IMAGES THAT GO VIRAL

We seem to be used to cruel images showing children in the middle of wars, misery, and starvation. Calls for donations for children in Yemen, Syria, or Africa are often made. But what has become more apparent is that images of Palestinian children under Jewish occupation are almost never shown, and calls for donations are never made.

An image is doing the rounds!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English translation by Milena Rampoldi

We seem to be used to cruel images showing children in the middle of wars, misery, and starvation. Calls for donations for children in Yemen, Syria, or Africa are often made. But what has become more apparent is that images of Palestinian children under Jewish occupation are almost never shown, and calls for donations are never made.

After the cruel images of the 50-days Israeli orgy of violence against Gaza “Protective Edge,” during which among the 2.205 murdered Palestinians there were also 480 children to be mourned and thousands of others injured including hundreds severely injured to the extent of being handicapped for the rest of their lives. These children never made the news headlines. Not to mention the countless orphans and half-orphans!

Even if the tragedy of the predicted uninhabitability of the destroyed Gaza Strip becomes apparent — the promised reconstruction by the “community of values” has yet to happen — the urgent necessity for medical aid is anotherdisaster, the school education system remains under the Israeli blockade and at the hands of the Israeli regime, but only a small part of the media covers this reality.

Another reality is the military detention of Palestinian children who are exposed to physical and psychological violence without any protection. For the Israeli military law, the compliance with children’s rights during interrogations in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories does not exist at all. Children who are arrested because they throw a stone, are exposed to the occupation power without any protection and may get maximum penalties up to 20 years because of their resistance.

The “Jewish defence soldiers” treat Palestinian children without any respect. These children are just struggling for their freedom. The shameful occupation policy of collective punishment does not exclude children and is applied with brutal force. For this purpose, also dogs, in particular German shepherds, are used to chase frightened children. This reminds me the stories of my father of his times in the Nazi concentration camp. There similar methods were used against frightened Jewish prisoners.

While Judaic settlers are protected by “Jewish defence soldiers,” defenceless Palestinian children are exposed to settler violence. All additional announcements of authorisations of new settler home units is exacerbating thesituation.

Violence, intimidation, and humiliation in the illegally occupied Palestine happens daily and is accepted by the hypocritical “community of values” without any criticism. Even statements by the activists of “Breaking the Silence,” which should shake everybody, have remained without any consequences up to now.

The systematic policy of arbitrarily imprisoning Palestinian children is horrifying and is not restricted to minors. According to the Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghuti, since 2000, 12.000 Palestinian children between 12 and 17 have been arrested by the “Jewish security forces,” for minor offences like throwing stones and that number has since dramatically increased by.

Organisations for the protection of children such as DCIP (Defence for Children International-Palestine) have published research studies which prove that children’s rights are violated after their arrest and interrogation as for example with regards to information about their rights including the right to have a parent or solicitor present.

Even though according to the UN children rights convention every child has the right to be visited by the family, this right can also be denied for weeks to the Palestinian kids in prison. The child welfare organisation UNICEF, which referred to “children’s mistreatment” in 2013 as a “diffused, systematic and institutionalised phenomenon,” with theadditional damning verdict that: “there is no other country in the world where children are systematically brought before the military tribunal.” B`Tselem has also denounced the double standards in the treatment of Jewish/Israeli and Palestinian children. Israeli children are not sentenced to prison.

This state of affairs is reflected in the racist discrimination in the illegally occupied West Bank where there are two parallel “legal systems”: while for the Judaic settlers and land occupiers the Israel civil law is applied, the Palestinian occupied population is sentenced according to military law. According to the Israeli civil law, children are criminally responsible from the age of 14, while according to the military law, Palestinian children are criminally responsible from the age of 14. While an Israeli guy is treated as an adult before the civil court at the age of 18, a Palestinian is treated as an adult before the military court at the age of 16. Welcome to the “Jewish Apartheid State”!

Human rights organisations have been criticising this treatment for a long time, by pointing to the traumas of children and young people because they are almost always arrested during the night, when hordes of “Jewish defence soldiers” surround houses to attack them, to arrest the alleged stone-thrower, by denying parents to accompany the kid.

They also do not stop at the destruction of Palestinian property and in 20% of the cases violence is applied. As Palestinian solicitors regularly report, during interrogations a confession is forced. In some cases, Israeli authorities do not even stop at threats of sexual violence. With this threat, for Israeli security forces it is an easy game to force a confession. After up to 6 months provisional detention according to military jurisdiction the frightened kids and young people confess to almost anything, if you consider that they are also without legal assistance.

The presumption of innocence does not apply to Palestinians and the release on bail is denied in the majority of the cases. What remains, are traumatised children. The “Jewish State” signed the children’s rights convention, but this convention is just valid for Jewish-Israeli children, while Palestinian children living under occupation are defenceless.

Since their childhood, Palestinian children have known nothing apart from a horrifying daily life under occupation with check points, humiliations, arbitrariness, and indignity. If they oppose the arbitrary confiscation of Palestinian property, land, or houses of their families by throwing stones, they are put into jail.

Now an image is doing the rounds: the photo of Ahed Tamimi, a wonderful Palestinian girl, defying the ugly symbol of injustice, by slapping the face of an Israeli “defence soldier,”  Ahed Tamimi comes from a famous family of the Palestinian resistance against Zionist occupation: parents, uncle and aunt have been arrested; another uncle was killed, and a cousin lays in a coma after a headshot. This last person was the trigger of the actual resistance actions. However, the story had already begun in 2009, when the inhabitants of the Palestinian village Nabi Saleh protested against the land and resource grabbing for the illegal extension of the Jewish settlement of Halamish.

The “balanced” representation in the German media of the heroic family with their unbending resistance against the illegal Jewish occupation cannot be taken seriously. The “slapping” Ahed Tamimi is the pure image of the resistance. And neither the media nor Israeli right-wing extremist politicians can drag it through the mud.

After this slap, in the night, the henchmen of the occupation, dragged this brave, courageous girl from her bed. They arrested her like a criminal. And up to today, she has been in prison. She has to appear before a military court. While war minister Lieberman is foaming with rage, and wishes her, her parents, and her “environment” all imaginable penalties, the uneducated minister of education Bennett calls for “life imprisonment.” A real state under the rule of law, this Israeli state of occupiers!!

In this context, I recommend the Guardian comment by Harriet Sherwood, in contrast to the German media report. (1)https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/02/ahed-tamimi-israel-occupation-palestinian-trauma

The same can be said about the homicide of the wheelchair user Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, who lost both legs during an air raid of the “Jewish Star of David bombers” in 2008, and was shot to death by “Jewish defence soldiers” in December, after the protests in the Gaza Strip. The inhuman response of the army after the investigation succinctly read: “No moral or professional error was determined.” Like Ahed Tamimi’s photo, also this image did the rounds as symbol of Palestinian heroism against the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

I would like to know how long it will take for the German government and the EU to oppose these Israeli crimes including crimes against international law and human rights, committed by the so called “only” democracy of the Middle East, and by the so called “most moral” army of the world.

After Trump’s Jerusalem decision, every day the Netanyahu regime announces new violations against international law and human rights, the construction of thousands of new settler units, the elimination of the relief organisation of Palestinians and the travel bans for representatives of NGO like “Jewish Voice for Peace” and of the BDS movement (2)http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/boycott/israeli-government-publishes-full-anti-bds-blacklist/2018/01/07/.

It is surprising that considering this horrifying Israeli cabinet, the CDU/CSU faction is inclined to submit a decision to the Bundestag, exactly on 27 January, to threaten with expulsion all Muslim immigrants who call for Jewish hatred, refuse Jewish life in Germany or doubt about the existence right of Israel.

In my opinion, this is just shameful  news that avoids any criticism against Israel! As expected, the president of the Central Council of German Jews Schuster was excited. He supports the request and thinks that such a law will protect democracy in Germany.

Mr Schuster, I can do without this “protection,” since democracy in Germany is at risk because of Jewish officials like you, who do not dissociate themselves from the Jewish anti-democratic crimes, committed in the “Jewish State” and turn the mood against Muslim refugees. You are a shame for all other Jewish citizens in Germany who still have some decency.

And you, Chancellor Merkel, defending “Jewish-Christian values”, stand for democratic values in the “Jewish State,” since the crimes committed in the Jewish State are not “self-defence,”, but Israeli cruelties you cannot blandish!

After Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh’s image, the photo of Ahed Tamimi is also doing the rounds. The legitimate Palestinian resistance is unbroken, and we will support it!

 

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AND I THOUGHT WE WERE RID OF THIS BEAST FOREVER …

Once viewed as a pariah by the so-called Nationalist camp in Israel, Kahana has effectively become a symbol of pristine  ideology as his ideas are being adopted  as a manual for action by the entire right camp in the Jewish state.

Evil is written all over his face

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The Return Of Kahanism in Israel
 
By Khalid Amayreh
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Meir Kahana- the Nazi-like American-Israeli militant rabbi, who in the 1970s advocated mass expulsion of Palestinians from mandatory Palestine, must be dancing in his grave as his brand of  insidious Talmudic Jewish fascism has now come to dominate and shape Israel’s political and ideological landscape. Once viewed as a pariah by the so-called Nationalist camp in Israel, Kahana has effectively become a symbol of pristine  ideology as his ideas are being adopted  as a manual for action by the entire right camp in the Jewish state.
 
Kahana, it seems,  not only has succeeded in conquering  Israel. He has also conquered the White House as apparent from president Trump recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. So, has Trump converted to Kahanism or Jewish Nazism?  This is not a facetious question by any means and the answer is a clarion yes.   
 
Now with the final collapse of the so-called Middle-East “peace process,”  mainly  as a result of Israel’s aggressive Lebensraum in the West Bank, and President Trump’s brazen embrace of the Nazi-like policy, it should be sufficiently reasonable, at least at the academic level, to argue that that the Israeli Jewish society is undergoing a really ghoulish transformation,  which prompts some avid  observers , like this writer, to foresee conclusions that were considered  unthinkable only a few years ago. 
 
For example, can we really rule out the occurrence of  a possible  Israeli holocaust of some sort against the Palestinian people in the  not-too-distant future? I am asking this hair-raising question  in light of the ascendancy to prominence and  leadership by the forces of fascism throughout Israel?  After all, it is these forces that stress day and night that ethnic cleansing (they use a plethora of euphemisms to denote their nefarious objective).
 
 I am not a prophet of doom and gloom, nor am I particularly  skilled in the art of clairvoyance or obsessed with prognosticating the future. However, there are certain worrying signs occurring in Israel now which really show that true fascism has become the main gravitating point throughout the Jewish state.   
 
Indeed, the skyrocketing growth of vindictive anti-Palestinian racism, the nearly daily promulgation and hasty approval by the Knesset of manifestly racist laws, invariably intended to harm Palestinians and narrow their horizon, and especially the virtually daily preventable and unjustified killings of young Palestinians  at the hands of trigger-happy Jewish  settlers and soldiers should remind us of the dark clouds which descended  over Europe prior to the Holocaust.. And just as the figurative clouds then were a definitive admonition that something very dreadful, was going to happen, the current toxic discourse spreading rather rampantly in Israel should serve as a real harbinger portending a huge evil in the offing.
 
How can a writer with a keen eye to the future  feel otherwise when I watch young Israeli Jews in the thousands fall into gleeful hysteria over the murder of a Palestinian child? Or Israeli lawmakers vowing to grant monetary awards to an Israeli soldier who finished off” a dying and harmless Palestinian in Hebron about a year ago. Or the Minister of justice in a state that pretends to be democratic who  had the audacity to claim that the life of a Jew, even a Jewish murderer, is worth more  and has more sanctity than that of a non-Jew!
 
Last week, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a draft bill imposing death penalty on Palestinians convicted of killing a Jew.
 
 In fact,  Israel has been carrying out extrajudicial executions of Palestinians since time immemorial. More to the point, the Israeli occupation army has unwritten instructions urging soldiers to shoot to kill Palestinian (but not Jewish) would- be- killers.
 
When pressed to explain how Israel would justify the scandalous duplicity to an increasingly critical international community, a co-sponsor of the draft law said rather laconically “don’t worry about that.” When further asked whether the draft law would be carried out against Jews convicted of murdering Arabs, the same official resorted to prevarication and equivocation, saying, also tersely. “Don’t worry about this either.”
 
This draft bill per se doesn’t make Israel particularly fascist, but it is undoubtedly an additional sign underscoring the trend Israel is drifting to. In fact, Israel already has a bloated body of manifestly racist laws each of which is sufficient to eviscerate the Israeli myth of being a liberal democracy of any truth.
 
I don’t know for sure when Israel will reach the point of no- return as far as its current fascist modus operandi is concerned.   What I do know, however, is that the absolute, unconditional and unlimited support and backing Israel is receiving  from ignorant friends, such as Donald Trump, is inducing Israel to pursue the path of fascism and shun the path of reason and moderation.

AND BOYCOTT WE WILL HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!

We boycott to support the right to resist! ….

They can’t arrest us all …. so this is the latest tactic ….

Who’s Who on ‘The List’?

Here’s a good question ….

Why has Israel banned Jewish leftists but not members of Nazi-linked groups?

Israel has banned leaders and key activists from Jewish Voice for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, among other groups that support BDS, from entering the country. So why doesn’t it extend the same restrictions to members of Nazi-affiliated groups?

Read THIS report to find out why

Enjoy the following ….

(Israel isn’t the first to blacklist Freedom)

WARS ~~ FROM HEAD TO TOE

Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.

As long as the “Jewish State” is focusing on war, from head to toe, we will be obliged to oppose to it!

Image by Carlos Latuff

All with the blessings of the White House

Focusing on wars, from head to toe!

by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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Apparently in Germany, Europe and the USA it is not even permitted to talk about what the illegal occupation of Palestine stands for.
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Punctually, for the New Year 2018, at the 70thanniversary of the foundation of the “Jewish State” at the expense of the local Palestinian people, the governing Likud party announced that more parts of the illegally occupied West Bank will be annexed soon. What is surprising is that this decision of the Party Committee was taken in absentia of Prime Minister Netanyahu, even if it perfectly corresponds to his political view.
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This annexation deliberation is not obligatory, but it focusses on the objective of “Eretz Israel”, pursued from the beginning. And after the shameful Jerusalem decision taken by Trump, while the Western “community of values” remains silent about this provocation concerning the annexation of Palestinian land. 
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This silence in particular permits the more than 600.000 Judaic settlers and land grabbers residing in the illegally occupied Palestine, and that approximately 2,9 million Palestinians are entirely at the mercy of these settlers “moving” on their land.
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When the young Palestinian Ahed Tamimi is brought to justice because she desperately tried to oppose the illegal occupation, then she is a hero and a symbol of this struggle for freedom and should be supported by the whole community of states! (1)
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The reactions following Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the “undivided” capital of the “Jewish State” were too moderate, apart from a couple of desperate reactions ending with murdered Palestinians. At the moment his announcement to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is just a symbolic act, but one of big entity! It does not just reflect a violation against international law, but it also does not care about any UN resolution. Neither the USA nor the Netanyahu regime, accept internationally recognised rules, because they are sure they will never be held responsible for their arrogant and illegal way of acting.
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Jerusalem may be the undivided capital of Palestine in a future-oriented model of a free State for all citizens and ethnic groups, having the same rights and obligations. For this objective it is worth to struggle.
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However, Trump and his “Kosher Nostra” create facts which do not even consider the oppression of people living under occupation in Palestine, and do whatever is required to establish the “Jewish State” as absolute ruler. The game of power-politics violating human rights is facilitated by the increasing support offered by many Arab nations, in particular by Saudi Arabia, to the USA and the Netanyahu regime. Let us not deceive ourselves: there is only one loser, and it will be Palestine and its people.
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While the Saudi regime commits its crimes against humanity in Yemen and the desperate population in the blocked Gaza vegetates in a more and more merciless way, in the German media the “Jewish State” celebrates itself for supporting Syrian fighters. While Gaza does not get almost any medical aid, Syrian jihadists are treated by the Netanyahu regime, after having been massively supported by the “Jewish State”.
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If the “model Jew” Rafael Seligmann publishes his comment in the FAZ whose warmongering and distortions of facts cannot be outdone, and who indirectly calls for the German reason of state related to the security of the “Jewish State” and even does not shy away from the war against Iran, then the red line has already been crossed. In fact, the real background of the riots in Iran, is connected with the struggle against Hezbollah and Hamas.
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So we have to ask who are the real agitators and who controls them. (2)
If Palestinian President Abbas uses the Gaza population as pledge for his own power without paying their wages and starves them out, and if the Netanyahu regime wants to avoid democratic elections, this will only promotes the total destruction of Palestine.
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Who speaks about the uncountable arrests by the Jewish occupiers or the air raids against Gaza? All that this Judaic State terror regime does, is allowed because it is all justified as “self-defence,” To every desperate rocket from the staved concentration camp of Gaza the “Jewish State” reacts with massive murderous bombing attacks.
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While every week in Tel Aviv thousands of protesters oppose Netanyahu and his corrupt affairs and nobody calls for the end of the occupation, then something is really wrong in this State! However, Netanyahu declared that even in the case of a trial against him, he will not resign. In the meantime, the Knesset already passed a law trying to cancel justice and to protect politicians from trials.
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Last week, again 14.000 new settler units were announced, but this was not worth one line for the media. German politics and media are adapted from head to toe to the Jewish occupation of Palestine. While Germany is very quick with sanctions against Iran, Russia, and other “evil” States, when it is about Israelis crimes against international law, Germany does not even consider them, but just shamefully accepts the injustice committed.
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In addition, at this time the “Jewish State” intervenes all over the world, in particular at U.S. universities to oppose the important and efficient BDS campaign. It invests millions of dollars and is supported by dedicated helpers in countless Jewish organisations and think tanks, from the Jewish Agency to the Reut-Institute and the Hasbara opinion manipulators of the “Israel Project.” In addition, Israel is supported by countless Christian-Zionist evangelicals, consolidating these conditions. Even if so much donations are used for this doubtful lobby work, and for new laws to silence all criticism, we have not to give up and continue to support the BDS movement. It is a war which has already started.
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In the meantime all is superimposed by an evil diversionary tactic which is anti-Semitism, Muslim anti-Semitism and the nomination of a representative for anti-Semitism. This is a master propaganda performance behind which all true intentions are hidden.
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In my opinion, we urgently need a racism representative overseeing media debates who would certainly not be cowed by countless threats from the Israel lobby.
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It is not acceptable that the term “anti-Semitism” superimposes on everything, while the term occupation is not even mentioned.
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The number of Jewish critics dealing with the subject is increasing, and the same can be said for non-Jewish critics. This kind of marginalisation, also including professional consequences, is a power factor which reminds me of the age of totalitarianism. And if this marginalisation is not stopped, it will extend to become of catastrophic dimensions. What about the freedom of opinion guaranteed to us all according to our constitution, if by one measure only we have all to be silenced?
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This cannot be a democratic world view, if the loyalty towards the “Jewish State” is like a brand label, and there are only two categories of Jews: the first one are the Jews who are in solidarity with the illegal occupation and support it; the second Jews are the rebels who do not want to accept this injustice and do not want to be held responsible for it.
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In fact, I am concerned that certain Jewish officials, organisations and politicians always try to represent themselves as something ‘special” to avoid any criticism. While in the past it was reprehensible to accentuate the religion of a Jewish citizen, today it has become a normal propaganda practice to put “Jew” before the nationality. The reason is that this way you can reactivate “tribalism” and “Jewishness” to be displayed everywhere. Of course, this behaviour just applies in case of successful people, athletes, artists, authors, while in case of unsuccessful people or criminals this fact is ignored, and they are marginalised.
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Anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, but means criticism against the Jewish Apartheid State, and this is increasingly important. Defamation campaigns against critics will be reinforced this year on the occasion of the “70 anniversary celebrations” of the “Jewish State.” The public pressure against us will increase, and it will be more difficult to act, because also within the group of pro-Palestinian activists there are many enemies. People try to pursue their own goals, and so in the end this will just be an advantage for the Zionists themselves.
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If right and left-wing activists support the “Jewish State” against other activists, then the final point will be reached, because there is only one path in Germany which should be followed by the whole society: we have to struggle for the freedom of Palestine.
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I feel ashamed and it hurts me when Muslim refugees are called anti-Semites, and when Muslim citizens and Islam are increasingly offended.
How can it be that Arye Shalicar, an actual Israel government official of the Israeli Intelligence Ministry and former gang member in Berlin, on Facebook openly calls for the hunting of Palestinians in Germany? (in the meantime, the call has been deleted) (3)
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Does this not exactly fit with the research conducted by The Intercept which concluded that Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) increasingly resigns to Israeli and US orders? (4)
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In 2018 the criticism against the “Jewish State” will gain importance: it has to focus on the racist Apartheid politics of the “Jewish State,” and oppose  the illegal occupation of Palestine, the violation of international law, to illegal construction of settlements, and to the oppression of all Palestinian rights. In particular Germany is responsible for the Palestinian people, the last victims of Nazi Germany. If Star of David flags are burnt, then this only prove the pent-up anger looking for an escape valve, which is more than understandable.
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Unfortunately, in Germany there is only one Party, the MLPD, supporting the unshakeable and legitimate struggle for the liberation of Palestine. Its party chairman, Gabi Fechtner, was the only party chairman in Germany participating to the 50thanniversary of the foundation of the PFLP. Gabi Fechtner personally, the Internationalist League and the MLPD have already offensively supported the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people during the Federal Election Campaign. Thank you, MLPD!
We have to hope that the Turkish President Erdogan will continue to engage for Palestine and build up the axis Iran/Russia/Syria. This would be an important start into the New Year, and an important signal for Palestine!
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As long as the “Jewish State” is focusing on war, from head to toe, we will be obliged to oppose to it! A Happy New Year 2018!
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IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS BRAVE THE COLD TO FREE AHED TAMIMI

JVP NYers and 100s of others showed up at Grand Central Station to support Ahed Tamimi, her mother Manal, and all children being held in military detention by Israel.

Free Ahed!

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Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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SPOTLIGHT ON OUR ASSOCIATE AND THE GERMAN BDS MOVEMENT

We are all mighty proud of you Evelyn!

Here are a few examples. In Germany, the BDS movement has Evelyn Hecht-Galinski at its service. She is the daughter of Heinz Galinski, a former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and chairman of the Jewish congregation of Berlin, who was one of the greatest and outspoken fighters against any form of anti-Semitism.

Criticism of the ‘Jewish State’ is NOT Anti Semitism!

The strange case of self-hating Jews 

It’s hard to understand—and even harder to accept—Jews who target their own people, but whether we like it or not, this is a reality; it’s clear, however, that these lunatics won’t succeed in harming the development and future of the Jewish state.
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To tell you the truth, it doesn’t bother me that Lorde isn’t coming to sing in Israel. We survived Pharaoh, we’ll overcome Lorde too.It really bothers me, however, that the young singer from New Zealand decided to boycott Israel because of incitement and alleged words of “explanation” from another young woman from the same serene, remote country—Justine Sachs, a Jew who supports a boycott of the Jewish state.

That young woman, who is not very wise to say the least, isn’t the first Jew targeting her own people. There were others in the past, and there are some in the present. This self-hatred is very strange, and even insane, but it’s a phenomenon we mustn’t belittle.

Here are a few examples. In Germany, the BDS movement has Evelyn Hecht-Galinski at its service. She is the daughter of Heinz Galinski, a former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and chairman of the Jewish congregation of Berlin, who was one of the greatest and outspoken fighters against any form of anti-Semitism.

Galinski, who I shared a “block” with at Auschwitz and who “got stuck” in Berlin after the war for some reason, would issue a scathing response to any anti-Semitic comment in the German media—and in many cases, he even won the authorities’ support. His daughter, on the other hand, is one of the most fanatical slanderers of Israel and is among the top supporters of a boycott against the Jewish state, which her father defended with all his might.

And talking about Germany, we should also mention Moshe Menuhin, the father of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Here’s a Jew who named his son Yehudi (“Jew”), yet kept writing for years for neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic weekly National Zeitung, attacking Israel and the Jews in the most blatant manner. It’s hard to believe, but it’s a fact. Reacting to one of his father’s anti-Israel articles in 1968, Yehudi Menuhin said: “It is a source of great pain to me.”

Still in Germany, we have Felicia Langer, a lawyer who defended terrorists in Israeli courts for years. One day, she decided to immigrate to Germany, where she has been incessantly inciting and slandering Israel. She is also active in the boycott movement, of course. Langer, by the way, was awarded the fifth highest of Germany’s federal order of merit’s eight ranks in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded a “medal of excellence” for her activity from the Palestinian Authority.

I could go on with the list of Jews who hated Jews in different periods of time, but there’s no need. It’s a phenomenon which is hard to understand, and even harder to accept. But whether we like it or not, it exists. And occasionally, it causes us trouble. It’s clear, however, that these lunatics won’t succeed in harming the development and future of the country they are attacking—their own people’s state.

Oh, yes. I almost forgot to mention that the phenomenon of a Jew attacking Jews has existed since the beginning of the Christian religion. The root of anti-Judaism was Saul of Tarsus (Paul the Apostle).

IS ISRAEL A SPADE OR A SHOVEL?

I know it is still a taboo to call Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like state. However, an honest writer should always be guided by his or her moral conscience and never succumb to the tyranny of public opinion or prevailing media discourse.  An honest writer, let alone an honest person, should therefore never flinch from calling the spade a spade.  If this task proved too risky, then another job ought to be sought immediately.

‘Respect, Past and present’

Israel is a Nazi-like state with a potent public relations machine
By Khalid Amayreh
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 I believe that we Palestinians who live under the yoke of Zionism here in Occupied Palestine know Israel better than anyone else. That is why we tend to reject with utter contempt lectures by condescending outsiders, irrespective of their intentions, on how we ought to relate to our tormentors and the choice of words we use in describing the killers of our children.
 
I am not calling Israel a Nazi-or Nazi-like entity because I am convinced that Israel used the very same tools in effecting the Nakba that the Third Reich used in effecting the Holocaust against European Jewry in the course of the Second World War.  No, Israel, which for me and my people is and will always be a gigantic crime against humanity, has not perpetrated a holocaust in the classical sense against my people.
 
But Israel has been adopting Nazi-like policies against my people. The Lebensraum policy is referred to here as settlement-expansion policy. The ubermenschen-untermenschen doctrine finds a real expression in the Jews-vs-goyem perceptions transcending every conceivable aspect of life in Israel-Palestine.  In Germany there was the Master race; here in Israel-Palestine we have “God’s chosen people. Versus the water carriers and wood-hewers!
 
“It is  like tweedledum and  tweedledee!
 
 Yes, numerous massacres have been committed and continue to be committed, even on a daily basis, by Zionist Jews against virtually unprotected Palestinians who are also betrayed by the world, including their impotent brethren.
 
 Nonetheless, no Palestinian would candidly claim that Israel is adopting the same crimes against the Palestinians that the Nazis had used against European Jewry.
 
But, if so, what then justifies calling Israel a Nazi or Nazi-like entity? Well, Israel is a Nazi entity because it employs the very same perceptions and doctrines against its victims (the Palestinians) that the Nazis had used to demonize and dehumanize their victims (e.g. Jews). I am alluding to cruel dehumanization that eventually created the mental underpinning among the Nazis which eventually made the Holocaust possible.   Needless to say, the Holocaust would have never occurred had it not been for that underpinning.
 
Today, most Israeli Jews hold extremely racist (even criminally) racist perceptions of the Palestinians. The Palestinians, if only for being Goyem,  are viewed as children of a lesser God, whose lives are therefore worth less!  Whether we like it or not, this malignant combination of hatred, racism, and dehumanization constitutes the mental underpinning of a possible Zionist Holocaust against the Palestinians.  
 
Just ask an average Israeli whether he or she thought that murdering Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, the legless and harmless Palestinian demonstrator, by an Israeli army sniper a few weeks ago,   was right or wrong, and you would be surprised to hear the hair-raising answers as the otherwise normal-looking young man or woman would tell, almost innately and without batting an eyelash, that “it is right, it is right, he deserves it, he was a terrorist!”
 
Terrorist!  It is now the mantra the invoking of which justifies anything, including of course, the cold-blooded murder of a handicapped person whose legs had to be amputated as a result of another previous Israeli action. I remember that the T-word was often used to describe a person who killed an innocent person. Today in Israel, anyone advocating basic human rights, especially for Palestinians, is a terrorist or a potential terrorist. Just ask Naftali Bennett or Avigodor Lieberman! Or probably Donald Trump!
 
To conclude, a state can be Nazi even without carrying out a holocaust against another people. Being mentally prepared to carry out a holocaust is sufficient to qualify for the Nazi title.  This is because the rest (the modalities of executing the decision) belongs to the realm of possibilities and circumstances. It is very much like taking the decision to murder someone. the decision is the essential part whereas carrying it out is just a detail.
 
I know that some Zionist hasbara operatives will rile, rant and rave against any comparison between Zionists and Nazis. And the readily-available charge of anti-Semitism will be their ultimate weapon of choice to shut critics up and keep the sacrosanct heifer unscathed. Well, I don’t give a damn about either the heifer or its defenders. I have been through it all, from creation to destruction and one more barrage of abuse by the shipyard dogs of Hasbara wouldn’t harm much.
 
 But before I go,  I do want to quote Santiago Alba-Rico, the Spanish philosopher,  who adamantly refused to be silenced or intimidated by Zionist hasbara doctors  who are  prompted to think that no other pain should be compared to the calamity of the  Holocaust and therefore Israel must remain above the laws of men and  never be criticized  regardless of whatever it does to the Palestinians. 
Perhaps Palestinians are not the most punished people on earth, but they are indeed the most openly punished people on earth; perhaps they are not the people who have suffered the most but they are the people whose sufferings are the most uninterruptedly visible. Paradoxically, this visibility (beyond the lies) makes the victims even more vulnerable; it confers a kind of biblical dimension to the aggression.”

THE PALESTINIAN HEROINE THAT WENT VIRAL

Ahed Tamimi: A symbol of Palestinian resistance

MIDWEEK TOONS ~~ WAR HERE, WAR THERE, WAR EVERYWHERE …. TIME FOR A CHANGE!

Last time I heard “time for change” coming from White House, countries like Libya and Syria were devastated. Is this statement a declaration of war against Iran?

Image by Latuff

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POLYLOGUE ON ‘ISLAMIC’ TERRORISM

The narrative on “Islamic” or “Islamist” terrorism must urgently transform itself into a polylogue, involving all actors on the ground. In particular, we the Muslims should communicate to the world what “Islamic” terrorism means to us, not just taking distance from it, without defining it… and always repeating “This is not me….”

We urgently need a polylogue about “Islamic” terrorism

by Milena Rampoldi

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Distortion of Islam, by Ossama Hajjaj
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Terrorism shall not just be seen as an ideological phenomenon, but also as a phenomenon expressing the sociological and nihilistic base on which it was born, it develops and changes itself. First of all, the discourse about terrorism must be a polylogue, including terroristic phenomena even if they are not defined as such. And in this context, the so called “Islamic” terrorism is a phenomenon of anti-terrorism, frustration, anger, violent and blind reaction against other terroristic phenomena in the broad sense like colonialism, neo-imperialism, capitalist militarism, and Zionism.
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The polylogue about terrorism constitutes an ideal scientific paradigm to start to understand the connection between terrorism, violence, justification of violence, and nihilism, which have nothing to do with the ideological core of the world’s religions. Like the Buddhist terrorism of the State of Myanmar has nothing to do with Buddha and his message, or the Chinese colonialism in Tibet and Uyghuristan with the doctrine of Confucius, the violent Zionism of the State of Israel does not have any connection with the ethical message of Judaism and Moses’ tables of the Law, so Islam and terrorism have nothing in common, even if terrorists in their acts establish a connection with Allah and really think to be part of Islam and to be good Muslims.
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Terrorism means the intention to eliminate the Other and to murder the civilians of another group. And sometimes, this murderous intention is even oriented to her/his own religious community, as we have recently seen in the terrorist attack in Kabul against the Shiite study centre (should we call this Sunni terrorism?). Terrorism is a blind kind of struggle against imperialism, based on the manipulation of the Quranic Jihad, which is put at disposal of imperialists.
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For me, terrorism is like a small dragon, burning its tail. However, it is encouraged by a bigger, imperialist dragon providing it with weapons; however, the small dragon believes that it is fighting for Allah and the Quran, and does not see this big dragon, even if the latter throws big shadows on it. So, in the end, the small dragon burns his own small tail.
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In my opinion, “Islamic” terrorism is to be seen as murderous and suicidal nihilism, threatening the whole world: imperialists see the chance to promote Islamophobia by putting Islam and terrorism on one and the same level; the armour merchants transform the virtual capital of the stock market into a “tangible” capital of weapons and into the mines the children in the remote villages in Afghanistan trip over; some Muslim think that terrorism is the best option of anti-imperialist struggle and do not know that all those who praise them just kill God and shoot into the “Nothing”. And for Zionism, Islamic terrorism is the ideal way to justify the eternal Gaza blockade and the colonialism to build up Eretz Israel. Israel needs the anti-Semite “Muslim” dragon, devouring the colonial state of Israel… since only this way the Jewish State can eternally call for new settlers and cry for news weapons “not to be thrown into the sea”.
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Perhaps the confusion I have in my mind when I am asked to talk about “Islamic terrorism” seems strange to you. However, without a polylogue starting from a couple of basic points like these ones, we will never get out of this “Islamic terrorism” to struggle for justice and the values of tolerance and just peace.
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VERBAL ASSAULTS WILL SET PALESTINE FREE

In a full-page ad in the Washington Post, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach has printed an all-out verbal assault on Lorde, the New Zealand singer who recently cancelled a show in Tel Aviv out of concern that she would be legitimating Israel’s occupation. 

Shmuley Boteach’s unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel

In a full-page ad in the Washington Post, “America’s Rabbi” Shmuley Boteach has printed an all-out verbal assault on Lorde, the New Zealand singer who recently cancelled a showin Tel Aviv out of concern that she would be legitimating Israel’s occupation. Lorde cancelled her show after reading a letter from two Palestinian and Jewish New Zealanders noting the illegality of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, Trump and Netanyahu’s escalation against Jerusalem, the Israeli detention of Palestinian minors like Ahed Tamimi, and the longstanding oppression of Palestinians in Al-Khalil / Hebron, including the family of one of the co-authors. Notably, the letter pulled punches by avoiding any mention of the expulsion of the Palestinian refugees during Israel’s founding, or Israel’s wargames against Iran and throughout the region.

In one of his many attempts to slime critics of Israel with newspaper ad purchases, Shmuley Boteach labels Lorde an anti-Semite over her cancellation and implies that she supports the atrocities of the government of Syria. Boteach is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump and a confidante of Steve Bannon, the notorious former Trump Administration staffer known for running the white nationalist Breitbart publication. Though Boteach has served as a celebrity rabbi on a number of reality television shows, leading Jewish religious authorities have dismissed his writings as heretical.

The ad, purchased by Boteach’s World Values Network, goes to great lengths to malign Lorde, the government of New Zealand, and the movement to boycott, divest, and sanction (“BDS”) Israel, for expressing varying degrees of dissent against the State of Israel. However, the ad constitutes objective support for the very same boycott movement for several reasons.

First, the ad itself is remarkably unhinged. Outrageously, the ad suggests that Lorde supports Syrian regime atrocities because she is playing a show in Russia, which supports the Syrian government; that is, Lorde is being accused of supporting the crimes of one country because she is playing a show in an entirely different country that happens to have friendly diplomatic relations with the first. And although the ad, in passing, points out that Russia has committed human rights abuses of its own, the ad does not consider that, as of yet, critics of Russia’s abuses have not called upon Lorde to cancel her Russia show. That means that, as of yet, Lorde is not crossing a proverbial picket line by performing in Russia, as she was doing by originally planning a show in Tel Aviv.

The ad also expends much ink criticizing the behavior of the New Zealand government for joining virtually the entire world in condemning Donald Trump’s decision to legitimate Israel’s land grab over Jerusalem – a criticism that is entirely unrelated to Lorde. The bizarre argumentation of the ad leaves the reader with the impression that the ad is not a meaningful criticism of Lorde, but a piece of poorly drafted war propaganda grasping at straws to sling mud at the performer.

Second, Lorde is a sensitive target. The accomplished 21-year-old singer is adamantly committed to feminismgay rights, and challenging race privilege, and has a fanbase of young people committed to the same worldview. To smear such a delicate target as Lorde as a “bigot,” let alone an agent of a joint Russo-Syrian-New Zealander conspiracy to defend war crimes in Syria, has the tendency to reflect more poorly on the accuser – and the Israeli government he is defending – than the target of the ad.

But finally, and most importantly, Boteach’s ad disincentivizes other performers from playing shows in Israel. The ad contrasts Lorde’s decision to cancel her Tel Aviv show with a litany of other performers who chose to perform in Tel Aviv in spite of calls to boycott. To many critics of the movement to boycott Israel, there is nothing political about playing a show in Israel, and to play a show in Tel Aviv is not the same as making a political statement in defense of the Israeli government.

But Boteach’s ad makes it clear that such a belief is a farce, and that whatever the intentions of performers who play in Tel Aviv, their performances will inevitably be used by unhinged right-wing extremists to defend the Israeli state and to smear those who cancel shows. Boteach’s decision to contrast Lorde with other performers effectively sends a message to all other performers considering shows in Tel Aviv: your one-night performance can and will be used, even years after the fact, by right-wing extremists in America as part of a propaganda war against other people in your industry and in defense of policies that you may not even be aware of and crimes that may not have yet occurred.

Given that most celebrities simply want to avoid controversy, the ad hardly encourages anyone else to book a show in Tel Aviv any time soon.

The movement to boycott Israel has come under tremendous strain in recent years. High-profile smear campaigns against those who have boycotted have emerged alongside laws in various nations aligned with Israel to censor the boycott. One wonders how such a minimal movement motivated by the principle of “Do No Harm” could provoke such ardent and zealous backlash from those in power. And yet, like most movements of the powerless, the attempts to crush it inevitably help it grow.

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ ‘BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID’!

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

A GROWN UP NEW YEAR’S WISH LIST

A GROWN-UP New Year’s Wish List

 

                                   No more lives torn apart.

                                 That wars would never start.

                                 And time would heal all hearts.

                               And everyone would have a friend.

                                  And right would always win.

                                    And love would never end.

 

 

And from Latuff and Mother Palestine

Happy New Year from Mother Palestine

THE GARGANTUAN BLUNDER OF 2017

I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive.
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Trump‘s gargantuan blunder
By Khalid Amayreh
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In order to endear himself to organized Jewry and especially to Israel Firsters among evangelical Christian Zionists on the American arena, President Trump issued earlier in December a formal executive decree, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The decision has been widely considered a drastic departure from long-standing American policy regarding the town which Israel seized from Jordan in 1967. Moreover, the audacious feat is considered a gigantic insult and brazen defiance and provocation to the sensibilities of hundreds of millions of Muslims and, although to a lesser extent. Christians around the world. More to the pointy, the fateful decision seems to underscore many facts, including  the President’s over-reliance on a group of mostly ignorant advisors who had apparently convinced him that the Palestinians would eventually come to terms with the decision, a view whish I am sure is grossly inaccurate.
 
The truth of the matter is that Jerusalem is and will always remain  paramount for Palestinians as the vast majority of them would rather keep the cause of the holy city alive, even without a state,  than having a state, even on the entirety of the remainder of the West Bank, but without Jerusalem.
 
Another bad advice that Trump received from his ignorant advisors had ostensibly swayed him into thinking that if the US administration  exerted  some bullying and arm-twisting with Palestinian Authority Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, he should be able, at least in the long run,  to pacify his people and get them to accept the fait accompli. This is also a misleading notion.  In fact, a people who defied history by surviving as a people, despite the immense Savagery of the Nazi-like onslaught of the Zionist movement are unlikely to be cajoled or coaxed into agreeing to liquidate their national cause (heart and soul) just to please the proverbial monkey of the Israeli organ grinder, aka the United States of America. We Palestinians are not and won’t ever be a herd of two legged human-sheep that our current or future leaders can conduct us as they wish. I can even dare say that any Palestinian leader who might venture to play the collaborationist game with our enduring cause wouldn’t live to regret the utter foolishness of his folly. In short, Trump ought to eject from his mind, if he still has one, the illusion that the Palestinian people will one day backtrack on Jerusalem.  I also say to Trump if he is willing to listen, don’t listen to the bigot named Netanyahu. He has the tongue of a liar and the mindset of a dishonest person. Lying is his policy and dishonesty is his shield.
 
I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive. It is also expected to give a new life and vigor to violent groups as it will enable them to claim that they are fighting for the honor of Islam and standing in the face of neo-Crusades, hell­ bent on harming Islam and usurping its holy places such as the Aqsa Mosque. But the most enduring impact   of the millenarian stupidity coming from the White House will undoubtedly manifest itself in prolonging or even perpetuating the conflict and causing more suffering, bloodshed and violence.
 
Two weeks ago, the elderly Israeli journalist Uri Avnery wrote an article  in which he pointed out that within mandatory Palestine (between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean) now live 7.8 million Israeli Jews and 8.2 million Palestinians, whose numbers  (the Palestinians) are expected to reach 25 million in less than three  decades. These people will not just accept the status of children of a lesser God. They won’t settle for a life of water carriers and wood hewers. The writing is on the wall, and denial won’t help either the fool of Washington or fool of Jerusalem!
 
  I also know the fool of Jerusalem is having morbid dreams these days about possible ways and means to expel us or the bulk of our people from our ancestral homeland, probably using an updated version of what Zionist thugs did to us in 1948. But we have learned the lesson rather well, and we won’t male the same mistakes again!

FEAR THEE NOT!

Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth.

Do Not Be Afraid!

By Evelyn Hecht-Galinski,  English Translation by Milena Rampoldi

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This Angels’ speech from the Gospel of Luke even impresses me as an Atheist because it expresses something that involves us all. We should not be afraid to say the truth, even if it is about the “Jewish State”; the illegal Jewish occupation of Palestine; and the new laws are being prepared to philosemitically put the Jews on a higher level, on a pedestal of uniqueness and special status and to designate all criticism against the Jewish occupation politics as “hatred toward Jews.”
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The aim pursued by the representatives of the Israel Lobby and its active supporters in politics and media is to refer to us as Anti-Semites. However, the problem is not about the legitimated rallies against Trump’s “Jerusalem Decision” and the burning Star of David symbols. Schuster, the President of the Central Council of German Jews asking Europe and Germany to recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the “Jewish State.” The impudence of this representative of the Jewish community in Germany calling with shameful openness for the violation of international law, takes your breath away! Does he not feel committed to the German Constitution, or has he lost any sense for law since he has become a famous spokesman for the “Jewish State”? What he says is an affront against the German government which should immediately and unequivocally reject his speech. Or is the Merkel government afraid of responding? Merkel who is a “Bible-friendly Christian Zionist” should follow the imperative of the Gospel of Luke without being afraid to duly react.
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If he behaves like this, Schuster should not to wonder if Jews outside the “Jewish State” are blamed for Israeli politics. And exactly the Central Council and other organised Jews who support the Israeli occupation regime with all this commitment are perceived as “secondary ambassadors.” In addition, there is the impudence of affirming that Judaism and Zionism are exactly the same so that they can denounce anti-Zionism as Anti-Semitism.
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President Schuster, if you do not see the connections and you do not understand that the burning the Star of David is the burning visible symbol of the illegal occupation of Palestine and you think that it is the Israeli right for existence burning, there is no remedy for you. You lack any ability to feel empathy for the Palestinian population which has been suffering for decades because of the arbitrariness of Zionist occupation. I do not know if you lost this empathy as descendant of racially persecuted people, of if you never had it. Finally, we should never forget that the Palestinians – who have not committed the crimes of the Holocaust – have been the victims of the Nazi regime and its consequences up to now. Their land has been stolen from them, hundreds of thousands of their people have been displaced, and thanks to the hypocritical politics of the so-called “community of values” any chance to find a “two-state solution” has been lost because Israel does not want two states, and Israel does not want peace. Israel just wants an empty country, a country without people.
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If Schuster also calls for a legislative change to declare the burning of pseudo flags and flags as criminal offence, then he should be stopped in his overbearing eagerness since he should first of all start to deal with international law and human rights. We do not have to focus on the right of existence of the “Jewish State,” but on the recognition and the creation of a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its capital.
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Against this background, it is hardly surprising that among the 9 small states depending on the USA and which have voted for Trump’s Jerusalem decision there was also Guatemala, whose President Jimmy Morales unfortunately follows the USA and wants to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In this context, I remember that Israel was a well-known engaged arms smuggler delivering weapons to the former dictator’s regime to destroy the native population of Guatemala. “Israel, whose role in the dirty war in Guatemala, which caused more than 200.000 deaths, is well-documented was not brought to trial.” The “Jewish Apartheid Regime” is an expert in the field of export of its tested arms. (1) (2)http://www.gegenfrage.com/israels-buergerkrieg-guatemala/https://deutsch.rt.com/der-nahe-osten/52236-israel-fast-100-prozent-waffenexporte/
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For what concerns the “Golden Calf Jerusalem” I would like to recommend to read the exceptional guest article by Omri Böhm on “Zeit online”. He gets rid of the “enthusiastic identification of the Israelis with their capital, as it is more about the opposite, an idolatrous messianism”. (3) http://www.zeit.de/2017/53/israel-jerusalem-hauptstadt-theologie
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Schuster also plays a more than dangerous role in the refugee crises because he early on accepted the CSU position of a “maximum limit” and warned against the allegedly “imported” Muslim anti-Semitism. The consequences of the Islam hatred and the Islamophobic atmosphere against Muslims have been experienced for a long time now. Schuster shares the position of the right-wing party AfD and imitates “Gauland!” In contrast to the Christian representatives still keeping their moderate position, the Central Council of Jews and the other Jewish officials play a more and more dangerous role stirring up prejudices.
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While for Schuster Christmas is “not a complicated” event, because Jesus was born as a Jew, and then started to see Judaism from a critical point of view, so Schuster, for me Christmas is a symbol of the fact that Jesus was the first dissident and Palestinian who would not fear to criticise the actual illegal Jewish occupation of Palestine.
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Pope Francis expressed my thoughts when he compared Jesus’ parents with the actual refugees. Then the question came into my mind, whether Maria and Joseph would have reached the occupied Bethlehem by going through the Israeli checkpoint, and what would have happened to Jesus. (4)http://noch.info/2015/12/wenn-maria-und-josef-heute-auf-den-weg-nach-bethlehem-waehren/
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The “Jewish State” denying Palestinians their legal right to return and deporting black refugees into their countries of origin, has lost any right to be recognised as a model. However, President Schuster does not deal with these subjects and prefers the glorified image of the “Jewish State” and calls for the “Judaisation” of Germany which we have to oppose.http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2017-11/israel-benjamin-netanjahu-fluechtlinge-abschieben-asylpolitik
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Do not be afraid, as the right and the facts concerning Palestine are on our side, and Zionists fear nothing more than the truth. This is why they want to avoid any kind of discussion. They fear that their poor statements will be unmasked.
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On Christmas Eve I had the chance to express my music desire in a short conversation in the SWR2 classic broadcast. It was the song by Mahler “Verfolgten im Turm” with the text “Die Gedanken sind frei,” and would like to dedicate it to all persecuted friends in Palestine for this Christmas. (6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA2YgL4mvdc
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On Christmas Eve I contacted many Christian-Palestinian friends in the occupied Bethlehem, in Beth Sahour and Beth Shala, and in particular my friend Mazin Qumsiyeh, and author of the book „Kanaan: Ein gemeinsames Land. Menschenrechte und der israelisch-palästinensische Konflikt,” published in the German translation with my preface by Zambon, an important and highly recommended book. (7) http://zambon.net/index.php?id=38
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For me, Mazin Qumsiyeh is an illuminating example and model for a socio-political work in the illegally occupied Palestine. He dedicated all his life to the struggle for a free Palestine and for a Palestinian State. And Mazin is not afraid! (8)http://www.schattenblick.de/infopool/politik/redakt/intv0003.html
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Christmas 2017 was a sad symbol of the on-going occupation and the arbitrary separation of families living in Gaza from the families living in the remaining occupied Palestine. Many Christians and also Muslims tried to get travel authorisations from Gaza to Bethlehem, in most cases without success. In the past, it was easier to reach Ramallah or Bethlehem from Gaza. But now, because of increasingly worse harassment by the Netanyahu regime this has become impossible. Frustration and hopelessness are voluntarily promoted to force all Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, to give us and to support the planned “Eretz Israel” to gain the “final victory.” This is what we have to avoid all together!
Do not be afraid!
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Die Gedanken sind frei (Thoughts a free)
Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten, sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten. Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket, doch alles in der Still‘, und wie es sich schicket. Mein Wunsch, mein Begehren kann niemand verwehren, es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker, das alles sind rein vergebliche Werke. Denn meine Gedanken zerreißen die Schranken und Mauern entzwei, die Gedanken sind frei!
Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen entsagen und will mich auch nimmer mit Grillen mehr plagen. Man kann ja im Herzen stets lachen und scherzen und denken dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Ich liebe den Wein, mein Mädchen vor allen, sie tut mir allein am besten gefallen. Ich bin nicht alleine bei meinem Glas Weine, mein Mädchen dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Old traditional song
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THE BEST AND WORST PERSONS OF 2017

These are the picks of Carlos Latuff

First, the best …… Ahed Tamimi

 

And the worst ……. Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

 

Beauty and the beast …..

 

She can’t be broken!

Lawyer asks Ahed during her hearing: are you ok? Ahed replies: yeah [& a victorious smile]

HELL NO, WE WON’T GO!

Reminiscent of the ‘Vietnam War Era’

In letter to PM, IDF chief, 63 teenagers urge all Israeli youth to refuse to serve in the military until occupation ends, due to ‘racist government policy’ in West Bank

In the 1960s and early 1970s the U.S. government sentenced 3,200 draft resisters – those who publicly refused to register or to go when drafted — to prison for up to five years.

 

Dozens of 12th-graders to defy draft over ‘oppression’ of Palestinians

Dozens of 12th-grade students said they are refusing to be drafted into the IDF in protest over what they say is “the army’s implementation of a racist government policy that violates human rights.”

A letter publicized Thursday, signed by 63 high school students from across the country, was sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

It calls on all Israeli high-schoolers to join them in refusing to be drafted until the occupation in the West Bank is ended.

“The army implements a racist government policy that violates basic human rights and carries out one law for Israelis and another law for Palestinians in the same territory,” the letter charges.

“Therefore we have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian nation, which has divided human beings into two antagonistic camps. This ‘temporary’ situation has gone on for 50 long years now, and we won’t contribute to it.

“We will refuse to serve in the army out of a commitment to the values of peace and with the knowledge that there is another reality we can create together. We say to the rest of the country’s [12th-graders], will your military service really help bring about that reality?”

The signatories say the government is engaged in inciting Israelis against Palestinians and Israel’s Arab citizens.

“An entire nation is living under institutionalized incitement directed against Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line, and we are here – young men and women from different parts of the country and different social backgrounds – refusing to believe the systematic incitement or participate in the government’s oppressive and occupying arm.”

The letter echoes the famous petition of the “12th graders,” a group of high-schoolers who sent a letter to then prime minister Golda Meir in 1970 expressing their opposition to serving in the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War.

Israel allows military service exemptions for a number of reasons, including mental health and medical problems and religious objections, and for Arab Israelis, but not for conscientious objectors. Refusal to serve is one of the most divisive issues in Israel.

One signatory, Inbal Vardi, a student at a bilingual Hebrew-Arabic high school in Jerusalem, explained in a Thursday interview with Israel Radio that the letter constituted “a refusal to take part in this circle of violence, and somebody needs to take responsibility and say enough. We are not prepared to take up guns anymore.”

Her parents support her decision, she said. “It could end in jail, I hope not, but it could.”

“It’s not a small thing in a democratic state” to sign such a letter, another signatory, Hillel Garmi, told the Ynet news site, “but under any government things could be happening that I would refuse to take part in.”

Yesh Atid MK Elazar Stern, a retired IDF major general who once headed the army’s manpower directorate, called the letter “sad” but “marginal.”

“I think our youth is committed enough to handle these marginal types. It’s minuscule compared to the hundreds of thousands who enlist, and isn’t more than [the numbers of draft defiers] in the past,” Stern said.

According to Ynet, the signatories plan on taking to the streets to recruit more high schoolers to their cause.

Here is one of the brave souls …..

VIDEO UPDATES ON THE PALESTINIAN CRISIS

All very informative

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To exist we must resist!

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IN PHOTOS ~~ NEW YORKERS STAND TO FREE PALESTINIAN PRISONERS

Scores of New Yorkers gathered together in a demonstration to show support for Ahed Tamimi and all other Palestinian political prisoners held illegally by the occupation.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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The outlawed Judeo nazis of the JDL were also there in a counter demonstration …

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NOT ALL CARTOONS ARE MEANT TO BE FUNNY ~~ A SAD CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM THIS YEAR

One day we WILL celebrate!

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