UNCOVERING THE ATTEMPTS TO STEAL ALL OF PALESTINIAN LAND

Thanks to the Israeli daily Haaretz, this attempt, which has been going on for years, to make the Nakba (catastrophe) disappear into secret archives, has been uncovered.

Soon it will all be gone ūüė¶

Zionist, you stole Palestine, give it back. 

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

 

No, the story can not be covered up, every attempt is doomed to failure in the long run.¬†Even though the “Jewish State” maintains the most efficient “cover-up center”, the secretive security section of the Zionist “War Department” for “blue-and-white washing”.¬†(1) The documents about the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the evidence of expulsion, deportations of about 800,000 Palestinians, massacres, rape, raids and destruction by the “Jewish Defense Army” at the founding of the state on its murderous way to the Judaisierung, one wants again to the secret thing do.¬†Thanks to the Israeli daily Haaretz, this attempt, which has been going on for years, to make the Nakba (catastrophe) disappear into secret archives, has been uncovered.¬†(2)

“Jewish state” finally revealed as an apartheid state

According to Haaretz, a group of civil society organizations, historians and archivists called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to order the current Malmab cover-up leader Nir Ben Menashe to end the agency’s policy and thus the cover-up and immediately re-open the documents or return the ones that had already been removed and to preserve the last appearance of democracy.¬†This authority causes serious damage to any historical research.¬†However, it is unlikely that this state will reflect, but rather it will try as usual to discredit unpleasant researchers and scientists.¬†It is the direct attempt to eradicate Palestine forever.¬†It’s just the one more attempt¬†to guarantee the sole claim of the “chosen Jewish people” forever.¬†This claim is as false and unlawful as the national state law, which finally exposes the “Jewish state” as an apartheid state.

Do not distort history unilaterally Zionistically

As little as the sole claim to Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the “Jewish state” will endure, it will be impossible in the long run to falsify history unilaterally Zionistically.¬†The plundering of the PLO archives in 1982, the transfer of parts of the documents to Israel as well as the raid and plundering of the Orient House in East Jerusalem were already attempts to free themselves from their own war crimes and their own guilt – always with the reference to the security interests of the “Jewish state”

Even Jewish citizens are denigrated as anti-Semitic

The fact that Malmab’s former director, Yehiel Horev, who led the agency until 2007, justifies the cover-up with reference to state security, which can also affect foreign policy, is exactly the same as that country’s “only” democracy in the country The Middle East, however, more and more proves how far away it is from this claim.¬†A country that has been built on destruction and permanent violation of international law and denounces any criticism of its policies as anti-Semitic, even defamed even Jewish citizens as anti-Semites, has forfeited any claim to recognition and support.

Primer in the Nakba

Also, the expulsion of the Bedouins, which continues to this day, is a dark chapter of the founding of the state. Of course, it is completely impossible to unwrap all the documents, books and studies on the subject. So what remains is the Hasbara (propaganda), which is state-sponsored and scientifically supported, to draw these writings as implausible and untrue into Zionist mud. It seems that only after the publication of many historical books on the Nakba, did they notice which explosives were in them and how the public reacted to them.

Zionist methods of the state terror regime

It is the usual Zionist methods with which this state terror regime wants to make its documented crimes and massacres disappear into Zionist Nirwarna. As forcefully as Ilan Pappe described these events and thus historically documented for eternity, hardly any other historian did and does, no wonder that he is so hostile to the Israel lobby. After all, so many details about the secretive facts of founding a state are hard to bear.

The myth of clean Zionism has long since become a farce. Even today, people are afraid that even more details will be published than known, which could lead to unrest and turmoil. It would be so easy to finally clean and face the blame.

Holocaust impossible without connection to Nakba

Instead, one refers again and again to the guilt of the Holocaust and its uniqueness.¬†But how can you see the Holocaust without a connection to the Nakba?¬†Is not the founding of the state and the mass expulsion of the Palestinians as a sad consequence of the Holocaust to see?¬†After all, it is this uniqueness of this Zionist state foundation at the expense of the Palestinian people, with the attempt to make Palestine disappear in order to make the Jewish state shine.¬†How Israel has succeeded in wiping out the Palestinian villages, all cultural traces, the language, the identity, is beyond perfidy.¬†Yes, the “Jewish state” is the master of Judaization at the expense of another people.¬†People were blown up without pity for homeless families.

Like many other massacres, Deir Yassin is still unpunished today, as is the Nakba in general.¬†The attempt to undo it by covering up has already failed forever.¬†It is thanks to Israeli organizations such as Zochrot that the tracks of hundreds of Palestinian villages and people have not been forgotten.¬†When the National Socialists tried to make Germany “Jew-pure” in order to make the “Aryan race” the only German representation of the “bio-German”, this was an attempt to destroy a religious community.¬†Just as one remembers this annihilation to this day, it is time finally to commemorate the systematic evictions of the Nakba.¬†Today, German politicians keep making a pilgrimage to the memorial site for the millions of murdered Jews after Yad Vashem.

Only the path of memory leads to a new beginning

What recklessness is gone over is unprecedented and should just shame Jewish citizens and their philosemitic helpers and finally move to thinking and rethinking. How can one remember a guilt without remembering the other? After all, only the path of memory leads to a new beginning.

When will we see the international community finally becoming aware of what it is doing with the support of this Jewish apartheid state? This state, which also has nuclear weapons and the worst new weapons systems, and is becoming increasingly threatening for its neighbors Lebanon, Syria and Iran, thanks to US and European aid, must finally be sanctioned. For let us not forget, it is not Iran that threatens Israel, but it is the Netanyahu regime and its US aides threatening peaceful Iran.

Covering up the story is impossible

Although historical past and war crimes can be covered up for a while, they can not be made to disappear.¬†A “revision” of its history is impossible, and the State of Israel has no legal basis for doing so.¬†But is this state still ready to submit to the law?¬†Probably not, because law and democracy are incompatible with Zionism and the Jewish state, which is only concerned with obscuring historical truth and lying to a suitable and glorifying Jews together.¬†But lies and defamation have short legs, and Zionists who stole Palestine have to give it back.

footnotes

(1) https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-israel-systematically-hides-evidence-of-1948-expulsion-of-arabs-1.7435103

(2) https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/wie-israel-berichte-about-massaker-an-palaestinensern-nachtraeglich-sperr-16301027.html

 

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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‚Äôs municipal boundaries, in¬†the West Bank. Most of the area it occupies is designated as part of Area A ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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 Sch√§fer, who ended with Sch√§fer’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 Gr√ľtters 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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A BRILLIANT MOVIE NOT TO BE MISSED

Last night I watched a brilliant movie that must be seen by all of you ….. BLACKkKLANSMAN
It is timely, it is funny but worse of all, it’s true.
So download it, rent it, buy it but DO watch it. You won’t regret it.
Here’s the trailer …

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

ISRAEL HAS REACHED A LOW LOW

The Israeli-Palestinian struggle has reached an all-time low. 

How much lower can one go?

The graves are empty as are the hearts of the mourners

Here is the name list of Palestinian casualties whose bodies Israel refuses to hand over

to their families for burial:

  1. Abdul Hameed Abu Srour, from Bethlehem1, his body held by Israel since 04.2016 .
  2. Muhammed Altariareh, Beni Neim, 30.6.16.
  3. Muhammed Alfaqeeh, Dora, 27.7.16.
  4. Rami Awratani, Nablus, 31.7.16.
  5. Musbah Abu  Sbeih, Jerusalem, 9.10.16.
  6. Fadi Alqanber, Jabal Almakaber ‚Äď Jerusalem, 8.1.17.
  7. Adel Ankoush, Deir Abu Mishaal- Ramallah, 16.6.17.
  8. Usama Atta, Deir Abu Mishaal, 16.6.17.
  9. Baraa Ibrahim, Deir Abu Mishaal, 16.6.17.
  10. Ala’a Abu Arab, Gaza, 30.10.17.
  11. Shadi Al-Hamari, Gaza,10.17.
  12. Bader Musbeh, Gaza, 30.10.17.
  13. Ahmed Assabakhi, Gaza, 30.10.17.
  14. Muhammed Albuhasi, Gaza, 30.10.17.
  15. Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, Jenin, 17.1.18.
  16. Ahmed Nasser Jarrar, Jenin, 6.2.18.
  17. Abudul Rahman Beni Fadl, Akraba, 18.3.18.
  18. Musab Alsalul, Gaza, 30,3,18.
  19. Muhammed Alrabbayeh, Gaza, 30.3.18.
  20. Attayeh Alaamawi, Khan Younes, 30.4.18.
  21. Yusef Abu Jazer, Rafah, 30.4.18.
  22. Yusef Alamawi, Khan Younes, 30.4.18,
  23. Abdul Salaam Mussamah, Gaza, 6.5.18.
  24. Aziz Aweisat, Jerusalem, 20.5.18.
  25. Ramzi Najjar, Khan younes, 4.6.18.
  26. Khaled Abdul Aal, Rafeh, 2.7.18.
  27. Muhammed Tarek Dar Yusef, kobar, 26.7.18.
  28. Hani Almajdalawi, Gaza, 20.8.18.
  29. Waal Jabari, Hebron, 3.9.18.
  30. Atef Saleh, Jabalia, 9.9.18.
  31. The child, Imad Shaheen, Gaza, 5.11.18.
  32. Ramzi Abu Yabes, Deihesheh, 26.11.18.
  33. Saleh Albarguthi, Kobar, 12.12.18.
  34. Ashraf Nalwa, Fajr, 13.12.18.
  35. Muhammed Fawzi Adawi, Azzun Attameh, 21.1.19.
  36. Fares Barroud, Gaza, 6.2.19.
  37. Ameer Darraj, Khurbatha Almasbah, 4.3.19.
  38. Yusef Ankawi, Beit Sira, 4.3.19.
  39. Yasser Shweki, Hebron, 13.3.19.
  40. Omar Abu Liela, Azzawieh Fajer, 20.3.19.
  41. Omar Awni Younes, Kalkilieh – Sinirieh, 27.4.19.
  42. Yousef Wajeeh Sahweihl, Abween, 31.5.19.
  43. Muhammed Abdul Almunaam Abdul Fattah, Khirbet Qais, 3.4.19.

CONCENTRATION CAMPS …. HERE AND THERE

Since last week, a media storm has been taking place over Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use of the term ‚Äúconcentration camps‚ÄĚ to refer to¬†the detention camps for immigrant families on the country‚Äôs southern border.

We need this language, we need these comparisons to wake us. While some may be offended by the language, the reality it addresses is often far beyond the imagination.

Concentration camps ‚Äď at the US border and in Gaza

Since last week, a media storm has been taking place over Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use of the term ‚Äúconcentration camps‚ÄĚ to refer to¬†the detention camps for immigrant families on the country‚Äôs southern border.

Liz Cheney led the assault against AOC, tweeting:

Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this.

MSNBC’s anchor Chris Hayes also called to moderate the tone:

Last comment on this: ‚Äúconcentration camp‚ÄĚ is an extremely charged term and I get why many people are, in good faith, uncomfortable with its application for Godwin‚Äôs Law purposes among others. So let‚Äôs just call them ‚Äúdetention camps‚ÄĚ and focus on what‚Äôs happening in them. ¬†

AOC wasn‚Äôt introducing this rhetoric herself. She had in fact credited an¬†article from Esquire, published a week earlier (June 13th), titled ‚ÄúAn Expert on Concentration Camps Says That‚Äôs Exactly What the U.S. Is Running at the Border‚ÄĚ. The article cites Andrea Pitzer, author of¬†One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, who says that ‚ÄúWe have what I would call a concentration camp system, and the definition of that in my book is, mass detention of civilians without trial.‚Ä̬†

Several days before that, Jonathan M. Katz had written in the LA Times a¬†piecetitled ‚ÄúCall immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps‚ÄĚ.

So this discussion has been going on for quite a while, but AOC brought it to the fore. It has fortunately brought a serious discussion concerning the virtue of language as a means of raising moral associations. Thus the suggestion that AOC is simply being callously anti-semitic is now openly challenged in her defense, both in the Forward as well as The Atlantic.

AOC is calling to attention the appalling situation in these camps. But, she isn’t the first person to make a similar claim.

A few years ago, Israeli Haaretz journalist Amira Hass, said at a talk in Duke University:

Let me be blunt: Gaza is a Huge Concentration Camp.  

At that event, Hass was asked whether that comparison was not taking it ‚Äútoo far‚ÄĚ. She answered:

I was deliberately provocative. Usually I don‚Äôt use this term. I use ‚Äúlargest detention camp.‚ÄĚ I did want to use it now. If you separate the term from the history then it is, it is a camp where people are concentrated. Of course it does not lead to extermination. It does not lead to Auschwitz. But I don‚Äôt often hear this remark because I usually don‚Äôt use the term ‚Äúconcentration camp.‚ÄĚ But it is a huge camp, where people are concentrated and are not able to leave and are not allowed to have people coming in. And I think we also have to disassociate ourselves, to know to learn, to disassociate ourselves from the immediate associations that we have from The Holocaust ‚ÄĒ so as not to be under the dictatorship of our memory and of our history, The Holocaust, when we use terms. We have the right to shape the terms, the association to the history of Nazism and to adapt them to the content they reflect. I don‚Äôt say it‚Äôs Auschwitz. If I say it‚Äôs Auschwitz, if I said Gulags, it would have been wrong terminology. But it is a camp, a huge camp, where people are concentrated. We have to free also our metaphors from the yoke of the comparisons.

This is a very useful answer for the debate concerning AOC and the border detention camps.

Hass says she was being deliberately provocative ‚Äď but that‚Äôs not a crime.¬† In fact, it can be a sound moral consideration, to use language which you know is loaded with historical associations ‚Äď it is precisely that power which wakes people up from their complacency. At the same time, as Hass notes, it is also a question of being able to free our minds from that ‚Äúyoke of the comparisons‚ÄĚ ‚Äď that is, to be able to make the comparison without it necessarily implying an equation, as for example to Nazis etc.

Gaza has become unlivable. One needs to soak in these terms and repeat them to oneself. Nearly two million people are living in an unlivable concentration camp. They have been herded there already in 1948 (over 70% of Gaza‚Äôs residents are refugees), and they are repeatedly targeted for protesting their incarceration ‚Äď even when they protest it with absolutely no arms, they get shot with lethal ammunition.

We need this language, we need these comparisons to wake us. While some may be offended by the language, the reality it addresses is often far beyond the imagination.  

A MUST SEE IF ISRAEL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO

Foxtrot, the movie that Israel doesn’t want you to see.

THIS IS  A MOVIE NOT TO MISS!

WAITING FOR THE LIGHTS TO DIM …. REMEMBERING THE ROSENBERGS

It was a Friday evening, 66 years ago today, that I sat in my bedroom waiting for the lights to dim.

June 19, 1953

For Robert¬†and Michael¬†….

Then …

Robert and Michael Rosenberg sons of Julius and Ethel

Now …

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Sketches of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg presented to their sons by the artist Pablo Picasso

Looking back at the day ..
By Steve Amsel
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It was a Friday evening, 66 years ago today, that I sat in my bedroom waiting for the lights to dim. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were about to be electrocuted in Sing Sing Prison and I imagined the powerful surge of power causing a brown out in our own home. When that didn’t happen, I thought to myself that perhaps there was a stay of execution …. but I was wrong. Despite the protests, despite the appeals from world leaders, the couple was put to death just one minute before the Sabbath entered, as not to violate the sanctity of the day. It was a reminder of Christ’s execution, also rushed as not to violate the Sabbath.
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Many of us¬†were told that they were innocent of the charges of espionage. We were told that they were the ‚Äėfirst victims of American fascism‚Äô. We were told decades later that this might not have been the¬†case.
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They left behind two young sons, Michael and Robert. Michael was a year older than me and Robert was three years younger. I could not imagine what these two were going through and could not comprehend how the government rendered them orphans with the flick of a switch.
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A small part of me died with the flick of that switch, but worse yet, a big¬†part of America’s integrity died as well.
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The last four days of Ethel and Julius …
Published on June 15, 2015
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First of four videos depicting the last four days of the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, as told through the letters they wrote to their two young sons on those dates. Featuring Angela Davis, Cotter Smith (as Julius), Eve Ensler (as Ethel), and Rosenberg sons Michael and Robert Meeropol.
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Second of four videos depicting the last four days of the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, as told through the letters they wrote to their two young sons on those dates. Featuring Angela Davis, Cotter Smith (as Julius), Eve Ensler (as Ethel), and Rosenberg sons Michael and Robert Meeropol.
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Third of four videos depicting the last four days of the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, as told through the letters they wrote to their two young sons on those dates. Featuring Angela Davis, Cotter Smith (as Julius), Eve Ensler (as Ethel), and Rosenberg sons Michael and Robert Meeropol.
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Last of four videos depicting the last four days of the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, as told through the letters they wrote to their two young sons on those dates. Featuring Angela Davis, Cotter Smith (as Julius), Eve Ensler (as Ethel), and Rosenberg sons Michael and Robert Meeropol.

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The above videos were created and sent to me by the Rosenberg Fund for Children

The Rosenberg Fund for Children was started by Robert Meeropol, who was orphaned at age six when his parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed at the height of the McCarthy Era.

In 1990 Robert figured out how he could repay the progressive community that helped him survive.¬† He founded the RFC to help children of targeted activists in the U.S. today- children who are experiencing the same nightmare he and his brother endured as youngsters.¬† In September 2013, Robert’s daughter, Jennifer Meeropol, took over for him as the RFC’s executive director.

Since its start, the RFC has awarded more than $5.6 million to benefit close to a thousand children in the U.S. whose parents have been targeted because of their involvement in progressive movements including the struggles to preserve civil liberties, wage peace, safeguard the environment, combat racism and homophobia, and organize on behalf of workers, prisoners, immigrants and others whose human rights are under threat.

WHEN THE DEAD ARE NOT GONE

 Mississippi started burning 55 years ago this week and unfortunately the flames are still sky high

Missing persons poster created by the FBI in 1964, shows the photographs of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner.

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A memorial to victims Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael H. Schwerner at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Mississippi.

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55 Years later, the three martyrs are still remembered and loved.

Here are some songs written to celebrate their lives and honor their deaths, as well as one Yiddish song, ‚ÄúDonna Donna,‚ÄĚ written a quarter-century earlier but profoundly appropriate, I think, to the day. The performers are Tom Paxton; Simon & Garfunkel; Harry Belafonte (singing a Pete Seeger-Frances Taylor song); Joan Baez; Richard and Mimi Farina (she was Joan Baez‚Äôs sister); Nechama Hendel; and wrapping it up, one of my favorite Phil Ochs songs, ‚ÄúHere‚Äôs to the State of Mississippi.‚ÄĚ All the songs were written by the performers except where noted. (Originally appeared AT)

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Tom Paxton: ‚ÄúGoodman, Schwerner and Chaney.‚ÄĚ

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Harry Belafonte: ‚ÄúThose Three Are on My Mind.‚Ä̬†(Written by¬†Pete Seeger¬†and¬†Frances Taylor. Hear Pete singing it¬†here.)

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Simon and Garfunkel: ‚ÄúHe Was My Brother‚Ä̬†(for Andrew Goodman, their friend and classmate at Queens College).

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Richard and Mimi Farina: ‚ÄúMichael, Andrew and James.‚ÄĚ

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Nechama Hendel: ‚ÄúDonna Donna‚Ä̬†(the Yiddish original, by¬†Aaron Zeitlin¬†and¬†Sholom Secunda). (For¬†Joan Baez‚Äôs famous performance of the English version [‚Äú‚ĶCalves are easily bound and slaughtered, never knowing the reason why, but whoever treasures freedom like the swallow has learned to fly‚ÄĚ] click¬†here.)

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Phil Ochs: ‚ÄúHere‚Äôs to the State of Mississippi.‚ÄĚ

SEGREGATION AS EXPLAINED ON FACEBOOK

Dear Facebook,

I want to start this with an apology.

I’m sorry – I have become extreme with my views and extreme with my videos. I have lived through tens of years of segregation and I think my frustration is slowly showing in the videos.


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Meanwhile, in Israel today ….. (Click on link to read article)

Afula mayor attends demonstration against sale of home to Arab family

Deputy mayor and council members join protest ‚Äėto ensure the city preserves its Jewish character‚Äô; protesters wave Israeli flags, banners from extremist Lehava group

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

Israel‚Äôs 10-meter high separation barrier and the country‚Äôs decades of indoctrination have blocked its view and allowed Israelis to simply stop seeing real live Palestinians‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Äädecidedly 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‚Äôs ‚ÄúDeal of the Century‚ÄĚ and the planned ‚Äúeconomic workshop‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääbeyond doing their utmost to sustain a livelihood under miserable conditions‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääsomehow 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 ‚ÄúCan Israel really be a Jewish (only) state?‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúIs a two-state solution still possible?‚ÄĚ Even The New York Times questioned the future of Israel‚Äôs democratic character when it noted in an editorial:¬†‚ÄúOne of Israel‚Äôs 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.‚Ä̬†Human rights aside, there is no doubt that Israel is at a foundational crossroads.

The dominant narrative, especially in the United States‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääthat any change in the status quo would put Israel in existential danger‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääis 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‚Äôs corporate media, the average person would have a hard time reaching a different conclusion.

Enter reality.

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

They can‚Äôt 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‚Äô heads is restricted by Israel and imported equipment is routinely delayed‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääat times for years‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääat Israeli ports.

They can‚Äôt 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‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Äälike pasta and crayons in Gaza, not long ago‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääis 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‚Äôt see hundreds of parents‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääyes, mothers and fathers‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääholding their children‚Äôs 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‚Äôt see something much more serious than any of this‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääthat 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‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääbut 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‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääa 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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JUDAISM ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

‚ÄúDo you think Judaism will ever recover from having been hijacked by Zionism?‚ÄĚ

Being Jewish Is Not The Same As Being Zionist!

Long past time to reclaim Judaism from Zionism

‚ÄúDo you think Judaism will ever recover from having been hijacked by Zionism?‚ÄĚ a friend recently asked me.

I have wrestled with a similar question for many years: how can the ethical precepts of Judaism‚ÄĒpursue justice, love your neighbor, love the stranger, repair the world‚ÄĒbe reconciled with Zionism? Any Judaism I can believe in is at odds with this nationalist ideology, which claims that only a state controlled by Jews and privileging them over non-Jews can protect them against anti-Semitism and the threat of another Holocaust.

I did not always realize this.  When I was growing up in Tokyo, Japan, in the 1950s, I thought Judaism consisted only of rituals performed with Hebrew prayers and allegiance to the newly established state of Israel. Our small Jewish community, made up mainly of Ashkenazi emigres from Siberia like my father’s family and of Sephardi emigres from Syria and Lebanon, together with Israeli Embassy staff and American businesspeople, did not have a rabbi.

Perhaps that is why, instead of Judaism‚Äôs key ethical tenets, our Sunday School class was taught the story of Israel‚Äôs heroic founding, as recounted in Leon Uris‚Äôs novel ‚ÄúExodus.‚ÄĚ ¬†No wonder I confused Zionism with Judaism, mistaking a political ideology of Jewish nationalism born in the late nineteenth century for an ancient religion rooted in the Torah and the Talmud.

The cover of Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation

Not until Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon did I begin to question my idealized image of Israel and, ultimately, the premise of Zionism.  Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of Beirut, shelling of hospitals, and collusion with Lebanese Phalangist militias in massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps shook me to the core.

Struggling to digest these atrocities, I went to a teach-in. The main speaker contrasted Israel‚Äôs boasts of ‚Äúmaking the desert bloom‚ÄĚ with its destruction of thousands of Palestinian homes and olive trees. My stomach in knots, I recoiled from her message.

Only when I learned that she was not Palestinian but an Israeli Jewish human rights lawyer could I let her words penetrate my consciousness.

Back then, disputing Zionism felt very scary. It certainly isolated me from friends and family. I did not know that at the start of the Zionist movement, most Jews worldwide had opposed it. Even throughout World War II, Jewish opponents of Zionism continued to hold up an alternative vision for Palestine of a secular democratic state in which all citizens would enjoy equal rights. In 1947, they demanded freedom for the region‚Äôs ‚Äúentire population‚ÄĚ and a guarantee of ‚Äúthe national rights of both communities,‚ÄĚ Jewish and Arab.

Although by 1948 the Holocaust convinced a majority that a Jewish state offered the best protection for Jews, Israel‚Äôs decades of ethnic cleansing and unending warfare‚ÄĒand Palestinians‚Äô tenacious resistance‚ÄĒhave since led me to understand that a Jewish state was a false solution to the quest for safety.

Over the years, I met more and more Jews who were questioning Zionist ideology. In 2016, the idea occurred to me of collecting their stories so others contending with the same doubts could know they were not alone. I designed the collection as a vehicle for initiating difficult conversations within Jewish families and communities, through stories with which readers could identify.

I began with a handful of acquaintances. Then I solicited narratives from people who told personal stories at public events, or wrote insightful op-eds, articles, or letters to the editor. I found more contributors when those I recruited spread the word through their networks.

To ensure that the collection reflected diverse backgrounds and perspectives, I made special efforts to seek out Sephardi/Mizrahi as well as Ashkenazi Jewish contributors. And in view of the leading role that college-age Jews are playing in the Palestine solidarity movement, I worked hard to enlist them. I ended up with forty fresh and deeply personal accounts.  This year, the book came to fruition, under the title Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation.

The collection defies the stereotype of Jews who reject Zionism as ‚Äúself-hating.‚ÄĚ ¬†On the contrary, it reveals that many remain religious and observant, while others take pride in a secular Jewish identity intertwined with their progressive ideals. The authors include rabbis, historians of Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, other academics, lawyers, social workers, journalists and media professionals, activists, and recent graduates. Whether religious or secular, they have come to see Zionism as violating Judaism‚Äôs most sacred ethical principles.

The Torah commands Jews: ‚ÄúThe stranger that sojourneth with you shall be unto you as the home-born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt‚ÄĚ (Lev. 19:34). ¬†¬†Zionist ideology instead teaches Jews to treat Palestinians as strangers in their own land, enemies who must be expelled.

It is long past time to reclaim Judaism from Zionism, long past time for all who value the ethics of Judaism‚ÄĒor of simple humanity‚ÄĒto repudiate any ideology that denies Palestinians equality, freedom, and dignity.

MERKEL’S FAIRYTALES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

“Lying does not call truths and truth does not lie”

Enough of the lies and back to truthfulness

Merkel’s fairytale world: Between lies and truthfulness

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

The “standing ovations” interrupted Harvard speech Angela Merkel shocked me.¬†How could a so-called US elite university like Harvard fall for so many flat phrases of the German chancellor?¬†Has Trump’s mental level reached such a low point that even Harvard professors and students applaud everything that comes from the supposed “salvific figure” of German politics, “the most powerful woman in the world”?¬†How Merkel “beautified” her GDR past was already unbearable.¬†How she got from her apartment in East Berlin, which was close to the wall that she “could not overcome” for a long time.¬†“Every day I had to turn in front of freedom,” she can complain so only in distant Harvard, because they do not know that Merkel in the GDR has led a privileged life.¬†Speaking of and by the way: For years, the Palestinians have been forced by Israeli disregard of international law, before the IGH report illegal Israeli Apartheid Wall “turn from freedom”.¬†Well, what is true for Angela does not have to apply to Ali.

Fairytale hour Oberkitsch

Merkel’s relief over the fall of the Berlin Wall as a fairy-tale hour Oberkitsch: “There is a magic in every beginning”.¬†How could these elites only be amazed by this lazy “magic”?¬†From ignorance?¬†After all, if you look closely at her past, this sorceress was anything but an active GDR opponent or even a victim.¬†Was not this pastor’s daughter living in Hamburg shortly after her birth, with her parents moving to the GDR?¬†Was not she more connected to the system than she is today?¬†Reading the facts from Merkel’s biography “Nothing Hidden – Not Telling Everything” from the journalists G√ľnther Lachmann and Ralph Georg Reuth in 2013, a completely different Merkel comes to the fore.¬†Does not the image of a “FDJ official”, a woman, appear¬†which was initially against reunification?¬†(1) (2)

Was Merkel’s life in the GDR not “rewritten” so that it could be “reconciled” with the expectations of Christian Democratic followers?¬†If this “Wende Chancellor” had been celebrated like a pop star, would this biography have been distributed among the US claqueurs?

But in times when Germany, despite or because of (?) Trump German politicians emphasize the transatlantic friendship and soon even the “geschaged” ex-SPD leader Gabriel will lead the transatlantic bridge, what can we still expect in substantive politics?¬†Finally Merkel was applauded for her alleged Trump criticism, without naming his name.¬†But what is to be held by such a soft-pedaled “criticism” if, after her return to Berlin, she had nothing more urgent to do than to assure US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “our” unbreakable friendship.¬†The Chancellor, as well as Foreign Minister Maas, soothed Pompeo, who, while having differences in Iranian policy, pursued the same goal of preventing Iran from owning nuclear weapons.¬†The fact that the “Jewish state” possesses nuclear weapons and is therefore by no means to assume a “threat” through Iran is concealed.¬†In their worldview, “Jewish Star Wars nuclear weapons” are probably allowed as “self-defense.”¬†Never forget that unlike Israel, Iran has never started a war!

To be surpassed in false hypocrisy

This finally leads me to the very core of my criticism of this Chancellor and German foreign policy.¬†Merkel is being hailed for alleged critical allusions to US President Trump, who has made fortifying the fortifications along the Mexican border one of his most important projects, reporting “relief” about the fall of the Wall and about “possible changes are when we approach them together. ”¬†And that is not to be surpassed in false hypocrisy.

The sentences of Chancellor Merkel: “Lying does not call truths and truth does not lie” actually hits the gist.¬†However, the truth about the apartheid wall in the “Jewish state” does not make this state-chancellor of the state look better.¬†Why are German politicians and the media so obviously lying when it comes to the politics of the “Jewish state”?¬†Why is the BDS movement being defamed as anti-Semitic, why are al-Quds (Jerusalem) demonstrations denounced as anti-Semitic, while the Jewish occupation and capture of Jerusalem are tacitly accepted?¬†Why are calls to “child murderer Israel” suppressed, while the Zionist infanticides are not prevented?¬†Do not Merkel’s “values” apply to Palestinians?¬†Their “Christian Zionist” values ‚Äč‚Äčhave brought us to worthlessness,¬†which justifies Jewish goals and thus is beyond our constitution.¬†Its raison d’√™tre for the security of Israel has placed Germany in a dangerous dependence on the “Jewish state terror regime”, which threatens not only our freedom of expression, but our entire policy.

We should be happy about any Israel critic in these times of slander. Why is there a constant reference to anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews by Muslims, while right-wing populist politicians are welcome guests in Israel, and parties in the fight against anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are in complete harmony with all other parties?

Merkel’s Reason for the State: Being Adapted and Misplaced “Truthfulness”

For years, under the Merkelian raison d’√™tre, a media and political climate of “correct” adaptedness has developed which is developing dangerously away from democratic structures.¬†If again and again the “never again”, in reference to the Nazi past is pointed out, but the Zionist state terror regime is unreservedly supported by them, then something is no longer true in Germany.¬†What we need is a new democratic policy that NEVER says repeat the mistakes of the past.

The “truthfulness” the Chancellor speaks of is lying when she continues to speak of a two-state solution, without ever having made a finger to achieve that goal.¬†Since she has been at the helm, the number of Jewish settlers has risen to about 600,000. Since her reign, the Judaization of Palestine has been progressing rapidly.¬†Merkel’s good behavior is crowned by numerous Jewish and US awards and honorary doctorates.

It is now time for Merkel to crown her forthcoming departure with proposals for a comprehensive peace plan for Palestine, including elections and an immediate end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and the Syrian Golan.¬†Or we are facing a shambles of foreign policy.¬†Merkel has led us into foreign missions and cooperations that have nothing to do with values, but only with preservation of power, splitting and armament increases.¬†It can be celebrated as a mediator, while in fact it has brought our relations with Russia to a low point, the long-negotiated and promised EU membership, which prevented Turkey’s accession from the beginning.¬†Muslims do not fit into their Christian-Zionist EU-world.¬†It has questionable states, like Ukraine,¬†Croatia or Kosovo is courting and allowing Palestine to be destroyed by the Zionist apartheid regime.¬†Does Germany have no really more important problem than to recognize its right to exist and thus issue a “kosher license” for land grabbing and judaizing to the “Jewish State”?While the overdue recognition of the right to exist of a Palestinian state in their “Christian Zionist” world view has no place.

Enough of the lies and back to truthfulness

footnotes

(1) https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Nichts-verheimlicht-nicht-alles-erzaehlt-article10631536.html

(2) http://bds-kampagne.de/2004/07/09/gutachten-des-internationalen-gerichtshof-igh/

In the Neue Rheinische Zeitung (NRhZ) published in issue 708 of 05.06.2019 underhttp://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=25954

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EID al FITR MUBARAK

 To all of my Muslim readers, Family and Friends..

Eid al-Fitr Mubarak!

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The Glorious Holy Month of Ramadan will come to an end tonight at sundown … ushering in the wonderful feast days of Eid-al-Fitr. A time for joyous celebrations with families, a time to feel completely renewed and refreshed.
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That’s how it’s spelled out in the books…
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Unfortunately in Palestine the book is written differently… families are divided, family members are denied entry to join in the celebrations, families are mourning their loved ones killed by Israeli forces.
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It’s time for all to celebrate! It’s time for all families to be together!
Damn those that won’t let this be!!
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Let us hope that soon the situation will be different and we can all be together… secure in our own Homeland…. secure with a¬†Right of Return… and¬†THE RIGHT TO STAY!
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In the meantime…. AL-EID-MUBARAK!!!¬†Make the best of it and try to enjoy.
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Never give up the dream and hope that all will be good one day...

THE OCCUPATION SHOULD BE THE CRIME, NOT THE HEADGEAR

It’s not the Kippa (Yarmulke) that is the problem, but the head underneath!

Occupation Crime Under the Kippa

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski

After the European elections, which clearly demonstrate that citizens are no longer prepared to vote for the “people’s parties”, but are protesting against the disrespect of the “people”, it is overdue to deal with this phenomenon.¬†Right-wing parties across Europe have been given a terrible boost, not because they spread anti-Semitism, but because they know how to score with xenophobia and Islam hatred.¬†In fact, the main problem is the right-wing radicalism and populist phrases-and-culture that have managed to get into parliaments and governments.

Why does the Bundestag willingly close its eyes to reality?

But we also experience in an unprecedented way how right-wing extremists, “Christian”, commoners, so-called liberals and leftists allied together to make Zionist crimes of international justice and to legalize them with the “Holocaust cloak” that is so infamous that it makes you speechless.¬†How is it possible that almost the entire Bundestag could reach an “anti-BDS decision” criminalizing both Palestinian civil society and Jewish and non-Jewish citizens as anti-Semitic in support of the non-violent BDS campaign?¬†What enables these “people’s representatives” to such a more than undemocratic decision?¬†Why do you readily close your eyes to reality?¬†What good are great celebrations for the foundation of the German constitution?

So it is for me also a consequence of the great dissatisfaction that these European elections set a sign that the citizens resist this kind of politics.¬†From the climate catastrophe to the transatlantic friendship policy, many citizens are fed up, because they experience that all the current burning problems are neglected to please the US and the “Jewish state”.¬†More and more armaments editions, more and more war missions and not to forget the controlled drone attacks from German soil, as well as the majority of Germans unwanted storage of nuclear weapons on German soil.¬†Why are CDU,¬†SPD and FDP and even left so unanimous?¬†Why are the “green gardeners” suddenly so popular and why could a party like the AfD get so high?¬†The Left also puts the “respect for international law” in its election program in the bin when it comes to claiming it also for the Palestinian people living under decades of occupation – and instead puffs the other parties after them to join them ALL in one Boat to sit when it comes to the “Jewish state”!¬†Out of the “never war again”, after the Second World War and the horrible crimes of the Holocaust, the bad conscience of the generation of grandsons transfers to politics and has replaced anti-Semitism with unspeakable philosemitism.¬†To demand this also for the Palestinian people living under decades of occupation – and instead pecking after the other parties in order to sit with them ALL in a boat when it comes to the “Jewish State”!¬†Out of the “never war again”, after the Second World War and the horrible crimes of the Holocaust, the bad conscience of the generation of grandsons transfers to politics and has replaced anti-Semitism with unspeakable philosemitism.¬†To demand this also for the Palestinian people living under decades of occupation – and instead pecking after the other parties in order to sit with them ALL in a boat when it comes to the “Jewish State”!¬†Out of the “never war again”, after the Second World War and the horrible crimes of the Holocaust, the bad conscience of the generation of grandsons transfers to politics and has replaced anti-Semitism with unspeakable philosemitism.

With BDS against the Zionist occupation and international crimes

In the Bundestag, the Zionist occupation and international crimes of the apartheid state of Israel was not discussed, without which BDS can not understand at all, but they defame this movement, which has formed on the model of South Africa and quite successful attempts, the freedom of Palestine to reach.

Now a new concerted distraction action has been launched, a very typical hasbara method.¬†It began last Saturday in newspapers of the Funke-Mediengruppe with statements by the anti-Semitism commissioner of the Federal Government when he recommended Jews in Germany not to wear a kippa (yarmulke) at any time throughout Germany.¬†Klein justified this initiative with an “increasing, social disinhibition and brutalization”.¬†The internet and social media have contributed greatly to this, “but also the continued attacks on our culture of remembrance”.¬†Klein, when he mentions the culture of remembrance, should work to ensure that the Nakba, the memory of the catastrophe of the violent expulsion of the Palestinian people at the founding of the state of Israel in 1948,¬†just as much a part of Germany as the memory of the Holocaust.¬†The path of remembrance into the future begins with remembering, and that also applies to the Palestinians, because human rights are indivisible and also apply to the Palestinians.

Always up to date, this includes the statement of my father Heinz Galinski: “I did not survive Auschwitz, to silence to new injustice.”

Frontal attack against the Internet

So this was Klein’s frontal attack against the internet and social networking as it gets stronger and stronger.¬†Just in this horn blew the CDU leader Kramp-Karrenbauer when she made a comparison on Monday evening the day after the European election, which proved that this woman is not suitable for this office.¬†She actually asked what would have happened if there had been 79 newspaper offices two days before the election, and we make a joint appeal: please do not vote for CDU and SPD.¬†That would have been a clear opinion before the election, said Kramp-Karrenbauer.¬†In this sentence alone, Kramp-Karrenbauer not only proved her disturbed relationship to freedom of expression, to the Basic Law and to the Internet, no, she proved her desperation and helplessness over the CDU’s inability to score with proper topics.¬†Instead of dealing with the election debacle in terms of content, it poisoned the climate.¬†When rightly a “shitstorm” hit her from all sides, she could not think of anything better than feeling “misunderstood.”

In fact, the parties and their representatives are not misunderstood, but the citizens understand very well that politics no longer understands them.¬†How else is it possible that the offices of the EU Council and President of the Commission are still “outfitted” in “backrooms” under Merkel and Co. instead of having them properly elected by the European Parliament?¬†Where else on the internet is this diversity?¬†Have not the “leading (d)” media “grasped it and put more and more emphasis on the internet and their digital appearances?¬†With the more than poor politician appearances on the net, however, they have little to oppose, and they are becoming ever more painfully aware.¬†Yes it hurts, for example after the Rezo YouTube video, which was clicked more than 10 million times,¬†not to be able to keep up and to remain guilty of an answer.¬†Rezo, one of the most talented influencers and you-tubers, was able to prove that it is not worth choosing CDU, SPD and AfD.

Media fully on “course” trimmed

Another example, where else, as on the Internet, is there still such a lively discussion about the “Jewish state” and its terrible crimes?¬†Where else do we have such a variety of interesting articles?¬†Where is the fate of the occupied Palestinians so blatantly demonstrated?¬†Of course, the Israel lobby increasingly sees this as a threat, and especially German media and politicians and parties want to keep this topic under the table.¬†I would like to distance myself explicitly from hate speech, hate and anonymous comments in the net.¬†But where else are there such opportunities to inform and exchange information?¬†Finally, it has been understood in Germany specifically, the entire mainstream press and public-legal media fully on “course” to trim.¬†Just as Israel critics are marginalized by the media.

Another example: immediately after Klein’s statements, there was no medium that did not respond immediately and complained about the fate of the Jews in Germany.¬†Likewise, of course, the Central Council President of the Jews, Schuster, and his predecessor Knobloch.¬†They hurried to criticize Klein for his statement, because it would be an “indictment” if Jews could not move everywhere with the Kippa in Germany.¬†Immediately, politicians like “Home Secretary” Seehofer rushed to assure the opposite and to provide appropriate countermeasures that need to be taken for this right is secured.¬†Demands were made, such as training policemen to deal with anti-Semitism, as well as training teachers and lawyers.¬†This topic was suddenly on everyone’s lips and seemed like a continuation of the debate in the Bundestag, in order to make this subsequently “kosher”.¬†In fact, we are experiencing a completely unnecessary debate on anti-Semitism under the metaphor “Kippa”.¬†Even when Israel’s President Rivlin reacted “dismayed” to the Kippa warning, the measure was full.¬†I wondered if this president of the Jewish apartheid state should not first ensure that Muslim citizens are granted religious freedom in the “Jewish state” and not right-wing “Jewish temple builders and settler hordes” protected by soldiers of the Jewish “defensive army”. This right, as happened on the Haram-al-Sharif so often, is denied.¬†What about the arbitrariness of the Zionist regime,¬†that repeatedly refuse Muslim men the fundamental rights of religious worship?¬†So who dares to oppose this Jewish Zionist influence?

Unbelievably hypocritical and embarrassing action

As well as an incredibly hypocritical and embarrassing action of the “cancerous ulcer” of the German press landscape, the “Springer-Image-Zeitung”, on Tuesday began by presenting a “picture-Kippa” with “Bastelanleitung”, with heads and representations of Politicians of all parties, led by the “Auschwitz Minister” Maas, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), Volker Bouffier (CDU), Bijan Dijr (FDP), Susan Chebli (SPD), who carries her kippa for her “Jewish friend”.¬†Artists like the “black-brown hazelnut” Heino also wants to be there.¬†Where were these “Kippatr√§gerInnen” when it came to the headscarf and solidarity with Muslims?¬†(1)

Is not the very background of this renewed concerted anti-Semitism action a deliberate distraction from the conditions in the “Jewish state”?¬†All this in the important Nakba month of May and shortly before the demonstration next Saturday in Berlin on the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day.¬†Berlin’s SPD Interior Minister Andreas Geisel finds the annual Al-Quds march unbearable, but a ban on the “anti-Israeli” demo is difficult.¬†The Central Council of Jews now demands “strict conditions”.

Why?¬†What’s so reprehensible on Al-Quds Day?¬†What is criticized?¬†Why should not participants and Iran call for the “conquest” of Jerusalem on this day, which is at the end of the Muslim month of fasting Ramadan?¬†Especially after the unilateral conquest of Jerusalem by the USA and the “Jewish state” past international law as the “eternal undivided” capital of the “Jewish state”?¬†What is so wrong with the term “child murderer Israel” when witnessing targeted attacks against children of the “most moral” of all Jewish “defense forces” in Gaza?¬†And what about the Hezbollah flag, the Lebanese resistance organization, which also sits in the government in Lebanon, so reprehensible, while the Star of David flag, the symbol of the Zionist occupation and oppression,¬†can be panned everywhere?¬†Where were all the political “Kippa porters” to protest against the Dippel standards when it comes to the “Jewish state”?¬†Ever tried to animate the population to wear “Kippa”.

Zionist weapon: Kippa

So let’s get to the new Zionist weapon, the Kippa or Yarmulke.¬†Wearing a kippah is a religious symbol of an emotional expression that does not go back to a commandment.¬†However, it says a lot about the political stance.¬†In surveys in the “Jewish State”, 63% of the interviewed colorful Kippa Knitta wearers stated that they are religious Zionists who regard the “Jewish people” as a religiously legitimate territory in the region.¬†In fact, the term “Kippa-sruga” (knitted cap) is used.¬†These men agree in the majority of the statement: “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel (65%) and peaceful coexistence for Israel and an independent Palestinian state is not possible and they feel that they belong to the political ‘right’.

All these Kippa bearers were given an upswing by the ever-increasing movement of settlers and the Judaisierung of the country. It has become the symbol of the most radical and extreme right-wing Jewish nationalism, a symbol without religious significance.

So it is a fact that as long as the German raison d’√™tre remains for the security of the “Jewish state” without a raison d’√™tre for Palestine, there will always be protests against Jews and Jewish institutions that are not concerned by international crimes and illegal Distance the crew.

Populist Kippatragen: the wrong sign

So the common populist Kippatragen is the wrong sign to show solidarity.¬†(2) Where is the solidarity with the headscarf wearers?¬†Both signs are justified by no religious background and no rule in public life.¬†Let’s set the tone and do not wear Kippa this Saturday, out of solidarity with a liberated Palestine, so as not to support the occupation crimes under the Kippa.

Not the Kippa Yarmulke is the problem, but the head underneath!

footnotes

(1) https://www.bild.de/news/inland/politik-inland/von-bild-gabs-die-kippa-zum-selbstbasteln-wir-tragen-kippa-weil-62228990.bild.html

(2) https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/politik-inland/kippa-debatte-antisemitismus-beauftragter-ruft-zum-kippatragen-auf-62241888.bild.html

 

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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 Korean) by 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‚Äôs office for such propaganda‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääit‚Äôs called¬†Hasbara¬†(see¬†The Hasbara Apparatus¬†by¬†Molad‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚ÄäThe 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 ‚ÄúIsrael has one secret weapon that not too many countries have, Israel is on the side of God, and we don‚Äôt underestimate that.‚ÄĚ

The third problem was the new Jews flooding the land were foreigners to it, not culturally like the Old Yishuv (native) Jews‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚ÄäJews 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 ‚Äėcattle‚Äô in a West Bank that increasingly shrinks from illegal Israeli settlements.

Of course, just as the ministries and departments of ‚Äúpropaganda‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs crimes as necessary to protect innocent Jews from¬†merciless Arab savages(think portrayal of native Indians in the US Declaration of Independence). In today‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúeconomic workshop‚ÄĚ 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‚Ää‚ÄĒ‚Ääfrom 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 D√∂pfner, 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, “D√∂pfner is a man of courage and decency, representing all the noble qualities one associates with Germany.¬†He never met a man who, like D√∂pfner, fought simultaneously against communism and totalitarianism and was a defender of the “Jewish people”. “We experience this” rush-fight “every day in the Bild-Bl√∂d-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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