policies of other parties increases more and more, which I fully understand, I feel the same way.

 

The Israeli lobby’s policy is only to defame Israel critics in public life with massive campaigns. They do not shy away from questionable means, and that actually connects them again with the right-wing extremist policy of the “Jewish state”.

 

Something is wrong in Germany

 

Meanwhile, the respected historian and anti-Semitism researcher Benz, who taught at the Technical University of Berlin until 2011, is denigrated because he refuses to confirm an increase in anti-Semitism and criticized the new reporting office for anti-Semitism. Benz is right when he criticized this “RIAS” position as something denunciatory, after all, anti-Semite is the gravest reproach in Germany. Really? Is this term meanwhile not unbelievably “devalued” by the inflationary use? If Jewish citizens are made anti-Semites simply because they have the decency to criticize the “Jewish state” for their disempowering occupation and apartheid policies, and Jews in Germany are banned from performing, then something goes wrong in Germany.

 

If only those Jews are being courted who are in solidarity with Israeli politics, then we have reached a point that reminds us of a time in Germany that has already caused a mischief. If Jews are again turned outsiders by philosemitic politicians and representatives of the Israel lobby today, then this is a crime that can not be made good again. No, it is certainly not anti-Semitism to criticize the “Jewish state” and demand an end to the occupation or support the BDS movement. If Jewish citizens take over their responsibility for Palestine, while German politicians ignore it and prefer to ally with the “Jewish state”, then something is not right in Germany.

 

BDS is not directed against Jews

 

The US-Professor Judith Butler, a model Jewish fighter for the freedom of Palestine, writes in the newly published collection “New Anti-Semitism”, Suhrkamp-Verlag, she sees the BDS campaign “as a new solidarity alliance for more social justice, which calls for Solidarity with the Palestinian national movement through BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) and push the anti-racist struggle forward with the argument: “The boycott is not directed against Jews, it does not target Israeli citizens. It targets Israeli institutions that have the power to put pressure on the government to end its reprehensible laws and policies regarding Palestine. “

 

So much for the recurring fake argument “do not buy from the Jew”.

 

Only 74 years after the liberation and the end of the war, the enemy image of Russia is being rebuilt. What led to sanctions and protests in the case of the Crimea homecoming after a correctly expired referendum (!) Does not detract from the friendship with the Jewish occupiers. For decades, they have been allowed to commit unpunished, illegal annexations, and human rights abuses of the worst kind, making the living conditions of the Palestinians increasingly unbearable, building walls and checkpoints to achieve the final solution of a Judaized Palestine. Therefore, they are considered and rewarded with ever-expanding cooperation.

 

We do not need US bases, nuclear weapons and blackmail

 

What else needs to happen until German politics wakes up and thinks?However, we seem further away than ever before, more and more the importance of transatlantic friendship is sought, which is supposed to be so important for our protection. What protection and from whom? We should all ask ourselves this question if the German government, in accordance with Trump’s orders, but against the interests of its population, increases the military expenditure more and more, supported by German government policy. The German government is being blackmailed by US Ambassador Grenell, who, against every diplomatic practice, is making unspeakable demands for the end of Nordstream 2 or the Iran-EU agreement. It is basically just about the “America first” with the blackmail attempt, to sell overpriced US LPG to Germany and Europe. We need both agreements urgently, but no US bases, nuclear weapons and blackmail that harm the German economy.

 

What is this for a German foreign policy, which has fully recognized in the footsteps of Trump and his Venezuela regime change attempt, the self-proclaimed “interim president” and thus, according to a report of the scientific service of the Bundestag a questionable interference “Venezuela’s internal affairs”, which raises doubts about international legitimacy. (1)

 

Finally, when Federal President Steinmeier finds “clear” words on Venezuela’s situation as part of his trip to South America – because the country is “after years of autocracy and mismanagement on the edge of the abyss”. Steinmeier called for free presidential elections, because only a new president “on a credible, legitimate basis” could give the people of Venezuela a future. What is this German interference and what gives him the legitimacy to express himself? Has Federal President Steinmeier ever advocated free and democratic elections in illegally occupied Palestine or criticized an Israeli prime minister?

 

Responsibility for Palestine and the Palestinian people

 

In fact, Chancellor Merkel never intervenes in the “internal affairs” of the “Jewish state,” even though these are not “inner” ones, but affect us as well, which, out of historical responsibility, we have a responsibility for Palestine and the Palestinian people, always is forgotten again, but until Palestine is free.

 

Meanwhile, it has become “normal” that the Netanyahu regime interferes in internal affairs of German politics and culture. The fact that he tries not only as a prime minister, but also as a war, culture and foreign minister in one person to interfere and to take more and more influence and pressure, may not be tolerated. We have experienced this influence and this wealth of power in the last ten years. Will we soon see Israeliization in Germany, which will increase again? Netanyahu tries to do his Judaisierung in Germany. He, who tramples on the rights of the Palestinians, has also scored points with the AfD, which is quite openly living out its hatred of Islam and thus finds itself in good company with the far-right politics of the “Jewish state”. In addition, he openly tries to wedge the European partners if he provocatively does not come to Munich for the so-called security conference, but flies to Warsaw to attend the more than controversial Warsaw Anti-Iran Conference. Not that we regret his absence in Munich, he sends high-ranking representatives. After all, when it comes to war and weapons sold as “security”, the “Jewish state” is always there. But it shows how Netanyahu is trying to band together with Iran-hostile and Islam-hating states to push a wedge into European politics, much like his friend Trump did. but flies to Warsaw to attend the more than controversial Warsaw Anti-Iran Conference. Not that we regret his absence in Munich, he sends high-ranking representatives. After all, when it comes to war and weapons sold as “security”, the “Jewish state” is always there. But it shows how Netanyahu is trying to band together with Iran-hostile and Islam-hating states to push a wedge into European politics, much like his friend Trump did. but flies to Warsaw to attend the more than controversial Warsaw Anti-Iran Conference. Not that we regret his absence in Munich, he sends high-ranking representatives. After all, when it comes to war and weapons sold as “security”, the “Jewish state” is always there. But it shows how Netanyahu is trying to band together with Iran-hostile and Islam-hating states to push a wedge into European politics, much like his friend Trump did.

 

Respect for human rights instead of unchecked policy of indecent recklessness

 

So it brings us back to the topic, the respect that German politicians demand of Muslims, they should also prove the Muslims in Germany and not always see everything only through the “Jewish-Christian” glasses. This requires the respect for human rights, which are increasingly losing themselves in an unrestrained policy of indecent recklessness, following the example of the USA and Israel.

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/bundestags-gutachten-aeussert-bedenken-an-guaido-anerkennung-16032440.html#void

 

 

In the Neue Rheinische Zeitung (NRhZ) published in issue 692 dated 13.02.2019 under http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=25619

WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON NANCY?

Why would a donkey want to act like an elephant?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had issued a statement earlier on Monday calling on Omar to “immediately apologize” for her comments. Jewish members of Congress had been circulating an open letter calling on Pelosi to act.

Pelosi added in a tweet accompanying her statement that she had spoken with Omar and the two “agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.”

Ilhan Omar Apologizes After Being Accused Of Anti-Semitism Over AIPAC Tweet

Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized on Monday, one day after she published tweets accusing the pro-Israel group AIPAC of paying politicians to support Israel, which many fellow Democrats characterized as anti-Semitic because of its association with the trope of Jews using money to nefariously control the government.

Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” she wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry,” she continued. “It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

Omar on Sunday responded on Twitter to a question about why politicians support Israel by quoting the lyric “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” referring to $100 bills. When asked by Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon who she was referring to, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had issued a statement earlier on Monday calling on Omar to “immediately apologize” for her comments. Jewish members of Congress had been circulating an open letter calling on Pelosi to act.

Pelosi added in a tweet accompanying her statement that she had spoken with Omar and the two “agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.”

This is not the first time Omar has apologized after being accused of anti-Semitism. After being called out by New York Times columnist Bari Weiss last month, Omar apologized for her 2012 tweet claiming that Israel had “hypnotized the world.” She later said on “The Daily Show” that she reacted defensively when people first accused her of anti-Semitism over that tweet, but that she “had to take a deep breath and understand where people were coming from and what point they were trying to make, which is what I expect people to do when I’m talking to them about things that impact me or offend me.”

Omar is one of two members of Congress to support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel; some Jews consider the movement inherently anti-Semitic due to its disproportionate focus on the Jewish state, while others defend it as a non-violent approach to targeting Israeli policies.

 

Also see THIS report

No, Ilhan Omar Is Not Anti-Semitic For Calling Out AIPAC


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IN DEFENSE OF OUR MORAL DUTY

There is only one moral duty that concerns us all and for which it is necessary to defend the high good of freedom of expression.

 

There is only one moral duty

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

Time and again, when Holocaust survivors, such as the Israeli historian Saul Friedlander on the occasion of the anniversary for the victims of National Socialism, believe that “defending Israel’s right to exist … is a fundamental moral obligation” makes me stunned, and so on I am appalled by the one-sidedness of the historian and contemporary witnesses. (1) I find it simply absurd for Holocaust survivors, of all people, to defend a state that has lost all moral integrity through its decade-long occupation of Palestine and the constant onslaught of land. In fact Friedlander was lucky enough to find his home in 1948 in the “Jewish State”. Like many others, he has obviously never wondered what this “happiness” was! For he too, like many others, has repressed the fact that this “happiness” was created on the misfortune of the more than 750,000 Palestinians expelled from their ancestral home, homeless to this day. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Israel is progressing, because the Jewish occupiers want the land, but without their autochthonous Palestinian population.

Moral duty to comply with international law

As a historian to be taken seriously, Friedlander would have had to remember those dark, murderous chapters of his new homeland, which makes the Palestinian people the last forgotten victim of the Nazi barbarei. His speech to the Bundestag could have been a good opportunity to recall this sad fact and to enlighten the German elite there that Germany is historically in the “moral duty” to stand up for the Palestinian people.

Palestinians last “co-victims” of the Holocaust

Although Bundestag President Schäuble in his opening address unctuously reminded of the commandment to be a fellow human being and not to forget our responsibility, for him this responsibility does not apply to the Palestinians as the last “co-victims” of the Holocaust. Instead, Schäuble rummaged about the cheap, supposedly “newly immigrated anti-Semitism” from the prejudice drawer. Against this, I clearly take sides with the party: certainly it is not anti-Semitism when Muslims attack the “Jewish state” and its politics, but simply demanding the international law of Israel! Even the ever-diminishing Palestinian Christians demand compliance with international law.

New rights in Germany firmly on the side of the extreme right in the “Jewish state”

The fact that Friedländer in his speech attacked not only the extreme right but also the extreme left and lumped it is unbearable! After all, it is well known that the extreme right here in Germany, the AfD, is firmly on the side of the Jews and how the Israeli government vehemently rejects the establishment of a Palestinian state, and is therefore in complete harmony with the extreme right wing in the “Jewish state”, ie the Netanyahu government, as well as the majority of Israeli-Jewish citizens and the majority of Jewish organizations in the diaspora. On the other hand, a large part of the left has a conscience and is on the side of the oppressed Palestinians. It’s outrageous, and it’s not right, as Friedländer puts it, that it’s the “politically correct way of justifying their hatred,

Whenever the antisemitism leg is swung again and again

No, Mr. Friedlander, it is certainly not anti-Semitism when the “Jewish State” is attacked for its occupation and human rights violations, and more than shameful when the anti-Semitism leg is repeatedly swung to the defense of criticism.

Friedländer speech: example of Israel propaganda and art of distraction

Regrettably, the criticism is not obsessive enough because nothing has changed over the years but is getting worse and more brutal. And your speech, Mr. Friedlander, was a prime example of using the Jewish Project, the Hasbara Project, for worldwide Israeli propaganda to silence and denounce Israeli critics. And indeed, in this shabby way of stopping criticism, Israel is a master, and where could this scientific propaganda fall on more fertile ground than in Germany, the land of the former perpetrators. You, Mr. Friedlander, hit just the right nerve, they heartbreaking portrayed your really shattering and sad biography, in a quiet tone that rightly mesmerized all listeners.

The high standard of freedom of expression is called into question by the Israel lobby worldwide

While he pointed out that Germany and the majority of Germans today is a changed country that encourages him, he could be sure of the standing ovations of the assembled audience. Yes, the majority of Germans need praise and recognition, but even more absolution for the past. This game of praise and blame, between strokes and strokes makes them happy, especially when it comes from people like them or from the “Jewish state”. What bothers in this unity? The criticism of the “Jewish state”. Therefore, this criticism is immediately denigrated as anti-Semitic and stifled in the bud, in defiance of the well-known truth about the crimes of Israel and all democratic practices and the freedom of expression. This high commodity is being called into question by the Israel lobby worldwide, when it comes to Israel / Palestine. Your speech, Mr. Friedlander, was a prime example of this “art”, the art of distraction.

There is no right to exist for a state without borders and constitution

The shabby instrumentalization of the Holocaust, the uniqueness of this crime, smashes any discussion that even attempts to criticize the “Jewish state”. There is no right to exist for a state without borders and constitution, but only a right to exist for people, citizens, but in no case applies only to Jews, as is repeatedly propagated. The Palestinians, the indigenous peoples of Palestine, who are granted neither the same rights nor their legal right of return, nor their right to a homeland, are discriminated against with the help of the descendants of the victims and the perpetrators. It is frightening how former victims and perpetrators unite and act together in a friendly community. The critics, including Jews, and Muslims remain as a metaphor for anti-Semitism,

Apartheid streets for Jews only

While the new rights in Europe have more and more in common with the “Jewish state”, BDS supporters and critical leftists stand for the right to exist of a Palestinian state. 71 years after the founding of the state of Israel, it has still not been possible to found a Palestinian state. This wish, thanks to Jewish and “Judeo-Christian” supporters and helpers, is increasingly turning into a mirage, a fairy tale. While the settlers and the settlements in occupied Palestine rob more and more land, the apartheid streets “only for Jews”, walls and checkpoints more and more fragmented by Palestine, and Jerusalem is simply illegally seized as the eternal capital of a “Jewish state”, politics is silent this obvious wrong. In your speech, Mr. Friedlander, the Palestinians and Palestine did not occur.

Such a state has no right to exist

In fact, the question arises, does the “Jewish state” have a right to existence as it exists today and is built up? No, and I can only repeat it again and again, not like that. Despite everything, we must continue to work for the freedom of Palestine and the self-determination of its people, because only then is a peaceful future guaranteed.

In Germany there is again a prohibition of speech for Jews

Who, if not you, Mr. Friedlander, as a witness and Holocaust survivor, would have been able to use all your powers to achieve this goal. She, who forgave the Germans so generously and helped in 2002 to make the history of the Bertelsmann Group “Kosher”. But that today in Germany there is again a prohibition of speech for Jews, so you select “again” good “Jews and” bad “Jews, you miss studiously. (2)

Empathy for the suffering of the Palestinians

While Holocaust survivors like Hajo Meyer, the author of numerous books and fighters for a free Palestine, neither from the Bundestag nor from the official side ever found the deserved recognition, one now hopes only “good” Jews. Feeling empathy for the suffering of the Palestinians, Hajo Meyer was able to identify with Palestinian youth from his experience, making him an admirable contemporary witness who never ignored others’ sufferings. It is the creeping poison of the “new anti-Semitism” that makes Jews outcast again. Jews who dare to support the peaceful BDS campaign are being launched by philosemitic politicians and the media under the guidance of the “Jewish State” and its helpers (Sayanim worldwide). (3)

Mayor Becker: drunk with happiness when looking at the occupation state

Friedlander is correct in that Germany today became a country that exemplarily intensified its cooperation with the “Jewish State” – supported medially and politically by an unprecedented exaggeration of everything Jewish in Germany. There is a unique transfiguration in progress that must repel any “normal” Jewish citizen, as he is concerned in his embarrassment. Do Jewish citizens really want to be something “special” again, so they are considered “Kippa exotics”. In addition, when the multifunctional Mayor of Frankfurt, Becker, thinks that he is on the frontline of solidarity with the occupation state for a whole day running around in the “most Jewish city in Germany”, because he is downright drunk with happiness when he is in Israel and up the occupied Golan can look. Quite funny what fits this Becker everything: The Oxymoron crew + rule of law. I call this degenerate! (4)

When a religion depends on a piece of foreskin

Why, I ask, should it be anti-Semitic to argue that it does not have to be considered a bodily harm to cut off the penis’ foreskin just born to Jewish male babies? What justifies this ritual? Nowhere in the Torah (Old Testament) is this ritual required. It became a stone-carved dogma that can not be justified with anything. Time and again, it is demanded on all sides that Islam should be renewed, but in Judaism every question of this kind is stylized immediately to hatred of the Jews. We must not forget that not only in Reform Judaism, but also in the “Jewish State” more and more Jews do not let their boys be circumcised, yet observe other rules. Just as Jews burn themselves after death today, All rites should finally come to the table. If a religion depends on a piece of foreskin then there is not much to it. For me that also applies to the celibacy of Catholics, which in my opinion is unnatural and by no means “God-willing” but – as always comes to light – only abuse and pedophilia or according to Pope Francis nuns abuse by priests. (5)

If the religions do not succeed in renewing themselves and accepting the equal rights of women, there will be fewer and fewer believers in the future. Although I do not make much friends with these statements, I remain faithful, and religious rites are justified only as long as they do not interfere with fundamental rights. Everyone should believe what and to whom he wants, but please without compulsion and state.

Moral duty to denounce Israeli state terrorists

So if we see it as our moral duty to support the struggle for freedom of the Palestinian people and denounce occupation and oppression by Israeli state terrorists, then that is perfectly legitimate and in accordance with international law.

If we defend ourselves against the fact that the federal government is making more and more common cause with these state terrorists, then it is our moral duty to tackle it. We demand:

 

  • No youth exchange that infects our youth with the occupation poison,
  • no federal exchange of arms with Jewish “defense soldiers” defending this illegal occupation by all means.
  • No armor drones, cyber exchange, as well
  • no joint cabinet meetings.
  • No participation in the Songfestival ESC in Tel Aviv for white washing of the crew
  • No cultural exchange, but support from Israeli artists who refuse to be restricted in their work. Not the BDS support is anti-Semitic, but it is the new Jews haters who want to prohibit Jews the right to freedom of expression.
  • Not BDS, but the new rights in Europe, which, in cooperation with the “Jewish state terrorists”, are trying to defame the left and the Muslims as terrorists.

 

Defend the high good of freedom of expression!

There is only one moral duty that concerns us all and for which it is necessary to defend the high good of freedom of expression.

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2019/kw05-nachbericht-gedenkstunde/589230

(2) https://www.randomhouse.de/Buch/Bertelsmann-im-Dritten-Reich/C-Bertelsmann/e122519.rhd

(3) https://linkezeitung.de/2017/03/11/auschwitz-ueberlebender-hajo-meyer-ich-may-mich-mit-der-palaestinensischen-jugend-identifizieren/

(4) https://www.journal-frankfurt.de/journal_news/Panorama-2/Gespraech-mit-Uwe-Becker-Frankfurt-ist-die-juedischste-Stadt-Deutschlands-33474.html?newsletter_id=4135

(5) https://www.waz.de/politik/papst-franziskus-nonnen-werden-von-priestern-missbraucht-id216375935.html

 

 

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LATUFF MAKES ISRAELI HEADLINES

Even when it comes to cartoons, Israel hates criticism.

Following arrival of an Israeli delegation in Brazil to assist search and rescue efforts in the wake of the dam collapse in the country, Carlos Latuff publishes a cartoon showing IDF soldiers with blood on their hands; Israeli comic book artist Uri Fink retaliates with his own cartoon.

Brazilian cartoon slams IDF soldiers helping with dam collapse

Itamar Eichner

Brazilian cartoon artist Carlos Latuff welcomed an Israeli military delegation, which was sent to assist local search and rescue teams to look for hundreds of missing people following a dam collapse in the country, with an anti-Semitic caricature portraying IDF soldiers as murderers with blood on their hands.

The Israeli delegation, which brought with it special equipment to allow them to operate in the muddy conditions, comprised of over 100 Israeli soldiers from the Home Front Command, includes engineers, doctors, and search and rescue personnel. Israel was the only country that sent a search and rescue team.

Latuff, known for his anti-Israeli views, is a political caricaturist whose work is published worldwide. One of his past works compared Israel with Nazi Germany.

Latuff’s latest cartoon shows IDF soldiers getting off a plane with their hands covered in blood as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets them. The soldiers tell Bolsonaro: “Sorry for our delay! We’re busy killing Palestinians.”

In response, Israeli comic book artist Uri Fink blasted the Brazilian cartoonist on Facebook, saying that “Carlos Latuff is a disgrace to our profession.”

“It is acceptable to criticize a nation’s policies, even harshly, but when it sends people to help save lives in your country, the least you could do is shut the f*** up! Obviously, he is so completely consumed by hatred that he forgot his responsibility as a cartoonist and continues his duties as a propaganda tool in the finest totalitarian tradition,” Fink wrote.

Fink, a member of the Israeli Cartoon Project—an organization that is waging an online battle against anti-Israeli and Anti-Semitic cartoons—retaliated to Latuff’s cartoon with a caricature of the Brazilian artist holding a BDS sign while preventing an IDF soldier from saving a little girl.

Fink’s comeback

“His hatred for Israel has made Latuff lose his mind. The fact help is being prevented from people (in need) only because of the hatred toward Israel is an example of the lows one can reach when choosing to disproportionately attack Israel.

“The online smear campaign against Israel does nothing but poison the discourse and distance peace,” Fink said.

CONCEPT OF PEACE GOING VIRAL IN ISRAEL

There is good reason to presume, meanwhile, that an embryonic dynamic of emergent partnership can spread and become self-fulfilling. Hard work, but not unachievable.

No More Enemies

Toward reparative social redesign
By Deb Reich (Author of the Book) ,,,, Click on link

Now hear this, all you energized political partisans out there. You’re feuding about the wrong stuff! Certainly a national crisis (or an election) raises the decibel level of our social discourse to deafening levels, but politics as usual is a fateful distraction. The truly foundational operative distinction awaiting our collective attention is not about politics.

Rescuing ourselves and our planet requires that we focus on Riane Eisler’s classification of societies and cultures as either partnership-oriented or domination-oriented. The usual sociopolitical and economic binaries (capitalist versus communist, left versus right, Europe versus Asia, etc.), while pertinent, are just commentary. The crucial criterion for whether a culture or subculture and its leaders are benign or destructive, to their society and to the planet, is whether they embody a partnership orientation or a domination orientation – because that shapes everything else. For more depth on that subject, read Eisler.

What are our prospects for fostering a society more partnership-oriented than the one we’ve got now? A key obstacle is the unexamined notion of enemies, which deserves a closer look.

We are a flawed species

First, consider this: We humans have evolved toward a self-reinforcing tendency to domination. It’s built in. Modern technology has not altered, and may even have amplified, that tendency. We are a flawed species, violent, territorial, and tribal, and with social media it’s all gone ballistic.

Our cultural extensions evolve ever more rapidly, from the dawn of cyber to wearable computing in just a few decades, while we ourselves remain stuck in barbarism. So let’s say we decide today to envision a deep redesign in human sociocultural evolution and then strive to actualize it. Let’s say we aim to become the fulcrum generation that figures out how to pivot humanity toward a different future as a species – maybe just in time to save the planet and the beings who share it with us. What would we have to do?

Onward to No More Enemies

I suggest that, as a point of departure, we identify a single, beneficent, unifying idea that all humans could rally behind, right now. The ideal unifying concept would help us focus our collective energies on designing a workaround for our in-built toxic behavior patterns – without inviting abusive control by despots, a common downside of revolutions past.

No More Enemies might be just the thing. As a conceptual paradigm, as a meme for species-wide partnership, as a candidate for a reparative viral trajectory, this notion is uniquely suitable. A spirit of solidarity and synergy is inherent in the idea itself.

No More Enemies allows us to say to ourselves: Okay, it’s true we are a flawed species. But we (and “they”) are all similarly tainted; it’s generic. Like domination-oriented cultural blueprints, the enemies paradigm emerged as an artifact of human neurobiology, the same for everyone. We can unlearn the idea that adversaries are necessarily enemies; we can train ourselves to see them as valuable potential allies in a shared quest to transcend the in-built flaws of homo sapiens. Imagine what a powerful functional upgrade this could launch for us all.

Ostensible enemies have managed to cooperate in joint endeavors when the stakes were high enough and the nature of the enterprise was appropriate: Think of the International Space Station, for example, with Russians and Americans spacewalking together in the back yard. Locally, globally, and out there in space, the need for coordinated action powered by partnership is increasing exponentially. The good news: scholars like Eisler and biologist Lynn Margulis have shown that cooperation, not competition, is the real linchpin of evolution. Research critiquing neo-Darwinism suggests that “humans are naturally cooperative, altruistic and social, only reverting to violence when stressed….” That old enemies paradigm has been a powerfully malign stress factor all by itself. So let’s outgrow it.

We could molt the enemies mindset

The notion of enemies is one of those ideas we don’t so much think aboutas think with. Rarely does anyone stop to examine the validity of the idea itself. Meanwhile, we continue to make war on “them” (stronger adversaries) or warehouse “them” behind walls (weaker adversaries) when what we need is smart, joint problem-solving with those same adversaries.

This reparative, self-administered social redesign could help us to start viewing our adversaries as assets instead of threats. No holdouts on either side would be permitted to deflect us from this path. Moreover, when we adopt a No More Enemies filter to screen our own behavior, the impact should radiate. As more individuals anywhere practice something, practicing it becomes easier for others, even in remote locations. We don’t know how or why, although Rupert Sheldrake and others have proposed some elegant theories. There is good reason to presume, meanwhile, that an embryonic dynamic of emergent partnership can spread and become self-fulfilling. Hard work, but not unachievable.

Why wait? Any time is a good time to redesign. The standard wall-mongering autocrat is hawking an obscenely archaic model of human interaction. Let’s identify, align with, and support public figures who commit to the No More Enemies upgrade and can inspire more of us to do likewise. That way lies the major shift we need toward a sustainable shared future. Let’s be bold and co-create a planetary collective of partnership-oriented people (including “them”). Maybe it’s not too late. Let’s find out. No More Enemies.

(To be continued…)

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ZION STILL REELING AT THE (FINAL) TRUTH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Look at THIS post before you continue reading …

We are delighted here at the site that Michelle Alexander’s excellent long New York Times column is getting huge attention. 

Michelle Alexander

Why Michelle Alexander’s ‘NY Times’ column is having such a huge impact

We are delighted here at the site that Michelle Alexander’s excellent long New York Times column is getting huge attention — and we are also a little puzzled. The Times has previously run occasional opinion articles critical of Israel and sympathetic to Palestinians, but none of them has had the reverberating impact of Professor Alexander’s January 20 piece. Her article is already clearly a watershed moment, with arguably even more impact on mainstream U.S. opinion than Israel’s onslaught last spring against Gaza’s Great March of Return, which left more than 150 Palestinians dead and another 5800 wounded by live ammunition.

Israel’s Hasbara Central has already recognized the danger. The Israel lobby’s usual suspects struck back immediately, calling Alexander’s measured article “a rant,” with “countless outrages,” that even amounts to “a strategic threat” to Israel.

Why has Alexander prompted such a huge reaction? I have some tentative explanations.

  * First, Alexander reveals an open secret — that many mainstream American progressives have been afraid to speak out against Israel because they fear losing funding for their other important causes, or they fear being smeared by the pro-Israel forces. Alexander bravely includes herself in this category, hinting that she worried that her pathbreaking research and writing into systemic racial discrimination in America could be jeopardized if she came out decisively for Palestine. Her headline told the story: “Time to Break the Silence About Palestine.”

* The U.S. political climate is changing, to be steadily more sympathetic to Palestinians. Young people, Jews and others, no longer uncritically accept the Israel lobby’s propaganda. For the first time, two members of the U.S. Congress, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, outspokenly favor the nonviolent program of Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS).

* Michelle Alexander is a respected and experienced scholar, who won sufficient renown in her field to be offered a regular New York Times column. (Hasbara Central must be panicking that she will continue to speak out regularly, now that she has broken the ice.)

* We in the alternative press forget how successfully the Times and other mainstream media have protected themselves inside a pro-Israel propaganda fortress. You have to set the occasional pro-Palestine opinion article in the Times alongside the paper’s chronically biased news coverage, day after day, year after year. So when Michelle Alexander says straightforwardly that Israel has “adopted some practices reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow segregation in the United States,” her view will come as no surprise to regular visitors to Mondoweiss, but those who read the Times on the 7:17 train down from Westchester into New York City may jump out of their seats.

* That Michelle Alexander is a distinguished African-American academic may also be a factor. Many black Americans have for decades seen certain parallels between their situation and the oppression that Palestinians face, a comparison that is surely giving the Israel lobby nightmares.

* Finally, Alexander’s article is extraordinarily eloquent and moving. You expect well-crafted pieces in the Times, but she has written a masterpiece. Here is how she ended: “In this new year, I aim to speak with greater courage and conviction about injustices beyond our borders, particularly those that are funded by our government, and stand in solidarity with struggles for democracy and freedom. My conscience leaves me with no other choice.”

Her article will surely appear in eventual histories about the liberation of Palestine, marking a turning point in history.

AN OPINION PIECE FROM THE TIMES THAT WE CAN LIVE WITH

Martin Luther King Jr. courageously spoke out about the Vietnam War. We must do the same when it comes to this grave injustice of our time.

“We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak,” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared at Riverside Church in Manhattan in 1967.Credit John C. Goodwin

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

By Michelle Alexander

Opinion Columnist

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed the war, and more than 400,000 American service members were in Vietnam, their lives on the line.

Many of King’s strongest allies urged him to remain silent about the war or at least to soft-pedal any criticism. They knew that if he told the whole truth about the unjust and disastrous war he would be falsely labeled a Communist, suffer retaliation and severe backlash, alienate supporters and threaten the fragile progress of the civil rights movement.

King rejected all the well-meaning advice and said, “I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice.” Quoting a statement by the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, he said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal” and added, “that time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.”

It was a lonely, moral stance. And it cost him. But it set an example of what is required of us if we are to honor our deepest values in times of crisis, even when silence would better serve our personal interests or the communities and causes we hold most dear. It’s what I think about when I go over the excuses and rationalizations that have kept me largely silent on one of the great moral challenges of our time: the crisis in Israel-Palestine.

I have not been alone. Until very recently, the entire Congress has remained mostly silent on the human rights nightmare that has unfolded in the occupied territories. Our elected representatives, who operate in a political environment where Israel’s political lobby holds well-documented power, have consistently minimized and deflected criticism of the State of Israel, even as it has grown more emboldened in its occupation of Palestinian territory and adopted some practices reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa and Jim Crow segregation in the United States.

Many civil rights activists and organizations have remained silent as well, not because they lack concern or sympathy for the Palestinian people, but because they fear loss of funding from foundations, and false charges of anti-Semitism. They worry, as I once did, that their important social justice work will be compromised or discredited by smear campaigns.

Similarly, many students are fearful of expressing support for Palestinian rights because of the McCarthyite tactics of secret organizations likeCanary Mission, which blacklists those who publicly dare to support boycotts against Israel, jeopardizing their employment prospects and future careers.

Reading King’s speech at Riverside more than 50 years later, I am left with little doubt that his teachings and message require us to speak out passionately against the human rights crisis in Israel-Palestine, despite the risks and despite the complexity of the issues. King argued, when speaking of Vietnam, that even “when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict,” we must not be mesmerized by uncertainty. “We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”

And so, if we are to honor King’s message and not merely the man, we must condemn Israel’s actions: unrelenting violations of international law, continued occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, home demolitions and land confiscations. We must cry out at the treatment of Palestinians at checkpoints, the routine searches of their homes and restrictions on their movements, and the severely limited access to decent housing, schools, food, hospitals and water that many of them face.

We must not tolerate Israel’s refusal even to discuss the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, as prescribed by United Nations resolutions, and we ought to question the U.S. government funds that have supported multiple hostilities and thousands of civilian casualties in Gaza, as well as the $38 billion the U.S. government has pledged in military support to Israel.

And finally, we must, with as much courage and conviction as we can muster, speak out against the system of legal discrimination that exists inside Israel, a system complete with, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, more than 50 laws that discriminate against Palestinians — such as the new nation-state law that says explicitly that only Jewish Israelis have the right of self-determination in Israel, ignoring the rights of the Arab minority that makes up 21 percent of the population.

Of course, there will be those who say that we can’t know for sure what King would do or think regarding Israel-Palestine today. That is true. The evidence regarding King’s views on Israel is complicated and contradictory.

Although the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee denouncedIsrael’s actions against Palestinians, King found himself conflicted. Like many black leaders of the time, he recognized European Jewry as a persecuted, oppressed and homeless people striving to build a nation of their own, and he wanted to show solidarity with the Jewish community, which had been a critically important ally in the civil rights movement.

Ultimately, King canceled a pilgrimage to Israel in 1967 after Israel captured the West Bank. During a phone call about the visit with his advisers, he said, “I just think that if I go, the Arab world, and of course Africa and Asia for that matter, would interpret this as endorsing everything that Israel has done, and I do have questions of doubt.”

He continued to support Israel’s right to exist but also said on national television that it would be necessary for Israel to return parts of its conquered territory to achieve true peace and security and to avoid exacerbating the conflict. There was no way King could publicly reconcile his commitment to nonviolence and justice for all people, everywhere, with what had transpired after the 1967 war.

Today, we can only speculate about where King would stand. Yet I find myself in agreement with the historian Robin D.G. Kelley, who concluded that, if King had the opportunity to study the current situation in the same way he had studied Vietnam, “his unequivocal opposition to violence, colonialism, racism and militarism would have made him an incisive critic of Israel’s current policies.”

Everyone is talking about one thing this morning, the outstanding piece by Michelle Alexander in the New York Times, yes, the New York Times.
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Israel just ‘lost Cronkite’ — the struggle for Palestinian rights at ‘The New York Times’

Robert Herbst
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Complaints about distorted news coverage of events in Israel-Palestine have been a staple on this site for years.

THE UNGENTRIFICATION OF PALESTINE

They are “demolishing our Palestinian heritage.”

“The Palestinian identity of [Haifa] city is being reinvested and reshaped for the benefit of the hegemonic Zionist narrative.”

“The Artists’ Quarter,” a new condo development in Wadi Salib. Advertisements outside the building feature families and the slogan,”You are the Quarter” (“Atem haRova”). (Photo: Yuula Benivolski)

Gentrification in Haifa soars as Palestinian homes are converted into luxury real estate

Israel’s Haifa municipality is unveiling major plans to transform the city in northern Israel into a Barcelona of the Middle East – a city with captivating ancient architecture redolent of a storied past.

However, there is one problem: these homes belonged to Palestinians. Most of whom were among some 750,000 who fled or were expelled from their homes and lands in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli war that marked Israel’s creation – referred to as the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” by Palestinians.

During Israel’s first years of statehood, the buildings, including many large villas, were shuttered and blocked up with concrete, left that way for decades. Palestinians often kept records of their original deeds and house keys, yet they were never allowed to return to their homes.

Other homes were until recently rented to Palestinians by Israeli companies that acquired Palestinian properties in the years after the Nakba. These decrepit buildings were often neglected until the city deemed them unliveable, and evicted the Palestinian residents. Now the homes are being flipped into luxury units.

Many of the refugees from Haifa and their descendants now reside in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jenin in the occupied West Bank. In 1948, some 40,000 Palestinians also became internally displaced within the borders of the newly established Israeli state.

“They are essentially turning the ruins of the Nakba into economic projects for Israel’s free market,” said Orwa Switat, a Haifa-based activist and urban planner. Switat told Mondoweiss the municipality’s new projects in the historic Palestinian areas in Haifa include the development of “luxury apartments, prestige condos, an artist village and galleries, and a commercial area and offices.”

“Now the municipality is reshaping and turning this space into a center for leisure and art, and luxury and boutique apartments in order to gentrify it and turn it into projects that the Israeli market profits from,” he said.

Boarded up building in the Wadi Salib neighborhood with “The Gallery” condo in the background (Photo: Yuula Benivolski)

Wadi Salib: ‘Demolishing our Palestinian heritage’

Gentrification hit Haifa about 20 years ago, but it was gradual at first. That process has increased significantly in the past five years, according to Jafar Farah, director of the Mossawa Center in Haifa. The change in speed came when the municipality opened more homes for purchase from private developers, selling sometimes 45 homes in one bid, Farah said.

“In this case, no Arab investor or family can buy these houses. The target is big companies,” he said, adding that many Palestinian residents of the city suffer from poverty and are therefore unable to purchase the homes.

Most of the development is in Wadi Salib, which was the largest Palestinian neighborhood in Haifa before 1948, when it was depopulated of its Palestinian residents.

In Wadi Salib, 14 Israeli developers purchased the whole neighborhood, amounting to hundreds of housing units, between 2010 and 2012. The purchased houses were either demolished with modern structures built in their place or the historic homes were renovated and marketed for their so-called authenticity.

They are “demolishing our Palestinian heritage,” Johnny Mansour, a Haifa-based author and historian, told Mondoweiss.

Switat noted that Wadi Salib is “not just a place of gentrification.” But it is also a “historical Palestinian area that was captured, neglected for decades, and now is being gentrified and recreated into new Israeli projects that do not serve the indigenous Palestinian community.”

“This change will change the meaning of the neighborhood itself and the historical Palestinian center of Haifa into an orientalist project, where the municipality uses that Arab style of architecture and heritage, and then depoliticizes and neutralizes it from its political context and historical displacement,” Switat said.

Meanwhile, “the actual owners of the houses are still refugees today in Lebanon.”

According to Farah, vacant refugee buildings in the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas also in Haifa have recently been targeted for development.

Yaacov Zitser accounting firm bought one of the old buildings for its offices. across from it are dozens of emptied and gutted Palestinian buildings, Haifa. (Credit: Yuula Benivolski)

Hadar: ‘I still remember the families who used to live there’

Uphill from Wadi Salib, Emil Afara, 90, was 20 years old when Zionist militias expelled his family from their home in the Hadar neighborhood in Haifa city.

He and his family sought refuge, along with some 13 other families, at the Stella Maris Monastery nestled on the slopes of Mount Carmel, about five miles away from their home. They survived on bread made of ingredients donated by the priests at the religious compound, Afara said from his home in Wadi Nisnas in central Haifa where he lives today. It is walking distance from his original home.

“I know the families who own these homes. It’s not easy. When I look at the homes, I still remember all the families in Haifa that used to live there,” Afara continued, “It’s very sad, because they are not here anymore.”

Activists and rights groups are challenging this “ethnic gentrification” in Haifa. Several organizations in Haifa are attempting to convince the new mayor, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, to include the Palestinian communities into their development plans and halt economic projects that would destroy the Palestinian history and heritage of the city.

The Israeli municipalities often do not include Palestinian communities into their strategic plans for development, even if the plans are laid on top of Palestinian neighborhoods or in cities with sizable Palestinian populations. Oftentimes, Palestinian residents  become aware of the municipality’s plans only after they are implemented.

Afara, however, does not hold much hope that the municipality’s plans will change. “I saw them take the homes from us. They gave them to Jews or blocked them up so their owners could never come back,” he said. “Now they are demolishing them and some of our beautiful [Palestinian] homes are being renovated and sold.”

“Israel has taken everything from us,” he said.

In Haifa, out of 75,000 Palestinian residents only 3,000 remained in the city after 1948. According to Mansour, the historian, during the fighting Palestinians were pushed into Wadi Nisnas where they were placed under a siege for about two months, unable to leave the area unless receiving special permission from authorities.

“Those who remained in Wadi Nisnas lost all of their properties to the Israeli state,” Mansour said. “They became strangers in their own city.”

Mansour added that the original Palestinian owners, some of whom are still within the boundaries of Haifa, are “very afraid and conscious about what is happening to their properties.”

After Israel passed the Absentees’ Property Law in 1950, the properties of Palestinian refugees and those internally displaced, who were referred to as “present absentees”, were transferred to Israel’s General Custodian.

Amidar, a state-owned and state-run housing company, was created by Israel and tasked with managing these properties. In 1953 Israel passed the Land Acquisition Law, allowing the state to use these confiscated properties and assets for Jewish settlement, development, and Israeli security and military interests.

This was the last step to “complete the process of formal transfer of ownership of confiscated [Palestinian] land,” Switat said, paving the way for historic Palestinian neighborhoods to be transformed into profitable economic ventures for private Israeli companies and the state.

Turkish hammam built by the Ottomans, now a luxury restaurant and “interior design studio” called Studio 99 (Credit: Yuula Benivolski)

Barcelona, Israeli style

A major plan for Haifa’s municipality is to develop the coastal area in order to create a touristic port similar to Barcelona. This project is called “Haifa waterfront,” Switat told Mondoweiss, and will result in the eviction of an entire Palestinian neighborhood.

The development project involves moving the port, which is now disconnected from the city, to the east of Haifa city. Throughout this project, residents of the al-Mahatta neighborhood — located near the port — are being evicted and their homes demolished to make room for 700 luxury apartments and a touristic area including bars, restaurants and hotels.

The al-Mahatta neighborhood, according to Switat, is one of the oldest Palestinian neighborhoods in Haifa, representing the origins of the city.

Many of the residents in al-Mahatta were evicted under the pretense that their homes were “too dangerous” for them to continue to reside in, owing to Amidar — which owns almost half of the homes in al-Mahatta, failing to repair or improve the buildings, Mansour said. The company then uses the dilapidated state of the buildings as an excuse to kick residents out.

Meanwhile, others were evicted after losing their protected tenancy rights, which had permitted them to live in the homes for a fixed, reduced rent. These policies in the city are “creating a reality in which people [Palestinians] are being slowly pushed out of their historical neighborhoods,” Switat said.

According to Mansour, out of 600 apartments in the neighborhood, only 28 remain standing.

Haifa’s artists’ quarter: an advertisement for the gallery and boutique apartments on the facade of a boarded up Palestinian building in Haifa (Credit: Yuula Benivolski)

It starts with the artists

The gentrification taking hold in Haifa city has been implemented by Israel’s municipalities and government in other Palestinian urban areas in Israel, particularly Jaffa and Akka.

Jaffa was one of the first Palestinian urban areas to undergo major transformations. The Israeli government began destroying Palestinian homes and evicting families as early as the 1960s, Switat explained.

From 1949 to 1992 it was illegal for Palestinians to repair homes built before Israel declared statehood in 1948, thus forcing Palestinians to live in units where lack of repairs caused them to fail to meet zoning codes.

Much like the plans for Haifa today, the city of Tel Aviv approved an urban renewal plan in 1992 that catered to Israelis seeking to buy and renovate homes that were priced out of reach for most Palestinians. The plan made no specific accommodation to Palestinians renting homes in Absentee properties. It further created cumbersome terms for Palestinians who inherited houses in Jaffa.

In 1996, Israel then approved a policy that legalized the sale of all remaining Palestinian Absentee houses. This created a fire sale. More than 900 shuttered homes belonging to Palestinian refugees in Haifa, Jaffa, and Akka were privatized and sold at auctions between 2010 and 2015, Switat said.

As a result of this gentrification process, “Jaffa today is no longer Palestinian,” Switat said.

In Jaffa, this same gentrification process is almost complete, transforming the historical Palestinian city into an affluent Israeli neighborhood. Switat tells Mondoweiss that Israeli artists are often the “pioneers” of this “ethnic gentrification” in historic Palestinian areas in Israel.

“The artists are the ones willing to live in buildings that are in bad shape, where they can make it an art gallery. And then they create a coffee shop and then restaurants,” he said. “They start the movement through festivals in order to attract students and middle class young couples who are attracted to that kind of ‘authentic’ cultural atmosphere that the artists create.”

In a similar process, “the Palestinian identity of [Haifa] city is being reinvested and reshaped for the benefit of the hegemonic Zionist narrative,” Switat noted.

Haifa city was founded some 250 years ago by Daher el-Omar, a Palestinian who ruled the Galilee during the Ottoman Empire. However, the city’s Palestinian history does not exist in Haifa’s public spaces.

“In Haifa, you have museums for exhibiting Japanese art, but you can’t find an exhibition that describes the Palestinian history of the city,” Switat said.

This gentrification process, Switat added, is aimed at “erasing the Palestinian narrative” from the city.

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