LEST WE FORGET THE MASSACRE IN HEBRON…. 26 YEARS AND COUNTING

Remembering Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque massacre:
Extremist Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein attacked Palestinian worshippers at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 people and injuring 150 others
Where: Hebron, the occupied West Bank
When: 25 February 1994

See THIS post from the archives …..

TRUMP’S ‘DEAL OF THE CENTURY’ CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Israeli bulldozer and tank invade Gaza to take bodies of two Palestinians killed by IDF

Early this morning (Sunday, Israel time) the Israeli military killed two Palestinians near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. According to the IDF, the two Palestinians were attempting to lay IEDs against the military. Soon afterwards, the IDF invaded Gaza with an armored bulldozer and a tank to snatch away the two bodies.

A video (not enough TRIGGER warnings in the world) soon emerged, showing the doomed struggle between Palestinians and the armored vehicles, as the Palestinians were trying to maintain the dignity of the dead.

You can hear automatic weapons firing in the background.

The body snatching is apparently the result of a new policy by temporary Defense Minister Bennet, who recently announced his intention to “collect” the bodies of Palestinian so-called terrorists, as a way to force Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers it holds since Operation Protective Edge.

Following outrage among Israeli liberals, Bennet wrote he is:

“sick of the hypocritical criticism of the left about the ‘inhumanity’ of using a bulldozer to bring to us the body of a terrorist who tried to murder (!) Israelis. Bleeding hearts gentlemen, *you* are the inhuman ones! Hamas holds the bodies of Hadar [Goldin] and Oron [Shaul] . I endorse the actions of the IDF, who killed the terrorists and collected the body. This is how it should be and would be done in the future [as well].”

Goldin and Shaul are the soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge; note Bennet’s use of their first names.

Israelis have long had a fixation with soldiers’ bodies, and the Israeli media – following the rhetoric of the families of the dead – often refers to the corpses as “the sons”, without reminding readers they are actually dead. Goldin’s family often demands Israel will increase the suffering in Gaza until their son’s body is returned; Leah Goldin, his mother, demanded Israel stop permitting medical treatment of Gazan children.

Bennet did not refer to the two living Israelis held by Hamas: One is a Bedouin citizen of Israel, and the other is an Ethiopian Jew. Both crossed the border to Gaza, both were civilians, and both belong to oppressed sectors of Israeli society.

The IDF and the Israeli government have a policy of holding the bodies of dead terrorists and suspected terrorists, as a deterrent. This policy, authorized time and again by the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ), used to be extended to the bodies of Palestinian citizens of Israel suspected of terrorism, but recent victories in the HCJ limited the inhuman and arguably criminal policy to non-Israeli Palestinians. Needless to say, in the extremely rare case of a Jewish terrorist dying in action, his body is immediately returned to his family.

Within Israel the IDF is widely considered to be the “most moral army in the world.”

FALSE ‘CHRISTIAN’ VALUES ARE PREVENTING JUSTICE FOR PALESTINE

For justice in Palestine, we need democratic values ​​and not lying “Christian” values.

Justice for Palestine is as far away as the “Christian values” in politics

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

After Trump’s announcement of the “Fraud of the Century”, disillusionment and hopelessness returns. It is frustrating to see the hypocritical community fail to respond appropriately to the century’s one-sided fake Zionist plan. Even the affront and open racism that no Palestinian was invited to the White House and asked to do so would have required a keen response. Far from it, you could almost feel the helplessness and cowardice that you showed to this idea.

Zionist colonization along the lines of racist colonial powers

Let us not forget that the Palestinians have never been given a say in their fate; they have always been condemned to endure and to Zionist oppression. This intelligent and highly educated people tried everything possible to steal, take away and break their will. The Zionists who invaded Palestine dubbed them “dirty, lazy peasants” and, following the example of the racist colonial powers, they built their own Zionist colonization, which is still unique in the world today.

For centuries, the colonial powers have tried to secure the “supremacy of the white master race” – by all means. Let us only think of South Africa and white apartheid, where it took decades to overcome them. We Germans should not forget the British concentration camps in South Africa, since the German National Socialists were the worst imitators and builders of these concentration and extermination camps in the Third Reich.

Since the founding of the “Jewish State” Israel in 1948, which was accompanied by the Nakba, the displacement and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, this sad “model of success” of Zionist-Jewish oppression has been vehemently supported by “Christian states and their values”. Zionist apartheid is becoming ever more pronounced and powerful – also as a result of the international “Christian values” support – and enables the unrestrained final solution to Judaism.

Naksa Day: another sad day in the history of Palestine

On June 5, Naksa Day (which means “setback in Arabic”), the Palestinian people annually commemorate the displacement that accompanied Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six Day War. As a result of this war, Israel took control of the Palestinian-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, which had previously been annexed by Jordan and controlled by Egypt. Another sad day in the history of Palestine.

Since the so-called British Balfour Declaration, which brought only suffering and division to the Palestinians and has paved the way for injustices and disenfranchisement for the Palestinian people until today, nothing has changed for the better, on the contrary. The guns were immediately put on the chest of the Palestinians after the Balfour Declaration, and they had no chance of defending themselves against colonial superiority. Even then, the indigenous people of Palestine were not asked if and why they should be willing to share their country with the Zionist invaders. Why too? Colonial power saw itself as always right and had the power of the fittest.

This declaration made the Nakba possible, because it gave the Zionists the right to drive a large part of the Palestinian population out of their homeland through terror and to establish the “Jewish State” on burned Palestinian earth. Then as now, the Palestinians were not regarded as equal partners on an equal footing and to this day they have been denied their legal right to return to their home country of Palestine, which is covered by international law. The international community, which otherwise full-bodily demands human rights everywhere, including with military force, fears the Zionist ban and is silent about it.

Nakba has to become the German state reason!

While the Palestinians expelled from their country with violence and terror have to vegetate in refugee camps under the worst conditions, Jews from all over the world are granted a more than dubious “right of return” to Israel. The Holocaust has a lasting effect and grants Jews and Zionists rights that are completely legal. This fact must never be forgotten, despite the Holocaust or precisely because of it. The Nakba may and must be seen in the context of the Holocaust, and this connection, which is always negated by the “Christian-Jewish community of values”, should finally become the German rationale.

It should be painful for all of us how Trump, the US government and the European states are “ripping the Palestinians” away and how interest in their unsustainable situation is becoming less and less important. Everything was brilliantly planned by the Zionist Hasbara and its Christian Zionist helpers. The “Jewish State” has managed to portray itself not only as a US favorite, but also as a small, threatened state, which is ridiculous in view of its armed forces and its nuclear arsenal and therefore a bold lie. It is true that the security of the “Jewish state” is in no way at risk, because it is this Zionist aggression-armed state that threatens its neighbors Lebanon, Syria, Iran and world peace.

Who helped spark the Syria conflict and who is trying to win hegemony across the Middle East, which is increasingly possible thanks to US and also European and especially German support? Who, apart from Jewish people, lets refugees die in prisons or pushes them, including women and children, into their deadly homeland, regardless of their circumstances?

Disparage Erdogan but remain silent about Netanyahu?

That in this country the left and the Greens are raging against Turkey and vilifying Erdogan as a despot and “sultan” – after all, the president of the country that accepted more than 3.8 million Syrian refugees – but about Netanyahu and his state terror regime, which sees refugees as “infiltrants” , silence, I can only describe as lying.

Despite the attacks by the “young world” because of my support for Turkey and Erdogan, one of the few important statesmen and western politicians of a democratic state that is committed to Palestine and the end of the Israeli occupation, I will continue to do so with full conviction! I also see TRT-German as an important antipole to certain German news portals and media, and this left-wing daily newspaper should ask itself whether it does not contribute to the fact that Turks in Germany feel increasingly uncomfortable and undesirable in Germany. In any case, I feel empowered by this “left-wing criticism”, which only shows me that I am on the right path.

To date, nothing has changed in the fact that the Palestinians are treated as a people without rights and without the right to self-determination. For more than a hundred years, the peaceful and intelligent Palestinian people have been treated with arrogance and racist contempt. If all plans are made over their heads, they should accept that. And the Palestinian leadership is not ashamed to participate in this unsustainable situation as a willing collaborator of the Zionists. What did it bring them? Only more and more oppression, land grabbing and disenfranchisement. The attempt to criminalize their legal right to legal resistance and to link them with the “Christian struggle for values” against terror is particularly infamous. This “anti-terrorist struggle”, which is nothing more than an excuse, to take action against Muslims and Islam as the supposed “religion of terror” and to portray the “Christian-Jewish community of values” as peaceful. Warfare around the world speaks volumes! So much hypocrisy is difficult to bear and plays into the hands of Christian and Jewish racists.

“Normalize” the “special” relationship with the Jewish occupation-apartheid state!

That the “special” relationship with this Jewish occupation-apartheid state is finally “normalized”. That means: No German rationale for the security of the “Jewish state” as long as Palestine is occupied, and no “state reception” for representatives of states that violate international law and human rights. For justice in Palestine, we need democratic values ​​and not lying “Christian” values.

 

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THE MISDEAL OF THE CENTURY

The American “Dealer of the Century” has given the Israeli colonial regime a “Deal of the Century”.

Image by Carlos Latuff

The Limitless US Zionist Power

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

The American “Dealer of the Century” has given the Israeli colonial regime a “Deal of the Century”. While the German Foreign Minister, “Auschwitz Minister” Maas, is still “testing” this “gift”, every “normal citizen” is now wondering what can be tested if the Palestinians are deprived of all legitimate rights. This so-called “peace plan”, which was developed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, clearly shows everyone’s open contempt for the UN Security Council resolutions, and seamlessly transitions into the US Zionist legal violations with which Trump treated the “Jewish state” “The undivided Jerusalem” as the eternal capital, the holy places of Haram al-Sharif, left under Jewish administration and “sovereignty” over the illegally occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Trump is depriving himself of the right to deprive the Palestinians of all rights enshrined in international treaties and conventions, including the legitimate right to return Palestinian refugees to their homes. And like the crimes of the United States, the Israeli war crimes are said to be non-negotiable before the International Criminal Court.

Wild West style: the power of the fittest

In addition, there is a demand elsewhere to protect Israeli or American citizens from Interpol searches and not to have them convicted of non-Israeli or American legal systems. What else does this have to do with a democratic constitutional state? This, of course, also applies to the US position to regard the Jewish settlements on Palestinian land as “not contrary to international law”, which cemented the fact that every Jewish-Israeli demand takes precedence over the legitimate rights of the Palestinians. As in Wild West style, we are dealing with the power of the fittest that undermines the law. International law prohibits the occupying powers from transferring their own people, that is, the Jewish settlers, to the land they occupy.

The demand for Israel to be recognized as a “Jewish state” is also unacceptable and does not correspond to any legal situation. There is nothing to justify that the “return” of Jewish citizens from all over the world is to be legalized, not even by the Holocaust. It is not for nothing that more and more critical Jewish citizens are renouncing this “right”.

The right to justice, equality and dignity is inviolable, that should also be clear to German politicians, who repeatedly refer to the Basic Law and Article 1 “Human dignity is inviolable”, but forget Palestine when it comes to the ” Jewish state “goes. And yet they were trampled on by Trump in consultation with Zionist zealot friend Bibi Netanyahu.

Totally unsuitable vision: to leave the Palestinians “outside” forever

It is therefore not surprising that the patronage policy for the racist “Jewish apartheid state” dominated this “historical moment” in the White House! They were so concerned with themselves and their triumph, intoxicated with their own applause and were so convinced of the success of their completely unsuitable vision of leaving the Palestinians “outside” forever. These also did not exist in the White House – after all, people were so convinced of themselves and the “Jewish people” and their claim to “Judea and Samaria” that Palestine must always have been a “Jewish state”, given by God for this “Chosen” people.

This ruthless disregard for Palestinian life and its rights, and the Trump administration’s reprehensible contempt for civilized human values, in conjunction with the Netanyahu “state terror regime”, fits perfectly into the grid that has been displacing, ethnic, this Zionist regime since its inception Purge, mass murder, collective punishment, illegal occupation, detention without trial and apartheid are all possible.

This behavior shows not only the unbelievability of the United States as a mediator, but also how Trump succumbed to the recent Zionist racism, which was accomplished with the betrayal of the Palestinians. However, it not only brought disgrace to the United States, it also exposed the hypocrisy of the allies in Europe and the Middle East. Their inability and criminal lethargy (Meuse!) To challenge this disgusting abuse of power shows only the confirmation and continuation of the supporting role in the continued persecution and oppression of the Palestinian people by the “Zionist state terrorist regime”.

Combines what belongs together: in intimate “criminal” connection

The announcement of the “Peace Century Deal” coincides with the impeachment proceedings against Trump and the announcement of the formal indictment against Netanyahu for three different cases of corruption. In this way, what belongs together for a long time was united in an intimate “criminal” connection. It was the most shameful and embarrassing Zionist staged action the White House has ever seen and that forever disillusioned an order that had been painstakingly built up after World War II. Among the “standing ovations” by hypocritical “Kippa bearers” and guests such as the “Zocker-König” and “Israel Hayom” owner Adelson, Ambassador Friedman, including Trump’s converted daughter Ivanka and her husband, the “Dealmaker”, real estate speculator and Settler supporters Kushner were completely alone. However, the new US and Zionist friends, the ambassadors of the Arab Gulf States of Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates were not missing either. Only one skipped the illustrious meeting: the Saudi Crown Prince and “Kashoggi contract killer” Prince Salman, who just saved the Kushner family from bankruptcy.

What a sad circus event that wants to grant the Palestinians less than a bantustan of apartheid, with an uninhabitable Gaza Strip, parts of the West Bank without Jerusalem, without the Jordan Valley, without sovereignty and viability – and everything designed so that this “hull-state” can never be a state and should never be. A “promised” country, as promised by God, should only exist for the non-existent “Jewish people”, while the real existing Palestinian people are denied any right to life in freedom and self-determination.

This illegal annexation of the Palestinian country, particularly in the illegally occupied West Bank, as well as in Gaza, Jerusalem and actually all over Palestine, in violation of international law and in violation of all UN resolutions, is the “Trump Deal Gift” to the “Jewish.” State ”, which sees itself ever closer in its Zionist dreams, the final solution to Judaism. What else is there to check, Mr. “Auschwitz Minister” Maas? Is that your lesson from “Auschwitz”?

Finally contradict colonialism and apartheid!

This shameful deal is not worth the paper or discussion, just rejection and struggle against it. When will the hypocritical “community of values” finally speak the truth about this deal and contradict colonialism and apartheid, just 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz and even if this time it concerns Jews and descendants of the Holocaust victims as perpetrators?

This terrible plan legitimizes the Jewish-Zionist robbery of the country, which is to be taken away from the indigenous people and real owners. It is inconceivable that the international community, the UN Secretary General Gutierrez, the Pope, these “guardians of morality”, look away and remain silent about this obvious injustice, and even want to examine Mr. Maas?

Unfortunately, at this difficult hour, the Palestinian people have no government to represent them, only the “Abbas Vichy Collaborative Authority”, which only represents their interests for their own benefit and betrays and sells their people. While President Abbas full-bodiedly announced that all relations with the United States and security cooperation with the “Jewish state” would be cut off, this was as unbelievable as so often before. As several Arab and Israeli media – like Radio Kan – reported, the CIA chief Gina Haspel had already traveled secretly to Ramallah on Thursday to meet with Palestinian and Israeli (!) Officials. Their visit came two days after the Trump deal was announced and aimed to explore the reactions and the nature of the further relationship. Haspel did not meet with Abbas, but with Palestinian Intelligence chief Majed Faraj, who confirmed the continued exchange of information with the CIA despite Ramallah’s announced opposition to the U.S. proposal. Those who have such “friends” don’t need enemies.

Enough of the poisoned “Peace Plans from the White” Zionist House “!

This shameful “peace deal” has no other function than the final colonial takeover by the Zionist regime, a continuation of the centuries-old colonialization of Palestine. Finally, even the last doubters realize that the illusion of the “two-state” myth has been shattered and that all fantasies about this solution belong forever in the bin of Zionist propaganda. Did these supporters really think that by recognizing this Zionist entity, they would achieve an absolution that frees them from all responsibility and guilt?

It is high time that the hypocritical community of states, even under pressure and sanctions, compelled the “Jewish state” to recognize international law and the political rights of all people, and to help the Palestinians who live in historic Palestine to have the freedom they have had Is withheld for decades! Apartheid and ongoing crimes against humanity as Zionist rationale must no longer be the Jewish legal norm.

Enough of the poisoned “Peace Plans from the White” Zionist House “. Enough of the poisoned dates from Jewish settlers in the Jordan Valley, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” despite the limitless power of the US Zionists.

A Jew to the Zionist fighters

By Erich Fried

What do you want?

Do you really want to outperform them?

who have trodden you down

before an age

in your own blood

and in your own droppings?

Do you want the old tortures?

pass it on to the others now

with all bloody

dirty details

with all brutal enjoyment

the torturer

like our fathers back then

have suffered?

Now you really want it

be the new Gestapo

the new Wehrmacht

the new SA and SS

and from the Palestinians

do the new Jews?

But then I want too

because I was fifty years ago

even as a child of Jews

was tormented

from your tormentors

to be a new Jew

with these new Jews

that you make the Palestinians into

And I want to help lead them back

as free people

to their own country Palestine

from which you drove them out

 

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ANYTHING BUT PEACE

“It’s anything but a peace plan.”

What’s next for Palestinians? Human rights activist Omar Barghouti says now is the time for action.

RINGING THE BELLS OF FREEDOM

Similar to the hunchback of Paris, he too rings the bells – the bells of freedom, along with his fellow freedom fighters.

Jamil Dirawi. Photo courtesy of his wife, Rawan.

Jamil Dirawi: The “hunchback of Moskobiyeh” rings the bells of freedom

By Hind Shraydeh

It was the morning after Christmas day, the 26th of December 2019 when I met Jamil, while attending a court session for my beloved husband Ubai Aboudi. He was standing in a cold hall, surrounded by mean-looking occupation guards and soldiers. The air was suffocating with the hatred of the wardens in charge and the merciless loud voices of the soldiers and guards grumbling in Hebrew and shouting in anger.

Jamil Dirawi has been called “the hunchback” for years, since his first injuries under torture during interrogation. He entered the hall with his arched back, but for those who knew him before his imprisonment, he was barely recognizable.

His jaw was broken, displacing his mouth to the left side of his face; he had missing teeth. His eyes were constantly blinking, later shown to be an effect of exposure to electric shocks. In addition, his hands were shaking involuntarily, swinging from side to side uncontrollably. Burn marks from cigarette butts were all over his hands, and were later discovered all over his body. His eyesight was clearly impaired, judging from his squinting – and those were only the physical disfigurements seen by all.

I was in shock at the sight and was unable to fathom the whole scene. Head spinning, I wondered what had happened to him. Was his condition due to beatings by another human being – or maybe a monster? Was it due to the cold and damp facility? Or did Jamil have a neurological dysfunction?

It was only when I learned that Jamil had spent 40 days in interrogation at the Moskobiyeh detention center center, where his ruthless interrogators applied all torture methods known to humanity, that my questions were answered.

I further learned that Jamil was handcuffed for long periods of time, dislocating his wrists. His knees were also snapped out of place due to beatings and being tied in stress positions for hours on end, according to Jamil’s wife, Rawan.

Jamil has been arrested and tortured more than once. The hunch in his back and the dislocated disc in his lower back were injuries suffered under torture during his first arrest, followed by his imprisonment that lasted for 14 years. Jamil’s name means “beautiful” in Arabic. However, the Israelis had ensured that at least his body is no longer Jamil.

Rawan had to hide her pain as she looked at her beloved husband on one of her rare visits to attend a hearing session at the Israeli military court. It was the second time she saw her husband after his most recent disfigurement.

She could only reassure him that their twin girls, Sham and Dalia, are fine and speak of him constantly. Rawan and Jamil also have a third daughter, Shams, who was born on the day Jamil was released from his second arrest. She was given this name, which means “sun,” to represent her father’s freedom. However, Jamil spent only two months with Shams before he was arrested again for the third time.

His family’s suffering continues. Jamil has been denied his prescription eyeglasses, and he has 40% disability due to the electric shocks he was exposed to during torture.

Rawan tried hard to bring a smile to her husband’s face in order to soothe his pain, She exited the court room disheartened and broke down, crying uncontrollably, but pulled herself together quickly for the sake of her children.

There are over 5,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, and Jamil’s story is only one.

Jamil’s nickname is, of course, a reference to Victor Hugo’s hunchback of Notre Dame of Paris, but he is the hunchback in the Moskobiyeh interrogation center in Jerusalem, a city under occupation.

Similar to the hunchback of Paris, he too rings the bells – the bells of freedom, along with his fellow freedom fighters. They are calling on the international community to put a stop to Israel’s brutality, end its occupation, and hold it accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian people.

ISRAELI TORTURE OF PRISONERS DOCUMENTED

In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented. 

Severe torture in Israeli prisons targets Palestinian steadfastness: Walid Hanatsheh, Samer Arbeed, Mays Abu Ghosh and more

In the last months of 2019 and early 2020, a growing number of cases of severe physical torture against Palestinian detainees carried out by Israeli Shin Bet interrogators have been documented. While torture and abuse of various kinds have been a mainstay of the Israeli interrogation process, after a 1999 Israeli Supreme Court ruling and amid widespread international attention, torture under interrogation for some years focused on physical and psychological techniques that were less likely to leave physical scars. However, these tactics, including sleep deprivation, extreme heat and cold, solitary confinement and the use of prolonged shackling in painful positions, are often effective in extracting coerced confessions.

Torture: A mainstay of Israeli apartheid and colonialism

Indeed, many of the same techniques were documented as being used by U.S. interrogators holding detainees in Guantanamo, and U.S. and Israeli security agencies have shared information about interrogation and torture techniques. It must be noted that the Israeli Supreme Court never criminalized torture; it continually allowed “exceptions” through the designation of a detainee as a “ticking time bomb.” In practice, Palestinian victims of torture have repeatedly pursued legal accountability for the crimes committed against them, only to find that the Israeli Supreme Court considered their torture to be a permitted form of “extreme interrogation,” justified for the “security of the state” of occupation, colonialism, apartheid and racism.

Torture is unquestionably illegal under international law. The UN Convention Against Torture defines torture as any practice intentionally inflicting severe physical or mental pain on a victim in order to obtain information or a confession, or in order to punish the victim for their conduct or suspected conduct. Torture is also prohibited under the laws of war and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The torture of Samer Arbeed

The case of Samer Arbeed helped to highlight the escalating return of severe physical torture as an official policy of the Israeli Shin Bet. Only days after his arrest, Arbeed was taken to Hadassah hospital unconscious with eleven broken ribs, lung injuries and kidney failure. While in the hospital, an Israeli guard released tear gas into his room, after which Arbeed developed pneumonia. Despite the clear evidence of severe torture and the medical records of his abuse, the Israeli Supreme Court denied Arbeed access to his lawyer for an extended period, while the Palestinian lawyers in the case were repeatedly subjected to gag orders.

Samer Arbeed is not alone. While Israeli Shin Bet spokespeople were smearing Palestinian prisoners in media attacks, these same prisoners have been subjected to severe physical and psychological torture under interrogation. In a December press conference, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association highlighted some of the torture techniques used by Israeli interrogators, including harsh beatings, stress positions like the “frog” or “banana,” sleep deprivation and ongoing threats against family members.

Palestinian lawyers highlight torture and abuse

As Addameer noted, “On 10 September 2019, a gag order was issued on a number of cases under interrogation at al-Mascobiyya interrogation center. Hence, preventing the public, including Addameer the legal representative, from publishing any information regarding these cases. The gag order was issued based on a request from the Israeli intelligence agency and Israeli police and was renewed multiple times. Despite the gag order, Israeli media outlets and the Israeli intelligence agency published information to the public about some of those cases. This inconsistent enforcement of the gag order, where the Israeli sources exercised the freedom to publish, can only be understood as a means to influence public opinion. Most importantly, the issuance of this gag order is an attempt to hide crimes committed against the detainees and prevent the public and the legal representatives from exposing the details of the crimes of torture and ill-treatment that were committed against the detainees in question throughout the past months.”

Walid Hanatsheh: Torture under interrogation

On 17 January 2020, photos of Walid Hanatsheh, one of the Palestinians detained, were released to the media, with his body showing clear signs of torture under interrogation. Bayan Hanatsheh, Walid’s wife, said in an interview published at Hadf News that the family obtained photos that displayed the bruises on his hands, neck, feet and throughout his body. She noted that he was brought to the military court in a wheelchair after his interrogation and that Walid said in court that he was unable to walk due to severe torture. His lawyer from Addameer demanded that the judge reveal the circumstances in which Hanatsheh was interrogated.

“After the occupation court lifted the ban on our attendance at the trial, we entered the courtroom for two minutes and saw a man who seemed old and we did not recognize him at first, but he called me by my name,” Bayan said. “I was horrified to see him, his eyes were watering, his beard was patchy and plucked…his only concern was to reassure us because he had been forbidden to communicate with us throughout his interrogation.”

Bayan also noted that their daughter, Mays, 21, was detained by Israeli occupation forces for three days as a means of extracting a coerced confession from her husband. They told him that his daughter was imprisoned and under threat and also showed him a live feed of Israeli occupation forces storming their family home in Ramallah and taking measurements for its demolition.

In Hanatsheh’s case, he was interrogated continuously for 23 hours at a time, with the replacement of interrogators approximately every eight hours. He was shackled in various stress positions and beaten while held there until he fell to the ground. Individual hairs were plucked from his beard and he was hit in the face by multiple interrogators, his lawyers said.

“Earth-shattering” crimes demand action

Sahar Francis, the executive director of Addameer, noted of the photos in Hanatsheh’s case that “These pictures are important in proving and documenting torture. Unfortunately, we do not succeed in receiving photos for all of the cases. In other cases, we have medical reports without pictures but a description of the prisoner’s situation, as in the case of Samer Arbeed.”

Former prisoner and long-term hunger striker Khader Adnan spoke out in response to the photos, calling them “earth-shattering.” He urged immediate Palestinian national attention to respond to the escalating crimes of torture, likening the experience of Palestinian prisoners to the infamous images of Abu Ghraib prison under U.S. occupation in Iraq.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine issued a statement in response to the repeated cases of severe torture, noting that “The Front has experienced and confronted the policy of torture for over 50 years and developed a revolutionary school that graduated generations of revolutionaries, who carried and still carry forward the banner in the dungeons and interrogation cells, who cannot be shaken by crimes or policies of torture.

The Front emphasized that the international community and concerned institutions have neglected the crimes taking place in the dungeons of the prisons of the Zionist occupier against the prisoners, indicating once again the complicity of imperialism in these crimes.”

The exposure of the use of torture is not limited to Hanatsheh and Arbeed; severe physical torture was also reportedly used in the cases of Qassam Barghouthi and Karmel Barghouthi, whose mother Widad was also detained as a method of pressure on her sons, and in the cases of Yazan Maghamis and Nizam Mohammed.

Palestinian youth activists face torture

Several other prisoners also experienced extensive physical torture, including beatings and the use of stress positions, including Palestinian youth activist and new graduate Mays Abu Ghosh, whose parents spoke about seeing her after the effects of her torture and interrogation. Rather than being brought for a family visit, Abu Ghosh’s parents were actually brought in a further attempt to extract a false, coerced confession from her.

Palestinian youth activist Tareq Matar has been repeatedly jailed without charge or trial under administrative detention; after his most recent arrest and interrogation in November 2019, Matar is now being brought into court in a wheelchair, despite his previous status of physical health and athleticism after being beaten in stress positions under interrogation.

Jamil Darawi, 37, previously spent 14 years in Israeli prison. He was once again detained in November 2019 when Israeli soldiers stormed their family home near Bethlehem, breaking down the door and confining his wife, Rawan, to a room with their three daughters. Like his fellow Palestinian prisoners, Darawi was severely beaten and tortured under interrogation. Rawan said that when she saw him in court, she thought that he was not present until he called out to her: “I am here, Rawan, I am Jamil!” His jaw had been broken after an Israeli interrogator punched him and stamped on his face after he fell to the ground. He was returned to interrogation after being given painkillers and his face was still disfigured when he was finally brought before the military courts.

Demanding justice

Addameer has announced its intention to raise these cases before international bodies to call for justice for Palestinian torture victims and accountability for the Israeli state, the perpetrator of these crimes. In Gaza, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called for a protest on Monday outside the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office to demand international action on institutionalized Israeli torture.

The systematic use of torture in Israeli interrogation not only intends to extract false and coerced confessions from Palestinians under interrogation; it also aims to undermine and prevent their steadfastness, the unwillingness to confess. Palestinian sumoud (steadfastness) under interrogation and the refusal to provide information has been the subject of numerous studies and tributes. The book, “Philosophy of Confrontation Behind Bars,” detailed how prisoners strengthen themselves in order to resist all forms of torture. During over 70 years of Israeli occupation, over 70 Palestinian prisoners have been killed under torture.

In recent decades, however, a vast majority of Palestinian prisoners’ cases have involved plea bargains; Israeli occupation forces will drag out military court sessions, interrogations and denied family visits in order to extract some form of limited confession for a plea agreement. Prisoners who refuse to provide the demanded confession are often transferred to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial that is indefinitely renewable. Palestinians have spent years at a time jailed under administrative detention.

Attacks on Palestinian prisoners tied to attacks on global movement

The so-called “Erdan Commission,” named for Israeli Minister of Public Security (over the Israel Prison Service) Gilad Erdan – who also serves as the Minister of Strategic Affairs, responsible for attacking Palestine solidarity and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns around the world – has announced an effort to roll back the gains won by Palestinian prisoners through years of struggle. Thus, women prisoners are denied access to a library or to goods for embroidery and crafts; child prisoners are transferred without their representatives; access to food and water is being cut; conditions of living are barely tolerable.

The reassertion of overt reliance on severe physical torture comes hand in hand with this overall policy of outright Israeli war against Palestinian prisoners. It also comes hand in hand with the escalating attacks internationally against Palestinian human rights organizations and global campaigners for Palestinian rights, smeared by Erdan’s ministry with allegations based on tortured, coerced confessions or direct Israeli military propaganda.

Erdan has attempted to get Palestinian human rights organizations that focus on Palestinian prisoners defunded. His ministry has also attempted – and failed – to have Samidoun activists and Palestinian leftists like Khaled Barakat blocked from speaking in the European Parliament about Israeli repression.

 

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“WHAT IS ISRAEL”? … OR PALESTINE??

This is outrageous. If “Israel” had been the answer, it would have been bad enough. But the fact that she gave “Palestine” as the… answer and was told it was wrong makes this an outrage & an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem.

‘Jeopardy’ says Bethlehem is in Israel, and gets slammed everywhere

On Friday night the game show “Jeopardy” blew the Palestine question, badly; and it’s getting a lot of media play. In the category,”Where is that church?” one answer came with this clue, “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.” (Video here.)

Contestant Katie Needle answered, “What is Palestine?”

“No,” host Alex Trebek said, and contestant Jack McGuire said, “What is Israel?”

“That’s it,” Trebek said.

Scott Roth jumped on it immediately. “Omg fuck you @Jeopardy. The Church of the Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is Palestine, NOT Israel. The woman answered Palestine and you ruled her wrong.” Later Omar Baddar of the Arab American Institute explained, “Unacceptable!! Bethlehem is in the Palestinian territories which Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle got the correct answer & was robbed). @Jeopardy owes an apology for endorsing Israel’s universally-condemned illegal takeover of Palestinian lands.”

Code Pink is seeking an apology from the game show, with smart graphics.

The good thing about the response is that the occupation is no longer obscure knowledge. The show is getting hammered on Twitter. Jamil Dakwar said,“Even Siri got it right!” Jim Zogby calls the exchange a double insult.

This is outrageous. If “Israel” had been the answer, it would have been bad enough. But the fact that she gave “Palestine” as the… answer and was told it was wrong makes this an outrage & an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem

Supporters of Israeli occupation have been trying to justify Jeopardy’s answer. Roth responds, “Fine. In that case Israel isn’t a democracy since no one who lives in Bethlehem can vote in Israeli parliamentary elections. Or if it is a democracy, then it’s an apartheid state. Choose.”

 

ISRAEL CONTINUES TO CLAIM IT IS ‘THE GOOD GUY’

HOWEVER……

What we are experiencing at the moment is beyond all dirt, denunciation, false accusations and blows against freedom of speech.

We are the good guys – win elections with anti-Semitism club and Israel lobby

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

What we are experiencing at the moment is beyond all dirt, denunciation, false accusations and blows against freedom of speech. German Christian politicians and church leaders complain about the worldwide persecution that Christians are suffering from, but make no mention of the Christian Palestinians in illegally occupied Palestine / Gaza. Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities like Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas there. Gaza Christians only receive permission from the occupiers to travel abroad, for example to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge, but no one is allowed to travel to the “Jewish State” or the occupied West Bank. As usual, the occupier regime put forward “security concerns” as the reason for the restrictions.

1,000 Christians are also imprisoned in the Gaza concentration camp

Around 1,000 Christians live among a population of around two million people in the Gaza concentration camp, who are just as caught as their Muslim companions. This year’s decision is another taboo break. After all, almost 700 Christians from Gaza were allowed to visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other holy sites with permission. While thousands of pilgrims and tourists are welcomed by the occupying regime, the indigenous Palestinians are locked out. Anyone who continually tries to lie the phrase “the only” democracy in the Middle East should be punished for fake propaganda. Religious freedom in the “Jewish apartheid state” has been trampled on for a long time and only applies to Jews. This Judaic regime is trying by all means.

As the Israeli human rights group Gisha emphasized, this year’s ban can only be seen with an increasingly strict separation policy between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The regime tries with all means to anchor this wall of separation more and more. No prayer helps to defy this regime, only foreign pressure and sanctions help. It would be helpful if the pilgrims and foreign tourists who traveled to these sites would think about whether they would “make Jesus a joy” or not, rather, with their uncritical visit, upgrade the occupiers and bring them foreign currency, which they would then use again in crew, attacks, checkpoints and walls.

Germany in the “anti-Semitism and climate frenzy”

Where’s the solidarity of Christian politicians, media and churches? It is a shame how they drop and forget their brothers and sisters. Where is the protest of the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and Believers? And why is Chancellor Merkel, the “pastor’s daughter”, who is so important to freedom of belief so silent? With Palestine and its endangered Christians (Muslims anyway!), Their faith ends. The many Jewish medals on the chest are probably such a burden and the reasoning for the “Jewish state” is so serious that there is no longer any room for solidarity with the Palestinians. Would all of this happen in Turkey – the country that saved the lives of so many Jews during the Nazi era – that Christians shouldn’t pray and be locked out then I can imagine the media agitation and the shit storm of the anti-Erdogan agitation. But everything is allowed in the “Jewish state”, after all everything is only for “security”.

Germany is now so “intoxicated with anti-Semitism and climate” that it is easy for agitation and defamation to find a way into the media. A terrifying article about “Anti-Semitism in Turkey” published the woman of all people who made her first career as “IM” Victoria. It borders on a “Christmas miracle” that Anetta Kahane was even allowed to enter Turkey. This has shown how democratic Turkey is in contrast to Kahane. (1) (2)

GB: Helped the Torys to victory in the election by means of Zionist lies about Corbyn

However, what happened in Britain and how the Torys and Johnson won the election with the help of the Jewish lobby is a disaster. The Guardian’s Jewish Chronicle, Jonathan Freedland, put lies about Corbyn on paper that shouldn’t be without consequences. When the British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvish asked the British Jews not to choose Corbyn, the measure was full. We are accustomed to defamation as Zionist Hasbara propaganda, but manipulating it so successfully creates fear. People fall for populists so quickly, and when they come in the form of the “chief rabbi”, it reminded me of brown times in Germany, when German clergymen preached from the pulpit against Jews and for Hitler. With the Labor Party’s “anti-Semitism crisis”, a popanz was built that will continue until all pro-Palestinian members have been silenced. As a thank you, Johnson immediately brought a new anti-Semitism regulation to parliament, just like his friend Trump. Meanwhile, the author of the controversial “Anti-Semitism Definition” (IHRA), the “Anti-Semitism Code”, warns Kenneth Stern of its abuse by “right-wing Jews,” who use this new weapon to suppress criticism of Israel. (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Meanwhile, the author of the controversial “Anti-Semitism Definition” (IHRA), the “Anti-Semitism Code”, warns Kenneth Stern of its abuse by “right-wing Jews,” who use this new weapon to suppress criticism of Israel. (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Meanwhile, the author of the controversial “Anti-Semitism Definition” (IHRA), the “Anti-Semitism Code”, warns Kenneth Stern of its abuse by “right-wing Jews,” who use this new weapon to suppress criticism of Israel. (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

One could count on Jeremy Corbyn appearing as No. 1 on the Wiesenthal Center’s notorious “anti-Semitism list”. But when the German UN ambassador Heusgen landed on the list in 7th place, even the federal government felt it was too colorful. After all, after so many abstentions, Heusgen had finally only followed the orders of the federal government (and the United States) and voted against Israeli international law crimes at the UN. She stood behind Heusgen, by the way also the Israeli ambassador to Germany, who was so embarrassed by the story that he also stood behind the “colleagues”. (10) (11)

When the anti-Semitism club was swinging, German media did not want to stand aside either, and came into the same horn – such as online mirrors on election day, December 12th. Under the title “The Dark Side of Red Corbyn”, Alexander Sarovic presented his Israeli theses to the readers about the “anti-Semitism problem” from Labor to Feed – just one sad example among many. We get the dark side of the mirror every week when we are panting against Turkey or Russia. The scandal surrounding Relotius is still well in our memory. It seems to me that after a very gratifying critical report about Israel lobbyism in Germany, Spiegel has now had extreme Hasbara headwinds, that it now writes “refined” only uncritically and “Israel lobby-like”. (12) (13) (14)

Do not tolerate journalism of one-sidedness and omission!

We are facing difficult times. Britain was just the beginning in times of anti-Semitism clubs as powerful campaign helpers. Coming soon is the dirt and the Zionist corruption deficiency in the “Jewish state” and its election campaign, as well as Trump’s politics, which brought this dirt into the election campaigns and inspired Zionist and populist friends.

Trump has also managed to arrest 3,750 Palestinians from occupied Jerusalem since he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of a “Jewish state”. These included 1,070 children under the age of 18, in addition to 171 women and girls, including injured women and mothers – and all because they had organized a peaceful “sit-in” in the Al-Aqsa mosque. These waves of arrests spread like a tsunami across occupied Palestine, to all the villages, towns and districts of Jerusalem; unprecedented, and how unleashed since Trump’s support. What do we read about it in the German media? NOTHING. They are just too busy with their anti-Turkey Erdogan research, their agitation, and with their Russia and Putin defamation, that there is no time left for such explosive news. This journalism of one-sidedness and omission, which does not fulfill its duty to report truthfully, should make us all angry and thoughtful.

Don’t be intimidated by the anti-Semitism club in the Israel lobby!

In the struggle for freedom of expression and the freedom of Palestine, we must courageously put those who are struggling with the anti-Semitism club in its place. They must not succeed in distracting them from really important political issues – such as the Zionist occupation, the war threats against Iran, the other threats such as regime change and US influence contrary to all democratic customs. We must not let up and, above all, not be intimidated by the anti-Semitism club in the Israel lobby.

footnotes:

(1) https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/politik-gesellschaft/antisemitismus-in-der-tuerkei-li.3287

(2) https://www.fr.de/meinung/tuerkei-tagung-antisemitismus-istanbul-13335884.html

(3) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191126-uks-chief-rabbi-urges-voters-not-to-back-labours-jeremy-corbyn/

(4) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191114-guardian-columnist-peddles-fake-news-to-accuse-corbyn-of-anti-semitism/

(5) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191216-labours-anti-semitism-crisis-will-continue-until-all-pro-palestine-members-are-silenced/

(6) https://www.jpost.com//International/Boris-Johnson-to-pass-anti-BDS-law-official-says-611044

(7) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/11/donald-trump-antisemitism-israel-colleges-order

(8) https://www.jpost.com//International/Boris-Johnson-to-pass-anti-BDS-law-official-says-611044

(9) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191216-controversial-anti-semitism-code-being-weaponised-by-pro-israel-groups-warns-drafter/

(10) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/berlin-vorwuerfe- gegen-christoph-heusgen-waren-grosser-fehler-16538459.html

(11) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/vorwurf-des-antisemitismus-nach-israel-kritik-israels-botschafter-verwehrigt-un-diplomaten-heusgen/25336388.html

(12) https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/jeremy-corbyn-labour-der-parteichef-und-antisemitismus-a-1300722.html

(13) https://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/fall-claas-relotius-schlussbericht-der-aufklaerungskommission-a-1269110.html

 

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AS THE OCCUPATION GROWS …… SO DO THE PROTESTS

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces over plans for a new Israeli settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron.

ISRAELI MYTHS THAT DEFY MORAL REALITY

Why does the “Jewish State” always understand how to build on myths that have nothing to do with reality?

The Zionist Regime Defies All Ethical Values ​​and Norms

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

On December 9, 1987, the first intifada began in illegally occupied Palestine in response to the assassination of four Palestinians outside the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza. This fight for freedom has been going on for decades and will not end until Palestine is free. The indignation of the young Palestinians about their hopeless situation has consequently dammed – even after they had long ago noticed that their political leaders did nothing for them, but only appeased and arranged with the occupiers, and more or less under the occupation left their country to their fate. Thus, the desperate Palestinians saw no other possibility than in the refugee camps, in the occupied West Bank and in the annexed East Jerusalem to stand up and fight back. They took control of the neighborhood, barricaded the streets to prevent the penetration of the Zionist occupiers with their vehicles and tanks, who want to break their resistance. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”. Quite similar to today, only stones were left to defend themselves against the weapons-rousing Zionist occupying forces. And today and again and again the Hasbara speaks of “militant Palestinians”, whereas the Zionist armed to the teeth occupiers only “defend”.

1987: More than 300 Palestinians murdered, more than 20,000 injured

For decades, nothing has changed in this rhetoric. On the contrary, the Jewish “defense army” has always used live ammunition, tear gas and the toughest of reactions against the desperate demonstrators. Palestinians were and are being murdered indiscriminately, including women and children. Those who have experienced these days will never forget that. When the protests were unstoppable, the occupiers reacted with curfews, mass arrests, closures of kindergartens, schools and universities. Houses and farms were destroyed as well as fields and olive groves. Trees like humans were uprooted, denied any building permits on their own land, water sources dispossessed, and illegal Jewish settler hordes attacked stunned and helpless Palestinians.

Already at that time videos were used to prove the asymmetry of the weapons, ie the upgraded Jewish “defense soldiers” against the unarmed Palestinians. At that time, the cry for a Palestinian state was growing louder and louder. While Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) tried to work together with the United Nations from its Tunisian exile, which at that time was as unsuccessful as it was today, a newly formed resistance organization, the Hamas, until today the Gaza Strip, emerged only alternative to the PLO / Fatah. In fact, it was and is the only alternative to the outdated, corrupt West Bank government run by a power-hungry “Vichy-Abbas” Palestinian president. Hamas did the right thing and called on the Palestinians to focus on the basic goals of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, with no scruples and the ultimate goal of liberating Palestine and ending the illegal Zionist occupation. Since then, the US has consistently voted against draft resolutions of the UN Security Council and vetoed them to prevent Israel from being charged with its human rights abuses and the notorious non-compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.

This law-mocking behavior has for decades prevented Israel from being condemned for its ongoing genocide and human rights crimes. It is even more disgraceful that the German Foreign Minister, who allegedly “went into politics because of Auschwitz, does not draw the right lessons from them and does not prevent these crimes against the Palestinians. Instead, he had nothing more urgent to do than prostitute himself in the UN Security Council as the “voice of Israel” for their interests. He has recently voted against a “pro-Palestinian resolution” and called on the Palestinian side to reduce the number of resolutions in the UN’s annual “Middle East Package”. What else remains for the Palestinians under decades of occupation to draw the public’s attention to their threatened situation ?!

Mendacious German politics: White washing of the “Jewish occupation state

Even more vehemently acts the Central Council of Jews (who, according to the picture, “otherwise does not interfere with foreign policy”, but here constantly as a “second representation” of the Israeli government occurs, which of course does not mention this sheet!). Also FDP, “Bild- Hetzkampagnen-Kritik” and especially noteworthy the “Juso criticism” at the Federal Congress, which called on Maas “finally to stand up for fair votes and the ‘frequent condemnation of Israel”, which was “frighteningly high”, to prevent. Everything helped protect the “Jewish Occupying State” and white washed.

Kevin Kühnert in particular is for me the example of misguided German politics. This young SPD “hope bearer” and shooting star, just elected to the party executive, has been attracting attention since 2012 with special “proximity to Israel”, which is always helpful in politics. In 2014, he and the Jusos called for “solidarity with Israel” (the living conditions of the Palestinians living under occupation and great injustice obviously do not interest them), and in April 2018 appeared in the “Jewish General”, the “battle sheet of the Central Council of the Jews”, an article by which Kühnert attacked the then Foreign Minister Gabriel, who had “brought him to incandescence” and welcomed his replacement.

Now he supports and rejoices over his successor AA Maas. He said that he was “very similar to the stance”, which the new Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had already said before his inaugural visit to Israel: “I went into politics because of Auschwitz.” He could sign this sentence of Maas, says Kühnert. For him, too, that had been the most important impulse to make politics. What a shabby understanding of politics, which is not for the observance of human rights for the Palestinian people and against the occupation, but one-sidedly only for Israel. (1) (2)

Netanyahu’s long arm in all parties long since stretched out

If “Auschwitz” were indeed its impulse, then it would have to support all resolutions condemning international and human rights crimes of the “Jewish state”, which are supported by the majority of states. Yes, Kevin Kühnert, with your attitude they are backward-looking and alone at home. The SPD, which becomes more and more unbelievable in its lavaring between right and left and continues to cling to the grand / co-power, is like you hypocritical and hypocritical and will, if she goes on like this, soon land in the single-digit range. But it seems that the long arm of Netanyahu has long been stretched out in all parties and at the cabinet table and is cheerfully pursuing Zionist politics. (2) (3) (4)

No criticism is heard from this Gro / Ko on the arbitrary arrests, released by Israeli human rights groups, last month alone of 374 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 66 children and women. While German media daily complain about Turkish arrests, war crimes and human rights crimes and put Russia on the daily pillory, the ongoing occupation crimes fall under the table. Why are not you even ashamed in the face of decades of war crimes in occupied Palestine as a result of the Holocaust?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is still in power, said last Sunday at a right-wing conference that, after talks with US Secretary of State Pompeo, the time has now come to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and assume that the US recognizes them , And that would legalize all the illegal settlements of “Judea and Samaria” in the occupied West Bank, both those in settlement blocks and those in front of them. They would become part of the “Jewish state” of Israel. The Jordan Valley accounts for about 28% of the occupied West Bank and is home to about 65,000 Palestinians.

Israel: a fanatical terrorist state

On Monday, it was announced that there would likely be new elections on March 2, 2020. Then we experience exactly what everyone feared: there is a prime minister under corruption and a former general, both with blood on their hands. The election forecasts predict a similar stalemate. Palestine has to stay outside again and is not of interest. (5)

Netanyahu has recently summarized the history of the “Jewish state” in one sentence: “These European countries should be ashamed. Did not learn anything from history? They allow a fanatical terrorist state to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, leading to a catastrophe for all. “However, Netanyahu did mean Iran, not the” Jewish state. ” So he let his rhetorical rage as a skilled distraction maneuver against the impending corruption suit run wild. He railed against Iran and criticized the six European countries that joined Britain, France and Germany last weekend to support the new so-called Instex Financial Interchange Mechanism, which will help Iran.

Is not it in reality that Iran is not a threat, a state that, unlike Israel, has not yet begun wars, but that the “Jewish state” is a fanatical “Zionist-Judaistic terror state”, which it uses with the help of hypocritical community of nations is allowed to develop nuclear weapons and dirty weapons of all kinds and to apply them in wars – for attacks on its neighboring countries? This ethnic-purging apartheid, which is bombing Iran and causing genocide in Gaza and making Gaza a concentration camp, is indeed a threat to us all. (6)

Israel: a bomb and rogue state

Why does the “Jewish State” always understand how to build on myths that have nothing to do with reality? “Only” democracy in the Middle East, bulwark against terror. Yes, indeed with terror, this bombing state knows about. Early on, Jewish Zionist terrorists murdered in bombings and targeted attacks to create the “Jewish state”. Forgotten everything, after all, these terrorists later became prime ministers or ministers with blood on their hands. If the Mossad carries out targeted killings with terror, then the world is silent. The “chosen” are allowed any means after the Holocaust, and they claim every right to murderous attacks that they sell to the world as “self-defense,” while Palestinians and Muslims are denigrated as terrorists and have no rights.

Why are Russia or Iran sanctioned, North Korea or China demonized, Turkey and Erdogan demonized, while Netanyahu undauntedly led a decades-long terrorist regime and Israel has now become indisputably a rogue state. All that is criticized in other states and leads to boycott, is not applied to the “Jewish state”.

Snipers of the Jewish “defensive army” take out the right to shoot unarmed protesters like rabbits, to assassinate. When Palestinians claim their right to protest against their illegal occupation, to protest travel restrictions, humiliation, demolitions, expropriations and expulsions, they are called terrorists, even though they only exercise their legal right of resistance, which is denied only in dictatorships. So what is the “Jewish state”? A state that under the eyes of the so-called “Western community of values” and under complete impunity occupy a people and robbed of its livelihood. That of all German politicians in this connection Auschwitz strive and demand a “never again”, but portraying the land-robbing “Jewish apartheid-occupation state” better than living democracy is characterless. The ever-eager German values ​​have degenerated into a sad parody. The fact that the Zionist regime, with the support of the Western community of states, can override all ethical values ​​and norms also puts our democracy at risk!

footnotes:

(1) https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/politik/sigmar-gabriel-hat-mich-zur-weissglut-gebracht/

(2) https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-ausland/uno-maas-setzt-erstes-zeichen-gegen-anti-israel-irrsinn-66456028.bild.html

(3) https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/internationale-organisationen/uno/nahost-resolutionen-vereinten-nationen/2277244

(4) https://english.rt.com/inland/65241-kevin-kuhnert-israel-iran-und/

(5) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Israel-erwaegt-Bombardierung-des-Iran-article21443988.html

(6) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Israel-erwaegt-Bombardierung-des-Iran-article21443988.html

 

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WHO WILL SAVE PALESTINE?

It is only a matter of time before the next terrible massacre in Gaza or elsewhere in illegally occupied Palestine will take place. The Zionist regime needs wars both internally and externally to survive. 

Who will save Palestine? 

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is only a matter of time before the next terrible massacre in Gaza or elsewhere in illegally occupied Palestine will take place. The Zionist regime needs wars both internally and externally to survive. Only leaders with blood on their hands are able to be chosen and recognized by this “chosen people”. Decades of hasbara (propaganda) has trimmed brains for superiority of the “Jewish people” over the hostile Palestinian Arab Muslims considered inferior. It is this supposed strength and the arrogant sense of superiority that characterized this apartheid occupation state from the beginning. All this was only possible because the international community supported and made possible this ominous policy. For the Jewish inhabitants of this state, With only their own good at heart, attacks and wars against the Palestinians were always “normal”, and they felt no remorse for war crimes and bloodiest massacres. Why? Governments have always told them that only they alone have the right to own the land of Palestine-Israel for over 2000 years.

The future is in the untrustworthy “David stars”

As if not enough blood was spilled, the corruption-prone Trump favorite and deadly “regime leader” Netanyahu never missed an opportunity to rush against “infiltrants” and “Arab Israelis” as enemies of the country’s security , He left no stone unturned to save his skin at the expense of his country. He even sensed a “coup attempt” instead of confronting the accusations of Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who accused him in his charges of fraud, infidelity and corruption.

For a long time, Mandelblit and his investigators, now under police protection, waited for the indictment to be filed. The Likud party is still behind its “King Bibi” and even called to demonstrate in front of the house Mandelblits. In the “Jewish state” polarization has always been very high. After all, it was the far-right parties that promoted them. The rabble-rousing slogans that they repeatedly release against the Palestinians meanwhile do not stop at political opponents. One should not be surprised if another political murder happens as after the murder of Rabin.

Netanyahu has refused to resign and despite more than 50% of Jewish citizens advocating his resignation, he wants to remain in office until a conviction is reached, but he does not expect it, and he has an immunity law that protects him , wants to prevent. That he succeeds, seems less and less likely, since it now looks as if his Likud is no longer closed behind him and wants to get rid of him. Whether this will really be so, is in the “David stars”, and they are not trustworthy.

Prospects for Palestine bleak as US policy and its dubious “peace plans”

A fellow Israeli peace activist once told me that there is no other country in the world that has so many corrupt politicians at the head of the state and government, as in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Netanyahu is so ruthless that he could even try to start a civil war in order to maintain his power. It would be the first time that an incumbent Prime Minister has been charged, because when his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, was charged with corruption, he resigned. There is currently a law in the “Jewish State” stating that an incumbent Prime Minister may remain in office until sentenced, and Netanyahu will fully enjoy that if he is not overthrown before.

Now, Haaretz asks if he can even be regarded as fully in office, as he is only a transitional prime minister who has not been successful in creating a government. Therefore, he is to be regarded as a “simple” Knesset member. But since it must be assumed that in the known Israeli legal situation and deportation, a start of the process could be delayed for years, Bibi plays for time. So he will try by all means to reach new elections against all odds. Finally, his challenger Benny Gantz has failed in the formation of a government and reacts out of weakness with offers and other polarizations. So the prospects for Palestine are as gloomy as the US policy and its dubious “peace plans”.

It would be a small piece of hope if there were a trial of both before the International Court of Justice in The Hague – for war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war. Dutch Palestinian Ismail Ziada seeks civil action against former Israeli Air Force chief Amir Eshel and Benny Gantz as responsible for the bombing of a house where six of his family members, his mother, three brothers, a sister-in-law and his 12-year-old nephew were murdered. Gantz then took the lead in Israel’s notorious Operation Protective Edge, which brutally murdered more than 2,000 Gaza residents. While Ziada demands justice, Gantz did not think of a better way as the “Jewish Defense Army” once again praising the world’s most moral army and expressing its pride in having served it for almost 40 years. At that time, Netanyahu was already Prime Minister and leader of the regime, which had ordered this terrible war, as so many others had done before. Sadly, only the Dutch court provides the legal opportunity for Ziada’s indictment, as the Israeli judicial system is closed to Palestinians. Special attention was given to the terrible murders of this Palestinian family only because a relative of Ziada, a certain Henk Zanoli, returned in protest over his Dutch wife his tribute to Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations” to the Israeli Embassy in the Netherlands. The “Righteous Among the Nations” is a special term for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust. Zanoli and his mother hid a Jewish boy from the Nazis during the Second World War.

The glorification of the “Jewish people” is no compensation

The Israeli political brutality is quite similar to the new rights in Europe, except that it never got the due attention it deserves. After all, the glorification of the “Jewish people” as reparation is and was so great that this trauma, especially in Germany, is increasingly effective. Influenced by immigration and the creation of an enemy, the Muslim and Islam / Islamism became the new common battlefield of the philosemitic Germans and the evangelical movement worldwide.

So it is to be feared that even with a new regime in the “Jewish state” nothing will change. The unacceptable conditions in Gaza, in this concentration camp with about 2 million imprisoned people, are now almost completely disappeared from the media. So these desperate people are left with only depression, sinking into ever-deepening poverty and waiting in vain for the promised help and reconstruction and for a next massacre. One wonders: was this proud Palestinian people actually created to be occupied, colonized, oppressed, humiliated, dispossessed, judaized or, in the worst case, murdered by the “Jewish people”? How can Palestinians escape this fate? With legal resistance that is wrongly condemned internationally as terror.

Instead of the hypocritical community of nations, which so far has done nothing at all, finally thinking of preventing the decades-long Zionist war of annihilation against the Palestinian people, on the contrary it has allowed more and more Jewish settlements to develop in occupied Palestine. How can one end this international complicity with the “Jewish state”? By finally stopping the hypocritical community of nations from watching the slow dying of this courageous people in its criminal lethargy, and finally putting pressure on Israel to comply with international law and finally recognize the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

After bitter decades with BDS to bring about a free, decent life!

Has not the international community forfeited any right to criticize the Palestinian people? Nothing was done to end the Israeli crimes. In any case, for us citizens, it is only support for the BDS campaign, solidarity with the Palestinians, who fight against oppression, and the support of their resistance. It is time to force the Israeli regime to sanction and withdraw its support for its crimes against humanity in order to allow a free Palestine, without warmongering and massacres of the civilian population.

It is precisely our moral obligation to end the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, to save the country and its people, and to allow them, after bitter decades of occupation, a free, decent life!

 

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NETANYAHU’S LAST ATTEMPT TO STAY IN POWER ~~ BOMB GAZA!

Benjamin Netanyahu’s motivation in killing a Palestinian commander in Gaza was partly political, a former Israeli negotiator said today: Netanyahu aims to show that his chief rival to be prime minister, Benny Gantz, cannot be counted on to provide security to the country.

In the battle between Netanyahu and Gantz, Gaza pays the price. (Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

Netanyahu’s Gaza attack targeted political foes Gantz and Joint List, says Israeli negotiator

Benjamin Netanyahu’s motivation in killing a Palestinian commander in Gaza was partly political, a former Israeli negotiator said today: Netanyahu aims to show that his chief rival to be prime minister, Benny Gantz, cannot be counted on to provide security to the country. In the wake of the attack, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, the negotiator said.

Moty Cristal, a former peace negotiator and lt. colonel in the Israeli army, spoke on i24 News today and said that the timing of the attack was not “purely taking advantage of the window of opportunity” to kill Baha Abu al-Ata, the leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza. In fact, Cristal said, Avigdor Lieberman has said that when he was Defense Minister (2016-2018), Netanyahu rejected his recommendation that Israel kill Abu al-Ata. Islamic Jihad reportedly attacked Israel in September — when Netanyahu was forced off a stage in Ashkelon out of concern that he was within range.

Cristal said there was likely a “strong combination” of political motives in Netanyahu’s decision to attack, in the form of Gantz’s “ticking clock.” Gantz has eight days to form a new government in a charge from the Israeli president. One of his only ways to do so is to form a tenuous “minority” governing coalition with the 44 members of his party and other center-left Jewish parties and the outside support of the 13 members of the Israeli parliament from the Joint List of largely-Arab parties.

Israeli rightwingers have repeatedly smeared the Joint List in recent months as a fifth column on which the center-left is dependent. Netanyahu also went in for fearful race-baiting against Arabs in the recent campaign. saying they want to “annihilate” Jewish Israelis. Gantz and center-right kingmaker Lieberman have promised that they would never include the Joint List in a coalition government.

The accusations against Gantz and the Joint List have been repeated by Netanyahu Likud Party loyalists in the last day, Cristal said. These politicians are part of Netanyahu’s personal firewall: a potential governing coalition that will guarantee him immunity from prosecution on corruption charges that are expected to be filed against him in coming weeks.

The assassination in Gaza led to scores of rockets from Islamic Jihad and then Israeli attacks killing seven inside Gaza; and the hostilities have thrown Israel into considerable fear. Schools and businesses in Israel were shut down today; and i24 News anchors reflected worry over what will happen tomorrow.

The crisis has also highlighted tensions with Iran that may serve Netanyahu politically. Iran is in the headlines as the supporter of Palestinian resistance forces including Islamic Jihad. Yossi Alpher at Peace Now says that Netanyahu may see political advantage in leveraging tensions with Iran to show that he is Israel’s necessary leader, or to get Donald Trump to support him more visibly. Michael Oren’s article in the Atlantic warning of a war with Iran must be seen as a communique from Oren’s former boss, Netanyahu, Alpher says– possibly “to generate a Trump campaign to influence Israeli public opinion in Netanyahu’s favor, either during the final month of coalition maneuvering or during a third round of elections early in 2020.”

There is also a chance, Alpher says, that hostilities with Iranian proxies would “hasten formation of an emergency national-unity government,” uniting Gantz and Netanyahu, in which Gantz would have to drop his insistence that he would not serve with a prime minister under investigation.

 

THE STAR OF DAVID AS A SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION

The Holocaust seems to justify all means and overrides human rights and international law when it comes to the “Jewish state”.

The Flag as a Symbol of Oppression and Exclusion

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

It is to be thanked for the criticism of the left-wing town councilor Simon Aulepp that finally a dispute and a basis for discussion arise in Germany. Who is Jewish and what does Judaism mean in Germany? (1) He asks the legitimate question of whether the city council would raise the flag of Saudi Arabia at the town hall, if Muslims were killed in an attack in Germany? However, in this context, Saudi Arabia seems unhelpful. I would find Turkey the right state in this context when it comes to expressing sympathy in racist murders. After all, about 3.5 million Turkish citizens live in Germany.

 

No solidarity with an army that shows “hatred and joy in killing”!

 

While protests are made when Turkish footballers salute, it is happily accepted that German citizens volunteer for the Jewish “Defense Army” and thus support an army that secures the illegal occupation of Palestine by all means contrary to international law, an army that According to own soldiers who broke their silence, “shows hatred and joy of killing”. (2) (3) (4)

 

What are these double standards. It seems that when it comes to Muslims and Turks, you feel the Islamophobia that has seized Germany and Europe. Has Germany, the German Federal Government, ever thought of hoisting the Turkish flag as a sign of mourning or sympathy after the NSU murders of Turkish-born people? Never would this gesture have been considered. Yes, the Holocaust remains unforgotten forever, but gives no right to instrumentalize it unilaterally.

 

The question that Aulepp posed to the mayor of Kassel, Christian Geselle, was polemically exaggerated, but absolutely justified. The David Star flag has nothing to do with the failed attack of a far-right culprit in the synagogue in Halle. It would have been right, and I fully agree with Aulepp to set the German flag at half-mast in order to demonstrate German sympathy. After all, it was not an attack on the “Jewish state” but an act against a religious community. However, one already wonders in view of the answer of the OB journeyman, which faith does he actually have? When asked by the press, he did mean that the hoisting of the Israeli flag should be seen as a “clear sign of solidarity with the people of the Jewish faith.” And:

 

Do not abuse anti-Semitism to cover up the politics of Israel!

 

The same is true in the Jewish community and was pleased that the flag hung in front of the town hall. Since one wonders how it can be that Jewish citizens are pleased about this Flag Hissung, they only show that all criticism of Jews is justified, if they are behind the “Jewish State” and solidarisieren with this. Even if the Chairman of the German-Israeli Society thinks that “Judaism and the State of Israel can not be separated”, this is a sign of a false understanding. As long as Jews in the diaspora do not clearly separate state and religion, there will never be a “normal” coexistence. It seems to me that the “Jewish State” and its lobby are very convenient, when you use anti-Semitism and can cover up the politics of Israel with it, and to avoid criticism of this at all. Likewise, the “Jewish state” finds it very convenient if Diaspora Jews are scared, insecurity is created, so that they increasingly emigrate to Israel. A dangerous kind of politics that generates anti-Semitism.

 

Of course that brings us to the topic of instrumentalizing a religion. There is no “Jewish people” but only a Jewish religious community, see also Schlomo Sand. (5) (6) Ever since the claim of recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” began, this amalgamation of Judaism and politics began as a model of domination and oppression. Israel is a state that has established itself in the land of Palestine and has systematically displaced approximately 750,000 Palestinians since its founding in 1948, the Nakba disaster. This expulsion must not be remembered, because one fears the exposure. For this reason, one tries again and again to insist on the “recognition of the right to exist, which now belongs to the” German state reason “. A completely absurd concern to recognize a state which has neither fixed limits nor a constitution. Especially in Germany one tries again and again to discredit and prevent the Nakba exhibition from the Israel lobby. (7) (8)

 

This illegal land grab is known worldwide, criticized, condemned by UN decisions, but never sanctioned or sanctioned. Any measures that the Western “community of values” can so easily impose or threaten against Russia, Iran, Turkey and other states do not come into effect in the “Jewish state”.

 

Do not abuse the Holocaust to override human and international law!

 

The Holocaust seems to justify all means and overrides human rights and international law when it comes to the “Jewish state”. This affects Germany of course extremely, due to the perpetrator’s past. But this philo-Semitic policy is in no way justifiable, but on the contrary creates a defense. If, as has happened so often, Chancellor Merkel warrants all wars of aggression, ethnic cleansing or preventive murder with “self-defense”, this can never be reconciled with “German-Christian values”.

 

German Jews, who profess to Judaism as a denomination, pay the same religious tax as Christian “brothers in faith” to the German state. Now is the question to ask, does the Jewish religious tax go partly or entirely to the “Jewish state”? If you look at the behavior of German politics in their behavior towards Jews and Israel, then you have to deal with this topic. Do German citizens of Jewish faith have a German or an Israeli passport?

 

If then also the SPD leader of the SPD party accused parts of the left to question the right of existence of Israel, then this is an embarrassing distraction maneuver of this incident. Israel’s right to exist depends solely on that state, and is neither legitimate nor secure unless this state gives up the illegal occupation of Palestine, does not stop aggressive policies against its neighbors, and decides not to live in peace with its environment. (9) (10)

 

No special role, for NOTHING and NOBODY!

 

The “Jewish State” was designed from the ground up to occupy a land for Jewish citizens alone, and from the beginning, all the claims of the indigenous peoples were concluded with the words “given by God” and “return to the 2,000-year-old homeland of the Jewish people.” Palestine, the Palestinian. It has come a long way with this policy. The legal right of return, which the UN affirms by resolution, is denied by the “community of values”, while Israel’s claim to Palestine is reiterated as a violation of international law. Everything is supported by a guilty conscience, traumatization of guilt after the Holocaust. This special philosemitic German policy leads us directly into new guilt and anti-Semitism, which does not stop at critical Jews.

 

Influenced by the Central Council of Jews and other international Jewish organizations, it has managed to put the bond between diaspora Jews and the “Jewish State” on a dangerous pedestal, which should be strictly separated in reality. As long as Jewish citizens do not clearly decide whether they feel like German citizens with all their rights and duties, or as Israeli citizens who are in doubt about their true identity, there can never be the desired and so important normality in living together. It seems to me, despite all the testimonies of German Jewish officials, this “normality” is not wanted. Only by this abnormal special position and exaggeration can be pointed to the constant threat of the “Jewish state”,

 

Can Jewish citizens really run into this trap? Do they want to be recognized as fully fledged citizens or as “protected” exotics? It is particularly bad when the newly created Office of the Federal Government, the “Anti-Semitism Commissioner”, constantly emphasizes this role. Although we have a flood of this new “professional group”, we do need a racist commissioner who puts the attacks on Muslims and mosques and refugee homes on the same level as anti-Semitism attacks. No special role, for NOTHING and NOBODY!

 

The Star of David flag is the symbol of oppression and exclusion!

 

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.hna.de/kassel/mitte-kassel-ort248256/nach-anschlag-auf-synagoge-in-halle-debatte-ueber-gedenken-in-kassel-13196576.html

(2) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/debatte-um-salutgruss-in-der-tuerkei-niemand-wird-beleidigt.1346.de.html?dram:article_id=461428

(3) https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/krisen/id_19431610/israels-soldaten-brechen-ihal-schweigen.html

(4) https://www.bild.de/regional/thueringen/thueringen-aktuell/ivo-dierbach-aus-erfurt-in-einem-urlaub-dient-er-israel-65958846.bild.html

(5) https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/es-gibt-kein-juedisches-volk-aber-ein-israelisches-1.18215814

(6) https://www.heise.de/tp/news/Es-gibt-kein-israelisches-Volk-2017088.html

(7) https://www.nzz.ch/unerwuenschte_palaestina-ausstellung-1.10402907

(8) https://taz.de/Palaestinaausstellung-und-Antisemitismus/!5631151/

(9) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/jan/03/comment.israelandthepalestinians

(10) https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2019/03/15/why-israel-has-no-right-to-exist/

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PALESTINOPHOBIA … THE LATEST FROM JARED KUSHNER

Judging by the way he has been ranting about brown, native Palestinians, he must have had similar views of the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Obviously his role models are Hendrik Verwoerd, P. W. Botha, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin—to mention but a few fanatical defenders of racism and settler-colonialism. 

On Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.

“Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Kushner told the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He went on: “If you want to go and invest in the West Bank or Gaza, the issue that’s holding you back is the fear of terrorism and that your investment could be destroyed.”

In my response to his previous racist remarks, I argued that it was racism 101. His biologist approach to race and ethnicity cannot be separated from the orientalist ideology that drove the classical colonialism of the 19th century. Here you have a colonial envoy, not unlike the British and French envoys of the heydays of colonialism, blaming the victims, as Edward Said would put it. Brown, native Palestinians are backward so much so that they should be appreciative of the generosity of apartheid Israel and Zionism and welcome Israeli peaceful soldiers with open arms. Any act of resistance on their side is deemed to failure and amounts to a form of terrorism that destroys any investment made by foreign businesses.

Forget about Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, forget about the more than 600 military checkpoints slicing what remains of the West Bank, and the more than 60 discriminatory laws against Israel’s Palestinian citizens. Forget about the blockade of Gaza described as “incremental genocide” by Ilan Pappe, and the fact that Gaza, according to a UN report, will become “unlivable” by 2020. Forget about the thousands of deaths in three genocidal wars described by mainstream human rights organizations and UN fact-finding missions as “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity” carried out by the Israeli military against the 2 million civilians of Gaza within a period of six years. Forget about 71 years of dispossession and ethnic cleansing and the fact that there are 7 million Palestinian refugees entitled to their right of return in accordance with UN resolution 194. And of course you have to forget about the increasing number of Jewish-only settlements, that all come with the unconditional support of the United States of America.

But doesn’t Mr. Kushner know this?

What did he think of the white rule of South Africa under the apartheid regime? Did he also think that “black terrorism” was responsible for the suffering of the majority of the population there? That Africans were to blame for their own suffering?

But you don’t even have to leave the United States. What did he think of the suffering of African Americans under the Jim Crow laws? Judging by the way he has been ranting about brown, native Palestinians, he must have had similar views of the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Obviously his role models are Hendrik Verwoerd, P. W. Botha, Ariel Sharon, Menachem Begin—to mention but a few fanatical defenders of racism and settler-colonialism.

Actually, I imagine Mr. Kushner claims to respect Mandela, King, and even Mahatma Gandhi. And that leaves us Palestinians in a completely separate category where our non-violent, peaceful resistance to occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism is considered a form of terrorism. Any act of defiance on our part is rejected outright. Unlike Mandela and King, we are Palestinian Arabs with an intrinsic tendency for terrorism. And this, in short, exemplifies Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia, a combination of racism, orientalism, and colonialism directed toward Palestinians who, for him, should not have been there from the beginning.

LOVE IN JERUSALEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Israeli occupation forces brutally beating number of Palestinians in Al wad road in the old city of Jerusalem

THE ISRAELI NON GOVERNMENT’S FIRST MOVE

Israel’s Minister of the Interior says he is taking action to force Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, out of the country.

Israel prepares to deport BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti

Israel’s Minister of the Interior says he is taking action to force Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, out of the country.

I intend to act quickly to deprive Omar Barghouti of residency status in Israel… This is a man who does everything to harm the country and therefore must not enjoy the right to be a resident of Israel.

Aryeh Deri said he had directed the Population and Immigration Authority to prepare a legal opinion aimed at Barghouti’s deportation.

The announcement comes after Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber notified Deri’s office that it had the authority to revoke Barghouti’s residency. The legal basis: a 2018 amendment to the residency law, listing “breach of trust” as a crime which may justify stripping a residency status. Barghouti married a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and lives under the residency status in the city of Acre.

Imagine it – the state “trusts” you to not take it to task for its violations, it “trusts” you to not complain and to accept these violations, and if you protest, even in a non-violent and civil manner, you have breached that “trust”.

Barghouti has long been a target for fascistic suggestions. In a 2016 anti-BDS conference sponsored by the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, then Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz suggested “targeted civil eliminations” of BDS leadership. “Targeted elimination” is a well-known Israeli term for assassination. He merely added the “civil” to make it sound more “civil”. Barghouti was singled out by name, and the anti-BDS Czar Gilad Erdan said that BDS activists will “pay a price”. “We will soon be hearing more of our friend Barghouti”, Erdan hinted insidiously.

Soon after that, the local Ministry of the Interior office notified Barghouti that his travel document (which he has to renew every two years) would not be renewed. It was then temporarily renewed following legal pressure. Barghouti told Glenn Greenwald at the time:

So we are really unnerved, I am personally quite unnerved by those threats. We take them very seriously, especially in this context. We live in a country where racism and racial incitement against indigenous Palestinians has grown tremendously into the Israeli mainstream. It has really become mainstream today to be very openly racist against Palestinians. Many settlers and hard-right-wing Israelis are taking matters into their own hands – completely supported by the state – and attacking Palestinians. So in that context I am unnerved, but I’m certainly undeterred. I shall continue my non-violent struggle for Palestinian rights under international law and nothing they can do will stop me.

Barghouti was indeed “targeted”, but so far only by the “civil” means of preventing his travels by bureaucratic means. Lately that has included US and UK initiatives, with nebulous holdups and refusals which the governments didn’t seek to defend.

In the US case last April, Barghouti was stopped at the Israeli Ben Gurion airport and denied travel to the US, despite having a valid visa. James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, which had been coordinating the trip, commented:

Omar Barghouti is a leading Palestinian voice on human rights. Omar’s denial of entry into the US is the latest example of the Trump administration’s disregard for those rights.

In the UK case from last month, Barghouti was meant to speak at a fringe event of the Labour conference, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC). He ended up speaking on skype, due to an “unexplained, abnormal delay” in the issuing of his visa. PSC said in a statement:

The unprecedented delay in processing Barghouti’s travel visa application by the British government is part and parcel of the growing efforts by Israel and its allies to suppress Palestinian voices and the movements for Palestinian rights,

The recent move to revoke Barghouti’s residency seems to result from a right-wing incitement campaign by the group Betzalmo (a pun on the human rights monitoring group B’tselem). They wrote to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit and to Deri just over a week ago, urging them to expel Barghouti. In their letter they noted the US’s denial of entry, and asked why the Israeli government has not acted to strip Barghouti of his residency rights. They elaborated that Barghouti harms the state, breaches allegiance and is a security threat:

A recent law authorizes the Interior Minister, with the approval of the attorney-general, to revoke residency for anyone who harms state security or violates allegiance to the state, or endangers public peace… Undoubtedly Barghouti’s leadership of the boycott movement against all citizens of the State of Israel severely harms the State of Israel and is a blatant breach of allegiance, as well as a threat to Israel’s security and defense by pushing for an arms embargo against Israel.

So: The green light from the Attorney-General’s office, a further green light from Deri’s office, and the machine seems set to deport the “traitor”.

For Israel, Barghouti proves that you can’t trust Palestinians to shut up, and that they need to learn it the hard way. But every step that Israel takes in its repressive attempt to silence dissent, becomes another reason to boycott it. Indeed, as Erdan promised, we’ve heard a lot from, and about, Omar Barghouti. And we’re bound to hear much more about him, and BDS.

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR ……. FOR SOME, NOT ALL

There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who shut their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes

German exclusion

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski Comment from the high blue

 

For the New Year of the Jews 5780 (2020) I feel marginalized, among many others who are working to end the illegal occupation of Palestine. The Jewish New Year festival literally means “head of the year” and initiates the ten days of penance that end in Yom Kippur, literally “day of atonement”. If you read the many greetings to the Jewish New Year, from politics and religion, then you can literally feel the Transfiguration of a religion that flourished despite the Holocaust in Germany – if, for example, Chancellor Merkel in her congratulation so flowery formulated as: “It is a unique and wonderful proof of trust and a great enrichment for our country, that Jewish life could blossom again after the collapse of civilization of the Shoah … At the same time, courageous people stand up for our values.

I did not survive Auschwitz to keep silent on new injustice

When my father returned to Berlin in 1945, Belsen was freed from concentration and extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Bergen. Alone, his wife and mother were gassed, father had already died at police station, but it was still or just for this reason his only goal in life, again a ” normal and worth living for Jews in Germany. This task he realized under the most difficult conditions in his city Berlin. What he began in 1948, he led until his death in 1992 against all resistance to an end. He, who educated me to be a critical political citizen, free of complexes and traumas, was an uncomfortable person. To be uncomfortable with the “rulers” was not easy even then, after all he had to fight against all the old Nazis in the new parties, who immediately fell to their feet again and came in successfully. At that time it was not liked to be reminded of what Germany had done for evil especially against Jews, but also against other peoples and occupied countries. At that time, anti-Semitism was still very much alive. Nevertheless, he went his own way and achieved his goal of reviving the Berlin Jewish community and a Jewish community in Germany.

His life motto after the liberation “I have not survived Auschwitz to silence to new injustice” he fully exhausted and passed it on to me.

So I feel very connected to Gideon Levy, the important supporter of Palestinian freedom and outstanding Haaretz journalist. He wrote a very personal commentary in Haaretz entitled “Another Israel: The Rosh Hashanah of My Childhood” on September 29, 2019, in which he bills the injustice policy of the “Jewish State”. No, I am not an Israeli citizen, but a German citizen with Jewish roots. But our goals and thoughts are very similar. Levy writes “My father did not want to come. He loathed religion and knew nothing about the Jewish holidays, even though his father ran the church in his city. He came to Palestine illegally. In Israel in 2019 they would call him an intruder. At that time, they called him a secret immigrant. At the train station in Prague he said goodbye to his parents and fiancée whom he would never meet again. He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) He spent five months at sea on an illegal immigration ship (now referred to as a refugee ship), including detention in Beirut, an institution now known in Israel as ‘Holot’, the detention center for African asylum seekers. We knew nothing about transit camps for immigrants or ethnic communities. Where the Tel Aviv Dizengoff Center stands today was a transit camp for immigrants built on the ruins of a village. ” So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) was a transit camp for immigrants, built on the ruins of a village “. So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1) was a transit camp for immigrants, built on the ruins of a village “. So far excerpts from Levy’s readable article. (1)

Terrifying deficit of democratic attitude and empathy

But let’s get back to Chancellor Merkel. If, in her message to the Central Council of Jews, she advocates respect and tolerance, a peaceful and prosperous togetherness, I ask myself: how can she allow Jews in Germany to be marginalized again just because they are to ensure that the “Jewish State” complies with international law and human rights? When Merkel made the German raison d’être for the security of Israel an “order per mutti”, she certainly did not think about the security of Palestine and the Palestinians. After all, there is still no Palestinian state today. Merkel is not innocent of this fact among many other colleagues. It is not enough, Mrs. Merkel, to appeal to “our” values, to demand courage and the “two-state solution”, but, on the other hand, inactively watching the Zionist regime implement new settlement plans on a daily basis and conclude annexation plans – while brave Palestinians who resist the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it, are being fought as terrorists. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”. who are legally resisting the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it as terrorists are being fought. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”. who are legally resisting the Zionist illegal occupation and are even willing to sacrifice their lives for it as terrorists are being fought. When you, Ms Merkel, conveyed your solidarity to the Netanyahu regime during the Gaza genocide and awarded the right to “self-defense” by the “most moral” of all Jewish “Defense Forces” (IDF), they charged us “a German debt,” urgently waiting for “reparation”.

When the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Reinhard Marx sends his wishes for peace and blessing to the Central Council of Jews, a man who visited the occupied West Bank in 2007 – at that time as a bishop – and knows exactly how the suffering and occupation of the Palestinian people looks, but today can not say a word more in his message about it, then that is regrettable. If Marx praises Christians who resisted their lives and rescued Jews, but regretfully found that most Christians were indifferent, we must not forget the parallels to today. Resistance to injustice and occupation is indivisibly linked and human obligation! In 2007, did not the then tour group of the bishops react in horror to Ramallah and call the states a ghetto? How they were then attacked by the Central Council of Jews under Paul Spiegel, because they had dared to use the word ghetto. Immediately, the Central Council forbade the word ghetto, since that word applied only to the Warsaw Ghetto and would not tolerate any comparison. I still remember very well how I supported her and called ghetto a “common term today”, which he is. There is no Jewish “exclusive claim” to the word ghetto. (2) Would not it be time for David Schuster, the current President of the Central Council, who is always the mouthpiece of the Israeli government? to speak in the conscience? Just a message of greeting for the Jewish New Year would be a hitch, Cardinal Marx. Why not take a role model in the Anglican Church of South Africa, which just joined a boycott decision by the BDS movement (boycott, divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5) Divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5) Divestments and sanctions). After all, these South African Anglicans know only too well what apartheid and occupation mean. Let’s just read the former Jewish ANC activists and ministers, supporters of the BDS movement, Ronnie Kasrils, who equates the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the crackdown on critics with South Africa’s apartheid situation. (4) (5)

So, when Jewish citizens celebrate New Year around the world but Palestinian people are incarcerated to avoid disturbing the “festivities on stolen land”, and that is not mentioned in a message of congratulation or political response, that is not an encouraging sign, but proves a frightening one Deficit in a democratic attitude and empathy. No, not Israel criticism is anti-constitutional, but it’s decisions of the Bundestag, such as those against the BDS movement and this as anti-Semitic declare. (6)

Something is wrong in the state

If the “Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East” bank accounts are terminated because they support the BDS movement, if Jewish journalists, writers, activists, associations that promote Palestinian freedom and support the BDS movement, public spaces be denied or terminated and only courts have to guarantee the right to freedom of expression, then something is quite wrong in the state.

If award ceremonies – as just happened – are canceled to the British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie just because she actively supports the BDS movement, then a point has been reached that has nothing to do with democracy anymore. The Nelly Sachs Prize, which was to be awarded to Shamsie, but then withdrawn, hit waves worldwide. Nelly Sachs, the German-Jewish-Swedish namesake of this award from the city of Dortmund, dedicated her life to others. Even her serious illness did not prevent her from digesting her terrible experiences literarily and poetically. She received countless honors and awards – as in 1965, when she was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. In 1966 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature together with Samuel Joseph Agnon by the Swedish King Gustav VI. Adolf. She quoted a poem written especially for this ceremony and gave away half of her prize money to the needy and the other half to her old friend Gudrun Harlan. When Nelly Sachs had to cancel a planned trip to Israel on the advice of her doctor in 1967, she did not hesitate to intervene in a public telegram for the reception of Günter Grass by the Israeli Writers’ Association. Nelly Sachs would surely have been horrified if she had yet to experience a prize being denied her name – a great literary colleague who fights for the freedom of Palestine. She who feared that in Israel “the persecuted might soon become persecutors,” was scared of these atrocities. She who was so astute and forward-looking, who championed colleagues, would surely have been proud of the high-profile supporters of an open supporters letter with high-profile names among the 240 intellectual signers who rightly speak of punishment. This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7) This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7) This open letter, first published by the London Review of Books, is entitled “The Right to Boycott – Right to Boycott”. (7)

On September 30, Aachener Nachrichten reported that the city of Aachen is withdrawing from the awarding of the Aachener Kunstpreis. Reason: the designated prizewinner, the Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad, is accused of being a follower of the BDS movement and repeatedly been on “measures to the cultural boycott of Israel,” as Aachen Mayor Marcel Philipp (CDU) said. Whether the donors of the award, the association of Friends of the Ludwig Forum to the award holds, decides this week. This witch hunt and a sneak peek against internationally respected artists will lead to more and more “honorees” turning away when a prize-giving ceremony threatens. Even more explosive gets the thing, if the “constitutional contactor” of federal and state governments should classify the BDS movement as anti-constitutional. Will supporters ever be allowed into the country, or have we fully adopted the Israeli practices? (8th)

There is no right to exist of a state without borders on stolen land! 

When the Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) in a TIME interview threatens to let BDS of the protection of the Constitution observed, even fundamental criticism of Israel in question, then he faces as well as many of his political colleagues against UN decisions and presents typically German, with a morally raised index finger to the side of peoples and human rights criminals of the “Jewish state”. What is your opinion, Senator Geisel, about the aims of the BDS movement? No, Mr. Geisel, there is no right of Israel, this state without borders on stolen land! If in Germany criticism of the “Jewish state” again and again points to historical contexts that prohibit us from supporting boycott decisions against Israel, that is unacceptable. Instead of “Do not buy with the Jew”, in reality, it must really read: “Do not buy from the Jewish occupier,” as I wrote. However, Geisel knows no qualms when it comes to Russia boycotts, a country that had to complain thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – including in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) that thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead had to complain. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – including in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) that thanks to our “help” 27 million war dead had to complain. Even with Iran, we are fast in here, but this may not have nuclear weapons, because he allegedly threatened Israel with a “Holocaust” – while from traumatized policy out of the “Jewish State” any support – even in the form of armaments – is assured and being granted with impunity, being a nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) Be nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th) Be nuclear power. After all, they need self-defense. (8th)

If, at the moment, this is once again demanded by the anti-Semitism commissioner of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Michel Blume, to revise or renew the Nakba exhibition, that would be a fake of history. There is nothing to correct for the “Nakba” and the scientifically flawless traveling exhibition “The Nakba – Flight and Expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948” about the catastrophe of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians after and during the founding of the state of Israel. If, in the first anti-Semitism report of the country, the impression is given by Blume that without the correction the exhibition would be anti-Semitic, then this is a malicious insinuation which urgently needs a correction. I commend the anti-Semitism commissioner Blume, to freshen up his historical knowledge the book by Ilan Pappe “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”. I myself was allowed to open the Nakba exhibition in Tübingen in 2008 and had an accompanying event on the topic: “May the birthday of Israel be celebrated so uncritically against the backdrop of the Nakba”? (10)

This exhibition is so important and correct that it should become a permanent fixture throughout Germany. The path to the future begins with remembering, and so does Palestine and the Palestinians, who are still waiting for their legal right of return to Palestine.

There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who shut their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes

After only 86 years after the seizure of power and the persecution of the Jews, today Jews who bravely and uncomfortably participate in BDS and are calling for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine are again marginalized as anti-Semites. In a Germany where philosemitism has replaced anti-Semitism, where open letters are negated by internationally recognized artists and scientists, one can not celebrate a Happy New Year 5780. There is nothing to celebrate for Jews who close their eyes to the crimes of Zionist regimes in the “Jewish state”. Only when Palestine is free and human rights and international law apply to all its citizens and refugees returned home, is there something to celebrate. For this we support together the BDS-movement with all strength and “last ink”, as Günter Grass wrote so impressively in his poem “What else must be said”. (11)

Much has to be said and done until Palestine is freed and Germany no longer excludes critical Jews and BDS supporters.

footnotes:

(1) https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-another-israel-the-rosh-hashanah-of-my-childhood-1.7917710

(2) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/ghetto-ist-heute-ein-gebraeuchlicher-begriff.694.de.html?dram:article_id=64303

(3) http://www.bdssouthafrica.com/post/anglican-church-in-southern-africa-adopts-bds-boycott-of-israel/

(4) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/03/israel-treatment-palestinians-apartheid-south-africa

(5) http://sicht-vom-hochblauen.de/ich-kaempfte-gegen-die-suedafrikanische-apartheid-and-sehe-die-gleich-brutale-politik-in-israel-von-ronnie-kasrils/

(6) https://www.bundestag.de/dokumente/textarchiv/2019/kw20-de-bds-642892

(7) http://bds-kampagne.de/2019/09/23/offener-brief-zur-nichtvergabe-des-nelly-sachs-preises-thas-recht-auf-boykott/

(8) http://www.aachener-nachrichten.de/lokales/aachen/hat-walid-raad-verbindungen-zur-israelkritischen-bewegung-bds_aid-46196797%3foutput=amp

(9) https://www.zeit.de/politik/deutschland/2019-09/andreas-geisel-innensenator-berlin-bds-bewegung-verfassungsschutz

(10) https://www.attac-netzwerk.de/index.php?id=7582

(11) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/das-israel-gedicht-von-grass/das-dicht-von-guenter-grass-was-gesagt-werden- must-11707985.html

 

 

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FREEDOM IS THE CLIMATE CHANGE NEEDED IN PALESTINE

What use is a future without freedom?

Fridays for Future in Freedom – or: Poisoned Climate in Palestine

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

What use is a future without freedom? How can one create a good climate and prevent a climate catastrophe without rising against the suppression of freedom – without achieving freedom and freedom of expression for Palestine? Let us imagine: a Palestinian girl would have sat down in front of the German Reichstag or the Federal Chancellery – with a poster “School Strike for Freedom” in front of the chest. Would she have noticed a passerby? Hardly, since this topic is withheld from young people in the schools. In fact, the Nakba belongs in all public schools – as well as the Holocaust. Both are inextricably linked. The right to support the BDS movement (boycott, disinvestment, sanctions) must be an integral part of our society and must not be criminalized as anti-Semitic.

Preserve democracy and freedom of expression

All public institutions and officials are required and obliged to protect and defend these rights in order to preserve democracy and freedom of expression. That’s why it’s worth pushing for “Friday for Freedom” marches. Together with Muslims and committed citizens, we should build a lobby that opposes the indifference to Palestine, the hatred of Islam and the climate poisoned from it.

However, German politics has done nothing for the freedom of Palestine, but it has contributed to make the misery of oppression and occupation worse each year. With German weapons and German support, the Merkel government has actively contributed to this “climate deterioration” in Palestine – otherwise the constant repetition of the reference to the “two-state solution”, but with the support of Zionist slogans and the right to “self-defense”, when it really comes to hegemony, violations of international law and Judaisierung. Anyone who has “given” the raison d’être for his safety – like the “Jewish state” thanks to Merkel – does not need to fear for his right to exist. And that’s the big mistake that undermines our Constitution, because the existence of this state does not correspond to the constitutional paragraphs. No, the existence of the “Jewish state” in its present form must be called into question as long as the question of Palestine is not clarified and a sovereign state has not emerged for all its citizens in a healthy climate with equal water distribution.

While frantic young activists roam the cities Friday through Friday, skipping school attendance, politics are struggling to accommodate this new movement and take the lead. It seems to me frightening how a 15-year-old autist managed to trigger such a demonstration tsunami, almost out of nowhere. Let us remember: on August 20th, 2018, a frightened-looking girl with a fixed look and depression sat in front of the Swedish Reichstag (Riksdag) with a placard in front of her chest saying “School strike for the climate”. She wanted to continue until Sweden follows the climate agreement of Paris.

Chosen follower of Jesus?

How is it possible that in such a short time, such a movement was possible in which it was almost canonized. Pope Francis praised her, and a Swedish church congregation compared her to Jesus as a “chosen successor”. Already she is being traded for the Nobel Peace Prize after being awarded a prize by Amnesty International. I see in it a great danger coming towards us. For if it is possible to put this type of mass hysteria to fruition so quickly, then this can be a real danger with other protagonists and populists. Who controls Greta Thunberg and with what ulterior motives and interests?

This controversial climate activist, coached by her parents, Svante Thunberg, actor, and painting Emman, opera singer, goes on tour. Soon her mother wrote a bestseller about this spicy family story. Now every reader knows about Aspergers autism and depression! Her last appearance at the climate summit in the United Nations was an embarrassment for me. “You have stolen my dreams” and “that you dare”, or “if you abandon us, we will never forgive you” and “I would have to go to school and sit at the other end of the Atlantic”. Yes, she would only! I found this performance embarrassing and can not sympathize with what makes Thunberg so interesting. Mind you, that has nothing to do with climate change, which of course has to be and will be addressed.

On the other hand, this movement was quickly abused by politicians and various other governing representatives, as they try to bask in Thunberg’s “halo.” I see both currents with great concern. On the positive side, right-wing populists, politicians like Trump and Bolsonario attack this movement and deny and isolate climate change. Which will hopefully encourage many of their constituents to change their minds at the next elections.

“Climate Apartheid” in Palestine

Why is not there a Palestinian activist who is heard by the UN, who stands up for Freedom and good climate in Palestine and is so celebrated? Because this topic is not heard and is displaced by the international community, according to the wishes of the “Jewish state” and its lobbyists! Has this movement ever dealt with the environmental problems in Africa, Asia and Palestine? In Palestine, for decades, we have been witnessing a “climate apartheid” that deprives the Palestinians of the water of the Zionist occupying regime and withholds it so that the Jewish settlers can revel in their luxury occupation life. Gaza will be so dirty in a short time, according to the UN report, that it will be uninhabitable. Two million people in this cordoned off concentration camp live with dirty sewage and misery due to water scarcity. Currently, the occupied West Bank is once again deprived of power and the lights are turned off. These arbitrary punitive measures are perverse actions of the Zionist occupiers who are repeatedly used as blackmailers against Palestinians.

As it has recently become known, Netanyahu and Gantz have agreed on sounding for a new unity government. Netanyahu and Gantz, as I commented in my last commentary “From the Rain to the Roof”, do not belong to the government, but to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. If President Rivlin meets with Netanyahu and Gantz this week, he will entrust one of the candidates to forming a government, and then the power-rotation scramble will begin. It seems that Netanyahu is not going so fast as it seems. Before the election is after the election, nothing new in Palestine!

Palestinians deserve a Friday for Future in Freedom!

Chancellor Merkel, the former Minister of the Environment, later “climate chancellor” and chameleon of German politics, has been trying for years to make her mark in this way. When she traveled to New York more than 29 years ago and subsequently made memoranda of understanding to lower greenhouse gas emissions, she certainly was not yet aware of what would happen in 2019. She, who had long since become an “industrial and automobile chancellor,” still defending the automobile industry when she was exposed to her criminal activities. The first of these “criminals” are already shouting for subsidies for “electro-innovations”. What tricks are they going to come up with this time so that they do not run out of energy and get their money’s worth?

Cleverly she tries again and again to reclaim goals and topics in order to put herself in such a scene. Even though her glamor is fading more and more and her slogan “We can not do it”, she has managed to put a staging without substance on her GroKo stage.

After 19 hours of negotiations, you saw overtired government members who tried to sell a manageable climate compromise, which should not really hurt anyone, as a big hit. Politics should shape, not manage the problems and displace solutions, rather than solving them. You can really feel how a black-red troop, a coalition on call, who has to fear for their re-election, should create a bit “better climate”, a feel-good atmosphere in “dirty times”. As long as the stakeholders who continue to make good money in the production of CO2 can be satisfied, as long as the greenhouse gas levels reach new heights, climate protection is still a long way from being effective.

Where are the simple solutions?

Why has not “Merkel” finally ordered the simple solutions for Germany? Finally, a speed limit, as is customary throughout Europe, finally to go to the diesel subsidies and delete these, raise the air fares and bring the ships and cruise ships on environmental course? It is to despair how this coalition is controlled by lobbyists who always sit invisibly at the table and in reality co-govern. Where is the steering effect, if these problems are not eliminated?

A bad signal was only two days after these “climate killings” that Merkel and Defense Minister Kamp-K (n) arrenberger sat almost together, but in separate government planes to fly to the US, to the East Coast. The Secretary of Defense arguably serves as a “commander and paymaker,” pledging her US counterpart Esper to contribute more to US-led operations in the near future. While the Chancellor arrived as “Klimaqueen”, previously together with the French colleague Macron and the British Johnson decided to hold the Iran responsible for the attack on the Saudi oil facilities – probably serious rumors well-informed Israeli (!) Circles that point to the high probability that Israel is behind the attack.

After that, AA-Maas will also join in and arrive with the next government machine to participate in the UN General Assembly. So much for German government climate policy and role model function. Main thing the GroKo feel-good climate is right – which could change by 2021 at the latest to the next election.

Politics like a patchwork quilt

We continue to buy nuclear power from neighbors or lignite from Russia and force electric cars without having to deal with the problems of highly toxic lithium batteries and batteries and other toxic substances and their disposal. What about glyphosate that can still be sprayed in German fields? This policy acts like a patchwork whose seams are as brittle as the decisions.

If Merkel realized that politics is what is possible, then her possibilities have long been exhausted and she is as exhausted as her policies. What has she achieved? Our infrastructure in rural areas is catastrophic, which I can confirm from my own experience. Our South Tyrolean or Austrian neighbors are much more efficient, not to mention our Swiss neighbors. Like the internet, every Portuguese mountain village is better served than we are.

Do we want a division of society and an ever greater political disenchantment? Will there be German “yellow vests” on our streets soon? I wish for the future demonstrations for “Fridays for Future in Freedom,” which stand for the end of the poisoned climate in Palestine.

 

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TAKE A MINUTE TO SEE WHO IS DESTROYING PALESTINE

The ‘Christian’ Right is SO WRONG

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