JERUSALEM ~~ WORLD’S CAPITAL OF OCCUPATION AND OPPRESSION

What is happening under our very eyes should shame us all, it is the unresolved question that should never be separated from the Holocaust and that the “Jewish state” again and again as a license for their crimes against human rights and international law, robbery, raids and use Zionist propaganda.

Image by Carlos Latuff

Capital of the Occupation and Oppression 

Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

Imagine that Jews all over the world are celebrating their highest holidays, such as Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) or Rosh Hashanah (New Year), and they would be prevented from praying. Surely there would be a media excitement around the globe! In contrast, millions of Muslims around the globe are celebrating the Eid-al-Adha sacrifice and helplessly witnessing their Palestinian peers seeking to pray on the Haram al-Sharif and the Al-Aqsa Mosque , Zionist occupation forces and Jewish settlers, members of the extremist “Temple Mountain groups, have attempted to storm the holy mosque. After the Jewish extremists and occupation troops had injured the Muslim believers with rubber bullets, thugs and tear gas, at least 61 injured were to be lamented. Among them also Awqaf officials of the Jordanian authority, which administers the Haram al-Sharif. Jordan protested, as so often before.

Israel is allowed everything

The far-right Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, known for his racist failures, revealed his stupidity and instinctlessness and allowed some 1,700 extremist Jews to enter Haram al-Sharif. The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately condemned this brazen provocation, which causes only anger and frustration, especially on the first day of the Sacrifice. They also called on the international community to intervene for Israel to stop this behavior. What do these threats mean to the Netanyahu regime? Also, the call of the Palestinian “Vichy Abbas” PA to Arab and Islamic states to “take action” against the international community and Israel to stop the aggression against worshipers, only a helpless attempt remained without effect. The demand for a special session of the UN Security Council was also ineffective. This shows once again clearly: Israel is allowed to do everything and does everything that contributes to the consolidation of the occupation and Judaisierung.

The al-Aqsa mosque is the third most important mosque in Islam and is for Palestinians the symbol and memory of occupation and oppression of their homeland. Year after year, extremist Jewish politicians try to conquer the “Temple Mount” and hoist the symbol of the Israeli occupation there, the Star of David flag. They want to complete the final solution of the Judaization with the temple mountain appropriation. It could threaten to fulfill this desire after US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the “eternal Jewish capital,” as Netanyahu demanded.

The community of states reveals its alleged “values” when it comes to Israeli crimes, and looks on cowardly and makes the Israeli injustice against the Palestinian people happen year after year. Racism is certainly at stake, because it is “only” about Muslims and Palestinians, who are also denied any right to non-violent resistance if they dare to defend themselves against illegal occupation and Israeli land grabbing. Nevertheless, tens of thousands of Muslims came to pray, millions should be !!!!!!

Less and less willing to support Israel’s fascist repression policy

Time and again attempts are being made to postpone the status quo, especially when Israeli politicians like Netanyahu shake it up and try more and more provocations because they are so terribly sure they will win again and again.

There is a small glimmer of hope because more and more democratic US Jews, especially more and more young Jewish US citizens, are turning their backs on the “Jewish state” and are no longer willing to support its fascist oppressive policies against the Palestinian people.

When will we finally experience such changes in Germany? As long as Jews continue to support this “Jewish state” and its criminal occupation policy without criticism, they should not be surprised if they are held responsible for these crimes. While the corporate media in Germany criticize criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, the real existing Islam hatred is downplayed – as well as the problem with the right-wing extremists, which we have for decades and never really dealt with, to grab it at the root. This began after the end of the war, when old Nazis returned to high posts and emigrants were denied integration. You have always been busy with a left-wing hunt, while you are blind in the right eye. The constant media brainwashing has internalized the majority of Germans so that it will be difficult to change. Therefore, the AfD and other right-wing populist parties have an easier time gaining a foothold, as they are especially mentally attached to the “Jewish state” when it comes to fighting Islam and Muslims. As long as German people’s representatives meanwhile denigrate Jewish Israel critics and court “Israel friends” and replace anti-Semitism with philosemitism, it will look bleak in Germany.

Berlin wall divided a city, the Zionist apartheid wall all Palestine

On August 13, the building of the Berlin Wall was commemorated 58 years ago in Berlin. While the 155-kilometer structure “only” shared a city and this division ended on November 9, 1989, with the fall of the wall, the Zionist apartheid wall divides the whole of Palestine and runs across illegally occupied Palestinian land. This 15-year-old disastrous Apartheid Wall is 760 kilometers long, over 9 meters high, and Israel violates international law with its construction, according to a report commissioned by the UN General Assembly. But that does not seem to get either the “Auschwitz Minister” or the international community to rethink, and that should shame us ALL! As a native of Berlin, I know exactly what I am writing about. While the wall dead (140/327?) Is thought, one forgets.

We have just seen how German politicians, headed by the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas, asked forgiveness in Poland for the German Nazi crimes and felt ashamed and then praised the German resistance and the attempted and failed Hitler assassination. More than lying! After all, most of the assassins had previously been enthusiastic supporters of the Nazis and even as “resisters” no Democrats. If the “Auschwitz Minister” were serious about a “never again”, it would be long overdue that he would be ashamed of the untenable conditions in Palestine and would have to persuade him to think and think. Similarly, when Maas left for New York on 12 August to speak to the United Nations Security Council at the invitation of Poland as part of its security presidency, in a 70th anniversary debate, the four Geneva Conventions. Before departure, he had announced full-bodied that Germany wants to urge for the strengthening of international humanitarian law. “Seventy years after the adoption of the Geneva Conventions, protected persons are victims of atrocities and arbitrariness every day. The international community must take action so that the breach of taboos does not become permanent “. Have not we had this “steady state” for 71 years in Palestine, and was not it precisely Maas who repeatedly points out that he went into politics because of Auschwitz? Does not he have to see Auschwitz as a man for human rights crimes, inextricably linked to Palestine and the founding of the “Jewish state”? But he is so (a) hypocritical and self-righteous, yet another reason to be ashamed of German foreign policy.

Holocaust: Israel’s charter for crimes against human rights

What is happening under our very eyes should shame us all, it is the unresolved question that should never be separated from the Holocaust and that the “Jewish state” again and again as a license for their crimes against human rights and international law, robbery, raids and use Zionist propaganda.

This ongoing resistance to the Zionist theft of their homeland and the attempt to destroy the collective cultural memory is to be seen in the context of the Zionist project of Judaizing Palestine and demonizing the Palestinians while the Jews and Zionism are being heroized. The “Jewish state” is hanging on the drip of the United States and is considered the Western model for stabilizing US rule in the Middle East. A prime example of colonial oppression on stolen land.

Therefore, the Palestinian cause, like the BDS movement, is a national and international liberation movement, free from ideological precepts. Thus, the historical and sacred significance of Haram-al-Sharif must not be ignored for all Muslims around the world. But much more focus on the importance of the liberation of Palestine is a question of national pride and territorial integrity, which is systematically, consistently and with international support from the Zionist colonial project from the founding of the state to the present day injured.

Only when Muslims, Palestinians can pray and live freely again in a free Palestine, we will be able to celebrate happily. But with a heavy heart, we are united in solidarity with the Palestinians, who are increasingly oppressed by the Zionist state terror regime.

All parties in the Bundestag henchman of the Zionist occupation regime

That there are also courageous Germans, showed the former German ambassador in Iraq and Iran, Bernd Ebel, who had given a very open and interesting interview to an Internet portal. Thereafter, he was released to the media launch and after a Bild-Schmutzkampagne renounced this exception diplomat on the Instex post. Note: never say anything critical against Israel, or you will be burned for the public. As Spiegel already told us, here it was again confirmed that the media “cancer ulcer” of the German media landscape has taken over the interpretation sovereignty over our dealings with Israel, and let the spinalless German politicians in particular be guided by it. How else can it be that this outstanding diplomat and, above all, well-known connoisseur of the region was abandoned by his “boss” AA Maas? (1)

The case of Ebel is now symptomatic of Germany, where all parties, especially the AfD, excel as henchmen of the Zionist occupation regime, in the commitment to the “Jewish state” and in the demonization of Muslims and immigrants. That so many central media take part in this scare should give us food for thought.

Jerusalem, the capital of oppression, should remind us to fight for the freedom of Palestine and the fall of the apartheid wall. I wish to pray to all Muslim friends and Palestinians next year in a free Jerusalem.

A blessed Eid Mubarak to the sacrificial festival!

footnotes

(1) https://www.bild.de/politik/ausland/politik-inland/instex-deutscher-ex-diplomat-stolpert-ueber-skandal-auftritte-bei-youtube-63841386.bild.html

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K9-NbqQ8p0

 

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TWO MUST WATCH VIDEOS FROM CNN

Thank you, Christiane Amanpour, for upholding the discipline of professional journalism which is a rare commodity today.

PART 1: Palestinian businessman: I call it ‘US-Israeli occupation’
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/07/30/sam-bahour-palestinians-israel-kushner-amanpour.cnn

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PART 2: US Amb: Not ready to talk about Palestinian state
https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/07/30/david-friedman-palestinians-israel-kushner-amanpour.cnn

ISRAELI SOLDIERS CELEBRATE ‘VICTORY’ OVER PALESTINE

Yesterday I posted about the latest in illegal home demolitions in Palestine by Israeli soldiers …. 

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Today I post the reactions of those soldiers as they celebrate their ‘victory’.

SHAME ON THEM!

 

DEMOLISHING HOMES INSTEAD OF WALLS

NOT HOMES!

Israeli forces began Monday demolishing buildings in an East Jerusalem neighborhood under the control of the Palestinian Authority, following a legal challenge to the Defense Ministry-issued order to evacuate apartments deemed too close to the West Bank separation barrier, which runs through the city.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion in 2004 that building the barrier on occupied territory was “contrary to international law.”

Israel Begins Demolition of 70 Homes in Palestinian-controlled East Jerusalem Neighborhood

Forces deploy at dawn days after top court approves order to evict Wadi Hummus residents, in a move activists are concerned sets a precedent to affect thousands

Israeli forces began Monday demolishing buildings in an East Jerusalem neighborhood under the control of the Palestinian Authority, following a legal challenge to the Defense Ministry-issued order to evacuate apartments deemed too close to the West Bank separation barrier, which runs through the city.

Israeli and international activists said Israeli forces deployed in the neighborhood at dawn, evacuating one family from one of the buildings, as well as activists who protested the move.

Two hours prior to the demolition, activists say they saw Israel Defense Forces‘ soldiers placing explosives in an eight-stories building set for demolition. Later, the forces removed furniture and vehicles that were parked next to the buildings.

Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher for the left-wing Ir Amim organization, blasted the move, saying: “In the name of the demographic war waged against East Jerusalem residents, the State of Israel is withholding approval of construction plans allowing those residents to legally build within the city.

“Residents who didn’t want to build without a permit, sought a creative solution and were granted construction permits from the Palestinian Authority to build in areas and A and B where Israel doesn’t have any authority concerning construction plans. The Israeli insistence to prevent this solution is a very cruel act,” Tatarsky added.

“I built this house stone by stone. It was my dream to live in this house. Now I am losing everything,” said Fadi al-Wahash, 37, his voice breaking as a bulldozer destroyed his unfinished three-floor house.

“I had a permit to build from the Palestinian Authority. I thought I was doing the right thing,” he said.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said 700 police and 200 soldiers were involved.

“Despite an order from the military commander, the residents there are making their own law, building. There are hundreds of illegal structures,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.

“To my regret there is no sufficient governance there. But it is not just that there are hundreds of structures there — several dozens of them sit almost on the route of the separation fence, endangering the security forces that operate there.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the Palestinians would complain to the International Criminal Court about the demolitions in Sur Baher.

“The cabinet condemns this grave aggression. This is a continuation of the forced displacement of the people of Jerusalem from their homes and lands — a war crime and a crime against humanity,” Shtayyeh said.

In June, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the demolition of 13 large buildings in the Wadi Hummus neighborhood, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

It is on the edge of the Palestinian village of Sur Baher, in southeast Jerusalem. Unlike the rest of the village, this neighborhood lies beyond the city’s municipal boundaries, in the West Bank. Most of the area it occupies is designated as part of Area A – i.e., under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Sur Baher residents say Wadi Hummus is the only area that remains for future expansion of the village, which is surrounded by the fence and Jewish neighborhoods.

The Defense Ministry instructed to demolish some 70 apartments, citing concerns over their proximity to the separation fence, which it said made them a security threat. Two out of the 13 buildings set for demolition are populated with some 17 residents.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator, and other UN officials called on the Israeli authorities last week to halt the demolition plans. The European Union issued a statement saying: “The continuation of this policy undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace.”

On Sunday, the court rejected a petition to postpone the demolition, which Palestinian activsts are concerned sets a precedent that will enable the demolition of thousands of buildings across the West Bank, effectively annulling the legal protection residents of other PA-controlled areas have.

“Some families put everything they have to put a roof over their heads, and it’s all being ruined in front of their eyes in this despicable crime committed by Israel,” community organizer Hamada Hamada told Haaretz.

“large forces entered after 2:00 A.M. to the neighborhood, preventing any access to the homes and forcefully removing the residents as well as dozens of activists who were present at the scene, evacuating them while women and children were heard screaming in the background,” Hamada added.

Palestinian officials say some of the threatened structures lie within areas that they should control. The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement accusing the Israeli court of aiming “to set a precedent to enable the Israeli occupying forces to demolish numerous Palestinian buildings located in close proximity” to the barrier.

The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released a statement saying that “Israel bears the full responsibility for the dangerous escalation in Sur Baher, which is part of the implementation of the “deal of the century” whose goal is to bury the Palestinian issue.”

According to the statement, Abbas has approached international and Arab officials in order to halt the demolitions.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said “We will not renounce our lands, and everything that was demolished will be rebuilt.”

“The demolition is an implementation of the Bahrain conference and we have thousands of documents and petitions filed to the International Court of Justice in The Hague against Israel,” he said in reference to the economic peace conference in Bahrain sponsored by the United States that took place in June.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said “The demolition of buildings in Sur Baher by the authorities of the occupation is a despicable crime, which is a direct result of the Bahrain Conference and the warm relationship between Israel and some Arab nations.”

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on Monday, but a statement last week by Israel’s military-run civil administration in the West Bank said enforcement would be pursuant to “operational considerations” and “state policy.”

The International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an advisory opinion in 2004 that building the barrier on occupied territory was “contrary to international law.”

Israel dismissed the non-binding decision as politically motivated and says the barrier played a key role in drastically reducing the number of attacks, which peaked in 2002 and 2003 during the Second Palestinian uprising known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada.

The West Bank separation barrier, which was being built since 2003, was intended to pass through Sur Baher, but its route was changed due to residents’ campaign.Thus Wadi Hummus ended up on the Israeli side of the barrier, although legally it part of the West Bank and under the PA’s authority.

Many buildings were erected in the neighborhood over the last decade or so, most occupied by young couples and families from the village. The buildings set for demolition have some 100 apartments, 20 of which are tenanted and the rest are under construction.

Building permits for the construction were issued by the PA’s planning ministry. However, seven years ago, the Israel Defense Forces Central Command issued an injunction banning construction of buildings within 250 meters of the separation barrier.

Locals say the order was not publicized and they had no knowledge of it, and that in any case, it is the PA that has planning authorization in the area.

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THE LONG AND UGLY HISTORY OF ZIONISM

Thus, the long and dirty history of Zionism should not be forgotten, but should finally be worked up without scruples and fear of defamation, because only then can the targeted Hasbara fight.

They openly admit that their work is dirty

The Infinitely Long and Dirty History of Zionism

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

The history of Zionism begins with contacts to the most violent ideologies, the most racist regimes and dictatorships and continues to this day as a thread through history. Rarely is it pointed out that Zionism is the official colonial settler colonial ideology of the “Jewish state”, which by definition is a thoroughly anti-Semitic ideology. Just the terms Israel as the “Jewish state” of the “Jewish people” or the audacity to speak out of this definition for all Jews worldwide. Not to mention the Zionist claim to call the illegal settlement policy and colonization of the state “Jewish value”. These “values” have always been based on the cooperation and support of fascist, right-wing and anti-Semitic, racist regimes and persons. Thus, the similarity between the two ideologies is obvious, as anti-Semites and Zionists agree that Jews are actually foreign in Europe, are not part of it and therefore are urged to go as settlers to the “Jewish state” in order to boost colonization and thus to inspire the final solution of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Theodor Herzl: Anti-Semites become our most reliable friends

Already in the diaries of Theodor Herzl, the Zionist thinker who predicted in his colonial project more or less almost everything that we experience today refined, one can read the exposing sentences that “the governments of countries tormented by anti-Semitism will be very interested, helping us to gain the sovereignty we want. “He further notes in his diaries that” the anti-Semites are becoming our most trusted friends and the anti-Semitic countries our allies. ” I heard similar statements from Nahum Goldmann, a former president of the “Jewish World Congress. Israel and its lobby are still acting on these successful methods today. So today Israel offers an anti-Semitism “washing service” for historically fascist and nationalist political groups across Europe. All that groups have to do is express their “love of Israel” in order to get the kosher temple of the Netanyahu regime. This long-term and unfortunately quite successful strategy pursues the Zionist regime more perfidiously, even today. So these statements have come true. Let’s see Netanyahu and his unscrupulous politics, who are particularly good with far-right populists such as Hungarian President Orban or the infamous Brazilian President Bolsonario, as well as the Gulf rulers and dictators worldwide, all of whom support the “Jewish State”. Fit their ideologies, especially in the common fight against Muslims.

Ruthlessly, Netanyahu tries to straighten out the Israeli legal system in order to avoid corruption charges in this way. However, his cabinet is tailored to exactly that and amazes again and again by statements that would be in other countries, as well as in Germany, the offense of incitement meet. As an example among many is how the former Mossad chief and minister, the Eichmann hunter Raif Eitan, who died in March, praised the achievements of the AfD and its fight against Muslim immigration in Europe in 2018. The video of his performance corresponds exactly to the politics in the Jewish state “. (1) (2)

And corresponds to the ethnocracy project of the “Jewish state”, which is tailored to the needs and interests of the Jewish population, but completely at the expense of minorities in Israel. These non-Jewish minorities make up about a quarter of the population, the majority of them Palestinians who are discriminated against, harassed and criminalized.

Israel’s national state law reveals its racist nature

This ethnic project was completed in 2018 with the National State Act, when Israel self-proclaimed itself the “historical homeland of the Jewish people” and declared with complete undemocratic and unilateral “the right of national self-determination for the Jewish people in the State of Israel”. This law culminated in the process of ethnic cleansing of Palestine and fits into the context of the bloody Zionist history of the displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 during the Nakba and continuing since 1967 with the systematic forced displacement, land grabbing and illegal settlement. From this perspective, this arbitrary apartheid law seems even more unlawful, as it wants to bring colonization and occupation into a constitutional order, but actually exposes the racist character.

In fact, one can not often point out that apartheid lives, flourishes and thrives in this Jewish ethnocracy and occupied Palestine. Why is this fact being denied philosemitically in Germany, in spite of overwhelming facts, and the “Jewish state” transfigured in an almost unappetizing manner?

The dehumanization of the Palestinians is subject to so many absurdities and is based on Zionist lies, such as Palestinians sacrificing their children for the fight against Jews while Jewish parents protect their children. Similarly, if they interpreted the right of return for Palestinians under international law as “destruction” of the “Jewish state”. In order to dehumanize and deny this legitimate concern. Likewise the tiresome demonization of Hamas, in order to push the blame for the appalling living conditions in Gaza, according to the motto of their own guilt in misfortune. While the Palestinians are portrayed as monsters who teach their children to kill Jews, ie the Israeli occupiers, Israeli brutalities are never seen as atrocities but as a necessary defense, even if snipers shoot cold-blooded defenseless Palestinians, even from behind. That is why every story of an oppressed Palestinian is so important and should find media coverage, because only then can one create empathy, which is unfortunately missing in German media.

South Africa’s apartheid experiences its “rebirth” in the “Jewish state”

Anyone who remembers the racist apartheid policy of South Africa is experiencing the “rebirth” even more perfidiously in the “Jewish state”. There are massive reprisals, checkpoints, passport laws, the demolition of homes and many homeless families, and not just the forced relocations of Palestinians for exclusively Jewish settlers are reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa. Especially Germany should remember the not so long past, with the resettlement of the eastern territories and occupation of other states and expulsion of people from their homeland. “Never again” in this context is a hypocritical lie.

The brutality of the Zionist occupying security forces is hard to beat; Their tortures, night attacks and atrocities, which do not stop at women and children, are legendary. This ruthlessness is compounded by the intelligence services. Thus, the “most moral defense army” has become more and more involved in violence without being punished. It is frightening how this army and state has managed to celebrate itself as the “only democracy” in the Middle East. So how can this Jewish apartheid state, without defined borders, insist on recognizing its “right to exist” and thereby legalizing international crimes and illegal occupation. As long as Palestine is not a free state, there can be neither a raison d’etat nor a legal right to exist.

Israeli politicians keep the threatened “chosen” people in a fighting mood

The racist rhetoric that we are experiencing here against Muslims has existed in the “Jewish state” for a long time. This Jewish racism, which is now showing itself in the public political debate, just as in the last election campaign, shows the final brutalization of the population, which always feels right and in the lying lie victim. Thus, the politicians have an easy game to keep their “chosen” people in Kampflaune.

Why are sanctions so generously imposed except when it concerns the “Jewish state”? Why do Germany and Europe close their eyes to the occupation crimes? Why are you selling and giving weapons to Israel, which is fueling war readiness? Why promote a cultural, scientific and youth exchange with a state that exists as the sole occupying state of the world and holds its own concentration camp, namely Gaza, as well as many ghettos in the occupied territories?

Surprisingly open Spiegel article about the Israel lobby

Because the Israel lobby, with the help of millions of state funds and countless donors, has managed to build up a network that reaches into the German Bundestag. I was surprised to read such an open article in the last “Spiegel” no. 29 entitled “Targeted Campaign. A German-Jewish and pro-Israeli association have drawn a network in the Bundestag – with questionable methods. ” These lobbyists are concerned with influencing German Middle East policy. We should quickly thank the three knowledgeable and courageous journalists for writing a clean, factual article without fear of consequences and the vile anti-Semitism charge. No wonder there is already the “cancerous ulcer” of the German media landscape, the “jumping image”, as well the other medial “fighting organ” of the Springer press in Berlin, the “BZ”, blows to the inflammatory drive hunt, which however the “mirror” can look forward calmly and book it rather as success. Because it shows that this fact report has really hit the mark, that the usual suspects are already in the Zionist starting blocks.

Those who have not yet known how the lobby controls Germany’s Middle East policy will finally find the facts – thanks to the “Spiegel”. Since Central President Schuster looks quite poor with his phrases of anti-Semitic stereotypes. Likewise all the politicians and publicists who feel called to pour their trash over the Spiegel article. Even Ali Erdan Toprak, chairman of the Kurdish community of Germany, is outraged by the “hair-torn report”. Where he gets his “expertise” on the Israel lobby, however, is a mystery to me! (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

So these are the reasons for the emergence of the outrageous anti-BDS decision. This bipartisan resolution, which came about in part on the initiative of the FDP and Minister of Health Spahn (a confessed friend of US ambassador and Israeli supporter Grenell), arguing that nothing but questionable and unproved theories that the BDS movement was anti-Semitic and that frighteningly elucidates how powerful in the meantime unimportant and more than controversial associations such as the so-called “value initiative”, founded three years ago by Elio Adler. The main thing is that they are Jewish and represent the “Jewish state”. It stuns one’s breath about what is now possible in Germany and how the balance of power is distributed. Describing the growing influence of the long arm of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his lobbyists (Sayanim), this is described with alarming precision. Their influence on German Middle East policy is becoming increasingly apparent since the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas and Minister of Health Spahn came to the co-cabinet of the “Christian Zionist” Chancellor. For the first time, Germany (much to the delight of the Israel Lobby) voted against the annual World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on the (desolate) health situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. What does that say about the humanitarian understanding of international law of a minister who went into politics “because of Auschwitz”? Their influence on German Middle East policy is becoming increasingly apparent since the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas and Minister of Health Spahn came to the co-cabinet of the “Christian Zionist” Chancellor. For the first time, Germany (much to the delight of the Israel Lobby) voted against the annual World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on the (desolate) health situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. What does that say about the humanitarian understanding of international law of a minister who went into politics “because of Auschwitz”? Their influence on German Middle East policy is becoming increasingly apparent since the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas and Minister of Health Spahn came to the co-cabinet of the “Christian Zionist” Chancellor. For the first time, Germany (much to the delight of the Israel Lobby) voted against the annual World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on the (desolate) health situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. What does that say about the humanitarian understanding of international law of a minister who went into politics “because of Auschwitz”? For the first time, Germany (much to the delight of the Israel Lobby) voted against the annual World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on the (desolate) health situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. What does that say about the humanitarian understanding of international law of a minister who went into politics “because of Auschwitz”? For the first time, Germany (much to the delight of the Israel Lobby) voted against the annual World Health Organization (WHO) resolution on the (desolate) health situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian Golan occupied by Israel. What does that say about the humanitarian understanding of international law of a minister who went into politics “because of Auschwitz”?

In the spirit of Zionist propaganda

In the same context, the targeted and well-orchestrated campaign by the Central Council of Jews and its President Schuster, as well as “Israel Friends” from politics and the Lobby World Jewish Congress and its President Lauder (WJC), Springer Press, Lea Rosh, against the See the Jewish Museum in Berlin and its highly respected director and scholar Peter Schäfer, who ended with Schäfer’s “voluntary” resignation, and thus came before his expulsion. They wanted to bring down shepherds at any cost. It deliberately targets defamation against liberal institutions and delegitimization of these forces, which advocate a progressive civil society in Israel and a dialogue with Palestinian society. Now, the Jewish Museum is again to become a property of the Central Council – in the spirit of Zionist propaganda and in line with the policy of the “Jewish state”. Let’s not forget, this official museum, financed by the German state, taxpayers, is not owned by the State of Israel or the Central Council. This should also politicians like the left cultural senator Lederer, in whose account the attempted prevention of the award of the NRhZ-Karl Prize 2017 in Berlin is, as well as Minister of State Grütters not forget when they decide in the panel on the final successor of the museum director. This museum must endure and fully disseminate an objective representation of Judaism, combined with political debate and controversy. The future, however, looks grim.

As long as the Americans and Europeans do not muster the courage to loudly and loudly criticize the Israeli illegal occupation policy in violation of international law and do not allow this necessary criticism of the lobby to be denigrated as anti-Semitism and fall into the trap of anti-Semitism, this term is devalued and only untrustworthy. Similarly, the flood of anti-Semitism commissioners is obviously only called to deepen the media and propaganda work of the Israel lobby, because otherwise they have little “Kippa work” for lack of substance. Much more, however, and that should make us deeply worried that the fear and prejudice against Islam fueled by elites and certain media, and fueled by right-wing extremists, who are finding fertile ground in the masses, are completely insubstantial, because who of these Islamophobes already knows a Muslim or has ever seriously dealt with the Koran? But the same “decent” citizens, who once had the same reservations and rejections of Jews, today praise the “Christian-Jewish community of values.” “The lap is still fertile, from which this crept!” (Bertolt Brecht). So I can not repeat it often enough, in times of the AfD, the right-wing populists, the NSU murders and unrestrained philosemitism, we need racism officials instead of anti-Semitism commissioner! “The lap is still fertile, from which this crept!” (Bertolt Brecht). So I can not repeat it often enough, in times of the AfD, the right-wing populists, the NSU murders and unrestrained philosemitism, we need racism officials instead of anti-Semitism commissioner! “The lap is still fertile, from which this crept!” (Bertolt Brecht). So I can not repeat it often enough, in times of the AfD, the right-wing populists, the NSU murders and unrestrained philosemitism, we need racism officials instead of anti-Semitism commissioner!

Thus, the long and dirty history of Zionism should not be forgotten, but should finally be worked up without scruples and fear of defamation, because only then can the targeted Hasbara fight.

Take the “Never again” seriously

The criticism of the discriminatory and repressive policies of Israel, however, is imperative. Even if we are labeled as anti-Semitic, nothing should stop us from opening our mouths and saying what is. Only in this way can we stand up to apartheid in occupied Palestine. Where do the Hardcore Salon Zionists and Israeli “special” kind minds actually take the moral right to challenge ourselves and exclude international law and human rights when it comes to Israel, especially since they are understandably unwilling to engage “us” in discussions, because they have nothing to oppose the facts. Who actually gives the new anti-Semites the right to discriminate against Jews in Germany as anti-Semites, to block accounts, denying public spaces and banning freedom of expression for Jewish Israel critics? I expect a resolution of the Bundestag against the new persecution of Jews in Germany, which takes the “Never Again” seriously and – only 74 years after the liberation of Auschwitz – does not want to repay old guilt with a new one.

 

footnotes:

 

(1) https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article193887621/Israel-Wie-Netanjahu-die-Demokratie-aushebelt.html

(2) https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/raif-eitan-adolf-eichmann-mossad-operation-finale-1.4381368-2

(3) https://magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2019/29/164875318/

(4) https://www.spiegel.de/plus/lobbyismus-im-bundestag-wie-zwei-vereine-die-deutsche-nahostpolitik-influence-wollen-a-00000000-0002-0001-0000-000164871539

(5) https://www.spiegel.de/plus/anmerkungen-zu-unserer-recherche-fuer-den-artikel-gezielte-kampagne-a-0960bc5e-2bc4-485d-8dde-5ff0cdded5db

(6) https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article196829743/Der-Spiegel-und-Das-gefaehrliche-Game-with-the-Israel-Freunden.html

(7) https://www.bz-berlin.de/deutschland/steuert-wirklich-eine-lobby-die-deutsche-nahostpolitik

(8) https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/politik-inland/antisemitismus-heftige-kritik-an-spiegel-artikel-63272992.bild.html

(9) https://afdkompakt.de/2018/02/02/israelische-geheimdienstlegende-rafi-eitan-unterstuetzt-afd/

(10) https://www.israelnetz.com/politik-wirtschaft/politik/2019/05/23/deutschland-lehnt-palaestina-resolution-der-who-ab/

(11) https://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/juedisches-museum-schaefer-museumsdirektoren-1.4497220

(12) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/kontroverse-um-juedisches-museum-berlin-museum-hat-sich.694.de.html?dram:article_id=452666

 

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THE NAKBA CONTINUES … A MUST WATCH VIDEO

After 24 years of back and forth in an Israeli court, this Palestinian family was forced out of their home in occupied East Jerusalem.

SETTLERS STEAL MORE THAN LAND FROM PALESTINIANS

Nearly 250 left-wing activists who donated money to help a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood may discover that their money has ended up with the right-wing group Elad, which seeks to evict the family.

Funds Donated to Palestinian Family May Go to Settlers Trying to Evict It

The group Elad, which has been trying for 25 years to get the Siyam family to leave their home, has put a lien on donations to their cause

TURNING A BLIND EYE TO PALESTINE WON’T CEASE IT TO EXIST

Israel’s 10-meter high separation barrier and the country’s decades of indoctrination have blocked its view and allowed Israelis to simply stop seeing real live Palestinians — decidedly alive, even if not well, and determined to live normal lives.

Blind to Palestine

A Palestine That Israelis (And Trump) Can’t See

America is driving the car that is taking Israel over the cliff.

Sam Bahour

The status quo in Palestine and Israel is unsustainable. Anyone involved in the reality on the ground in this part of the world knows this for a fact. As such, one can view the current Palestinian consensus against Trump’s “Deal of the Century” and the planned “economic workshop” in Bahrain later this month as a last-ditch effort by the secular Palestinian leadership to save whatever may be remaining of the two-state paradigm as the basis to ending Israel’s 51 years of military occupation.

A significant driver of the current political paralysis is the stereotype, designed and propagated by Israelis, that Palestinians living on the other side of the separation barrier are violent and not deserving of freedom or independence. As such, most Israeli Jews do not see Palestinians as equal human beings, and thus any violent action against them becomes justified, no matter how cruel, illegal or in contradiction of Jewish values.

Nearly all Palestinians on the receiving end of this stereotype miraculously wake up every morning and — beyond doing their utmost to sustain a livelihood under miserable conditions — somehow remain focused on working toward realizing a future free of military occupation.

This stereotype, spread by Israeli authorities to foreign audiences and, sadly, inculcated through Israel’s state education system, is that any substantial relief or complete removal of the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, would result in a security risk. A similar fear-mongering strategy is used to dismiss the inalienable right of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel. In the meantime, Israel makes matters worse on the ground by, for example, continuing to build illegal, Jewish-only settlements.

Foreign countries, donors and international organizations have come around, albeit belatedly, to noting in their reports that the status quo is unsustainable. The data is there, in dizzying detail, for all to read.

Additionally, newspapers of record in Israel, France and America have started to editorialize with some hard questions, such as “Can Israel really be a Jewish (only) state?” and “Is a two-state solution still possible?” Even The New York Times questioned the future of Israel’s democratic character when it noted in an editorial: “One of Israel’s greatest strengths is its origins as a democratic state committed to liberal values and human rights. Those basic truths are in danger of being lost.” Human rights aside, there is no doubt that Israel is at a foundational crossroads.

The dominant narrative, especially in the United States — that any change in the status quo would put Israel in existential danger — is one that Israel has sustained for decades, spending hefty amounts on professional public relation firms and masters of spin to disseminate this message. Listening to world leaders and consuming today’s corporate media, the average person would have a hard time reaching a different conclusion.

Enter reality.

Israel’s 10-meter high separation barrier and the country’s decades of indoctrination have blocked its view and allowed Israelis to simply stop seeing real live Palestinians — decidedly alive, even if not well, and determined to live normal lives.

They can’t see an army of telecommunication engineers and call center operators struggling to create a commercially viable network with a full suite of services even though the needed access to the airwaves above Palestinians’ heads is restricted by Israel and imported equipment is routinely delayed — at times for years — at Israeli ports.

They can’t see an army of youth pocketing the latest 4G-enabled smartphones that are useless because the electromagnetic spectrum required to operate a 4G network is controlled by the Israel military, and therefore use of 4G frequencies — like pasta and crayons in Gaza, not long ago — is prohibited by Israel.

They can’t see the dozen or so business incubators that host innovative entrepreneurs, many of them women, who routinely pitch their ideas to investors and enter their business plans in competition, only to be vulnerable to failure because of the innumerable structural impediments imposed by the Israeli occupation.

They can’t see the amazing English publication produced in Ramallah that is dedicated to showing all that is positive about Palestine and Palestinians, be they those under military occupation, those in Israel or those living outside of the country.

They can’t see the 14 banks (with 358 branches and offices) and half-dozen or so equity capital funds that, day in and day out, seek viable businesses to invest in, only to end up with more funds than this militarily occupied market can absorb. They can’t see the enthusiastic young men and women at the Hereditary Research Lab at Bethlehem University exploring the genetics of hearing loss and breast cancer.

They can’t see hundreds of parents — yes, mothers and fathers — holding their children’s hands as they lead them to watch the performances of the Palestinian Circus School or Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.

They can’t see bank investment committee members toiling with the moral dilemma of financing projects in the besieged Gaza, when nothing in their formal education ever prepared them for the market risk of societal collapse that they must calculate into their decisions every day.

They were blind to the excitement and grassroots campaigning across cities and villages in the occupied Palestinian territory as West Bank residents went to the polls, again, for municipal elections. Today, they are blind to the fact that Palestine’s civil society continues to demand presidential and legislative elections, even as the occupation makes them almost impossible.

Israel is about to fall off the cliff

Most important, they also can’t see something much more serious than any of this — that the Israeli status quo, built on a cruel collective indifference, and the false glow of a rigged prosperity in which the Israeli public is basking can lead to only one outcome: collapse.

Socially, economically and definitely politically, Palestinians will not, and cannot, shelve their state building efforts, but their priority will rightly be on redoubling their efforts to thwart the Trump’s administration’s premeditated attempt to foreclose on Palestinian freedom and independence, effectively keeping the Israeli boot of occupation pressing on their necks.

Israelis may be living in utter denial of the peculiar and unsustainable reality they have created by the sheer might of force — but this is no excuse for the rest of the world, especially the United States, not to wake up and realize that ending the occupation has the potential to release a tremendous amount of positive energy in the Palestinian community — a necessary energy for a party to negotiate in good faith as it rebuilds its society from the ruins of decades of destitution.

Ending this military occupation, at long last, may not totally resolve the conflict. Yet in light of current trends putting Israel on a collision course with history, arranging for Palestinians to reach the point where they have real sovereignty over their affairs would be a huge step forward, one that could save many lives on both sides of that 10-meter high separation barrier.

 

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WHINING AND DINING AT THE EXPENSE OF PALESTINE

Millions of Americans and Israelis have been raised on a steady diet of pro-Israeli propaganda know just one side of Middle East history: that of oppressed-but-feisty Jews fighting violent-and-treacherous Arabs. They think only Israelis bleed and only Palestinians make them.

Image by Carlos Latuff

It is weird how the Israeli propaganda occupies headlines to whitewash the Israeli crystal-clear crimes.

Israelis and Americans Would Act Just Like Palestinians Do Today

The situation is volatile, a veritable tinderbox. If the Mideast blows up, many will die, Palestinians and Israelis.

 

Israel never stops claiming that it’s forced to defend itself from Palestinians. The threats it sees range from underage children throwing stones at armored military vehicles to rocket attacks from Gaza. The self-proclaimed Jewish state never asks why the stones are thrown or the rockets are fired.

Worse, Israel assumes that America would respond similarly if faced with these same security threats by Canada. In fact, Americans would ask why neighbors they’ve lived in peace with (like Jews and Arabs in the Levant) felt the need to defend themselves.

The answer is found in both versions of the movie, Red Dawn. Each shows Americans rising up against invaders/occupiers (one Russian, the other North Koreanby any means necessary. In short, US citizens, and Jewish Israeli citizens for that matter, would act just like Palestinians do today, only much more violently given their means.

Millions of Americans and Israelis have been raised on a steady diet of pro-Israeli propaganda know just one side of Middle East history: that of oppressed-but-feisty Jews fighting violent-and-treacherous Arabs. They think only Israelis bleed and only Palestinians make them. Israel has a name and governmental department in the Prime Minister’s office for such propaganda — it’s called Hasbara (see The Hasbara Apparatus by Molad — The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy).

All of this state propaganda, today more than ever, seeks to engage in character assassinations of anyone calling Israel out for its violations of Palestinians’ rights by claiming that they are anti-Semitic. The US government, from the president on down, have joined this chorus, with the Israeli prime minister playing the role of the conductor.

Which is, of course, a lie.

After all, Jews and Arabs (Muslims and Christians) are both Semites. They are cousins who lived in peace for millennia. Then Zionism arose: the idea that European Jews needed a refuge from real antisemitism.

So far, so good. Everyone wants and deserves to feel safe in the world.

Zionists considered many places for such safety: from Uganda to Argentina, just to name two. In 1903, Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, himself, presented the Uganda option at the Sixth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Again, so far, so good, as long as merely a safe haven was sought out. Problems arose when they chose the Levant post-WWI and redefined their goal.

The first problem was that people (Arab Palestinians) already lived there.

The second problem was Zionists changing their goal from a secular home to a religion-based state. They began insisting that God gave Jews all of the Levant, an argument impossible to reason with and one that the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, reiterated earlier this month by saying “Israel has one secret weapon that not too many countries have, Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.

The third problem was the new Jews flooding the land were foreigners to it, not culturally like the Old Yishuv (native) Jews — Jews living in places like Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberias and Hebron before the aliyah (immigration wave) by the Zionist movement.

Worse, Britain gave more than half of the Levant to Jews as a home (not state!). Even so, Jews wanted more. So, they began to terrorize Arabs living in what would become Israel, then violently overran what was to be the State of Palestine. Peter Kosminsky’s four-part drama serial, The Promise (2011), powerfully unravels this segment of history.

Stopped by the international community, seemingly contrite Jews promised to set borders (not expand) and give all Israelis equal rights, the majority and minorities. Yet for the next 70 years they refused to do either. Instead, they continued to kill and harass Palestinians, stealing Arab land and treating Muslims and Christians living in Israel as inferiors. This rampage was then extended to the rest of Palestine in 1967.

Israel did this by getting endless money and weaponry from Europe and America, immunity per international laws/rulings, and by making the United Nations (later under the Oslo Peace Accords, the donor community) pay for their military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The result: seven decades of Palestinians living as (1) refugees outside Historic Palestine; (2) prisoners in a huge concentration camp inside Gaza; and (3) corralled ‘cattle’ in a West Bank that increasingly shrinks from illegal Israeli settlements.

Of course, just as the ministries and departments of “propaganda” that were used by dozens of failed states throughout history had done, Israel continued to paint themselves as eternal victims. This is seen as the failproof strategy until, that is, it abruptly collapses. Israeli Hasbara always portrays Israel’s crimes as necessary to protect innocent Jews from merciless Arab savages(think portrayal of native Indians in the US Declaration of Independence). In today’s hyper-connected world, such a strategy is collapsing in broad daylight.

What if Roles Reversed?

The truth is that, if placed in the same ill-fated predicament, Americans and Israelis would act just like Palestinians do today; some would use violence, like what emerged from Gaza recently. This is not to say that this is a smart or effective strategy, it merely is a human reaction when a community feels no other path to live exists.

Others, the majority, would use diplomatic and non-violent methods to protect their community, like boycotting and divesting from their occupier and refusing to attend an “economic workshop” called for by a third party in a foreign venue aimed at beautifying life in their cages of military occupation. These non-violent strategies would become a rallying call to mobilize all four corners of the earth to hold the occupying state accountable.

Imagine, for example, China suddenly invading New York City claiming that a Golden Sky-Dragon gave it all of Manhattan. Imagine further that native New Yorkers were forced into just two boroughs, all their assets forfeited. Furthermore, every aspect of their new lives will be controlled by the Red Army.

Suppose further that Russia, North Korea, and others block UN resolutions to punish China, and funds its illegal invasion/occupation. How long do you think red-blooded Americans would put up with that and not fight back?

Palestinians have tried every form of protest — from armed resistance to civil disobedience to negotiations to lawsuits to boycotts. Nothing has worked. Israel, like 18th-century England (the US Declaration of Independence lists 27 grievances that British King George III ignored), blocks all forms of redress while continuing to kill, land grab, and steal resources.

Palestinians are being pushed into ever-smaller enclaves with less and less to lose. The situation is volatile, a veritable tinderbox. If the Mideast blows up, many will die, Palestinians and Israelis. It would be a historic tragedy for history to look back, yet again, and question how a developed, modern society allowed itself to be governed into never-ending turmoil.

 

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WHAT WOULD HITLER DO?

Let us not let the German Reichstag tradition become part of the Bundestag tradition and let us not allow the German parliament and its representatives to empower unconditionally to support the “Jewish state” and to forget Palestine.

In Old Tradition: From the Reichstag to the Bundestag- From Antisemitism to Philosemitism, A Short Way

 Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

Fatal and shameful, what took place last week in the German Bundestag.Indeed, one felt reminded of Reichstag times, when Jews were discriminated and marginalized in Germany. This time, however, all “democratic” parties together voted for a ban on the BDS movement. It strongly reminded of the “Enabling Act” of March 24, 1933, the official law for the relief of the people and the Reich. Only the SPD voted against it then. So how can you compare “Enabling Act” and the anti-BDS motion, which “resolutely” opposes the BDS movement and wants to fight anti-Semitism? One can, because both decisions are deliberately not “constitutional”. Does not our constitution clearly state the right to freedom of expression?

Bundestag resolution “authorizes” to anti-Semitism and disregard of human rights

So how can it be reconciled with voting on a motion that would “empower” German politicians to take anti-human rights, anti-liberal and anti-Semitic courses, especially against Jewish citizens who support the Use liberation of Palestine? (1)

With this motion, the members of the Bundestag of the non-violent BDS campaign, founded in the middle of Palestinian civil society, have stamped an “anti-Semitism” stamp, which is as bizarre as it gets. What is anti-Semitic when, after decades of Israeli colonial occupation, civilians take over and – inspired by the struggle of the South Africans against apartheid – boycott, divest and sanction the occupying power to induce Israel to conquer and colonize all Arab countries stop the illegal wall, as called upon by the International Court of Justice, to recognize the fundamental right of Israel’s Arab-Palestinian citizens to be fully equal.

As long as the Israeli government continues to pursue this illegal and colonialist policy to the detriment of the Palestinians, which makes them suffer in the “heartland” as well as in the illegally occupied territories under apartheid, the world-wide growing BDS movement will continue to fight non-violently for its goals, until Israel respects international law and recognizes the inalienable rights of the Palestinians, including the right to self-determination.

No cooperation with a state of apartheid

There is only one historical responsibility that we must face together, no privileged economic, military and scientific cooperation with a state that calls itself a “Jewish State” and thus promotes demarcation and exploits anti-Semitism as a concept of struggle against criticism. They use the wrong comparison of the “do not buy” label with the Nazi slogan “Do not buy from the Jew” as evidence of anti-Semitism. A vicious and baseless defamation, concocted by the Hasbara of the Netanyahu regime and the Israel lobby, with the targeted non-violent, but quite successful movement is to be met.

One can only warn of the consequences of this proposal if one no longer wants to promote organizations that promote Palestinian freedom and support BDS and refuse to grant municipalities and facilities to organizations that want to provide information in events.

So how can democratic German parties, and especially the FDP, which has the word “free” in its party context, but BDS supporters with the above measures a muzzle want to hang over; as well the AfD, whose similarity becomes more and more unmistakable, in many points. The went one step further and wanted to prohibit the BDS movement completely. (2)

A tremendous attack on the fundamental right of freedom of expression and discussion

Under the pretext of combating anti-Semitism, did this petition serve merely as a fig leaf to stifle any protest against Israel’s illegal occupation policy and to stop a campaign that exclusively addresses international law and resolutions also accepted by Israel? With this tremendous attack on the fundamental right of freedom of expression and freedom of discussion, the FDP and the other parties have done a disservice to freedom.

However, all of them shared the complete ignorance of the BDS movement and the fixation on the whisperings of the Israel lobby and their false arguments. It was only too understandable that the newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has just been accused of corruption, and has already tried to evade judicial reform, welcomed this Bundestag motion condemning the BDS campaign as an “important decision”. In fact, he congratulated parliamentarians for stigmatizing the BDS movement as anti-Semitic, and was glad to be called upon to stop funding organizations working “against the existence” of the state of Israel. Germany as a pioneer in Europe is a bad role model, even if this application has no legal effect.

In fact, all the members of the Bundestag who support this motion should ask themselves whether they really do comply with international law and the constitution after this poisoned praise, especially from this lying dog.After this motion, which is trampling on the rights of the Palestinians and based fully on the propaganda of the Israel lobby, how can we speak of democratic decisions? Above all, because there were in advance a call of 66 Jewish-Israeli scientists to the deputies, BDS not categorize with anti-Semitism, and warned vehemently against the threat to the liberal-democratic order in Germany! However, these were not heard, and again we experience that only 74 years after the liberation of Auschwitz Jewish scientists in the German Bundestag are ignored and marginalized! You simply did not want to hear the truth because you could not argue against it with valid arguments. Should not that be a wake-up call? (5) (6)

Betrayal of international law

Like the German government and the parliament, certain media are behind the fake anti-Semitism charges and stand for a “right of existence for the Jewish state,” which has no defined border until today, support the raison d’etat for the “security of the Jewish state” and complicit in the crimes of ethnic cleansing, military occupation and apartheid. Where is the right of existence of Palestine? This betrayal of international law makes Germany and its parliament completely untrustworthy.

Both Germany, the USA and the “Jewish State” are quick to be involved in boycotts and sanctions against Russia, Iran or Turkey, again and again with reference to international law and human rights. All of these arguments do not count with Israel, which has disregarded these rights for decades, with reference to German guilt and eternal responsibility, which sanctifies all means for the “Jewish state”.

On the heels were prizes and rewards for the media help of the “unconditional” Israeli supporter – the self-confessed “non-Jewish” Zionist Springer boss Döpfner, who was awarded the Leo Baeck Prize by the Central Council of Jews. One of the laudators, Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, praised drippingly, “Döpfner is a man of courage and decency, representing all the noble qualities one associates with Germany. He never met a man who, like Döpfner, fought simultaneously against communism and totalitarianism and was a defender of the “Jewish people”. “We experience this” rush-fight “every day in the Bild-Blöd-Zeitung. (7)

Even Merkel must not go out empty handed, the “Christian Zionist will receive the Buber Rosenzweig Medal in 2020, as the Society for” Christian-Jewish Cooperation “announced. Whether Merkel still has a place for the umpteenth Jewish Prize? But she has a big cross! (8th)

Stop Israel’s Crimes by Boycott! Oppose the Reichstag tradition!

There is only one way to stop Israel, the boycott that has successfully ended apartheid in South Africa. So the conscientious all over the world are called upon to finally join the peaceful BDS movement, to support the economic sanctions, the cultural and scientific boycott and finally to treat the “Jewish state” like any other that has so far ignored all rules.

The Gaza blockade, which keeps two million people in a concentration camp, the constant air strikes, wars against sovereign neighbors, the non-return of the Golan Heights and the undivided Jerusalem as the eternal capital of a “Jewish state”, the disregard of all rules shown by it, must not be supported by Germany and its “representatives of the people”. The Judaisierung should not be further promoted. Only together we are strong to show these politicians and deputies the red card. In any case, I no longer see myself represented in the coming European elections.

Let us not let the German Reichstag tradition become part of the Bundestag tradition and let us not allow the German parliament and its representatives to empower unconditionally to support the “Jewish state” and to forget Palestine. From anti-Semitism it went into the philosemitism, it is a short way, according to the will and propaganda of the Israel supporters. Let’s never forget what I have been saying for years: “Zionism threatens us ALL”

footnotes

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

(2) https://fmueller-rosentritt.abgeordneten.fdpbt.de/sites/default/files/2019-04/20190409_Kein%20Platz%20f%C3%BCr%20Antisemitismus%20-%20Bus%20FDP-Fraktion.pdf

(3) https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/nach-anti-israelischer-kampagne-netanjahu-lobt-bundestagsbeschluss-gegen-bds-bewegung/24357010.html

(4) https://www.ard-telaviv.de/lex-bibi/

(5) https://www.lebenshaus-alb.de/magazin/012256.html

(6) https://www.openpetition.de/pdf/blog/wir-sagen-der-fdp-einsatz-fuer-menschenrechte-ist-nicht-antisemitisch_aufstand-der-anstaendigen-2000-unterschriften-gegen-anti-bds -beschluss_1558080748.pdf

(7) https://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Medien/Fernsehen/Leo-Baeck-Preis-fuer-Springer-Chef- DooPfner

(8) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/buber-rosenzweig-medaille-merkel-erhaelt-auszeichnung-2020.2932.de.html?drn:news_id=1009053

 

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THE KEY TO END THE NAKBA

These Palestinians still have the keys to their former homes before they were expelled from their land.

On the 71st anniversary of the Nakba, they still yearn to return to their homes.

 

WHY WE CALL IT THE ‘NAKBA’ (CATASTROPHE)

The Nakba explained in 3 minutes

Imagine this: You’ve lived in your hometown for decades, surrounded by your family and friends. But one day, gun-toting militias show up. You flee in terror. Then another family moves into your house–and you are banned from returning. This is the 1948 Nakba, the catastrophe, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

PALESTINE’S ANSWER TO EUROVISION

For the past year, there have been grisly scenes on the Gaza-Israel border where Israel has violently put down the Great March of Return. Palestinian artists called on Eurovision song contestants to boycott the international event that Tel Aviv is hosting this week.

Image by Pedripol
The other side of Eurovision

‘Music of dead, bombed-out buildings must be heard’ — Gaza artists hold anti-Eurovision concert in building destroyed by Israeli attack

At the front gate of the residential Al-Qamar building, which was flattened by an Israeli air strike a week ago, a Palestinian band arrives with their instruments. They sweep away small stones and building remnants as they prepare to start their concert. The concert in Gaza is being held at the same time as a similar concert was starting just 70 kilometers away in Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore park to kick off the week-long Eurovision song contest.

Holding a guitar, Mohammed Ukasheh, 28, launches into “Gaza Message” with his both of his drummers. The song calls for the Eurovision contest to be boycotted.

The band start singing lyrics of the Lebanese iconic singer Wadih al-Safi, under the destroyed building’s crumbling roof.

Oh, immigrants return… Homeland is precious
Listen to the voice of Palestine… The voice of blame is loudly

I will write your name my country
Above the sun, that does not sets
Nor my sons neither my wealth
Above your love, there is no love

May god brings back our happiness and laughter
And our home filled in smile and happiness

The seven-story building in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in the Gaza City was leveled by six Israeli missiles, when an anonymous Israeli officer gave all tenants in the building five minutes to evacuate. The building had been home to more than 40 residents and commercial tenants including a beauty salon, mini market and tire store.

For the past year, there have been grisly scenes on the Gaza-Israel border where Israel has violently put down the Great March of Return. Palestinian artists called on Eurovision song contestants to boycott the international event that Tel Aviv is hosting this week.

The Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Artists Association said on a brief statement that Israel is using the event to “perpetuate oppression, promote injustice or whitewash a brutal apartheid regime”.

The artists cited the killing of more than 60 Palestinian demonstrators at Gaza-Israeli fence on May 14 last year, just two days after Israel won the 2018 edition of Eurovision.

“How can an international event be hosted on the ruins of the Palestinian village Sheikh Munis?,” Kamel Musallam, coordinator of the concert, asked. “Our message to Europe and the US is, both are participating in Gaza bloodshed by taking part in Eurovision,” he added.

Sabreen Juma’a al-Najjar, mother of slain paramedic Razan Al-Najjar, whose killing in June prompted international outrage, was among the dozen of attendees at the Al-Qamar building.

“Israel seeks to whitewashes its lethal acts against the Palestinians by hosting such a musical event, but having a look at one single destroyed building will erase all of Israel’s reputation for democracy and morality,” Juma’a al-Najjar told Mondoweiss. “Why won’t pop superstar Madonna hold her concert at this building, or at the place where Razan was killed near the fence?” she asked.

Madonna is scheduled to perform two songs in Tel Aviv to kick Eurovision off despite calls for her to boycott the show.

“Why doesn’t Eurovision arrange an event to let the music of dead, bombed-out buildings, and for the voices of mothers of the slain to be heard?” Juma’a al-Najjar added.

Haaretz has reported that the Israeli military has deployed “extensive” Iron Dome aerial defense batteries and ordered its forces stationed by Gaza to act with greater “restraint” during the Eurovision competition, which will last until Saturday, May 18.

This follows last week’s Israeli attack on Gaza, where 25 Palestinians were killed in the attacks and 800 homes were destroyed. Four Israeli were killed by retaliatory strikes.

Tuesday is also the first anniversary of the United States Embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the bloody mass protest along the Gaza fence, when scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.

Wednesday is Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the flight and expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees during the hostilities surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948.

Jamal abu Arar, 61, was unsure that the local concert could “deliver the message.” Abu Arar said that “music is divided into two; romance for the rich and the killer, while the sounds of artillery and explosions are only for the poor and the victims.”

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HASBARA ON TOUR IN GERMANY

We should all defend ourselves against such openly publicized manipulations of Israeli propagandists and warmongers in the “public law”!

Israeli Propagandist on Hasbara Tour in Public Law 

 

At the Anne-Will-Talkrunde on Sunday on “Iran presents ultimatum – how dangerous is the nuclear dispute for Europe?” You could already see from the guest list, in which direction the audience should be directed and where the disreputable Hasbara wind blowing. (1) The unilateral partisanship for the Occupying State of Israel, as represented by the government and AA-Maas, was of course also reflected in the broadcast of 12 May. A guest from Iran was spared, and instead invited the scientist Katajun Amirpur. She and Martin Schirdewan, The Left and Member of the European Parliament, both relatively harmless contemporaries, hardly spoke. For that, Mrs. Will once again showed

War propaganda show for German Michel

The fact that this propaganda show wants to make a war for the German Michel shows that no leading Iran expert, eg Michael Lüders or Mohssen Massarrat, was invited. Critical voices are undesirable in ARD, because one fears the truth! With these two real experts, “Melody” would certainly not have had such an easy time, and her lies would have been publicly exposed!

What Melody Sucharewicz spread on evil and hateful Hasbara was unprecedented. (2) Was this “Israeli combat drone” from Tel Aviv flown in from the “Jewish state” at the expense of German payers, or was it already in Germany to carry out its 2006 job as an unofficial propaganda ambassador to Israel and its ardent support for the Zionist Exercise occupier regime here? Who launched this obvious propaganda campaign for the ARD? The Israeli embassy certainly did not have to put pressure.The ARD is willing for it. This woman, darling of the Bild-Zeitung and right-wing extremist blogs like PI-News, was struck by 2018 as “hard but fair” as unpleasant as merciless Israel lobbyists – according to the motto “The Palestinians are to blame for the failure of all peace efforts”. At the same time, it included the illegally occupied West Bank as an integral part of a “Greater Israel”. The fact that the apple does not fall far from the tree, is also shown by her father as founder and longtime chairman of the likewise propagandistic platform ILI (I like Israel), for which she also hosted the Israel Day. It was a déjà vu with this “political advisor”. If the then Plasberg broadcast was intended for the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Will program was probably intended as a harbinger to the 71st birthday, a state that is built on the ruins of Palestine, but judaic and ethnically cleaned and “free of Palestinians “. also shows her father as the founder and longtime chairman of the likewise propagandistic platform ILI (I like Israel), for which she has already moderated at the Israel Day. It was a déjà vu with this “political advisor”. If the then Plasberg broadcast was intended for the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Will program was probably intended as a harbinger to the 71st birthday, a state that is built on the ruins of Palestine, but judaic and ethnically cleaned and “free of Palestinians “. also shows her father as the founder and longtime chairman of the likewise propagandistic platform ILI (I like Israel), for which she has already moderated at the Israel Day. It was a déjà vu with this “political advisor”. If the then Plasberg broadcast was intended for the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the Will program was probably intended as a harbinger to the 71st birthday, a state that is built on the ruins of Palestine, but judaic and ethnically cleaned and “free of Palestinians “.

It is not Iran and the “mullahs” that threaten the “Jewish state”, as the Israeli propagandist repeatedly asserts, but the other way round: it is the Netanyahu regime that has been using Iran as a monster state for years with ridiculous fake news has built up. Everything is a fatal reminder of the Iraq war, which was known to have been started by the lie propaganda of the Bush administration and even then the stirring “Jewish state”! And even then it was the aggressive John Bolton who advised Bush and now repeats the same dirty methods with Trump!

USA-Israel: the “axis of evil”?

And it is the USA that has been threatening world peace for years with its extermination campaigns. US treaties are not worth the paper they’re written on, and we see what kind of spirit this President Trump is that breaks international treaties, unilaterally terminates, and seeks to blackmail his deals. In fact, he praises himself and his presidency for it.Astonishingly calm, Iran reacted to the sanctions and threats of these two “rogue states” USA and Israel, or should I say “the axis of evil”? Or is “the two apocalyptic riders” even more appropriate?

Following the unilateral termination of the contract by Trump Iran was, after all, go into the country a year without the EU has moved towards a solution acceptable to Iran agreement, and only then to announce that he no longer feels bound by the compliance of the nuclear agreement. This is more than understandable after the collapse of the EU. After all, unlike the US, Iran has kept the treaty. It is therefore more than brazen for German Foreign Minister Maas to call on Iran to comply with the nuclear agreement before meeting with his US counterpart Pompeo in Brussels! Obviously, he is too cowardly to turn to the right, indeed defaulting, addressee.

It is unbearable how manipulated Israeli propagandist Sucharewicz is to present her “suspicion” that Iran could secretly make nuclear weapons, as a factual statement, especially given that Israel possesses nuclear weapons but has not yet signed the NPT and does not need to fear IAEA inspections.

The Zionist regime: one of the most dangerous warmongers

The propagandist repeats Iran’s government-sponsored mantra as a state sponsor of terror and warns against “appeasement” against Iran, which is more than blatant, because we know that Israel has nursed Syrian terrorists into its hospitals. And let us not forget that thanks to European and German help, the Zionist regime has also accumulated an arsenal of weapons that makes it one of the most dangerous warmongers in the region.

Unlike Iran, which has never fought a war of aggression, the “Jewish nuclear state” is a dangerous aggressor against all its neighbors, which threatens world peace. He runs a more than inflammatory policy that wants to lead us into belligerent and aggressive politics that cost us dearly.As the saying goes: hang on – catch!

The German politicians and the media have completely submitted to the Israeli war rhetoric and regard this state as an eternal victim – after the horrors of the Holocaust. The best example is the more than disastrous foreign policy of the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas, who pursues such a mercilessly one-sided pro-Israel policy that it is extreme even by German standards. Obviously the influence of his national-racist girlfriend Ayelet Shaked, and her “fascism” perfume. Did the beguiling scent infatuate the “Auschwitz Minister” and cloud the brain? (3)

Vassal policy towards the “dealer state” USA end!

His policies towards Russia and Turkey, as well as his support for the coup attempt in Venezuela, make speechless and will most likely lead the SPD into single digits. After an unprecedented policy of sanctions against Russia and Iran, with the Trump-Bolton-USA hitting a “total sanctions war” that hits and harms Europe as well, it is overdue, finally, the vassal policy towards the “dealer state” USA to end.

Was not the transfer of US aircraft carriers because of the “Iranian threat” not on the advice of the Mossad done, which interferes more and more in international politics and pulls the strings? Who is behind the US classification of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a “terrorist organization”, just like the model of the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas, which also got this dubious US title. Everything influenced by the Zionist friends, the “Jewish state terror state”.

Is it still possible to speak of “German values” when the Bundeswehr trains Saudi soldiers, cooperates with the Jewish “Defense” and Occupying Forces, conducts “war missions” throughout the world, from Afghanistan to Mali?What is to be maintained that only 74 years after the end of the war an aggressive NATO policy is supported, with operations in the Baltic States, and as known only the enemy’s image of Russia.

How long do we want to get caught up in the US and the “Jewish state” by the hawks and let their propagandists run free? After all, if it came to the Iran attack, Europe would be directly affected. It’s better not to imagine what happens if there is an attack or civil war in Iran. So, is it still enough to affirm that one is holding on to the nuclear deal with Iran, but in fact doing absolutely nothing to uphold it? If the Europeans rightly blame Washington for escalating in the Middle East and consider it a fire hazard, then they should act accordingly.

An inferno threatens a US invasion of Iran

If there were a US invasion of Iran, an inferno, as we are now experiencing, could be threatened in Yemen, also thanks to German support from Saudi troops. How did a UN High Commissioner say? German weapons are now encountered around the world. Truly, what an export hit!

It must finally come to an end with a policy of “regime change”, with which one already drives poor countries into ruin, in order to take over power with their willing substitutes. If one of the main causes of unbridled Iran hatred is not the failure to topple Syrian President Assad, this attempt failed miserably, thanks to the intervention of Russia and Iran, but it brought millions of refugees. The Netanyahu regime was richly rewarded by Trump by giving them the Golan Heights “eternally Jewish” in violation of international law.

President Erdogan hit a bull’s-eye as he banned criticism of his policy by saying, “Anyone who tries to overthrow the elected head of state of Venezuela can not talk to us about democracy.” How true!

Let’s fear the Trump world order and its “century deals” that will go down in history as the worst US era of the decade. Yes, these US warmongers are in desperate need of a concrete answer they deserve. How Europe wants to meet these challenges despite great protestations, however, remains a mystery, as the whole German foreign policy. As long as this does not finally get rid of its decades of subjugation to Israel, with an immediate stop the German state rationale for Israel’s “security”, which conceals only an unprecedented support of this international law breaking “Jewish state”, however, all effort remains in vain. Do “targeted killings” correspond to our so-called “Christian-Jewish values”?

Counteract the infiltration of parties and media through Zionist-Evangelical networks!

Let’s not continue to let the Hasbara influence and manipulate politicians and the media as a strategic weapon. It is a multi-million dollar multi-faceted weapon adapted to the digital age. It has its roots in past concepts and propaganda, agitation, censorship and intimidation, up to extortion.Think tanks coordinate and “sell” everything with false, one-sided arguments. Zionist-evangelical networks have infiltrated parties and the media in order to whitewash Israeli occupation policy with campaigns of all kinds, to make the Judaization of Palestine and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine “Kosher”. They work with ignorance and feelings of guilt, and ruthlessly become politicians unfamiliar with the instrumentalisation of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism allegations. Journalists and activists intimidated and slandered. Sponsored journeys with journalists then “lighten up” the uncritical jubilation articles.

We should all defend ourselves against such openly publicized manipulations of Israeli propagandists and warmongers in the “public law”! As coercive payers, we have a right to objective reporting, with different opinions, but above all, to stick to the truth: “All great political action is to utter what is and begins with it. All political petty-mindedness consists in the concealment and complimenting what is. “(Ferdinand Lassalle)

footnotes

https://daserste.ndr.de/annewill/videos/Iran-stellt-Ultimatum-wie-gefaehrlich-ist-der-the-Atom-Streit-fuer-Europa,annewill6002.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasbara

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/world/israel-justice-minister-sprays-herself-with-fascism-perfume-in-campaign-ad/2019/03/19/4722f2c7-0427-41e7-ab44 -2c253dbfae0b_video.html? noredirect = on & utm_term = .fb69e829097e

 

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THE LORD HIMSELF IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM

My favorite rabbi and Lord (NOT) once again reaches at straws to defend the undefendable.

The problem for Sacks is that his attempt at historical inversion ignores Zionism’s founding fathers. The early Zionist leaders knew their project was a colonial enterprise and knew they needed the support of imperial powers to achieve their aims.

Jonathan Sacks dumbs down Jewish history in order to defend Zionism

To remind you, Sacks is the ultimate Jewish establishment figure. He was Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth from 1991-2013; he was made a member of the British House of Lords in 2009; he’s the author of more than 25 books on Judaism such as To Heal a Fractured WorldThe Dignity of Difference, and Not in God’s Name. He’s also written a multi-volume Torah commentary and edited prayer books. Sacks is highly-respected within the Jewish world and well beyond it. When he talks, people of all faiths, and none, stop and listen.

I’ve read much of his work over the years, but over time I’ve become increasingly disenchanted. In the abstract, Sacks is a great moral educator who can draw on Jewish scripture to make universal observations about justice, kindness, compassion, tolerance and political leadership. But when it comes to the greatest moral issue facing Jews and Judaism today, Israel and the Palestinians, he offers nothing but dumbed-down history and a version of Judaism that sells it short and denies another people their heritage and story.

All of this is on show in the Rabbi’s latest video. It’s one of several he’s made and they’re all designed to reach a broader audience than his books. I dealt with his animated distortions and untruths about BDS in an earlier post.

This new video is more significant. It’s an attempt to make any critical debate about Zionism impossible.

Sacks’ international standing means even his cartoon capers will be taken seriously no matter how dumbed-down and prejudiced is his presentation of Judaism and Jewish history.

A Closed Debate

Notice in Sacks’ opening narration that his question is not “Is Anti-Zionism the new antisemitism?” but “How is anti-Zionism the new antisemitism?”.

The starting point is the assertion that anti-Zionism can be nothing other than antisemitism. Counter to the tradition that two Jews will always produce three opinions, Sacks makes clear that this particular subject is not open to the usual rabbinical rigour applied to the interpretation of matters of Jewish law or indeed any other subject of Jewish interest. When it comes to Zionism, only one interpretation is kosher.

Remember, Sacks doesn’t make these videos for a Jewish religious audience. He makes them for the secular world of politics in which he knows that Zionism is becoming a highly contested ideology because of its consequences for the Palestinian people.

Here’s an extract from the video which anyone who follows Sacks’ writing in recent years and his theory of “mutating antisemitism” will be familiar with:

In the Middle Ages Jews were hated for their religion. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century they were hated for their race. Today they are hated for their nation state, Israel.

It’s a tidy summation, easy on the ear and the brain. It uses the truth of antisemitism down through the centuries to set up a lie about Zionism.

The underlying assumption is that the creation of the Jewish State of Israel was an innocent, noble endeavour and certainly without victims. Therefore, the only possible explanation of the new “hate” is that it’s driven by age-old antisemitism.

Aside from being unbelievably simplistic and devoid of context, Sacks pretends to be talking history and religion while in fact he’s being deeply political. Imagine you are a Palestinian watching this video. Or maybe you are a Palestinian and have unfortunately stumbled across it. According to Sacks’ rhetorical construction of events, despite your home being destroyed, your farmland confiscated and your family sent into exile, the only possible reason for your objection to Zionism must be antisemitism.

Sacks needs to be told that he cannot make statements about Zionism without first thinking how they would sound to Palestinian ears. The ideology that Sacks defends has impacted the lives of every Palestinian alive today. Zionism is part of their history too.

Unbroken Connections

Sacks sketches out his dumb-down Jewish history emphasising the 3,000 year unbroken connection between Jews and the Biblical Land of Israel. I have no wish to deny this connection. But this telling of our story wipes out millennia-long connections to places elsewhere in the word, places which have shaped Judaism, as we recognise it today, just as much as Ancient Israel.

Our Jewish ‘exile’ has not been an historical aberration. Our wanderings have not been an unfortunate detour from our true destination. We are the product of a scattered existence of which there is nothing to be ashamed of and much to celebrate.

The construction of the Talmud, the wisdom of Midrash, the philosophy of Maimonides, the Hasidic masters, the Jewish Enlightenment, the paintings of Chagall, the stories of Bernard Malamud, the plays of Arthur Miller, the music of Bernstein and Gershwin, the songs of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan – these are the products of Jewish experience too and they happened well beyond the Land of Israel. Frankly, this inheritance is more recognisable to me as ‘Jewish’ than the modern State of Israel, built as it is on an unhappy cocktail of secular nationalist identity and extreme religious orthodoxy that could only be achieved through the displacement of another people.

If Zionist thinking has always been such a central tenet of Jewish life, why was it such a contentious idea among Jews for the first 50 years of its existence? But this has been erased from the whiteboard of Jewish history. Apparently, we’ve all been Zionists for 3,000 years.

Strangers

But it’s not just my history that Sacks ignores.

Jews are the only people who ever created a nation state there. At all other times in the past 3,000 years it was merely an administrative district in an empire whose centre was elsewhere: the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Alexandrian, Roman and Byzantine empires, the Crusaders of the Holy Roman Empire, the various Muslim empires such as the Umayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Mamluks and Ottomans, and finally the British.

Never mind the empires whose centres were “elsewhere.” Why is it of no relevance who was actually living on the land, apart from the minority Jewish population? Why does Sacks make these people invisible in his narrative?

Sacks talks of Jews as:

the only people who have maintained a continuous presence in the land. They are its indigenous, original inhabitants.

So how long does anybody else have to be around before they stop being squatters, interlopers and off-comers? Five hundred years? A thousand? Two thousand? When can anyone else claim a “continuous presence”? The chances are that today’s Palestinians carry the same amount of first century Jewish DNA as I do. Perhaps more.

Historical Revisionism

Then comes another shameless piece of historical revisionism.

The November 1947 United Nations vote to bring Israel into existence was a momentous reversal of imperialism. It gave back to the Jewish people the home taken from them by empire after empire.

The problem for Sacks is that his attempt at historical inversion ignores Zionism’s founding fathers. The early Zionist leaders knew their project was a colonial enterprise and knew they needed the support of imperial powers to achieve their aims. Herzl and Weizmann both imagined the Jewish State as a Western Imperial outpost – good for Jews, good for the ‘inferior natives’ they would displace, and good for their imperial sponsors. The idea that it was a “reversal of imperialism” is absurd, especially from a public intellectual like Sacks.

613 Commandments

Sacks seems remarkably relaxed about cancelling out the contribution of his own rabbinic ancestors. He reminds us that many of the 613 commandments identified in the Torah relate only to living in the Promised Land. He fails to mention that the majority of those commandments refer to Temple practice including animal sacrifice.

The genius of rabbinic Judaism was not only to make Jewish observance ‘portable’ but also to move it forward in its theological understanding. For most of our history, possession of the Land has not been necessary for the maintenance and development of Judaism. Leaving the land made Judaism better not worse.

Cognitive Dissonance

It’s when Sacks brings his just and compassionate telling of Jewish theology into the whiteboard frame that I’m most struck by the scale of the cognitive dissonance that must be at work in the Rabbi’s head.

Read the Hebrew Bible and you’ll see immediately that it isn’t about the salvation of the soul. It’s about creating in the holy land a society based on the biblical ideas of justice, welfare, the sanctity of life – and caring for the stranger “because you know what it feels like to be a stranger.”

This is my idea of Judaism too. Except, the story of the Jewish people has been the story of applying these values to every country in which we found ourselves. Judaism became our home and we carried it with us.

If Sacks believes what he’s saying about the grand project of Jewish life in the Holy Land, then where is his criticism of the modern State of Israel?

At best, I would expect Sacks to see the Palestinians as the “stranger” of Jewish theology. For any Palestinian, calling them strangers in their own land is deeply insulting as well as historical nonsense, but let’s put that to one side for the moment. How is stealing land and water; destroying homes; imprisonment without charge; snipers at the Gaza fence, “caring for the stranger”? Why does Sacks have no Torah commentary on any of this?

A Political Agenda

I have no problem with using Jewish myths to explain and illustrate our  religious understanding and to shape our ethical outlook. But that’s not how Sacks uses religious mythology. Sacks is applying Jewish myth, scripture, and ancient history to a highly political Jewish agenda that’s become enthralled to secular ideas of power. Calling anti-Zionism antisemitism is not a lesson in Jewish history, it’s an exercise in the delegitimisation of another people’s historic experience. In using his global reputation as a moral leader to defend Zionism, Sacks ends up not defending Judaism but undermining it.

We don’t need dumbed-down Jewish Studies or a whiteboard whitewash of Zionism to resolve the  greatest moral challenge facing Jews and Judaism. Zionism cannot be a ‘no-go area’ for debate in either religious or academic discussion. The sooner that admirers of Jonathan Sacks (both Jewish and non-Jewish) grasp this, the sooner we can progress toward a version of Judaism that takes seriously the meaning of justice, welfare and the sanctity of life.

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ANTI ZIONISM MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH ANTI SEMITSM

We must not let up in the fight for a free Palestine from the River to the Sea. We must defend ourselves against it if Israel criticism is compulsorily criminalized as anti-Semitism

Image by Carlos Latuff

When Israel criticism is obligatorily criminalized as anti-Semitism

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

Where the mass media machinery of Putin’s and Erdogan’s demonization has once again been massively set in motion, one wonders at the silence on Netanyahu following the Israeli elections. These showed once again in a frightening way that the “Jewish state” is unwilling to give up the occupation of Palestine. The occupiers have settled down well with Zionist arrogance in this Jewish apartheid state. Especially since they do not have to fear any pressure on the part of the so-called “community of values” to change this illegal state. Jewish citizens feel ethnically superior – after the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Western fire due to a Russian offer

While Russia and President Putin are being called for allegedly “hybrid warfare” because he signed a decree after the election in Ukraine, according to which the citizens of the “people’s republics” in Eastern Ukraine should receive Russian passports without the usual preconditions.It is also thought possible to offer Russian citizenship in general, provided that they speak Russian. Already the western fire started and the EU and the US criticized this suggestion as a slap in the face against the “peace efforts” in the eastern Ukraine.

One wonders what peace efforts are meant? Remember the billions of US sums spent in the run-up to the Ukrainian uprising, the NATO creep, and the efforts to put Ukraine on a “NATO course” and EU accession. All this was an unparalleled affair for Russia, which was answered with the reintegration of the Crimea, a more than understandable step confirmed by a popular referendum. So what is more obvious than offering these facilities to the Ukrainian citizens? After all, everyone is free to respond.

No western fire after annexations of the “Jewish state”

In contrast, the “Jewish state” occupied the Syrian Golan since the “Six-Day War” in 1967 and annexed it since 1981, without much shouting from the “community of values”. No wonder that the “Jewish state” now declared this illegally occupied Syrian territory the eternal “property” of the “Jewish state”. Contrary to international law, but confirmed by Trump’s Decree, which recognizes the US’s membership of the Syrian Golan Heights formally belonging to Israel. Trump defended his further taboo on the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem and justified it as a logical step in pursuing his policy. He even bragged that he was doing everything that other US presidents had considered before him, but had not dared.Netanyahu could do nothing better than this “poisonous” election gift, which helped him to his re-election. Just as Trump legitimized the Jewish occupation here and international law was trampled under foot, every description mocks and is a provocation against the inactive state community. This incredible violation of Syrian sovereignty joins the unrestrained hegemony claim of the US and its Jewish vassal in tow.

Although the EU and Germany criticized this decision, but at least consider the Golan Heights as occupied territory and do not recognize the sovereignty of Israel, as a spokeswoman for the EU emphasized. Through this formal recognition of the Golan Heights and the approximately 20,000 Israeli residents as belonging to the “Jewish State”, the US violated a UN Security Council Resolution, which they had themselves adopted in 1981.Here again shows that the US under Trump are no longer willing to recognize treaties, decisions, international law or human rights, but are only governed by the autocratic Trump’s “dealer policy”. As a partner they are completely unfit, which should finally be acknowledged with a consistent response.

Extraordinary influence of the Israel lobby

Although criticism of the “Jewish state” is mildly practiced, it has no effect, because unlike in Russia, there are no sanction threats, let alone punishable threats. Thus, while every means in Russia is right to enforce its own power policy, this important instrument in dealing with the “Jewish state” is completely inadequate. Why is this so good for this apartheid state? Because, and this needs to be addressed again, the Israel lobby has such an extraordinary influence, especially in the US, but also globally networked. With the undisguised instrumentalization and use of the victim role, with recurring Holocaust reference as a threat, the “Jewish State” repeatedly succeeds in criminalizing and silencing its critics. Brand criticism as anti-Semitism,

In fact, the “uniqueness” of this Jewish occupation state is frightening as the “most moral” of all Jewish “defense armies” openly admit to being there to protect the settlements in the occupied West Bank, Judaize the occupied Jerusalem, by all means. These murderous soldiers volunteer and do not shy away from killing Palestinians, firing at teenagers, paramedics or elderly and women, or even shooting them in the helpless and shackled state “on the run”, often in the back. They enjoy it when they keep the occupied in fear, which makes this army in the Jewish population so popular. Palestinians are bitter victims who, deprived of all rights, have to watch helplessly as they rob their land, destroying their homes and making them feel like they are worthless. The Palestinian “does not count and vote”. This also contributed to the fact that fewer and fewer Israeli Palestinians were voting, also thanks to intimidation attempts, such as Likud camera surveillance. The result was then according to the wishes of the Netanyahu regime.

Israel’s policy of annihilation and ethnic cleansing

Remember the Israel Defense Forces t-shirts that featured imprints, such as a pregnant Palestinian woman with a cross hairs over her stomach and the inhuman slogan “One shot, two kills.” As well as the racist slogans of former Justice Minister Shaked, one should kill Palestinians and their “brood”, as well as the racist settlers, “death to the Arabs” and murders that are always hushed up and always remain as good as unpunished.Does it still need stronger evidence that Jewish occupation policy towards the Palestinians is a policy of annihilation and ethnic cleansing?

A recent survey revealed that the majority of Jewish Israelis reject the establishment of a Palestinian state. A majority of 53 percent of this group also rejects conflict resolution based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside the “Jewish state”. Only a meager 22 percent of Jews still believe in the founding of a Palestinian state. In the meantime, the issue of annexation has gained in importance since Netanyahu made his election pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank and not to dissolve a colonial settlement.

“Deal of the Century” to Ramadan?

He summed up this provocation in these words: “I will extend the sovereignty of the ‘Jewish state’ to the West Bank and not differentiate between the settlement blocks and the isolated settlements.” Most of these settlements are in what is known as Area C, which is about 60 percent Palestinian Territory and where about 300,000 Palestinians live.Everything was agreed exactly with the Trump government and, according to US Secretary of State Pompeo, would be in line with the upcoming “Deal of the Century” by Kushner and Greenblatt. This repeatedly announced and now again until after the end of the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan, which takes place this year in early May to early June, delayed deal should be announced thereafter. It almost seems

Since the BDS movement grew stronger and stronger, it became more and more the preferred “Jewish war aim”. Increasingly, attempts are being made to suppress freedom of expression and to suppress facts and truths that discredit the “Jewish state”. For example, the Israel lobby is avoiding sitting down and discussing with activists or Israel critics, as has been suggested so often. Of course, for good reason, because the defeat would be too clear for lack of valid and convincing counter-arguments. It gets even more dangerous if, under pressure from the extremely active pro-Israel lobby in the German parliament, we should proceed with dubious bills against organizations and supporters of BDS or Israel critics.

Punish war crimes and crimes against humanity!

The atrocities committed by decades of occupation by the Zionist regime, the multiple war crimes, child murders, and genocide in Gaza must finally be labeled and punished for what they are: a war crime and a crime against humanity. The international community must finally stand up for freedom of expression and express the unpleasant truth that the “Jewish apartheid state” is not a democracy and must be treated as normally as any other state that carries out an ethnic cleansing policy.

We must not let up in the fight for a free Palestine from the River to the Sea. We must defend ourselves against it if Israel criticism is compulsorily criminalized as anti-Semitism!

 

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OCCUPATIONAL FUN IN PALESTINE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Watch Israeli soldiers laugh and cheer after one of them shoots a Palestinian protester in the village of Madama

THE ETERNAL SHAME OF ZIONIST CRIMES

The eternal shame of the Jewish Zionist crimes screams for remorse and atonement!

Zionist Herods and the Massacre of the Innocents

The eternal shame of the Jewish Zionist crimes

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

As of 2007, the German edition of Ilan Pappe’s “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” appeared, at that time in the publishing Zweitausendeins, and I held the book for the first time in their hands and read it, it was like a horror message – a message that made me to accompanied today. So the incredible crimes in detail before and get portrayed in 1948 after the establishment of the “Jewish state,” this incredible brutality in its mercilessness, just three years after the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocked and left me speechless. I wondered how it is possible that a “Jewish state,” Jewish people, so brutal and forgotten history of another people, so the indigenous population, ethnically cleanse, drive them from their land and property, and murder humiliate could. Had they forgotten everything human, them was the last remnant, lost to morality in order to act so recklessly? Did they really that the Holocaust justifies all means to annex already populated country to have international law aside and to contact human rights underfoot?

Understand the core conflict in the Middle East

Thankfully, on May 2, in the month of Nakba, the new edition of the above-mentioned Ilan Pappe classic will finally be published by Westend-Verlag. This fact-rich standard work of a Jewish-Israeli historian, the son of German Holocaust survivors, should be in every public library, university and school. “Anyone who wants to understand the core conflict in the Middle East better,” writes Marcel Pott in his review on Deutschlandfunk, “should read the book of Ilan Pappé written with much passion.” (1) (2)

The portrayals in Paperback’s book are so insistent that they stagger in the face of these crimes and guilt – until now unpunished. Ben Gurion’s entries in his diary on ethnic cleansing without significant resistance, on the approval of the expropriation of all Palestinian property previously seized, this callousness is disturbing, such as the description of “Action Dani,” the attacks and destruction of the city the mosques “Lydda and Rammla, the occupation and massacres in the mosques and the subsequent murders and looting. Anyone who has read this book will no longer so unconditionally recognize the right of existence of this “Jewish state” and will no longer be impressed by the lies and myths surrounding the foundation of this state. That is why it is so important that this monument to the facts, the “ethnic cleansing of Palestine”, is widely used. The countless descriptions and sculptural facts are difficult to tolerate, but to know them is so important.

The Zionists fear nothing more than the truth!

No wonder that Ilan Pappe was forced to leave Israel to build a new life and teaching in Britain. After all, a historian like Ilan Pappe has become a threat to the Zionists and their worldwide lobby with this historical-scientific work, a documentation of shame. Let us never forget: nothing is more fearful of the Zionists than the truth!

Meanwhile, this mentality of cover-up and attacks on freedom of expression also covers Germany. I still remember too well when the city of Munich prevented the appearance of Ilan Pappe in 2009, which I have reported in my commentary “The slime trail of subservience to Israel runs through all parties”. (3) (4)

When, on March 10, 1948, in the Red House in Tel Aviv, “veteran Zionist leaders and young Jewish officers” jointly agreed Plan D (Dalet) on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the fate of the Palestinians was sealed. That same evening, military orders were issued for the systematic expulsion of Palestinians from large parts of Palestine. To this day, this goal of Judaization is being pursued until the Final Solution. From the beginning it was the ideological-Zionist aspiration to have an exclusively Jewish population in Palestine. This final goal is getting closer and closer to this state. Just think of the newly passed National States Act; this new constitutional law declares the “Jewish state” as the “nation state of the Jewish people”, in which the “right to national self-determination” is reserved exclusively for the Jewish people “. Thus, this state has finally adopted from any democratic community and fully withdrawn to the Jewish Zionist apartheid. (5)

Political leaders of the “Jewish state” increasingly ruthless

All these points are no real news for us as politically interested, who have dealt with this topic for decades. We know about the ever new ideas of political leaders and Hasbara thinkers of this state. These have always been confident that, given the failure of the world community during the Holocaust, their guilty conscience, their remorse and reparation, they have become increasingly ruthless.

When the Nakba, this day of catastrophe, celebrates its seventeenth birthday on May 15, then you will hardly hear and read anything about these true backgrounds in politics and the media, since the “special” relationship to the “Jewish State “no cracks. But that is exactly the policy that is no longer needed today and urgently needs change. The German attitude to Israel needs an urgent correction. Just as there is no Jewish and democratic state that excludes its non-Jewish citizens from about 20 percent in the state. Not to mention the illegal occupation, colonization and expulsion, which are mildly criticized but not punished by the international community. As long as the consequences do not come, there will be no peace solution. Meanwhile, and as the last elections have shown, peace has become impossible because Israel wants everything but peace! Why? After all, they know a hypocritical, silent world community behind them and a US President Trump, who has announced to announce the ultimate “peace plan” of his Zionist son-in-law Kushner on the memorable Nakba day in May. Well-informed circles have already said that the Netanyahu regime can be satisfied. The main thing, the Jews are satisfied, as far as the Palestinians go, is a minor matter. (6) to announce the ultimate “peace plan” of his Zionist son-in-law Kushner on the memorable Nakba day in May. Well-informed circles have already said that the Netanyahu regime can be satisfied. The main thing, the Jews are satisfied, as far as the Palestinians go, is a minor matter. (6) to announce the ultimate “peace plan” of his Zionist son-in-law Kushner on the memorable Nakba day in May. Well-informed circles have already said that the Netanyahu regime can be satisfied. The main thing, the Jews are satisfied, as far as the Palestinians go, is a minor matter. (6)

“Purity” of Zionist weapons: a murderous irony

If the Holocaust is rightly described as one of the greatest crimes of humanity, then one can not allow denying the crimes in Palestine. While the Holocaust denial is punishable, the Nakba denial is supported by the state. Eventually, the “Jewish state” became the perpetrator and the myth of the “most moral” of all “defense armies”, as well as the Zionist slogan of the “purity” of weapons has long become a murderous irony. So I am ashamed when I see how Holocaust survivors and their descendants deny the lessons of the past and justify today’s injustice with the then. Nothing justifies the illegal occupation of Palestine and the Nakba as the beginning of the targeted expulsion and degradation of the Palestinian people. There is also no Jewish monopoly and no sole claim to suffering and sympathy. Have not the Jewish citizens in Israel and the Diaspora, who actively or passively supported these crimes, rightly forfeited all sympathy? Are not the parallels between the “Jewish state” and fascism piling up? More and more unscrupulously, the “dehumanization” and Judaisierung Palestine is operated, which should worry us all and to rethink. every sympathy rightly missed? Are not the parallels between the “Jewish state” and fascism piling up? More and more unscrupulously, the “dehumanization” and Judaisierung Palestine is operated, which should worry us all and to rethink. every sympathy rightly missed? Are not the parallels between the “Jewish state” and fascism piling up? More and more unscrupulously, the “dehumanization” and Judaisierung Palestine is operated, which should worry us all and to rethink.

Right-Wing of Israeli Society – Memories of the “Millennium”

The last elections show the ever-increasing fascist-Judaistic shift to the right of Israeli society. More and more, the whole situation is reminiscent of the “Thousand Year Reich”, which, unlike the “Zionist Empire”, which has been raging for 71 years, lasted only 12 years. It is quite clear that the “Jewish State always tries to use the phrase of recognition of Israel’s” right to exist “to recognize an existence that does not exist under international law, and that state built on injustice and expulsion arose from the founding of the state the basis of the state terror long ago forfeited. How long, then, do we want to defend the Zionist crimes that have been raised as a state raison d’être thanks to a damaging philosemitic German policy?

Is it not understandable if there is a new reservation today against Jews and the “Jewish State”? This reservation is falsely denounced as anti-Semitism, which is in fact legitimate criticism of the “Jewish state” and of its criminal expulsion, occupation and violating international law. By no means do I want to gloss over right-wing anti-Semitism, on the contrary, because of my upbringing and past, I’ve always been blind to the “right eye” like so many politicians.

Combat term “anti-Semitism” – distraction maneuver of the Israel Lobby

Is not it the same tendencies that we are experiencing today in the new Islam hatred, the marginalization of Muslims? Everything has happened, you just have to exchange the word Jew. It is particularly reprehensible when this anti-Semitism has shifted to Muslims, since now anti-Semitism serves only as a fighting concept and distraction maneuver of the Israel lobby to cover up crimes of the “Jewish state”. That, too, is one reason why the non-violent BDS movement is being fought so hard because it puts its finger on this wound. Is not Jewish fear of anti-Semitism today an expression of collective Jewish guilt? Without recognition of guilt and remorse, recognition of responsibility for evicting Palestinians and occupying their land, and without the Palestinians’ right of return to their native Palestine and the end of the occupation, peace is impossible. When will the Jewish Nibelung faithfulness to the “Jewish state” finally stop and a rethinking take place that is so urgently needed?

As long as three – two Jewish and one Palestinian – BDS activists, known as # humboldt3, stand trial in Germany just because they peacefully opposed Israeli apartheid and for equality, justice, freedom and dignity of the Palestinians, so long is Germany far from real democracy. It should be our moral duty to protest Israeli crimes against humanity and to support these young courageous activists.

Transnational solidarity is our duty – fight for equality and justice

The following statement in court touched me very much: “Our actions at Humboldt University should be honored because it is the moral duty of every humanist to defend himself against criminals, especially those who are involved in crimes against humanity. As human rights activists, this is our common duty – not only in Israel, but also in Europe, and especially in Germany, where we live. We, the Palestinians and Jews who have escaped apartheid in Israel, are here in Germany to fulfill our civic and moral duty to fight for transnational solidarity, equality and justice. “

They came to Germany as citizens of the world in the hope that they would no longer suffer from the imprisonment of Israeli apartheid. But they have discovered that Israeli apartheid is spreading to Germany. Do we really want to let that happen? Thousands of Muslims, Palestinians and Jewish activists should not feel safe in Germany when they speak up and demand “freedom for Palestine” or fight peacefully for their legal right of return to their occupied Palestinian homeland? Is not it our special duty to stand up for and support these citizens and their rights? It is more than significant that no German newspaper reported on this trial. (7)

The eternal shame of the Jewish Zionist crimes screams for remorse and atonement!

footnotes:

(1) https://www.westendverlag.de/buch/die-ethnische-saeuberung-palaestinas/

(2) https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/800-000-menschen-entwurzelt-und-531-doerfer-zerstoert.730.de.html?dram:article_id=102921

(3) https://www.freitag.de/autoren/schlesinger/zensiert-munchen-israelkritischen-historiker-ilan-pappe

(4) http://sicht-vom-hochblauen.de/die-schleimspur-der-israel-unterwuerfigkeit-ziehen-sich-durch-alle-parteien/

(5) https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/israel-nation-state-law/

(6) https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190404-trump-to-reveal-deal-of-the-century-on-71st-anniversary-of-palestine-nakba/

(7) https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/i-am-trial-germany-peacefully-protesting-israeli-apartheid?fbclid=IwAR2NxBDLkWyBSO46AkV1E6eF69kC1y52sAK1yn8WYt34GuCIN5SWluICSJA

 

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